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April 22, 2012 | By Pete Lawrence

Almost missed this one, but if you're in Columbus and have time tomorrow night,  Nøgne Ø is having a beer dinner at Matt the Miller’s on Monday night. I don't know a lot about Nøgne Ø, but the beer and food pairing event looks like a winner. Chef Brian McCafferty has created a special four-course menu for the event, featuring some of Nøgne Ø's finest ales, including Imperial Brown, Saison, Sunturnbrew and Porter.

Nøgne Ø is Norway's leading and largest supplier of bottle conditioned ale, and is making a push into the Ohio market.  If you want to try some international craft beer paired with a great looking menu, this is for you!

When: April 23, from 7:00 to 9:00.

Tickets: $50 per person and space is limited. Call 614.754.1026 or contact Christina Meehan at christina@mtmtavern.com for tickets and details.

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February 23, 2012 | By Pete Lawrence

It's been a long time coming, but Sixpoint Brewery is finally coming to Ohio. The Brooklyn-based craft beer brewery is launching in Ohio starting next week with events in Cincinnati, Columbus, and Cleveland. Sixpoint makes some of the best beers I've had, including Bengali Tiger (IPA), Resin (IIPA), Sweet Action (Cream Ale), and some amazing seasonals and one-offs. No confirmation on exactly what beers will be available in Ohio or in what form, but tap lists from the launch events indicate we'll see at least Bengali Tiger, Sweet Action, Resin, Spice of Life Series, and Righteous on draft, and hopefully in thier "nano-kegs". Fingers crossed we'll get some of the seasonal brews as well, especially the fabulous Autumnation.

Sixpoint will be distributed by Cavalier Distributing in Ohio.

Ohio Launch Events:

Cincinnati:
Wednesday 2/29: Sixpoint Kickoff Happy Hour @ The Lackman 4pm-6pm
Wednesday 2/29: Six Taps of Sixpoint at Cock & Bull Hyde Park 6pm-close

Columbus:
Thursday 3/1: Sixpoint kickoff event at Bodega, 1044 N High St, Columbus OH at 5:00pm

Cleveland:
Friday 3/2: Kick off party at Tremont Taphouse 5:00pm
Friday 3/2: Sixpoint taps and cans flow at Lizardville 5:00pm (two events simultaneously!)
Friday 3/2: Buckeye Beer Engine, 15315 Madison, Lakewood OH 44107 7:00pm

More details of each on the Sixpoint Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/sixpoint

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January 29, 2012 | By Pete Lawrence

The 1808 Bistro in Delaware (Ohio) already has a really good draft list, with about 20 or so quality creft beers on tap at any given time. We're hearing rumors though that the owners are looking to dramatically expand that in the very near future, adding potentially 24 more taps. The bar could easily accomodate it and it would make the 1808 a true craft beer destination bar. Let's keep our fingers crossed.

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January 2, 2012 | By Pete Lawrence

Great beer isn't always just about the tasty liquid inside the bottle, but often the label and packaging are a big part of the product as well. For those of you who enjoy the graphic design aspect of the market as much as me, check out ohbeautifulbeer.com, which showcases some of the great packaging of beers around the world.

As a special note, our own Columbus Brewing Company is featured on page 3!

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November 29, 2011 | By Pete Lawrence

Just got an email from Buckeye Beverage Service that they are now open and serving central Ohio.  They appear to offer all sorts of kegging and draft beer supplies, and mentioned they have corny kegs available (I assume for sale).

More info on them here: http://www.buckeyebeverageservice.com

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October 7, 2011 | By Pete Lawrence

Per this blog post on their website, the 1808 American Bistro in Delaware now has growlers available. They regularly have 30 or so beers on tap, so it's a great way to take some craft beer home. Good news for Delaware craft beer drinkers!

http://www.1808americanbistro.com/2011/10/beer-gets-lonely-too.html

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September 25, 2011 | By Pete Lawrence

I enjoyed this article on beer's black market.  I've seen some of these crazy prices and agree with the article that the market shouldn't really support this.  If it were true craft beer fans selling to other true craft beer fans, then high prices or not, I might be ok with that.  But as with any high-demand, low-quantity item (i.e. concert tickets, autographs, etc), you get outsiders just trying to make a quick buck.  It's annoying and I wish it didn't happen.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/food/beers-black-market/2011/09/01/gIQAsL0D7J_story.html

What's the most you've paid for a "rare" bottle of beer?

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September 14, 2011 | By Pete Lawrence

Downtown Columbus' North Market is hosting their annual Microbrew Festival this coming weekend, Sept. 16 and 17.  I've been the past couple of years and it's been a really fun event.  The list of breweries seems down this year compared to last (or at least they haven't updated the list on the website in a while) but with C-Bus' top craft breweries there, it's a great way to sample all central Ohio has to offer.  Plus, your $20 admission gets you $5 in food so you can try some of the amazing food at the market.

More details here: http://www.northmarket.com/activities-and-events/2011-09-16/columbus-microbrew-festival

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September 13, 2011 | By Pete Lawrence

The Brewers Association's announcement last month that craft beer sales were up across the board is certainly good news for beer lovers.  Included in that report was the news that there are currently 1,790 breweries in the US and there are 725 new ones in the works.

I'm all for more beer and more variety, but I'm starting to wonder what the craft beer tipping point is in terms of how fast can the craft market share grow compared to the ever-growing number of people making beer.  There's already extreme competition for shelf space at retailers and if the amount of craft beer being produced is going to outgrow demand in the next few years, it means that a decent number of breweries aren't going to make it.  That'll be too bad as I'm sure all the beer being produced is quality product.

Of course I'd love for the market to just switch and say, "Oh, there's more craft beer, so forget macro-brew" and take over 30-40% of beer sales. But, it isn't likely to happen, and best case not in the next few years.

Best of luck to the new breweries, and I do hope there's enough room for all the great beer!

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September 5, 2011 | By Pete Lawrence

Check out this nice video review of the new Rockmill Brewery in Lancaster. They say the secret to great Belgian beers is in the water:

Watch the video here!