Market Garden Brewery, Great Lakes Brewing Co. and Rocky River Brewing Co. are featured in a new homebrewing book.

The Brew Your Own Big Book of Clone Recipes (Voyageur Press, $24.99) will be released in May. It features 300 commercial beer recipes compiled over two decades by Brew Your Own magazine.

Market Garden Progress Pilsner, Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald Porter and Rocky River Chocolate Jitters — a beer that is no longer made — are showcased. (A preview copy of the book cites Matt Cole as the brewer at Rocky River but he hasn’t been there for about a decade, having left to launch the Fat Head’s Brewery empire.)

There’s also a blast from the past — a recipe for Crooked River Settler’s Ale ESB. The former Cleveland brewery has been long defunct.

Market Garden and Great Lakes, both located in Cleveland, and Rocky River, located in the Cleveland suburb of Rocky River, are the only Ohio breweries featured.

The book offers dozens of recipes for beers organized by style. It showcases beers ranging from Old Style to Rolling Rock to Tree House Julius to Firestone Walker Velvet Merlin to Dogfish Head 90 Minute to New Belgium Fat Tire to Lawson’s Finest Double Sunshine IPA.

For more details, click here.

Land-Grant Brewing Co. will release the second beer in its Sun-Grant Series — Norweigian IPA — on Saturday (April 21) during its Sun-Grant Sustainability Fair.

The event runs from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Columbus brewery. It will feature everything from a visit from The Ohio State University Stone Laboratory to electric vehicles to a plant sale. There also will be food.

For more details, click here.

MadTree Brewing Co. once again is giving away tree saplings in honor of Arbor Day.

The Cincinnati brewery says it will hand out more than 6,000 baby trees when people purchase one of its beers at select retailers in Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee. A variety of trees, including Incense Cedar, Scotch Pine, Blue Spruce, Fraser Fir and Tulip Poplar, will be available.

The giveaway begins Friday (April 20) and a complete list of participating bars and restaurants can be found by clicking here.

The brewery also has made a special Drink Trees Pale Ale for the occasion. It features grapefruit and juniper and was aged on cedar spirals.

MadTree will host a kickoff party at 4 p.m. April 25 featuring the Great Parks of Hamilton County and a red-tailed hawk. A portion of the sales will be donated to Great Parks Forever.

“The Drink Trees, Plant Trees initiative is just another example of the way MadTree supports the community and sustainability in general,”MadTree Brewing sales director Michelle Graef said in a prepared statement. “We started giving out saplings last year and it was really cool to see all the pictures people sent to us showing their trees.”

 

Ohio Brewing Co. is expanding its territory.

Ohio, which is in the process of opening a brewpub in Cuyahoga Falls, has applied for a state permit to launch a production brewery and taproom in the Italian Village neighborhood in Columbus.

Brewery co-founder Chris Verich said Ohio has partnered with New Besa LLC and the Velio family to open the Columbus site, which will be located at 421 E. Second Ave. The Velio family runs bars and restaurants in Central Ohio.

“They are really good people,” Verich said. “We’re happy to partner with them.”

The plan is to open a 30-barrel brewhouse with a large beer hall. The brewery also will produce beer to distribute on draft and in bottles — and possibly cans.

“It’s finally an opportunity to meet the demand for our products,” Verich said about the production brewery.

Ohio is known for brands such as Verich Gold, O’Hoppy Ale and Jingle Bell Ale. He hopes the Columbus brewery and taproom could open as soon as late summer.

Meanwhile, the Cuyahoga Falls brewpub, 2250 Front St., hopes to open in early summer.

The brewpub, which is nearly 15,000 square feet, will be “really special,” Verich said, with an open air kitchen, live music, ample parking and an arcade with pinball, video games, air hockey and Skee-Ball.

The well-traveled Ohio Brewing last operated as a brewpub in the Highland Square neighborhood in Akron. The brewery announced plans last year to relocate to Cuyahoga Falls and the Highland Square location reopened as the Barmacy Bar & Grill.

New brewery

A new brewery is coming to Medina.

The Wrecking Crew Brew Works has filed an application with the Ohio Division of Liquor Control to open a brewery at 432 W. Friendship St.

I’m sitting down with the folks behind Wrecking Crew next week so I’ll have more details to share soon.

Beer and art

The Cuyahoga Falls Chamber of Commerce, Cuyahoga Valley Art Center, Collide and Western Reserve Hospital are sponsoring a beer and art event from 5 to 7 p.m. May 10 at the Art Center, 2131 Front St., Cuyahoga Falls.

B-Art will feature beer tastings, appetizers and dessert, with vendors including the Burntwood Tavern, Cashmere Cricket, Craft Beer Bar, Crave Cantina, HiHO Brewing Co., MadCap Brewing Co. and Sheraton Suites Akron/Cuyahoga Falls.

In addition to the beer and food, local art will be on display. Tickets are $15. For more details or tickets, go to: http://business.cfchamber.com.

Beer and music

Forest City Brewery, 2135 Columbus Road, Cleveland, will be filled with music Friday.

Chamber Brews, a Columbus-based group, will perform and talk about American classical music from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance or $12 at the door. For more details or tickets, go to: http://www.forestcitybrewery.com.

MadTree, Fat Head’s

MadTree and Fat Head’s got together last year to make General Sherman Rye Pale Ale. The Cincinnati and Middleburg Heights breweries had such a good time that they are collaborating again — this time on Lupulin Effect, an imperial IPA.

The beer, available in cans, is slated to hit the Ohio market, as well as a bit in Northern Kentucky, on May 7 through Cavalier Distributing. The four-packs will retail for $11.99.

Lupulin Effect was brewed at MadTree.

Hoppin’ Frog news

It’s a busy week for Hoppin’ Frog Brewery, 1680 E. Waterloo Road, Akron.

The brewery will celebrate National Record Store Day on Saturday with owner/brewmaster Fred Karm spinning vinyl from noon to at least 8 p.m.

Hoppin’ Frog also will tap a collaboration beer made for last week’s Rubber City Beer Fest at 3 p.m. Saturday. The Tropical Island Hoppin’ APA was made with homebrewer Larry Reuter.

If that weren’t enough, the brewery will release its Dankster Frog IPA on Friday. The beer will be sold in 12-ounce bottles for $4.99.

Hoppin’ Frog also released its Turbo Shandy Citrus Ale this week in 12-ounce four-packs.

Rubber City

The Rauch N Roll Smoked Helles took home the “People’s Choice” award at last weekend’s Rubber City Beer Fest in Akron.

The collaboration brew was made at Paradigm Shift Craft Brewery in Massillon with homebrewer Mike Yingling.

An honorable mention went to Hazeon Saison, made by Masthead Brewing Co. in Cleveland and homebrewer Rich Tomazin.

About 400 people attended the event, held at Lock 3 in downtown Akron.

Mark the calendar

The annual Blues & Brews beer festival will be held Aug. 25 at Lock 3 in downtown Akron. The event, organized by Thirsty Dog Brewing Co., will be later than previous years.

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.

Paradigm Shift Craft Brewery won the People’s Choice award for its Rauch N Roll Smoked Helles at Saturday’s Rubber City Beer Fest in Akron.

The winning beer was a collaboration brew made with Society of Akron Area Zymurgists homebrewer Mike Yingling. Paradigm Shift is located in Massillon.

An honorable mention went to Hazeon Saison, made by Masthead Brewing Co. in Cleveland in collaboration with SAAZ member Rich Tomazin.

The SAAZ group organizes the annual beer tasting, which takes place at Lock 3 in downtown Akron and focuses on smaller Ohio breweries.

 

 

Platform Beer Co. is moving into the Hoosier State.

The Cleveland-based brewery announced plans today (April 17) to expand distribution into Indiana. Platform draft is hitting the market this week, with cans arriving in May.

“Indiana presents an opportunity to expand the reach of our brand while still staying close to home,” Platform Vice President of Sales Matt Subel said in a prepared statement. “Markets such as Indianapolis have become craft beer hubs, we feel our approach, utilizing ever-changing styles and the use of unique ingredients, will fit well into this already rich brewing community.”

Platform partnered with Craftroads Beverage in Indiana.

The brewery said it plans to produce more than 150 different draft beers this year.

Platform recently was named by the Brewers Association as one of the fastest growing breweries in the United States. It operates small breweries in Cleveland and Columbus, and a larger production brewery in Cleveland. It also is in the process of opening a Cleveland brewery focused on sours and barrel aging, and a brewery in Cincinnati.

Ohio Brewing Co. is expanding its territory.

Ohio, which is in the process of opening a brewpub in Cuyahoga Falls, has applied for a state permit to launch a production brewery and taproom in the Italian Village neighborhood in Columbus.

Brewery co-founder Chris Verich said Tuesday that Ohio has partnered with New Besa LLC and the Velio family to open the Columbus site, which will be located at 421 E. Second Ave. The Velio family runs bars and restaurants in Central Ohio.

“They are really good people,” Verich said. “We’re happy to partner with them.”

The plan is to open a 30-barrel brewhouse with a large beer hall. The brewery also will produce beer to distribute on draft and in bottles — and possibly cans.

“It’s finally an opportunity to meet the demand for our products,” Verich said about the production brewery.

Ohio is known for brands such as Verich Gold, O’Hoppy Ale and Jingle Bell Ale. He hopes the Columbus brewery and taproom could open as soon as late summer.

Meanwhile, the Cuyahoga Falls brewpub, 2250 Front St., hopes to open in early summer.

The brewpub, which is nearly 15,000 square feet, will be “really special,” Verich said, with an open air kitchen, live music, ample parking and an arcade with pinball, video games, air hockey and Skee-Ball.

The well-traveled Ohio Brewing last operated as a brewpub in the Highland Square neighborhood in Akron. The brewery announced plans last year to relocate to Cuyahoga Falls and the Highland Square location reopened as the Barmacy Bar & Grill.

 

Forest City Brewery will be filled with classical music Friday. (April 20)

Chamber Brews, a Columbus-based group, will perform and talk about American classical music from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. at the Cleveland brewery.

The event will feature selections from Antonin Dvorak: String Quartet No. 12 American Op. 96; Caroline Shaw: Valencia for string quartet; Philip Glass: String Quartet No. 3 Mishima; George Gershwin: Lullaby for string quartet; and Florence Price: Five Folk Songs in Counterpoint.

The performers are: Tom Fetherston, violin; Devin Copfer, violin; Rachael Keplin, viola; and Elisabeth Jeremica, cello.

Tickets are $10 in advance or $12 at the door.

For more details, click here.

The Cuyahoga Falls Chamber of Commerce, Cuyahoga Valley Art Center, Collide and Western Reserve Hospital are sponsoring a beer and art event from 5 to 7 p.m. May 10 at the Art Center, 2131 Front St., Cuyahoga Falls.

B-Art will feature beer tastings, appetizers and dessert, showcasing the Burntwood Tavern, Cashmere Cricket, Craft Beer Bar, Crave Cantina, HiHO Brewing Co., MadCap Brewing Co. and Sheratan Suites Akron/Cuyahoga Falls.

In addition to the beer and food, there will be local art on display. Tickets are $15.

For more details or tickets, click here.

 

Barley’s Brewing Co. will host its 23rd annual Afternoon with the Brewers beer tasting from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday. (April 22)

The special event not serves only a showcase for area brewers, but it’s also when the Columbus brewpub announces the winner of its annual Homebrew Competition. Each year, the homebrew winner gets to have his or her beer brewed and available on draft at the brewpub — starting with the Afternoon with the Brewers event.

Last year’s winner was a baltic porter made by A.J. Zanyk and it will be showcased during the tasting. It was made with lager yeast and features 14 different kinds of grain.

“He’s really an exacting brewer,” Barley’s brewmaster Angelo Signorino said.

The Afternoon with the Brewers is free to attend, with people paying for the beer they drink and the food they eat.

Here’s the rundown of breweries that are participating:

• Brew Brothers

• Combustion

• Commonhouse

• Dankhouse

• Elevator

• Endeavor

• Gordon Biersch

• Granville

• Grove City

• Ill-Mannered

• Land-Grant

• Lineage

• Loose Rail

• Platform

• Pretentious

• Seventh Son

• Smokehouse

• Three Tigers

• Two Tones

• Weasel Boy

• Wolf’s Ridge

The Afternoon with the Brewers traditionally has been held in June, but was moved up this year to avoid conflicting with other events.

“Unlike most beer festivals, there is a brewer here who you can talk to,” Signorino said.

The event this year also will feature myself signing copies of my book 50 Must-Try Craft Beers of Ohio and author Curtis Schieber signing his book Columbus Beer: Recent Brewing and Deep Roots.

For more details, 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.

Congratulations to BrewDog, which received its permit for its North High Street location in Columbus.

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 April 16:

 

Southwest Ohio

 

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

• Branch and Bone Artisan Ales905 Wayne Ave., Dayton.

• Geo. Widemann Brewing Co., 4811 Vine St., St. Bernard.

• 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.)

• Off Track Brewing Co., 227 Stark St., Cincinnati.

• 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.

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

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

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

 

Northeast Ohio

 

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

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

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

• 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.)

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

• Greene Eagle Winery, 2576 Davis Peck Road, Cortland.

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

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

• Muskellunge Brewing Co., 425 Fifth St. NW, Canton.

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

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

NEW>>>>>• Shale Brewing Co., 7253 Whipple Ave. NW, North Canton. (Shale is relocating from Canton.)

• VPL, 14101 Market St., Columbiana.

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

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

 

Central Ohio

 

• BrewDog Brewing Co. LLC, 463 W. Town St., Columbus.

• BrewDog Brewing Co. LLC, 1175-1177 N. 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.)

• 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.)

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

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

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

• Renaissance Yeast Works, 638-685 Parsons Ave., Columbus.

• Stein Brewing Co. of Mount Vernon, 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.

• Drop Tine Winery and Tap House, 311 W. Main St., Montpelier.

• Findlay Brewing Co., 213 E. Crawford St., Findlay.

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

 Twin Oast Brewing, 3630 NE Catawba Road, Port Clinton.

 

Western Ohio

 

• Brunos, 110 E. Poplar, Sidney.

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

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

• Paradune Brewing Co., 10551 1/2 County Road 286, Huntsville. (Paradune has a location in Belle Center.)

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

 Roundhouse Depot Brewing, 217 W. Chillicothe Ave., Bellefontaine.

Sideswipe Brewing is hosting a party today (April 14) as the Columbus brewery releases two beers in 12-ounce cans, including its seasonal Pixelated Sun.

“We’ve heard the calling for our beers in six-pack form and have been increasing production with the goal of putting some of our favorite beers in cans,” Sideswipe founder and brewer Craig O’Herron said in a prepared statement. “We’re excited to offer beer in cans and plan to do monthly can releases at the taproom going forward.”

The party runs from 2 to 10 p.m. at the taproom, 2419 Scioto Harper Drive. Pixelated Sun will be available on tap in its original form along with grapefruit and habanero infusions.

The event also will include the release of canned six-packs of Sexy Weekend. Customers who purchase a six-pack of Pixelated Sun will be rewarded with a special surprise while supplies last, the brewery said.

Fetty’s Food Truck will be onsite.

Adam Keck is the founder and brewer at the new Modern Methods Brewing Co. in Warren. The brewery and taproom will host its grand opening celebration starting at 2 p.m. Saturday. (April 14)

Question: Why did you become a brewer?

Answer: I started homebrewing with my Dad and brother back in 2011 and by the third batch I was hooked. At the time, I just wanted to make the best beer possible and so I consumed as much on the subject as I could and brewed as much beer as I could in my parents’ garage. I caught the entrepreneur bug for the first time seriously when I realized that my passion for community organizing and Warren’s revitalization could be incorporated in my vision for a brewery and community taproom in downtown Warren.

Q: What’s the story behind the name Modern Methods?

A: Like many old steel and manufacturing towns across Ohio, Warren was known as an industrial powerhouse up through the ’70s and early ’80s. Way back in 1909, a local light manufacturer offered to fabricate and install a sign to promote the city of Warren to people traveling through town.

The city decided to ask the people: “What would you have the big sign say for Warren?” The response was overwhelming and the newspaper had to leave the application window open for weeks after the deadline because the responses kept rolling in. Eventually they decided to combine two responses and mount the phrase:

OPPORTUNITY
IT’S HERE
WARREN
CITY OF MODERN METHODS

Being a local history and manufacturing nerd, I loved the tie-in with the city’s past. I also love that “Modern Methods” is timeless and feels aspirational, so it is perfect for our passion for Warren and community-building.

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: I would have to say the first three weeks of our “soft open” have been the highlight of my brewing career. We’ve been brewing since January and we’ve kind of just been looking at these kegs like, “Well, I hope people like them.” The answer is a resounding and humbling “holy ****, this is good beer.”

I get a warm fuzzy feeling when I see locals in our taproom enjoying the hell out of a super traditional saison or European lager. I’m starting to feel some confidence that we weren’t so crazy afterall for starting a craft brewery in an alley in an old steel town. On top of the initial success of the taproom, it’s just been incredibly rewarding to build our team and company culture from the ground up. Our head brewer Jeff Constantine and assistant brewer Tiffany Tatar work “part time,” but have each put in the equivalent of a full-time work week in the span of days at times. And my wife Sarah and too many volunteers, friends and family, and boosters are working like crazy to the taps flowing. The pace is insane, physically and mentally exhausting, and the most fun I’ve ever had.

Q: Usually I ask brewers what their best-selling beer is. But with Modern Methods being so new, I’ll mix this up. If someone walks into your brewery today and can have only one beer, which beer do you hand them and why? (And just assume this individual likes all styles. In other words, which beer are you most proud of or think best represents your brewery.)

A: Gretchen, our Munich Helles Lager, is what I’d give them. While we hang our hats on our bold, “craft” styles like any other brewery amid the American beer renaissance, we are huge traditional style nerds. Gretchen is a perfect example of that. It’s easy-drinking — and we can confidently serve it to someone who comes in asking for a B-word — but true-to-style. There’s a depth of malty, “liquid bread” flavor and a delicate Noble hop finish that I think would make my Bavarian relatives smile!

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

A: Any Trappist beer, because that would mean that I was a monk and living the Abbey life! I think every brewer quietly wishes that he or she was living an ascetic life, free of the encumbrance of the material world, and just brewing beer. After a brutal buildout/startup process and now taking on the duties of running a company (which I’m learning involves less brewing), the monk’s life is looking pretty good …

Editor’s note: The Five questions with … appears each Friday. If you would like to participate or would like to nominate someone to participate, send me an email at [email protected].

 

Christian Moerlein Brewing Co. is releasing Se7en Hefeweizen, its Bavarian-style wheat beer, in 12-ounce six-packs and on draft starting Friday. (April 13)

The Cincinnati brewery said the beer has been a perennial favorite at the Moerlein Lager House, its affiliated brewpub.

The Christian Moerlein Malt House Taproom at 1621 Moore St. will feature Se7en Hefeweizen on tap starting at 4 p.m. The brewery also will have six-packs available.

The beer, a cloudy hefeweizen with banana and clove aromas, is 4.9 percent alcohol by volume.  The brewery said that Se7en Hefeweizen “is inspired by the hills, recipe, vices, and virtues of Cincinnati, numbering seven.”

Warped Wing Brewing Co. is teaming up with Omega Music to release a special high-alcohol beer for National Record Store Day.

2XLP, a double IPA, is 10.5 percent alcohol by volume and 90 IBUs.

“This is a celebration of great local artists and artisans,” brewery co-founder Nick Bowman said in a prepared statement. “And we could not be prouder than to partner with Omega Music on this special day.”

The Dayton brewery will host a release party at 5 p.m. April 21. 2XLP will be available on tap and in limited-edition 500ml bottles for $7.00.

The beer will be released to retail partners April 23.

 

The Germania Society of Cincinnati is launching a monthly Summer Biergarten Series at its park at 3529 W. Kemper Road.

Biergarten evenings will be free and open to the public.

The first will occur May 11. The series will then continue June 8, July 27, Aug. 10, Sept. 14 and Oct. 26. Each event will run from 6 p.m. to 12 a.m.

The Summer Biergartens will feature a family-friendly environment, live music and German food.

Taft’s Brewing Co. (June), Braxton Brewing Co. (July), West Side Brewing Co. (August) and Fretboard Brewing Co. (September) will host tap takeovers over the course of the series. Each takeover will feature at least three of the participating brewery’s beers.

The May and October events will feature beers from all four breweries. The Biergarten evenings will feature imported German beers.

MadTree and Fat Head’s got together last year to make General Sherman Rye Pale Ale. The Cincinnati and Middleburg Heights breweries had such a good time that they are collaborating again — this time on Lupulin Effect, an imperial IPA.

The beer, available in cans, is slated to hit the Ohio market, as well as a bit in Northern Kentucky, on May 7 through Cavalier Distributing. The four-packs will retail for $11.99.

Lupulin Effect was brewed at MadTree.

“We are rolling some of the first shrink sleeved cans we’ve ever done which felt a little strange at first,” MadTree spokesman Mike Stuart said. “But, we got on board with the idea of non-printed cans when we learned about some the different colors and textures we could play with.”

The green can features both breweries logos. There’s also a circle with a matte finish, while the rest of the can is gloss.

“We also made some of the hop geometric patterns clear so the aluminum can substrate would shine through,” Stuart said. “As much as the brewers had fun developing a hop-fueled imperial IPA, the designers from both breweries had fun playing with the artwork.

“Beyond the beautiful packaging, the beer itself will stand on its own as a strong Ohio IPA,” he continued. “Both breweries are regarded for their hoppy beers and this is no exception. The hop bill consists of Chinook, Citra and Denali hops. A little unique here was the addition of 30 pounds of whole leaf Denali hops to the mash — not something we have done before. We are also extending the fermentation tank time a little longer to three weeks to ensure all that lupulin is pulled out of the dry hopping. The finished beer ABV is being targeted at 8 to 8.5 percent to make it robust but not overwhelming.”

Stuart added that there’s a family connection between MadTree and Fat Head’s — with brothers Patrick and Jacob Stratton working for the breweries.

“Patrick Stratton is the Fat Head’s sales rep for southern Ohio and Jacob Stratton is our sales rep for the Dayton and Toledo markets,” he said. “To say that these two can be competitive is a bit of an understatement. There is a lot of good-natured jawing going on between those two leading up to the launch and they will be watching sales figures extra close to earn bragging rights.”

 

Millersburg Brewing Co. and Brewnuts, which makes craft beer-based doughnuts in Cleveland, have teamed up for a special beer and doughnut brunch from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 21.

The event, held at the brewery at 60 E. Jackson St. in Millersburg, will feature a flight of four beers (or one Bloody Mary), four brewnuts and bacon.

Tickets are $10. Reservations must be made in advance by calling 330-674-4728 or emailing [email protected].

 

Buckeye Lake Brewery is looking to expand.

“We are at capacity,” founder Rich Hennosy says. “We are selling every drop as fast as we can make it.”

He has proposed buying a vacant beer drive-thru located next to the brewery and owned by the village of Buckeye Lake to add a new 5,000- to 6,000-square-foot building for production. The brewery also plans to upgrade to a 15-barrel brewhouse and add more fermenters, with Hennosy saying he’s ready to invest about $700,000 in the project.

Buckeye Lake — known for brands such as Buckeye Lake Blonde, Shovelhead 2X IPA and Legend Valley IPA — released an artist’s rendering of the new brewery on social media.

If the village won’t sell the property, Hennosy said he will begin looking elsewhere in the village for a new site.

 

 

 

The Society of Akron Area Zymurgists has released the brewery and beer list for the fourth annual Rubber City Beer Fest.

The beer tasting is set for 3 to 7 p.m. Saturday (April 14) at Lock 3 park in downtown Akron. Rubber City will serve as the debut for both Akronym and Missing Mountain, two breweries that have yet to open in Akron and Cuyahoga Falls, respectively.

Tickets are $40 in advance or $45 at the door if available. For more details, click here.

Here’s the rundown:

• Akronym: Henry IPA and Sunset Wedding Stout

• Birdfish: Galaxy Jones Hazy IPA and Bitches Be Trippin’

• Black Cloister: Chained Dog Belgian Golden Strong and Icon Russian Imperial Stout

• The Brew Kettle: El Lupulo Libre and Gigantic Holzzig-Imperial Helles Lager

• BrewDog: Hazy Jane IPA and Elvis Juice IPA

• Butcher and the Brewer: La Femme Blonde, Albino Stout and Well Everyone Else Is Making These, So I Guess I Will Hazy IPA

• Cornerstone: TBD

• Crafted Artisan Meadery: Baklava to the Future Mead and Planet of Grapes Mead

• Elevator: 3 Frogs IPA and 380 IPA

• Fat Head’s: Head Hunter and Head Trip

• Feisty Brood Meadery: Coffee Adoration, Spiced Sensation, Citrus Inspiration, Citrus Temptation and Orange Blossom.

• FigLeaf: Basmatic Cream Ale and ISO Tropical IPA

• Goldhorn: Weizenbock and Fogarty Clan Dry Stout

• Hansa: Scoring Postion Maibock and JUG Hefeweizen

• Headtrip: Bike & Hike Belgian Rye IPA and 15th St. Wheat + Blueberry

• HiHO: HiHazyHo IPA and Kolsch

• Hoppin’ Frog: Tropical Hoppin To Spring APA and Devil Strip Black n Tan IPA

• Jackie O’s: Razz Wheat and Athens Grave DIPA

• JAFB Wooster: Burner IPA, LA Nina IPA and Grain Bay Motel Lager

• Lager Heads: Tackle Box Pils and Wee Heavy

• Little Fish: Saison du Poisson, and No-Fi Farmhouse IPA

• Lockport: Ruckus IPA and Zoar The LockPorter

• Lucky Owl: Peanut Butter Cup Coffee Premise Sweet Stout, Hot Smokey Premise Sweet Stout, Hungarian Premise Sweet Stout and Premise Sweet Stout

• MadCap: English Porter and Bullet IPA

• MadTree: Pyschopathy IPA and Axis Muni

• Magic City: Mockingbird Gose and Mexican Stout

• Maize Valley: Cursed and Galaxy Smasher IPA

• Masthead: Hoppy Saison and TBD

• Millersburg: Quadrupel and Back Country Burning

• Missing Mountain: Electric Boots Mohair Suits Robust Porter and Orangier Orange Creamsicle Ale

• Mucky Duck: Blue Blue Berry Ale and Dazy Duck IPA

• Paladin: Dark Amber Barleywine and Double Edge Sword DIPA

• Paradigm Shift: Rauch n Roll Smoked Helles and Wonderwall IPA

• R. Shea: Oppressor of Saints and Orange Mango Citra Shandy

• Royal Docks: Crime of Passionfruit IPA and Backyard Crusher

• Sandy Springs: Jay Hole Rye IPA and Hometown Imperial Brown

• Saucy: Habituale Kolsch and Saucy Love You Bye Hazy IPA

• Seventh Son: Proliferious DIPA and Balhomet Belgian Tripel

• Sibling Revelry: Blood Brood and Lavender Wit

• Thirsty Dog: Brett Saison and TBD

• Two Monks: TBD

• Urban Artifact: Pinwheel Kumquat Gose and Postcard Farmhouse Sour IPA

• Wadsworth: Imperial Belgian Wit and River Styx Monster

• Wild Ohio: Blueberry Lavender and Daly Palmer

• Willoughby: Larry’s Out and Wild Irish Ale