Ohio Craft Brewers Association

10th Annual Winter Warmer Fest Tickets HERE►

Save the date for the 10th annual Winter Warmer Fest. Northeast Ohio craft brewers and compadres from around the state have been hosting this high-gravity craft beer celebration for a whole decade! On Saturday, March 5th from 2-6 p.m. this always-awesome Ohio craft beer showcase and fundraiser for the Ohio Craft Brewers Association will return to Windows on the River. Fifty Ohio breweries will be sampling their winter, limited edition and other popular beers. 

The event features live entertainment by blues artist Austin Walkin' Cane and local singer-songwriter Chris Allen. Food trucks will be on site to provide fortification to attendees including Fired Up Taco TruckScott’s Fire and Ice, Streat Mobile Bistro, Sweet! Mobile Cupcakery, and Zydeco Bistro. Winter Warmer Fest is supported by Boelter Beverage, Brewers Professional Alliance, Frantz Ward, Uber Cleveland, Admiral Products, The Wine Buzz, Heidelberg Distributing and the following OCBA member breweries: Barley’s Brewing Company, Brick and Barrel, Canton Brewing Company, Catawba Island Brewing Co., Cellar Rats Brewery, Christian Moerlein, Columbus Brewing Company, Cornerstone Brewing Company, Fat Head’s Brewery, Four String Brewing Co., Great Lakes Brewing Company, Hofbrauhaus Cleveland, Homestead Beer Co., Hoppin’ Frog BreweryJackie O’s Pub & Brewery, Lager Heads Brewing CompanyLucky Owl BrewingThe Phoenix Brewing Company, Platform Beer Co.Royal Docks Brewing CompanySeventh Son Brewing, Taft’s Ale House, Thirsty Dog Brewing Company, Warped Wing Brewing Company, Willoughby Brewing Company, Wolf’s Ridge Brewing Company and Yellow Springs Brewery.

General admission tickets are $45 and include a souvenir glass and tasting tickets for 20 samples. VIP tickets are $85 and include early admission at 1:00PM, limited edition t-shirt, swag bag and special beer tastings. Designated driver tickets are available for $12 each and include a non-alcoholic beverage and a cupcake from Sweet! Mobile Cupcakery. You must be 21 years of age to attend Winter Warmer Fest. Get your tickets online HERE today (www.beerfesttickets.com/winterwarmer2016)

The list of participating Ohio craft breweries and beer includes:

Barley’s Brewing Company (Columbus):

The Brew Kettle (Strongsville):

Brick and Barrel (Cleveland): Cleveland Dark Ale, Maple Bourbon McTavish Wee Heavy, cask of Stotan Stout

Boston Beer Company (Cincinnati): Rebel IPA Grapefruit, KMF, Cold Snap

Buckeye Brewing  (Cleveland):

Butcher & the Brewer (Cleveland): Albino Stout (White Stout), Big Belgo Bourbon Poppa (Russian Imperial Stout aged 120 days in Bourbon barrels), Stop Hop Kaboom IPA (American IPA), Cask: Toujours Amis (Double Dry Hopped Imperial Belgian Red IPA)

Canton Brewing Company (Canton): Red Wine Barrel Aged Belgian Dark, DIPA, Tuscora American Pils, TBD

Catawba Island Brewing Co. (Port Clinton): Polar Vortex Winter Wheat, Burning Snowman Doppelbock, Gull n Crossbones Imperial IPA and one pin TBD

Cellar Rats Brewery (Madison): Bourbon Barrel Aged Stout, POC Pilsner

Christian Moerlein (Cincinnati): Big Piney IPA, Emancipator Doppelbock,Twelve/163 - Brandy Barrel Aged Belgian Quad

Columbus Brewing Company (Columbus):

Cornerstone Brewing Company (Berea and Madison): 7 IPA, Sandstone Marzen, Fatstone Imperial Stout, Rowan Wee Heavy, TBD

Elevator Brewing Company (Columbus): North Sea Baltic Porter, Horny Goat Barrel Aged Porter

Fat Head’s Brewery (Cleveland):

Four String Brewing Co. (Columbus): Solo Series Rumble Strip Barley Wine, Big Star Belgian White IPA, Payback Pilsner, cask of Four Year Anniversary Imperial Stout

Great Lakes Brewing Company (Cleveland):

Hairless Hare Brewery (Vandalia): Cold War Russian Imperial Stout, Lephoptomus Imperial IPA, King's Reserve Barrel Aged Scottish Strong Ale

Hofbrauhaus Cleveland (Cleveland): Barrel Aged Schwarzbier, Cleveland Red Lager, Hoppy Wheat, Dunkel

Homestead Beer Co. (Heath):

Hoppin’ Frog Brewery (Akron): Hop Heathen Imperial Black IPA, Boris The Crusher Oatmeal-Imperial Stout Reserve, Karmintor Imperial Dopplebock, Barrel Aged Outta Kilter Scotch Red Ale, Infusion A Peanut Butter Chocolate Coffee Porter

JAFB Wooster Brewery (Wooster):

Jackie O’s Pub & Brewery (Athens): Bourbon Barrel Vanilla & Coffee Bean Dark Apparition, Vanilla & Coffee Dark Apparition, Razz Wheat, Mystic Mama

Kindred Artisan Ales (Columbus):

Lager Heads Brewing Company (Medina): Imperial Stout, Plum Crazy Belgian Dubbel, Kilt-Em-All Scottish Ale, pin TBD

Land-Grant Brewing Company (Columbus):

Lineage Brewing (Columbus): Russian Imperial Stout, Berliner Weiss with Tropical Fruit

Lucky Owl Brewing (Chagrin Falls): Hop Falls (Citra IPA), Dank & Juicy Pale Ale, Retrofit Porter, La Bolita (Barrel Aged Stout)

Little Fish Brewing Company (Athens): Double Harvey's Imperial Milk Stout, Balaclava Farmhouse Winter Warmer 

MadTree Brewing Company (Cincinnati): PSA, Rubus Cacao

Main Street Grille & Brewing Co. (Garrettsville):

Market Garden Brewery (Cleveland): Prosperity Wheat, Trouble Honey IPA, Midnight Vorlauf Coffee Porter, Retro Hippo Barleywine

Millersburg Brewing Company (Millersburg): Doc’s Scotch Ale, Buckhorn Lager AKA “Bacon Beer” Smoked Maibock

Mt. Carmel Brewing Company (Cincinnati): Imperial IPA, Coffee Brown Ale, Ardennes Belgian Quad

North High Brewing (Columbus): Double Rice IPA, Filthy McNasty Russian Imperial Stout, firkin of Milk Stout infused with TBD

Ohio Brewing Company (Akron): Verich Gold, O’Hoppy Ale (IPA)

The Phoenix Brewing Company (Mansfield): Black Aggie (Russian Imperial Stout), Santa Muerte (Spiced Imperial Chocolate Stout), Surly Gnome (Winter Spiced Ale), Embalming Fluid (Imperial IPA), Mary Jane (Imperial Chai Baltic Porter)

Pigskin Brewing Company (Columbus): Double Bonus Barley Wine, Autumn Wind Russian Imperial Stout

Platform Beer Co. (Cleveland): Barrel Aged Esther, Nelson Saison Aged in Pinot Noir Barrels, Speed Merchant, Run with the Devil Barleywine

Portside Brewery (Cleveland):Broadside Maple Barleywine, “Pop Smoke” Smoked Golden Ale, Walk The Plank Wheatwine

Rhinegeist Brewery (Cincinnati): Ink Imperial Stout, Semi Dry Cidergeist, Truth IPA

Rocky River Brewing Company (Rocky River): Titan Triple, Coopers Kolsch

Royal Docks Brewing Company (Canton): Barrel-aged 120 Shilling Scotch Ale, One Sweet Dream , Vlad the Impaler, Tanglefoot IPA, Barrel-aged Yuletide, Barrel-fermented Monk's Head

Seventh Son Brewing (Columbus):

Sibling Revelry Brewing (Westlake): IPA, Spring Wit

Taft’s Ale House (Cincinnati): Nellie's Key Lime Caribbean Ale, Gavel Banger American IPA, Maverick Chocolate Porter, Taft's Ale House Strudel Bock

Thirsty Dog Brewing Company (Akron): Wee Heavy Aged in Sherry Barrels, Citra Dog, Berliner Weiss, Bernese Barleywine

Warped Wing Brewing Company (Dayton): Ermal’s Belgian Cream Ale, Gamma Bomb IPA, Rye Whiskey BA Abominator Doppelbock, Irreverent Red IPA

Weasel Boy Brewing Company (Zanesville): Snow Ermine Holiday Ale, La Belette Rose French Saison

Willoughby Brewing Company (Willoughby): Peanut Butter Cup Coffee Porter, Moondance IPA, St. Otto Weizenbock, Third Planet Pale Ale, Kaffee Kolsch, Pucker Up Porter, Nut Smasher, Brute's Quad, Oaked Brute's Quad

Wolf’s Ridge Brewing Company (Columbus): Twelfth Night Braggot, Canis Mexicanus Spiced Russian Imperial Stout, Driftwood Session IPA, Clear Sky Daybreak Coffee Cream Ale, cask TBD

Yellow Springs Brewery (Yellow Springs):Ohio Craft Brewers Conference Presented by Ohio Beer Counsel SOLD OUT

The second Ohio Craft Brewers Conference will take place February 3-4, 2016 at the Dayton Convention Center. Registration is $200 per person. Discounted registration is available for OCBA brewery and allied members for $150 per person ($125 per person for groups of 3 or more from the same organization). Registration includes breakfast and lunch both days, a flash drive containing the conference presentations, a trade show with allied industry members and optional post-conference activities. Registration is CLOSED as the conference is sold out.

The Ohio Craft Brewers Conference Presented by Ohio Beer Counsel is supported by Brewers Professional Alliance, Frantz WardHunter Consulting Company, Sahm Inc, Craft ConnectionReminger Co., LPA, Dayton Convention & Visitors Bureau, RSM USBriess Malt & Ingredients Co and Malteurop North America.

The Crowne Plaza adjacent to the Dayton Convention Center is the official hotel of the Ohio Craft Brewers Conference. Reservations can be made here►

Conference Schedule

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Trade show set up 12 – 5 p.m. at the Convention Center (3rd Floor Lobby)

OCBA Quarterly Member Meeting

Carillon Brewing Company, 1000 Carillon Blvd., Dayton, Ohio 45409

3-3:30PM Adam C. Armstrong and Kevin Connell of Ohio Beer Counsel: Brewery Advertising in the Age of Social Media

3:30-4PM Tanya Brock of Carillon Brewing Company: Building an 1850s Brewery 

4:00 – 5:30PM OCBA Member Meeting. Speakers include Jared Friesner of Blue Label Digital Printing, Label & Packaging Trends for Craft Breweries; Greg Schuliger of Millcraft, Craft Brewery Packaging Solutions---Your Local Expert; Shane Clapham of Berlin Packaging

5:30 – 7:00 PM OCBA reception at Carillon Brewing Company

8:00 – 11:00 PM Evening brewery tours optional provided by Craft Connection Brewery Tours (space is limited, vans leave the Crowne Plaza at 8PM SHARP)

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Dayton Convention Center, 22 E. 5th Street, Dayton, OH 45402

7:30 – 9 a.m. Breakfast and registration – continental breakfast served in lobby on 3rd Floor

Trade show hours 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. (3rd Floor Lobby)

9 – 10 a.m.

Main room: Welcome address with Mary MacDonald, OCBA Executive Director

And Eric Bean of Columbus Brewing Company, OCBA Board President

Keynote speaker: Jim Koch of Sam Adams Brewery  “Lessons learned” or “Still crazy after all these beers!”

10 a.m. – 11 a.m.

Main room: Local Ingredient Sourcing with Dave Volkman of Ohio Hop Growers Guild and Andrew and Craig Martahus of Haus Malts

Start-up room: Where to Begin to Build a Brewery with Dan Slate, Jeff Jacobson and Scott Hunt of Brewers Professional Alliance

Special topics room: Navigating Trademark Law with Acacia Perko and Amanda Gatti of Reminger Co., LPA

11 a.m. –12 p.m.

Main room: Common OSHA Compliance Issues with Keith Bullock, Safety Consultant, OSHA On-site Consultation Program

Start-up room: Small Lab Basics & Equipment List with John Stewart of Perrin Brewing Company

Special topics room: Brewery Software Options with Scott Ebert of Baker Tilly  and Scott Hunt and Lynda Nance of Brewers Professional Alliance

12 - 1 p.m.

Main room: Emerging Safety Resources for Brewers with Matt Stinchfield, Brewers Association Safety Ambassador

Start-up room: Water Treatment for Beer and Boilers with Larry Horwitz of Four String Brewing (beer) and Rudy Othmer of Enerco Corporation (boilers)

Special topics room: Expand to Brew More Barrels with Chad Owens, Vice President, Key Equipment Finance, Nathan West, Vice President, Relationship Manager, Commercial Banking, Chris Boesch, Vice President, Relationship Manager, Commercial Banking, Brian Shanahan, Vice President, Relationship Manager, Commercial Banking and George Sent, Jr., KeyBanc Capital Markets, M & A Group of Key Bank

12:45 – 2 p.m. Lunch for all in Room 106

2 – 3 p.m.

Main room: Dry-hopping Techniques and Technology (panel) with Chris Alltmont of Fat Head’s Brewery, Jim Matt of Rhinegeist and Santiago Gomez of Apotek Solutions moderated by John Haggerty of Warped Wing Brewing Company

Start-up room: Financing Your First Keg with Stephane Battle Vice President, Senior SBA Relationship Manager and Kristen Balsly Senior SBA Sales Manager

of Key Bank

Special topics room: The basics of Cleaning & Sanitizing Chemistry with Rudy Othmer of Enerco Corporation and CIP Technologies for Effective Cleaning of Brewery Equipment with Torben Michael Anderson of McFlusion

3 – 4 p.m.

Main room: Assembling a Tasting Panel for Your Brewery with Kevin Payne of Bell’s Brewery

Start-up room: Safety Gear Your Brewery Needs with Matt Stinchfield, Brewers Association Safety Ambassador

Special topics room: Process & Techniques for Souring During Pre-boil with Bret Kollmann Baker & Josh Elliott of Urban Artifact Brewing

4 – 5 p.m.

Main room: Off-flavor Skills Recognition: Identifying Common Problems with Beer After it Leaves the Brewery with Luke Purcell of Great Lakes Brewing Company and Rob Gerrity of Sierra Nevada Note: Brewery Badge required to participate in the sampling component of this session

Start-up room: Understanding and Drafting Distribution Agreements with James B. Niehaus of Frantz Ward LLP

Special topics room: U.S. Hop Industry Overview with Roy Johnson of John I. Haas, Inc.

Evening activity: Join us for a Happy Hour at the Crowne Plaza from 5 – 7 p.m. then explore Dayton’s downtown breweries! A shuttle provided by Craft Connection Brewery Tours will run from the Crowne Plaza to Warped Wing, Dayton Beer Co., Fifth Street Brewpub to Toxic Brew Co. and back again from 6 p.m. – 12 a.m.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Dayton Convention Center, 22 E. 5th Street, Dayton, OH 45402

8:00 - 10 a.m. Breakfast served in the 3rd Floor Lobby

Trade show hours 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. (3rd Floor Lobby)

10 a.m. – 11 a.m.

Main room: Brewery Relationships with Ohio Department of Liquor Control and Ohio Liquor Commission with Chris O. Paparodis of Lane Alton

Start-up room: Planning and Starting a Physical Plant with Andy Tveekrem of Market Garden Brewery

Special topics room: Developing & Practicing Sustainable Brewing with Craig Jolley of Veolia Water Technologies

11 a.m. –12 p.m.

Main room: What/Where/When of Quality Assurance & Quality Control with John Stewart of Perrin Brewing Company

Start-up room: Human Resources Issues: Affordable Big Company Employee Benefits for Small Company Budgets with John Fonner of New York Life; Harassment Prevention and Resolution Strategies with Daniel E. Burke, Attorney and Anthony R. Robertson, Attorney of Graydon Head

Special topics room: Brewery Automation with John Blystone, Electrical Controls Engineer of Great Lakes Brewing Company

12 - 1 p.m.

Main room: Yeast Panel presented by Master Brewers Association of the Americas with Sarah Hagerty from White Labs, Patrick Daniels from Market Garden Brewery, and Matt Linske from Brewing and Distilling Analytical Services in a discussion moderated by Larry Horwitz from Four String Brewing

12:45 – 2 p.m. Lunch for all in Room 106

2 p.m.

Main room: MBAA District Midwest General Meeting (all invited to attend)

Ohio Craft Brewers Association Unveils New Branding, Highlights Rapid Growth

The Ohio Craft Brewers Association (OCBA), the nonprofit guild that works to support local craft brewers through advocacy, marketing, events and educational opportunities, is unveiling a new brand identity to celebrate the tremendous growth of the industry. Ohio’s craft brewing industry has come a long way in the last few years with the number of breweries in our state more than doubling from 58 in 2012 to 130 and counting today. The OCBA enlisted award-winning Columbus-based agency Fahlgren Mortine to assist in rebranding the organization and helping to raise the profile of both the brewers guild and the outstanding beverages produced by its members.

A critical component of the brand makeover is the introduction of new logos for both the OCBA as an organization and its consumer facing product, Ohio Craft Beer. The new branding will be evident in all visual representations of the organization including on its website, social media accounts and all organizational materials and publications. The wider Ohio Craft Beer branded logos will be available to OCBA members for use on their labels and packaging as well.

“We are thrilled with the distinctive new logo produced by Fahlgren Mortine,” said Mary MacDonald, executive director of the OCBA. “The bold design has an Arts and Crafts aura befitting our handmade beer and incorporates symbolic grains and hops, key ingredients to Ohio’s craft brewers. The logo, combined with the compelling new platform, gives us the tools to communicate the contributions of Ohio’s craft brewers locally, regionally and nationally.”

Said Eric Bean, president of the OCBA, “This new brand identity will help unite and propel Ohio Craft Beer and the state’s individual brewers as we continue to grow regionally and nationally. We’re proud to have been part of the process, and look forward to continuing to watch Ohio evolve into a key player in the craft beer industry.”

Jpegs of the new logos are available at the following via Dropbox here

OCBA Launches Columbus Craft Beer Week Presented by Giant Eagle May 1-9

Columbus, Ohio – Columbus, the state capital of Ohio, home to the Ohio State University and at the top of many “best of” lists, has been the only major city in Ohio without its own official beer week. That will change this year as the Ohio Craft Brewers Association is organizing the first Columbus Craft Beer Week Presented by Giant Eagle to be celebrated May 1 – 9, 2015. Sure, it’s technically more than a traditional seven day week, but there’s just so much great craft beer to be enjoyed that is produced locally, regionally, nationally and internationally.

More than 70 Central Ohio retail establishments, bars, restaurants, growler stations and breweries are participating in Columbus Craft Beer Week by planning unique events that showcase the creative craft beers produced by small, independent breweries. Events include food and beer pairings, beer dinners (or lunch, brunch or breakfast), limited edition and specialty beer releases, tap takeovers, meet the brewer opportunities, and educational speakers on topics from beer styles to home-brewing. The week will culminate in an Ohio Craft Brewers Association signature event on Saturday, May 9: “Six One Pour: The Ohio Craft Beer Fest Presented by Chipotle  Mexican Grill” that will be held at Brewmasters Gate in the Brewery District.

“As craft beer continues to grow in popularity, collaborative efforts such as Columbus Craft Beer Week are an exciting way to bring people together in fun, friendly and educational settings,” said Giant Eagle spokesperson Dan Donovan. “And, as a retailer committed to serving Central Ohio and its craft brewers both with our extensive in-store selections as well as our community support, we are delighted to be able to participate in this inaugural event.” 

Columbus’ breweries are excited to participate in Columbus Craft Beer Week and are already scheming up plans for events.  In addition, sixteen local breweries have formed teams to create seven different collaboration beers to be released throughout the week and all will be featured at Six One Pour: The Ohio Craft Beer Fest. Teams include (1) Actual Brewing Company and Barley’s Ale House, (2) Buckeye Lake Brewery, North High Brewing and Zauber Brewing Company, (3) Elevator Brewing Company and Wolf’s Ridge Brewing, (4) Four String Brewing, Land-Grant Brewing and Sideswipe Brewing, (5) Gordon Biersch and Weasel Boy Brewing Company, (6) Homestead Beer Co. and Seventh Son Brewing and (7) Pigskin Brewing Company, Smokehouse Brewing Company and Zaftig Brewing Co.

But wait, there’s even more fun to be had! Earlier this year a request was submitted by Columbus Craft Beer Week organizers to Guinness World Records to create a category for the world’s tallest tap handle.  They wrote back stating “We think that it is a little too specialized for a body of reference as general as Guinness World Records”, ultimately denying the new category proposal.  Despite getting turned down by the world’s authorities on extremes, we’re going ahead and hosting our own “Tallest Tap Handle Contest”. By George, Columbus will be the first city to prove that tallest tap handles have a place in the World Records, right next to the world’s tallest Mohawk!

Keep tabs on the Columbus Craft Beer Week happenings online at www.ColumbusBeerWeek.com
And on social media:
Facebook: ColumbusBeerWeek
Twitter: ColsBeerWeek (#CbusBeerWeek)
Instagram: ColumbusBeerWeek (#CbusBeerWeek)

Columbus Craft Beer Week Presented by Giant Eagle is being organized by the Ohio Craft Brewers Association and will run May 1 – 9, 2015. This weeklong celebration of craft beer is supported by Giant Eagle, 614 Media Group, CD102.5, Cavalier Distributing, Chipotle Mexican Grill, Columbus Distributing, Premium Beverage Supply, Rampant Brands, Superior Beverage Group, Uber ColumbusWinking Lizard and The Wine Buzz. Any proceeds from Columbus Craft Beer Week or Six One Pour: The Ohio Craft Beer Fest will benefit the Ohio Craft Brewers Association.

Ohio on Tap magazine

The Ohio Craft Brewers Association created Ohio on Tap magazine in 2014 in conjunction with Great Lakes Publishing (publishers of Ohio Magazine) to serve as an informational guide to the craft breweries of Ohio. We're onto our second edition of the annual publication which includes a history of Ohio’s brewing industry, description of beer styles, regional beer trails, food pairings and other interesting craft beer stories and news. The magazine is being distributed by tourism information centers, craft beer retailers, craft breweries, craft beer events and other sites around the state. 

Pick up a copy at your favorite Ohio craft brewery or read it online here