Platform Beer Co. and Ferndock Brewing Co. will hold a special release party at 7 p.m. Nov. 7 for Sandusky Pale Ale -- the first beer made as part of Platform's incubator program that assists homebrewers interested in opening their own breweries.
Kyle Roth, who is co-launching Ferndock and going through the Cleveland brewery's program, brewed the beer on Platform's three-barrel system. He described it as a West Coast-style pale ale with Amarillo and Citra hops. It's nearly 6 percent alcohol by volume.
"I'm pretty excited about the whole process," Roth said about the upcoming release.
He noted that the beer has placed well in homebrewing competitions. It was originally called North Coast Pale Ale, but Roth and his partners opted to change the name after reaching out to the established North Coast Brewing Co. in Fort Bragg, Calif.
"They were nice about it but they recommended changing it," Roth said.
Platform and Ferndock -- technically the beer is under Platform's license -- are also taking Sandusky Pale Ale on the road with several tasting events in the Sandusky area. In addition to Platform, here's a rundown of where you can try the beer:
-- The Hearth Tavern in Sandusky at 7 p.m. Nov. 11.
-- The Historic Rieger Place in Sandusky at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 13.
-- The Volstead Bar in Sandusky at 8 p.m. Nov. 13.
-- Van Ness's Time Out Sports Bar in Fremont at 7 p.m. Nov. 14.
-- Small City Taphouse in Sandusky at 7 p.m. Nov. 15.
Roth will begin brewing a second beer at Platform next week. It's a Christmas ale with ginger, honey and cinammon that was designed by his brother Zac.
For more details on the incubator program, click here.