Ohio Brewery News
Two Columbus brewery taprooms re-opened this week after a nearly three month closure due to the coronavirus pandemic. Antiques on High, the sour and wild beer offshoot of Seventh Son Brewing, re-opened their retro-styled Brewery District taproom on Wednesday, June 10. Seventh Son started welcoming patrons back on Memorial Day and continues to offer Columbus area home delivery and direct shipping statewide. Also re-opening this week is Hoof Hearted Brewery and Kitchen, the Columbus outpost of Marengo’s Hoof Hearted Brewing. The brewpub in Italian Village had been limited to carry out beer sales (which it will continue), but returned to action this week with dine-in service and beer on draught. We’re keeping track of all Ohio Craft Brewers Association member re-openings, as well as carry out, delivery and shipping options. Check on your local breweries’ status at ohiocraftbeer.org/map
The Brew Kettle’s head brewer Jack Kephart is no stranger to stoking some friendly competition with his fellow Ohio brewers. When gunning for Head Hunter, the west coast IPA from Fat Head’s that twice won the National IPA Challenge and won multiple medals at the Great American Beer Festival and World Beer Cup competitions, Kephart named his competing brew White Rajah after the eccentric rulers of Sarawak who outlawed the practice of head hunting. In 2015, White Rajah won its own GABF medal, as well as placing #1 on Paste Magazine’s national blind IPA taste test. Now The Brew Kettle is coming for another decorated Ohio brew: Columbus Brewing Company’s Bodhi double IPA. In a slightly less obscure reference, The Brew Kettle’s new double IPA is named Utah after Ohio State quarterback turned FBI agent Johnny Utah, who (spoiler alert) bests surfer/bank robber Bodhi in the 1991 action thriller Point Break. Utah is slated for release into stores next week, read more at facebook.com/brewkettlebrewery
As warm weather takes hold in Ohio, we’re all looking for those perfect, crushable summer beers that pair well with a sunny patio or a fresh, light meal. This week, Ignite Brewing and Lock 15 Brewing released their collaborative effort to slake the thirst of northeast Ohio’s craft beer aficionados. Don’t Stand So Gose is a light bodied kettle sour gose that balances its tart punch with the subtle sweetness and tannin crispness of fresh blueberries. The brew also gets a dose of Lemon Drop hops to accentuate the bright citrus notes imparted by the addition of fresh lemon. This summery collab is available at Ignite’s taproom in Barberton and Lock 15’s Akron brewpub while supplies last. Read more at ignite.beer
Is this the real life? Is this just fantasy?
Bowling Green Beer Works tapped Bohemian Hopsody.
This new IPL looks like it will sell, you see.
Hopped with Mosaic, it drinks so easily.
Because it’s easy come, easy go, get some now, the keg is low.
Any way the beer flows, matters to the folks in BG, and me.
If you’re like me, the stay-at-home order issued in March saved you a pretty penny on fuel costs. If you’re like me, you’ve also re-directed those savings into buying beer from your local breweries and having it delivered to your front door. I’m going to make the decidedly non-journalistic leap and say that’s why Outerbelt Brewing named their new beer Gas Money. Available in cans and on draft this week, Gas Money is a kettle soured gose brewed with lime zest and Korean bamboo salt, which acquires a distinctive sweet flavor during the kiln baking process. Put a little gas in your tank and head down to Outerbelt’s taproom in Carroll to give it a try, or have the brewery bring it to you with their delivery service to Fairfield, Franklin and Licking counties. Find out more at outerbeltbrewing.com
On Wednesday, June 17, Third Eye Brewing will open the doors of their brewery and taproom for the first time. Third Eye broke ground in summer of 2019 just across the street from the Sharonville Convention Center north of Cincinnati, and recently completed construction of their 6,000 square foot taproom and 3.600 square feet of outdoor space, including a rooftop deck. Last month, the brewery announced the hiring of award-winning brewer Kelly Montgomery – formerly of Brink Brewing – to head up brewhouse operations alongside Chloe Schaefer, a recent graduate of the UC Davis Master Brewers Program. They appear to be coming on strong out of the gate with 10 beers available on tap, including Jelly Brain milkshake IPA with pineapple and coconut, Third Eye P.A. west coast IPA and Enlightenment raspberry wheat ale. Read more at thirdeyebrewingco.com
Carillon Brewing Company, the working museum brewery housed at Carillon Historical Park in Dayton that brews beer using period-accurate methods from the year 1850, will re-open on Monday, June 15. Ready for a little bit of history nerddom? The first human virus wasn’t identified until 1881 when Cuban physician Carlos Finlay published research that yellow fever was caused by mosquitos. The yellow fever virus itself wasn’t isolated until 1927, at which point a vaccine was developed. Despite their rigor to maintain historical authenticity in the brewing process, rest assured that Carillon will be using 21st century methods of sanitation and disease prevention in order to keep their customers and employees healthy as they return to the brewery. Get more details at facebook.com/carillonbrewingco