Cheers to two years of beers from Kindred Brewing in Gahanna! The party starts this Saturday, April 7 at 11 a.m. with a dual bottle release. Old Ale (9.6%) was brewed in 2016, first fermented in stainless and then aged in red wine barrels for 15 months with Brettanomyces. AU Golden Ale, a Belgian Golden Sour Ale, was brewed in late 2016 and aged in wine barrels for the past 14 months. Draft releases and food trucks throughout the day, details at facebook.com/kindredbrewing
Saturday, April 7 is National Beer Day, and North High Brewing is commemorating the occasion by opening up their production facility at 1125 Cleveland Ave. in Columbus’s Milo-Grogan neighborhood. Brewery tours start at 3 p.m. and include a beer. SPECIAL OFFER: Go to North High for a tour, get an Ohio On Tap passport stamp! (Valid Saturday, 4/7/2018 only)
It’s time once again for Barley’s Brewing Company’s 23rd Annual Homebrew Competition! Brewmaster Angelo Signorino has assembled a jury panel of some of the best brewing talents from local breweries. The final judging and award announcements will take place during “Afternoon with the Brewers,” Sunday, April 22 at Brewcadia above Barley’s. Competition entry details at barleysbrewing.com/homebrew-competition
With all the excitement surrounding the construction of the new Fat Head’s Brewery & Beer Hall in Middleburg Heights, the news of the 9th anniversary of the Fat Head’s Brewery & Saloon in North Olmsted may have slipped under your radar. Enjoy an Alpenglow Weizenbock – winner of three golds and one silver medal at the Great American Beer Festival – while you celebrate with Fat Head’s on Saturday, April 7.
Forest City Brewery is swinging for the fences for the Indians home opener. If you don’t have tickets to the game, head down to Tremont and enjoy an Opening Day IPA or a One Arm Daily Cream Ale while watching the opener on the big screen. Wear your throwback jersey and be entered into a raffle for Forest City prize package. Details at facebook.com/forestcitybrewery
Nano Caramel Wheat is the brew of the week at Nano Brew in Ohio City. Sweet malted wheat meets dark caramel barley for a creamy smooth dark wheat beer, featuring a classic German yeast characteristic that makes this beer as delicious as it is easy drinking. Nano Brew also has Market Garden Brewery‘s Chinook Strike w/ Citra Dry Hop on cask, while it lasts.
MadCap Brew Co. is expanding their Kent taproom to better accommodate events. After starting the brewery in a garage six years ago, MadCap opened its doors to the public at its current location in October of 2016. The expansion, expected to be finished in 2-3 months, will add 5,000 square feet of event space and an 1,850 square foot patio. Read more at record-courier.com
Speaking of brewery construction, Ignite Brewing Company has begun remodeling their Barberton taproom. Ignite opened their doors last September with a temporary taproom setup and a plan to remodel. Now that the work has begun, they plan on being open around the construction schedule, primarily on weekends. Follow them on Facebook for updates on operating hours: facebook.com/ignitebrewingcompany
Maize Valley Brewery is currently enrolling members into their new mug club. Members will receive a 20 oz. logo beer stein, 20 oz. mug fills for the 16 oz. pint price on all beers that apply, a special Mug Club T-shirt, food specials on Monday nights and a Mugger “Mash Up Party” on October 28, 2018. For more details and to sign up, visit https://www.maizevalley.com/beer/mug-club/
Grand Rapids has its first craft brewery: Wild Side Brewing Company, a brewery focusing on farmhouse ales, barrel aging and mixed fermentation, has moved from their rural production-only facility to a brewery and public taproom in downtown Grand Rapids, about 25 miles southwest of Toledo. Wild Side is currently open Thursday – Sunday with a grand opening celebration planned for Friday, April 20. Details on that at facebook.com/wildsidebrewingcompany
Flatrock Brewery is unleashing several rare bottles on Saturday, April 7 from their brewpub in Napoleon. The *very* limited release bombers available include Pagan Bourbon Barrel Pumpkin Stout, Going Back to Cali Double West Coast IPA, Paint Creek Faro and Dark Nihilist Bourbon Barrel Aged Belgian Chocolate Coffee Stout. Details available at facebook.com/flatrockpubnapoleon
A few weeks ago, we reported on the collaboration beer brewed at The Phoenix Brewing Company for International Women’s Day. That beer – New E.R.A. Pale Ale, featuring a hop blend created by the Pink Boots Society – will be released this Saturday, April 7 at 6 p.m. at Weasel Boy Brewing in Zanesville. The beer will also be on tap at The Phoenix Brewing Company in Mansfield, Lineage Brewing in Columbus and North High Brewing in Columbus (tapping next Friday, April 13).
Blueberry Honey Buzzzzz makes its comeback to Maple Lawn Brewery in Pomeroy this week. This beer is built on a traditional wheat base, fermented with fresh blueberry pulp and flavored with the addition of local honey from Spruce Creek Farm.
Samuel Adams, which operates Ohio’s largest craft brewery, announced plans to open a taproom across the street from their Cincinnati brewery in Over-The-Rhine. The 9,000 square foot taproom will be housed in the Film Center at 1632 Central Parkway and feature both indoor and outdoor space. As to the rationale behind a Cincy taproom, founder Jim Koch says, “Cincinnati is my hometown with such a rich brewing history and I’ve seen our city blossom as a craft beer mecca that is home to some of the finest breweries and taprooms in the country.” Read more coverage from the Cincinnati Business Courier.
The first of the Rhinegeist Outer Reaches sour ales will be released at the brewery in OTR at 3 p.m. today. Infinite Dawn, a sour blonde ale aged 6 months on Brett and Lacto cultures, is the first of this limited edition series. Read more about the Outer Reaches project at rhinegeist.com
Every Thursday in April, Mt. Carmel Brewing Company will release a taproom exclusive beer they’ve dubbed as “TriALEs.” The first of these, Raspberry Peanut Butter Jam brown ale, was introduced yesterday; future releases include Orange Blossom Blonde, Spring Flowers Blonde and Spring Cherry. More details available at facebook.com/mtcarmelbrewing
Save the date: Yellow Springs Brewery is celebrating their 5-year anniversary on Saturday, April 14. Fifth anniversaries are traditionally known as the “wood” anniversary so Yellow Springs has decided to throw a barrel- and wood-aged Birthday Bash! Master brewer Jeffrey McElfresh has created a limited release white oak IPA in honor of this special occasion, aged with American white oak staves to give it a sweet, earthy bouquet with warm vanilla overtones. They’ve also curated a taplist of 13 of the area’s most rare and sought after barrel-aged beers. A full list of these beers will be announced at facebook.com/yellowspringsbrewery
It’s hard to tell from the schizophrenic Ohio spring weather so far, but summer is right around the corner. For many craft breweries, that means a return of clean drinking lagers, perfect for the warm weather. Lucky Star Brewery in Miamisburg has the perfect summer thirst quencher: Ojos Locos Mexican-style lager. Read all about it at porchdrinking.com