Ohio Brewery News
Just to the north of Land-Grant Brewing in Franklinton stands the National Veterans Memorial and Museum, which opened to the public one year ago this month. The memorial’s mission consists of four foundational pillars: honor those who served, connect civilians with veterans, inspire visitors to serve their communities and educate on the value of service. Land-Grant’s release of Four Pillars pale ale today aims to bring awareness to the National Veterans Memorial and honor those who serve for the good of all. More details at landgrantbrewing.com
- Today, Random Precision Brewing will release two versions of Obscuration, their mixed fermentation, barrel aged sour stout, at their taproom in Linworth.
- Sideswipe Brewing will release Wanna Go Campin’, a milk stout with vanilla, cinnamon, chocolate and lactose, on Saturday, October 19 at their west Columbus taproom.
- Olentangy River Brewing’s new India pale lager, Smells Like Team Spirit, is on tap now at their brewery tasting room in Lewis Center.
- Kindred released their new Harvest Lager, a Vienna-style lager, this week at their taproom in Gahanna.
Cleveland Beer Week kicks off this weekend and will feature nearly 50 events from October 19-26. When two longtime organizers of Cleveland Beer Week gave up the reins earlier this year, a new group led by Chris Lieb of the Butcher & the Brewer revamped the beloved celebration of craft beer and kept the annual tradition alive. Visit clevelandbeerweek.org for a full list of events, but here are a few of our favorites happening at Cleveland-area breweries:
- The Celebration of the Hop festival and competition returns to Fat Head’s Brewery & Saloon in North Olmsted on Saturday, October 19, featuring 24 local and regional breweries showing off all things hoppy.
- This American Beer, a storytelling and beer tasting event presented by Beer Women Rock, will be held at Market Garden Brewpub on Tuesday, October 22.
- Great Lakes Brewing Company will hold a screening of For the Love of Craft, a short film that lifts the curtain on the people behind the burgeoning craft beer movement, at their Ohio City brewpub on Tuesday, October 22.
- Brick and Barrel will host the ninth annual Cleveland Beer Week Cask Night on Thursday, October 24 with firkins and pins from a dozen area breweries.
Blue Heron Brewery received their Ohio brewing permit this week after a 10 month delay, bringing the number of active, independently-owned breweries in the state to 316. Located in the clubhouse of the former Blue Heron golf course outside of Medina – now Austin Badger Park – Blue Heron opened their taproom in March with a series of collaboration brews made at Akronym and Eighty-Three breweries on draft, alongside several guest beers. Brewer Mike Piazza expects house-brewed beer to hit the taps in two to three weeks. Read more at cleveland.com
- Millersburg Brewing’s holiday ale, Edgy Elf, will be released today on draft and in cans at their newly expanded brewpub.
- Modern Methods will release bottles of West Side Heat, a smoked chipotle Russian imperial stout, on Saturday, October 19 at their taproom in Warren.
- This week, Missing Mountain Brewing tapped their collaboration with Pittsburgh’s Dancing Gnome Brewery: Bit O’, a hazy double IPA fermented with wildflower honey.
- Scooter’s Pumpkin Ale, a spiced fall brew made with roasted pumpkin and butternut squash, is on tap now at McArthur’s Brew House in Cuyahoga Falls.
Regular readers of this blog know all about Ohio’s native “tropical” fruit, the pawpaw, a sort of mango/banana/citrus fruit that Buckeye State brewers often turn into a unique fall treat. Moeller Brew Barn has taken their turn at this midwestern delicacy with the release of their Pawpaw Pale Ale on Saturday, October 19 at the brewery in Maria Stein. This is a draft-only, taproom-exclusive release, so if you want to get a unique taste of Ohio, make plans to visit the brewery soon. Details at facebook.com/moellerbrewbarn
Today, Jackie O’s will release bottles of Black Maple bourbon barrel aged imperial porter at their Athens brewery taproom. This hefty, malt-driven brew gets a healthy addition of locally-sourced maple syrup toward the end of the boil for a sweet, earthy character. A double maple variant gets a second addition of syrup for a more intense, rich flavor. If maple syrup isn’t your thing (what kind of monster are you?), Jackie O’s will release bottles of Strawberry Rhubarb Perpetum sour ale today as well. Get all the details at facebook.com/jackieosbrewery
- Little Fish Brewing will have four lagers on tap to fill your steins at their Oktoberfest celebration on Saturday, October 19 at the taproom in Athens: Karmanfest, Smoked Helles, Kasarikannit Baltic porter and Tough Track light lager.
- ICYMI: The Granville Brewing Company tapped Wagnerfest, their seasonal Märzen lager, last week at their rural Granville brewery tasting room.
Cheers to a year of beer at the Taft’s Brewporium! Join them on Saturday, October 19 for an anniversary carnival featuring 15 beers on tap and specials every hour. The Taft’s crew will also be giving hourly behind-the-scenes tours of the brewing facility. Enjoy live bluegrass music from 2-9 p.m., stand-up comedy starting at 9 p.m. and free carnival games all day long. Get more details at facebook.com/taftsbeerco
- Bottles of Double Oaked Mastodon, a bourbon and red wine barrel aged Belgian-style dark ale, go on sale today at the Rhinegeist taproom in Over-the-Rhine.
- Slug Bug, Fifty West’s new sour IPA brewed with passionfruit, is on tap now at their brewpub in Cincinnati.
- Fretboard Brewing’s fall seasonal Klosterman Rye Bier made its 2019 debut on draft and in cans this week at their Blue Ash taproom.
- Raspberry Crush, a fan favorite raspberry stout with lactose, is back on tap at Mt. Carmel Brewing Company.
Today is your last chance to get discounted tickets to Ale-O-Ween, the Halloween-themed Ohio craft beer festival happening Saturday, October 19 at the Dayton Convention Center. General admission tickets are $40 and early admission tickets are $50 when purchased in advance, but prices go up $10 each at the door. 43 Ohio breweries will be pouring more than 120 beers, with a heavy emphasis on fall seasonals like pumpkin beers, Oktoberfest lagers and fresh hop beers. Ale-O-Ween is a fundraiser for the Ohio Craft Brewers Association, a non-profit guild working to promote, protect and unify Ohio’s craft brewing industry. Get your tickets now: beerfesttickets.com/aleoween2019
- Since you’ll already be in costume for Ale-O-Ween, you may as well saunter over to Warped Wing Brewing afterward for their Eat, Drink & Be Scary Costume Contest on Saturday, October 19.
- Branch & Bone Artisan Ales will release bottles of Dimmer coffee golden ale with hazelnut and vanilla alongside cans of Spectral Alphabet hazy IPA and the new Raspberry Layers dessert Berliner on Saturday, October 19.
(photo credit: Tom Gilliam, Dayton.com)