Ohio Craft Brewers Association

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!

It's only the first quarter of 2014 and Ohio's craft brewers are racking up awards! 
Take the recent (April 2014) World Beer Cup, 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

8th annual Winter Warmer Fest a success!

The 8th annual Winter Warmer Fest held on Saturday, March 8th at Windows on the River in Cleveland was a fundraiser of unparalled success for the Ohio Craft Brewers Association. The event included more than 100 beers from 33 Ohio craft brewers including a dozen exclusive cask offerings which the approximately 1,100 event attendees enjoyed on a warmer-than-recently Saturday afternoon.  

Don't just take our word for it! Read more reviews of the event from the following sources

Cleveland Plain Dealer (3/1/14): "Winter Warmer Fest draws packed crowd, ecstatic brewers to 8th annual event" 

TapPullers.com (3/3/14): "Winter Warmer Fest - Cleveland, OH"

Arlo's Craft Beer Review (3/2/14): "Ohio Craft Brewers Association Winter Warmer Fest 2014"

The Artful Pint (3/4/14): "2014 Winter Warmer Fest brings big beers & Ohio brewers to Cleveland"

OCBA Brewers take 8 medals at GABF

In the best showing since 1999, Ohio Craft Brewers Association members won eight medals at this years Great American Beer Festival.  Here is a list of the winners:

Fat Head's Brewery
Gold Medal - Hop JuJu, Imperial India Pale Ale
Silver Medal - Black Knight, German-Style Schwarzbier
Silver Medal - Trail Head,  Fresh Hop Ale

Hoppin Frog Brewing Co.
Bronze - Barrel Aged  BORIS The Crusher, Wood- and Barrel- Aged Strong Stout

Market Garden Brewery
Bronze - Progress Pilsner, Kellerbier or Zwickelbier

Christian Moerlein Brewing Co.
Silver - Emancipator, German-Style Doppelbock or Eisbock

Samuel Adams
Gold - Double Bock, German-Style Doppelbock or Eisbock

Yellow Springs Brewery
Smokin' Handsome, Smoke beer

Ohio was tied for 8th in medals won, proving again that Ohio brews some damn fine beer!




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