The day before BrewDog Franklinton’s soft opening, their construction dumpster caught fire. They chose to immortalize the incendiary incident by turning it into a beer. Franklinton Dumpster Fire is a smoky Gose with tons of fire red raspberries. On Wednesday, July 11, BrewDog Franklinton will hold a release party with limited edition Teku glasses and art prints by Craig Fisher for the first 125 folks to buy a ticket. Details and tickets available at facebook.com/brewdogfranklinton
Elevator Brewing Company’s annual Ride The Elevator charity bike ride during Columbus Craft Beer Week was postponed due to severe weather. The rescheduled event will happen on Tuesday, July 10; riders will meet at Goodale Park at 5:30 p.m. and finish at Elevator’s 13th Floor Taproom after a leisurely 4-mile ride. Ride The Elevator is a fundraiser for Yay Bikes! and Franklinton Cycle Works. Details at facebook.com/elevator13thfloor
It’s Christmas in July all month long at Zaftig Brewing Co. in Worthington. In the giving spirit of the season, Zaftig is raising funds for Habitat for Humanity’s “The House That Beer Built” initiative. Bourbon Barrel Aged I Believe In Santa Porter will be on tap, with one dollar from each pour donated to Habitat for Humanity. Details at facebook.com/zaftigbeer
Ohio’s newest beer trail is the Cleveland Brewery Passport, a project promoted by Destination Cleveland. The passport booklet includes 30 breweries, mostly within the Cleveland city limits but including locations spanning from Avon in the west to Willoughby in the east. Prizes include a bottle opener for visiting eight breweries and a baseball cap for completing the passport. Pick up a booklet at any participating brewery and remember that you can work on the Cleveland Brewery Passport and the Ohio On Tap app simultaneously to earn more prizes!
Cheers to a year of beer from Saucy Brew Works! The Ohio City brewery will celebrate their first anniversary on Saturday, July 7 with a trio of barrel aged beers: Bourbon Barrel Aged Stout Drink You Russian Imperial Stout, Bourbon Barrel Aged Dead Nuts Pecan Porter and Rum Barrel Aged Stout Drink You Russian Imperial Stout. Party details at facebook.com/saucybrewworkscle
Hofbräuhaus Cleveland will tap their new seasonal beer today. Pilsner is a slightly spice forward, hoppy lager with some subtle citrusy notes. At 6:45 p.m., join honorary keg tapper Liz Ferro of Girls With Sole, an organization that helps at-risk girls participate in sports and health-oriented fitness activities. Details at hofbrauhauscleveland.com
Lockport Brewery announced plans to move into the Georgio’s Restaurant space, about a quarter-mile west of their current location in Bolivar. The new space will be built out with a larger, more capable brewhouse to meet growing demand. Plans call for the taproom to move to the new location after brewery construction is completed. Lockport intends to keep the current brewery for sour beer production, barrel-aging or for use as a private event space. Details at facebook.com/lockportbeer
Cheers to year of beer from Magic City Brewing Company in Barberton! The party kicks off today at 5 p.m. and runs through Saturday with live music and food trucks on hand. Magic City made a special brew for the occasion, Birfday Beer #1, a fruited sour checking in at a whopping 8% ABV. Free commemorative glassware is available while supplies last, one per person. Details at facebook.com/magiccitybrewingco
Double your pleasure today at MadCap Brew Co. in Kent and HiHO Brewing Co. in Cuyahoga Falls. The two breweries collaborated on two Double IPAs, MadHO and MadHO 2.0. Both dank and juicy double dry-hopped DIPA varieties will be on tap at each brewery’s taproom starting at 4 p.m. today.
Maumee Bay Brewing Co., along with the Ohio Environmental Council, will be commemorating the water crisis in Toledo by bringing back a very special beer on August 2. Alegae Bloom is a sour double IPA made with matcha powder and kiwi. Maumee Bay will brew a limited amount of this beer (with a portion of the profits being donated to water treatment/preservation) to help bring awareness to this environmental issue. Details at facebook.com/mbaybrew
Rick Armon, keeper of the Ohio Beer Blog and author of two books about Ohio beer – the most recent of which is the excellent Fifty Must-Try Craft Beers of Ohio – will be speaking at the Wood County District Public Library in Bowling Green on Wednesday, July 11. Bowling Green Beer Works founder and brewer Justin Marx will be sitting in to answer questions as well. After the talk, take the quarter-mile stroll from the library to the brewery and try the new Raspberry Saison or the flagship Full Pull Pale Ale. Details on the event at wcdpl.org
Cheers to three years of beers from Little Fish Brewing Company! To celebrate, the Athens brewery will be releasing two bottles at noon on Saturday, July 7. Estate #2 is a sour ale aged in a single “second use” bourbon barrel, then fermented a second time after adding hand-pressed apple cider. Woodthrush is a farmhouse-style bière de garde made with locally sourced ingredients and fermented with saison yeasts and 3 strains of Brettanomyces. More event details at facebook.com/littlefishbrewing
Buck’s Brewing Company debuted their new Irish Red ale this week. This well-rounded, balanced beer with a hint of malt sweetness is perfect for these beautiful, warm summer days ahead. Stop out to the Buck’s brewery taproom in Newark and get your passport stamps for the Columbus Ale Trail and Ohio On Tap app!
Bad Tom Smith Brewing announced this week that they’ll be moving their Cincinnati brewery and tap room from the Linwood neighborhood to Madisonville. They’ll be taking over the historic Fifth Third bank building on the corner of Madison Road and Whetsel Avenue. Owners John and Sheryl Lee Vojtush anticipate the move being complete by February of next year. Learn more about the development planned for Madisonville at wcpo.com
This weekend, Christian Moerlein Brewing Co. is offering a sneak peek of Cat’s Eye Hazy Eye-PA. The beer pours a golden yellow with substantial haze due to the high amounts of wheat malt and oats. Tropical fruit dominates the hop aroma and flavor with subtle notes of pineapple and citrus as well. Available starting today at the Christian Moerlein taproom in Over-the-Rhine, then find it at the Cat’s Eye Saloon in Athens during Ohio Brew Week, July 13-21.
Line up at Listermann Brewing Co. on Saturday, July 7 for two new NEIPA can releases. Hip Hop Battle is a collaboration with home brew contest winner Tim Lucarelli and features copious Citra and Mosaic hops. Hearts of Stone/Daddy-O is part of the King Records tribute series and features Centennial, Skyrocket and Zythos hops. Details at facebook.com/listermannbrewing
Congratulations to Roundhouse Depot Brewing Co., Ohio’s newest craft brewery! The Bellefontaine brewery will open to the public at noon on Saturday, July 7. Seven house-brewed beers will be on tap, most with railroad-themed names like Cleveland Crash of 1974, an amber ale named for the fatal wreck that took the life of train engineer and Bellefontaine native E.J. Koester. For the full tap list, visit facebook.com/roundhousebrewing
If you’re heading to Yellow Springs on Saturday, July 7 for Springsfest (featuring live music from Guided By Voices, Twin Peaks, Caamp and others), keep an eye out for the Yellow Springs Brewery truck, where they’ll be serving up Springsfest Pale Ale and several other offerings. Warped Wing and MadTree will also be slinging suds at the festival. Advance tickets still available at springsfestival.com