Ohio Brewery News
Cheers to two years of beers from Galena Brewing! Well, OK, the brewery actually opened in 2018 at their original location in Johnstown, then moved to their current facility in Westerville a little over a year later. Despite the name, Galena Brewing has never been located in Galena, Ohio: we’re told that the brewery owners plan to share a few words about that topic this Saturday at the brewery’s anniversary party. The festivities will celebrate surviving the turbulence and adversity of the past few years, as well as kick off a new chapter for the brewery as they move forward. Doors open at 11 a.m. and revelers can enjoy a couple of new, bourbon barrel aged brews made for the anniversary event: Stargazer Russian imperial stout and Dìleab wee heavy (dìleab is Scots Gaelic for “legacy,” pronounced JEE-lup). For more details on this Saturday’s festivities in Westerville, or to dig into the history of Galena Brewing, head over to facebook.com/galenabrew
The Cleveland area’s winter beer traditions are heavily skewed toward strong, intensely spiced brews spiked with honey and citrus peel, summoning memories of mulled wine and wassail around the holidays. However, just because a spiced winter warmer is traditional doesn’t mean it’s the only way to celebrate the season. Sibling Revelry Brewing’s latest release, First Frost IPA, rings in Ohio’s cold months with a malt bill that leans on wheat and oats for a refreshing, light mouthfeel. Citra and Galaxy hops shine through the five-hop blend to impart prominent citrus, peach and passionfruit character. Then, in a nod to local tradition, Sibling Revelry amplifies the brew with the addition of orange peel, lending robust, sweet citrus flavor and a crisp, pleasing bitterness. Grab a pint at the brewery taproom in Westlake and enjoy a new holiday tradition. Read more at facebook.com/siblingrevelrybrewing
Save the date and celebrate with Lockport Brewery for their fifth anniversary on Nov. 26 and 27! For those who have been along for the ride for the entire half decade, the brewery’s original four beers will all be on tap for the anniversary festivities: Cheer Beer spiced holiday ale, Uncle Drew’s SMaSH Brew made with Ohio-grown ingredients, Lockporter (it’s a porter, get it?) and the 2018 Great American Beer Festival gold medal-winning Gateway cream ale. Nostalgia isn’t the only thing on the menu, though, so be sure to try something new like the recently tapped Not Your Grandma’s Strawberry Rhubarb Pie fruited dessert sour ale. Limited edition anniversary glassware and merchandise will also be available when the taproom in Bolivar opens at 11 a.m. on Black Friday. Get all the details at facebook.com/lockportbeer
While Ohio’s north coast may be best known for summer fun on the Lake Erie shores, there’s still plenty to enjoy in the colder months. Twin Oast Brewing is gearing up for winter wonder this weekend with two beer releases, the rollout of their new seasonal kitchen menu and the return of igloos on the brewery’s expansive courtyard just outside the taproom. The popular private patio enclosures are available by reservation in two-hour blocks and allow for full-service drinking and dining for up to eight guests. Enjoy the picturesque outdoor scenery at Twin Oast from a heated igloo while sipping on a fresh Non-Denominational holiday ale, one of the brewery’s two beer releases this Saturday, Nov. 20. The perennial favorite is brewed with blackstrap molasses, fresh ginger, cinnamon and nutmeg to evoke a traditional holiday gingerbread cookie. What’s the other beer release this weekend, you ask? For that info, you’ll need to give Twin Oast a follow on social media: facebook.com/twinoast
‘Tis the season for holiday-inspired beers in southeast Ohio! Here are a few returning favorites that caught our eyes this week:
- Brewery 33: Wells Winter Warmer ale and Holiday Cheer Eggnog Beer hit the taps in Logan this week.
- Buckeye Lake Brewery: Winter Shanty ale, a lighter take on the traditional winter warmer brewed with cinnamon and ginger.
- Devil’s Kettle Brewing: Kicker of Elves brown ale, brewed with cinnamon, orange peel, vanilla bean, cocoa nibs and fenugreek.
- Double Edge Brewing: Yule Fuel spiced Christmas ale and Christmas Cookie vanilla golden ale return on Friday, Nov. 19.
It’s time once again to lace up those blades of glory and hit the ice at Fifty West Brewing. In reaction to social distancing needs caused by the pandemic, Fifty West shifted all their hospitality efforts to the expansive campus around their Cincinnati production brewery, taking advantage of the ample space to make the experience about more than just beer. That included the installation of a skating rink on the brewery grounds, a popular feature which Fifty West brought back this week as Ohio winter rolls in. To go along with the re-opening of the ice, the brewery has also released X-Mas Cookie, a winter warmer ale brewed with caramel malts to produce an alluring amber hue and pleasant sweetness, contrasted by the addition of cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger. Read more about the winter experience at Fifty West at citybeat.com
If you’re looking for some reasons to visit Yellow Springs Brewery over the next few weeks, here are some great ones:
- Between the Shadows, a rye black IPA made in collaboration with Branch & Bone Artisan Ales, is on tap now.
- Waning Daylight, a malt-forward, autumnal amber ale, gets its annual can release at the taproom on Friday, Nov. 19 with Dayton distribution to come next week.
- The new North of South hazy IPA, brewed with New Zealand-grown hops, will be released in cans as a taproom exclusive on Friday, Nov. 26.
- Moonmilk milk stout will be released in cans at the Yellow Springs Barrel Room on Friday, Dec. 3
Read up on all upcoming Yellow Springs Brewery events at facebook.com/yellowspringsbrewery