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Phoenix Brewing lifts off in Mansfield

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 9:42am

The Phoenix Brewing Co. -- a new five-barrel production brewery and tasting room in a former mortuary in Mansfield -- opened to the public last weekend.

The brewery opened with five beers: a pale ale, stout, IPA, ESB and American wheat. (For a full description, check out Mansfield News Journal Brewologist Steve Goble's review by clicking here.)

"The place was wall to wall people on Friday and Saturday," partner Steve Zigmund said.

The feedback so far has been positive, he said. He noted that some people ordered a sampler and remarked that it was the "first time they had a sampler and liked every single beer. We're pleased with that because if the beer isn't good, you're not going to be around long."

The partners learned one thing from its opening weekend -- they need to brew more beer. "We're trying to keep ahead of demand right now," Zigmund said.

They are bringing in some beers from Millersburg Brewing to provide more variety in styles "and make our beers last a little longer," he said.

Phoenix is open from 4 to 10 p.m. Thursdays, 4 p.m. to midnight Fridays and 2 p.m. to midnight Saturdays.

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OBDA sponsors all-Ohio tasting at Tilted Kilt

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 8:34am

The Ohio Beer Drinkers Association is holding an all-Ohio beer tasting at 6 p.m. Saturday (April 19) at Tilted Kilt in Columbus. (Note: I had mistakenly called it the Twisted Kilt.)

The tasting will feature Catawba Island, Flatrock, Four String, Homestead and Seventh Son. The group anticipates 10 to 13 beers being available. Three-ounce samples will be offered.

Tickets are $12 in advance or $15 at the door. They include appetizers and doors prizes. For more details, click here.

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Ohio brewers talk about winning World Beer Cup medals

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 2:48pm

Here’s what Ohio brewers had to say about winning medals at the World Beer Cup last week:

Fat Head’s Brewery: When Matt Cole first started brewing, he watched as some of the same brewers won medal after medal year after year.

He’s now one of those decorated brewers.

Since 2009, Fat Head’s, which has a brewpub in North Olmsted and a production brewery and tasting room in Middleburg Heights, has won 12 medals at the World Beer Cup and Great American Beer Festival. (That’s not even counting his awards when he was brewing at Rocky River Brewing Co.)

“You wonder how the hell they do it?” Cole said about the perennial winners. “And now it’s kind of weird to be that guy. We’re making a name for ourselves, definitely on the West Coast, as far as hoppy beers go.”

His latest wins at the World Beer Cup are silver medals for Head Hunter IPA and Bonehead, an imperial red ale. Head Hunter won in the most competitive category, American-style IPA, which had 223 entries. Most craft fans — at least IPA lovers who haven't been living under a rock — know about Head Hunter, which also won a silver medal at the World Beer Cup in 2012 and has picked up a silver and bronze at the GABF.

Bonehead is lesser known.

“I’ve been playing around with that one for quite a bit recently,” Cole said. “I’ve been on a mission to try to master that style. It’s another one of those hop forward beers that, you know, is a tough balance. You have to find the right amount of sweetness that’s not overly sticky and cloying, but has an assertive hop presence that melds well together. It’s a pretty strong beer so that throws in another curve ball.”

Unfortunately, Bonehead has sold out. But Cole said it will return.

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Willoughby Brewing: Peanut Butter Cup Coffee Porter seems to end up on everybody’s list of weird beers.

Not that weird means bad. Actually, in this case, it’s the opposite.

It’s a beer that craft drinkers crave and generates a ton of buzz at festivals. But in the future, any description about it being weird should come secondary. Peanut Butter Cup Coffee Porter is now a World Beer Cup gold medal winner. It won in the specialty beer category.

“It’s a lot of hard work come to fruition,” brewmaster Rick Seibt said. “I can’t even begin to put it in words. I really can’t. I don’t want to say it legitimizes what we do because we see customers drink the beer here and they’re happy and they rave about it, and that’s enough. But it still feels pretty damn good. We are excited. We are so excited.”

It’s also the first time that the Willoughby brewpub has won a gold medal at the World Beer Cup or Great American Beer Festival.

Seibt was meeting with the Willoughby brewpub ownership this week to talk about how to better market Peanut Butter Cup Coffee Porter.

“We’re going to make hay with this thing,” he said.

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Columbus Brewing: Eric Bean knows what to do at the next major beer awards ceremony. Don’t attend.

Bean, who was in Denver for the Craft Brewers Conference, was sitting at the Falling Rock Taphouse watching a live stream of the World Beer Cup ceremony.

That’s how he learned Uncle Rusty won a gold medal in the imperial red ale category.

“We couldn’t get tickets and I didn’t push to get in,” Bean said. “Of course, that means we can never go to an awards ceremony again, right? That’s our new good luck — not being there.”

The Columbus brewery makes Uncle Rusty only once or twice a year. It’s out in the market now on draft.

“It has a huge malt presence that’s balanced out by a significant hop charge,” Bean said.

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Thirsty Dog Brewing: Siberian Night Imperial Stout has a pretty good pedigree, having won three medals, including a gold, at the Great American Beer Festival over the years.
But the beer has been shut out since its last big win in 2006.

Now, it’s a winner again -- thanks to bourbon barrel aging. The Akron brewery released a bourbon barrel-aged version in bottles last year and it was an instant hit with craft drinkers.

World Beer Cup judges liked it, too. The beer won a bronze medal in the wood- and barrel-aged strong beer category.

“It’s always an honor to win any award that’s through the Brewers Association, whether it’s the GABF or World Beer Cup,” co-owner John Najeway said. “There’s close to 5,000 entries so that was huge. And to get it for one of our new beers, bourbon barrel-aged Siberian, that came out in bottles in 2013 says kudos to our entire staff of brewers and cellar guys that put it out.”

The beer is available now in bottles at retailers and on draft at the brewery tasting room.

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West Point Market to hold tasting with California beers

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 12:58pm

West Point Market in Akron is holding a special beer tasting from 7 to 9 p.m. May 9 that will center on California breweries.

Called “California Dreamin’,” the event will feature Sierra Nevada, Anchor, Ballast Point, Stone, 21st Amendment, Lagunitas, Knee Deep, Mission, Anderson Valley, Bear Republic and Green Flash.

It also will include appetizers and live music.

Tickets are $30 in advance or $35 at the door. Reservations can be made by calling 330-864-2151 ext. 129 or click here.

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Beer story sampler

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 8:27am

Here are some interesting beer stories:

-- Bloomberg Businessweek reports that the sales of Corona have surged since Constellation Brands acquired the entire brewery. The funny thing is that Corona is a bad beer and the only reason for its success is marketing, Bloomberg says. To read the full story, click here.

-- The Los Angeles Times reports on three myths about skunky beer. "There is a whole spectrum of 'off flavors' that can plague beer, but there is one flaw that is so common many people feel that it’s an intentional flavor in certain brands -- especially a particular brand of Mexican lager," author John Verive writes. To read the full story, click here.

-- The Milwaukee Business Journal reports that Milwaukee County Parks are seeking to create a mobile beer garden -- one that would hop around to different parks selling beer. To read the full story, click here.

-- The Associated Press reports that Oregon State University has launched the Oregon Hops & Brewing Archives in an effort to preserve craft beer's impact on the state. "We live in an important moment historically that is reclaiming craft beer heritage and culture," says Peter Kopp, an agricultural historian at New Mexico State University and an unofficial adviser to the OSU project. "People are going to stay interested (in beer) for a long time. That's what we're trying to document, this historical shift during the late 20th and early 21st centuries." To read the full story, click here.

-- The State in South Carolina reports that Lexington, S.C., is in the running to land Stone Brewing Co., where is expanding with a second brewery. Other possible locations include Myrtle Beach and Charlotte, the newspaper says. To read the full story, click here.

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Ohio brewers win at World Beer Cup

Sat, 04/12/2014 - 8:20am

Four Ohio breweries won medals at the World Beer Cup in Denver. The awards were announced Friday night. The competition, held every two years, is sponsored by the Brewers Association.

The Ohio winners and their beers were:

-- Willoughby Brewing Co., a gold for Peanut Butter Cup Coffee Porter in the specialty category. There were 30 entries in the category.

-- Columbus Brewing Co., a gold for Uncle Rusty in the imperial red ale category. There were 90 entries.

-- Fat Head's Brewery, a silver for Head Hunter IPA in the American-style India pale ale category and a silver for Bonehead in the imperial red ale category. There were 224 entries in the IPA category.

--Thirsty Dog Brewing Co., a bronze for Siberian Night Stout Aged in Bourbon Barrels in the wood- and barrel-aged strong stout category. There were 72 entries.

I will update this story with comments from the brewers next week.

To see all the results, click here.

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Listermann to release An Audit Ale on Tax Day

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 3:06pm

Listermann Brewing Co. has a new beer to ease those tax day blues. The Cincinnati brewery and tasting room announced that it will release An Audit Ale on Tuesday (April 15) on draft and in bottles at the brewery.

Read the full news release below:

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April 11, 2014

For Immediate release

Listermann Brewing Company Audit Ale release coming just in time for Tax Day

Audit Ale is a beer with tradition. In 1400s England, the ale was brewed once a year so land holders could give back to their rent-paying tenants. This took place at a lot of universities, as they held most of the land in cities at the time. The “spirituous” beer earned a place of popularity as it was strong and could only be had on Audit Day. In order to ease your tax-day pain, we’re bringing this tradition back to life.

At Listermann, we can’t brew beer we’ve only read about without putting our own twist on it.This beer was fermented in four bourbon barrels and ends up at 8.6% ABV.2 months after it was brewed, we performed an Audit on the barrels to know how it was aging.  Only one was selected and bottled. We will continue to choose the best barrel at the time of Audit until all 4 barrels are bottled. The beer will only be available on its release day, but in both bottle and draft form. We don’t expect it, but if there is any left over, it will be made available on the next Audit day. Every Audit Ale will be wax dipped in a different color, so you will know from which Audit it came.

The first Audit Day begins at Noon on April 15th and goes until 8 pm. Listermann Brewing Company is located at 1621 Dana Ave in Cincinnati.

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Thirsty Dog unveils latest exclusive beer for Akron Art Museum

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 1:30pm

Thirsty Dog Brewing Co. will unveil a new beer tonight (April 11) at the Akron Art Museum as part of the Tony Feher exhibit opening. Buoys Ginger Honey IPA is a traditional English-style India pale ale with honey and ginger.

“A strong malt profile is balanced out with the additions of several English hop varieties,” the brewery says. “Honey and ginger added to the boil are noticeable but not overpowering. The ginger adds a smooth spiciness while honey gives body and flavor that helps complement the beer. Although the ABV is at a high 7.5 percent, the body and character allow for easy drinking. A fest beer but in an enjoyable summer form.”

Thirsty Dog brewer Adam Stull designed the beer.

In case you forgot, Thirsty Dog is brewing an exclusive beer for the museum’s iQcafe. The museum offers new exhibits quarterly and Thirsty Dog has agreed to provide an exclusive brew for each opening. Buoys Ginger Honey IPA is the second to be released.

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Hoppin' Frog launches new small batch series

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 12:18pm

Hoppin’ Frog Brewery is launching a new series of small batch beers available exclusively at its Akron taproom. The first beer, Infusion A Coffee Porter, will be released on draft and in bottles at 5 p.m. Tuesday (April 15) at The Tasting Room.

Infusion A is Hoppin’ Frog Silk Porter infused with “super-tasty swirls of chocolate and peanut butter flavor to its silky deliciousness.”

The Tower Tuesday Series is an off-shoot of the brewery’s popular Tower Tuesdays program, in which beers are run through a giant tower filled with various ingredients that infuse the beer with new flavors. For example, the tower can be filled with coffee beans that bring a coffee flavor and aroma to the brew.

Some of those infused brews became crowd favorites and people kept requesting them so the brewery opted to make them in limited batches.

“We plan on doing a ton of them,” owner and brewer Fred Karm said.

He said they will be called Infusion A, Infusion B, Infusion C and so on. A new infusion won’t be released every Tuesday, though.

“Doing them in the tower is one thing but getting them to production and distribution is quite another,” Karm said.

The Tower Tuesday Series will help drive people to The Tasting Room and be a special treat for the local community.

Karm expected Infusion A to last only a week — if that long. A 22-ounce bottle will cost $8.99 and there is a one-case limit.

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Gordon Biersch to tap Maibock April 17

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 10:23am

The Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant in Columbus will hold a tapping party at 5:30 p.m. April 17 for the release of its seasonal Maibock.

The brewery described the beer as "a strong Einbeck-style lager with a warming caramel malt goodness and noble Hersbrucker hops."

A portion of beer sales will benefit the Pints for Prostates effort. The beer will be available through May 25 or until it runs out.

The tapping party is open to the public.

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Magic Tree to host Oskar Blues dinner

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 7:38am

The Magic Tree Pub & Eatery in Boardman will host a farm-to-table beer pairing dinner with Oskar Blues Brewery at 6:30 p.m. April 16. The dinner is part of the grand reopening of its redesigned dining room, now called the Wine & Spirit Room.

The dinner will feature Mama's Little Yella Pils with salad, Station 3 with an asparagas-bacon-cheese appetizer, Dale's Pale Ale with turkey meatballs, Ol Chub Dark with pork tenderloin, Icey Wheat IPA with jerk chicken and Ten Fidy with roasted pear.

Tickets are $45. For more details, click here.

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Craft brewers worry about quality from new operations

Wed, 04/09/2014 - 3:30pm

The Brewers Association is worried that some of the small craft breweries opening around the country today aren’t producing quality beer.

Those stinkers can give the growing industry a black eye, association Director Paul Gatza said Wednesday during a news conference from the Craft Brewers Conference in Denver.

“It’s a big issue,” he said. “We hate to see this segment being brought down with people having bad experiences in their glass when they’re trying craft beer. They're maybe less likely to try something new in the future if they are having a bad experience from the last brewery they tried.”

With the craft beer industry continuing to explode in the U.S., it’s expected that there will be a few duds. But some established craft brewers are becoming irritated at new players that don’t take quality serious enough.

“A lot of people start in this industry as homebrewers who are told by their friends that they’re making good beer and you should go pro,” Gatza said. “A lot of them do and they try to do it on a shoestring. Try to do it on a small level and get bigger. They get their licenses. They make their first commercial beer and their friends say this is so great. But in truth what people who really know about beer are finding [is] that a lot of these newer brewers are not putting out quality that reflects well on the whole craft community. There are some off flavors at times.”

He said the Boulder, Colo.-based association is encouraging the new brewers to invest in their beer and the science behind it, including sending their beer out to be tested.

Nationwide, there are at least 1,898 breweries in the planning stage today, said Bart Watson, the association economist. By the end of last month, there also were 2,866 breweries in operation — up about 100 from just the end of last year.

Of course, there are great breweries adding to the cultural scene, as well, Gatza said. He cited Sun King in Indianapolis, Cigar City in Tampa and Surly in Minneapolis as examples.

“There’s a recognition that to remain vibrant and new and good and to challenge the rest of us, this should be an open community,” he said when asked about whether the association doesn’t want the growth to occur so fast.

Craft beer now controls 7.8 percent of the overall beer market. The association has put forth an aggressive goal of claiming 20 percent by 2020.

The country can support more breweries, said Julia Herz, craft beer program director for the association.

“Ultimately the marketplace will decide,” she said. “New brewers bring innovation, excitement, competition and up the game constantly and raise the bar constantly as we see more getting online.”

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Brews Cafe offers Instant Happiness

Wed, 04/09/2014 - 8:00am

Brews Cafe in Granville is offering an exclusive collaboration beer made for the restaurant at Millersburg Brewing Co. The beer, available now on draft, is a session India pale ale called Instant Happiness.

"That’s just the name they came up with," bar manager Brian Ross said. "You get the beer in your mouth and you’re instantly happy."

A couple of workers at Brews Cafe make up the Spruce Campbells Brewing Co. and they ventured to Millersburg to help create the beer, he said. They opted for a session IPA because Brews Cafe owner Jerry Martin loves IPAs, he added.

It's 4.5 percent alcohol by volume and has 50 IBUs. Millersburg describes the beer this way: "A citrus, passion fruit forward IPA in a thirst quenching, lawn-mower style beer for hop heads. As the name implies it brings a huge smile to your day. It goes down easy with a clean finish."

The beer is selling well and is expected to remain on tap for a couple of months, Ross said.

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Braxton Brewing to launch in Covington, Ky.

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 10:38am

Award-winning brewer Richard Dube, who abruptly left the Moerlein Lager House in February, has resurfaced as part of a new brewery opening in Covington, Ky., across the Ohio River from Cincinnati.

Braxton Brewing Co. issued a news release this week about the venture. Read the full release below:

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KENTUCKY’S NEWEST CRAFT BREWERY BLENDS TRADITION WITH TECHNOLOGY

Covington, KY, April 6, 2014 – Braxton Brewing Company announced plans today to open their production microbrewery at 25 West 7th Street in Covington. The 11,000 square foot brewery and taproom sits in the heart of Covington’s Pike Street corridor – a focus of the city’s Vision 2015 redevelopment project. The brewhouse is a 20-barrel, three-vessel system developed specifically by Brewmasters Evan Rouse and Richard Dubé for the beer styles Braxton intends to create. The company intends to launch in the fourth quarter of 2014 and will focus distribution efforts in Kentucky before moving throughout the Midwest.

The new brewery results from the ambition of its four co-founders Evan Rouse, Jake Rouse, Greg Rouse and Richard Dubé to own their own brewery and provide great craft beer for consumers through distribution and a state of the art tap room, while creating a unique and distinguishable customer experience. “We wanted Braxton Brewing Company to be the first free standing micro-brewery in Northern Kentucky. We look forward to delivering world class beer and utilizing modern technology to inspire our loyal fans,” commented Jake Rouse.

Braxton Brewing Company will showcase its handcrafted beers to the public in its taproom, which is planned to open to visitors by the end of the year. In addition to Braxton’s wide variety of beers on tap, the taproom will also offer beer to go, growlers, kegs and a unique selection of quality merchandise. Braxton also intends to provide a brewery tour program as along with craft beer educational opportunities. “We want our customers to feel as if they have access to the entire brewing experience. We intend to provide the opportunity for consumers to better understand how craft is produced in a unique and friendly atmosphere,” said Greg Rouse.

“The Braxton opportunity came to me at the perfect time”, said Dubé, former Brewmaster at Moerlein Lager House. “The Rouse family has put a tremendous amount of effort into this and I feel fortunate to have the opportunity to brew with Evan, who I am certain is one of the youngest and most creative professional brewers in America.”

“I’m thrilled to be able to design and produce great beers with Richard,” Evan added. “His tremendous brewing background, knowledge of quality control and his passion for teaching make him a great fit for Braxton Brewing.”

To develop and launch their brand, Braxton Brewing Company partnered with Keith Neltner, and Neltner Small Batch, a Camp Springs, Kentucky branding and design agency. NSB is building all of the company’s brand communication.

“We built the Braxton brand to speak to the Rouse family heritage of hard work and innovation,” Neltner said. “Theirs is a unique story, and their brand proudly reflects that strength.”

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Yellow Springs Brewery celebrates one-year anniversary

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 9:31am

Yellow Springs Brewery couldn’t ask for a better first year. The production brewery and tasting room won a silver medal at the Great American Beer Festival, brewer Jeffrey McElfresh was profiled on the Brewers Association website and Beer Advocate magazine named it as one of the “Class of 2013.”

Not bad publicity for a little seven-barrel brewery in little Yellow Springs. As the brewery celebrates its one-year anniversary this month, owner Nate Cornett admitted it's been an incredible first year.

“The biggest thing we learned is we have to make more beer,” he said. “That’s been a challenge and it’s been stressful trying to find the capital to keep growing.”

Yellow Springs is in the process of growing. The brewery is adding two 15-barrel fermenters and a 15-barrel bright tank. The plan also is to turn its seven-barrel brewing system into a 15-barrel system.

The brewery has acquired about 1,000 square feet in a separate building for storage and upgraded to a “state-of-the-art draft system” in its popular tasting room. In the past, workers had to haul kegs from the brewery side into the tasting room.

“When it’s shoulder to shoulder in here and there’s a line out the door, it’s kind of ridiculous to run back for a six-barrel that’s going to last all of 15 minutes,” Cornett said. “The taproom is really where you come to experience the whole vibe of the brewery and hang out and we want to make that as nice an experience as the beer itself.”

The official anniversary for the taproom is April 13. But Cornett has been so focused on expanding the brewery and going to Colorado for this week’s Craft Brewers Conference that there hasn’t been time to plan an anniversary party.

That will have to wait until later in the month, he said.

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Beer story sampler

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 8:56am

Here are some interesting beer stories, including many from Ohio:

-- Scene Magazine reports that Rick Semersky, owner of Sterle's Country House in the St. Clair Superior neighborhood, plans to launch a 10-barrel brewery on East 55th Street. "This will be an old-school brewery brewing pilsners and lagers — stuff that fits in with what we're doing at Sterle's," Semersky says. "You're not going to find any crazy hopped-up IPAs with funny, stupid names." To read the full story, click here.

-- The Dayton Business Journal reports that a microbiologist has launched a brewing consulting business in Miamisburg. “We offer a wide range of yeast management, quality control and quality assurance services," Michael Barnhart, owner of Double Helix Brewing Consulting, says. To read the full story, click here.

-- The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports on which beer glass goes with which beer style. "As most beer drinkers know, the glass-beer style pairing is only semi-scientific; you really can't go too wrong if you match the wrong style in the wrong glass," author Marc Bona writes. To read the full story, click here.

-- Soapbox Cincinnati reports on the rise of craft beer in the Queen City and the community's appetite for local brews. "I'll never forget sitting in a room with Blake [Horsburgh] and Whit [Hesser] and we were doing the beer count, and the next thing you know we're doing the math and we go, 'We're going to be out of beer. We're going to be a microbrewery and you walk in the door and we're not going to have any beer available because everybody drank it all,' " Fifty West Brewing's Bobby Slattery says. To read the full story, click here.

-- A Philadelphia TV station did a blind beer taste test with people, asking them them to pick their favorite among Corona Light, Bud Light, Coors Light and Miller Lite. Five of them chose Corona Light. To watch the report, click here.

-- The Wisconsin State Journal reports on a $10 price increase and other changes at the Great Taste of the Midwest beer festival. To read the report, click here.

-- A Miami TV station reports that Florida International University has launched a brewing class. “People think that we just sit here and drink all day long but it’s really about the science and the art of making the beer and enjoying it,” graduate student Matthew Eeintraub says. To watch the report, click here.

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Fifty West releases more details on Hippy Fest

Mon, 04/07/2014 - 11:26am

Fifty West Brewing Co. in Cincinnati released more details today (April 7) on its upcoming Hippy Fest, which will involve the release of a collaboration beer with Fat Head's Brewery.

Check out the news release below:

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Fat Head’s Brewery and Fifty West Brewing Co. Celebrate Collaboration Brew with “Hippy Fest”

CINCINNATI (April 7, 2014)—Fat Head’s Brewery and Fifty West Brewing Company are throwing a festival in celebration of their unreleased collaboration beer “Wanna Get Rye?” Hippy Fest kicks off at 5 p.m. on Saturday, April 19 at Fifty West Brewing Company.

The Fat Head’s-Fifty West collaboration beer “Wanna Get Rye?” is a Red Rye IPA (India Pale Ale). Fat Head’s Brewery, out of Cleveland, is a frequent winner at Great American Beer Festival, for its award winning beers like Hop Juju Imperial IPA, Bumble Berry Honey Blueberry Ale and Trail Head Pale Ale among many others.

“I’ve always admired Fat Head’s, they have a pretty undeniable presence in the craft beer world and I feel honored to have brewed a beer with them,” said Max Fram, Assistant Brewer at Fifty West Brewing Company. “This collaboration is definitely a reason for us to celebrate and have a good time.”

In addition to the collaboration beer and all of the Fifty West Beer taps, Fat Head’s will be pouring a few of their own award-winning beers at Hippy Fest.

“Any time we get the opportunity to work with other creative chef’s like the guys at Fat Head’s, you know it’s going to be exciting. And then throw in the fact that it’s a munchie-inspired buffet it is guaranteed to be something that no one has seen before,” said John Tomain, Executive Chef at Fifty West Brewing Company.

In addition to the brewers working together and a “munchie-inspired” buffet for the festival-goers, live music will be performed all night on the outdoor brewery stage from Elementree Livity Project. A Hippy Fest ticket also includes a commemorative glass, and a pint of the collaboration beer, “Wanna Get Rye?” Tickets cost $25.00 and are limited.

Hippy Fest will take place on the grounds of the old Heritage Restaurant, now occupied by Fifty West Brewing Company and Heritage Tastings at the Cottage. Tickets and more information are available online at www.fiftywestbrew.com/hippyfest. For more information about Fifty West Brewing Company check out their website, Facebook or follow them on Twitter and Instagram at @FiftyWestBrew. For more information about Fat Head’s Brewery check out their website or Facebook.

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Fifty West Brewing Company

Fifty West Brewing Company, out of Cincinnati, Ohio opened for business in November 2012 at the old Heritage Restaurant located at 7668 Wooster Pike. The beers brewed at Fifty West Brewing Company are hand made in small batches with a focus on craftsmanship, tradition, innovation, and patience.

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Beer story sampler

Mon, 04/07/2014 - 8:46am

Here are some interesting beer stories:

-- The Huffington Post reports on the "The 10 Best Beers You've Probably Never Heard Of" and one of them is from Ohio. Thirsty Dog Wulver Wee Heavy Ale is No. 9 on the list. "This happens to be a leading candidate for the best BBA beer ever made," beer expert Jon Richards says. (P.S., if you're a loyal craft beer drinker, you probably have heard of these beers.) To read the full story, click here.

-- The Lorain Morning Journal reports on Franking Brewing Co., a small nanobrewery outside Elyria. “We’re at the point where we have steady business, but it’s a matter of being able to keep up,” Aaron Schickel says. “The last thing I want to do is tell a customer they have to wait a month.” To read the full story, click here.

-- The Boston Globe reports on the new book The Craft Beer Revolution, authored by Brooklyn Brewery co-founder and Ohio native Steve Hindy. "I think back to when we started with Brooklyn Lager," he says. "A lot of people in Brooklyn spit it out. They said, 'It’s dark, it’s bitter. Why don’t you make a beer like Heineken?' Today craft beer is very well known. No one’s going to spit it out." To read the full story, click here.

-- WDTN in Dayton reports on the proposal to raise the alcohol-by-volume limit in Ohio to 21 percent. “We like to stretch the bounds as a craft brewer,” Lock 27 Brewing owner Steve Barnhart says. “It’s all about quality and not necessarily quantity.” To watch the report, click here.

-- The Detroit News reports on the growing craft industry in Michigan. “We’re seeing lots of growth in volume and the number of craft brewers,” Scott Graham, executive director of the Michigan Brewers Guild, says. “Michigan breweries are very well respected across the country. We have world-class beer.” To read the full story, click here.

-- Widmer Brothers Brewing announced fhe first three beers in its 30 Beers for 30 Years Series. The brewery is celebrating its 30th anniversary. To see the beers, click here.

-- The Associate Press reports that Anheuser-Busch is contributing $3 million to the NCAA so the organization can continue exploring problems caused by alcohol. To read the full report, click here.

-- The Drinks Business reports that Australian beer consumption has hit a 69-year low. Beer drinkers are shifting to craft beer and drinking less. ”They’d rather have one or two beers that they really enjoy than a six-pack that is really only giving them some refreshment and a hangover," beer writer Matt Kirkegaard says. To read the full story, click here.

-- The Drinks Business reports on "Top 10 fine dining beers." "Selling an expensive bottle of fine wine will of course be a priority for many profit conscious restaurateurs, however attention should undoubtedly be paid to crafting a beer list of equal quality," author Lauren May writes. The list includes Samuel Adams Utopias, Liefmans Cuvee Brut and Chimay Grand Reserve. To read the full report, click here.

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Two MillerCoors workers accused of embezzling millions

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 11:01am

MillerCoors is accusing two veteran employees of embezzling millions from the brewer. The company has handed over an internal investigation to federal authorities for criminal prosecution.

"We are disappointed by this betrayal of pride and integrity by two longtime employees of the company," MillerCoors Chief Executive Officer Tom Long said in the memo reviewed by Bloomberg. "MillerCoors is seeking to recover the stolen funds from a combination of insurance and restitution in the criminal process."

The two men worked in an area that sold beer to bars and restaurants, Bloomberg said. MillerCoors operates a brewery in Trenton, Ohio.

To read the full story, click here.

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Fifty West to release Fat Head's collaboration beer April 19

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 8:35am

Fifty West Brewing Co. in Cincinnati will release its collaboration beer made with Fat Head's Brewery during Hippy Fest starting at 5 p.m. April 19. The beer is called Wanna Get Rye? Red Rye IPA.

The event includes a souvenir glass, food pairing buffet and live music from Elementree Livity Project. Tickets are $25.

For more details or to buy tickets, click here.

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