Ohio Brewery News
It has been nearly five months since Taft’s Brewing Company made the decision to temporarily close their central Ohio location in response to spiking COVID case numbers. This week, Taft’s Brewpourium Columbus re-opened their taproom in Franklinton and welcomed back their loyal customers. Enjoy a pour of the summertime crusher Walk Off Wheat, the smooth and refreshing UDF Milkshake IPA, or an amped-up, barrel aged version of the World Beer Cup gold medalist Gustav Vienna lager. The kitchen will be serving up their signature New Haven-style apizza, and there’s plenty of space to spread out in the taproom or on the outdoor patio. Head over to taftsbeer.com for the full draft list and other re-opening info.
This weekend, hopheads should prepare for some mind-blowing collaboration brews at the inaugural Saucy Brew Works Hop Fest. The brewery’s Vibe Garden in Ohio City will host this celebration of all things lupulin, including four beers made especially for the event. The releases showcase several varieties of hand-selected hops in four distinct expressions: an approachable and crushable hoppy blonde collaboration with Twin Oast Brewing, a traditional, intense west coast IPA collab between Saucy, Fat Head’s and Masthead Brewing, a trendy new cold-fermented IPA made in tandem with Noble Beast Brewing, and a smooth, strong and juicy imperial hazy IPA collab with Crooked Pecker Brewing. Hop Fest kicks off Saturday, May 1 at 11 a.m. and runs through the weekend. Get all the details at facebook.com/saucybrewworkscle
Cheers to eight years of beers from Millersburg Brewing! This out-of-the-way gem of a brewery in Holmes County has been cranking out amazing and award-winning brews since 2013. Brewmaster Marty Lindon has a few tricks up his sleeve for this Saturday’s anniversary/Derby Day party (apropos for a brewery whose mascot is a horse.) Let’s make it a flight: tart with the crisp, refreshing, coffee-infused version of Millersburg’s flagship Killbuck Creek Kolsch, then kick up the intensity with Buckhorn, a Maibock brewed with just a hint of smoked malt and a heavy addition of German Noble hops. Cap off this malt-driven flight with Doc’s Scotch Ale, a 2016 Great American Beer Festival gold medal winner. Stop in to try them all on Saturday, May 1; wear your best Derby Day hat for a chance to win some fun prizes. For more info, head over to facebook.com/millersburgbrewingcompany
Inside the Five Brewing co-owners Chris Morris and Brandon Fields were selected in the NFL Draft in 2006 and 2007, respectively. Unsurprisingly, draft day is kind of a big deal around their Sylvania brewpub – and the new one in Perrysburg too – not only to celebrate their pro football careers, but also as the date of their annual Draft Class membership sale. In addition to a year worth of special pricing for all Draft Class members, “first rounders” also receive a commemorative t-shirt and an invitation to two beer pairing dinners. First and second rounders also get a 2021 Inside the Five Draft Class custom beer glass. You don’t need any special skills or talent to get selected in this draft, just a fresh battery in your mouse, a healthy clicking finger and a few bucks to spare. Draft Class memberships go on sale for both the Sylvania and Perrysburg locations at 8 p.m. sharp on Thursday, April 29. Get all the info at insidethefivebrewing.com
Cheers to eight years of beers from Homestead Beer Company! That eighth year was a doozy for the brewery, forced to close their original taproom in Heath for several months due to the pandemic while also opening their brand new Homestead Public House location in Delaware. The winter closure also delayed Bison Day, the annual celebration around the release of their popular imperial stout. This Saturday, May 1, Homestead will roll Bison Day and their anniversary into one big party at the Heath taproom, featuring the tapping of 2020’s Bison alongside four barrel aged Bison vintages dating back to 2017. A limited quantity of each except the 2017 version will also be available in bottles for carry. Doors open at 2 p.m. with a heavy emphasis on bottle sales, so be sure to get there early if you need a specific vintage to complete the vertical in your cellar. Get more details at facebook.com/homesteadbeerco
The mythology of the phoenix has endured since Hellenic times: a great bird that is born, dies consumed by flames, and then is reborn from the ashes. Such is the story of Cincinnati’s Woodburn Brewery, born in 2016, closed permanently in 2020 amid the COVID-19 pandemic, then reborn as part of the March First family of breweries. Today marks the grand opening under new ownership with several noticeable and immediate changes: the name gets a slight tweak to Woodburn Brewing, the phoenix-centric logo gets a cleaner, modern upgrade, and an old Woodburn favorite – Solo coffee blonde ale – makes a debut in cans. In the coming months, the brewery also plans to transform newly-acquired greenspace behind the taproom into an outdoor beer garden with a separate service bar and accommodations for live music. Pop in and see what’s new! Follow Woodburn Brewing on social media to track their development: facebook.com/woodburnbrewing
What have you been doing for the past 17 years? Were you laying the groundwork for your life’s greatest achievement, patiently waiting out of sight, growing in maturity, all for your chance to burst into public view and take the glory that is your destiny? If so, it’s possible that you are a Brood X cicada. Fifteen states – including Ohio – will witness this year’s emergence, with the fully developed cicadas mating and laying their eggs before completely dying off by mid-summer. The next generation of Brood X will then emerge in 2038 after 17 years of living underground. To commemorate this year’s cicada emergence, Yellow Springs Brewery will tap Brood X black IPA this Friday, April 30. Follow the brewery on social media for more details: facebook.com/yellowspringsbrewery