Platform Beer Co. will release their new LED light lager today at their Columbus and Cleveland taprooms. LED, which stands for “little easy drinker,” offers clean malty and floral noble hop aromas, a light and sessionable body and a fine balance of biscuit malt and spicy old world hops. LED will not be released to retail locations: six-packs and draft are available exclusively at the Platform taprooms. Details at facebook.com/platformbeercocbus
Zaftig Brewing will hold special release event for their seasonal Imperial IPA, Too Cans, on Saturday, August 4 at their Worthington brewery tasting room. Too Cans gets its bold yet balanced flavor from an abundant amount of grain and a healthy addition of Centennial, Columbus and Cascade hops. If that’s not enough, several barrel-aged variants will be available at the event. Details at facebook.com/zaftigbeer
The BrewDog DogTap tasting room in Canal Winchester is now offering birthday party packages for dogs that include a dog-friendly beer made with boiled carrots and bananas. No word at press time if this beer will be poured for human consumption or, if so, whether it will be served in a glass or bowl. Details on “Dog Pawties” at facebook.com/brewdogusa
Collision Bend Brewing Company is offering their first can release today. Lake Erie Sunset is a pale wheat ale that has been the brewery’s best selling beer, according to co-founder Luke Purcell. Collision Bend plans to offer seasonal can releases on a quarterly basis going forward. Six packs of Lake Erie Sunset will be available at the brewpub in the Flats starting at noon today with limited distribution around Cleveland next week. Rick Armon has the full story at ohio.com
On Friday, August 3, Market Garden Brewery will release Irishtown Bend red ale; $1 from the sale of each pint will benefit the construction of the 17-acre Irishtown Bend park on the western bank of the Cuyahoga River in Ohio City. Marc Bona has the full story on the beer and the park project at cleveland.com
BrewFest Waterfront District, Lorain County’s original craft beer festival, will return for a fifth year on Saturday, August 11 at Black River Landing in Lorain. Over 25 Ohio craft breweries – including four from Lorain County – will be on hand at this year’s event. Advance tickets and VIP experience tickets are on sale now, for details go to brewfestwd.com
Tickets for this year’s Great American Beer Festival – to be held September 20-22 in Denver – go on sale Wednesday, August 1 at noon Eastern Time. New to the GABF this year is a collaboration beer competition, open to 48 groups of brewers across the country. Vying for the prize is Brut-al Pom, a brut pomegranate IPA made by brewers from Butcher & the Brewer, MadCap Brew Co., Magic City Brewing, Maize Valley, Millersburg Brewing and Missing Mountain Brewing. Good luck!
Canton Brewing Company will hold their second annual HOF Brew Fest on Thursday, August 2. Seven Ohio breweries will join the host brewery for the festivities on Canton Brewing’s patio: Lockport Brewery, Maize Valley, Mucky Duck Brewery, Muskellunge Brewing, Paradigm Shift Brewing, Sandy Springs Brewing and Wild Ohio Brewing. Tickets available at facebook.com/cantonbrewing
The Phoenix Brewing Company will celebrate all things hoppy on IPA Day 2018, to be held Thursday, August 2. In addition to the in-house IPA offerings, The Brew Kettle, Maize Valley and Wolf’s Ridge Brewing will have guest taps of their IPAs set up in The Phoenix’s beer garden. Beers will be tapped at 3 p.m. at the brewery in Mansfield. Details at facebook.com/thephoenixbrewingcompany
On September 23, 1973, the first Boogie Hill outdoor concert was held just northeast of Tiffin. 20,000 people showed up to hear Quicksilver Messenger Service, Canned Heat, REO Speedwagon and more. Three years later, 60,000 would attend the last Boogie Hill concert, featuring Foghat, Bob Seger and Ted Nugent… and a lot of angry neighbors. To commemorate these legendary concerts, The Laird Arcade Brewery has released Boogie Hill Imperial Oatmeal Stout, available on draft at their taproom in downtown Tiffin.
While we’re talking about music, Earnest Brew Works wins the beer name game this week with their new release My Tart Will Go On. This titanic new offering is a tart apricot ale, a real king of the world; available on draft at the south Toledo brewery. Don’t miss the boat on this one…
On Friday, August 3, DankHouse Brewing will release their collaboration brew made with Sixth Sense Brewing. Dank You Senseless is a hazy double IPA with peach and guava, playing to the strengths and reputations of two of Ohio’s most lauded haze creators. The beer will be available on draft at the Dankhouse taproom in Newark. Details at facebook.com/dankhousebrews
The flagship IPA at Three Tigers Brewing in Granville is named My Two Cents. “Putting your two cents in” is a show of faux humility to soften the blow of an unsolicited opinion. That idiom, much like the IPA itself, is an English invention that has been thoroughly Americanized. Fitting, then, that the new Imperial IPA at Three Tigers is called Humble Opinions, the modern rhetorical expression of polite self-deprecation. This beer is a bold statement in a glass, hopped with Mosaic and Azacca and registering an assertive 9.1% ABV.
Time to unlock a life goal: Fibonacci Brewing is seeking names for two Nigerian Dwarf goats that will live on the urban farm that the Mt. Healthy brewery is building as part of a new expansion this fall. The project, dubbed Fibonacci 1.618, will be a combined brewery and urban farm complete with a beer garden, indoor event area and two AirBnb rentals. To submit an entry for Fibonacci’s goat naming contest, visit fibbrew.com/name-the-goats/
Unable to get away this summer? Join Fifty West Brewing for their next can release “Staycation,” on Thursday, August 2. Available fresh off the canning line, this tequila barrel aged margarita gose will be packaged right before your eyes and delivered straight to your hands from the conveyor in 16 ounce cans. Taproom opens at 3 p.m., release starts at 6 p.m. Details at facebook.com/fiftywestbrewingcompany
It’s called “Christmas Creep” when stores put out the holiday decorations and push their Christmas sales well before Black Friday. Is there an equivalent “Oktoberfest Creep” when these tasty lagers start showing up in August? Taft’s Brewing Company obviously doesn’t think so, as they’re releasing their Oktubberfest on draft and in cans on Wednesday, August 1 at the Ale House and Brewporium locations.
Cheers to two years of beers from Mother Stewart’s Brewing Company! The Springfield brewery will celebrate the occasion on Saturday, July 28. They will be tapping special brews throughout the day, including Whiskey Red, Bourbon Barrel Aged Porter, Infused Wit, and a Belgian Strong aged on red wine barrels. The party starts at noon. For full details, visit facebook.com/motherstewarts
And cheers to four years of beers from Lucky Star Brewery! The birthday fiesta will take place on Saturday, August 4 at the brewery in Miamisburg. Treat yourself to some birthday beers, live music and maybe a surprise or two. Stay tuned for details at facebook.com/luckystarbrewery