Ohio is home to nearly 50 breweries — from massive production facilities pumping out much-loved national brands to tiny operations making less than a barrel at a time. And last year, my job was to visit them all. A tough job, indeed. The result — besides a thank-you card from my liver — was Ohio Breweries, a new travel book (Stackpole Books, $19.95) that profiles every brewery in the state. Over four short months, I put more than 7,000 miles on my Toyota Rav4 and sampled more than 400 Ohio-made beers. Some were fantastic. Some all right. A few downright ugly ... To read the full story featured in Wednesday's Akron Beacon Journal about my travels, click here.
I also wrote a short piece that recommends eight Ohio-made beers that every beer drinker should try. Are they necessarily the best in the state? Maybe not. But among the hundreds that I tasted along the way, they stood out for one reason or another. I'm sure this short list will spark some debate. Feel free to call me nuts. To read the list that appears in Wednesday's Beacon Journal, click here.