BJ's Restaurant and Brewhouse employees will be out in the hop fields Friday (Aug. 22) harvesting fresh hops for the brewery's seasonal Field Day IPA. Social media marketing coordinator Johnny Newnes says he will be at the Crosby Hop Farm in Woodburn, Ore., tweeting (@bjsrestaurants) and sending out photos via Instagram. (instagram.com/bjsrestaurants)
"Field Day IPA is a wet hopped IPA, so our harvest of the hops is a real event as we quickly shoot the hops from the fields to the fermenters at our Reno Brewery within hours of picking," Newnes said in an email. "The result of the hop harvest and quick action to brew with those wet hops is an unusually and brilliantly fresh tasting IPA. Needless to say, we are very excited about this year’s batch!"
The beer -- whcih is 6.5 percent alcohol by volume, will be released at all BJ's locations, including those in Columbus, Cincinnati and Dayton, on Sept. 2.
The Moerlein Lager House in Cincinnati will celebrate hoppy beers Saturday (Aug. 23) with its "Hop Heaven" event. Throughout the day, the brewpub will offer hoppy brews from around the country and also Gin Bunny, the winner of the inaugural Moerlein Cup homebrew competition.
Among the beers available on draft will be:
The Moerlein Lager House also will unveil a new specialty house brew. In addition to the draft beers, Bear Republic Hop Rod Rye, Jackie O's Hop Ryot, Green Flash West Coast IPA, Southern Tier 2X IPA, Bell’s Two Hearted Ale and Ballast Point Sculpin will be available in bottles and cans.
The prices vary by beer.
The Akron RubberDucks are hoping to hit a home run with its first craft beer festival.
The team will host the Ballpark Festival of Beers at Canal Park from 4 to 7 p.m. Sept. 20.
“This is just another way of us reaching out to the community and making Canal Park the epicenter of Akron, as it should be,” said Jim Pfander, general manager and chief operating officer.
The festival, sponsored by Goose Island Beer Co., will showcase more than 100 local, regional and domestic beers. It will take place on the field, with the beer vendors set up on the warning track.
There also will be music and food from Canal Park concessions.
“A lot of people do beer fests but we’re going to do one with a ballpark atmosphere,” Pfander said. “Being on a baseball field and being able to walk in the outfield and sample a lot of different, great craft brews, it’s going to be a fun event.”
The RubberDucks, the AA affiliate of the Cleveland Indians, are still working on the brewery and beer list. But Goose Island, Spaten, Kona, Redhook, Widmer Brothers, Destihl, Elevator, Summit, Hoppin’ Frog, Fat Head’s, Jackie O’s, Alltech, Breckenridge and Left Hand already are lined up.
Tickets are $30 in advance, and $35 at the gates the day of the event. They include a commemorative tasting glass and 15 drink tickets.
Tickets can be purchased in person at the Canal Park box office, by calling 330-253-5153, or online at www.akronrubberducks.com. And sorry, kids, but this event is only for those 21 or older.
Pfander hopes to turn the beer festival into an annual event. Times certainly have changed from when he first entered professional baseball 15 years ago, when the beer selection at the ballpark basically came down to Budweiser or Miller. Fans now expect craft beer to be available, he said.
Beer festivals also are a common promotion for minor-league baseball teams, which are always looking for ways to use their stadiums outside the baseball season.
Many hold beer events, including the Charleston RiverDogs, Dayton Dragons, Lansing Lugnuts and Fort Myers Miracle.
The phone call came as a little bit of a shock. Great Lakes Brewing Co. was on the line and wanted to know if Nate Cornett was interested in putting together a collaboration beer for Dayton Beer Week.
Cornett, owner of the Yellow Springs Brewery in Yellow Springs, didn’t hesitate.
“S--- yeah, we’d definitely love to do something,” he said about his initial reaction.
Night Tide American Dark Ale is now available at the Yellow Springs brewery, Lucky’s Taproom and Eatery in Dayton, Chappys Tap Room and Grille in Dayton, and Jimmie’s Ladder 11 in Dayton. It also will be served at AleFest on Saturday.
“It’s not overly roasted. It’s very pleasant. It’s not overly hoppy. It’s got a nice overall balance to it,” Cornett said in describing the beer.
He and Yellow Springs brewer Jeffrey McElfresh are big Great Lakes fans, especially of Edmund Fitzgerald Porter. That’s why they wanted to collaborate on a darker brew.
Great Lakes brewer Luke Purcell visited Yellow Springs to help make the beer, which is 5.2 percent alcohol by volume and includes Equinox hops and Midnight Wheat malt. It's available only on draft.
Cornett, whose brewery won a silver medal at the 2013 Great American Beer Festival for a smoke beer, was thrilled to collaborate with Cleveland-based Great Lakes, one of the largest and most well-respected craft breweries in the U.S. Yellow Springs opened last year.
“It was a huge compliment to us,” he said. “I’m very excited and humbled.”
Unfortunately for Great Lakes fans in Northeast Ohio, the brewery said it has no plans to release the beer in the Cleveland market.
Here are a few interesting beer stories:
-- Listermann Brewing Co. in Cincinnati -- which also is home to the brand Triple Digit -- is expanding. “We’re seeing the demand for our product not level off at all and continue to grow. In order to keep everyone happy and keep ourselves happy – because we don’t like to see people go without beer – we decided it’s time to expand,” Jason Brewer says. You can check out coverage by the Cincinnati Business Courier and Cincinnati Enquirer.
-- Columbus Business First notes that Norfolk, Va., is taking a shot at the water quality in Columbus as the cities compete along with Richmond, Va., for a new Stone Brewing Co. brewery. To read the report, click here.
-- Queen City Drinks offers up a lesson on International Bittering Units or IBUs, for short. "We don’t perceive all IBUs equally," author Tom Aguero writes. "The maltier a beer is the less the IBUs matter." To read the full report, click here.
Hoppin' Frog Brewery is resurrecting another beer. Smashing Berry Ale will make a comeback next week.
The Akron brewery will release the fruit beer, made with red raspberries, on draft and in bottles at its Tasting Room starting at 3 p.m. Aug. 27. The cost is $7.99 for a 22-ounce bottle. The beer will be available exclusively at the brewery.
Hoppin' Frog stopped making Smashing Berry years ago, owner and brewer Fred Karm said, because it didn't fit in with the brewery's portfolio at the time.
"This was a beer that I absolutely loved but it wasn’t a good representation of what I wanted to be," said Karm, who has built his reputation on producing high-alcohol, high-flavor stouts, India pale ales and specialty brews like Frog's Hollow Double Pumpkin and Frosted Frog Christmas Ale. "Smashing Berry is a great craft beer but it wasn’t what I wanted to hang my hat on when we opened."
Now that Hoppin' Frog has solidly established its reputation in the craft beer industry, Karm said he feels more comfortable producing that beer. Longtime Hoppin' Frog fans also may recall Smashing Berry Dark. That eventually will make a comeback, as well, but there's no timetable for its return.
Smashing Berry isn't the first Hoppin' Frog beer to return after a lengthy hiatus. Earlier this year, the brewery brought back Gulden Fraug, a Belgian-style ale.
CraftBeer.com received more than 3,400 nominations this year for its "Great American Beer Bars" promotion. The website divided up the country into five regions and narrowed the list to the top 10 in each region. People can now vote on their favorites.
Lizardville -- a brand of the Winking Lizard Tavern chain -- is in the North Central region. Lizardville, which offers 800 bottled beers and more than 200 whiskeys, is the only bar from Ohio in the running. (There also are Lizardvilles in Copley Township and Lakewood.)
"We want to win this award for Cleveland and Ohio, but we need help getting there," the chain said in an email.
To vote, click here. Voting ends Sept. 5.
To read the full news release from Lizardville, see below:
Cleveland, Ohio, August 16, 2014 – The locally owned Winking Lizard family consists of three brands: Winking Lizard, Winks Bar and Grille and Lizardville. Lizardville is a craft beer and whiskey pub-style bar, located in Bedford Heights. Lizardville has just won a nomination by the Craft Brewers Association, craftbeer.com, as a “2014 Best American Beer Bar”, celebrating the best craft beer bars in the country. There were over 3,400 bars nominated, and now only 50 bars are left in the USA, with Lizardville the only nomination in Ohio. The final voting will end on September 5, 2014. We want to win this award for Cleveland and Ohio, but we need help getting there. People can vote for Lizardville here: http://www.craftbeer.com/news/craftbeer-com-news/vote-craftbeer-coms-2014-great-american-beer-bars
Lizardville has 800 bottled beers and over 200 whiskeys. They offer eight rotating, unique draft beers. The goal is to continuously educate the consumer on different breweries, beers and brands. The Lizardville staff is highly educated on craft beer. They know beer, including proper glassware and pouring techniques. The bottled beers are categorized by style on the walls. This allows the consumer to sample a style that they have never had or find new beers within a style that they know they enjoy. You have the option of drinking your beer right at the bar or taking it to your own home.
You can pair your beer with an extensive food menu including tasty appetizers. A few items offered include a delicious charceuterie board of local meats and cheeses, a large Bavarian pretzel, and a Sierra Nevada beer cheese dip. Finish off your visit with a Belgium waffle, one of our signature dishes.
Lizardville, the beer and whiskey bar in Cleveland is a member of Winking Lizard Tavern Group, headquartered in Bedford Heights, Ohio. Winking Lizard Tavern owns and operates 17 Winking Lizard Tavern’s, three Lizardvilles and two Winks Bar and Grille’s.
25380 Miles Rd. Bedford Heights,OH 44146. Ph: 216.831.0505. www.winkinglizard.com
Here are some interesting beer stories:
-- Serious Eats reports on nine lesser known India pale ales that you should give a try, including Citra Dog from Thirsty Dog Brewing Co. in Akron. "Citra hops shine all the way through this IPA, adding their signature guava, lychee, and stone fruit flavors from the first whiff to the last sip," author Marcy Franklin writes. "But don't let those fruit flavors make you think 'sweet'—this IPA packs a not-kidding bitter grapefruity punch around its malty core." To read the full report and read all the recommendations, click here.
-- WCPO offers up a quiz to help you determine which Cincinnati-area beer you are. To take the quiz, click here.
-- Thrillist reports on the 33 best burgers in America, including the Spicy Burger at Nano Brew Cleveland. "Make it spicier with Stoner Fries: waffle fries topped with chorizo chili and cheese sauce. Maybe bring a bib," the site says. To read the full report, click here.
-- This Week reports on the Summer Session, the Aug. 23 beer festival put on by the Grandview Craft Beer Alliance. "It's a bit different from our first event, the Hullabaloo," co-founder Laura Oldham says. "We're promoting the Summer Session as an outdoor lazy Saturday afternoon of lounging and enjoying craft beer and meeting some of the local players in the craft-beer movement." To read the full story, click here.
-- The Cincinnati Enquirer reports on the upcoming Cincy Brew Ha-Ha, chatting with headliner David Alan Grier. "I've got shocking news for you," the comedian told the newspaper. "Every stand-up is the same. It's about love, relationships, parenthood, politics, my life right now, all that stuff. What makes a stand-up unique is the point of view, the unique take you have." To read the full story, click here.
-- The Street reports on five restaurant chains that are banking on the popularity of craft beer: BJ's, CraftWorks (Rock Bottom and others), Yard House, Ignite (Brick House) and Buffalo Wild Wings. To read the full story, click here.
-- The Legislative Gazette reports that New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has announced a craft beer working group that will make recommendations on how to help the industry continuing growing in the state. "By bringing together leaders from industry, academia and the public sector, we can make sure that the Empire State becomes an even better place to brew and promote world-class beverages," Cuomo says. To read the full story, click here.
-- The Daily Beast reports on Kent "Battle" Martin, the man who approves all the labels for the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau. "Any brewery that wants to market its wares in this country needs to get it through Kent 'Battle' Martin, giving the federal official extraordinary power," the website says. To read the full story, click here.
-- Brewbound reports that research firm Mintel says sales of craft beer could surpass $20 billion this year. “The leading purchase driver among craft beer drinkers is style, pointing to a more discerning consumer base,” Mintel analyst Beth Bloom says. “This focus on style and flavor is a major element that differentiates a craft beer drinker from the rest, and points to the future of beer in the U.S.” To read the full story, click here.
-- The Lexington Herald-Leader reports on how Kentucky farmers are getting into hop production. "It's great that the growth of craft beer is having an effect on other industries in the area," Ben Self of West Sixth Brewing says. To read the full story, click here.
-- The Yakima Herald-Republic reports on the growth of beer tourism in the community. “Even though we had the original brewpub in the Northwest, it’s not been until the last five years that we’ve really seen the growth in the craft beer movement, locally,” John Cooper, CEO of Yakima Valley Tourism, says. “But we’ve reached the tipping point.” To read the full story, click here.
-- CNNMoney reports that Pabst Brewing is brewing back Ballantine India Pale Ale. "Ballantine is an older brand that basically disappeared," Eric Shepard of Beer Marketer's Insights says. "But this makes sense because (India Pale Ales) are the hottest segment of the craft beer market right now." To read the full report, click here.
-- Men's Journal reports on the 10 best beer commercials of all time. They include Patrick Swayze dancing for Pabst Blue Ribbon in 1979. To watch all the ads, click here.
-- Constellation Brands has voluntarily recalled some six-, 12- and 18-pack packages of Corona bottles. "This recall comes after routine inspections in the company's quality control laboratory detected defects in certain bottles that could cause small particles of glass to break off and fall into the bottle," a news release says. To read the full report, click here.more here: http://www.kentucky.com/2014/08/16/3383382/kentucky-hops-farmers-are-tapping.html#storylink=cpy
Stone Brewing Co. announced Friday on its Facebook page that Columbus is one of three finalists for its new brewery. Ohio's state capital will be competing against two cities in Virginia: Richmond and Norfolk.
The Escondido, Calif.-based brewer has plans to open a second brewery east of the Mississippi River.
“We do not have a specific date in which we will make a final decision, however I anticipate an announcement to be made in 30 to 60 days,” brewery spokeswoman Sabrina LoPiccolo said in an email.
She declined to provide any more details.
Stone, the 10th largest craft brewery in the country last year according to the Brewers Association, put out a request for proposals from communities and closed that process in March. The brewery has been mum on its search process since then.
Stone has a significant Ohio connection. Co-founder Greg Koch is from Pataskala, Ohio, giving hope to those in the state that his experience growing up here might give the Buckeye State some edge.
To say that folks in Columbus are excited about the possibility would be an understatement. The Twitter account @stone2Cbus and a Stone2Cbus Facebook page were created and fans even put together a “Tap a Stone Day” on Aug. 2 to grab the attention of the brewery.
Stone has said the new brewery would produce about 125,000 barrels at first. That would instantly make it the third-largest brewery in the state, behind the Samuel Adams brewery in Cincinnati and Great Lakes Brewing Co. in Cleveland.
The Dayton Daily News says that Warped Wing will tap a collaboration beer with Jackie O's Brewery in Athens called Secret HOPeration, a double India pale ale. The tapping is set for 4 p.m.
“The purpose of Beer Week, similar to AleFest, is to expose more people to the wonders of craft beers locally through various establishments, (including) taverns, restaurants and retail operations,” AleFest founder and Warped Wing co-founder Joe Waizmann told the Dayton Daily News. “It is really about the exposure and heightening the awareness of the category.”
The 16th annual AleFest is set for Aug. 23 at Wegerzyn Gardens MetroPark.
Boston Beer Co. founder and brewer Jim Koch will offer a special toast this year at Oktoberfest Zinzinnati, the festival has announced. Koch, an Ohio native, will tap the keg at the opening ceremony at 11:30 a.m. Sept. 20 at Fountain Square.
This year's festival is sponsored by Samuel Adams. Boston Beer operates the Samuel Adams brewery in Cincinnati.
The 39th annual event is set for Sept. 19-21 in downtown Cincinnati. It's the second largest Oktoberfest in the world and attracted more than 600,000 people last year.
Organizers noted in a news release that visitors are known to polish off a few beers and bratwursts during the event. They estimated that people consume more than 1,300 barels of beer, 20,000 cream puffs and 80,000 bratwursts.
To read the full news release, see below:
America’s Oktoberfest on tap in Cincinnati for September 19-21, 2014
More than a half million visitors expected to visit Oktoberfest Zinzinnati
CINCINNATI (For Immediate Release) -- The 39th annual Oktoberfest Zinzinnati, presented by Samuel Adams, is on tap for September 19-21, 2014 in downtown Cincinnati. Billed as America’s Oktoberfest, the event is the second largest Oktoberfest in the world (only to the original in Munich) with a crowd of more than 600,000 visitors who celebrated German heritage last year.
Oktoberfest Zinzinnati features nine stages of continuous live German entertainment and music, more than 200 German-inspired dishes and of course, beer. The event, free and open to the public, opens Friday, Sept. 19 at 5 p.m. and runs through Sunday, Sept. 21. For more information, visit www.OktoberfestZinzinnati.com.
Several special events are planned for the weekend of Oktoberfest Zinzinnati including the Running of the Wieners, Gemutlichkeit Games, Oktoberfest Toast with Jim Koch, Brewer & Founder of the Boston Beer Company, and World’s Largest Chicken Dance and the World Bratwurst Eating Championship featuring reigning champion, Joey “Jaws” Chestnut.
During the event, visitors are known to consume more than 1,300 Barrels of beer (equivalent to 2.6 million ounces or the capacity of a small microbrewery), 20,000 Cream puffs (equivalent to the length of eight Boeing 747s) and 80,000 Bratwursts (equivalent to the length of 29 Empire State Buildings).
Additional city-wide events scheduled during the Oktoberfest Zinzinnati weekend include the running of the Hudepohl 14K & 7K races produced by the Flying Pig Marathon on Saturday morning, University of Cincinnati hosts Miami University for their Homecoming celebration at Paul Brown Stadium on Saturday and the Cincinnati Bengals host the Tennessee Titans on Sunday afternoon.
Friday, Sept. 19, 5 p.m. to midnight
Saturday, Sept. 20, 11 a.m. to midnight
Sunday, Sept. 21, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Well, it took awhile -- OK, let's just say it took fooooooorever -- but Ohio Brew Week has finally announced the People's Choice beer awards. It turns out it was a tie for No. 1, with Triple Digit Chickow! and Willoughby Peanut Butter Cup Coffee Porter sharing the Best Overall Brew of Ohio Brew Week 2014 top honor.
It was a three-way tie for second: Baltic Merman from Jackie O's, Blueberry Ale from Rocky River and PawPaw Ale from Weasel Boy.
There also was a three-way tie for third: Barbarossa from Moerlein Lager House, BORIS the Crusher from Hoppin' Frog and Double Couple Three Hops from Catawba Island.
In case you forgot, Ohio Brew Week took place from July 11-19. Beer drinkers got a chance to vote for a favorite brew.
To see all the results, including best restaurant and others, click here.
Two Ohio breweries are headed to this year’s Sun King CANvitational — a beer festival in Indianapolis dedicated to canned craft beers.
MadTree and Rhinegeist, both from Cincinnati, are among the more than 40 breweries participating in the second annual event. The festival is set for Sept. 20 on Pan Am Plaza and Georgia Street in Indianapolis.
Both breweries are psyched to attend and spread the word about quality craft beer being available in a can.
“We’re going because this is the finest type of festival,” Rhinegeist co-founder Bryant Goulding said in an email. “[Sun King owner and brewer] Clay [Robinson] reached out to a bunch of us canning breweries and there will be beers there from outside the market and area and a lot of positive energy corresponding with bringing a bunch of like-headed knuckleheads together for a fest. Cans are a great vessel for beer (arguably the best) and we’re thrilled to be a part of this canning revolution crashing across the country right now.”
Brady Duncan, co-founder of MadTree, said there are several reasons his brewery — the first modern craft brewery to can in Ohio — will be there.
“First off, it’s a chance to showcase our beer to new consumers,” he said in an email. “Given the high demand in Greater Cincinnati and Dayton, we don’t get many opportunities to share beyond these markets. Second, we love the opportunity to pour and share beer with some of the best craft breweries in the world. The breweries at this event are top notch and we are excited to be in such great company and representing Ohio along with Rhinegeist. Third, it should be an awesome time. From my interactions with the Sun King guys, they do it right.”
Along with MadTree and Rhinegeist, others slated to participate include 21st Amendment, Cigar City, Bell’s, Brooklyn, New Belgium, Oskar Blues and Revolution.
MadTree will be pouring its PsycHOPathy IPA, Gnarly Brown, Happy Amber, Lift (Kolsch) and The Great PumpCan.
Meanwhile, Rhinegeist is bringing Truth IPA, Cougar Blonde, Zen Session Pale and Franz Oktoberfest. It also will serve its Imperial IPA Saber Tooth Tiger.
For more details about the festival, click here.
The ninth annual Ohio Craft Brew Festival returns Sept. 12-14 to the North Market in Columbus. The three-day festival -- one of the largest fundraisers for the North Market Development Authority -- will showcase more than 20 Ohio breweries this year.
"This is the premiere craft brewing event in Ohio and we have invited some of the finest brewers in the state," North Market Executive Director Rick Harrison said in a prepared statement issued today. (Aug. 13) "Tasters will get to experience local favorites as well as hard to find out-of-town brews."
The following breweries will participate: Barley's Ale House, Buckeye Lake, Christian Moerlein, Columbus, Elevator, Fifty West, Four String, Great Lakes, Hoof Hearted, Homestead, Jackie O's, Lager Heads, MadTree, Mt. Carmel, North High, Rockmill, Seventh Son, Smokehouse, Thirsty Dog, Weasel Boy and Wolf's Ridge.
Christian Moerlein, Fifty West, MadTree, Rockmill and Wolf's Ridge are attending for the first time.
The festival, sponsored by Heartland Bank, also features the first "Battle of the Brew" homebrew competition sponsored by Seventh Son and the Scioto Olentangy Darby Zymurgists.
“This is a natural fit to the festival which celebrates the independent spirit and art of craft beer," Harrison said. "Homebrewers from all over Central Ohio will get their chance to be as creative and unique as they want at this fun and casual competition. We hope to make this an annual event at the festival and engage more homebrewers both locally and throughout Ohio.”
The competition is open to all styles of beer, but no ciders or meads. All brewers must be amateurs and 21 years of age or older. The competition is open to 25 contestants and each contestant can submit up to two entries for $10 per entry. Judging is pro-am style with local brewers and celebrities judging the entries. It is not a formal BJCP sanctioned event.
Judging will take place from 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday with the winners announced immediately following. More than $500 worth of prizes will be given to 1st, 2nd, and
3rd place, with the grand prize winner having the opportunity to his or her beer brewed at Seventh Son Brewing.
Registration forms are available at www.northmarket.com or at the North Market Business Office located on the second floor of the market. All applications and fees must be submitted by Aug. 29.
As if that weren't enough to get you to attend, I also will serve as a guest speaker and talk about the Ohio craft beer scene and what it's like to cover -- and drink in -- this growing industry. The talk is from 1 to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Beer Garden Tent. (Yes, that was a shameless personal plug.)
Tickets to the event are $25 or $20 in advance. Tickets include a souvenir glass, 10 tasting tickets and a $5 voucher for merchandise at the North Market. For more details or to buy tickets, click here.
To read the full news release and a rundown of all the activities, see below:
For Immediate Release
August 13, 2014
NORTH MARKET HOSTS OHIO’S PREMIERE CRAFT BREW EVENT
Columbus, OH – North Market is excited to announce the 9th Annual Ohio Craft Brew Festival presented by Heartland Bank, September 12-14, 2014. The event which started in 2006 with just six local breweries has expanded to over twenty with best-in-class breweries from around the state being represented.
“This is the premiere craft brewing event in Ohio and we have invited some of the finest brewers in the state. Tasters will get to experience local favorites as well as hard to find out-of-town brews,” states North Market Executive Director Rick Harrison Wolfe.
The event is slated to have twenty-two breweries this year. New additions to the event include: Christian Moerlein Brewing Co., Cincinnati; Fifty West Brewing Co., Cincinnati; MadTree Brewing Co., Cincinnati, Rockmill Brewery, Lancaster and Wolf’s Ridge Brewing Columbus.
Returning breweries include: Barley’s Ale House No. 1, Columbus; Buckeye Lake Brewery, Buckeye Lake; Columbus Brewing Co., Columbus; Elevator Brewing Co., Columbus; Four String Brewing Co., Columbus; Great Lakes Brewing Co., Cleveland; Hoof Hearted Brewing Co., Marengo; Homestead Beer Company, Heath; Jackie O’s Pub & Brewery, Athens; Lager Heads Brewing Co., Medina; Mt. Carmel Brewing Co., Cincinnati; North High Brewing, Columbus; Seventh Son Brewing Co., Columbus; Smokehouse Brewing Co., Columbus; Thirsty Dog Brewing Co., Akron; and Weasel Boy Brewing Co., Zanesville. *Breweries as of 8/13/14. Subject to change. One additional brewery pending.
In addition to the tastings, special programming is scheduled throughout the three-day event that will include guest speakers, a homebrew competition and themed event days. New this year is also the Official Brew Pairing Menu. Upon entering the festival, guests will receive a menu of recommended beer/food pairings that can be purchased at the Market throughout the weekend.
North Market Ohio Craft Brew Festival Schedule Highlights
Friday, September 12
7 p.m.–10 p.m. (North Market opens at 9 a.m.)
Opening Night and Reggae Night
7 p.m.–10 p.m., Ohio Craft Breweries open for tasting
7 p.m.–10 p.m., Photo booth opens for free pictures on Spruce Street
8 p.m.–10 p.m., DJ Patrick, Reggae set on the Spruce Street Entertainment Stage
Noon–9 p.m. (North Market Farmers’ Market and North Market open at 8 a.m.)
Noon–9 p.m., Ohio Craft Breweries open for tasting
12:30 p.m.–2 p.m., Rorschach Quartet on the Spruce Street Entertainment Stage
1 p.m.-2 p.m., Rick Armon, “Ohio’s Booming Craft Beer Scene (and how I drink it all in.)”, in the Beer Garden Tent
2:30 p.m.–4:30 p.m., Clave Sonic on the Spruce Street Entertainment Stage
3 p.m.–5 p.m., “Battle of the Brew” home brew competition presented by Seventh Son Brewing Co. and SODZ
5 p.m.–6:30 p.m., Victor Zancudo on the Spruce Street Entertainment Stage
7 p.m.–9 p.m., Derek DiCenzo Trio on the Spruce Street Entertainment Stage
Noon–5 p.m. (North Market opens at Noon.)
Noon–5 p.m., Ohio Craft Breweries open for tasting
Noon–5 p.m., Market Flea opens on the North Market plaza
Noon–2 p.m., Sunny 95 prize wheel and music on the Spruce Street Entertainment Stage
2:30 p.m.–5 p.m., DJ George Brazil on the Spruce Street Entertainment Stage
Admission to the festival is $25. A special online advance ticket is available for $20 through September 9 at 5PM through the North Market website at northmarket.com. After September 9, tickets must be purchased at the door during the event for $25. Admission includes a souvenir pint glass, ten taste tickets and a North Market Fiver, a $5 voucher to be used inside the North Market at any merchant. Discount coupons for $2 off at the door admissions will be available at Heartland Bank Branches starting in September. Additional taste tickets will be available at the event for $1 per ticket. *Please note admission to the activities and North Market is free.
The North Market Ohio Craft Brew Festival is one of the largest fundraising events for the North Market Development Authority, the 501(c) 3 organization that manages the daily operations of North Market. The event is made possible through the generous support of sponsors including presenting sponsor Heartland Bank; supporting sponsors Masterclean, Heidelberg Distributing, Superior Beverage Group, Rampant Brands; media partners Columbus Alive, Crave, Sunny 95 and CD102.5; and promotional partners Matt the Miller’s Tavern, Seventh Son Brewing Co., and Scioto Olentangy Darby Zymurgists, SODZ.
The Ohio Craft Brew Festival runs Friday, September 12, 7 p.m.–10 p.m.; Saturday, September 13 from Noon–9 p.m. and Sunday, September 14 from Noon–5 p.m. The North Market and its merchants will have extended hours and remain open during festival hours. The market is located at 59 Spruce Street, Columbus, Ohio, 43215. For more information, Battle of the Brew and/or festival updates visit www.northmarket.com or call (614) 463-9664.
About North Market
In operation since 1876, the North Market is Columbus’ only true public market. More than 30 merchants offer a wide variety of fresh produce, meat, poultry, seafood, flowers and other specialty food items. The Market also provides an international selection of freshly prepared foods, distinctive gifts and personable service from owner/operators and is home to the oldest Farmers’ Market in Central Ohio. The North Market is open daily and located step away from the Columbus Convention Center and Nationwide Arena.
Deschutes Brewery is bringing its Base Camp for Beer Fanatics to Columbus for a weeklong celebration featuring tastings, parties and a visit by “Woody,” the brewery’s mobile bar and mascot. The activities run from Aug. 25 to Aug. 31.
“Columbus is a new market for us,” said Joey Pleich, field marketing manager for the Oregon brewery. “We just launched our brands out there a matter of months ago. So the idea was to come and support that launch. This is a chance for people see a little bit more about who we are and what we do. We’re going to be bringing out some different varieties of beers that we do, some different pub beers that we make ... We introduce our culture through interactive events.”
Deschutes has been conducting its Base Camp for Beer program for four years. The Columbus visit is part of an eight-city tour this year. The craft brewer, the sixth largest in the U.S., has already hit Los Angeles, San Diego, Kansas City, Boise, Idaho, and Duluth, Minn.
As for Woody, it’s a 25-foot-long barrel on wheels that opens up on both sides. Inside, it’s a fully operational bar with eight tap handles and a sound system. This will mark Woody’s first visit to the Buckeye State.
“It’s really our mascot, if you will,” Pleich said.
One of the highlights for the week, he said, is the “Brew-lander: Flicks & Fashion” show at Studio 35 Cinema & Drafthouse on Sunday. Deschutes will pair a fashion show featuring some custom attire made out of brewery packaging with a screening of the film Zoolander.
“It’s going to be an eccentric, weird event but it should be a blast,” Pleich said. “All of the events during the week are going to be a lot of fun but that one is going to be one of those that I’m really interested to see how it shakes out. We’ve never really done it before.”
Deschutes has teamed up with Yay Bikes!, a Columbus nonprofit, for the week. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the organization.
Pleich said Ohio has embraced Deschutes since it entered the state earlier this year. The award-winning Black Butte Porter is leading sales here, he said.
To read the full news release and see a complete rundown of Columbus events, see below:
Deschutes Brewery Base Camp Week
August 25-31, 2014
Now in its fourth year, Deschutes Brewery’s Base Camp for Beer Fanatics is better than ever! Beer fans in Columbus are in for an amazing series of specialty beer tastings, beer and food pairings, and appearances by Woody, the giant beer barrel on wheels. Deschutes brewers, ambassadors and fanatics will be on hand to provide some in-the-trenches insight into our courageously crafted brews.
Deschutes Brewery’s Base Camp not only celebrates the brewery’s popular Mirror Pond Pale Ale, but we also pull out the stops with other year-round favorites and specialty brews that can’t be found elsewhere.
We’re forming a special partnership for the week with “Yay Bikes”, a non-profit based in Columbus that is dedicated to making the city a safer place to ride a bike. A portion of the proceeds from the scheduled events will benefit Yay Bikes! efforts and Deschutes Brewery will make a matching donation of up to $1,000. Make sure to buy some raffle tickets at one of our events in order to be entered in a drawing to win a Giant Defy 1 Mt. bike valued at $1,375 from Cyclist connection!
Woody, our good-times-on-wheels mobile bar, will be meeting and greeting fans around the region throughout Base Camp week. Woody may be found roving around your Columbus neighborhood so you can snap a few photos, grab some swag and have some afternoon fun. Follow him at @dbwoody!
Tues, 8/26, 12-3pm
Wed, 8/27, 12-3pm
Thurs, 8/28, 12-3pm
You can chime in and listen to the Base Camp chatter on Twitter using #BeerBaseCamp and by following @DeschutesBeer & @DeschutesWoody
Mon, 8/25, 6-9pm Six-Pack Mondays with Deschutes Brewery (Whole Foods Market - Dublin)
Tues, 8/26, 5-9pm Beer Geek Bonanza (World of Beer – Brewery District)
Wed, 8/27, 5-9pm Hats off to Homebrewery (Seventh Son Brewery)
Thurs, 8/28, 5-10pm Parking Lot Party (Winking Lizard)
Fri, 8/29, 5:30-8pm Six for Six Tasting (Giant Eagle -Kingsdale)
Fri, 8/29, 8-11pm Deschutes Brewery Block Party
Sat, 8/30, 7am-3pm Bike the C-Bus
Sat, 8/30, 4-9 pm Bike the C-Bus After Party (Tatoheads)
Sun, 8/31, 1-4pm Meet, Greet and Sample (Giant Eagle-Perimeter Loop)
Sun, 8/31, 5-9pm Brew-lander (Studio 35)
Six-Pack Mondays with Deschutes Brewery
Deschutes Brewery is bringing its giant traveling beer barrel, Woody, over from his home in Oregon to help celebrate with all you beer fanatics in Columbus. He’ll be pouring on the front patio, and inside you’ll find Deschutes beers paired with food from different departments throughout the store. While you enjoy a pint special at the bar, chat with a brewer from Deschutes. A portion of proceeds from the evening will go to Yay Bikes, making Columbus a safer place to cycle.
When: Monday, August 25, 6-9pm
Where: Whole Foods Market (Dublin), 3670 W. Dublin-Granville Rd. Columbus, OH 43235
Beer Geek Bonanza
The Deschutes Brewery gang is traveling over from Oregon with Woody, their giant traveling beer barrel – the biggest beer geek of them all. Not only is the beer lineup for the evening totally geeked out with some fantastic Oregon brews, but visitors can quiz the brewer who’ll be visiting from Deschutes as well. He’ll be leading a special bottle tasting of hard-to-find brews that you won’t want to miss. You’ll have a chance to win special prizes by playing the mother of all board games – Deschutes and Ladders – or playing a round or two of beer trivia. A portion of proceeds for the evening will help make Columbus safer for cyclists through non-profit partner “Yay Bikes!”
When: Tuesday, August 26, 5-9pm
Where: World of Beer (Brewery District), 503 S Front St, Columbus, OH 43215
Hats Off to Homebrewers
Attention homebrewers and beer geeks…come share your love for craft at Seventh Son Brewery for a collaborative event with Oregon’s Deschutes Brewery. Visitors can chat with the brewers from both Seventh Son and Deschutes while enjoying samples of beers from both breweries paired with delectable food cart fare. Gather complimentary brewing supplies, including clone recipe booklets and bags of whole flower hops, to use in your next homebrew (supplies are limited). A formal brewer Q&A session will answer your darkest, or lightest, brewing questions. Top off the evening by getting your photo with Woody, Deschutes Brewery’s giant traveling beer barrel. Grab a fellow homebrewer or craft beer fan and join us for this amazing event!
When: Wednesday, August 27, 5-9pm
Where: Seventh Son Brewery, 1101 N 4th St, Columbus, OH 43201
Parking Lot Party with Deschutes Brewery
What’s better than a party in the parking lot? A party with Deschutes Brewery’s giant beer barrel, Woody, with his 8 tap handles and disco ball. Enjoy one of his many beers while quizzing the Deschutes brewer who will be on hand to answer all your burning craft beer questions. A special menu for the evening will pair menu items with Deschutes Brewery beers, live music will add to the festivities and a portion of proceeds for the evening will help make Columbus safer for cyclists through non-profit partner “Yay Bikes!”
When: Thursday, August 28, 5-10pm
Where: Winking Lizard (Crosswoods), 100 Hutchinson Ave, Columbus, OH 43235
Six for Six with Deschutes Brewery
Deschutes Brewery is bringing its “Base Camp for Beer Fanatics” to Columbus, and they’re really doing it right at Giant Eagle. Not only are they bringing their giant traveling beer barrel, Woody, to help celebrate, but we’re setting up beer samples throughout the store set up with perfect food pairings. The brewery will be giving away some Oregon swag, so come on down and get some!
When: Friday, August 29th, 5:30-8pm
Where: Giant Eagle (Kingsdale), 3061 Kingsdale Center, Columbus, OH 43221
Deschutes Brewery Block Party
Deschutes Brewery is bringing its “Base Camp for Beer Fanatics” to Downtown Delaware for a night. They will be taking over downtown with “Woody” the 25 foot traveling beer barrel, live music, great culinary offerings from local restaurants, fun games & of course some damn tasty brews Deschutes is bringing out from Oregon. It’s going to be a party you can’t miss! Proceeds from the evening will go to help the efforts of Women’s City Club of Delaware.
When: Friday, August 29th, 8-11pm
Where: Sandusky St & Williams St. Downtown Delaware, OH
Bike the C-Bus with Deschutes Brewery
Deschutes Brewery is coming from Oregon to sponsor this local event, the seventh annual giant bike ride – Bike the C-Bus to benefit Yay Bikes! This annual event to help fund Yay Bikes!’ mission of making the roads of Columbus safer for bikes finally has a beer garden! Graced with the presence of Deschutes Brewery’s giant traveling beer barrel, Woody, cyclists will have a damn tasty Oregon brew to enjoy as part of their day.
When: Saturday, August 30, 7am-3pm
Where: All over Columbus see bikethecbus.com for details
Bike the C-Bus After Party with Deschutes Brewery
Deschutes Brewery, sponsor of the annual Bike the C-Bus benefit ride for Yay Bikes!, is keeping the party going! After the charity ride comes to a close on Saturday afternoon, spectators, participants and passersby can celebrate at Tatoheads Official Bike the C-Bus after party! We will be raffling off a Giant Defy 1 Mt. bike valued at $1,375 among other awesome prizes! Meet Woody, Deschutes Brewery’s giant traveling beer barrel, and partake in some Deschutes-inspired menu items, Great Music and, of course, some damn tasty beers from Oregon.
When: Saturday, August 30, 4pm-9pm
Where: Tatoheads, 1297 Parsons Ave, Columbus, OH 43206
Meet, Greet and Sample with Deschutes Brewery
Deschutes Brewery has been cruising around Columbus all week celebrating “Base Camp for Beer Fanatics!” Help them wrap up the week’s events with a casual – and tasty – meet, greet and sample afternoon. Meet Woody, the Oregon brewery’s giant traveling beer barrel, plus the gang from the brewery, and sample some of the damn tasty beers they brought with them.
When: Sunday, August 31, 1-4pm
Where: Giant Eagle (Perimeter Loop), 6700 Perimeter Loop Rd, Dublin, OH 43017
Brew-lander: Flicks & Fashion
Wrap up the weekend (and the final day of August) with an interactive movie screening of the modern day classic “Zoolander” coupled with an interactive fashion show to match. Sample special brews from Oregon’s Deschutes Brewery. They’re wrapping up a week of events crafted especially for beer fanatics, and their giant traveling beer barrel, Woody, will be making his final Columbus appearance at Studio 35. Swag giveaways, hop corn, great company and proceeds going to Yay Bikes! nonprofit…make sure to come down!
When: Sunday, August 31, 5-9pm
Where: Studio 35, 3055 Indianola Ave, Columbus, OH 43202
All the professional sports leagues have some sort of comeback player of the year award. You know, that honor that goes to the guy or gal who has overcome a serious injury or just plain stunk the season before.
Well, perhaps beer needs a Comeback Beer of the Year Award. At least for this year.
Hoppin’ Frog Brewery in Akron resurrected Gulden Fraug Belgian-Style Ale earlier this year after shelving the recipe years ago.
Now, it’s a grand champion. The U.S. Beer Tasting Championship selected Gulden Fraug as the best beer in the Belgian/French specialty category during its summer session.
“It has super-smooth malt flavors complemented by traditional imported ingredients and a slightly spicy character, making this European celebration-style beer unique and refreshing,” Hoppin’ Frog owner and brewer Fred Karm said in a recent email announcing the award.
Gulden Fraug was one of Hoppin’ Frog’s original four beers when the Akron brewery opened in 2006. But the beer — which clocks in at a healthy 10.5 percent alcohol by volume — was fermenting differently from batch to batch back then so it was cut loose. Karm brought the beer back after realizing the brewery had improved its skillset dealing with higher alcohol beers.
Gulden Fraug is available in bottles and on draft at the Hoppin’ Frog Tasting Room.
To check out all the U.S. Beer Tasting Championship winners, click here.
Cellar Dweller Brewery in Morrow will release a special beer Thursday (Aug. 14) that honors a local Marine who was shot and killed in California in March.
Corporal Khaos Pale Ale was brewed by homebrewer Ben Martin to honor his best friend since kindergarten, 26-year-old Marine Cpl. Steven Kohus. The beer was made as part of Cellar Dweller’s “So You Wanna Be a Brewer” program, which allows local homebrewers to brew their own recipe at the brewery and have it released in the taproom.
Family and friends of Kohus — pronounced "chaos" and thus the name of the beer, head brewer Steve Shaw said — will be at the special keg tapping, which takes place at 6 p.m.
Corporal Khaos Pale Ale is an American pale ale brewed with Columbus and Citra hops. It’s 5.8 percent alcohol by volume and has 45 IBUs. Shaw described it as having an “unbelievable aroma brewed with a huge amount of late hops.”
He shared the following write-up done by Martin about his friend:
Corporal Khaos Pale Ale
Corporal Khaos Pale Ale honors the memory of my life-long best friend USMC Corporal Steven L. Kohus. Steve’s life was cut short by a tragic accident on March 2, 2014, at the age of 26. Steve attended Little Miami High School and graduated in 2006. After high school he worked at Morgan’s Canoe for a few summers before joining the United States Marine Corps. During his service in the Marine Corps, Steve served one tour of duty in Afghanistan.
I knew Steve since kindergarten. We were best friends throughout school, coworkers at Morgan’s Canoe, and brothers from different mothers. It is very difficult for me to describe Steve to someone who did not meet him. You might describe him as funny, caring, crazy (in a good way). But those words alone don’t do him justice; his personality was larger than life. Everyone who knew Steve has a “Steve Story.” They are the things of legend that people who didn’t know him would never believe. These are the memories I wanted to preserve and reminisce about.
When you try Corporal Khaos just take a minute to honor Steve’s memory.
Corporal Steven L. Kohus
Red, Wine & Brew in Mentor will host a beer dinner with Stone Brewing Co. from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Aug. 27.
The event will showcase Saison, Barrel Aged Cali-Belgique IPA, 18th Anniversary IPA, Ruination 10th Anniversary IPA, and Coffee Milk Stout with small food plates.
Tickets are $35. For more details or tickets, call 440-210-0024.
The Hoppin' Frog Brewery Tasting Room in Akron will host the Taproom Takeover Comedy Tour at 7:30 p.m. Monday. (Aug. 18) The doors open at 6 p.m. and the Tasting Room will serve a three-course dinner at 6:30 p.m.
Comedians Ky Miller and Mike Berlon launched the tour earlier this year as a way to combine their love of craft beer and making people laugh. (To read a previous story on the tour, click here.)
Tickets are $35 and can be purchased at the brewery. Reservations can be made by calling 234-525-3764.
The Short North Pint House in Columbus will host the launch of Crabbie's Alcoholic Ginger Beer's new flavor Spiced Orange from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday. (Aug. 14).
“The people of Columbus have been great supporters of Crabbie’s since we first launched Original so we are very excited to introduce Spiced Orange to the area,” Phil Clarke, general manager of St. Killian Importing Co, the exclusive U.S. importer of Crabbie’s, said in a news release. “We look forward to our Crabbie’s Night and hope to meet new friends and fans and enjoy these delicious drinks together.”
For more details, click here.
To read the full news release, see below:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
“IT’S TIME FOR A CRABBIE’S” NIGHT
AT SHORT NORTH PINT HOUSE
DEBUT OF SPICED ORANGE ALCOHOLIC GINGER BEER
COLUMBUS, OH – On Thursday, August 14, Crabbie’s Alcoholic Ginger Beer, a 4.8% ABV refreshing ginger beer – only for grown-ups, will celebrate the launch of its new flavor, Spiced Orange at Short North Pint House (780 North High Street, #614-429-3986.) From 4 to 7 p.m. guests will be able to enjoy complimentary samplings of both Crabbie’s Original and Spiced Orange, which is making its Columbus debut at Short North Pint House, over ice with a slice of citrus for $5. For the event, Short North Pint House bartenders will be creating several cocktails incorporating both Crabbie’s Original and Spiced Orange and there will be a social media gift giveaway.
“The people of Columbus have been great supporters of Crabbie’s since we first launched Original so we are very excited to introduce Spiced Orange to the area,” says Phil Clarke, general manager of St. Killian Importing Co, the exclusive US importer of Crabbie’s. “We look forward to our Crabbie’s Night and hope to meet new friends and fans and enjoy these delicious drinks together.”
For guests who’d like a bite with their Crabbie’s, Short North Pint House offers half off its Skillet Mac and Cheese, cavatappi pasta, beer and cheese sauce served with a house pretzel; Loaded Fries and House Salad from 4 to 6 p.m.
In addition to the sampling, Crabbie’s will be offering gifts for fans who interact with them on social media during “It’s Time for a Crabbie’s” Night. People who attend and like or follow and then post on any of Crabbie’s social media channels, Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, will receive either a Crabbie’s bottle opener magnet, sunglasses or cooler. Gifts will be given out while supplies last, no purchase necessary.
Crabbie’s Original is carefully crafted from a secret recipe using ginger which is cold steeped for up to six weeks and then combined with four exotic spices. The result is a refreshing, light bodied ginger beer with a spicy fresh ginger flavor, notes of citrus and a warming finish. Spiced Orange offers the same refreshing taste as the Original but with a lighter ginger profile and a zesty orange flavor. Crabbie’s Original is the United Kingdom’s number one selling premium ale and has established, and is leading, the alcoholic ginger beer category in the United States.
The Crabbie’s story dates back to 1801 in Edinburgh, Scotland and the shipping Port of Leith. After inheriting his father’s spirits business, pioneering drink merchant John Crabbie began creating new offerings to sell in his shop. He imported the best ingredients including the finest ginger from Asia and exotic herbs and spices from around the globe; elephants were traditionally used by the adventurers to explore these un-trodden grounds. More than 200 years later, Crabbie’s elephant trademark symbolizes its heritage and search for ingredients which are still used today to develop the one-of-a-kind flavor of its alcoholic ginger beer.
Since Crabbie’s entered the U.S. market, it has received high praise from Bon Appetit, Huffington Post and The Dallas Morning News. Hailed as “a ginger beer that lives up to its name” (Bon Appetit), Huffington Post’s “Taste Test” concluded that “the UK’s best-selling ginger beer is finally available in the U.S., and we are quite pleased about it.” The Morning News called Crabbie’s “moderately gingered and not too sweet…a smooth, refreshing drink,” and Crabbie’s was named “Best in Show” by greater San Francisco’s Fairfax Beer Festival, where it stacked up against some of the nation’s top domestic craft breweries.
Crabbie’s is available for purchase in two formats: a four-pack of 11 ounce bottles and a larger 16.9 ounce bottle. Ideal for sipping, it can also be blended into a variety of ginger beer cocktails, such as a Dark and Crabbie and the Moscow Mule.
Crabbie’s is available throughout Ohio where it is distributed by Cavalier Distributing. For more information and to locate the nearest bars and shops carrying Crabbie’s, visit www.crabbiesgingerbeer.com and use the Crabbie’s Finder section on the website. Follow along with the Crabbie’s adventure on social media with Facebook, Twitter and Instagram (@CrabbiesUSA) #icewithaslice #crabbiestime.
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