Ohio Brewery News
Coming up in Columbus
This week, we’re going to give you a little advance notice of some of the goings-on at central Ohio breweries in November. Be on the lookout for these tasty brews!
Cheers to 30 years of beers (wow!) from Barley’s Brewing Company! The third oldest continuously operating craft brewery in Ohio (only two years behind Great Lakes and Columbus Brewing Company), Barley’s continues to offer central Ohio the quintessential and timeless brewpub experience.
Just as it has since its first anniversary in 1993, the brewery celebrates another lap around the sun by tapping its Christmas Ale, each year with a celebrity guest tapper, this year inviting Sunny 95 morning show host Dino Tripodis to tap the ceremonial keg. In addition to the annual favorite Christmas Ale, Barley’s will also tap their pearl anniversary ThirtyYearsLator doppelbock at the party on Friday, November 11. The tapping ceremony starts at 7:30; make sure to get to the brewpub early to get a good seat. Details at facebook.com/barleysbrewing
Czech out this Collab
Last week, the team from Nocterra Brewing took a trip down I-71 South to brew the first end of a collaboration with Rhinegeist in Cincinnati. The breweries teamed up on a dark Czech pilsner that will be available exclusively at Rhinegeist’s taproom in Over-the-Rhine in mid-November. The two breweries are getting together again this week on Nocterra’s home turf in Powell to brew a light Czech pilsner; that beer will be available on draft and in six packs at the Nocterra taproom toward the end of November. Plan your own road trip next month on the I-71 corridor to taste both halves of this light and dark collab. More details available at instagram.com/nocterrabrewing
Sprucing up the Brewery
Before hops became the standard ingredient to add bitterness, aroma and flavor to beer – and we’re going *way* back here – brewers used an herb mixture known as gruit to offset the sweetness of the base wort. While very few brewers are making beer with gruit nowadays thanks to the proliferation of modern hop varietals, some historical bittering ingredients have come back into favor.
A few weeks back, brewers from Grove City Brewing made the trip out to Granville to make a collaboration beer with Three Tigers Brewing. The resulting beer, an IPA brewed with spruce tips, will hit the taps at both taprooms in early November. Spruce tips, the new growth needles of evergreen spruce trees, give a beer a unique brightness on the palate, imparting flavors both expected (pine, herbal) and novel (citrus fruit, cola) depending on their usage. Make sure to keep an eye on the social media accounts for Grove City Brewing and Three Tigers Brewing for release details.