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.

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 (Light Beer), Resistor (Irish Red Ale), Conductor (Imperial Rye IPA) PIN

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), Plumbuers Crack Ale (pale ale)

The Brew Kettle (Strongsville): Jackhammer, Oak Barrel Aged Tripel, Firkin TBD

Brick and Barrel (Cleveland): TBD

Buckeye Brewing Company (Cleveland): TBD

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

Canton Brewing Company (Canton): Saison Étrange Chêne (Winter Saison spiced with Coriander, Cardamom, Juniper Berries and aged in French Oak), Saison Étrange Frais  (Winter Saison spiced with Coriander, Cardamom, Juniper Berries and fresh conditioned on a bed of spice), Weeee! (Wee Heavy Scotch Ale aged in whiskey barrels), Carpe Noctem (Porter aged on Dark Roast Coffee), Porter (Carpe Noctem without the Coffee and aged in whiskey barrels), Cascade (Frais) and Cascade (Chêne) two versions of our IPA made with 3 pounds of hops to the barrel, finished fresh and barrel aged

Catawba Island Brewing Company (Port Clinton): Hot Blonde, Seiche Scottish Ale, Double Couple 3 and a pin of that-which-cannot-yet-be-named

Cellar Rats (Madison): The Pipers 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):  Bodhi, Creeper, plus a few others and two casks

Cornerstone Brewing Co. (Berea): 7 (IPA), Rowan (Wee Heavy Scotch Ale), Patriot Red Lager) and 3 1/2 (India Session Lager) 

Elevator Brewing Company (Columbus): Winter Warmer Spiced Ale, Horny Goat Barrel-Aged Porter and other TBD

Fat Head’s Brewery (Middleburg Heights)TBD

Four String Brewing Co. (Columbus): Vanilla Porter, Solo Series (TBD)

Gordon Biersch (Columbus): TBD

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

Homestead Beer Co. (Heath): Galactic Heroes IPA, Tenpenny Amber Ale, 1805 IPA and Barnraiser Pale Ale

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, Barrel-Aged Turbo Shandy Citrus Ale and King Gose Home Imperial Gose Ale

JAFB Wooster (Wooster): Imperial Stout, Barrel Aged Abbey Quad and Abbey Tripel

Jackie O’s Brewery (Athens): TBD

Land-Grant Brewing Company (Columbus): Beard Crumbs (Oatmeal Raisin Stout), Misconduct (Imperial IPA) and 1862 Ale (Kolsch)

Little Mountain Brewing Company (Mentor): TBD

Main Street Grille and Brewing Company (Garrettsville): TBD

Market Garden Brewery (Cleveland): Illuminator Doppelbock, Irishman's Enforcer Imperial Stout, Trouble Honey IPA, Pearl Street Wheat

Millersburg Brewing Company (Millersburg): Doc’s Scotch Ale and Major Holmes Double IPA

North High Brewing (Columbus): Extreme IPA, Milk Stout

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

Platform Beer Co. (Cleveland): Hubris (Quadruple Ice IPA), Ole Wanker Pale Ale, New Albion

Portside Brewery (Cleveland): Mayo Irish Red Ale, Rusalka Vanilla Stout, Ironclad IPA

Rocky River Brewing Co. (Rocky River): Old Man River, Coopers Kolsch

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

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

Warped Wing Brewing (Dayton): TBD

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

Willoughby Brewing Company (Willoughby): Peanut Butter Cup Coffee Porter, Pale Ale, Cosmic IPA, Nut Smasher Imperial Stout and other

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

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

Zaftig Brewing Company (Worthington): BIG Barley Wine, IBS (I Believe in Santa Holiday Ale), 3 Socks DIPA

Stay tuned....there will be more breweries and beers!

Ohio Craft Brewers Conference: February 5 - 6, 2015 (register here ►)

As the state brewers guild whose mission is to promote and preserve Ohio’s unified craft brewing industry, one of the Ohio Craft Brewers Association’s primary organizational values is Empowerment: we give independent breweries the training and tools to improve and sustain their craft. As such we are excited to present the inaugural Ohio Craft Brewers Conference and Trade Show.  This two-day conference sponsored by the OCBA and OSU will be held in partnership with the Ohio Hop Conference on February 5 and 6, 2015 at the Ohio State University/OARDC Shisler Conference Center and Fisher Auditorium, 1680 Madison Avenue, Wooster, Ohio.

Attendance will be of interest to operating breweries and breweries in planning with topics ranging from Ohio licensing and regulatory compliance to effective interaction with the media. There will be eight primary presentations with regional and national speakers and five smaller breakout-sessions with the opportunity to learn from expert OCBA members and allies. Registration includes breakfast and lunch both days, a trade show that showcases the latest in hops production and craft brewing technologies and a social banquet that will take place on Thursday evening. Registration is $150 for OCBA members* (*discount valid for breweries and allied members) and $200 for non-members. There is a $25 per person discount for any brewery/organization registering more than 3 people for the conference (group discount applies for both members and non-members).  The full schedule can be found below

REGISTRATION DEADLINE is January 25, 2015.  To register online for the conference please click HERE

Ohio Craft Brewers Conference Schedule

Thursday, February 5, 2015

8:00 –9 a.m. Breakfast and registration

9– 9:45 a.m. Welcome address in the Fisher Auditorium: State of Ohio Craft Beer and Hops Industries

10 a.m. – 11 a.m. February Membership meeting

11 a.m. –12 p.m. Generating Additional Business from the Ohio Traveler: Tips for Working with Ohio’s Tourism Industry with Melinda Huntley, Executive Director, Ohio Travel Association

Break out session: Triumphs and Setbacks:  Our Bumpy Ride to Opening a Brewery, with Adam Benner, owner of Land-Grant Brewing Company, and Joe Infante, Attorney, Miller Canfield

12 - 1 p.m. Supply Chain Issues. Panel Discussion moderated by Eric Bean, Columbus Brewing Company with Matt Letki, National Sales Manager with Canada Malting Co. Ltd., Peter Velez, Eastern Regional Manager at Hop Union and Grant McDonough, Northeast Region Sales Manager with BSG Craft Brewing

Break out session: Pour Yourself Better Profits - Pairing Craft Beer and IT with Lynda Nance, Scott Hunt and Allen Serio of Brewers Professional Alliance

1 – 2 p.m. Lunch provided

2 – 3 p.m. Post-production Quality in Craft Beer: Understanding the Problems & Managing the Solutions with Rob Gerrity of Sierra Nevada

Break out session: Smart Solutions for Small Businesses - Protecting Your Investment and Retaining Key Employees with John Fonner of New York Life

3 – 4 p.m. Effective Media Interaction. Panel discussion moderated by Jim Ellison of Columbus Brew Adventures with Rick Armon of Akron Beacon Journal, Marc Bona of Northeast Ohio Media Group, Dan Eaton of Columbus Business First and Cheryl Harrison of Drink Up Columbus

Break out session: Dotting I’s and Crossing T’s – Proven Techniques for Financing Your Brewery with Dan Slate and Jeff Jacobson of Brewers Professional Alliance

4 – 5: 30 p.m. Brewery Licensing and Regulatory Compliance.  Gary Jones, Chief of Investigations and Compliance and Elaine Moore, Assistant Chief of Beer and Wine, Ohio Department of Commerce, Division of Liquor Control.

7:30 – 10 p.m. Banquet in Shisler Auditorium. Transportation available to and from conference hotels via Wooster Transit.

Friday, February 6, 2015

8 – 10 a.m. Breakfast

10 a.m. – 11 p.m. Packaging options: Bottling? Canning? Both? Neither? With Dean Hornsby, VP Sales & Marketing at Meheen and Dan Blatt and BJ Solomon, co-owners of Buckeye Mobile Canning

Break out session: Navigating Distribution Issues for Craft Brewers -- Wholesale Distribution v. Self Distribution, Distributor Contracts, and the Ohio Alcoholic Beverages Franchise Act with Jim Niehaus of Frantz Ward and Curt McCamon, Chief Operating Officer of Superior Beverage Group

11 a.m. – 12 p.m. Yeast and Beer Flavor with Neva Parker, Head of Laboratory Operations, White Labs

12 – 1 p.m. Brewery Safety with John Blystone of Great Lakes Brewing Company

1 – 2 p.m. – Lunch (available for dine in or carryout)

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