CLEVELAND, Ohio – Ohio breweries – together with one opened solely 9 months in Cleveland – stored up the state’s profitable methods on the annual Nice American Beer Pageant in Denver.
Northeast Ohio breweries earned 5 of the state’s 9 medals on the annual occasion, thought-about the Tremendous Bowl for brewers.
Masthead Brewing Co., opened since January, earned a bronze medal within the Double Pink Ale class. The BottleHouse Brewery and Meadery in Cleveland Heights entered for the primary time and gained a pair of medals. And Fats Head’s Brewery gained for a tremendous ninth consecutive yr.
Masthead is among the yr’s largest brewing success tales in Cleveland. Situated in a cavernous sixteen,000 sq.-foot area between twelfth and thirteenth streets on Superior Avenue, it warmed up for GABF by incomes the individuals’s-selection award at Cleveland Oktoberfest final month.
“We’re fairly excited,” brewer Mike Pelechaty stated from Denver. “It was unbelievable, undoubtedly a difficult class. All of the hop types are fairly properly entered. We have been blown away. It is undoubtedly all we will ask for. It is an superior first yr for us.”
Masthead – owned by Frank Luther, Matt Slife and Pelechaty – introduced 9 individuals to the fest, together with gross sales director Jeff Draeger, who stated the brewery has plans to can its profitable beer.
The medals are introduced on the ultimate day of the three-day beer extravaganza held yearly in October.
“I am actually excited; it is fairly enjoyable,” stated Brian Benchek of The BottleHouse. “It is the primary time we entered. We entered 4 beers. We’re fairly completely satisfied – 50 %.”
Benchek was too busy working to go to Denver.
“I want I had time to go away,” he stated. “We simply packed them up and despatched them off. There’s so many beers, so many breweries this yr, we felt prefer it was a crapshoot actually. We had low expectations. We felt just like the beers we despatched have been actually strong.”
Matt Cole of Fats Head’s is somebody who is aware of one thing about expectations. He has been sending beers to GABF for 15 years and has been shut out solely as soon as.
“I used to be on the sting of my seat for some time,” he stated from Denver, the place Fats’s Head’s had introduced “a military” of its staff.
“It is a testomony to the onerous work of the employees,” Cole stated. “You sit subsequent to your friends. I am glad to see my buddies win, they’re pleased to see you win.”
2017 Ohio winners
Bronze – Aged Beer: There’s No Quad, The BottleHouse Brewery and Meadery, Cleveland Heights.
Bronze – American-fashion Black Ale: Midnight Moonlight, Fats Head’s Brewery,…