Ohio Craft Brewers Association

Holiday Craft Beer Extravaganza Celebrates the Holiday Season with Ohio Craft Beer

Christmas Ales and other seasonal craft beers have become a staple of the holiday season. Served at parties, stashed in stockings and given as gifts to appreciative hosts, these time-limited artisan offerings have become a welcome part of our year-end celebrations. The Ohio Craft Brewers Association is serving up a beer sampling event focused upon these seasonal specialty beers: the Holiday Craft Beer Extravaganza.  This new signature event for the Ohio Craft Brewers Association will take place on Saturday, November 8 from 2-6 p.m. (VIP admission at 1 p.m.) in a tent on the Schmidlapp Event Lawn in Smale Riverfront Park. The Holiday Craft Beer Extravaganza is supported by City Beat, Frantz Ward and Game Day Communications. Tickets available online here⇒

Forty Ohio craft brewers will feature Christmas ales, winter warmers and other seasonally featured offerings. Additional fun to be had includes a photo booth equipped with holiday props, A DJ spinning holiday tunes and your favorite brewers donned in holiday attire for merrymaking. The Moerlein Lager House adjacent to the event site will offer a special menu of food that pairs well with holiday beer for patrons to enjoy.

VIP admission is available and includes entry to the event an hour early at 1 p.m., an exclusive food and beer pairing presentation with Moerlein Lager House Executive Chef, Nate Whittington, a meet and greet with some of Cincinnati’s illustrious bloggers and a special souvenir Santa cap. Chef Nate Whittington was selected to give a presentation at the 2014 Great American Beer Festival titled “How to Prepare a Beer and Food Pairing Like a Professional.” Being chosen was a prestigious honor and our VIPs will be treated to a similar experience.

The Holiday Craft Beer Extravaganza will be held Saturday, November 8 from 2 - 6 p.m. (VIP admission at 1 p.m.) on the Schmidlapp Event Lawn adjacent to the Moerlein Lager House at 115 Joe Nuxhall Way, Cincinnati, OH 45202. Tickets to Holiday Craft Beer Extravaganza are $40 in advance ($45 at the door) and include a souvenir glass and 20 tasting tickets. $60 VIP admission includes early entry at 1 p.m. Designated Driver tickets are available for $10 each and include a non-alcoholic beverage. You must be at least 21 years of age to attend Holiday Craft Beer Extravaganza. Tickets will be available at the door and in advance online here⇒

Holiday Craft Beer Extravaganza Participating Breweries:

50 West Brewing Company – Home Sweet Home, cask TBD
The Actual Brewing Company – Orthodox Winter IPA, Fat Julian Imperial Stout (firkin)
Bad Tom Brewing - Fink Red Rye, Gehenkten Lager (Marzen Oktoberfest)
Barley’s Brewing Company - Barleywine, Christmas Ale, Bourbon Meyer (firkin)
Blank Slate Brewing Company – Long Way Home (Imperial Chocolate India Pale Ale), Fumar Chili (Cherrywood Smoked Porter with Chili Peppers)
The Brew Kettle – Winter Warmer
Buckeye Lake Brewery – Christmas Ale
Catawba Island Brewing Company – Spook Light Pumpkin Ale, Cookie Cutter Christmas Ale
Christian Moerlein Brewing Company – Christkindl Winter Warmer, Red Hop Mess IPA, firkin TBD
Columbus Brewing Company – Cousin Eddie, Bodhi, Toasted Coconut Sohio Stout (cask)
The Dayton Beer Company – The Java Man Cometh Coffee Stout, and our Broken Empire Russian Imperial Stout
Elevator Brewing Company – Winter Warmer Spiced Holiday Ale, Bleeding Buckeye Red Ale
Eudora Brewing Company – Chocolate Mile Porter, Holiday-Spiced Bee’s Knees Pale Ale
Fat Head’s Brewery – Holly Jolly Christmas Ale, Barrel Aged Battle Axe Baltic Porter, Bean Me Up Imperial Coffee Stout (cask)
Fifth Street Brewpub – Liquid Mistletoe
Four String Brewing - TBA
Great Black Swamp Brewing Co. - TBA
Great Lakes Brewing Co. – Christmas Ale, Edmund Fitzgerald Porter
Hairless Hare Brewery – Rabbit Hole Chocolate Stout, Hot Scotch Scottish Strong Ale
Jackie O’s Brewery – Barking Pumpkin
Jackie O’s Brewpub - CSAison
Land-Grant Brewing Company – 1862 Ale (Kolsch), name TBD Holiday Ale
Listermann/Triple Digit Brewing - TBA
MadTree Brewing – Thundersnow, Pilgrim and Espresso Self
Moerlein Lager House – Honey Almond Ale (with Montmorency Cherries), OTR (infused with sage and rosemary), Chriskindl w/Vanilla bean and Ginger (cask)
North High Brewing – Marzen, IPA, Holiday Ale TBD
Rhinegeist Brewery – Dad (Hoppy Holiday Red), Panther (Robust Porter)
Seventh Son Brewing – Wildermann, American Strong Ale, cask TBD
Thirsty Dog Brewing Co. – 12 Dogs of Christmas, Old Choco
Warped Wing Brewing Company – Mr. Mean Imperial IPA, Barrel Aged Imperial Stout
Weasel Boy Brewing Company - TBA
Yellow Springs Brewery - TBA
Zaftig Brewing – Black Perle Stout
…and more!

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

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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