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IN THE NEWS: Twin Oast's icy igloo dining is in hot demand

Updated: Jun 3, 2022

Sheri Trusty - Port Clinton News Herald

PORT CLINTON - Recently, Jerod and Abbey Smith drove from their home in Norwalk to eat dinner in one of Twin Oast Brewing’s heated igloos. The temperature barely rose above the teens that day, but the Smiths were warm and cozy as they enjoyed their meal and the snowy views.

“I’m impressed,” Abbey said of the igloo. “It’s cozy. It’s fun. It’s a great way to experience wintertime outdoors.”

That was just what Twin Oast general manager and cofounder Cory Smith was hoping when he and his family began contemplating purchasing igloos two years ago.

“The very first weekend we had them available, we told people to call to make reservations, and we broke the phone lines. We had to get them revamped, and we went through three phone batteries the next day,” Smith said. “I was just shocked at the constant phone calls. I’ve had people here from Dayton and Cleveland.”

Twin Oast switched to online reservations, and now the brewery’s four igloos are booked through mid-March. Smith said the business plans to purchase more, but they are currently unavailable due to high demand across the country.

The heated igloos offer views of the 60-acre farm estate, and customers enjoy full service dining. The Twin Oast menu includes burgers, pizza, sandwiches, tacos, soup, and Twin Oast’s own craft beer. For locals and tourists, the igloos offer a unique way to experience the beauty of winter in Port Clinton.

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