Ohio Weekly Roundup
Cheers to five years of beers from Wolf’s Ridge Brewing! The downtown Columbus brewery will hold their blowout birthday party on Saturday, Sept. 29 starting at 10 a.m. There will be an eye-popping 75 draft beers available throughout the day in the taproom, restaurant and the new Hickory Room event space. There will also be a total of 10 specialty bottles available for public sale, so line up early. Check out the impressive bottle and draft list at facebook.com/wolfsridgebrew
Cheers to four years of beers from Land-Grant Brewing Company! Celebrate with them at their Franklinton brewery on Saturday, Sept. 29 starting at noon. Land-Grant will have 35 beers available in the taproom and at two outdoor beer tents, along with live music all afternoon leading up to Ohio State’s showdown with Penn State at 7:30 p.m. For details, visit facebook.com/landgrantbrewingco
The clouds roll in, a stiff breeze shoots a sudden chill through the air, the maple leaves explode into brilliant colors and – just like that – another Ohio summer is behind us. Embrace the return of autumn with the return of North High Brewing’s Tree Tapper, a maple brown ale that blends Ohio maple syrup with an abundance of roasted malts for a deep and rich flavor. Look for it on store shelves starting this weekend.
Don’t Panic if you visit Terrestrial Brewing this weekend: The Beer Served At The Restaurant At The End Of The Universe, an Imperial IPA brewed with Galaxy and Comet hops, will be tapped today at 3 p.m. This not-so-subtle nod to Douglas Adams’ The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy clocks in at 8.5% ABV and is guaranteed to be better than Vogon poetry. Know where your towel is?
Join Collision Bend Brewing Company on Saturday, Sept. 29 for their Oktoberfest celebration. Enjoy an all-you-can-eat German buffet and take home a commemorative 1-liter glass stein, which you can fill with Riverfest, Collision Bend’s popular Oktoberfest-style beer, while you’re enjoying the festivities! For more info or to make reservations, visit facebook.com/collisionbrew
Market Garden Brewery’s 7th Annual Pumpkin Beer Fest is happening on Thursday, October 4. The brewery will have their Franklin Castle spiced pumpkin ale on tap (in standard and barrel aged versions), Pumpkin Giant imperial pumpkin ale, and 11 guest pumpkin beer and cider taps. The traditional pumpkin cask gets tapped at 4:30 p.m. at Market Garden’s Ohio City brew pub. For details, go to facebook.com/marketgardenbeer
Ignite Brewing Company opened their doors in Barberton for the first time last September and immediately went to work building out an inviting, spacious taproom. After bringing in the ultimate piece of décor – a Great American Beer Festival silver medal for their Cherry Blonde Ale – Ignite is hosting a grand opening celebration this weekend. Festivities kick off tonight at 6:30 p.m. with the tapping of Ignite the Jack-o’-lantern Pumpkin Ale. For all weekend details, go to facebook.com/ignitebrewingcompany
Fresh off their bronze medal win at GABF, Paradigm Shift Brewing is back at it with the release of Nightmare on North, an 8.2% ABV pumpkin beer brewed with over 100 lbs. of pumpkin. Get a pour of this new brew or the award-winning Neighbor Girl Belgian-style Tripel this weekend, or enjoy them during Paradigm Shift’s new Monday hours at their Massillon taproom, open 6 p.m.-midnight.
Noble Creature Cask House will tap their new Vienna-style lager, Observationalist, today at 2 p.m. Look for some interesting seasonal beers from this Youngstown brewery in October, including a pumpkin milk stout, a sweet potato gose, a paw paw sour and something called Blast Beets, which sounds pretty brutal. Follow Noble Creature for details: facebook.com/noblecreaturebeer
Flatrock Brewery is exploring the polar opposites on the beer spectrum with their Heroes and Villians can series rolling out this fall. Heroes is a series of fruited milkshake IPAs; Villians is a series of milk stouts. The first of the Heroes line has started to make its way across northwest Ohio this month, with the Super Peach IPA now on tap at Flatrock’s Napoleon brewpub. For release news on all of the Hereos and Villians releases, follow facebook.com/flatrockbrewerydistillerynapoleon
The reliable narrator of this beer blog is a proud graduate of the Bowling Green State University. On Friday, Oct. 12, BGSU’s Alumni Office will host a craft beer sampling event for Homecoming weekend featuring three Falcon alum-owned breweries: The Laird Arcade Brewery (Tiffin), Municipal Brew Works (Mason) and The Phoenix Brewing Company (Mansfield). For more info, go to bgsu.edu
Pockets of Sunlight, a mixed fermentation saison brewed with honey, coriander, and lemon verbena, will be available today at both Jackie O’s Brewery locations in Athens starting at 11 a.m. If you’re not down for a road trip through the hills of southeastern Ohio, keep your eyes open for Jackie O’s See Foam IPA, the latest in their limited release IPA series, on store shelves throughout Ohio as of this week. For details on both beers, visit facebook.com/jackieosbrewery
One could argue that the Ohio climate is too warm and our elevation is not high enough, but yet there have been sightings of the Wandering Yeti in Licking County and surrounding areas. Homestead Beer Co.’s new hazy IPA offers a soft mouthfeel and mild bitterness that plays astoundingly well with big citrus and hints of melon. Spotting the Wandering Yeti is worth an expedition to Homestead’s taproom in Heath. Get some before it disappears…
Cheers to two years of beers from Streetside Brewery! Join them in celebration this Saturday, Sept. 29 at their taproom in Columbia-Tusculum. Tickets for a special “one hit wonder” release will be distributed at 10 a.m. with cellar sales starting at 11 a.m. Collaboration beers with Fifth Street Brewpub, Ill Mannered Brewing Company, Land-Grant Brewing Company and Platform Beer Co. will be on tap throughout the day. For all event details, visit facebook.com/streetsidebrewery
Fretboard Brewing Company will be releasing their first cans on Saturday, Sept. 29th from their Blue Ash taproom. ‘Nati Dread is a limited edition Russian Imperial Stout aged on cocoa nibs and coconut in bourbon barrels. Fretboard’s “India Session Pilsner,” Mellowship, will also be available in 4-packs of 16 ounce cans. This beer combines old-world lagers with new world dry hopped characteristics. Can sales start at noon, details at facebook.com/fretboardbrewing
It’s not a mind game: Urban Artifact’s new Sour Fresh Hop Double IPA, Gaslight, is available now in the brewery’s Northside taproom. Gaslight uses all Ohio ingredients with seven varieties of hops from Ohio Valley Hops and malts from Haus Malts and Rustic Brew Farm. Look for Gaslight to hit distribution wherever Urban Artifact beers are sold in the next two weeks.
This week, the Dayton Beer Company tapped Broken Empire, their massive Russian Imperial Stout aged for 20 months in Heaven Hill bourbon barrels to exude huge flavors of vanilla, oak, molasses and raisin. On Tuesday, Oct. 2, the downtown brewery will release their Canal Boat IPA in cans for the first time ever. Citra, Mosaic and Crystal hops lend delicious tropical fruit, dried lemongrass and citrus peel flavors. For details, visit facebook.com/daytonbeerco
Devil Wind Brewing is bringing the spirit of Munich to the heart of Xenia on Saturday, Sept. 29. They will be tapping their festbier, Ein Prosit!, a flavorful lager with a slightly spicy hint of hops on the finish. Commemorative half-liter steins will be available starting at noon for $15 (including your first pour) to truly celebrate their lagers. Details on all of the Oktoberfest goings-on are available at facebook.com/devilwindbrewing