Cheers to central Ohio’s newest craft brewery, Antiques On High, the new sour and wild fermentation brewery from Seventh Son Brewing! The lavishly refurbished space (on the site of a former antique mall, hence the name) held their grand opening on Monday, Nov. 19 with seven sour beers on tap. Check out the newest addition to Columbus’ historic Brewery District, details at antiquesonhigh.com
Today is “Black Friday,” which sounds like it should be all about dark beers, don’t you think? Zaftig Brewing does and they’re holding a special Black Friday sale at their Worthington taproom. Bottles of Bourbon Barrel Aged Big Barleywine go on sale at noon; vintage bottles of Zaftig Bourbon Stout, Bourbon Barrel Aged Nuttn’ 2it Pecan Brown Ale and variations of Ol’ Rugger Russian Imperial Stout will be made available every hour, on the hour thereafter. Details at facebook.com/zaftigbeer
Kindred Brewing is releasing a series of holiday porters at their taproom in Gahanna. Stone Jack, an English porter, was tapped last week, followed this week by Cosmic Charlie, a cinnamon and coffee porter. To stay up-to-date with the releases of these holiday porters, follow Kindred at facebook.com/kindredbrewing
Tickets for the 13th Annual Winter Warmer Fest are on sale now! Cleveland’s favorite craft beer festival is returning to Windows on the River on Saturday, March 9. More than 50 Ohio craft breweries will be on hand pouring their winter seasonals, rare brews and fan favorites. The first 100 early admission tickets purchased today will receive a $10 discount. Don’t delay: Winter Warmer Fest is expected to sell out. Get tickets at beerfesttickets.com
Platform Beer Co. is releasing two new beers today for Black Friday. Musa is a bananas-and-cream milkshake-style IPA clocking in at 7.7% ABV. EMO is a 10% ABV barrel-aged, s’mores-inspired, imperial stout that is a special release for Platform’s Can Collective members. Cans are available starting at noon today at Platform’s taprooms in Cleveland and Columbus, details at facebook.com/platformbeers
If you’re looking for a holiday beer that will really make your reindeer fly, you’re in luck. Fat Head’s Brewery will tap Pimp My Sleigh, their Belgian-style Christmas Ale, at all three locations (Middleburg Heights, North Olmsted and Canton) at 4 p.m. today. It’ll hit distribution next week as well. Read more about this holiday favorite at fatheads.com
Cheers to two years of beers from Lockport Brewery! They’ll be celebrating the occasion today and tomorrow at the brewery in Bolivar. Have a pint of the GABF gold medal-winning Gateway Cream Ale, the brand new Munich Dunkel or the holiday seasonal Cheer Beer while you enjoy live music and food trucks on site all weekend. Entertainment kicks off at noon today and tomorrow (Saturday’s slate starts with Ohio State vs. That Team Up North). Details at facebook.com/lockportbeer
On Saturday, Nov. 24, Biker Brewhouse will release Cruisin’ Christmas Ale at their taproom inside BikeTown Harley Davidson in Austintown. The beer will be tapped at 5 p.m. and the first 70 people to order a pint of Cruisin’ can keep the special commemorative glass. Get details at facebook.com/bikerbrewhouse
Interested in homebrewing? Stop by Muskellunge Brewing Company in Canton on Thursday, Nov. 29 at 5 p.m. when owner/brewer Frank Estremera will give a presentation on the basics of homebrewing, covering ingredients, equipment and some tips and tricks. Get details on this and future homebrewers’ nights at facebook.com/muskybrewco
Drop Tine Winery and Tap House released their new winter seasonal beer, Polar Express, earlier this week. This hearty amber ale is brewed with cinnamon sticks, diced ginger root and allspice. Try a mug of Polar Express rimmed with sugar, cinnamon and crushed candy cane at their brewpub in Montpelier.
This Thanksgiving, Flatrock Brewery released a cornucopia of new beers. General Scott Amber Ale – named for Robert Kingston Scott, the real estate magnate-turned-Civil War general-turned-South Carolina governor-turned morphine addict who killed his son’s best friend – made its debut at the downtown Napoleon brewpub, along with maple and cherry variants. Disgruntled Pumpkin Amber was also tapped for the first time, as well as Putnam Grapefruit IPA, a Simcoe and Cascade hop-forward brew juiced up with an infusion of fresh grapefruit. Keep up with Flatrock’s beer releases at facebook.com/ flatrockbrewerydistillerynapoleon/
Trek Brewing Company will celebrate their grand opening today, starting with an official ribbon cutting ceremony at 3:30 p.m. After opening their doors back in March and installing a 15-barrel brewhouse just a few months ago, Trek has a full complement of house-made beers on tap and they’re ready to share them with craft beer fans from near and far. As part of the brewery’s mission to give back to the community, Trek will donate a portion of the night’s proceeds to five local charities. For more details, go to facebook.com/trekbrewing
Maple Lawn Brewery has a great beer to pair with your Thanksgiving leftovers. This week, they tapped their new Cranberry Sour, a barrel aged wheat beer fermented with Brettanomyces yeast for a tart, funky finish. Get it on draft at the taproom in Pomeroy while supplies last.
If your Black Friday shopping plans don’t include Listermann Brewing and Brink Brewing, you might want to reassess your priorities as a craft beer fan. Listermann’s bottle release starts at 9 a.m. and includes eight beers, some of which are extremely limited in number. Brink’s Black Friday sale starts at 10 a.m. and features bombers of 2018 Armored Heart Russian Imperial Stout with coffee, vanilla, chocolate, cinnamon and orange zest, plus six more new beers on draft. Hopefully, by the time you read this, you’re already in line…
Fans of the blues will want to get down to the Christian Moerlein Malt House taproom in Over-the-Rhine on Saturday, Nov. 24. The brewery will host three great blues guitarists and are pairing new beers to go along with each: Hop Pants hoppy brown ale, Bluesberry hazy IPA, and Jumping Coconut Stout. Music starts at 5 p.m., get more details at facebook.com/christianmoerlein
Streetside Brewery and Pretentious Barrel House released a collaboration sour this week called An Hour 45 Each Way, named for the drive time between Streetside in Columbia-Tusculum and Pretentious on Columbus’ east side. The first of the “Barrel Buddies” series, this sour beer was aged on ripe nectarines. Available at both brewery taprooms for a limited time.
Fifth Street Brewpub is releasing Mint Cookie Squared, a double chocolate version of the popular Mint Cookie stout. 22-ounce bomber bottles will go on sale today at 11 a.m. to Fifth Street co-op members; general public sales will begin at noon. As a special treat, they’ll also be tapping a keg of Raspberry Mint Cookie to enjoy during the bottle sale at the brewpub in Dayton. Details at facebook.com/fifthstreetbrewpub
The Dayton Beer Company is releasing six-packs of their winter seasonal, Soggy Crumbs, today at their downtown taproom. This gingerbread ale is brewed with ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice and vanilla beans. A limited number of cans will be available as half the batch has been reserved for a year-long aging in bourbon barrels. Details at facebook.com/daytonbeerco