One of my resolutions for 2011 is to become a dependable source of information regarding new beers and breweries in Ohio. I won’t just report the news; I’ll dig deep to get the inside scoop and break some stories. So, with that in mind, here are some interesting tidbits about some beers that have been approved for sale in Ohio, including a new brewery (the first of a few we will see this year)! Keep in mind, these can be delayed but should see the light of day in 2011. Some may even hit shelves this week!
Probably the biggest national release to see Ohio in early 2011 will be Sierra Nevada Hoptimum whole-cone IPA. This has been approved for Ohio in 22oz bottles and draft, so look for it and get it while it’s FRESH! It’s not only hopped with more fresh, whole cone hops than any other Sierra beer ever, it’s also dry-hopped and torpedo’ed. And, don’t forget, Bells Hopslam and Tröegs Nugget Nectar will be out in January. There will also be some very limited quantities of Hopslam in mini-kegs. January is the best month of the year to be a hophead!
Sam Adams will bring the Longshot 6 packs to stores with Blackened Hops Black IPA, Friar Hop Ale and Honey B’s Lavender Ale. Also, the Beer Lover’s Choice, “sample B” won and is coming out as Samuel Adams Revolutionary Rye, available in January as part of a new variety pack called American Originals. The 12-bottle packs, which will sell for $14-$16, include two bottles each of Revolutionary Rye, Boston Lager, Noble Pils (last year’s Beer Lover’s Choice winner), Wee Heavy Scotch Ale, Irish Red Ale and White Ale.
Heavy Seas will send Ohio some new products this year, including Aarsh Red, an American strong ale. For the hopheads out there, Black Cannon and Dubbel Cannon will hit on draft and in 22oz bottles. These are variations on the flagship Loose Cannon. All of these sound like winners to me!
Full Sail is bringing their A game to Ohio in 2011 with a few great 22oz bottles we’ve never seen before in the Buckeye State. Clearly the best of the bunch is Black Gold Imperial Stout, which is aged in bourbon barrels and has a great chocolate and barrel taste. Also, Imperial Porter, Bump in the Night Black IPA and (in July) Elevation Imperial IPA will boost the brewery’s profile compared to many of the ho-hum offerings we’ve seen in 6 packs.
I’m personally psyched to see Ithaca 13 Anniversary Wheat Wine got label approval but, given the track record of these releases actually showing up, I don’t expect to necessarily see it on the shelves for a few months at the earliest if past trends continue. I’m sure we’ll see Founders Imperial Stout before 13, as it’s due in January!
From the international aisle, look for Liefman’s Oud Bruin to hit shelves soon. Also, DeCam Belgian Lambic Ale Exclusief Traditional will be around in very, very limited quantities.
Finally, can Ohio support another brewery? Yes, we CAN! And Tallgrass from Kansas may just fit the bill. Their awesome-looking 16oz tallboy cans will make their way to Ohio shelves this year. Oasis ESB, IPA India Pale Ale, and Buffalo Sweat Stout will be the first offerings and no doubt the rest of their portfolio should follow suit. Cheers to new beers for the new year!
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