The Pro Football Hall of Fame is launching a new craft beer festival featuring at least one brewery from each National Football League market.

The inaugural Pro Football Hall of Fame Craft Beer Festival, organized with Hop Culture Magazine, will run from 6 to 10 p.m. Sept. 7 at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium in Canton. In addition to beer, it will include food and music.

"The Hall of Fame continues to expand our year-round programming," hall spokesman Pete Fierle said in an email. "A key component of our mission is to 'Celebrate Excellence Everywhere.' In this case, the event features award-winning breweries who celebrate excellence as determined by their large followings."

The Hall of Fame is finalizing the list of participating breweries but released a sampling last week. They include: Marz Community Brewing Co. from Chicago; Resident Culture Brewing Co. from Charlotte, North Carolina; The Bruery from Los Angeles; Royal Docks Brewing Co. from Canton; Hoof Hearted Brewing from Columbus; Drake’s Brewing Co. from Oakland, California; Southern Grist Brewing Co. from Nashville, Tennessee; Thin Man Brewing from Buffalo, New York; and Missing Mountain Brewing Co. from Cuyahoga Falls.

General admission tickets are $60. VIP tickets, which include access to a VIP area, brewery-themed swag bag, limited edition glass and ability to mingle with Hall of Fame members, are $80.

For more information and to purchase tickets, go to: https://www.profootballhof.com/events/hof-craft-beer-fest-19/.

Homebrew winners

Ohio homebrewers performed well at the 2019 American National Homebrew Competition, bringing home six medals including three golds.

The awards were handed out in 34 categories Saturday at the Rhode Island Convention Center in Providence, Rhode Island.

Here are the Ohio winners:

• Donna Reuter of Akron, a member of the Society of Akron Area Zymurgists, won a gold in the strong American ale category. She made the beer along with her husband Larry Reuter.

• Greg Irving of North Royalton and Mike Yingling of Northfield, members of the Society of Northeast Ohio Brewers, won a gold in the pale European beer category. Irving also won a bronze in the British and Irish stout category.

• Tom Beach of Rocky River, a member of the Society of Northeast Ohio Brewers, won a gold in the specialty IPA category. It was the most entered category with 475 entries.

• James Rupert of Germantown, a member of the Middletown Area Society of Homebrewers, won a silver in the German wheat beer category.

• Tom Morgan of Dayton, a member of the Dayton Regional Amateur Fermentation Technologists, won a bronze in the European sour ale category.

“Over the years, we’ve seen homebrewers push the envelope for what beer can be, leading the way with style awareness and ingenuity,” American Homebrewers Association Director Gary Glass said in a prepared statement. “Congratulations to this year’s winners of the National Homebrew Competition for their achievement and their commitment to the greatest hobby there is — homebrewing.”

This year’s competition featured 9,189 entries from 3,492 homebrewers located throughout the United States and 17 countries. To see all the winners, go to: https://www.homebrewersassociation.org/national-homebrew-competition/winners/.

Coffee beer

Hoppin’ Frog Brewery is toasting the 100th anniversary of Pearl Coffee Co. with — of course — a new beer.

The Akron brewery has produced Head Bean Imperial Cafe Pilsner, an imperial pilsner showcasing the Akron coffee company’s Scandinavian Morning Blend coffee beans. Hoppin’ Frog has used Pearl Coffee beans in its other coffee-infused brews.

“They are an icon in Akron,” brewery founder and award-winning brewmaster Fred Karm said. “We are honored to work with them.”

Head Bean Cafe Pilsner, which is 7% alcohol by volume, was released last week on draft and in 22-ounce bottles. The bottles go for $7.99.

The beer will be available to start exclusively at the brewery, 1680 E. Waterloo Road. Karm said he isn’t sure if any will be released to retail markets.

It’s not the first time that Hoppin’ Frog has partnered with an Akron institution on a special beer release. The brewery has worked with Acme Fresh Market for several years producing fruit-flavored shandies.

As for Pearl Coffee, the business was launched in 1919 by Nicholas Economou and three of his brothers.

Rum Blood Orange

Thirsty Dog Brewing Co. is putting a twist on its popular Bloodhound Orange IPA.

The Akron brewery has aged the beer in rum barrels for four months and will tap the new concoction at 4 p.m. July 11 at the TapHouse in Akron and the East Bank location in Cleveland. Four-packs of 12-ounce bottles also will be available and go for $24.

The beer will be available for the summer only.

The barrel-aged Bloodhound Orange joins several other barrel-aged Thirsty Dog beers in four-packs, including Barrel Aged Siberian Night and Barrel Aged Wulver Wee Heavy.

Pickle beer

Relax, pickle fans.

Urban Artifact Pickle, a dill pickle-flavored gose that has garnered a cult following, is hitting the market this week on draft and in 12-ounce cans.

“It’s definitely one of our most-talked about beers,” said Scotty Hunter, co-founder of the Cincinnati brewery.

Urban Artifact, which specializes in sours, first produced the unusual beer as part of its special 12 Holiday Beers event in 2015. Some people enjoy putting a pickle ornament on a Christmas tree so a pickle gose makes perfect sense, right?

Beer drinkers enjoyed it so much that Urban Artifact brought it back again and again as a seasonal brew, growing production each time to satisfy demand.

The beer, which is 4.3 percent alcohol by volume, is designed to taste like a dill pickle.

Pickle, which is showcased in my book “50 Must-Try Craft Beers of Ohio,” will be available wherever Urban Artifact beers are sold in Ohio, Indiana, northern Kentucky, Louisville, and eastern Tennessee.

 

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.