Ohio Brewing Company has just been awarded two silver medals for beers judged recently at the World Beer Championships, sponsored by the Beverage Testing Institute and held in Chicago. OBC's "Steel Valley Stout" was awarded a silver medal in the dry stout category with a score of 89. The judges noted "aromas of chocolate caramel and maple nut fudge with a supple, dryish medium body and a rich, roasted grain, cocoa powder and root vegetable accented finish with leafy green hops. A great food beer."
Their "Jingle Bell Ale" also earned a silver medal in the winter ale category with a score of 87. Jingle Bell Ale was described as a copper brown ale with "aromas and flavors of vanilla bean, almond cookie, cinnamon sugar and cola with a frothy fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a spiced peach, pepper, and turnip accented finish with grassy hops." That's a mouthful! Turnip-accented finish?
Ohio Brewing Company's tasting room is now featuring live music every Friday night, and there is usually no cover. As the award-winners above are winter beers, and it is now supposed to be spring, OBC is looking to soon release their popular "Maple Porter", which is a robust porter balanced with real northeast Ohio maple syrup. Normally a draft-only beer, they are planning a limited bottle release in a four pack of 12 ounce bottles. Another spring release in bottles and draft is their "Buckeye Blonde", a Belgian white ale brewed with Beligan wheat ale yeast, coriander and orange peel.