Brewmaster: Jake Turner
Top menu picks: Buffalo Bleu Cheese Chicken Panini, $9.95?; Beer cheese bread bowl, $6.99
Year Started: Brewery started in 2014
1. Ina Hopa Davida, 5.6% ABV, 65 IBU
2. German Style Pilsner, 5.2% ABV, 30 IBU
3. Amber Ale, 5.2 % ABV, 25 IBU
4. 44632 Xtra Pale Ale
We have a new Imperial IPA called Jake’s Milk of the Gods that went on tap in August. It’s a 10% ABV beer with a light, dry crackery malt character with tons of hops. We used more than 5.5 pounds of hops per barrel in this beer for a flavor and aroma character of pithy citrus fruits.
For the fall, we do a really great Oktoberfest beer. It’s a classic German marzen style beer, and it sold like crazy last year. We also do an imperial pumpkin ale called Pumpkin Cannon that is around 8.5% ABV that is a nice, sweet pumpkin spiced malty brew.
Rotating beers (limited availability):
Peach Fork Ale, 5% ABV, 25 IBU
Mule-Tide Carol, 7.8 % ABV, 20 IBU
The story so far
The brewery has grown a good bit since starting on Labor Day in 2014. We went from a glorified homebrew setup that could brew about 10 gallons of beer at a time and brewing on that three times a day, four to five days a week, to installing our current brewery which is a Deutsche Beverage Technology 15-barrel system. In the early days, we only had a few beers on tap at a time because of our small system. I couldn’t brew enough to keep up with demand. Now, our brewery system has capabilities that will scale very well for us for years to come.
As of time of this publication, we will have run our first few batches of beers into cans. We’re partnering with the mobile canning operation called Iron Heart to can a couple of our regular beers to be made available for purchase at grocery stores, bars and restaurants. It’s pretty exciting for us to be able to continue to make our beers more widely available through northeast Ohio. I think the plan now is to continue to grow to service more accounts in the state. Hopefully, we’ll be adding some more fermentation tanks in the near future.
Favorite brewery beer?
It’s like picking a favorite child, honestly, but I will say that I probably drink the most of our German Style Pils than anything else. It’s just so pleasant and refreshing, especially after a hot day in the brew house.
Favorite competitor brew?
Well, we brewers in this area enjoy a pretty good community amongst ourselves. We meet up at each others businesses and have the joy of sampling each other’s work pretty regularly. Currently, I’ve been digging a lot of the beer that Andrew at Lockport has been putting out. His Ruckus IPA and Kolsch both have been really solid brews that I’ve enjoyed at festivals we’ve both been at recently.
Upcoming events / competitions
We should be at the Brew at the Zoo at the Akron Zoo on October 7. We do those events throughout the year. I’ll be venturing off to the Great American Beer Festival in Denver from October 5 to 7. We’ll be sending a few of our beers out for the competition again this year. We were fortunate enough to be awarded a Silver Medal for our Monk in Public Belgian dark strong style beer last year.
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