While Jason Grable is more concerned with good beer than green beer, he still plans to open Random Precision Brewing in Linworth on St. Patrick’s Day, this Saturday.
The 10-barrel sour-focused brewery will open with eight beers on tap, including a 100% Brett IPA and Berliner Weiss flavored with lemon and lime peel, a few bottled beers, and wine. The other six taps will feature beers from Ohio breweries such as Rhingeist Brewery, Zaftig, Lineage, and Wolf’s Ridge.
The plan to offer guest beers has not changed since talking to Drink Up Columbus in February 2017. Random Precision will continue to serve rotating local guest beers, eventually dedicating a few more of the 12 taps to their barrel-aged sours. Barrel-aged sours can take several months to years to ferment. The next batch of Random Precision sours is slated to be ready around Thanksgiving, said Grable.
Random Precision Brewing
Sour beers continue to gain traction in the Columbus area. Random Precision Brewery is excited to be one of a couple new “sour-focused” breweries in the area, said Grable.
“I think in any aspect, beer or otherwise, more options in the market is better because it forced the producers to hold [the beer] to a higher standard,” said Grable. “You’ve got to make sure the product you put out is the best you can make. We’re excited to be one of two or three sour breweries in the area.”
The taproom is approximately 1,000 square feet, with a garage door that will be opened in warmer months. JT’s Pizza & Pub, located across the street, menus will be displayed in the brewery for delivery to the taproom. The taproom will be open 12p-12a on Saturday, 12-8p on Sunday, 4-10p on Wednesday and Thursday, and 4p-12a Friday.
Random Precision Brewing will be located at 2365 West Dublin Granville Road.
More than a dozen women from the Central Ohio craft beer industry came together at Phoenix Brewing Company in Mansfield today to collaborate on a beer for Pink Boots Brew Day.
This is the fifth year globally and the third year locally that Pink Boots Brew day — which coindices with International Women’s Day — has been celebrated, spearheaded by the Pink Boots Society, an organization that works to encourage women beer industry professionals to advance their careers through education.
This year, the Pink Boots Society worked with YCH Hops to create unique blend of Palisad, Simcoe, Mosaic, Citra and Loral hops, which was used in many of the international brew day recipes including the Central Ohio collaboration. The rest of the recipe was discussed and tweaked by the participants via email and Facebook leading up to the big brew.
“We took all of the suggestions and began looking at the grains and yeast strains that we have in-house, and we knew we wanted to use the Pink Boots hop blend,” said Phoenix Brewing Company’s Carmone Macfarlane. “Once we had a final recipe everyone added their commentary. It’s nice to have everyone’s different perspectives.”
In addition to Macfarlane from Phoenix, the team that worked on the beer included Nichole Endicott from Commonhouse Ales; Lori Wince from Weasel Boy Brewing; Mary MacDonald from the Ohio Craft Brewers Association, Jessica Byrne, Jessica Page, and Jennie Koeper from Lineage Brewing; Kelsey Stief and Emily Benson from North High Brewing; Michelle Warren from Multiple Brewing; Kam from Brewnettes and Brews; Jenne Cecilia from Catawba Island Brewing; plus Jennifer Hermann, Rachel Hatfield and myself (Cheryl Harrison, Drink Up Columbus).
The beer, which is called New Era, will be released at Phoenix Brewing on Wednesday, April 4; at Lineage Brewing on Thursday, April 5; at North High Brewing on Friday, April 13; and at Weasel Boy Brewing on Saturday, April 7. 50 cents from every pint sold will be donated to the Pink Boots Society.
This Thursday Wolf’s Ridge Brewing is hosting a fundraiser and tapping party for a brand new brew crafted for International Women’s Day: Ladies Who Brunch.
Ladies Who Brunch was created by a female-led team of Wolf’s Ridge employees. The beer is a twist on the brewery’s popular All the Breakfast ale, which is brewed with Ohio maple syrup, orange peel, cinnamon, coffee, cacao nibs, vanilla and toasted coconut. Ladies Who Brunch uses darker malts than it’s breakfast-y brother to create an imperial-style breakfast ale.
A portion of proceeds from all Wolf’s Ridge draft and bottles sales on March 8, which is International Women’s Day, will be donated to YWCA Columbus to help empower women in the Columbus community.
Bombers of Ladies Who Brunch will be available first-come-first-served in the WRB taproom beginning at 3pm on Thursday, March 8. Wolf’s Ridge Brewing is located at 215 N 4th St in downtown Columbus.
Beer from Northeast Ohio’s Sibling Revelry Brewing is now available in Central Ohio.
The brewery is launching in Columbus with their four year-round offerings: IPA, Swing State Pale Ale, Third Wheel Belgian Tripel and Red American Red Ale, as well as the brewery’s current seasonal, Blood Brood Blood Orange Hefeweizen. All five beers will be distributed in cans and draught beginning tomorrow via 17th Star Distributing.
Mike Hammond, Director of Marketing for Sibling Revelry, said some of Sibling’s Northeast Ohio fan favorites like Lavender Wit, Porter and Coffee Red will also be available in draft only.
Sibling Revelry has been brewing in Westlake, Ohio since 2016.
The explosion of craft beer in Licking County continues this weekend with the opening of Trek Brewing.
Owners John and Kristen Ream are returning to their roots in Licking Country after a stint in Seattle where John worked as a Simulation Engineer for Boeing. They fell in love with the local beer culture in Seattle, which led John to take a deep dive into homebrewing, resulting in a slew of brewing awards and him becoming a Certified Beer Judge. The only logical conclusion was to return to Newark and open their own brewery.
“The Seattle beer culture is huge, and we wanted to share that back home,” said Kristen.
Located on the western edge of Newark, Trek takes the space of a former Damon’s restaurant. The 2,500 square foot taproom provides seating for 150 beer lovers, with room for more on a 1,000 square foot patio. In the rear corner of the taproom is a special playroom for kids that allows parents to keep a close eye on their little ones while enjoying a pint. Trek also has a collection of board games available to play, plus nearly a dozen flat screen TV’s to keep up with your favorite sports team.
Trek will be acquiring the 15-bbl brewing system from Seventh Son in the next month or so. In the meantime, John has been brewing furiously to build a stock of kegs on his current 1-bbl system. For the grand opening this Saturday there will be four Trek beers on tap: a cream ale, a pale ale, a vanilla stout and an IPA, in addition to five Ohio-brewed guest drafts.
John and Kristen hope to make Trek a community gathering space, hosting regular events in support of local non-profits. These events will be known as “Trek Together,” at which the brewery will donate $1 per pints to charitable partners.
Trek Brewing’s opening will take place this Saturday, March 3 from 5-9pm. The taproom’s hours will be limited to Saturdays for the coming weeks to allow John time to build sufficient beer stocks to support additional hours. Once the new brewing equipment is in place and operational, expanded hours and weekend food trucks will be added.
Trek Brewing is located at 1486 Granville Road in Newark, off Route 16.
The Land-Grant Brewing Company’s annual Space-Grant beer series is back with a fourth installment debuting tonight at the Franklinton taproom.
The latest Space-Grant release is Binary Star, a black IPA inspired by one of the cosmos’ coolest phenomena: a system with two stars orbiting an even larger central mass. The brewery describes Binary Star as “Cascade and Simcoe Cryo hops circle one another in a cosmic tango, bleeding their celestial force into one another before exploding in a supernova of floral and citrus hop energy ultimately collapsing into a deep, dark black hole of dark malt, roasty mystery.”
COSI’s chief scientist and astrophysicist Paul Sutter will be at the brewery tonight for a Q&A session and to show off some “stellar” toys. A portion of beer sales from the evening will be donated to COSI.
The Space-Grant series started in 2015 with the draft only release of EF-1 Black IPA, followed by Gravity Wave in 2016 and last year’s beer, Godspeed, a tribute to John Glenn.
Land-Grant Brewing Company is located at 424 W. Town St.
The Olentangy River Brewing Company is coming later this year to a three-decade-old warehouse near the corner of Route 23 and Powell Road in Lewis Center.
“We noticed that there were a lot of beer lovers in our area that were looking for a place to call home,” said Sarah Wilkins, one of the owners and founders of Olentangy River Brewing Company, in a statement. “After doing a lot of research within the community, it became clear that Lewis Center wants a local craft brewery.”
Sarah Wilkins, along with partners Ryan Wilkins, Scott Schweitzer, Bethany Schweitzer, Darci Henry and
Jed Henry, plan to start renovations on the warehouse later this month and hope to open the doors to the Olentangy River Brewing Company by the end of the summer.
The space will feature a production brewery, taproom, outdoor area and live music space. In addition to serving their own beers alongside offerings from other local breweries, the Olentangy River Brewing Company plans to partner with local coffee roasters to serve coffee drinks, and local food trucks to serve food at the brewery.
Enrique Iglesias (no, not that Enrique Iglesias) and Josh Vogel will be teaming up to lead the brewing operation. Iglesias previously owned and brewed at a craft brewery in Puerto Rico.
“Our beer will span the spectrum of tastes, from juicy New England IPAs, to Imperial Russian Stouts, to light and crisp hand crafted Pilsners, and everything in between,” said Iglesias in a statement. “We truly want to create brews for both beer aficionados and newcomers alike. Plans are to have at least ten Olentangy River Brewing Company beers on tap in the tasting room at all times.”
The Olentangy River Brewing Company will be located at 303 Green Meadows Drive South in Lewis Center.
VASO opened at the end of last year atop the AC Hotel in Dublin. The new rooftop bar and restaurant offers panoramic views of the Scioto River and downtown Dublin from outside on its spacious patio as well as inside from its floor-to-ceiling windows. And now, VASO is offering regular Saturday and Sunday brunch service.
Mimosas are available individually for $8 or in a Spanish-style pitcher called a “Porron” for $25. The menu says a Porron is “used to pour directly into your mouth” although I opted to enjoy it out of a glass, like a person. (Frankly I have no idea how one would go about drinking directly out of that thing. Please send pics/vids if you attempt this feat.)
VASO offers a fully loaded Bloody Mary bar for $10, or you can try their specialty creation, the VASO Red Snapper: Watershed gin, tomato juice, red hot peppers, ginger and lime ($10).
Three other cocktails round out VASO’s brunch beverage offerings: the Madrid Old Fashioned with sherry, simple syrup, lemon bitters and dark rum ($10); an Aperol Spritz bubbling with Cava and soda ($11); and, my personal favorite, the Puesta de Catalonia with Watershed gin, sweet vermouth, cherry, orange and honey ($12). The Watershed gin used in the latter as well as in the Red Snapper is a special blend of the Columbus’ distilleries Four Peel Gin inspired by the flavors of Spain and crafted exclusively for VASO.
VASO features over a dozen dishes on their brunch menu, many with a Spanish flare. Among the options are avocado toast topped with a poached egg and sprinkled with crispy peas ($12); a shrimp flatbread with manchego cheese and tomato jam ($15); and a Spanish-style potato omelette with manchego and garlic aioli ($9). The full menu is available here.
Brunch at VASO is available Saturdays and Sundays from 11am-4pm. VASO is located at 4515 Banker Drive on the top floor of the AC Hotel in Dublin.
Work has officially began on the new Ill Mannered Brewing Co. facility that was announced last year.
The site was cleared earlier this week with construction for the new brewery scheduled to begin next week. Ill Mannered hopes to have the new 3,000 square foot space finished by August.
In addition to a 1,500 square foot taproom and a 1,500 square foot brewing space, the new Ill Mannered will have a nearly 1,000 square foot patio featuring a fire pit and food truck parking.
“This day has been a long time in the works and we couldn’t be more excited,” said Ill Mannered Chief Mad Man and Head Brewer Tom Ayers in a statement. “With the construction of this new facility we are proud to show our commitment to and passion for the community of Powell as its neighborhood brewery since 2015. We have incorporated both customer feedback and our experience brewing in our current space into the new building to maximize the customer experience while maintaining the immersive small, local, brewery look and feel.”
To celebrate breaking ground on the new facility, Ill Mannered will be hosting a ceremonial groundbreaking party on Wednesday, February 28 at 4pm featuring a new beer infusion, 2016 Barrel Aged
Tremendous Slouch Wee Heavy.
Ill Mannered Brewing Co. is located at 30 Grace Dr in Powell.
Bob’s Bar, with its humble tagline of “The Cultural Hub of the Midwest,” was once selected as one of the Top 32 Dive Bars in the country, but locals know Bob’s as a pioneer in the craft beer business. A hole-in-the-wall neighborhood bar became a leading-edge craft beer bar when the Beck brothers took control back in 2002.
On Saturday, February 24, that event will be celebrated with the 16th Annual Extravaganza. Day in and day out, their 36 taps feature an exceptional array of superb local, national, and even a few international craft beers. That line-up will pale in comparison to the Extravaganza beer list. Beer Manager Rich Good has worked his magic with his distributors and brewery contacts to compile 60-70 amazing beers. Between kegs, pins and firkins, expect to find coveted beers like Jungle Juice Head Hunter and Hop JuJu from Fat Heads, JAFB Rain Delay, Hoof Hearted Roller Blade, Rhinegeist Juicy Truth, Founders CBS, Bell’s Uberon (BA Oberon), Avery Tweak and Southern Tier Rum BA Pumpking. The opening draft list for the event is available on their Facebook page.
Bob’s will be giving away tons of door prizes starting at 6pm. The Tortilla Street Food truck will be serving on site all day, and complimentary pizzas from Lenos will be brought in late into the night.
The Bob’s Bar Extravaganza starts at 10am and goes until the bar closes at 2am Sunday morning. Bob’s Bar is located at 4961 N. High St.
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