Ohio Beer Blog

Millersburg teams up with Russian brewery

Tue, 05/24/2016 - 7:31am

Millersburg Brewing Co. reached around the world for some help with making its newest beer.

The brewery, located in the heart of Ohio’s Amish country, has teamed up with the Black Cat Brewery in Moscow to create a beer with a special ingredient that’s popular in Russia.

Currant Event, a black India pale ale, is infused with black currant puree.

“It’s one of the best off-the-cuff beers I’ve ever made in my life,” Millersburg brewer Marty Lindon said.

The beer has a “grape must smell and taste” thanks to the currants, he said, noting that black currant tea is popular in Russia.

The beer, which is 8.25 percent alcohol by volume, is now available on draft at the brewery and around Ohio. It’s a limited-edition brew.

The international collaboration stems from a chance encounter at the Columbus Beerfest. Maksim Sobkin, 29, the co-owner of Black Cat who lives in Columbus and works at Huntington Bank, fell in love with Millersburg French Ridge IPA.

He struck up a conversation with Lindon and that eventually led to Black Cat co-owner Andrey Volodin traveling from Moscow to Millersburg to help brew the beer.

The original plan was for Volodin to bring fresh currants from Russia. But the berries were confiscated by the TSA, Lindon said.

Black Cat was one of the original craft breweries in Moscow when it opened several years ago. There are now more than 200, as the craft beer scene has exploded just like it has in the United States, Sobkin said.

More Russians are traveling and using social media so they are seeking out anything other than plain lagers.

A report released in February by the U.S. Department of Agriculture Foreign Agriculture Service noted that beer sales are off in Russia but there’s “demand for new styles of foreign and craft beers … in many of Russia’s largest cities.”

“The people are ready to try something good,” Sobkin said.

Just like their American counterparts, Russians are fond of IPAs, he said.

Lindon hopes to get a taste of the Russian beer market next year. Black Cat has invited him to come brew at its facility.

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Graffiti to host special New Belgium tasting

Mon, 05/23/2016 - 6:06pm

Graffiti: A Social Kitchen in Cleveland will host a special four-course beer dinner at 6:30 p.m. June 21 featuring three of the five Fat Tire and Friends collaboration brews.

The Fort Collins, Colo.-based New Belgium Brewing Co., which is celebrating its 25th anniversary, teamed up with five other brewers to reimagine its flagship Fat Tire Amber Ale. The Graffiti dinner will showcase Fat Tire with tuna tartar, Firestone Walker Fat Hoppy Ale with currywurst sandwich, Allagash Fat Funk Ale with pork tamale and Rhinegeist Fat Pale Ale with coconut cream cannoli.

The other Fat Tire-inspired beers not featured at the dinner are by Avery Brewing and Hopworks Urban Brewery.

Tickets are $40. Reservations are required. For more details, click here.

For more details about the collaboration, including the fact that New Belgium will release the beers in a 12-pack, click here.

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Ohio breweries bring home medals from Commonwealth Cup

Mon, 05/23/2016 - 3:34pm

A slew of Ohio breweries won a slew of medals at the third annual Alltech Craft Brews and Food Fest in Lexington, Ky. The event features the Commonwealth Cup, a judged event.

More than 70 breweries from nine countries submitted 344 beers. The judges awarded 25 gold, 65 silver and 108 bronze medals. The top prize, called the Commonwealth Cup, was awarded to Southern Tier 2X IPA.

Here's a look at the winners from Ohio:

Cellar Dweller: Bronze: Eye Opener and Hopewells.

Dayton: Gold: Oregon Alley IPA. Silver: Riverside Rye IPA. Bronze: Mad Wolf Pale and Java Man.

Fifty West: Bronze: 10&2 Barleywine.

Listermann: Gold: Cincinnatus, Barrel Aged Chickow! Silver: Planetary, Gravitatus, Friar Bacon Smoked. Bronze: Chickow!

MadTree: Gold: Galaxy High. Silver: Bourbon Barrel Aged Axis Mundi and PSA. Bronze: PsycHOPathy, Mad Craft Nucleus, Treesearch #2357, Gnarly Brown and Happy Amber.

Rhinegeist: Gold: Barrel Aged Gramps, Uncle and Double Oaked Mastadon. Silver: Truth, Peach Dodo and Panther. Bronze: ExDIPA and Cougar.

Samuel Adams: Gold: Utopias. Silver: Stony Brook Red, Tetravis, Summer Ale and Rebel Rouser. Bronze: Nitro Coffee, New World Tripe, Chocolate Bock, Nitro IPA, 13th Hour Stout, Nitro Wheat Ale, Fat Jack and Cinder Bock.

Thirsty Dog: Gold: Whippet Wheat and Raildog. Silver: Siberian Night and Old Leghumper. Bronze: Milkhouse, Siberian Night Aged in Bourbon Barrels and Wulver.

Urban Artifact: Silver: Keypunch, Phrenology and Otso. Bronze: Maize.

Wolf's Ridge: Gold: Daybreak and Buchenrach. Silver: Bourbon Barrel Dire Wolf and Clear Sky. Bronze: Weizenbrot, Sustinator and Howling Moon.

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Five questions with ... Adam Lorenz

Fri, 05/20/2016 - 3:36pm

Adam Lorenz is the brewer at Tap & Screw Brewery in Cincinnati. Tap & Screw features a gastropub and tasting room. Last year, the brewery hosted its inaugural TapFest, an event honoring homebrewers.

Question: Why did you become a brewer?

Answer: I have always enjoyed craft beer and finding different flavors in beers. I had the opportunity to work with some doctorates in microbiology and they were homebrewers. I had some of their brews at their house and decided that was a hobby that I wanted to get involved in. Before I knew it, the brewery moved from the patio, to the garage and then into my basement. A few months after that, I realized I wanted to make the jump to commercial and we figured it out.

Q: There’s a concern that the craft beer industry – thanks to the phenomenal growth over the last few years – is reaching a saturation point, particularly in some areas of Ohio. Are there too many breweries here? If yes, why? If no, why not?

A: I think there will be even more breweries popping up and being successful just not on the same scale as some of the bigger regional breweries. The culture is going back to walking communities where people will want to walk to the closest brewpub and hang out with their friends and neighbors.

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

A: Keep it simple and work on consistency. Being able to make the same beer multiple times in a row is a good base to being able to expand upon. It's also good to involve your friends. Find one to brew with. It's a great opportunity to spend some time together and enjoy some good brews.

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

A: Irony, which is our Belgian dubbel made with rock candy. I think people enjoy it because it has sweetness with a bit of spice from the yeast. It is a little drier than most, so it is more drinkable since the sweetness isn't overwhelming.

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

A: Lindemans Kriek. It is a very complex beer that is extremely hard to make. It requires several steps to the fermentation process including fermenting cherries and capturing wild yeast. Those flavors can take years to meld.

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

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TownHall to host United We Brew tasting

Fri, 05/20/2016 - 8:27am

TownHall in Cleveland will host a United We Brew beer tasting from 3 to 6 p.m. Saturday. (May 21)

The festival, which will include food, will showcase Dogfish Head, Boston Beer, Troegs, Clown Shoes, Revolution, Boulevard, Destihl, Summit, Bell's, Platform, Sibling Revelry, Jackie O's, Against the Grain, Oskar Blues, Great Divide, New Belgium, Sierra Nevada, Stone, Green Flash and Ballast Point.

Tickets are $30 and include a sampling glass.

For more details, click here.

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Ohio's no alcohol cap deserves a "No Alcohol" cap

Thu, 05/19/2016 - 2:27pm

Lenny Kolada -- the man behind Smokehouse Brewing Co. and the upcoming Commonhouse Ales in Columbus -- is well known for his creativity and sense of humor.

Remember the KA Amunet beer that he, along with Actual and North High, designed in 2013 to honor a 2000-year-old mummy?

Or how about the Fussy Sipper Pumpkin Peach Ale that he created to poke fun at Anheuser-Busch InBev last year?

Well, he's at it again. With Ohio opting to do away with its 12 percent alcohol cap on beer (the governor still has to sign the bill), Kolada has jokingly designed a baseball cap that has the words "No alcohol" on it with an outline of a map of Ohio. Get it? It's a no alcohol cap.

"Maybe you can encourage one of your followers to actually get it made? I crack myself up..." he said in an email.

Asked why he's not making the baseball cap himself, Kolada noted that he's too busy launching Commonhouse Ales. The hope is to have the brewery open in July, he said.

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Ohio House approves bill to scrap state's ABV limit

Thu, 05/19/2016 - 10:02am

The Ohio House agreed Wednesday to eliminate the state's alcohol by volume (ABV) limit on beer. That means, pending the signature of Gov. John Kasich, high-alcohol brews will be made and sold in the Buckeye State.

The limit currently is 12 percent in Ohio.

"As local breweries and brewpubs continue to pop up across our state, it's important that we level the playing field to let small business owners and brewers compete nationally," state Rep. Dan Ramos, D-Lorain, told Cleveland.com.

Check out some coverage here:


Columbus Dispatch

Columbus Business First

Ohio Beer Counsel

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Ohio Brewing Co. brewer has a familiar face

Thu, 05/19/2016 - 9:57am

Matt Coffey felt the pull.

He had given up brewing for an information technology job at the University of Akron’s Wayne Campus in Orrville, but the beer business kept calling him.

So the former brewer at the Burkhardt Brewing Co. listened.

Coffey, who sports a bushy goatee, now heads the brewing operation at the new Ohio Brewing Co. brewpub in Akron’s Highland Square neighborhood.

“I felt the tug to come back to brewing,” he said. “It strokes your ego. There’s nothing greater than having someone drink what you made and enjoy it.”

Coffey is a bridge between Akron’s early craft breweries — Burkhardt, Liberty Street and Blimp City — and today’s busy scene. None of those breweries survived.

“Burkhardt was before its time,” Coffey said.

As for readjusting to brewing, he said it was an easy transition — other than working out kinks in an unfamiliar brewhouse. “It really is like riding a bicycle,” he said.

Ohio uses a seven-barrel system, meaning Coffey is busy keeping up with the thirsty craft beer drinkers sidling up to the bar.

The plan is to offer about 10 Ohio brands on draft all the time — in addition to a healthy list of guest brews. The recent menu ranged from Verich Gold to Steel Valley Stout to Maple Porter. O’Hoppy IPA has been one of the best-sellers.

The brewpub, which resembles an Irish pub thanks to the dark green and brown colors, has a small bottling machine in the basement. It also distributes its beer on draft.

Co-owner Chris Verich said the goal is to increase output and open a separate production brewery.

“We don’t have a site yet but it’s something we’re working on,” he said.

“We’re just happy to be open and producing beer,” Verich added. “It’s been a lot of blood, sweat and tears getting this place opened.”

For more details about Ohio, including hours and the food menu, click here.

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MadTree breaks ground on new brewery

Wed, 05/18/2016 - 2:46pm

MadTree Brewing Co. broke ground Tuesday (May 17) on its new $18 million brewery, taproom and event center in Oakley.

“We’ve been struggling to keep up with demand locally and this expansion will allow us to catch-up. Plus, we can begin sharing MadTree in other parts of Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana,” brewer co-founder Brady Duncan said in a news release. “It’s still a bit surreal to think how far we’ve come in three years.”

MadTree hopes to open in winter 2016/2017. The brewery also announced that it will provide construction updates at madtreebrewing.com/comingsoon.

As would be expected, the Cincinnati media reported on the event: Check out the various stories here: WCPO, Fox 19, WLWT and Cincinnati.com.

To read the full news release, see below:


MadTree Breaks Ground on New $18M Brewery and Taproom in Oakley

Brewery and taproom expected to open Winter 2016/2017

CINCINNATI (May 17, 2016) –MadTree Brewingheld an official sledgehammer ground breaking ceremony today to mark the start of construction of a new $18M production brewery, taproom, and event center in the Cincinnati neighborhood of Oakley.MadTree is renovating the former RockTennsite, an obsolete brownfield manufacturing facility, located at 3301 Madison Road.The new site, about one mile away from MadTree’s current location in Columbia Township, allows the craft brewer to more than quadruple production. Demolition is underway as crews target an opening for Winter 2016/2017. Construction updates will be made available online at http://madtreebrewing.com/comingsoon.

Collaborative partner representatives from the City of Cincinnati, Oakley Community Council, REDI Cincinnati, and Al. Neyer were in attendance to mark the occasion and share their enthusiasm for the project. The new MadTree Brewing Company complex will bring50 jobs to the city with plans to create40 more over the next three years.

“It was extremely important for us to remain connected to the city and neighborhoods that have supported us since day one,” said Kenny McNutt, MadTree Brewing co-founder.  “This is where we all live, work, and play, and we didn’t want to abandon our home to save a few pennies.  This expansion wouldn’t be possible without the support of our loyal customers, the City of Cincinnati, and JobsOhio.”

“It’s been so exciting to see MadTree’s recent explosive growth,” said KimmCoyner, managing director, projects team &JobsOhio, REDI Cincinnati. “We are glad this great brewer was able to find a space in our region to support its new brewery, taproom, and event center.”

The expansion was driven by demand for MadTree beers in just three years of existence. The plans call for installation of a new American-made, W.M. Sprinkman Corp. 100-barrel brewhouse, expanded quality laboratory, larger taproom featuring 64 taps,10,000 SFoutdoor beer garden, expanded Catch-A-Fire Pizza café, private event space, and office space for staff.

“We’ve been struggling to keep up with demand locally and this expansion will allow us to catch-up. Plus, we can begin sharing MadTree in other parts of Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana,” said Brady Duncan, MadTree Brewing co-founder. “It’s still a bit surreal to think how far we’ve come in three years.”

Not only will production volume be scaled up but there will be an intensified focus on beer quality. MadTree was already one of the first small breweries to install an advanced quality laboratory at its original brewery, and this new facility will allow additional monitoring equipment, devices, and automation to drive quality.

“The new brewhouse and related equipment will allow us to scale up our production rapidly with an extreme focus on quality and consistency of the beer,” said Jeff Hunt, MadTree Brewing co-founder. “We will have all of the latest and best brewing equipment at our disposal.”

About MadTree Brewing Company

Cincinnati’s MadTree Brewing made history when they opened in 2013 by becoming the first modern craft brewery to can its beer in Ohio.  MadTree is known for focusing more on great tasting beers rather than following traditional brewing style guidelines.  Their award-winning beers are distributed throughout Cincinnati, Columbus, Dayton, Athens, and Northern Kentucky. For more information about the beers, brewery, and taproom, visit madtreebrewing.com or connect with them on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad hosting beer trains

Wed, 05/18/2016 - 8:14am

The beer choo-choo will be chugging along this summer through Northeast Ohio.

The Cuyahoga Valley National Park released a list of its summer events and there are three beer tastings aboard the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad.

Here’s the rundown:

June 4: Five summer beers and appetizers.

July 2: Five beers from Hoppin’ Frog Brewery.

Aug. 6: Five beers from Fat Head’s Brewery.

The trips all take place from 7 to 9 p.m., with the June 4 and Aug. 6 rides starting at the Rockside station in Independence. The July 2 trip departs from the Northside station in Akron.

Tickets range from $50 to $94. People must be 21 and older to participate. To register, call 800-468-4070 or click here.

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Taste of Cincinnati improves Cincinnati beer selection

Tue, 05/17/2016 - 8:37pm

The Taste of Cincinnati will taste a little bit more like Cincinnati this year.

Organizers are touting the fact that 25 percent of the beers this year will be from the Queen City and that MadTree Brewing Co. will host the all-new MadTree Beer Garden.

Last year, the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber took some heat for boasting about the Budweiser and Bud Light choices at the event. One of the biggest critics last year was former beer blogger Mike Stuart who now works at ... MadTree. (It seems logical to connect those dots.)

The Taste of Cincinnati, set for May 28-30 along Fifth Street, will feature 70 beers. In addition to MadTree, other local brewers represented will be: Christian Moerlein, Rivertown and Samuel Adams.

“You told us Taste of Cincinnati should expand its selection of local, craft beers and we listened,” Taste of Cincinnati Director Cynthia Oxley said in a prepared statement. “More than one-in-four beers available will be brewed in the Cincinnati region.”

The food festival will again be sponsored by Budweiser.

“Without sponsors, like Budweiser, events like Taste of Cincinnati would not be possible,” Oxley said.

For more details, click here.

Here's the beer rundown:

Locally Brewed Beers

Christian Moerlein OTR Ale
Christian Moerlein Purity Pils
Christian Moerlein Third Wave IPA
Christian Moerlein Strawberry Pig
MadTree Happy Amber
MadTree Lift
MadTree PSA Proper Session Ale
MadTree Psychopathy
MadTree Sol Drifter
Over The Rhine Cider Co. Original Hard Cider
Over The Rhine Cider Co. Crisp Hard Cider
Rivertown Nice Melons
Rivertown Blueberry
Rivertown Roebling
Rivertown Soulless
Rivertown Jenneke
Samuel Adams Lager
Samuel Adams Summer Ale

Other Favorites

Bell’s Oberon Ale
Bell’s Two Hearted Ale
Bell’s Amber Ale
Bell’s Double Cream Stout
Bell’s Oatsmobile Hoppy Session
Bell’s Oarsman Ale
Blue Moon Belgian White
Blue Moon Belgian Table Pils
Blue Point Toasted Lager
Breckenridge Mango Mosaic
Breckenridge Agave Wheat
Breckenridge 471 Small Batch IPA
Bud Light
Bud Light Lime
Bud Light Lime-A-Rita
Bud Light Straw-ber-ita
Bud Light Water-Melon-Rita
Bud Light Lemon-Ade-Rita
Bud Select
Crispin Original
Crispin Pacific Pear
Goose Island Summertime
Goose Island Green Line
Great Lakes Burning River Pale Ale
Great Lakes Dortmunder Gold Lager
Great Lakes Commodore Perry IPA
Great Lakes Steady Rollin Session IPA
Kentucky Ale
Kentucky Old Fashioned Barrel Ale
Kentucky White Ale
Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale
Kentucky Kolsch
Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Stout
Kentucky Race Day IPA
Leinenkugel’s Summer Shandy
Leinenkugel’s Grapefruit Shandy
Leinenkugel’s Berry Weiss
Leinenkugel’s India Pale Lager
Michelob Ultra
Shock Top
Shock Top Lemon
Stella Artois
Stella Cidre
West Sixth Amber Ale
West Sixth IPA
West Sixth Lemongrass Wheat
West Sixth Belgian Blonde
West Sixth Cocoa Porter
Yuengling Lager
Yuengling Light
Yuengling Summer Wheat

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Canton Craft Beer Invitational announces brewery list

Tue, 05/17/2016 - 5:24pm

The United Way Young Leaders Society has released the brewery list for the inaugural Canton Craft Beer Invitational.

The event, which runs from noon to 4 p.m. June 4 at the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, will feature at least 24 breweries.

“Young Leaders Society is excited to combine a few of the great things that Stark County is best known for – amazing craft beers, football and a strong community," Carrie Clemens, assistant director of resource development, United Way of Greater Stark County, said in a prepared statement. "With this event, we’ll be able to showcase craft breweries, many from right here in Stark County at the legendary Pro Football Hall of Fame, all while raising money for a worthwhile cause."

-- Anheuser-Busch

-- The Brew Kettle 

-- Butcher and the Brewer

-- The Canton Brewing Co.

-- Columbus Brewing Co.

-- Fat Head's Brewery 

-- Findlay Brewing Co.

-- Four String Brewing Co.

-- Great Lakes Brewing Co.

-- Hoppin' Frog Brewery

-- Jackie O's Pub & Brewery

-- MadTree Brewing Co.

-- Maize Valley Brewery

-- Market Garden Brewery

-- Millersburg Brewing Co.

-- North High Brewing Co.

-- Phoenix Brewing Co.

-- Platform Beer Co.

-- Rhinegeist Brewery 

-- Royal Docks Brewing Co.

-- R. Shea Brewing

-- Scenic Brewing Co.

-- Shale Brewing Co.

-- Thirsty Dog Brewing Co.

Breweries will compete for awards in Best IPA, Stout/Porter and Summer Seasonal in addition to a People’s Choice award. Judging will take place as a blind tasting before the event opens to the public. Local celebrity judges are ... well, me ... along with Dan Stansbury of Rock 106.9’s The Stansbury Show and Ted Swaldo of Gervasi Vineyard.

General admission tickets are $45 before May 28, or $55 at the door. VIP tickets are available for $65. VIP guests receive one-hour early admission and access to the VIP room, 15 beer tastings, souvenir growler and complementary appetizers provided by Fishers Foods and Gervasi Vineyard. Proceeds benefit Young Leader Society events held throughout the year.

For more details, click here.

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Alaskan Brewing moving into Ohio this summer

Tue, 05/17/2016 - 11:13am

Alaskan Brewing Co. is moving into the Buckeye State this summer.

“We feel Ohio has a really strong craft beer culture and understands beer really well, and we do really well in those kinds of environments,” brewery spokesman Andy Kline said.

He noted that Alaskan performs well in two other craft beer stalwarts: Colorado and Michigan.

Geography also played a role, Kline said. Alaskan has been methodically moving across the country.

The brewery distributes in Michigan now and Ohio will become the eastern most outpost and the 18th state where its beers are available.

“We’ve looked at Ohio for a long time,” Kline said.

Beer fans here will see the brewery’s flagship Alaskan Amber, Icy Bay IPA, Hopothermia Double IPA and others.

Alaskan hasn’t yet determined all the brands, which will be available on draft and in bottles.

But Kline said Smoked Porter, a seasonal brew released in November, will be one of them.

Smoked Porter has won a mind-boggling 19 medals at the Great American Beer Festival since 1990.

Alaskan anticipates that Columbus Distributing, Heidelberg Distributing, House of LaRose, Matesich Distributing and R.L. Lipton Distributing will distribute its beers across the state.

Alaskan was founded in Juneau in 1986 by Marcy and Geoff Larson. It’s now the 22nd largest craft brewery in the country. For comparison, Great Lakes Brewing Co. in Cleveland is the 21st largest.

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Beer story sampler

Mon, 05/16/2016 - 3:28pm

Here are some interesting Ohio beer stories:

-- Craft Beer and Brewing asked five brewmasters to name their favorite IPA. Brant Dubovick, head brewer at DryHop Brewers and Corridor Brewery and Provisions in Chicago, picked Fat Head's Head Hunter IPA. To read the reason why, click here.

-- Columbus Business First provides an update on BrewDog. The website says the brewery hopes to be brewing test batches in early fall. To read the full report, click here.

-- Drink Up Columbus reports that a small batch of Hoster Brewing Gold Top has been brewed for Columbus Craft Beer Week. It will be available at The Golf Depot, The Ohio Taproom and Temperance Row, where it was brewed. To read the full story, click here.

-- Cleveland.com reports on Mary Asmus, a server at Great Lakes Brewing Co., retiring after 27 years at the brewery. "I enjoyed the social part of it, meeting people from all over the country, and the world really," she says. To read the full story, click here.

-- Cleveland.com reports on the Grapes and Ale fundraiser for Our Lady of The Wayside set May 20 at Progressive Field. To read the full story, click here.

-- Pat's Pints provides a preview of Columbus Craft Beer Week, which is under way. "I’ve spent hours perusing the list of events in a vain attempt to put together the ultimate itinerary for the obsessed craft beer fanatic, but there are just too many enticing events to distill the week down to a definitive short list," Patrick Woodward writes. "That doesn’t stop me from making a few observations on the festivities." To read the full report, click here.

-- WOSU Public Media reports on the new book Ohio's Craft Beers. "Great Lakes is the influential craft brewer," author Paul Gaston says. “And not just for beer, but I think for all of the values that craft brewing has come to represent." To read the full story, click here.

-- The Huffington Post reports that Boston Beer Co. founder Jim Koch has no problem with people saying 'F*** you' at work. To read the full report, click here.

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Rhinegeist plans third anniversary party

Mon, 05/16/2016 - 3:16pm

Rhinegeist Brewery will celebrate its third anniversary June 25 with an all-day party and special "beer releases every hour, on the hour."

“This year, for our birthday, we want people to experience Rhinegeist like never before," co-founder Bryant Goulding said in a news release. "All of your favorites will be available, but we have a ton of surprises up our sleeve, including a bevy of new beers and rarities. Our spaces will be kitted out in wild ephemera, with an eye toward summer camp and the great outdoors. We’re hoping to leave people with a sense of awe and wonder, and a newfound pride in what we’ve built together, right here in Cincinnati.”

The celebration begins at noon and will run until 2 a.m. The party will be kid-friendly until 8 p.m.

For more details, click here.

To read the full release, see below:


Rhinegeist Brewery Celebrates Three Years of Thirst

On June 25th, the OTR brewery is throwing open all the doors to host a birthday bash spread throughout their 121 year old building, including activities in the newly opened rooftop and event spaces and rarity beer releases every hour, on the hour.

(CINCINNATI, OH; May 12, 2016) Rhinegeist is turning three: a momentous occasion worthy of an epic celebration/excuse to Rock N’ Roll All Night and Part Of Every Day. Well, at least one day. The past three years have been lightning in a pint glass: we expanded our OTR footprint adding the rooftop, annex and event spaces into the mix, launched our barrel program with sour gusto, added a hulking semi-truck to our distribution fleet, and built a chemist-approved laboratory for maximum quality control. We couldn’t have achieved all of this growth without the loyal support of our community. As a small token of our gratitude we’re inviting everyone to explore the brewery in all her glory. We’re doing our damnedest to deck the walls and swag out the tap rooms with our classic brand of mayhem and merriment. Head to 1910 Elm Street on Saturday, June 25th and join us from 12PM until 2AM for a birthday party worthy of your weekend. Until 8PM, we will be kid friendly, so feel free to bring the little ones. Extra points if you arrive via Scooter.

What to expect, besides the unexpected: rarity beer releases every hour, on the hour, including a brand new brew we’ll be adding to the regular lineup. We will have live music and DJ’s in the taproom and up on the rooftop. There will be activities because we have more room for activities. There will be edible offerings by Dutch’s Larder. There will be a mechanical puma. Maybe. A portion of the proceeds from activities and merchandise will be donated to local non-profits.

Co-founder Bryant Goulding says, “This year, for our birthday, we want people to experience Rhinegeist like never before. All of your favorites will be available, but we have a ton of surprises up our sleeve, including a bevy of new beers and rarities. Our spaces will be kitted out in wild ephemera, with an eye toward summer camp and the great outdoors. We’re hoping to leave people with a sense of awe and wonder, and a newfound pride in what we’ve built together, right here in Cincinnati.”

So, bring yourself. Bring your friends and their friends who you kind of know but want to get to know better. We’ll see you at Rhinegeist on June 25th.

RSVP: https://goo.gl/hzsFO6

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Crop Sticks to host Hitachino beer dinner

Mon, 05/16/2016 - 2:54pm

Crop Sticks in Cleveland will host a six-course beer pairing dinner with Hitachino Nest Beer at 7 p.m. Thursday. (May 19)

The welcoming beer will be Hitachino White paired with a wasabi deviled egg. The dinner will feature Saison de Japon with calamari, Red Rice Ale with king crab rangoon, Real Ginger Brew with ginger lemongrass pork, Cedar Aged Classic Pale Ale with salmon belly nigiri, Dai Dai IPA with orange chicken egg roll and Espresso Stout with spiced dark chocolate tarts.

The cost is $60, plus tax and tip. For reservations, call 216-902-7111.

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Five questions with ... Colin Vent

Fri, 05/13/2016 - 9:55am

Colin Vent is the head brewer at Seventh Son Brewing Co. in Columbus. Seventh Son, which operates both a production brewery and tasting room, recently won a silver medal at the San Diego International Beer Festival for its Wild Hunt barley wine. It also won bronze last year at the same competition for its Ragana Yaga porter.

Question: Why did you become a brewer?

Answer: I had been cooking professionally and homebrewing as a hobby for several years. If you know anything about the chef life, you’d understand it isn’t exactly conducive for having meaningful human contact outside of your restaurant. You’re at work while others are at play, and you’re also at work when everyone else is at work. Basically, you’re always at work.

Having become obsessed with good beer, I decided that starting a brewery was going to be my way back to the world of the living. I started writing a business plan with the goal of finding a local brewery who would contract brew my beer until I could afford my own space and equipment.

While hanging around Elevator one afternoon generally being in the way, I met Collin Castore who was there for the same reason. We talked about our respective hopes for opening a brewery and exchanged email addresses. We kept in touch and several months later he emailed me to see if I would want to hang out with him and Travis (one of the other owners). They had purchased a one-barrel test system and had it set up in Travis’s basement.

Neither of them were homebrewers so they asked if I’d be interested in coming over and giving the thing a test drive. Long story short, we all got along very well, and I suggested to them that given the fact I didn’t have any money and they didn’t have a brewer, perhaps we should team up. I suppose this long ramble is sorta “how and why” I got into brewing.

Q: There’s a concern that the craft beer industry – thanks to the phenomenal growth over the last few years – is reaching a saturation point, particularly in some areas of Ohio. Are there too many breweries here? If yes, why? If no, why not?

A: I don’t see us being saturated yet. I haven’t seen recent numbers but I think it’s safe to assume Ohio’s consumption is still far outpacing its production. Everyone I know is making as much beer as possible and running out constantly. We’re all racing to grow as fast as possible to stake our claim.

A while ago, some random person on the internet posted an analogy that I’ve held onto. This guy envisioned an America where breweries were like pizza places. Every town has dozens of small independent ones, there are a handful of larger statewide operations and a smattering of huge national chains. I think the future will see a lot more localization of breweries, and a tightening up on massive multi-state distributing brewers. I’m not worried though, no one has ever wondered aloud if we’re approaching pizza saturation...

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

A: Write everything down. Make elaborate spreadsheets. Spend money on good reliable equipment and keep up on preventative maintenance.

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

A: The Humulus Nimbus is our best-seller year round by far. I think it succeeds so well for a number of reasons. You can always find it on tap at our bar. We distribute a large amount to various bars and restaurants around town. And we put it in cans, as well. It was designed to be a beer that had the easy-going character of an American pale ale, but enough hoppy edge to nearly push it into the IPA category. It’s bitter, but not too bitter. It’s crisp and finishes clean, while still having a great punch of hoppy character.

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

A: There’s a handful honestly. Dogfish Burton Baton. Bell’s Third Coast Old Ale. Gavroche Biere de Garde. The list goes on. But I would have to say No. 1 would be the Thomas Hardy’s Ale. It’s an insane recipe. The flavors are very interesting. It’s been around for a long time. No one is making anything like it. And it ages like a champ. Tasting that beer for the first time back in 2005 or 2006 really pried open my eyes as to how far this beer thing could go.

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Columbus Ale Trail Brew Book returns Friday

Thu, 05/12/2016 - 5:36pm

The response was overwhelming — and immediate.

When the inventive minds behind the Columbus Ale Trail — Ohio’s first official beer trail — printed 10,000 free passport books last year, they were snapped up right away, as craft beer fans were eager to tote them around to 20 Columbus-area breweries and have them stamped.

The organizers assumed that initial batch would last several months.

They assumed wrong.

The passports disappeared within four weeks and another 20,000 were ordered. Most of those were snatched up, too.

Given the success during the first year, it should come as no surprise that the Columbus Ale Trail Brew Book Volume Two is here — and bigger than last year. The passports, which now feature 28 breweries, return Friday (May 13) and will be available at any participating brewery or at an Experience Columbus visitor center.

This year, organizers printed 35,000 passports.

“For the past year, I have rarely entered any Columbus brewery and not spotted at least one or two of the Brew Books sitting on a table or bar top,” said Cheryl Harrison, editor of Drink Up Columbus and a co-founder of the Columbus Ale Trail. “We’ve received a ton of positive support from the community and the breweries and hope to keep growing the Columbus Ale Trail bigger and better for many years to come.”

The organizers noted that more than 1,200 people visited at least four of the breweries last year to redeem a reward, while about 600 completed the entire trail.

This year, craft beer fans can visit any four stops to get a free pint glass. Those who visit all the stops will receive a custom illustrated deck of playing cards featuring all participating breweries.

Beer drinkers have a year to complete the Ale Trail.

The participating breweries are: Actual, Barley’s, The Brew Brothers, Buckeye Lake, Elevator (two locations), Four String (two locations), Gordon Biersch, Hofbrauhaus Columbus, Homestead, Ill Mannered, Kindred Artisan Ales, Knotty Pine, Land-­Grant, Lineage, North High, Pigskin, Restoration Brew Worx, Rockmill, Seventh Son, Sideswipe, Smokehouse, Staas, Temperance Row, Wolf’s Ridge, Zaftig and Zauber.

In addition to Drink Up Columbus, the Columbus Ale Trail Brew Book is presented by Columbus Brew Adventures, The Ohio Taproom and Blue Label Digital Printing, along with support from Experience Columbus and the Ohio Craft Brewers Association.

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Columbus Craft Beer Week kicks off Friday

Thu, 05/12/2016 - 3:30pm

Columbus Craft Beer Week kicks off Friday. (May 13)

The week -- it's actually nine days -- is crammed with special beer tastings, dinners, beer releases, talks, a golf outing and other beer-related shenanigans. I asked Drink Up Columbus editor extraordinaire Cheryl Harrison to shoot me a list of five can't-miss events.

Cheryl apparently isn't good about following directions because she emailed me a top 10 list. Based on her response, she's going to be a busy little bee on May 21.

Here's her can't-miss rundown (which already has appeared on Drink Up Columbus):

Craft Beer Week Kickoff Party
Friday, May 13
Grandview Yard Market District, 5-10pm
A massive assortment of beers from across the street and across the country will be available to sample at the official kickoff party for Columbus Craft Beer Week, including the first chance to try the official CCBW collaboration beer, Saison 994, brewed in conjunction with 16 local breweries.

Columbus Ale Trail Volume 2 Launch Party
Friday, May 13
Wolf’s Ridge Brewing, 4-8pm
Hang out with the organizers of the Columbus Ale Trail (including yours truly) and pick up your Volume 2 Columbus Brew Books new Ale Trail book! We’ll have the reward for completing volume 2, a custom deck of playing cards, on-hand for you to preview.

13th Annual Mini Real Ale Fest
Saturday, May 14
Smokehouse Brewing Company, 12-3pm
Smokehouse’s annual Mini Real Ale Fest is one of my favorite beer events ever, and this year it happens to fall during Columbus Craft Beer Week. This event exclusively features specialty casks of real ale, all naturally conditioned in firkins, from a dozen different craft breweries across Ohio. This is your graduate course in beer.

Science on Tap
Saturday, May 14
COSI, 5:30-10pm
Beer enthusiasts and science lovers come together for this special event at COSI. Craft breweries from all around Columbus and Ohio join forces with COSI to present Science On Tap. Sample various styles of beers and spirits from different breweries and distilleries while you learn about science!

One Line Coffee Collaboration
Sunday, May 15
Wolf’s Ridge Brewing, 9:30am-12:30pm
WRB has crafted five variations of their Dire Wolf Russian imperial stout to pair with five types of One Line Coffee. Wolf’s Ridge’s head brewer Chris Davison and the One Line coffee team will give insight about each product and how they pair together. This is Wolf’s Ridge’s fourth collaboration event with One Line.

Craft in Columbus: A conversation with local brewery pioneers
Tuesday, May 17
Smokehouse Brewing, 6-7:30pm
With almost 30 craft breweries in Central Ohio today, it’s easy to forget that just five years ago, there were only five. Drink Up Columbus has gathered Columbus craft beer pioneers Lenny Kolada, Angelo Signoriono, Victor Ecimovich and Scott Francis stories about how they got involved with craft beer, what it was like working in the industry before it was “cool”, and how it’s felt to watch a new generation of breweries emerge.

Six One Pour: The Ohio Craft Beer Fest
Friday, May 20
Huntington Park, 7-11pm
More than fifty Ohio craft breweries will be on hand sampling local beer at the second annual Six One Pour: The Ohio Craft Beer Fest, this year held at Huntington Park. The special CCBW collaboration Saison 994 will be flowing at Six One Pour, along with live music and a special menu created by Chipotle.

Bike the Breweries
Saturday. May 21
North High Brewing, 8am-12p
Bike to the Columbus breweries to benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation! Get your legs and liver ready for an epic day of drinking and exercise. Spots on this cycle tour are almost gone so visit the North High taproom ASAP to claim yours.

The History of Beer with the Ohio Historical Center and Dogfish Head
Saturday, May 21
Studio 35, 2-6:30pm
Studio 35 and the Ohio Historical Center have collaborated to bring a one of a kind tasting experience. Using several extremely limited brews from Dogfish Head, we will take a journey through the history of brewing. The theater will be screening Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid after the tasting.

Sierra Nevada Beer Camp Across America 2016
Saturday, May 21
Winking Lizard Grandview, 5-8pm
Sierra Nevada’s Beer Camp Across America project features six collaboration beers brewed in conjunction with 31 different breweries from across the country, and all six collaborations will be on-tap for this event. Winking Lizard is also pulling 2007 Sierra Nevada Bigfoot out of the Lizard cellar to tap for the occasion.

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Phoenix Brewing opens beer garden at Spitzer Motor Speedway

Thu, 05/12/2016 - 11:12am

Phoenix Brewing Co. is opening a beer garden at the Spitzer Motor Speedway in Mansfield.

Located under the grandstands, the Phoenix Beer Garden will have four Phoenix beers on tap all season. The racetrack opens May 20.

“It has been a real pleasure being a small part of what Chris Mize, Mike Yunker and their entire team are doing to bring racing back to life in that fantastic facility," Phoenix partner Scott Cardwell said in a prepared statement. "When I learned about the races, bull riding, concerts and the return of FreedomFest, I felt we just had to be a part of it. We hope to see a lot of our fans coming out in their Phoenix gear to support this racetrack and the investment Spitzer has made in resurrecting it."

Phoenix also announced that Tashia and Jon Kelso of Crestline, Ohio, won a giveaway during the brewery's second anniversary party on April 9. They received a pair of race tickets in the owner's box at the Spitzer Motor Speedway.

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