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.

    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 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 or at the Crushers Box Office at Sprenger Stadium.

    For more information regarding the event you can email the Crushers front office at, 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




    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.

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