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Barley's holding its 20th annual homebrew competition

11 hours 52 sec ago

Barley's Brewing Co. will celebrate a milestone this year. The Columbus brewpub is hosting its 20th annual homebrew competition.

"With so many breweries operating in the central Ohio area, the rise of quality in local craft beer is nothing short of amazing," the brewery said this week as it announced the competition. "Each year we are privileged to see — and taste — the creativity and innovation each of our contestants pours into their homebrews."

The brewpub is accepting entries from May 18 to May 23. Three 12-ounce bottles can be dropped off between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. Each bottle must be labeled with this "Bottle Identification Form" and no other identifcation. Entries also must be accompanied by this completed form. There is no entry fee.

The winner will have his or her brew made on Barley's 10-barrel system next year and unveiled at the annual Afternoon with the Brewers. That event, set for 1 to 4 p.m. June 7 this year, will feature the tapping of homebrewer Eric Yousey's winning Milk Stout from last year.

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Beer story sampler

11 hours 34 min ago

Here are some interesting beer stories:

-- WCPO reports that Taft's Ale House will open Monday in Cincinnati with a local priest blessing the beers. “Father Kroger is a close friend of mine. … He stops in quite a bit and is sort of a character,” co-founder and brewer Kevin Moreland says. “I asked him if he wanted to bless our first beers the other day, because here we are in a former church and people say, ‘You put a brewery in a church?’ Well, I want to get things started right.” To read the full story, click here.

-- Drink Up Columbus reports on the opening of Lineage Brewing Co. "As of Sunday, Lineage had four beers on tap; a cream ale, british pale, berliner weisse and coconut porter," the website says. To read the full story, click here.

-- WCPO offers nine recommendations for beers to drink on baseball's opening day in Cincinnati. The list includes Rhinegeist Hustle and Old Firehouse Code 3. To read the full report, click here.

-- University of Dayton Magazine reports on the craft beer boom in Dayton. “The best part of this has been people enjoying the beer,” Toxic Brew Co. owner Shane Juhl says. “I’m excited to see the growing beer scene in Dayton. People are coming from other cities to see our breweries. Dayton has a rich history, and I enjoy being able to say we’re part of it.” To read the full story, click here.

--  The Northeast Ohio Media Group reports that the Heinen's is partnering with local breweries for monthly collaborations. "It was good synergy," Ed Thompkins, wine and beer buyer for Heinen's, says. "It made sense to reach out to brewers. We'll collaborate on a style, small-batch. We get three kegs, the brewery gets three. When it's gone, it's gone." To read the full story, click here.

-- The Cincinnati Enquirer reports that MillerCoors is the official partner of the Bunbury Music Festival this year. To read the full story, click here.

-- CBS News sits down with Samuel Adams founder Jim Koch. "I can't just be creative sitting in a room," he says. "Interacting with consumers, with bars, with other brewers, to me that's a big source of the energy." To read the full story, click here.

-- Southern Tier Brewing Co. won USA Today's Ultimate Craft Beer Bracket. To see the results, click here.

-- Fortune reports that spring is saison season. "In the craft beer hierarchy, Saison beers don’t hold a candle to IPAs – but that hasn’t stopped them from amassing a loyal following," author Chris Morris writes. To read the full story, click here.

-- Adweek reports that Intuit, the maker of tax software, has created a special beer for tax season -- CPA IPA. The beer, made by Revival Brewing, was available for CPAs in Rhode Island. To read the full story, click here. And check out the video below:

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RubberDucks unveil new craft beer station

Tue, 03/31/2015 - 3:31pm


The Akron RubberDucks unveiled a new craft beer station Tuesday at Canal Park that will offer 24 different brews for $7 or $9.50 depending on the individual beer.

Called Jobu's Craft Brews, the station will be located on the concourse behind home plate. It will feature beers from Yuengling, Destihl, Elevator, Omission, Redhook, Goose Island, Summit, Kona, North Country and Widmer Brothers.

“Craft beer popularity is increasing across the country and we felt it was time we met our fans’ preferences,” RubberDucks Director of Food and Beverage Brian Manning said. “This new window really accentuates our Canal Park beer options and we can’t wait for Opening Day for our fans to get a taste!”

Opening day is April 9.

Craft beer fans probably noticed the absence of Akron breweries Thirsty Dog and Hoppin' Frog -- which were ranked among the top 100 breweries in the world this year by RateBeer.com -- or any other Akron or Cleveland breweries for that matter. All the brands available at the new Jobu's Craft Brews area are controlled by distributor House of LaRose.

The RubberDucks said other Ohio and Akron craft beers can be found at its Game Grill & Bar.

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Brewers Association releases list of Top 50 craft brewers

Tue, 03/31/2015 - 11:25am

D.G. Yuengling & Son is the new No. 1 craft brewer in the United States. The Brewers Association released its annual list of the top 50 craft brewers and Yuengling, thanks to a change in the definition of a craft brewer, is atop the 2014 rankings.

The rest of the top five were: Boston Beer Co., Sierra Nevada, New Belgium and Gambrinus, which happened to be the exact same order from the previous year. Great Lakes Brewing Co. in Cleveland was the only Ohio-based brewer on the list, coming in at 23rd. Great Lakes was 20th the previous year.

The rankings are based on 2014 volume and Yuengling's new position as the largest craft brewer comes as no surprise given the association's decision last year to expand the definition of craft beer.

“The companies on this list include the vanguard of the craft industry,” Brewers Association chief economist Bart Watson said in a prepared statement. “They are exposing new beer lovers to craft, opening new markets and creating opportunities for the entire category. As they continue to grow, so will the availability of innovative and high-quality beers produced for all to enjoy.”

The Boulder, Colo.-based association also released its rankings of the top 50 overall breweries. The top five were: Anheuser-Busch, MillerCoors, Pabst, Yuengling and Boston Beer.

To see the full 2014 rankings, click here. Want to compare the 2014 rankings with the 2013 rankings? Then click here.

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Thrillist names Cleveland one of "Best Drinking Cities in America"

Mon, 03/30/2015 - 10:08am

Thrillist, the website that produces list after list after list, has named Cleveland as one of the "11 Best Drinking Cities in America." Cleveland -- thanks to places like Great Lakes Brewing Co., Market Garden Brewery and others -- comes in at No. 9.

"One of the most fascinating revival stories in the post-recession Rust Belt, Cleveland’s bringing some serious thunder to the national drink scene," the website says. "So much so, in fact, that it’d be surprising if the city was absent from the top of most 'best beer city' lists in five years or less"

To read the full list -- which puts New Orleans at No. 1 -- click here.

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Dayton Beer ramps up its profile with new brewery

Mon, 03/30/2015 - 7:54am

Housed in a strip mall in suburban Kettering, the Dayton Beer Co. is downright tiny. There’s a microscopic bar. Limited seating. Paltry parking space. And confined brewing area.

But get ready to toss all those small synonyms out the window.

Dayton Beer is about to get big and raise its profile with a new brewery.

Dayton Beer is set to open a downtown Dayton location in mid-April with more than 8,000 square feet of space -- and that doesn’t even include a 1,000-square-foot patio.

Twelve-ounce cans and 22-ounce bombers will follow, along with plans to start distributing in Columbus and later Cincinnati.

“It’s stressful but exciting,” owner/brewer Pete Hilgeman said during a tour last week. “It’s nice to see it finally come together.”

He opened the community’s first craft brewery in years in 2012, starting as a nano operation and building up to the 15-barrel system that he planned to fire up this week.

The new production brewery and tasting room — located in former Weiler Welding space at the corner of East Second Street and Madison Street just a block from Fifth Third Field — is the polar opposite of the original brewery, which will remain as a pilot operation and tasting room.

In addition to ample space, the new site features 36 taps. Hilgeman won’t be able to fill all those with his own brews. He hopes to have six to 10 Dayton Beer brands available at any given time and then he’ll fill the rest exclusively with Ohio-made beers.

The brewery has large glass garage doors on each side. On the west side of the building, the doors go all the way up and open to the patio. On the east side, they open halfway.

Those doors provide plenty of natural light and when opened will allow a ton of fresh air to flow through the building.

The floor is sealed concrete, while the bar top and tables feature reclaimed cedar wood. Hilgeman also proudly showed off upscale bathrooms, which are housed in ... well ... what looks like a little house.

“The whole feel inside is supposed to be modern, rustic, German beer hall,” he said. “A little mix of new world, old world. We wanted it to have the neighborhood pub feel to it.”

The plan is to open to the public April 16. There likely will be a soft opening April 12, which also happens to be opening day for the Dayton Dragons. The tasting room will be open initially Tuesday through Sunday.

The 15-barrel O’Neill’s Bay Co. brewhouse and new fermenters and bright tanks will allow Dayton Beer to produce up to 6,500 barrels a year. Hilgeman hopes to make 2,000 in the first calendar year.

With the increased capacity, Dayton Beer will launch its chocolate coffee stout Java Man Cometh and Oregon Alley IPA in 12-ounce cans.

Hilgeman hopes to release those in May and will use a yet-to-be-determined mobile canning company. Two or three more beers are expected to be introduced in cans by the end of the year.

Meanwhile, Broken Empire Russian Imperial Stout and Area B Experimental IPA are slated for release in 22-ounce bombers.

Dayton Beer will start distributing outside Dayton in Columbus and then move onto Cincinnati. The ultimate goal is to go statewide and beyond, Hilgeman said.

The new brewery is smack in the middle of an area of downtown that’s being redeveloped. There are townhomes, apartments and condos being built all around.

“This whole area, in a year or two, you’re not going to recognize it,” Hilgeman said. “Luckily we’re right in the middle of it. I’m not that old but I’ve never seen so much momentum in Dayton. Downtown is really renovating itself.”

Another benefit is that Dayton Beer is within walking distance of Warped Wing Brewing Co. and Toxic Brew Co.

The craft beer community has gone crazy since Dayton Beer first opened. There are now 12 breweries in the city and suburbs.

“It’s been wild,” Hilgeman said. “Dayton has embraced it a lot. It’s cool to see. There’s so much more that we can do to make it bigger and better. Hopefully this brewery fits in that process.”

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Beer story sampler

Sun, 03/29/2015 - 11:36am

Here are some interesting beer stories:

-- The Columbus Dispatch reports on the inaugural Columbus Beer Week, which runs May 1-9. “We’ve been waiting for the right moment to do one," Columbus Brewing owner/brewer Eric Bean says. "Up until 18 months ago, there were just four breweries in the city.” To read the full story, click here.

-- The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports on plans by the owners of Platform Beer Co. to turn the former Leisy Brewing Co. bottling building into a production facility to house contract brewers. "This is true manufacturing, where we're talking about creating 50-plus jobs over three years," Justin Carson says. To read the full story, click here.

-- WCPO reports that Kroger Co. plans to take craft beer more seriously. “We’re going to make room for whatever our customers are looking for,” Nate Wolejsza, a Kroger category manager who buys beer for stores in Cincinnati, Dayton, Knoxville and Nashville, says. “As the industry grows and expands, we’re trying to be as nimble as possible.” To read the full story, click here.

-- The Sandusky Register reports that Catawba Island released a beer Saturday that won the Fremont Homebrew Throwdown. It's a salted caramel stout called Portlandia. To read the full story, click here.

-- The Sporting News reports that Delaware North Sportservice has installed 20 self-serve beer kiosks at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati. To read the full story, click here.

-- The Detroit Free Press reports on the fact that more women are becoming craft brewers and getting into craft beer. The Brewers Association estimates that 20 percent of craft breweries were founded or cofounded by a woman, and about 17 percent have a female CEO. To read the full story, click here.

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New Belgium bringing beer and film tour to Columbus

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 7:34am

New Belgium Brewing is bringing its 2015 Clips Beer & Film Tour to Columbus in September.

Clips is a beer tasting and short film festival, with proceeds raised going to local nonprofits.

“We have another exciting season lined up with a couple new stops, new toys, new beers and new films,” Christie Catania, Clips national special events manager, said in a news release. “We’re excited to tour around the country and work with amazing local groups doing great work in their communities. The funds raised will help each of them continue their mission long after the show wraps up.”

The Columbus event -- one of 20 nationwide -- is set for Sept. 24 at Columbus Commons.

To read the full news release, see below:


New Belgium Brewing’s Clips Beer & Film Tour
Traveling to 20 Cities in 2015

The tour offers an evening of short films and beer sampling to benefit local nonprofits

Ft. Collins, Colo., March 26, 2015–New Belgium Brewing is taking its 2015 Clips Beer & Film Tour to twenty cities coast-to-coast. The beer-toting, film-traveling, nonprofit-benefitting show will run from May to October, during its sixth season.

Clips is a free event, with all proceeds from beer sales going to local nonprofits. Since its inception in 2010, Clips Beer & Film Tour has raised more than $520,000 for nonprofits nationwide and brought more than 35,000 people out to their local parks for a fun and philanthropic night of movie watching and beer tasting.

Clips offers a venue where guests can try New Belgium’s more esoteric beer offerings, pairing them with inspiring short films created by New Belgium fans. Up to 16 beer varieties will be on tap, including some of the more hard-to-come-by beers from the Lips of Faith sereis, as well as brewery classics.

New Belgium beers will be available in 3-ounce samples, 12 ounce pours, or cans. Served up by local beneficiary volunteers, there's plenty of fun to be had once the sun sets and the films start rolling. Food from local vendors will also be available.

“We have another exciting season lined up with a couple new stops, new toys, new beers and new films,” said Christie Catania, Clips national special events manager. “We’re excited to tour around the country and work with amazing local groups doing great work in their communities. The funds raised will help each of them continue their mission long after the show wraps up.”

New Belgium also teams up with a local sustainability partner at each stop and has diverted at least 85 percent of event waste from landfills over the past five years. As for the films, New Belgium is still on the hunt, with the submission window closing on April 1.

To learn more about the submission process go to http://www.newbelgium.com/events/clips-beer-and-film/submit-your-film.aspx. New Belgium will select about 20 short films to feature during the tour.

2015 Clips Beer & Film Tour will roll through each of the following cities:

Kansas City, MO                     May 21                    Theis Park

Bloomington, IN                      May 29                    Bryan Park

Chicago, IL                             June 5                      Eckhart Park

Grand Rapids, MI                   June 11                    Ah-Nab-Awen Park

Austin, TX                               June 19                    Long Center for the Performing Arts

Boulder, CO                            June 25                    Valmont Disc Golf Park

Santa Barbara, CA                  July 10                     Chase Palm Park

Sacramento, CA                      July 24                     Southside Park

Seattle, WA                             July 31                     Gas Works Park

Colorado Springs, CO             August 6                  America the Beautiful Park

Madison, WI                            August 27                 Olin Park

Asheville, NC                          September 4             Pack Square Park: Roger McGuire Green

Reston, VA                              September 10            Reston Town Center

Charlottesville, VA                   September 17            Washington Park: Lower Field

Columbus, OH                        September 24            Columbus Commons

Atlanta, GA                              October 2                  Historic Fourth Ward Skatepark Field

Nashville, TN                           October 9                  East Park

Charleston, SC                        October 15                Marion Square

Miami, FL                                 October 22                Margaret Pace Park

Tampa, FL                               October 29                Curtis Hixon Park

For the latest information on Clips, go to NewBelgium.com/Clips. For more information on New Belgium Brewing, visit NewBelgium.com.

About New Belgium Brewing Company

New Belgium Brewing, makers of Fat Tire Amber Ale and a host of Belgian-inspired beers, is recognized as one of Outside Magazine’s Best Places to Work and one of the Wall Street Journal’s Best Small Businesses. The 100% employee-owned brewery is a Platinum-level Bicycle Friendly Business as designated by the League of American Bicyclists, and one of World Blu’s most democratic U.S. businesses, and a Certified B Corp. In addition to Fat Tire, New Belgium brews ten year-round beers; Ranger IPA, Rampant Imperial IPA, Shift Pale Lager, Slow Ride Session IPA, Snapshot Wheat, Sunshine Wheat, 1554 Black Lager, Blue Paddle Pilsner, Abbey Belgian Ale and Trippel. Learn more at NewBelgium.com.


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Thirsty Dog to host police fundraiser

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 7:17am

Thirsty Dog Brewing Co. in Akron will host a beer tasting from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday (March 28) to support the Copley Police Department Law Enforcement United Road-to-Hope Bicycle Ride.

Police are riding in memory of Justin Winebrenner, a 32-year-old Akron police officer who was shot and killed last year.

Tickets are $30. For more details, contact Police Chief Michael Mier at 330-666-4260 or mmier@copley.oh.us.

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Rhinegeist releases Hustle for baseball season

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 6:46am

Rhinegeist Brewery has released Hustle, a rye pale ale, in cans just in time for baseball season. The brewery also penned a poem and shot a video for the release.

Here's the poem:

It was late March in Cincinnati and all was a bustle,

Rumor had it Rhinegeist was launching a brew called Hustle.

With the weather turning and the Reds close to full swing,

The Cincy faithful were all rooting for spring.

As a delicious, delectable and delightful Rye Pale Ale,

The ‘Geisters had the upmost faith this beer would tip the scale.

Showing up at 5.4% and 35 IBU,

With apricot aromatics, a bit of spice, and black pepper too,

Hustle would be one for the crowd and sure to please.

A beverage helping you to forget the wintry freeze.

Hustle is for the hard work that we continually repeat,

And a beautiful baseball can is no small feat.

From production, to packaging, sales and to drivers,

self-distribution, our hustle; let's celebrate with some high-fivers!

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Millersburg releases French Ridge IPA in cans

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 12:56pm

Millersburg Brewing Co. is releasing its French Ridge IPA in cans.

"This thirst-quenching, West Coast-style IPA gives fans what they’re looking for with 70 IBUs and 7.5 ABV," the Millersburg brewery said in a news release.

Millersburg said the cans should hit store shelves in the next couple of weeks and will be distributed by Beverage Distributors Inc., Matesich Distributing Co. and 17th Star Distributing Co.

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Black Box, Great Lakes in CNBC's "best loved beer label" contest

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 9:08am

CNBC is once again looking for the "best loved beer label" in America. This year's contest -- run like the NCAA's March Madness bracket -- features Ohio's Black Box Brewing Co. and Great Lakes Brewing Co.

In the first round, Black Box My Asis Dragon, an oatmeal stout with coffee, is up against Stevens Point Smiley Blue, a Czech-style pilsner. Great Lakes Chillwave Double IPA is competing against Great Divide Hoss, a rye lager.

"Reminder: This is not about which beer you think tastes the best," senior editor Tom Rotunno writes. "Ultimately if the beer inside the bottle is subpar, it doesn't matter what's on the outside. However, the goal here is to celebrate and showcase some of the creativity being done on labels and cans by breweries and artists nationwide."

There are only 64 labels in the competition, which breaks down labels by regions of the country. To check out the contest and vote, click here.

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Great Lakes: No truth to A-B rumor

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 8:25am

Ever since Anheuser-Busch InBev announced earlier this year that it's acquiring Elysian Brewing Co. in Seattle, there's been plenty of speculation about the world's largest brewer being interested in scooping up more craft breweries. (If you can't beat 'em, buy 'em, right?)

Well, the rumor mill in Ohio has focused on Great Lakes Brewing Co. being a target. So I asked Great Lakes co-founder Pat Conway about it and whether his Cleveland brewery -- the oldest Ohio-based craft brewer, the 20th largest craft brewer in the U.S. and one with a formidable portfolio -- has been approached.

"No truth to the rumor," Conway said in an email. "With all the mergers and consolidations of suppliers (brewers) and wholesalers, these ideas floating around are bound to happen. Crazy times!"

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Beer story sampler

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 7:56am

Here are some interesting beer stories:

-- Columbus Business First reports on plans by Barley's Brewing Co. to expand with a new production brewery in the Keyes Plumbing building. To read the full story, click here.

-- WDTN reports on the second anniversary for Toxic Brew Co. in Dayton. Owner Shane Juhl says there are plans for a production facility. To read and watch the full report, click here.

-- The Northeast Ohio Media Group profiles the Brick and Barrel, a brewery and winery in Cleveland. The main goal was to make wine. "We thought 'This is going to be really expensive, so why don't we start a small brewery to get this going?' " co-owner Karl Spiesman says. "We didn't want to take out any lines of credit or add any other investors. Our line of credit is our beer." To read the full story, click here.

-- The Brew Professor reports on a new brewery in Cincinnati that will focus exclusively on wild and sour beers. Mike Stuart profiles the initial beer line for Urban Artifact. To read the full story, click here.

-- The Cincinnati Enquirer asked readers to name their favorite local beers. MadTree and Rhinegeist secured seven of the top 10 spots, with Rhinegeist Truth finishing first. To read the full story, click here.

-- USA Today put together one of those silly beer brackets, asking readers to vote for their favorite breweries until there is one champion. It is March Madness time, after all. Well, Great Lakes Brewing Co. is still in the contest and is now pitted against Founders. To see the bracket and vote, click here.


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Long Trail moving into Ohio

Tue, 03/24/2015 - 1:16pm

Long Trail Brewing Co. announced today (March 24) that it is moving into Ohio. The Vermont brewery said it has teamed up with Superior Beverage Group to begin distribution in Cincinnati, Cleveland and Columbus starting in April.

Long Trail will launch with a limited portfolio that includes its flagship altbier, Long Trail Ale, and American IPA, Limbo. It's the first new market for the brewery since 2012.

“This is a great opportunity to grow our brand and be a part of Ohio’s thriving craft scene,” Bill Zaninelli, vice president of sales at Long Trail, said in a prepared statement. “We did our homework and we are confident that Superior is a great fit for Long Trail.”

Founded in 1989, Long Trail is the 22nd largest craft brewer in the U.S., according to the Brewers Association. It's also the latest in a string of big craft brewers to enter the Buckeye State. New Belgium, Deschutes and SweetWater have started distributing in the state in recent years.

“We are thrilled to start pouring in Ohio,” Jed Nelson, Long Trail’s marketing director, said in a prepared statement. “Long Trail has been the best-selling craft beer in Vermont for years and we’re excited to share it with our new farthest outpost.”

The brewery said Long Trail Ale and Limbo IPA will show up on draft in early April, with packaged beer shipping later in the month.

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BA: Craft exports grew 35.7 percent last year

Tue, 03/24/2015 - 11:08am

It's not just Americans craving American-made craft beer. The nonprofit Brewers Association reported today (March 24) that craft exports grew 35.7 percent by volume last year.

That represents 383,422 barrels and an estimated $99.7 million, the Boulder, Colo.-based trade group said.

"Small and independent brewers are spreading the culture and community of craft beer around the globe,” Bob Pease, chief executive officer of the Brewers Association, said in a prepared statement. “Beer drinkers internationally are embracing the innovation and flavors offered by American craft brewers.”

The group helps brewers export through its Export Development Program, which now includes about 80 small and independent brewers. In Ohio, Hoppin' Frog Brewery in Akron is the only brewery that consistently exports its beer. Hoppin' Frog beers now can be found in 15 foreign countries.

"I'm very proud of that," owner and brewer Fred Karm told me last week. "I never thought that anything like that would happen. It shows that people far away even appreciate my beer. I figured they would appreciate it close, but for people to appreciate it in some of these places that are the birthplaces of brewing like Belgium and Germany, I can't even fathom it. We're hot in some spots in London. It just kills me, man."

The Brewers Association said the fastest-growing markets last year were Brazil, South Korea, Thailand and the United Kingdom. The largest growth was in Brazil, which saw an 63.9 percent increase.

The top five markets for American craft beer were Canada (53 percent of exports), Sweden (12 percent), United Kingdom (10.7 percent), Australia (5.1 percent) and South Korea (3.4 percent). South Korea replaced Japan for fifth place.

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Warped Wing to release first seasonal IPA in cans

Tue, 03/24/2015 - 8:57am

Warped Wing Brewing Co. will release its first seasonal IPA in cans on Monday. (March 30)

Self Starter Session IPA, which is 5.2 percent alcohol by volume, will hit the Dayton and Cincinnati markets. The beer is the fourth can released since the Dayton brewery opened last year, joining 10 Ton Oatmeal Stout, Flyin' Rye IPA and Ermal's Belgian Style Cream Ale.

Self Starter will be available from April through August in both draft and cans. Warped Wing will hold a special tapping at 5 p.m. Thursday, and then release the beer to bars, restaurants and retail accounts on Monday.

Warped Wing also released a short video on the beer. Check it out below:

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All For One set for release Wednesday

Tue, 03/24/2015 - 8:21am

The Cleveland Cavaliers-branded beer All For One hits the market Wednesday.

To recap — in case you missed the big announcement last month — the Cavaliers teamed up with The Brew Kettle in Strongsville to make a session IPA. The beer is 4.75 percent alcohol by volume and features Equinox, Mosaic and Amarillo hops.

“We wanted it to have as pronounced a hop character, as far as flavor and aroma, as you can have in a low-alcohol beer,” brewer Jack Kephart said.

The Brew Kettle and Cavaliers invited the Beacon Journal -- along with other Cleveland-area media -- to sit down recently and chat about the beer and see it being bottled at the production brewery. (See all the attached photos.)

The beer will be available on draft and in six-packs of 12-ounce bottles, with the label sporting the Cavaliers’ wine and gold colors. It will be sold at Quicken Loans Arena, Heinen’s grocery stores, The Brew Kettle and a few other establishments.

All For One — the name plays off the Cavaliers’ slogan — is a limited-edition brew, which means when it’s gone, it’s gone. But there could be another Cavaliers-Brew Kettle beer in the future.

“We hope this is the first of several concepts along this [line] that we would partner with Brew Kettle on,” said Kerry Bubolz, president of business operations for the Cavaliers Operating Cos.

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New Belgium brings Sour Symposium to Cleveland

Mon, 03/23/2015 - 3:32pm


New Belgium Brewing Co. is bringing its Sour Symposium to Cleveland as part of a five-city nationwide tour. Lauren and Eric Salazar, the brewery's wood beer specialists, will lead the hands-on event from 7 to 9 p.m. March 27 at the Winking Lizard Tavern Party Center in Bedford Heights.

“Beer blending is a sensory art that has been relied on for centuries to create both balance and complexity,” Lauren Salazar said in a prepared statement. “This Sour Symposium is a great way to experience beer making in its purest form and attendees leave with a true appreciation for the wonderful world of sours.”

Guests will learn the techniques that the Salazars use in New Belgium’s cellar. They also will get to blend their own sour beers using unblended New Belgium base beer.

Tickets are $30 and includes beer, meat and cheeses, and the blending seminar. To buy tickets, click here.

Other cities on the tour are Phoenix, Raleigh, Richmond and Minneapolis.

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Bricco to host Dogfish Head beer dinner

Mon, 03/23/2015 - 12:45pm

Bricco in Kent will host a five-course beer dinner with Dogfish Head Craft Brewed Ales at 6:30 p.m. March 31.

The dinner will feature Piercing Pils paired with an aperitif, 60 Minute IPA with roasted cauliflower beer cheese soup, Aprihop with shrimp, Black & Blue with duck breast and berries, Indian Brown Ale with espresso crusted sirloin and Sixty-One with dessert.

Tickets are $35, plus tax and tip. For reservations, call 330-677-1335.

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