CLEVELAND – Cleveland Brewpub Saucy Brew Works is known for its pizza, craft beer and, more recently, coffee. Now the company is expanding into cannabis – but not into Ohio.
Shelby Nicholson, Marketing Manager at Saucy Brew Works, said this will help Saucy continue to create a “lifestyle” brand. She noted that Brent Zimmerman, Eric Anderson and Matt Schubeck (Saucy’s CEO, CBO and COO, respectively) had worked on it for “well over a year”.
“It’s very exciting,” said Nicholson. “This is the first time I’ve ever worked on it and it’s been a whirlwind of new knowledge and only this whole new industry is starting to boom.”
However, with recreational marijuana still illegal in Ohio, Saucy starts this business in Michigan, where both medicinal and recreational cannabis use is legal.
“First, it’s near Ohio. It’s a great market, ”said Nicholson. “And secondly, we just founded Saucy Brew Works there. Our Detroit location opened in March 2021. “
The cannabis products are not made by Saucy. Instead, the company borrowed its brand name to start Saucy Canna Works. The products are made by One Love Labs, a Michigan company.
“We plan to add additional products, so we’ll start with vape cartridges, edibles and cannabis pre-rolls in the Michigan market,” said Nicholson.
Nicholson said if things go well in Michigan, the company plans to expand that to other states where recreational marijuana is legal. Here in Ohio, Saucy is considering other products that are legal in Ohio, including CBD.
“It’s just very exciting for us. We’re doing something new and we’re really excited to see what the industry has in store, ”said Nicholson.
Saucy expects these products to hit shelves in Michigan in early to mid-2022, though an exact date isn’t yet.
“We’re still going over what works, what doesn’t, what their packaging looks like and making the final tweaks to make sure it’s exactly how we want it, and it really doesn’t just represent the Saucy Canna Works brand but the Saucy brand as a whole, ”said Nicholson.
Olivia Fecteau is a reporter for News 5 Cleveland. Follow her on Facebook and Twitter.