After weeks upon weeks in the tank, the Oktoberfest Märzen Lager from Wolf’s Ridge Brewing is finally ready. The downtown Columbus brewery will hold a public party on Saturday, September 1 in their new Hickory Room events space. Wolf’s Ridge will have 1-liter steins for sale at the event while supplies last. Oktoberfest will be available on draft and in 500 mL bottles to go. Full details at facebook.com/wolfsridgebrew
2 Tones Brewing started construction of their new brewery and taproom in Whitehall this week. The 2-year-old production-only brewery announced the move to the 3,400-square-foot facility at 4539 E. Broad St. earlier this year. 2 Tones hopes to open their new public taproom by November 1. Read more at thisweeknews.com
Cowboy Bernie, the new Imperial IPA from Columbus Brewing Company, hits store shelves this week. Prominently featuring experimental Bru-1 hops from Brulotte Farms, Cowboy Bernie has a refreshing, firm bitterness and aromas of orange, orchard fruit, pineapple and spice. CBC beers will soon be available in Northwest Ohio as well, as the brewery inked a distribution deal this week.
Destination Cleveland will once again have a booth at the Great American Beer Festival in Denver next month, and this time they’ll be pouring a uniquely Cleveland beer. Shoreway IPA is a collaboration hazy IPA brewed at Terrestrial Brewing with input from 16 other Cleveland breweries. It’ll be on tap at Terrestrial’s Battery Park taproom for a very limited time starting today. Marc Bona has the full scoop at cleveland.com
Working Class Brewery will feature several of their special release stouts this Saturday, September 1, including Peanut Butter, Coconut, Cinnamon Chipotle, Vanilla, Hazelnut, and Coffee. $1 from the sale of each pint of stout will benefit the Cleveland Animal Protective League. The Working Class Stout Fest starts at 2 p.m. at the brewery tasting room in Kamm’s Corners. Details at facebook.com/ohioworkingclassbrewery
The Albino Stout at the Butcher & the Brewer is one of those “must-try” beers. So when the downtown brewery announced this week that they’ve released an Imperial Albino Stout with double the malt, chocolate, vanilla and coffee, it was a little more than intriguing. Try this 10% monster white oat ale and celebrate the Butcher & the Brewer’s four years of beers!
Cheers to three years of beers from Royal Docks Brewing Co.! They’ll be celebrating in a big way at their new brewery facility in North Canton: Docktoberfest happens Saturday, September 1 and features live music by Michael Glabicki of Rusted Root. Try some very fresh Dare IPA and check out Royal Docks’ huge new brewery. Advance tickets on sale now with proceeds benefiting the county arts council, ArtsinStark. Details at facebook.com/royaldocksbrewing
Cheers to three years of beers from R.Shea Brewing in Akron! The celebration actually kicked off earlier this week, but continues through the weekend with the release of Death by Smoothie w/Peach & Mango today, Blood Orange Double Citra IPA on Saturday, and barrel aged Carbon Black Imperial Stout w/Tart Raspberry, Vanilla and Cocoa Nibs on Sunday. Details at rsheabrewing.com
Ignite Brewing Company announced expanded public hours starting this week. After months of construction, the Barberton brewery and taproom is sparkling new and ready for you to view. Ignite is now open at 3 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and at noon on Saturday and Sunday. For more information, visit ignite.beer
The Ohio Craft Brewers Association’s Executive Committee has appointed Shannon Mohr to the OCBA Board of Directors. Mohr, the sales & marketing manager for Maumee Bay Brewing Company in Toledo, will assume the seat of Black Cloister Brewing Company’s Tom Schaeffer, who resigned from the board to focus on his ecclesiastical duties as a Lutheran pastor. Mohr will serve the remainder of Schaeffer’s term, which expires in July 2019.
Earnest Brew Works has been growing at a steady pace since opening in south Toledo in late 2016, and continues to add fermentation capacity to meet demand. With regional growth in mind, Earnest signed a distribution contract to provide kegs to retailers in the Toledo market. Starting next week, five beers will be available to draft accounts around the city. Rick Armon has the story at ohio.com
Jackie O’s Brewery will release Cellar Cuvée 11, a blend of 5 barley wine-esque bourbon barrel aged beers, today at 11 a.m. The beers used in this year’s bottling were Brick Kiln, Skipping Stone, Iron Furnace, Matriarch, and a 100% Maris Otter malt barley wine that is yet to be released. The finished beer embodies a tootsie roll soaked in tawny port and encased in torched sugar. This is an Athens-only release, available exclusively at the brewery taproom, public house and brewpub locations. Details at facebook.com/jackieosbrewery
This Saturday, Maple Lawn Brewery will again host a guest brewers tap takeover at the brewery in Pomeroy, with nine new beers making their debut. Homebrewers from Ohio, Kentucky and West Virginia were invited to brew their recipes at Maple Lawn for the event. The resulting beers run the gamut of styles, from stouts to hoppy pales, with some surprises in between. Beers will be tapped at noon; for details on the beers and brewers, check the feed at facebook.com/maplelawnbrew
Rhinegeist’s light and bright Lager, Cheetah, will be released in six packs starting next week, joining 12 packs that have been available for the past month. The expansion of Cheetah cans into the market means another of Rhinegeist’s big cats, Cougar blonde ale, will be removed from the core can lineup. Fear not, Cougar lovers: the brewery says they’re still planning on releasing it on draft occasionally. For more info on the new Cheetah lager, check out the blog at rhinegeist.com
How have we gone eight months on this blog without once mentioning a dunkelweizen? Lucky for us, Nine Giant Brewing brought their dunkel, Like Clockwork, back on tap this week. All the wonderful banana and clove Hefeweizen goodness, but with a beautiful, rich caramel malt backbone. Try this underappreciated but outstanding beer style on draft at Nine Giant’s Pleasant Ridge brewpub.
DogBerry Brewing has a new hoppy treat on tap for you this week. Initial Solution IPA pairs crisp, dank, resinous Apollo hops with Ekuanot hops for lush citrus aromas. Available on draft at DogBerry’s West Chester brewery taproom. Don’t forget to get your Ohio On Tap passport stamp while you’re there!
If you’ve ever taken the brewery tour at Lock 27 Brewing, you’ve undoubtedly come across Stumpf, the game in which players try to hammer their opponents’ nails into a stump. If you’re feeling good about your manual dexterity, you’ve got the opportunity to be crowned the Stumpf champion at Lock 27’s Loktoberfest. Qualifying rounds will be held on Saturday, September 8 at both the downtown and Centerville locations. The championship competition is on Saturday, September 15. For registration info, go to facebook.com/lock27brewing
Here’s a great way to save money on tickets to Ale-O-Ween, the Ohio Craft Brewers Association’s Halloween-themed beer festival: the Ale-O-Ween Six Pack! Get six regular or early admission tickets for the price of five. Ale-O-Ween will be held at The Steam Plant in downtown Dayton on Saturday, October 20. Start dreaming up your group costume ideas and get your tickets now at ohiocraftbeer.org/ale-o-ween