Jon Newberry is the co-founder of the Geo. Wiedemann Brewing Co. He and his wife Betsy revived the iconic Cincinnati-area brand a few years ago as a contract brew and they are now opening a brewery and tasting room in St. Bernard on Tuesday. (June 26)

Question: Why did you become a brewer?

Answer: Well that’s a deceptively simple question with a complicated answer. Mainly, I became a brewer because I love to drink good beer, and making the kind of beer I like is a great way to ensure it’s always in supply.

On another level, my wife Betsy and I decided to revive the Wiedemann’s Fine Beer brand because the opportunity to do so presented itself, and it was too good to pass up. We figured we could make a lot of great beer … and maybe a lot of money, too … and do something really good by restoring this historic Cincinnati-area beer to its proper place in the world.

Betsy and I fell in love with all the tasty Bohemian lagers when we lived in Prague in the early 1990s, so it was a natural to revive Wiedemann’s flagship Bohemian Special Brew as an authentic Bohemian-style lager.

Q: What has been the highlight of your brewing career so far and why was it so special? (Maybe it’s been a beer that you brewed, an award that you won, an idol you’ve met …)

A: Working with and becoming friends with Dan Listermann, the godfather of Cincinnati’s beer revival.

Q: How difficult — or easy — has it been to revive an older brand?

A: It’s been as helluva lot harder than I ever imagined. Despite the enthusiastic support of tens of thousands of loyal Wiedemann’s fans in Cincinnati and all over the country, the system is really stacked against independent brewers in Kentucky, which is where we initially relaunched Wiedemann’s several years ago as a contract brew.

Now that we have our own brewery, taproom and beer garden in Ohio – where the laws are much more brewer-friendly — we’re expecting great things. And we’ve already got seven great things on tap, with more in the tanks and many more to come from Steve Shaw and Austin Smith.

Q: What’s your best-selling beer and why do you think it’s so popular?

A: Our best-selling beers to date have been our Bohemian Special Lager and Royal Amber, two beers that Wiedemann’s made for many decades and sold all over the country. They are flavorful, sessionable beers that encourage you to have more than one, maybe quite a few.

I think a lot of beer drinkers are turning to lower-alcohol, refreshing beers that they can drink more of without over-doing it. In Bohemia and Bavaria, drinking beer is an everyday part of enjoying life, family and good friends – that’s what we’re trying to bring back. And that’s what we mean by our tagline “Let’s Get Together!”

Q: Which beer – any beer in the world – do you wish that you created/brewed and why?

A: Prazan Holesovice, a Bohemian light lager that was brewed by a brewery in Prague near where we lived in the Kobylisy neighborhood. It was a 10-degree beer – relatively low ABV of about 4% – the kind Czechs drink all day long. (They also made a 12-degree version that was just as good.) It was a great beer that brings back so many magical memories of the people we met in Prague. I can only hope that on some level we can do something like that for people who stop in at the Wiedemann Brewery and try our beers. That’s really what “beer culture” is all about. http://www.pivovary.info/historie/pa/holesovice.htm.

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Here are some interesting Ohio-related beer stories (because I can’t write them all):

— Columbus Business First reports on Parsons North Brewing Co. opening in Columbus. “We just want to make quality beer,” co-founder Seth Draeger says. “If you think you don’t like beer, we want to find you one you will like. ‘I don’t like beer, but I like this,’ is a great compliment.” To read the full story, click here.

— The Geo. Wiedemann Brewing Co. is opening its new brewery and taproom Tuesday (June 26) in St. Bernard. “I think people will find it a good atmosphere to lay back, relax and enjoy some really good beer,” founder Jon Newberry tells the Cincinnati Business Courier. You can check out all the stories about the new operation here: Cincinnati Business Courier, Cincinnati.com, WCPO, WLWT and CityBeat.

— The Columbus Dispatch reports that Actual Brewing Co. is set to open its new Clintonville brewpub. To read the full story, click here.

Cleveland.com reports that changes are coming for the 2018 Cleveland Beer Week. The biggest change is that Brewzilla — the big beer fest that traditionally ended the week but disappeared two years ago — is returning. To read the full story, click here.

— Columbus Alive reports that the ComFest, which runs June 22-24, will feature local beers from Four String and Columbus this year. “Building community has always been the focus of the festival, so this is a natural progression,” Kevin Brammer, ComFest Libations Committee co-chair, says. “This highlights our commitment to supporting local entrepreneurs, and brings the quality craftsmanship of local brewers to ComFest’s diverse community.” To read the full story, click here.

— The Associated Press reports that an Ohio-based glass company Owens-Illinois Inc. is closing a Georgia bottling plant because people are drinking less beer and when they are drinking, they are opting for cans. To read the full story, click here.

 

American Homebrewers Association members still love Fat Head’s Hop JuJu and Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald.

The two Ohio-made beers once again made Zymurgy magazine’s annual list of the Best Beers in America, which was released Thursday. (June 21)

Hop JuJu, made by the Middleburg Heights-based brewery, is tied for 36th. The Cleveland-made Edmund Fitzgerald is tied for 43rd.

Each year, the American Homebrewers Association, which publishes Zymurgy, asks its members to vote online for their favorite commercial beers available for purchase in the United States.

The top five (including ties) are: Bell’s Two Hearted Ale, Russian River Pliny the Elder, The Alchemist Heady Topper, Bell’s Hopslam and Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, Founders CBS and Founders KBS.

Readers also rate breweries. The top five, in order, were: Bell’s, Founders, Russian River, Sierra Nevada and Firestone Walker.

Stone was named as the brewery with the best portfolio, while Orval was ranked as the best import.

To see the full rankings, click here.

The Mentor On Tap & Uncorked beer and wine tasting returns Saturday (June 23) to Mentor Civic Center Park in Mentor.

The festival will showcase more than 30 breweries and wineries, along with food trucks and live entertainment.

The following breweries are slated to participate: Black Cloister, The Brew Kettle, The Brew Mentor, Brick & Barrel, Brim, Cleveland, Columbus, Cornerstone, Double Wing, Fat Head’s, Forest City, Goldhorn, Great Lakes, Hansa, Hofbrauhaus, Jackie O’s, Lager Heads, Lockport, Market Garden, Masthead, Millersburg, Platform, Rhinegeist, Royal Docks, Sibling Revelry, Thirsty Dog, Wild Ohio and Willoughby.

The event runs from 5 to 11 p.m. Tickets are $35 online or $45 at the door.

For more details, including a list of wineries and the musical entertainment, click here.

 

Land-Grant Brewing Co. on Thursday (June 21) announced a new partnership with Columbus Distributing Co. to handle distribution throughout Central Ohio.

“It’s an exciting time for us,” Land-Grant co-founder Adam Benner said.

The Columbus brewery has been self-distributing in Central Ohio. The move will free up space at Land-Grant — known for beers such as Stiff Arm IPA and the special Sea-Grant, Space-Grant and Sun-Grant series — for additional fermenters to increase production and to further expand distribution in the Columbus market.

There’s also the potential for expanding outside Central Ohio in the future, Benner said, but there are no specific plans now to do so.

Land-Grant also plans to expand its quality control laboratory.

Columbus will take over Land-Grant’s wholesale distribution in Franklin County starting July 29.

Benner said the brewery selected Columbus because of its experience, expertise and focus on the Columbus market.

“As a family-owned Columbus business for 85 years, we look to partner with companies that are invested in the future of our shared community and want to build the success story that is Columbus, Ohio,” Columbus Distributing Vice President of Sales Erik Jenkins said in a prepared statement. “We admire Land-Grant’s charitable involvement and dedication to our community, and we couldn’t be more excited to be a part of bringing these phenomenal beers to beer lovers all over Columbus.”

In other Land-Grant news, the brewery is converting a vacant lot next door into a 7,500-square-foot outdoor beer garden. People will be able to order beers in the beer garden, which should be operational next week, Benner said.

Acme Fresh Market has California on its mind — the savory drink, not the state.

The Akron-based grocery chain has teamed up with Hoppin’ Frog Brewery to produce The California Turbo Shandy — a grape-infused lemon shandy that’s designed to replicate the taste of the famous California grape drinks served at local drive-ins Swensons and Skyway.

Of course, there is one big difference. This one has alcohol.

“It’s an awesome summer refreshing drink that’s near and dear to the hearts of Akron,” said Jon Albrecht, director of center store sales at Acme. “I remember going to local drive-ins as a kid and getting that drink and it reminds me of summer.”

Albrecht and Sara Marino, who oversees adult beverages for Acme, devised the idea while chatting with Fred Karm, the award-winning brewmaster and owner at Hoppin’ Frog.

Karm, who also had the drink as a kid, said it was fun replicating the California flavor, noting that it even has a purple hue.

The California, which is 7 percent alcohol by volume, will be sold in individual 16-ounce cans and retail for $4.99. It is expected to hit all 16 Acme stores next week (June 26) and be sold on draft at the Acme store in Montrose.

The beer, available through the summer, also will be available at the Hoppin’ Frog Tasting Room.

It’s the first time that Hoppin’ Frog has released a 16-ounce can.

But it’s not the first time that Acme has partnered with the Akron brewery on a shandy.

Acme and Hoppin’ Frog released a limited-edition grapefruit shandy called Five Freds’ Grapefruit Shandy to celebrate the grocery chain’s 125th anniversary in 2016. It was named after the four generations of Fred Albrechts who worked for Acme and Karm. That beer was sold in 22-ounce bottles.

Albrecht said it was an easy decision to team up again with Hoppin’ Frog given Karm’s reputation in the craft beer industry.

“When he stamps his name on a beer, the public knows it’s going to be great,” he said.

 

Akronym Brewing Co. is celebrating its grand opening over five days this week.

The celebration kicks off today (June 20) at the downtown Akron brewery and continues into Sunday.

The special activities and promotions include a raffle Thursday to brew alongside the head brewer; the owners picking up two tabs for lucky customers Friday; the release of a barley wine and saison on Saturday; and 25-cent hot dogs from Stray Dog on Sunday.

For more details, click here.

 

The Brewing Heritage Trail — an urban walking trail that explores Cincinnati’s brewing history — breaks ground at 3 p.m. Thursday (June 21) at the Grant Park Playground in the city’s Over the Rhine neighborhood.

More than 100 Brewery District Community Urban Redevelopment Corp. representatives design team members, city and county officials, and others are expected to attend.

The groundbreaking will be followed by a reception at the Christian Moerlein Malthouse taproom, where the Brewing Heritage Trail store and gallery space are located.

The two-mile Brewing Heritage Trail winds its way through historic buildings and sites and features special signage, public art installations, digital experiences and guided tours. The first phase is being built this summer.

For more details, click here.

LeBron James just can’t catch a break from craft breweries.

A San Francisco brewery is piling on after the Golden State Warriors swept the Cavaliers in this year’s NBA championship.

Barebottle Brewing Co. has produced LeBron Tears, a 6.5 percent hazy IPA, to help celebrate the Warriors’ third title in four years over the Cavs.

“We took the tears from Sir James’ Game 1 loss and distilled them into a hazy IPA, just for you,” the brewery wrote on its Instagram page. “We also decided that Tears pair well with Mosaic hops. Sad!”

The beer is available only on draft at the brewery.

This isn’t the first time that King James has gotten some shade from the craft beer industry.

Cleveland breweries poked fun of the NBA superstar when he took his talents from Northeast Ohio to Miami several years back.

Anyone recall Great Lakes Brewing Co.’s Quitness or the former Buckeye Brewing Co.’s Witless? Both beer names were a play off Nike’s Witness campaign.

Of course, not every craft brewery has teased James. Some have celebrated him.

Hoppin’ Frog Brewery in Akron was inspired to create King Gose Home, an imperial gose, when James decided to return to Cleveland after his stint in Miami.

Grand opening

Akronym Brewing, 58 E. Market St., Akron, has been open for a little while but the downtown brewery is holding a five-day grand opening celebration starting Wednesday.

The activities include raffling a chance to brew there on Thursday; the owners picking up two tabs on Friday; releases of a barley wine and a saison on Saturday; and 25-cent hot dogs from Stray Dog on Sunday.

For a full rundown of activities, check out the Akronym Facebook page.

Hoppin’ anniversary

Hoppin’ Frog Brewery, 1680 E. Waterloo Road, Akron, is celebrating the five-year anniversary of its Tasting Room this week.

The brewery tapped three special beers Monday: Blueberry Turbo Shandy Citrus Ale, 2017 Maple Whiskey Barrel-aged B.O.R.I.S. the Crusher and 2014 Gulden Fraug Belgian Ale.

Meanwhile, Killa Vanilla Extraordinary IPA was tapped Tuesday, while Cherry Barrel-Aged B.O.R.I.S. Van Wink will be released Thursday.

The brewery also is releasing a new menu this week as part of the celebration. It’s a little more upscale, founder and award-winning brewmaster Fred Karm said.

He’s happy that the Tasting Room has made it five years, saying he focused on creating a place that family and friends would enjoy.

“I figured that everyone else would like it, too,” he said.

Ohio State Fair winner

A Wayne County homebrewer took home the Best of Show runner-up award at this year’s Ohio State Fair Homebrew Competition.

Edward Mack, 62, of Marshallville, who’s a member of the Society of Akron Area Zymurgists (SAAZ), received the honor for Maple Red Ale in the alternative fermentables beer category. He made the beer with his son Eric.

“We all get lucky now and then,” joked Mack, who has been homebrewing since 1999.

Mack, a geologist by trade, runs a maple syrup farm and used his syrup to create the beer.

“The aroma and the flavor came through in this beer and it was a really nice beer,” he said.

He also noted that it was an extract brew.

“I’m kind of amazed that an extract brew would beat some of the fancy all-grain brews,” he said.

Craig Davis of Columbus won the Best of Show award. His “I Ain’t No Bmc,” a Czech-style premium pale lager, bested 538 other beers, meads and ciders entered. Davis is a member of the Scioto Olentangy Darby Zymurgists (SODZ) homebrewing club.

No Stark trail

The Lincoln Highway Ale Trail won’t begin this year after all.

The brewery passport program was supposed to kick off earlier this year and focus on Stark County breweries. But after some delays and brewers getting busy with other projects, organizers decided to scrap it for this year and focus on launching next year, said Jake Turner, the award-winning brewer at Maize Valley Brewery in Marlboro Township.

The trail — modeled after the successful Summit Brew Path in neighboring Summit County and named after the famous roadway that passes through Stark County — was set to feature all the breweries in the county: Canton, Fat Head’s, Maize Valley, Muskellunge, Paradigm Shift, Royal Docks, Sandy Springs and Shale. It also would include the nearby Lockport in Bolivar, Millersburg in Millersburg and JAFB Wooster in Wooster.

Canton beer tour

The Canton Craft Beer Tour is Saturday.

The tour, sponsored by the United Way of Greater Stark County’s Young Leaders Society, runs from noon to 6 p.m. and features Basil Asian Bistro, Grapes in a Glass, Canton Brewing Co., Street Side, George’s Lounge, Cultured Coffee & Waffles, Fronimo’s Downtown and Buzzbin Art & Music Shop.

The event works like this: Participants receive a wristband, a 4-ounce tasting glass, a T-shirt and map of participating locations. They can then visit the pubs at their own pace and sample special craft beers.

Proceeds benefit Young Leaders Society’s activities and community service projects such as Hoodies for the Holidays and Tiny Libraries. Last year’s event raised $4,300.

Tickets are $40. For details, visit: http://www.uwstark.org/cantoncraftbeer.

Mentor on Tap

Mentor on Tap & Uncorked runs from 5 to 11 p.m. Saturday at Mentor Civic Center Park, 8600 Munson Road, Mentor.

The fest will feature more than 30 breweries, meaderies and wineries, along with food trucks and live entertainment.

Tickets are $35 in advance or $45 at the door. For more details, go to: http://cityofmentor.com.

Rick Armon can be reached at 330-996-3569 or [email protected]. Read his beer blog at http://www.Ohio.com/beer. Follow him on Twitter at @armonrickABJ.

Shale Brewing Co. is debuting its new brewpub tonight. (June 19)

The brewery, which relocated from downtown Canton to nearby Jackson Township, will be open from 4 to 10 p.m. and have nine beers on draft.

“I’m pretty thrilled to have the beer on the faucets and ready to go out to customers rather than sitting in kegs,” brewer Jason Gasper-Hulvat said.

Shale previously operated a production brewery that wasn’t open to the public, meaning Shale fans had to go out and find the beer in the market. It was one of the few craft breweries in Ohio without its own tasting room.

The brewery, which distributes its beer on draft and in bottles, opted to move into space vacated by the former Scenic Brewing Co. at 7253 Whipple Ave. NW. But Gasper-Hulvat said people likely won’t even recognize the space because it has been renovated into a brewpub.

Shale also imported its 10-barrel system, as opposed to taking over the existing Scenic operation.

“Our business has no relationship with the former Scenic other than taking the space after they abandoned it,” Gasper-Hulvat said. “It’s more coincidental that a brewery was here.”

Shale is still waiting for a power upgrade to run its brewhouse. The beers available now were produced at the former location in Canton.

The nine beers available are:

• Cold Rolled Ale

• Roughneck Red

• Deep Driller Porter

• Coffee Cream Stout

• Blackberry Ale

• Lager

• IPA

• Golden Ale

• New England-style IPA

The brewpub will offer sandwiches, salads, appetizers and desserts. Once the power is upgraded, flatbreads also will be available.

Shale is treating the opening today as a soft opening because it’s still waiting for the work on the power. A grand opening hasn’t been set yet.

The regular hours are: 4 to 10 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday; 4 to 11 p.m. Friday; and noon to 11 p.m. Saturday. The brewpub is closed Sunday and Monday.

For more details about Shale, click here.

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LeBron James just can’t catch a break from craft breweries.

A San Francisco brewery is piling on after the Golden State Warriors swept the Cleveland Cavaliers in this year’s NBA championship.

Barebottle Brewing Co. has produced “LeBron Tears,” a 6.5 percent hazy IPA, to help celebrate the Warriors’ third title in four years over the Cavs.

“We took the tears from Sir James’ Game 1 loss and distilled them into a hazy IPA, just for you,” the brewery wrote on its Instagram page. “We also decided that Tears pair well with Mosaic hops. Sad!”

The beer is available only on draft at the brewery.

This isn’t the first time that King James has gotten some shade from the craft beer industry.

Cleveland breweries poked fun of the NBA superstar when he took his talents from Northeast Ohio to Miami several years back.

Anyone recall Great Lakes Brewing Co.’s Quitness or the former Buckeye Brewing Co.’s Witless? Both beer names were a play off Nike’s Witness campaign.

Of course, not every craft brewery has teased James. Some have celebrated him.

Hoppin’ Frog Brewery in Akron was inspired to create King Gose Home, an imperial gose, when James decided to return to Cleveland after his stint in Miami.

Hoppin’ Frog Brewery is celebrating the five-year anniversary of its Tasting Room this week.

The Akron brewery is tapping three special beers today (June 18): Blueberry Turbo Shandy Citrus Ale, 2017 Maple Whiskey Barrel-aged B.O.R.I.S. the Crusher and 2014 Gulden Fraug Belgian Ale.

Meanwhile, Killa Vanilla Extraordinary IPA will be tapped Tuesday, with Cherry Barrel-Aged B.O.R.I.S. Van Wink being released Thursday.

Hoppin’ Frog, which is rated by RateBeer.com as one of the top 100 breweries in the world, opened in 2006. The production brewery added a taproom and eatery in 2013. The Tasting Room has been ranked as the best taproom in Ohio by RateBeer.

The brewery also is releasing a new menu this week as part of the celebration. It’s a little more upscale, founder and award-winning brewmaster Fred Karm said.

He’s happy that the Tasting Room has made it five years, saying he focused on creating a place that family and friends would enjoy.

“I figured that everyone else would like it, too,” he said.

Here are some interesting Ohio beer stories (because I can’t write them all):

— The Columbus Dispatch reports that a judge has ordered Barley’s Brewing Co. to be sold to end a long-running ownership dispute. The Franklin County Common Pleas judge ordered the brewpub to be sold to the Jerzerinac family for $1.8 million. To read the full story, click here.

— Columbus Business First profiles the new Double Edge Brewing in Lancaster. “The community really rallies around the businesses here,” co-founder Zac Williams says. “There’s a lot of rehab going on downtown and we hope we can help draw more people here. There’s a lot of good going on.” To read the full story, click here.

— The Hamilton Journal News reports that Quarter Barrel Brewery & Pub has opened a rooftop dining area. To read the full story, click here.

— The Dayton Daily News reports on Warped Wing Brewing Co. releasing a watermelon gose called Magic Melon. The brewery released the fruit beer last week. (June 14) To read the full story, click here.

— The Dayton Daily News reports on the return of the Cask AleFest. It’s June 23. “Since my earliest visits to the U.K. more than 20 years ago, I’ve been a huge fan of cask or real ale, and this passion is the basis of my desire to educate and share with others,” founder Joe Waizmann says. To read the full story, click here.

— The Toledo Blade profiles the new Inside the Five Brewing in Sylvania. “In Toledo, there are only a few breweries, so you don’t get the whole craft beer experience, even like you do in Ann Arbor,” co-founder Chris Morris says. “I quickly realized the power of craft beer and the need for it in this area.” To read the full story, click here.

— 24/7 Wall St. reports on “20 Beers That Should Come With a Warning Label.” Coming in at No. 20 and No. 19, respectively, are BrewDog Paradox Grain and Hoppin’ Frog T.O.R.I.S. the Tyrant. No. 3 is BrewDog The End of History. To read the full list, click here.

 

Here’s the rundown of the brewing permits pending before the Ohio Division of Liquor Control. These could be for new breweries or existing breweries that are expanding with new locations. I’ve also added hyperlinks when I could find working websites or Facebook pages.

This list isn’t a comprehensive list of every brewery planning to open in the state. It’s just the ones that have filed paperwork with the state. It also isn’t an indication of whether a brewery is open or not — just whether it has received its brewing license from the state.

Congratulations to Shale Brewing Co.in Jackson Township, which received its license.

To help with anybody who regularly checks, I’ve added the word “New>>” to the operations that are new this week.

Here you go, sorted by region, and accurate as of the morning of June 18:

 

Southwest Ohio

 

• Alematic Artisan Ales, 6182 Chambersburg Road, Huber Heights.

• The Common Beer Co.126 E. Main St., Mason.

• Happy 2 Brewing Co.8298 Clough Pike, Cincinnati. (Note: It’s the same location as the Mio’s Pizza location below.)

• Humble Monk Brewing Co., 1641 Blue Rock Road, Cincinnati.

• Mio’s Pizza, 8298 Clough Pike, Cincinnati. (Note: It’s the same address as the Happy 2 Brewing location above.)

• Platform Beers LLC916 Dalton Ave., Cincinnati.

• Platform Beer Co., 1201 Main St., Cincinnati.

• Rebel Mettle Brewery LLC, 246 W. McMicken Ave., Cincinnati.

• Rhinegeist Brewery3241 Spring Grove Ave., Cincinnati.

• 7 Pour 0 Brewery, 3168 Melody Lane, Portsmouth.

• Sonder Brewing LLC, 8584 Duke Blvd., Mason.

• Swine City Brewing Co., 4614 Industry Drive, Fairfield.

 

 

Northeast Ohio

 

• Bookhouse Brewing, 1526 W. 25th St., Cleveland.

• The Brew Kettle, 11 Atterbury Blvd., Hudson.

• Canton Brewing Co., 309 Court Ave. NW, Canton.

• Cloven Hoof Brewing Co., 1308 Bridge St., Ashtabula.

• Crooked Pecker Brewing Co., 8284 Washington St., Chagrin Falls.

• Fat Head’s Brewery, 17450 Engle Lake Road, Middleburg Heights. (It’s the new Fat Head’s production brewery site.)

• Five Bridge Partners, 1085 Old River Road, Cleveland. (This is the Thirsty Dog East Bank.)

• Garretts Mill & Brewing Co.8148 Main St., Garrettsville. (It’s the site of the former Main Street Grille and Brewing Co.)

• Lock 15 Brewing, 21 W. North St., Akron.

• Missing Falls Brewery, 540 S. Main St., Akron.

• Ohio Brewing Co., 2250 Front St., Cuyahoga Falls.

• Platform Beers LLC, 3135 Sackett Ave., Cleveland.

• Royal Docks Brewing Co.5646 Wales Ave. Northwest, Massillon.

• 17th State Brewing Co., 9200 Tyler Blvd., Mentor.

• Southern Tier Brewing Co., 811 Prospect Ave., Cleveland.

• VPL, 14101 Market St., Columbiana.

• Wrecking Crew Brew Works, 432 W. Friendship St., Medina.

 Yosteria LLC, 44 E. Federal St., Youngstown.

 

Central Ohio

 

• Antiques on High, 714 S. High St., Columbus. (This is affiliated with Seventh Son Brewing.)

• Barley Columbus, 166 S. High St., Columbus.

• Earthworks Brewing Co., 1889 Faye Drive, Heath.

• Endeavor Brewing Co., 909 W. Fifth Ave., Columbus. (Endeavor is taking over from Zauber Brewing at the same location.)

• Galena Brewing Co., 129 E. Coschocton St., Johnstown.

NEW>>>>>• Henmick Farms & Brewery, 4380 N. Old State Road, Delaware.

• Kindred Brewing, 800 E. Cooke Road, Columbus.

• LLJ Bucks Brew LLC, 467 N. High St., Columbus. (It’s the address for Barley’s Brewing Co.)

• LLJ Brewery LTD, 467 N. High St., Columbus. (It’s the address for Barley’s Brewing Co.)

• Marion Brewing Co., 151 S. Main St., Marion.

• Ohio Brewing Co., 421 E. Second Ave., Columbus.

• Outerbelt Brewing Co., 3560 Dolson Court, Carroll.

• Renaissance Yeast Works, 685 Parsons Ave., Columbus.

• Somewhere in Particular, 5055 Dierker Road, Columbus.

• Stein Brewing Co., 109 S. Main St., Mount Vernon.

• Stone City Brewing, 9 Columbus St., Lithopolis.

 

Southeast Ohio

 

• None.

 

Northwest Ohio

 

• Amusement Ales and Brewery, 161 E. Market St., Sandusky.

• Crafted Findlay Beer Culture, 1016 Tiffin Ave., Findlay.

• Tiffin Taphouse & Brewery, 277 Wall St., Tiffin.

 

Western Ohio

 

• Brunos, 110 E. Poplar, Sidney.

 Hollander on Main, 138 N. Main St., Lima.

 Lev’s Brewhouse, 115 S. Ohio Ave., Sidney.

• Platty’s Sports Bar & Grille, 39 E. Main St., Versailles.

Rob Weaver is the co-founder and head brewer at the new Laird Arcade Brewery in Tiffin. The 3.5-barrel brewery recently opened. Weaver also is the editor at the Advertiser-Tribune newspaper.

Question: Why did you become a brewer?

Answer: About 25 to 30 years ago, the carryout on the corner closed, leaving me with two cases of returnable bottles. What should I do with them? That was when a friend introduced me to homebrewing. As the kids grew, and work and household responsibilities changed, the amount of time spent brewing waned. A half-dozen years ago, I gave all-grain brewing a try, and was impressed by how much ingredients had improved. I’m a brewer because I enjoy hand-crafted beers.

Q: What’s the story behind the name Laird Arcade?

A: We named our brewery after the restored downtown building where we are located. The Laird Building was torched by an arsonist 40 years ago and the subsequent renovation encompassed neighboring buildings and adjacent alleys. The iron gate that had partitioned a service alley now is a design feature at the taproom (and inspired the name of our Iron Gate abbey ale.)

Q: What has been the highlight of your brewing career so far and why was it so special?

A: The camaraderie of brewers and others involved in this industry has been uplifting. I’m a member of the Hancock County Home Brewers, whose motto is “In Cerevisia Fraternitas,” which loosely translates as “There’s Beer in Fraternities.” Wait … make that, “In Fraternities, There is Beer.” No, that’s not right, either. How ’bout: “There is Brotherhood in Beer.” That’s it! And sisterhood, too. There is such a cooperative attitude among those involved in craft beer. Another reward has been watching people drift into the taproom and enjoy beer and conversation … it’s been an honor to bring that space to our home town.

Q: Usually I ask what a brewery’s best-selling beer is, but with Trek being so new I’ll mix up this question. If someone drops into your brewery now and can have only one of your beers, what beer do you hand them and why? (And assume that he or she enjoys all styles. So pick what you think is your best beer or what best represents your brewery.)

A: Right now, if I were to recommend a beer to a visitor, it would be our Bailiwicked black coffee wheat, made with cold-brewed coffee from Bailiwicks Coffee Company just down the block. Later this summer, I’d suggest a barrel-aged Scutch Ale, a Scotch ale aged in a whiskey barrel on loan from the bourbon bar across the street. Eventually we will be able to offer beer made with barley grown and malted in Seneca County and hops grown about 20 miles away. Our company name is Locapour LLC, and we aim to emphasize terroir in our beers.

Q: Which beer — any beer in the world — do you wish that you created/brewed and why?

A: I’m a big fan of Pliny the Elder. I am really impressed with the smoothness of that IPA, the way each sip meets and leaves the palate without drama or abrupt changes.

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Four Ohio breweries — Great Lakes, Platform, North High and Samuel Adams — are entered in this year’s Global Warming Open, a beer competition sponsored by The Brewing News.

The 11th annual competition pits beers against each other in a single-elimination bracket format until there is just one winner. It begins Friday, (June 15) with the champion being declared July 9.

This year, the Global Warming Open is broken into two brackets: “Most Refreshing” and “Hoppily Refreshing.”

Great Lakes entered Burning River Pale Ale, Turntable Pils, Holy Moses Raspberry White Ale and Holy Moses White Ale. Platform entered Torrential Downpour Hazy IPA and Hyper Retro Lemon Ginger Saison, while North High submitted its Grapefruit Walleye.

Samuel Adams, which operates a brewery in Cincinnati, entered Hoppy Wheat, New England IPA, Porch Rocker and Raspberry Lemon Gose.

In a cruel twist for Ohio beer lovers, Turntable Pils faces off against Torrential Downpour in the first round.

Beer fans can play along and attempt to predict the winners — just as you would for the NCAA March Madness basketball tournament. The top prize is a case of the champion beer.

Last year’s winner was Florida Avenue Cucumber Berliner Weisse.

For more details and to see all the entries, click here.

Phoenix Brewing Co. is releasing a special beer in honor of Father’s Day — a beer made by a father and son.

Scott Cardwell, co-owner of the Mansfield brewery, and his son Ian Cardwell, who serves as the assistant brewer, teamed up to create a Scottish ale called Firth of Clyde.

The beer, which is 5 percent alcohol by volume, will be released on draft in the taproom at 12:30 p.m. Sunday. (June 17) There also will be a meet-the-brewers gathering at 2 p.m. and fathers will be able to keep the glass with the purchase of a pint. Mama Joe’s Cafe also will be on hand serving brunch and lunch.

Firth of Clyde is a nod to the family’s Celtic heritage and is named after an inlet in Scotland where the river Clyde empties into the Atlantic Ocean.

The traditional Scottish ale is scorched and features Heather flowers for floral aroma and to add a mild bitterness, the brewery said.

“It was a blast to brew with my son for the first time and to also have my father stop in to lend a hand,” Scott Cardwell said in a prepared statement. “I am very proud of what Ian has accomplished here under [Duncan Macfarlane’s] instruction. Ian now does most of the brewing on our five-barrel pilot system.”

 

Rhinegeist Brewery will celebrate its fifth anniversary next week.

The Cincinnati brewery is celebrating from noon June 23 to 2 a.m. June 24 with an “Are We There Yet?” party featuring rare beers, a dinosaur, dunk tank and other activities. The party is free and open to the public.

Rhinegeist, known for beers such as Truth IPA and Bubbles, has had a meteoric rise in the craft beer industry. Earlier this year, the brewery jumped into the Brewers Association’s list of the top 50 craft brewers in the United States, coming in at 33rd.

The brewery noted a long list of accomplishments in a news release, including:

— Brewing a cumulative 183,000 barrels of beer

— Growing from a staff of five to a roster of more than 300

— Starting self-distribution in Ohio

— Expanding distribution to a total of five states (Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, Massachusetts, and Pennsylvania)

— Opening and closing a distributorship in Kentucky

— Launching its Cidergeist cider program

— Opening a roof top bar

— Self-distributing a cumulative 37,389,502 pounds of beer

— Unveiling an Outer Reaches sour program

— Brewing 200-plus distinct beers

— Growing from 120 barrels of cellar capacity to 8,360 barrels this year

— Hosting 250-plus weddings and more than 750 private events

— Launching Brewcademy classes

— Brewing 5,519 batches of beer

For more details about the celebration, click here.

To read the full news release, see below:

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Are We There Yet? Rhinegeist Brewery 5th Anniversary Adventure

Cincinnati, OH – Pack up the family and gas up the station wagon, Rhinegeist is turning five and we’re celebrating with an adventure of epic proportions. On Saturday, June 23rd, Cincinnati-based Rhinegeist Brewery will celebrate a milestone 5th Anniversary with attractions worthy of the Guinness Book, sweeping views of natural wonders, and of course, a full-throttle lineup of rare beers and surprises. After 5 years of beer, all roads lead to Rhinegeist.

Tourist attractions include: Geist Vegas (signage provided by The American Sign Museum), Rhinegeist Falls (photo booth), The Museum of Rhinegeist History (Annex), Lookout Peak (Roof Top), The Elm St Motel (Clubhouse), Geist World (outdoor amusement including dunk tank, slip-n-slide, face painting and more), World’s Largest Dinosaur in a Brewery, Rhinegeist Campgrounds, Souvenir City, cool treats by Dojo Gelato, and a variety of eats by Sartre!

Also on tap? Special releases all day long, highlighted by the launch of Cloud Five, a Hazy Imperial IPA served up in celebration of this year’s big anniversary. The event runs from 12pm-2am on June 23rd, with a portion of the day’s proceeds benefitting Tender Mercies, Gateway House and Peaslee Neighborhood Center.

For a full-list of special releases, entertainment, and activities, road trip on over to the party’s official Facebook event page: https://bit.ly/2IqyPt3

Rhinegeist Brewery 5th Anniversary: A Brief History

The last 5 years have been one big, familial quest for adventure. Let’s take a minute to travel down memory lane. Over the course of the last 5 years, we’ve (deep breath)…

Brewed a cumulative 183,000 barrels of beer (and counting…), grew from a staff of 5 to a roster of more than 300, started a self-distribution model in Ohio, expanded distribution to a total of 5 states (Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, Massachusetts, and Pennsylvania), opened and closed a distributorship in KY, launched our Cidergeist cider program, become a staple in the Reds Opening Day Parade and festivities, opened a roof top bar, self-distributed a cumulative 37,389,502 pounds of beer, unveiled our Outer Reaches sour program, brewed 200+ distinct beers, hosted a 50 ft Galeamopus dinosaur, watched a Cincinnati-based futbol team grow from fledgling to full-on MLS team, grew from 120 bbls of cellar capacity to 8,360 bbls of current capacity this year, hosted 250+ weddings and more than 750 private events, welcomed more than 75 new restaurants and businesses to OTR, launched Brewcademy classes for craft beer fans, brewed 5,519 batches of beer…all while watching the city of Cincinnati continue to grow, blossom culturally, and thrive with a unique and powerful vibrancy.

The Lincoln Highway Ale Trail won’t begin this year after all.

The brewery passport program was supposed to kick off earlier this year and focus on Stark County breweries. But after some delays and brewers getting busy with other projects, organizers decided to scrap it for this year and focus on launching next year, said Jake Turner, the award-winning brewer at Maize Valley Brewery in Marlboro Township.

The trail — modeled after the successful Summit Brew Path in neighboring Summit County and named after the famous roadway that passes through Stark County — was set to feature all the breweries in the county: Canton, Fat Head’s, Maize Valley, Muskellunge, Paradigm Shift, Royal Docks, Sandy Springs and Shale. It also would include the nearby Lockport in Bolivar, Millersburg in Millersburg and JAFB Wooster in Wooster.

The Lincoln Highway Ale Trail actually started out as the Hall of Fame Hops brewery trail, a program being created by Visit Canton. But the tourism agency shelved it after the majority of Stark County brewers withdrew, upset that a non-brewery was set to be included on the trail.

The brewers then announced that they would form their own independent trail.

 

Craig Davis of Columbus won the Best of Show award at the 2018 Ohio State Fair Homebrew Competition.

His “I Ain’t No Bmc,” a Czech-style premium pale lager, bested 538 other beers, meads and ciders. Davis is a member of the Scioto Olentangy Darby Zymurgists (SODZ) homebrewing club.

The Ohio State Fair announced the winners Tuesday. (June 12)

Edward Mack of Marshallville, who’s a member of the Society of Akron Area Zymurgists (SAAZ), received the Best of Show runner-up award for Maple Red Ale in the alternative fermentables beer category. He made the beer with his son Eric.

“We all get lucky now and then,” joked Edward Mack, 62, who has been homebrewing since 1999.

Edward Mack, a geologist by trade, also runs a maple syrup farm and used his syrup to create the beer.

“The aroma and the flavor came through in this beer and it was a really nice beer,” he said.

He also noted that it was an extract brew.

“I’m kind of amazed that an extract brew would beat some of the fancy all-grain brews,” he said.

Overall, 153 homebrewers entered this year.

Medals will be awarded to the top three finishers in each of 37 different flights, with the fourth receiving a ribbon.

To see all the winners, click here.