Here’s what Sonder Brewing will have on tap at its Oct. 27 grand opening

By Rick Armon
Beacon Journal/ 

Sonder Brewing Co. is gearing up for its grand opening Oct. 27.

The new Mason brewery will have on seven beers and a cider on tap to welcome the first customers. Here’s the initial rundown:

• Belgian Wit, 5.4 percent

• Kölsch, 4.8 percent

• Kölsch with coffee, 4.8 percent

• Pale Ale, 5.3 percent

• IPA, 6.2 percent

• New England IPA, 6.6 percent

• Tiramisu Stout, 8.1 percent

• Cherry Apple Cider, 5.7 percent

Co-founder Justin Neff is particularly fond of the Tiramisu Stout, which is made with coffee and vanilla.

“It just really came together beautifully,” he said. “I have no other word for it other than special. We think it’s a beer that people will get excited that we are tapping.”

Other beers — made by brewers Chase Legler and Luke Shropshire on the 30-barrel Quality Tank Solutions brewing system — will follow. Legler, who came from New Glarus Brewing in Wisconsin, designed the three-vessel system.

Neff said Legler and Shropshire, who formerly brewed at Mt. Carmel and Streetside, form a great partnership because of Legler’s experience and Shropshire’s passion for “crazy and sour beers.”

“Their partnership has people excited about our beers and rightfully so,” Neff said.

The Sonder team is excited to open the doors to the 16,000-square-foot brick and glass brewery, which sits on 6.5 acres along Duke Boulevard near Kings Island. The brewery features a large outdoor patio and outdoor space, with bocce ball and cornhole.

Sonder also will have a full kitchen, with the food service run by a separate entity. The brewery wasn’t prepared to announce the food partnership just yet.

“We have done a lot of different things to our facility to make it a place that people feel they can hang out and be there all day long even if they aren’t drinking beer,” Neff said.

New brewery set to open in Mason

By Maytal Levi | September 20, 2018 at 3:02 PM EDT - Updated September 20 at 6:13 PM

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - The largest start-up brewing company between Dayton and Cincinnati is set to open in late October.

Sonder Brewing sits on 6.5 acres of land and is in the 8000 block of Duke Boulevard.

The taproom will include brews crafted on site, offering a selection of up to sixteen different kinds of ale when all is said and done.

Sonder Brewing President Justin Neff and his partners gave FOX19 an exclusive tour of the industrial sized building that will eventually include a beer garden, kitchen, and outdoor entertainment area.

“What our space allows us to do is have bocce ball courts, a whiffle ball field, corn hole and potentially sand volleyball,” said Neff.

The group also plans to add soft-serve ice cream and sometimes play movies outdoors through a projection screen.

“One of the things that sets us apart is we hope to be a place that people come and hang out even if they don’t like beer," said Neff.

The bricks behind the taps were laid by Neff and his crew. He jokes it took three weeks and “lots of trial and error. None of has had laid brick before.” Sonder Brewing will eventually bring around 50 jobs to the area when operations are at full capacity.

“Which is really cool because there’s 18,000 corporate employees that work within three miles of here,” said Neff.

Sonder Brewing Company Director of Brewing Operations, Chase Legler, says he loves everything about beer. “I love the different sides to it. There’s a lot of chemistry, you can be artistic, and there’s some alchemy to it.”

The brewery includes an isolated room meant only for specialty beers like sours where yeast and bacteria will be kept separate. “That way it’s not going to contaminate our traditional style beers,” explained Legler. There’s also a lab on site in addition to a large room where the brewing takes place. “We could get a beer done in four days for like a hazier ale. For me, the traditional lager is at least like 30 days,” said Legler, whose favorite beer is a lager.

So, why the name Sonder?

“We found in a nutshell that the word basically means every person has a story and we fell in love with that and decided to build our entire brewery off of that,” said Neff.

Pending inspections, the brewery is set to open in late October.

Sonder Brewing will offer more than just craft beer in Mason

By Brian Mains, WCPO


When Sonder Brewing opens this October in Warren County, its founders promise visitors will find more than just good craft beer on tap.

The brewery will also offer a fenced-in lawn with an over-sized beer garden that is adjacent to bocce ball courts, cornhole, volleyball and fire pit areas on 6.5 acres of land at 8584 Duke Blvd. in Mason, near Kings Island.

“It’s been exciting, that’s for sure,” said Justin Neff, one of Sonder’s three co-founders. “It’s been really cool to watch. We’ve all dreamed of owning our own business or brewery for years, and it’s fun to see those various dreams come to fruition.”


Neff, along with partners Daniel Schmerr and Jennifer Meissner, announced plans to build Sonder’s 16,000-square-foot indoor brewery and taproom and its outdoor facilities from the ground up in March 2017.

Crews are currently putting the final touches on Sonder. Once that work is complete, head brewer Luke Shropshire and equity partner Chase Legler, a former lead brewer at New Glarus Brewing in Wisconsin, will start brewing Sonder’s initial lineup of craft beers.

Shropshire began his brewing career at Mount Carmel Brewing. He left Streetside Brewing in July to start his current role.

The co-founders decided to call their brewery Sonder because of the word’s unique but obscure meaning: “The profound feeling of realizing that everyone, including strangers passed in the street, has a life as complex as one’s own, which they are constantly living despite one’s personal lack of awareness of it.”

“It basically means that everyone has a story; every beer has a story to tell,” Meissner said. “It’s just a word that we really liked.”

Legler and Shropshire said neither of them plans to focus on a specific style of beer, though they both hope to introduce particular styles each is passionate about.

“I think it would be really great to hit on some of those traditional German styles,” Legler said.

“My overall passion is for sour beers,” said Shropshire, who began Streetside’s sour program.

The brewery will open with a fully automated 30-barrel brewhouse from Quality Tank Solutions. Legler said the American-made brew system will allow for a flexibility in the styles of beer Sonder brews.

“Because this brewhouse is fully automated we have written programs that will maintain consistent quality while letting us grow quickly,” Legler said.

When Sonder opens it will feature six to seven beers on tap. Those beers will likely include a traditional German lager, New England IPA, IPA, session Kolsh and Belgium Wit. The taproom will also serve wine and spirits for those who may not enjoy craft beer.

Sonder will also open with a full-service kitchen, which will include a pickup window in the beer garden.

Neff said his partners are also ready to keg beer and distribute locally two to three months after they open. They also built out a space to install a future canning line.

“We really want to focus on here (the taproom) first though,” Neff said.

The owners plan to add a second story patio and private event space in what Neff called phase two of their business model.

“Everyone will feel welcome,” Neff said. “It’s definitely been a learning experience just getting here.”

Sonder Brewing Breaks Ground on $5.5M Brewhouse and Taproom in Mason, Ohio

DEERFIELD TWP/MASON, Ohio, October 7, 2017 - Sonder Brewing celebrated the groundbreaking of their first production facility and taproom. The 15,200-square-foot, single-story building, which is being constructed by Dennis, Inc. and Versatile Construction, will hold a 30 barrel brew house with American-made equipment, 2,770-square-feet of taproom space, and a kitchen. The 6.47 acre site will also allow Sonder to scale up production on the current property if needed.  

In addition, the $5.5M project will include the development of 5,000-square-feet of outdoor patio and additional open lawn space. “Part of the excitement about our project is that not only do we want to brew high-quality craft beer, but we want to be a family-friendly destination for our community,” says Justin Neff, owner and CEO of Sonder Brewing. “As a start-up, we knew we had an unusual vision for our project,” says Neff, “Building from the ground up, in the suburbs, is not the norm for craft breweries, but we feel like it is a great fit for the ingenuity and tourism of the Mason area.”       

Sonder plans on having a few beers available year round, and will have several seasonal options. They also plan to offer sour and barrel aged beers. Sonder beer will prioritize quality and consistency while offering a wide variety of styles to appease all craft beer drinkers.


New Brewery near Kings Island plans more than beer

By Eric Schwartzberg, Staff Writer, Journal-News




A new brewery and taproom plans to open late this fall near Kings Island.

Sonder Brewing, which should be under construction at 8460 Duke Blvd. by late May, will offer more than just alcohol, according to partners Justin Neff, of South Lebanon, Daniel Schmerr, of West Chester Twp., and Jennifer Meissner, of South Lebanon.

Outdoor facilities for the new 16,000-square-foot business will feature two patios, a fire pit and a space for volleyball, bocce ball or a variety of other outdoor activities for both small and large parties, said Meissner, Sonder’s chief marketing officer.

It also doesn’t hurt that the outdoor area on 6.5 acres has clear sightlines to Kings Island’s nightly fireworks display, she said.

“We really want it to be a destination,” Meissner said. “We don’t want people to just come in for a half hour and leave. We’d like them to have something they can do with their family on a Saturday, or come in with 20 people after a baseball game and get some food and hang out, throw some cornhole.”

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Brewery coming to Deerfield Township aims to be destination

By Shauna Steigerwald,  |  The Enquirer

For their Sonder Brewing, currently in the works in Deerfield Township, Jennifer Meissner, Justin Neff and Daniel Schmerr envision a place both where corporate employees will spend their happy hours and where families and friends will gather and linger....

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Sonder Brewing putting more than beer on tap in Warren County

By Brian Mains, WCPO

Posted at on 10:09 AM, Mar 21, 2017

DEERFIELD TOWNSHIP, Ohio – When Sonder Brewing opens this fall in Warren County, its founders promise visitors will find more than just good craft beer on tap.

The brewery also will offer sand volleyball, a fenced-in lawn and fire pit area and a two-story outdoor patio on 6.5 acres of land at 8460 Duke Blvd. in Deerfield Township, near Kings Island.

“We wanted to be more than just a production brewery,” said Sonder Brewing president Justin Neff. “We want to have this place where Mom and Dad really feel good about coming, and your kids have fun there. Every night of the week it will have direct line of vision of the Kings Island fireworks during the summer.”

Neff, along with partners Daniel Schmerr and Jennifer Meissner, plan to begin construction on Sonder’s 16,000-square-foot indoor brewery and taproom and its outdoor facilities by late May.

The group is currently finalizing details for a U.S. Small Business Administration loan and awaiting final approval of outdoor zoning variances from the Deerfield Township Board of Trustees. The board approved the brewery project late last year, Neff said.

The brewery will have eight to 10 beers on tap and also serve cocktails and up to 16 white and red wines. It will contract out food services. The owners plan to rent out the brewery’s second floor and outdoor facilities for corporate private events.

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