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Beer story sampler

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 7:11am

Here are some interesting beer stories:

-- Columbus Business First reports on the new Temperance Row Brewing Co., which features Scott Francis as head brewer. "Francis knows a thing or two about starting a brewery, having been there at the birth of both Columbus Brewing Co. and Barley's Brewing Co. not to mention several private operations and decades of general mentoring of homebrewers and aspiring brewers alike," author Dan Eaton writes. To read the full story, click here.

-- Columbus Business First reports on a beer forum featuring Columbus Brewing Co. owner/brewer Eric Bean, Ohio Craft Brewers Association Executive Director Mary MacDonald and Temperance Row Brewing Co. brewer Scott Francis. Author Dan Eaton provides a rundown on a variety of topics covered, including competition, the push to increase the ABV limit in Ohio and Stone Brewing Co.'s decision not to come to Columbus. To read the full story, click here.

-- WCPO reports on the new 7-barrel Tap and Screw Brewery in Cincinnati. The brewery is slated to open Friday. (Dec. 19) “We’re not going to often going to do extreme styles. For instance, the IPA is heavily hopped but it won’t be a hop bomb. We want to have beers that you don’t have to be a beer connoisseur to appreciate,” co-founder Tom Lorenz says. “That doesn’t mean they won’t be flavorful. We just want to serve a wide spectrum of customers.” To read the full story, click here.

-- Drink Up Columbus reports on the new beer from Stone Brewing Co. that will be sold exclusively in Central Ohio. Stone Gratitude IPA features Columbus hops. To read the full story, click here.

-- Smithsonian.com reports on the best winter beers to sample. The first beer is Great Lakes Christmas Ale. Others include Samuel Adams Old Fezziwig and Ommegang Adoration. To read the full story, click here.

-- Paste reports on the top beer trends this year. The rise of gose leads off the list, which includes the return of the radler. To read the full story, click here.

-- USA Today reports that the American Homebrewers Association has extended a lifetime membership to President Obama. Why? Well, he did bring homebrewing back to the White House. To read the full story, click here.

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No Big Tap In next year

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 6:37am

The Big Tap In, a popular beer festival held for the last five years in Boardman, isn't happening next year. Organizers Sandy and Phill Reda made the announcement this week on Facebook.

They thanked fans and asked them to continue supporting the nonprofit Making Kids Count, which benefited from the event. The message offered no explanation for the move, but in a separate email Phill Reda said they lost their venue.

"We are still very much passionate about the craft beer industry," the Redas, who also run the Magic Tree Pub & Eatery and Vintage Estate Wine and Beer, said in the Facebook post. "We plan to bring other exciting craft beer centric events to the Mahoning Valley."

The event had been billed as the "biggest craft beer fest between Cleveland & Pittsburgh." The region will still have a beer festival this year. Although specific dates haven't been announced, the third annual Youngstown Beer Fest is expected to again take place at the Covelli Centre in downtown Youngstown.

To read the full Facebook post, see below:


There will be no Big Tap In 2015.

First of all, let me thank each and every one of you for supporting The Big Tap In Real Craft Beer Festival - it has been an amazing journey for us. We never thought that we would get so much MASSIVE support for this event. Hosting a real craft beer festival was just a dream of ours. Each of you helped to make our dream become an amazing reality!

We also never thought that we could have the ability to raise so much money for a wonderful group of girls and their awesome non-profit organization. Working with Making Kids Count has been a real joy and we cannot wait to work with them again in the future! Please continue to support their mission! What they do is so wonderful.

Another exciting part of our journey is that we had the ability to bring awareness of craft beer to the Mahoning Valley. In the last few years, craft beer has become pretty common in our area. We remember when people were not so sure of this, so called, "dark beer".

For all 5 of the Big Tap In events, we have had so many supporters including craft brewers, distributors, vendors, restaurants, entertainers, volunteers and attendees...it has been very humbling. We THANK YOU! We also thank many of you that supported our businesses in Boardman, OH - Vintage Estate Wine and Beer and Magic Tree Pub & Eatery - before, during and after BTI! We are grateful for you.

We are still very much passionate about the craft beer industry. We plan to bring other exciting craft beer centric events to the Mahoning Valley. If you are interested, keep subscribed to this email list. If not, please remove yourself - we don't want to SPAM you!

Again, BTI supporters....THANK YOU! Cheers to you! Thank you for allowing us to create memories for you!


Phill and Sandy Reda

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Hoppin' Frog experimenting with 5-gallon IPAs

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 1:33pm

Hoppin’ Frog Brewery is getting into small-batch brews. Real small. As in teeny, tiny.

Award-winning brewer and owner Fred Karm has started to brew five-gallon batches of IPAs for release on draft exclusively at the Akron brewery’s tasting room.

The beers -- to be sold under the name Teeny Tiny Test Batch I.P.A. -- are an experiment. The goal, Karm said, is to have customers try the small-batch brews and provide feedback as he creates some new IPAs to bottle.

“We want to sell each test batch and get people’s opinions,” Karm said. “We’re going to design the best IPAs we can and really take to heart what our customers say.”

Hoppin’ Frog, known for bold and in many cases malty brews, is ready to break out with some West Coast-style IPAs, with the emphasis being on big hop aromas and flavors and not bitterness. He hopes the test batches and customer feedback lead to releasing one, two or even three new IPAs.

“We’re really going to blow it out with the IPAs and we’re going to be as hoppin’ as we can,” Karm said.

“We’re going to see just how far we can push things as far as the dryness versus the hop aroma and the bitterness,” he added. “The West Coast beers, the ones that are the most sought-after, seem to be the ones that have the least amount of malt character. And that’s not how Hoppin’ Frog usually rolls. We usually have an overabundance of malt character. So this is going to be great experiment for us to see how far we can push the dryness, the West Coast aspect. We’re having a blast.”

Hoppin’ Frog expects to release the first batch in mid-January. Karm doesn’t know yet how he’ll publicize the release. At just five gallons, don’t expect Teeny Tiny Test Batch I.P.A. to last long.

Meanwhile, Hoppin’ Frog also is adding new fermenters and will boost production by 40 percent in 2015. The brewery produced about 1,800 barrels this year and should do about 2,500 next year, Karm said.

“That’s respectable growth without any risk of quality control issues,” he said.

The new equipment means the brewery is hiring additional workers. Hoppin’ Frog already has added an employee to focus on quality control.

“Just so we can maintain our dominance, I guess,” Karm said. “We’ve done really good up until now. I believe the industry is going to get more particular as there are more killer breweries out there. So we have to stay cutting edge.”

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Zauber to release imperial Belgian-style stout

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 2:31pm

Zauber Brewing Co. in Columbus will release Ominous, an imperial Belgian-style stout, on Saturday. (Dec. 20) It's the first "kick-in-your-teeth, attention-getting beer that we’ve made" since upgrading the brewing system, owner Geoff Towne said.

The beer -- 9 percent alcohol by volume -- will be available on draft at the Zauber tasting room and at select accounts around Columbus.

Towne noted that the winter solstice kicks off this weekend so it's the perfect time to release Ominous "with the impending doom of winter on its way." Zauber has dubbed Saturday as "Ominous Day."

Ominous is Zauber's attempt to replicate North Coast's Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout with Belgian yeast.

"It’s a nice heavy winter warmer," Towne said. "It’s not a holiday beer but has a deep winter stout flavor."

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Brick and Barrel set to open Wednesday

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 2:03pm

Brick and Barrel, a new brewery and tasting room in Cleveland, is set to open its doors at 4 p.m. Wednesday. (Dec. 17)

The brewery couldn't be reached for comment, but posted this message on its Facebook page: "Hey All, As we prep for Wednesday Dec. 17th taproom opening - please keep in mind, we're just a kindly taproom, not a full service restaurant. Had a lot of questions about our food selection - just nuts/chips and knock-your-socks off craft ales. Cheers all! Look forward to seeing you soon."

You can watch a Cleveland.com video about the brewery by clicking here.

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The Daily Growler celebrates second anniversary

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 12:21pm

The Daily Growler in Upper Arlington will celebrate its second anniversary Wednesday (Dec. 17) with a Christmas beer party.

"It's hard to believe two years ago The Daily Growler didn't exist (and Columbus didn't have any growler shops)," so-called growler czar John Blakely said in an email. "It has been a fantastic first two years for us so we're celebrating the only way we know how, with great beer at great prices!"

The party will feature hourly tappings and drink deals and at least eight Christmas beers on tap. Here's the rundown:

3 p.m.: Columbus Brewing Bodhi. $3 pints.

4 p.m.: Great Lakes Blackout Stout. $4 pints.

5 p.m.: 3 Floyd's Alpha Cause. $5 pints.

6 p.m.: Founders Backwoods Bastard. $6 pints.

7 p.m.: Jackie O's Barrel Aged Brick Kiln Barleywine. $7 pints.

8 p.m.: Thirsty Dog Barrel Aged 12 Dogs of Christmas. $8 pints.

9 p.m.: Bell's Oracle Double IPA. $5 pints.

10 p.m.: Land-Grant Beard Crumbs Oatmeal Raisin. $3 pints.

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Nano Brew Cleveland expands footprint

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 8:17am

Nano Brew Cleveland, the sister location to Market Garden Brewery, isn't so nano anymore -- at least its space isn't.

The brewery has tripled its footprint by taking over the Black Pig restaurant space next door. (The Black Pig moved down the street.)

Head brewer Andy Tveekrem jokingly called it "Mega Nano" during a recent tour, adding that Nano Brew now has a better kitchen. He also said Nano Brew also may upgrade to a 2.5-barrel brewing system, still a nano size but considerably larger than the 20-gallon system in operation now.

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Great Lakes announces Spring Variety Pack beers

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 4:29pm

Great Lakes Brewing Co. has released the names of the four beers — including two new ones — to be included in its first-ever Spring Variety Pack. The 12-pack, scheduled to be released in April, will feature:

• Truth, Justice and the American Ale, a 4.8 percent alcohol by volume session IPA. It previously has been available at the brewpub on draft.

• Lawn Seat Kolsch, a 4.8 percent kolsch-style ale.

• High Striker Single, a 4.8 percent Belgian-style ale.

• Holy Moses White Ale, a 5.4 percent Belgian-style wit.

"Proceeds from Spring Variety Pack sales will benefit our 2015 Green Tour partners. More information on our Green Tour coming soon!" the brewery said on its website.

The Lawn Seat Kolsch and High Striker Single are new. (Check out the labels submitted to the federal Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau below.)

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New top dog at Thirsty Dog

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 10:08am

There’s a new top dog at Thirsty Dog Brewing Co. Old Leghumper Robust Porter has been the Akron brewery’s flagship beer forever. But not anymore.

Citra Dog American IPA has surpassed Old Leghumper as the brewery’s best-selling beer. The brewery released Citra Dog — its first IPA — in June 2013. So it’s been a quick ascent.

“It hasn’t slowed down at all,” co-owner John Najeway said about Citra Dog sales.

It really should come as no surprise. The Brewers Association, the Boulder, Colo.-based trade group, noted last week that IPAs continue to be the favorite craft beer style in the U.S. IPAs account for 21 percent of volume in the craft segment, the association said.

Asked why it took so long for Thirsty Dog to release an IPA, Najeway said: “We’re not a bunch of hopheads here. We brew what we like at the end of the day.”

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Great Lakes hopes to bottle its pumpkin beer

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 8:58am

Great Lakes Brewing Co. hopes to release its pumpkin beer in 22-ounce bottles next year and make the brew exclusively with pumpkins it grows. Pumpkin Ale has been available on draft only at the Cleveland brewpub for years.

But the brewery believes it has found a local oven big enough to bake all the pumpkins needed to ramp up production for distribution. Great Lakes also would like to grow 100 percent of the pumpkins. The brewery has farms in Ohio City and Bath Township.

"This is not going to be the puree out of a can," co-founder Pat Conway said. "It's going to be the real deal and I think that contributes to the success of it."

The effort is a work in progress, the brewery said.

The recipe -- it's 5.4 percent alcohol by volume and 15 IBUs -- will stay the same so don't expect a high octane brew in the big bottle. Conway estimated that the brewery could spend more than $100,000 to retrofit its bottling line to handle the 22-ounce bottles. The brewery has released a limited number of 22-ounce bottles in the past and always had to do the work by hand.

Conway also is interested in growing more of the fruits and vegetables used in Great Lakes beers.

"Since we're going down that path, why not grow our own strawberries or own whatever and have our own line of organic beers based on things we're growing?" he said. "I think that would be a lot of fun."

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Eudora to release Thunderball infused with Wood Burl Coffee

Fri, 12/12/2014 - 4:37pm

Eudora Brewing Co. has teamed up with Wood Burl Coffee Roasters for its next bottle release. The Dayton brewery will release 22-ounce bottles of Thunderball Stout infused with cold-brewed coffee starting at 5 p.m. Dec. 20.

The oatmeal stout -- which is 7 percent alcohol by volume with about 35 IBUs -- has been released before on draft in small batches, but this is the first time that Eudora is bottling it, brewer and owner Neil Chabut said in an email.

"We're selling it in 22-ounce bottles with a cool limited-release glass coffee mug with the Eudora and Coffee Thunderball logos," he said.

The bottle and mug are being sold as a package for $20 and cannot be purchased separately. There is a limit of one bottle and mug per person.

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Hoppin' Frog wins blind Christmas beer tasting -- again!

Fri, 12/12/2014 - 1:22pm

Maybe, just maybe, Vintage Estate Wine and Beer should simply hand over its annual Christmas beer trophy to Hoppin’ Frog Brewery and skip its blind holiday beer tasting.

Hoppin’ Frog Frosted Frog Christmas Ale wins the event every single, gosh darn year. It's getting unfair for the other beers.

For the fourth year in a row – and that’s how long the Boardman bottle shop has been holding the popular event – the Akron brewery and its Frosted Frog has come out as the favorite.

The important words here are “blind tasting.” Each year, a hoard of people – this year it was 70 folks -- come to sample a ton of Christmas beers. They have no clue what they are tasting and aren’t influenced by labels or brands. They rank the brews by appearance, aroma, taste, style and overall impression.

And wouldn’t you know it, Frosted Frog is always the winner when the scores are tallied.

“For a blind tasting, what the people like is a bold, in-your-face Christmas in a beer,” Vintage Estate co-owner Phill Reda said. “People are looking for bolder flavors.”

Overall, the tasters sampled 13 brews. Here’s how they finished after Frosted Frog:

2. Fat Head’s Holly Jolly

3. Southern Tier 2XMAS

4.Thirsty Dog 12 Dogs of Christmas

5. Revolution Fistmas

6. Troegs Mad Elf

7. Goose Island Festive Ale

8. Anchor Christmas

9. Great Lakes Christmas Ale

10. Bell's Christmas

11. Rogue Santa's Private Reserve

12. Breckenridge Christmas

13. Samuel Adams White Christmas

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Boulevard announces launch into Ohio

Fri, 12/12/2014 - 10:05am

Boulevard Brewing Co. made official today (Dec. 12) what had been leaked in October: the Kansas City, Mo., brewery is moving into Ohio.

Boulevard, which had been acquired by Duvel Moortgat last year, announced that it will be available in the Buckeye State on draft and in bottles starting in January.

“Ohio is a great beer market,” Steve Mills, Boulevard’s vice president of sales, said in a news release. “With the ongoing expansion of our brewery, it’s time for us to get off the sidelines and into the game. We’re excited to partner with Cavalier Distributing to bring more variety and excitement to Ohio craft beer lovers.”

Several year-round beers will be available after the New Year, including Pop-Up I.P.A., 80-Acre Hoppy Wheat Beer and Unfiltered Wheat Beer, the brewery’s most popular offering. Boulevard’s year-round Smokestack Series, featuring Tank 7 Farmhouse Ale, also will be represented. Additional seasonals and limited releases will be introduced in the coming months, the brewery said.

Boulevard, combined with Duvel Moortgat USA, is the eighth largest craft brewer in the U.S., according to the Brewers Association.

John Lane, co-owner of the Winking Lizard Tavern chain, had announced at his annual beer summit in October that Boulevard was coming to Ohio.

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Canton Brewing to debut its beer Saturday

Fri, 12/12/2014 - 7:07am

Brewmaster Dave Sutula made the bold prediction earlier this year that the new Canton Brewing Co. would open Dec. 13.

He thought it’d be super cool to launch 12/13/14.

And the brewery will open Saturday. Sort of.

Canton Brewing will debut its first four beers at a launch party and ceremonial keg tapping at 6 p.m. Saturday at The Auricle.

The opening of the actual 20,000-square-foot brewpub, located at 120 Third St. NW in downtown Canton, is a different story. It has been postponed to sometime late next month because of a structural issue that had to be fixed at the building.

As anybody who follows the craft brewing industry knows, no brewery ever opens on time. There’s always a hiccup.

Sutula insisted, though, that his prediction is still coming true because he was able to fire up his 15-barrel brewing system and make beer.

“I kept saying that on the 13th, there would be beer,” he said.

The Auricle event will feature the first four Canton beers: MP IPA; Carpe Noctem Porter, which was made with locally roasted coffee; AK, a British mild ale; and S’hiver, a spiced saison.

“I’m really happy with the beers,” Sutula said.

After the launch party, Canton Brewing beers are expected to be available locally at the Buzzbin Art & Music Shop, Bender’s Tavern, Conestoga Grill and The Rail, he said.

Sutula, who authored the book Mild Ale: History, Brewing, Techniques, Recipes, hasn’t really had time to reflect on finally releasing his beers to the public.

“If I had a moment to think about it, it would probably be exciting,” he said with a laugh.

The city of Canton has been the second-largest city in Ohio without a brewery in the corporation limits. The largest is Parma.

Today, there are more than 100 breweries in the state, with many more planning to open. Earlier this week, the Brewers Association, a Boulder, Colo.-based trade group, announced there were about 3,200 breweries operating nationwide.

Stark County is home to two other breweries: Meniru Meadery & Brewery in Jackson Township and Maize Valley in Marlboro Township. And the Scenic Brewing Co. has announced plans to open in Jackson Township.

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Study: Don't drink alcohol to help fall asleep

Thu, 12/11/2014 - 4:19pm

Skip the nightcap. That's the advice from researchers at the University of Missouri School of Medicine, who found in a new study that alcohol interferes with sleep homeostatis.

In plain terms, alcohol ruins your sleep.

“Based on our results, it’s clear that alcohol should not be used as a sleep aid,” Dr. Pradeep Sahota, chair of the MU School of Medicine’s Department of Neurology and an author of the study, said in a prepared statement. “Alcohol disrupts sleep and the quality of sleep is diminished. Additionally, alcohol is a diuretic, which increases your need to go the bathroom and causes you to wake up earlier in the morning.”

About 20 percent of adults in the U.S. use alcohol to help fall asleep.

The researchers, led by Mahesh Thakkar, associate professor and director of research in the MU School of Medicine’s Department of Neurology, have studied alcohol’s effects on sleep for more than five years. They have found that alcohol interferes with the brain’s built-in system for regulating a person’s need for sleep.

“Sleep is an immense area of study,” Thakkar said in a statement. “Approximately one-third of our life is spent sleeping. Coupled with statistics that show 20 percent of people drink alcohol to sleep, it’s vital that we understand how the two interact. If you are experiencing difficulty sleeping, don’t use alcohol. Talk to your doctor or a sleep medicine physician to determine what factors are keeping you from sleeping. These factors can then be addressed with individualized treatments."

The study, “Alcohol Disrupts Sleep Homeostasis,” has been published in the biomedical journal Alcohol. To read the full study, click here.

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Sideswipe looks to expand, move

Thu, 12/11/2014 - 7:28am

Sideswipe Brewing Co. is looking to expand and relocate. The Columbus brewery, known for its 22-ounce bottles and artsy labels, is “kind of maxed out at the moment,” owner and brewer Craig O’Herron said.

Sideswipe currently uses a 2.5-barrel Pyscho Brew system. O’Herron wants to upgrade to a 15- or 20-barrel system and time that purchase with a move to a bigger location, which will provide more room for the larger brewhouse and a bigger tasting room.

The brewery and taproom are now in a crowded 1,500-square-foot space in an industrial park on Scioto Harper Drive, a few miles west of downtown.

O’Herron said he wants to be in the Grandview, Franklinton or downtown areas and hopes to be in the new space sometime over the summer.

In other Sideswipe news, he’s releasing an altbier this month on draft only to bar and restaurant accounts. O’Herron didn’t feel it would go over big in a 22-ounce bottle given its low alcohol content, 5 percent. The beer is available now at the tasting room.

He also said he’s working on a new seasonal – likely an imperial stout -- for release at the Grandview High Gravity Hullabaloo, which is set for Feb. 7.

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Cincinnati Beer Week starts Feb. 13

Wed, 12/10/2014 - 7:56am

The fourth annual Cincinnati Beer Week kicks off Feb. 13 and organizers are expecting bigger participation this year.

“We are looking forward to what promises to be the most exciting, thoughtful, well-crafted Cincinnati Beer Week to date," Beer Week President Lindsey Bonadonna-Roeper said in a news release issued Tuesday.

"Our goal this year is to increase awareness of this incredible celebration of well-crafted beer, to really engage our community, and to show the region what a vibrant beer community Cincinnati has become home to," she added.

To read the full release, see below:


Cincinnati Beer Week 2015, Celebrating Beer Together FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Cincinnati Beer Week 2015, Save The Dates

Cincinnati Beer Week will return for the fourth straight year in 2015. The latest rendition of Cincinnati Beer Week will celebrate well-crafted beer beginning Friday February 13, 2015 thru Sunday, February 22nd, 2015. Based off the response from last year, and early responders this year, Cincinnati Beer Week is expecting a substantial increase in participating venues from over that participated last year.

“We are looking forward to what promises to be the most exciting, thoughtful, well-crafted Cincinnati Beer Week to date,” says Beer Week President Lindsey Bonadonna-Roeper.  She Continues, “Our goal this year is to increase awareness of this incredible celebration of well-crafted beer, to really engage our community, and to show the region what a vibrant beer community Cincinnati has become home to.”

2015 Cincinnati Beer Week Collaboration Celebration, Meet the Brewers 

The 2015 Cincinnati Beer Week Collaboration Beer is being brewed by brewers from fifteen of our local Cincinnati Breweries. The 2015 CBW beer BlackTart, a tart stout brewed with cinnamon, lactose and blackberries, is being brewed at MadTree Brewing on December 12th. “In 2012, we had only 6 local breweries open and available to participate in our signature Collaboration Beer,’ says president Bonadonna-Roeper. She adds,‘In just 4 short years, we now have 15 local breweries open and available to collaborate on CBW’s first “tart” collaboration beer with at least 6 more breweries currently in planning! It has been inspiring and an honor to see how Beer Week has grown over the years and I attribute the success to the strong grassroots collaboration, communication and passion found in our well-crafted community.” Members of the media are invited to attend the special Collaboration Brew Open House on Friday December 12th from 8a-2p at MadTree on 5164 Kennedy Ave in Cincinnati. Cincinnati Beer Week invites you to join us as we meet the CBW collaboration brewers, all from our local breweries, as they brew this year’s CBW Collaboration Beer.

Cincinnati Beer Week Logo Redesign

Beer week decided to give their logo a refresh, with a tip of the cap to the craft breweries currently open in Cincinnati. “We’re excited to reveal a new CBW logo this year!’ exclaims president Bonadonna-Roeper. She continues,“Our original logo has served us wonderfully, but upon seeing a potential change to the logo during the collaboration beer can design process, we couldn’t help but recognize the need for a change. The clean, crisp, bold colored circle & star logo will be seen on all things Beer Week. The stars are representative of the breweries who had their licensing in time to brew the collaboration beer and we can’t wait to continue to add more stars year after year!"

All Aboard! The Tap Room Trolley Expands in 2015

The Taproom Trolley Cincinnati Beer Week preview will be returning for the second straight year. This extremely popular tour, which quickly sold out last year, has been expanded to two dates on Saturday, January 10th & Sunday, January 11th. Participants experience the opportunity to experience a different route on each day. The Tap Room Trolley will travel to most of the local brewery taprooms, with guided bus tours included with each ticket purchased. Almost more than twice the number of tickets are being made available this year, expanding to 1050 total (700 Saturday, 350 Sunday) tickets. Tickets for the 2015 Taproom Trolley will go on sale this December!

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Ohio Craft Brewers sponsor educational conference

Wed, 12/10/2014 - 7:20am

Mary MacDonald got inspired in Michigan. Earlier this year, the executive director of the Ohio Craft Brewers Association attended an educational conference sponsored by the Michigan Brewers Guild.

This could work in Ohio, she thought.

So the inaugural two-day Ohio Craft Brewers Conference and Trade Show is set for Feb. 5 and 6 at the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center campus in Wooster. The event is being co-sponsored by The Ohio State University as part of the Ohio Hop Conference.

The association wants to empower brewers and help them improve their businesses, MacDonald said. “Beer quality is going to be the thing to make or break the business,” she said.

Seminar topics include financing, licensing, distribution, yeast and, of course, beer quality. Other sessions include Land-Grant Brewing Co. Adam Benner sharing “our bumpy ride” to opening and the Brewers Professional Alliance talking about how IT can help beer profits.

And there will be a panel discussion on interaction with the media. The panel will feature me (Rick Armon, Akron Beacon Journal), Marc Bona of the Northeast Ohio Media Group/Cleveland Plain Dealer, Dan Eaton of Columbus Business First and Cheryl Harrison of Drink Up Columbus.

While the conference is geared toward brewers and breweries in planning, it is open to the public.

Tickets are $150 for association members and $200 for non-members.

For full details or to reserve tickets, click here.

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Brewers Association cites 2014 trends

Tue, 12/09/2014 - 12:00pm

The craft beer industry kicked butt in 2014. The Brewers Association, the Boulder, Colo.-based trade group, put out a news release Tuesday (Dec. 9) wrapping up the year that was and pointing out some major highlights.

Here's a rundown:

-- As of November, there were 3,200 brewers in the United States and the number of brewery licenses hit the highest ever, topping 4,500 in the first sixth months of the year. Thirteen states -- including Ohio -- now have more than 100 breweries.

-- Breweries are opening at a rate of 1.5 per day. There also are more than 2,000 breweries in planning.

-- Through June, craft brewers enjoyed 18 percent growth by volume. The association expects double-digit growth for the craft segment in the second half of the year.

-- India pale ales continue to be the favorite craft beer style. IPA volume jumped 47 percent and dollar sales rose 49 percent at retail establishments. IPAs accounted for 21 percent of volume in the craft segment.

-- Craft beer fans love variety packs. Variety pack volume rose 21 percent, while dollar sales climbed 24 percent.

-- Thirty-eight percent of households bought a craft beer in the last year vs. 29 percent in 2010. Women consume nearly 32 percent of craft beer volume, almost half of which comes from women ages 21-34.

“More and more breweries will spur innovation, meaning there will be even more offerings on hand for beer geeks and beginners to enjoy,” Brewers Association Chief Economist Bart Watson said in a prepared statement. “Not to mention more opportunities to explore and support local breweries, which has a profound impact on the economy at the regional, state and national level.”

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North High to start canning next year

Tue, 12/09/2014 - 11:23am

North High Brewing Co. will start canning and distributing three of its brands in March. Its IPA, Pale Ale and Milk Stout will be available in Central Ohio at grocery stores and beer shops.

“We need to package and we like cans vs. bottles,” co-founder Tim Ward said when asked about the decision to go with cans.

The Columbus brewery will see how the local market receives the beer before deciding whether to expand distribution of cans to other parts of the state, he added.

North High recently opened a 20-barrel production brewery to complement its brew-on-premise operation and bar on North High Street.

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