We’d like to welcome the two newest brewery members of the Ohio Craft Brewers Association: BrewDog Short North and BrewDog Franklinton. The Short North brewpub is nestled on the north end of Columbus’s bustling arts district, while the Franklinton location sits in a renovated auto mechanic shop across the street from Land-Grant Brewing west of downtown. This makes 181 stops on the Ohio On Tap statewide brewery passport; get your stamp at the new BrewDog locations starting this weekend!
OK, you probably didn’t get tickets to the Insane Wanderer IPA release party at Columbus Brewing Company this weekend, but don’t be discouraged: the first version of this experimental IPA series – focusing primarily on Mosaic hops – will be available in stores next week. The plan is to make a new Insane Wanderer version every 90 days or so; for future release details, follow facebook.com/columbusbrewing
You can get your hands on the Seventh Son/Odd 13 collaboration Odd Son at the Italian Village taproom starting today. This hoppy, hazy farmhouse ale will also hit distribution next week, along with the first ever canning of Seventh Son’s popular IPA, The Scientist.
The last time the Cleveland Indians forfeited a baseball game was on June 4, 1974: the now-infamous Ten Cent Beer Night that culminated with drunken fans attacking players and umpires with torn off sections of bleacher seating. Tonight, Great Lakes Brewing Company will reminisce on the event with the inaugural Ten Cent Beer Night Without Any Ten Cent Beers at their Ohio City brewpub. $3 Rally Drum Red Ales all night, plus Tigers vs. the Tribe on the beer garden big screen. Details at facebook.com/greatlakesbrewingco
Cans of Formidable Cool, the new milkshake IPA from Platform Beer Co., will go on sale this Saturday, June 9 at 10 a.m. at the Cleveland and Columbus brewery tasting rooms. Brewed with lactose and flaked oats to give body and “creamy” mouthfeel, this batch has been blended with peach puree and vanilla bean for a sweet, low bitterness Hazy IPA. Details at facebook.com/platformbeers
Hofbrauhaus Cleveland will host their first ever Polish Night tonight, celebrating the heritage of so many proud Clevelanders. There will be a special Polish food menu and Jimmy K Polkas will entertain the crowd all night long. Details at facebook.com/HBCle
Ohio’s newest craft brewery, Missing Mountain Brewing Company, will hold their grand opening on Saturday, June 9 in Cuyahoga Falls. Marc Bona of Cleveland.com has the full write-up on the brand new brewery and taproom overlooking the Cuyahoga River. Stop in, try some of the ten beers currently on draft and get your Ohio On Tap passport stamp.
Laxton Hollow Brewing Works, Ohio’s only exclusive “real ale” brewery, will offer an educational experience for beer fans who are interested in English-style cask ales. Cask U will be held on Wednesday, June 13: Laxton Hollow brewer Ken Dudley will present an overview of traditional cask ale as well as history and stories that show how this rare type of beer is different and special. Details at facebook.com/laxtonhollow
As plans move forward to remove the Gorge Dam on the Cuyahoga River between Akron and Cuyahoga Falls, HiHO Brewing is hosting a community event to discuss environmental impacts and water quality issues surrounding the dam removal. Bill Zawiski of the Ohio EPA will be at the brewery on Wednesday, June 13 to give the history of the dam, explain the removal process and field public questions. Details at facebook.com/hihobrewingco
The north coast has a brand new brewery. Twin Oast Brewing, a farm-to-fermenter brewery in Catawba Island, opened over Memorial Day weekend and is currently pouring over a half dozen beers brewed on site. Twin Oast is open daily throughout the summer, so be sure to stop by, check out the unique brewery property – they really do have two large oast houses – and get your Ohio On Tap passport stamp.
Cheers to two years of beers from Tailspin Brewing Company! The Coldwater brewery will be kicking off the festivities today with the tapping of Ohio Sky, an American hefeweizen infused with blood orange. Live music and other fun surprises in store throughout the weekend, check facebook.com/tailspinbrewingco for details.
This Saturday, June 9, DankHouse Brewing will release their newest hazy IPA. Chasing Trees: Strain #2 (second in a series of experimental hazy beers) is dry hopped with Azacca, Huell Melon and Experimental Stone Fruit, leading to a refreshing citrus juiciness, with some rich, sweet plum notes. Available on draft exclusively at the brewery in Newark. Details at facebook.com/dankhousebrews
Homestead Beer Co. is also releasing their newest hazy beer, Mooncusser, today at 3 p.m. at their brewery taproom in Heath. This dank, juicy New England Double IPA was brewed with an insane amount of hops, yielding a delicious combo of citrus and tropical fruit with a light bitterness and a crisp, smooth malt body in the background. Details at facebook.com/homesteadberco
Cheers to two years of beers from Municipal Brew Works! The party starts today in Hamilton (or “Ham-ALE-ton” as they’re calling it this weekend) at the Heritage Hall Museum, which is opening an exhibit showcasing Butler County breweries dating back to the 1800’s. On Saturday, June 9 at 10 a.m., Municipal will release bottles of their Anniversary Series IPA at the brewery and will then tap ultra-rare small batches on the hour from noon-5 p.m. All the details are available at facebook.com/municipalbrewworks
Nine Giant Brewing announced plans to expand into a space around the corner from their brewery in Cincinnati’s Pleasant Ridge neighborhood. The Fermentorium will become a barrel aging facility for Nine Giant beers, while also serving as a stand-alone tasting room and rental venue for private events. More details at ninegiant.com/fermentorium
The newest addition to Fifty West Brewing’s line of cans is the 100% unsubtle Punch You in the EyePA, hitting store shelves next week. This Imperial IPA weighs in at 9.2% ABV and 100 IBU and doesn’t take a dive for anybody. I’m not making boxing puns for nothing over here, by the way: Fifty West has scheduled their popular Punch Out brewery-on-brewery boxing matches for Saturday, July 7. Details at facebook.com/fiftywestbrewingcompany
The Dayton Ale Trail launched on June 1, a passport booklet that includes 18 brewery stops around West Central Ohio. People who collect all 18 stamps on the trail will win a commemorative howler. Passport booklets are currently available at any of the participating breweries. More information available at facebook.com/daytonaletrail
Last but certainly not least this week, Warped Wing Brewing Company is throwing a party for brewmaster (and Ohio Craft Brewers Association board member) John Haggerty, who marks his 25th year as a professional brewer this year. To celebrate, Warped Wing is offering a commemorative bottle release on Saturday, June 9: Grape Creek Must is a barleywine that John aged in cabernet barrels for 18 months. Event and bottle release start at noon. Details at facebook.com/warpedwing