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Saturday, April 30, 2016

Beer Review: Rounding Third via MadTree Brewing ��

Brewed to celebrate the start of our favorite pastime. Rounding Third
has a slight caramel semisweet malt backbone balanced by a strong hop
profile. Dry hopped with Falconers Flight and Simcoe that will have your
pallet rounding third and heading for home.

Friday, April 29, 2016

Beer Review: Crankshaft IPA Revs

A more approachable version of the typical American IPA, hop aroma and
flavor forward. Notes of citrus, mangoes, and tropical fruit dominate.
The bitterness is more rounded than most, due to primarily late hop
additions, as well as dry hopping. The use of 3 different types of malts
give this brew a more balanced body and slight amber/light Caramel

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Beer Review: Sunshine Daydream Session IPA

refreshing as wading in a cold stream in the morning sunshine or a walk
among the tall trees, this beer has big hop aromas and flavors of
citrus, peach, orange and tropical fruit with a nice light malt
backbone. Like a sweet coming, never fade away dream... because it's
deliciously real. This is a very drinkable session ale. (Our fans call
it an obsession.) Peace, Love & Hoppiness!

Food Pairings: Spicy Foods. Chicken Wings, Crab Cakes.

ENDING GRAVITY: 3.4 Plato   COLOR: Golden
YEAST: American Ale   MALT: Pale, C-15, Cara-Pils
HOPS: HBC 342, Simcoe, Centennial, Citra

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Rod J and Krunch Show: Krunch Visits Jamesport

So, we decided to let Krunch hit the road and he took us on a visit to Jamesport Brewing Company, which is located in Ludington, Michigan. Let's take a look to see what he has found.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Beer Review: Thinking I Mean Drinking ESB 5.8% ABV

Schlafly Brewing is located in St. Louis, Missouri, and today I decided to check out one of their beers for a beer review. This one is called ESB and it is one of their Winter Ales. Described as an extra special or strong bitter, it comes in with an ABV of 5.8% and an IBU of 30. Let's give it a go!

Monday, April 25, 2016

Give Me Five with MadTree Brewing

Cincinnati boasts at least 25 breweries throughout the region, and one of the ones really making some noise is MadTree Brewing. Sitting off the I-71 highway in between downtown Cincinnati and Kenwood is this spacious brewery where beer styles are never short of being found. Recently, I had the chance to catch-up with Mike Stuart of MadTree Brewing to discuss the brewery and conduct another "Give Me Five."

1. When did the brewery become established?

"The first batch was brewed January 22, 2013."

2. How did you come about starting the brewery?

"The three co-founders (Kenny, Brady, and Jeff) were friends working normal corporate day jobs in engineering and marketing that began homebrewing with a very scientific and meticulous approach. They began to realize they could this passion could be much more and then spent more than a year working on their business plan, raising capital, and planning out the physical brewery."

 3. What makes the brewery unique?

"The approach where we start the idea for a beer from a particular flavor profile, color, and mouthfeel. Then you work backwards to make the ingredients fit the vision. It's also about constant exploration; different styles of beers, different ways of brewing, becoming more efficient, and a methodic approach to continuous improvement."

4. Where do you envision the brewery heading in the future?

"Since the beginning, the vision for MadTree has always been to be the most respected brewery in the region. The $18M expansion into MadTree 2.0 is under construction now and should be open by the end of 2016 in Oakley."

5. How many offerings does the brewery provide?

"We have four core canned beers available year-round (PsycHOPathy IPA, Lift Kolsch, Happy Amber Amber, and PSA Pale Ale) and regular rotating seasonals (right now, Rounding Third and soon Sol Drifter) along with some limited can releases (recently, Identity Crisis and Galaxy High coming in a couple of weeks). Of course, we also have some special releases like the Funk Series of sour and funky beers that we released last Sunday (six different beers) and other fun stuff like the Cincinnati Flower Show collaboration beer, Hortense. We also regularly produce draft only seasonals. The taproom always has 17 different beers on tap that rotate regularly -- often beers that never make it out to distribution. We are constantly brewing new styles and new beers."

Thirsty yet? MadTree definitely has a lot of good things going on and I must extend a big thank you to Michael Stuart for taking the time to provide these answers. Also, I want to thank Dan Shatto, who serves as the Director of Hoppyness at MadTree. It was through him that this interview was possible. MadTree is definitely one of the breweries in Cincinnati that any beer drinker needs to visit. So, if you find yourself out cruising I-71 going toward or away from Kenwood then why not make a visit. Just jump off at exit 8 and c'mon around, they'll be glad to see you.


Beer Review: Drinking Hoppus Maximus 5.9% ABV

Thirsty Dog Brewing out of Akron, Ohio, provides this American Amber Red. This beer comes in at an ABV of 5.9% and an IBU of 43. Let's pop the top and see what it has to offer.

Monday, April 11, 2016

Beer Review: Rhinegeist Hustle

MadTree Brewing Collaboration

MadTree Brewing and Cincinnati Flower Show Create Collaboration Beer

Hortense is a Saison ale brewed with nasturtium flowers and cucumbers

CINCINNATI (April 6, 2016) – MadTree Brewing and the Cincinnati Horticultural Society teamed up to create a special limited edition beer for the Cincinnati Flower Show called Hortense. Hortense is a crisp 5.1% ABV Saison ale brewed with nasturtium and cucumbers. The nasturtium flower, grown locally at Carriage House Farms, provides peppery undertones while the cucumber provides a hint of melon to compliment the fruity notes already present in the beer.
“This was a particularly fun beer to make since it required us to think a bit harder about ingredients that come from a flower garden,” said Jeff Hunt, MadTree Brewing co-founder. “The Saison style of beer is a traditional light and refreshing beer that has been enhanced by the nasturtium and cucumber.”

JW Fleckenstein, Director of The Cincinnati Flower Show, commented, “We are so excited about Hortense and our partnership with MadTree Brewing. This great tasting beer is a perfect fit for the show and helps us offer something special that appeals to a broad spectrum of people including young professionals throughout the Cincinnati area. “

A limited amount of 500ml bottles will first be available for purchase in the MadTree Taproom on Thursday, April 7 at 11AM with a limit of three bottles per person. Representatives from the Flower Show and Spring Fling will be on-site to talk more about the flowers used in Hortense and the many events happening at the show. Hortense bottles will also be available at the Cincinnati Flower Show at Yeatman’s Cove from April 13 – 17.

About MadTree Brewing Company
Cincinnati’s MadTree Brewing made history when they opened in 2013 by becoming the first modern craft brewery to can its beer in Ohio. MadTree is in the process of constructing a new $18M brewery in Cincinnati’s Oakley neighborhood set to open by the end of 2016. MadTree is known for focusing more on great tasting beers rather than following traditional brewing style guidelines. Their award-winning beers are distributed throughout Cincinnati, Dayton, Columbus, Toledo, Athens and Northern Kentucky. For more information about the beers, brewery, and tap room, visit or connect with them on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat.

About The Cincinnati Horticultural Society and The Cincinnati Flower Show
The Cincinnati Flower Show is produced by the Cincinnati Horticultural Society, a 501 (c)(3) non-profit corporation benefiting organizations that promote quality of life through horticulture.  The Flower Show has been one of Cincinnati’s premier Spring events for the past 25 years featuring gorgeous gardens, fabulous florals, fine foods and entertaining events. This year, the show returns to beautiful Yeatman’s Cove along the banks of the Ohio River April 13 – 17. The show will feature an “International Adventure” in partnership with the Cincinnati USA Sister City Association.

For more information or advanced ticket purchases, please visit or connect via our Facebook.

Monday, April 4, 2016

Give Me Five With Arbor Brewing

Back in 1995 in Ann Arbor, Michigan, a small brewpub began their current journey of brewing beers. With time and hard work they have now grown to having that location plus a microbrewery in Ypsilanti, MI and even a location in India. That's right, not Indiana but India. There was no typo. Beer can do that sometimes. It can transcend the states, countries, continents and even the world.

My experience with Arbor Brewing came from a recent discussion that took place at Cincy Beerfest back in February of this year when I had the opportunity to speak with Chris Bailo. Chris serves as the branch manager for Ohio and we had a chance to discuss some of the beers and featuring Arbor Brewing for the blog post which you are reading now. Chris was awesome and was able to place me in touch with Matt Greff who is the proprietor of Arbor Brewing, and together we were able to come together for another "Give Me Five."

1. When did the brewery become established?

"We established Arbor Brewing Company brewpub in 1995.  At the time we were only the 7th brewery in Michigan.  As a brewpub in Michigan we could not sell our beers for distribution, only at the brewpub itself.  In 2006 we opened Arbor Brewing Company Microbrewery under a different license that allows distribution of our beer.  Our beers are currently available in all of Michigan and Ohio."

2. How did you come about starting the brewery?

"Matt Greff, the founder, studied abroad in Hannover, Germany in college.  He fell in love with beer in Germany and began homebrewing upon his return to the U.S. in 1991 in order to recreate some of his favorite German-style beers.  Matt and Rene (his wife and co-founder of ABC) had corporate jobs out of college and decided to have an “Early Life Crisis” and do something they loved as opposed to grinding out a corporate career.  Through friends, family and co-workers they raised the necessary funds to purchase an Ann Arbor restaurant out of bankruptcy and turn it into Arbor Brewing Company Brewpub."

3. What makes the brewery unique?

"1. Commitment to environment.  We were the first solar brewery in Michigan and our 2,200 sq ft warehouse is geothermal temperature controlled.  The first year our solar panels were in use our beer production was up 25% our electricity and gas use was down 25%.  We are pioneers in the locally grown and sourced food movement starting back in 2005 and one cool thing is we buy our beef from the farmer that uses our spent grain to feed to his cows.  We also have our own garden at the brewery that supplies about ¾ of our produce during growing season."

"2. Our sour beer program is now 15 years old.  We were the first brewery in Michigan to produce sour beers in 6 oak casks starting back in 2001 and we now have over 120 oak casks and are going to continue to grow our Wild Roots sour beer program."

"3. My first beer love was a very hoppy northern German pilsner that I discovered while studying in Germany in college.  For that reason I have a passion for Lagers and European styles and a direct result of that is our Euchre Pilsner which is a 43 IBU 5.5% ABV lager that is selling like crazy." 

"4. As a brewer and brewery, we have a “beer first” mentality. Even our offerings that have additional ingredients added are balanced so that it is beer you are tasting and the notes of coffee, or strawberry, or cherry, or whatever extra ingredients we are using are there to accentuate the beer not hide it."

4. Where do you envision the brewery heading in the future? 

"1. Adopting or creating more environmentally friendly procedures.  This is an ongoing passion of ours and the possibilities are endless."

"2. Reaching a larger global audience who have not experienced the renaissance of true craft beer both here and abroad.  We currently have the only American craft brewery in India with our brewpub in Bangalore and late this year we will be opening the first American distributing brewery with the opening of our microbrewery in Goa, India."

 "3. Placing an emphasis on our sour program which already has a huge fan base."

5. How many offerings does the brewery provide?

"Over the course of a year we make around 100 different varieties of beer.  For distribution we offer 4 year round beers, 3 seasonals, 4 Specialty Releases and 4 Limited Releases plus sour beers when they are ready to go."  

Wow, as you can see there are a lot of good things taking place with Arbor Brewing and if you haven't check them out and have the opportunity to do so then I suggest that you do. Find out more about Arbor Brewing here on their website: And for a listing of their beer offerings for 2016 those can be seen below for your convenience.

Thank you Matt and Chris for providing the details on the brewery. I know I am looking forward to trying your beers and wishing you great success moving forward. Cheers!


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