Columbus craft brewers are producing something special for Columbus Craft Beer Week -- a canned collaboration brew.
DysfunctionAle, a hoppy pale ale made at Columbus Brewing Co., will make its debut at the Giant Eagle Grandview Yard Market District on May 12, which also happens to be the kickoff date for Columbus Craft Beer Week.
Columbus brewers have made a collaboration beer before for the annual celebration, but this is the first time that the beer is being packaged. DysfunctionAle, which is 5.9 percent alcohol by volume, will be available in six-packs for $9.99 and on draft at brewery taprooms.
The can artwork was designed by Land-Grant Brewing Co. co-founder Walt Keys and all Columbus-area breweries had some input on the style and recipe.
"This is the definition of a collaboration beer," Ohio Craft Brewers Association spokesman Justin Hemminger said.
Columbus Brewing produced a 60-barrel batch. Half of it will be packaged, while the other half will be available on draft.
Columbus brewers gathered at the Columbus production brewery earlier this month to help make the beer. The event was attended by: Actual, Barley's, Brew Brothers, Buckeye Lake, Elevator, Four String, Grove City, Ill-Mannered, Kindred, Land-Grant, Lineage, North High, Pigskin, Platform, Ram, Seventh Son, Sideswipe, Wolf's Ridge and Zauber.
"We put the fun in dysfunctional," Ohio Craft Brewers Association Executive Director Mary MacDonald deadpanned about the name.
The group last year produced a saison brewed at North High.
Columbus owner and brewer Eric Bean said it made sense to make a different style. As for why they settled on a hoppy pale ale?
"Everybody in the group likes to drink them," he said.