Homestead Beer Co., a production brewery and tasting room in Heath, has announced its first release of 22-ounce bottles. Its beer has previously been available only on draft. The first two bottled beers, available starting today (Oct. 11), are Claim Jumper IPA and Barnraiser Pale Ale.
"It's a great opportunity to introduce new people to our beers," master brewer Adam Rhodes said in a prepared statement. "The 22-ounce package is a great option for consumers and for breweries. It allows us to produce lots of unique beers and get them out to a wider audience than we can with draft alone."
Claim Jumper is a traditional American India pale ale created with a custom blend of Galena, Nugget and Columbus hops. It is 5.8 percent alcohol by volume.
Homestead Beer drescribed Barnraiser as "a throwback pale ale with a wonderful balance of malt, body, classic noble aromas and a thick, creamy head. A fantastic, sessionable ale." It is 5.4 percent alcohol by volume.
The beers are available at bottle shops in the Heath and Columbus areas, including Corner Stone Craft Beer & Wine, Weiland's Market, Savor Growl, Savor Market, The Beverage Source, Crafted Drafts and Granville Market. Claim Jumper IPA sells for a suggested price of $5.99 and Barnraiser Pale Ale for $4.99.
The plan is to keep two Homestead beers in bottles and rotate the brands so there's always something new for beer drinkers, Rhodes said. The brewery is still trying to determine which beers will be bottled next. Claim Jumper and Barnraiser should be available for at least the next three weeks, he said.