The phone call came as a little bit of a shock. Great Lakes Brewing Co. was on the line and wanted to know if Nate Cornett was interested in putting together a collaboration beer for Dayton Beer Week.
Cornett, owner of the Yellow Springs Brewery in Yellow Springs, didn’t hesitate.
“S--- yeah, we’d definitely love to do something,” he said about his initial reaction.
Night Tide American Dark Ale is now available at the Yellow Springs brewery, Lucky’s Taproom and Eatery in Dayton, Chappys Tap Room and Grille in Dayton, and Jimmie’s Ladder 11 in Dayton. It also will be served at AleFest on Saturday.
“It’s not overly roasted. It’s very pleasant. It’s not overly hoppy. It’s got a nice overall balance to it,” Cornett said in describing the beer.
He and Yellow Springs brewer Jeffrey McElfresh are big Great Lakes fans, especially of Edmund Fitzgerald Porter. That’s why they wanted to collaborate on a darker brew.
Great Lakes brewer Luke Purcell visited Yellow Springs to help make the beer, which is 5.2 percent alcohol by volume and includes Equinox hops and Midnight Wheat malt. It's available only on draft.
Cornett, whose brewery won a silver medal at the 2013 Great American Beer Festival for a smoke beer, was thrilled to collaborate with Cleveland-based Great Lakes, one of the largest and most well-respected craft breweries in the U.S. Yellow Springs opened last year.
“It was a huge compliment to us,” he said. “I’m very excited and humbled.”
Unfortunately for Great Lakes fans in Northeast Ohio, the brewery said it has no plans to release the beer in the Cleveland market.