Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Chomolungma Honey Nut Brown Say What?

Athens, Ohio, home to Jackie O’s Pub and Brewery and this is a look at their Chomolungma Honey Nut Brown. Say what? This is an American Brown Ale that comes in at 6.5% ABV and 33 IBU and happened to catch my eye on one of my recent beer runs. For those that know Jackie O’s, they know they make some good beers and I am looking forward to see if this one follows suit. Check out my video as I see how this one does.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Beer Review: Golden Road Back Home Gingerbread Stout

It is often fun to check out some of the things being done with stouts and the Back Home Gingerbread Stout from Golden Road Brewing wasn’t much different. This stout comes in at an 8.5% ABV and pretty much packs the Christmas holiday in a glass. Notes open up nicely featuring cinnamon, nutmeg, and other flavors along with the chocolate coming from the malt. It is one that can also easily be cellared for a bit. Two hops and come together with 5 malts for this one and despite the 45 IBU, bitterness is not much of an issue especially if you let it warm a little. Not too bad from this Los Angeles Brewer, and check out the video to gather my other thoughts.

Monday, March 20, 2017

A Visit To Listermann Brewing

Listermann Brewing is a brewery that is nestled away just off of the campus of Xavier University here in Cincinnati. Known not just for its beers as a brewery, they are also noted as being a top supplier of supplies for home brewers.  Being a person that loves to review and discuss beer, it is always good to find time to get out in the community and see some of the local spots and in the Cincinnati area, we do have many.

We Have Lift Off

Listermann did well providing a nice selection of beers from which to preview and had a total of 12 being available on my visit, along with a wine for the non-beer drinker. The variety shown was fitting and allowed for a good covering of all to be offered.

There was definitely enough here to intrigue the craftiest of craft beer drinkers for sure, and a good amount of beers for experimenting and satisfying the taste buds.  Listermann did well providing a nice selection of beers from which to preview and had a total of 12 being available on my visit, along with a wine for the non-beer drinker. The variety shown was fitting and allowed a good covering of all to be offered.

Time To Take Flight

What I like to do when visiting a brewery is get an essence of all of their beers by going the flight route. This can give a nice sampling of what is offered and also proves to be an effective way to gain an understanding of the beer under review. Listermann actually proves to have one of the best deals on flights from any of the breweries I visited with each 5oz pour being only a dollar ($3 for Barrel Aged). That my friend is a deal or a steal…whatever you would like to call it.

Flight 1 as pictured above from left to right: Maple Bacon Barrel Aged Coffee, Brewer’s Delight, Gravitator, Riveting Rosie.
My first flight as noted involved the four beers shown and from the great bacon aroma and nice smokiness of the Maple Bacon BA Coffee to the crisp and refreshing quality of the Riveting Rosie, my mouth was able to enjoy some great mouthfeels. The Gravitator was sneaky in that the ABV was not even detectable, and the Brewers Delight with its pineapple and mango qualities was just juicy goodness.

Flight 2 as pictured above from left to right: Roots, Cranium, Chickow and PAC.
My second flight was able to provide even more flavor and this one introduced an old favorite, Chickow, which is so decadent that it’s like drinking a brownie in a glass. But my introduction to the Cranium was a pleasant surprise as I do enjoy barrel aged beers and you really had that coming through on this one. It really had my mouth going for sure. There was also PAC which was a dedicated IPA to Tupac and the Roots, a clean and crisp beer that provided a nice effervescence and refreshing taste. But the one thing that I would add in the handling of flights would be for them to indicate on the paddle what is what. This helps for people to remember and is a good convenience.  The key would be adding a number to the board for each choice which would then allow for an easy writing down of the details when serving.

Coming In For The Landing

All in all, my time spent at Listermann proved to be a fantastic time and definitely is a place worth visiting for any beer lover here in the Cincinnati area. I didn’t get a chance to check out the home brewing store but will on my next visit. If you are in the Cincinnati area then I say definitely look to check them out. They also pet-friendly as well as family friendly as they have various board and other games around for kids or parents alike. If you would like to visit their website then you can also click the link here:

With that all being said, Cheers, and Keep Drinking Good Craft Beer!!!

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Beer Review: Green Flash Fearless Fifty

Trader Joe’s turned 50 here in 2017 and to help them celebrate, Green Flash Brewing collaborated with them on the Fearless Fifty. This Saison comes in at a 5.5% ABV and an IBU level of 10 and is brewed with the use rose hips and sweet orange peel.  Check out the video to see the beer and to hear my thoughts on it.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Beer Review: Lagunitas Hop Stoopid

Most of you know my fondness for IPA beers, and this Imperial IPA from Lagunitas Brewing is just another reason why. Hop Stoopid is an Imperial IPA that comes in at 8% ABV and 102, yes 102 IBU. But despite the high IBU level, it is matched very well with the malts to create a fantastic and wonderful balance. This is one to be enjoyed for sure and check out the video to see and hear my other thoughts on this, what I would call fantastic beer.

Beer Review: Christian Moerlein Wild Hunt

Wild Hunt from Christian Moerlein Brewing is a limited Black IPA that seems to have been released in limited availability and finding it proved to be a nice surprise. Although I had a couple of issues with the labeling of it, the beer itself was a pleasant surprise for sure. This 6% ABV Black IPA had a nice balance of the malts and the hops which pulled the beer together nicely. Check out my video here to see and hear my other thoughts on this Cascadian ale.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Beer Review: Boulevard Tell-Tale Tart

From time to time I like to enjoy a sour ale, and for this review I decided to look at the Tell-Tale Tart from Boulevard Brewing which is located in the “Show Me” state of Missouri. This 6.2% ABV and 10 IBU ale does bring some nice flavor and tartness which of course is to be expected, but it also adds a nice mellowing effect on the palate that provides a nicer finish than expected. Check out my review here to see my other thoughts on this beer.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Beer Review: To0l Gose To Hollywood

Sometimes it’s the look of a beer design that catches your eye, and that was the case for me with this one from To0l Brewing and their Gose to Hollywood. This sour Gose ale comes in at 3.8% ABV from the Denmark brewer and despite being said to be a good summer beer; a good Gose can be drank all year round. Check out my video to see how it compares.

Monday, March 13, 2017

Beer Review: Moody Tongue Steeped Emperor's Lemon Saison

Out of Chicago comes Moody Tongue Brewing and this is a look at their Steeped Emperor’s Lemon Saison, a 6.3% ABV Saison or Farmhouse Ale. The beer is described as carrying the flavors of a lemon meringue pie along with the aromatics of Meyer lemons. Now as a kid, I used to love lemon meringue pie so I am definitely interested in seeing how this one plays out. Check out the video to see what I think of this one.

Friday, March 10, 2017

This Week In Beer 3/9/17

Beer Review: Labatt Blue

So I had a Labatt Blue left in the fridge so I figured why not do a review? This Canadian Pilsner has an ABV of 5% and an IBU level of 12, so like many lagers hoppiness is at a low with this North American Adjunct. Labatt Blue from Labatt Brewing is the largest selling Canadian beer and is also now a part of the AB InBev family. I’m not expecting much, but let’s see how it compares. Check out the video to gather my thoughts.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Beer Review: Heineken Lager Beer

I don’t often drink a lot of macro beers, but will do so from time to time. And I realized that I have never done a review on Heineken Lager Beer, so I figured why not. This Dutch beer has been around since 1873, so history is definitely on its side as far as being a proven lager. At 5% ABV it does also make an easy one to session which is never a bad thing. So with that all being said check out my video here on this beer and to hear and see my overall thoughts.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Beer Review: Highland Early's Hoppy Wheat Ale

Asheville, North Carolina, home of Highland Brewing Company and this is a look at their Early’s Hoppy Wheat Ale. I must admit, this style has actually got me more involved with trying more wheat ales, which at one point I found to be kind of hum drum. This ale comes in at an ABV of 5% making it a highly sessionable level beer. I was pleased by the aroma and taste dually on this one, and it can be a fitting one for spring. But I don’t want to give too much away, so check out my review to gather my other thoughts on this American pale wheat ale.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Dark Horse Kamikaze Kaleidoscope - Beer Review #495

Kamikaze Kaleidoscope from Dark Horse Brewing out of Michigan is a Witbier offering from the brewer that comes in at a sessionable 8% ABV. At 16 IBU bitterness is not a concern, and its availability runs from May to August bringing in a desired refreshing quality for those warmer months. Brewer’s comments include that drinkers can expect a subtle flavors of orange and lemon along with a big mouthfeel from the wheat and a slight tartness due to the Wit used. What did think of this beer? Check out my video here to see.

Monday, March 6, 2017

New Belgium Whizbang - Beer Review #494

Whizbang from New Belgium Brewing is their hoppy American blonde ale that comes in with an ABV of 5.7% and features the use of Mosaic, Nugget, Simcoe, UK Admiral, and Centennial hops that are set against a malty backbone to create a flavored taste explosion as described from the brewer. The availability of the beer is that of a rotating one, so availability is limited. Check out my video to see my thoughts on this beer.

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Sierra Nevada Beer Camp Golden IPA - Beer Review #493

It seems Beer Camp is already in session for Sierra Nevada as they have released their Beer Camp Golden IPA for 2017. This American IPA comes in at 6.5% ABV, 50 IBU, and is described as being citrus-heavy with the hops. Wheat malt was used to create a light, dry body. Being served up as a spring seasonal, let’s see how it compares.

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