After taking four years of German in high school, I can attest that there’s no humor to be found in the Americanization of the demonym for a resident of Vienna. So, if you enjoy cold beers and encased meats – and you’re mature enough – you’ll have a great time at Actual Brewing’s Wienerfest on Saturday, Oct. 6. Bring your well-behaved dachshund, have a hot dog or veggie dog and wash it down with a crispy fall lager. The fun starts at noon at Actual’s east Columbus taproom. Details at facebook.com/theactualbrewingcompany
If you adore pumpkin beers, you’ll want to rocket out to Pickerington today or tonight, tonight. Combustion Brewery tapped Siamese Dream Pumpkin Ale and Shakedown 1979 Pumpkin Stout earlier this week, both brewed with fall spices to soothe and disarm. On draft now, give them a try, try, try…
This week, Restoration Brew Worx tapped Black Mountain, a Black IPA created by Eric Yousey, which recently won a Delaware, Ohio Homebrewers (DOH) competition for beers using only Cascade hops. This hop forward, dry, black IPA is available on draft at Restoration’s Delaware brewpub for a limited time. Details at facebook.com/rbwrx
Memberships in Platform Beer Company’s Can Collective are on sale now through Dec. 31. Membership includes 12 extremely rare taproom release canned beers, year-round happy hour pricing at all Platform tasting room locations, specially designed Platform Can Collective merchandise, an exclusive party and tour of the Cleveland production facility, Platform Can Collective membership card and much more. A limited number of memberships will be sold, full details at brownpapertickets.com
Autumn fully descends upon the Butcher & the Brewer in downtown Cleveland this week. Stop by for a pint of Sugaree’s Pumpkin Pie, a lactose-driven sweet stout that gets a big dose of spice, pumpkin, graham crackers and vanilla for a fall-inspired treat. This year’s Fernway Harvest has also made an appearance, a hoppy black ale brewed with fresh Chinook, Northern Brewer, Centennial and Lieber hops for bright citrus and pine notes.
Willoughby Brewing tapped their Kellerfest lager earlier this week. This unfiltered German lager is malty with just a touch of noble hops in the finish and weighs in at 6.9% ABV. Kellerfest won a Silver Medal at this year‘s Berea Oktoberfest competition. Available on draft for a limited time.
Lockport Brewery‘s inaugural Locktoberfest is this Saturday, Oct. 6. Enjoy steins of Gateway Cream Ale – a 2018 Great American Beer Festival gold medal winner – and the new Oktoberfest lager. Traditional German foods served all day, plus wiener dog (er, dachshund) races, a liter lifting competition and more. The fest starts at noon at the brewery in Bolivar. Register for the games at lockportbeer.com
Birdfish Brewing‘s Park IPA, a hazy, hoppy, 5% ABV brew, gets a can release on Saturday, Oct. 6 with $1 from every 4-pack sold and $1 from every pint poured going to the disc golf course project planned for Columbiana’s Firestone Park. Then on Sunday, Birdfish will tap a special small batch of Ganesh mango peppercorn IPA infused with habanero peppers. Details at facebook.com/birdfishbrew
Biker Brewhouse will tap their Midnight Rider Russian Imperial Chocolate Pumpkin Stout on Saturday, Oct. 6. This big beer was allowed to rest in a red wine barrel for two months and finished at 12% ABV. First pour is at noon at the taproom inside Harley-Davidson Bike Town in Austintown. Get more details at facebook.com/bikerbrewhouse
This Saturday, Oct. 6, Twin Oast Brewing will host their inaugural Oastoberfest celebration. Enjoy beers brewed on-site at Twin Oast’s Catawba Island brewery, plus six Ohio craft guest taps, music from the Misty Blues Polka Band, traditional German performances from the Bavarian Sports Club, and contests happening throughout the day. Also, you can pick up some 4-packs of Old Ohio Blonde Ale and Legitimate Swells IPA to-go. Details at facebook.com/twinoast
Two Bandits Brewing’s Hoptoberfest will take place Saturday, Oct. 6. Kick off the day with breakfast at the Hicksville Fire Department from 7-11 a.m., then head over Two Bandits for the release of Farmer J’s Oktoberfest. Enjoy live music and the new fall/winter food menu as well. There’s also still time to sign up for the 0.8K run (complete with a donut break halfway through), register at runsignup.com
Wooly Pig Farm Brewery is celebrating the harvest during the first two weekends of October. Hogtoberfest starts today at the brewery in Fresno with the tapping of their Festbier, available on draft and in bottles to-go. This weekend, McKenna’s Farm Market and the Lava Rock Grill team up to present some traditional German cuisine featuring Mangalitsa pork raised at the brewery. Get a 1-liter Wooly Pig “Mass Krug” (big stein) with a fill of the Festbier while supplies last. Details at facebook.com/woolypigbrewery
Newark’s Trek Brewing Company is seeking to become a Certified B Corporation, a business that balances purpose and profit and is legally required to consider the impact of their decisions on their workers, customers, suppliers, community and the environment. If certified, Trek would join Columbus’ Commonhouse Ales as Ohio’s only B Corp breweries. Read all about Trek’s plans to achieve B Corp certification on their blog at trekbeer.com
Brink Brewing Co., winners of the 2018 Very Small Brewing Company of the Year award at the Great American Beer Festival, will celebrate at their College Hill brewery on Saturday, Oct. 6. Meet the brewers from 2-4 p.m. and enjoy seven specialty small batch beer releases: Strawberry Chocolate Milkshake IPA, Cinnamon Moozie, Double Dry Hopped La Guatavita, Watermelon & Lime Wheat, Passionfruit & Pineapple La Guatavita, Mango Habanero w/ extra mango, smoked Morita & chipotle peppers, and 2017 Barrel Aged Kelly’s Candy Barleywine. Details at facebook.com/brinkbrewing
Cheers to two years of beers from FigLeaf Brewing Company! Celebrate at their brewery in Middletown on Saturday, Oct. 6, enjoy the 24 beers on tap, get a limited edition shirt pressed live on-site, and pick up special release bottles of 24-month Barrel Aged Black Solstice and Barrel Aged Anniversary II. The party starts at noon, get all the details at facebook.com/figleafco
Dogberry Brewing released two new cans this week: Reaching Out New England IPA and On The Black black IPA. Both are an extremely limited run and supplies are expected to go fast. Pick up your 6-packs at Dogberry’s taproom in West Chester.
Wobbly Wheel rolls back into Yellow Springs Brewery today at 3 p.m. This easy-drinking Imperial IPA starts as an incredibly light-bodied ale, and is then oversaturated with Simcoe, Mosaic and Centennial hops. Get this 9% ABV brew in cans and on draft at the Yellow Springs Brewery taproom this weekend and in the Dayton area starting Tuesday, Oct. 9. Details at facebook.com/yellowspringsbrewery
Join Star City Brewing Company and Lucky Star Brewery for the inaugural Burgtober Fest on Saturday, Oct. 6 starting at 6 p.m. The two breweries will be tapping four collaborative beers: Mexican Chocolate Stout, Starfruit Wheat, American IPA and Vienna Lager. Enjoy live music, food, raffles and more. Get details at facebook.com/starcitybrewingcompany
Last but not least, the beer list for the Ale-O-Ween festival will be released on Monday, Oct. 8 at noon. 40 Ohio craft breweries will be bringing their seasonal, limited-release and rare beers to our Halloween-themed festival at The Steam Plant in Dayton on Saturday, Oct. 20. For festival info or to buy tickets, go to ohiocraftbeer.org/ale-o-ween