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Ohio Craft Brewers Association Announces Return of Ale-O-Ween to Dayton this fall

Annual beer festival will return to the Steam Plant downtown.

The beerfest, one of three key fundraising events for the Ohio Craft Brewers Association (OCBA), will return for a second year on Saturday October 20th. Other key events are the Winter Warmer Fest in Cleveland and Six One Pour in Columbus.

Read the entire press release below:

DAYTON, Ohio – Promising no tricks and even more treats than last year, the Ohio Craft Brewers Association presents the second annual Ale-O-Ween festival at the Dayton Steam Plant on Saturday, October 20 from 6-9 p.m.

Building on the success of 2017’s inaugural Halloween-themed craft beer festival, forty Ohio craft breweries will be pouring samples of seasonal styles and popular favorites. Ale-O-Ween will also take advantage of the Steam Plant’s outdoor space this year, allowing for more attendees and more participating breweries.

Early bird discount tickets will go on sale for one day only, Monday, August 20, with general admission tickets available for $30 each and 5 p.m. early admission tickets available for $40 each. Starting Tuesday, August 21, general admission tickets can be purchased in advance for $40 and early admission tickets for $50. All regular admission and early admission ticket holders will receive a souvenir glass and tasting tickets for 20 four-ounce samples.

New this year is the Ale-O-Ween Six-Pack: purchase five regular or early admission tickets, get one ticket of equal value free. Designated driver admission is also available for $15 and includes a food truck voucher. Tickets can be purchased online at http://www.beerfesttickets.com/aleoween2018

In addition to craft beer samples, Ale-O-Ween will feature live music by The AmpFibians and Team Void, food from Pa’s Pork and The Drunken Waffle, face painting, tarot card reading and a costume contest. Ohio On Tap passport app users in attendance will earn five bonus passport stamps to be used to redeem prizes from the Ohio Craft Brewers Association.

Lyft is offering discounted rides to and from Ale-O-Ween. Riders can enter promo code ALEOWEEN18 for 25% off two rides (up to a $5 discount per ride) on the day of the event.

Last year’s Ale-O-Ween was the first public event at The Steam Plant, located at 617 E. Third Street in downtown Dayton, and will return to the venue for this year’s festivities. Built in 1907, the former Dayton Power & Light power-generating facility has been renovated for use as an event venue, carefully preserving the unique architectural features such as high ceilings, exposed beams, brick walls and iconic floor-to-ceiling windows.

This year’s participating breweries include:

Branch & Bone Artisan Ales

Carillon Brewing Company

Crooked Handle Brewing Company

The Dayton Beer Company

Devil Wind Brewing

Elevator Brewing Company

Eudora Brewing Company

Fat Head’s Brewery

Fifth Street Brewpub

Fretboard Brewing Company

Grainworks Brewing Company

Great Lakes Brewing Company

Hairless Hare Brewing Company

Heavier Than Air Brewing

Lock 27 Brewing

Lucky Star Brewery

Maumee Bay Brewing Company

Mother Stewart’s Brewing

Municipal Brew Works

North High Brewing Company

Paradigm Shift Brewing

The Phoenix Brewing Company

Platform Beer Co.

Pretentious Barrel House

Roundhouse Depot Brewing Company

Royal Docks Brewing Company

Sibling Revelry Brewing

Star City Brewing

Streetside Brewery

Urban Artifact

Warped Wing Brewing Company

Wild Ohio Brewing

Wolf’s Ridge Brewing

Yellow Springs Brewery

Up-to-date brewery list can be found at http://ohiocraftbeer.org/ale-o-ween

Sandy Springs Brewing Company to add “Brewers Quarters” lodging options

Minerva, OH — The husband and wife team behind Minerva’s Sandy Springs Brewing Company have purchased two adjacent buildings next to the downtown brewery and plan to put in ‘Brewers Quarters’.

“We get people every week from far away. Now we will have a cool place for them to stay [when they are in town]”, said owner Amanda Conrad. “We partnered with Ross and Renae Blair (our contractors [who helped build the brewery]. We are like family now after the whole brewery project. We hope to have the first one open by the holidays. It will be a two bedroom unit.”

Conrad and her husband Andy say the buildings need some major TLC, but they also say they love to restore old buildings. Anyone who has set foot in their downtown taproom can see the love they put into bringing an old blighted building back to life, so there is no doubt they will put the same energy and love into restoring these buildings as they did into the building that now houses their 5 barrel brewery and taproom.

“They are going to be just like our brewery. The same furniture and old wood,” continued Amanda Conrad. The taproom utilizes reclaimed wood from a 200 year old family barn that burned down while they were in the planning stages of the building of Sandy Springs.

“When Andy and I moved back to Ohio in 2013 and were in the process of [developing] our business plan, we travelled around to study more about what was working on our area,” she said. “We knew what we liked out west, but were unsure how it would be accepted here in the northeast.”

Specifically she mentioned remembering wanting to go to a certain brewery about 2 hours away from where they were living at the time, wanting to spend a night close to the brewery, and being unable to find any lodging options on AirBNB, the online bed and breakfast booking site. It was that inability to find something close to where they were staying that stuck with them, and they knew they would want to eventually have some sort of option along those lines for visitors traveling from out of town to visit their own brewery.

The plan is to offer different packages that tie in with a visit to the brewery and encourage visitation to other area businesses while in town.

“Our small town has a lot to offer,” Conrad said. “We can’t wait to have more people here to show them why we love this town so much!”

They are naming the new venture the “Sandy Springs Brewing Company Brewers Quarters”. Each unit will be named something different, and of course it will be brewery themed: The Cellarman, The Assistant, The Brewmaster, etc.

Beer tourism has become big business across the country, and the idea of lodging physically attached to the brewery is not a new one. Scotland based brewery BrewDog, which last year opened their first production facility in Ohio just outside of Columbus, plans to open a massive hotel later this month which features a beer bar on each room among other amenities. Sandy Springs venture won’t be as grandiose in scale, but the rooms themselves will have the same rustic and cozy feel that the taproom has.

You can follow their progress on social media.

Facebook: SsbcBrewersQuarters

Instagram: ssbcbrewersquarters

Forest City Brewing and The Beer Run Store join forces for Hops N Fest

Middleburg Heights, OH – The Beer Run Store in Middleburg Heights, Ohio and Forest City Brewery in Cleveland, Ohio have announced they are bringing together mostly smaller area breweries at Forest City in a celebration of hops called Hops N Fest. This is the second year for this event.

The fest will occur on Saturday, August 25th, from 4-7pm. Tickets are $40 and only available at The Beer Run Store and include a ticket for all available beers that night, and appetizers. A food truck will be on site selling additional food if the appetizers and beer don’t quite fill your stomach.

Confirmed so far are Forest City, Brick and Barrel, Goldhorn, Noble Beast, Royal Docks, Boss Dog Brewing, Working Class Brewery, and three more for a total of 10 (but they are working on a few more). This is a great way to sample some of the smaller breweries that don’t distribute much if at all.

Sixth Sense and DankHouse to release collaboration brew

Jackson, OH – This coming Friday, August 3rd, two of Ohio’s newer, but highly rated breweries, DankHouse Brewing Company of Newark, Ohio (4.06 cumulative beer rating on Untappd) and Sixth Sense Brewing of City of Jackson, Ohio (3.96 cumulative UnTappd rating) will be releasing a collaboration beer at Sixth Sense, a double hazy IPA with peach and guava. The social media beer gurus The Beer-Monger Sessions Radio Show will be on site broadcasting live and there will be live music and other fun happening.

“Dank You Senseless” is a 7.1% ABV New England Style IPA that was a collaboration between Sixth Sense Brewing in Jackson, Ohio and DankHouse Brewing in Newark Ohio.  In addition to creating a beer that’s crazy hazy, Sixth Sense’s James Ratcliff said the brewers added huge amounts of Peach and Guava Puree during secondary fermentation.

Sixth Sense is a nanobrewery in tiny Jackson, Ohio which specializes in small batch beers created with extreme passion. In addition to beers brewed on premise, they have a full bar and an on site food truck that serves up burritos, bowls, and salads. They are open Wednesday through Sunday.

DankHouse, located in Newark, Ohio, opened in 2017 and specializes in dank, juicy beers. They serve their own house brewed beer on draft, and also a revolving list of guest taps. They were invited to the Juicy Brews Fest in Columbus last summer after having only been opened a few months.

Cincinnati’s Brink Brewing Has Four Medals Hand Delivered

Dow Scoggins, director of the U.S. Open Beer and Cider Championships, visited Cincinnati last week and presented Brink Brewing Co. with four medals from the U.S. Open Beer Championships. The director made a special trip to the brewery in the College Hill neighborhood to personally congratulate the team. The four medals earned them a second place overall in the Top Breweries of 2018.

The U.S Open Championships comprised of 6,300 beers in 110 different styles, submitted by professional breweries and award-winning home-brewers from all over the world. Brink placed first in the English Mild Ale, Brown Ale, and Strong Scottish Ale categories for Hold the Reins, Father G’s Bees, and Duncan Clan, respectively. Additionally the brewery placed second for their Moozie in the Cream Stout Category.

“Any win at this competition is a great achievement for our team, let alone four medals,” said co-founder John McGarry in a press release. “We take great pride in our ability to brew high quality beers across a variety of styles and these U.S. Open medals really validates that.”

Brink, relatively new on the Cincinnati scene, is starting to rack up awards left and right. Hold The Reins, a full flavored session English Mild Ale, also won a 2017 Gold Medal at the Great American Beer Festival (GABF), and Moozie, a rich Milk Stout that the brewery describes as being like a “chocolate milkshake without the straw”, boasts a 2018 World Beer Cup bronze medal, a 2017 bronze medal at the Denver International Beer Competition, and a silver at the 2017 U.S. Open Beer Competition after only being open for four months. They were one of the youngest breweries to place that year.

Cuyahoga Falls brewery co-owner Ali Hovan elected to OCBA Board Of Directors

Jimmy Stockwell of Little Fish Brewing elected vice-president, and locally, HiHo Brewing’s Ali Hovan also named to board

The Ohio Craft Brewers Association elected six new representatives in early June, and locally, our own Ali Hovan of HiHo was selected for a first term to the eleven member board. Many congratulations to her! Read the full OCBA Press Release below:

COLUMBUS, Ohio – In elections held during the first three weeks of June, the member breweries of the Ohio Craft Brewers Association (OCBA) elected six representatives to the eleven-member board of directors. Jimmy Stockwell of Little Fish Brewing in Athens – currently serving on the OCBA board – was elected vice-president. Current vice-president Lisa Wolters of Yellow Springs Brewery was not on the ballot and is stepping away from the board at the end of her term in July.

Two board vacancies were created by Stockwell’s elevation to vice-president and the departure of Urban Artifact’s Bret Kollman Baker, who is stepping down from the OCBA board to devote more time to the nascent Sour and Wild Ale Guild, to which he was elected to the board last year.

OCBA members elected Ali Hovan of HiHO Brewing Co. in Cuyahoga Falls and Garrett Hickey of Streetside Brewery in Cincinnati to fill the open board seats. The new members of the board of directors will be seated in August and serve two-year terms expiring in 2020.

Board treasurer Tim Ward of North High Brewing in Columbus was re-elected to the position. Current board members John Haggerty of Warped Wing Brewing Company in Dayton and Mark Hunger of Great Lakes Brewing Company in Cleveland were re-elected to serve a second term on the board.

“Our board defines the mission and goals of the organization, and their leadership has helped to fuel the growth of the craft brewing industry in Ohio,” said OCBA executive director Mary MacDonald. “The board represents a great cross-section of our membership, with representatives from every region of the state, large and small, new and established, packaging breweries and brewpubs. That diversity of input makes us stronger and helps us advocate for issues that affect all of Ohio’s breweries.”

Founded in 2007, the Ohio Craft Brewers Association is a nonprofit guild that exists to promote and preserve Ohio’s unified craft brewing industry. We aspire to be recognized as the industry leader at both state and national levels for preserving the art of making high-quality, unique craft beer; to serve as the unified voice for craft brewers across the state; to advocate on behalf of the Ohio Craft beer industry; to contribute to systemic, local community development by driving economic and job growth, while creating experiences that bring people together; and to serve as a beacon for local production and manufacturing through craft beer, resulting in diverse choices for consumers.

Ohio On Tap App Embarks Upon Year Two

Award-winning brewery finder app to offer new rewards for users.

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio Craft Brewers Association’s App, Ohio On Tap, which is available on iPhone and Android platforms, is entering its second year, and the trade association is looking to give loyal users more reasons to take another tour of the state’s craft breweries.

The OCBA trade group announced in a press release Monday that on July 16th, they will roll out a new set of passport rewards for users who visit ten Ohio breweries or more. In the app’s first year, users could earn merchandise rewards for visiting 25, 50 and 100 breweries, and a special grand prize for visiting all breweries listed in the app. Now you’ll get a prize with as few as 10 stamps. The 25, 50, and 100 thresholds remain, and new prizes have been added at the 75 and 125 levels as well.

Ohio saw explosive growth in the number of breweries in Ohio in 2017, with over 60 opening. OCBA has decided to award users who collect 150 stamps the current prize for visiting all participating breweries. That prize included an OCBA Enthusiast membership, a hooded sweatshirt, insulated stainless steel growler and more. There will in turn be a new prize for completing the entire passport, which currently consists of 180 breweries: winners will receive a personalized plaque, a set of limited edition T-shirts from OCBA events (Winter Warmer Fest, Six One Pour and Ale-O-Ween) and recognition on the ohiocraftbeer.org website. Good luck completing that… you’d have to visit a new brewery every two days over the course of the year.

New this year is the addition of OCBA’s Drink Beer Made Here Ohio flag, a reward for Ohio On Tap users who collect 125 passport stamps. The flag has been displayed on stage by medal-winning Ohio breweries at the Brewers Association’s World Beer Cup and Great American Beer Festival competitions.

The app has been downloaded by 17,000 craft beer lovers to date. Users earn points by visiting participating Ohio craft breweries and getting virtual passport stamps within the app. Like many regional brewery traditional style passports that are printed on paper, participants have one year to amass points and redeem them for prizes. The trade group stated that since the app was launched in May of 2017, 18 users have completed the entire passport. That’s a lot of miles on those folks odometers.

Ohio On Tap earned an Ohio Travel Association RUBY Award for best mobile app of 2017. The RUBY Awards, sponsored by Ohio Magazine, recognize outstanding achievements in marketing, advertising and public relations from Ohio’s travel industry each year.

The full list of Ohio On Tap passport rewards is below:

10 stamps – Drink Beer Made Here die-cut Ohio flag sticker

25 stamps – Drink Beer Made Here embroidered patch

50 stamps – Drink Beer Made Here trucker hat

75 stamps – Drink Beer Made Here T-shirt

100 stamps – Drink Beer Made Here tin bar sign

125 stamps – Drink Beer Made Here Ohio flag

150 stamps – Enhanced Enthusiast Member Package (membership card, hoodie, bottle opener, Ohio-shape die cut sticker) + insulated stainless steel growler

Tour complete – Personalized plaque, OCBA Signature Event T-shirt collection, $50 online store credit, recognition on ohiocraftbeer.org

Missing Mountain Brewing Company finally set to open to public this week

Brewery holds closed to public trial run with friends and family before official soft open

Cuyahoga Falls, OH – Dave Bertolotti was running on fumes. Truth be told, the entire ownership group could probably say the same. Bertolotti, one of the four main partners in the new Missing Mountain Brewing Company, Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio’s third brewery, literally was coming off two hours of sleep the night before. He had been up late kegging beers for a private party that kind of came together at the eleventh hour, and this was the third event for him of the day. Earlier in the day he had been pouring at the re-opening of Front Street, an event forty years in the making, and there was another event earlier in the morning before that.

The brewery, located at 2811 Front Street, has been several years in the making, and which had hoped to have opened back in December, has been set back numerous times by many things out of their control. Some issues which have plagued them and delayed their planned openings are still hanging out there, and will hopefully be fully and finally resolved this week, but late this week they were at least able to obtain a temporary occupancy permit to allow them to have a trial run. I was lucky enough to receive one of the last minute invites.

“We literally on boarded our team on Thursday,” said Amanda Kephart, wife of partner Dan Kephart. “We brought them in, did all the hiring paperwork, training. Every single person we hired showed up, early in fact, and ready to get started, and then told them we didn’t know when we’d have work for them. As soon as we got the permit we decided to throw this together, called all our employees, and on short notice, every single one of them said they could be there the next day.” Kephart was effusive in her praise of the team, which is loaded with industry vets and passionate beer people, including a former taproom manager from Hoppin Frog Brewery. The praise is warranted. They didn’t miss a beat and operated like a well oiled machine.

Brewmaster Keith McFarlane and brewer Bertolotti had nine taps queued up and ready to go. They had placed their beers publicly as recently as two months ago, with Morning Star, a Pale Ale, first flowing out of the taps at Taco Tanto’s restaurant in downtown Kent. Accounts soon followed at Pizza 216 in Cleveland (which had their Orangier Orange Cream Ale), Barrel Room Wine and Beer Bar in North Canton, Jen’s Craft Beer Tasting Room in Massillon, Clubhouse in Cuyahoga Falls, and more. But this was the first time beer would flow through their own taps. In addition to Morning Star and Orangier Orange, they featured Daddy Issues, a kolsch, Checking Boxes, a Blonde Ale, Prince Juice, a cream ale with lactose, conditioned on 180lbs of raspberry purée, Zwickel Trickle, a hazy pale ale, Meat Helmet, a Belgian Pale Ale that drinks similar to a Belgian Dubbel, Electric Boots and Mohair Suits, a Porter, and Maddy, an Imperial Stout. There will eventually be at least sixteen taps. A barrel aged program is already planned.

The real lure of Missing Mountain, despite solid beers with recipes honed over the last seven plus years of home brewing together, is a spectacular patio that overlooks the Cuyahoga River. This is a great setting in which to kick back and enjoy a few drinks and some food with friends. They also have a “three seasons” open air room off the main taproom. There is also an upstairs area which they hope to open eventually, which will have additional seating and some rooms for private parties.

Missing Mountain will soft open Thursday June 7th, from 4pm til 11pm, then they will be closed Friday for another private party. They will Grand Open Saturday at 11am and will be open til Midnight, and Sunday from 11am til 8pm. After that, maybe Bertolotti, McFarlane, The Kepharts, and fourth partner Danny Yaegerz can get some rest for a few days. Although that’s not likely. “I’m exhausted,” Bertolotti said. “But I wouldn’t have it any other way. I’m living the dream right now.”

Platform teams up with Philadelphia based brewery for special Philly Beer Week IPA

Platform Beer Co. and Free Will Brewing Join Forces

Cleveland, OH/Philadelphia, PA — Cleveland brewing outfit Platform Beer Co. and Philadelphia-based Free Will Brewing announced today that they are collaborating on a limited release can to be debuted during Philly Beer Week, beginning June 1. The beer, a Hazy IPA, dubbed “Round Trip 862”, is the first collaborative venture between the two breweries.

In a press release, Platform noted that “Round Trip 862 explodes with juicy tropical fruit, succulent melon and berry preserve aromas.  A mild haze, full body and dry finish allow for the bounty of fruit flavors to cascade across the palate in fine fashion ranging from tart and fruity starfruit, lime, and gooseberry to luscious watermelon, citrus supreme and honeydew. The beer comes in at 7.0% abv and 0 IBU.”

The collaboration brew will be available in kegs at the Free Willing Tasting Room along with a number of special tappings throughout the region during Philly Beer Week. 12 oz. cans will also be distributed to select account for to-go sales.

Platform, which began as an brewery incubator business in Cleveland in 2014, has been distributing in the Philadelphia Market for a year, along with other East-Coast Markets such as New York City, Connecticut and New Jersey. They were recently named one of the fifty fastest growing breweries in the country by the Brewers Association (BA) craft brewers trade group.

Free Will Brewing Co. has been brewing since 2012 in the small town Perkasie, PA located just outside Philadelphia. The brewery produces a wide variety of craft ales, lagers and an extensive portfolio of barrel aged sour/wild ales.

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