Ohio Weekly Roundup
In early July, Land-Grant Brewing lost a dear friend, Nik Heidel, who passed away at the age of 27. In his honor, the brewery is releasing Kin, a Kölsch-style Golden Ale brewed with agave nectar, tropical hops, and Nik in mind. Kin will be released Saturday, August 18 at The Backyard Barbecue held at Land Grant’s brewery in Franklinton. Proceeds from sales of Kin will benefit The Dick and Jane Project. Details on the beer and the event at facebook.com/landgrantbrewingco
On Saturday, August 18, Endeavor Brewing Co. is holding the Backyard Bash at their brewery in Grandview Heights, in conjunction with the Tri-Village Rotary. Dominate your friends in cornhole, ladder toss and many more outdoor games while helping raise money for Design Outreach‘s goal to provide clean water to the 663 million people without access. Details at facebook.com/endeavorbrewingco
Sideswipe Brewing will be releasing two new beers simultaneously on Saturday, August 18: Bro Haze Bro, a hazy New England-style double IPA, and Prohibition Ninjas, a brown session ale. The west side brewery tasting room opens at 2 p.m. For more details, visit facebook.com/sideswipebrewing
If you missed out on tickets to the 17th annual Great Lakes Burning River Fest this weekend, you can still purchase admission at the gate. The fest returns to the historic Coast Guard Station on Whiskey Island with three stages of music, scenic views and refreshing brews. Proceeds from all ticket and beer sales benefit clean water initiatives in Northeast Ohio thanks to the efforts of the Burning River Foundation. Full event details at burningriverfest.org
Railroad Brewing Company released their flagship Trainwreck IPA in cans this week. This is the Avon brewery’s second canned beer; Tender Blonde ale was first released in April of this year. Six-packs of Trainwreck and Tender Blonde are available at the brewery and at select retailers in the Cleveland area.
Boss Dog Brewing tapped a new hazy beer this week. Punchout is an 8% ABV New England-style double IPA, on tap now at the brewpub in Cleveland Heights. Make sure to get your Cleveland Brewery Passport booklet and Ohio On Tap passport app stamped when you visit!
Sandy Springs Brewing Company announced plans to open Brewers Quarters, overnight rental accommodations next door to their Minerva brewery. The first of the three rentals are projected to be ready by late fall of this year. Rental rooms are an emerging trend for craft breweries: some Ohio breweries currently offering (or planning to offer) overnight accommodations include Father John’s in Bryan, Fibonacci in Cincinnati and BrewDog in Canal Winchester. Details at sandyspringsbrewery.com/brewers-quarters
HiHO Brewing Co. owners Jon and Ali Hovan are showing off their western influences with two new beers this week: Denver Brut IPA (made with barley from West Branch Malts in nearby Brunswick) and Wolfman’s Brother Weizenbock (aged in a Wyoming Bourbon barrel). Available on draft now at the brewery tasting room in Cuyahoga Falls.
JAFB in Wooster has their new Ohio Saison on tap for the dog days of summer This sessionable, 5.4% ABV saison is brewed with Ohio-grown spelt malt. Crisp, earthy and spicy phenolics from the DuPont yeast blend nicely with the toastiness of the spelt malt. Available on draft at the brewery while supplies last.
Now that Findlay Brewing is back into the swing of things in their new brewery, they’re taking on some new beer styles that weren’t feasible in their old nanobrewery. (419) Pils is the brewery’s first attempt at a lager – a pilsner specifically – brewed with Hersbrucker and Tettnang hops. Try this clean, refreshing brew at the new taproom in downtown Findlay.
The Toledo History Museum is offering an in-depth look at the Glass City’s rich brewing history. By combining a bus tour and beer tastings with historical digital and audio content, guests are fully immersed in the proud tradition of local brewing. The Sept. 1 tour will start at Black Cloister Brewing Company and the Sept. 15 tour will begin at Maumee Bay Brewing Company. For tickets, visit toledohistorymuseum.org
Since opening their brewery in Newark in early March, Trek Brewing has kept limited taproom hours while they worked to install their 15 barrel brewhouse. The new equipment is in the building and should be up and running soon. With summer drawing to a close and football fever about to grip the Buckeye State, Trek has announced that they will expand their hours to be open 6 days a week starting Wednesday, August 22. For all the details, read the blog at trekbeer.com
Sixth Sense Brewing announced this week that several of their beers, including the popular Murk Juice hazy IPA, would be canned and distributed in the next month. The small brewery in Jackson has been churning out an impressive line of hazy IPAs and milkshake IPAs, along with some sought-after collaborations with other Ohio brewers like DankHouse in Newark and Ill Mannered in Powell. For details on Sixth Sense cans, check out facebook.com/sixthsensebrewery
FigLeaf Brewing will release Sous La Table, their Belgian Tripel, on Saturday, August 18. The true-to-style Tripel boasts prominent tropical fruit notes with a hint of bubblegum from the Trappist-style Belgian yeast. At 9.4% ABV, the alcohol is present, but mellow and warming. FigLeaf will also have a limited release dark cherry variant available. 375 mL bottles go on sale at 12:30 Saturday at the brewery in Middletown. For details, visit facebook.com/figleafco
Urban Artifact will hold their third annual beWILDerfest, a two-day festival that celebrates “wild” music and beer, on August 24-25 at their Northside brewery in Cincinnati. Over 30 bands will share three stages over both days, including headliners Cults and Moon Hooch. In addition to the music, beWILDerfest will feature specialty taps all weekend and a special release of barrel aged sour beers on Saturday, August 25. For details and tickets, visit bewilderfest.com
Welcome 16 Lots Brewing Co., the newest member of the Ohio Craft Brewers Association! The Mason brewery will celebrate their one-year anniversary with an Oktoberfest celebration Sept. 14-16. Nine new beers will be released throughout the weekend, including the return of the 16 Lots Oktoberfest Marzen. Details at facebook.com/16lots
The Dayton Beer Company is undergoing a major expansion project, bringing in a new dedicated canning line, a filtration system, and more fermentation tanks that will increase the brewery’s capacity by approximately 35%. The brewery will also now self-distribute their core brands in order to more closely monitor beer quality on store shelves. Read Mark Fisher’s full report on dayton.com
Warped Wing will release their new Sauterne barrel aged Barn Gang Saison on Thursday, August 23 beginning at 5p.m. at the brewery’s downtown Dayton taproom. This saison is light, crisp and fruity with a slight tartness from wine barrel aging and an oaky, dry finish. Barn Gang will be available to purchase at the brewery on draft as well as 500 mL bottles. Details at facebook.com/warpedwing
Last but not least, Ale-O-Ween tickets go on sale Monday, August 20! Buy them the first day they go on sale and save $10 each on regular admission or early admission. More details at ohiocraftbeer.org/ale-o-ween