February 2011 Featured Brewery
Location: Athens, Ohio
Distribution: Brewery Only
Slogan: “Jackie O’s Pub and Brewery prides itself in creating neo-traditional handcrafted artisan ales. Inside each pint, a fusion of American craft brewing creativity and historically sound techniques await your palate. A marriage of exploration and tradition guaranteed to cure whatever ales you!”
Athens, Ohio is not only home to the University of Ohio, but it’s also home to what many beer geeks will call one of the country’s most exciting up-and-coming breweries called Jackie-O’s Pub & Brewery. Jackie-O’s originally started as a small Irish bar called O’Hooley’s but added brewpub capabilities in 1996. This equipment is still used to brew their beers today.
Brad Clark has been in his current role as brewer since the name change from O’Hooley’s to Jackie-O’s took effect back in 2005. He is now known for creating some experimental and full-flavored ales that sometimes feature the addition of wild yeast, bacteria, and/or barrel-aging.
In looking at Jackie-O’s collection of brews on Beeradvocate you can see that they have created a pretty large number of beers. They say there are a couple that could be considered signature beers like the OPA (Ohio Pale Ale) and the Razz Wheat, but there are also some experimental bottled beers that have created a lot of interest in the trading world like the Bourbon Barrel-aged Dark Apparition, Oil of Aphrodite, and Joe the Plum.
Unfortunately for most of us, the distribution is very limited at this point – and when I say limited I mean like only available at the brew pub itself limited. Unless you live in Athens (or within driving distance) you’ll have to trade for one of these beers. Limited or not, this is a brewery that is garnering a lot of attention in the beer geek community and they’re showing just exactly how quickly word can spread when you create great beers.
Bourbon Barrel-Aged Dark Apparition
Oil of Aphrodite
Joe the Plum
Ohio Pale Ale
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