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Hoppin' Frog wins blind Christmas beer tasting

Fri, 12/16/2016 - 9:32am

Hoppin' Frog Frosted Frog won the Vintage Estate Wine and Beer blind Christmas beer tasting for the seventh year in a row.

The Boardman bar and beer shop held the tasting earlier this month. The rundown, in order, following Frosted Frog, according to the Vintage Estate Facebook page: Southern Tier 2Xmas, Brew Kettle Winter Warmer, Dark Horse 4 Elf, Thirsty Dog 12 Dogs of Christmas, Deschutes Jubelale, Rivertowne Rudolph Red, Harpoon Winter Warmer, Fat Head's Holly Jolly, Anchor Christmas Ale, Revolution Fistmas, 21st Amendment Fireside Chat and Great Lakes Christmas Ale.

Speaking of Hoppin' Frog, the Akron brewery this week released a new menu at its Tasting Room and will release Hop Dam Triple IPA on Saturday. (Dec. 17)

"We put a lot of research and effort in our new food menu, so we really hope you like it," owner and brewer Fred Karm said in an email. "It features the best of everything we've learned in our last 3-1/2-plus years operating our Tasting Room, and is a great complement to our flavorful beer."

The menu features Bavarian-style soft pretzels with beer cheese and new Maple Karminator mustard, and several items cooked with avocado oil. There also is Norwegian Salmon offered as an entree with pasta and asparagus, spinach and quinoa salad, and slow-roasted short rib dish.

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Yellow Springs to release 13 percent imperial stout

Thu, 12/15/2016 - 11:07am

Yellow Springs Brewery will release a limited-edition, 13 percent imperial American stout at 3 p.m. Dec. 23 at the taproom in Yellow Springs.

Maxxdout Stout -- made with American two-row malt and plenty of chocolate and roasted barley, then dry hopped with Amarillo and Centennial hops -- will be available in 22-ounce bottles. It's Yellow Spring's first beer to take advantage of Ohio doing away with the 12 percent ABV limit.

"We are really excited that we are able to produce bigger beers now and customers can look for many more in the future," brewmaster Jeffrey McElfresh said in a prepared statement.

Only 500 bottles were produced and there will be a three-bottle limit per person. Bottles will sell for $15.

"... Aging this beer would by no means hurt the complexity and depth of flavors as they will mature nicely to balance out the hops with the roasted barley and chocolate notes," McElfresh said.

In addition to the debut of Maxxdout, the Dec. 23 tap list will include some unique takes on the beer. McElfresh has planned two variations: Coconut Rum Maxxdout and Maxxdout aged on blueberries.

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Fat Head's rated high in tasting of winter beers

Thu, 12/15/2016 - 9:56am

Paste is at it again -- this time doing a blind taste test of 104 winter beers.

Fat Head's Pimp My Sleigh, a 10.4 percent Belgian-style Christmas ale, was the only Ohio-made beer to make the top 30. Pimp My Sleigh clocked in at 16th, with Paste calling Fat Head's "perennially underrated."

Other Ohio beers that participated were: The Brew Kettle Winter Warmer, Canton Winter Beer, Fat Head's Holly Jolly Christmas Ale, Great Lakes Christmas Ale, Great Lakes Bourbon Barrel Aged Christmas Ale, MadTree Thundersnow and Warped Wing Esther's Little Secret.

The No. 1 beer was Scaldis Noel.

To read the full list, click here.

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BJ's opens opens new restaurant in North Olmsted

Thu, 12/15/2016 - 9:43am

BJ’s Restaurants opened a new restaurant this week (Dec. 12) at the Great Northern Mall in North Olmsted on the west side of Cleveland.

It is the Huntington Beach, Calif.-based chain's 10th restaurant in Ohio.

“We are excited to open our last restaurant of the year in North Olmsted, Ohio,” President and CEO Greg Trojan said in a prepared statement. “North Olmsted is our 17th restaurant opened this year and our 10th restaurant in the state of Ohio. ... As we look forward to 2017, our new restaurant pipeline is in excellent shape.”

BJ’s Restaurants owns and operates 187 casual dining restaurants under the BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse, BJ’s Restaurant & Brewery, BJ’s Pizza & Grill®and BJ’s Grill brand names.

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Taft's introduces blackberry-infused sour ale

Wed, 12/14/2016 - 12:54pm

Taft's Ale House will tap a new, limited-release blackberry-infused sour ale at 5 p.m. Thursday. (Dec. 15)

The draft-only Louisa Bramble, which is 5.8 percent alcohol by volume, is 100 percent fermented by wild yeast and oak cask aged. The beer is part of the Cincinnati brewery's Louisa American Sour Series.

Taft's used a base beer called Louisa, The Stave Mother, to blend with fresh blackberries.

"Louisa is a project in which we have tremendous pride, approach with a disciplined attention to detail and a strict adherence to traditional authentic ingredients and processes," Taft's brewmaster Kevin Moreland said in a prepared statement.

Louisa is conditioned in an imported Italian oak foeder and fermented using Taft's house wild yeast culture without the assistance of saccharomyces cerevisiae or saccharomyces pastorianus, the brewery said.

There will be no growler sales. The beer also will be available at select beer events and festivals around the region.

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Platform, Old City Soda announce partnership

Wed, 12/14/2016 - 10:10am

Platform Beer Co. is taking over the production of and distribution for Old City Soda.

The Cleveland-based soda company, which began in 2014, announced the deal this week. Old City Soda hopes the agreement helps it expand its operation.

“We’ve been carrying and using Old City Soda since they started production," Platform co-founder Paul Benner said in a news release. “It’s been great to see their brand take hold in Cleveland, yet we knew they were struggling to meet the increasing demand. This is exactly the kind of scenario we envisioned when we started Platform and we’re really happy to be working as a partner with Old City as they grow. We’ve dedicated production, sales, distribution resources to really help them ramp and I would expect to see their sodas in a lot of the accounts Platform already serves across the state.”

To read the full release, see below:



Platform Beer Co and Old City Soda Announce Manufacturing and Distribution Partnership

Cleveland, OH – December 13, 2016 – Old City Soda, a Cleveland-based craft soda producer and Platform Beer Co, a Cleveland-based craft brewer and distributor announced their agreement to establish a strategic partnership whereby Platform will assume primary responsibilities to produce and distribute Old City Soda within Ohio. This partnership dramatically expands the production and distribution capacity of Old City Soda while fulfilling one of Platform’s core goals of being an incubator and growth engine for other beverage brands.

Platform has grown significantly in its first 2+ years of operation and with recent expansions to the brewing capacity and distribution fleet is poised to continue its ascent as one the most widely produced and distributed local beer brands in Northeast Ohio. Platform is also set to open the doors of its new brewhouse and taproom in Columbus which will further extend the companies’ reach within the Ohio market.

Old City Soda began operations in 2014 and has cultivated a strong following in the Cleveland area based on its unique flavors and a commitment to producing authentic sodas with only natural ingredients and no preservatives. Old City has been working to establish methods which allow for the product to be stored at room temperature without introducing preservatives and have recently achieved this milestone, thus opening the door to broader distribution in retail outlets.

“Platform has been a great partner, and this agreement will help us in so many ways,” said Mike Gulley, founder of Old City Soda. “We will be able to dramatically increase our production capabilities while also providing a much higher degree of service to our existing customers, as well as those that have been asking for our products. We simply haven’t been able to meet all of the demand for our sodas, which is exactly why this partnership made sense. We’re excited to finally be able to make the leap into broader distribution.”

“We’ve been carrying and using Old City Soda since they started production,” said Paul Benner, co-founder of Platform Beer Co. “It’s been great to see their brand take hold in Cleveland, yet we knew they were struggling to meet the increasing demand. This is exactly the kind of scenario we envisioned when we started Platform and we’re really happy to be working as a partner with Old City as they grow. We’ve dedicated production, sales, distribution resources to really help them ramp and I would expect to see their sodas in a lot of the accounts Platform already serves across the state.”

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Scenic Brewing expands distribution

Wed, 12/14/2016 - 9:18am

Scenic Brewing Co. has inked a deal with Akron-based Tramonte Distributing and is expanding its distribution footprint and beers available.

The Jackson Township brewery has six-pack bottles of Uncharted India Pale Ale available now at retailers from Cleveland to Columbus, including Buehler's Fresh Foods and Earth Fare stores.

"It's going really well," owner and brewer Dan Mueller said.

Scenic will add Andes Ascent Amber Ale in January and Mango Bay Hoppin Session India Pale Ale in February in six-packs. The brewery also is working on a packaged habanero pilsner for release in late spring or early summer.

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Warped Wing, North High raising food for hungry families

Tue, 12/13/2016 - 3:35pm

Warped Wing Brewing Co. and North High Brewing Co. are teaming up to help hungry families this holiday.

Each brewery is hosting a "Feed the People" pub crawl to benefit BOGG Ministries in Dayton and the Westerville Area Resource Ministry in Westerville from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday. (Dec. 15)

The breweries also have each created a special beer for the event: We the People Golden Stout at North High and Feed the People Brown Ale at Warped Wing.

The Dayton pub crawl begins at Warped Wing and then hits the Trolley Stop, Lucky's Taproom & Eatery and Blind Bob's Bar. The Columbus pub crawl starts at the North High Taproom and then heads to the Parlor Room, House Beer and Bodega.

The breweries are asking people to donate non-perishable food items to participate. Items that are most needed are cereal, ramen noodles, pasta, breakfast bars, popcorn, peanuts, crackers, fruit snacks, jerky and pretzels. Warped Wing and North High are competing to see which brewery can collect the most donations.

The breweries also promised that a “Gold ‘N Brown” -- the Golden Stout on top of the Brown Ale -- will be served at the last stop.

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New Brew Kettle still in the works

Tue, 12/13/2016 - 10:22am

The Brew Kettle owner Chris Russo says he's "still working on all the moving parts" related to building a new brewery in Strongsville.

He revealed plans in September 2015 to construct a nearly 40,000-square-foot facility to house a restaurant, production brewery, brew-on-premise business, winery and distillery to replace the current Brew Kettle. But the project has yet to break ground.

Russo said this week that he should have something to announce soon and that the project "has grown into more than just a brewery."

He declined to talk more about the project right now. "I don't like talking about stuff until I have all the details," he said.

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Beer story sampler

Mon, 12/12/2016 - 10:22am

Here are some interesting Ohio beer stories:

-- A Youngstown couple is renovating a former church into a brewery. The Noble Creature Cask House, which would focus on sours and barrel-aged beer, hopes to open next year. "We've been looking for the right location and the right site for a long time, and this is it," Ira Gerhart told the Youngstown Vindicator. To see reports on the brewery, go to Youngstown Vindicator or WKBN.

-- The Richland Source reports on Phoenix Brewing Co. making  high-gravity beers. Brewer Duncan Macfarlane says making high alcohol beers isn't easy. To read the full story, click here.

-- Drink Up Columbus reports that Mother Stewart's Brewing in Springfield will host an art auction Thursday. (Dec. 15) To read the full post, click here.

-- Columbus Monthly reports on Ohio removing the cap on alcohol in beer. “It’s nice to not have to worry about the alcohol cap,” Actual Brewing Co. owner Fred Lee says. To read the full story, click here.

-- The Cincinnati Business Courier reports that Rhinegeist Brewery is apparently looking to add a restaurant to its space. It will be called Eaton Place. To read the full story, click here.

-- Columbus Business First reports that Columbus will serve as a test market for the harmful use of alcohol. It is part of Anheuser-Busch InBev's Global Smart Drinking Goals initiative. To read the full story, click here.

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Five questions with ... Lawrence Pritchard

Fri, 12/09/2016 - 10:10am

Lawrence Pritchard is the founder and brewer at Flatrock Brewing Co. in Napoleon. Flatrock, which started out as a small brewery in Holgate, has expanded into making artisan wines, meads and spirits, as well.

Question: Why did you become a brewer?

Answer: I've always been told make a career doing what you love. Started out a homebrewer and love it so much I decided to make it my life's passion.

Q: What has been the highlight of your brewing career so far and why was it so special? (Maybe it's been a beer that you brewed, an award that you won, an idol you've met ...)

A: Moving to downtown Napoleon was the highlight of my brewing career. We were able to find a space that allowed for a brewhouse expansion, walk-in cooler and prime downtown location.

Q: What advice can you give future brewers to be successful?

A: Location is important with any business especially if you plan on having a taproom. Also make sure there is enough capital to purchase equipment for any expansion plans. Nothing is more frustrating as selling out of beer and not having the funds to expand.

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

A: Our most popular beer is Joe E Brown Chocolate and Peanut Butter Brown Ale. We designed this beer for session craft beer fans with a lower ABV. It's a popular beer because of its appeal to both the fledgling and seasoned craft beer drinker.

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

A: Fantôme Noel, really impressed with everything Dany Prignon churns out from his brewery in Soy, Belgium. Noel just makes me happy and it's so hard to find. I wish I could just make this beer year-round and horde it for my own private stock.

Editor's note: The Five questions with ... feature appears each Friday. If you would like to participate or would like to nominate someone to participate, send me an email at rarmon@thebeaconjournal.com.

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MadTree sets opening date for new brewery

Fri, 12/09/2016 - 8:54am

MadTree Brewing Co. wants you to circle Feb. 11 on the calendar.

That's when the Cincinnati brewery will celebrate the grand opening of its new $18 million production brewery, taproom and beer garden in the former RockTenn building on Madison Road. The celebration will coincide with MadTree's annual Winter Bonanza anniversary party.

The brewery announced the opening day today. (Dec. 9) MadTree has affectionately dubbed the new facility "MadTree 2.0."

“Seeing this dream become a reality still blows my mind,” co-founder Kenny McNutt said in a prepared statement. “Four years ago, before we opened, we couldn’t even remotely imagine doing something like this. It’s an honor to be able to invite the community that built this to share in the celebration.”

The Winter Bonanza/opening celebration will feature MadTree and guest beers, along with live music and food trucks and restaurants.

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Arnold's to host Geistmas Toy Drive and Fundraiser

Thu, 12/08/2016 - 9:40am

Arnold's Bar and Grill, Rhinegeist Brewery and The Cincy Brass are getting in the holiday spirit.

The Giestmas 2016 Toy Drive and Fundraiser will hit Arnold's at 8 p.m. Dec. 16. The bar will offer six Rhinegeist beers on tap, including Juicy Truth and Barrel Aged Mushhushshu. Half the Rhinegeist beer sales will be donated to Toys for Tots.

The first 100 people to bring in a new, unwrapped toy also will get a limited-edition Rhinegeist ball ornament hand-signed by brewmaster Jim Matt.

The Cincy Brass will perform at 9 p.m.

Speaking of Rhinegeist, the Cincinnati brewery has teamed up with the Cincinnati YMCA for a coat drive. Anyone who donates a coat at the brewery or any YMCA location will get a voucher for a $1 beer at the tasting room.

Rhinegeist also has opened a new merchandise store inside the brewery just in time for the holidays. The store features everything from hats and glassware to beer.

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Actual Brewing expands into Cleveland market

Wed, 12/07/2016 - 2:44pm

Actual Brewing Co. is expanding north.

The Columbus brewery has inked a distribution deal with the new Sixth City Distribution to bring its beers to the Cleveland market.

“We’re getting ready to party Cleveland up,” Actual co-founder Fred Lee said Wednesday. (Dec. 7) “We talked with some of our Cleveland friends and we feel like there’s a good opportunity to provide our style up there.”

Actual, which produces bottles, cans and draft, expects to offer its year-round lineup in the Cleveland area starting Dec. 19. Its brands include Fat Julian Imperial Stout, Photon Light Lager and Elektron American Amber Rye.

Actual is planning several launch events in the area. The details on those are still being worked out.

Lee is excited about the Cleveland expansion.

While Cleveland has “a ton of good breweries, I think Cleveland is missing a Fat Julian. I think Cleveland is missing a Photon Light Lager,” he said.

Actual employs a 10-barrel brewing system. It hopes to produce 4,000 barrels next year. (You can check out my 2013 story about Actual's interesting beginnings here.)

The Sixth City agreement is Actual’s first distribution deal but not its first foray into another market. The brewery has self-distributed in Athens and to the Wooster-based Buehler’s Fresh Foods chain. The Actual brands have performed well at Buehler’s, Lee said.

He said he hopes that Actual branches out into Northwest Ohio and then maybe Southwest Ohio down the road. He’s also exploring going into the Indianapolis and Pittsburgh markets.

Sixth City, which was founded this year, said in a news release that Actual is the first of a handful of brands it plans to introduce in Northeast Ohio.

 “We love Actual Brewing because their beer is very creative and they are laser-focused on quality.” Sixth City founder Ryan Reed said. “Actual has expanded quickly in a very competitive Columbus market and we’re thrilled to be rolling them out in Northeast Ohio.”

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Beer story sampler

Wed, 12/07/2016 - 8:18am

Here are some interesting Ohio beer stories:

-- Cleveland Scene profiles the Euclid Brewing Co. "I have a Ph.D. in organic chemistry," brewer Doug Fry says. "Setting up this facility was just like setting up a pilot plant. I move liquids around, heat and cool things. Making beer was an extension of what I did." To read the full story, click here.

-- The Dayton Daily News reports that the Wandering Griffin brewpub in Beavercreek has opened. The brewpub isn't producing its own beers yet, though. To read the full story, click here.

-- Cleveland.com reports that longtime Great Lakes brewer Luke Purcell is leaving the brewery to help launch a new brewpub in the Flats with restauranteur Zack Bruell. "It sounded like the right thing to do," Purcell says. "And something new sounds good, too. I've been where I am for a long time. It seems like the right time and the right place."To read the full story, click here.

-- WOSU reports that Ohio State University took in $1.1 million in revenue in the first year of beer sales at its football stadium. The radio station estimated that fans drank at least 122,000 beers during the seven home games. To read the full story, click here.

-- The website Vinepair offers up 10 recommendations for winter beers, including Thirsty Dog 12 Dogs of Christmas. To read the full list, click here.

-- Drink Up Columbus reports that Zaftig Brewing Co. will host its third annual Ugly Sweater Christmas Party on Dec. 17. To read the full report, click here.

-- Drink Up Columbus reports that Homestead Beer Co. will release 22-ounce bottles of its barrel-aged Bison Imperial Stout on Dec. 17. To read the full report, click here.

-- Pat's Pints holds another Ohio vs. the World tasting with this one pitting Columbus Citra Noel against Sierra Nevada Celebration Fresh Hop IPA. And the winner is ... To find out, click here.

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Rising Star partnering with BottleHouse

Tue, 12/06/2016 - 2:41pm

Rising Star Coffee Roasters plans to open a pop-up shop inside the BottleHouse Brewery and Meadery in Lakewood and hopes to open a permanent location next door if the concept proves successful.

The Cleveland-based coffee company will offer a "pour over and aeropress bar" at BottleHouse.

"Our customers have been begging us to open a location in Lakewood," Robert Stockham of Rising Star said in a prepared statement. "We have lots of great customers offering our coffee on the western side of Lakewood, but none on the eastern end. When we sat down with the guys from BottleHouse, it seemed like a great fit. ... The space is empty during the day, so this is a great way to activate the space during down times."

The pop-up location is slated to open by mid December and the specific hours are still being determined. But Stockham expets a 6 a.m. opening time and closing between 4 adn 6 p.m.

Rising Star hopes to open a permanent location next year in a building next door, he said. The coffee company now has several sites in Cleveland.

The pop-up concept will serve only pour overs and aeropresses, alongside Rising Star and merchandise. Plans include some pastries from Fire Food and Drink.

“We wanted a concept that got us back to our roots,” Stockham said. “Pour over and aeropresses are a great way to really appreciate the complex flavors of our coffee.”

BottleHouse and Rising Star already have a collaboration of sorts. BottleHouse, which has a brewery in Cleveland Heights, uses Rising Star coffee beans in its coffee stout.

Brewery co-founder Brian Benchek said it was an easy decision to invite Rising Star into the Lakewood site.

“Rising Star puts passion and quality at the core of what they do and we are thrilled to have the opportunity to strengthen our relationship with them,” he said. “At The BottleHouse Brewery and Meadery we love collaboration. Over the years we have partnered with all kinds of passionate individuals from chefs to farmers. Now we can add Rising Star Roasters to the list. For nearly five years, we have brewed our flagship coffee stout with Rising Star beans and now we are taking the relationship to the next level. Rising Star pop-up cafe will now be sharing our Madison Avenue location! Coffee by day, beer and mead by night. A match made in Cleveland.”

The hoursHours for the new location are still to be determined, but you can expect a 6 am opening time and closing between 4 and 6 pm. Bottlehouse Brewery and Meadery is located at 13368 Madison Ave, Lakewood, OH 44107

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Thirsty Dog to host Pints for Pooches fundraiser

Tue, 12/06/2016 - 10:06am

Thirsty Dog Brewing Co. will host the third annual Pints for Pooches fundraiser and adopt-a-thon from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday. (Dec. 10)

Rescue organizations will be at the Akron brewery with animals for adoption.

A $10 cover charge — cash only will be accepted — will include three drink tickets and pizza, with part of the proceeds going to the rescue groups.

The event will feature Maggie’s Mission, Save Ohio Strays and One of A Kind Pet Rescue.

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Great Lakes adding four new seasonal beers

Tue, 12/06/2016 - 9:48am

Great Lakes Brewing Co. will debut four new seasonal brands and is adding a fan favorite to its year-round lineup next year.

The Cleveland brewery announced its 2017 beer lineup last week.

The new seasonals, which each were made in the brewpub’s original seven-barrel brewhouse by pub brewer Steve Forman, are:

• Grandes Lagos Lager, a Mexican-style lager with a pink hue and tart finish thanks to the addition of hibiscus flowers. It’ll be available in six-packs, 12-packs and draft in March.

• Lightkeeper Blonde Ale, a slightly hoppy ale. It will be sold in March as part of the Fridge Filler 12-pack, which also will include Holy Moses White Ale, the 2017 edition of the Hop By Numbers IPA brewed with experimental hop 06277 and ...

• Oats MacDonald Pale Ale, a creamy pale ale made with oats. It will be sold as part of the Fridge Filler.

• Hop Madness Double IPA, which will be available in four-packs and on draft in April.

(You can check out bottle images provided by the brewery below.)

Meanwhile, Turntable Pils will join year-round brews Dortmunder Gold, Eliot Ness, Burning River, Commodore Perry and Edmund Fitzgerald in six-packs, 12-packs and draft starting in January in Ohio.

“Turntable Pils was a hit in its debut year, with many customers saying they’d love to make it their ‘go-to’ beer because of its flavorful but easy-drinking style,” brewery spokeswoman Marissa DeSantis said. “Turntable Pils fits in perfectly with our year-round portfolio because it showcases one of the things we do best: brewing fresh, balanced, and true-to-style beers.

“We’ve put the Great Lakes spin on this classic style to show people how flavorful and complex a pilsner can be. At 5.3 percent, Turntable is lower in alcohol than our other year-round offerings, so it’s an approachable, session-friendly option for our fans and new craft drinkers.”

Great Lakes also liked the idea of celebrating Ohio’s music history, she said.

The brewery is planning to celebrate the year-round launch with themed events, contests, and merchandise.

Here’s the rest of Great Lakes’ seasonal release calendar:

January: Conway’s Irish Red Ale

February: Chillwave Double IPA

May: Steady Rollin’ Session IPA

June: Lake Erie Monster

August: Oktoberfest

September: Nosferatu

October: Ohio City Oatmeal Stout

November: Christmas Ale

November: Blackout Stout

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Columbus airport adds Land-Grant Taproom

Mon, 12/05/2016 - 12:19pm

The John Glenn Columbus International Airport is opening a Land-Grant Brewing Taproom today, (Dec. 5) joining other airports around the country that have brewery tasting rooms.

"We’re proud to be a part of the Columbus community and we’re excited to broaden our reach in sharing and introducing our beer," Land-Grant founder and CEO Adam Benner said in a prepared statement.

The Land-Grant Brewing Taproom, located in Concourse B, has a similar design as the brewery tasting room in Franklinton with reclaimed wood-lined walls, metal paned windows, and furniture designed and built by MINOH Design.

The taproom will feature 1862 Ale, Greenskeeper, Stiff-Arm and Son of a Mudder, along with two Land-Grant rotating seasonals on tap and guest bottles. Wine and cocktails will also be served.

The menu, designed in collaboration with restaurant operator HMS Host, will be comprised of flatbreads, sandwiches and salads.

Visitors also will be able to buy Land-Grant branded merchandise and six-packs to go.

Many airports have brewery-themed taprooms, including Cleveland Hopkins International Airport (Great Lakes Brewing Co.), Akron-Canton Airport (Great Lakes), Tampa International Airport (Cigar City Brewing), San Francisco International Airport (Anchor Brewing and Gordon Biersch), Denver International Airport (New Belgium) and Honolulu International Airport (Kona).

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Fat Head's bringing Hop JuJu to Germany

Mon, 12/05/2016 - 10:31am

Fat Head's brewer Matt Cole is bringing Hop JuJu to Germany.

The award-winning brewer has traveled to Brauerei Kundmüller to make "the very first American-Franconian Imperial IPA," the brewery said in a news release today. (Dec. 5) The collaboration stems from a meeting a few years ago between Cole and brothers Ossi and Roland Kundmüller.

To read the full news release, see below:


December 5, 2016 | Middleburg Heights, OH

For Immediate Release —


Matt Cole will travel to Brauerei Kundmüller, 20 minutes west of Bamberg, Germany in Weiher, to brew the very first American-Franconian Imperial IPA.

Family-owned and operated, Brauerei Kundmüller has brewed beer according to historic Franconian tradition for 142 years. Today, brothers Ossi and Roland Kundmüller oversee the small farm, inn, restaurant, and distillery, as well as production at the brewery which yields bottles for regional distribution. Most notably, Brauerei Kundmüller has been awarded at the World Beer Cup and garnered 13 medals to-date at European Beer Star, Europe’s equivalent to the Great American Beer Festival. These international accolades caught the eye of Cole, and on a trip to Germany last year he sought out the brewery in its quaint village of only 100 residents.

Over lunch and some Head Hunter IPAs that Cole had brought with him, the Kundmüllers offered their Weiherer IPA which they have brewed once a year since 2013. By Cole’s own account, it was too dark and malty in comparison to the American-style IPAs he has grown accustomed to. The trio parted ways with the hope that one day Cole would come back for an American-Franconian collaboration.

After much logistical maneuvering — including a shipment of hops from Washington state to Brussels, Belgium — Cole returns to Brauerei Kundmüller on December 5th to brew Hop Juju Imperial IPA. The Kundmüllers have grown an authentic strain of California yeast, acquired the specialty barley and secured all of those exported hops. Cole expects there to be a few compromises brewing a whole-leaf Imperial IPA on a horizontal brewing system which is set-up for lagering, but this collaboration means more to him than perfectly replicating his award-winning concoction.

The villages in and around Bamberg were some of the first he came to visit as a young man learning the craft in Germany, and for good reason. Franconia is home to over 300 breweries, more breweries per square kilometer than anywhere else in Europe, many of which, like Brauerei Kundmüller, maintain centuries old brewing traditions. When Cole thinks back to his early stays, he never would have expected to have the chance to brew an Imperial IPA in an area with such a deeply rooted beer history. He says it’s proof that palates around the world are changing with a new generation of beer drinkers. The ultimate goal is to share expertise while gaining a global perspective as both sides learn from each other’s technique. Cole hopes the brothers will one day make the trip to Ohio to brew something — a lager, no doubt — at Fat Head’s.

As for the Germans, they say "Des basst!" meaning “it's perfect” the collaboration built on friendship, knowledge and a passion for great beer.


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