JAFB Wooster Brewery took home the Best of Show honors Saturday at the annual Fat Head’s Celebration of the Hop India pale ale festival.
JAF IPA won the IPA category and then bested Columbus Brewing Co.’s Creeper, which won the double IPA category, for the top honor. Creeper also won People’s Choice.
JAFB, located in Wooster, recently celebrated its first anniversary and this was the first time it participated in the tasting and judged event, held at Fat Head’s Brewery & Saloon in North Olmsted.
“I didn’t expect that at all,” owner and brewer Paul Fryman said afterward, while holding a heavyweight belt traditionally given to the winner. “I’m excited. Personally I feel some of the best IPAs are brewed right here in Ohio so to win the Best of Show is something else.”
The competition included The Brew Kettle, Great Lakes, Rhinegeist, Willoughby, Three Floyds, Penn, Cellar Rats and others. Fat Head’s wasn’t eligible for its own competition.
The Stow-Munroe Falls Community Foundation, in conjunction with MadCap Brew Co. of Stow, will host an OktoBEERFest from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday at Silver Springs Lodge in Stow.
MadCap will offer four tastings, plus a 12-ounce souvenir glass. Tickets are $30, with $15 tax deductible.
MadCap brewers and owners Ryan and Gia Holmes and Bill Kalbaugh — all Stow-Munroe Falls High School graduates — will be there to explain the beers at the tasting.
The event, a fundraiser for the foundation, also includes food, German music and raffles. For more details or tickets, call 330-686-6218 or 330-688-1829.
Yahoo! Travel has compiled a list of the best fall beer festivals in the country, with Cleveland Beer Week (Oct. 18-29) getting a special mention.
The write-up about Cleveland Beer Week includes a photo of Akron’s Thirsty Dog Brewing Co. and co-owner John Najeway.
Others festivals mentioned include the Great American Beer Festival, Brooklyn Pour and San Diego Beer Week. To see the full list, go to: http://tinyurl.com/kmzhkqt.
Pint is a pint
A proposed state law in Michigan would require a pint of beer to really be a pint of beer.
The bill would prohibit bars and restaurants from advertising or selling a glass of beer as a pint unless it’s at least 16 ounces.
“… When people buy a pint and they’re served less than a pint, it strikes me as sort of low-level fraud,” state Rep. Jeff Irwin, D-Ann Arbor, told the website Michigan Live.