Ohio Brewery News
The King Arts Complex has been a major promoter of African-American arts in Columbus since 1989, serving as an important cultural and educational hub in the King-Lincoln District near downtown. In 2020, the King Arts Complex convened several local arts organizations to form The HeART of Protest, 46 days of artistic protest to honor the life of George Floyd, tell the story of Black America and document the global social justice movement. This Friday, Feb. 26, Wolf’s Ridge Brewing will release HeART of It, a hoppy wheat ale, and donate 100% of the proceeds from the beer’s sale to the King Arts Complex to help them continue their mission of supporting the community through the arts. HeART of It will be available on draft at the Wolf’s Ridge downtown taproom, as well as in cans for carry out or home delivery in Columbus and other major markets. More info at facebook.com/wolfsridgebrew
Cheers to five years of beers from Sibling Revelry Brewing! Fans of strong beers will have a lot to celebrate this weekend, as Sibling Revelry is loading up the taps at their Westlake tasting room with some barrel aged crowd pleasers. Two variants of Cosmic Cocoa imperial chocolate stout are being pulled from the cellar: a rum barrel aged version and a bourbon barrel aged version from the 2019 vintage. Sibling Revelry’s Barleywine will be on tap as well, alongside cinnamon and maple barrel aged variants. The party starts Friday, Feb. 26 at 4 p.m. and continues on Saturday from noon until 9 p.m. In addition to all the barrel aged goodness, the brewery will also offer discounts on four packs of their Red Ale, growler fills and drafts. Find out more at siblingrevelrybrewing.com
Once upon a time, craft brewers had few options for aroma hops: Cascade and Centennial were popular among the few available varieties, but overall acreage devoted to aroma hops in the U.S. was a small fraction of what it is today. The rise in popularity of the American IPA, followed by the explosive growth in the number of craft breweries over the past decade, encouraged expansion in hops production and development of new varieties with specific aroma and flavor attributes. Craft brewers like Lockport Brewery can now take advantage of dozens of varieties to fine tune the flavors of their beers. This week, Lockport released a new double IPA, Twice Upon a Time, featuring a hefty blend of Galaxy, El Dorado, Columbus and Citra hops that deliver strong tropical, citrus and stone fruit flavors and aromas, along with an earthy, floral note common in west coast style IPAs. Available on draft now at the taproom in Bolivar, read more at facebook.com/lockportbeer
If you’re ready to turn the page and get your hots on for summer, plant yourself in the taproom at Earnest Brew Works in Toledo this Saturday, Feb. 27 for the release of The Object. This new hazy double IPA is royally hopped with Simcoe, Mosaic and Citra to bring intense stone fruit, pine and citrus notes suitable for your life as a dedicated hophead. It’ll be available on draft, as well as in cans with a limit of two four-packs per person, so plan to get yours early and avoid having to make a last stand when supplies get low. If you miss out, just be prepared to say “nobody’s fault but mine.” Don’t be afraid to share though: a beer with a friend always beats tea for one. Can release starts at 2 p.m. Saturday, find out more at facebook.com/earnestbeer
Trek Brewing opened back in late 2018 with a fair amount of production firepower: the 15 barrel brewhouse formerly installed at Seventh Son Brewing in Columbus. Brewer John Ream has been consistently pumping out brews for Trek’s taproom ever since, developing a core line of brands based on customer feedback. Those beers are now starting to find their ways into cans, starting this week with Canteen, a crisp, refreshing, sessionable cream ale perfect for enjoying in the warmer days right around the corner. Six packs are now on sale at Trek’s taproom in Newark. Be on the lookout for future can releases, including Solo Hike IPA, Trail Magik vanilla stout, Scarlet red ale and Weekend Wanderer pale ale, all with label art created by illustrator Matt Battaglia. To stay on top of future releases, follow Trek on Facebook and Instagram, or read their news updates at trekbeer.com
Like many craft breweries, MadTree Brewing places tremendous value on service to the community that supports them. That core value manifests itself in charitable giving, environmental stewardship and honoring the community’s history while contributing to its future. This week, MadTree announced the release of Legendary Lager, a new year-round flagship beer with can art featuring notable Cincinnatians. The initial release honors the Cincinnati Cobra, former heavyweight boxing champ Ezzard Charles, considered to be one of the best pound-for-pound prizefighters in history. MadTree will donate a portion of the proceeds from Legendary Lager to the Cincinnati Parks Foundation to support Laurel Park in the West End neighborhood where Charles grew up. Last year, MadTree employees planted 100 trees in Laurel Park, and this coming October, a statue of Charles will be dedicated there as well. Look for 12-packs of Legendary Lager on Cincinnati area retail shelves now with wider distribution to come.
The Dayton Beer Company has been working on some ambitious internal projects over the past couple of years, including the launch of their new distillery arm – Dayton Barrel Works – and a new revamped pizza kitchen. A long-awaited piece of the puzzle, however, is about to come online just in time for the change of seasons. A newly-constructed rooftop bar and patio is slated to open this spring, significantly adding to the brewery’s already impressive outdoor beer garden. To celebrate the impending opening of the new upper-level space, the Dayton Beer Company has introduced Roof Juice into their year-round beer lineup. The hazy IPA loaded with citrus, berry and tropical fruit flavors is on draft now with a can release to follow soon. Find out more at facebook.com/daytonbeerco