News and Events

This section is dedicated to beer related news, largely focusing on stories relevant to central Ohio.  A list of posts in this section is given below, click on the title to see the full story.

Zaftig Bottle Release/Ugly Sweater Party  Zaftig releases bottles of two bourbon barrel aged beers – BamBaLam and their Oops Wee Sour.

An Update on Columbus Brewery Expansions  A November 2015 update on the expansion plans of Four String, Hoof Hearted, CBC, Barley’s and Zaftig.

Hoof Mania Grips Central Ohio  Hundreds of hopheads converty on the fields of Morrow County for the Hoof Hearted Dragonsaddle Triple IPA can release party.

Central Ohio Beer Happenings Nov 13-15  Three big events coming up this weekend: Hoof Hearted Dragonsaddle Can Release Party, Elevator Brewing releases Bar Bar Barleywine, and a coffee-beer pairing event at Wolf’s Ridge.

Land Grant Releases a Trio of New Beers  In a span of one week three new Land Grant beers appeared: Goon, Totes Liotes (in collaboration with Hoof Hearted), and Beard Crumbs Oatmeal Raisin Stout.

Ill Mannered Brewing to Open Friday September 4th.  The grand opening of Central Ohio’s newest nanobrewery, Ill Mannered Brewing in Powell, is just two weeks away.

Land Grant Releases Heavy Metal Inspired Saison Series.  Land Grant kicks off a series of saisons inspired by 20th century British rockers, Judas Priest, with an imperial saison dubbed The Sentinel.

Dire Wolf Bottle Release at Wolf’s Ridge. The first ever bottle release at Wolf’s Ridge Brewing, three variations of their award winning imperial stout, Dire Wolf.

Columbus Craft Beer Week – Collaboration Beer Preview.  A lighthearted look at the collaboration beers from the first annual Columbus Craft Beer Week.

Zauber Celebrates Darkness with the Release of Ominous.  Zauber brewing celebrates the winter solstice with the release of their biggest beer to date, Ominous an imperial stout made with Belgian yeasts.

Barrel Aged Beers and Ugly Sweaters at Zaftig.  The boys at Zaftig are up to it again with a party to celebrate the release of their barrel aged stout, ZBS.

Elevator Bottle Release – Horus Imperial Red Ale.  Elevator Brewing turns 15 years old and releases an Imperial Red Ale aged for 20 months in Woodford Reserve bourbon barrels to celebrate.

Too Cans IPA Extravaganza at Zaftig.  The guys at Zaftig are throwing a party and the centerpiece of the celebration is a chance to sample five wood aged varieties of their Too Cans Imperial IPA.

Elves, Monks and Cinnamon – The Best Christmas Beers of 2013.  With help from my friends Ralph, Nick and Mark, I profile a dozen seasonal releases that span flavor profiles ranging from cinnamon and honey, to port wine, to liquid plum pudding, to fresh cut hops.

New Belgium Launch Events in Columbus.  As of Monday (12/16/13) New Belgium, the third largest craft brewery in the USA, is available in Ohio.  This is a list of special events (tastings, tap takeovers) that are happening in the Columbus area on Wednesday (12/18/13) and Thursday (12/19/13)

When less is more, Sixpoint’s Pumpkinless Pumpkin Beer.  In this post I review the fall seasonal Autumnation from Sixpoint Brewer in Brooklyn.  As explained in the post I thought this was a beer made from squash when I bought it, but it turned out to be something much better.

Picks from the Pumpkin Patch.  In this Halloween post I rate six pumpkin beers from the 2013 season, a representative sampling (meaning all the pumpkin beer I could take) that includes both treats and tricks.  At the end there is a survey where you can vote for your favorite pumpkin beer.

Winners from the 2013 Great American Beer Festival.  A link to a site that has the complete list of winners from the 2103 GABF.  I highlight medals won from breweries in Corvallis, Eugene, Baker City, Pacific City, Cleveland and Akron.  Idaho breweries are once again shut out.

The Top 20 Beers in the World According to the “Experts”  Two computer scientists have analyzed the rankings on Ratebeer.com and determined the 20 top beers of “expert” beer tasters.

Why Beer is Good for You.  Feeling guilty about drinking beer?  Check out this story by CNN on the health benefits of beer.  Oprah’s beer diet can be far away.

2 Responses to News and Events

  1. Cheri Henderson says:

    Pat, I was thinking you should do something about bitch beer aka chic beer. I know it’s not real beer, but in stores they are in the beer section. I don’t like real beer, but the chic beer is pretty good.

    • Pats Pints says:

      I could think about that. What exactly do you mean by chic beer? Can you give me some examples. I bet there are some real beers out there that you would like even more than the chic beer.

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