Tuesday, April 30, 2013

FULL SAIL AMBER ALE

6% alcohol. 31 IBU. Introduced in 1989. Brewed in Oregon.

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Cleveland Part 2.



Part 2 of my long overdue Cleveland beer blog began in Strongsville where James met us for a day of beer sampling.  We also picked up an old college buddy, Brandon, whose personality alone has its own zip code.  We parked at the West Side Market and walked though the vegetable and fruit stands to get to the other side, where the breweries were.

 We tried to go to Great Lakes Brewing Company first, but it was way too crowded.   We settled for Market Garden Brewery & Distillery.  The expansive restaurant and bar had a really nice interior and was able to seat us in about five minutes.  In those five minutes, I perused the bar and house made beers and was happy to see such a large selection.  The tap handles were also really cool.

The five of us sat at a high-top table and had excellent service.  As per habit of every new brewery I enter, I ordered a sampler of every beer on tap.  The waiter did not mind serving all 12 samples.  Since it was so long ago, my tasting notes have been forgotten.
beer samples!

The food was delicious.  I had a Scotch egg that was awesome.  If you have not had one, it is a hard boiled egg cooked inside a ball of sausage, yum! 

 
Scotch Egg with dipping sauce
Not to take anything away from Market Garden beers, but my favorite was a bottle of Three Floyd’s Alpha Klaus; a Christmas porter with extra hops and Mexican sugar.  It is a top five beer for me now.  There is a nice beer garden that would be a great place to hang out during warmer months. Unfortunately my visit was in the middle of December.  All in all, I am g lad we started at Market Garden, and I would recommend a visit.

Our next stop was to Nano Brew, a block away.  They have a partnership with Market Garden, and it even acts as their testing site for new beers.  The interior was nice and bright, with the small brewing facility in the back. Also, Nano Brewery is big with the bicycle community and has many events and newsletters geared for cyclists.  In large part, it is an effort to make Cleveland more greed, kudos.
Nano had four house beers on tap, Citramax being my favorite.  They also had other taps, mostly from other Ohio breweries.  We didn’t eat there, but I hear the food is good.

Our last beer stop was back to Great Lakes Brewing Company, roughly on the same block as Market Garden.. We were able to belly-up at the bar downstairs, but it was still very crowded. The stone walls made you feel like you were in some kind of cave or cellar, which was cool.  On tap was their Christmas Ale that people go nuts over in Ohio, Blackout Stout, Cleveland Brown Ale and their regular line-up.

GLBC beer line up


GLBC is the Graceland for many Ohio beer drinkers, and a craft beer pioneer in the state, making this a must stop on the Cleveland, or even Ohio beer trail.

GLBC downstairs bar
When we were done “beer sampling,” we walked through the main building at West Market.  I proceeded to buy multiple flavors of popcorn and many different types of meat sticks before finally exiting the building.  I am sure my purchases were influenced by beer.


Growing up, Cleveland had a reputation of being a shitty city, according to Russian turned American comedian Yakov Smirnoff, “a place to go to if you had one year to live because it would feel like forever.”  I don’t know what Cleveland was like back then, but I was happy to visit and would go back any day.  Aside from a great beer town, there are a lot of neat things there.  The botanical garden was great. Little Italy is charming (make sure to choose the right restaurant), and the people were nice.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Three Floyds Behemoth | Crafty Beer Reviews: Episode #93


Hey everyone! This week I check out an extremely limited release here in Ohio! Another Three Floyds beer! It's their Barleywine and costs around $20 when it comes out! Thanks for watching and please comment and subscribe on YouTube!!

Monday, April 22, 2013

Fordham Rams Head IPA - Blind Taste Test



Fordham Brewing Company in Dover, DE has built it's reputation on making a variety of sessionable beers. So, when they released a West Coast style IPA with higher alcohol levels and big bitter presence, I was pretty intrigued. The brewery sent us some beer for review and we put it up to a blind taste test to see what they guys on the panel thought.

BORNEM DUBBEL ABBEY ALE

8% alcohol. Brewed in Belgium.

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Firestone Walker Sucaba

Finally getting around to trying one of my personal whales. While not all that hard to get, I just haven't had my chance until now. Enjoy!


Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat Duvel | Crafty Beer Reviews: Episode #90


Review #90 guys! Getting close to the big milestone of 100! This week I look at a classic Belgian Ale from Duvel! Thank you so much for watching and please and subscribe and comment on YouTube!

Monday, April 15, 2013

Arrogant Bastard Ale - Blind Taste Test



Our original review of Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Company was our most hated episode of all time. It's 3 years later, our palates have changed and it seemed like a good time to take another look at the beer - this time with a blind taste test. The packaging got the reviewers all riled up in the first episode. This time, without the marketing hype, the reviewers can focus squarely on the tastes and aromas of the beer? Will they love it or hate it?

Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout) - Blind Taste Test



KBS from Founders Brewing Company is a hard to beer to get your hands on! But, is it worth it? Our panel of beer drinkers is drinking this one blind. They won't be swayed by the hype, so you can the real word on whether this one is worth going the extra mile for.

This special release comes out in April and was sold out in the Columbus area almost immediately. Did you get your hands on some? Let us know in the comment section.

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Ommegang 3 Philosophers (2008 vintage)

Hey hey! Pete and I taste one of the older bottles from my cellar, a 2008 Ommegang 3 Philosophers. Enjoy!


Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Hoppin' Frog Barrel-Aged B.O.R.I.S. | Crafty Beer Reviews: Episode #89


Hey guys! Back this week with another local, Ohio review! This time I take a look at the Barrel-Aged version of B.O.R.I.S. from Hoppin' Frog! Please subscribe and comment on YouTube to make me feel good. :P

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Samuel Adams 2012 Utopias (10th Anniversary)

What a treat it was for Pete to break this one out. It is one of craft beer's origianal "big beers" and such a pleasure to drink. Enjoy


Friday, April 5, 2013

Oskar Blues Dale's Pale Ale | Crafty Beer Reviews: Episode #85


Sorry for the delay this week! Oskar Blues finally started distributing to Ohio in 2012 and I decided I needed to review their flagship beer!! Thanks for watching and please subscribe and comment on YouTube!!

Monday, April 1, 2013

It's All In Good Fun