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Try the latest Hocking College beers at Star Brick Brewing's Growler Nights

by Amanda Grinstead on October 30, 2020

If you’re interested in trying one of the craft beers brewed by Hocking College Fermentation Science students, you can join them from 4-6 p.m. every Thursday and Friday for Star Brick Brewing's Growler Nights at the Lodge. Customers will be able to purchase a 34-ounce glass growler for $6 and fill it up with their favorite Hocking College brew for $8. If you already have a growler, you can bring it in and have it filled up for about 24 cents an ounce.

The beers on tap every Thursday and Friday night are:

  • Growler Nights 01Hawks Lite (ABV: 5%): A straw-colored blonde ale, with its light body, low bitterness and a hint of fruity aroma from the hops, aims to please both the domestic beer drinker and the craft beer enthusiast.
  • Star Brick Stout (ABV: 5.3%): Aged in kegs for a year, this medium-bodied black American stout balances its roasted and chocolate malt flavoring with a decently bitter bite and fruity esters from a blend of U.S. and United Kingdom hops. 
  • BPA (ABV: 5.6%): A light-copper, medium-bodied American rendition of a Belgian Pale. A balancing act of malty sweetness with hints of caramel and biscuit and a mildly bitter hop profile driven by citrus fruit notes.

Already available at Rhapsody Music & Dining is Star Brick IPA (ABV: 7.1%), an amber, medium-bodied American IPA that comes in with a malty sweetness backed by a not overly bitter hop profile with fruity hop aromas.

Fermentation Science students are currently working on another beer:

  • Hawks Hefe (ABV: 5.3%): Light-gold and hazy, this light-bodied wheat beer, brewed in the traditional German style, brings forth tons of banana with a hint of clove phenolics.

Growler Nights 02Eric Hedin, a specialist with the Fermentation Sciences program, is hopeful that the Hawks Hefe beer will be available in the next few weeks. 

“Beer is what really caused civilization to occur,” Hedin said. “Civilization and community were formed around alcohol.”

Hedin describes the lodge atmosphere as more of a community, where students from the program can mingle with the customers and talk about the beers they have crafted and the recipes they have developed.

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If beer isn’t your thing, but you’d still like to try libations developed by Hocking College Fermentation Science students at the Black Diamond Distillery, two of their moonshines — Bloody Butcher and Pawpaw — are still available at some local state liquor stores.

Kroger, 919 E. State St., Athens

  • Bloody Butcher 

Kroger, 610 Carroll St., New Lexington

  • Bloody Butcher
  • Pawpaw Moonshine

Kroger, 31550 Chieftain Dr., Logan

  • Bloody Butcher 
  • Pawpaw Moonshine

Cross Creek Mart, 58522 US-50, McArthur

  • Bloody Butcher 
  • Pawpaw Moonshine

Smoker Friendly Party Center, 225 Pine St., Crooksville

  • Bloody Butcher

You can find where all of the Black Diamond Distillery's products are available for purchase at the Ohio Liquor Control website.

ABOUT Hocking College's Fermentation Science PROGRAM

The Associate of Applied Science in Fermentation Science includes majors in Craft Brewing, Viticulture/Winemaking, Distilled Spirits and Culinary Fermentation. Students in the Fermentation Science program have a unique opportunity to learn in real-world training laboratories. They receive hands-on training as they immerse themselves in three different businesses owned and operated by the college: Rhapsody Music & Dining, The Lodge Conference Center and the Black Diamond Distillery.

 For more information on Hocking College’s Fermentation Sciences program, contact Sean Terrell at terrells@hocking.edu or 740-753-7149.

About the Author

This blog was written by Amanda Grinstead, a student intern in the Marketing, Community and Public Relations Office at Hocking College. Grinstead is a student in the college's Website and Applications Development program.

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