The Black Cloister Brewery

The transformation of an historic building into a brewery / tap room was the goal of this project. The Hannon Block, located just a block from downtown Toledo’s popular Fifth Third Field – home of the Toledo Mud Hens - is a three story, 16,930 sq. ft. red brick building. Constructed in 1874, the building housed a feed store for a number of years and is rumored to be the first building in Toledo to be wired for electric lights.

jdi worked with the owner of the Hannon Build­ing and the tenant of the first floor to develop economical design solutions and to coordinate the needs and boundaries of each party. The building’s high ceilings, exposed brick walls, and interior arches were a perfect setting for the monastic atmosphere of the Black Cloister Brewing Company. jdi’s design incorporates and enhances these features, including the hammered black steel bar top, which is the showcase of the brewery, as well as the 100-year-old cherry wood bar rail that runs the length of the far wall. The brewery’s namesake is Martin Luther’s home, where his wife brewed beer. Luther’s enjoyment of beer is well known and fuels the enthusiasm of the Black Cloister’s CEO, a Lutheran Pastor, as well as the other three founding members for making good craft beer.

the jdi group, Inc. provided full engineering services for the entire building, as well as the tenant fit-out for the Black Cloister Brewery.

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