A little bit of this and a little bit of that this week ...
So long, Budweiser. Hello, Miller Lite and Great Lakes Brewing Co.
The Cleveland Indians have named Miller Lite as the official domestic beer of Progressive Field, while Great Lakes is the official craft beer at the stadium.
Miller Lite takes over from Budweiser, which had partnered with the Major League Baseball team since Progressive Field — then called Jacobs Field — opened in 1994. The left field porch at the park has been rebranded as the "Miller Lite Porch" and includes a "Proudly brewed in Ohio" sign. MillerCoors operates a brewery in Trenton, Ohio.
Meanwhile, Great Lakes, which is located just across the Lorain-Carnegie Bridge from the ballpark and is the state's oldest craft brewery, is excited by the new deal.
“Our partnership with the Indians continues to grow because of the very close and real relationships our organizations share, from ownership down," Great Lakes CEO Bill Boor said in a prepared statement. "It feels natural to continue our association with a great group of people who share our commitment to the region. We’re excited to build upon the success we’ve had bringing Cleveland’s hometown team and hometown brewery together.”
Financial terms and the lengths of the beer deals weren't announced.
Millersburg Brewing Co. is adding a new tangerine-focused seasonal to its can lineup.
Tangilicious, a blonde ale made with tangerine puree, will hit retail markets around Ohio in six-packs in mid-April. The six-packs will sell for $9.99.
The beer, which is 5 percent alcohol by volume, is available now on draft at the Millersburg brewery.
Millersburg made the beer at the end of summer last year on draft only “on a whim,” award-winning brewer Marty Lindon said. It went over so well that the brewery decided to package it in 12-ounce cans as a spring and summer seasonal this year.
“It’s very easy drinking,” Lindon said. “It’s not overly sweet. It’s not too dry. It still tastes like an ale but it has a really good tangerine flavor.”
Great Lakes Brewing, 2516 Market Ave., Cleveland, is hosting Cellar Night from 5 to 10 p.m. Saturday to celebrate the release of Barrel Aged Blackout Stout.
The event, which is free and open to the public, will feature a slew of barrel-aged releases: Barrel Aged Blackout Stouts from 2014-2019, 2017 Barrel Aged Christmas Ale, 2018 Barrel Aged Alberta Clipper Porter, 2017 Barrel Aged Tripel Dog Dare, 2017 Barrel Aged Barley Wine and 2019 Barrel Aged Cream Ale.
Five-ounce samples will go for $4, while 22-ounce bottles of 2019 Barrel Aged Blackout Stout will be sold for $17.95.
For full details, go to: www.greatlakesbrewing.com/CellarNight2019.
Thirsty Dog news
Thirsty Dog East Bank, 1085 Old River Road, Cleveland, received its state brewing permit last week. The brewpub opened in the fall of 2017, but hasn't brewed at the Cleveland location.
The upcoming Medina Beer Fest will showcase more than 20 breweries, including many small ones from Northeast Ohio.
The annual event — organized by Main Street Medina — is set for 6 to 10 p.m. April 12 at Williams on the Lake in Medina. The participating breweries are: Bad Tom Smith, Clubhouse, Elevator, Fat Head's, Franklin, HiHO, Ignite, Lager Heads, Laxton Hollow, Lock 15, Magic City, Masthead, Missing Falls, Mucky Duck, Muskellunge, Phoenix, Platform, R. Shea, Uniontown, Vine N Hop and Wrecking Crew.
In addition to the beer, the evening will include multiple raffles, games of chance, music, dancing and a chance to win a cooler full of more than 60 craft beers.
The Medina Beer Fest serves as a fundraiser for Main Street Medina, which promotes the Medina Historic District.
General admission tickets are $35, while VIP tickets are $45. The VIP tickets allow people to get in at 6 p.m.
For more details or to buy tickets, go to www.mainstreetmedina.com/beer-fest.html.
The Brewers Association last week released its second annual list of the 50 fastest-growing small and independent craft breweries in the country, with Fifty West Brewing Co. in Cincinnati coming in 49th. It was the only Ohio brewery to make the list.
“Fifty would have been a little more fitting being 50 West, but we’ll take 49,” co-founder Bobby Slattery said with a laugh.
Lake Time Brewery in Clear Lake, Iowa, was first. To see the full list, go to: www.brewersassociation.org/press-releases/fastest-growing-craft-breweries-2018/.
Rick Armon can be reached at 330-996-3569 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Read his daily beer blog at www.ohio.com/beer. Follow him on Twitter at @armonrickABJ.