Night At The Brewseum a stunning success

Capstone event of Cleveland Beer Week, and replacement for Brewzilla, held at Cleveland Museum of Natural History sells out in first year

By Jason Jugenheimer, Special to Northeast Ohio Craft Brewery News

Cleveland, OH – Thank you to [Cleveland Beer Week volunteer board member] Rick Seibt for the opportunity to attend Cleveland Beer Week’s final event, Night at the Brewseum. This is definitely an event that you need to mark on your calendar next year and get tickets to. This year sold out, and for good reason. Over 150 beers on tap from breweries across the region, state and nation. There was literally something for everyone.

Add to that great eats from some of Cleveland’s best restaurants, and you have an unforgettable event. My favorite tastes were the Tremont Taphouse pierogis. Everything, however, was top notch and flavorful: Great food to pair with the beer.

There were a lot of great beers… way too many to list, but these were a few that stood out: Little Fish Brewing Company Peach Reinheitsgewhat? and Nowhere In Particular Batch #306 Black Peach Gose were enjoyable and both merited a return. Brick and Barrel Brewing Pinot Saison and Bookhouse Brewing Question Time Red wine barrel-aged Biere de Garde with Brett were outstanding. Noble Beast Brewing Co. shared their phenomenal We Don’t Rat, We Don’t Run, an Oak Foeder Aged Barleywine coming in at 17% ABV.

The Ohio Hop Growers Guild shared a wet hop collaboration beer between Barn Talk Hops of Wadsworth, Yarian Quality Malts of Columbiana, and BIRDFISH BREWING CO. to highlight the feasibility and quality of creating beers using all Ohio ingredients.

The showstoppers however, and truly the reason you need to attend this event next year, are the collaboration beers. Pizzasaurus Rex by Fat Head’s Brewery, Little Fish, Noble Beast and Bookhouse was amazing. The amber ale with garlic, red pepper flakes, oregano and tomatoes stole the show in this reporters opinion.

The collaboration Pebbles Berliner Weisse by Terrestrial Brewing Company, Thirsty Dog Brewing Co., Forest City Brewing, and Royal Docks Brewing Co. with Fruity Pebbles was excellent.

Finally, the Ancient Grain Saison collaboration with Sibling Revelry Brewing, Goldhorn Brewery, Cornerstone Brewing Company, and Akronym Brewing combined Einkorn, Emmer and Spelt with pomegranate to create a unique farmhouse saison with a hint of tartness.

Thanks to all the breweries, restaurants volunteers and organizers who made this event happen. We cannot wait till next year. #CLEBeerWeek

Craft Beer Bar in Cuyahoga Falls to host first ever NEOCBN Meet Up: Here’s How to Get Your Tickets

Cuyahoga Falls, OH – Cuyahoga Falls based Craft Beer Bar, in cooperation with two members of the Northeast Ohio Craft Brewery News Facebook page, will host the first ever meet up for members of the group founded as an extension of the NEOCBN page. The objective is to get together with fellow beerheads and meet in person the people you interact daily or weekly with in the online group.

The meet up will occur between noon and 6pm on Sunday November 10th. The Falls based business is typically closed on Sundays, but has graciously opened their doors specifically to Group Members interested in sharing beers and meeting their fellow craft beer loving fans for the first time. It is a ticketed event and not open to the public. The Cleveland Browns game will be televised in the bar that day, and food will be available for purchase. Depending on the number of tickets sold, Craft Beer Bar may open their kitchen, OR a food truck may be on site.

Tickets are just $10 at the door (each person that RSVPs may reserve up to two tickets). When you arrive you will receive a ticket redeemable at the bar for your first beer of choice, and light snacks will be available to graze on. Your ticket also gets you entry in a raffle for swag prizes, including stickers, pint glasses, hats, shirts, and gift cards generously donated by local breweries. All beer on tap that day will be local Ohio breweries.

To RSVP, an email address has been set up. The email is The email will be monitored daily and at 9pm each night we will post to the Facebook page and group how many tickets remain available. There is a strict limit of 100 tickets being sold.

The address for Craft Beer Bar is 1846 Front Street, in Cuyahoga Falls. If the event is a success, there may be future meet ups.

Phoenix Brewing Getting Dangerous In Mansfield

Mansfield Brewery Gearing Up For First Ever Can Release

Mansfield, OH – A Mansfield craft brewing institution is releasing their beer in cans for the first time ever, five full years after their founding, and it’s getting dangerous in town once again. The Phoenix Brewing Company announced today the release of Danger City Brown Ale in 16 oz cans. Four packs of the brew will be available in the Phoenix Brewing Company taproom starting Sunday, September 29th and in other local establishments soon.
The Danger City Brown Ale, a core Phoenix beer, and the first beer canned by the Phoenix, was originally introduced in 2014, the year the brewery was founded. It is described as being brewed with American 2-Row Barley and Chocolate Malts for bold notes of toffee, caramel, and roast, pouring a dark brown color and finishing with light fruit notes from English yeast. A ow 5.2% ABV and 30 IBUs makes this a smooth and sessionable brew with low bitterness.
“We are excited to offer the Danger City as our first can release just in time for fall,” said Chief Marketing Officer Carmine Macfarlane in a press release. “It is a great full flavored, sessionable beer that is enjoyable all year long, but pairs very well with football weather. These 16 oz cans are perfect because you get a full pint. And unlike the nickname, the Danger City Brown Ale is not threatening in any way. It is just a solid beer for hard-working people.”
Many people will believe that with the first ever can release being a Brown Ale and the word “Danger” in the beer that somehow there is a tie in to the Cleveland Browns and second year quarterback Baker Mayfield’s now infamous “I woke up feeling dangerous” comment from a post game press conference after a particularly impressive performance in a victory during his rookie season. However, there is no actual tie in with the QB or the football team an hour and half to the north of Phoenix’s home base. Rather, the city of Mansfield had been dubbed “Danger City” in the 70’s after businesses abandoned the downtown in favor of the new suburban mall.
The press release went on to explain that “The Danger City Brown Ale was inspired by the spirit of transformation and the vision of hard-working, industrious people who believed in the power of restoration and revitalized the downtown. This beer celebrates their efforts and perseverance.
The can design embraces Mansfield’s rich history showcasing many iconic buildings from the area, including the Phoenix Brewing Company and features co-owner Steve Zigmund, whose favorite beer happens to be the Danger City. The beers were canned by mobile cannery, Iron Heart Canning in the Phoenix production facility.
Cans will be available directly from the Phoenix taproom starting Sunday, September 29th and will be distributed to local establishments soon after.

About The Phoenix Brewing Company: Founded by local beer enthusiasts looking to bring a craft beer revival to Mansfield, The Phoenix Brewing Company took flight in April 2014 in a restored 1914 mortuary and funeral home near the original pre-prohibition brewery district. The partners have combined their love of craft beer and over 30 years of brewing experience to create an authentic pub experience filled with quality craft beer and live music. The beers are inspired by the history of the building itself and local legends from the Mansfield area.  

Columbiana’s Lamppost Farm to host 2019 Hop Harvest Festival

Columbiana, OH – Lamppost Farm will host Hop Harvest Festival 2019 next Saturday, August 17th, from 11am-7pm. The free event is open to the public and is being billed as a family friendly event, and includes yard games, disc golf tournaments, the 2nd annual Hop Scotch tournament, #cleaneats, a demonstration by Biker BrewHouse (the 2019 Farmageddon Champ), beers by BIRDFISH BREWING CO. + more.

Full description of the event from the Lamppost Farm Facebook Event Page:

A free, community celebration, the 2019 Hop Harvest Festival features:

• All day hops picking (11am-7pm)

• Croquet, Kan Jam & Beersbie (yard games)

• BIRDFISH BREWING CO. beers (for purchase)

• Lamppost Farm quality meats, pizzas & festival food (for purchase)

• 1-3pm The Conkle Brothers – live music

• 1-4pm Beer Brewing Demonstration by Biker BrewHouse (Champions of #Farmageddon2019)

• 2pm Disc Golf Tournaments (A Par 2 course & an 18-Hole Ace Race – $5 each, prizes)

• 3-5pm Michale and Emily Estok – live music

• 5pm 2nd Annual Hop Scotch Tournament ($2, prizes)

• 5:30-6:30pm Larry Elephante – live music

Free and open to ALL AGES. The Farm Store will be open throughout the event so guests can shop for high-quality grass-fed/pastured meat and poultry products, Lamppost signature T-shirts and works by local artisans.

“Our Annual Hop Harvest Festival allows us to celebrate friends, family and the value of our collaborations, like those we have with Birdfish, by showcasing locally produced, high-quality, products in a setting that builds a sense of community,” explains Lamppost Farm’s Director of Organizational Life Melanie Montgomery.

Individuals must be 21+ to purchase alcohol. Guests are asked to bring their own lawn chairs and picnic blankets.

Royal Docks to host release party for special Pro Football Hall of Fame edition of popular IPA

Canton, OH – On Wednesday, July 24th, Royal Docks Brewing Co. in Canton, Ohio will release of a special Pro Football Hall of Fame edition of their autumn favorite, Leatherhead IPA.

Entertainment will be provided by DJ Barkey Chives and there will be giveaways, including a chance to win a Backyard BBQ with a Pro Football Hall of Famer with the purchase of a 6 pack of Leatherhead.

Per the Royal Docks event page for the can release, “The Backyard BBQ Sweepstakes will provide one lucky winner and 19 of their friends and family with a Backyard BBQ experience with a Pro Football Hall of Famer. The BBQ will take place at the winner’s place of residence and they will be provided with all-inclusive food, drinks, and the company of a Gold Jacket (a term used for a living member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame). The sweepstakes will open up with the release of the Pro Football Hall of Fame Edition of Leatherhead IPA and will run through mid-September. Full details will be available at”

BREAKING: Voodoo Brewery announces first location in Ohio

Cleveland Heights, OH – Acclaimed Brewers Voodoo Brewing, of Meadville, PA announced today that they are expanding into Ohio, their first foray outside of the state of Pennsylvania. The brewery has brewpubs throughout the state of Pennsylvania in Erie, Grove City, Pittsburgh, State College, Lancaster, Homestead, and New Kensington. The brewery, known for their Good Vibes Beerfest and their Black Magick series of barrel aged imperial stouts, will open a Taproom this summer on Lee Road in Cleveland Heights. The full press release is below:

The employee-owners of Voodoo Brewing Company are pleased to announce the newest Voodoo-branded Brewpub, which will be located in Cleveland Heights, OH. This independently-owned pub will be part of the Lee Rd Business Community, we are beyond excited to be involved in this community’s ongoing transformation. This pub will not only feature year round beer selections but also pub exclusives. Patrons will also be able to enjoy the same eclectic pub fare that they have grown to love at other Voodoo Brewery locations. 


Throughout our 13-year history, we have always had a commitment to our loyal regional fans and we cannot wait to bring our world class beer, quirky personalities, and relaxed atmosphere to Cleveland Heights and greater North East Ohio Community. 


For updates on this project, please follow our Facebook page: @voodoobreweryCLE


We would like to thank the city of Cleveland Heights and all other community stakeholders for their hard work and dedication toward this project. We cannot wait to have a beer with you soon! 


We hope for a grand opening this summer.  Please email jake@voodoobrewery.comwith all press inquiries. 

Cincinnati area breweries band together for Dayton Tornado relief

Cincinnati, OH — As many as five tornadoes ripped through the Dayton and Celina areas on Monday night causing widespread damage. At least one person was killed.

A number of Cincinnati area breweries were among the first businesses to step forward with an offer of help. In a press release from Taft’s Brewing Company, brewery spokesperson Erin Weinert stated that “All Cincy breweries have been asked to join forces to help those in need following the devastating events.”

Here are some details from the press release:

What: Cincinnati breweries are rallying together to support our neighbors in the north! Breweries can support the effort however they see fit; donating items, hosting donation drop-off sites, donating to Red Cross, hosting fundraising nights, etc. 

When: Now  Friday morning (Taft’s Brewing Co & Grainworks Brewing Co will be driving all donated items to Dayton Friday afternoon, 5/31. Rhinegeist Brewery will be doing an additional drop off on Monday morning, 6/3.)

Get Involved: check out how local breweries are involved and jump in to help those in need – Facebook event here with growing list of breweries involvement;

  • Taft’s Brewing Co.: 
    • Donation drop off site at Taft’s Brewpourium: bottled water, non-perishable food items, clothing 

  • Streetside Brewery:
    • Donation drop off site: bottled water, non-perishable food items, clothing

    3 Points Urban Brewery:

    • Donating bottled water, volunteering to organize donation items 

    Grainworks Brewing Co:

      • Donation drop off site; bottled water, non-perishable food, clothing
  • March First Brewing: 
      • Donation drop off site; bottled water, non-perishable food, clothing

  • Little Miami Brewing Co: 
      • Fundraising pint night this Friday – new milk stout will be named ‘Dayton Strong’ & $1 from every pint sold will go directly to relief efforts

  • Rhinegeist Brewery: 
      • Donation drop off site through Sunday 6/2; bottled water, non-perishable food, clothing
      • Helping to run another round of donations to Dayton on Monday

    Large group of Ohio brewers coming together in massive fundraiser for one of their own

    Brew Good, Do Good.

    It’s a phrase tossed around often in the craft brewing industry, and industry known for its altruism and the many ways that the community comes together, not just for many smaller local charities, but also for big catastrophic events such as when legacy craft brewer Sierra Nevada organized a massive fundraiser for the victims of the Camp Fire forest fires in Northern California last fall.

    The Ohio brewing community is no exception. When Patrick Gangwer, the head brewer at Granville, Ohio’s Three Tigers Brewing was diagnosed with Stomach/Lower Esophageal Cancer, the community decided to throw a massive fundraiser for him. Gangwer, who also previously served as the brewer at Gahanna’s Kindred Beer, will be starting chemotherapy treatment soon. Patrick is a beloved member of the brewing community, and by all accounts is a good friend, husband and father of three children. Amanda Bruns of Brick and Barrel Brewing in Cleveland called him “a giant teddy bear”.

    This Thursday, May 23, participating breweries are going to be donating a portion of their proceeds to Patrick and his family. Each of the participating breweries below will be trying to help make a difference in Patrick Gangwer’s Cancer Fight.

    Participating Breweries (so far):

    2 Tones Brewing Co.

    Barley’s Brewing Company

    Buck’s Brewing Co

    Buckeye Lake Brewery

    Combustion Brewery & Taproom

    DankHouse Brewing Company

    Double Edge Brewing Co.

    Eldridge and Fiske Brewing Company

    Elevator Brewing Company

    Endeavor Brewing

    The Granville Brewing Company (event on 5/24)

    Grove City Brewing Company

    Hofbrauhaus Columbus

    Homestead Beer Company

    Ill Mannered Brewing Company

    Jackie O’s Brewery


    Land-Grant Brewing Company

    Lineage Brewing

    Little Fish Brewing Company

    Loose Rail Brewing

    Nocterra Brewing Co.

    North High Brewing

    Nostalgia Brewing

    Olentangy River Brewing Company

    Parsons North Brewing Company

    Platform Beer Co – Columbus

    Pretentious Barrel House

    Restoration Brew Worx

    Seventh Son Brewing

    Sideswipe Brewing

    Sixth Sense Brewing & Taproom

    Stein Brewing Company

    Temperance Row Brewing Co

    Three Tigers Brewing Company

    Trek Brewing Company

    Weasel Boy Brewing

    Wolf’s Ridge Brewing

    Wooly Pig Farm Brewery

    Zaftig Brewing Co. (Separate event on 5/24)

    Additional support and contributions from:

    Columbus Brewing Company

    Wild Ohio Brewing Company

    Columbus Beerfest

    NEOCBN wishes Patrick the best of luck in the fight of his life and will pray for a complete remission and full recovery from this awful disease.

    Hightower Brewing Company to celebrate 2 Year Anniversary

    Rayland, OH – Hightower Brewing Company will celebrate their two year anniversary the weekend of May 17th and 18th, 2019z

    The Rayland, Ohio brewery south of Steubenville and across the Ohio River from Wheeling, West Virginia plans a “mega tap list”, featuring multiple new beers on draft and some beers being released in cans for the first time. Among the offerings:

    *FARMHOUSE 45 with Blackberries- A kettle soured farmhouse ale aged in Pinot Noir barrels with 50 lbs of Blackberries. 250 22 ounce bombers, limit 4 per person.

    *FARMHOUSE 45 with Apricots- A kettle soured farmhouse ale aged in Pinor Noir barrels with 50 lbs of apricots. 250 22 ounce bombers, limit 4 per person.

    *A BEDTIME STORY CHAPTER 3- Aged in a Jim Beam barrel with Kona coffee beans, Madagascar vanilla beans, and cacao nibs. 500 22 ounce bombers limit 4 per person.

    *YAMA YAMA IIPA- Owner / Brewer Greg Whiting’s favorite IPA to date makes it’s debut in cans.

    *PERFECT 3RD IIIPA- The brewery’s first triple IPA to see cans.

    *THROUGH MY LENS- Strawberry Pie back on Co2 and Nitro and seeing cans for the first time.

    *MAZ- Their first lager on draft and in cans.

    *PARTY AT THE DANK TOWER- Our collaboration with Dankhouse Brewing of Newark, Ohio; IIPA- draft only

    **TOP SECRET COLLAB #2** Draft and Cans, Check Hightower Facebook page for more details

    More new beers are promised. Keep checking Hightower’s social media for new announcements.

    The brewery also promises a full slate of weekend entertainment including live music and food trucks.

    Friday’s Music lineup:

    4- 6PM Ashley Best

    6-8PM AllEndsWell

    8-10PM Matt VanFossen

    Saturday’s Music Lineup:

    12-3PM Jim Berze

    3-4PM Zoe Buccella

    4-6PM Luke Burkhardt

    6-8PM Gypsy Cowboys

    8-10PM Joe Zelek

    Friday’s Food truck is The Wood Fired Pizza Company

    Saturday’s Food trucks are Desperado Dogs and Rollin’ Smoke Down Home BBQ and Fixins.

    The brewery is currently in the construction stages for their new building and tap house. Though situated in a remote location they’ve quickly gained a solid reputation in that part of the state, sporting a 4+ cap cumulative rating for all their beers on the social drinking / rating site UnTappd.

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