Streetside Brewery held a soft opening Friday.
On Saturday, the Cincinnati brewery took home the belt for serving up the best Ohio-made session beer at the King of Ohio competition.
Streetside — which has set its grand opening for Oct. 7 — won the “Best of Show” for its Raspberry Beret, a berliner weisse made with raspberries, at the statewide contest.
The King of Ohio, organized by a collection of four beer blogs across the state, was held in conjunction with the North Market Ohio Craft Brew Festival in Columbus.
The competition featured more than 60 session beers — those with 5 percent alcohol by volume or less — in a blind tasting.
Ohio brewers were invited to participate and could enter only one beer. The beers were separated into four categories: sours, session IPAs, lagers and ales, with the best of each earning a spot in the “Best of Show” judging.
Here are the winners:
Best of Show: Streetside Raspberry Beret
Best Sour: Streetside Raspberry Beret followed by Jackie O’s Petrichor and Fifty West Brett Is My Copilot.
Best Session IPA: Commonhouse Ales Summer Sesh followed by MadTree PSA and Maumee Bay Glass City Pale Ale.
Best Ale: Wolf’s Ridge Clear Sky Daybreak followed by Blank Slate Movin’ On and Numbers Apple Ale.
Best Lager: Willoughby Kaffee Kolsch followed by Hofbrauhaus Cleveland Light Lager and Homestead Pioneer Pilsner.
King of Ohio was organized by Pat’s Pints in Columbus, Brewminds in Cincinnati, Brew Review Crew from Toledo and myself.
The competition was the second King of Ohio. The first, held in 2014, focused on Ohio-made IPAs with Hoof Hearted Half Wet Musk of the Minotaur winning.
Another JAFB win
Pretty soon, Paul Fryman is going to have a different championship belt to wear every day of the week.
Fryman, the owner and brewer at JAFB Wooster Brewery, took home the grand championship belt Saturday at the Celebration of the Hop beer tasting at Fat Head’s Brewery & Saloon in North Olmsted.
It’s the third time in the last four years that Fryman won the belt.
“It was an honor, again,” he said. “I love that festival because it’s so focused.”
The annual event showcases IPAs and double IPAs.
JAFB won top honors for Rain Delay IPA — a beer that also took home a silver medal at last year’s Great American Beer Festival.
JAFB won for New Stunt IPA in 2014 and JAF IPA in 2013.
Here’s a look at all the winners:
Grand Champion: JAFB Rain Delay, followed by Willoughby Super Nova DIPA and Willoughby Hazy Days.
Best Specialty IPA: Lavery Apricot IPA, Lager Heads Relaxer and Platform Slayer IPA.
Best Double IPA: Thin Man Double IPA, Willoughby Super Nova DIPA and Seventh Son Proliferous DIPA.
Best IPA: JAFB Rain Delay, JAFB JAF IPA and Willoughby Hazy Days.
Best “Other” Hoppy: JAFB Coffee IPA, Old First Ward Short Sleeves Hoppy Wheat and JAFB Brighter Day Rye IPA.
Brewer Karl Spiesman loves the Cleveland Indians.
It’s the reason that Brick & Barrel in Cleveland has a beer called Bitter Chief IPA.
And a Big Chief Double IPA.
And a Little Chief Pale Ale.
Any longtime Tribe fan will recognize the nod to Chief Wahoo, the smiling cartoon Indian mascot that has taken a backseat in recent years because of criticism over racial insensitivity.
Spiesman, 36, who grew up in Painesville, is ecstatic with this year’s team, which won the Central Division this week, and decided to brew a beer to celebrate.
“This is awesome, right?” he said. “Even though we’re losing some great players [to injury], it’ll just make it even sweeter when we get there.”
The Central Run Imperial Red is on draft now at the brewery, 1844 Columbus Road. The beer is 8.9 percent alcohol by volume and 95 IBUs, a reference to the 1995 Division win.
Craft Beer Fest
The Stow-Munroe Falls Community Foundation will host its fourth annual Craft Beer Fest from 6 to 9 p.m. Oct. 7 at Heritage Barn in Stow.
The event will showcase beer from MadCap, Ohio, Rhinegeist and Anderson Valley and feature an all-you-can-eat buffet.
Tickets are $40 per person or $75 per couple. For tickets and reservations, call 330-677-0850 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mucky Duck brew
Mucky Duck Brewing Co., 4019 S. Main St., Green, will hold a release party from 5 to 10 p.m. Thursday for a new batch of its Schmuckster Honey Lager made with local honey and hops.
The honey came from a Green beekeeper while the hops were grown by Second Sons Hopyards in Canton.
Mucky Duck will donate $1 from every pint sold at the brewpub to the Honeybee Conservancy, a nonprofit focused on preserving the honeybee population.
Brew at the Zoo
The Akron Zoo will hold its fourth and final Brew at the Zoo this year from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday.
The event will showcase fall beers and wine from The Brew Kettle, Hoppin’ Frog, Mucky Duck, Rochester Mills, Fat Head’s, Thirsty Dog, Aqueduct, Maize Valley, Actual, R. Shea and Nauti Vine.
There also will be live music, a costume contest, animal trivia, apparel truck rockEVERYwear and food trucks Southern Thangs Grub Truck, Ye Olde School Treats-N-Eats, The Pierogi Lady and Stray Dog.
The entire zoo will be open.
Tickets are $25 for zoo members and $31 for nonmembers. People also will receive a souvenir cup. For more information or to register call 330-375-2550 ext. 7230 or click here. Only guests 21 and older are permitted.
Rick Armon can be reached at 330-996-3569 or email@example.com. Read his beer blog at Ohio.com/beer. Follow him on Twitter at @armonrickABJ.