The Ohio Craft Brewers Association is getting into the publishing game. The group is teaming up with Great Lakes Publishing in Cleveland to release a free 40-page magazine this summer promoting the state’s craft beer industry.
Called The Ohio Craft Beer Guide, the magazine — which is still contingent on selling enough advertising — will include articles, listings of breweries and a centerfold map highlighting Ohio beer trails. About 100,000 copies are expected to be printed and available at breweries, festivals, retail outlets and beverage stores around the state.
It’s expected to be released to coincide with Ohio Brew Week, which runs from July 11-19 in Athens.
Thirsty Dog Brewing Co. co-owner John Najeway said the goal is raise public awareness of Ohio-made beer and “to make it known we’re a force in Ohio.”
“Everytime I drive from Akron to Cleveland I see a billboard that says Michigan.org,” he said, referring to a recent advertising campaign in Ohio that promoted Michigan craft breweries. “It pisses me off.”
The Ohio group won’t be the first state craft organization to publish a magazine. The Michigan Brewers Guild has put out Michigan The Great Beer State for several years.
Great Lakes Publishing produces Cleveland Magazine, Ohio Magazine, Lake Erie Living and Inside Business Magazine. (Full disclosure: I have been asked to write for the publication.)
Great Lakes Publishing is now seeking advertisers. If you want to advertise, contact Matt Moore at 216-377-3682 or email@example.com. Association Executive Director Mary Martineau noted that advertising from out-of-state breweries won’t be accepted.
Great Lakes Brewing Co. will serve its beer this year at SAVOR: An American Craft Beer & Food Experience, which is billed as "the premier beer and food pairing event in the U.S." Great Lakes is the only Ohio brewery participating this year.
The Cleveland brewery will serve Rye of the Tiger IPA and Edmund Fitzgerald Porter.
The seventh annual SAVOR, put on by the Brewers Association, will be held May 9-10 at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C. Seventy-six American craft breweries, hailing from 29 different states, will serve their beer. Participating breweries are selected in a lottery.
Great Lakes spokeswoman Marissa DeSantis said the brewery is excited about winning an opportunity to serve at the event. The brewery chose to bring Rye of the Tiger and Edmund Fitzgerald for specific reasons.
Ryes and IPAs are hot right now, DeSantis said, and Edmund Fitzgerald pairs well with all kinds of foods and has a terrific pedigree -- it has won five medals at the Great American Beer Festival.
Tickets start at $135 and go on sale for American Homebrewers Association and Brewers Association members on March 25. The general public can buy tickets starting March 26. Attendees also will receive a SAVOR collaboration beer brewed for the event by Flying Dog Brewery and Firestone Walker Brewing Co. as an exit gift.
For more details, click here.
Here are some interesting beer stories:
-- The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that the Wholesale Beer & Wine Association of Ohio dumped a boatload of money into the campaign pockets of state politicians right as they were approving a bill making sure brewers can't own distributorships in the state. At the time, Anheuser-Busch InBev was buying C&G Distributing in Lima. House Speaker Bill Batchelder, R-Medina, got the most cash: $25,655.52. To read the full story, click here.
-- The Cincinnati Enquirer has posted a photo gallery showing off Taft's Ale House, a new brewpub opening in Cincinnati. To view the photos, click here.
-- WCPO reports on the second annual StarkBier Fest being held March 28 at Listermann Brewing Co. in Cincinnati. "After a strong showing during its inaugural year, Listermann decided to add a second day for the festival to support the demand," Jesse Folk writes. To read the full report, click here.
-- TapPullers profiles North High Brewing Co. in Columbus. "You have to pay so much attention to detail," co-owner Tim Ward tells the website. "I mean anyone can make beer, but to make a product for selling, and then seeing your customers enjoy it, that’s what gets me. Getting great feedback about the product, that’s what keeps me going." To read the full Q&A, click here.
-- The Minneappolis/St. Paul Business Journal reports on a group of beer fans who are pushing the state to allow alcohol sales on Sundays. It's even released a TV ad to support its cause. "The new ad makes light of the idea that alcohol can't be sold on a certain day of the week. An actor is denied toilet paper because it's Wednesday, while his wife awaits frustrated in the bathroom," the publication writes. To read the full report and watch the ad, click here.
Somehow I missed this when it was first released in January. Perhaps I was hungover. Business Insider ranked Akron 22nd on the website’s annual list of “The 25 Most Hungover Cities in America.”
The website examined binge drinking statistics, the number of bars and liquor stores, and breweries per capita in a community.
Akronites apparently are getting less hungover. The city was ranked No. 6 the previous year. Toledo, Cleveland, Cincinnati and Columbus were all in the top 25 last year, but not this year.
Scranton, Pa., is ranked No. 1 this year.
To read the full report, click here.
Great Lakes Brewing Co. announced plans Monday (March 11) to expand distribution throughout Pennsylvania.
The Cleveland brewery will enter northeast Pennsylvania with LT Verrastro Inc. on March 31, and will enter the north central portion of the state with Durdach Brothers Inc. on April 7.
The two-phase rollout will fill gaps in Great Lakes' distribution territories, the brewery said. The new market rollout will include customer appreciation events, meet-and-greets, tastings and giveaways, Great Lakes said.
The brewery now serves 13 states and Washington, D.C.
Platform Beer Co., a new brewery and beer incubator launching in Cleveland’s Ohio City neighborhood this spring, didn’t look far when hiring its head brewer.
Shaun Yasaki cut his professional teeth at Fat Head’s Brewery & Saloon in North Olmsted, where award-winning brewer Matt Cole taught him “what good beer actually is.”
“Probably the most valuable thing I learned at Fat Head’s is how to critically evaluate beer,” said Yasaki, who was a homebrewer before joining the brewpub. “I really developed my palate and my sensory abilities there. It’s something that’s hard to do on your own or when you’re not working with somebody who has that down. You can learn processes anywhere but it’s hard to pick that up.”
Platform — being launched by Paul Benner, owner of The Cleveland Brew Shop in Cleveland, and Justin Carson, owner of JC BeerTech Ltd. in Medina — will be a first for the Ohio beer industry. It will not only be a production brewery and tasting room, but it also will serve as an incubator for prospective professional brewers.
The brewery will have a 10-barrel brewhouse to produce its own brands and a three-barrel pilot system that outside brewers can use. Those guest brewers will even be able sell their beer under their own label in the Platform taproom.
The three-barrel system — custom-made by Portland Kettle Works — is expected to arrive later this month or in early April. The larger brewhouse — also coming from Portland Kettle Works — isn’t coming until the summer.
Platform will start brewing with the pilot system and hopes to offer up to five beers on draft initially. The brewery will be open only on Fridays and Saturdays for the first few months, until the larger system is fired up. When the brewery actually opens for customers depends on when the pilot system arrives and how quickly Yasaki can produce beer.
Benner, Carson and Yasaki hope to hold a grand opening in July or August, when they also will kick off the incubator side of the business. They anticipate holding a homebrew competition with the winner getting the first crack as a guest brewer.
The two-story facility, which is about 10,000 square feet spread over two floors, is being renovated now. About 2,500 square feet will be devoted to the tasting room.
“We want it to be very kind of informal West Coast feel where there’s not really communal servers walking around taking food orders,” Benner said. “You drink beer there. We want to do pinball games and shuffleboard up front. Really try to make it a community space. Encourage people to bring food in. We have relationships already with food trucks that are going to be out front. But really make the space about celebrating beer.”
The plan is to offer 12 Platform beers.
As for the Platform brands, Yasaki said he has a great appreciation for German styles. The brewery also will experiment — but in a scientific way.
“We have our roots in homebrewing, and with our three-barrel system we want to do experiments that a homebrewer could do but a commercial brewer would have trouble doing due to scale reasons,” he said. “For example, we would brew identical pale ale worts and use two different three-barrel fermenters — one with American ale yeast and one with English. Identical IPAs except one has mash hops and one has first wort hops. Ferment two identical Belgians with the same yeast — one constant at 67 degrees and one that free rises uncontrolled. Is hot side aeration real? Let’s rough up the wort before knockout and compare it to one we handled gently.
“We can predict the outcomes of these experiments with theory and book smarts, but have we ever had side by side beers for direct comparison? We want to learn from these experiments just as much as we want our drinkers to. We would sell these beers side-by-side in half pints to help educate the drinker. Beer education is something we’re really passionate about.
“I don’t plan on adding weird fruit and spices to a beer and calling it experimental,” he added. “The experiments will have a scientific and process-related variables.”
Market Garden Brewery in Cleveland will celebrate St. Patrick's Day weekend with the release of its Bourbon Barrel-Aged Danny Greene "Enforcer" Imperial Stout on Sunday. (March 16) There also will be Irish dancers and food throughout the weekend.
The imperial stout, which clocks in at 10 percent alcohol by volume, was aged in Four Roses bourbon barrels for three months. Growlers will be available for $21 and 1-liter bottles will be $16.
"In addition to the BA version, we will also have the 'normal' batch of Danny Greene on tap as well," Market Garden assistant general manager Jeff Draeger said in an email. "Trust me, there is nothing normal about it though!!"
Greene, an Irish mobster, was immortalized in books and the 2011 film Kill the Irishman. He was killed in a car bombing in October 1977.
Here are plenty of interesting beer stories and Ohio news:
-- Warped Wing Brewing Co. in Dayton will hold a special tribute tonight (March 7) for Lauren Bodey, a Warped Wing employee who died in a car crash earlier this week. The brewery will donate $1 from every pint sold to the Bodey family. Warped Wing also will unveil its newest beer, Maa Durga Red IPA. For more details, click here.
-- The Toledo Blade reports on Black Cloister Brewing's downtown location and its religious background. “Monasteries and brewing go hand-in-hand. Some of the best beer in the world is made by monks,” the Rev. Tom Schaeffer says. To read the full story, click here.
-- The Cincinnati Enquirer profiles Patrick Clark, an assistant brewer at Mt. Carmel Brewing Co. “I love a good beer and good stories, and to me, there is no better story than Mt. Carmel,” Clark tells the newspaper. “When I graduated, I wrote down 20 companies that I could see myself working for, and Mt. Carmel was at the top.” To read the full profile, click here.
-- Columbus Business First reports on Seventh Son Brewing in Columbus and Rockmill Brewery in Lancaster teaming up to produce Urban Cowboy, a Belgian-style stout. "It was an opportunity to learn from each other," Rockmill owner/brewer Matthew Barbee tells the publication. To read the full story, click here.
-- Drink Up Columbus reports that Actual Brewing has released its Curiousus Berliner Weisse in 750ml bottles. To read the full report, click here.
-- Queen City Drinks reports on the latest bottle release at Jackie O's Pub & Brewery in Athens. Author Tom Aguero details what it's like, including the experience of being handed a date from a one-a-day calendar. To read the full report, click here.
-- The Brewers Association has revised its definition of "craft brewer" and the change allows breweries such as Yuengling, Straub and August Schell to be called craft brewers. To read the group's explanation of that change and others, click here.
-- WDRB reports that a Kentucky lawmaker wants to end the state's ban on drinking while on a boat. State Sen. Perry Clark says the measure would support tourism and recreational efforts across the state. To watch a report on the proposal, click here.
-- Brewbound reports that IRI says craft beer sales are up 24 percent to start the year. "In craft styles, India Pale Ales continued to grow through the first two months of the year — dollar sales are up 49.6 percent year-to-date," Brewbound says. "Meanwhile, dollar sales of seasonals and pale ales are up 27.9 percent and 13.7 percent, respectively." To read the full report, click here.
-- The website American Craft Beer raises the question of whether the craft beer industry can continue growing at its current pace. The site asked six brewers and they all said yes. “It can handle the volume growth but the brand proliferation is going to be the challenge," Jack White of Ballast Point says. "It is hard to predict how that will ultimately pan out, but the well-run businesses making a high-quality beer can survive with the right people and the right mode.” To read all the responses, click here.
-- The Daily Press reports that Wisconsin craft brewers are excited about the potential creation of the state-organized Wisconsin Beer Commission. “We can be the Napa Valley of Wisconsin beer,” state Rep. Gary Tauchen told the newspaper. “We should really do something about the beer industry, to help promote it and create jobs in the state of Wisconsin. It will help tremendously with tourism.” To read the full story, click here.
-- Fortune reports on the new 99-cent app "Craft Check" that tells you whether the beer you're drinking is truly a craft beer. "It's a simple idea, but it comes at a critical time," author Daniel Roberts writes. "As the once-niche segment has drawn more interest from bigger players, definitions of 'craft' have become a serious bone of contention in the beer business." To read the full story, click here.
-- NDTV Cooks in London reports that scientists have determined that hops leaves used in beer contain healthy antioxidants and could be good for your teeth. "Antioxidant polyphenols in the hop leaves (called bracts) could help fight cavities and gum disease," Japanese researcher Yoshihisa Tanaka says. To read the full story, click here.
-- The Street reports on 10 stouts to try before St. Patrick's Day. They include Maine Beer Mean Old Tom, Free State Oatmeal Stout and Bar Harbor Cadillac Mountain Stout. To view all the recommendations, click here.
-- Advertising Age reports that Corona light is dumping its sheep ads and promoting itself as the right choice for folks who are "ready for a light beer you can actually taste." "We believe consumers palates are changing," Jim Sabia, chief marketing officer of the beer division at Constellation Brands, which owns Corona, tells the publication. "But they still like the benefits of light beer." To read the full story, click here.
Founded in 2003 in Kiln, Miss., Lazy Magnolia was the first packaging brewery to open in Mississippi since Prohibition. It carries the slogan “Mississippi’s Brewery.” Ohio is the first state outside the South where it will distribute, the news release said.
“We’re eager to get our beers on store shelves and bar taps in Ohio,” Lazy Magnolia brand manager Joshua Boggs said in a prepared statement. “We think the state is ready for a taste of the South and a dose of Southern Hops’pitality.”
Boggs couldn’t be reached for comment.
The following Lazy Magnolia’s beers are now available in bottle and draft, Superior said:
● Southern Pecan, the first beer in the world (to the brewery’s knowledge) made with
whole roasted pecans used as grain.
● Southern Hops’pitality, a session India pale ale.
● Lazy Saison, a Belgian-style ale.
● Timber Beast, a rye pale ale.
Land-Grant Brewing Co. has found a home. The brewery announced Thursday (March 6) that it will launch in a 12,000-square-foot facility on West Town Street in the East Franklinton neighborhood of Columbus.
It also released an architect's rendering of the facility, which was built in the 1920s and used by the Capital Lift & Manufacturing Co. to build elevators.
“Our real estate search has been a long, and – at times – trying process. But we’re excited by the prospect of starting our business in East Franklinton,” Land-Grant President Adam Benner said in a prepared statement. “There is a momentum and electricity surrounding the neighborhood, and we’re eager to be a part of that.”
Land-Grant, founded by Benner, Walt Keys and Quintin Jessee, will be both a production brewery and taproom. Its start-up has had a few hiccups along the way. After a successful Kickstarter campaign, the brewery was forced to change its original name of Oval because of a trademark issue. They also thought they had found a site in Grandview Heights, only to have that deal fall through.
The brewery is seeking final approval March 25 for its new location from the East Franklinton Review Board. The plan will then be presented to the City of Columbus Department of Building and Zoning Service.
Land-Grant, which has been working with Mode Architects and Compton Construction, hopes to open by mid or late summer.
The brewery, featuring a 20-barrel brewhouse, will have 8,000 square feet devoted to production and 3,200 square feet for the taproom. The tasting room will serve Land-Grant beer as well as other local beer and spirits.
Land-Grant said it will document its progress on its website leading up to the opening.
Big Chuck adores his big beer. Cleveland television icon Chuck Schodowski said Thursday morning in a telephone interview that he loves the idea of Big Chuck Barleywine.
The craft beer, a powerful 11.7 percent alcohol, is being produced by the Portside Brewery in Cleveland and is expected to be released in four-packs of 12-ounce cans next month. (April)
“I drink beer. I drink everything,” Schodowski, 79, said with a laugh when asked if he’s a beer drinker.
The Akron Beacon Journal wrote about the venture Wednesday and the story appears on the front page of the newspaper Thursday. Schodowski wasn’t available for comment for the print version of the article.
Schodowski said he and his longtime television partner Lil’ John were approached by Portside to lend their names and images to two beers. One for Big Chuck and one for Lil’ John, whose real name is John Rinaldi.
Lil’ John couldn’t do it, Schodowski said, because he helps promote a separate beer brand. But Big Chuck jumped at the chance to be immortalized on a beer can. The label features a smiling, dimple-chinned Schodowski.
“I like that kind of stuff,” he said.
At 11.7 percent alcohol — just under the legal limit in Ohio — Big Chuck Barleywine isn’t for the faint of heart.
“It’s a heavy beer,” Schodowski said. “You know you’re drinking something.”
Samuel Adams has two new — well, make that one new and one old — beer on the market for a limited time.
Escape Route is a kolsch made for the transition from winter to spring. Made with Alsatian Strisselspalt and Aramis hops, it’s unfiltered and 5 percent alcohol by volume.
It “uses an untraditional yeast strain that ferments at ale-like temperatures but is then cold-conditioned like a lager,” the brewery said. “Escape Route is our take on this hybrid style and utilizes this same traditional method and yeast to create the subtle fruit notes of an ale and the smooth crispness of a lager for a bright, refreshing brew.”
Meanwhile, Double Bock, the brewery’s first spring seasonal released in 1988, is back.
"Brewed with over a half a pound of malt per bottle, almost as much as a loaf of bread, the malt gives this brew a deep mahogany color, caramel sweetness and velvety smooth body that is balanced by the subtle citrus of German Noble hops,” the brewery said.
It’s 9.5 percent alcohol by volume.
Escape Route is available in six-packs and as part of the Samuel Adams Spring Brews Variety 12-Pack. Double Bock is available in 22-ounce bottles and draft.
Big Chuck is being immortalized in a big beer. The Cleveland television icon, whose real name is Chuck Schodowski, is lending his name and dimple-chinned image to Big Chuck Barleywine.
The craft beer, a powerful brew at 11.7 percent alcohol, is being produced by the Portside Brewery in Cleveland. It’s expected to hit store shelves next month in four-packs of 12-ounce cans.
The label will feature a caricature of Big Chuck, who starred for years on the late-night, skit-based Hoolihan & Big Chuck and Big Chuck and Lil’ John shows on WJW (Channel 8).
“I’ve always been a huge Big Chuck and Lil’ John fan,” Portside co-owner and brewer Dan Malz said Wednesday about the venture. “I used to stay up and watch them.”
He approached Schodowski with the idea of a Big Chuck beer after meeting him at the brewery.
Schodowski couldn’t be reached for comment.
Malz chose the beer style.
“He told me just to do whatever I wanted,” Malz said. “He said pretty much run with it. I wanted a big beer because ‘Big Chuck.’ Big Chuck Barleywine rolled better than Big Chuck Old Ale or Big Chuck Imperial Stout or something.”
Malz will can the beer with Buckeye Canning, a mobile canning business. It will be a limited run with only about 8,000 cans produced.
Big Chuck isn’t the first local celebrity to get his own beer. There are plenty of other local examples.
Great Lakes Eliot Ness Amber Lager is named after the famous crimefighter. The brewery also released Fighting Heart Irish Red Ale in 2012 to honor Cleveland-born boxer Johnny Kilbane.
And Market Garden Brewery last year made Bernie Beer with the blessing of Cleveland Browns legend Bernie Kosar. It also produced Danny Greene Enforcer Imperial Stout, which is named after the late Irish mobster.
Maumee Bay Brewing Co. in Toledo will host a four-course Spring Beer Dinner at 6 p.m. Tuesday (March 11). The meal features a fresh baked pretzel, arugula salad, house cured smoked pork and Breakfast Stout lava cake.
Tickets are $40, not including tax and tip. For more details, click here.
Here are some interesting beer stories:
-- Several beer bloggers from around Ohio sat down Tuesday night for an hourlong webchat about the craft beer scene thanks to The Ohio Beercast. The lineup featured Renee DeLuca (The Brewer’s Daughter), Cheryl Harrison (Drink Up Columbus), Chris Stevens (Queen City Fresh), Mark Driscoll (The Ohio Beercast), Darrell Williams (The Ohio Beercast) and myself. To watch the conversation, click here.
-- Drink Up Columbus editor Cheryl Harrison has founded a new group: the Beers and Board Games Club of Columbus. What's the point? Why beer and board games, of course. There's a meet-up March 17 at the Elevator 13th Floor Taproom. To read the full report, including Cheryl's complimentary, yet short interview with herself, click here.
-- Queen City Fresh has released a new round of social media rankings for Ohio breweries. The website has been tracking Facebook likes and Twitter followers. Great Lakes Brewing Co. -- the state's oldest craft brewery -- continues to lead by a wiiiiiide margin in both categories. To see the report, click here.
-- The New York Daily News reports that Budweiser -- despite the rise of craft beer -- remains the King of Beer for many beer drinkers. “It’s the best beer in the city,” Tom Cannizzaro told the newspaper. “It’s a clean, fresh taste — nothing compares.” To read the full story, click here.
-- Iron Maiden beer sells -- really well. The Morning Advertiser reports that Iron Maiden Trooper, made by the Robinson's Brewery in England, has sold more than 3.5 million pints. To read the full story, click here.
-- The San Antonio Current reports on Girls' Pint Out, a group for women who enjoy drinking craft beer. "For those interested, know that this group caters to even the most timid of suds-sippers, as well as those with a more expansive brew IQ," author Sara Gallegos writes. To read the full story, click here.
-- The fourth annual AmeriCAN Canned Craft Beer Festival returns to Scottsdale, Ariz., on May 17. “We're excited to bring the canned craft beer revolution back to Scottsdale," coordinator Landon Evans said in a news release. "This event continues to grow each year and this year will be even bigger and better than years past." To read the full news release, click here.
-- The Street reports that Moody's predicts there will be more consolidation within the beer industry. "Major brewers Anheuser-Busch InBev and MillerCoors have captured more than 18 percent of the U.S. craft market combined with brands like Blue Moon, Shock Top and Goose Island as they try to counter declining mainstream volumes," Moody's Senior Vice President Linda Montag says. "And the big brewers likely will participate in the consolidation of the craft segment, which includes more than 2,700 small breweries." To read the full report, click here.
-- Anheuser-Busch InBev is expanding its fruity Bud Light line-up. The brewer is adding Mang-O-Rita and Raz-Ber-Rita. To read a news release, click here.
Great Lakes Brewing Co. -- which prides itself on being a good environmental steward -- on Tuesday announced a monthlong Earth Day celebration that involves the Cleveland brewery partnering with groups on projects in 13 different cities.
“Earth Day may not be a traditional 'drinking holiday,' but as we continue to grow, it’s important to us that we stay true to our roots and walk the walk as a sustainable company," brewery spokeswoman Marissa DeSantis said in a news release. "We’re excited to get our hands dirty with our fellow volunteers, and raise a pint for the planet."
To read the full news release, see below:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEGLBC ANNOUNCES INAUGURAL EARTH DAY TOUR
March 4, 2014—CLEVELAND, OHIO—Good Will. Good Vibes. Great Lakes. Great Lakes Brewing Company® (GLBC) announces their inaugural Earth Day Tour, a month-long, multi-city Earth Day celebration.
GLBC has partnered with unique non-profit environmental organizations in 13 cities to sponsor service projects throughout the month of April. Immediately following each Earth Day Tour service project, a partnering retailer in each city will host an after party for volunteers, featuring fresh award-winning GLBC beer on tap, and complimentary food. GLBC representatives will be on hand to give out prizes and connect with volunteers. All partner organizations will receive a monetary donation from GLBC to support their continued efforts.
Full event details and information on partner organizations are available at GLBCEarthDay.com, the official website and volunteer hub of the GLBC Earth Day Tour. The website will feature photo and video highlights as the tour progresses, and will link to GLBC’s fan photo site, FriendsofGLBC.com, where fans can post photos of their Earth Day themed good deeds to win GLBC merchandise throughout April.
“Earth Day may not be a traditional “drinking holiday,” but as we continue to grow, it’s important to us that we stay true to our roots and walk the walk as a sustainable company. We’re excited to get our hands dirty with our fellow volunteers, and raise a pint for the planet,” says Communications Specialist Marissa DeSantis.
The GLBC Earth Day Tour demonstrates a commitment to strengthening community partnerships through eco-oriented service projects, and will further spread the company’s triple bottom line philosophy where GLBC beer is sold.
TOUR DATES AND PARTNER ORGANIZATIONS:
April 5 – Cincinnati, Ohio | Partner: Keep Cincinnati Beautiful
April 8 – Washington D.C. | Partner: Casey Trees
April 12 – Grand Rapids, Michigan | Partner: West Michigan Environmental Action Council
April 12 – Sandusky, Ohio | Partner: Friends of Pipe Creek Watershed
April 19 – Raleigh, North Carolina | Partner: Raleigh City Farm
April 19 – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania | Partner: Fairmount Park Conservancy
April 19 – Chicago, Illinois | Partner: Alliance for the Great Lakes
April 19 – Columbus, Ohio | Partner: Green Columbus
April 22 – Cleveland, Ohio | Partner: The Burning River Foundation
April 26 – Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania | Partner: Friends of the Riverfront
April 26 – Twin Cities, Minnesota | Partner: Friends of Loring Park
April 26 – Madison, Wisconsin | Partner: River Alliance of Wisconsin
April 27 – Hackensack, New Jersey | Partner: Hackensack Riverkeeper
Great Lakes Brewing Company®, which is comprised of a Brewery and Brewpub, was founded in 1988 by brothers Pat and Dan Conway as the first microbrewery in the state of Ohio and today remains Ohio’s most celebrated and award-winning brewer of lagers and ales. Great Lakes Brewing Company’s distribution footprint extends throughout the Great Lakes region and surrounding areas. For more information or to learn more about the company, visit greatlakesbrewing.com.
Elevator Brewing Co. has released Big Vic Imperial IPA in 12-ounce bottles for the first time. The beer, which has been available on draft before, is a wheat-India pale ale hybrid and clocks in at 8.6 percent alcohol by volume.
It’s named after Elevator brewer Vic Schiltz, and the label and six-pack carrier feature a caricature of Schiltz and his lengthy goatee.
The beer has been rolled out in the Columbus market and should be hitting other areas later this month.
“Big Vic features a rich, subtle hazy amber color, with vibrant hop-driven aromas and flavors of grapefruit, pineapple, peach and pine with a medium-to-full body,” the brewery said in a news release. The beer gets its distinctive flavor from dry-hopping Citra hops, Elevator said.
Big Vic won the Best of Show award at last year’s Art and Ale tasting at the Akron Art Museum.
The brewery will hold a Big Vic Release Party from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday (March 8) at its 13th Floor Tap Room. The beer will be sold for $4 a pint and the first 50 guests will receive a free gift. There's no word on what the free gift will be.
Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant in Columbus will release a new beer this week that’s quite a departure for a brewpub that specializes in German styles.
The beer is an American-style stout called Brewer’s Select American-Style Stout. It's 6.8 percent alcohol by volume and 55 IBUs. The beer goes on draft starting Wednesday (March 5). There’s also a tapping party at 5:30 p.m. Thursday.
Brewer Keith Jackson made the stout as part of the chain’s Brewer’s Select program, which allows brewers at its brewpubs to create something special for their location. Jackson selected a stout because he enjoys that style.
“I thought it’d be an interesting beer and a big contrast to everything else we carry,” he said. “That’s what we are going for with the Brewer’s Select — offer something that’s new and different from what we normally do.”
Retro Dog owners Lisa Bruno and Camille Berrodin heard it every so often.
A customer would be munching on one of their char-grilled hot dogs — with natural casings, by the way — and remark how nice it would be to have a cold beer with the meal.
They had decided at first that their colorful restaurant and carhop in Cuyahoga Falls was too family-oriented for beer. But the remarks kept coming.
So Retro Dog has teamed up with a big dog in the beer world, Thirsty Dog Brewing Co. in Akron.
Instead of just offering Thirsty Dog beer, though, Retro Dog had the brewery make a special draft beer just for the restaurant, 350 E. Steels Corners Road.
Retro Dog now offers Retro Dog Light and a rotating Thirsty Dog seasonal beer on its two-tap draft system.
Thirsty Dog had been making the restaurant’s root beer so it was a no-brainer for the brewery to produce its beer.
“We wanted something that would go with our food first of all,” Bruno said about the choice of a light beer. “Something that’s light and refreshing.”
Thirsty Dog co-owner John Najeway described it as “a true light beer and it’s under 135 calories with some nice hop flavors to it.” The beer also is only 3.8 percent alcohol by volume.
Bruno and Berrodin noted that Retro Dog isn’t turning into a bar. It will remain a family restaurant.
To help celebrate the Retro Dog-Thirsty Dog marriage, the restaurant will host its first beer tasting and food pairing dinner at 6:30 p.m. March 12.
There will be Retro Dog Light paired with chicken wings, Citra Dog American IPA with hot dogs, Irish Setter Red with burger sliders and Rise of the Mayan Dog with a float. Tickets are $25. Call 330-928-3500.
Here are a couple of interesting beer stories:
-- Scene Magazine reports that Buckeye Brewing Co. will open a tasting room. "We're putting it on the other side of the building, by Ray's Indoor Mountain Bike Park," brewer and owner Garin Wright tells the weekly magazine. "It will be a very urban, non-yuppie type place that caters to Westsiders and out-of-towners." To read the full story, click here.
-- The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports on the Winter Warmer Fest that took place Saturday in Cleveland. "If you walk around at a fest, you get the most smiles at this event," said Rick Seibt of Willoughby Brewing, told the newspaper. "This is the time when people say 'screw the weather' and get out." To read the full story, click here.