MadTree Brewing Co. — the first modern craft brewery to can its beer in the state — launched distribution this week in Northeast Ohio.

“We’ve always had our eye on the market,” said co-founder Brady Duncan, who grew up in Massillon. “We’ve just not had the beer to supply it.”

The Cincinnati brewery recently opened a new 100-barrel brewery and tasting room — affectionately known as MadTree 2.0 — allowing it to expand its distribution footprint in Ohio and Kentucky.

“Northeast Ohio consumers are very intelligent and discerning beer drinkers,” Duncan said. “Being from the area, I’m very excited to get beer up there. I think the market will respond well to our beer as we take quality very seriously but we also like to have a good time.”

Northeast Ohio will see MadTree’s four core beers in both cans and on draft: PsycHOPathy IPA, Lift, Happy Amber and PSA. There also will be some Shade and Entropic Theory IPA available. The brewery said seasonal beers in its Chef Series, and Trunk and Funk Series also will be available in limited quantities at bars, restaurants and retailers.

Blood Orange PsycHOPathy will arrive in a couple of weeks.

MadTree is hosting a series of launch parties throughout the region, and is donating a portion of the proceeds to the Renee Jones Empowerment Center, a Cleveland nonprofit that helps troubled and low-income adults and children.

To check out the full list of events, go to: http://madtreebrewing.com/cle.

Happy anniversary

Hoppin’ Frog Brewery is turning 11 this week.

To celebrate the anniversary, the Akron brewery, 1680 E. Waterloo Road, released Bourbon Barrel-Aged Sippin’ Into Darkness American-Style Chocolate Martini Imperial Stout. (Which just might be the longest name ever for a beer.)

The beer, which is 12 percent alcohol by volume, is a collaboration brew made with Lervig Aktiebryggeri in Stavanger, Norway.

“This beer tastes so good because it pulls so much flavor out of the barrels,” owner and brewer Fred Karm said.

It’s available on draft and in 22-ounce bottles for $15.99.

New Oktoberfest

Ohio Brewing Co. and Annabell’s Bar & Lounge are launching the inaugural Highland Square Oktoberfest.

The event, set for 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sept. 9, will feature vendors, food, live music and a beer garden. It will be held in two locations in the Akron neighborhood: outside the Ohio brewpub on South Highland Avenue and behind Annabell’s.

The Highland Square Oktoberfest will highlight, as you might expect, Ohio Brewing beers, including the seasonal Ohiofest.

The event is free to attend, but people must be 21 to be admitted to the beer garden. Beer and food tickets will be sold, with profits benefiting American Legion Post 19.

Ohio co-owner Chris Verich, who lives in the neighborhood, said he decided to host the event after he learned that Square Fest won’t be held this year. “I figured there would be a void left in the community,” he said.

The Oktoberfest will not be the size of Square Fest, but more of a “little block party,” he said.

Cleveland Oktoberfest

The Cleveland Labor Day Weekend Oktoberfest returns Friday through Monday at the Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds in Berea.

In addition to plenty of German brews, the event showcases a craft beer garden from 4 p.m. to midnight Friday, 2 p.m. to midnight Saturday and Sunday, and 2 to 8 p.m. Monday.

A beer competition and awards ceremony will be held Friday night. There also is a people’s choice award.

The following Northeast Ohio breweries are participating: the Brew Kettle, Brick and Barrel, Double Wing, Christian Moerlein, Cornerstone, Fat Head’s, Goldhorn, Granite City, Great Lakes, Lager Heads, Market Garden, Masthead, Nano Brew, Platform, Portside, Rocky River, Sibling Revelry, Thirsty Dog and Willoughby.

Tickets are $12 at the gate. For more details, including discounted tickets, go to: www.clevelandoktoberfest.com.

Samuel Adams event

Samuel Adams will host a two-day OctoberFest next month at Voinovich Bicentennial Park along Lake Erie in downtown Cleveland.

The event, featuring beer, food, games and live music, takes place from 4 to 10 p.m. Sept. 29 and 3 to 10 p.m. Sept. 30. The Friday music lineup features the Strumbellas and Corey Harper, while the Kongos and City of the Sun will entertain Saturday.

Samuel Adams is promising a hops slide, lawn games and stein hoisting competition.

Pre-sale general admission tickets are $30, while VIP tickets are $55 for each day. Two-day general admission tickets are $50, while two-day VIP tickets are $100.

Cleveland is one of five cities around the country hosting a Samuel Adams OctoberFest. The others are: Denver, Chicago, New York City and Boston.

For more details, go to: www.samueladams.com/octoberfest/cleveland.

Rick Armon can be reached at 330-996-3569 or rarmon@thebeaconjournal.com. Read his beer blog at Ohio.com/beer. Follow him on Twitter at @armonrickABJ.