Apr 18, 2023 - Food and Drink

Local breweries to concoct Cold IPA to support state association

A group of people smile for the camera amidst brewing equipment.

Members of the Ohio Craft Brewers Association pose among the glistening equipment of The Beer Kettle in Middleburg Heights. Photo: Courtesy of the OCBA

More than 60 Ohio breweries are participating in an annual collaborative brewing effort to raise funds for the Ohio Craft Brewers Association (OCBA).

Brewing the news: Versions of a Cold IPA called "From the Heart: Vol. 3," will be released on tap at participating breweries in conjunction with American Craft Beer Week, May 15-21.

How it works: Allied businesses donated ingredients and packaging materials to the OCBA, which breweries then bought from OCBA to make the special beer.

  • Zoom out: The OCBA provides policy advocacy, marketing support, education and networking to roughly 75% of Ohio's 422 craft breweries.

The latest: The inaugural batch was brewed yesterday at The Brew Kettle in Middleburg Heights, from a recipe conceived by Brew Kettle brewmaster Jack Kephart and ingredient supplier Whitney Thompson, of Origin Malt.

  • The beer features an aromatic blend of hops, with hints of mango, strawberry, citrus and spice flavors.

Yes, but: Participating breweries are encouraged to put their own spin on the recipe so that consumers can compare and contrast.

Details: In Northeast Ohio, participants are: Avon Brewing Co., The Brew Kettle, Broadview Brewing Co., Fat Head's, Ghost Tree, Railroad Brewing Co. and Saucy Brew Works.

What they're saying: "The growth of the craft brewing industry in Ohio is a direct result of the creativity and innovative spirit of our brewers," Mary MacDonald, executive director of the OCBA, said in a press release.

  • "Our organization works to ensure that Ohio breweries have the support they need to continue crafting bold, new, captivating beers for consumers to enjoy."
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