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Ohio brewing began in Cincinnati, in 1812. The 1830s rolled around and German and Bohemian immigrants came flocking to the state. With so many breweries in Ohio popping up in only three main areas—Cincinnati, Cleveland, and Columbus—the competition became fierce.

From the mid-1880s until after Prohibition, many of the breweries in these areas survived by merging or changing ownership. The breweries in Cincinnati Ohio that managed to succeed in this time were: Hudepohl Brewing, Bruckmann Brewing, and Burger Brewing. The most successful breweries in Cleveland Ohio in this era were: Pilsener Brewing, Standard Brewing, and Carling Brewing. Last but not least, were the breweries in Columbus Ohio, which unfortunately with six major brewers that all merged together still went under during the time of Prohibition.

Post Prohibition, Ohio brewing was reborn in Cleveland. It was in this city in 1988 that the first Ohio craft brewery and brewpub were opened under the name Great Lakes Brewing. Today, Great Lakes still remains the largest craft brewery in the state winning 10 GABF awards and produces over 160,000 barrels of Ohio beer each year.

What time can you buy beer in Ohio is a popular question; as is how late can you buy beer in Ohio? Bars often stay open until around 2 a.m., and liquor stores/alcohol businesses conduct Ohio beer sales between the hours of 5:30 a.m. and 2:30 a.m. This only applies to Monday through Saturday, since there are a few Ohio beer laws, one being that on Sundays, alcohol can only be sold between the hours of 1 p.m. and 1 a.m. IF and only IF they have a special license to sell on Sundays.

A popular attraction for beer lovers is the Craft beer hotel in Columbus, Ohio. The beer hotel in Ohio is named the DogHouse and was opened by BrewDog in 2018.

Another big beer event is the Ohio craft beer fest. There are actually a few events that occur, including: Ale-O-Ween, Six One Pour: The Ohio Craft Beer Fest, The Winter Warmer Fest, The Ohio Brewers Conference, and Columbus Ohio’s craft beer week.

With some of the greatest craft beer in Ohio, some of the most popular Ohio breweries are: Columbus Brewing, Fat Head’s Brewery, Hoof Hearted Brewing, Hoppin’ Frog Brewing, Jackie O’s Brewing, MadTree Brewing, Rhinegeist Brewing, and Thirsty Dog Brewing.

How many breweries are in Ohio? Well, according to the Ohio Craft Beer Association, 328 independently owned craft breweries in Ohio that exist, and that doesn’t even count any of the big name facilities such as Budweiser, or the 72 plans for breweries that are currently on their way.

We have had the pleasure of featuring a few amazing Ohio craft breweries in our craft beer of the month club, including: Mt. Carmel Brewing Company, Rivertown Brewery & Barrel House, and Thirsty Dog Brewing Company. We are constantly looking for new Ohio craft beers to try out and hopefully feature for you in the near future!

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