Ohio Brewery News
There are so many winter seasonal brews appearing across central Ohio this month that it’s best to dispense with the usual verbosity and get right into an economical list:
- Barley’s Brewing: Christmas Ale tapping and 29th anniversary party Friday, Nov. 5.
- Ill Mannered Brewing: Chimney Lube spiced winter warmer and Oldmanski old ale coming soon.
- Land-Grant Brewing: Tinsel holiday lager brewed with peach and ginger.
- Nocterra Brewing: Parabolic winter wheat ale.
- Sideswipe Brewing: Seasons Beatings Christmas ale release Saturday, Nov. 6.
- Wild Ohio Brewing: Cranberry tea beer coming soon.
About a year ago, we decided to publish these updates on Thursdays instead of Fridays to give our readers a little more heads-up on upcoming brewery events to include in their weekend plans. The downside to this change: some breweries don’t announce their beer releases until Thursday or Friday after our weekly post is published. Such is the case with Crooked Pecker Brewing Company, which regularly releases new cans on Thursday afternoons and thus is rarely covered in these pages. So when we saw a social media post from them on a Tuesday about online sales for two of their IPAs – Throw Away Your Television and The Last Living Souls – we just had to shine the spotlight on them this week. Since our press deadline isn’t imminently changing, sign up for Crooked Pecker Brewing’s email newsletter or give them a follow on Facebook or Instagram to stay in the loop on their weekly beer releases.
Cheers to four years of beers from Sandy Springs Brewing Company! The brewery has a week full of events planned at their taproom in Minerva, including some special anniversary beer releases. When doors open at 4 p.m. today, you’ll be able to pick up bottles of bourbon barrel aged Happy Sappy, the Sandy Springs signature strong ale brewed with maple sap instead of water and spiced with cinnamon and cloves. On Friday, Nov. 5, the brewery will release bottles of barrel aged Meet Virginia, an imperial sweet stout that picks up spicy, boozy character from eight months of slumber in a Rabbit Hole rye whiskey barrel. Sandy Springs will also tap a new Belgian-style dark strong ale, available on draft and in crowlers to-go. Find out more about this week’s festivities by following Sandy Springs online at facebook.com/minervacraftbeer
On Nov. 10, 1975, the freighter SS Edmund Fitzgerald encountered a severe storm and sank in Lake Superior, claiming the lives of all 29 crew on board. The largest ship to have sunk in the Great Lakes, the Edmund Fitzgerald has inspired songs, museums and, of course, beer. But this entry isn’t about *that beer*, but rather Gales of November, a blackberry sour ale originally made by Earnest Brew Works last year to commemorate the 45th anniversary of the infamous shipwreck. Around this year’s re-release of the beer, Earnest’s new downtown Toledo taproom will host a special education session about the wreck conducted by Ellen Kennedy of the National Museum of the Great Lakes on Monday, Nov. 8 at 6 p.m. The beer will be available in cans on Saturday, Nov. 6 at both Earnest taprooms. To find out more about the beer release and next week’s presentation, check out the full coverage at thebrewermagazine.com
It’s the first Thursday of November, so allow us to wish you a happy International Stout Day! Old Bridge Brewing Company is celebrating the darkest of dark beers today by tapping a total of four stouts at their brewery tasting room in McConnelsville. The brewery’s flagship imperial stout, Beernormous, will be available on a nitro pour tap for a smooth, creamy mouthfeel. A barrel aged version – Ryenormous, aged in New Riff rye whiskey barrels – and a white chocolate variant – Snownormous – will make their returns to the draft list for today’s holiday. And if all that weren’t enough, Old Bridge is also introducing Home + Brew coffee stout to their lineup. If you can’t make it to McConnelsville for today’s festivities, just remember that you can live life like every day is International Stout Day and make the trip this weekend to taste these delectable dark beers. More info at facebook.com/oldbridgebrewingcompany
Cheers to three years of beers from Sonder Brewing! Coming on the heels of their first Great American Beer Festival win – a bronze medal for French 75, a golden sour ale aged in gin barrels and conditioned on juniper berries and lemon zest – the brewery is pulling out all the stops for this weekend’s festivities, including a very limited bottle release of their award-winning beer. The rest of the anniversary beer list is pretty sweet, featuring several beers aged in maple bourbon barrels. Sonder’s flagship imperial coffee stout, Otto, gets two maple barrel variants including a tiramisu coffee cake version. The brewery’s annual apple streusel ale, Kenosha Kickers, gets kicked up a notch with the addition of vanilla and graham cracker to create Kenosha Kickers Cobbler Pie and its maple barrel aged cousin. Also getting in on the sweet theme are Frosted milkshake IPA – in pumpkin pie and birthday cake variants – as well as Carmen’s Carrot Cake dessert ale. That’s not even the whole package list or the timed draft release list: we just don’t have enough room to mention them all. Bottles and cans go on sale at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 6. Get the full rundown at sonderbrewing.com
International Stout Day isn’t the only beer-themed holiday this week. Saturday, Nov. 6 is Learn to Homebrew Day, encouraging people to learn the science, art and skill behind brewing beer. If you want to get a taste of what brewing your own beer is like without investing in a brew rig for your home (yet), drop by Eudora Brewing in Kettering this Saturday from 1-7 p.m. and see the process up close. Eudora is one of only a handful of breweries in the state of Ohio that has a dedicated brew-on-premises setup for customers to come in and make their own beer – think of it as homebrewing outside your home – so you can get hands-on experience with the brewing process. Maybe you’ll fall in love with it and decide to start making your own beer, who knows? Every journey of a thousand barrels starts with a single sip. Brews start at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m.; find out more at facebook.com/eudorabrewingcompany