The U.S. craft beer industry is still growing at a dynamic clip, just not at the same rate as previous years.
The Brewers Association, the Boulder, Colo.-based trade group says production volume rose 8 percent during the first half of the year. That compares with a 13 percent increase all of last year and 18 percent the previous year.
“While the craft brewing industry is entering a period of maturation, most markets are not near saturation,” association chief economist Bart Watson said in a news release. “As craft’s base gets larger, as with any industry, it becomes more difficult for it to grow at the same percentage rate. Yet there is still tremendous dynamism reflected in 8 percent growth for craft.To read more or comment...
OH WOW! The Roger & Gloria Jones Children’s Center for Science & Technology in Youngstown will host its fifth annual Science of Brewing fest from 6 to 9 p.m. Aug. 5.
The event will feature beer tastings by Jackie O’s, Rust Belt, Southern Tier and Paladin, along with wine, liquor and food pairings. There also will be live music, workshops and demonstrations.
Tickets are $60.To read more or comment...
The event will feature the following breweries: Braxton, Rivertown, Blank Slate, Christian Moerlein, Rhinegeist, Mt. Carmel, Taft's, MadTree, Urban Artifact and Toxic Brew. There also will be food from Funky's catering and live music by the Buffalo Ridge Jazz Band.
"Many of the founding beer barons and their families are buried at Spring Grove, so it’s the perfect location for a celebration of the famous suds," organizers said in an email. "There are a variety of monuments representing brewers, distillers, malt makers, yeast makers and saloon owners that visitors can see by joining experience tour guides on motor coach tours of the cemetery during the afternoon."To read more or comment...
The eighth annual Scene Ale Fest returns Saturday (July 30) to Lincoln Park in Cleveland’s Tremont neighborhood.
The pet-friendly event, which runs from 1 to 7 p.m., will feature more than 130 beers from more than 60 breweries. There also will be food, games and live music by the Collage Band, Joe Morehead Band and Walk of Shame.
General admission tickets are $35 in advance or $45 at the door. VIP tickets, sponsored by The Brew Kettle and Cedar Point, are $55.To read more or comment...
Here’s another installment of Dear Rick ... You ask questions and I offer answers. This feature appears Mondays and will continue as long as the questions keep coming. You can hit me up by email at email@example.com or via Twitter at @armonrickABJ.
DEAR RICK: I just thought of a silly Ask Rick question. Since people who work in food manufacturing are generally required to wear hair nets, are all these brewers with their long beards required to wear beard nets to prevent little face follicles from ending up in my six-pack? — Cheryl Harrison
Dear Cheryl: First off, there are no silly questions. Just silly people.
Second off (that’s a saying, right?), I have never, ever found a beard hair in my beer. Considering the number of big bushy beards in the craft beer industry and the number of years that I’ve been drinking, I guess that’s a pretty good track record.
Knock on wood.To read more or comment...
The world famous Budweiser Clydesdales will clip clop through the Akron area next month.
The draft horses will make an appearance in Green and will once again parade through downtown Kent.
It’s been years since the horses, beer advertising icons, last came to the area. Their visits usually attract thousands of people.To read more or comment...
Bob Bollas is the ... well, his business card says "chief of zymurgy" ... at Fibonacci Brewing Co. in Mt. Healthy. The nanobrewery will celebrate its one-year anniversary next week. In case you're wondering, the brewery's name is a reference to Leonardo Pisano, the Italian mathematician who introduced the decimal number system to the Latin-speaking world and the Fibonnaci mathematical sequence.
Question: Why did you become a brewer?
Answer: I started exploring the world of craft beer right around the time I was finishing college in the early 2000s. However, I've never been able to simply enjoy something for what it is … if I were truly going to appreciate craft beer, I needed to understand HOW it was created. Therefore, I started reading about brewing (the science, the processes, etc) almost immediately but didn't actually brew any beer for years. My wife got tired of listening to me talk about brewing and bought me my first beer kit for my birthday in July 2007. I think I brewed six batches of beer the first month I had the kit. I was quickly hooked.To read more or comment...
The Jackson Township brewery will provide a kolsch-style ale called Blurred Vision.
“We are excited for the opportunity and think this is a really creative way for an international brand to support a local business," Royal Docks owner John Bikis said in a news release. "The recent growth in the area and ongoing Pro Football Hall of Fame project are providing some amazing opportunities not just for Royal Docks and
this hotel but the entire county.”
Here are some interesting Ohio beer stories:
-- The Dayton Daily News reports on a new brewpub planned for Beavercreek. The Wandering Griffin could open as early as October. To read the full story, click here.
-- Cleveland.com reports that the Avon Brewing Co. and Grille plans to open next month in Avon. The same story also mentions Railroad Brewing Co. planning to open in the community. To read the full story, click here.To read more or comment...
Nobody knows that better than John Chandler, the owner and brewer at Paladin Brewing Co. in Austintown Township.
He was diagnosed with adenocarcinoma at the same time he was launching his brewery last year. He lost an eye to the disease and it ravaged his sense of taste. But his passion for brewing never wavered.To read more or comment...