Ohio Brewery News
This is the final installment of the Ohio Brewery News blog for the year, and we want to wish all of our readers a very happy holiday season!
Since the beginning of this blog in November of 2017, we’ve covered more than 2,000 beer news stories from nearly 225 breweries around the state of Ohio. Thank you so much for reading and for your continued support of the Ohio craft brewing industry!
When the blog returns in January, we’ll be changing the format slightly. Friday news roundups will still be a feature, though we’ll scale back on the volume of items we cover in favor of a little more in-depth coverage of the week’s top stories. We also plan to publish some long-form blog posts about Ohio breweries, their unique beers, and topics of importance to the brewing industry.
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Wolf’s Ridge Brewing has settled into their new production facility, meaning canned beers are on the way soon to the central Ohio market. Three of the initial six canned offerings slated to debut in January were announced this week. GABF silver medal winner Daybreak vanilla coffee cream ale will be among the flagship brews to make the transition to cans alongside Night Method espresso milk stout, currently only available only in 22 ounce bomber bottles. Hop Pink, an IPA fermented with Voss Kveik yeast, will make its package debut in 2020. Follow Wolf’s Ridge on Facebook for more can announcements in the coming week.
- Seventh Son Brewing is now offering cans of their flagship imperial stout, Oubliette. Six packs available today at their Italian Village taproom.
- The sixth iteration of Columbus Brewing Company’s Insane Wanderer experimental IPA – this version featuring Yakima Chief’s Cryo Hops – hits distribution next week.
- Restoration Brew Worx made two beers from one batch using the parti-gyle brew method: Bonobo dry Irish stout (on tap now) and Silverback Russian imperial stout, which will be tapped on Tuesday, Dec. 24.
- Cheers to seven years of beers from North High Brewing! To celebrate, 12 variants of Filthy McNasty Russian imperial stout will be available at their taproom on Saturday, Dec. 28.
Great Lakes Brewing is shaking things up, introducing three beers in cans as part of their 2020 release schedule. Venerable flagship Dortmunder Gold lager and 2019 debut Great Lakes IPA will be available in cans year-round starting in spring of 2020. The small batch series Mexican Lager will be scaled up for a seasonal can release at the same time. Bierwolf dunkelweizen will join the seasonal bottle lineup in January and Siren Shores passion fruit saison will follow in May. See the full release calendar at greatlakesbrewing.com
- Fat Head’s announced their 2020 release calendar this week as well; Goggle Fogger hefeweizen added to year-round can lineup.
- Masthead Brewing will release cans of two New England-style double IPAs, Extra! Extra! and Brew on the Fly, on Saturday, Dec. 21.
- On Saturday, Dec. 28, Terrestrial Brewing will host Rock the Cask Bar, a cask ale celebration with beers from more than a dozen Cleveland-area breweries.
- Collision Bend Brewing released cans of Hope Flows kolsch this week, with a portion of proceeds donated to cancer patients at Cleveland Clinic.
Cheers to five years of beers from the Canton Brewing Company! Join them in their basement speakeasy on Saturday, Dec. 21 to celebrate with a full slate of anniversary brews. Lupulin Wave New England IPA will make its debut when the party kicks off at noon. New beers will be tapped on the hour, including the return of brewery favorite Black Hawk triple chocolate imperial stout at 2 p.m. See the full release schedule at facebook.com/cantonbrewing
- Cheers to two years of beers from Uniontown Brewing in Ashland! Stop in today and get a commemorative anniversary pint glass.
- Cheers to two years of beers from Headtrip Brewery in Stow! Get an anniversary bottle of The Sidler + Strawberry braggot while supplies last.
- Stock up before New Year’s: Royal Docks is releasing Resolution Lo-cal IPA in cans on Monday, Dec. 23.
- This week, UnHitched Brewing in Louisville tapped Shrouded, a dark saison brewed with pilsner malt, rye, spelt, midnight wheat and flaked barley.
When Earnest Brew Works opened a little over three years ago, one of their initial offerings was Honeybuzz, a double IPA brewed with honey from co-owner Scot Yarnell’s uncle’s farm in Henry County. That beer has been a staple in the Earnest lineup ever since and will soon see a can release. The rich honey sweetness of the brew is offset with a hefty hop bill that lends aroma and flavor without imparting much perceived bitterness. Look for four packs at Earnest’s south Toledo taproom and around northwest Ohio in the coming week.
- Bust out your flip flops and beach attire: Catawba Island Brewing’s fifth annual July in Christmas party is Saturday, Dec. 21 at their Port Clinton taproom.
- If you’ve never had one, a braggot is a delicious beer/mead hybrid brewed with malted grains and honey. Aistear Brewing in Bowling Green has not one, not two, but three braggots on tap at the moment.
Outerbelt Brewing kicked their canning line into hyperdrive this week with the release of four beers. The brewery’s popular hazy IPA, Gravel Donuts, gets amped up with raspberry for a limited can run, alongside Sven vanilla milkshake IPA and a peaches and cream Sven variant. New to the lineup is Experimental Volume 1, the first in a series of small batch hazy IPAs. Stop in at the taproom in Carroll to pick up a four pack or look for them at select retailers in the Columbus metro area. Details at facebook.com/outerbeltbeer
- Dank Skywalker, the latest New England-style IPA to hit the taps at DankHouse Brewing in Newark, is hazier than the inside of an exogorth. (That’s a Star Wars joke, by the way…)
- New to the taps this week at Sixth Sense Brewing in Jackson is The Prolific, a Belgian ale brewed with 10 pounds of raspberries per barrel.
Fans of Urban Artifact’s Midwest fruit tart beers will want to get down to the brewery on Saturday, Dec. 21 for a special release event. Astrolabe concord grape fruit tart hit the market last week, but a very limited number of grape lemonade, orange smoothie, amaretti thumbprint cookie and PB&J Astrolabe variants will go on sale at 11 a.m. Urban Artifact will also release their first ever double fruit tart, Double the Gadget, brewed with twice the normal amount of raspberries and blackberries. Get all the release details at facebook.com/urbanartifactbrewing
- Streetside Brewery will release cans of Interstate Pastry Fight chocolate donut stout and Suh, Brah? New England IPA today at their taproom in Columbia-Tusculum.
- Cheers to two years of beers from Little Miami Brewing! Try a pint of Comet, their new orange raspberry holiday ale, at the brewpub in Milford.
- Night Cap Winter Warmer returns to the taps at Brink Brewing in College Hill this weekend.
- West Side Brewing tapped their Belgian Christmas Ale yesterday at the brewery tasting room in Cincinnati’s Westwood neighborhood.
As we pull the sleigh into the final days of 2019, Branch & Bone Artisan Ales will host a 12 Sour Beers of Christmas tap takeover at their Dayton taproom on Saturday, Dec. 21. The draft list includes some of the breweries best-loved sour beers, ranging from the light and refreshing Peach Tea Berliner to the lush and funky foeder-aged Incantation: Merlot wild ale. Branch & Bone will even be serving up a festive spiced cran-orange hot sour to shake off the winter cold. Get the full beer list at branchandboneales.com