Jackie O's Pub & Brewery in Athens will hold its seventh anniversary party combined with a bottle release Dec. 15. The brewpub will have an eye-popping 40 Jackie O's beers on draft for the celebration and will have seven bottled beers available for purchase.
"We're going to have a big weekend," brewer Brad Clark told me during a visit to Athens this week. "We're packaging a ton of barrel aged beers."
The seven bottled beers will be: Bourbon Barrel Aged Dark Apparition, Bourbon Barrel Aged Brick Kiln, Rum Barrel Aged Brick Kiln, Bourbon Barrel Aged Skipping Stone, Rum Barrel Aged Oil of Aphrodite, Thorogood and Oaky Golden Pucker, a sour that was aged for 46 months.
As usual, the brewpub has several tasty and unusual beers on draft. They include Dark Apparition Nuts, a Russian imperial stout aged with pecans, walnuts, cashews, hazelnuts and almonds; Dark Apparition Kopi Luwak, the imperial stout aged on the world's most expensive coffee; and Moustache Melter, a pale ale infused with habanero peppers. (If you're not familiar with Kopi Luwak, it's the coffee bean gathered from the excrement of the civet, a wild cat-like animal.)
Meanwhile, the Jackie O's production brewery is getting closer to opening. The majority of eqiupment is in place, including the 20-barrel Newlands Systems brewhouse. Owner Art Oestrike said he hopes to be producing beer there before the end of the year but wouldn't be surprised if it's early next year.
The production brewery will include a tap room -- which features a gorgeous bar crafted by American Elm Workshops -- and outdoor patio area. The plan is still to distribute draft beer at first to the Athens and Columbus areas, and then in a month or so offer cans as well. When asked when Jackie O's might hit the Cincinnati, Cleveland another other markets, Oestrike said it's important to serve the local community first and not overextend the brewery. The production brewery will offer three beers initially for distribution: Firefly Amber Ale, Mystic Mama and Chomolungma.