Raise your glasses to the return of Cleveland Beer Week, Oct. 14-22. Three local breweries participating in the festivities gave us a preview of beers to keep an eye out for at the grand tasting event, Brewzilla, Oct. 22 at the Galleria.
The Brew Kettle
The Buzz: With its bottling of the award-winning White Rajah, the Strongsville brewery took its first step into offering 12-ounce bottles and six-packs. "We had every intention of bottling it [in 22-ounce bottles], but I felt that it was such a drinkable beer," says owner Chris McKim. "It's a beer for when you want to have more than one." thebrewkettle.com
cellar rats brewery
The Buzz: A new Madison, Ohio, brewery featuring a 15-barrel system and 30-barrel fermenters and brites offers room to grow and the capacity to bottle six-packs. "The first beer going to market is our Rat Tail Ale," says partner Joel Sandrey of the American amber ale and brewery best-seller. "It is rich, full-bodied and malty." ratbrew.com
buckeye brewing co.
The Buzz: A new brew being released this month, Pumpkin Dead has a Halloween label and a taste for the Thanksgiving table. "It's definitely not hoppy," says head brewer Garin Wright. "We're trying to go with that pumpkin pie flavor. ... A lot of pumpkin ales aren't brewed with pumpkin. Our beer actually is." buckeyebrewing.com