Ohio Craft Brewers Association

Winter Warmer Fest tickets on sale now (buy them here►)

On Saturday, March 7th from 2-6 p.m. this much-anticipated Ohio craft beer showcase and fundraiser for the Ohio Craft Brewers Association will return to Windows on the River. More than forty 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 food trucks including Fired Up Taco Truck, Scott's Fire and IceSweet! Mobile Cupcakery and Zydeco BistroWinter Warmer Fest is supported by Boelter BeverageFrantz Ward, Uber Cleveland, Wholesale Beer and Wine Association of Ohio and the following OCBA member breweries: The Actual Brewing Company, Black Box Brewing Co., Brick and Barrel, Canton Brewing Company, Catawba Island Brewing Company, Elevator Brewing Company,  Homestead Beer Co.Hoppin’ Frog Brewery, Jackie O’s Brewery, Market Garden Brewery, North High Brewing, The Phoenix Brewing Company, Seventh Son Brewing, Thirsty Dog Brewing Company, Willoughby Brewing Company and Wolf’s Ridge Brewing

General admission tickets are $45 and include a souvenir glass and 20 tasting tickets for 4 oz. samples. VIP tickets are $75 and include early admission at 1:00PM and Enthusiast Membership to the Ohio Craft Brewers Association (complete with a Drink Beer Made Here t-shirt). Designated Driver tickets are available for $12 each and include a non-alcoholic beverage. You must be 21 years of age to attend WINTER WARMER FEST.

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Tickets are available online in advance here► or by calling 1-888-941-0229.

Participating Ohio Craft Brewers and their Winter Warmer Fest offerings include:

The Actual Brewing Company (Columbus): Fat Julian (NITRO Imperial Stout), Photon (Pilsner), Resistor Irish Red Ale and Conductor Imperial Rye IPA 

Black Box Brewing Co. (Cleveland): Streaking Through the Quad (Belgian Quad), My Asis Dragon (Coffee Oatmeal Stout on nitro), Triple Cherry Delight (Belgian Tripel), Yule Tide (Christmas Ale) and Plumbuers Crack Ale (pale ale)

The Brew Kettle (Strongsville): Jackhammer, Oak Barrel Aged Tripel, and two pins: El Lupulo Libre Zest infused with Smoked Habanero, Lime and spices and Tunguska infused with Cocoa nibs and vanilla

Brick and Barrel (Cleveland): Wee Heavy, Stotan Stout, Bitter Chief IPA, Cleveland Dark Ale and a pin of Wee Heavy

Buckeye Brewing Company (Cleveland): Warm Fuzzy, Stygian IPA, Nighty Night and Debacle

Butcher and the Brewer (Cleveland): “Quad Workout” Belgian Style Dark Strong Ale and Bourbon Barrel Aged Tropical Stout

Canton Brewing Company (Canton): Tuscora Pils, Belgian Strong Golden, Saison and DIPA

Catawba Island Brewing Company (Port Clinton): Hot Blonde, Seiche Scottish Ale, Double Couple Three Hops DIPA, Walleye-PA and a pin of Pineapple - Ginger infused Double Couple 3 Hops DIPA

Cellar Rats (Madison): The Piper's IPA and Bourbon Abby

Christian Moerlein Brewing Company (Cincinnati): Emancipator Doppelbock (2013 GABF Silver Medal Winner) and Red Hop Mess Red IPA

Columbus Brewing Company (Columbus):  Belgian Dark Strong, Bodhi, Creeper, Nightstick, Da Ruckus and Sohio Stout

Cornerstone Brewing Co. (Berea): 7 (IPA), Patriot Red Lager), C.P.A., O'Nooley's and a pin of Rowan (Wee Heavy Scotch Ale)

Elevator Brewing Company (Columbus): Winter Warmer Spiced Ale, Horny Goat Barrel-Aged Porter, Limited Release India Black Ale, Horus Imperial Red Ale and a pin of Bourbon Barrel Coffee Stout 

Fat Head’s Brewery (Middleburg Heights)Rye Barrel Aged Battle Axe, Hop Juju an Shakedown Stout

Four String Brewing Co. (Columbus): Vanilla Porter and Solo Series IPA

Gordon Biersch (Columbus): Rauchbier (Annapolis Gold Medal GABF 2014) and Belgian Abbey Ale 

Great Black Swamp Brewing Company (Toledo): Dark an Dirty Coffee Stout and Midnight Sun Black IPA

Great Lakes Brewing Company (Cleveland): Alberta Clipper Porter, High Striker Belgian Single, Conway’s Irish Ale, Barrel-aged  Blackout Stout, Abbe Avenue Dubbel, Chill wave Double IPA, Edmund Fitzgerald Porter and Commodore Perry IPA 

Homestead Beer Co. (Heath): Tenpenny Amber Ale, Tannenbaum Winter Warmer,, Paddlewheel Pilsner, Galactic Heroes IPA

Hoppin’ Frog Brewing Company (Akron): Gangster Frog IPA, Hop Heather Imperial Black IPA, BORIS The Crusher Oatmeal-Imperial Stout, Barrel-Aged BORIS The Crusher Stout, Karminator Imperial Doppelbock and King Gose Home Imperial Gose Ale

JAFB Wooster (Wooster): Abbey Dubbel, Abbey Tripel and Bourbon Barrel Aged Abbey Quad 

Jackie O’s Brewery (Athens): Razz Wheat and Chomolungma

Land-Grant Brewing Company (Columbus): Deep Search Baltic Porter, Misconduct (Imperial IPA) and 1862 Ale (Kolsch)

Little Mountain Brewing Company (Mentor): White Storm Ale (Vanilla Belgian Triple), Hell’s Bells Pale Ale and Irish Red Ale 

MadTree Brewing (Cincinnati): PsycHOPAthy IPA and Gnarly Brown

Main Street Grille and Brewing Company (Garrettsville): Three Scots Ale, Ma Barkers Birch Beer and Main Street Joe 

Market Garden Brewery (Cleveland): Irishman’s Enforcer Imperial Stout, Friar Power Tripel, Trouble Honey IPA and Pearl Street Wheat

Millersburg Brewing Company (Millersburg): Doc’s Scotch Ale and Pope's Imperial Pumpkin Ale

North High Brewing (Columbus): Extreme IPA, Milk Stout and a pin of Hefeweizen

The Phoenix Brewing Company (Mansfield): Surly Gnome (Winter Spiced Ale) and Black Aggie (Russian Imperial Stout) and Santa Muerte (Spiced Chocolate Imperial Milk Stout)

Platform Beer Co. (Cleveland): Hubris Quad Ice IPA

Portside Brewery (Cleveland): Smoke on the Water, Yule Shoot your Rye Out Christmas Rye and Man O War Imperial IPA

Rocky River Brewing Co. (Rocky River): Old Man River Barley Wine and Rogue Wave Red Irish Ale

Sam Adams (Cincinnati): Rebel IPA, Rebel Rouser Double IPA and Rebel Rider

Seventh Son Brewing (Columbus): Seventh Son American Strong ale and The Scientist IPA

Sideswipe Brewing (Columbus): Coop Looter (Saison), Fisticuffs IPA and Journeyman (German-style Brown)

Thirsty Dog Brewing Company (Akron): Brux Porter, Old Choco (Mint Chocolate Milk Stout), Hop Style Takeover, Bourbon Barrel Aged Wulver Wee Heavy and pins of Cognac Barrel Aged and Coconut Rum Porter Wulver 

Warped Wing Brewing (Dayton): Ermal’s Belgian Cream Ale, Hop Smuggler White IPA and Pirogue Black Tripel w/coffee

Weasel Boy Brewing Company (Zanesville): Snow Erming Holiday Ale and Cabernet Barrel Aged Anastasia Russian Imperial Stout

Willoughby Brewing Company (Willoughby): Peanut Butter Cup Coffee Porter, Third Planet Pale Ale, Cosmic Pale Ale, Nut Smasher Imperial Stout, Brute's Quad and two casks Supernova IPA w/Calypso & experimental hops; Take Me to Church Belgian Pale with tangerine and experimental hops

Wolf’s Ridge Brewing (Columbus):  St. Francis Quad (Belgian Quadrupel), Dire Wolf Imperial Stout, Driftwood Citrus Surf (Session IPA infused with Grapefruit) and Sustinator Doppelbock

Yellow Springs Brewery (Yellow Springs): Captain Stardust Saison and Barrel Aged Maxxdout Stout

Zaftig Brewing Company (Worthington): BIG Barley Wine and IBS (I Believe in Santa Holiday Ale)

Ohio on Tap magazine

The Ohio Craft Brewers Association created Ohio on Tap magazine in conjunction with Great Lakes Publishing (publishers of Ohio Magazine) to serve as an informational guide to the craft breweries of Ohio. The first edition of the annual publication 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 

Ohio Craft Brewers are an award-winning bunch!

Going into the fourth quarter of 2014 and Ohio's craft brewers are STILL racking up awards!

Great Showing for Ohio at the Great American Beer Festival where Columbus Brewing Company earned a gold medal for Creeper and a bronze for Bodhi; Fat Head's Brewery won a gold medal for Alpen Glow, JAFB Wooster won a silver for Wooster New Stout and Listermann/Triple Digit Brewing won a bronze for Nut Case Peanut Butter Porter.  

World Beer Cup, 2014 for example where Ohio craft breweries came home from Denver with five medals. Thirsty Dog Brewing Co. won a bronze for bourbon barrel-aged Siberian Night. Willoughby Brewing Company scored a gold for Peanut Butter Cup Coffee Porter. Fat Head's Brewery dominated the hoppy beer category and walked away with two silvers for Bonehead Red and Head Hunter IPA. Columbus Brewing Company earned a gold for Uncle Rusty. We'll be back for more next year. 

The Brew Kettle's El Lupulo Libre won The Brewing News National IPA Challenge 

Dayton Beer Co. won a gold medal for Mad River Milk Stout at the Best of Craft Beer Awards

Great Lakes Brewing Company won three medals at the Dublin Craft Beer CupBurning River Pale Ale received a silver, while Eliot Ness Amber Lager and Edmund Fitzgerald won bronze medals. They were also rated among the top 100 brewers in the world by RateBeer.com

Hoppin' Frog Brewery was rated the best brewery and DORIS the Destroyer the best beer in Ohio as well as one of the top 100 breweries in the world by RateBeer.com

Nano Brew Cleveland was among America's top 100 beer bars as rated by Draft Magazine

Rhinegeist was named best new brewery by RateBeer.com

Thirsty Dog Brewing Company won "Brewery of the Year" and a "Double Gold" for Bernese Barley Wine Ale at the third annual New York International Beer Competition 

Elevator Brewing Company, Great Lakes Brewing Company and Thirsty Dog Brewing Company's beers were rated among the top in the world in 2013 based on ratings by the Beverage Tasting Institute. The Ohio Beer Blog gives a nice recap here 

Moving on to the second quarter...

At the Alltech Commonwealth Cup in Lexington, Kentucky on Saturday, May 17 a handful of Ohio breweries took home some hardware. The Dayton Beer Company (2 bronze, 6 silver), Eudora Brewing Company (1 bronze, 1 silver), Fifty West Brewing Company (1 silver) and Sam Adams (15 bronze, 11 silver, 2 gold) all brought home some new hardware for different beers. For a complete list of winning beers click here