Looking for a taste of an Ohio-made, high-alcohol beer?
There will be several available soon. Here are some of your options:
•?Royal Docks Brewing Co. in Jackson Township has the 13.1 percent Vlad the Impaler, an imperial stout, available on draft now.
•?Hoppin’ Frog Brewery in Akron will release its 13.8 percent T.O.R.I.S. the Tyrant, a triple oatmeal imperial stout, on draft and in 22-ounce bottles Wednesday.
•?Thirsty Dog Brewing Co. in Akron plans to have a yet-to-be-named Belgian golden strong, which is 15 percent and will be sold in 750-milliliter bottles, available soon.
The brewery also will have a bourbon barrel-aged English barley wine, clocking in at 18 percent, available in the winter.
•?Listermann Brewing Co. in Cincinnati is working on Huge Beer 37 — the name is a nod to House Bill 37. The beer is now aging in brandy barrels and the brewery isn’t sure how high the alcohol by volume will be.
•?Zaftig Brewing Co. in Columbus will release Ol’ Harvey, a 16 percent Russian imperial stout on Sept. 4. The brewery has plans for other higher alcohol beers.
•?Willoughby Brewing Co. in Willoughby produced Legislation Ale the last time that Ohio changed the legal limit from 6 percent to 12 percent. Willoughby plans to brew it again and release it over the winter.
Jackie O’s Brewery in Athens and Actual Brewing Co. in Columbus also are working on high-alcohol beers.
Actual founder Fred Lee said he’s challenged four of his brewers to work on recipes. He’s also putting out a challenge to other Ohio brewers to see how high they can go.
“I want to see the highest that Ohio brewers can really do,” he said.
Rick Armon can be reached at 330-996-3569 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Read his beer blog at www.ohio.com/beer. Follow him on Twitter at @armonrickABJ.