Wolf's Ridge Brewing Co. will host a five-course beer pairing dinner at 7 p.m. May 4 during Columbus Craft Beer Week.
The dinner will feature Watchtower ESB Nitro paired with a salad, Driftwood Citrus Surf with scallop crudo, oak-aged and pecan-aged Buchenrauch with honey glazed pork tenderloin, New Moon with quail and Hefe & Wedge with lemon cheesecake.
Tickets are $70 with the beer pairings, or $60 without the beer, not including tax and tip. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 614-429-3936.
Blank Slate Brewing Co. is partnering with a downtown Cincinnati restaurant for a series of four collaborative beers, with the first one being released today. (April 16)
Orchids Bloom, a French-style saison made with coriander and hibiscus, will be available at the Orchids at Palm Court and The Bar at Palm Court located in the Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza Hotel. It also will be available for a limited time at the Blank Slate tasting room starting Friday.
“The beer has a fruit forward nose and contains a flowery component derived from the use of dried hibiscus flowers, which also give the beer a nice springtime pink hue," Blank Slate owner-brewer Scott LaFollette said in a news release.
To read the full news release, see below:
For Immediate Release
April 16, 2015
Orchids at the Palm Court in the Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza and Blank Slate Brewing Company announce creation of collaborative beer series.
Downtown/East End – The creative minds behind Orchids at the Palm Court and Blank Slate Brewing Company have teamed up to create a series of collaborative beers to be served in the acclaimed restaurant, Orchids at Palm Court and The Bar at Palm Court located in the Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza Hotel beginning Thursday, April 16th and continuing throughout the year.
The series will consist of four beers created to accompany the season in which they are served and to incorporate culinary influences pertinent to that time of year. Additionally, the naming of the beers will be themed to the life cycle of the orchid flower itself, following the progression of the plant from its spring birth through its winter hibernation.
The first beer entitled “Orchids Bloom” is a French Style Saison brewed with coriander and hibiscus.
“The beer has a fruit forward nose and contains a flowery component derived from the use of dried hibiscus flowers, which also give the beer a nice springtime pink hue” says Scott LaFollette of Blank Slate Brewing Company.
“We are really excited to be working with Blank Slate. The “Bloom” is a great representation of our food and their beer style” says Todd Kelly, Executive Chef of Orchids at Palm Court / Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza.
“Orchids Bloom” will be a ‘draft only’ offering available in The Bar at Palm Court and Orchids at Palm Court in the hotel located at, 35 W 5th St. beginning Thursday, April 16th. It will also be available for a very limited time at Blank Slate Brewing Company PourHouse located at 4233 Airport Rd., Unit C starting on Friday, April 17th at 5:00 pm.
“Orchids Bloom” will be available while supplies last or until the next seasonal collaboration becomes available in early summer.
About Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza
The Restaurants at Palm Court include: Orchids at Palm Court, The Bar at Palm Court and The Grille at Palm Court. The restaurants feature original French art deco including: rare Brazilian rosewood walls, German silver-nickel metalwork and lighting fixtures and large Romanesque murals and a Rookwood Pottery fountain. Orchids at Palm Court has been recognized as one of the best restaurants in the U.S. Accolades and awards include:
AAA Five-Diamond for 2015 – one of just 63 in North America
Forbes Four-Stars for 2013, 2014, 2015
OpenTable - “One of the Top 100 Best Restaurants” for five consecutive years including 2014’s ranking as No. 7 Best in the U.S.
Executive Chef Kelly - American Culinary Federation's U.S.A. Chef of the Year, their highest honor given
Hilton Hotels & Resorts No. 1 Food and Beverage Hotel in the U.S. for five of the last six years Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza, located in the heart of Cincinnati, is one of the world's finest examples of French Art Deco architecture.
The hotel is a charter member of Historic Hotels of America, is a registered National Landmark and is on the National Register of Historic Places. The hotel features 561 updated guestrooms, over 40,000 square feet of meeting space-from boardrooms to ballrooms, including the Hall of Mirrors, one of the Midwest's most breathtaking ballrooms. Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza is located at 35 West Fifth Street, Cincinnati, Ohio, 45202.
About Blank Slate Brewing Company
Blank Slate Brewing Company is the culmination of over 10 years of effort put together by owner, janitor, and yeast farmer Scott LaFollette. After working as a Plastics Engineer and Polymer Chemist for over a decade while simultaneously researching, learning and planning to open a brewery in his hometown of Cincinnati Ohio, he finally took the leap in 2012. Blank Slate specializes in seasonal, non-traditional and culinary influenced styles of beer brewed by hand in a converted airplane parts warehouse near Cincinnati’s Lunken Airfield. Blank Slate Brewing Company is located at 4233 Airport Rd. Unit C, Cincinnati, Ohio 45226.
The 14th annual Burning River Fest will return Aug. 28-29 to Whiskey Island in Cleveland, organizered announced this week.
The event, thrown by Great Lakes Brewing Co. and the Burning River Foundation, is a beer, music and environmental festival. Great Lakes said in a news release that it is planning a special, "yet to be determined" beer for event.
To read the full news release, see below:
Great Lakes Brewing Co. and the Burning River Foundation Announce Dates for 2015 Burning River Fest
Annual Environmental and Beer Festival Returns August 28 and 29
Apr. 15th, 2015 –CLEVELAND, OHIO— The Burning River Foundation and Great Lakes Brewing Company (GLBC) are proud to announce that the Burning River Fest will return for its 14th year on Aug. 28 and 29 at the historic Coast Guard Station on Cleveland’s Whiskey Island.
In 2015, Burning River Fest invites guests to discover Cleveland’s historic Coast Guard Station with live music, fresh food from local farms and eateries, chef demos, and plenty of GLBC beer, including Burning River Pale Ale, Oktoberfest, and a special, yet to be determined beer perfect for summer and the Burning River Fest. Festival goers can dance, eat, drink, and socialize while celebrating one of Cleveland’s most unique monuments.
Built in 1940 by architect J. Milton Dyer and located at the mouth of the Cuyahoga River and Lake Erie, the now abandoned United States Coast Guard Station was once considered the most beautiful station in the nation. Burning River Fest will provide a unique opportunity for the public to explore and enjoy this incredible piece of architecture. Proceeds from the fest will be donated to the Burning River Foundation which is focusing its efforts on rehabilitating the Coast Guard Station as a place for recreation, education, and environmental research.
“The Coast Guard Station at Whiskey Island is the perfect example of where industry and nature rub elbows in Cleveland,” said Patrick Conway, co-founder of Great Lakes Brewing Co. “It’s exciting to know that thousands of people will come together to celebrate, and ultimately help save, one of the most unique and rarely seen places our waterfront has to offer”.
Ticket sales will be announced in the coming weeks and will be available for purchase on the Burning River Foundation website and at the festival each day. A discounted admission price and other special perks will be available when purchasing pre-sale tickets. Details regarding pre-sale will be announced soon.
Friday, August 28, 2015: 6:00 – 11:00 PM
Saturday, August 29, 2015: 6:00 – 11:00 PM
The United States Coast Guard Station located at Wendy Park on Whiskey Island in Cleveland, OH.
Great Lakes® Brewing Company, which is comprised of a Brewery and Brewpub, was founded in 1988 by brothers Patrick and Daniel Conway as the first microbrewery in the state of Ohio and today remains Ohio’s most celebrated and award-winning brewer of lagers and ales. For more information visit greatlakesbrewing.com.
The Burning River Foundation, established in 2007, is dedicated to improving, maintaining, and celebrating the vitality of our regional freshwater resources. The vision of the Burning River Foundation is to establish Northeast Ohio as the recognized environmental leader dedicated to the sustainability of its high quality freshwater assets. For more info, visit:burningriverfoundation.org.
"We are excited to enter the Florida craft beer market with Cavalier Distributing, who has a proven track record of execution that we have seen in our home state of Ohio,” Thirsty Dog co-owner John Patrick Najeway said in a prepared statement.
He couldn't be reached for comment.
Earlier this year, the Akron brewery was rated as one of the 100 best breweries in the world by RateBeer.com. Also, last month the brewery welcomed a new 86-foot bottling line, made by Krones Kosme in Verona, Italy. At the time, Thirsty Dog said there were plans to enter the Florida and Illinois markets.
“For 18 years, Thirsty Dog Brewing Co. has been a pioneer craft brewery in Ohio and recognized for their quality beers," Cavalier Distributing founder and President George Fisher said in a prepared statement. "We are excited to bring Thirsty Dog to Florida’s passionate craft beer consumers."
Urban Artifact -- a new Cincinnati brewery that will focus on sour and wild beers -- has announced that it will open April 24 and start distributing its beers throughout Hamilton County a few days later.
The brewery is located in a former Catholic church in Northside. It's the third brewery in Ohio to find a home in a church building. Father John's Brewing Co. in Bryan was the first and Taft's Ale House, which just opened in Cincinnati, was the second. (Editor's note: This story was updated to reflect Taft's.)
Urban Artifact has teamed up with Cavalier Distributing.
“We are very pleased to have Cavalier as part of our team," co-founder Scott Hunter said in a prepared statement. "Their values as a company directly align with ours, and we believe we bring a unique product to their portfolio."
Cavalier will distribute draft only versions of Urban Artifact’s year-round beers: Harrow, a 4.3 percent gose, Maize, a 5.3 percent Kentucky common and Finn, a 5.4 percent Berliner pale ale.
Ohio's casinos and racinos have been pretty good when it comes to offering craft beer options for gamblers, even providing some local brews. But Scioto Downs Racino is taking that a step further.
The Columbus racino is adding a brewpub, which the company believes might be the only racino-brewery in the country. Eldorado Resorts Inc. announced last month that it will spend $5.9 million to build The Brew Brothers, a brewpub concept that's been operating for 15 years at the Eldorado Resort Casino in Reno, Nev. It's expected to open in September or October.
(Yes, this story is old and the Columbus Dispatch wrote about the project last month when it was announced. But for some reason it completely slipped by me -- and perhaps some others -- at the time.)
The Brew Brothers will offer five of its own beers, along with five local craft beers. The company hasn't offered up its potential beer menu, but The Brew Brothers has won three medals at the World Beer Cup for its Brew Brothers Barleywine, Redhead Amber Ale and Lou. A spokeswoman said this week that the company is still looking to hire a brewer.
The new space, which is under construction, will include a microbrewery, a 44-foot-long bar that contains 23 bar seats, 127 indoor seats, 80 patio seats, a 336-square-foot entertainment stage and a 37-foot-tall grain silo, the company said. The menu will feature dishes created in the restaurant’s wood-burning pizza oven, smoker and custom-designed broiler.
“Construction of The Brew Brothers microbrewery and restaurant, which will serve as the cornerstone of our Phase II property expansion, reflects our commitment to extend the Carano family’s legacy of providing guests with diverse food and beverage options across our property portfolio," Eldorado Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Gary Carano said in a prepared statement. "Eldorado’s innovative Brew Brothers concept has proven to be very popular with our guests in Reno and we expect it to further elevate the level of unique amenities that we offer guests at Scioto Downs."
The brewery project is part of a larger $9.5 million expansion that includes a 5,000-square-foot outdoor smoking patio that opened in December with 60 more slots-like video lottery terminals, a bakery and a snack bar.
The Brew Brothers won't be the first brewery at a racetrack in Ohio. The Northfield Park Microbrewery opened in 1998 at the Northfield Park harness track in Northfield. But the brewery later closed.
The third annual Cincinnati Craft Breweries' StarkBier Fest has announced its beer lineup. The festival, which runs from 5 p.m. to midnight April 24 and noon to 11 p.m. April 25 at Listermann Brewing Co., will feature 19 breweries this year.
The event will highlight strong beers, with a few lower alcohol brews thrown in as well. It is free to attend, with visitors paying for what they eat and drink.
The participating breweries are: Blank Slate, Fifty West, Christian Morelein, Rock Bottom, Rivertown, Mt. Carmel, MadTree, Cellar Dweller, Wiedemann, Quaff Bros, Rhinegeist, Triple Digit, Bad Tom Smith, Tap and Screw, Taft's Ale House, Paradise, Old Firehouse, Ei8ht Ball and Listermann.
Listermann has teamed up with Cincideutsch, a Cincinnati nonprofit, to host the event. The ceremonial keg tapping of Listermann Oktoberfest Lager will be held at 4 p.m. April 25.
Warped Wing Brewing Co. has teamed up with two breweries in Mexico City to produce a new beer with a distinctive international flavor.
The Dayton brewery collaborated with Cerveceria Primus and Cerveceria Escollo to produce Tres Carnales, a 7.8 percent India pale ale that includes blue agave, hibiscus flowers and Mandarina Bavaria, Centennial and German Magnum hops.
The breweries are calling it a “Pan American IPA.”
“We wanted to use ingredients that are in the purview of Mexican culinary history and make it Mexican,” Warped Wing brewmaster John Haggerty said about the use of blue agave and hibiscus.
They also used German hops because of the Germanic influence in Mexican brewing.
Warped Wing will host a keg tapping party for Tres Carnales at 5 p.m. April 23. The beer will be released on draft only to taverns, restaurants and select accounts on April 27.
The unusual collaboration stems from Haggerty’s friendship with Primus’ Rodolfo Andreu Valdes and Escollo’s Jorge Luis Ringenbach. In the past, he has talked at a Mexican craft beer conference and trade show organized by Valdes, and the three of them became friends and decided they should brew a beer together.
The two Mexican brewers recently traveled to Dayton to help make the beer at Warped Wing. Haggerty will return the favor later this year when he travels to Mexico City to brew the beer there and have it ready for the trade show in September.
“It’s always fun and exciting to do something with anybody, but it’s definitely interesting to do something with people who have a slightly different perspective on the world,” Haggerty said about the brewing experience.
He said he hopes U.S. beer drinkers understand that there is a growing craft beer scene in Mexico. The country isn’t just Corona and Dos Equis.
The Mexican beer scene is similar to the mid-1980s in the United States, Haggerty said. In other words, it's an exciting time there.
“These guys don’t really know where to get raw material from,” he said. “They really don’t know where to get equipment from. Lot of scrambling around. Not a lot of knowledge. Figuring out what they can do to make their beer better. Make their plant better. It’s exciting. It’s kind of cool.”
The Lake Erie Chapter of the Brewery Collectibles Club of America will host its Spring Show from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 3 at the Hermit Club in Cleveland. The club is part of the Hofbrauhaus Cleveland brewery complex.
The show will feature signs, trays, bottles and cans from pre-Prohibition days to today. The items will be on display and available for purchase. Appraisers — and cash-buyers — also will be there to assess breweriana brought in by the public.
Admission is free. Hofbrauhaus food and beer will be available for purchase.
For more details, call chapter President Rodger Brane at 440-334-7561.
The dinner will feature All Day IPA paired with gougeres, Rübæus with grilled brie, Dirty Bastard with duck, Curmudgeon withi pork belly and KBS with espresso mousse.
Tickets are $45 in advance or $50 at the door if tickets remain. For reservations, call 440- 210-0024.
Here are some interesting beer stories:
-- The Toledo Free Press reports that the Toledo Mud Hens are putting together an Opening Day Beer Bash featuring 30 different craft beers on April 16. “Craft beer has been growing so much in general over the past five years,” President of Concession Craig Nelson says. “The other tastings we’ve held have gone extremely well and is something people look forward to.” To read the full story, click here.
-- The Brew Professor reports that Rhinegeist Brewery in Cincinnati is planning to release Andromena pale ale and barrel-aged Pandamonium in bottles. To read the full report, click here.
-- WCPO raises the question about whether there are too many breweries in Cincinnati. "This was a beer town. Always has been, always will be,” Taft's Ale House co-owner/brewer Kevin Moreland says. "I don't think we are even close to our saturation point." To read the full story and watch the report, click here.
-- The Toronto Sun reports that some Toronto lawmakers want to make the city "the craft beer capital of the world." “There is a craft beer renaissance going on right now in this city and also across North America — I think we should be embracing it,” Councillor Mike Layton says. To read the full story, click here.
Hoppin' Frog Brewery is bringing back its special Infusion A, Infusion B and Infusion C beers for a limited release. The beers will be available in 22-ounce bottles and on draft at the Akron brewery starting at 5 p.m. Monday. (April 13)
As you may recall, Hoppin' Frog bottled some of the more popular infusions last year from its Tower Tuesday series. Infusion A is a coffee, peanut butter, chocolate porter. Infusion B is double dry-hopped Mean Manalishi. And Infusion C is Gangster Frog IPA infused with vanilla beans.
"We'll keep them on tap and available in bottles as long as they last," owner/brewer Fred Karm said in an email.
Meanwhile, the brewery also has added a new pilot brewing system. (See photo below.) Karm said visitors can expect the brewery to produce some more small, experimental batches for release at the Tasting Room in the future.
"This was always in our plan to distribute in Columbus and then to move piecemeal across the state," co-owner and brewer Adam Rhodes said. "Looking at the lay of the land, Cleveland is the most inviting place and has a strong core audience. We hear about it all the time and it was a really easy decision to make."
Homestead also will be available at Progressive Field, home of the Cleveland Indians.
There are several welcoming events planned for the week of April 13. Here's the rundown:
-- A tap takeover featuring Galactic Heroes IPA, Bastille, Barnraiser and Tenpenny Amber Ale from 6 to 8 p.m. April 15 at the Cashmere Cricket in Cuyahoga Falls.
-- A tap takeover featuring Five Points Irish Red Ale, Tenpenny Amber Ale, Galactic Heroes IPA, Barnraiser and Bastille starting at 4 p.m. April 16 at the Tremont Taphouse in Cleveland.
-- A growler and bottle release featuring Galactic Heroes IPA, Tenpenny Amber Ale and Bastille from 5 to 7 p.m. April 17 at the IGA Shaker's Marketplace in Olmsted Township.
The inaugural Columbus Craft Beer Week will end with the Six One Pour: The Ohio Craft Beer Fest on May 9, organizers announced today. (April 8)
“As if Columbus Craft Beer Week, a whole nine days devoted to craft beer weren’t enough,” Mary MacDonald, Executive Director of the Ohio Craft Brewers Association, said in a news release. “We’re going to cap it all with an event featuring the best of our local breweries and beers along with great food and music in a setting that recalls Columbus’ rich brewing history. It’s the perfect ending for a spectacular week of craft beer celebration!”
The event runs from 5 to 9 p.m. at the Brewmasters Gate in the Brewery District. VIP tickets are $75 and get you in at 4 p.m. General admission tickets are $40. Tickets can be purchased by clicking here.
Columbus Craft Beer Week runs May 1-9.
To read the full news release, see below:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 8, 2015
Columbus Craft Beer Week to Culminate with Six One Pour: The Ohio Craft Beer Fest
Presented by Chipotle Mexican Grill on Saturday, May 9, 2015
Columbus, Ohio – Top off the inaugural Columbus Craft Beer Week with Six One Pour: The Ohio Craft Beer Fest Presented by Chipotle Mexican Grill at the historic Brewmasters Gate in the heart of the Brewery District. More than two dozen Ohio craft breweries will be pouring samples of their unique beers, including all seven of the collaboration beers created specifically for Columbus Craft Beer Week. The event will also feature live music, a special menu by Chipotle Mexican Grill, the CD102.5 Scene Team and the final judging for the Tallest Tap Handle contest. Six One Pour is supported by Chipotle Mexican Grill, CD102.5FM, 614 Media Group, Boelter Beverage, Uber Columbus and World of Beer.
“As if Columbus Craft Beer Week, a whole nine days devoted to craft beer weren’t enough,” said Mary MacDonald, Executive Director of the Ohio Craft Brewers Association. “We’re going to cap it all with an event featuring the best of our local breweries and beers along with great food and music in a setting that recalls Columbus’ rich brewing history. It’s the perfect ending for a spectacular week of craft beer celebration!”
Participating breweries include: Actual Brewing, Barley’s Brewing Company, The Brew Kettle, Buckeye Lake Brewery, Christian Moerlein Brewing Company, Columbus Brewing Company, Elevator Brewery, Fat Head’s Brewery, Four String Brewing, Homestead Beer Co., Land-Grant Brewing Company, Lineage Brewing, MadTree Brewing, North High Brewing, The Phoenix Brewing Company, Pigskin Brewing Company, Sam Adams Brewery, Seventh Son Brewing, Sideswipe Brewing, Smokehouse Brewing Company, Thirsty Dog Brewing Company, Warped Wing Brewing Company, Weasel Boy Brewing Company, Willoughby Brewing Company, Wolf’s Ridge Brewing, Yellow Springs Brewery, Zaftig Brewing and Zauber Brewing Company.
Schedule for Six One Pour: The Ohio Craft Beer Fest
· 4:00 p.m. - VIP and Enthusiast Member early entry and beer sampling begins
· 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. – music by The Lovebenders, one of Central Ohio’s most popular cover bands
· 5:00 p.m. – General Admission entry
· 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. – Tallest Tap Handle contest judging on the stage
· 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. – music by Matt Monta, a mix of original music and covers
Six One Pour: The Ohio Craft Beer Fest Presented by Chipotle Mexican Grill is organized by the Ohio Craft Brewers Association and will take place on Saturday, May 9, 2015 from 5:00 – 9:00 p.m. General admission tickets are $40 in advance ($50 at the door) and include a souvenir glass and 20 tasting tickets for 4 oz. samples. VIP tickets are $75 in advance ($85 at the door) and include early admission at 4:00 p.m. and Enthusiast Membership to the Ohio Craft Brewers Association (complete with a Drink Beer Made Here t-shirt). Designated Driver tickets are available for $12 each and include a non-alcoholic beverage. Tickets are limited and available online at www.beerfesttickets.com/sixonepour. All proceeds from Six One Pour: The Ohio Craft Beer Fest benefits the Ohio Craft Brewers Association.
Chipotle Mexican Grill will offer their signature barbacoa and Sofritas tacos, with the addition of pickled vegetables, available for purchase by event guests for $5. Proceeds from taco sales will benefit an organization important to Chipotle’s Food With Integrity vision, the Stratford Ecological Center. The non-profit educational organic farm and nature preserve is dedicated to the education of children and adults in understanding the relationships between living things and their environment.
In addition to providing food at the event, Chipotle has also partnered with Columbus Brewing Company to spice up their signature Columbus Bodhi DIPA beer. A habanero and a citrus infused specialty beer will be offered exclusively at the Six One Pour event to pair with Chipotle’s taco offerings.
Chipotle Marketing Strategist Sarah Russell explains the partnership. “At Chipotle Mexican Grill, we’ve worked closely with a number of local breweries throughout the country to produce one-of-a-kind beers for our Cultivate Festivals. With Six One Pour, we’re now able to bring this collaborative partnership to Columbus, get in front of beer aficionados in the community, and showcase how our food pairs with our favorite local beers.”
Founded in 2007, the Ohio Craft Brewers Association is a nonprofit guild that exists to promote and preserve Ohio’s unified craft brewing industry. We aspire to be recognized as the industry leader for preserving the art of making high-quality, unique craft beer; to serve as the unified voice for craft brewers across the state; to advocate on behalf of the Ohio Craft beer industry; to contribute to systemic, local community development by driving economic and job growth, while creating experiences that bring people together; and to serve as a beacon for local production and manufacturing through craft beer, resulting in diverse product choices for consumers. ###
The event will feature Field Rat Wheat paired wth fried gouda as an appetizer, and then Pride of Cleveland Pilsner with strawberry salad, Monk's Rat Doppelbock with cured chorizo, The Piper IPA with jerked chicken arepas, Abbey Ale with braised pork loin, and Black Rat Imperial Stout with milk chocolate pave.
Tickets are $50, plus tax and tip. For reservations, call 330-253-1234.
The Brew Kettle's White Rajah took home the top honor in Paste's blind tasting of 116 of the best India pale ales in the country.
"The aromatics on this beer are otherworldly — it is extremely hop-forward, with an intensely resinous, 'green' blast of fresh, sticky pine needles, followed up by huge citrus," Jim Vorel writes in announcing the winner. "Malt? This IPA don’t need no stinking malt! It’s close to bone dry—what sweetness is present is almost hop-derived by its intense citrusy qualities. The flavors (and bitterness) are just huge and almost overwhelmingly assertive, but we were drawn in over and over for more. Here’s the note from the one professional brewmaster present at the tastings: 'Just perfect.'"
To read the full write-up and see the rundown of all the beers sampled, click here.
Here are some interesting beer stories:
-- The Miami Student reports on Oxford Coffee Company and Quarter Barrel Brewery collaborating on Oxford Coffee IPA. "The coffee flavor in it was way better than any other coffee flavored beer I’ve had before,” Quarter Barrel bartender Ethan Bartlett says. To read the full story, click here.
-- The Brew Professor reports that Ei8ht Ball Brewing Co. plans to start canning. Expect to see Red Drink, Prodigal, Mike Czech, and Tarnished in cans. To read the full report, click here.
-- Bob Lesher, who writes the Artful Pint blog, says he's stepping away from craft beer for 30 days. "I supposed at the very least I’ll lose some weight and save some money," he writes. "I guess those are both good things. But what I’m really hoping to do is awaken that beast inside that got me all giddy whenever I’d hear the words craft beer." To read his full essay, click here.
-- Zester Daily, using IRI data, reports that Rhinegeist Truth was the best-selling new craft beer in the country. To read the full story, click here.
-- The Brewers Association released updates to its Beer Style Guidelines, including adding Session India Pale Ale, Contemporary Gose, Chili Pepper Beer and Mixed Culture Brett Beer categories. To see the new guidelines, click here.
-- The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports on Pittsburgh Craft Beer Week, which runs April 17-26. “It’s really an incredible time to be part of this scene,” says Andy Kwiatkowski, president of the nonprofit Pittsburgh Craft Beer Alliance and head brewer at Hitchhiker Brewing. To read the full story, click here.
-- Newburgh Brewing Co. Cream Ale took home the win in CNBC's annual "best beloved beer label" competition. To read the full story and see the label, click here.
-- Advertising Age reports that Anheuser-Busch InBev has launched a new digital campaign and website called "Let's Grab a Beer." The brewery is promoting no brands with the campaign, just beer itself. To read the full story, click here.
Gordon, a longtime firefighter, died last month while fighting a fire in Madisonville. One dollar of every Old Firehouse pint sold will be donated to the fund. The brewery and Cavalier plan to match the money raised at the event.
For more details about Gordon, click here.
The Phoenix Brewing Co. will celebrate its one-year anniversary with a party and a new beer on Friday. (April 10)
The Mansfield brewery and tasting room will release a mouthful of a beer: Santa Muerte Pepper Spiced Imperial Chocolate Stout. It’s a 9 percent brew that was first tapped at last month’s Winter Warmer Fest in Cleveland, but it’s never been available at the brewery, brewer Duncan Macfarlane said.
The brewery opens at 4 p.m., with the band Belmont performing from 8:30 to 10:30 p.m.
Asked to reflect on the first year, Macfarlane said: “It’s gone really fast.”
The brewery is in the process of increasing the number of taps from 12 to 16. That will allow Phoenix to expand its guest drafts and allow it to keep about 10 of its own beers on draft all the time.
Macfarlane also said the brewery is looking for warehouse space to add a 15-barrel system so it can produce more of its core brands and expand its distribution. It now operates with a five-barrel system in the basement of the brewery.
Anheuser-Busch says it doesn't have any immediate plans to open its Columbus brewery for public tours. The mega-brewer recently decided to offer regular tours at its Houston facility and offered a new "pop-up brewery tour" last month at its Cartersville, Ga., location.
"At this point, we don’t have any plans to open in Columbus," spokeswoman Beth Kerley said when asked by the Akron Beacon Journal.
Of course, never say never.
"But the beer industry and consumer taste and consumer interest are something that we're on top of so if there are some reasons to open there, we certainly would be open to consider it," she added.
The Houston facility is providing three different kinds of tours, including a behind-the-scenes tour and beer school. It's the first time the brewery has been open to the public in nearly 20 years, the Houston Chronicle reported.
Anheuser-Busch used to offer public tours at its Columbus brewery, which opened in 1968 and is located near the Interstate 71-Interstate 270 interchange. But the last one was held in 1999, Kerley said.
The Columbus facility produces about 10 million barrels a year and supplies all of Ohio and surrounding states with Budweiser, Bud Light and other brands.