Ohio Brewery News



Everyone commemorates Independence Day in their own way, including craft breweries. Many are closing down for the holiday so their employees can spend time with family and friends.* Some are staying open on July 4, or even holding special hours on Monday, July 5 to celebrate. Then there’s Sideswipe Brewing, which will release three new fireworks-themed beers on Saturday, July 3. Pick up six packs of Zippity Do Dah lo-cal IPA with jalapeno, Hoosker Do’s cherry sour ale and Nipsy Daisers blueberry ale from the brewery taproom in Columbus starting at 1 p.m. Read all about it at sideswipebrewing.com

*We created Ohio Brew Haul to remind people to stock up on Ohio craft beer before the holiday. Post a pick of your haul for a chance to win prizes! Details at ohiocraftbeer.org/ohiobrewhaul


We don’t need to remind anyone of the havoc, tragedy and hardship that the pandemic caused over the course of the last year. But if there’s a silver lining to be found, it’s that we all got a lot better at creating and sharing experiences virtually when we can’t do it in person. Online events throw open gates that may have been closed to some people even before the pandemic, simply due to a lack of opportunity to attend in person. For instance, you may be able to pick up a four-pack of the new Tidal Fury imperial IPA from Great Lakes Brewing Company and enjoy it on your own, but having a guided tasting with the brewer usually meant fitting a trip to the brewery into your schedule. Thanks to technology, you can attend a live, virtual guided tasting and Q&A to learn more about this new brew. Join Steve Forman and Michael Williams from Great Lakes on Facebook Live Thursday, July 1 at 5 p.m. for a deep dive on Tidal Fury: facebook.com/greatlakesbrewingco


Cheers to four years of beers from Magic City Brewing Company! The brewery, named for its Barberton roots and now residing in an expanded facility just up the road in Akron, boasts three special anniversary cans available for order today starting at 6 p.m. Birfday Suit #4 is the brewery’s annual celebratory milkshake sour, this one made with red prickly pear, blueberry, pomegranate, apricot, marshmallow and lactose. Magic City continues their haze prowess with Death Sings Me to Sleep, an oat cream IPA triple dry hopped with Citra. Rounding out the releases is Blood Oath, a rich, luscious imperial stout with chocolate, peanut butter, raspberry and lactose. Set a reminder to snag these today on the Oznr app, because they will not last long. Full details on these beers and this weekend’s anniversary festivities available at facebook.com/magiccitybrewingco


Craft breweries serve more than beer: they are gathering places for their local communities and take the lead on initiatives to make their cities and towns better places to live. Despite the pandemic taking a big chunk out of their revenue, Ohio craft breweries still donated close to $2 million to charitable causes in 2020 according to our biennial economic impact survey. This Friday, July 2, Modcraft Brewing will launch their first Community SMaSH Project, a quarterly brew to benefit local Findlay-area charities. Proceeds from Survivors Serenade rosé golden ale will be donated to Open Arms, serving individuals and families affected by domestic violence and sexual assault in Hancock County. Find out more about Modcraft’s Community SMaSH Project at facebook.com/modcraftbrewing


DankHouse Brewing Company is taking the Fourth of July off to celebrate the holiday, but not before they release some new beers in cans to help you make the most of your Independence Day weekend. Spark It is a bomb pop-inspired sour ale bursting with cherry, blue raspberry and lime flavors. Seoul Mates hazy double IPA is double dry hopped with Citra, El Dorado and HBC-586 hops to produce a strong bouquet of citrus and tropical fruit aromas and flavors. DankHouse has also canned up a fresh batch of their popular Chasing Trees IPA and Pineapple Blunt Cake sour ale for this release. Make an Ohio Brew Haul by picking up cans at the taproom in Newark starting at 3 p.m. today, or ordering online for delivery to the Columbus area on Saturday, July 3. Find out more at facebook.com/dankhousebrews


Cincinnati is one of the country’s best craft beer cities, home to breweries of all sizes that cater to diverse tastes. Even with such a strong beer culture, Cincinnati is the only major Ohio city without a brewery passport program. Nature abhors a vacuum, so they say, which led The Crown to develop a short-term beer trail in the Queen City. The group has established the Ales for Trails program to raise awareness and funds for their planned 34-mile multi-use trail connecting Cincinnati neighborhoods. Pick up a Hop Card at Big Ash, Dead Low, Fifty West, Listermann, Madtree, North High – Hyde Park or Streetside and get all seven brewery stamps by July 31. All completed entries will be entered into a grand prize drawing and the first 100 to finish the trail will get an Ale for Trails t-shirt. Get all the details at crowncincinnati.org/alesfortrails


They may not be ready in time for you to take some home as part of your Ohio Brew Haul this week, but pretty soon you’ll be able to enjoy four beers from Devil Wind Brewing in cans. The three-year-old Xenia brewery’s initial canning run will include four of their flagship brews: Buccaneer American lager, Dankel Munich dunkel lager, Mind the Gap ESB and Smalltown Midwest IPA. All four of these beers are perfect for sipping around a campfire, at a barbecue or after biking on the Little Miami Scenic Trail, so plan to keep your coolers full of Devil Wind cans all summer long. Keep your eyes peeled for release details to pop up soon at facebook.com/devilwindbrewing

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