Beer notes: Weasel Boy to visit Akron grocer for tasting

By Rick Armon
Beacon Journal staff writer

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The award-winning Weasel Boy Brewing Co. is taking over the draft taps at the West Point Market.

Owner and brewer Jay Wince will visit the Akron grocery store from noon to 4 p.m. Jan. 26 to serve and chat about four of his beers: Dancing Ferret IPA, Plaid Ferret Scottish Ale, Bitter Sable Black IPA and Bourbon Barrel Aged Anastasia Russian Imperial Stout.

Weasel Boy is from Zanesville and not normally available in the Akron area.

Wince won a gold medal last fall at the Great American Beer Festival for his Anastasia Russian Imperial Stout. He also won a bronze medal in 2010 for the same brew.

Samples will be 25 cents, and growlers will be available for purchase.

West Point, 1711 W. Market St., also will host a tasting with Crafted Artisan Meadery owner Kent Waldeck from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday. He will serve Tupelo Mead, Hop Nectar, Blue Honey Melomel and Spiced Apple Cyser.

Samples will be 25 cents. Crafted Artisan is located in Suffield Township.

Hung over

Business Insider claims Akron is pretty hung over.

The website put together a list of the “Most Hungover Cities in America,” and Akron finished No. 6 based on Centers for Disease Control and Prevention statistics on binge drinking and the number of bars.

More than 20 percent of Akron residents admitted to binge drinking and there are 5.8 bars per 10,000 households here, the site says.

Four other Ohio cities made the top 25: Toledo (7), Cleveland (11), Cincinnati (16) and Columbus (18).

Omaha, Neb., topped the list.

Fat Head’s may expand

Fat Head’s — the award-winning brewery in suburban Cleveland — is interested in opening a brewpub in Columbus, partner and brewer Matt Cole says.

Cole says he’d like to open a brewpub with a seven-barrel brewhouse that could produce a “massive variety of small-batch beers.”

Fat Head’s, which started out as a restaurant in Pittsburgh in 1992, opened a Fat Head’s Brewery & Saloon in North Olmsted in 2009. Last year, Fat Head’s opened a production brewery in Middleburg Heights to start bottling and distributing its beers.

Fat Head’s also is working on opening a tasting room at its production brewery. Cole says they are shooting for the end of February.

Meanwhile, the production brewery is releasing its first seasonal beer: Oompa Loompa Chocolate Cream Stout. It will be available in bottles and on draft beginning in February. The beer will be available throughout Ohio and western Pennsylvania. Available in six-packs, it’s expected to retail for $10.99.

More Yuengling coming

Don’t worry Yuengling fans, D.G. Yuengling & Son says its Premium and Light brands are coming to Ohio — at some point.

“Yuengling Premium is primarily a regional favorite, with the vast majority of the product being sold in Pennsylvania,” spokesman Lou Romano said in an email. “It’s our expectation that Premium will be offered in Ohio, although no specific timeline has been set in stone.

“We typically lead with our Lager, Light Lager and Black & Tan, allowing them time to develop before Premium (and Premium Light) are introduced in a new state.”

Beer samplers

• Anheuser-Busch InBev has introduced a new Shock Top beer: Honeycrisp Apple Wheat, which is designed to marry a wheat and cider.

• Granville Brewing Co. in Granville, a new nanobrewery, will make its debut Feb. 2 at a fundraiser for The Works museum in Newark.

• A Barley’s Angels chapter has been formed in Cleveland. Burning River Barley’s Angels is an organization for women who enjoy and want to learn more about craft beer. For more details, go to:

Rick Armon can be reached at 330-996-3569 or Read his beer blog at

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