Thurs, June 14, Beer With Benefits, 7-9pm | Gather your friends and join us at the Yellow Springs Brewery. Enjoy craft beers and drawings while raising funds for Glen Helen. $1 from every beer purchase benefits Glen Helen.
Yellow Springs Brewery
Saturday, April 14th Yellow Springs Brewery is celebrating their fifth anniversary of crafting and sharing their brews with the super supportive Ohio craft beer community! Fifth anniversaries are traditionally known as the “wood” anniversary so this celebration has a special significance to them as wood serves as an integral part in aging, conditioning and flavoring craft brews. They’ve decided to show their appreciation to our loyal customers with a barrel- and wood-aged Birthday Bash!
Master Brewer, Jeffrey McElfresh has created a limited release white oak IPA in honor of this special occasion and it will be available in 12 oz. cans for $12 per 4-pack. This IPA is aged with American white oak staves giving it a sweet, earthy bouquet with warm vanilla overtones. Dry hopping lends a piney and grapefruit flavor that enhances the soft character of the white oak. And there’s no better way to enjoy this delicious IPA than in their new limited-edition 5th anniversary glassware! This Perl Goblet style glassware features a design by Just A Jar Design Press in Marietta, OH, and has a delightfully low price tag of $10!
This celebration is loaded with opportunities to obtain limited-edition brewery merch and we will feature a series of timed raffles from 2-9 PM. The day-long raffle includes prizes from House of Aum, Current Cuisine, Dino’s Coffee, The Winds and many more! Raffle tickets will be sold as a pack of 5 tickets for $5 or 20 tickets for $10 and all proceeds from the raffle will benefit Glen Helen Nature Preserve. They will also be on site for the Birthday Bash to hand out special gifts to those who become members during the celebration! Culinary options include the incredible wood-fired food of La Pampa Argentinian Grill and Bella Sorella Pizza! There will also be selling a limited-edition woodcut poster, created by Just A Jar Design Press, which will be on sale for $15. Only 100 of these have been printed!
The hit of the day may very well be the selection of some of the area’s most rare and sought after barrel-aged beers that will be featured on our taps! YSB’s resident beer curator, Chris Hutson, has managed to acquire a list of brews that is sure to please the palate of even the most particular beer geeks out there. Two bars will be set up for timed trappings of our celebratory beers. These taps will occur once every two hours starting at 2 pm with White Oak IPA, with the last tapping at 7 pm! Don’t miss out on this anniversary extravaganza, join Yellow Springs Brewery in celebration of 5 years growing with this amazing community!
Yellow Springs Brewery is located at 305 North Walnut Street, Suite B in Yellow Springs, Ohio
Mon-Fri 3-10pm, Sat 1-10pm, Sun 1-8pm
The Yellow Springs Brewery will be hosting the latest works from photographer Wayne Heinfeld from May 1 – 29 with an Art Party on Sunday, May 7 from 2 – 4 pm. The exhibit is part of an ongoing monthly series hosted by the Yellow Springs Brewery entitled, Art + Ale, featuring the latest work from local artists in the brewery taproom.
Wayne Heinfeld is a photographer based in Enon. His Art + Ale exhibit will feature a series of color photos focused on elements of nature he has found in his many travels through the Smokey Mountains, in New England, out west, and in Glen Helen. Heinfeld worked with professional slide film for many years and prefers that to the prevalent use of digital photography today.
Heinfeld was a mail carrier in Dayton for 33 years before retiring a few years ago. He is self-taught and always considered photography a hobby until people started asking to buy his prints. He now sells many of his images on notecards which are available at Glen Garden Gifts in Yellow Springs.
For information on Wayne Heinfeld or the Yellow Springs Brewery, visit yellowspringsbrewery.com.
Come ready to party Yellow Springs-style wearing your tie-dye, flowing skirts and Birkenstocks. On Friday, March 10, 5:00 pm, Yellow Springs Brewery is throwing a party in their taproom to celebrate the release of Springer Golden Ale in 12-ounce cans. It will be distributed to restaurants, bars and retailers starting the week of March 13th, six-packs will retail for $9.99.
This signature beer is made with local Cascade hops from Heartland Hops in northwest Ohio near Fort Recovery. At 5.4% alcohol by volume, it is light, floral and perfect for drinking anytime. Springer Golden Ale is one of the originally brewed recipes at Yellow Springs Brewery and continues to be a customer favorite, especially as the weather turns warm and the world once again becomes green.
In addition to releasing Springer Golden Ale in cans and in honor of the spring equinox, the brewery also plans to have special variants of Springer Golden Ale on tap that day. “We are planning to have a few twists of Springer on tap that we believe not only enhance the beer but will also help welcome the long awaited coming of spring” says Chris Hutson, event coordinator at Yellow Springs Brewery. “Customers will be able to experience all things Yellow Springs at the release party, after all Springer was aptly named for the local residents. It’s our hope to offer folks a chance to come out of their winter hibernation as we usher in the changing of the seasons. Along with our special variants there are also plans for live accoustic music, food, flowers and a few tricks up our sleeves,” says Hutson. Springer Golden Ale will be Yellow Springs Brewery’s fourth beer to be canned and the brewery has no intention of slowing down, with future can and bottle releases on the horizon.
It’s time to welcome spring with open arms and get your ‘spring’er on with Yellow Springs Brewery. Peace, love and Springer!
The Yellow Springs Brewery will be hosting the latest works from quilt-maker Pam Geisel from January 9 – February 5 with an artist’s reception on Sunday January 15 from 2-4 pm. The exhibit is part of an ongoing monthly series hosted by the Yellow Springs Brewery entitled, Art + Ale, featuring the latest work from local artists in their taproom.
Geisel is a quilt-maker who works with traditional design blocks in non-traditional ways. For example, instead of piecing shapes together or sewing them, they are fused together using an iron on the back of the fabric which then fuses pieces together. Also, once she discovered the fusing method she found she was able to expand her repertoire by creating unique shapes that are both representational and abstract. Geisel has a background in graphic design, but prefers the intensity and colors that she finds in quilt-making, saying “I paint with fabric.”
The tap room is open Mon-Fri 3-10pm, Sat 1-10pm, Sun 1-8pm at Yellow Springs Brewery, which is located at 305 Walnut St B, Yellow Springs, OH 45387.
On Friday, November 11th, Yellow Springs Brewery will be holding a Metamorphosis Party to celebrate the official unveiling of their new can designed. The can design will be an extension of the new logo the brewery unveiled late last month.
Why the makeover? Co-owner Lisa Wolters explains that, “We were not unhappy with the old logo, but when we tried to apply it to our package, it didn’t lend itself to what we had in mind.” Namely, while the cans themselves looked great, the brewery name in the logo was hard to read, obviously a situation not conducive to retail sales.
The new logo retains the eagle from the original logo, but in the update, the eagle becomes the main focal point. “Eagles can mean a lot of things — freedom, strength, vision — but to Yellow Springs Brewery, the eagle suggests a certain spirit. A spirit that means you have the freedom, strength, and vision to reach higher, to not just accept the status quo, to embrace new perspectives and to dream,” explains Wolters. “It a was simplistic idea,” she elaborates, “the American entrepreneurial spirit. That’s who we are.”
The brewery’s new logo and can designs are a creation of Don Pendleton, a nationally recognized artist residing in Dayton. Pendleton has a connection with Yellow Spring Brewery’s salesperson Shawn Combs, who worked with Pendleton at Alien Workshop. Nate Cornett, the brewery’s other co-owner, and Wolters were fans of Pendleton’s work and were eager to have his help on redesigning the cans.
With its geometric shapes and muted colors, the new logo is reflective of Pendleton’s work. The burnt yellow and the purple were retained to tie into the existing Yellow Springs branding (which will be slowly phased out). The new cans will feature a single signature color per brand, so consumers will be able to differentiate beers like Zoetic from Captain Stardust. The logo itself will tie the brands together and retain consistency among labels.
The brewery’s taproom doubles as a gallery for local artists, and at The Metamorphosis Party, Pendleton’s art will be on display and for sale (for a sneak peak, check out his website. < http://www.elephont.com>). The party starts at 3 pm with a lineup of special Captain Stardust and Zoetic tappings (the Stardust variants include versions with coffee, biscotti, strawberry daiguiri, grapefruit, and one served on nitro. There will also be a habanero Zoetic variant). Stick around as they unveil additional limited releases throughout the night: Gindust (5 pm), Zoetic with mango (6 pm), Captain Stardust with sour cherry (7 pm) and Zoetic with grapefruit (8 pm).
The party runs from 3-10 pm and will feature merchandise with the new logo, a photo booth, and food available to purchase from Harvest Food Truck. The brewery is located at 305 North Walnut Street, Suite B; Yellow Springs, OH 45387. For more information, contact Lisa Wolters at 937-767- 0222 or find them on the web at www.yellowspringsbrewery.com.
You’ll be able to pick up a six pack of Captain Stardust Saison and , at the brewery for $9.99. According to co-owner Nate Cornett, “in September, we debuted our new 15-barrel brewhouse and that has allowed us enough capacity to get two of our favorites in cans.” Prior to the expansion Yellow Spring Brewery hasn’t been able to keep up with the demand for their beers.
Want to pick up a six pack? They’ll be available starting at 3pm on Friday the 13th. Sounds like a lucky day!
The Super Bowl XLIX festivities begin at noon on Sunday, February 1. Pundits are going to spend the entire day analyzing the players, discussing past Super Bowls, and making deflated ball puns. The game itself starts at 6 PM, and will end around 11 PM after all the awards have been given out and more analysis of the game. That is a long drinking day for anyone. You have to pace yourself through a day filled with salty snacks, good friends, and lots and lots of fine, locally crafted beer. Fortunately, British brewers thought of this decades ago, and developed something called a session beer.
During World War I, production of material for the war effort was important. Parliament created a law that allowed for two drinking sessions a day; one at lunch and one at dinner time. Since drinking was much more limited, any typically could only be done at a bar, people would have a few more at lunch then they normally would. They did not want to go back work around dangerous equipment inebriated, so British brewers started to brew beers that were lower in ABV. They typically capped at 5%, but many went as low as 3%. Pilsners, bitters, and pale ales were the styles that were used, offering the most flavor while delivering a love tap of alcohol.
The United States does not have the same fondness for low ABV beers. The legacy of the “little beer” began just before Prohibition as a desperate attempt by then president Woodrow Wilson to stop the inevitable. He proposed that beers of no more than 2.75% ABV be brewed, minimizing the harsh effects of the terrible affliction of alcohol on a delicate public. Clearly, that did not work, and the country dried up for thirteen years. The first beer that came out after the Volstead Act was repealed but before the 21st Amendment went into effect? 3.2% beers. Our legacy with them is much more contentious, thus when the craft beer movement rolled forward, the LAST thing brewers wanted to do was create beers in the Budweiser range of ABV. The ABV War began, trying to create bigger beers, beers full of flavor and alcohol. The winning brewery at this point in time is Brewmeister’s Armageddon out of Scotland, ringing in at an overwhelming 65% ABV. Most beers like this are brewed once for effect, then retired.
Session beers just came back into vogue in the last ten years as a reaction to all of the high ABV beers flowing through the country. Founder’s All Day IPA may be the beer that brought this type of beer to the general attention of the public. This great Michigan brewery sells this in a fifteen-pack, acknowledging that you can sip on this all day and still be able to function at your desk on Monday. It was mentioned more than a few times as a great session beer by the people I spoke with. The 4.7% ABV is perfect for a long session of drinking, and the hops ensures that it is not boring to drink. Fat Head’s Sunshine Daydream out of Cleveland is another highly recommended session beer, creeping up to 4.9% ABV and still delivering with refreshing flavor.
Looking for a local, low alcohol growler fill for the big game? Here is a list of what was found on tap (or in a can) around the Miami Valley. Not all of these fall into the session beer category, but they all hover around the 5% ABV range.
- Lock 27 – Pugilist’s 4.7% ABV seems light for a beer with a fighting name. Session beers are not all light and hoppy. Here is an irish stout whose punch is in the flavor, not the spirits. Order some of their Smoked Wings while you are there. You will not be disappointed.
- Yellow Springs Brewing – If you are going to go to one brewery for all your low ABV beer needs, this is the place to go. They have the biggest selection of tap beers that fall into this category. Their Kerfluffle, an English Mild beer, is the lowest on the list at 3.1% ABV. They also have Daily’s Comet Saison (3.8% ABV), Handsome American Brown Ale (5.5% ABV), Ryatt’s Eviction English Pale Ale (5.0% ABV) and Zoetic Citra American Pale Ale (5.2% ABV). A little something for everyone!
- Dayton Beer Company
– Patterson Pale Ale, at 5.5% ABV, is higher on the list for a session beer, but a delicious option. While you are there, get a growler of their award winning Java Man Cometh (7.0% ABV) to help celebrate if your team wins, or cry into if they lose.
- Warped Wing Brewing Company – They have some heavy hitters in their line up (Baltic Argonaut at 11.5% ABV would make a short session), but they offer their own Self Starter Session IPA at 5.2% ABV. Ermal’s Belgian Cream Ale at 5.4% ABV and their delightfully unique Wedding Beer at 4.5% ABV are options for Super Bowl growler fills.
- Fifth Street Brewing – For my money, kolsch is my favorite style of lighter beer. FSB’s 1600 Kolsch (5.0% ABV) and Deluge Pale Ale (5.4% ABV) are both excellent beers to add to the game day menu.
- Star City Brewing – If you already have plans and will have to miss their Super Bowl Potluck Extravaganza, you can enjoy their kolschy Blonde Ale at 3.8% ABV or Weizen Star Hefeweizen at 4.8% ABV at home with a much different pot luck.
- Lucky Star Brewery – While you are in Miamisburg, you can stop by this brewery as well and pick up their Ojos Locos Mexican Lager at 3.9% ABV or their Redemption Red at 5.3% ABV. Their Wicked Step Mutha Double Stout weighs in at 9.9% ABV, but would be a delicious late game addition to cap off the party.
- Toxic Brew Company – Relax. There is always some Practice Yoga (5.6% ABV) to enjoy during an all-day football binge. Sign up for the Shuffle Board League while you are there so your sports enjoyment can last after football is over. Abby’s Cure at 9.6% ABV came highly recommended for Sunday, but as a tasty treat with your all day sippers.
- Eudora Brewing Company – Another award winning craft brewery in Dayton, their Sundowner Blonde Ale weighs in at 5.0% ABV. Supporting them means you are also supporting charity:water, providing clean water to those with no access to it.
- Hairless Hare Brewery – Hello friends up north! The American Ale here sits at a sessionable 4.9% ABV. And is there anything more American than watching the Super Bowl?
Not enough options? Belmont Party Supply has many, many selections for session drinking. Cincinnati favorites like Madtree offers Lift at 4.7% ABV and Rhinegeist releases Cougar at 4.8% ABV for you to consider. Rivertown’s Little Sipa IPA at a nice and light 4.5% ABV is another Cincinnati option on the table. The new kid in Ohio, Boulevard Brewing Company, has their Pop Up Session IPA that sits at a respectable 4.3% ABV and 80 Acre Hoppy Wheat at 5.5% ABV. Fans of New Belgium Brewing can get their hands on Slow Ride Session IPA sitting at 4.5% ABV. You can also pick up He’Brew’s Dry Hopped Session Pale Ale (5.5% ABV) or Heavy Seas’ Cross Bones Session IPA (4.5% ABV) there. If you want a little more heavy in your seas, their Loose Cannon IPA is an amazing choice with a little more punch (7.25% ABV).
The Super Bowl has become more than just the championship game for the NFL; it is a cultural event that brings people together with friends for good food and good company. Whether you are cheering for the New England Patriots, the Seattle Seahawks, or just a halfway decent Super Bowl ad, session beers are one way to sip on great beer all day and still be ready to shout, cheer, cry, and celebrate when the game begins. Now, time to start researching the wings and nachos. Cheers!
On Tuesday, September 23rd starting at 6:30pm Yellow Springs Brewery will partner with Chef Patrick Sartin of Harvest Mobile Cuisine to host a 3 course beer dinner to celebrate Nature’s Bounty. Reservations are required for this dinner and can be made for $55 per person by calling 767-0222. The three courses, which will be paired with beers to be named later, are:
Variety of Patchwork Gardens field greens with roasted beets, toasted pecans, crumbled goat cheese and maple vinaigrette, served with a butternut squash fritter
One half of a slow roasted Hill Family Farms Chicken, acorn squash, braised Swiss chard, and fennel puree with sage brown butter
The following week, on Tuesday, September 30th from 7-9pm the brewery will partner with Andrea and Chris Hutson, the culinary duo behind Harvest Moon to offer vegan tapas centered around fresh locally sourced ingredients. Brewmaster Jeffery McElfresh will discuss each food and beer pairing. Tickets for this event will run $40 per person and again, reservations are suggested.