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Economist says there's room for new breweries in Ohio

Ohio Beer Blog - Wed, 02/08/2017 - 1:02pm

The chief economist for the Brewers Association says there’s plenty of room for new craft breweries in Ohio.

The Buckeye State has seen tremendous growth in the industry over the last five years, leading to questions about a saturated market. But Ohio remains middle of the pack when it comes to breweries per capita, Bart Watson said today (Feb. 8) during his keynote speech at the Ohio Craft Brewers Association’s annual conference.

The three-day event, which is being held at the Duke Energy Center in downtown Cincinnati, attracted about 450 brewers and other industry leaders for educational seminars and social gatherings.

With 143 craft breweries in 2015, Ohio ranked 27th in brewers per capita, according to the association. Meanwhile, the craft share of overall beer sales was about 8 percent, leaving plenty of opportunity for growth, Watson said.

He predicted that the country could see and support anywhere from 8,000 to 10,000 breweries. There were 4,201 operating in the United States at the end of 2015.

“More breweries are coming,” Watson said, noting that they are opening at a rate of 2.3 a day.

Already this year, seven breweries have received state licenses to open in the Buckeye State.

How many Ohio will ultimately call home is unknown.

“I think we’re going to get to 500,” said Larry Horwitz, the head brewer at Four String Brewing Co. in Columbus.

That doesn’t mean that the number of barrels produced will skyrocket. But more people want to have a drink where their beer is made and that will help spur growth in smaller operations, he said.

Watson and Chris Alltmont, president of the Ohio association, also warned that the wave of openings will present challenges.

With the market becoming more crowded, Watson urged brewers to look for ways to differentiate their breweries and exploit “pockets of growth” such as targeting female drinkers and making their businesses destinations for beer tourists.

 “As long as we’re all focused on the brewers craft and trying to hone that and keeping our quality up, … I think we’ll have a great future as Ohio craft brewers,” Alltmont said.

The Brewers Association, which is based in Boulder, Colo., has estimated that the annual economic impact of the Ohio craft beer industry on the state economy is $700 million. Meanwhile, the overall craft beer industry – counting breweries outside the state selling in Ohio -- contributes $2 billion.

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Bricco Kent to host Troegs beer dinner

Ohio Beer Blog - Wed, 02/08/2017 - 8:21am

Bricco Kent in Kent will host a six-beer, five-course pairing dinner featuring Troegs Independent Brewing at 6 p.m. Feb. 20.

The dinner will help benefit Project RISE, an effort led by Akron Public Schools that helps homeless children with educational services.

The dinner will pair Fresh Cut Mango IPA with tuna shooters, Scratch 258: Sour Cherry Ale with kale and tzatziki salad, Perpetual IPA with curry dusted scallops, Impending Descent Imperial Stout with espresso crusted beef shoulder and Nugget Nectar with spiced carrot cake. The other beer served will be Troegenator.

Tickets are $45. For reservations, call 330-677-1335.

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Avon Brewing to host Rhinegeist tap takeover

Ohio Beer Blog - Wed, 02/08/2017 - 8:12am

Avon Brewing Co. in Avon will host a tap takeover with Cincinnati's Rhinegeist Brewery from 6 to 9 p.m. Feb. 16.

The event will showcase Bubbles, Andromeda, Cougar, Juicy Truth and Cafe Ink.

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Yellow Springs brews up porter with locally grown malt

Ohio Beer Blog - Tue, 02/07/2017 - 9:59am

Yellow Springs Brewery will release a new Robust Porter next week that was made with two-row malt grown locally by Davidson Family Growers in New Carlisle.

“Working with local businesses embodies everything we at Yellow Springs Brewery are about," brewery events coordinator Chris Hutson said in a prepared statement. "It’s important to us to support local businesses and communities that in turn have supported us for the past four years and we think this beer is a shining example of that philosphy."

The beer, which clocks in at 8.4 percent alcohol by volume, will be available in 22-ounce bottles starting at 3 p.m. Feb. 15 at Yellow Springs taproom. It will sell for $10 a bottle. Robust Porter will be distributed in the Dayton area the following week.

The brewery says it added plenty of chocolate malt, golden malt and Warrior hops.

Davidson Family Growers has previously provided malts to Mother Stewarts Brewing Co. in Springfield and Crooked Handle Brewing Co. in Springboro. Its 80-acre farm in New Carlisle was first purchased in 1882 by Jacob Davidson.

"The operation maybe a little bigger than it was in 1882, but it is still the family farm. Hard work still pays off, helping a neighbor is still the right thing to do,” owner Kevin Davidson said in a prepared statement.

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Brewing News IPA Championships return

Ohio Beer Blog - Tue, 02/07/2017 - 9:49am

The Brewing News National IPA Championships are back — and there are plenty of Ohio beers represented among the challengers.

The competition this year features four different contests, as the beer publication intends to crown separate IPA, imperial IPA, session IPA and speciality IPA winners.

The event works like the NCAA’s March Madness — there’s even an opportunity for folks to play along by filling out a beer bracket. Beers are paired up against each other and whittled down until there is only one champion.

The judging begins this weekend and will culminate in early March.

Here’s the rundown of who’s in from Ohio:

IPA: The Brew Kettle White Rajah, Christian Moerlein Pacer, Wolf’s Ridge Snow Cone, Fat Head’s Head Hunter, Market Garden Citramax and North High IPA,

Imperial IPA: Christian Moerlein Bay of Bengal, North High Danke, Great Lakes Chillwave, Seventh Son Proliferous, Fat Head’s Hop Marauder, Wolf’s Ridge Howling Moon, Great Lakes Commodore Perry, The Brew Kettle El Lupulo Libre and Fat Head’s Hop JuJu.

Session IPA: Wolf’s Ridge Driftwood, The Brew Kettle All For One and Fat Head's Sunshine Daydream.

Specialty IPA: Fat Head’s Peter Piper Picked a Pepper, Christian Moerlein FC Cincinnati Blood Orange and Wolf’s Ridge Coconut Howling Moon.

Ohio has had a strong showing in the competitions in past years. Fat Head’s Head Hunter has won twice in the IPA category, while The Brew Kettle El Lupulo Libre was crowned the best imperial IPA once.

For more details, including the breakdown of who’s paired against who in the first round, click here.

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Hoppin' Frog Brewery launching exclusive beer club

Ohio Beer Blog - Mon, 02/06/2017 - 10:42am

Fresh off being named one of the top 100 brewers in the world, Hoppin’ Frog Brewery is launching an exclusive beer club.

Members will get special brews made only for them and an early crack at buying other limited-edition beers from the Akron brewery.

“That’s one of the things that I’ve wanted to do for years and now that we’ve reached this pinnacle, I’m going to do it,” owner and brewer Fred Karm said.

In case you missed it, Hoppin’ Frog was named one of RateBeer.com’s Top 100 Brewers in the World last week for the 10th consecutive year.

Hoppin’ Frog, known for flavorful, high-alcohol beers such as B.O.R.I.S. the Crusher Imperial Oatmeal Stout, isn’t breaking any new ground with the club.

Many breweries -- The Bruery in Placentia, Calif., and Listermann/Triple Digit Brewing Co. in Cincinnati, for example -- offer such opportunities for their fans, often charging hundreds of dollars a year for membership.

The Bruery even has a three-tiered membership program, with the top Hoarders Society being invitation-only to join. (An All About Beer magazine story in 2015 noted that the Hoarders Society cost $700 a year.)

Listermann/Triple Digit’s League of Extraordinary Chickow!s — which provides a variety of versions of its award-winning Chickow! — now has 215 members. It costs $110 to join.

Hoppin’ Frog hasn’t worked out all the specifics — or even the price. But it will be launched Feb. 25 at the brewery, 1680 E. Waterloo Road. That's also the day that Hoppin' Frog is throwing a party to celebrate its RateBeer honor.

Karm expects to release the club details by Feb. 20.

“I just want to do a special thing for the craft beer community,” he said.

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New brewery roundup

Ohio Beer Blog - Mon, 02/06/2017 - 6:07am

Here's the rundown of the brewing permits pending before the Ohio Division of Liquor Control. These could be for new breweries or existing breweries that are expanding with new locations. I've also added hyperlinks when I could find working websites or Facebook pages.

This list isn't a comprehensive list of every brewery planning to open in the state. It's just the ones that have filed paperwork with the state.

To help with anybody who regularly checks, I've added the word "New>>" to the operations that are new this week. Here you go, sorted by region, and accurate as of Feb. 3:

 

Southwest Ohio

 

• 13 Below Brewery, 7391 Forbes Road, Cincinnati.

Fab Ferments, 611 Shepherd Drive, Lockland.

Kennedy Vineyard, 3911 State Route 722, New Madison.

• March First Manufacturing, 7885 E. Kemper Road, Cincinnati.

Meier's Wine Cellars, 6955 Plainfield Road, Silverton.

Sons of Toil Brewing Co., 14090 Klein Road, Mount Orab.

Taft's Ale House, 4831 Spring Grove, Cincinnati.

Tap & Screw Brewery, 3026 Madison Road, Cincinnati.

West Side Brewing, 3044 Harrison Ave., Cincinnati.

Wine House OTR, 111 E. 12th St., Cincinnati.

 

Northeast Ohio

 

Boss Dog Brewing Co., 2179 Lee Road, Cleveland Heights.

• Cle Brewing, 31525 Aurora Road, Solon.

Fat Head’s Brewery, 3885-3893 Everhard Road, Canton.

Hoodletown Brewing Co., 424 W. 3rd St., Dover.

Hop Tree Brewing, 1297 Hudson Gate Drive, Hudson.

The Jolly Scholar, 11111 Euclid Ave., Cleveland.

Magic City Brewing Co., 561 W. Tuscarawas Ave., Barberton.

Missing Falls Brewery, 10 Main St., Munroe Falls.

Monzula Farm, 83800 Monzula Road, Cadiz.

NEW >>• Noble Beast Brewing Co., 1468 Lakeside Ave., Cleveland.

Sandy Springs Brewing Co., 232 N. Market St., Minerva.

17th State Brewing Co., 9200 Tyler Blvd., Mentor.

Terrestrial Brewing Co., 7524 Father Frascati Drive, Cleveland.

Uniontown Brewing Co., 105 W. Main St., Ashland.

• Veteran Brewhouse, 829 Country Road 801, Ashland.

Vibrant Family Winery, 541 Atkins Road, Geneva.

VPL, 14101 Market St., Columbiana.

Working Class Brewery, 17448 Lorain Ave., Cleveland.

 

Central Ohio

 

BrewDog Brewing Co., 96 Gender Road, Canal Winchester.

Combustion Brewery & Taproom, 80 W. Church St., Pickerington.

The Commissary, 1400 Dublin Road, Marble Cliff.

• Happy Street Bru Werks, 209 S. Gay St., Mount Vernon.

Loose Rail Brewing, 37 W. Waterloo, Canal Winchester.

Ram Restaurant & Brewery, 6632 Longshore St., Dublin.

Wild Ohio Brewing Co., 930 Freeway Drive, Columbus.

Y Bridge Brewing Co., 1417 Linden Ave., Zanesville.

 

Southeast Ohio

 

• Brewery 33, 12684 College Prospect Drive, Logan.

• Dungeon Hollow Brewing Co., 572 County Road 22, Bloomingdale.

 

Northwest Ohio

 

Amusement Ales and Brewery, 161 E. Market St., Sandusky.

• Bait House Brewery, 223 Meigs St., Sandusky.

NEW>> • East 55 Restaurants LLC, which operates Goldhorn Brewery, 101 E. Water St., Sandusky.

Findlay Brewing Co., 213 E. Crawford St., Findlay.

• Quenched & Tempered Brewery, 10750 Providence Neapolis Swanton Road, Grand Rapids.

 

Western Ohio

 

Brew Nation, 110 E. Poplar, Sidney.

Java Nation, 108-110 S. Main St., Celina.

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Five questions with ... Jack Waite

Ohio Beer Blog - Fri, 02/03/2017 - 8:44am

Jack Waite is the owner and brewer at Tailspin Brewing Co., a brewery operating out of a converted dairy barn in Coldwater. He launched the brewery after a lengthy career in the U.S. Air Force.

Question: Why did you become a brewer?

Answer: I started brewing when I was nearing the end of my service in the Air Force. I had just finished a challenging assignment overseas and had been sent to study for a year, with the Army, which was a perfect time to slow down, reacquaint with my family and take part in another learning experience.

While there, one of my instructors was an enthusiastic homebrewer who offered to teach anyone that had an interest in learning. After spending a few weekends learning the process and making my first batch, a scotch ale as I recall, I was hooked. One of my classmates also brewed and provided even more encouragement. I spent a lot of time that year in my garage, "studying." It was the hobby I needed to relax at the time.

Q: What has been the highlight of your brewing career so far and why was it so special? (Maybe it's been a beer that you brewed, an award that you won, an idol you've met ...)

A: When I retired from the Air Force in 2015, we knew we wanted to settle down in Western Ohio, and my wife’s hometown. The only question was, after flying for the Air Force for 23 years, what was I going to do in small-town Ohio. I decided I needed a new challenge and so I chose, with my family in support, to build a business.

When the question came to what that business should be, it didn’t take long to see that my “hobby” was a perfect opportunity to make a living (hopefully), doing something that I love. So after a year and a half of planning and renovating, experimenting and building, my wife and I opened Tailspin Brewing Co.

That first week, and really every week since, has been a highlight. We have been overwhelmed by the community and their approval of not only our beer, but of our venue, a renovated dairy barn.

Q: What advice can you give future brewers to be successful?

A: Do your homework. I self-studied everything I could find about the brewing process. But that only got me so far. I met and befriended other brewers who were making awesome beer and who had the time and patience to help an aspiring brewer make the leap to the commercial level. (Thanks Yellow Springs Brewery!)

Also, I’ve been telling those interested to believe in themselves. It might seem overwhelming as you dive in to the details, but before you know it, you’ve tackled every checklist item and overcome untold number of obstacles.

Q: What’s your best-selling beer and why do you think it’s so popular?

A: My best-selling beer is a cream ale and that’s not too surprising. Our area is infamous for downing large amounts of light lagers, so a “bitter” beer was only going to be sought out by those with a taste for such.

My biggest surprise is that right after the cream ale, my Milk Stout has posted strong sales. Anyone that enjoys a Milk Stout wouldn’t be surprised because they know that a sweet stout is an easy drinking beer. Thankfully, patrons are adventurous enough to give it a try.

Q: Which beer – any beer in the world – do you wish that you created/invented/brewed and why?

A: We were lucky enough to have two military assignments to Germany. So, as you can imagine, we were able to sample fantastic examples of historic beer recipes. In our second assignment, we were about 20 minutes from the Belgium border and almost on a monthly basis, a friend and I would travel across the border to a Belgium grocery store and pick up cases and cases of some of the best beers in the world. I always wished I could do a Trappist beer justice. Brewing beer with monks in an abbey that was century’s old using ingredients and methods that are just as old? Sign me up!

Editor's note: The Five questions with ... feature appears every Friday. If you would like to participate or would like to nominate someone, send me an email at rarmon@thebeaconjournal.com.

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Ohio's Hoppin' Frog and Jackie O's among the 'Top 100 Brewers in the World'

Ohio Beer Blog - Fri, 02/03/2017 - 6:51am

Let the confetti fly.

Hoppin’ Frog Brewery and Jackie O’s Pub and Brewery have again been honored by RateBeer.com as two of the Top 100 Brewers in the World. The website, which provides beer drinkers a forum to review beers, released its annual list Friday. (Feb. 3)

Hoppin’ Frog, located in Akron, has been on the list for 10 years. Jackie O’s in Athens also has consistently made the cut. They were the only two Ohio breweries on the list this year.

It’s quite an honor considering RateBeer.com analyzed online reviews of more than 22,500 breweries around the world to come up with the top performers.

“More than anything it’s a testament to the hard work we put in and, I guess, the consistency,” owner and brewer Fred Karm said.

“It just blows my mind,” he added. “We’ve reached a pinnacle in our existence that we’ve been able to prove that we can make consistently great beers every single year.”

With a brewery boom occurring in the United States, it’s getting more difficult to be recognized. Karm said he doesn’t take it for granted.

“I was so hoping that we’d get on the list for the 10th year,” he said.

The brewery will celebrate the RateBeer honor with a party Feb. 25.

Brad Clark, head brewer at Jackie O’s, also was pleased with the recognition.

“It’s a list that I always hope that I’m on and look forward to being on,” he said.

Fat Head’s Brewery, which has locations in Middleburg Heights, North Olmsted and Portland, Ore., made the list last year, but not this year. Great Lakes Brewing Co. in Cleveland and Thirsty Dog Brewing Co. in Akron also have appeared on the list in the past.

To check out all the winners, click here.

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Busch to debut its first Super Bowl commercial

Ohio Beer Blog - Thu, 02/02/2017 - 2:12pm

Get ready for the Busch Guy and a new Busch look.

Anheuser-Busch InBev -- which produces Busch, Busch Light and Busch NA in Columbus -- will broadcast its first-ever Super Bowl commercial for Busch on Sunday (Feb. 5)

The 30-second ad, called "BUSCHHHHH," will serve as the debut for the Busch Guy -- a plaid-wearing man's man who pulls a six-pack out of a stream -- and new Busch packaging that will hit retailers in April. (Check out the commercial above.)

"The goal for our first-ever Super Bowl commercial was to create a spot that was unmistakably Busch,” Chelsea Phillips, senior director of value brands at Anheuser-Busch, said in a prepared statement. “By featuring our iconic ‘stream pull’ and the ‘BUSCHHHHH’ can crack sound, we created a relatable and funny spot, expected to resonate strongly with those consumers who have the same values that we do."

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Hoppin' Frog picks up RateBeer Best honor

Ohio Beer Blog - Thu, 02/02/2017 - 10:18am

Hoppin' Frog Infusion A Coffee Porter was named today (Feb. 2) by RateBeer.com as one of the best porters on the planet.

The beer received a bronze rating as part of RateBeer's annual Best awards, which are being trickled out this week online. The awards announced today were the best beers by style and the best new beers.

Hoppin' Frog, located in Akron, was the only Ohio brewery with a highlighted beer in the latest awards.

Infusion A made its debut in bottles in 2014 and came out of the brewery's popular Tower Tuesdays program, in which beers are run through a giant tower filled with various ingredients that infuse the beer with new flavors.

To check out all the awards, click here. RateBeer will release its list of the Top 100 Brewers in the World on Friday.

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Dogfish Head bringing tour to Columbus, Cincinnati

Ohio Beer Blog - Thu, 02/02/2017 - 9:33am

Dogfish Head Craft Brewery and Crosley Radio are kicking off a 29-city tour in March, with stops planned in Columbus and Cincinnati, to celebrate records and the brewery's new tropical blonde ale called Beer to Drink Music To '17.

The Dogfish Head x Crosley Cruiser tour will end on Record Store Day (April 22) in Philadelphia. The tour will stop at independent record stores in Columbus on March 18 and in Cincinnati on March 19. (The website doesn't say specifically where the stops are so I reached out to the brewery.)

Beer to Drink Music To ’17, which clocks in at 6.8 percent alcohol by volume, features hibiscus flowers and kiwi juice, and was made to pair with a Sony and Dogfish Head record collaboration. The record, featuring artists such as Miles Davis, Deltron 3030 and The Grateful Dead, is being released on Record Store Day.

“The enjoyment of a beautiful beer with an amazing album at the same time is an exponentially awesome experience,” Dogfish founder Sam Calagione said in a prepared statement.

"I fell in love with music at the same time I fell in love with beer, and in an increasingly digital age, vinyl records provide a deep, tangible connection to music that reverberates with craft beer fans," he added.

For more details, click here.

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Elevator to party with a Horny Goat

Ohio Beer Blog - Wed, 02/01/2017 - 12:07pm

Bud Light had Spuds MacKenzie as a partying spokesdog in 1980s.

Elevator Brewing Co. has a goat.

A goat named Horny.

And Horny — the Columbus brewery insists that’s the goat’s real name; “For a day anyways,” Elevator founder Dick Stevens says with a laugh — will be partying Saturday (Feb. 4) at the Elevator 13th Floor Tap Room as the brewery releases four-packs of its Horny Goat Bourbon Barrel-Aged Porter.

Horny the goat will even be available for photos.

The celebration runs from noon to about 8 p.m. at the 13th Floor Tap Room. The party also will feature the release of three limited edition Horny Goat versions: Vanilla, Hazelnut and Special Reserve 2016 Edition.

In addition to the beer, the Put It In Your Face Sandwich Cart will visit and a Pop-Up Art Showcase will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. with local artist Christopher Cropper.

Four-packs of Horny Goat will sell for $10.99 and be available at Elevator retailers. There also is a limited amount of the beer available on draft.

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Ohio brewers win medals at Best of Craft Beer Awards

Ohio Beer Blog - Wed, 02/01/2017 - 11:48am

Seven Ohio breweries took home medals -- including three golds -- at the recent Best of Craft Beer Awards in Bend, Ore.

Here's a rundown of the winners from the Buckeye State:

-- Wolf's Ridge Brewing Co. in Columbus, a gold for Clear Sky.

-- Gordon Biersch Brewery-Restaurant in Columbus, a gold for Golden Export.

-- Ill Mannered Brewing Co. in Powell, a gold for Malt Tank.

-- Black Cloister Brewing Co. in Toledo, a silver for Chained Dog.

-- North High Brewing Co. in Columbus, a bronze for North High Pale Ale.

-- Lineage Brewing Co. in Columbus, a bronze for Eldrax.

-- Boston Beer Co. in Cincinnati, a bronze for Samuel Adams Chocolate Bock.

For more details about the competition and to check out all the winners, click here.

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MadTree ready for "legendary celebration"

Ohio Beer Blog - Wed, 02/01/2017 - 10:01am

MadTree Brewing Co. is preparing for a "legendary celebration" as it hosts the grand opening for its new $18 million production brewery, taproom and beer garden on Feb. 11.

The event coincides with the Cincinnati brewery's annual Winter Bonanza -- a tasting that will showcase more than 70 beers and a slew of guest breweries. The celebration runs from 11 a.m. to 1 a.m.

"We wouldn’t be here without the insatiable thirst and unending support of the community," MadTree co-founder Kenny McNutt said in a prepared statement. "So we are hosting what will become a legendary celebration just four years after we started this crazy adventure to brew local beer."

The guest brewers are: Bell's, Columbus, Creature Comforts, Fat Head's, Jackie O's, Jolly Pumpkin, Little Fish, Modern Times, Sierra Nevada, Sun King and Upland.

The Winter Bonanza, which also features food and live music, is free to attend, with beers costing $5. Beer tickets may be purchased in advance online through the MadTree website, in-person at the new taproom from Feb. 7-10, or at the party.

For more details, click here.

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Millersburg releasing high-alcohol imperial stout

Ohio Beer Blog - Tue, 01/31/2017 - 1:43pm

Millersburg Brewing Co. in Millersburg is releasing two new draft beers Thursday, (Feb. 2) including a high-alcohol one aged in maple bourbon barrels from Bissell Maple Farm in Ashtabula County.

Back Country Burning is an imperial stout that clocks in at 14.4 percent alcohol by volume. Meanwhile, Boulder is a California common that’s 5.5 percent.

Both beers were made in limited quantities, brewer Marty Lindon said.

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Buckeye Lake celebrates five-year anniversary

Ohio Beer Blog - Tue, 01/31/2017 - 12:25pm

Buckeye Lake Brewery is celebrating its five-year anniversary Sunday (Feb. 5) -- yes, as in Super Bowl Sunday.

The brewery, located in Buckeye Lake, opened on Super Bowl Sunday and owner Rich Hennosy remembers the business being packed with customers. Well, until the football game started. Then the brewery, which didn't have a television at the time, cleared out.

"Now we have a television so we might have some people stick around to watch the game," Hennosy said with a chuckle.

The party runs from noon to 10 p.m. and will feature the release of a new growler, a new beer and the Moe's Original BBQ food truck. Each year, Buckeye Lake releases a new growler and during the anniversary party offers discounts for folks with old ones. For example, anyone with a 2012 growler gets $5 off a fill.

"Our customers really love that," Hennosy said. "We’ll be filling growlers like crazy on Sunday, especially with the Super Bowl."

The brewery also will have three special 22-ounce bombers for sale, including Dam, a new 9 percent imperial stout. The others are Bang and Go Back BIPA and Coffee Stout.

"The first five years have been great," Hennosy said, reflecting on the anniversary. "So much growth. It has been very challenging as well just to try to keep up. We have big plans in the coming years. It feels like we start over every few years with the growth, so hopefully we can finally get ahead of it."

He noted that Buckeye Lake is scouting for a new location for its production brewery in the community because it has run out of space at the current site. The tasting room is likely not going anywhere.

"We’re trying to figure out where to go," he said.

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RateBeer honors Vintage Estate, Jungle Jim's

Ohio Beer Blog - Tue, 01/31/2017 - 9:55am

Vintage Estate Wine and Beer in Boardman and Jungle Jim’s International Market in Fairfield aren’t just fine local beer destinations – they are world-class beer destinations.

The Ohio businesses were named today (Jan. 31) as one of the best bottle shops and one of the best groceries, respectively, in the United States by RateBeer.com. The website is continuing to hand out its annual RateBeer Best awards this week, with today’s announcements focusing on the “Best Places for Beer.”

Here are the Ohio-centric awards:

Best brewpub: Jackie O’s in Athens.

Best restaurant: Dutch’s in Cincinnati.

Best brewer taproom: Jackie O’s production brewery in Athens.

Best bottle shop: Vintage Estate Wine and Beer.

Best grocery: Jungle Jim’s International Market.

Best bar: Tremont Tap House in Cleveland.

The awards will continue to be announced through Friday.

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Jackie O's, Little Fish earn Ratebeer.com accolades

Ohio Beer Blog - Mon, 01/30/2017 - 2:38pm

RateBeer.com started handing out its annual RateBeer Best awards today (Jan. 30), with two breweries in Athens picking up the first accolades for Ohio.

The website revealed the best beer, best brewery and best new brewery by subregion.

Jackie O's Brewery was named best Ohio brewery and it's Iced Coffee Apparition was selected as the best beer. Meanwhile, Little Fish Brewing Co. -- co-founded by a Jackie O's alum and located just a hop and a skip from Jackie O's -- was named best new brewer in Ohio.

RateBeer.com is rolling out its awards throughout the week, culminating with the unveiling of the "Top 100 Brewers in the World" on Friday.

To read all the awards, click here.

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New brewery roundup for Ohio

Ohio Beer Blog - Mon, 01/30/2017 - 8:39am

When I launched this beer blog nearly six years ago, my plan was to do a story on each and every Ohio brewery that filed for a state brewing permit.

Ha. That’s not happening anymore.

With the sheer volume of applications being filed with the Ohio Division of Liquor Control nowadays — combined with my full-time job as a local government reporter at the Akron Beacon Journal and my family commitments — that lofty goal has fallen to the wayside.

I still write about new breweries. But I can’t be as comprehensive as I used to be.

That said, I’m launching a new feature called “New brewery Monday.” Each Monday, I’ll post the rundown of brewing permits pending before the state Division of Liquor Control. These could be for new breweries or existing breweries that are expanding with new locations. I've also added hyperlinks when I could find working websites or Facebook pages.

This list isn't a rundown of every brewery planning to open in the state. It's just the ones that have filed paperwork with the state.

Here you go, sorted by region, and accurate as of Jan. 27:

 

Southwest Ohio

 

• 13 Below Brewery, 7391 Forbes Road, Cincinnati.

Fab Ferments, 611 Shepherd Drive, Lockland.

Kennedy Vineyard, 3911 State Route 722, New Madison.

MadTree Brewing Co., 3301 Madison Road, Cincinnati.

• March First Manufacturing, 7885 E. Kemper Road, Cincinnati.

Meier's Wine Cellars, 6955 Plainfield Road, Silverton.

Sons of Toil Brewing Co., 14090 Klein Road, Mount Orab.

Taft's Ale House, 4831 Spring Grove, Cincinnati.

Tap & Screw Brewery, 3026 Madison Road, Cincinnati.

West Side Brewing, 3044 Harrison Ave., Cincinnati.

Wine House OTR, 111 E. 12th St., Cincinnati.

 

Northeast Ohio

 

Boss Dog Brewing Co., 2179 Lee Road, Cleveland Heights.

• Cle Brewing, 31525 Aurora Road, Solon.

Fat Head’s Brewery, 3885-3893 Everhard Road, Canton.

Hoodletown Brewing Co., 424 W. 3rd St., Dover.

Hop Tree Brewing, 1297 Hudson Gate Drive, Hudson.

The Jolly Scholar, 11111 Euclid Ave., Cleveland.

Magic City Brewing Co., 561 W. Tuscarawas Ave., Barberton.

Missing Falls Brewery, 10 Main St., Munroe Falls.

Monzula Farm, 83800 Monzula Road, Cadiz.

Sandy Springs Brewing Co., 232 N. Market St., Minerva.

17th State Brewing Co., 9200 Tyler Blvd., Mentor.

Terrestrial Brewing Co., 7524 Father Frascati Drive, Cleveland.

Uniontown Brewing Co., 105 W. Main St., Ashland.

• Veteran Brewhouse, 829 Country Road 801, Ashland.

Vibrant Family Winery, 541 Atkins Road, Geneva.

VPL, 14101 Market St., Columbiana.

Working Class Brewery, 17448 Lorain Ave., Cleveland.

 

Central Ohio

 

BrewDog Brewing Co., 96 Gender Road, Canal Winchester.

Combustion Brewery & Taproom, 80 W. Church St., Pickerington.

The Commissary, 1400 Dublin Road, Marble Cliff.

• Happy Street Bru Werks, 209 S. Gay St., Mount Vernon.

Loose Rail Brewing, 37 W. Waterloo, Canal Winchester.

Ram Restaurant & Brewery, 6632 Longshore St., Dublin.

Wild Ohio Brewing Co., 930 Freeway Drive, Columbus.

Y Bridge Brewing Co., 1417 Linden Ave., Zanesville.

 

Southeast Ohio

 

• Brewery 33, 12684 College Prospect Drive, Logan.

• Dungeon Hollow Brewing Co., 572 County Road 22, Bloomingdale.

 

Northwest Ohio

 

Amusement Ales and Brewery, 161 E. Market St., Sandusky.

• Bait House Brewery, 223 Meigs St., Sandusky.

Findlay Brewing Co., 213 E. Crawford St., Findlay.

• Quenched & Tempered Brewery, 10750 Providence Neapolis Swanton Road, Grand Rapids.

 

Western Ohio

 

Brew Nation, 110 E. Poplar, Sidney.

Java Nation, 108-110 S. Main St., Celina.

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