Cheers to a year of beer from Pretentious Barrel House! Columbus’ first dedicated sour brewery is celebrating this milestone with a huge party on Saturday, Oct. 13 featuring exclusive new beers – including Proficient, their first-ever sour saison – available only in the taproom. There will also be anniversary glassware, live T-shirt printing, food trucks and more. For a full list of exclusive beers and other event details, go to facebook.com/pretentiousbh
Very quietly, Hoof Hearted Brewing has established regular business hours at their Marengo brewery. Starting Saturday, Oct. 13, the brewery’s taproom will be open noon-5 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. Great news Ohio On Tap app users: you’ll be able to pick up a passport stamp from Hoof Hearted starting this weekend. Check out the current tap list at facebook.com/hoofheartedbrewing
Wild Ohio Brewing Company announced this week that they will be opening a facility in Columbus. The gluten-free tea beer brewery, to be located at 2025 South High St., is slated to open at the end of December. An adjoining taproom is projected to open during the first quarter of 2019. For details, follow Wild Ohio at facebook.com/wildohiobrewingco
The 10th Annual Cleveland Beer Week kicks off today with the Collaboration Crawl. 33 local breweries formed teams by random draw and created 7 small-batch brews, available for the first time at the four Collaboration Crawl events happening tonight in the Flats, Lakewood, Ohio City and Willoughby. Advance tickets required; to purchase and to view a list of the collaboration beers, visit clevelandbeerweek.org/events
The brand-new Fat Head’s Beer Hall in Middleburg Heights will launch the third iteration of their Jameson Caskmates collaboration beer on Tuesday, Oct. 16. Wake the Dead is a Mexican hot chocolate stout infused with cinnamon and hot peppers and aged in Jameson barrels. Tickets to a private tasting session are available and include a commemorative pint glass. To purchase, visit clevelandbeerweek.org/events
Noble Beast Brewing Co. tapped their Wet Hop IPA this week. The beer was brewed with fresh Idaho 7 hops, packing flavors of pineapple, citrus, and pine. English malts provide a soft and round body while Citra dry hops brighten the aroma. Slide into their downtown brewery taproom to taste this unique, once-a-year hop harvest treat.
Cheers to two years of beers from MadCap Brew Co.! The celebration starts today at 4 p.m. at their taproom in Kent and runs through Sunday, Oct. 14. Grab tickets at the door to get an Oktoberfest stein, a pint of beer, entry into the raffle for whichever day you show up, and $5 stein refills of Von Kaiser, MadCap’s new Märzen that they are tapping today. Get full event details at facebook.com/madcapbrewco
Today at 12:25 p.m., Thirsty Dog Brewing will tap this year’s 12 Dogs of Christmas ale at their tasting room in Akron. Whether you’ve been naughty or nice, Santa will be on hand to stuff your stocking, er, fill your glass with this annual Ohio favorite. If you’re looking for an early Christmas gift, there will also be 12 adorable dogs up for adoption at the event from One of a Kind Pet Rescue. Rick Armon has the full scoop at ohio.com
Royal Docks Brewing is also getting into the early holiday spirit, releasing their Yuletide seasonal spiced ale on Monday, Oct. 15. When enjoying Yuletide at their North Canton brewpub, expect this bold, 8.5% ABV winter warmer to be served with a garnish of two cranberries skewered by a sprig of rosemary laid across the rim of a tulip glass. 4-pack and commemorative glass bundles available while supplies last. Details at facebook.com/royaldocksbrewing
It’s Hoptoberfest at Earnest Brew Works in Toledo this weekend. In addition to the German beers on draft – Oktoberfest Lager, O’Zapft Is Dunkel, Prostwood Double Kolsch and Oscar the RauchBier Smoked German Ale – Earnest will also be tapping firkins throughout the weekend: Apple Strudel, Sauerkraut, Orange Creamsicle and Caramel Apple. Follow Earnest Brew Works for all the details of this weekend’s festivities: facebook.com/earnestbeer
Last month, Lourdes University in Sylvania announced the launch of their new craft beverage undergraduate degree program. Students in the 4-year program will study the art, science and business of brewing, winemaking and distilling. Local breweries Inside the Five, Upside, Black Cloister and Twin Oast will offer internship opportunities to students in the program. Classes don’t start until August 2019, but Inside the Five and Upside have cooperative beers on tap to celebrate the new degree now. Get details on the program at lourdes.edu
On Saturday, Oct. 13, Little Fish Brewing will hold their biggest release of bottle-conditioned farmhouse ales and sour beers to date. Five beers will be available for sale in bottles: Up Periscope barrel-fermented sour saison, Lay & Love sour red ale re-fermented in wine barrels on Marion Blackberries, Petit Poisson oak-aged saison (World Beer Cup 2018 bronze award winner), Maker of Things solera-fermented sour red ale, and Poisson Grand 100% Ohio-grown saison with wildflower honey. Details at facebook.com/littlefishbrewing
Three Tigers Brewing will release their latest collaboration with Sixth Sense Brewing today at the Three Tigers taproom. Peach Bottom Girl is a 6.7% ABV, 60 IBU brut IPA brewed with peaches from Branstool Orchards in nearby Utica. Effervescent and fruity, but with a dry finish, this is a unique brew worth getting your bottom out to Granville for.
Congratulations to Ohio’s newest craft brewery, The Common Beer Company, which opened its doors last Friday, Oct. 5. The Common is the second craft brewery to open in Mason, just up the road from the year-old 16 Lots Brewing Co., and is soon to be joined by Sonder Brewing, slated to open later this month. Stop by this new craft beer hotbed and get your passport stamps on the Ohio On Tap app!
It’s going to get far out at the Christian Moerlein taproom in Over-the-Rhine on Saturday, Oct. 13 as they celebrate a limited can release of Big Hazy NE IPA. This mind-expanding IPA features a cosmic blend of Pacific Northwest hops infusing mango and passionfruit aromas. Groove to Grateful Dead covers performed by China Catz and make your own Big Hazy tie-dye shirt. Details at facebook.com/christianmoerlein
MadTree Brewing has announced a partnership with Lyft to make sure craft beer drinkers have a responsible way to get home after a night of drinking. From Thursday through Sunday during the month of October, customers who take a Lyft ride to the MadTree taproom will receive a coupon code for 50% off their ride home (up to $5) when they show their Lyft receipt to a bartender.
“Spooky Tooth.” “Brewedwitch.” “Nosferatu.” “Deathly Mallows.” These are just a few of the frighteningly great beers available at Ale-O-Ween, the Ohio Craft Brewers Association’s Halloween-themed craft beer festival, being held at the Dayton Steam Plant on Saturday, Oct. 20 from 6-9 p.m. Over 40 Ohio breweries will be pouring more than 100 craft beers at the fest. Check out the impressive beer list and get your tickets at ohiocraftbeer.org/ale-o-ween
Roundhouse Depot Brewing Company will release their new Pullman Coffee Blonde ale on Saturday, Oct. 13. Named for the luxurious Pullman sleeper cars from the railways of old, this beer is made with the luscious Fresh Crop Ethopian Blend from Kuma Coffee Roasters out of Seattle and features the coffee’s natural citrus-y flavors in the coffee. Available on draft while supplies last.