Ohio Weekly Roundup

11.16.2018

Ohio Weekly Roundup 11.16.2018
CENTRAL 

Cheers to Ohio’s newest craft brewery, Olentangy River Brewing Company! The brewery and taproom in Lewis Center will open their doors to the public for their grand opening on Saturday, Nov. 17 at 5 p.m. Brewers Quique Iglesias and Josh Vogel will have 10 beers on tap for the opening including a coffee and vanilla IPA made with beans from the Roosevelt Coffeehouse, which shares space with the taproom. Read the full story at drinkupcolumbus.com

Grove City Brewing Company is releasing 4 Kveik’s Sake today, the first of their new raw ale series. This Norwegian Kornøl “no-boil” farmhouse ale features strong grainy flavors from the malt and fruity flavors from the kveik yeast. The finished beer has almost no hop character, but derives the bulk of its bitterness from juniper. Read more at facebook.com/grovecitybrewery

Elevator Brewing Company is celebrating “NovemBeer” on Wednesday, Nov. 21 at their 13th Floor Taproom in downtown Columbus. Several new beers will be on tap, including Brut-ale-ity Brut IPA and Trtiticale Pale Ale, brewed with Ohio-grown triticale. Get more details at facebook.com/elevator13thfloor

GREATER CLEVELAND 

The 13th Annual Winter Warmer Fest is returning to Cleveland on Saturday, March 9. More than 50 Ohio craft breweries will pour their winter seasonals, rare brews and fan favorites at Windows on the River. Tickets go on sale at 7 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 23: the first 100 early admission tickets purchased on Black Friday will receive a $10 discount. Last year’s Winter Warmer Fest sold out, so get your tickets ASAP. Details at ohiocraftbeer.org/winter-warmer-fest

Masthead Brewing Co. is releasing two new limited edition cans on Saturday, Nov. 18. Hops for Heroes is a double dry-hopped New England IPA that uses the Yakima Chief Hops 2018 Veterans Blend (Mosaic, Simcoe, Eukanot, Cashmere and Centennial). Shoot from the Hip is another double dry-hopped New England IPA, this version featuring Amarillo and Mosaic hops. Release details at facebook.com/mastheadbrewingco

The first of Railroad Brewing Company’s barrel-aged beer series will be released on Wednesday, Nov. 21. Brewer Jerome Moore took their flagship Coal Train Stout and let it rest in a Woodford Reserve bourbon barrel for a little under a year. Try some at Railroad’s brewery taproom in Avon next week, details at facebook.com/railroadbrewingcompany

NORTHEAST

After a few years in planning, Missing Falls Brewery will hold their long-awaited grand opening event on Saturday, Nov. 24 in the Canal Place complex in downtown Akron. Missing Falls will have nine beers on tap for the celebration including Brutus, an oatmeal chocolate peanut butter stout which should be very popular with Buckeye fans rooting against That Team Up North. Details at facebook.com/missingfallsbrewery

If you’ve got 500 empty kegs lying around, why not build a giant Christmas tree out of them? That’s what Royal Docks did, and on Wednesday, Nov. 21 at 7 p.m. they’ll hold their annual ceremonial lighting of the Kegmas tree. The North Canton brewpub will be closed for the day as the party moves just up the street to the new Royal Docks production brewery. Get the details at facebook.com/royaldocksbrewing

Noble Creature Cask House tapped two new beers this week. Tony the Pony is a wild saison with vanilla beans and cascara (dried coffee cherries) giving notes of dark fruit, raisin, sweet cherry, tobacco and leather. Hecuba is a chocolate coffee breakfast stout that’s light and easy drinking while featuring rich, sweet and robust flavors. Available on draft at Noble Creature’s Youngstown taproom.

NORTHWEST

Be on the lookout for two new beers from Black Cloister Brewing Company this week. Available now is Nature’s Breast, an American Double IPA clocking in at 100 IBU with spicy mango, unripe pineapple, tangerine and pine flavor, but balanced with an abundance of Canadian pale malt. And now for something completely different… instead of brewing a traditional Ohio spiced Christmas beer, Black Cloister is making a Finnish Sahti (similar to Grove City’s Norwegian Kornøl described above, but stronger); that should be available at their Toledo taproom on Wednesday, Nov. 21. Details at facebook.com/blackcloister

Last weekend, several northwest Ohio breweries faced off against their counterparts representing that state up north. In a heated battle held at The Casual Pint in Toledo, breweries on both sides of the border entered their stouts, porters and other brown beers. After several rounds of judging, Wild Side Brewing of Grand Rapids, Ohio captured the title with Scott’s Tenebrae, a barrel-aged stout. See WTOL’s in-depth report on the event for details.*

(*It was surprisingly easy to write that paragraph without using the letter “m”.)

SOUTHEAST

Cheers to a year of beer from DankHouse Brewing Company! The Newark brewery will kick off the celebration today in epic fashion with special house drafts and guest taps, live music and food trucks all weekend. Saturday, Nov. 17 starts off with a sold-out breakfast beer session featuring over a dozen sought-after stouts (any kegs that haven’t kicked will carry over to the afternoon session while they last). Guest taps will include Branch & Bone, Columbus Brewing Company, Great Lakes, Jackie O’s, JAFB, Masthead, Sixth Sense, Southern Tier, Urban Artifact and Wolf’s Ridge. Details at facebook.com/dankhousebrews

Today, Little Fish Brewing will release bottles of Estate #3, a wet-hopped farmhouse ale made with hops grown on-site and from Morning Dew Hop Farm in nearby Albany, Ohio. This beer displays a rustic Brettanomyces character and a light acidity that will continue to evolve as the beer ages. Bottle sales will begin at 6 p.m., details available at facebook.com/littlefishbrewing

SOUTHWEST

The new Carriage House taproom at Mt. Carmel Brewing Company opens today at 4 p.m. The relaxed atmosphere of the original tasting room on the outskirts of Cincinnati is being carried over to the new adjacent 7,000 square foot facility, while adding a made-from-scratch kitchen, private event space, additional parking on-site and other amenities. Read the full preview piece at thegnarlygnome.com

Urban Artifact’s Epicurean beer series will be released on Wednesday, Nov. 21, just in time for pairing with your Thanksgiving dinner. This year’s flavors of spontaneously fermented sour ales include Cranberry, Cherry Pie & Black Coffee, Autumnal Roast, Shaved Asparagus Salad, Braised Carrot Soup, and Wine Poached Pear. Get details on the bottle release at the Northside brewery at facebook.com/urbanartifactbrewing

A Cincinnati-area heritage brand will get a facelift in its return to cans. Wiedemann’s Fine Beer will launch their new packaged offerings – Bohemian Special Brew, Royal Amber, Monmouth Street Blonde Ale and Wake Me Up Hazelnut Coffee Milk Stout – at their brewery in Saint Bernard today at 6 p.m. Take a look at the new can art at facebook.com/wiedemannbeer

WEST CENTRAL

Springboro’s Crooked Handle Brewing got together with Miamisburg’s Lucky Star Brewery on a collaboration beer called There Gosé da Cherry. This light, tart, refreshing cherry gose will go on tap at the two taprooms on Wednesday, Nov. 21 at 4 p.m. Don’t forget to grab a growler to take home for Thanksgiving: this is sure to pair well with your turkey dinner. Details at facebook.com/crookedhandle

Toxic Brew Company is releasing their barrel-aged Night Ender Imperial Stout today at 1:00 p.m. from their brewery taproom in Dayton’s Oregon District. This yearly favorite clocks in at 11.9% ABV and is available in a very limited run of 12-ounce cans. Get release details at facebook.com/toxicbrewco