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Cleveland-based The Riverside Co. invests in Uinta Brewing

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 3:04pm

A private equity firm in Cleveland is investing in Uinta Brewing Co., one of the largest craft breweries in the U.S. The Riverside Co. announced the deal with the Salt Lake City brewery today. (Aug. 29)

"This investment from Riverside will allow us to expand our distribution, enhance our production capacity, continue our new beer development and increase our efforts in getting the word out about Uinta’s fantastic beer,” Uinta founder Will Hamill said in a news release.

The firm declined to release financial terms, but said it is Riverside's first investment in a craft brewery. Uinta is the 46th largest craft brewer in the country, according to the Brewers Association. Its brands include Hop Nosh IPA and Cutthroat Pale Ale.

Uinta recently completed an $18 million expansion. Last year, it produced nearly 60,000 barrels and expects this year "to be another year of record growth."

Riverside Vice President Steve Rice said the firm hooked up with Uinta after the brewery hired an adviser to seek out an investor. There are plenty of craft beer fans at the firm who recognized the quality of Uinta and its growth potential, especially its organic line of beers, he said.

"We are big believers in the culture of the business, which is very strong, and the brand messaging they have," Rice said in a telephone interview. "We saw a great opportunity to partner and take it further than they already have."

To read the full news release, see below:

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Riverside Invests In Uinta Brewing Company August 29, 2014 Craft Brewer Continues Expanding

After experiencing accelerated growth over the past few years and recently completing a major brewery expansion, Uinta Brewing Company looks long-term with an investment from The Riverside Company. The injection of financial and strategic resources by Riverside will grant Uinta the ability to keep doing what they are doing—producing notable craft beer in a sustainable way using quality ingredients and state-of-the-art equipment.

Founded 21 years ago by Will Hamill, Uinta has grown to be one of the top 50 craft brewers in the United States by volume. The foundation for Uinta’s impressive growth has been a strong, embedded culture with deep local roots and capable wings. With this foundation firmly in place, the Riverside investment will provide support and resources to sustain Uinta’s incredible growth momentum over the coming years.

Hamill will remain as Uinta’s CEO and significant owner and will continue to lead the brewery as it accelerates its growth and presence in the craft beer market. Comprised of passionate craft beer lovers and outdoor enthusiasts, Uinta’s employees and management team remain as committed as ever, and plans to continue to grow the Uinta family are already underway.

“I am deeply committed to the Uinta culture, our team, our consumers, and our distribution partners. This investment from Riverside will allow us to expand our distribution, enhance our production capacity, continue our new beer development and increase our efforts in getting the word out about Uinta’s fantastic beer,” said Hamill. “In considering our options for growth capital, I spoke with many smart people as it was critical to me that our new partner truly understands craft beer and appreciates what makes Uinta so special. I wanted to make sure that we could continue to build our brand while maintaining the culture and values that have made Uinta the company it is today. I’m excited to embrace this support from Riverside. Their resources and business acumen, combined with our passion and brewing knowledge will ensure continued momentum for years to come.”

“We’re especially excited to partner with a strong and respected brand like Uinta,” said Riverside Managing Partner Loren Schlachet. “The craft beer movement is expanding significantly and Uinta has enormous growth potential in both new and existing markets.”

Uinta recently completed an $18 million brewery expansion and will continue to invest in expanding its production capacity and distribution footprint. In 2013, the brewery produced nearly 60,000 barrels of beer and 2014 is poised to be another year of record growth.

“With its fantastic beer and branding, Uinta has already won many fans throughout the country,” said Riverside Vice President Steve Rice. “We’re delighted to be part of the next chapter in Uinta’s growth story, and we look forward to working with Will and his outstanding team.”

“I’m extremely proud of Uinta and our team and eager to expand upon our capabilities. The future looks bright for Uinta Brewing and the craft beer industry as a whole and I am very excited to see what’s on tap for us in the coming years,” said Hamill. “The brewery is extremely humbled by the growing enthusiasm for our brand and the Uinta team is ‘hopped up’ to share our beer with more craft beer consumers near and far.”

Working with Schlachet and Rice on the transaction for Riverside was Senior Associate Kevin Kumar. Origination Principal Jeremy Holland sourced the transaction for Riverside. Vice President Dan Haynes worked on financing the transaction for the firm.

Riverside partnered with Golub Capital for financing and was advised by Jones Day, Deloitte and West Monroe Partners.

Uinta Brewing Company
Named after the only major east-west running mountain range located in the continental U.S., Uinta Brewing Company’s journey began in 1993 with the reality that passion for craft beer and a hankering for the great outdoors could align in Salt Lake City, Utah. Built on an axis point that endorses sustainability, community involvement and innovation, their compass guides them on a path to admirable, consistent craft beer leading consumers to discover a brand with passion, personality and soul. Precisely, GREAT BEER is Uinta’s True North.

The Riverside Company
The Riverside Company is a global private equity firm focused on acquiring and investing in growing businesses valued at up to $250 million (€200 million in Europe). Since its founding in 1988, Riverside has invested in more than 350 transactions. The firm’s international portfolio includes more than 70 companies.

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Millersburg Brewing ventures into canning

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 12:14pm

Millersburg Brewing Co. is now canning. The brewery, located in the heart of Amish country in Millersburg, used We Can Mobile Canning to put its Lot 21 Blonde Ale in cans last week. (Aug. 21)

The front of the can features Rosie, the smiling Millersburg horse. The back of the can features Rosie's ... well ... backside.

"For a brewery only open for 18 months, this project was a defining moment for us," the brewery said in a news release.

Millersburg produced 260 cases. The beer is now available at Buehler's Fresh Foods and Fisher's Foods, the brewery said. Millersburg plans to can again toward the end of September.

"As we continue to can more Lot 21 Blonde, we look at the possibilities in terms of canning and the opportunities are endless," the brewery said. "Many have asked why cans over bottles. There are several advantages to cans: lighter, less cost, deflects sun to avoid skunking, economically sound to transport. All of these things matter when considering mass distribution of a craft beer. Cans are a staple in the beer industry (often associated with mass produced light beers), and are becoming more common used among smaller craft brewers for economic reasons. Cans enable hand craft beers to be shared nationwide. (Not to mention, our cans are just downright awesome.)"

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Fifty Fest returns Sept. 6 to Fifty West

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 7:45am

The second annual Fifty Fest, a beer tasting and music festival at Fifty West Brewing Co. in Cincinnati, returns Sept. 6. The event, which is free to attend, kicks off at noon and runs until midnight.

The festival will showcase 11 breweries: Fifty West, Blank Slate, MadTree, Triple Digit, Listermann, Mt. Carmel, Rhinegeist, Christian Moerlein, Seventh Son, Jackie O's and Yellow Springs.

In addition to beers being poured all day, a special beer will be released each hour from 1 to 9 p.m. (See poster below for the full list.)

“The beer at Fifty Fest isn’t your everyday craft beer selection," Fifty West assistant brewer Max Fram said today (Aug. 29) in a news release. "We requested special releases or barrel-aged brews from each participating brewery. In addition, we will be releasing three of our own specialty beers: an Oak Barrel-Aged Belgian Style Tripel called Our Mom’s Advice, a one-year bourbon barrel-aged barley wine called 10&2, and an unreleased imperial stout called Death Valley Shootout Stout."

Meanwhile, there also will be eight bands performing on two stages.

To read the full news release, see below:

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Specialty Ohio Brews Pouring and Eight Bands Performing at Second Annual Fifty Fest

CINCINNATI (August 28, 2014)—Saturday, September 6, marks Fifty West Brewing Company’s second annual Fifty Fest. The festival kicks off at noon at Fifty West (7668 Wooster Pike) and features eight bands and beer taps from eleven Ohio breweries. 

The breweries include: Fifty West, Blank Slate, Madtree, Triple Digit, Listermann, Mt. Carmel, Rhinegeist, and Moerlein from Cincinnati, Seventh Son from Columbus, Jackie O’s from Athens, and Yellow Springs Brewery.

“The beer at Fifty Fest isn’t your everyday craft beer selection, we requested special releases or barrel-aged brews from each participating brewery. In addition, we will be releasing three of our own specialty beers: an Oak Barrel-Aged Belgian Style Tripel called “Our Mom’s Advice,” a one-year Bourbon Barrel-Aged Barley Wine called “10&2,” and an unreleased Imperial Stout called Death Valley Shootout Stout,” said Max Fram, Assistant Brewer at Fifty West Brewing Company.

The Fifty Fest live music will be hosted on a larger scale than in the past, with a stage added to the Fifty West parking lot. A second stage will be located at the Heritage Tastings at the Cottage, the co-host of Fifty Fest. The band lineup includes: The Cliftones, Deep Fried Five, Buffalo Wabs & The Price Hill Hustle, Lagniappe, The Qtet, Red Meets Green, NKU Latin Jazz Ensemble, and The Touchables.

“Our band lineup last year was amazing but this years lineup knocks it out of the park. The Cliftones have a huge following, their music on the big stage is a reason to come out in itself,” said Jody Steiner, who regularly books artists at Fifty West.

Food will be plenty at Fifty Fest. Vendors include Pizzelii Pizza, Dutch’s Larder, and Eli’s Barbeque. Specialty desserts will also be available from Grateful Grahams, artisanal goods from The Wisdom Tree, and Fifty West merchandise including a new tie-dye shirt. 

Four clearly marked auxiliary lots on Wooster Pike will be available for parking. In addition, Lyft is providing a Fifty Fest promo code (50FEST14), giving first time users a $20 ride credit.

The event will take place on the grounds of the old Heritage Restaurant, now occupied by Fifty West Brewing Company and Heritage Tastings at the Cottage. For more information about Fifty West Brewing Company check out the event their Website or Facebook. Follow them on Twitter and Instagram @FiftyWestBrew and be sure to check out last years Fifty Fest Video on YouTube.

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Fifty West Brewing Company

Fifty West Brewing Company out of Cincinnati, Ohio opened for business in November of 2012 at the old Heritage Restaurant located at 7668 Wooster Pike. The beers brewed at Fifty West Brewing Company are hand made in small batches with a focus on craftsmanship, tradition, innovation, and patience.

Fifty Fest Music Schedule

MAIN STAGE

The Cliftones: 10PM-Midnight (Headliner- Jam/Funk/Reggae)

Deep Fried Five: 7:30PM-9 (Jam/Funk/Soul)

Buffalo Wabs & The Price Hill Hustle: 5PM-6:30 (Folk/Bluegrass) http://www.pricehillhustle.com/

Lagniappe: 2:30PM-4  (Cajun/Gypsy Jazz)

HERITAGE COTTAGE STAGE

The Qtet: 6:30PM-7:30 (Jazz/Fusion)

NKU Latin Jazz Ensemble: 9PM-10 (Latin jazz)

Red Meets Green: 4PM-5 (Indie rock)

The Touchables: 1PM-2:30 (Rock Band)

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SweetWater to kick off in Columbus and Cleveland in October

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 3:11pm

SweetWater Brewing Co. will release its beers in the Columbus and Cleveland markets in October, the brewery announced today. (Aug. 28) Tastings are set for the week of Oct. 6 in Columbus and the week of Oct. 13 in Cleveland, Akron, Canton and Youngstown.

The Atlanta brewery, which announced earlier this year that it was moving into Ohio, is bringing its 420 Extra Pale Ale, SweetWater IPA, SweetWater Blue and Take Two Pils in bottles, cans and on draft. It also will offer the SweetWater Tackle Box, a variety 12-pack featuring three of SweetWater’s year-round beers and a seasonal.

The brewery -- the 19th largest craft brewer in the U.S. -- also announced today that it has teamed up with Superior Beverage Group to distribute its beers in the central and northeast Ohio markets. It hasn't yet announced distributors for the remainder of the state.

For more details, click here.

To read the full news release, see below:

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SWEETWATER BREWING COMPANY NAMES COLUMBUS AND CLEVELAND DISTRIBUTORS

Brewery dishes on details for launch events and beer lineup coming to Ohio shelves and taps this October

ATLANTA (August 27, 2014)– On the heels of SweetWater Brewery’s recent announcement to launch distribution in the state of Ohio, the Southeastern craft brewery announces the Columbus and Cleveland wholesaler assigned to distribute the beers locally throughout northern and central Ohio. Announcements on remaining Oho markets still to be determined.

Through diligent planning and wholesaler assignments, SweetWater proudly names Superior Beverage Group to cover both the Columbus and Cleveland markets, which entails Youngstown, Akron, Canton and surrounding areas. With their recently expanded production capacity, SweetWater’s current distribution footprint covers the Southeastern United States including Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Kentucky, Louisiana, Virginia and D.C.

SweetWater will bring their notoriously hoppy ales to the area starting with its flagship, 420 Extra Pale Ale, IPA, Blue and Take Two Pils on draft alongside bottles, cans and Tackle Box variety packs in off-premise grocery, package and bottle shops including:

·         420 Extra Pale Ale - SweetWater’s 420 is a West Coast style pale ale with big hops and a crisp finish. First brewed on April 20, 1997, 420 is extremely well-balanced which makes it a perfect introduction to a new town – that’s why we say “drink ‘em if you got ‘em!” Rolling out in 6-pack bottles, 12-pack cans and draft.

·         SweetWater IPA - This mammoth India Pale Ale (IPA) is dry-hopped to the gills delivering a kick-you-in-the-teeth hop chop. The brew is unfiltered to leave all the natural flavors intact. SweetWater IPA won first place in a blind tasting against 15 of the best IPA’s in the country held by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Rolling out in 6-pack bottles, 12-pack cans and draft.

·         SweetWater Blue - SweetWater Blue is a unique, lighter-bodied wheat ale enhanced with blueberries.  This ain’t no fruit beer, but it is our breakfast beer, and perfect for hanging on a warm Ohio day. Rolling out in 6-pack bottles and on draft.

·         Take Two Pils - A golden blonde German pilsner brewed with spicy floral hops and a head-first trip down the rabbit hole of lagers. Call us in the morning! Rolling out in 6-pack bottles and draft.

·         SweetWater Tackle Box -The SweetWater Tackle Box variety pack is a hefty 12-pack collection featuring three of SweetWater’s favorite year round brews, along with a fourth catch and release seasonal specialty in each box.

A crew from SweetWater will taste their way around the area with sampling celebrations and sponsored events kicking off the week of Oct. 6 in Columbus, and the week of Oct. 13 for Cleveland, Canton, Akron, Youngstown and surrounding markets. For the full schedule and participating locations, visit SweetWater’s Facebook Page.

Online fans can wet their whistles too by following the brewery’s Ohio Facebook page for details on how to enter SweetWater’s “Catch a Trout Tap” contest rewarding the first locals to spot their tap handles with free SweetWater Schwag.

To learn more about SweetWater Brewing Company and its full lineup, visit www.sweetwaterbrew.com.

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Cincinnati Craft Brewers' Oktoberfest returns Oct. 10-11

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 10:55am

The Cincinnati Craft Brewers' Oktoberfest returns Oct. 10-11 to Listermann Brewing Co. The third annual event, as with previous years, will feature Cincinnati-area brewers.

"The idea behind Oktoberfest is to celebrate the arrival of fall, fall beers, and of course, Cincinnati," the brewery said in a news release.

The following breweries are participating: Blank Slate, Fifty West, Christian Moerlein, Rock Bottom, Rivertown, Mt. Carmel, MadTree, Cellar Dweller, Wiedemann, Quaff Bros., Rhinegeist, Triple Digit/Listermann and Bad Tom.

The breweries each will tap a rare beer at noon Oct. 11. Triple Digit also will tap a different version of Chickwow! every hour. And Listermann will hold a ceremonial tapping of its Oktoberfest Lager at 4 p.m. that day. The specific beer lists will be released closer to the event, Listermann said.

In addition to beer, the event will feature live music and food. Cincideutsch is helping host the festival.

The festival is free to attend and people pay for the beer they drink. The event runs from 5 p.m. to midnight Oct. 10 and noon to 11 p.m. Oct. 11

To read the full news release, see below:

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Your favorite Oktoberfest is back for its third year! The Cincinnati Craft Brewers’ Oktoberfest is generally the last one of the season and has a unique twist the others do not. At this fest, there is only ONE Oktoberfest beer served, while the others are all beers brewed in Cincinnati. This year the festival is being held October 10th and 11th at Listermann Brewing Company in Norwood, Ohio. The idea behind Oktoberfest is to celebrate the arrival of fall, fall beers and, of course, Cincinnati. There is no cost to attend Oktoberfest, just pay for whatever you eat and drink! The celebration goes from Friday at 5 pm until midnight and Saturday from Noon until 11 pm.

The breweries involved are: Blank Slate, Fifty West, Christian Morelein, Rock Bottom, Rivertown, Mt. Carmel, Madtree, Cellar Dweller, Wiedemann, Quaff Bros, Rhinegeist, Triple Digit, Bad Tom Smith and Listermann.

Saturday at Noon will be a rare beer tap in. One rare beer from every brewery will either be on draft or on cask until they run out. Triple Digit will also be tapping a different variation of Chickow! every hour, on the hour. Stay tuned for the beer lists that will be coming out closer to the event.

Listermann Brewing Company has teamed up with the Cincideutsch to host the event. They will be bringing an authentic German feel to the festival, as well as booths, banners and parades to talk about their club. The ceremonial keg tapping of the Listermann Oktoberfest Lager will be held at Saturday at 4 p.m.

Like the Volksfest and Starkbier Fest previously held at LBC, this event will be family and dog friendly. More info on the music and food venders will be provided later.

For special accommodations or questions, call Listermann’s at 513-731-1130 or email Jason at Jason@listermannbrewing.com. If you would like to volunteer, send an email to volunteers@listermannbrewing.com . We look forward to seeing you October 10th and 11th! Prost/Cheers!

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World of Beer adding another location in Columbus

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 9:59am

Columbus is getting another World of Beer. The company and New Tap Gateway announced today (Aug. 27) that they have signed a 10-year lease with Campus Partners, a subsidiary of The Ohio State University, to open a tavern at the South Campus Gateway development.

The new location will feature a 4,500-square-foot patio and beer garden.

“The introduction of an open air beer garden at the South Campus Gateway will be a game changer not only for WOB but for the entire neighborhood surrounding the OSU campus,” Mark Pottschmidt, a partner with New Tap Gateway LLC, said in a news release.

The new World of Beer -- joining the Brewery District and Easton locations -- is expected to open in March. World of Beer offers more than 500 craft beers in bottles, along with an extensive draft menu.

To read the full news release, see below:

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World of Beer (WOB) Franchising, Inc., and New Tap Gateway, LLC, Sign 10-Year Lease with Campus Partners for New South Campus Gateway Location

Rapidly Growing WOB Franchise To Open Third Columbus, Ohio Tavern Featuring

500 Local and Global Craft Beers, Classic Tavern Fare & Live Entertainment

Tampa, FL (Aug. 26, 2014) –World of Beer Franchising, Inc. (WOB) and New Tap Gateway, LLC, have signed a 10-year lease with Campus Partners, a subsidiary of Ohio State University (OSU), to develop a new tavern at the South Campus Gateway adjacent to the OSU campus in Columbus, Ohio. WOB is leasing 4,113 square feet at 1568 North High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43201 in the busy South Campus Gateway mixed-use development, a central location for the campus’s 55,000 students, 30,000 faculty and staff. Amanda Hoffsis, president of Campus Partners, and Keith Myers, associate vice president of physical planning and real estate at OSU, were instrumental in signing the lease agreement with New Tap Gateway, LLC, which plans to raise capital for the deal and expects to close within 30 days. This will be WOB’s third Columbus location.

“The World of Beer concept has really evolved since we opened our Brewery District and Easton locations and we are looking forward to introducing Columbus to the new Tavern Fare menu,” said Darren Greene, partner, New Tap Gateway, LLC.

The WOB-Columbus location is expected to open in March of 2015 and will feature an adjacent 4,500 square-foot patio and beer garden transforming an underutilized pedestrian walkway into an active, engaging outdoor environment that will benefit the entire South Campus Gateway development.

“The introduction of an open air beer garden at the South Campus Gateway will be a game changer not only for WOB but for the entire neighborhood surrounding the OSU campus,” said Mark Pottschmidt, partner, New Tap Gateway, LLC.

Celebrating the popularity of craft beer and its culture, WOB offers over 500 varieties of craft beer in bottles along with an extensive draft menu with taps that rotate daily so guests will discover something new and unique on every visit. Signature craft spirit cocktails, ciders and wine along with non-alcoholic beverages are also available. Pairing its craft brews with the franchise’s signature “Tavern Fare” menu, WOB offers sandwiches, main plates and appetizers, such as Giant Bavarian Pretzels and an Artisan Sausage Board, to complement the many beer styles.

Brewing Variety One Beer at a Time

WOB is proud to partner with many local breweries to provide guests with the best variety of local craft beers they won’t find anywhere else. The WOB experience is centered around a global menu of beverages, live music and televised sports. Guests can also enjoy live music Thursday through Saturday nights, as well as monthly brewery nights and spotlights, mini-tap takeovers, and holiday themed events celebrating St. Patrick’s Day, Cinco de Mayo, WOBtoberfest and more. WOB is working with Campus Partners to host several game day beer festivals at the South Campus Gateway this fall.

Since opening its first tavern in Tampa, Florida in 2007, WOB has grown to 60 locations in 19 states. What began as a neighborhood tavern to sample great craft beers and swap beer-talk for co-founders Scott Zepp and Matt LaFon is becoming a unique cultural phenomenon celebrating the world of craft beers, great food and camaraderie.

About World of Beer Franchising: World of Beer (WOB) is an uncommon establishment where the experience is as essential as the product. Centered on a diverse selection of local and global craft beers, delicious “tavern fare” and live music, WOB offers the best craft variety on the planet to the beer aficionado and casual beer fan alike. Taverns are currently open in 19 states including AL, AZ, CO, CT, FL, GA, IL, MD, MI, NC, NJ, NY, OH, SC, TN, TX, VA, WA, and WI and will be opening soon in IN, KY, LA, MA, MN, OK and PA. Visit www.wobusa.com.

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Medina Beer Fest returns Oct. 18

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 8:49am

The Medina Beer Fest, a fundraiser for Main Street Medina, will return to Williams on the Lake in October. The third annual beer tasting will be held from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Oct. 18.

It will feature more than 20 Ohio craft beers, including brews from Great Lakes, Lager Heads, The Brew Kettle and Thirsty Dog.

Tickets are $25 -- or $22 for Main Street Medina members. They include a souvenir tasting glass, live music, raffles and snacks. Food will be available for purchase.

For more details or to purchase tickets, click here.

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Beer story sampler

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 8:10am

Here are some interesting beer stories:

-- Columbus Business First reports that Hofbrauhaus at Grandview Yard plans to open by Oct. 21. To read the full story, click here.

-- The Detroit News reports on the hop farming boom in Michigan. Since 2007, the number of commercial acres devoted to hops has gone from zero to 400, the newspaper says. “Probably 75 percent of the growers we have in the [Michigan  Hop] Alliance are all new to farming,” farmer Brian Tennis says. “They just got into it because they’re more brewing enthusiasts than actual farmers.” To read the full story, click here.

-- The Oklahoman reports on breweries producing 3.2 percent beer. "Instead of simply lamenting the fact that state law prohibits them from selling full-strength beer directly to the public, the state’s brewers are turning out a series of low-point beers that they can sell," author Nick Trougakos writes. To read the full story, click here.

-- Brewbound reports on craft breweries in the eastern portion of the U.S. expanding. They include Sun King, Abita, Lakefront and Hill Farmstead. To read the full story, click here.

-- The Los Angeles Times heralds the arrival of more Mexican beers in the U.S. "Mexican beer has come a long way since that first crisp beer you ordered from the imported side of the menu in 1981, when beers like Corona were first made available in the U.S., both in the cerveza artesanal world and the macro-brewed mainstream Mexican beer world," author Javier Cabral writes. To read the full story, click here.

-- The New York Post reports that scientists have recreated a beer from an old beer bottle found in Chinatown in New York City. The bottle dates to the 1800s. “It’s a light summer drink, slightly minty and refreshing” says Alyssa Loorya, president of Chrysalis Archaeology. The beer is infused with ginger root, sarsaparilla and wintergreen oil, and other herbs. To read the full story, click here.

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Rhinegeist to release Saber Tooth Tiger on Saturday

Tue, 08/26/2014 - 10:56am

Rhinegeist Brewery releases its Saber Tooth Tiger Imperial IPA on draft twice a year. Guess what time it is? The beer will be available starting at noon Saturday (Aug. 30) at the Cincinnati brewery.

Saturday is the only day for growler and crowler fills, the brewery warned. In other words, if you want to take some home, you have to show up on Saturday.

Saber Tooth Tiger is 8.9 percent alcohol by volume and 95 IBUs. Rhinegeist describes it as having "potent notes of papaya, mango and peach yet finishes with crisp clean citrus bitterness." It's made with Amarillo, Simcoe, Mosaic and Citra hops.

Saber Tooth Tiger is one of the brewery's highest rated beers on BeerAdvocate.com and RateBeer.com.

The brewery also will hand out a free Saber Tooth Tiger poster while supplies last with a beer purchase. The poster was designed by Tommyink.

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Beer Institute: Breweries help the economy

Tue, 08/26/2014 - 10:13am

With Labor Day fast approaching, the Beer Institute is reminding Americans about the importance of breweries to the U.S. economy. Each brewery job supports an additional 45 jobs in other industries, the Washington, D.C.-based group says.

“Today we toast to the industry’s 2 million men and women who make it possible for Americans to enjoy their favorite beer,” Jim McGreevy, Beer Institute president and chief executive officer, said in a news release issued Tuesday. (Aug. 26) “America’s preference for beer is a huge boon to the national economy and the American worker.”

In Ohio, an estimated 82,730 jobs are supported by the beer industry, providing a $10 billion economic impact, according to the 2012 Beer Serves America report.

To read the full news release, see below:

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New Analysis Reveals Each Brewery Job Supports 45 Additional Jobs in Other Industries

Beer Institute Honors Labor Day and the Economic Contribution of the 2 million Americans at work because of beer

WASHINGTON, DC — This Labor Day, a new analysis and infographic from the Beer Institute demonstrates how one job inside a brewery supports another 45 jobs outside.  From farmers to factory workers, and truck drivers to tavern owners, beer puts people to work.

“Today we toast to the industry’s 2 million men and women who make it possible for Americans to enjoy their favorite beer,” said Jim McGreevy, Beer Institute President and CEO. “America’s preference for beer is a huge boon to the national economy and the American worker.”

According to an economic study jointly commissioned by the Beer Institute and the National Beer Wholesalers Association in 2012, U.S. brewers and beer importers are the foundation for an industry that employs more than 2 million Americans, directly and indirectly. Beer also contributed $246.6 billion to America’s economy and generated $49 billion in local, state and federal taxes.

A Beer Institute analysis showed that each job in a brewery supports other jobs in the agriculture, business and personal services, construction, finance insurance and real estate, manufacturing, retail, transportation and communication, travel and entertainment and wholesale sectors.

However, more than 40 percent of what consumers pay for a beer goes to taxes. Currently pending in Congress, the bi-partisan Brewers Excise and Economic Relief (BEER) Act of 2013 would significantly reduce the federal excise tax on beer drinkers.  Specifically, the BEER Act would roll back the federal excise tax from $18 for every 31-gallon barrel to $9 a barrel.  For brewers producing less than two million barrels annually, the rate would be reduced to $3.50 on the first 60,000 barrels; and for those brewing less than 15,000 barrels, the federal excise tax would be eliminated.

“Most consumers are surprised to learn that, on a national average, taxes are the most expensive ingredient in their beer,” said McGreevy. “The BEER Act would protect consumers from a hidden and outdated tax and encourage expansion and growth in an American industry that puts millions of men and women to work.”

Linked here is a state ranking of total jobs supported by beer. For more information about the economic impact of beer in the U.S., including state and Congressional district data, please visit www.BeerServesAmerica.org.

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The Beer Institute is the national trade association for the American brewing industry, representing both large and small brewers, as well as importers and industry suppliers. First founded in 1863 as the U.S. Brewers Association, the Beer Institute is committed today to the development of sound public policy and to the values of civic duty and personal responsibility: www.BeerInstitute.org. Connect with us @BeerInstitute and on Facebook.

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Thrillist ranks Ohio 12th in U.S. for beer

Tue, 08/26/2014 - 10:03am

Thrillist -- that website that gets its giggles from putting together list after list after list -- ranks Ohio-made beer 12th in the U.S. based on quality and quantity.

Here's the short write-up on the Buckeye State:

"Great Lakes. That’s all you need to know. Except not really, since you should also be very, very aware of IBU boundary-defiers Hoppin’ Frog, the newly dominating Rust Belt, Cinci’s Christian Moerlein, rapidly expanding Fat Head's (they’re not just life-size wall stickers of NFL players and the Jonas Brothers anymore!), and barrel-aging fiends Thirsty Dog. Yes, much of Cleveland’s economy is based on LeBron James. But thanks to joints like Nano Brew and open fermentation hideaway Indigo Imp, it's only a matter of time before beer catches up."

Oregon is ranked No. 1, while Mississippi is dead last. To check out the complete rankings, click here.

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Cleveland Labor Day Oktoberfest big on craft beer

Tue, 08/26/2014 - 9:13am

The Cleveland Labor Day Oktoberfest is more than just schnitzel and lederhosen. The event, held this weekend (Aug. 29-Sept. 1) at the Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds in Berea, showcases 22 craft breweries and includes a judged competition.

The following breweries are participating: Great Lakes, Rocky River, Market Garden, Sprecher, Cornerstone, the Brew Kettle, Thirsty Dog, Buckeye, Lager Heads, Fat Head’s, Gordon Biersch, Willoughby, Elevator, Cellar Rats, Christian Moerlein, Granite City, Millersburg, Main Street, Nano Brew, Black Box, Portside and Platform.

The craft beer tasting works like this: You pay to get into the event and then pay separately for individual beers. The tasting hours are 4 p.m. to midnight Friday, 2 p.m. to midnight Saturday and Sunday, and 2 to 8 p.m. Monday.

Admission is $8 in advance or $10 at the gate.

The judged competition, held Friday night (Aug. 29), is designed to pick out the best Oktoberfest and a slew of other honors, including Best of Show. I will serve as one of the celebrity judges.

For more details, including a rundown of all the beers available, click here.

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Maize Valley Brewery sets grand opening for Labor Day

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 2:21pm

Maize Valley Brewery will hold its grand opening on Labor Day (Sept. 1), kicking off with eight draft beers. The nanobrewery — located at Maize Valley Winery in Marlboro Township — will be open from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. on opening day.

“We’re trying to make real flavorful beers with styles for every palate at this point,” said brewmaster Jake Turner, a full-time Alliance firefighter.

Maize Valley has held a few beer tastings and participated in this year’s Rhythm & Brews festival in Canton, but Monday marks its official launch.

The opening day selection will feature a blonde ale, amber ale, pale ale, India pale ale, stout on nitro, American strong ale, imperial pumpkin ale and cask-conditioned stout.

Turner, who homebrewed for seven years before joining the brewery earlier this year, is looking forward to receiving constructive feedback from craft beer fans.

Some of the beers have been made specifically to appeal to the winery crowd — in other words, lighter tasting fare. But Turner said craft beer fans should enjoy the specialty brews, including the IPA and cask-conditioned stout.

“Hopefully those will go over well with craft beer drinkers,” Turner said.

The hope is that beer sales grow and so does the brewery operation. Maize Valley is using a half-barrel brewing system.

“It’s going to be a challenge to keep up with demand,” admitted Turner, who added that he has no plans to leave his firefighting job.

Maize Valley will sell beer by the pint glass, but cannot offer growler sales right now because of its size, he noted.

Maize Valley is the latest Ohio winery to add a brewery. Others include Cellar Rats/Debonne Vineyards in Madison and Cellar Dweller/Valley Vineyards in Morrow.

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Beer story sampler

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 8:33am

It's a busy time for Ohio beer news. Here are some great Ohio beer stories, along with some others:

-- The Toledo Blade reports on the new Black Frog Brewery in Holland. “I just wanted to do something that I loved,” owner and brewer Chris Harris says. “From the very first moment I started brewing I just really fell in love with it. The more I did it, the more I wanted to do it more and more. I was like, ‘Wow, I would really like to do this on a professional level.' " To read the full story, click here.

-- WCPO reports on the new Old Firehouse Brewery, which is slated to open Sept. 12 in Williamsburg. “Reception even among the local brewers has been phenomenal,” co-owner Adam Cowan says. “We’re here to be part of the team.” To read the full story, click here.

-- The Dayton Daily News reports on Warped Wing Brewing Co. looking to expand already. “We’ve outgrown our space,” Warped Wing co-founder Joe Waizmann says. “We anticipated this would happen, but we figured it would probably happen after two years or so rather than just six or seven months.” To read the full story, click here.

-- Columbus Business First reports on the expansion at Zauber Brewing Co. “You will no longer come here and be disappointed that we don’t have our beer at the bar,” owner and brewer Geoff Towne says. To read the full story, click here.

-- The Dayton Daily News reports on a Kickstarter campaign launched for Crafted Pints Brewing Co. To read the short story, click here.

-- The Dayton Daily News reports on the new Carillon Brewing Co. opening. The story is available only to newspaper subscribers. To view the start of the story, click here.

-- Drink Up Columbus has a Q&A with Zaftig Brewing Co.'s new brewmaster Dan Griffin. "When I was a small child I was very interested in the process of making root beer," he says. "For real though – I started home brewing as soon as I was of legal drinking age. Since then I have been more or less (more) obsessed with trying any example of beer and learning more." To read the full Q&A, click here.

-- Fox Sports reported that a fella on Twitter promised to buy free beer for everyone in the world if Michael Sam sacked Johnny Manziel on Saturday. It happened. "Today I messed up by promising mankind free booze for all eternity," Fisher King (@squareknight) Tweeted after the sack. To read the humorous report, click here.

-- Food and Wine reports on seven bizarre beer laws. For example, Alabama doesn't allow beer to be sold in bottles larger than 25.4 ounces. To read the full list, click here.

-- The Wall Street Journal reports on which country drinks the most alcohol. It's Belarus  at 17.5 liters per capita followed by Moldova at 16.8 liters. The U.S. is waaaaaaaay down on the list at 9.2 liters per capita. At the bottom is Pakistan at 0.1 liters. To read the full report and check out the graphic, click here.

-- Sactown Magazine reports on the new EcoGrowler. "Flexible, reusable, portable, made out of 100 percent recyclable materials (including foil inner layer and vinyl outer layer), and sporting an airtight cap, the EcoGrowler is the only patented collapsible, carbonation-retaining beverage product currently on the market," author Tori Masucci Cummins writes. To read the full story, click here.

-- Everything on Tap offers up recommendations on the proper serving temperatures for beer. "There are arguments for and against the proper serving temperature of food, wine, liquor, and beer," author Matt Miller writes. "Much of it is personal preference. But there are actually reasons behind the theory, and it is surprising to many beer drinkers that some beers are not meant to be chilled." To read the full story, click here.

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The Party Connection to host beer festival in Portsmouth

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 10:14am

Portsmouth is hosting its first craft beer festival. The River Valley Beer Fest will take place from noon to 5 p.m. Sept. 20 in the lot at The Party Connection.

The event will showcase 12 breweries: Portsmouth, Jackie O’s, Thirsty Dog, The Brew Kettle, New Belgium, Goose Island, Troegs, 21st Amendment, Victory, Deschutes, Samuel Adams and Bell’s. It also will feature live music and food from Buffalo Wild Wings and Portsmouth Brewing. Vicarias Cigars also will be on hand for tasting and offer rolling demonstrations.

“Food. Breweries. Music. What else do you need in life?” asked Robert Rutman, owner of The Party Connection, which is putting on the event.

The Party Connection, which offers more than 500 craft beers and 2,000 wines, has been hosting beer and wine tastings for awhile.

“They’ve been very successful,” Rutman said. “We just thought we’d take it to the next level.”

He said he'd like to make the festival an annual event and grow it beyond 12 breweries.

Tickets are $10 in advance or $15 at the gate. They include a souvenir pint glass and five tickets for 5-ounce tastings. Additional tasting tickets are $2. The proceeds benefit the Portsmouth Area Jaycees.

For more details, including how to get tickets, click here.

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Little Mountain Brewing to host Oktoberfest

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 8:28am

Little Mountain Brewing Co. in Mentor will host its Oktoberfest celebration starting at 6 p.m. Sept. 13.

The event will feature beer, polka music and a menu with a choice of two entrees (beer battered cod, pork schnitzel, bratwurst and kraut, or chicken cutlets), with unlimited sides (braised red cabbage, green beans, spaetzle, potato pancakes and German potato salad).

Tickets -- which are $18 -- include soft drinks and three 4-ounce beer tastings. The brewery has 12 taps of its own beer, and will feature an all-day special on its OctoberFest Lager.

Tickets are available at the brewery, by phone at 440-256-1645 or online.

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Busy, busy weekend for craft beer in Ohio

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 10:09am

It’s going to be a busy beer weekend in Ohio. There are at least five big beer festivals, including two in Columbus taking place on the same day.

Here’s the rundown reminder:

• The Craft Brew at the Zoo runs from 6 to 11 p.m. Saturday at the Columbus Zoo & Aquarium in Powell. There’s also a VIP session starting at 5 p.m. but that’s sold out. The event offers more than 50 craft beers, food and live music by J.T. Hillier, Drake White and the Big Fire Band, and Keith Anderson. Tickets are $30 and include a 10-ounce tasting glass and six 4-ounce samples. For more details, click here.

• The Grandview Craft Beer Alliance’s Summer Session runs from 3 to 7 p.m. Saturday in the park at the southeast corner of Grandview and Goodale in Grandview Heights. The festival will focus on beers containing 5 percent alcohol by volume and less from 16 Ohio breweries. There also will be food trucks and live music.
Tickets are $25. For more details, click here.

• The 16th annual AleFest Dayton takes place from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday at Wegerzyn Gardens. A VIP session gets you in an hour earlier. The event features more than 400 beers and ciders. Tickets are $35 for general admission and $50 for VIP. They include a commemorative tasting glass and 20 sampling tickets. For more details, click here.

• The inaugural Waterfront District Brewfest runs from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday in downtown Lorain. The event features all Ohio breweries. Tickets are $25 and include a souvenir glass and 15 4-ounce samples. For more details, click here.

• The eighth annual Cincy Brew Ha-Ha runs from 5 p.m. to midnight Thursday, 5 to midnight Friday and 4 p.m. to midnight Saturday at Sawyer Point Park in Cincinnati. The festival combines beer and comedy. For full details, click here.

But wait, that’s not all.

The Moerlein Lager House in Cincinnati is holding "Hop Heaven" all day Saturday. They are offering a ton of hoppy draft and bottled and canned beer throughout the day.

And the Firehouse Grill in Blue Ash will hold the finals for its Battle of the Beers competition starting at noon Sunday. The brewery that sells the most beers wins the Firehouse Cup. For more details, click here. To read a rundown of the event by Queen City Fresh, click here.

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Beer story sampler

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 9:36am

Here are some interesting beer stories:

-- The Wall Street Journal reports on the mobile canning trend. The story mentions Buckeye Canning, which is based in Amherst, Ohio. "If anybody's getting in this business to make a million dollars and have a cushy job, this is not for them," Lindsey Herrema of Can Van, whose founders sometimes work seven days a week, tells the newspaper. To read the full story, click here.

-- This Week reports on Zauber Brewing Co. in Columbus, which has stepped up to a 20-barrel brewing system. “Demand is not so much a problem for us as much as supply,” owner and brewer Geoff Towne says. To read the full story, click here.

-- The Associated Press reports that a German retailer is opening a shop inside the Christian Moerlein brewery in Cincinnati. Wiesnkoenig, the official supplier of lederhosen for the Munich Oktoberfest, is hoping its fashion-forward take on traditional German clothing takes off in America, the news service says. To read the full story, click here.

-- Forbes reports on the 10 most overpriced NFL stadiums for beer. The Detroit Lions are tops, marking up beer 765 percent. "It’s little surprise that NFL stadium beers aren’t cheap, though TMR’s report highlights the fact that many stadiums have begun offering better value options," author Chris Smith writes. Cincinnati and Cleveland aren't cited in the report. To read the full story, click here.

-- The Gazette reports that a giant sinkhole in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, has unearthed beer caves and the remnants of a long-ago brewery. “They are the Magnus beer caves. That’s exactly what they are,” historian Mark Stoffer Hunter says. “This is very exciting as an historian.” To read the full story, click here.

-- The New York Times published a letter to the editor from Beer Institute President and Chief Executive James McGreevy III, saying beer taxes don't need to be increased. "We will continue doing our part to support our communities, but we don’t believe that increased taxes are the answer," he writes. To read the full letter, click here.

-- The Associated Press reports that Narragansett Beer is starring in political ad for Democratic gubernatorial candidate Gina Raimondo. She touts the brewery's comeback story and says Rhode Island needs a comeback. To read a short story, click here.

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Market Garden Brewery raising money for ALS

Wed, 08/20/2014 - 12:13pm

Market Garden Brewery in Cleveland is taking the Ice Bucket Challenge to raise money and awareness to fight ALS. At 11 a.m. Thursday (Aug. 21), the staff will dump pitchers of beers on each other -- capturing the moment on video, of course.

The brewpub also will donate $1 to the ALS Association for every pint of Hop Drive Session IPA sold from Thursday through Sunday. (NOTE: The brewery originally said it was going to start Friday but later announced it would start Thursday to donate even more money.) Jeff Draeger, assistant general manager, noted that plenty of people are taking the challenge but not donating to the cause.

In other Market Garden news, the brewpub has set the date for its third annual Pumpkin Beer Fest. It will start at 4 p.m. Oct. 9. The event will feature 12 pumpkin beers, with more of a focus on local brews this year, including Market Garden Castle Pumpkin Ale served out of large pumpkin firkin. The brewery is still working on the beer list.

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BJ's to harvest fresh hops Friday for Field Day IPA

Wed, 08/20/2014 - 10:47am

BJ's Restaurant and Brewhouse employees will be out in the hop fields Friday (Aug. 22) harvesting fresh hops for the brewery's seasonal Field Day IPA. Social media marketing coordinator Johnny Newnes says he will be at the Crosby Hop Farm in Woodburn, Ore., tweeting (@bjsrestaurants) and sending out photos via Instagram. (instagram.com/bjsrestaurants)

"Field Day IPA is a wet hopped IPA, so our harvest of the hops is a real event as we quickly shoot the hops from the fields to the fermenters at our Reno Brewery within hours of picking," Newnes said in an email. "The result of the hop harvest and quick action to brew with those wet hops is an unusually and brilliantly fresh tasting IPA. Needless to say, we are very excited about this year’s batch!"

The beer -- whcih is 6.5 percent alcohol by volume, will be released at all BJ's locations, including those in Columbus, Cincinnati and Dayton, on Sept. 2.

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