May 27, 2020
When talking about local businesses, the phrase “mom and pop shops” almost always is mentioned. For Westlake-based Sibling Revelry, the phrase hits home, albeit more appropriate as “sons and pops shop.”
Launched in 2016, Sibling Revelry was founded by Sean Kennedy along with his brother, Matt, and their cousins, Michael and Todd Kennedy. Joining the quartet were their fathers, Mike and Bert Kennedy. In all, six founders separated only by the Cuyahoga River.
“Forever, it’s always been the ‘Eastside Kennedys’ and the ‘Westside Kennedys,’” Sean Kennedy said. “We have all been involved in different family businesses but wanted to find something for us, and the rest of the family, to do together. “We founded Sibling Revelry on the belief that we could create something as a family that would represent us and feeds a passion for craft beer.”
The Sibling Revelry brewery and taproom, located on Clemens Road in Westlake, has grown ahead of schedule, according to Kennedy. The momentum has allowed for the expansion of its barrel-aging program, production space and size of its taproom. The company’s beers are available in nearly 1,000 sites throughout Northeast Ohio, including Giant Eagle, Heinen’s Fine Foods, Dave’s Markets, and Marc’s stores. Sibling Revelry’s beers also are available at the home stadiums of the Cleveland Indians, Cavaliers and Browns.
“Sibling Revelry is a family-owned business, made up of guys who have been involved in several different family-run businesses, so it’s important to us to work with other businesses located in the region,” Kennedy said. “That’s why we work with local suppliers, vendors, so it was a natural fit to work with Buckeye.”
Using Buckeye Community Bank to launch Sibling Revelry was automatic, according to Kennedy, because the family has partnered with the Buckeye team for various personal and business products.
“For Sibling Revelry, it is not just about creating a successful business. It is also a display of real craftsmanship mixed with some family fun and passion,” said Buckeye Community Bank President Ben Norton. “We have enjoyed a strong relationship with the Kennedy family throughout the years, and Buckeye was honored to be their partner as they made the brewery a reality and continued its growth.”
Learn more about Sibling Revelry at www.siblingrevelrybrewing.com.