More medals for Ohio brewers!

Ohio Craft Brewery winners at World Beer Cup 2016

  • Fat Head’s Brewery – GOLD – Hop JuJu – Imperial Pale Ale
  • Fat Head’s Brewery – BRONZE- Midnight Moonlight – American-Style Black Ale
  • Little Fish Brewing – GOLD – Barrel Aged Woodthrush – Belgian and French Style Ale
  • Willoughby Brewing Company – BRONZE – Nut Smasher – Specialty Beer
  • Fifty West Brewing Company – GOLD – 2013 10&2 Barleywine – Barley Wine Style Ale
  • North High Brewing Company – SILVER – Pale Ale – American Style Pale Ale

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Ohio Brewers win 5 medals!

Three Ohio breweries recently brought home a combined five medals from the San Diego International Beer Competition last week. There were 1,347 entries this year, about 400 more than last year’s competition. The three Ohio breweries and winning entries were:
  • Black Cloister Brewing Co. – Toledo, OH – European Lager, Helles Angel – Bronze
  • Seventh Son Brewing Co. – Columbus, OH Barley Wine, The Wild Hunt – Silver
  • Wolf’s Ridge Brewing – Columbus, OH – Smoked Beer, Buchenrauch – Gold
  • Wolf’s Ridge Brewing – Columbus, OH – German -Style Bock, Sustinator – Silver
  • Wolf’s Ridge Brewing – Columbus, OH – Cream Ale, Clear Sky – Silver
This makes eight medals total for Wolf’s Ridge in one year, including bronze at last year’s San Diego Competition for the Buchenrauch. Wolf’s Ridge Head Brewer Chris Davison has been working on the recipe with each new batch, getting it truer to style and more classically brewed with each variation – shown by the beer jumping up to gold this year.

Cedar Point’s 2016 Brew and BBQ

Scheduled for May 27 through June 12. New Coaster, craft beer and BBQ. What else do you need? Click here for details. 

Akron Blues and Brews

Akron Blues and Brew Festival at Lock 3 in Akron has announced the date for their 12th annual festival to be August 6. Just a reminder now to save the date. Details as they become available.

Cleveland Winter Beerfest coming soon!

Get your tickets now for the 3rd Annual CLEVELAND WINTER BEERFEST at the Cleveland Convention center. They bill themselves as the “Biggest Craft Beer Party of Winter!”  This year, they will have over 350 Craft Beers and expect to cross the 10,000 attendee mark.   Make your plans today and get your tickets now. (

More Beers!

They’re projecting 350+, but you know how that works…they’ll probably end up with a lot more.   Including 8-12 Gluten Free selections and 10-14 Hard Ciders. Beers from brand new breweries, your local favorites and some not available in all of Ohio.  And don’t forget that they’ve expanded their popular Connoisseurs Receptions.  These tickets offer appetizer “bites” from local restaurants paired with a brewery’s rare or hard to find beer.  These popular tickets always sell out, so buy yours today.
Early Admission!
Go for the Early Admission tickets to get an extra hour of sampling, and get first dibs on all of the special VIP beers that will be first tapped during that hour.
Supporting Local Breweries & Organizations
The Festival Policy is to purchase every ounce of beer and not ask for donations from breweries.  This lets us pick any great beer available, and it supports these often small businesses.  They are also happy to support the Ohio Craft Brewers Association. Who doesn’t love Ohio Brew!   Proceeds benefit the Music Education Society and other area non-profit organizations that volunteer in return for a donation to their cause. !

Ohio Breweries win 10 medals at the GABF

Okay… so it’s old news… it happened two weeks ago, but I’ve been traveling. Here’s the scoop on the medal winners if you haven’t already seen it. GABF Ohio Winners

June 13th – World Beer Festival Cleveland

Four festivals in one! Ohio Brewers, World Beer, Cask Ale, and Belgian beer. Don’t miss it. For more info.. click here

How are you celebrating American Craft Beer Week?


American Craft Beer Week (ACBW) began yesterday, May 11. Beer lovers everywhere are celebrating the country’s small and independent craft brewery renaissance. Events and celebrations will be held in all 50 states. While this is a toast to the entire country, it’s also a time to think about each individual state and their commitment to craft brewing. New this year, has created an infographic with fun facts to do just that. There is also an interactive map that shows events in each state. Click here for the map.





Starkbier fest this coming weekend

Starkbier fest is back to celebrate the breweries of Cincinnati and strong beer! The festival takes place at Listermann Brewing Company (1621 Dana Ave.) April 24th 5 pm to 12 AM and April 25th Noon to 11 PM. Stark is German for strong so there will be quite a few strong beers on tap, mixed in with lower ABV brews. There is no cost to attend Oktoberfest, just pay for whatever you eat and drink!

They are up to 19 breweries!!! 
The breweries involved are: Blank Slate, Fifty West, Christian Morelein, Rock Bottom, Rivertown, Mt. Carmel, Madtree, Cellar Dweller, Wiedemann, Quaff Bros, Rhinegeist, Triple Digit, Bad Tom Smith, Tap and Screw, Taft’s Ale House, Paradise, Old Firehouse, Ei8ht Ball and Listermann.
Listermann Brewing Company has teamed up with Cincideutsch, a Cincinnati non-profit, to host the event. They will be bringing an authentic German feel to the festival, as well as booths, banners and parades to talk about their club. The ceremonial keg tapping of the Listermann Oktoberfest Lager will be held at Saturday at 4 p.m.

Like the Volksfest and Oktoberfest Fest previously held at LBC, this event will be family and dog friendly. More info on the music and food vendors will be provided later. 

For special accommodations or questions, call Listermann’s at 513-731-1130 or email Jason at If you would like to volunteer, send an email to 


9th Annual Glass City Beer Fest – March 6

It’s Friday night from 7-11 pm at Lucas County Recreation Center in Maumee. Tickets are $35 at the door ($55 for VIP). It promises over 200 beers and over 40 breweries including six from the Toledo area: Maumee Bay Brewing Co., Great Black Swamp Brewing Company, Black Cloister Brewing Company, Black Frog Brewery, Sugar Ridge Brewery and Flatrock Brewing Company. Black Cloister is set to open March 20th. Come get a preview of their beers! More details here.