Hoppin’ Frog Brewery in Akron has once again been selected as one of the best breweries in the world.

Ratebeer.com last week released its 2012 rankings for breweries and beers.

Hoppin’ Frog was 20th, and the brewery’s Barrel Aged B.O.R.I.S. the Crusher was ranked as the 32nd best beer on the planet.

“We’re very proud,” brewery owner and brewer Fred Karm said.

He’s no stranger to top rankings. His brewery has been in Ratebeer.com’s top 100 for five years.

Two other Ohio breweries made the list. Great Lakes Brewing Co. in Cleveland came in at 45th and Jackie O’s Pub & Brewery in Athens was 56th.

Ratebeer.com considers its beer competition the largest in the world with more than 140,000 beers from more than 12,000 breweries worldwide analyzed.

For the record, Three Floyds Brewing was the top-ranked brewery and Westvleteren 12 was rated as the best beer.

RateBeer.com also handed out awards for beer bars, brewpubs, beer retailers, restaurants for beer and breweries to visit. Many Ohio spots were highlighted and you can see them at www.ratebeer.com/RateBeer?Best/.

Collaborative brew

TBA finally has an ETA.

TBA, a collaboration beer made by Fat Head’s Brewery & Saloon, Stone Brewing Co. and Bear Republic Brewing Co., will be released Feb. 15.

The beer — and yes, TBA really is the name — is an “extra hoppy brown ale” made with brown sugar and molasses. It will be available on draft at Fat Head’s in North Olmsted and select beer joints and in six-packs at the brewpub and beer stores.

“The collaboration project at Stone was one of the most memorable and rewarding experiences of my brewing career,” Fat Head’s brewer Matt Cole said. “Connecting with respected peers and developing something new and unique can be challenging. Each brewer adds a different component, which ultimately leads to something completely new.”

New Bud Light

Bud Light Platinum — a new beer from Anheuser-Busch InBev that targets “trendy” beer drinkers — hit store shelves on Monday.

The company describes the brew this way: “It’s smooth, bold and effortlessly sophisticated, but with the drinkability that consumers expect from a light beer.”

The beer, which comes in a blue bottle, has 6 percent alcohol by volume, compared with 4.2 percent in the standard Bud Light.

Winter Warmer Fest

The Ohio Craft Brewers Association will host the sixth annual Winter Warmer Fest from 2 to 6 p.m. Feb. 25 at Windows on the River in Cleveland.

The event will feature 50 hearty winter brews. The cost is $35 and includes 20 four-ounce samples, appetizers and music by Austin Walkin’ Cane.

For more details or tickets, go to: http://winterwarmer?fest.eventbrite.com/.

Welcome Columbus

Columbus Brewing Co. in Columbus has announced plans to start distributing in Northeast Ohio.

Launch parties are planned at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Lizardville in Bedford Heights, 6 p.m. Wednesday at 101 Bottles in Kent, and 6 p.m. Thursday at the Buckeye Beer Engine in Lakewood.

Samplers

• Great Lakes Brewing Co. in Cleveland has won medals for its Blackout Stout, Edmund Fitzgerald Porter and Christmas Ale at the 2012 World Beer Championships conducted by the Beverage Testing Institute of Chicago.

• Draft magazine has released its 2012 edition of “America’s 100 best beer bars.” The list includes the Buckeye Beer Engine in Lakewood, La Cave Du Vin in Cleveland Heights and McNulty’s Bier Markt in Cleveland. The magazine also gives a special nod to the Winking Lizard Tavern chain.

• Four String Brewing Co., the state’s newest brewery, has opened in Columbus. Check out the website here: http://fourstringbrewing.com.

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