Mike Malinowski wasn't sure how the transition from homebrewer to professional brewer would go.

Turns out, pretty well.

His Paradigm Shift Craft Brewery became a popular tasting room in Massillon in its first year. He also scored big at the Great American Beer Festival, taking home a bronze medal for Neighbor Girl, a Belgian-style tripel.

"It was awesome," Malinowski said, reflecting on the year. "I couldn't ask for anything more.

"I wasn't even sure people would pay to drink my beer. I had always given it away."

Paradigm Shift, 128 North Ave. NE, will celebrate its one-year anniversary starting at noon Dec. 1. The celebration kicks off with the release of a new Russian imperial stout. The beer, which has yet to be named, is 10 percent alcohol by volume.

People can expect a new beer to be released every two hours until 8 p.m. The new beers will include the Russian imperial stout aged with coffee and a coffee blonde.

The party also will feature live music, the Angry BBQ food truck and giveaways.

 

Drinking in the cold

Do you drink more in the winter? If the answer is yes, you're not alone.

A new study published in "Hepatology" found that people living in colder climates drink more than those in warmer regions. The University of Pittsburgh Division of Gastroenterology also tied the climate to binge drinking and alcoholic liver disease.

"It's something that everyone has assumed for decades, but no one has scientifically demonstrated it," senior author, professor of medicine at Pitt and Associate Director of the Pittsburgh Liver Research Center Dr. Ramon Batallerf said in a news release. "Why do people in Russia drink so much? Why in Wisconsin? Everybody assumes that's because it's cold.

"But we couldn't find a single paper linking climate to alcoholic intake or alcoholic cirrhosis. This is the first study that systematically demonstrates that worldwide and in America, in colder areas and areas with less sun, you have more drinking and more alcoholic cirrhosis."

The researchers noted that alcohol increases the flow of warm blood to the skin, meaning drinking can increase feelings of warmth — the reason those living in colder climates may be drinking more.

 

B.O.R.I.S. 300

Hoppin' Frog Brewery, 1680 E. Waterloo Road, Akron, always provides a much-needed respite for Black Friday shoppers. This year is no different.

The brewery will once again serve up chicken and waffles starting at 10 a.m. Friday and release a special Black Friday beer. This year's brew is Barrel Aged B.O.R.I.S. Batch 300, which will be available on draft and in 22-ounce bottles.

The beer, which is 9.4 percent alcohol by volume, was aged in bourbon, port and rum barrels. A bottle will go for $17.

The brewery also will have several special tappings: Bourbon Barrel-Aged Choco-Marsh Cafe B.O.R.I.S., Cherry Bitters Barrel-Aged T.O.R.I.S. Triple Oatmeal Stout, Bourbon Barrel-Aged B.O.R.I.S. BUFF and Barrel-Aged In-Ten-sity American-style Barleywine.

 

Don't forget

Missing Falls Brewery, 540 S. Main St., Akron, will hold its grand opening Saturday. The doors open at 11 a.m.

You can check out previous stories on the brewery and view a photo gallery at www.ohio.com/lifestyle/beer.

 

Christmas Ale

Great Lakes Brewing Co., 2516 Market Ave., Cleveland, will release 22-ounce bottles of its Barrel Aged Christmas Ale at its Gift Shop starting at 10 a.m. Wednesday.

The bottles are $17.95. The beer also will be available on draft at the brewpub.

 

Winter Warmer

The 13th annual Winter Warmer Fest is set for 2 to 5 p.m. March 9 at Windows on the River, 2000 Sycamore St., Cleveland.

Tickets go on sale Friday at www.ohiocraftbeer.org.

 

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