Ohio Brewery News



Ohio’s newest craft brewery is now open in Gahanna. Edison Brewing Company is the anchor business of the Franklin Peak development, named for its location on a relatively high elevation point in Franklin County. That topography offers a vista-like view of Columbus from the spacious outdoor beer garden. Owner Wil Schulze tapped veteran Columbus brewer Victor Ecimovich III to run the brew house; Edison is expected to focus primarily on traditional German beer styles with a sprinkling of newer, experimental beers added to the mix at the brewer’s whim. The initial rollout of brews is expected by the end of the month. In the meantime, Edison is offering up a list of guest drafts ranging from local craft brews to imported staples. You can get your Ohio On Tap brewery passport stamp there starting this weekend, and be sure to follow Edison on social media for updates: facebook.com/edisonbrewing


Terrestrial Brewing has a walloping brew on tap for tiki time today. The brewery has been experimenting for some time with beers inspired by tropical drinks, often in collaboration with Porco, the storied Cleveland tiki lounge. A recent batch of Painkiller sour ale, a pineapple-heavy brew with orange juice and coconut in the style of the classic cocktail of the same name, was transferred over to a South American rum barrel and allowed to age for nine months. The resulting 9% ABV beer picked up a ton of spirit character from the barrel aging, delivering flavors that will make you swear you’re drinking the real thing. Terrestrial will tap this trip to tropical paradise at 4 p.m. today. Find out more at facebook.com/terrestrialbrewing


It’s been almost five months since anyone’s been able to have a drink at Noble Creature Cask House, but that all changes this weekend. The Youngstown church-turned-brewery has been selling cans, growlers and baked goods to-go on weekends since the state’s mid-March orders to close down on-premises dining and drinking, and used the downtime since then to build out a brand new outdoor seating area. That new beer garden – and the rest of the taproom – will re-open to customers today at 4 p.m. The brewery’s kitchen will not re-open immediately, but Noble Creature will have plenty of their signature eccentric and funky beers available for enjoyment at their socially distanced tables or for curbside pickup. Read all about their re-opening procedures and guidelines at facebook.com/noblecreaturebeer


BIG BEER ALERT: Earnest Brew Works took their Evil Earnie imperial stout – already a double digit ABV monster – and gave it the bourbon barrel treatment. After hanging out indoors with his buddy Jim (Beam), Earnie is ready to hit the town. Clocking in at a massive 15.9% ABV after barrel aging, Evil Earnie is the strongest beer that Earnest Brew Works has made in the three-and-a-half years since they opened their doors in south Toledo. This boozy and decadent brew is available in 500 mL bottles only at the Earnest taproom. Split one now with a friend or stock your cellar for the colder months ahead. Get all the pertinent details at facebook.com/earnestbeer


It’s baseball season, and dedicated seamheads like the writer of this blog are doing their best to keep up with the churn of player transactions as the sport adapts to coronavirus protocols. In that spirit, let’s talk about some player moves in the Licking County craft beer scene. The Granville Three Tigers have acquired free agent brewer Logan Williams to lead their brewhouse. Williams, who held a similar role with the Heath Homesteads, brings experience and stability to a historically respected lineup. In a corresponding move, the Heath Homesteads brought in veteran journeyman Chris Moore, most recently of the Worthington Zaftigs, to take Williams’ place on the Homestead roster. These are exciting moves for all clubs involved and we’re looking forward to seeing these talented additions put their craft to work in their new homes. Read more at facebook.com/threetigersbrewing


A couple weeks ago, we ran through a few of the Oktoberfest beers that were coming out in southwest Ohio during the last week of July. While we’ve never pretended to be an exhaustive, all-encompassing resource for every beer made in the state, we’re very happy to share the valiant attempts of others. The Gnarly Gnome has been keeping an annual catalog of Cincy-area Oktoberfest brews for several years now, and the 2020 volume was just published this week. Fretboard’s Rockin’ the Rhein Märzen and Fifty West’s Vienermobile Festbier both made their can debuts this week, available at the taprooms now and in distribution around Cincy next week. FigLeaf, HighGrain and Wiedemann will also be canning their Oktoberfest beers for the first time this year, look for those soon as well. For the complete rundown, visit thegnarlygnome.com


Cheers to a year of beer from Moeller Brew Barn in Troy! The brewery was Ohio’s fifth to occupy a renovated church and the second Moeller Brew Barn location: the original brewery in Maria Stein completed an expansion project this past year as well. To celebrate a year of serving the residents of Troy, Moeller is throwing a weekend-long celebration replete with – count ‘em – 10 dessert-themed brews. At the time of publication, the Maple-Glazed Donut Wheat and Strawberry Cheesecake Blonde ales had already been tapped, but fret not: there’s a new brew hitting the draft list roughly every two hours through Saturday night. To see the entire schedule of birthday beer tapping, head over to facebook.com/moellerbrewbarntroy

Categories: Brewery News