Ohio Weekly Roundup



Columbus Brewing Company’s Uncle Rusty hits store shelves this week, the first bottle release for the seasonal favorite. This Imperial red ale features English crystal malts and five varieties of Pacific Northwest American hops. A hearty brew for the imposing Ohio winter… 

Platform Beer Company’s Columbus brewery and taproom will celebrate their one-year anniversary on Saturday, Jan. 20. The event will feature limited can releases of Never Swim Alone barrel-aged berliner weisse with cacao and Hubris quadruple ice IPA, plus a limited re-tapping of Cherry Donut Pie gose and other rare pours. Taproom opens at 10 a.m. and the first 100 people will receive a free commemorative pint glass. 


The rapid growth of new breweries in Northeast Ohio has spawned the need to create a new Ohio brewery region (much like we did for West Central Ohio a few years back). The new Greater Cleveland region includes breweries in Cuyahoga, Ashtabula, Geauga, Lake and Lorain counties. 

Masthead Brewing Co. is celebrating their one-year anniversary on Saturday, Jan. 27 at their downtown taproom. The doors open at 11 a.m. and Masthead will be releasing five new beers: Underverse Imperial Stout aged in Woodford Reserve Bourbon Barrels, Underverse Imperial Stout aged in Woodford Reserve Rye Whiskey Barrels,  a Galaxy-hopped New England IPA, a Double New England IPA and an 11% Triple IPA. A limited number of anniversary commemorative Teku glasses will also be available. 

The newest Ohio Craft Brewers Association member in the brand new Greater Cleveland region is Bad Tom Smith Brewing in the Ohio City neighborhood. This is their second Ohio location (the first is in Cincinnati). The new Cleveland location will host a monthly homebrewers’ shoot out, with the winners having their beers brewed at Bad Tom Smith. 


There’s no shortage of new Ohio Craft Brewers Association members in the Northeast region! Please welcome: 


Join the Frog Army! The new mug club at Black Frog Brewery in Holland offers some serious perks for membership: a 19.5 ounce mug pour for the same price as a pint, exclusive first access to new beers, a Black Frog button-down work shirt for the first 100 members (Black Frog t-shirts for everyone else) and 10% off apparel for a year. The taproom is now open Thursday through Saturday, stop in to purchase Frog Army membership. 

We’d like to welcome three Northwest Ohio breweries to the Ohio Craft Brewers Association! Bowling Green Beer Works – which gets a hearty “Ay Ziggy Zoomba!” from your humble OCBA Communications Manager – serves great beers in a speakeasy-like atmosphere. Two Bandits Brewing in Hicksville is our westernmost craft brewery, just 2 miles from the Indiana border, offering craft beer, food and entertainment with small-town charm. Napoleon’s Flatrock Brewery has been making craft beer in Henry County since 2012 and is fresh off a win for best fruit/vegetable stout in the Ohio Beer Blog/Brew Minds King of Ohio stout competition. 


We’ve redrawn the map in the Southeast region as well to include breweries in Coshocton, Fairfield, Harrison, Licking, Jefferson and Pickaway counties. 

The newest Southeast brewery is Wooly Pig Farm Brewery in Fresno (just east of Coshocton). Specializing in German-style lagers, the brewery – founded by former Uinta Brewing brewmaster Kevin Ely and his family – sits on a working 90-acre mangalitsa pig farm. Bottled beers should be in distribution soon, but it’s worth the trip to see this unique brewery for yourself. 

Trek Brewing in Newark received their Ohio brewery permit in late December and is currently brewing and fermenting beer in preparation for their grand opening. Trek will be Licking County’s eighth craft brewery and the fifth to open a public taproom on premises. 


Brink Brewing Co. has teamed up with Brew Minds to host a series of panel discussions about the craft beer industry. This month’s panel discussion, Women in Beer, is happening on Tuesday, Jan. 16 at 7 p.m. Panelists include Ellen Lehman of MadTree Brewing, Natalie Blair of Rhinegeist, Jane Hamilton of Marty’s Hops & Vines and Jenny Gilbert-Hilgefort of Fibonacci Brewing and Cincy Brew Bus. Discussion will be moderated by Carla Gesell-Streeter of the Cincinnati State Brewing Science program. Admission is free at the Brink Brewing Co. taproom in College Hill. 

Very excited to have Fretboard Brewing Company and Little Miami Brewing Company on board as members of the Ohio Craft Brewers Association! Fretboard Brewing in Blue Ash recently brought on Kevin Moreland, former head brewer at Listermann/Triple Digit Brewing and Taft’s Ale House, as managing partner. Little Miami Brewing in Milford opened in December 2017 with award-winning brewer Jim Strelau heading up the brewhouse. Check them out and get your Ohio On Tap passport stamps! 


Warped Wing Brewing Company is celebrating their 4th anniversary on Saturday, Jan. 13 at their taproom in Dayton. The festivities will include a limited edition bottle release of three barrel aged varieties of Baltic Argonaut Baltic porter. All details – release times, bottle limits, etc. – available at the event page on Facebook. 

Star City Brewing Company is teaming up with Bear Creek Donuts for a beer and donut pairing at the Star City taproom in Miamisburg on Saturday, Jan. 20. The guided pairing consists of four combinations of Star City beer with Bear Creek donut holes, capped off with a surprise collaboration donut made with Star City beer. Tickets are $15 each, available here. 

Categories: Brewery News