Category Archives: Ohio Beer

A.J. Zanyk’s Baltic Porter wins Barley’s Homebrew Competition

This past Sunday marked another successful finish to one of Ohio’s longest running beer traditions, the Barley’s Homebrew Competition.  The contest dates back to last century, the summer of 1996 to be specific.  At that time I was still in … Continue reading

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Kindred’s barrel-aged sours finally ready for prime time

In the crowded landscape of craft brewing some aspect of your business should differentiate you from the competition.  Maybe it’s your location, or your branding, but ideally the beer itself can stand out from the crowd.  With over 200 breweries … Continue reading

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Working for the weekend – An inside look at 2 Tones Brewing

It’s a brisk Saturday afternoon in early March and I’m wandering through the rows of a nondescript industrial park in Whitehall, just south of the Columbus Airport.  This is not the result of an out of control Friday night bender … Continue reading

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The Brewing of Dysfunctionale, the Columbus Beer Week Collab Beer

How can you have a craft beer week without a collaboration beer?  Admittedly it’s not against the law, but it would like the All Star Game without a home run derby, like the state fair without butter sculptures, like Lucy without a … Continue reading

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Land Grant University – Yeast 101

Last night Land Grant Brewing held their first session of what they call Land Grant University, a series of educational sessions on the key ingredients in beer.  The inaugural session was devoted to yeast, future sessions will focus on hops, … Continue reading

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Attending the 2017 Ohio Craft Brewer’s Conference – Part 1

Last month while attending an event at Barley’s Brewcadia, Mary MacDonald, Executive Director of the Ohio Craft Brewers Association (OCBA), asked if I would be interested in a media pass to attend the Ohio Craft Brewer’s Conference in Cincinnati. I think … Continue reading

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Central Ohio Beers of the Year (2016 Edition)

For the past two years I’ve made a list of my favorite Central Ohio beers of the past year. Before this January slips away entirely it’s time for my 2016 list. To be eligible a beer should be new (or at … Continue reading

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Zaftig, Actual, and Homestead celebrate the season with a trifecta of bottle release parties

I know the holidays can be a hectic, for some downright stressful, time of the year. There are parties to attend, gifts to buy, carols to sing, and stockings to stuff.  While acknowledging those demands on your time, you need … Continue reading

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Little Fish Brewing – Bringing a slice of the Ardennes to Appalachia

It’s a beautiful fall day and I’m driving southeast to visit one of Ohio’s up and coming breweries, Little Fish Brewing in Athens.  Over the course of the ninety minute drive the flat landscape and urban sprawl of Ohio’s largest … Continue reading

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King of Ohio Session Beers 2016 – Results and Reflections

The 2nd annual King of Ohio contest is now in the books.  For those not familiar with this contest it started two years ago when a group of Ohio beer bloggers teamed up to sponsor a contest designed to pick the … Continue reading

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The Reinvention of North High Brewing

Soccer leagues throughout most of the world practice the concept of promotion and relegation.  At the end of each season the teams that finish at the top of a given division are promoted to the next higher division, while those that … Continue reading

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Creating the essential Central/SE Ohio six pack

Back in July Tom Aguero, the man behind the Brewminds blog (formerly Queen City Drinks) contacted Rick Armon, Ohio’s beer writer laureate and the man responsible for the most up-to-date and informative beer blog in the state, The Beer Blog – Ohio, and yours truly to see … Continue reading

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American IPAs Part 3 – Five hops that shaped your IPA

To finish my three part series on American IPAs (better late than never) we return to where it all started—to the bold, flavorful hop varieties born and bred in the USA.  Within the IPA genre it’s a big tent approach … Continue reading

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Columbus Craft Beer Week 2016 Preview

The 2nd Annual Columbus Craft Beer Week begins today.  I’ve spent hours perusing the list of events in a vain attempt to put together the ultimate itinerary for the obsessed craft beer fanatic, but there are just too many enticing events to … Continue reading

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American IPAs Part 2 – (Hop) Timing is Everything

In the first post of this series I discussed how American IPAs went through a period where hop aroma, flavor, and bitterness levels progressively increased, culminating in double and triple IPAs that boasted triple digit IBU levels.  In recent years the … Continue reading

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American IPAs Part 1 – Not Your Father’s IPA

Sitting in the sleek Hoof Hearted Brewpub drinking a DIPA cloudier than a German Hefeweizen, fruitier than a grapefruit/mango smoothie, it’s hard to fathom how this beer could have evolved from the English-style IPAs of my youth.  In a single generation … Continue reading

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Seventh Son’s foray into the fruity, funky world of all Brett Beer

Beer is made by yeast, full stop. Given its pivotal role brewers are generally pretty picky about what type of yeast they let into their fermentation tanks.  Scientists have classified over 1500 different species of yeast, but the vast majority of … Continue reading

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Birthday Brewery Crawl Postmortem

This past week I turned 50 years old.  Not content to spend the rest of my days frequenting restaurants where they give AARP discounts, I decided to do something I’ve been kicking around in my head for a while—undertake a … Continue reading

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A Deep Dive into Land Grant’s Deep Search

Last week Land Grant released the latest beer in their series of seasonal can releases, a Baltic porter entitled Jacqueline Deep Search.  When news of the release reached me several questions immediately came to mind.  Just how is a Baltic … Continue reading

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Actual Brewing enters the IPA fray

IPAs are the poster child of the American craft beer movement, to argue otherwise is like pinning your hopes on a Martin O’Malley presidency.  The American-style IPA category is the most competitive style at the GABF (336 entries in 2015).  … Continue reading

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