Ohio Craft Brewers Association


Ohio Craft Brewers are an award-winning bunch!

It's only the first quarter of 2014 and Ohio's craft brewers are racking up awards!
Take the recent (April 2014) World Beer Cup, for example where Ohio craft breweries came home from Denver with five medals. Thirsty Dog Brewing Co. won a bronze for bourbon barrel-aged Siberian Night. Willoughby Brewing Company scored a gold for Peanut Butter Cup Coffee Porter. Fat Head's Brewery dominated the hoppy beer category and walked away with two silvers for Bonehead Red and Head Hunter IPA. Columbus Brewing Company earned a gold for Uncle Rusty. We'll be back for more next year.

The Brew Kettle's El Lupulo Libre won The Brewing News National IPA Challenge

Dayton Beer Co. won a gold medal for Mad River Milk Stout at the Best of Craft Beer Awards

Great Lakes Brewing Company won three medals at the Dublin Craft Beer CupBurning River Pale Ale received a silver, while Eliot Ness Amber Lager and Edmund Fitzgerald won bronze medals. They were also rated among the top 100 brewers in the world by RateBeer.com

Hoppin' Frog Brewery was rated the best brewery and DORIS the Destroyer the best beer in Ohio as well as one of the top 100 breweries in the world by RateBeer.com

Nano Brew Cleveland was among America's top 100 beer bars as rated by Draft Magazine

Rhinegeist was named best new brewery by RateBeer.com

Thirsty Dog Brewing Company won "Brewery of the Year" and a "Double Gold" for Bernese Barley Wine Ale at the third annual New York International Beer Competition 

Elevator Brewing Company, Great Lakes Brewing Company and Thirsty Dog Brewing Company's beers were rated among the top in the world in 2013 based on ratings by the Beverage Tasting Institute. The Ohio Beer Blog gives a nice recap here


8th annual Winter Warmer Fest a success!

The 8th annual Winter Warmer Fest held on Saturday, March 8th at Windows on the River in Cleveland was a fundraiser of unparalled success for the Ohio Craft Brewers Association. The event included more than 100 beers from 33 Ohio craft brewers including a dozen exclusive cask offerings which the approximately 1,100 event attendees enjoyed on a warmer-than-recently Saturday afternoon.  

Don't just take our word for it! Read more reviews of the event from the following sources

Cleveland Plain Dealer (3/1/14): "Winter Warmer Fest draws packed crowd, ecstatic brewers to 8th annual event" 

TapPullers.com (3/3/14): "Winter Warmer Fest - Cleveland, OH"

Arlo's Craft Beer Review (3/2/14): "Ohio Craft Brewers Association Winter Warmer Fest 2014"

The Artful Pint (3/4/14): "2014 Winter Warmer Fest brings big beers & Ohio brewers to Cleveland"


Winter Warmer Fest 

Join us for the 8th annual WINTER WARMER FEST on Saturday, March 1st from 2-6 p.m. This much-anticipated annual craft beer showcase and fundraiser for the Ohio Craft Brewers Association returns to Windows on the River with Ohio's great breweries sampling their winter, limited edition and other popular beers.
Live entertainment provided by blues artist Austin Walkin' Cane! Food trucks on premises include Fired Up Taco TruckSweet! Mobile Cupcakery and Zydeco Bistro.

Tickets are $45 and include a souvenir glass, 20 taste tickets for 4 oz samples and live entertainment courtesy of blues artist Austin Walkin' Cane. Designated Driver tickets are available for $12 each and include a non-alcoholic beverage.*


You must be 21 years of age to attend WINTER WARMER FEST.

Participating Ohio Craft Brewers and their Winter Warmer Fest offerings (we will update this list frequently as they roll in):

The Actual Brewing Company: Fat Julian American Imperial Stout, Orthodox Winter IPA and Elektron Amber Rye Ale

The Brew Kettle: Belgian Tripel, Jackhammer, Tunguska, White Rajah and a cask of El Lupulo Libre double IPA with Lime zest, Cilantro and a "touch" of heat (I hope its a touch anyways)

Buckeye Brewing: Debacle Barleywine, Turbo Ninja Cow Milk Stout, Whatever IPA and Nighty Night

Buckeye Lake Brewery: Scotch Ale

Catawba Island Brewery: Seiche Scottish Ale (aged in Buffalo Trace bourbon barrels), Double Couple Three Hops Imperial IPA, Pebble Beach Imperial Porter, Insularium Black IPA and a firkin of Beer Draper Imperial Stout on Cacao Nibs with Ancho, Poblana and Habanero Peppers.

Cellar Rats: The Pipers IPA, Rampage Double IPA and Re-Gifted After Christmas Ale

Christian Moerlein Brewing Company: Emancipator Doppelbock (2013 GABF Silver Medal Winner), 10+161 Bourbon Barrel Aged Old Ale, Imperial Stout (name TBD) and Sand Reckoner Belgian Dark Ale

Columbus Brewing Company: Bodhi (8%), Creeper (10.5%), Uncle Rusty Imperial Red (9.2%), Steel Dawn (bourbon barrel aged stout w cocoa nibs and Madagascar vanilla beans -10%), casks of Sohio Stout featuring Café Brioso coffee blend and vanilla beans and a cask of Bodhi w habanero and dried apricots. Plus we have surprise "bonus" beer we'll tap at 3pm! 

Cornerstone Brewing Co.FatStone Imperial Stout, Rowan Wee Heavy, 7 IPA, and a firkin of "something weird"

Elevator Brewing Company: Winter Warmer Spiced Ale, Horny Goat Barrel-Aged Porter, Big Vic Imperial Wheat IPA and Mocha Plum Stout (limited release)

Fat Head's Brewery: Head Hunter, Barrel Aged Battlaxe, Trailhead and Motley Brew (Belgian Stong Ale collaboration with Columbus Brewing Company made with golden raisins and rosemary)

Gordon Biersch Columbus: Brewer's Select American-Style Stout, Winterbock

Great Black Swamp Brewing Co.: Equinox Imperial Red, Humulust Imperial IPA, DarkanDirty Coffee Stout

Great Lakes Brewing Company: Conway’s Irish Ale, Edmund Fitzgerald Porter, Commodore Perry IPA, Chillwave IPA, Ohio City Oatmeal Stout, Alberta Clipper Winter Porter, Barrel-aged Blackout Stout, Rackhouse Ale and a cask of Mocha-infused Edmund Fitzgerald

Homestead Beer Co.Over The Ale IPA and Tenpenny Amber Ale

Hoppin' Frog Brewing Company: Goose Juice Rye IPA, Karminator Dopplebock, Café B.O.R.I.S. Imperial Coffee Stout and Hop Heathen Imperial Black IPA

Jackie O's Brewery: Mandala DIPA, Oil of Aphrodite

Lagerheads: Kilt em All Scottish Ale, Savage Stout, Bourbon Barrel Aged Triple, Winter Mischief

Little Mountain Brewing Co: Eddy and Iggy’s White Storm, Nine Tails IPA and Rampant Lion Scottish Wee Heavy Ale

Market Garden Brewery:Cleveland Illuminator Doppelbock, Danny Greene 'Enforcer' Imperial Stout, Citramax IPA, and Pearl Street Wheat

Main Street Brewing Company: Jack Frosty, Ma Barker's Birch Beer and one TBD

Millersburg Brewing CompanyDoc’s Scotch Ale a wee heavy style Scotch ale aged on toasted apple wood from a small distillery (9% ABV and 37 IBU's). Smoked Maibock testing the limits of the traditional malty Maibock style to add a little German Smoked malt that blends well with the peppery and spicy flavors of the German Noble hops (8% ABV and 36 IBU's).      

Nano Brew Cleveland: Namber and #Kolsch

North High Brewing: O-Hi-P.A. IPA, White Wheat, Queen Maudine Milk Stout and a firkin of Chocolate Vanilla "Oldford" Porter 

Portside Brewery: Barleywine, Ironclad IPA, Russalka Vanilla Stout and a firkin of Imperial Stout

Rhinegeist Brewery: Truth IPA

Rocky River Brewing Co.: Old Man River Barleywine, Sant'a Lil Helper Christmas Ale

Seventh Son Brewing Co.: American Strong Ale and Humulus Nimbus 

Thirsty Dog Brewing Company: Bourbon Barrel Aged Belgian Imperial Stout, Coconut Rum Porter, Rise of Mayan Dog Chocolate Honey Stout, Bourbon Barrel Aged Wulver Wee Heavy and a Firkin of Belgian Trippel w/Raspberries.

Weasel Boy Brewing Company: Barrel Aged Brown Stoat Stout and Bourbon Barrel Aged Anastasia Russian Imperial Stout 

Willoughby Brewing Company: Peanut Butter Cup Coffee Porter, Supernova Double IPA, Moondance IPA,  Aramis Pale Ale, St. Otto Weizenbock, Barrel-Aged WBC/TBK Collaborator Doppelbock, plus 2 casks: Cosmic IPA with dry-hopped experimental hops from Oregon and Gutterpup Porter with coffee & coconut

Wolf's Ridge Brewing: Duke's Holiday Spiced Brown, Howling Moon Imperial IPA and Zane's Trace Roggenbier

OCBA Brewers take 8 medals at GABF

In the best showing since 1999, Ohio Craft Brewers Association members won eight medals at this years Great American Beer Festival.  Here is a list of the winners:

Fat Head's Brewery
Gold Medal - Hop JuJu, Imperial India Pale Ale
Silver Medal - Black Knight, German-Style Schwarzbier
Silver Medal - Trail Head,  Fresh Hop Ale

Hoppin Frog Brewing Co.
Bronze - Barrel Aged  BORIS The Crusher, Wood- and Barrel- Aged Strong Stout

Market Garden Brewery
Bronze - Progress Pilsner, Kellerbier or Zwickelbier

Christian Moerlein Brewing Co.
Silver - Emancipator, German-Style Doppelbock or Eisbock

Samuel Adams
Gold - Double Bock, German-Style Doppelbock or Eisbock

Yellow Springs Brewery
Smokin' Handsome, Smoke beer

Ohio was tied for 8th in medals won, proving again that Ohio brews some damn fine beer!




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