Ohio Brewery News



It’s a point of pride in our industry that craft beer isn’t a phenomenon exclusive to cities and suburbs. The number of breweries that have been established in communities off the beaten path proves that the trend toward local food and drink is universal. This weekend, Henmick Farm & Brewery will open their doors to the public, giving Ohio yet another rural craft beer destination. Built by the Sheets family on their farm property in Delaware County, Henmick’s taproom is a blend of new and old. The rustic beer hall was constructed with the frame of a relocated barn dating back to the 1860s, while the 15-barrel brewhouse is set up in a newly-constructed adjoining building. Henmick takes advantage of their pastoral setting with an expansive outdoor area, allowing patrons to stroll around with beers in hand or have a seat to take in the picturesque views of the farm. Henmick Farm & Brewery will be open Friday through Sunday during the summer, starting with the grand opening on Friday, July 16 at 4 p.m. Get more details on this weekend’s festivities at facebook.com/henmickfarmbrewery


While Ghost Tree Brewing has been slinging their brews in Amherst since last October, they’ve been leaning on other breweries to produce their beer for them while the buildout of their 5-barrel brewhouse was underway. With that installation complete, Ghost Tree is now beginning to serve up suds made in-house. The first of those brews, a super dank west coast IPA named Evenflow, hit the taps this week. The brewery’s best-selling double IPA, Ca$h After Ten, is currently bubbling away inside the in-house fermenters for a release in the near future. A Marzen lager is also in the works: the long-maturing beer should be ready in time for Oktoberfest celebrations in late summer. You can keep up with all of Ghost Tree’s new house-brewed beers by giving them a follow on Facebook: facebook.com/ghosttreebrewing


With more and more breweries popping up in far-flung locales, craft beer enthusiasts are venturing further away from home to taste brews around the state. Beer tourism is great for the industry as well as state and local economies, but travel accommodations need to be made to ensure that craft beer is being enjoyed responsibly. That concern is exactly what led Sandy Springs Brewing Company to open their Brewers Quarters rental apartment in 2019. Demand for the lodging was so high that the brewery bought another adjacent property to offer more options for travelers. The Sandy Springs Century Home dates back more than 100 years and was dutifully rehabbed with many modern amenities while still emphasizing the area’s agrarian roots. If you’re planning an eastern Ohio brew tour, the property is available for rent through Airbnb and would make a perfect home base for your traveling party. Just make sure your designated driver gets first choice of bedrooms. See before and after photos at instagram.com/ssbccenturyhome


It has been a long and winding road, but 60cc Brewing’s taproom is finally open and ready to greet thirsty craft beer fans in Toledo. Owners Megan and Michael Perry established 60cc as a nanobrewery at their residence several years ago, brewing beers and building their brand as the foundation for an eventual public taproom. The Perrys secured their location on Reynolds Road near the Toledo Botanical Garden last year and began the process of retrofitting the space to house the brewery and taproom. The hard work all pays off today as they open the doors to the public for the first time. The motor scooter-themed brewery officially opens at 4 p.m. today and will be serving beer Thursday through Saturday. Cruise on in and get your passport stamp on the Ohio On Tap app! Follow 60cc Brewing on Facebook to stay on top of all their new releases: facebook.com/60ccbrewing


This Saturday, July 17, Y Bridge Brewing will hold a fundraiser as part of the Ales for ALS campaign. Participating breweries are asked to brew a beer using one of two hop blends created especially for the fundraiser. The Zanesville brewery released their Ales for ALS beer a few weeks back, but it’s still on tap for this weekend’s event. $1 from each pour of The Blue Line blueberry milkshake wheat beer will be donated to the ALS Therapy Development Institute. Y Bridge will also raise funds for the charity via raffles, a 50/50 drawing and an auction. The event starts when the brewery taproom opens at 1 p.m. and runs throughout the day. For more details, head over to facebook.com/ybridgebrewing


I promised myself not to go pun wild when I found out that the new collaboration beer from Fretboard Brewing and Fat Head’s Brewery was named after the Grateful Dead. After all, it would be a disservice to this beauty of an American IPA to tarnish it with such triviality. Besides, it’s high time that these two Great American Beer Festival winning breweries finally jammed together, and the results are groovy. Grateful Spinner features an experimental collage of hops, including the Yakima Chief Cryo Pop blend that delivers an immersive wall of aromas ranging from peach to tropical fruit. Ahtanum and Pahto hops bolster the combo with pine and citrus notes and a pleasant bitterness. The first tastes of Grateful Spinner will be available at Fretboard’s taproom in Blue Ash on Friday, July 16 at noon. The brewery will start truckin’ the beer around in cans and kegs to southwest Ohio retailers next week. Find out more at facebook.com/fretboardbrewing


Here’s a great fit for your summer sipping needs: Yellow Springs Brewery is putting their taproom favorite session IPA, Mannequin Pants, in cans this week. Despite clocking in at just 4.7% ABV, this session brew is deceptively filled out thanks to the addition of oats to the grain bill, contributing to a smooth mouthfeel reminiscent of a fuller-bodied, stronger beer. Amarillo hops handle the bittering and aroma duties, lending a peachy sweet note with a slight and pleasant tannin-like bitterness. Pick up six packs or enjoy a pint on draft at either Yellow Springs taproom starting Friday, July 16. Cans will be delivered to Dayton-area retail shops next week. Find out more at facebook.com/yellowspringsbrewery

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