A fire on Nov 16th on Union Street in Athens damaged a host of businesses, including the Union Bar & Grill and Jackie O’s Public House. Other businesses damaged or destroyed include the women’s clothing store Kismet, a real-estate office, Campus Sundry, Smoke Zone Smoke Shop, all on Union between Court and Congress streets.
Most of the affected businesses were in buildings built around 1900, according to the Athens County auditor’s website. Three of the burned buildings included student apartments.
Heather Thornton, human resources director for Jackie O’s, said the staff was planning to open the Brew House as soon as possible, though restoration emergency cleaners ServPro had been clearing the area for smoke damage a day before. Roughly 20 servers had to be laid off with the closure of the Public House, she said.
Luckily, Jackie O’s production brewery is several block away in downtown Athens. So, Mystic Mama IPA, Firefly Amber Ale and Chomolungma will still be flowing to customers throughout the state.
Fifth Street Brewpub is hosting a Jackie O’s Tap Takeover starting at 4pm on Wed, Dec 17th . Join them for a night of outpouring support! The FSB community is coming together on December 17th to help the Athens community recover, and we’re going to do it one beer and raffle at a time. $1 of every Jackie O’s sold will be donated to the Athens Union Street Fire Employees Relief Fund in addition to all raffle proceeds. *A Grand Raffle will offer several collections of highly sought-after craft beers generously donated by the Dayton Community *A Supporting Raffle will offer various craft beer related items. *Tickets available at FSB. Need not be present to win. Cash donations to the Relief Fund may also be made at FSB.
Jackie O’s Bourbon Barrel Brick Kiln Barleywine
Jackie O’s Dark Apparition
Jackie O’s Really Nelson IPA
Jackie O’s Barking Pumpkin
Jackie O’s Mystic Mama IPA