Ohio Brewery News



Cheers to seven years of beers from Wolf’s Ridge Brewing! The anniversary party doesn’t happen until next weekend, but you need to act fast if you want to be part of the downtown Columbus brewery’s special ticketed experience on October 24-25. Wolf’s Ridge will open up their Hickory Room event space to host an exclusive tasting event featuring a flight of five premium beers and some light hors d’oeuvres. While at the 90-minute tasting, your party can also order pours from the Hickory Room’s 20 taps, which will feature Wolf’s Ridge’s anniversary blend of barrel-aged beers, their new collaboration with Alematic Artisan Ales, several selections from the brewery’s impressive cellar and new beers made just for the occasion. If you want to be part of this special event, you need to act fast: tables go on sale today at noon. If you miss out, you can still pick up cans and bottles of Wolf’s Ridge’s anniversary releases when they go on sale online on Wednesday, October 21. Read up on all of it at wolfsridgebrewing.com/events


If you’ve ever had a chance to visit the production side of Great Lakes Brewing Company, then you’ve seen how the brewery has more or less taken over their city block as they’ve grown over more than 30 years. However, as Great Lakes and other craft breweries have helped to revitalize the Ohio City neighborhood, space adjacent to the brewery now comes at a premium when expansion becomes necessary. When Great Lakes decided to start canning beer, they first engaged other breweries to brew and package on their behalf. Wanting to bring that operation under their own roof, they had to find a new roof. Great Lakes set up their new canning facility and warehouse 20 miles down the road in Strongsville, transporting beer from the Cleveland brewery via 200 barrel tanker trucks. Look for many popular Great Lakes brands – including their iconic Christmas Ale – to make the shift from bottles to cans over the next year. Read all the details at greatlakesbrewing.com


After spending years at various northeast Ohio breweries, veteran brewer Jason Gasper-Hulvat opened the doors of his own brewery last week. Codex Brewing is the latest addition to the Stark County brewing scene, setting down roots in North Canton. The brewery’s taproom is still a few days away from serving pints over the bar, but you can pick up several beers in cans for carry out right now. This week, Codex released Page Turner brown ale and Blueberry Saison in four-packs, selling alongside four-packs of Proof Copy east coast IPA, A Beer of One’s Own saison and Every Vote Counts hazy pale. The latter brew is part of the statewide brewery collaboration to encourage voter participation in the 2020 general election. Have you made your plan to vote? Follow Codex on Facebook for updates on new can releases and when the taproom will open for seating: facebook.com/codexbrewing


You know we’re all about puns here, so it seems fitting to give a special shout out to Twin Oast Brewing for their upcoming Halloween party, Twin Ghoast. On Saturday, Oct. 31, the brewery opens at noon with the tapping of Lava Monster, an imperial red ale brewed with red peppers grown on the brewery’s Quinstock Farm. Twin Oast will also have four unique Lava Monster infusions available: s’mores, coffee, hot peppers and bourbon-soaked oak chips. Draft discounts are available to those who show up in costume. Details at facebook.com/twinoast

Don’t forget about the Ale-O-Ween virtual costume contest! Take a selfie in costume at any OCBA member brewery (or at home while holding an Ohio craft beer) and post it to Instagram using hashtag #AleOWeen before midnight on Oct. 31. We’ll send prizes to winners in six categories: the “best in show” wins an insulated Drink Beer Made Here growler! Details at ohiocraftbeer.org/ale-o-ween


Cheers to three years of beers from DankHouse Brewing! Owners Heather and Josh Lange throw one of the best anniversary parties in the Ohio craft brewing scene every year with their annual Breakfast Beers session, featuring a wide variety of stouts from Ohio and beyond. Tickets for that are hard to come by, but don’t fret if you can’t get your hands on one: the party continues on Saturday, Oct. 17 with a healthy tap list of DankHouse beers. The brewery recently invested in a brewhouse expansion to increase capacity of their highly sought after IPAs like Super Fantastic, Couch Kush’n and Chasing Trees, all of which will be on tap this weekend. They’ll also have their version of the Black is Beautiful imperial stout collaboration, barrel aged Trenchtown imperial stout and plenty of other surprises in store. Follow DankHouse on Facebook for all the details: facebook.com/dankhousebrews


The long-awaited grand opening of Cartridge Brewing is set to take place on Saturday, October 31. The brewery is the anchor tenant of the Peters Cartridge Factory renovation in Maineville, a historic building that formerly housed manufacturing of gunpowder, military ammunition and 78 RPM phonograph records before being decommissioned in the late 1960’s. Cartridge Brewing plans to offer between eight and 12 rotating taps to start, with customer demand helping them make the decision which beers to turn into full-time flagship brews. The brewery is anticipating high demand for seating for their grand opening weekend, so they are implementing a reservation request and lottery to help manage the crowd with public health and social distancing in mind. If you want to be one of the first to get a taste of what Cartridge is brewing, you’ll need to fill out the reservation request form no later than midnight on Sunday, Oct. 18. Get more details at facebook.com/cartridgebrewing


Warped Wing Brewing has teamed up with the Funk Music Hall of Fame & Exhibition Center to proclaim Dayton’s rightful place as the world capital of funk. This week, the brewery released Funk City USA, a full-flavored but easy-drinking red ale that celebrates the city’s rich musical history. From the Ohio Players to the Zapp Band, Dayton was a hotbed of funk in the 1970’s and served as a fertile environment for propelling the genre into mainstream musical consciousness. Funk City USA isn’t even Warped Wing’s first homage to the Dayton funk scene: Mr. Mean Imperial Haze IPA takes its name from the 1977 Fred Williamson film soundtracked by the Ohio Players. Both beers are currently available on draft and in cans at Warped Wing’s downtown Dayton brewery taproom. Read more at facebook.com/warpedwing

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