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Dayton’s Eudora Brewery runs afoul of Hindu community over Lord Ganesh image on one of its beers

Upset Hindus urge Ohio brewery to remove image it deems “highly inappropriate” and brewery complies, issuing apology

DAYTON – Eudora Brewing Company (EBC) moved quickly this morning to react to the concerns of the Hindu community after it called for the brewery to apologize and not use Hindu deity Lord Ganesh’s image for its “Samsara Imperial Rye IPA” beer.

 

Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada Monday, said that the “highly inappropriate” usage of Hindu deities or concepts or symbols for commercial or other agenda was not okay as it hurt the devotees.

 

Zed, who is president of Universal Society of Hinduism, indicated that Lord Ganesh was highly revered in Hinduism and he was meant to be worshipped in temples or home shrines and not to be used in selling beer. Moreover, linking a deity with an alcoholic beverage was very disrespectful, Zed added.

 

“Hinduism is the oldest and third largest religion of the world with about 1.1 billion adherents and a rich philosophical thought; and it should not be taken frivolously. Symbols of any faith, larger or smaller, should not be mishandled”, Rajan Zed noted in a prepared press release.

“Samsara Imperial Rye IPA” (100+ IBUs, ABV 9.5%) is described by the brewey as being “brewed with rye malt, which gives it a sharp, slightly spicy malt character. A unique blend of four American hop varieties boost the bitterness levels and make for truly unique hop flavor and aroma profiles”. The beer label portrays what appears to be a hop flower on Lord Ganesh’s head and in one hand, a rye bunch in another hand, and mash brewing paddles in the other two hands; Zed called the image “deeply trivializing of the immensely venerated Hindu deity Lord Ganesh”.

 

In Hinduism, Lord Ganesh is worshipped as god of wisdom and remover of obstacles and is invoked before the beginning of any major undertaking.

 

Eudora, for its part, moved quickly when it learned of the concern. Brewery spokesperson Abby Hofrichter, when reached by email by NEOCBN, said “We are taking this call to action from our neighbors seriously and appreciate the opportunity to respond with intention, so that we may learn and grow as a business from this.” Hofrichter included a statement of apology from founder and owner Neil Chabut and the entire Eudora Brewing team, which we’ve included below in its entirety:

 

“Our first response is one of apology to the Hindu community, especially our neighbors in Dayton, for any hurt we may have caused. Upon approving the design of this beer, our intent was not one of frivolity or marginalization. As a brewery, we strive to create a welcoming environment for all guests who walk through our doors or encounter our beers in public. We aim to be responsible, growth-minded members of the craft beer community. We realize now that there was a much wider audience that needed to be considered in regards to this design, and all designs, and apologize for our lapse in judgement. We appreciate the opportunity to be called into the important conversation of how we, as members of the craft beer community and as citizens of the world, can be more inclusive in all aspects of our business. We will be removing the existing Samsara label from our portfolio and have already begun the process of designing a new label void of any usage of Hindu deities, concepts or symbols. Furthermore, we welcome any and all opportunities to continue this conversation on how we can continue to create a more inclusive environment at Eudora and in the Dayton beer industry. Our goal, as always, remains to “brew goodness” both in our beer and in our community. We can be reached directly at info@eudorabrewing.com with ideas or to set up an opportunity for dialogue and education.”

UPDATE: North Water Street property in Kent NOT currently linked to rumored brewery tenant

Kent, OH – Not so fast on that new brewery in downtown Kent, says one of the building’s owners.

The property at 257 North Water Street in Kent, believed to be linked to a new brewery project for the section of downtown known as the Mill District and currently undergoing a major demolition / renovation, does not in fact have a tenant signed, sealed, and delivered.

A Thursday afternoon article by NEOCBN revealed photos of construction taking place on the site in which the entire back side of the century and a half year old building was torn down, revealing the gutted insides of the newer front section of the building. Our article also referenced a sign in the window during a Better Block event from last fall that said “Opening In 2019: The North Water Brewing Company”. With construction finally under way, and putting two and two together, we speculated that the above referenced brewery might be the first tenant for the renovated building.

This afternoon, a member of the investment group that owns the building reached out to us via text and confirmed that as of today in fact, no tenant currently exists. Patrick Madonio, one of eight partners in the project said via text, “To date their is no tenant for the building. [We are] not sure where North Water Brewing is with their project. Our timelines never seemed to match up so we parted ways. At this point with demo complete, we’re on a 20 week construction schedule.”

Mr. Madonio also stated that the building, upon completion of the project, would be two open floors with roughly 2,300 square feet of space per floor.

“We’d love to see a brewery or taproom occupy all or some of the building,” he said. “We’re in the process of getting city approval for patios on the north side and the front of the building.”

The ownership group also currently has a full D5 liquor license which they’d lease to a prospective tenant. He also suggested that an existing brewery could potentially open a second taproom and not brew on site if the space didn’t work for them or wasn’t large enough for their needs to house both a brewhouse and a taproom.

When asked about North Water Brewing, other than that they had parted ways, he had no additional information on where that project stood currently on their timeline or even if it was still happening.

Mr. Madonio can be reached by cell phone at (330) 958-8847 if a prospective aspiring entrepreneur looking to start up a nanobrewery, or an existing brewery looking for a footprint in a college town with a strong craft beer culture wanted more information.

Demolition begins on North Water Street building in Kent rumored to be slated for a new brewery

Kent, Ohio – Major demolition has begun on a two story building at 257 N. Water Street in Kent that is expected to house the city’s second brewery. The news of a new brewery coming to the location surfaced last fall with a Better Block event in the Mill District when a sign appeared in the window announcing “Opening In 2019: The North Water Brewing Company”.

In a March 2018 article in the Record-Courier, Patrick Madonio, a Brimfield businessman and one of a team of eight partners participating in the renovation project, told writer Bob Gaetjens that the partners had “talked to a couple breweries, a couple restaurants” and added that once the building was in a presentable state, they’d have a little better luck showing and presenting it to prospective lessors. Though The North Water Brewing Company has no presence anywhere on social media, including Facebook or Instagram to confirm that they are in fact the future ground floor tenant, the start of demolition would indicate that the project is very much in motion.

Earlier today NEOCBN drove past the building, which had been in very poor condition, and required demolishing the structurally unsound older portion of the building, which the ownership group has possessed for about three years according to the Record-Courier article. We could see from the road that the back half had been completely torn down, exposing the gutted newer front half of the structure.

The original building is actually the back half, believed to have been built in the 1850s or ’60s. Madiono told the newspaper the building once had something to do with one of the railroads, saying “It was a waiting station or something along those lines.” The “newer” section itself probably dates to the 1920s and needs considerable facade work.

The major renovation of the property is expected to be a catalyst for a much larger overhaul of the Mill District, which currently is home to two coffee houses, Bent Tree Coffee Roasters and Scribbles Coffee Company and a handful of art galleries, but little else. It’s also the site of the old Star of the West Mill which itself is for sale.

Kent is also home to MadCap Brewery, but the North Water project would be the first brewery in the downtown area of the college down. MadCap is set about two miles away from the downtown area in an industrial area. The new brewery would also be only the third in Portage County (also home to Garrett’s Mill and Brewing Company in Garrettsville), which lags well behind other area counties like Summit and Stark, but that could be changing. West Main Winery in downtown Ravenna has also applied for an A1C brewers permit.

Lake Erie Crushers Announce Returning Craft Beer & Wine Festival

Avon, Ohio – The Lake Erie Crushers minor league baseball team, based in Avon, announced the return of the Crushers Craft Beer and Wine Festival yesterday.

The 4th annual event is scheduled for Saturday, July 27th, 2019 at Sprenger Healthcare Stadium in Avon, Ohio. The event will run from Mid-afternoon into the evening and will host more than 25 breweries and feature more than 70 beers. The event will also feature several wineries from around the Northern Ohio region.

“This will be the 4th Summer of the Crushers Craft Beer and Wine Festival, and it just seems to get better every year”, stated Tom Kramig Co-Owner of the Crushers in a press release. “We are thrilled to be hosting this event once again in 2019 and look forward to a great turn-out at the ballpark”.

Craft Beer enthusiasts will have no shortage of choices at this year’s event, with more than two dozen breweries expected to participate. The event will once-again offer a VIP area, live music and great food to pair with the beverages, along with on-field games such as corn-hole and speed pitch. 

Tickets will go on sale May 21st through the Crushers website at www.lakeeriecrushers.com or at the Crushers Box Office at Sprenger Stadium.

For more information regarding the event you can email the Crushers front office at info@lakeeriecrushers.com, or check the Lake Erie Crushers Facebook event page.

Collision Bend to offer higher beer education

Collision Bend’ Brewing Company is going back to school. Beer School, that is. Beer 101 is a four-week series being offered by the nearly two year old brewery located in the Flats of downtown Cleveland.  Beginning Wednesday, February 6. 2019, those who want to take a deeper dive into their love of suds can sign up for one or all four classes being offered through the month of February.

Below is the week-by-week line-up:

February 6

Leslie Basalla, Co-author of Cleveland Beer, History and Revival in the Rust Belt and co-proprietor of The Cleveland Brew Bus, will give a talk on the History of Cleveland beers and breweries.  Beer tasting and paired appetizers will be served.  

February 13th

Vaughn Stewart, Brewmaster and proprietor of Bookhouse Brewing and Corey Miller of Hansa House Brewery will be on hand to discuss some of their brews.  Beer tasting and paired appetizers will be served. 

February 20th

Ohio hops talk with Mike Napier from Barntalk Hops.  Beers from Fatheads and The Brew Kettle will be featured with guest brewers Matt Cole and Jack Kephart will be on hand to discuss.   Beer tasting and paired appetizers will be served.  

February 27th

Randy Thatcher of West Branch Malting will discuss the malting process.  Aaron Wirtz of Jolly Scholar Brewing will be here to discuss beers brewed using West Branch malts.  Beer tasting and paired appetizers will be served.     

Individual classes are $30 each, and those wanting to take all four can save $20. The four pack is $100. Seats can be reserved by calling: 216-273-7879

 

CHRISTIAN MOERLEIN BREWING CO. SET TO RELEASE THIS YEAR’S EMANCIPATOR DOPPELBOCK

BOCKFEST SEASON APPROACHES AS ONE OF CINCINNATI’S OLDEST BREWERIES LAUNCHES AN ANNUAL TRADITION WITH CEREMONIAL KEG TAPPING AND BLESSING

CINCINNATI – Christian Moerlein Brewing Co. has announced that they are once again gearing up for the Bockfest season with the official seasonal release of their Emancipator Doppelbock.

On Friday January 4, 2019, Bock Beer and Bockfest lovers can stop by the Christian Moerlein Malt House Taproom (1621 Moore Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202) for their first Emancipator pint of the season and will also be able to take home Emancipator Doppelbock in 6 pack cans.

Alongside the beer’s debut, Christian Moerlein will be continuing the tradition of the ceremonial keg tapping and Emancipator blessing done by the brewery’s neighbors of St. Francis Seraph Church. The beer will be released at 4 PM when the Taproom opens, but the official blessing will take place at 6 PM with the keg tapping to follow.

In an official press release, brewery owner Greg Hardman said that the style Doppelbock was first brewed in Munich by the Franciscan Hermits of Paula in Munich Germany in 1634. Doppelbock, meaning “double bock”, is a higher alcohol version of the traditional bock. This beer served as “liquid bread” during fasting, when food was not permitted in the era. Christian Moerlein’s Emancipator Doppelbock comes in at 7% ABV and 17.5 IBU, and is a tribute to the original Franciscan Hermits and the brewery’s neighbors the Franciscan Friars of the Province of St. John the Baptist, serving at St. Francis Seraph and throughout the Midwest.

“We are excited to carry on the traditional blessing of our Emancipator Doppelbock with our Franciscan neighbors from St. Francis Seraph and to honor the original Franciscan Hermits of Paula from 1634 and their brewing of the first Doppelbock,” said Hardman.

Emancipator Doppelbock will be immediately available throughout the market and can be enjoyed at this year’s Bockfest, March 1-3, 2019 at the Christian Moerlein Brewery & Taproom in Over-the-Rhine.

Hardman, a Greater Cincinnati resident, purchased Christian Moerlein in 2004. The brewery opened in 1853 by its namesake, a German immigrant, and quickly became one of America’s best known and respected brands. It was reestablished in 1981. The Christian Moerlein brewing team has proudly brought back Cincinnati’s brewing heritage and legacy beer brands like Hudepohl, Little Kings and Burger.

Youngstown Craft Beer Fest The Big Tap In Returns After 5 Year Hiatus

Youngstown, Ohio – It’s baaaaaaack!!!

After five successful years of growth and sell out crowds, the event organizer of The Big Tap In Real Craft Beer Festival is once again hosting the popular craft beer and cider event. The last Big Tap In occurred in 2014, and organizers are thrilled to get it going again after a five year hiatus.

The Big Tap In Festival has been moved to the Metroplex Expo Center in Girard and will take place on April 27, 2019 with proceeds, once again, to benefit Project MKC.

“We could not be more excited to bring this event

back to the Valley” said Event Co-organizer, Phill Reda said in a press release. “The newly updated Metroplex Expo Center is a great venue and a great location for Big Tap In 6”.

Co-organizer Sandy Reda emphasized that the great energy of the event, not simply a beer tasting, will remain.

“We will have entertainers such as Disco Inferno, Youngstown Samba, The Djembe Friends, North Coast Pipe Band and more there to keep our guests energized and entertained while tasting unique craft beers”, she said.

The sixth iteration of the fest plans to have 80 different breweries with even more specialty craft beers offered this year for the VIP attendees. The Big Tap In, in its hey day, was the biggest craft beer festival between Pittsburgh and Cleveland, and the with the anticipation that has built up and craft beer being more popular than ever, it’s expected it will take that mantle again. The event will host area food vendors, food trucks, local artists and local retailers.

Tickets for The Big Tap In will go on sale online at 12PM on Saturday, December 8, 2018 via http://www.BigTapIn.com. VIP tickets are $75 and General Session tickets are $55.

Per the press release, “Project MKC, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that strives to make the lives of children and their families a little brighter by focusing on their individual needs with the help of volunteers. Proceeds from The Big Tap In will help to fund Project MKC’s current programs as well as to help the organization add new programs.”

Project MKC’s Jana Coffin states, “We are so grateful to be a part of this great event for another year.”

Ohio Brewing Company wins Silver Medal at World Beer Championships for Jingle Bell Ale

Cuyahoga Falls, OH – Ohio Brewing Company has announced that their Jingle Bell Ale has been awarded a Silver Medal in the Winter Ale category in the World Beer Championships. In a press release today, the brewery (which has been around in some form or another since 1997) announced Jingle Bell Ale was awarded a score of 88, which is Highly Recommended.

“The World Beer Championships is overseen by Tastings.com and judged in Chicago at the offices of the Beverage Tasting Institute (BTI). Tastings®com is the most prestigious and trusted authority in the beverage industry providing over 100,000 blind tasted reviews for over 38 years,” said Jakob Ward, a spokesman for OBC, in the release.

Ohio Brewing Company is in the process of opening its new brewing operation in northeast Ohio. The brewery and restaurant will be located at 2250 Front Street, a historically designated building in the refurbished downtown Front Street corridor of Cuyahoga Falls. Upon reopening, they will be the fourth brewery in the Falls, joining McArthur’s Brewhouse, HiHo, and Missing Mountain. A fifth brewery, Cheat Canyon, has announced it will open in 2019. OBC preciously operated locations in the Highland Square neighborhood of west Akron, as well as a downtown location, and began its life two decades ago in Niles. They also have a Taproom in planning in Columbus.

Ohio Craft Brewers Association announces full brewery list for Annual Winter Warmer Fest

CLEVELAND – Ask any self-professed beer geek what their favorite beerfest of the calendar year is and you might get a different answer from each. But dollars to donuts you’ll find more than a few who will claim that the Winter Warmer Fest, typically held in March each year, is the crown jewel of them all.

The Ohio Craft Brewers Association (OCBA) today released the list of participating breweries for the 13th iteration of the Annual Winter Warmer Fest. A record sixty-one Ohio craft breweries will showcase their winter seasonal, limited-edition and high-gravity beers at Windows on the River on Saturday, March 9, 2019 from 2-5 p.m. The total number of breweries is up five from 2018’s sold-out event, and the trade group says this year’s event features 11 first-time participants, reflective of the rapid growth of craft breweries in Ohio.

The Winter Warmer Fest is a fundraiser for the OCBA, a non-profit organization founded to promote, preserve and unify Ohio’s craft brewing industry. It is one of three major events the OCBA puts on each year.

Winter Warmer Fest will once again feature a cask area with several breweries offering special infusions available only at the event. Many of the brewers will be on hand throughout the day to meet and talk with Ohio craft beer enthusiasts.

General admission tickets are available in advance for $45, which includes a souvenir glass and tasting tickets for 20 four-ounce samples. Early admission tickets are also available in advance for $55, granting admission at 1 p.m. Designated driver admission is available for $15 and includes a food voucher. Tickets can be purchased online at http://www.beerfesttickets.com/winterwarmer2019

Attendees will enjoy a spirited entrance courtesy of Black Sheep Pipes & Drums, plus live music throughout the event from Austin Walkin’ Cane and Chris Allen. Four food trucks will be set-up on site: Fired Up Taco Truck, The Manna Truck, Scott’s Fire and Ice, and Slyman’s Tavern.

Participating breweries (first-timers marked with*):

Akronym Brewing*
Bookhouse Brewing*
The Brew Brothers at Scioto Downs
The Brew Kettle
BrewDog
Brick and Barrel Brewing
BRIM Kitchen + Brewery
Butcher & the Brewer
Catawba Island Brewing Co.
Collision Bend Brewing Company
Columbus Brewing Company
Cornerstone Brewing Company
Crooked Handle Brewing Co.
Double Wing Brewing Co.
Elevator Brewing
Fat Head’s Brewery
Grainworks Brewing Company
Great Lakes Brewing Company
Hairless Hare Brewery
Hansa Brewery
HiHO Brewing Company
Hofbrauhaus Cleveland
Hoppin’ Frog Brewery
Jackie O’s Brewery
JAFB-Wooster Brewery
The Jolly Scholar
Little Fish Brewing Company
Lucky Owl Brewing
MadTree Brewing
Magic City Brewing Company*
Maize Valley
Market Garden Brewery
Masthead Brewing Co.
Millersburg Brewing Company
Muskellunge Brewing*
Noble Beast Brewing Co.
North High Brewing
Ohio Brewing Company
Paradigm Shift Brewing
The Phoenix Brewing Company
Platform Beer Co.
Pretentious Barrel House*
R.Shea Brewing
Railroad Brewing Company
Rhinegeist
Rocky River Brewing Company
Royal Docks Brewing Co.
Sandy Springs Brewing*
Saucy Brew Works
Seventh Son Brewing
Shale Brewing*
Sibling Revelry Brewing
Streetside Brewing*
Terrestrial Brewing
Thirsty Dog Brewing Co.
Three Tigers Brewing*
Wild Ohio Brewing*
Wolf’s Ridge Brewing
Wooly Pig Farm Brewery*
Working Class Brewery
Yellow Springs Brewery

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