Ohio Weekly Roundup
Elevator Brewing Company will release bottles of the latest in their Gravity series beers on Saturday, September 8 at the 13th Floor Taproom in downtown Columbus. Gravity 4.0 is a Belgian-style Tripel, fruity and deceptively refreshing at 10% ABV. The first ten customers through the door at noon can purchase a complete bottle set of all four varieties, which will also be available on draft. For details, visit facebook.com/elevator13thfloor
It’s hard to believe that Seventh Son Brewing hasn’t made a lager in the past five years, but all that has changed with the release of Passing Place this week. The beer is a mashup of contrasting ideas: smooth lager meets hoppy-hazy focus, combining tropical Australian Galaxy and fruity German Huell Melon hops to give a pure expression of hop flavor and aroma. Get it on draft at the brewery’s Italian Village taproom.
Sideswipe Brewing will release their fall seasonal, Squashing Pumpkins, in cans for the first time this Saturday, September 8. The beer prominently features roasted butternut squash, giving it a different, less sweet character than most pumpkin beers. Six-packs will be available in Sideswipe’s West Side taproom starting at 2 p.m. For details go to facebook.com/sideswipebrewing
Cheers to 30 years of beers – yes three full decades – from Great Lakes Brewing Company, Ohio’s longest-tenured craft brewery. While the official date was this past Thursday, the venerable Cleveland brewery has been celebrating their pearl anniversary for most of the year. The party continues on Saturday, September 9 with the brewery’s Oktoberfest celebration in Ohio City: live music and Bavarian food specials all day, and plenty of the brewery’s Oktoberfest Märzen on tap. Details at greatlakesbrewing.com
AlpenGlow, the weizenbock from Fat Head’s Brewery, took home best-in-show honors at the Cleveland Oktoberfest craft beer competition last weekend. This is the fourth consecutive year that a Fat Head’s beer has taken the top honor. AlpenGlow is Ohio’s most decorated craft beer, with four Great American Beer Festival medals (three gold, one silver) and a World Beer Cup gold to its credit. Marc Bona runs through all the winners at cleveland.com
Brewers helping brewers: Forest City Brewery acquired a 3 barrel fermenting tank from neighboring Brick & Barrel Brewing, which will facilitate an expansion of hours at Forest City, now open on Tuesdays. The new fermenter has been lovingly named “Karlissimo,” in honor of Brick & Barrel chief Karl Spiesman.
Wishing a warm welcome to the newest member of the Ohio Craft Brewers Association, Muskellunge Brewing Company in Canton! Brewer/proprietor Frank Estremera opened the downtown brewery to the public this past July. Be sure to stop in and get your passport stamp on the Ohio On Tap app! Follow the brewery’s progress at facebook.com/muskybrewco
The Phoenix Brewing Company’s Century IPA 2018 competition invited homebrewers to submit their take on what the Century should taste like. Jim Hill and Matt Dudley’s winning entry, hopped with El Dorado and fresh Cascade hops, will be tapped at the Mansfield brewery on Sunday, September 9. The fresh Cascade hops were locally sourced from For The Love Of Hops. Read the full story about Century IPA Batch 006 at phoenixbrewing.com
Your humble narrator’s love of fall seasonal lagers knows no bounds; this time of year is like a two month-long Christmas morning for me. The next Oktoberfest brew to hit Ohio comes from McArthur’s Brew House, who will tap their seasonal lager on Saturday, September 8 at the brewery in Cuyahoga Falls. Stop in this weekend and hoist a glass of malty goodness.
Black Cloister Brewing Company released their Harvest Ale this week, a wet-hopped IPA loaded with locally-grown Centennial hops from Turkeyfoot Hops. Harvest Ale is a smooth IPA with lots of hop aroma and flavor without the higher ABV or hard bitterness. Enjoy a pint at the downtown Toledo brewery and root on the hometown Mud Hens as they vie for minor league baseball’s International League championship.
Tiffin’s first craft brewery, The Laird Arcade Brewery, announced recently that it would extend its hours to include Sundays. The downtown Tiffin brewery will be open from 1-9 p.m. starting this week, and will also begin opening at noon on Fridays as well to help Seneca County residents get a kickstart to their weekend.
Little Fish Brewing is well-known for creating far-flung flavors with Ohio-grown ingredients. This week, they’ve tapped their newest beer, Cantrip, a citrus IPA brewed with Ohio barley, spelt and oat malts from Haus Malts, plus organic orange and lime juice and zest. The result is a juicy but full-bodied beer, perfect for pairing with the waning days of summer. Get it on draft at Little Fish’s brewery taproom in Athens.
Speaking of the waning days of summer, it’s pawpaw season in southeast Ohio. Marietta Brewing Company has released their annual brew using the Quaker delight, Putnam’s Pawpaw Ale. The pawpaw was named Ohio’s native fruit in 2009 and has a bright tropical flavor somewhere between a banana and a mango. You can enjoy Marietta Brewing’s celebration of the local fruit on draft at the brewpub while supplies last.
Cheers to a year of beer from Grainworks Brewing Company! The weekend-long celebration kicks off today at 2 p.m. with two special releases: Bagpipes of Bardstown (Willett Bourbon barrel aged Scotch ale) and Bourbon Barrel Aged Old Motor Oil. The West Chester brewery will also release 9 other small batch brews and infusions over the course of the weekend. Live music Friday through Sunday and a hog roast on Saturday. For full details, visit facebook.com/grainworksbeer
Have your tickets for Fifty Fest yet? On Saturday, September 15, Fifty West Brewing will take over their entire property to create a fun-filled environment complete with over 80+ craft beers, timed specialty/rare tappings, live music all day, cocktail booth, food trucks, VIP beer tasting experience, petting zoo and more! Details at fiftywestbrew.com
Mt. Carmel Brewing announced the September schedule for their TriALEs series of experimental brews, released in their tasting room every Thursday. Raspberry Peanut Butter Jam tapped this week, with Key Lime Pie coming on September 13, Cookies and Cream on September 20, and Berries and Cream on September 27. For info on future releases, follow facebook.com/mtcarmelbrewing
If you’re out at Yellow Springs Brewery on Saturday, September 8 for the Noodle Burner NEIPA can re-release, don’t miss out on YSB’s new draft-only saison while you’re there. Subtle Dust, like it’s big brother Captain Stardust, is rustic and slightly fruity. The flavor profile is rounded out with notes of noble hop spice and earthy undertones. Details on the Noodle Burner release can be found at facebook.com/yellowspringsbrewery
New at Fifth Street Brewpub this week is Lupulin Ladies, a fresh hop pale ale, made for the third year in partnership with Little Miami Farms. This year’s beer features 50 pounds of fresh Chinook and Cascade hops straight off the bine and is dry-hopped with a healthy amount of Columbus hops. The result is a sessionable beer that still packs a hop punch. Available on draft at the Dayton brewpub.