Jackie O’s, located in Athens, Ohio, was founded by Art Oestrike (owner) and Brad Clark (head brewer). Founded in 2005, the brewery was named Jackie O’s to pay homage to the Irish-inspired brewpub - O’Hooley’s Irish Pub - that occupied the building beforehand, and also to honor Art’s mother, Jackie Oestrike, hence Jackie O.
Date Founded: 2005
Owner: Art Oestrike (owner) and Brad Clark (head brewer)
In 2013, Art purchased another building in Athens that would become his new primary production facility. The new production facility expanded their annual capacity from 800 to 3,200 barrels. When building his new production facility, Art added a room specifically for sour beers, which they began brewing in 2017.
While they produce several year-round beers such as Razz Wheat and Mystic Mama, they have been nationally recognized for brewing some of the best barrel aged stouts in the country. Jackie O’s has won several awards and has been recognized in multiple publications for their excellent beer, such as “Top 50 IPA’s in the country” by Draft magazine which listed their Mystic Mama, IPA. They were also one of two breweries from Ohio included on the Ratebeer.com list of best breweries in the world in 2018. With several awards and high ratings, Jackie O’s is sure to be a crowd favorite.