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Beerhead Bar & Eatery Craft Beer franchise to expand its presence in Ohio

CLEVELAND – The American craft beer bar franchise, Beerhead Bar & Eatery has announced it will be expanding its presence in Ohio with three new locations. The company announced in a press release on Monday that it has signed franchise agreements to open stores in Avon, Concord Township, and Columbus and plans for all to be opened in 2019.

The new locations will be owned and operated by Aaron Rasmussen, Jim Maclellan and Eric Engelke of Three 30 Ventures LLC. The group was introduced to Beerhead Bar & Eatery after exploring franchise opportunities in the hospitality industry. The uniqueness of the Beerhead concept stood out to them. The Avon location, located at 1813 Nagle Rd, will be the first to open in the spring of 2019, followed by one in Concord Township location in early summer located at 8023 Crile Rd., and the Columbus location rounding out the year in October. That location will be at 250 Civic Dr.

“We were immediately drawn to the distinct franchise opportunity of Beerhead Bar & Eatery and we are looking forward to bringing three locations to Ohio” said Rasmussen, in the press release. “We’ve seen the success of the Cleveland Flats locations and we believe its unique vibe and impressive offerings of beer and food will continue to be a hit.”

Like the Flats location, each new Beerhead will feature hundreds of local and American craft beer and spirits choices in its wide selection, as well as lunch and dinner casual dining.

Beerhead currently has seven locations and is rapidly expanding in craft beer rich regions of the Midwest including Illinois, Michigan, Indiana, Wisconsin, Ohio, Pennsylvania and surrounding areas. The brand estimates it will open 30 stores over the next four years.

About Beerhead Bar & Eatery

Founded in 2012 under the original name of The Beer Market, Beerhead is an emerging American craft beer bar that marries the appeal of offering a rotating selection of more than 400 brands of locally and regionally brewed beer, wine, and other locally sourced beverages and food offerings in a contemporary, yet timeless atmosphere complete with live music and communal tables. Beerhead began franchising in 2015 in an effort to expand its favorite local beer bar vibe to other communities, breweries and distilleries. For more information, visit http://beerheadbar.com. To learn more about franchising opportunities, visit http://beerheadbar.com/franchising.

First ever Craft Maple and Beer Festival satisfies Jefferson, Ohio’s sweet tooth

The inaugural celebration and competition drew craft breweries from across the country, along with maple producers offering a range of innovative maple products. 

 

JEFFERSON, Ohio  Craft maple beer and bourbon-barrel-aged maple syrup—what could be sweeter? The inaugural Craft Maple Festival, Oct. 20 to 21, brought together the craft maple community for a celebration and competition. Customers ate up specialty maple products that use maple syrup as a base, some aged in bourbon or whiskey barrels, others incorporating spices and other fresh ingredients. 

Not to mention, guests got to sample a full menu of maple craft beers, getting 16 tickets for 3-ounce pours. Beer-drinkers rallied for their favorites, and breweries from around the country were represented. “We had a lot of great beer at the Craft Maple and Beer festival,” said Rob Tittel of Northeast Ohio Craft Brewery News in a social media post. He called the brew Situational Ethics by Monday Night Brewing (Atlanta) an absolute showstopper.” The beer, aged in local bourbon maple syrup barrels from Nate Bissell’s Maple Farm with cinnamon and Ugandan vanilla beans clocked in at a whopping 13.9% ABV and had a silky smooth mouthfeel and just the right amount of spice and vanilla to complement the bourbon maple. Monday Night brewer Peter Kiley said he worked for over a year to build a relationship with Bissell and to get him to sell him one of his sought after barrels for aging beer in.

Festival host Bissell recognized Chef Steve Stallard for starting the craft maple trend 20 years ago by using bourbon barrels to make maple syrup. Stallard was recognized at a private brewer event on Oct. 19 with a Lifetime Achievement Award for his innovation and dedication. “We wouldn’t be here without Steve,” Bissell said gushingly. “When Bissell Maple Farm decided to make bourbon barrel-aged syrup, we tried to make it taste like Steve’s because it was the best on the market.” 

In the past two decades, the craft maple market has grown substantially, with products flying off shelves, Bissell said. “It was past time to honor the craft and celebrate the range of creative, sweet products the industry is producing with a dedicated festival,” he said. 

Stallard’s company, BLiS, took home the 2018 Craft Maple Syrup Award for best bourbon barrel-aged maple syrup. (Stallard named his company BLiS, for Because Life is Short, because he believes we should enjoy everything we put in our mouths.) 

The panel of judges tasted maple syrup in the following categories: whiskey barrel-aged, sweet, heat (spicy) and neat (unique). Entries from Runamok took honors in three of the six categories. Pappy van Winkle’s 23-year bourbon barrel-aged maple syrup was rated Best in Show. 

Participating breweries included Grand Rapid’s Michigan’s Founders Brewery with its Canadian Breakfast Stout, aged in the very same barrels Stallard uses for the BliS award-winning bourbon barrel-aged maple syrup. Also present were Chicago’s Virtue Cider, Goose Island, Sierra Nevada, Monday Night Brewing, Jacksonville, Florida’s Intuition Aleworks, and local breweries Market Garden and Thirsty Dog. Jefferson resident Brian Burns represented Brick and Barrel Brewery, also from Cleveland, pouring the sweet, malty McTavish Wee Heavy. 

“We will have even more craft maple vendors next time with a whole year’s notice,” says festival coordinator Meagen Howe said in a press release. “Everyone I spoke with is eager to have an even bigger and better event for our second Craft Maple Festival.”

The festival will become a tradition and community event, added Patty Fisher, president, Jefferson Area Chamber of Commerce, which hosted a free pancake breakfast with maple syrup donated by Bissell Maple Farm. “All ages loved the designer pancakes,” Fisher said of the colorful Turtle Pancakes introduced by Jerry Huelsenbeck, a new Jefferson resident. 

“Our goal is to raise funds for a scholarship for Jefferson High School students,” Fisher says, adding, “It’s all going to a good cause.”

 

 

About the Craft Maple Festival

Learn more about the Craft Maple Festival at craftmaplefestival.org. 

About Bissell Maple Farm

The Bissell family has been producing maple syrup in Northeast Ohio since the late 1800s. Today, the sugarhouse is located on the family farm at Higley road, and in the last decade, the business has expanded to fulfill the demands of wholesale customers in Ohio and across the country, while selling from its retail location at Rock Creek Sugarworks. Bissell Maple Farm offers 100% pure maple syrup by the case, maple leaf candy, sweet and spicy maple BBQ, maple mustard, maple sugar and maple cream. For information, call 440.563.3263 or visit bissellmaplefarm.com.

Urban Artifact to release Trick Or Treat 12 Pack in Cans

Cincinnati, Ohio – Urban Artifact is bringing back their Trick or Treat mixed pack for Halloween this year, and this time it will be cans for the first time ever. The Cincinnati-based brewery, which is known for their use of real fruit in their exclusively sour beers, announced today the release of a new mixed 12-pack of cans with a series of mystery flavored beers inside. Each 12-pack is a mixture of six different beers split between beers that are “treats” and beers that are “tricks”. 

In a press release, the brewery said they were making an exception to their long standing commitment to use real fruit and ingredients in their beer and utilizing artificial means to achieve the desired flavor profiles they intended for these beers. Brewery rep Josh Elliott explained, “We wanted to mimic specific flavor profiles not normally found in beer and give people visual cues as to what the trick or treat flavors are meant to be”.

Don’t expect mind blowing flavors and world class beers from this one-off seasonal pack release. Elliott explained that the beers are “totally obnoxious and best shared with friends, and in that way, are pretty representational of the best kind of Halloween experience”.

The Trick or Treat pack will released October 27th at noon in the Urban Artifact taproom and co-released at select retailers across Ohio. The retail partners will be Cappy’s in Loveland, Holloway Liquor in Holland, and locally at 101 Bottles in Kent. A 12 pack will retail for $29.99 plus tax.

Label art for the beers is below:

Urban Artifact to release Experimental Beer with Rare Brazilian Fruit

Urban Artifact Introduces “The Tumi”

CINCINNATI, OH – Urban Artifact Brewery has announced they are releasing a beer brewed with Yellow Mombin. The Brazilian native fruit is said to taste similar to a mango but with a touch of banana and bit more tart than a mango. The Cincinnati based brewery is known for its focus on fruity, sour brews, but it’s becoming just as well known for the innovative use of exotic (for beer, at least) ingredients. The beer will be the first in their new Curiosity Series (their experimental line of “Midwest Fruit Tart” brews).

BEER DETAILS:

Beer Name: The Tumi (First of the Curiosity Series)

Beer Style: Midwest Fruit Tart

Fruit Used: Yellow Mombin (AKA Cajá or Hog Plum)

Available: Limited and draft only

Where: Urban Artifact Taproom 1660 Blue Rock St, Cincinnati, OH 45223

The brewery said in a press release that though the mombin has been naturalized to Africa, Southern Asia, and the Carribean, it is considered native to the tropical Americas, and is rarely cultivated outside of Brazil. It is usually eaten fresh or made into juice, jellies, and sherberts. After researching the fruit and what it’s used for in other parts of the world, the brewery took a calculated risk, as they are often known to do, and ordered 3,200 pounds of frozen yellow mombin purée.

“Until we opened the drums, we had no first-hand experience with it,” explains Matt Bradley, lead brewer on ‘The Tumi.’ “We didn’t know what it was going to be like to work with, nor had we ever tasted it,” Bradley chuckles. “But we were more than pleased with its unique flavor, and the beer has been a hit in our taproom.”

“As far as we’ve been able to tell, we’re the first brewery to use Yellow Mombin in a beer,” says head brewer and brewery co-founder Bret Kollmann.

This past August, Urban Artifact hosted their third annual Bewilderfest, which not only featured three stages of eclectic regional music over two days, it included the special release of many rare variants of their brews, special infusions made for the event, as well as the latest additions to their spontaneously fermented barrel-aged sour fruited beers.

Northeast Ohio well represented at Great American Beer Festival; Ohio takes home fourteen medals

Denver, Colorado – The state of Ohio is in good hands when it comes to beer. Ohio has had brewers racking up medals for many years. Legacy brewers like Great Lakes Brewing Company and Fat Heads have represented the state for the better part of the last two decades, and while Fat Heads won yet another medal again this year, it’s some very new breweries on the scene that are turning heads.

The state as a total took home fourteen medals at one of the most prestigious beer competitions in the world: Five Gold, Four Silver, and Five Bronze. Northeast Ohio represented the entire state well, showing out with ten of the fourteen medals. A Columbus brewery (Columbus Brewing Company and two Cincinnati breweries (MadTree and Brink) rounded out the medals for the Buckeye State. Cincy’s Brink was the only one of the thirteen breweries to take home multiple medals, earning a Gold for their Moozie Milk Stout, and a Silver for Hold The Reins, an English Style Mild Ale.

Locally, gold medals went to Bolivar’s Lockport Brewery for their Gateway Cream Ale, Canton’s Royal Docks for their Pendragon Witbier, and Masthead for their Midwest Red IPA. Silver medals were earned by Maize Valley for their Lock Stock and Brandy Barrel in the Aged Beer category, Barberton’s Ignite Brewing for their Cherry Blonde in the fruited beer category, and Market Garden for their O.G. Nano Lager. Bronze medals went to Medina’s Lagerheads for their Oktoberfest in the Marzen category, Massillon’s Paradigm Shift’s Neighbor Girl Belgian Tripel, Brew Kettles Babee Bock in the Munich Style Dunkel category, and Fat Heads for their Midnight Moonlight in the American Style Black Ale category.

When reached by text, Jake Turner, head brewer of Maize Valley was asked how it felt to be a two time winner. ” amazing!”, he said. When we asked him if we could quote him on that, he excitedly said “Absolutely!” Turner won in 2016 for Monk In Public, a Belgian Strong Dark Ale.

Lauren Marburger, owner of Lockport, could only say she was “still in shock”. Marie Rinehart, one of the six owners of Ignite said, “We’re beyond speechless and so incredibly grateful. Not sure if it has actually sunk in yet.” Their beer won on a category in which 140 entries were submitted. Not bad for a brewery who has yet to even have their official ribbon cutting yet (they Grand Open next weekend, September 28th-30th).

You can see the full list of winners here:

https://www.greatamericanbeerfestival.com/the-competition/winners/

editors note: Article has been updated to state Maize Valley last won for Monk In Public in 2016. Previous version said they won last year.

Barberton’s Newest Brewery Ready to Ignite the Magic City

BARBERTON, OH – Ignite Brewing Company of Barberton will hold its official grand opening in the revitalized Downtown Barberton, Ohio next weekend, on September 28th through the 30th. The fully renovated 5,000 sq. ft. brewery is located at 600 W. Tuscarawas Avenue includes a 7-barrel brewhouse, family-friendly taproom, and an additional 3,000 sq. ft. patio.

The family friendly brewery has taken an unusual path from inception to procurement of equipment to soft opening to grand opening. Where most breweries do not open until their entire buildout is complete, Ignite has been essentially open for close to a year now, opening for as many as two and as few as one day a week throughout their entire buildout process. This allowed patrons to come in and get a sneak peak and see inside almost every step of the way through the building process. Now the Taproom has been completed, as has a giant patio, and ownership is ready to show it all off.

Barberton, Ohio has a rich history as the “Magic City” from the early days when O.C. Barber founded the Diamond Match Company and “ignited” the growth of the city. The founders of Ignite believe a new fire has been lit to transform downtown Barberton into a destination spot for Northeast Ohio, and they feel they are poised to be the one of the sparks for this vision.

Ignite Brewing Company is essentially the dream come to life of three families – Stacy & Michael Chisnell, Marie & Adam Reinhart, and Megan & Jason Slater – with a strong passion for high quality craft beers and strengthening communities, culminating in the shared goal of “Making Beer Make a Difference”.  All still retain full time jobs in addition to running the brewery.

In a press release about their Grand Opening, Ignite states that their goal of making a difference is “rooted in curiosity around community and craft: how can Ignite Brewing Company create a better community and a better beer.  Ignite will serve as the catalyst for craft beer lovers to rally together and drive positive change in the community, whether it’s a charity run in the morning, service day around town, or tackling that big project to make meaningful change.” The team plans on giving 11% of all their profits back to the community.

Special events for grand opening weekend include:

·        Friday, September 28: An official ribbon cutting ceremony at 6:30, Swenson’s Food Truck on site, and special tapping of their limited release Ignite the Jack-o-Lantern Pumpkin Ale

·        Saturday, September 29: A Free Ignite glass giveaway for the first 50 people with purchase, and Stone Pelican food truck on site

·        Sunday, September 30: Give Back Sunday – Save 11% on all merchandise purchases and Ignite will match that 11% as a donation to a local charity.

Ignite’s newly expanded hours are 5 days a week: Wednesdays & Thursdays 3pm – 10pm, Fridays 3pm – 11pm, Saturdays 12pm – 11pm, and Sundays 12pm – 8pm.

Ignite is the second brewery to open in the Magic City. The also appropriately named Magic City Brewery just celebrated their first Anniversary earlier this summer.

To learn more about Ignite Brewing Company, special beer releases and events, visit www.ignite.beer.

Platform teams up with local soccer club for new canned beer release

Platform Beer Co. of Cleveland announced today that they are collaborating with local Soccer Squad Cleveland SC on a new beer. Orangeaid, a sessionable sour ale brewed with fresh orange and electrolyte salts, will be available in limited distribution at the end of August. A release party at the Lorain Ave Tasting Room on August 24 from 5-8pm will serve as the official kick off for the beer. Cleveland SC players will be on site to meet fans and talk soccer.

“When considering style choice, we thought it would be good to make something athletes would enjoy. We read about the use of electrolytes salts and immediately it was something we wanted to try”, a member of the brew staff said in a press release.

Platform has acted as a sponsor for the soccer club’s inaugural season. “Our club is fortunate to have several strong corporate partners and supporters behind us, including our Official Brewery of Cleveland SC, Platform Beer Company.  Our partnership with Platform has been tremendous throughout our inaugural season. Cleveland Soccer Club is excited to see a customized beer in stores and bars across NE Ohio to help us gain new fans of the team and Platform’s growing community of beers and sours. We are confident the Orange Aid collaboration beer helps our fans and supporters continue to celebrate Cleveland Soccer’s progress anytime” said Sam Seibert, Owner and General Manager of Cleveland SC.

The can design closely mimics the popular Gatorade sports drink with the familiar multi colored lines found on most Platform cans combining to form a thunderbolt reminiscent of the one used in Gatorade packaging and branding. The beer itself clocks in at 4.2% ABV and 4 IBUs.

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

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