Elmer “Goose” Steingass is living the dream — at least the dream of every man or woman who has ever brewed a five-gallon batch of beer at home.
Steingass, 60, a retired radio and television engineer from Wooster, now works at Akron’s Hoppin’ Frog Brewery, one of the best-rated breweries in the world.
But no, that isn’t the dream part.
Steingass, who has been a longtime homebrewer, brought in a rye India pale ale for owner and award-winning brewer Fred Karm and his fellow workers to sample.
“We were all floored by it,” Karm said. In fact, the beer was so tasty that Karm decided to brew it and sell it.
Hopped-Up Goose Juice Rye IPA, which is made with motueka hops from New Zealand, will be released Friday at the brewery. It will be available in 22-ounce bottles and cost $7.99.
“I am just totally flattered and excited about it,” said Steingass, who picked up his Goose nickname during a fraternity initiation at the College of Wooster. “Just the idea of having one of my recipes brewed commercially blows me away. That’s the pinnacle of homebrewing achievement.”
His recipe also has made the finals of the National Homebrew Competition this year. (The winners will be announced in June.)
Karm said the close-knit group of brewery workers are pumped to be making a beer created by one of their own.
“It’s really cool that we’re able to bring something like this to the market,” he said.
Stark County beer tasting
The Arc of Stark County will hold its inaugural Rhythm & Brews beer tasting from 6 to 9:30 p.m. June 14 at the Cultural Center for the Arts in Canton.
Drinkers will be able to sample beers from Esber Beverage, Heidelberg Distributing Co., Anheuser-Busch Sales of Canton, Ohio Brewing Co. and others.
Tickets are $35 and include beer samples, food and entertainment. Tickets for those who choose not to take part in the beer tasting are $20 and include soft drinks and appetizers.
All proceeds support the programs and services of The Arc of Stark County, a nonprofit organization that helps people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families.
For more details or to purchase tickets, call 330-492-5225.
The Spoetzl Brewery — known for making the Shiner beer brand — has released a new craft beer in Ohio. Shiner Wild Hare Pale Ale is now available in the Cleveland, Cincinnati and Dayton markets.
Spoetzl says Shiner Wild Hare is the first ale made by the brewery in its 103-year history.
Rick Armon can be reached at 330-996-3569 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Read his beer blog at www.ohio.com/blogs/the-beer-blog.