Ohio Beer Blog

Willoughby Brewing adds a Crowler machine

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 7:23am

Willoughby Brewing Co. is the latest Ohio brewery to add a Crowler.

The oddly named machine allows breweries to package individual 32-ounce cans. It’s basically a sealed, canned growler. Thus, the trademarked term Crowler.

The Crowler means craft beer fans can take home a 32-ounce can of the brewpub’s famous and award-winning Peanut Butter Cup Coffee Porter – or any of its other beers for that matter.

Of course, the Peanut Butter Cup Coffee Porter is expected to be the big seller.

“Someone came in and bought 10 of them,” brewer Rick Seibt said. They cost $9 apiece.

Seibt believes that Willoughby is the first Cleveland-area brewery to offer the Crowler. Rhinegeist Brewery in Cincinnati and Buckeye Lake Brewery in Buckeye Lake also use them.

Willoughby started offering the cans last week. They are being sold for now only at the brewpub in Willoughby and there are no immediate plans to distribute them.

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Beer story sampler

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 6:51am

Here are some interesting beer stories:

-- Fresh on the heels of opening a brewpub in Cleveland, Hofbrauhaus is slated to open its second Ohio brewery in Columbus on Tuesday. (Oct. 28) The Columbus Dispatch reports on the German brewer. "Bavarian charm is everywhere, from the metal chandeliers and antique furniture upstairs, to the dimpled steins and exposed-beam ceilings," author JD Malone writes. To read the full story, click here.

-- Hoperatives reports on a release party for the beer issue of Cincinnati magazine. It's set for 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 27 at MadTree Brewing Co. To read the full report, click here.

-- USA Today reports on professional golfers Graeme McDowell, Keegan Bradley and Freddie Jacobson launching their own line of craft beers with the help of The Brew Hub. "For some reason, all the golfers previously have always ended up in wine, and we just felt there was a natural gap with the golf-beer connection," Jacobson says. To read the full story, click here.

-- The Hollywood Reporter reports that Lucasfilm is upset that a Syracuse, N.Y., brewpub has a beer named Empire Bock. A take on the Star Wars movie The Empire Strikes Back? “Lucasfilm has a long history of using such marks for food and beverages, including wine," a legal complaint says. "The fact that consumers have been exposed to and accustomed to seeing Lucasfilm’s STAR WARS Film Franchise marks in connection with food and beverages, including wine, increases the already existing likelihood of confusion.” To read the full story, click here.

-- Paste offers up "10 Spooky Beer and Movie Pairings." The recommendations include Great Lakes Christmas Ale while watching A Nightmare Before Christmas. To read the full list, click here.

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BJ's looks to open restaurant in suburban Akron

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 8:37am

BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse wants to open a restaurant at Summit Mall in Fairlawn.

The California-based chain has proposed building a free-standing restaurant and outdoor patio at the corner of West Market and Ghent Road. The restaurant would be in the Dillard’s parking lot and not attached to the mall.

BJ’s — which doesn’t brew on-site but sells its own line of craft beer — is seeking a conditional use permit from the Fairlawn Planning Commission to start construction.

The company didn’t respond to a request for comment, but paperwork submitted to the city estimated the project cost at $900,000. It also notes that BJ’s would hire about 200 employees.

BJ’s Restaurants Inc. owns and operates more than 150 restaurants, including four already in Ohio.

Its beers have won multiple awards over the years at the Great American Beer Festival and World Beer Cup. The menu includes deep dish pizza, sandwiches, pasta and steak.
For more details, check out www.bjsrestaurants.com.

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Market Garden releases Festivus on Nov. 4

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 8:24am

Market Garden Brewery in Cleveland will release its Festivus Holiday Ale at 5 p.m. Nov. 4. The beer, made with ginger, allspice, cinnnamon and brown sugar, is 8.5 percent alcohol by volume.

The brewpub will have growlers and 1-liter bombers available to go.

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Beer story sampler

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 6:29pm

Here are some interesting beer stories:

-- Columbus Business First reports on the opening of the Temperance Row Brewing Co. The new brewery tapped as its brewer Scott Francis -- one of the most senior professional brewers in Ohio. To read the full story, click here.

-- Great Lakes Brewing Co. tapped its revered Christmas Ale today. (Oct. 21) And you know what that means. The Cleveland media went absolutely bonkers falling over each other to report on the event. Check out the coverage: Cleveland Plain Dealer, WKYC Channel 3, WOIO Channel 19 and Channel 5.

-- The Cincinnati Enquirer takes a look at how the upcoming election could affect Ohio breweries. The newspaper chats with Cincinnati brewers on issues such as sales taxes and income taxes. To read the full report, click here.

-- The Brew Professor reports on a new nanobrewery slated for Mt. Healthy. Fibonacci Brewing will be the second nano operation in the Cincinnati area. To read the full report, click here.

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Looking for Ohio's must-try beers

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 9:37am

I posted this on Facebook last night and then realized I should post it here too.

I am fortunate to have signed a new book deal writing about Ohio beer. This one -- with Ohio University Press -- will be the 50 Must-Try Craft Beers of Ohio, along with some other stories and people profiles.

I've got my opinions and am doing my research. (i.e. Tasting everything.) At this point, I've visited about 90 of Ohio's 105+ breweries. But I'm interested to hear the thoughts of Ohio craft beer drinkers.

Are there beers that you think must be included? And please keep in mind that every beer in the book can't be an IPA or a Russian imperial stout. And many beers are just plain obvious. Columbus Bodhi. Duh. Hoppin' Frog B.O.R.I.S. Duh. Fat Head's Head Hunter IPA. Duh. I'm particularly interested in those under-the-radar beers.

If you've got suggestions, hit me up with a personal emai at rarmon1@yahoo.com.

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Aqueduct Brewing opens in Akron

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 8:48am

Aqueduct Brewing Co. opened its doors Monday — and it didn’t take long before Akron’s newest nanobrewery and tasting room was crowded.

Co-owner Robert Hernandez posted on the brewery’s Facebook page at 4:02 p.m. that Aqueduct was serving beer.

“And by 4:30, we had a group of folks walk through the door,” he said. “We were busy all night.”

Aqueduct is offering seven beers on draft and has capacity for eight. Right now, there’s a stout, amber, honey wit, orange coriander ale, pale ale, pilsner and pumpkin ale.

The brewery also has growlers and kegs to go.

“We are so excited,” Hernandez said. “It’s been a long time coming. We have been working feverishly the last few months and we are here.”

He launched the small brewery, which employs a two-barrel brewing system, with co-owner Dale Dorn.

Aqueduct is tucked into a back corner of a building at 529 Grant St. Technically, it’s in Suite 106. It’s in the same complex that houses Thirsty Dog Brewing Co. and Aqueduct hopes craft beer drinkers flow between the two operations.

The brewery is open from 4 to 11 p.m. Monday through Friday, and noon to 11 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

“We’re hoping to serve some of the finest beers you’ll ever taste,” Hernandez said.

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Fleming's plans Great Lakes beer dinner

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 7:58am

Fleming’s Akron will host a four-course beer dinner with Great Lakes Brewing Co. at 4 p.m. Sunday. (Oct. 26)

The dinner will showcase Dortmunder Gold paired with beer and cheese soup; Eliot Ness with braised pork belly; Nosferatu with filet mignon; and homemade truffles with Edmund Fitzgerald.

Tickets are $55. To make a reservation, call 330-670-5200.

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Beer story sampler

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 3:38pm

Here are some interesting beer stories:

-- The Dayton Daily News reports on the one-year anniversary parties planned for the Hairless Hare and Eudora breweries. Both events are set for Nov. 1. To read the full story, click here.

-- WCPO reports on the Municipal Brew Works planned for Hamilton. “We're excited to reignite craft brewing in Hamilton -- and we appreciate the tremendous opportunity to introduce Municipal Brew Works to Hamilton and the region,” project member Jim Goodman says. To read the full story, click here.

-- WCPO reports on an effort to raise $5 million to create a Brewing Heritage Trail in the Over-the-Rhine neighborhood. "Backers think it could draw more than a million visitors a year and become a key ingredient to reviving the northern half of Over-the-Rhine, the neighborhood where German immigrants built an economic engine fueled by lager beer, only to see it toppled by Prohibition in the 1920s," author Dan Monk writes. To read the full story, click here.

-- Queen City Drinks turns its blog over to Matt Rowe, production manager at MadTree Brewing Co., who offers up what it's really like to work at a brewery. To read the full report, click here.

-- The Upstart Business Journal profiles Greg Hardman, who controls the Christian Moerlein brewpub and production brewery, along with the Hudepohl, Little Kings and Burger brands. "Due to this resurgence of the whole brewing culture in Cincinnati, now we have lots of small great brewers coming on the scene," he says. “Beer 20 years from now will be a great localized product." To read the full story, click here.

-- Nation's Restaurant News reports on the chief officer of food, beverage and strategic supply for CraftWorks Restaurant and Brewery Group revamping the beer and food at Gordon Biersch, Rock Bottom and Old Chicago restaurants. "There’s a lot going on across all of our brands — a lot of menu evolution and brand evolution. That would include all of our beverages," Stan Frankenthaler says. To read the full story, click here.

-- The British Columbia Province newspaper reports on what it's like to be a beer judge. "Swirl the cup. Inhale. Hold it up to the light. Inhale again. Take a sip, coat your mouth. Swallow. Repeat over eight hours," author Jan Zechkey writes. To read the full story, click here.

-- The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel answers the question: Does beer every go bad or expire? Umm, the answer is yes. To read the Q&A, click here.

-- NBC's Today Show reports on the growing craft beer industry. To watch the video, click here.

-- CNBC reports on how the drought out West is affecting the brewing industry. For example, the Anheuser-Busch brewery in Los Angeles is using reclaimed water to clean tanks. To read the full story, click here.

-- WSIL-TV reports on Southern Illinois University launching a brewing program. "The growth of the craft beer sector has left a real need for trained brewing scientists, so we started probably two years ago developing the new institute," program head Matt McCarroll says. To read the full story, click here.

-- Convenience Store Products reports that Heineken has signed a deal to become the official beer sponsor of Major League Soccer. "Soccer has been an invaluable platform for the Heineken brand for years, with our position as sponsor of the UEFA Champions League and other top soccer properties around the world," Nuno Teles, Heineken chief marketing officer, says. To read the full story, click here.

-- The website Android Headlines reports on the 10 best android beer apps. They include World of Beer Mobile, Beer Mode and Rate Beer. To view all the apps, click here.

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Fat Head's announces Nov. 3 opening for Portland brewpub

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 2:12pm

Fat Head's Brewery will open its new 278-seat brewpub Nov. 3 in Portland, Ore. The new brewery-restaurant will feature a 10-barrel brewhouse, 13 fermenters and 12 bright tanks.

It also will "focus on indigenous ingredients, so the Portland location will experience some completely different brews than their Cleveland counterpart," the brewery said in a news release issued today. (Oct. 20) The brewpub will offer 42 rotating beers on tap, from Fat Head's and other guest breweries.

"We've created an exciting, engaging environment for our customers to enjoy what we do best, indulge in the art of fresh, craft beer," award-winning brewer Matt Cole said in a prepared statement.

Fat Head's operates a brewpub in the Cleveland suburb of North Olmsted, a production brewery in Middleburg Heights and a restaurant in Pittsburgh.

To read the full news release, see below:

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Fat Head's Brewery to Open on November 3 in the Pearl District

Award-winning beer and kick-ass pub grub coming to NW 13th and Davis

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- Portland, Oregon -- (October 20, 2014) -- In a town that covets craft beer and great food, a new brewpub is about to take up residence in the heart of Brewtown.

Fat Head's Brewery will open the doors to their much anticipated entrance into the Pacific Northwest on Monday, November 3rd, bringing their award-winning arsenal of craft beers to The Pearl District in downtown Portland.

Fresh off their Gold Medal win at the 2014 Great American Beer Festival (Alpenglow Weizenbock, German-Style Wheat Ale), an all-star crew from the Midwest will man the brewhouse in Portland. Head Hunter IPA™, a perennial winner at events ranging from The Bistro West Coast IPA Festival and National IPA Challenge to the GABF and World Beer Cup will be the cornerstone of the beer lineup, in addition to Bumble Berry Honey Blueberry Ale™ which was voted Most Refreshing Beer in America by Brewing News Magazine.

Head Brewmaster Matt Cole had a hand in engineering the brewhouse system, which has a manageable structure designed to keep the beer fresh, with only a 10 barrel brewery but 13 fermentors and 12 bright tanks, giving him the flexibility to create a lot of different styles.

Cole also notes that there will be a heavy focus on indigenous ingredients, so the Portland location will experience some completely different brews than their Cleveland counterpart, for example Zoobomb Dortmunder is in the works -- named after the weekly downhill bike ride. Patrons can expect 42 rotating beers on tap, from Fat Head's and other guest breweries across Oregon and all over the world.

Showcasing fresh, local ingredients in over-the-top pub grub, the food menu is anchored with Fat Head's signature munchies, burgers, pizza and Headwiches™-- sandwiches relatively close to the size of your head -- as well as specialties specific to the Portland location. Start with a selection of Habañero Hop PicklesPulled Pork Chili Fries, and slow smoked, whole Smokehouse Wings dry rubbed or lightly brushed in any one of the 8 house-made sauces. Then enjoy one of the colossal sandwiches like The Fat Italian™, ham, salami, capicola, and pepperoni, crumbled Italian sausage, provolone cheese, hard-boiled egg, banana peppers, lettuce, tomato, red onion and rosemary mayo; or Chick'n Little™, chicken fingers, Original wing sauce, provolone and American cheese, 2 fried eggs, ham, bacon, lettuce, tomato, onion, and hot cherry pepper mayo. A tribute to their Pittsburgh origins, The Southside Slopes™ was named to Maxim Magazine's Top 5 Sandwiches in the U.S.A. and features a mountain of kielbasa topped with sautéed pierogis and onions, American cheese and horseradish sauce. If you saved any room for a happy ending, try a house-brewed Root Beer Float with Tillamook Old Fashioned Vanilla Ice Cream and you'll leave fat and happy. 

The restaurant seats 278 throughout the bar and dining room, with flexible booth and table seating to accommodate groups. The beautifully arched ceiling and heavily beamed architecture have been preserved and now feature Fat Head's signature logo murals throughout this family-friendly space.

An expanse of giant windows along the front and side of the building allow for an abundance of natural light to pour in. The tanks of the brand new brewhouse built locally by JVNW are on display behind the entire back half of the space.

Fat Head's unique style resonates throughout the pub from the fretboards adorned with their distinctive branding all the way to the ever-changing beer menu wall above the bar.

"We've created an exciting, engaging environment for our customers to enjoy what we do best, indulge in the art of fresh, craft beer," says Cole. 

Open seven days a week, Fat Head's Brewery is located in the heart of the Pearl District at 131 NW 13th Ave (at Davis St), Portland, OR 97209. The restaurant opens daily at 11 am. Children's menu upon request. Gluten Free and Vegetarian friendly options. Takeout is also available. Major credit cards are accepted. Call (503) 820-7721 or visit fatheads.com. Like Fat Head's Portland on Facebook @fatheadsportland and Twitter @FatHeadsPDX.

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Hoppin' Frog to release Infusion C

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 2:22pm

Hoppin' Frog Brewery owner-brewer Fred Karm calls it "one helluva breakthrough in flavor combinations."

The Akron brewery will release the latest beer in its small-batch Tower Tuesday Series -- Infusion C Vanilla Bean Gangster Frog IPA -- starting at 3 p.m. Tuesday (Oct. 21) at its Tasting Room. The beer will be available on draft and in 22-ounce bottles, which retail for $11.99.

Infusion C is a brewery exclusive release. It clocks in at 7.5 percent alcohol by volume.

Karm admitted that he didn't think vanilla beans and IPA would pair well, but they do. He let slip that he's working on a separate vanilla IPA for release next year.

The Tower Tuesday Series is an offshoot 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.

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Winking Lizard banking on session IPAs next year

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 1:58pm

The Winking Lizard Tavern is banking on session India pale ales next year.

John Lane, co-owner of the chain, which includes bar-restaurants throughout Northeast and Central Ohio, announced this week during an annual beer summit with brewers, brewery representatives and distributors that he’s dumping the Hoppy Hoppy draft handle.

In past years, that tap was reserved for high-alcohol IPAs and double IPAs. But it will be replaced with a rotating session IPA next year.

The craft industry needs to provide more low-alcohol beers to help drive volume at on-premise accounts, Lane said.

“We have to teach the customers that craft beer isn’t high alcohol,” he said.

The session handle will include beers such as Columbus Dalton, Stone Go To IPA, Sierra Nevada Nooner and Founders All Day IPA.

“I think it’s brilliant,” said Columbus Brewing Co. owner and brewer Eric Bean, who attended the meeting. “It’s great for the consumer.”

Fat Head’s Brewery’s Chris Alltmont agreed, saying he’s sees the same trend. But he was disappointed that Fat Head’s Sunshine Daydream didn’t make the Winking Lizard cut this year.

Fear not, regular IPA fans. A tap handle that before was reserved for a couple different Colorado breweries is now turning into a rotating Colorado IPA handle.

The addition of a rotating session IPA on draft was one of several interesting tidbits to come out of the meeting. Here are few others:

-- Angry Orchard Cider has surpassed Corona as the biggest seller for the chain.

-- The top selling beer at the Lizardville stores this year is Bell’s Hopslam, followed by Fat Head’s Hop JuJu and 3 Floyds Alpha King.

-- The Winking Lizard is known for its glass of the month program. This year, beer drinkers can expect a can koozie program, too, with customers keeping the koozie. (The glass program isn't going away.)

-- The Winking Lizard on Bethel Road in Columbus will be shut down in the spring for a complete remodeling.

-- Sales of mass-produced domestic beers are down 10 percent from last year.

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Buckeye Lake adds 32-ounce cans

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 8:37am

Buckeye Lake Brewery is now offering 32-ounce cans. The brewery purchased a Crowler machine from Oskar Blues and started using it last week.

"It’s been really, really popular," owner Rich Hennosy said. "Everybody who comes in sees one done and says, 'Oh wow, I want to get one of those.' It’s a novelty but it just fills a need, too."

Instead of calling the cans Crowlers -- a trademarked name for a combined growler and can -- Buckeye Lake is using the term Fresh Fill cans. (If you're unfamiliar with Crowlers, check out a Buckeye Lake video by clicking here.)

The brewery will fill cans with any of its beers. The cost is $6 or $7 for Shovelhead DIPA and specialty beers.

Buckeye Lake also will start distributing 32-ounce cans of its Blonde and Legend Valley IPA to retailers. The Legend Valley IPA -- featuring a concert photo on the label -- is a nod to the Legend Valley music venue.

Hennosy said Buckeye Lake bottles already are available in the following locations so you may see the 32-ounce cans show up there as well: Ameristop in Lancaster, Beverage Source in Newark, Crafted Drafts in Gahanna, Certified Gas at Routes 37 & 70, Cornerstone in Columbus, Grain + Grape in Bexley, Ross Market in Granville, IGA in Baltimore, Savor Growl in Columbus and Wine & Brew Emporium in Westerville. They also will soon will be at Andersons General Store in Columbus.

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Eudora to celebrate anniversary with a Hullaballo

Thu, 10/16/2014 - 12:44pm

Eudora Brewing Co. will celebrate its one-year anniversary with a Hullaballo.

Owner and brewer Neil Chabut announced today (Oct. 16) that he has brewed a special English barleywine called Hullabaloo for the occasion. The beer was aged with French oak and clocks in at 9.5 percent alcohol by volume.

The Dayton brewery and brew-on-premise operation will toss an anniversary party starting at 5 p.m. Nov. 1, when it also will release 22-ounce bottles of Hullabaloo. There will be a limit of two bottles per customer. The price hasn't been determined yet.

"It's one of my favorite styles because it can be relatively simple, but immensely complex at the same time," Chabut said in an email. "Typically, the malt bill features a large amount of English base malt and very little specialty malt at all. However, small amounts of specialty malts can give it hints of complexity. Hops used in English barleywine recipes can vary, but I'm using the Hullabaloo as a chance to showcase two of the English hops (Northdown and Challenger) that many people aren't familiar with around here. This beer will age very well and would be interesting to try a couple of years from now, perhaps in a vertical tasting with the following years' versions."

Yes, he plans to brew the beer for every anniversary. Chabut chose an English barleywine over an American one for a reason.

"It fits better with my personality and Eudora's overall 'style.' Reserved and somewhat held-back, yet bold and vibrant at the same time," he said.

The anniversary party also will feature a food truck, live music and a costume contest, with prizes for first, second and third place. For more details, click here.

Chabut noted that a portion of all Eudora sales go the nonprofit group charity: water, which has a goal of providing clean water to people around the world. The brewery has raised more than $2,500 so far, he said.

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Beer story sampler

Thu, 10/16/2014 - 9:36am

Here are some interesting beer stories:

-- Drink Up Columbus reports that the Worthington Library is hosting a homebrewing workshop with Trevor Williams of Hoof Hearted Brewing Co. To read the full report, click here.

-- Drink Up Columbus reports on a free beer school being offered by World of Beer Easton. “We’re inviting our guests to join us for a fun and informative four-week long Beer School where they can learn more about the craft beer world just around the corner,” Brain Adams, product manager of World of Beer Easton, says. To read the full report, click here.

-- The Motley Fool reports on the three biggest threats to the craft beer industry: being bought up by big brewers, new craft brewers not knowing what they're doing and losing the craft appeal. To read the full story, click here.

-- Samuel Adams has announced the winners of its annual Longshot American Homebrew Contest. They are: Greg Rasmussen of California, Matthew Knott of New York and John Marra of New York. To read more, click here.

-- The Atlantic reports on the Steve Jobs of Beer: Jim Koch. Author James Fallows writes about how charming Koch is. "Beneath this boozily disarming presentation is one of the most cannily successful entrepreneurs of our time," he writes. To read the full story, click here.

-- GQ Magazine has an essay by a guy named David Chang who's a big fan of cheap beer. "For years I've watched craft-beer aficionados go on about their triple-hopped IPAs and cocoa-flavored English milk stouts while inside I've harbored a dark secret: I love cheap, watery swill," he writes. To read the full essay, click here.

-- The Daily Mail reports that scientists have recreated a beer found on a ship that sank in 1842 in the Aland archipelago between Finland and Sweden. "Based on the micro-organisms in the bottles, we were able to figure out which type of yeast and bacteria were used by the beer’s nineteenth-century brewers," Master Brewer Gert De Rouck says. "This information allowed us to trace the beer back to Belgium." To read the full story, click here.

-- Bloomberg Businessweek questions whether craft soda can do the same thing for the pop industry that craft beer did for the beer industry. It cites Pepsi's introduction of the Caleb's Kola brand. To read the full report, click here.

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Ohio Craft Brewers releases brewery, beer list for holiday beer fest

Thu, 10/16/2014 - 8:38am

The Ohio Craft Brewers Association has released a preliminary brewery and beer list for its upcoming Holiday Craft Beer Extravaganza, a new festival devoted to Ohio-made holiday beers.

The fest -- a signature event for the association -- takes place from 2 to 6 p.m. Nov. 8 in Cincinnati. So far, 33 breweries are signed up to participate. Here's the rundown (and if you're wondering, TBD means "To be determined"):

50 West Brewing Company – Home Sweet Home, cask TBD.

The Actual Brewing Company – Orthodox Winter IPA, Fat Julian Imperial Stout (firkin).

Bad Tom Brewing - Fink Red Rye, Gehenkten Lager (Marzen Oktoberfest).

Barley’s Brewing Company - Barleywine, Christmas Ale, Bourbon Meyer (firkin).

Blank Slate Brewing Company – Long Way Home (Imperial Chocolate India Pale Ale), Fumar Chili (Cherrywood Smoked Porter with Chili Peppers).

The Brew Kettle – Winter Warmer.

Buckeye Lake Brewery – Christmas Ale.

Catawba Island Brewing Company – Spook Light Pumpkin Ale, Cookie Cutter Christmas Ale.

Christian Moerlein Brewing Company – Christkindl Winter Warmer, Red Hop Mess IPA, firkin TBD.

Columbus Brewing Company – Cousin Eddie, Bodhi, Toasted Coconut Sohio Stout (cask).

The Dayton Beer Company – Broken Empire Imperial Russian Stout, Pumpkin Ale, Batch #300 Belgian IPA, Merseyside Barleywine.

Elevator Brewing Company – Winter Warmer Spiced Holiday Ale, Bleeding Buckeye Red Ale.

Eudora Brewing Company – Chocolate Mile Porter, Holiday-Spiced Bee’s Knees Pale Ale.

Fat Head’s Brewery – Holly Jolly Christmas Ale, Barrel Aged Battle Axe Baltic Porter, Bean Me Up Imperial Coffee Stout (cask).

Fifth Street Brewpub – Liquid Mistletoe.

Four String Brewing - TBA.

Great Black Swamp Brewing Co. - TBA.

Great Lakes Brewing Co. – Christmas Ale, Edmund Fitzgerald Porter.

Hairless Hare Brewery – Rabbit Hole Chocolate Stout, Hot Scotch Scottish Strong Ale.

Jackie O’s Brewery – Barking Pumpkin.

Jackie O’s Brewpub - CSAison.

Land-Grant Brewing Company – 1862 Ale (Kolsch), name TBD Holiday Ale.

Listermann/Triple Digit Brewing - TBA.

MadTree Brewing – Thundersnow, Pilgrim, Gnarly Brown infused with coffee and vanilla beans.

Moerlein Lager House – Honey Almond Ale (with Montmorency Cherries), OTR (infused with sage and rosemary), Helltown Brown Ale with Chicory Root (cask).

North High Brewing – Marzen, IPA, Holiday Ale TBD.

Rhinegeist Brewery – Dad (Hoppy Holiday Red), Panther (Robust Porter).

Seventh Son Brewing – Wildermann, American Strong Ale, cask TBD.

Thirsty Dog Brewing Co. – 12 Dogs of Christmas, Old Choco.

Warped Wing Brewing Company – Mr. Mean Imperial IPA, Barrel Aged Imperial Stout.

Weasel Boy Brewing Company - TBA.

Yellow Springs Brewery - TBA.

Zaftig Brewing – Black Perle Stout.

The association also released a poster -- featuring Santa Claus holding a beer mug -- to promote the event. It was designed by Columbus artist Clinton Reno, whose forte is hand-screened indie-rock posters, the group said.

For more details or to buy tickets, click here.

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Boulevard Brewing coming to Ohio

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 5:54pm

Boulevard Brewing Co. is moving into Ohio. John Lane, co-owner of the Winking Lizard Tavern chain, made the announcement Wednesday (Oct. 15) during his annual meeting with brewers, distributors and brewery representatives in Bedford Heights.

The Kansas City, Mo., brewery, which was acquired a year ago by Duvel Moortgat, offers beers such as 80-Acre Hoppy Wheat, Bully! Porter and Pop-Up Session IPA.

Lane said Boulevard fits perfectly into the Winking Lizard portfolio, especially the Tank 7 saison.

“It’s not another pale ale,” he said. “It’s not another IPA. It’s a saison but it has got a lot of hop character and it’s really going to slide into our portfolio.”

In addition to Tank 7, the Winking Lizard will carry the 80-Acre and Pop-Up.

When asked about Boulevard coming to Ohio, brewery spokeswoman Julie Weeks responded by email: "We’re in discussions with several states, and Ohio is one of them. No contracts have been finalized, but we’re looking forward to sharing our beers with the Buckeye state soon. As soon as I can share more information with you, I’ll follow up."

To read a story about the one-year anniversary of Boulevard being purchased by Duvel in the Kansas City Business Journal, click here.

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Author of Cool Beer Labels coming to Cincinnati

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 10:25am

Daniel Bellon, the co-author of the new book Cool Beer Labels, is coming to Cincinnati. Bellon, a graduate of the University of Cincinnati, will discuss the book and sign copies during an event at 7 p.m. Oct. 21 at MadTree Brewing Co.

The gathering, put together by Neltner Small Batch, will include live music and a limited-edition poster for sale.

To more details, read the full news release below:

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: WORLDWIDE BEER DESIGN BOOK RELEASE CELEBRATES LOCAL BRANDS AND DESIGNERS.

Print magazine, one of America’s most respected publications within the design community, is coming to Cincinnati to announce the release of a book that celebrates this city’s favorite beverage: Beer.

Produced in partnership with local design groundbreakers Neltner Small Batch, the event will take place at 7 pm, Tuesday, October 21st, at the Madtree Brewing Company, 5164 Kennedy Avenue, 45213. And because this is an NSB party, there will be live music (duh) from special guests Buffalo Wabs and Price Hill Hustle, as well as a limited-edition poster for sale.

The new book is titled “Cool Beer Labels” and it features beautiful beer packaging from over 150 breweries across the globe. The book’s author, Daniel Bellon, will be on hand to discuss the book and autograph copies.

In addition, several area designers whose work is featured in the Bellon book will be in attendance to discuss their craft. Featured area designers will include Keith Neltner, Austin Dunbar, Tom Post and John Pattison.

The night will also showcase the release of a second book -- Neltner Small Batch’s new tabletop book, featuring Keith Neltner’s design for the beer, music and branding industries over the last decade and a half. The book was carefully hand-bound, printed by Arnold Printing, and features Appleton Coated paper. The NSB book was assembled at Olberding Bindery, and each is hand signed and numbered.

The author Bellon, born in Bogota, Colombia of German descent, came to the United States at the age of seventeen and attended the University of Cincinnati's College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning (DAAP), graduating in 1998. He has been in the design field for 15 years. His first book is titled Typography for the People; this is his second book about packaging design.

Several books will be raffled and all proceeds will go to sponsoring a design student from Northern Kentucky University. The evening will be a fantastic celebration of craftsmanship, from beer making to label design and old-school book binding. You’ll want to be there.

Categories: Beer News

Thirsty Dog releases 12 Dogs of Christmas today

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 8:02am

If you can’t wait for a Christmas beer, Thirsty Dog Brewing Co. in Akron is releasing its popular 12 Dogs of Christmas at 4 p.m. today (Oct. 15) at its tasting room.

The spiced holiday beer will hit retail stores, bars and restaurants this weekend.

Thirsty Dog also will release its Pumpkin Ale on draft at 2 p.m. Saturday at its tasting room. It will hit wider market distribution next week.

Yes, the Thirsty Dog Christmas is being released before its pumpkin beer. Co-owner John Najeway noted that the pumpkin is made with fresh butternut squash grown in Portage County and it can't be made until the harvest.

In other Thirsty Dog news, the brewery will release Wulver Wee Heavy, a bourbon barrel aged beer, next week.

Categories: Beer News

Millersburg to release imperial pumpkin

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 6:44am

Millersburg Brewing Co. in Millersburg will release its Pope's Imperial Pumpkin Ale to the public on Oct. 27. The beer, which is 9 percent alcohol by volume, is made with 10 pounds of pumpkin per barrel.

"It has an orange-brown color with the nose of pumpkin pie, brown sugar, nutmeg, cinnamon and vanilla," assistant manager Kylie Bamberger said in an email. "As the Imperial Pumpkin Ale rolls across your tongue you get the spice flavors, finishing with a slightly malty sweetness and an alcohol warmth on your palate with a lingering urge to take another sip.

"With the popularity of PSL (pumpkin spice latte, credit to Starbucks), we think our pumpkin ale will sweep beer lovers off their feet. Having tried the first sample last week, I was pretty enamored myself! Its warming flavor will comfort anyone for the predictably cool weather ahead of us."

Mug club members can get a first taste of the beer on Oct. 26.

Categories: Beer News