Missing Mountain Brewing Co. will celebrate its one-year anniversary with three days of special beer releases, live music and food specials.
"For sure, it's been a great year," said co-founder and brewer Keith McFarlane, who launched the brewery with longtime friends Dave Bertolotti, Dan Kephart and Danny Yagersz.
The brewery, 2811 Front St., Cuyahoga Falls, will kick off the celebration at 2 p.m. Friday (June 7) with the release of Wes Mantooth hazy IPA and Speed Wobble hazy double IPA in four-packs of 16-ounce cans. Anyone who buys a case will receive a commemorative glass.
Wes Mantooth will sell for $14.99, while Speed Wobble is $16.99.
On Saturday, there will be a boatload of fruited goses, including blackberry lime; cherry; blood orange, pineapple, mango, passionfruit and guava; and plum, black currant, blackberry and boysenberry versions.
"We have 19 taps we can use and we're going to try to keep them full of our beer," McFarlane said.
Missing Mountain, which overlooks the Cuyahoga River, also will offer brunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. McFarlane said he expects brunch to become a regular feature at the brewery.
Asked to name a highlight from the first year, McFarlane hesitated.
"The first three months were such a blur," he said. "We were working so many hours."
He also cited the collaborative nature of the craft beer industry, noting the friendships gained with brewers from Sandy Springs, HiHO, Magic City, MadCap and Akronym.
Missing Mountain doesn't have flagship beers. But, McFarlane said Zwickle Trickle, a hazy pale ale, and Prince Juice, a raspberry cream ale, have proven the most popular so far.
As for what's expected in year two? The brewery has purchase a 20-barrel brite tank and 20-barrel fermenter to help bump up production and push more beer out for distribution.
"We're going to continue to work on making great beer and be innovative about it," McFarlane said.
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