To showcase some of the industry’s best suds, the National Hamburger Festival is hosting an Ohio Craft Beer Tasting at Akron’s Lock 3 Park on Aug. 9 from 12-6pm.
“What goes better together than burgers and beer?” asks John Najeway, co-owner of Thirsty Dog Brewing Company and board member of the Ohio Craft Brewers Association. “It’s exciting that a segment of Ohio’s more than 100 craft breweries will be represented during the festival.”
During Sunday’s festivities, visitors to the National Hamburger Festival are able to enjoy full and sample-size portions of brews from nine Ohio breweries including:
Thirsty Dog Brewing Co. (Akron)
- One of the largest craft brewers in Ohio capable of producing in upwards of 25,000 barrels each year, Thirsty Dog in Akron has taken on numerous renovations and expansions in order to keep up with demand and popularity. And it’s mighty popular. Popular suds range from their robust Old Leghumper dark brown ale to the very, very dark Siberian Nights imperial stout.
Ohio Brewing Company (Akron)
- What started as one homebrewer’s hobby is now a 15-barrel brewing company. And now, 18 years later, Ohio Brewing Company makes four styles of year-round and four seasonal microbrews.
Canton Brewing Company (Canton)
- With a namesake that dates generations, this new-school edition of a production brewery and restaurant opened in downtown Canton in December of 2015. Joining its nine-tap offerings that include everything from a spiced saison to a coffee porter, is its flagship brew the Tuscora pilsner, which is throwback to the brewery’s heyday.
Lagerhead’s Brewing (Medina)
- For more than a decade, Lagerhead’s has been a BBQ fixture in the Northeast Ohio community of Medina. Six years in, co-owners and brothers Matt and Jon Kiene started brewing their own small-batch craft brews. You’ll find everything from the German-style lager known as the Barn Burner to the Irish red ale affectionately title Bed Head Red.
Buckeye Brewing Company (Cleveland)
- Since 1997, Buckeye Brewing has produced small-scale and one-off brews ranging in styles from the Buckeye Madison kolsch to the Buckeye Singular Blond saison. Many locals know them for the Lakewood-based Buckeye Beer Engine, their sister restaurant.
Spider Monkey Brewing Company (Westlake)
- While the owners of Spider Monkey Brewing Company call the Akron area home, their brews are concocted through a contract with the quaint Black Box Brewing in Westlake. They’re known for the Orange Barrel Ale and just recently released the Viking IPA.
Griffin Cider Works (Westlake)
- Looking to spice-up your beer consumption with something a little different? Consider an authentic English-style cider made with fresh juice from apples grown here in Ohio. Owner and Englishman Richard Read is thoughtfully bringing his interpretation of “real cider” to the United States in bottles and on tap.
Mt. Carmel Brewing Company (Cincinnati)
- Try a beer that you might not normally have access to with a cold sud from Mt. Carmel Brewing Company based out of a farmhouse in Cincinnati. This 40-barrel craft microbrewery offers five brews ranging from a nut-brown ale to a dark, chocolaty stout.
Christian Moerlein (Cincinnati)
- An immigrant who found himself in Cincinnati’s predominantly German Over-the-Rhine neighborhood, Christian Morelein started brewing hearty European brews for Cincinnatians in 1853. Today, the brewery and lagerhouse comes out with dozens of unique, high-quality beers ranging from a unique strawberry cream ale known as the Strawberry Pig to three different kinds of lagers (Maibock, Vienna and double-dark).