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New craft beer celebrates 100 years of Ohio Farm Bureau


Lots of people having been thinking about cover crops recently, but Ohio is giving people another reason to think Cover Crop — it’s the name of a new beer being made to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Ohio Farm Bureau.

Brewed through a partnership with North High Brewing, Cover Crop is a light-bodied, easy drinking golden ale that is crisp and perfect for relaxing after a day of hard work in the office, factory, or farm. The name Cover Crop honors the revival of a farming practice that sustains the land and its surrounding environment.

Cover Crop will be released in package and draft beginning in December and be available throughout 2019 wherever North High beer is sold, Ohio Farm Bureau said in a press release.

Using local ingredients was important for both Ohio Farm Bureau and North High Brewing, which is a member of Farm Bureau. Cover Crop is to be brewed with local malt sourced from Rustic Brew Farm in Marysville, Ohio. Farm owner Matt Cunningham’s family has farmed nearly 100 years growing traditional row crops. They’ve been Farm Bureau members for most of that time. Within the past few years Cunningham added barley and a malting house to diversify the farm and create opportunities for future generations.

“Craft beer fans really appreciate local ingredients,” said Adam Sharp, Ohio Farm Bureau’s executive vice president. “Our partnership with North High Brewing connects us to Ohioans who enjoy knowing all about the products they buy. This is a fun way to celebrate our centennial and build some appreciation of Ohio’s agricultural community.”

The release of Cover Crop is part of a year-long centennial celebration for Ohio Farm Bureau. Other activities include a member-only concert by country artist Chase Bryant, barn paintings, and vintage collectibles. The centennial celebration officially kicks off at the 2018 annual meeting Dec. 6 and 7 in Columbus.

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