by Sylvania AdVantage Staff

Sylvania Town Crier Mike Lieber rings out a cry as Sylvania Area Chamber of Commerce welcoming committee members Bill Sanford, city of Sylvania economic development director, Jennifer Kuns, Lyndsey Stough, Pam Haynam, Mayor Craig Stough, Tara Sibert, Marci Bennett, Lea MacLaren, Alicia Yoxthimer, Crystal Jordan, Michelle Sprott, executive director, Robin Mahle and Katie Cappellini join Inside the Five chef Bill Bartlett, owners Brandon and Katie Fields and their children Trace, Skyler and Nora and Krista and Chris Morris and their daughter Emily and general manager Jon Moorman to cut the ribbon.

“We’re keeping the beer ‘inside the five!’ noted former Miami Dolphins punter-turned-brewmaster Brandon Fields. “We’re making the best beer possible for Inside the Five.” His wife and partner Katie Fields explained that to a punter, kicking the ball inside the five means perfection and the ideal name for their new brewery at 5703 N. Main St.

“Brandon discovered his passion for brewing after I gave him a beer brewing kit as a birthday gift 10 years ago. He really liked brewing beer,” she remembered. “He is very detail oriented, which is a good trait for the brewing. When he decided to retire as the punter from the Miami Dolphins, we began talking about what we would do next. We realized that we wanted to do something we loved doing.   Brewing beer was it. We both like craft brews and the brewery atmosphere,” she explained. “We also wanted to do something together and we wanted to come back to Sylvania,” she added. “We are so happy to be in downtown Sylvania and look forward to participating in all of the activities here,” she offered.

The Fields were joined by their partner and fellow football player Chris Morris to acquire the Maplewood Marketplace building, the home of the former TREO Restaurant and open the brewery. After nearly a year of renovations, with much of the work done by Fields and Morris, Inside the Five opened on Memorial Day.

Head brewmaster Nick Chapko and Fields have brewed 18 beers, which are on tap along with a full bar selection to accompany the menu of appetizers, burgers, flat bread sandwiches, soups and salads and a menu of unique combinations for lunch and dinner created by chef Bill Bartlett.

Patrons can view the stainless steel brewing equipment in the brewing room that used to be a private dining/event room as they enter the new facility. “We raised the ceiling and removed the bar opening up this room,” Mrs. Fields noted. “Brandon and Chris installed all of the wood on the walls and they also built the large bar in the dining room in the front of the building. We have opened up the space and have our focus in the main dining room, which overlooks Main Street and Maplewood Avenue.” Patrons have the choice of seating at high-top or low-top tables, around the hand-crafted stainless steel-topped bar or on the outdoor patio.

In addition, the wood floors were refinished throughout and carpeting was removed from the original bar and lounge area exposing a now polished floor. The bathrooms were relocated to the back hall, which leads to the parking lot to the side of the building.

Even the exterior of the building has taken on a new look with its fresh coat of paint.

Inside the Five is open daily from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 11 a.m. to Midnight on Friday and Saturday. It has seating for 100 people.