Sitting back drinking one of the Blue Moon's left in the fridge. Going with the Expressionist collection and the Rounder Belgian-Style Pale Ale. Not a bad one at all, good Belgian like aroma, clear appearance, and light body texture with some average length on mouthfeel. The head does disappear quite quickly and no lacing to really speak about, but with many macro beers, that is often the case.
ABV - 5.6%
IBU - 22
Would I drink it again? Sure, if I had one handy, but I wouldn't seek it out.
Recently, I had the
opportunity to speak with one of the owners of the Rhinegeist Brewery here in
Cincinnati, Bob Bonder. The purpose of the conversation was to discuss some of
the highlights of the brewery an to introduce the "Give Me Five"
segment of my blog and website. Five questions that allow us to learn a little
bit more about the brewery. It is just that simple and easy, but how did it go.
Read for yourself here and let me know your thoughts.
Question #1 - What
makes the brewery unique?
right combination of great liquid, clean branding, a unique historic location,
and an incredible team of hard-working, creative badasses in every part of the
business - from brewing, cellaring, packaging, and distribution to the tap
room, accounting, sales, and marketing!"
Question #2 - How
did you come about starting the brewery?
Answer: "I’m a
huge fan of craft beverages and entrepreneurial culture. My business
partner, Bryant, and I both come from a consulting background and jumped ship
to pursue our passions. I started a coffee roasting business, while
Bryant took on beer and ran the west coast sales for Dogfish Head. Six years
later, when I started to ponder the idea of opening a craft brewery in
Cincinnati, I reached out to Bryant. He made a trip out to Cincy and once
we stepped foot into our historic facility at 1910 Elm St, we both immediately
knew that we had to pursue this dream."
Question #3 - How
many beer offerings does the brewery provide?
brew upwards of 35 different styles this year. We have 3 core beers in
cans year-round (Truth, Cougar, Zen), along with other various seasonal cans
(Franz, Panther, Hustle, Dad, Fiction, Puma, Pure Fury), some specialties in
22oz bomber bottles, and a wide range of experimental beers that are only
available on draft."
Question #4 - Where
do you envision the brewery heading in the future?
the roof! Literally. We’re in the middle of building a 7,000sqft
roof deck that will hold 200+ people. We also just finished building a
new 60bbl brewhouse which will allow us to expand distribution to Columbus and
Louisville. In addition, we are building out a private event space for
weddings, etc. "
Question #5 - When
did the brewery become established?
Answer: "We opened in June of 2013."
And what an impact
Rhinegeist has already made to Cincinnati and the beer scene. If you have not
tried them yet, then let me recommend that you should. Take a visit to the
brewery in OTR and I am sure that you will find something that you like on tap!
Some beers earn a level of reputation that is so good, they become the subject of a hunt. For me one of those was the The Great Lakes Chillwave Double IPA, and today I was able to finally taste the goodness that it offered. It was well worth the wait as well. The beer delivered on all aspects: appearance, aroma, taste, and palate. If you have the opportunity to try and you have a love for IPA's then I highly recommend.