Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Duvel - Beer Review

Duvel is a Belgian Golden Ale that has inspired numerous imitators. It also led to a BBA record and a unanimous decision by our judges. Tune in to learn more about beer that is "a Devil of a Drink".

Partial Transcript: "On Tap -- Duvel

Hi I'm James Knott and this is your Better Beer Authority. Today we are talking about Duvel from the Duvel Moortgat Brewery in Breendonk, Belgium.

The brewery was founded in 1871 and Duvel was created to commemorate the end of WW1. It was initially named "Victory Ale", but renamed Duvel in 1923. Duvel is derived from the Flemish word for Devil -- as in "This is a real Devil" of a drink.

Be cautious -- this beer looks tame, but has an ABV of 8.5% and an IBU of 30. You may be seduced by its light, golden color, generous head and unique flavor -- but it will knock you on your donkey pretty quickly.

This beer is a Belgian Strong Golden Ale and has inspired numerous imitators. It comes in at #67 on beeradvocate's list of the Top Beers on Planet Earth.

For those who don't know -- Fact - Belgium is one of the best beer countries in the world. One reason for this is that throughout Belgium's complicated political history it was never subjected to beer purity laws like Reinheitsgebot in Germany. Belgian brewers take a more artistic and experimental approach to brewing and are not constrained by traditional styles.


Duvel gets a (???) on the BBA Scale. Let us know what your favorite Belgian beer is in the comment section. And if you'd like to learn more about Belgian beers then check out Michael Jackson's Great Beers of Belgium at a bookstore near you.

Thanks for watching. I'm James Knott and this is your Better Beer Authority."

Saturday, June 26, 2010

16 Mile Blue's Golden Ale - Beer Review

The Better Beer Authority reviews a new and hard-to-find beer from 16 Mile Brewery, Blue's Golden Ale. This golden ale is the lightest of the three beers available from the brewery. Some might consider it's mild flavor to be a good gateway for those new to craft beer. We also dive a little deeper into their highly-touted, fancy metal bottle.

Partial Transcript: "On Tap -- Blue's Golden Ale.

Hi. I'm James Knott and this is your Better Beer Authority. Today we are talking about Blue's Golden Ale - one of three beers available from the 16 Mile Brewing Company. which bills itself as the smallest microbrewery in the state of Delaware.

The first thing you notice about this beer is the distinctive 22oz. aluminum can that it comes in. The company likes to point out that they've chosen this packaging for environmental reasons. The cans are 100% recyclable. They are thin and lightweight which helps cut down on transportation costs and pollution.

Blues Golden Ale is 6% ABV and has 14 IBUs. It is so new and unique that it only has one review on and no reviews on beeradvocate.

The company describes the beer as a mellow, yet refreshing, golden ale with balanced layers of flavor and a crisp and clean finish.

Fun fact: Delaware is nicknamed "The First State" because it was the first state to ratify the U.S. Constitution. And... The official state beverage is milk -- something I think that 16 Mile should work on changing.

Q&A "the outer layers of the bottle provide excellent insulation allowing the beer to chill faster"

Blue's Golden Ale scores a (???) on the BBA scale. I'd like to thank 16 Mile Brewery for providing this beer. That's our opinion, but you should try it for yourself. So, if you get a chance, Take Route 50 across the Chesapeake Bay Bridge to 404 East into Georgetown, Delaware. Tell Brett that Jimmy sent you. He'll probably say "Jimmy who?"

I'm Jimmy Knott and this is your Better Beer Authority!"

Friday, June 25, 2010

Gordon Biersch Keg Tapping - SommerBrau June 2010

I hadn't really given Gordon Biersch much thought since starting the Better Beer Authority.  In my book, they were never much more than a chain restaurant until I heard that they were one of the "local" brewers invited to Columbus Beerfest.

Last night, Brian Forrest (BBA Reviewer) and I were invited to a keg-tapping at the Gordon Biersch in the Arena District in Columbus, Ohio.  SommerBrau was the star of the evening and didn't disappoint.  It was a German Kölsh with a pale color, mild hop presence and just a touch of lemon zing.  I could have sat on their patio and put back several of these medium-bodied seasonal beers, but I had a lot on my to-do list for the evening.

Chris Alltmont, the brewmaster, gave us a tour of the facilities and we learned a lot about Gordon Biersch.  He was a great ambassador for the company.  Give this guy a raise!  They focus on German beer styles, so they tend to have more lagers than ales.  These beers reminded me of sitting in the beer gardens of Germany's Bavarian region.  Big thumbs up to the Schwarzbier and Märzen.  The Schwarzbier was my favorite.  It was a dark lager with roasted, chocolaty coffee notes and very lively mouthfeel.

Chris said that the company tries to brew according to Reinheitsgebot, the German beer purity law.  They use only the four basic ingredients barley, hops, water and yeast (except for the wheat in the Hefewiezen).  Seeing Chris's passion for his work definitely got me stoked for the beer he is brewing.

My favorite moment of the evening was when Chris gave us a taste of "young" Schwarzbier.  It still had 4 more weeks of conditioning left and it had a much different taste.  It had an extra flavor to it that reminded me of hay.  It was still delicious, but helped me see what happens to the beer over time.

Next time I head to the Arena District I will definitely be stopping into Gordon Biersch to see what their seasonal beer is and to taste some of that delicious Schwarzbier.  Cheers.  Thanks for the invite Chris.


Friday, June 18, 2010

Episode 21: Old Court Ale, 16 Mile Brewing Company

June 17, 2010
Review #21

Brewery: 16 Mile Brewing Company
Beer: American Ale
Beersperts: Scott B, Mark S, Adam H
Beerspert Panel Rating: 6.7
Available: Delaware, Maryland

Notes from the brewery:
An American-style ale that reserves the right to be different. A bit lighter in body, Old Court provides a citrusy hop aroma and caramel finish.

ABV: 6.8%
IBU: 28
CAL (12 oz.):

Notes from the Beersperts:
Scott B:
It’s a carmelly flavor and a nutty smell. When you drink it it’s interesting. It actually leaves your mouth a little drier then when you had the first taste and kind of leaves you wanting for a little bit more.  You could probably have it with anything. I really like it. It’s a good beer and I would probably drink it any day of the week if it was available. I think it’s got a high drinkability.
Rating: 7

Mark S:
I completely agree about leaving your mouth a little dry, always wanting to go back for more. To me it leaves a pretty good drinkability factor. I mean I wouldn’t put it up there with Bud Light drinkability so to speak, but for me, I would definitely go back and have another.  Definitely a session beer. It’s not very filling. The carbonation doesn’t leave you with that really full feeling in your belly. Definitely something where you could sit and have 4 or 5 and not feel too bad about it.
Rating: 6

Adam H:
You can smell the fruit aspect to it and then you get that citrus toward the back of your throat I get that citrus to it along with the carmel and the hoppiness. I think this is again a really drinkable beer. I think you could sit around. You would probably get wasted because of the 6 percent ABV.  It leaves a flavor in your mouth that you want to drink some more.
Rating: 7

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Mission Accomplished! - 2 Great Beers

When I started this show my goal was just to expand my horizons a little bit.  I was hoping to find a few good, quality beers to shake up my BMC existence (Although I didn't even know what BMC meant at that point).  Tonight I have stumbled upon two beers that are good enough to justify the whole journey.  If you haven't had these beers, then you should stop what you're doing and head to your local bottle shop for a purchase.

Paulaner Salvator Double Bock is a smooth, malty taste sensation.  If it didn't say it on the bottle, I would have no idea that it was nearly 8 percent alcohol by volume.  It just danced down the back of my throat like a harmless little elf.  Little did I know that the elf was carrying a shotgun.  The label looks a little old fashioned with a monk serving beer to someone in a wig.  Usually this would not appeal to me.  Now I realize that monks are awesome and they make great beer.  Go monks!  BBA Rating: 9

The other amazing beer is Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout.  I was already in love with the Samuel Smith's Imperial Stout, which is what inspired my purchase.  I had heard so many great things about this beer.  How could it live up to the hype?  In this case, the hype is deserved!  Chocolatey, coffee, roasted, sweet malty flavor comes from a black-as-night glass.  It tasted great chilled and maintained that greatness as it warmed. I now feel obligated as a "professional" beer drinker to try every Samuel Smith's offering.  Tadcaster, England must have some great water or something because this stuff is ridiculously good.  I think I'm two for two with Samuel Smith's Old Brewery.  BBA Rating: 10

The fridge is now empty.  What a sad state of affairs.  Oh wait... that just means there's more room in their for a new mixed sixer from Kenny Road Market.  Let the beerventures continue.

Monday, June 14, 2010

Episode 20: Imperial Stout, Samuel Smith's

June 13, 2010
Review #20

Brewery: Samuel Smith's
Website: None
Beer: Russian Imperial Stout
Beersperts: Scott B, Joby J, Brian F
Beerspert Panel Rating: 6.7
Available:  Worldwide

Notes from the brewery:
The Old Brewery at Tadcaster was established in 1758.  Samuel Smith's is a small, independent brewery, brewing at the oldest brewery in Yorkshire. The original well at the Old Brewery, sunk in 1758, is still in use. The brewing water for the ales and stouts is drawn from 85 feet underground.  The malt mixes with hard well water in copper mash-tuns. Fuggles and Goldings, the old fashioned varieties of hops that over the centuries have given the best British ales distinctive flavour are added later and boiled in 'coppers'.  Samuel Smith still ferments ale and stout in traditional Yorkshire stone 'squares' - roofed fermenting vessels made of solid blocks of slate. The yeast is of a strain that has been used at the Old Brewery continuously since the beginning of the last century, one of the oldest unchanged strains in the country, still as healthy and as active as ever frothing up into rich creamy heads.

ABV: 7.0%
CAL (12oz):

Notes from the Beersperts:
Scott B:
It’s got a lot of aroma.  It’s probably the most aromatic beer we’ve had to date.  It’s kind of like an iced latte.  It’s kind of a cocoa chocolaty.  Very fragrant.  Literally, it’s kind of like drinking an iced coffee.  No fruity, personally I’m kind of overwhelmed by the cocoa chocolaty taste so I’m not a coffee drinker at all, so to me it’s kind of off-putting altogether immediately, so maybe it’s masked for me. It’s a fine beer.  I guess I’m just personally put off by the strong smell of it.  I do like Stouts of sorts, but this isn’t one of them.  Guinness is one that I enjoy.
Rating: 4

Joby J:
Right off the bat you have to compare it to a Guinness or earlier in our reviews we reviewed a Murphy’s so I compare it to one of those.  But to Guinness, this is a much stronger beer than Guinness is.  This being 7% ABV, but the mouthfeel to this, I feel, is a little lighter than a Guinness.  I feel like a Guinness sticks in your mouth.  A little creamier going down – like a malty, chocolate milk kind of.  You can really taste the alcohol in the mouthfeel compared to a Guinness.  What I’m smelling or tasting is a something like a caramel or molasses.  Something chocolate, but sweet.   Usually find myself to be a darker beer drinker as opposed to a pale ale or something like that, so this is right up my alley. I enjoy this beer.  Again, it’s a pretty high alcohol by volume beer, therefore you can only have a couple glasses after dinner.  But all-in-all it’s a great beer and I recommend it to anyone who can get there hands on it.
Rating: 8
Brian F: I taste a lot of burnt mocha, caramel, cold coffee I think is something that I’m tasting with the aroma.  You can also taste the higher alcohol percent.  It gives it a sharper taste that you don’t typically find.  The sweetness that I’m tasting is that caramel mocha.  I love it.  I typically don’t like dark beers, but I think the higher alcohol content gives it a little kick.
Rating:  8

Friday, June 11, 2010

Columbus Beerfest 4 - The Wrap-Up

James Knott:  Hi I’m James Knott and this is your Better Beer Authority.  This is a very special episode.  Our fourth episode from the Columbus Beerfest at the Columbus Convention Center in Columbus, Ohio.  Today we are sending our reviewers out and finding beers that stand out to them.  Chad, what beer is standing out to you right now?

Chad Wortman:  Well, with all the beers here, a lot of them are standing out.  But what I want to know is why Pabst Blue Ribbon’s here.  You know, I go by there and see PBR and I’m like “really?”  I guess it was recently purchased by a smaller brewery (it was actually purchased by food investor C. Dean Metropoulos) and that’s why they’re trying to get more exposure, but it really made me question why PBR is here.

James:  Yeah, there’s definitely a big craft brew ethic to this event and you don’t feel that craft brew…

Adam Harms:  You can’t argue Pabst Blue Ribbon for a session beer.  They have good flavor for a session beer.

Chad:  Yeah, I mean it’s an American legend.  You see PBR and you’re excited.  Whether you don’t like the beer or whether you do like the beer you know PBR is going to be (???).

Adam:  Any time I go out and PBR is on tap.  I’m drinking it.

James:  Joby, what’s sticking out to you?

Joby Johnston:  Well James, I found a pretty good American Brown Ale.  It’s called Smuttynose Old Brown Dog Ale and man this beer is pretty good.  It’s a dark beer.  It’s a brown ale and its got that nutty flavor that really hits you right when you drink it and it just stays with you.  It’s like… I don’t even know how to describe it.  It’s just like you got that nut…

Adam:  In your mouth.

Joby:  Yeah, in your mouth feel.  I know it’s weird to say.

Chad:  Does that excite you?

Joby:  It’s a actually a stronger, hoppy brown ale – more than normal brown ales are.  Smuttynose Old Brown Dog Ale is my choice for this episode.

James:  Adam?

Adam:  I got Stone Arrogant Bastard.  I know this is a touchy subject with the rest of the BBAers…

James:  Yeah, Frase settle down.

Chad:  I’m not going to bash it this time.  I’m not Jeremy Frase by the way.

Adam:  Stone Arrogant Bastard.  It’s very interesting.  It has a very complex flavor.  It has a lot of hops, but you’ve got fruit, you’ve got honey.  It has some vanilla.  Just tons of flavor with it.  It’s a really, really, really complex beer and every time you drink it you pull out different notes.  It’s pretty impressive.

James:  Alright.  Just as my footnote, I’m throwing out Founder’s Dirty Bastard Scotch Ale and that goes along with my whole smoke theme for day 2.

Part 2 –

James:  The beerfest is shutting down we just wanted to get the final thoughts.  Chad, what are your final thoughts?  Are there any beers left behind here that you would like to mention?

Chad:  There’s one I had late in the show called Kentucky Bourbon (Barrel) Ale.  I thought if I can be honest it’s trying to be the hottest thing to come out of Kentucky since Ashley Judd, and you know what, I agree.  Thumbs up.

James:  Joby, how would you sum up the festival?

Joby:  You know James I had a great time here.  This is a great idea, a great atmosphere, a great all around event.  I have to give it up to Founder’s because I feel like, the most beers we did here, we talked about Founder’s a lot.  I look forward to going back to Founder’s and trying all of their beers.

James:  Ok.  Adam, what’s your summary of the festival here?

Adam:  You know what.  This was an awesome festival.  It was sold out last night.  It was sold out tonight.  They stopped selling tickets around 7:30 tonight.  We had an awesome turnout for volunteers.  Some of our BBA fans turned out to be volunteers to pour some of the Great Lakes brewing and Samuel Adams beers.  Really, really awesome.  I’m looking forward to next year.  I’m looking forward to Cleveland.  I’m looking forward to everything.

James:  Any last thoughts?

Chad:  You know what.  As you look at the crowd behind us.  This feels like a College Gameday atmosphere.  You might be Chris Fowler.  You might be Lee Corso.  You might be Kurt Curbstreet.  I’m Desmond Howard.  This is great.  We reviewed the Buckeye beer.  I just want to say O-H!

Crowd: I-O

Chad:  I mean this is great.  We’re in Columbus.  We’re at the beerfest.  We’re at the Columbus Convention Center.  It can’t get any better than this.

James:  Alright.  I think that just about says it all.  I’m James Knott.  Tune in next year for the Columbus Beerfest.  This is your Better Beer Authority.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

16 Mile Brewery - Summary and upcoming reviews

I have just finished trying Blues' Golden Ale and Old Court Ale from the 16 Mile Brewery in Georgetown, Delaware.  This is the smallest microbrewery in the second smallest state in the nation.

16 Mile was founded in July of 2009 and this new brewery only has 3 beers in their lineup.  Since I've had the pleasure of trying Amber Sun Ale also, that means that I have had every beer the brewery offers.  I think this is the first brewery where I have actually tasted all of their beers.

I really like how this brewery emphasizes environmentalism and embraces its local history.  The labels on the bottles each highlight something historic in Georgetown, DE.

Here's my summary -

Old Court Ale - This is everyone's favorite - a middle-of-the-road taste bud pleaser.  It's billed as an American-style ale.  On both and they call it a pale ale, but it is definitely not that.  This should be the craft beer drinker's first experience with the brewery in my opinion.

Blue's Golden Ale - This is their gateway beer or starter beer.  People who get overwhelmed by the big beers of the craft world should try this light, refreshing beer.  It's a golden ale and has some similarities to Budweiser or MGD, but with more flavor and uniqueness.  It's also a great lawnmower/patio beer!  (The ABV on this one is 6%, so people accustomed to their favorite macrobrew might find themselves unexpectedly buzzed.)

Amber Sun Ale - This is for someone who is looking for something a little more unique.  It has a wonderful apricot aroma and the most hop bitterness of their three beers.  The fruity esters jump into your nose, but it is not a fruity beer.  It's not a hop bomb by any means either.

I'd like to thank David Hartogs for introducing me to Amber Sun Ale on his trip to Cincy.  Drinking a good beer with friends always makes it taste better.  I'd also like to thank 16 Mile for sending us Old Court Ale and Blue's Golden Ale.  It was a nice treat.

Please tune in to our show in the next couple weeks to see our video reviews of Blue's Golden and Old Court.

***First image stolen from the 16 Mile website, Second image stolen from Chris Schmidt's patio***

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

"Have Keg, Will Pedal" from Marty Benson

Have Keg, Will Pedal from marty benson

This video features beer and biking - two of my favorite things in life.  Coincidentally I just had my first Stone IPA tonight before the Dave sent me this video.

Save the earth!


Sunday, June 6, 2010

Columbus Beerfest 3 - Beer Recommendations

Rough Transcript:

James:  On tap – Columbus Beerfest.

Hi.  I’m James Knott and this is your Better Beer Authority.  Tonight is day 2 of the Columbus beerfest.  We have a new panelist.  Mr. Chad Wortman is joining us with his evaluation of the beer all the way from Charlotte, North Carolina.  You’ve been here at the beerfest.  What did you find?  What’s sticking out to you so far?

Chad:  Well, first I would like to say that I am a long time supporter, first time contributor and it feels really good to be here.

James:  Cheers.

Chad:  I like what you’re doing it feels really good to be a part of it.  The Columbus Beerfest.  You can see the energy behind us.  It’s packed in here.  Everyone’s excited.  Everyone’s drinking.  Everyone’s having a good time.  I’ve had a lot of good beers today.  The one that stuck out almost immediately was the Bleeding Buckeye Red Ale.  It’s got a malt finish.

Adam Harms:  That’s from Elevator Brewing Company?

Chad:  Yeah.  It’s an Elevator Brewing Company beer.

James:  Joby, what are you finding?

Joby Johnston:  You know I’ve been here second day now and over 150 beers.  It’s tough not to gravitate towards something you love.

James:  I’d like to emphasize that Joby has not had 150 beers.

Joby:  I have not had 150 beers.

Chad:  He’s trying to get there though.

Adam:  I have.

Joby:  Trying to get there, but I haven’t.  Anyways, I went back to an old favorite.  I went back to the Sam Adams Irish Red.

James:  Ok.  What do you like about that one?

Joby:  It’s actually a personal favorite of mine.  It’s one of those beers that I can drink anytime of the day – any season of the month.  It’s just a smooth, crisp, red beer that I can drink.

James:  Day 2 - Joby, do you see yourself coming back next year?

Joby:  Like Chad was saying, this is an awesome event.  If you’re a beer drinker in Columbus, OH or surrounding areas and you’re not here or have tickets to come next year, then you’re missing out.  You need to be here.  This is a great event.  Look at the people.  We’re having a great time drinking beer.  What else could you ask for?

James:  Alright Adam, it’s a little more crowded tonight.  Are you able to get through and find those beers?

Adam:  Oh yeah.  I’ve been trying to get through and drink as many beers as I possibly can.  I found a new one by Founder’s.  They rolled out a new one.  It’s called Double Trouble.  They actually ran out already.  They only had an eighth barrel here so far.  It’s a really nice ale that’s brewed in a maple – oak bourbon barrel. Had a very intense flavor.  Had a sweet, then hops, then some vanilla, then it had a really heavy mouthfeel – almost like butter where it really coated your mouth really well.  I really liked it a lot.

James:  Yeah.  We’ve just had tons of great feedback about Founder’s.  So far I haven’t heard of anyone come back from the Founder’s table without something good to say.  I’ve only had two beers so far – both excellent – I plan on hitting the Founder’s table again.  Is there any tables that you haven’t hit – any of you – that you would like to get back to?

Joby:  I haven’t, but I’m right there with you with the Founder’s.  It’s been great.  Every beer I’ve had there has been just awesome.

James:  Yeah.  It’s sounds like on beeradvocate that they’re gaining a lot of fans.  They’re growing really fast.  So…

Joby:  Some of the local breweries from around here, that are here like the old Wooden Shoe has three good beers here and…

James:  What do you think?  Do you like Wooden Shoe?

Chad:  I mean I’ve got one of their beers right here James.  It’s the bock beer.  They gave me a bottle because they are big fans of us.  I like a Bock generally and this is one of the best ones that I’ve had.  It’s really smooth.  It doesn’t give you a bitter aftertaste.  It’s brewed in Minster, Ohio and they’ve got a good fried chicken at the restaurant that would go great with this.

James:  Alright.  I’m giving my shout out to Dogfish Head Chickory Stout.  I’m just in a smoky mood tonight and this is a good smoky beer.  I’m James Knott.  We’re going to go back.  We’re going to try some more beer and this is your Better Beer Authority.  See you later.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Columbus Beerfest 2 - Beer Recommendations

James:  Hi.  Welcome to another special episode of the Better Beer Authority.  I’m James Knott and we are coming to you from the Columbus Convention Center at the Columbus Beerfest.  This is the second of four special episodes we’re shooting here from the Beerfest.  How’s this one different?  Instead of reviewing beers, we’re going around and finding our recommendations.  So, these are the beers that these guys are most excited about.  Let’s go to it.  Scott, what beer have you found that you are excited about.

Scott Blickhan:  It’s interesting.  I didn’t really see myself as one that would like milk stouts, but Left Hand Milk Stout – great beer.  Try it.  It’s kind of got a toasted chocolaty…  it really is kind of like a chocolate liqueur, chocolate milk.  It has a great flavor.  It’s not overwhelming by any means.  A regular stout I can drink like 3 or 4, this one you can continue through the night drinking hand over fist.  It’s a great beer.

James:  What do you think of the beerfest?  Are you having a fun time here?

Scott:  I’m having a great time.  It’s giving me a chance to…  Obviously we’ve tried a lot of beer as a group.  I mean they’ve got over 150 beers here and Left Handed Milk Stout isn’t one that I normally would’ve sought out – I guess maybe my aversion to the word “Milk” in a beer – It’s obvious that I haven’t had it many times.  I keep calling it Left Handed when it’s Left Hand Milk Stout.  But it’s great.  It’s an opportunity to try a lot of different beers that you normally wouldn’t have the opportunity to try.

James:  Ok.  Joby, give us your recommendation.

Joby Johnston:  James, this time around I went with Gordon Biersch Maibock.

James:  Ok.  What do you like about it?

Joby:  Well, this beer is really refreshing.  I just drink it.  It’s well-balanced.  There’s nothing overpowering about it.  It’s just a well-balanced smooth beer.  I found it interesting.  I was talking to the brewer, the local brewmaster here in Columbus, Ohio, Chris Altmont, and he was telling me that the bottled beer and the brewery in the restaurants at Gordon Biersch is actually different.  The Maibock here comes out from April to May, so it’s about to go off the menu, but every different Gordon Biersch Brewery has there own leeway, if you will, to play with their certain types of beer to make it a little different at every restaurant.

James:  I heard that tonight too and I thought it was something pretty unique that at Gordon Biersch they actually give their restaurants a little leeway to step outside the corporate branding.  So that’s pretty neat.  Adam, What do you think?  What are you recommending?

Adam Harms:  I’m going with Rope Swing Summer Pilsner.  It’s from the Red Hook Brewing Company.  They have two locations in Washington and New Hampshire.  It’s a really great beer.  It’s a summer beer.  It’s very refreshing, but it has a little bit of a smoky flavor that goes along with it.

James:  Really?  I don’t usually associate Smokiness with summer.

Adam:  I know.  But it would go really well with a cookout or something like that.  It’s clean and refreshing.  It’s very crisp.  It doesn’t have any aftertaste and it does have a hint of smokiness to it.  It’s not sweet like you would think for a normal summer pilsner.

James:  I don’t usually give my recommendations, but I was so happy with Rivertown Dunkle Lager, that I have to say you’ve got to try this beer.  It’s made in Cincinnati.  We talked to the brewer and he’s a really cool guy.  …and Rivertown Dunkle…  That’s it for this episode from the Columbus Beerfest at the Columbus Convention Center in Columbus, Ohio.  How many Columbus’s can you have?  I’m James Knott and this is your Better Beer Authority.

Columbus Beerfest 1 - Beer Recommendations

The Better Beer Authority set up shop on the floor of the Columbus Beerfest at the Columbus Convention Center in Columbus, Ohio. In this video we recommend 3 beers from the festival. This is the first of several videos we shot at the convention center.

Partial Transcript "On Tap -- Columbus Beerfest.

Hi. I am James Knott and we are here for a special episode of the Better Beer Authority. Today we are mixing it up a little. We are not reviewing one beer. We are going to get three recommendations of beers based on what our panelists have tasted here. They've each selected a very special beer that they would like to point out to you and then they are just going to give you their reason why.

So Scott, you've tried a couple of beers now. What' sticking out to you?

Scott Blickhan: So far I've tried a lot of great beers. A lot of them stick out, but I'm going to recommend that people try Founder's Pale Ale. It's a good beer. It's very balanced. That's what I like about it. It kind of has a slightly citrusy taste, but it's bitter as well, it's got a good mix of things. I definitely think they should try it.

James Knott: You were talking to the people from Founder's. Did you get any good information?

Scott: Yeah, he had a lot of good things to say. They are one of the fastest growing craft brewers around. I think he said that they were #4 on this year. #7 last year.

James: In terms of what? Growth?

Scott: No, as far as ranking of craft breweries. I think he said they were ranked #4 this year and #7 last year. He had a lot of good things to say about the brewery. They are doing some good things.

James: Ok. Joby, What beer has really stuck out to you so far?

Joby: James, I went with the Brooklyn Summer Ale.

James: Ok. What did you like about it?

Joby: Well, I actually liked the balance between the hops and the barley with the beer there. I could actually see myself sitting out on the patio during the summer and having a couple of these. It's very light and refreshing. It's a good beer. A very well-balanced beer.

James: Ok. What do you think about the Columbus Beerfest so far?

Joby: It's pretty intense. There's a 150 plus beers here. You gravitate normally to the beers you're going to like. What I'm trying to do is I'm going to try and gravitate away from those beers and taste different beers, like your IPAs and your hoppier beers so my palate starts enjoying those more.

James: So, you get 25 5 ounce tastings. That's the equivalent of ten beers. Is it hard to pace yourself?

Joby: Well for us, not really. No. Actually it is because these beers aren't your normal BMC -- Bud Miller Coors -- higher ABV beers so they are a little stronger. Even though you're drinking 5 oz glasses, you've got to take your time and pace yourself a little more.

James: Yeah. Alright Adam, what do you got on your plate here.

Adam Harms: Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale -- It's from the Alltech Brewing Company out of Lexington, Kentucky. It's a pretty neat beer. It's brewed in Bourbon Barrels, so it's got that bourbon flavor to it. It also has a vanilla scent to it. Really smooth. It's kind of a buttery finish. Almost a butterscotch flavor to it. It really coats your mouth really well.

James: One thing I learned is that it is Kentucky Ale -- the exact same beer -- its just put into a bourbon barrel and aged. The flavor difference is amazing.

Adam: It's night and day. Kentucky Ale is your standard ale beer and then you mix it into a bourbon barrel and it gets so many different flavor compositions to it.

James: Alright, what booth are you looking forward to heading to?

Adam: You know I just stopped by founders and had just one glass from Founder's. I'm not really all that sure. It's just a little bit overwhelming all the beers that are here.

James: It is.

Adam: It's incredible. This is a great turn out. It's got to be over 2000 people here. It's a great turnout for the first beerfest ever.

James: That is it for our first episode from the Columbus Beer Festival here at the Columbus Convention Center. We're going to shoot three more episodes here from the convention center so we hope you will continue to tune in and see what we find. We're more focused on our recommendations and wow, let's go check out some more beer guys."