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Akron Beacon Journal teams up with Thirsty Dog

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The Akron Beacon Journal won’t toast its 175th anniversary this year with champagne. Instead, it will raise a glass of Akron-made beer.

The newspaper has teamed up with Thirsty Dog Brewing Co. to create Beacon Brown 175, a nut brown ale.

The Beacon Journal won’t hog all of this special beer to itself.

Beacon Brown 175 will be sold on draft and in bottles at Acme Fresh Markets, West Point Market and other beer retailers throughout Ohio starting over the Labor Day weekend.

“You really can’t celebrate your 175th anniversary without hoisting a beverage, so we partnered with Thirsty Dog, one of the most celebrated locally owned businesses around,” Beacon Journal Publisher Mark Cohen said.

He noted that the packaging will feature historic Beacon Journal photos and a timeline chronicling the newspaper’s history, which includes four Pulitzer Prizes.

The beer label (shown above) also features Browser, the Beacon Journal dog mascot. Ironically, Thirsty Dog likes to name its beers after dogs and use photos of dogs on its labels.

The beer will be 4.4 percent alcohol by volume (ABV). For comparison, Budweiser is 5 percent ABV.

What will it taste like? Ink? Newsprint? Too liberal? Too conservative?

“We’ll find out when it’s done,” Thirsty Dog director of brewing operations Tim Rastetter said last week as the beer was being brewed. “What we expect it to taste like is a nice, easy drinking session beer.”

If you’re interested in having one of the first tastes, Ken Stewart’s Grille in Akron will feature it during a five-course beer dinner at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 19 showcasing Thirsty Dog beers.

Beacon Brown 175 will be paired with a sweet and spicy pork skewer. Tickets are $55, plus tax and tip. Reservations can be made by calling 330-697-6917.

Thirsty Dog produces nearly 40 different beer brands. But it’s never made a nut brown ale before.

Rastetter noted that it’s not the most popular style in the U.S. — with India pale ales now receiving the most consumer attention.

Thirsty Dog is no stranger to making exclusive beers.

The brewery made a special beers to help celebrate the bicentennial of Cuyahoga Falls and the 75th anniversary of West Point Market in Akron. It also makes Lunar Lager for the annual Summer Moon Festival in Wapakoneta.

Thirsty Dog also makes exclusive brews for the Akron Art Museum, Retro Dog in Cuyahoga Falls and Nuevo Modern Mexican & Tequila Bar in Akron.

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Cincinnati Symphony, Christian Moerlein to hold launch party for new beer

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 12:55pm

The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and Christian Moerlein Brewing Co. will hold a launch party Wednesday (July 30) for its new collaborative beer Moerlein LumenoCity Pale Ale. The party is set for 6 p.m. at Halfcut in Over-the-Rhine.

The first 100 patrons will receive a commemorative glass.

Moerlein LumenoCity Pale Ale was brewed by orchestra Music Director Louis Langrée and Christian Moerlein head brewer Matthew Utter to help support the LumenoCity festival. The collaboration features "Centennial, Celia and Citra hops to provide crisp, bright, fruity and citrus flavors and aromas that result in a light-bodied pale ale perfect for the sights and sounds of the LumenoCity summer festival," the brewery said in a news release.

The beer is 4.7 percent alcohol by volume and has 42 IBUs.

The brewery and orchestra designed the beer to provide a way for local businesses to support LumenoCity. Bars and restaurants serving the beer, as well as Christian Moerlein, are donating a portion of the proceeds to the orchestra, the brewery said.

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Thirsty Dog hosting Child Guidance fundraiser

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 12:25pm

Thirsty Dog Brewing Co. in Akron is once again lending a hand to help Child Guidance & Family Solutions.

The Akron nonprofit will hold its fifth annual Growing Up Akron fundraiser from 6 to 9 p.m. Aug. 15 at the brewery. Thirsty Dog donates space for the event, which organizers stress is casual dress.

The fundraiser features Thirsty Dog beers, live music by Roxymoron and food from local eateries such as Swensons, Skyway, Retro Dog, Old Carolina Barbecue Co., Ivan’s Diner and Gino’s Pizza.

Child Guidance & Family Solutions helps children and families with mental, emotional and behavioral health problems.

Tickets are $50. To buy tickets, click here or call 330-762-0591.

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Beer story sampler

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 8:25am

Here are some interesting beer stories:

-- The Republican-Herald reports on the book Images of America D.G. Yuengling & Son, Inc. by Medina resident Dr. Robert Musson. He described to the newspaper his first visit to the brewery more than 30 years ago. “It was a year of gas shortages, and it was two months after Three Mile Island. It was in June 1979. We were on a family trip ... on our way to Philadelphia. The gift shop tours weren’t here at the time. We stopped in the office, and Mr. Yuengling, Dick’s dad, came down and gave us a personal tour of the whole plant,” he said. To read the full story, click here.

-- The Lima News reports on the growing beer selection at local bars and restaurants. Vino Bellissimo offers 36 beers on tap.  “We wanted to increase the taps, and there are so many beers out there to offer,” co-owner Marc Reinicke says. “We wanted to expand on that. My wife said, ‘Let’s just make sure if someone’s going to outdo us, they really have to outdo us.” To read the full story, click here.

-- KSDK reports on a couple who created Brew Buckit, a claw game for beer. "So we just started talking about different ideas of what would be a little more fun than the usual stuffed animal," Laura Schwarz says. "And I just said, what if we did beer?" To watch a video, click here.

-- USA Today reports on a new California law that allows students who are 18 years old to taste beer and wine as part of wine-making or beer-making course. It's the so-called sip and spit law. To read the full story, click here.

-- The San Antonio News-Express offers up tips on aging beer. "The beers that best fit these criteria are sours, English barleywines and old ales, Belgian dubbles and quads, imperial stouts and certain American barleywines," author Markus Haas writes. To read the full story, click here.

-- The Columbian reports on the creativity behind beer and wine labels. "It's got to fit into the brand," designer Bryan Helfrich says. "A lot of times, they'll kick me labels of beers they haven't brewed yet, but they'll tell me about the flavors and ingredients they're using. A label is kind of like a piece of collateral, an image of the beer you keep with you after the beverage is gone." To read the full story, click here.

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BA: U.S. craft beer production grew 18 percent so far this year

Mon, 07/28/2014 - 1:03pm

The U.S. craft beer industry continues to explode. The Brewers Association released figures Monday showing that craft beer production has increased 18 percent so far this year.

Craft brewers produced 10.6 million barrels of beer from January through June, up from 9 million in the first half of last year.

The increase doesn’t surprise Eric Bean, brewer and owner of Columbus Brewing Co. and president of the Ohio Craft Brewers Association.

“Everybody is trying to figure out how to make more beer,” he said. “Even when we think we’re caught up, we’re not. That seems to be the general consensus.”

The craft statistics now include brewers such as D.G. Yuengling & Son and Straub Brewery thanks to the association redefining the term “craft brewer.” The Boulder, Colo.-based association examined the volume of those brewers now falling under the new definition to deliver an apples-to-apples production comparison.

The group also noted that there were 3,040 breweries operating in the U.S. at the end of June. That’s 502 more than the same period last year.

Ohio is mirroring the rest of the country, Bean said. The state is seeing many new breweries open and established operations such as Columbus, Great Lakes, Rhinegeist, Thirsty Dog and Christian Moerlein are among those adding capacity to keep up with demand, he noted.

The growth is likely to continue nationwide, as the association says there are 1,929 breweries in planning stages now. The group estimates that craft brewers employ 110,273 full-time and part-time workers.

“Coupled with the continued rise in the number of breweries, the market growth of craft brewers highlights the ongoing localization of beer production in the United States,” association chief economist Bart Watson said in a prepared statement. “More and more, people are enjoying the products from America’s small and independent brewers, making this country a true destination for beer.”

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Hoppin' Frog to release Infusion B on Wednesday

Mon, 07/28/2014 - 8:59am

Insanely hoppy. That's how Hoppin’ Frog Brewery describes its latest brewery exclusive beer: Infusion B Double I.P.A. The Akron brewery will release it starting at 5 p.m. Wednesday (July 30).

"It's like dipping a hop into our double IPA, putting the hop in your mouth, and sucking out the bee -- it's insanely-hoppy," owner and brewer Fred Karm said in an email.

“This is a one-off beer, made specifically for our loyal customers,” he said. “It is all the flavors of our super-intense Mean Manalishi Double IPA, that has been brilliantly double-dry-hopped.”

Infusion B -- which clocks in at 8.2 percent alcohol by volume -- is Mean Manalishi infused with Citra and Cascade hops. It's part of the new Tower Tuesday Series of small-batch beers available exclusively at the Hoppin' Frog Tasting Room. The series is an offshoot of the brewery's popular Tower Tuesdays program, in which beers are run through a giant tower filled with various ingredients that infuse the beer with new flavors.

A 22-ounce bottle is $12.99.

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FlipKey names Hoppin' Frog best brewery in Ohio

Mon, 07/28/2014 - 8:38am

Hoppin' Frog Brewery keeps pulling in accolades. The Akron brewery is always on RateBeer.com's annual list of the best breweries in the world. The website Movoto has named it one of the best things about living in Akron. And now FlipKey, a division of TripAdvisor, says Hoppin' Frog is the best brewery in Ohio.

FlipKey put together a list of the best breweries and/or wineries in all 50 states. Hoppin' Frog was No. 1 in Ohio.

The list also includes Allagash (Maine), Full Sail (Oregon) and SweetWater in Georgia. To read the full list, click here.

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Winking Lizard Tavern to host Vedett Fest

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 2:54pm

The Winking Lizard Tavern scored a major Belgian beer coup last year when it became the first retailer in the U.S. to sell Vedett Extra White from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV.

This year, the Bedford Heights-based chain is celebrating the beer with Vedett Fest at several of its locations. The free event will feature samples, a photo booth with the Vedett Extra White polar bear logo and a contest to toss a hoop around the polar bear's face. The first 72 people to accomplish the hoop trick will win a free T-shirt.

Vedett Fest takes place from 6 to 9 p.m. Aug. 12 at the Mentor location, Aug. 13 at Bedford Heights, Aug. 14 at Lakewood, Aug. 19 at Copley Township, Aug. 20 at Canton, Aug. 26 at Crossroads in Columbus, Aug. 27 at the Bethel location and Aug. 28 at Grandview Heights.

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Beer story sampler

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 1:33pm

Here are some interesting beer stories:

-- WCPO in Cincinnati profiles the brewing team at Taft's Ale House, which hopes to open in January. Co-owner and head brewer Kevin Moreland has tapped Jared Hamilton from Mt. Carmel Brewing as his lead brewer and Patrick Woods from Rivertown Brewing as an assistant brewer. To read the full story, click here.

-- WCPO reports that Stone Brewing Co. is getting closer to making its decision on its East Coast brewery and it looks like Cincinnati is out as a possible destination. To read the full report, click here.

-- Drink Up Columbus reports on the Lancaster Brew Fest set for Aug. 9. There will be more than 30 craft beers and ciders. To read the full report, click here.

-- Brewbound shares a news release on a new "Road to Cicerone" series that's designed to help people become a cicerone. “We worked with an educational consultant and publisher to help create a course that is not just informative but also effective in helping people learn,” Cicerone program founder and Director Ray Daniels says. To read the full news release, click here.

-- Serious Eats recommends "40 Beers to Put on Your Bucket List." The rundown includes Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald Porter. To read the full list, click here.

-- CNBC reports on rising craft beer prices. Blame it on the cost of barley and hops. To watch a video featuring Steve Hindy, click here.

-- The Associated Press reports on how American craft beer is catching on overseas. "The idea that we're going to go across the pond as it were to brew our style of beers fresh in Europe is an exciting prospect for us," said Stone CEO and co-founder Greg Koch, who announced the overseas expansion plans over the weekend. "When we started out at Stone 18 years ago, we were inspired by a lot of the European brewers ... and now to see an inspiration bounce back around the world, that's amazing." To read the full story, click here.

-- The Longmont Times-Call reports on a new shop that sells craft beer and running shoes. The idea for Shoes & Brews stemmed from a combined bike shop and bar. "We always talked about, why does it have to be a bike shop? Why can't it be running?" co-owner Colin Anderson says. To read the full story, click here.

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Geo. Wiedemann Brewing to celebrate 2nd anniversary

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 10:05am

The Geo. Wiedemann Brewing Co. will celebrate its second anniversary at 5 p.m. Aug. 1 with a fundraising party and bocce ball tournament at Pompilio's restaurant in Newport, Ky.

The event will raise money for Pass the Hat, a nonprofit that helps Northern Kentucky residents battling cancer.

“It’s great to celebrate two years of the new Wiedemann, but we’re still just getting started,” Wiedemann owner Jon Newberry said in a news release. “And so is Pass the Hat, a wonderful Northern Kentucky charity that’s making a real difference for people fighting cancer. We’re happy to join with our good friends at Pompilio’s to drink beer and help the cause, and I hope a ton of Wiedie fans can join us.” 

To read the full news release, see below:



Wiedemann’s Fine Beer Celebrates 2 Years with Fundraiser for Pass the Hat!

NEWPORT, KY---The Geo. Wiedemann Brewing Co. is celebrating its second anniversary with a fundraising party and bocce ball tournament at Pompilio’s restaurant on Friday, Aug. 1.

The party starts at 5 pm with live music by the Turkeys on the patio by the bocce ball courts, delicious Pompilio’s appetizers, and of course, plenty of Wiedemann’s Fine Beer, including the first tapping of Wiedemann’s Oktoberfest brew.

The evening will once again feature the Wiedemann’s Bocce Ball Championship, a fundraiser to benefit Pass the Hat, a Northern Kentucky non-profit that helps local residents battling cancer. Register at http://register.wiedemannbeer.com/. Raffles for great prizes and Split the Pots will also be part of the evening’s festivities. Pompilio’s and the Wiedemann Brewing Co. will donate $1 to Pass the Hat for each $3 Wiedemann beer sold.

“Pass the Hat is thrilled to have the support of this great local brewing company,” said Sheri Heffern, co-founder of Pass the Hat and a cancer survivor. “The party at Pompilio’s is a terrific way for people to help local cancer patients in need and at the same time enjoy great-tasting beer and food.”

The new Geo. Wiedemann Brewing Co. was founded in 2012 by long-time local beer journalist and beer enthusiast Jon Newberry. Wiedemann’s fine beers, including flagship brew Special Lager, Wiedemann’s Royal, and the newly released Oktoberfest, are available throughout Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky. Distribution has recently expanded to Columbus, across southern Ohio and to southern Indiana.

With ownership and management back under local control for the first time since 1967, plans are actively underway to return brewing operations to a new Wiedemann Brewery in Newport. Look for a further announcement with more details in the coming months.

Wiedemann’s has been the mark of fine Bohemian-style beer since German immigrant George Wiedemann opened his original brewery in Newport in 1870. Wiedemann beer signs are still on display at many of the area’s finest local establishments, including Pompilio’s, whose ornate wooden bar was delivered from the original Wiedemann Brewery by horse-drawn carriage in the early 1900s.

“It’s great to celebrate two years of the new Wiedemann, but we’re still just getting started,” said Wiedemann owner Jon Newberry. “And so is Pass the Hat, a wonderful Northern Kentucky charity that’s making a real difference for people fighting cancer. We’re happy to join with our good friends at Pompilio’s to drink beer and help the cause, and I hope a ton of Wiedie fans can join us.”  

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Fat Head's to release Hop Stalker in 16-ounce cans

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 9:07am

Fat Head’s Brewery will release its Hop Stalker Fresh Hop IPA in 16-ounce cans later this year. The wet-hopped IPA — made with fresh Yakima Valley hops flown in special for the brew — previously has been available only on draft.

Co-owner and brewer Matt Cole said he expects the beer to be brewed in September and available in four-packs starting in October. It clocks in at 7 percent alcohol by volume and 80 IBUs. (Attached is a prototype label.)

Cole has yet to determine the specific hops that will be used. But they will be the freshest and best available, he said. The hops are harvested, shipped to Fat Head’s immediately and in the brewery kettle within 48 hours.

“You really get a nice juicy hop character,” he said about the freshness.

The Hop Stalker name stems from a trip he made with another Fat Head’s brewer to Washington. Cole travels out West at least twice a year to scout hops. He also has his three main hop growers on speed dial, and has his smartphone set up to keep an eye on the Yakima Valley weather.

In other words, he’s obsessive about his hops.

“We were out in a really late harvest in Yakima one year and we were driving around and chasing around some of the hop trucks to follow them back to the farms,” Cole said. “I looked at him and said, ‘We’re a couple of hop stalkers here.’

“That’s what I do. I go out and stalk the freshest hops we can get. Not all hops are created equal. Not all growers are created equal. Not all fields are created equal.”

Hop Stalker is the second Fat Head’s beer to be released in a can. Earlier this year, Fat Head’s released Trail Head Pale Ale in 12-ounce cans with the help of Buckeye Canning, a mobile canning operation. Buckeye Canning again will work with the Hop Stalker, Cole said.

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Fantasy Ohio Beer League returns

Thu, 07/24/2014 - 9:06am

The Fantasy Ohio Beer League is returning for a second year. If you recall, the Ohio Beercast, a podcast and blog in Cincinnati, launched the friendly competition last year to determine the best beer made in Ohio.

It assembled 32 beers and then pitted them against each other in a round robin format, allowing readers to determine which brew moved on. Blank Slate Fork in the Road took home the inaugural trophy.

The Ohio Beercast is now gathering another list of 32 beers and is asking for online nominations, which are due Aug. 15. The head-to-head competition begins Sept. 8.

For more details or to nominate an Ohio-made beer, click here.

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Gallup Poll: Americans still prefer beer

Thu, 07/24/2014 - 8:49am

Beer remains the preferred choice of alcohol in the U.S., a new Gallup poll says. Forty-one percent of U.S. drinkers usually opt for a beer, while 31 percent choose wine and 23 percent pick liquor.

The poll shows that beer is rebounding in popularity from its low point in 2005, when only 36 percent favored a brew. Back then, wine overtook beer. Gallup notes that the popularity of beer still is nowhere near as high as it was in the 1990s, when nearly half of Americans preferred it.

Gallup offered no theory on why beer is rebounding in its survey.

It should come as no surprise but men were mostly likely to choose beer (57 percent), while most women opted for wine (46 percent) as their favorite alcoholic beverage.

The poll also showed that 64 percent of U.S. adults drink alcohol. The remainder reported that they totally abstain.

Other interesting facts:

• 67 percent of respondents reported that they had at least one drink within the past week. Twenty-seven percent had a drink within the last 24 hours.

• Drinking spikes on the weekends.

• Americans consume about four drinks a week.

To read the full report and view more graphics, click here.

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Cleveland Beer Week announces collaboration brews

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 1:46pm

A Berliner Hopfen-Weiss. An English mild ale. A saison. A black India pale lager. And a grisette ale. Those are the five collaboration beers planned for Cleveland Beer Week, which runs Oct. 10-18.

Organizers announced the brews in a news release issued Wednesday. (July 23) All the beers are less than 6 percent alcohol by volume.

Each year, Cleveland Beer Week has showcased collaboration beers made by local brewers. This year, five local breweries were teamed up with award-winning breweries from out of state.

“Cleveland Beer Week is a celebration of all craft beer in Cleveland — local, national and international — and we are thrilled to pair renowned, out-of-state breweries with five of the best in Cleveland," John Lane, co-founder of the week and partner with Winking Lizard Tavern, said in a statement.

The teams and beers are:

-- Great Lakes and Oskar Blues: Yadig?, a Berliner Hopfen-Weiss.

-- Buckeye and Saugatuck: OH-MI!, an English mild.

-- Thirsty Dog and Brooklyn: Brooklyn Dog, a saison.

-- Fat Head's and Devils Backbone: Fat Devil, a black India pale lager.

-- The Brew Ketle and Full Pint: Full Kettle Dead Canary, a grisette.

To read the full news release and check out comments from the brewers, see below:



Brewers Announce Collaboration Beer Styles, Names Beers will be featured during Cleveland Beer Week’s Opening Event

July 22, 2014—CLEVELAND, OHIO—Cleveland Beer Week officially opens on Friday, October 10 with Collaboration Kickoffs, a multi-neighborhood event featuring five custom-created, small-batch beers.

The collaboration beers will only be available together on draft for “Collaboration Kickoffs” and then singularly, in very limited supply, at the breweries and other retail locations including Heinen’s growler stations. This year, five northeast Ohio breweries are paired with five national breweries.

“Our patrons indicated a strong interest in new collaboration teams for this year,” says Christine Montague, Director of Cleveland Beer Week. “It wasn’t possible to scramble teams from years past due to distribution agreements, but we of course provide broad support to all local breweries for their own events and via participation in our other flagship events. The challenge to keep things exciting for our audience and brewers turned into quite an opportunity.”

John Lane, co-founder of Cleveland Beer Week and partner in Winking Lizard Taverns adds, “Cleveland Beer Week is a celebration of all craft beer in Cleveland — local, national and international — and we are thrilled to pair renowned, out-of-state breweries with five of the best in Cleveland.”

All collaboration beers are 6% or less alcohol by volume (ABV). The collaboration teams for 2014 are:

• Yadig?, a Berliner Hopfen-Weiss with 4.8% alcohol by volume (ABV) by Great Lakes Brewing Company and Oskar Blues Brewery of Longmont, Colorado.

“For a session beer, it will have a very complex malt profile,” says Tim Matthews, head brewer at Oskar Blues. Adds Luke Purcell, brewer at Great Lakes, “We are going to play with a bunch of specialty hops to add an intriguing flavor.”

• OH-MI!, an English Mild Ale with 4.5% ABV by Buckeye Brewing and Saugatuck Brewing Company of Douglas, Michigan.

“The English really nailed session beers. They are deceptive with dark, malty flavors,” notes Garin Wright, head brewer at Buckeye Brewing. “We’re using Ringwood yeast, which is typical for the style and adds quite a bit of fruity, complex character,” adds Jon Cole, district sales manager for Saugatuck Brewing Company.

• Brooklyn Dog, a Saison with 4% ABV by Thirsty Dog Brewing Co. and Brooklyn Brewery of Brooklyn, New York.

“This collaboration allows us to create an inspired beer flavor that exemplifies both of our styles and histories. I grew up in Ohio and am thrilled to come back and brew”, says Andrew Ety, assistant brewer at Brooklyn Brewery. Adds John Najeway, partner at Thirsty Dog Brewing Co., “Cleveland Beer Week continues to offer a unique niche for brewers. We’re making a traditional Saison with a Brooklyn style that will leave you a thirsty dog wanting another!”

• Fat Devil, a Black India Pale Lager (IPL) with 6% by Fat Heads Brewery and Devils Backbone Brewing Company of Roseland, Virginia.

“This beer really plays to our combined strengths. My specialty is lagers and Matt is the master of hops,” says Jason Oliver, brewmaster at Devils Backbone. Adds Matt Cole, head brewer at Fat Heads, “We have wanted to brew together for awhile—we tease that we will learn a lot from each other. We know we’re going to wet hop the beer, so it will be very hop forward.”

• Full Kettle Dead Canary, a Grisette Ale with 4% ABV by The Brew Kettle and Full Pint Brewing Company of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

“The Grisette style is a variation of Saison Farmhouse Ales and used to be brewed for coal miners,” says Jake Kristophel, brewer at Full Pint. Adds Jack Kephart, head brewer at The Brew Kettle, “Hops and a blend with sour is our vision for a Grisette that will be tart-n-hoppy.”

Collaboration Kickoffs takes place at 7pm on Friday, October 10 and features all five collaboration beers on draft in area neighborhoods including East 4th, Tremont, Lakewood, and Ohio City. In the Cedar/Lee neighborhood only, “Collaboration Kickoffs” will run instead on October 11 in partnership with Heights Music Hop. Patrons purchasing tickets for any neighborhood—at $25 each and on sale by the first week of August—will receive a passport that includes tastes of all five collaboration beers.

For information and tickets, visit www.clevelandbeerweek.org.

Collaboration Kickoffs is sponsored by Heinen’s.


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Great Lakes adding new 600-barrel fermenters

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 9:00am

Anybody working in downtown Cleveland today (July 23) may spot an intriguing sight. Two 600-barrel fermenters will be trucked from the Port of Cleveland to Great Lakes Brewing Co. starting around 1 p.m. Another two tanks will make their way from the port to the brewery on Thursday.

All four fermenters, which were made in Germany, will be lifted by crane into Great Lakes' production brewery on Carroll Avenue on Thursday.

The brewery is making about $7 million worth of capital improvements this year to expand its brewing capacity by about 20 percent. The new fermenters are the second part of a two-phase expansion. Two 600-barrel bright tanks were installed earlier this month.

Great Lakes, which celebrated its 25th anniversary last year, has reported that beer shipments climbed 22 percent to 142,673 barrels last year. The brewery is the 20th largest craft brewery in the U.S., according to the Brewers Association.

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Beer story sampler

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 8:15am

Here are some interesting beer stories:

-- The Seattle Post Intellingencer reports on 10 emerging craft beer towns in the U.S. Coming in at No. 10 is Columbus, Ohio. "... Ya got a crazy-promising culture that’s only getting better, year by year, new brewery by new brewery," the website concludes. By the way, the top spot? Tampa, Fla. To read the full report, click here.

-- Drink Up Columbus reports that the community is really trying to get Stone Brewing Co. to select Columbus as the site of its new East Coast brewery. There's the new Twitter handle @stonecbus and "Tap a Stone Day" set for Aug. 2. To read the full report, click here.

-- WCPO recommends nine Cincinnati-area summer beers to sample. The list includes MadTree Sol Drifter, Rhinegeist Zen and Blank Slate Out and About. To read the full story, click here.

-- The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports on the collaboration beers being planned for Cleveland Beer Week. To read the full story, click here.

-- The Examiner.com reports on Stone Brewing Co.'s announcement to open a brewery in Germany. “This is a historic moment for Stone,” Stone CEO and co-founder Greg Koch said in a prepared statement. “I’ve wanted to say these next words for many years now: We’re coming to Europe. We’re coming to Germany. We are coming to Berlin!” To read the full report, click here.

-- ThisWeek reports on the Winemaker's Shop in Clintonville as it celebrates 40 years in business. In the beginning, the shop offered one hop style and two malts. "There was no business because the yeast I had was bad and the hops came in bricks wrapped in paper that sat on a shelf," co-owner Scott Francis says. To read the full story, click here.

-- Fox17 reports on Dark Horse Brewing in Marshall, Mich., getting a reality show on the History Channel. The show premieres July 29. To read the full story, click here.

-- Paste Magazine reports on 15 "awesome vintage" beer cans. "Beer cans have a storied history of sporting some pretty alluring designs, which has solidified their status as sought-after collector’s items," Chris Powers writes. "To give a little taste of that history, we’ve assembled 15 of the coolest, most engaging can designs in the history of beer — many from now-defunct breweries." The list includes Michelob, Tiger Beer and Big Cat Malt Liquor. To see the full slideshow, click here.

-- The Indianapolis Star reports on the new Star Trek-themed beer Klingon Warnog, which will be released this week. To read the full story, click here.

-- CNNMoney reports on a new wave of Latino craft brewers who are using ingredients like honey, citrus, cherry and passion fruit. "There's not too many beers out there in the country or even the world that incorporate those fruits but they are ingredients that really resonate with Latinos, especially from the Caribbean," says Juan Camilo, who started the Dyckman Beer Co. in New York City. "That's our biggest differentiator from other beer companies." To read the fulll story, click here.

-- The Washington Post reports on an assistant manager at Goose Island Beer Co. who brews by day and advocates for protecting water at night. “Beer is a powerful tool,” Ian Hughes says. “You sit a beer in front of someone? They listen to you. About anything. It’s like magic.” To read the full story, click here.

-- The Burlington Free Press reports on a mobile canning business in Vermont. "Cans are a great package to have craft beer in," Otter Creek brewmaster Mike Gerhart says. "It's taken a long time for cans to shed the stigma that cans are only meant for yellow fizzy juice, which is what we collectively refer to the mass produced light-colored lagers of this country." To read the full story, click here.

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Barley's, Studio 35 team up for movie and beer tasting

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 7:57am

Barley's Brewing Co. and Studio 35 Cinema & Drafthouse in Columbus are once again teaming up for a movie and beer tasting event. Studio 35 will show Spaceballs at 3 p.m. Aug. 10, pairing the movie with Barley's beer.

The tasting will feature Barley's Scottish Ale, Blood Thirst Wheat, Point of Origin, Barley's Centennial IPA, Two Tones, Infinity, Barley's Barleywine, and Tobias, a collaboration blend with Seventh Son Brewing Co.

Tickets are $25.

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Budweiser Clydesdales coming to Ohio State Fair

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 6:34am

Clip clop. Clip clop. The Budweiser Clydesdales are coming to the Ohio State Fair in Columbus. The iconic horses will appear in daily parades at the fair from Wednesday (July 23) through Aug. 2.

They also will take part in a ceremony Sunday (July 27) with Columbus Distributing to hand out a $5,000 educational scholarship to a Columbus-area military family, on behalf of the Folds of Honor Foundation, Budweiser and the Budweiser wholesaler network.

The horses make hundreds of appearances each year and this is the 81st anniversary for the Budweiser Clydesdales, which debuted on behalf of Anheuser-Busch on April 7, 1933 when they delivered a case of Budweiser to the White House to celebrate the repeal of Prohibition.

Christopher Rivers Jr., son of U.S. Army veteran Sherneatha Gray, will receive the Folds of Honor scholarship in honor of his mother, who was injured while preparing to report for Operation Desert Storm. The presentation is set for 1 p.m. at the Budweiser Clydesdale tent south of Cardinal Gate, Gate 1.

Columbus Distributing donated $10,000 this year toward Folds of Honor scholarships. The Rivers scholarship is one of 600 that Budweiser and its wholesalers will fund through a $3 million donation to Folds of Honor this year. Beer drinkers can do their part by entering an online code found in specially marked packages of Budweiser to trigger a $1 donation that will provide scholarships to families of military killed or disabled in action.

Budweiser and its wholesalers have raised nearly $10 million for military families since partnering with the Folds of Honor Foundation in 2010.

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Cleveland Metroparks plans Beer at the Pier

Mon, 07/21/2014 - 9:13am

Add another big beer event to an increasingly crowded festival schedule in Cleveland. The Cleveland Metroparks has announced Beer at the Pier from 3 to 7 p.m. Aug. 9 at Edgewater Park.

The event, which supports the Cleveland Metroparks Trails Fund, will showcase Ohio-made craft beer and include live music and food.

Fat Head's Brewery and Great Lakes Brewing Co. are helping put together the festival. The brewery lineup also includes some breweries not available in Northeast Ohio: Cellar Dweller, MadTree and Fifty West, all three from the Cincinnati area. Others rounding out the offerings are: Black Box, The Brew Kettle, Buckeye, Cellar Rats, Columbus, Cornerstone, Franklin, Jackie O's, Little Mountain, Main Street, Market Garden, Ohio, Portside, Rivertown and Willoughby.

Tickets are $35 and include 25 two-ounce samples. VIP tickets, which get you in at 2 p.m., are $50.

For more details, click here.

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Chardon BrewFest to feature 5k race this year

Mon, 07/21/2014 - 8:29am

The third annual Chardon BrewFest will feature its first 5k Run for Suds this year.
The race and beer festival are set for Sept. 13 in Chardon.

The cost of entering the race is $15 in advance or $20 on race day. The top three finishers in the male and female divisions will receive cash prizes.

The Chardon BrewFest takes place from noon to 5 p.m. It will feature 24 brewers and more than 70 beers from Northeast Ohio and surrounding states. Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 at the door. They include 15 tastings and a souvenir mug.

In addition to the beer, the event features food and live music.

For more details, click here.

To read a full news release from the group, see below:


Chardon Tomorrow Gears Up for Third Annual BrewFest and Race for Suds

Chardon OH – Beer lovers will have the chance to sample more than 70 craft brews from some of Ohio’s finest breweries during the third annual Chardon BrewFest to be held on Saturday, September 13.

The event, organized by Chardon Tomorrow, will feature 24 microbrewers from across northeast Ohio and neighboring states.

The festival, sponsored by Lake Health, will be held from noon to 5 p.m. on the grounds of the Eltech Building, 100 7th Ave, located off State Road 44 six miles south of I-90. Live music will be provided by Elm Street Blues, Stray Louie and Tyrone’s Blues Sinsation. Food will be available from five Chardon restaurants. Corn hole, a 50-50 raffle and other entertainment will also be featured.

Advance admission is $25 and includes 15 tastings and a mug. Price is $35 day of the event. Designated drivers are $5 and receive a mug and unlimited soft drinks.

The event kicks off with the first annual Chardon BrewFest 5k Run for Suds which begins at 10:30 am. Race day registration is from 8-10 a.m. at Chip’s Clubhouse located at 214 Fifth Avenue. The run will wind through downtown Chardon and end near the BrewFest site. Cost to enter the race is $15 in advance and $20 on race day. A combined run and BrewFest ticket is $25 in advance and $30 on race day.

For tickets and more information about the race and BrewFest information go to www.chardontomorrow.org or call 440-273-3077.  Proceeds benefit Chardon Tomorrow, a civic organization dedicated to the historic preservation and development of Chardon.

Additional sponsors include Red Wine & Brew, Bean’s Coffee Shop & Bistro, Heinen’s, Universal Disposal, Clemson Portable Restroom Service, Seventh Avenue Management and Chardon BrewWorks.


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