Comedy and craft brew to collide

Stand-up tour to stop at Dungeon Hollow

A KEG OF LAUGHS — The Dungeon Hollow Brewing Co. in Bloomingdale will be a stop on the Craft Comedy Tour Ohio show on June 9. Preparing for the event are, from left, owners Bill and Heidi Ryan; their daughter, Daisy; son, Liam; and bartender Mallory Hout. -- Amy Neeley

BLOOMINGDALE — Bill and Heidi Ryan, owners of the Dungeon Hollow Brewing Co., say they are dedicated to providing the local community with a unique, quality experience.

So when they were contacted by the Craft Comedy Tour about being a stop on the show’s Ohio circuit, they agreed to host the event at their Bloomingdale craft beer brewery.

The tour is being put on by comedian Jason Reynard — a Newark, Ohio, native who now lives and works in New York — and will be held at 7 p.m. on June 9.

Reynard said he decided to start hosting the tours as a way to bring stand-up comedy to audiences that might not normally get the chance to experience it.

“We are trying to change the way things are done,” he said. “We are making the shows more accessible and affordable. We are bringing them to your own backyards.”

The Ryans said this is their mission, as well.

“The comedy tour falls into what we want to do here,” Bill Ryan said. “We want to provide a place where people can go and have a good time. (We want) to keep our beer affordable, even for people on hourly wages to be able to go and enjoy a beer and a show.”

The evening will feature Sean Finnerty. According to the tour, the Irish comedian who has been featured on “The Tonight Show,” is one of the fastest-rising comedians in the country.

Reynard said Finnerty is the current New York “roast champion.” The roasts are comedy battles where two comedians address each other directly trading insults and jabs.

Reynard will also be taking the stage himself. He got his start in comedy at Ohio University and made his television debut on Jimmy Kimmel’s College Comedy Tour in 2009.

Reynard said the tour is open to allowing local comedians to take the stage if they contact the tour before the show in Bloomingdale.

Heidi Ryan said their venue will be selling 75 tickets to the event, which will be held in their outdoor seating area.

In addition to the comedy, she said the brewery will be hosting local food truck Rubbin Butts; will feature food delivered from local pizza restaurants and Dippity Dawg ice cream parlor and restaurant, and plans to have two new beers on tap of their own creation.

Rubbin Butts is owned by local chef Matt Roberts, whose specialty is barbecue.

Bill Ryan said Roberts takes part in a lot of their events and he always offers the crowd a unique and delicious menu.

“He always comes up with something new and I don’t know how he does it for the price he does,” he said.

Roberts said in addition to the traditional fare, he is thinking of trying out a “luau and spicy luau” dish.

“We (the local artisans) put a lot of love, attention and effort into our products,” Roberts said. “This isn’t the kind of stuff you are just going to go out and get at a (chain restaurant or bar.)”

Heidi Ryan said the brewery offers entertainment of all sorts on a regular basis.

“We have live music once a month,” she said, “as well as paint and sip parties, tie-dye and sip — that one is a lot of fun — and bend and brew, which is yoga and beer. We are up for anything.”

To purchase tickets in advance or find out more about the show, contact www.thecraftcomedytour.com.

Dungeon Hollow Brewing Co. is located at 572 County Road 22A.

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