Rick Armon
Beacon Journal staff writer

Think you know a lot about the Ohio beer industry?

The Akron Beacon Journal will launch an online beer quiz Friday allowing you to put your knowledge to the test — and win prizes from Thirsty Dog Brewing Co. in Akron, Willoughby Brewing Co. in Willoughby and Havana House in Bath Township.

The multiple-choice quiz will be available at http://beerquiz.ohio.com. It features 10 questions a week for four weeks, and includes some video questions similar to those on Jeopardy.

Here’s a sample: When did the Anheuser-Busch brewery open in Columbus?

a) 1948

b) 1958

c) 1968

d) 1978

(See the answer at the bottom of this story.)

You have to register to win the prizes, which include gift cards and a neon Thirsty Dog sign. And you have to be at least 21 years old to be eligible.

For all the rules, go to the website. And good luck.

Garden Show tasting

The Medina County Home and Garden Show will feature a beer garden this year with the county’s own Lager Heads Brewery.

The main garden area at the show will have a German Biergarten theme. The show is 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. March 9 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 10 indoors at the Medina Fairgrounds.

In addition to the beer tasting, Lager Heads will present “Home Brewing 101” at 1:30 p.m. March 9 and culinary expert Stefanie Paganini will make beer soup and pretzels at 1:30 p.m. March 10.

For more details, including ticket prices, go to www.medinahomeandgardenshow.com.

Riverside tasting

Riverside Wine, 911 N. Mantua St., Kent, will hold a beer tasting from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday featuring Main Street Grille and Brewing Co. of Garrettsville.

Brewmaster Joe Kearns and assistant Mike Mallone will talk about the brewery and their beers. The tasting will feature 6-ounce samples of Black Ninja Black IPA, Gothbock Doppelbock and Main Street Joe Espresso Porter.

The cost is $10 and includes the tasting glass.

Beer samplers

•?Hoppin’ Frog Brewery in Akron released its new Karminator Imperial Doppelbock, a malty, German-style lager.

•?To help celebrate its 25th anniversary in September, Great Lakes Brewing Co. announced its bottled beers will feature a limited edition silver crown this year. The crown includes the words “25 Years.” The 25th anniversary seal also will appear on Great Lakes packaging and point-of-sale materials.

•?Boston Beer Co. founder Jim Koch has announced that Samuel Adams will soon be available in a can.

•?Answer: c) 1968.

Rick Armon can be reached at 330-996-3569 or rarmon@thebeaconjournal.com. Read his beer blog at www.ohio.com/blogs/the-beer-blog.