If you haven’t seen the beer list for Six One Pour: The Ohio Craft Beer Fest yet, we think you’re going to like it. 55 Ohio craft breweries will be on hand serving over 160 beers at Huntington Park in Columbus on Saturday, May 12. Six One Pour is the signature event of Columbus Craft Beer Week, a nine-day celebration featuring over 225 craft beer events at breweries, bars, restaurants and retailers around central Ohio from May 11-19. Find all the details at columbusbeerweek.com
Tickets for Hoof Hearted Brewing’s next release go on sale at noon on Wednesday, May 2. Cans of Who’d Like to Hold My Clipboard (Pineapple) DIPA and I Must Look Like a Dork DIPA will be available for ticket holders at the Marengo brewery on Sunday, May 6. Release details available at facebook.com/hoofheartedbrewing
Temperance Row Brewing Co. is not waiting for spring to assert itself – Ohio seems to have been holding seasonal change at bay to date – and has tapped a delicious warm weather beer in spite of winter’s stubborn refusal to cede. The Westerville brewery tapped Watermelon Wheat on Thursday with the strong will to usher in patio season by creating a patio beer. Let’s hope it works…
Both Platform Beer Co. locations in Cleveland and Columbus will play host to the second annual Power of Sour celebration on Saturday, April 28. This sour beer takeover doubles as the release event for Platform’s Imperial Sour collaboration with Streetside Brewery, and will also showcase sours from breweries around Ohio like Hansa, Little Fish, Pretentious Barrel House, Random Precision, Rhinegeist and Wolf’s Ridge. Details at facebook.com/platformbeers
The inaugural Believeland Beer Fest takes place this Saturday, April 28 at Huntington Convention Center in downtown Cleveland. Of the 60 participating breweries, roughly 3/4 are based in Ohio. Attendees of the two session event are encouraged to show their civic pride by donning their Cleveland sports regalia. Advance tickets for the event available at believelandbeerfest.com
Forest City Brewery in Ohio City is partnering with the West Side Market Tenants Association to hold Taste of the Market on Sunday, April 29. The brewery will host several vendors from the West Side Market along with beers from Great Lakes Brewing Company, Market Garden Brewery and Brick & Barrel Brewing. Tickets are going fast, get details at facebook.com/forestcitybrewery
The Pro Football Hall of Fame Marathon is this weekend and Canton Brewing Company will bookend the race with events in their downtown brewpub. On Friday, April 27 they’ll hold a Welcome to Canton reception replete with a pasta bar, beer vouchers and a meet-and-greet with executives from the Hall of Fame. There will also be a post-race tailgate on Sunday. Details at facebook.com/cantonbrewing
The new Thirsty Dog taphouse in Akron has several new strong brews on draft for your springtime enjoyment. An Imperial Hefeweizen, a barrel-aged Doppelbock and an Imperial Wheat aged in key lime mead barrels. All three of these beers intensify the refreshing flavors of traditional spring seasonal styles while adding some extra boozy strength.
Speaking of refreshing spring flavors, Magic City Brewing Company recently tapped a new tropical fruit gose, bursting with pineapple, mango and tangerine. The only thing it’s missing is a tiny umbrella. Get it on draft in their Barberton taproom while it lasts.
The Green Ribbon Initiative, a partnership of conservation groups working to protect the natural beauty and biological diversity of the Oak Openings region in northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan, will kick off their annual Blue Week activities at Black Cloister Brewing Company. The opening celebration will be held on Wednesday, May 9 and will mark the release of a new spring beer from the downtown Toledo brewery.
Flatrock Brewery released their new Grapefruit DIPA this week at their brewpub in downtown Napoleon. They will also feature their Fleming Coconut Coffee Stout on the nitro tap this weekend for a smooth and rich counterpoint to the tart, fruity DIPA.
Friday, April 27 marks the release of So You Wanted A Hit, the new NEIPA from Little Fish Brewing Company. This juicy IPA was aggressively dry-hopped with Citra, Mosaic and Crystal for a citrusy, floral and earthy aroma bouquet. A must-have for fans of the haze. Get it on draft at the brewery in Athens.
Spring has sprung at Wooly Pig Farm Brewery with the release of their Frülingsfest Maibock. The Maibock is an adaptation of the bock style made to fit with the growing popularity of pilsners and lagers in the 19th century, offering a lighter, toasted malt profile with spicy hop character and a dry finish. Wooly Pig’s Frülingsfest will be tapped on Saturday, April 28 at the brewery in Fresno.
Press Tart, Rhinegeist’s berry Berliner Weisse brewed in collaboration with 16-Bit Bar + Arcade hit distribution throughout Ohio this week. This fruit-forward sour was previously only available in bombers and on draft, but is available in cans for the first time this year. Marionberries contribute the complex tart richness of the brew, while blueberries add the dark hue and a slight bitter snap. Read all about it at rhinegeist.com
More cans are on the way from DogBerry Brewing. On Tuesday, May 1, they’ll release Mar’s Madness, a 10% ABV Imperial IPA, and Zestic, a citrus-forward IPA, from their brewery taproom in West Chester with local distribution to follow. This can release follows on the heels of their first canning venture, Undone IPA and Bray’s Brown Ale, released last month.
Northern Row Brewery has started popping up on draft around Cincinnati. They’ve revamped their branding and design in the digital realm – their new Facebook cover image is of 5 can varieties, perhaps teasing their future plans – and is currently working on building out a taproom in their Over-The-Rhine brewery. Read all about them and see where you can find their beers at northernrow.com
The newly-opened Devil Wind Brewing was named after the 1974 tornado that struck the city of Xenia, where the brewery is located. The F5 tornado claimed 32 lives, but could have been much higher if not for the advance warning given by WHIO weather reporter Gil Whitney. In tribute to Whitney’s life-saving broadcast, Devil Wind has released Whitney Wheat, a light and refreshing American wheat ale. Raise a pint to honor the man who saved hundreds of lives.
Branch & Bone Artisan Ales is getting closer to opening in Dayton. The brewery recently received their brewing license from the state of Ohio and is currently brewing up inventory, filling foeders and building out a taproom for a soon-to-be-announced grand opening on Wayne Avenue in the South Park neighborhood. Look for an announcement at facebook.com/branchandboneales