With the Major League Baseball season kicking off next week, it’s time to celebrate with a beer.
There are plenty of baseball-themed brews to choose from made right here in Ohio.
As you might expect as winter transitions into spring, several of these beers are lower in alcohol.
Here’s a quick rundown of what’s available around the state:
• Great Lakes Brewing Co., Cleveland: Rally Drum Red Ale. The 5.8 percent beer was made in honor of Tribe superfan John Adams. The beer has been available on draft only in previous years but the Cleveland brewery announced plans to release the beer in 16-ounce cans later this year.
• JAFB Wooster Brewery, Wooster: Rain Delay IPA. This 6.5 percent beer won a silver medal at the 2015 Great American Beer Festival. It’s available on draft only.
• Butcher and the Brewer, Cleveland: The Jake Cream Ale. Obviously, the 4.8 percent beer is a tribute to the home of the Cleveland Indians, which was once called Jacobs Field, or simply The Jake.
• Brick and Barrel, Cleveland: Bitter Chief IPA. Co-founder and brewer Karl Spiesman is a Cleveland Indians fan and the 6.9 percent Bitter Chief is a reference to Chief Wahoo.
• Market Garden Brewery, Cleveland: Wahoo Wit. It’s a 6 percent beer that also pays homage to Chief Wahoo.
• Forest City Brewery, Cleveland: Opening Day IPA. It’s 7.1 percent.
• Rhinegeist Brewery, Cincinnati: Hustle. It’s a 4.8 percent red lager. The name is a nod to Charlie Hustle himself, Pete Rose.
• Maumee Bay Brewing Co., Toledo: Broken Bat. The 4.5 percent beer is a kolsch.
• Pigskin Brewing Co., Gahanna: I Don’t Know Is On Third. It’s a 4.6 percent session IPA, with the name referring to the famous Abbott and Costello bit “Who’s on First.”
• MadTree Brewing Co., Cincinnati: Rounding Third. This red IPA is 6.5 percent.
The Cleveland Indians’ season begins Monday at the Texas Rangers. The home opener is April 11 against the Chicago White Sox.
Meanwhile, the Akron RubberDucks season begins April 6 at home against the Bowie Baysox.
Ken Stewart’s Grille, 1970 W. Market St., Akron, will host a five-course beer dinner at 6:30 p.m. Friday with Uinta Brewing Co. of Salt Lake City.
The dinner will feature pan-seared sea scallops paired with Golden Ale; strawberry and spinach salad with Farmside Saison; chili-glazed jumbo shrimp Lime Pils; pan-fried pork medallion with HopNosh; and tangerine espresso creme brulee with Baba Black Lager.
Tickets are $50, plus tax and tip. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 330-697-6917.
Hoppin’ Frog Brewery, 1680 E. Waterloo Road, Akron, will kick off its Turbo Shandy Celebration Week starting at 11 a.m. Saturday.
The brewery will offer several Turbo Shandy variations, including the original Citrus Ale, Bourbon Barrel Aged Citrus Ale, Tequila Barrel Aged Citrus Ale, Citrus Ale with fresh lime and strawberries, and Citrus Ale with coconut and pineapple.
Tour de Fat
New Belgium’s “Fat Tire presents the Tour de Fat” — a philanthropic beer, music and bike festival — will stop in downtown Cleveland this summer.
The event is slated to hit the House of Blues, 308 Euclid Ave., at 7 p.m. July 5 and will showcase Rainbow Kitten Surprise. The festival, now in its 18th season, kicks off May 20 in Asheville, N.C.
The Fort Collins, Colo.-based brewery hopes to raise more than $600,000 for local nonprofits during the tour, which will visit 33 cities nationwide.
Tickets are $15, plus fees. For more details, go to: www.newbelgium.com.
Rick Armon can be reached at 330-996-3569 or email@example.com. Read his beer blog at Ohio.com/beer. Follow him on Twitter at @armonrickABJ .