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Hoppin' Frog releases vanilla IPA

5 hours 5 min ago

Hoppin' Frog Brewery will release its new Killa Vanilla Extraordinary IPA on draft and in bottles this week.

The beer -- which is 7.5 percent alcohol by volume and features vanilla beans -- will be available at the Tasting Room tonight (Oct 8) and bottle sales will begin at 3 p.m. Friday.

"You have to taste the wild combination of flavor and aroma of this vanilla bean IPA!!," owner and brewer Fred Karm wrote in an email. "These are two great tastes that taste great together, and will open your eyes to the inventive side of brewing! Welcome to our world, where we apply our engibeering knowledge to create new beers the likes of which are seldom experienced."

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BJ's opens in Canton

5 hours 40 min ago

BJ's Restaurants opened its first location in Northeast Ohio this week. BJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse opened Monday in The Strip shopping area in suburban Canton.

The Huntington, Calif.-based chain operates five other Ohio locations in the Columbus, Cincinnati and Dayton markets, and will soon open another restaurant in Fairlawn outside Summit Mall. While BJ's doesn't brew at any of its Ohio sites, it sells BJ's craft beers.

"We are excited to open our sixth restaurant in the state of Ohio," President and Chief Executive Officer Greg Trojan said in a prepared statement. "The new Canton BJ's is our first restaurant in Northeast Ohio, where we expect to add additional restaurants over the next several years. With our two planned upcoming openings in Akron, Ohio and Longview, Texas, we will achieve our stated goal of 16 new restaurants in fiscal 2015."

BJ's couldn't immediately be reached for comment. It's unclear when the Akron/Fairlawn location will open or where else BJ's is looking to open in Northeast Ohio.

BJ's Restaurants owns and operates 169 restaurants nationwide. The chain won two gold medals at the recent Great American Beer Festival for LightSwitch Lager and Magnolia Peach.

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Cleveland Beer Week kicks off Friday

Wed, 10/07/2015 - 12:13pm

The seventh annual Cleveland Beer Week begins Friday with an astonishing 350 tastings, dinners, educational programs and other events scattered throughout the region.

As has become tradition, the week kicks off with the release of a slew of collaboration beers at various locations in Cleveland, Lakewood and Willoughby.

With hundreds of events over the 10-day period — yes, Beer Week cannot be contained to a mere seven days — there are waaay too many to list here.

But here’s a look at five cool gatherings that you might want to add to your beer calendar:

• Brewzilla: The giant festival that signals the end of Beer Week runs from 6 to 10 p.m. Oct. 17 at the Wolstein Center in Cleveland. VIP tickets: $75. General admission: $40.

• Botanical Gardens Hoppy Hour: A beer tasting with discussions about hops and horticulture runs from 5 to 8 p.m. Oct. 14 at the Cleveland Botanical Garden in Cleveland. Tickets for nonmembers: $5, plus cost for the beers.

• Offshore Pour: A cruise and beer tasting aboard the Nautica Queen on Lake Erie. It runs from 6 to 9:30 p.m. Monday. Tickets: $45.

• SNOB Collaboration Tap Takeover: The Society of Northeast Ohio Brewers homebrewing club celebrates its 25th anniversary by releasing collaboration beers made with local breweries starting at 5 p.m. Monday at the Buckeye Beer Engine in Lakewood. It’s free to attend.

• Beer & Chocolate Extravaganza: Heinen’s in downtown Cleveland will host a beer and chocolate pairing event with more than 20 breweries from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 16. Tickets: $40.

And here’s a bonus event. I will be speaking about the Ohio craft beer scene at 8 p.m. Saturday (Oct. 10) at the BottleHouse Brewing Co. in Cleveland Heights. The brewery also will release a bourbon barrel-aged version of its Locktender Imperial Stout on draft and a limited number of hand-numbered 22-ounce bottles. The talk is free.

For more details on tickets and a full list of Cleveland Beer Week events, click here.

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Paladin releasing new CraveMore Scottish Ale

Wed, 10/07/2015 - 12:04pm

Paladin Brewing Co. will release its new CraveMore Scottish Ale at 6 p.m. Friday. The Austintown brewery described the beer as "dark ruby in color brew, that's complex in the finish, with hints of smoke and peat, paired with a malty richness from caramel, and roasted malts."

To celebrate the release, Yolo Grille and Taproom will be smoking on site and serving smoked steak and grilled chicken kabobs.

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Beer story sampler

Tue, 10/06/2015 - 11:46am

Here are some interesting beer stories:

-- In its latest entertaining "Ohio vs. the World" installment, Pat's Pints pits Seventh Son Humulus Nimbus against Thirsty Dog Citra Dog and Three Floyds Zombie Dust. And the winner is ... click here.

-- Drink Up Columbus reports that Seventh Son Brewing Co. is looking for an artist to design its beer labels. "We had a fantastic series of labels from Mike Moses last yera and are looking forward to finding another great local artist for 2016," brewery owner Collin Castore says. To read the full story, click here.

-- Drink Up Columbus reports that Rockmill Brewery is making an exclusive beer for Whole Foods. It's a rye saison. To read the full story, click here.

-- Cincinnati.com reports that Fibonacci Brewing Co. is expanding into selling wine. To read the full story, click here.

-- The Newark Advocate profiles Richard Brown, who runs Brown Distributing. "Every time I walk (outside my building) I think of how lucky I am in my life," the 80-year-old Brown says. To read the full story, click here.

-- The Better Beer Authority reviews Hoof Hearted Brewing Co.'s South of Eleven Double India Pale Ale. To watch the review, click here.

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Cincinnati Craft Breweries' Oktoberfest set Friday/Saturday

Tue, 10/06/2015 - 10:57am

The fourth annual Cincinnati Craft Breweries' Oktoberfest returns Friday and Saturday (Oct. 9-10) to Listermann Brewing Co.

The family-friendly and dog-friendly event -- put on in conjunction with Cincideutsch -- showcases beer from local breweries only and there's only one Oktoberfest beer on draft. The event also includes live music, food vendors, German booths and banners, and a stein holding competition sponsored by the Bloatarian Brewing League.

In addition to Listermann, the beer tasting will showcase the following breweries: Blank Slate, Fifty West, Christian Morelein, Rock Bottom, Rivertown, Mt. Carmel, MadTree, Cellar Dweller, Wiedemann, Eight Ball, Quaff Bros, Rhinegeist, Triple Digit, Bad Tom Smith, Dogberry, Braxton, Urban Artifact, Taft’s Ale House, and Tap and Screw.

The event runs from 5 p.m. to midnight Friday and noon to 11 p.m. Saturday.

For more details, click here.

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MadTree Citra High returns Thursday

Tue, 10/06/2015 - 8:35am

MadTree Citra High returns this week. MadTree Brewing Co. announced Tuesday that its popular imperial IPA will be released in cans and on draft starting at noon Thursday (Oct. 8) at the Cincinnati brewery.

“After the success of Galaxy High and its Australian hops, we had to brew a version using some of our favorite American hops, Citra and Simcoe,” MadTree co-founder Jeff Hunt said in a news release. “This is a big, burly Imperial IPA that focuses on potent hop aroma and flavor that is rounded out with a nice dry finish.”

To read the full news release, see below:


MadTree Brewing Releasing Citra High

American hops take center stage for this round of the ‘High’ Imperial IPA series

CINCINNATI (October 6, 2015) – MadTree Brewing begins a new round of distribution of the extremely popular Citra High, part of its ‘High’ series of Imperial IPAs. Cans and draft will first be available beginning at noon on Thursday, October 8, at the MadTree Taproom located at 5164 Kennedy Avenue.  The beer scores high praise from MadTree fans both near and far for it heavy use of American hops that give it a tropically dank flavor.

“After the success of Galaxy High and its Australian hops, we had to brew a version using some of our favorite American hops, Citra and Simcoe,” said Jeff Hunt, MadTree Brewing co-founder.  “This is a big, burly Imperial IPA that focuses on potent hop aroma and flavor that is rounded out with a nice dry finish.”

The beer recently received high praise from revelers at the nation’s largest beer festival, Great American Beer Festival, held in Denver, Colorado a few weeks ago.  Local beer fans have been demanding its return since the first canning run this past April.  Craft beer drinkers score it a 97/100 on the popular beer review site, ratebeer.com.

Cans and growlers will be available for purchase in Taproom on Thursday, October 8, with a limit of one case of cans per person.  Draft distribution to restaurants, bars, and growler stations begins the week of October 12 with cans going to retailers the week of October 19.

About MadTree Brewing Company

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

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Ohio "punched above its weight class" at GABF

Mon, 10/05/2015 - 11:44am

Ohio did better than expected at this year's Great American Beer Festival. So says Bart Watson, the chief economist with the Brewers Association, which puts on the annual competition.

Watson pens an analysis each year of the medal winners. Ohio wasn't part of breakdown this year so I asked him for a little insight about the Buckeye State.

"Ohio punched above its weight class," he said in an email. "Had 191 entries and was expected to win 3.9 percent of those (so Ohio breweries entered more difficult categories on average), or an expected 7.5 medals. It won 10. Won medals in the two most difficult categories (American style IPA and Imperial IPA)."

Just in case you forgot, here are the Ohio winners:

-- Fat Head's (the Ohio locations): Hop JuJu, Bonehead Imperial Red, Black Knight and Midnight Moonlight.

-- Rhinegeist Brewery: Sherry Ink.

-- Platform Beer Co: Black Eagle Gratzer.

-- JAFB Wooster Brewery: Rain Delay IPA.

-- Lager Heads Brewing Co.: Smokie Robbins.

-- Elevator Brewing Co.: Mogabi.

-- The Brew Kettle: White Rajah.

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Graffiti to host BottleHouse dinner

Mon, 10/05/2015 - 7:56am

Graffiti: A Social Kitchen in Cleveland will host a four-course beer pairing dinner with BottleHouse Brewery at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 13.

The dinner will feature Erie Coast IPA paired with cranberry glazed pork belly, Jakt Pumpkin with turkey leg confit, Zola Bier de Garde with swordfish and Red Ale with toffee bread pudding, ice cream and brittle.

Tickets are $40. For reservations, call 216-651-6969 or click here.

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Beer story sampler

Fri, 10/02/2015 - 4:23pm

Here are some interesting beer stories:

-- WCPO reports that Fifty West Brewing Co. in Cincinnati is planning a $1.5 million expansion. “We’re going to get to all these bars and restaurants that have been calling us for it,” owner Bobby Slattery says. To read the full story, click here.

-- The Toledo Blade profiles Shannon Fink, the head brewer at Black Cloister Brewing Co. who remarks that many people are surprised that a woman is in charge. “But I don’t know why it’s so hard to believe," Fink says. "It happens less now since the brewery has been open for a while. But at first I always kind of got the ‘shock face.’ ” To read the full story, click here.

-- The Massillon Independent reports on the growing craft beer scene in Stark County. “We all talk,” Scenic Brewing Co. owner and brewer Dan Mueller says. “It’s a great culture. It’s all about camaraderie. Then, hopefully, that gets out to the public for them to enjoy, too.” To read the full story, click here.

-- The Dayton Daily News reports about three winning homebrews from the DRAFT Brewfest competition will be made commercially at the Toxic Brew, Fifth Street and Yellow Springs breweries. "Many local Dayton brewers got their start homebrewing, and Dayton is fortunate to have local breweries that embrace their roots," DRAFT member Tom Morgan says. To read the full story, click here.

-- The website UnderTheLabel reports on the "Best Unknown Breweries in Each State." It chose Hoof Hearted Brewing Co. in Ohio. To see the complete rundown, click here.

-- Drink Up Columbus reports that the Ohio Taproom is now serving pints, along with filling growlers. To read the full story, click here.

-- WCPO reports on Rhinegeist Brewery releasing two ciders. “There is nothing more refreshing than biting into a freshly picked, crisp apple and our ciders are created to deliver that experience with the crack of a can," the brewery says. To read the full story, click here.

-- Cleveland.com reports on the 25th anniversary of the Society of Northeast Ohio Brewers (S.N.O.B) club. The group held a contest to name itself.  "People blindly submitted names, and they were chosen by a vote," the club's first president Jay O'Neill says. "I submitted 'S.N.O.B.' " To read the full story, click here.

-- Fortune reports that Boston Beer Co., which operates the Samuel Adams brewery in Cincinnati, is unveiling a line of nitro beers. "I want to keep shocking people a little bit – opening them up to explore the brewer’s art and, as a brewer, expand the boundaries of the brewers art,” founder Jim Koch says. To read the full story, click here.

-- Cincinnati.com reports that Ohio Valley Wine & Beer will start distributing DuClaw Brewing Co. beers in the Greater Cincinnati market. To read the full story, click here.

-- Pat's Pints analyzes this year's Great American Beer Festival competition, noting that only five states won more medals than Ohio. To read the full story, click here.

-- Fortune reports that Miller Lite is bringing back its short bottle that was phased out in 1989. "A return to the original, white label on Miller Lite cans and bottles gave the brand a sales jolt in early 2014, helping the beer increase market share for the first time in years," author John Kell writes. To read the full story, click here.

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Zauber to host Oktoberfest on Saturday

Fri, 10/02/2015 - 1:39pm

Zauber Brewing Co. will host its second annual outdoor Oktoberfest from 4 to 9 p.m. Saturday. (Oct. 3)

The event will will feature beer from Zauber, Seventh Son, Land-Grant and Revolution, along with spirits from Watershed Distillery and food from Dog People Franks and Frites food truck, Rime Time popsicles, and the Explorer's Club kitchen at Zauber. Live entertainment will be provided by Cheese with Music and Fingers. The first 100 people to arrive at the event will receive a free German tyrolean hat.

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Five questions with ... Ross Kirk

Fri, 10/02/2015 - 8:59am

Ross Kirk is the co-owner of Granville Brewing Co. in Granville. The nanobrewery specializes in Belgian-style ales.

Question: Why did you become a brewer?

Answer: I have always had a passion for lifting heavy things and cleaning stainless steel. I have loved beer since my first taste of bootleg Coors in Ohio. My mind was blown when craft beer hit Central Ohio in the early 1990’s. I had friends that began brewing their own back then and I was always around watching, tasting, and learning. Fast forward ten years and when I hit several roadblocks on a 1969 VW I was restoring, I sold the car and with the help of a talented welder of a cousin, used that money to build a 10-gallon all-grain homebrew system. The hobby has been growing ever since.

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

A: There will always be room for the great beer in our industry. American customers' tastes and high standards will never go out of style, no matter what the product. That will certainly hold true in the craft beer industry, not just in our state, but across the U.S. High quality has always been a cornerstone of the craft brewing industry, so as long as that is maintained, over-saturation shouldn't be a big concern.

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

A: Don’t be afraid to ask questions. The industry is full of great people who love to talk about beer. Listen to them. They have already made the mistakes you are probably going to make. They can save you time and money. Finally, brew beers that you like to drink and don’t be afraid to make a mistake by taking a chance with a recipe.

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

A: The Reaper Saison. It was one of our original three beers. I think it is so popular because when we first released it, there were not a lot of saisons on the shelf so it hit a note with a lot of people. Also, it really is a four-season beer. It is dry with just a touch of spice that is refreshing on a hot day, which hides the 8.4 percent abv that can warm the belly on a cold winter night.

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

A: Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. It was one of the first craft beers in what was an American brewing wasteland in the late 1970s and early 1980s. It was one of the first craft beers I ever tasted and remains one of my favorites today. It is a perfect example of always imitated but never duplicated. They have also been industry leaders in quality and environmental responsibility since the beginning.

Editor's note: The Five questions with ... feature appears every Friday on the Ohio Beer Blog. If you are an Ohio brewer and want to participate -- or you want to recommend someone to participate -- email me at rarmon@thebeaconjournal.com.

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Lizardville to host trio of beer writers

Fri, 10/02/2015 - 8:41am

The Lizardville Beer Store and Whiskey Bar in Copley Township will host a trio of beer writers at 7 p.m. Tuesday. (Oct. 6)

The event, organized by Barnes & Noble, will feature Jonathan Hennessey, author of the graphic novel The Comic Book Story of Beer; beer historian Robert Musson, who has written several beer books including Brewing in Cleveland, Ohio; and myself, who wrote the travel book Ohio Breweries. (I'm also working on my second Ohio beer book tentatively set to be released next year.)

The authors will be available to chat about beer and sign copies of their books.

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Hairless Hare creates beer that tastes like buckeye candy

Thu, 10/01/2015 - 11:05am

Hairless Hare Brewery is releasing a beer Saturday (Oct. 3) that should make chocolate, peanut butter and Ohio State University football fans squeal with delight. The Vandalia brewery will tap Buckeye Nation Chocolate Peanut Butter Porter during the Ohio State-Indiana game, which begins at 3:30 p.m.

Co-owner Matt Harris said the Bunkers Sports Bar and Grill in Vandalia asked the brewery "if we could make a beer that would taste like the buckeye candy and we said, 'Sure.' The name just seemed fitting."

The beer, which is 5.8 percent alcohol by volume, tastes like a liquid version of the buckeye candy, he said.

Meanwhile, Hairless Hare also will release Fire Roasted Pumpkin Porter at 4 p.m. today. (Oct. 1) The beer is 6.6 percent alcohol by volume.

"We roasted 30 pounds of pie pumpkins over a fire which gives this beer a rich smokey pumpkin flavor," Harris said.

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Clips Beer & Film event in Columbus raises $3,000

Thu, 10/01/2015 - 8:40am

New Belgium Brewing says its Clips Beer & Film Tour held last week in Columbus raised $3,000 for Transit Columbus.

The Fort Collins, Colo., brewery reported that 450 people attended the event to sample New Belgium beers and watch films at Columbus Commons.

Clips, now in its sixth year, is traveling to 20 cities this year. Since its inception in 2010, the tour has raised more than $620,000 for nonprofits nationwide, the brewery said.

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New Belgium and Fat Head's team up to brew sour ale

Wed, 09/30/2015 - 7:28pm

New Belgium Brewing and Fat Head's Brewery are teaming up to create a sour ale with habaneros.

Called Smoldering Sour, the beer will be part of a "Beers with Vrienden" collaboration. Fat Head's co-owner and brewer Matt Cole will travel to Fort Collins, Colo., next week to make the beer and a New Belgium crew will travel to Middleburg Heights in November to make a reciprocal brew.

“Matt and I are both flavor freaks – he’s a chef in his own right,” New Belgium brewer Matty Gilliland said in a news release Wednesday. “His hot wings are the best I’ve ever had and a discussion about the spices in his recipe inspired this beer. Once we nailed down habanero, lemongrass and lime, we started talking about our stainless souring program here at New Belgium and it all came together. There’s a lot of moving pieces between the sourness, the spice and the other flavors – it’s a real balancing act to get it right!”

To read the full news release, see below:


New Belgium Brewing Teams Up with Cleveland, Ohio’s Fat Head’s Brewery to Create Smoldering Sour

The ‘Beers with Vrienden’ collaboration puckers with a punch of heat

Ft. Collins, Colo., September 30, 2015 – New Belgium Brewing has teamed up with Cleveland-based Fat Head’s Brewery for a Beers with Vrienden collaboration called Smoldering Sour.

Vrienden means friends in Flemish, perfectly depicting New Belgium’s love for collaboration with unique craft brewers around the country.

Matt Cole, Fat Head’s owner and brewmaster, will join New Belgium Brewing’s Matty Gilliland, employee owner and longtime brewer, in Ft. Collins, Colo., for the first part of the collaboration on October 9, 2015. Fat Head’s will release the resulting sour ale this November followed by a second brew date in Ohio on November 16.

“We first talked with Matt and the folks at Fat Head’s Brewery about collaborating earlier this year,” said Lauren Salazar, New Belgium’s specialty brand manager and blender. “These guys make amazing beer and are so fun – they’re in craft brewing for all the right reasons. The moment we started talking, I knew we had found kindred souls, not to mention a mutual love for the Grateful Dead!”

With no such thing as an “off-limit ingredient,” the brewers will concoct a one-of-a-kind beer that will feature a power-lineup of lime, lemongrass, habanero and Mosaic hops, known for its fruity beauty.

“Matt and I are both flavor freaks – he’s a chef in his own right,” said Gilliland. “His hot wings are the best I’ve ever had and a discussion about the spices in his recipe inspired this beer. Once we nailed down habanero, lemongrass and lime, we started talking about our stainless souring program here at New Belgium and it all came together. There’s a lot of moving pieces between the sourness, the spice and the other flavors – it’s a real balancing act to get it right!”

A few lighter, pale and crystal malts will fill out the flavorful palate of Smoldering Sour. A sessionable beer, it will come in at 4.5 percent ABV and 16 IBUs.

“We’re super stoked to be joining one of our most highly-respected colleagues and friends in the brewing world for this collaboration,” said Cole. “Our shared passion for quality and innovation are sure to make this beer one of our most challenging and rewarding projects to date.”

The New Belgium crew will travel to Cleveland to kick off a Smoldering Sour release party on November 15, 2015. Then, the team will start working on a reciprocal brew, November 15-18, to be released in December 2015. Additional details on the Cleveland release party for Smoldering Sour (Ft. Collins brew) and details on the reciprocal Cleveland collaborative beer will be announced as the second brew date and party gets closer.

To learn more about New Belgium Brewing, visit NewBelgium.com.

To learn more about Fat Head’s Brewery, visit FatHeadsBeer.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.

About Fat Head’s Brewery

Fat Head’s Brewery, established in 1992 as a saloon in Pittsburgh, Penn., has since expanded to a full-scale production brewery with two locations in Ohio, a brewery in Portland, Ore, and the original saloon in Pittsburgh. Fueled by high demand and exploding popularity, Fat Head’s Brewery and master brewer, Matt Cole, are dedicated to staying true to its core values of hard work and pride in craftsmanship that resonate throughout the region. Learn more at FatHeadsBeer.com.

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Warped Wing can designs win national ADDY Award

Wed, 09/30/2015 - 12:20pm

Warped Brewing Co. produces some of the coolest cans in the craft beer industry. Now, the Dayton brewery can boast about its cans being award-winning.

Warped Wing and creative designer John Pattison of Cincinnati received a silver National Addy at the American Advertising Awards show this summer in Las Vegas, the brewery announced Wednesday. The awards recognize creative excellence in advertising and design.

"It's incredible to work with clients that embrace, foster and push the creative process," Pattison said. "Warped Wing is all that. And winning this award validates all of our hard work."

Brewery co-founder Nick Bowman added: "This is a great achievement for our creative team and further validates the artistic strategy behind our packaging design."

To see all the award winners, click here.

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Fat Head's unveils lineup for Celebration of the Hop

Wed, 09/30/2015 - 8:51am

Fat Head's Brewery & Saloon will host its annual Celebration of the Hop beer tasting on Saturday. The event -- which focuses on IPAs and imperial IPAs -- will showcase more than 50 beers, including many medal winners from the Great American Beer Festival.

Tickets are $40 and include a souvenir tasting glass. There are two tasting sessions: 1 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m., but the North Olmsted brewpub says there are fewer than 40 tickets remaining to each session.

Here's the rundown:

Brick and Barrel: Bitter Chief IPA and Big Chief DIPA.

The Brew Kettle: White Rajah, Black Rajah, El Lupulo Libre and All For One Session IPA.

Catawba Island: Loopy Lynn and Walleye-P-A.

Community Beer Works: That IPA and Single Wet Hop Mosaic IPA.

Butcher and the Brewer: Fernway Harvest Ale and Stop Hop Kaboom.

Columbus:  Double Dry Hopped Bodhi and Ohio Fresh Hop IPA.

Cornerstone: Seven IPA and 3 ½ Session IPA.

Elevator: Mogabi Hoppy Wheat and Three Frogs IPA.

Founders: ReDANKulous Imperial Red Ale.

Great Lakes: Steady Rollin’ Session IPA and Nosferatu Imperial Red.

Hoof Hearted: South of Eleven DIPA and Konkey Dong DIPA.

JAFB Wooster: JAF IPA, Rain Delay IPA and Pale ‘64.

Lager Heads: High 5 IPA, Relaxer Session IPA and Harvest Brown Ale.

Lavery: Madra Allta IPA and Dulachan IPA.

Maumee Bay: Fresh Hop Pale and Amarillo Brillo DIPA.

MadTree: Experimental 007 Pale Ale and Galaxy High Imperial IPA.

Millersburg: French Ridge IPA and Midnight in the Flats Black Imperial Wheat.

Old First Ward: Streaker IPA and Hopster DIPA.

Portside: Ironclad IPA and Bully Hayes Rye IPA.

Platform: Speed Merchant White IPA.

Thirsty Dog: Citra Dog and Hoppus Maximus.

Trailhead: Calvin and Hops Rye IPA.

Willoughby: Cosmic IPA and Supernova DIPA

Fat Head's: Head Hunter IPA, Experimental DIPA, Sunshine Daydream Session IPA, Midnight Moonlight Black IPA, Hopportunity Knocks Wet Hop IPA, Head Shrinker DIPA, Jungle Juiced Head Hunter IPA, Hop Fro Citrus Infused Pale Ale and Trailhead Pale Ale.

For more details or for tickets, click here.

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Archaeological group hosting beer events in Akron

Wed, 09/30/2015 - 8:09am

Akron will be awash with talk about ancient beer over the next week.

The Akron/Kent chapter of the Archaeological Institute of America is hosting a series of fundraising events that focus on ancient brewing.

The events kick off at 7 p.m. Friday with Christine Hastorf of the University of California at Berkeley giving a free lecture on the "Archaeology of Beer" in the Folk Hall Auditorium on the University of Akron campus.

There also will be a tour and beer tasting at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday at Thirsty Dog Brewing Co. Brewmaster Tim Rastetter will lead a guided tour before the tasting. The event is free for society members. Tickets are $20 for non-members.

The final fundraiser is a Sumerian Beer Feast from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 8 at the Crystal Room Bistro in Gallucci Hall at UA.

Culinary students will prepare the buffet dinner with traditional ingredients, and beers from Thirsty Dog will be served with the meal.

The evening will feature Sumerian-inspired entertainment, and mini lectures on the importance of beer in traditional societies. Sumerian-themed beer drinking sets also will be sold.

Tickets are $40 for nonstudents and $25 for students.

For more details or tickets, contact Timothy Matney at matney@uakron.edu or 330-972-6892.

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Yard House to open second Ohio location

Tue, 09/29/2015 - 3:28pm

Yard House announced Tuesday that it will open its second Ohio location Nov. 14 at Crocker Park in the Cleveland suburb of Westlake.

The craft beer bar-restaurant chain's other Buckeye State location is in Cincinnati.

“This is a very different location than the one we opened at The Banks in Cincinnati a couple of years ago, which has a very urban vibe,” Yard House President Craig Carlyle said in a news release. “Westlake is very much a family-oriented destination with a wonderful sense of community. We especially liked the tenant mix and ambiance that Crocker Park embodies, and we feel it will be a nice complement to our brand and concept."

Yard House, founded in 1996 in Long Beach, Calif., operates more than 60 restaurants.

To read the full news release, see below:




The Award-winning Restaurant opens its Second Ohio Location

in Less Than Three Years and is Preparing to Fill 200 New Positions

Westlake, Ohio (September 29, 2015) – Yard House will open its second Ohio location on Saturday, November 14 at Crocker Park in Westlake, an affluent suburb located just 12 miles west of downtown Cleveland.  

The award-winning dining destination, which first debuted in Ohio in 2013 at The Banks in Cincinnati, is known for its menu of American favorites, crafted cocktails and endless fleet of tap handles featuring the best American craft beers and imports.  The new located at Crocker Park will feature indoor and outdoor seating for nearly 400 guests including nearly three-dozen seats at the signature island bar. 

More than 200 jobs will need to be filled, including front of the house positions, from servers and bartenders to front desk, as well as “heart of the house” positions including prep and line cooks.  To learn more about job opportunities, potential team members should visit http://www.yardhouse.com/careers

“This is a very different location than the one we opened at The Banks in Cincinnati a couple of years ago, which has a very urban vibe,” said Craig Carlyle, president of Yard House.  “Westlake is very much a family-oriented destination with a wonderful sense of community.  We especially liked the tenant mix and ambiance that Crocker Park embodies, and we feel it will be a nice complement to our brand and concept.” 

Open daily for lunch, dinner and late-night dining, the new location at Crocker Park will span more than 13,000 square feet making it one of the largest Yard House restaurants.   The spacious floor plan, which is lofty and open, has an industrial vibe with a mix of warm woods and stainless steel accents as well as an original collection of thought-provoking art by California artist Jerome Gastaldi. 

Yard House’s calling card is its draft beer, and the Crocker Park location will include 130 taps with several handles reserved for local and regional brewers.  The beer is delivered fresh and perfectly chilled from a glass-enclosed keg room that houses hundreds of steel barrels.  It’s then transported through miles of overhead tubing which feeds into the collection of taps displayed at the island bar.  The keg room maintains a consistent 34-36 degrees and can house as much as 4,000 gallons of beer at any given time.  Beer is served by the half-yard, traditional pint glasses and goblets with 9-ounce shorty and six-pack sampler options.  Yard House is also known for its Chalkboard Series, which features a selection of small, limited releases from mostly craft brewers that rotate frequently keeping the selection both innovative and fresh.  These featured beers are listed on a digital chalkboard prominently displayed above the island bar. 

The menu of American favorites includes a selection of globally-inspired flavors, from salads and grilled burgers to seafood, steak and ribs.  Guests can also enjoy an array of gluten-sensitive options plus a menu of vegetarian dishes made with gardein™, a blend of garden vegetables and protein that have the look, taste and texture of chicken.  Happy Hour, which will take place Monday-Friday from 3-6pm and Sunday-Wednesday from 10pm until closing, features select full-portion appetizers from $5. 

As with every Yard House location, music will play a pivotal role at the Crocker Park location as a continuous playlist of classic rock, including ‘80s and ‘90s alternative, promises to fill the space.  Each Yard House has its own distinct playlist pulling from a library of about 5,000 songs with no two locations playing the same song at the same time.

In addition, a collection of flat screen monitors viewable from nearly every seat will be strategically placed throughout the restaurant displaying the latest sporting and world events.

Yard House is slated to open at Crocker Park, located at Detroit and Crocker Roads in Westlake, on November 14 at 11am.  For more information, visit www.yardhouse.com.  Like us on Facebook at Facebook.com/YardHouse or follow us on Twitter @YardHouse.


About Yard House

When Yard House opened in 1996 in Long Beach, California, it revolutionized the restaurant industry by creating a 250-tap draft beer system.  Nearly 20 years and 61 restaurants later, Yard House still leads the way with great food, classic rock and a vast selection of draft beer while evolving into an award-winning dining destination known for its menu of American favorites, crafted cocktails and endless fleet of tap handles featuring the best American craft beers and imports.   The exhibition kitchen creates more than 100 items made from scratch infused with quality ingredients and globally-inspired flavors. The menu includes everything from shareable plates and appetizers to grilled burgers, steaks and seafood.  Each Yard House has its own distinct beer list with a handful of taps reserved for local and regional brewers along with an offering of seasonal and small-batch selections as part of its rotating “Chalkboard Series.”  The glass-enclosed keg room showcases hundreds of steel barrels containing some 4,000 gallons of beer that flow to the center island bar through an extensive network of tubing positioned overhead.  From there the beer is fed to the taps where it’s served ice-cold by the pint, 9-ounce shorty, goblet or half-yard glass container.  Yard House is also well-known for its classic and alternative rock boasting a library of 5,000 songs with each location having its own distinct playlist.  Yard House is open daily for lunch, dinner and late-night dining.

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