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The Ohio On Tap app is adding new rewards to entice users to visit Ohio craft breweries.

The Ohio Craft Brewers Association (OCBA) released the Ohio On Tap app in May 2017. The app, which includes resources for finding breweries and events, includes a passport program similar to the Columbus Ale Trail which rewards visits to local breweries with free swag. For the first 14 months the app was live, users could earn rewards for visiting 25, 50, 100 and all breweries listed in the app.

On July 16, OCBA will roll out a new set of passport rewards, including a new prize level for visiting ten breweries. OCBA estimates that over 2,000 Ohio On Tap users will visit at least ten breweries over the course of the next year. OCBA has also decided to award users who collect 150 stamps the current prize for visiting all participating breweries, which is an an OCBA Enthusiast membership package. There will continue to be a prize for completing the entire passport, which currently consists of 180 breweries; those who collect all passport stamps will receive a personalized plaque, a set of limited edition T-shirts from OCBA events, and recognition on the ohiocraftbeer.org website.

Below is a full list of the new Ohio On Tap passport rewards:

  • 10 stamps: Drink Beer Made Here die-cut Ohio flag sticker
  • 25 stamps: Drink Beer Made Here embroidered patch
  • 50 stamps: Drink Beer Made Here trucker hat
  • 75 stamps: Drink Beer Made Here T-shirt
  • 100 stamps: Drink Beer Made Here tin bar sign
  • 125 stamps: Drink Beer Made Here Ohio flag
  • 150 stamps: Enhanced Enthusiast Member Package (membership card, hoodie, bottle opener, Ohio-shape die cut sticker) + insulated stainless steel growler
  • All stamps (currently 180): Personalized plaque, OCBA Signature Event T-shirt collection, $50 online store credit, recognition on ohiocraftbeer.org

Over 17,000 users have downloaded the Ohio On Tap app to date, and since it’s May 2017 luanch 18 users have completed the Ohio On Tap passport. The app earned an Ohio Travel Association RUBY Award for best mobile app of 2017.

The app is available for iOS and Android devices and can be downloaded by visiting ohiocraftbeer.org/app.

full disclosure: I’m on the Ohio Craft Brewers Association marketing committee

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Drink Up Columbus by Bill Babbitt - 6d ago

DankHouse Brewing now features a playground for adults.

The Newark-based brewery’s spacious side yard is now outfitted with games including king-sized beer pong and corn hole. While you can stop by anytime to play, if you’re a “boss of the toss” you’ll want to visit DankHouse on Wednesday evenings for the weekly cornhole tournament. Owners Josh and Heather Lange have brought in Ted Wiley, a Certified Corn Hole Official and professional player (who knew?) to run the tournaments, which start at 6:30pm each Wednesday. There is a $5 entry fee and the winnings are split between the first and second place teams. Teams are set up with a blind drawn to make the competition as fair as possible.

DankHouse Brewing is located at 161 Forry Street in Newark.

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Two Roads Brewing will launch Ohio distribution next week through Superior Beverage Group.

The Stratford, Connecticut based brewery was founded in 2012 and claims to foster a “road less traveled” philosophy with the beers they make and how they make them.

Among the beers with which Two Roads will be launching Ohio distribution are Ol’ Factory Pils, Road 2 Ruin Double IPA, Lil’ Heaven Session IPA, Two Juice New England IPA, Road Jam Ale with raspberries and lemongrass, Persian Lime Gose, and Passionfruit Gose.

Three launch events are planned for next week offering an opportunity to try the new brews and chat with reps from the brewery: Monday, June 25 at Bob’s Bar; Tuesday, June 26 at Woodlands Tavern; and Wednesday, June 27 at Old Skool.

Two Roads beers will begin to hit the market in cans and kegs beginning Monday, June 25.

full disclosure: Superior Beverage Group and Woodlands Tavern are clients

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At ComFest, the music is local, the artists are local, and this weekend for the first time ever all the beer will be local, too.

“The ComFest Libations Committee feels that this is a natural progression for the festival, bringing even more quality craftsmanship to our community from these local brewers,” the organization said in a statement.

The beer tents at ComFest 2018 will be pouring 100% local beer, including Hilltop Lager and Hilltop Light from Four String Brewing Company; IPA, Summerteeth and Thunderlips from Columbus Brewing Company; and limited quantities of ComFest Kolsch, a collaboration between 2 Tones Brewing, Combustion Brewing and Sideswipe Brewing.

“I think not having a ‘large brewery’ presence makes ComFest feel all the more local,” said Four String owner Dan Cochran in a statement.

These beers will be available at all four festival bars (Jazz, Off Ramp, Lincoln and Peace Village). Mixed drinks and wine will also be available at select bars.

ComFest will take place from noon-11pm on Friday, June 22; 11am-10pm on Saturday, June 23; and 11am-8pm on Sunday, June 24 at Goodale Park. ComFest is free to attend and beer sales help to support the festival.

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A new meadery is rising up on the east side of Columbus.

Uprising Meadworks co-owners Nate Rhone and Jenn Ganoe are opening the doors to their new meadery on August 3, just in time for National Mead Day on August 4.

“Nate’s been homebrewing beer for years and decided to try mead and we loved it, so one day — maybe after a few glasses of mead — we decided this was something other people would probably like, too, and it grew from there,” said Ganoe.

Uprising is located across the street from Actual Brewing Company and next door to makerspace Cloudhaus. Rhone has been longtime friends with Actual owner Fred Lee and Cloudhaus owner Chris Hartley, connections which helped land the meadery where it is.

“We are completely self funded,” said Rhone. “We don’t have investors, we don’t have bank loans, so the dollar amount we had to make everything work was very, very, very set in stone. One day I was lementing over trying to find the right space and this space kind of fell into our lap.”

Uprising is producing their small batches of mead in a 600 liter fermentater with three 600 liter aging tanks. The meadery sources all of their honey comes from Honeyrun Farm in Williamsport, Ohio and uses Ohio grown fruit whenever possible.

“We try to stay Ohio focused whenever we can,” said Rhone.

Uprising’s taproom, which is still under construction, will feature an 18-foot bar and two tables with seating to accomodate about 25 people. Four taps will be pouring mead at launch with an additional two planned to be added soon after.

The opening mead lineup includes Omega, a traditional mead “with a twist,” Casmere, a raspberry and beat mead; Spruce Goose, with lemon and cherry; and First Rebellion, aged with apples on bourbon oak.

“What we really like doing is exploring all that mead can be,” said Ganoe. “We really like discovering the different flavors and different types and we want to do that with our business. Our goal is to try and have a new release every 4-6 weeks.”

Future plans for the meadery include experimenting with pyment — a type of mead made with both honey and grapes — and producing carbonated “session meads” as soon as they are able to procure a brite tank.

For major mead fans, Uprising is offering membership in the “Uprising Social Club:” a $60-per-year fee which includes early access to new mead releases, discounted drafts on Thursdays, and discounts on merchandise. For a limited time, membership in the “Uprising Founders Club,” with includes lifetime membership in the aforementioned plus a t-shirt and an engraved growler with discounted refills, can be purchased for $150. Membership can be purchased online.

Uprising Meadworks is located at 687 North James Road. Taproom hours after the August 3 opening will be Tuesday and Thursday from 4-9pm; Friday from 4-10pm; and Saturday from 2-10pm.

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The North Market has once again rounded up an assortment of Ohio wineries for the 17th annual North Market Ohio Wine Festival July 13 and 14.

The two day Ohio Wine Festival will feature over a dozen Ohio wineries including Brandeberry Winery, Chateau Tebeau Winery, Debonne Vineyards, Doughty Glen Winery, Eldchrist Winery, Ferrante Winery, Hanover Winery, Henke Winery, Maize Valley Winery, Meranda-Nixon Winery, Plum Run Winery, Troutman Vineyards & Winery and The Winery at Wolf Creek.

Admission is $25 (good for both days) and includes a souvenir glass, 10 tasting tickets and a $5 North Market Food Voucher to spend with a North Market Merchant. Tickets can be purchased online. Proceeds from the event benefit the North Market Development Authority, the not-for-profit organization that operates the city’s historic public market.

The Ohio Wine Festival will take place Friday, July 13 from 5-8pm and Saturday, July 14 from 1-9pm. North Market merchants will remain open till 9pm for the festivities.

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Tickets are now on sale for the inaugural Columbus Summer Wine Festival, set to take place place on Saturday, August 25 at the Columbus Commons.

The event is designed to showcase Ohio wines with more than fifteen wineries expected to take part, although a list of participants has not yet been released. The fest will also feature artisan exhibits, food trucks and live musical entertainment.

General admission tickets, which include 10 tasting tickets and a glass, are $35, but early bird tickets are available through July 31 for only $25. VIP tickets, include additional access to exclusive wines, free food and a hospitality tent, are also for sale for $75, and DD tickets are available for $10. All tickets can be purchased online. A portion of proceeds wil benefit CD102.5 for the Kids.

The Columbus Summer Wine Festival will take place from noon to 10pm on Saturday, August 25 at the Columbus Commons, located at 160 S High Street.

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Drink Up Columbus by Cheryl Harrison - 1M ago

Ohio is home to more than 280 wineries, with 950 acres of vineyards and over a million gallons of wine produced here each year, making Ohio the sixth largest wine producing state in the country.

Ohio’s thriving wine industry is celebrated throughout June, which Governor Kasich declared Ohio Wine Month back in 2012 to celebrate the local wine and winemakers accounting for nearly $97 million in wine-related tourism each year.

“Ohio Wine Month is an exciting time to showcase just how impactful the grape industry is to Ohio’s economy, and to encourage consumers to get out and explore the wonderful winery experiences right in their backyards,” said Christy Eckstein, Executive Director of the Ohio Grape Industries Commission (OGIC).

If you’re looking for ways to celebrate, OGIC has a calendar of all Ohio winery events on their website. Another way to participate is to take part in the second annual Pinot Quest in Northeast Ohio which offers visitors a chance to sample the state’s lesser known (and hard to grow). Pinot Quest Travel Cards are available for $30 ($25 for Ohio Wines VIP members) can be purchased at any participating winery, and visitors who stop at all 14 wineries during June will receive a special gift. Finally, OGIC is hosting a “Celebration Case” photo contest, which you can vote on here.

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High Bank Distillery will open their doors and begin pouring drinks on Monday, June 4 at 4pm.

The new distillery is the creation of Jordan Helman, owner of cold press juice shop Zest Juice Co, and partners Adam Hines and Calvin Jones.

The massive 17,000 square foot facility on Goodale in Grandview includes an 8,000 square foot restaurant with a spacious patio and a sizeable section in the back for table games including shuffle board, bubble hockey and fooseball.

“We tried to create something unique and something that doesn’t really exist in Columbus,” said Jones. “It’s kind of the brewpub concept but with a distillery and the large, open bar style that you’re seeing in downtown Columbus a lot right now.”

Cheff Todd Goodwin, most recently of the Nationwide Hotel and Conference Center, has been hired to lead the kitchen with a menu focused on “elevated bar food.”

“The menu is very seasonally inspired and farm-to-table for the most part,” said Goodwin. “We utilize a lot of local farms and local suppliers as much as we can. Since Zest has been so successful in Grandview, we decided to put a lot of healthier options on the menu and a lot of vegan and vegetarian options.”

In addition to dinner and lunch service — the latter of which is slated to start June 14 — High Bank will be serving brunch from 10:30-3pm on Saturdays and Sundays with menu items like bread pudding french toast, gluten-free buckwheat pancakes, and hot chicken and biscuits.

Out of the 300-gallon still, co-owner and Head Distiller Adam Hines has produced High Bank vodka, made from organic wheat and Ohio apples; State House Gin, an American-style gin that is citrus-forward. The distillery is also launching with Whiskey War, a blended rye whiskey which combines three mash bills three different Kentucky and Indiana distilleries which aged for 2.5 years. The distillery plans to produce its own bourbon which will take 2-3 years to hit the market.

“We’ll also have some special releases but we don’t know exactly what they will be yet,” said Jones. “We wanted to launch with three core products and make sure the quality was what it is first.”

The distillery’s name is out of the Ohio history books: when the state was planning the construction of the state capital, they considered Franklinton but, because of its proximity to a flood plane, chose instead to move it to the “High Bank” opposite Franklinton.

Bottles of High Bank’s spirits are currently for sale at the distillery’s retail shop and are expected to hit state liquor stores within the next 30 days. High Bank Vodka retails for $23.50, State House Gin retails for $26.99 and Whiskey War retails for $36.99.

High Bank Distillery is located at 1051 Goodale Boulevard in the Grandview area. The restaurant will open daily at 4pm through June 14, when lunch hours are set to start.

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Jeni’s Ice Creams and Land-Grant Brewing Company are partnering up for a day of beer, ice cream and tunes.

Jeni’s worked with Land-Grant to brew Elixir, a hibiscus-infused pale ale that pours a vibrant pink and is said to pair perfectly with strawberries.

The beer will be released at Jeni’s Strawberry Jam, an annual celebration of Ohio strawberry season which will take place this year at Land-Grant on June 2. In addition to the beer release, the event will feature Jeni’s Strawberry Buttermilk ice cream and other local eats from Hot Chicken Takeover, Ray Ray’s Hog Pit and little eater. Hirsch Fruit Farm, The Tart Peach, Bacca Coffee and Igloo Letterpress will also be part of the family-friendly festivities, and a portion of proceeds from the Strawberry Jam will benefit Besa, an organization that works to connect people to local charities that need help.

“We started Strawberry Jam as a way to honor what we do well in our city: rural and urban culture together, community and collaborations, quality and character, entrepreneurship and vision,” said Jeni Britton Bauer, founder of Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams, in a statement.

Music for the event will be provided by The Ramblers (1-2pm), The Emily Syring Band (2-3pm), Molly Winters (3-4pm), Maza Blaska (4-5pm), Gliders (5-6pm), DJ George Brazil (6-8pm) and Doc Robinson (8-10pm).

Jeni’s Strawberry Jam will take place Saturday, June 2 from 12-10pm at Land-Grant Brewing Company, which is located at 424 W Town Street.

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