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Budweiser Clydesdales to visit Green, Kent

Fri, 07/22/2016 - 4:45pm

The world famous Budweiser Clydesdales will clip clop through the Akron area next month.

The draft horses will make an appearance in Green and will once again parade through downtown Kent.

It’s been years since the horses, beer advertising icons, last came to the area. Their visits usually attract thousands of people.

“We’re totally excited,” said Heather Malarcik, executive director of Main Street Kent. “We feel pretty special.”

The horses will make a stop from 2 to 4 p.m. Aug. 10 at the Circle K, 3520 S. Arlington Road, Green. Fans will be able to take photos, but the horses won’t be on the move.

That’s reserved for Aug. 11 when they will parade in full gear through downtown Kent. The horses also visited the Portage County city in 2007 and 2009.

The Clydesdales, which weigh about 2,000 pounds each, travel by custom-made tractor-trailer. They will be outfitted and hitched to a red, white and gold Studebaker-built beer wagon, a process that takes about an hour.

They are expected to arrive at 5:30 p.m., with the parade beginning at 6:30 p.m. outside the Hometown Bank Plaza, 142 N. Water St.

The parade will travel along West Main Street, Franklin Avenue, College Avenue, South Water Street, East Main Street, South Depeyster Street and East Erie Street before circling back to South Water Street.

The Clydesdales will stop along the parade route for photo opportunities and deliver beer to Anheuser-Busch customers in downtown Kent.

Joseph Jordan, an Anheuser-Busch InBev key account manager who lives in Rootstown Township, arranged the visit with the help of the Main Street Kent.

“I’ve always had a kind place in my heart for Kent,” Jordan said.

The last time the Clydesdales visited Kent was in 2009.

With the revitalization that has taken place downtown, it’s a good time for another parade, Jordan said.

The horses also will likely make an appearance at the Cleveland Indians game Aug. 13, he said.

The Clydesdales made their debut for Anheuser-Busch in 1933 when August A. Busch Jr. presented the horses and beer wagon to his father to commemorate the first bottle of beer brewed in St. Louis after Prohibition.

Ever since, they’ve been used to promote Budweiser.

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Five questions with ... Bob Bollas

Fri, 07/22/2016 - 10:50am

Bob Bollas is the ... well, his business card says "chief of zymurgy" ... at Fibonacci Brewing Co. in Mt. Healthy. The nanobrewery will celebrate its one-year anniversary next week. In case you're wondering, the brewery's name is a reference to Leonardo Pisano, the Italian mathematician who introduced the decimal number system to the Latin-speaking world and the Fibonnaci mathematical sequence.

Question: Why did you become a brewer?

Answer: I started exploring the world of craft beer right around the time I was finishing college in the early 2000s. However, I've never been able to simply enjoy something for what it is … if I were truly going to appreciate craft beer, I needed to understand HOW it was created. Therefore, I started reading about brewing (the science, the processes, etc) almost immediately but didn't actually brew any beer for years. My wife got tired of listening to me talk about brewing and bought me my first beer kit for my birthday in July 2007. I think I brewed six batches of beer the first month I had the kit. I was quickly hooked.

Q: Fibonacci will celebrate its one-year anniversary next week. What have you learned about your operation, brewing in general and the craft beer industry over that time?

A: The biggest thing I've learned about our operation is how labor intensive our system is. Everything in our brewhouse is a manual process: filling up our mash tun and HLT with water, cleaning fermenters/brite tanks/kegs, etc. To add to that, we only have a one-barrel brew system and two-barrel fermenters so I have to brew two batches to fill up one of our fermenters and I'm constantly brewing to keep up with demand. Also, up until a few weeks ago, I was still working a full-time job as a software engineer which made for many a long day (and night) of work. In preparation for our upcoming anniversary party, I recently had a 25-hour work day.

As far as the craft beer industry, I've learned that everyone involved is more than willing to assist you IF you are willing to ask. I'd always heard about how the people in the craft beer industry are more than willing to assist with anything. Initially this was not my experience, though, because I was so busy brewing that I didn't have time to reach out to anyone and I felt like I was on an island all alone. However, once I made the effort to reach out to others, I was amazed at the response I received. I've made so many great new friends in the craft beer industry over the past year and we would not be where we are today without the feedback and guidance I've received from them.

Q: How are you planning to celebrate your anniversary?

A: My wife, Betty, has always had a fascination with birthdays. She is the person who makes sure everyone's birthday is acknowledged and has a birthday cake. Therefore, we are having a "birthday" party to celebrate the brewery's first year of existence. We will have all of the staples of any craft brewery celebration: new beers (Irish Red and Summer Ale), food trucks and music. We're also going to have two talented local artists (who go by the name Kneel to No One) producing live art for our customers. Their artwork will also be available for purchase. (Editor's note: The party runs from noon to 10 p.m. Saturday, July 30.)

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

A: Our best-selling beer is our Tollhouse Stout. Even last July when we opened, it was our top-selling beer which is not what you would think for a style that is typically a fall/winter selection. It has a creamy texture with a nice balance of chocolate and coffee aromas and flavor. It is easy drinking but still packs a punch at 7.9 percent ABV.

Also, we do a couple variations of it which allows our customers to enjoy what they already know and try something new all at the same time. One variation, the Tollhouse Caps, involves infusing Carolina Reaper peppers (the hottest chili pepper in the world) after fermentation. This variation will be available during our birthday party next weekend.

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

A: This is easy … Indra Kunindra from Ballast Point. I love Indian cuisine and this is Indian cuisine in a bottle. In fact, I had Lamb Karai last night for dinner. This beer perfectly captures the exotic flavors of southern Asia. However, it is so rich and complex that I suggest sharing it with others. I am one of the few people I know who can drink an entire bomber of it by myself.

Editor's note: The Five questions with ... feature runs every Friday. If you would like to participate or want to nominate someone in the Ohio beer industry to participate, send me an email at rarmon@thebeaconjournal.com.

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Beer story sampler

Thu, 07/21/2016 - 5:43pm

Here are some interesting Ohio beer stories:

-- The Dayton Daily News reports on a new brewpub planned for Beavercreek. The Wandering Griffin could open as early as October. To read the full story, click here.

-- Cleveland.com reports that the Avon Brewing Co. and Grille plans to open next month in Avon. The same story also mentions Railroad Brewing Co. planning to open in the community. To read the full story, click here.

-- The Gnarly Gnome reports that Listermann Brewing Co. in Cincinnati has found its new head brewer. "I’m excited to be making the move to a place that fits my personality as a brewer and has a brewing culture totally in line with how I am about making beer in a real, respectful way, as well as having a sexy, robust barrel program that I am excited to inherit and expand," Jared Lewinski says. To read the full story, click here.

-- Columbus Alive has chosen Seventh Son Brewing Co. as its Brewer of the Year. To read the full story, click here.

-- The Columbus Dispatch reports on the creativity of beer labels, even profiling the designers at local breweries. “Beer labels used to be an afterthought,” Actual Brewing co-owner Mira Lee says. “(But) brewers and breweries are now taking the aesthetics seriously.” To read the full story, click here.

-- Cleveland.com reports on the arrival this week of Alaskan Brewing Co. in Ohio. To read the full story, click here.

-- The Dayton Daily News poses the question: What does the Anheuser-Busch InBev/SABMiller merger mean for Southwest Ohio, where MillerCoors operates a brewery. "The merger certainly has a potential impact directly on hundreds of workers in southwest and central Ohio," Mark Fisher writes. To read the full story, click here.

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Royal Docks creating house beer for new Twenty/20 Taphouse

Thu, 07/21/2016 - 2:14pm

Royal Docks Brewing Co. is creating a new house beer for the Twenty/20 Taphouse in the renovated Holiday Inn hotel in Canton.

The Jackson Township brewery will provide a kolsch-style ale called Blurred Vision.

“We are excited for the opportunity and think this is a really creative way for an international brand to support a local business," Royal Docks owner John Bikis said in a news release. "The recent growth in the area and ongoing Pro Football Hall of Fame project are providing some amazing opportunities not just for Royal Docks and
this hotel but the entire county.”

In addition to Blurred Vision as the house beer, two to three other Royal Docks beers will be offered.

The 47-year-old Holiday Inn hotel, located in the heart of the Belden Village area, is undergoing a $10 million renovation that is expected to be completed later this month.

“We are really excited to feature many local breweries and to have this partnership with Royal Docks," Holiday Inn food and beverage director Jamey Petit said in a release. "Our relationship with Royal Docks is particularly exciting because of the owner’s Canton roots; it is a hot spot in the Canton area. Having the opportunity to service out of town guests as well as locals is a unique opportunity. We can’t wait to pour beers, serve quality food and 'wow' our guests with our awesome staff. This hotel bar was the place to be in the 60’s and 70’s; lines were out the door. I would love to have that happen again at Twenty/20."

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Paladin Brewing celebrates with Cancer Sucks ESB

Thu, 07/21/2016 - 8:14am

Cancer sucks.

Nobody knows that better than John Chandler, the owner and brewer at Paladin Brewing Co. in Austintown Township.

He was diagnosed with adenocarcinoma at the same time he was launching his brewery last year. He lost an eye to the disease and it ravaged his sense of taste. But his passion for brewing never wavered.

To help celebrate the one-year anniversary from his cancer surgery, Paladin will release Cancer Sucks ESB during a celebratory party from 2 to 10 p.m. Saturday. (July 23)

The brewery also will sell Cancer Sucks T-shirts for $10 with the proceeds going to the American Cancer Society. They will go for $15 after the weekend. The T-shirt notes that Cancer Sucks was “crafted for heroic beer drinkers.”

“Cancer Sucks, there’s no other way to put [it] without using profanity,” Chandler said when asked about the name. “Why not create a beer describing the tribulation I went through during the most trying time of opening Paladin Brewing.”

He chose the extra special bitter style on purpose.

“You know the saying right, ‘Some things are bitter sweet,’ ... well cancer is not one of those things. It just sucks. It’s bitter,” he said. “When most people hear the name extra special bitter, they usually turn their nose unless they understand what it really means. Well to me cancer is definitely an extra special bitter. There’s no sweetness there at all.

“So to me it correlates, just fine. My ESB is bitter like it’s supposed to be, because of the water profile, not the hops. Yet it still has a nice mellow Noble hop flavor backed with a little malt sweetness, but the style name to me extra special bitter will forever correlate to the misconception of the style and correlate to how Cancer Sucks.”

As for Chandler’s health?

“I am cancer free,” he said. “The surgery a year ago successfully removed all the cancer and the chemo and radiation has kept any more from showing up. I’ve adjusted to one eye but miss having the strong sense of taste I used to. Still hoping that returns. My strength has returned and I’m just happy to be here with my family.”

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North Market, Columbus Craft Beer Alliance team up

Wed, 07/20/2016 - 11:50am

The North Market and Columbus Craft Beer Alliance are teaming up to put on the 11th annual Ohio Craft Brew Festival this year.

“This is the premiere craft brewing event in Ohio and now partnering with the highly respected CCBA, we believe the sky’s the limit," North Market Executive Director Rick Harrison Wolfe said in a news release. "Patrons of the event will get to experience local favorites as well as hard to find out-of-town brews. In addition, we have reformatted the event to stay ahead of the abundance of craft beer events that have popped up in recent years.”

Doug Oldham of the Columbus Craft Beer Alliance said organizers are kicking around ideas now to refresh the event. One of them is asking brewers to bring a lager. Another involves adding other programming "beyond just serving beer."

The two-day Ohio Craft Brew Festival is set for Sept. 23-24 at the North Market.

The nonprofit Columbus Craft Beer Alliance supports and promotes craft beer in the Columbus area. It has organized the successful Grandview Digfest, Hullabaloo and Summer Session beer tastings.

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Oktoberfest Zinzinnati moving location

Tue, 07/19/2016 - 6:54pm

The 40th annual Oktoberfest Zinzinnati is on the move -- but not far, it's still staying in downtown Cincinnati.

The Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber, which puts on the annual celebration, announced today (July 19) that the party is moving to Second and Third Streets, between Walnut and Elm Streets downtown. It previously was centered around Fifth Street near Vine Street.

Cincinnati.com cited the city's new streetcar as the reason for the move.

The event, sponsored by Samuel Adams and billed as the largest Oktoberfest in America, is set for Sept. 16-18.

“Moving to Second and Third Streets enables Oktoberfest Zinzinnati to expand and allows for more opportunities to highlight all the assets that make the Cincinnati region great,” Jill Meyer, president and CEO of the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber, said in a news release. “Without question, this site is an improvement. There’s more room for fest tents, more room for stages, Cincinnati’s streetcar will be up and running, and the new location provides a one-of-a-kind view of Cincinnati.”

First held in 1976, the event attracts more than 600,000 people each year.

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Brewing Heritage Trail gets funding from Ohio, Cincinnati

Tue, 07/19/2016 - 5:40pm

The Brewery District Community Urban Redevelopment Corp. announced today (July 19) that it recently received $300,000 from the state of Ohio and city of Cincinnati to help launch the Brewing Heritage Trail in Cincinnati.

Ohio is contributing $200,000 and Cincinnati will give $100,000 in addition to last year's contribution of $300,000 toward the $5 million project, the group said.

“We are thrilled that both the State of Ohio and the City of Cincinnati are investing in the Brewing Heritage Trail,” Steve Hampton, executive director of the Brewery District Community Urban Redevelopment Corp., said in a news release. “This will go a long way toward the development of the Brewery District as a national heritage tourism destination to drive economic impact while celebrating our city’s longstanding brewing history.”

The 2.3-mile trail, which will wind through the city's Over-the-Rhine neighborhood, is slated to open in phases starting next year.

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Angels on the Avenue sets Six Pack Beer Tour

Tue, 07/19/2016 - 12:59pm

Angels on the Avenue is sponsoring a Summer Six Pack Beer Tour on Aug. 27. The bus tour will benefit the Holy Family Cancer Home, which is celebrating its 60th anniversary.

As the name of the tour indicates, it will involve visits to six Northeast Ohio breweries: Sibling Revelry, Cleveland, Willoughby, Cornerstone, Cellar Rats and Chardon BrewWorks.

It will depart at 9 a.m. and arrive back at 9 p.m. at the Marriott Cleveland Airport on West 150th Street.

The cost is $75 and includes all tastings, tax, tips and transportation. Water and pizza will be provided on the bus. There also will be a Poker Run and 50/50 cards during the trip.

The tour is limited to 50 people and reservations are required. Checks should be mailed to: Angels on the Avenue, c/o Joe Dailey, 542 Treeside Lane, Avon Lake, Ohio 44012.

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Ohio Brewing releasing Presidential Pale Ale

Tue, 07/19/2016 - 9:33am

Ohio Brewing Co. is releasing a new political-themed beer just in time for the Republican National Convention in Cleveland.

The Akron brewery expects to release its new Presidential Pale Ale on tap Wednesday.

Ohio owner Chris Verich described it as an assertive American pale ale bittered with Cascade, Centennial and Citra hops. It’s 5.8 percent alcohol by volume.

“It’s a great beer to watch the conventions and debate with friends or just savor and enjoy for one’s own enjoyment,” he said in an email.

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Hamburger Festival to feature beer fest this year

Tue, 07/19/2016 - 8:33am

The National Hamburger Festival isn’t just hamburgers anymore.

The Buckeye Brewfest will make its debut this year at the two-day celebration of meat patties held at Lock 3 park in downtown Akron.

“Ohio is home to more than 170 craft breweries and ranks fourth in craft beer production nationwide,” organizer Drew Cerza said. “So the decision to create a beer-centered event was an easy one.”

The Buckeye Brewfest will run from noon to 7 p.m. Aug. 14, the second day of the Hamburger Festival.

The beer tasting is included in the price of admission to the overall festival — a mere $5. Beer drinkers then pay an additional fee per four-ounce, eight-ounce or 16-ounce sample.

The event will showcase: Thirsty Dog, Ohio, Buckeye, Great Lakes, Spider Monkey, Griffin Cider Works, Columbus, Elevator, Christian Moerlein, Mt. Carmel, Lager Heads, Black Cloister, Leinenkugel’s, Shiner, Fireman’s and Horny Goat.

Festival organizers also are planning beer-focused games and activities.

The 11-year-old hamburger festival, which is presented by the city of Akron and supports Akron Children’s Hospital, attracts about 20,000 visitors each year.

For more details, click here.

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Commonhouse Ales set to hit market Aug. 1

Mon, 07/18/2016 - 12:11pm

Commonhouse Ales will make its debut in the Central Ohio market Aug. 1.

The new Columbus brewery, which has teamed up with 17th Star Distributing and serves as the production brewery for the Smokehouse Brewing Co. brewpub, will launch with three beers:

-- Six.One For Good Ale: Ohio common ale, 6.1% ABV

-- Summer Sesh: session IPA, 4.6% ABV

-- Hoptopus: pale wheat ale, 5.8% ABV

The beer will be available on draft and in six-packs at bars and restaurants.

The brewery will host a “Common Soon” event featuring all three beers on draft from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. July 26 at its sister brewpub Smokehouse Brewing Co. The first 40 people to purchase a pint will get a Commonhouse Ales glass.

Smokehouse/Commonhouse owner Lenny Kolada and head brewer Sam Hickey will be there to share more about the new brewery.

Commonhouse Ales, which is launching as Ohio’s first B Corp brewery, will donate $1 for every six-pack sold of their flagship Six.One For Good Ale to a community fund through The Columbus Foundation called Commonhouse Shares, which will support local community nonprofit organizations.

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Beer story sampler

Mon, 07/18/2016 - 11:40am

Here are some interesting Ohio beer stories:

-- The Springfield News Sun reports that Mother Stewart's Brewing Co. has opened. “I just wanted some good, clean, drinkable styles,” co-founder Kevin Loftis says. To read the full story, click here.

-- Soapbox Cincinnati reports that the Geo. Wiedemann Brewing Co. is looking to open a brewery in St. Bernard. "My wife and I live in St. Bernard, and after talking to a neighbor I went to the city to see what I could do about a property," owner Jon Newberry says. To read the full story, click here.

-- Scene Magazine reports that Boss Dog Brewing Co. plans to open in Cleveland Heights. “We started out as your average homebrewers, doing it on our stove,” co-founder Josh Sweet says. “We kind of got a passion for it and decided that this was something we really wanted to do. Jason was a little more into it so he was going to be our brewmaster.” To read the full story, click here.

-- Columbus Business First reports that Arch City Development plans to build a brewery and restaurant in the city's Italian Village neighborhood. The developer is partnering with an established, yet-to-be named brewery. To read the full story, click here.

-- The Dayton Daily News reports on Dayton Beer Co. collaborating with The Requarth Co. to create Requarth Co. Upright Kolsch. It will be released Wednesday. To read the full story, click here.

-- WCPO went beer shopping with Fifty West Brewing Co. co-founder Blake Horsburgh. "The majority of the time I walk into a bottle shop, it’s to get inspiration from commercial examples of beers," he says. “It’s research, right? I’m trying to put myself up with the best of them. I brew beer for a living. I’m excited by what’s out there." To read the full story, click here.

-- The Brewers Association reports on the value of having lawmakers visit breweries. The story cites a visit by U.S. Rep. Steve Chabot (R-Ohio) to Big Dog's Brewing in Las Vegas. To read the full story, click here.

-- The Post provides a preview for Ohio Brew Week, which is under way in Athens. "Anything that is going to draw tourism and help the Athens community grow and blossom and continue to bring in visitors, I'm going to be a supporter of forever," Jackie O's owner Art Oestrike says. To read the full story, click here.

-- WOSU reports on the craft beer boom in Columbus. “We do have a lot of breweries here, and we are probably one of the top 50 cities in the country per number of breweries, but we’re not by any means the only city seeing this growth,” Drink Up Columbus founder Cheryl Harrison says. To read the full story, click here.

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Dear Rick ...

Mon, 07/18/2016 - 10:33am

Here’s another installment of Dear Rick ... You ask questions and I offer answers. This feature appears Mondays and will continue as long as the questions keep coming. You can hit me up by email at rarmon@thebeaconjournal.com or via Twitter at @armonrickABJ.

DEAR RICK: Can you tell me if breweries have any influence on the price point of growler fills (especially in grocery stores) when they are sold up against their bottles/cans? It seems like a growler fill should be less expensive per ounce than a six-pack, but that does not seem to be the case when I have compared in the past. Curious if this is a strategy breweries employ to keep their price per ounce consistent for a given product or if this is the retailer’s decision. — Todd Raubenolt

Dear Todd: The answer is no.

“They do not have any influence,” Jon Albrecht, the beer buyer for the Acme Fresh Market chain in Akron, told me. “Retailers set price points.”

As for the price per ounce issue, he said brewers sometimes charge retailers the same per ounce cost when it comes to kegs and the packaged product, so that's what the consumer pays.

Other breweries and retailers that I talked with agreed that there’s no collusion when it comes to growler pricing. That doesn’t mean conversations don’t take place. Sometimes, breweries ask retailers what they are going to charge. And sometimes, retailers ask breweries what they charge at the brewery.

“As far as retailers, I haven’t had an influence over their pricing,” said Nick Bowman, co-founder of Warped Wing Brewing Co. in Dayton.

John Blakely, the growler czar at the The Daily Growler shops in the Columbus area, echoed that.

“At our store, they don’t,” he said.

But he did say that breweries will sometimes make a request that The Daily Growler sell only pints of a rare or limited-edition beer and not growlers.

Bowman noted that growler shops like to feature beers that are available only on draft, meaning you’re paying a premium for that beer. There’s also the cost of labor for having someone pour the beer, he said.

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Five questions with ... Derek Thompson

Fri, 07/15/2016 - 11:42am

Derek Thompson runs the Olamani Sipu Hop Yard in South Solon in Madison County. He's also co-chairing the Ohio Hop Growers Guild's second annual Hop Yard Open House, which runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 23 at hop farms across Ohio. (You can check out a full list of locations below.)

Question: Why has there been such an interest from Ohio farmers in growing hops?

Answer: I think a lot of the interest comes from the recent rising popularity of craft beer and supporting local businesses here in Ohio. I know I got started from homebrewing, which is another common reason farmers start growing hops. No matter your reason for getting into growing them, it doesn’t get much better than drinking a beer made from the hops you grew.

Q: Why did the Ohio Hop Growers decide to hold an open house and what will people learn if they visit a hop farm on July 23?

A: The guild’s mission is to unify, grow, educate and protect the Ohio hops growing community, to increase sales of Ohio grown hops through promotions, marketing, public and industry awareness, and also to monitor and ensure a sustainable hops industry within the state of Ohio. The open house allows us to accomplish all this and more.

By attending the Open House you can expect to learn everything from which hop varieties we grow in Ohio to the purpose of using a trellis structure to how the hops are then processed for the brewers to use in beer. It’s a great opportunity to learn hands-on from growers here in Ohio anything you’d like to know about the Ohio hop business. Many brewers haven’t even had the opportunity to visit a hop yard so this is a great chance for anyone interested to learn more about hops and beer here in Ohio.

Q: What are the biggest challenges facing Ohio farmers in growing the state’s hop industry?

A: The biggest challenge is producing a quality product, delicious hops, that the brewers here in Ohio want to use consistently. There are many reasons why this is such a challenge, ranging from disease to processing demands. We’re working to ensure the hops grown here in Ohio meet the quality standards the brewers need and ones we can be proud of.

Q: What’s your best advice for anyone who’s interested in growing hops on how to get started?

A: Get involved with the Guild (www.ohgg.org) by becoming a member. You don’t need to be a grower to be a member – just a supporter and advocate. There are associate memberships available to anyone that offer the same benefits as regular memberships.

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

A: Well I’m a newlywed so I’d say 21st Amendment Hell or High Watermelon so I could always have some around to keep the wifey happy. But actually I’m not sure if I can think of just one beer I’d want to create. I do know, though, that I’d really like to do a fresh hopped IPL with my hops sometime. That just sounds awesome.

Editor's note: The Five questions with ... feature runs every Friday. If you would like to participate or want to nominate someone in the Ohio beer industry, send me an email at rarmon@thebeaconjournal.com.

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Beer story sampler

Thu, 07/14/2016 - 5:50pm

Here are some interesting Ohio beer stories:

-- The Toledo Blade profiles Willoughby Brewing Co. in Willoughby. "If I’m not making good beer, you can fire me," head brewer Rick Seibt said. "I like beer too much, and respect it too much, to make bad beer." To read the full story, click here.

-- Drink Up Columbus reports on Actual Brewing Co. launching a beer-and-Pokemon safari bus. The three-hour excursion is Sunday. To read the full story, click here.

-- The website Munchies profiles Rockmill Brewery in Lancaster, proclaiming in a headline that "The Most Belgian Beer Outside of Brussels Might Be Made in Ohio." To read the full story, click here.

-- Cincinnati.com reports on how local breweries such as Urban Artifact, Taft's and Fibonacci are employing local ingredients and forging local partnerships. "It makes flavors that are more unique and true to our environment and location," Urban Artifact's Bret Kollmann Baker says. "No one can truly replicate what we're doing." To read the full story, click here.

-- Thrillist asked brewers to name the one beer that's always in their fridge. Blake Horsburgh of Fifty West Brewing Co. and Chris Davison of Wolf's Ridge Brewing Co. weighed in, saying Orval and Edelstoff, respectively. To read the full story, click here.

-- Columbus Monthly profiles Kindred Artisan Ales, which is working on a sour program. “That nomenclature of sour, it usually signifies something that has gone bad,” Patrick Gangwer, the head of Kindred’s sour and barrel program, says. “We like to use the term ‘tart.’ It’s quenching, it’s prickly on the tongue, you might feel it on the back of the throat, but there’s also a complexity to it.” To read the full story, click here.

-- WCPO profiles the Bad Ass Beer Fest this weekend in Cincinnati. The festival is being put on by Bad Tom Smith Brewing Co. To read the full story, click here.

-- Cleveland.com reports that the Butcher and the Brewer will be closed to the public during the Republican National Convention because the Washington Post is setting up shop in the brewpub. To read the full story, click here.

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Ohio Brew Week returns Friday

Thu, 07/14/2016 - 3:36pm

The 11th annual Ohio Brew Week -- which is actually a nine-day event -- kicks off Friday (July 15) in Athens.

The celebration of Ohio-made beer will showcase more than 200 beers from more than 40 Ohio breweries. The festivities include beer tastings, a homebrew competition, talks and dinners.

For a full rundown of events, click here.

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Acme, Hoppin' Frog team up to make Grapefruit Shandy

Thu, 07/14/2016 - 3:00pm

Akron-based Acme Fresh Market will release a special limited-edition grapefruit shandy Saturday (July 16) to celebrate the grocery chain's 125th anniversary.

The beer, called Five Freds' Grapefruit Shandy, was made in collaboration with Hoppin' Frog Brewery in Akron. It's named after the four generations of Fred Albrechts who have worked for Acme and Hoppin' Frog brewer and founder Fred Karm.

"I am thrilled that our 125th anniversary beer was created by one of the top brewmasters in the world," Acme President Jim Trout said in a prepared statement. "As soon as I pitched the idea of two local, world-class companies putting out a product to celebrate Acme’s 125th anniversary, Fred said ‘I’m in.' We had a great time tasting and talking about beers during the creation of Five Freds. I think that’s what local really means – Acme’s ability to stop by our local, award-winning Hoppin’ Frog and create an awesome product that our customers will love."

Five Freds’ Grapefruit Shandy will be available at all Acme Fresh Market stores in 22-ounce bottles. It will sell for $8.99.

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Columbus Summer Beerfest fast approaching

Thu, 07/14/2016 - 1:12pm

The seventh annual Columbus Summer Beerfest is right around the corner.

The two-day beer festival, which will showcase more than 350 beers from more than 100 breweries, is set for Aug. 5-6 at Express Live. The event attracted more than 8,000 people last year.

Organizers announced today (July 14) that discounted early admission tickets are on sale now.

For more details, click here.

To read the full news release, see below:

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7th Annual Columbus Summer Beerfest August 5 & 6

Over 8,000 expected at the largest craft beer party of the summer in Columbus

COLUMBUS, OH — July 14, 2016 — The 7th Annual Columbus Summer Beerfest will take place Friday, August 5 and Saturday, August 6 at Express Live.

The event will feature over 350 craft beers from more than 100 breweries from down the street and around the country. The event will also feature local food trucks including Mikey’s Late Night Slice, Schmidt’s Sausage Truck, Sophie’s Pierogies, The Paddy Wagon and The Angry Weiner, and live music from The Winnie Cooper Project on Friday night, and Truslow and Devil’s Lettuce on Saturday night. Over 8,000 people attended the Columbus Summer Beerfest last year, making it the largest summer craft beer event in Columbus.

General Admission tickets for the Columbus Summer Beerfest, which include a souvenir mug and 25 tasting tickets, are $40 advance or $50 at the door. Early Admission tickets are available for $50 advance or $60 at the door. Through July 22, Early Admission entry can be purchased for the same price as General Admission ($40). Designated driver tickets are also available for $20. Tickets can be purchased at http://columbusbeerfest.com/buy-tickets.

Proceeds from the event will benefit Animal Rescue Partners, Inc., a 501-C-3 organization which provides animal welfare resources and responsible pet ownership education to the community. Festivals Unlimited, the company that produces Columbus Beerfest and other beer festivals across Ohio and Pennsylvania, contributed over $160,000 to their nonprofit partners in 2015.

The 2016 Columbus Summer Beerfest will take place Friday, August 5 and Saturday, August 6 from 7:30-11:00pm (with early entry at 6:30pm) at Express Live, formerly The LC, located at 405 Neil Avenue.

About Festivals Unlimited LLC

Festivals Unlimited produces craft beer events in Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Pittsburgh and Philadelphia. Each event supports small, independent craft breweries and benefits regional non-profit partners through ticket proceeds.

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Categories: Beer News

Goldhorn Brewery opens Saturday

Wed, 07/13/2016 - 11:16am

To say that the brewing system at the new Goldhorn Brewery in Cleveland is well-traveled would be an understatement.

It’s been on three continents.

Three.

It was built in Denmark in the late 1990s. (Europe.)

It was shipped to a brewery in Japan. (Asia.)

Then it pumped out beer at a brewery in Michigan. (North America.)

And now, the eight-barrel, copper-clad, three-vessel system calls the East 55th Street neighborhood of Cleveland home.

“It’s been all over the place,” head brewer Joel Warger said.

But the bottom line is that it’s in great shape and ready to produce great beer, he said.

The brewing system — along with Goldhorn beer — goes on full display Saturday (July 16) when the brewpub hosts its grand opening. The brewery will be open from noon to 10 p.m.

The 39-year-old Warger — a craft beer industry veteran who spent 14 years at Great Lakes Brewing Co., including as the pub brewer — admitted that he’s a little nervous for opening day.

“I’m excited to hear what people think and to hear people’s feedback,” he said.

Goldhorn will offer seven, possibly eight, beers on Saturday. There are 12 taps so the plan is to offer a dozen down the road.

The initial lineup will feature:

• Polka City Pilsner, a light, crisp pilsner brewed with Slovenian hops.

• English Pale Ale, a pale ale brewed with English-style malts and hops.

• The Selkie Scottish Ale.

• Numbers Street Wheat, a German-style hefeweizen.

• Fire Plug Pale Ale, a smoked pale ale with Azacca and Chinook hops.

• Goldhorn IPA, a classic American IPA with Chinook and Citra hops.

• St. Clair Stout, a dark stout.

Warger’s goal is to produce solid, traditional beer styles to start.

“The main thing I want to do is keep a balanced portfolio of flavors on,” he said. “You want to have something for everybody’s palate.”

Warger, who credits his brewing skill and knowledge to Great Lakes and co-founders Pat and Dan Conway, knows there is plenty of competition in craft brewery-rich Northeast Ohio.

“With all the breweries opening up, what we’re trying to do is make good beer,” he said. “Anybody has to make good beer first. And then it’s selling people on the experience that we can give them. ... You have to win people over with your beer and your environment and hope that they continue to come back.”

The brewpub, located in the Hub 55 development, will feature a sandwich-heavy menu. There will be no hosts or servers. Instead, hungry people will head over to a kitchen window to order and pick up their food.

It’s a model that works, for example, at MadTree Brewing Co. in Cincinnati and Warped Wing Brewing Co. in Dayton.

As of now, the beer will be available on draft only.

“There’s a plan to talk about talking about a plan to someday bottle or package in some shape or form,” Warger said.

He laughed when told how squishy that comment sounds. Goldhorn wants to establish its brand first before exploring packaging, he said.

Asked what he wants beer drinkers to know about Goldhorn, Warger, who lives in Cleveland’s Jefferson neighborhood, talked about the impact that a brewery can have on a neighborhood. He saw how Great Lakes helped transform Ohio City: What was once a sketchy area is now an attraction and destination filled with craft breweries, bars and restaurants.

“It’s important to me to have an impact on the neighborhood we’re in,” Warger said. “I’ve seen how it works in Ohio City. What drew me to this project is the impact that we can have on an old, cool Cleveland neighborhood. ... Making sure that our customers can come in and find something they can drink is important, as well.”

Categories: Beer News