Ohio Brewery News



Join brewmaster Cameron Lloyd tonight at Endeavor Brewing as he introduces three new barrel aged sour ales. The brewer will offer tasting notes to help you compare and contrast Sweeta Valley barrel aged golden sour with Tingey Passage, another golden sour made with apricots and matured in barrels. Once you’ve sampled the lighter fare, Lloyd will prepare your palate for the intense flavors of Nepson Pass barrel aged raspberry dark sour ale. The event starts at 5 p.m. tonight at the Endeavor taproom in Grandview; tickets are available online for $10 each. Can’t make it tonight but still want to try these new sours? The official release is Friday, Oct. 29 with all three beers available on draft and in bottles for carryout. Find out more and secure your tickets for tonight’s tasting at eventbrite.com


The Brew Kettle’s White Rajah IPA first hit the market 10 years ago, and over that time has racked up accolades as one of the best examples of the style. The beer earned a bronze medal at the 2015 Great American Beer Festival, earned a 98 out of 100 rating from Craft Beer & Brewing magazine and finished first in Paste Magazine’s inaugural IPA blind taste test. To celebrate a decade of excellence, The Brew Kettle has produced a handful of White Rajah variants over the course of 2021, culminating with last week’s release of All-Ohio White Rajah. The final variant of the series was brewed with Ohio-grown and malted barley from Haus Malts and West Branch Malts, as well as Ohio-bred Alleigh and Edese’m hops from Barn Talk Hops and Sonny Acres Hops Farm. Look for six-packs of All-Ohio White Rajah at select retailers around the state. Find out more about all the White Rajah variants at thebrewkettle.com


My first instinct when deciding to cover Birdfish Brewing’s new Billy Wonka sour ale series was to write a new verse to the Oompa Loompa song, but I don’t really need to urge you to mind your manners when tracking down new beers, right? Birdfish planned way ahead for Halloween weekend, splitting a batch of sour ale into three separate barrels and spiking each with a different kind of candy back in January. Versions of this funky, tart, Brett-fermented golden sour featuring orange Pixy Stix, Razz Apple Fun Dip and Sour Patch Kids will be available on draft and in bottles this Friday, Oct. 29 at 7 p.m. at the Birdfish taproom in Columbiana. If you are wise, you’ll listen to me: to taste these brews, you need to get there early. You will live in happiness too: details at facebook.com/birdfishbrew


Speaking of beer and candy, Inside the Five Brewing has something special on tap for adult trick-or-treaters (no going door-to-door required). Now through Sunday, Oct. 31, you can try a special beer and candy pairing flight at Inside the Five’s brewpub locations in Sylvania and Perrysburg. Try the Ohio Craft Brewers Cup medal winners Mile Marker Zero key lime pie ale and Sunshine Sky wheat beer paired with sour patch kids and Starburst fruit chews, respectively. If your sweet tooth demands more rich flavors, try the Deimos coffee vanilla porter paired with Whoppers malted milk balls or Megaphone Irish red ale paired with Twix bars. See the full list of available beer and candy pairings at facebook.com/insidethefivebrewing


Here comes another hit from the Jackie O’s barrel cellar. Return Flight is an imperial stout brewed with a variety of roasted malts and brown sugar for a base of rich, decadent sweetness, offset with nutty, floral, spicy flavors imparted by the addition of Szechuan peppercorns, toasted sesame seeds and Himalayan pink salt. The brew then slumbered in bourbon barrels for 17 months to pick up a boozy edge befitting its 14.8% ABV wallop. Look for bottles of Return Flight at Jackie O’s locations in Athens and Columbus, at select retailers around the state or for direct shipping to your home from the online shop at jackieos.com


Venture into the upside down at Streetside Brewery this Saturday, Oct. 30 for Demogorgon Day, a celebration of the brewery’s beastly barrel aged imperial stout. Streetside is breaking out new variants of Demogorgon for the event, as well as some fan favorite selections from the cellar. New for 2021 are a single barrel version aged 18 months in a New Riff bourbon barrel, butter pecan and butter pecan pie variants aged in Boone County bourbon barrels, coconut coffee and double coconut coffee aged in coconut rum barrels, and two Snickers variants (standard and almond) aged in Blanton’s bourbon barrels. Fans of prior Demogorgon releases can look forward to apple brandy, double maple, s’mores and tiramisu variants making a return in very limited quantities. Get all the details on the full list of beers at facebook.com/streetsidebrewery


We’ll admit, we may have candy on the brain this week. Probably has something to do with the bags of fun size snacks taunting us from across the room as they await their inevitable distribution to hungry trick-or-treaters. The kids get the pre-wrapped packages, but the good stuff – like boxes of chocolate confections from Esther Price Candies – is just for us adults. Clearly Warped Wing Brewing agrees, as their annual collaboration beer with the esteemed candy maker returns next week. As usual, the Esther’s Li’l Secret flavor each year is, well, a secret until the big reveal party at the downtown Dayton brewery taproom. If you want to be the first to know, you’ll need to make a reservation for the launch party and reveal dinner on Thursday, Nov. 4. Each guest gets a four-pack of this year’s creation, a bottle of the barrel-aged version and pours of each to go along with a specially prepared harvest dinner. Get all the details at warpedwing.com

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