The Jolly Scholar is expanding off campus.

The craft brewery, located at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, plans to open a brewpub in Richfield Township later this year.

The two-barrel nanobrewery, called Craft by The Jolly Scholar, will emphasize barrel aging, wild fermentation and "historic, quirky beers," along with serving beers made at the original location, founder Matt Vann said. He also plans to create a "bottle club," producing a couple of special beers a month for people to take home.

Meanwhile, the restaurant will focus on "world-class barbecue," with a limited menu of chicken, ribs, pork and brisket, he said. There are plans for steak nights, as well.

"We want to put our best foot forward," Vann said.

The family friendly brewpub will be located on the first floor of a lodge-like building in a rural setting at 3404 Brecksville Road. The building, which sits back from the road, also houses Dental Ceramics Inc. and overlooks a pond.

Vann wasn't looking to open a second location. In fact, he was reluctant to do so. But he said he was convinced by John Lavicka, the owner and president of Dental Ceramics, to visit the site. Lavicka referred questions to Vann.

"Once I saw the property, I could see it," Vann said. "I fell in love with it."

The brewpub will occupy about 3,500 square feet and have seating for about 80 people. Vann said he hopes the new site will open between October and December.

The Jolly Scholar is known for its low beer prices because of its location on a college campus — a pint goes for $3.99. Vann expects the prices to be low at the new location, too, with a beer possibly selling for $4.99.

"Maybe I’ve been on these college campuses too long," he said with a laugh. "Maybe I’m too cheap. I don't know. I kind of like the value side of things and I kind of like the volume side of things as well."

For more details on the Jolly Scholar, check out: www.thejollyscholar.com.

 

Pride beer

Wadsworth Brewing Co. and Missing Falls Brewery are releasing a new collaboration beer called Born This Way Raspberry Pale Ale in honor of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) Pride Month.

Pride Month is in June.

The beer, made at Missing Falls, will be released at both breweries on Friday. Wadsworth, 126 Main St., Wadsworth, will tap it at 12:30 p.m. Missing Falls, 540 S. Main St., Akron, will tap it at 4 p.m. 

Both breweries also are donating a portion of the proceeds to benefit the new Summa Pride Clinic opening in Akron's Chapel Hill neighborhood that will be dedicated to serving the LGBTQ community.

Born This Way, which is 5.5% alcohol by volume, was the brainchild of Wadsworth co-founder and brewer Ernie Joy. He and wife Ericha Fryfogle-Joy's son Liam is transgender.

Joy said he wanted to celebrate and show his support for the LGBTQ community.

"As the dad of a transgender individual, I witnessed my child struggle with their identity for over a decade," he said. "When Liam officially began identifying as Liam, it was as if a cloud had been lifted from him and our family. He was happier and more confident than I had seen him in years.

"Born This Way is a celebration of the LGBTQ community and also a proud father showing his Pride for his son. Missing Falls was a great collaborator and were 100% in from the moment I shared my motivation with them."

 

Happy anniversary

Missing Mountain Brewing Co. will celebrate its first 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 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 proved the most popular so far.

As for what's expected in year two? The brewery has purchased 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.

 

Happy anniversary II

Working Class Brewery, 17448 Lorain Ave., Cleveland, will celebrate its second anniversary from noon to midnight Saturday.

The brewery will release its first double IPA called The Mailman as part of the celebration. The beer, which will be available on draft only, features Simcoe and Azacca hops. It’s 9% alcohol by volume and — as the brewery says — there are “too many IBUs to print.”

 

Frye-PA

Sibling Revelry Brewing, 29305 Clemens Road, Westlake, has released its new collaboration beer Frye-PA Fruited IPA with former professional basketball player Channing Frye.

Six-packs are available for purchase for $10.99 at the brewery. Proceeds will benefit the Athletes Vs. Crohn’s & Colitis.

Frye retired this year from the Cavaliers after a 13-year NBA career.

 

Cookie tasting

The Lodi Library, 635 Wooster Road, Lodi, is hosting a special beer pairing showcasing Girl Scout cookies and Wadsworth Brewing Co.

The program, called "We Cheer for Beer," is set for 4 p.m. June 29. The beer pairing is free but limited to those 21 and over. It was close to being full late last week.

Library manager Eric Lucius said he'd like to offer more unusual beer programs moving forward.

To check to see if there are any spots left in the program, call 330-948-1885.

 

Beer week saved

In case you missed the story last week, Chris Lieb, co-owner of The Butcher and the Brewer and Tremont Taphouse in Cleveland, has agreed to take over the operation of Cleveland Beer Week, saving the annual celebration from ending after a 10-year run. The event traditionally has been held over 10 days in October.

 

Collectibles show

The Lake Erie Chapter of the Brewery Collectibles Club of America will host its spring show from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday at the D-Day Ohio Event Hall in Conneaut.

The show will showcase cans, bottles, signs, trays, lights, coasters, tap handles, openers and other beer-related items. Visitors can bring old beer-related items for appraisal or to sell. A raffle will feature the grand prize of a Schaefer Olive Drab Beer Can from Schaefer Brewing in New York.

Admission is free.

 

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