Ohio Brewery News
It’s been a decade since the establishment of Columbus Winter Beerfest, one of the largest and longest running beer events in central Ohio. The craft beer landscape has changed dramatically over the past 10 years, but Beerfest continues to attract thousands of people from seasoned craft beer enthusiasts to those who are looking to try something new. This year’s event will feature more than 100 breweries, nearly half of them from Ohio. The Ohio Craft Brewers Association (that’s us!) will be on hand with Drink Beer Made Here merchandise in tow – buy in person and save shipping costs! Tickets for the Friday and Saturday night sessions are available at the door, visit columbusbeerfest.com for a full list of participating breweries and beers.
Cleveland is one of the best beer cities in America, boasting more than three dozen independently-owned breweries, scores of award-winning craft beers and possibly the state’s best beer festival (Winter Warmer tickets are still available, by the way). This already impressive craft beer city is about to get better: Kelly Legan of Masthead Brewing and Katarina Martinez of Market Garden Brewery have founded a Cleveland chapter of Pink Boots Society, a non-profit organization created to assist, inspire and encourage women beer industry professionals to advance their careers through education. Masthead will host the first informational meeting for interested members on Tuesday, Jan. 21 at 6 p.m.; Market Garden will host another on Monday, Feb. 10. Get more information at facebook.com/pbscleveland
Tango & Cash is a movie about mismatched cops and the foibles that complicate their relationship when they’re forced to work together. Tang OG & Cashmere, on the other hand, is the new addition to Birdfish Brewing’s OG milkshake IPA line and features ingredients that pair flawlessly. Cashmere and Huell Melon hops lend the beer a sharp citrus bite with a rounded sweetness evocative of a honeydew melon. The hop character gets an amplifying citrus boost from the addition of tangerine and blood orange puree during fermentation. Tang OG & Cashmere will be released in cans this Saturday, Jan. 18 at the Birdfish “Down Low” brewery taproom in Columbiana. Read more at facebook.com/birdfishbrew
On January 22, 1970, the iconic Boeing 747 jetliner made its very first commercial flight, hopping the pond from New York to London. The 747 was the world’s first jumbo jet and held the record for passenger capacity for 37 years until the introduction of the Airbus A380 in 2007. To commemorate the first flight of the 747, Earnest Brew Works will release cans of Flight for Your Right, a “jumbo” mango sour ale, this Saturday, Jan. 18. Like an upper deck first class lounge, this beer offers premium luxury with a prodigious amount of mango fruit supplemented with the tropical fruit and citrus flavors of El Dorado, Mosaic and Citra hops. Four-packs will touch down Saturday at 2 p.m. at Earnest’s taproom in south Toledo, then it will taxi to select northwest Ohio retailers next week. Read more at facebook.com/earnestbeer
Last June, Three Tigers brewer Patrick Gangwer passed away at the age of 41 after a battle with cancer. Months before his diagnosis, he brewed a Moroccan truffle stout and cellared it in an apple brandy barrel for eventual release. That barrel-aged beer, Big Fish, the last of Patrick’s beers brewed for Three Tigers, will be released in bottles on Sunday, Jan. 26 at the brewpub in Granville. To honor his memory and legacy, Three Tigers will use the proceeds from the bottle sales to establish the Patrick Gangwer Brewers Apprentice Scholarship Fund, providing financial assistance to Ohioans working toward becoming professional brewers. Get more details on the release at threetigersbrewing.com
The 2018 Resilience IPA fundraising project spearheaded by Sierra Nevada Brewing raised more than $8 million for victims of the Camp Fire in northern California. Now with bushfires ravaging the Australian continent, HighGrain Brewing wants to tap into that spirit of charity in the craft brewing community to provide some relief. On Monday, Feb. 24, HighGrain will release Lil’ Joey Australian pale ale with proceeds to benefit Australian fire departments and wildlife rescue organizations. Other breweries are invited to brew the Lil’ Joey recipe or another beer to raise funds for those who are battling the bushfires or working on recovery efforts. Learn more about the Lil’ Joey project and pre-order cans at highgrainbrewing.com
Cheers to six years of beers from Warped Wing Brewing! The anniversary party kicks off this Saturday, Jan. 18 at noon with the annual Baltic porter bottle release. This year’s Baltic lineup includes the popular rye whiskey barrel and port barrel aged versions, as well as a brand new brandy barrel aged variant. In addition to the bottle release, Warped Wing will also tap six special beers throughout the day including the 2017 vintage of Chardonnay barrel aged Barn Gang saison, gold medal winner at the 2017 Festival of Wood and Barrel-Aged Beers. Get all the Baltic release details and see the full tapping schedule for Saturday at facebook.com/warpedwing