Fourteen Breweries from six counties join forces to form Ohio’s fifth Ale Trail
Fourteen breweries from six counties on both sides of the Ohio-Pennsylvania state line are joining forces for the first time and launching the fifth “Ale Trail” in the state of Ohio. The first trail, the Columbus Ale Trail, is currently in its third year. It launched in May of 2015 with 20 participating breweries, and as that scene has exploded, so too has the number of breweries on the trail. The 2017 version saw 37 breweries, up from 28 in 2016. The next trail to launch was the Summit Brew Path launched in February of 2017 to great hype, and was quickly followed by the Cincinnati Brewery Passport and the Darke County Whiskey, Wine & Ale Trail. The State Line Brewers Guild are hopeful this will do for the Mahoning Valley what the other paths have done in other parts of the state: Call attention to the great beer being made locally and launch a new wave of “beer tourism” that benefits all parties involved.
The Ale Trail also has an outdoors component to it. The Rust Belt Revival Trail Coalition Mountain Bike group, a 501c-3 non profit whose mission is to preserve, protect, and promote mountain bike access and diverse riding opportunities throughout the Steel Valley, is a sponsor, and the Ale Trail will feature an actual bike trail that connects most of the breweries, at least on the Ohio side. The Mahoning Valley Flight Crew is also a sponsor and promoter, as is B-Hoppy Hops candies. The trail plans a 2018, Q1 launch, with passports being printed and distributed by February. Like other trails, it will be passport themed with each brewery having a unique stamp. The passports will be available locally at each of the fourteen breweries and participants who complete all fourteen will receive a SLBG/RBRTC fanny pack.
The participating breweries are:
- Trumbull County: Modern Methods Brewing Company (Warren) – opening in 2018
- Mahoning County: Biker Brewhouse (Austintown), Paladin Brewing (Austintown), and Noble Creature Cask House (Youngstown)
- Columbiana County: Birdfish Brewing Co. (Columbiana), Numbers Brewing Company (Lisbon), Sandy Springs Brewing Company (Minerva)
- Mercer County: Brewtus Brewing (Sharon), Mortals Key Brewing Company (Shenango), Stone Church Brewing (Hermitage)
- Lawrence County: Crane Room (CR) Brewing Company (New Castle), Crooked Tongue Brewing (Edinburgh)
- Beaver County: Beaver Brewing (Beaver Falls), Brixton Brewing (Rochester)