Ever the beer news hound, I spent several hours Tuesday at the Ohio Craft Brewers Association’s annual meeting chatting with brewers from all over the state to undercover and share as many stories as I can.

The event was held at Combustion Brewery & Taproom in Pickerington.

So here you go, I’m emptying my notebook:

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It hasn't been the greatest couple of years when it comes to reports of sexual misconduct and sexism in the craft beer industry. Ohio hasn't been immune. The Canton-based Passport Brew Tour imploded after a sexist Facebook post was made by the operator. Great Lakes Brewing News publisher Bill Metzger wrote a sexist essay that resulted in his beer newspaper ending up in a lot of brewery garbage cans. And, in a high-profile extreme case, Actual Brewing Co. in Columbus closed after one of the founders was accused of sexual assaulting several women.

I was honored to serve as the moderator for a panel discussion on the timely issue. Well, my role really was to introduce the topic and then get out of the way as the excellent panel made up of brewery owners Carmone Macfarlane of Phoenix Brewing Co. in Richfield, Betty Bollas of Fibonacci Brewing in Mt. Healthy and Lori Wince of Weasel Boy Brewing in Zanesville, along with attorney Colleen Murnane of Frantz Ward Attorneys in Cleveland and Ann Brandon of the Ohio Alliance to End Sexual Violence, shared their experiences and advice.

Brandon and Murnane stressed that the problem isn't unique to the beer industry.

They urged brewery owners to develop policies that all employees are aware of and perhaps most important promote a culture where employees — whether they are female or male — feel comfortable reporting problems.

Business owners cannot ignore incidents and they should be proactive, Murnane said.

The brewery owners recounted incidents at their breweries involving rude customers who were asked to leave.

"You have an obligation to protect your staff," Murnane said.

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All those in attendance raised a glass to salute Patrick Gangwer.

Gangwer, the brewer at Three Tigers Brewing in Granville, died Monday from cancer. He was 41. He is survived by his wife and three children.

A wake is planned for 5:30 p.m. Sunday (June 9) at the Snapshots Lounge in Granville. Three Tigers, Lineage, Columbus, Homestead, Southern Tier, Sierra Nevada and Wolf's Ridge are donating beer.

A GoFundMe page has been set up to help the family. For more details or to donate, click here.

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Dayton area craft breweries are coming together to help the community recover from the devastating tornadoes that rolled through the area last week.

Not only have the breweries been collecting donations for those affected, but Dayton Area Brewers also created the Dayton Craft Brewers Tornado Relief Fund through The Dayton Foundation. Money raised will go toward rebuilding the communities.

The group also is collaborating on a fundraiser beer that will be brewed and offered in their taprooms, with all proceeds benefiting the rebuilding effort, said Dave Jennings, the head brewer at the Wandering Griffin.

The breweries also are planning a Dayton Tornado Relief Fundraiser event at Carillon Brewing Co. and the Carillon Historical Park. The event — there's no date yet — will include craft beer, food and live music.

To donate, click here.

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Anthony "Sizzle" Perry stood up at the end of the business portion of the meeting and shared a story about asking his children to draw a picture of someone who loves craft beer.

They grabbed peach crayons and drew white guys with beards.

He was irked. Perry is black.

The craft beer community must do a better job welcoming minorities, he said.

Perry, who got the nickname "Hot Sizzle" in college that was later shortened to "Sizzle," plans to open Crafted Culture, a five-barrel brewery and smokehouse in the King-Lincoln neighborhood of Columbus. It's a historically black area.

But Perry doesn't want his brewery, which expects to break ground later this year, to be seen as a black brewery.

"It's about creating a space that's comfortable for everyone," he said.

He noted that less than 1 percent of craft breweries nationwide are owned by African-Americans. But more African-Americans are drinking craft beer and he wants to fix that imbalance.

"Our mission is to engage, educate and expand," he said.

You can follow him on Twitter at @SippinWitSizzle.

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Outerbelt Brewing, a new 30-barrel brewery and tasting room, is ready to open its doors.

The brewery, located in Carroll, will open to the public at noon on June 15. For more details, click here.

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Buckeye Lake Brewery founder Rick Hennosy is busy preparing to expand the Buckeye Lake empire into Reynoldsburg. His new location doesn't have a name yet and Hennosy wouldn't provide any hints.

"No," he said. "It would give it away."

An announcement is coming soon, he said.

The new place will produce cider and Hennosy happily reported that the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau has approved his request for cider-making.

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Every year, Barley's Brewing Co. makes a special beer for the Origins Game Fair, a tabletop gaming convention held across the street at the Greater Columbus Convention Center.

Every year, it's been a Belgian tripel. Not this year.

The Columbus brewpub is making its first kettle sour. It will be a gose with dragonfruit and passionfruit.

The name? Wait for it ... Compassionate Dragon.

It's a perfect name for the convention, Barley's brewmaster Angelo Signorino said.

The convention runs June 12-16.

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Speaking of kettle sours, Wolf's Ridge Brewing in Columbus also is producing its first kettle sour.

The beer, which has no release date just yet, is a cherry gose. Brewer Chris Davison expects it to hit taps in about two weeks.

It's named Red XIII after a character in the Final Fantasy videogame series.

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Market Garden Brewery's new Shandy is doing quite well, co-founder and brewmaster Andy Tveekrem said.

"Our Shandy has been rocking it out," he said.

The Cleveland brewery created the beer to compete with Leinenkugel's Summer Shandy. It's not hard to miss the Shandy cans on the store shelves. They are lemon yellow.

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Doug Beedy likes to call himself a nomad brewer.

The name fits. Since leaving his job as brewer at Elevator Brewing Co. in Columbus, Beedy has been a brewer for hire. He's now brewing at Penguin City Beer in Youngstown and Southside Brewing in Cambridge, along with helping to get both new Ohio Brewing locations in Cuyahoga Falls and Columbus off the ground.

Oh, and he also had a job in Michigan.

He estimated that he put nearly 1,200 miles on his car last week.

Penguin City will be his main gig, as the fledgling brewery expands its lineup, he said.