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Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Long Trail Brewing Harvest Barn Ale - Beer Review #479

Hailing from the state of Vermont is Long Trail Brewing and I had recently picked up one of their beers, the Harvest Barn Ale which you see here. This is an American Brown Ale that comes in a low ABV of 4.4% and an IBU of 18. What I found can be seen in the video but overall, the beer provides a terrific aroma and a great appearance. The texture does run a little thin and that can be expected, however, the flavor makes up enough to definitely cover that. And by the way, they also use maple syrup in the fermenting which works well for it.

Monday, January 30, 2017

Southern Tier Harvest Ale - Beer Review #478

This is my look at the Harvest Ale from Southern Tier Brewing, which happens to be a Late Summer – Early Autumn release each year. The beer itself is an English style Extra Special Bitter (ESB) and carries an ABV of 6.7%. This is a beer that gets better as it warms, in fact the preferred serving temperature is 45 to 50 degrees and it’s recommended to be served in a pint glass or a mug.

My thoughts on the beer can be found on the video review but overall, I found this beer to be rather pleasing in taste and flavor and to be good overall. It does resemble fall in the glass.

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Rogue Ales Mocha Porter - Beer Review #477

The Mocha Porter from Rogue Ales is an American Porter that comes in with an ABV of 5.3% and IBU level of 54. The beer itself provides a nice complexity as Rogue used 12 ingredients for the recipe which includes 8 malts and 2 Hops along with their identifiable Pacman Yeast and Free Range Coastal Water.

My thoughts on this beer in more detail can be seen in the video review, but as far as an overall summary I will say that that beer delivers a good roasted taste along with a creamy texture that any mocha lover should enjoy.

New Belgium Hof Ten Dormaal - Beer Review #476

New Belgium Hof Ten Dormal is part of the Lips of Faith Series from the Fort Collins, Colorado brewer and is a collaboration beer with Brouwerij Hof Ten Dormal which is located in Belgium. This Golden Ale comes inwith a 7% ABV and 20 IBU, and blends together Mosaic hops along with Saaz hops. Other ingredients also include malted sunflower seeds, spelt and carrot herbs.

My Overall Summary: Floral, citrusy and a little spicy on the nose and taste, but it does have a refreshing quality although the carbonation is a little ramped.

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Lil' B Evil Twin Brewing Co. - Beer Review #475

In this beer review I discuss Lil’ B from Evil Twin Brewing which is an Imperial Porter that comes in at 11.5% ABV and is brewed at Two Roads Brewing Company located in Connecticut. Dark in color and capped by a tan head, the Lil’ B is a complex beer that has nothing little about it. Watch the video and catch my thoughts on this beer.

Friday, January 27, 2017

This Week In Beer 1/26/17

A weekly look at what is taking place in the beer world...

This week's YouTube panelists include:

Rod J BeerVentures:

Krunch Kretchsmar:

Pourly Reviewed Beer:

Tonya Makowski:


Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Beer Reviews * Evil Twin Soft DK *

Ha Ha, so here I am taking a look at the Soft DK or “Soft Dookie” from Evil Twin Brewing. You can decide on which you prefer for the name, but this Imperial Stout comes in at an ABV of 10.4%. Let’s get after it and see how it compares.

Commercial Description:

This stout looks like soft dookie and some will say it smells and tastes like it too. If you like a thick, creamy and utterly vanillalicious stout you’ll like this one. If you don’t, get yourself something else instead.

Style: Imperial Stout

Brewed: Two Roads Brewing Co, CT

ABV: 10.4

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Beer Reviews * Adelbert's Flyin' Monks *

Well, I have reached the end of my current journey through the beers I have acquired from Adelbert’s Brewery located in Austin, Texas. Thank you again Sarah for the opportunity as I conclude with this look at their Flyin’ Monks. And what a way to end, this Belgian Quad comes in at 10.9% ABV and is conditioned with rum oak cubes from the Spirit of Texas Distillery. Oh yes, let’s see how this one compares for sure!!!

Commercial Description:
2016 Great American Beer Festival Bronze Medal in Belgian and French Style Quadrupel 
2015 Gold Medal from Artisan Awards
2015 International Craft Competition Awards Gold Medal
2014 Rockies/Southwest Regional Champion by United States Beer Tasting Championship (USBTC)
THE ALE: Conditioned on oak cubes used by Spirit of Texas Distillery to age their Pecan Street Rum, this ale has complex sweet oak, rum flavors with a warm alcoholic finish. Pair with dark chocolate desserts or bold cheeses.
THE STORY: The power of flight can be achieved through zen-like focus and concentration. This ale will not help.

Monday, January 23, 2017

Beer Reviews * Adelbert's Philosophizer *

As I near the end of my journey through the beers of
Adelbert’s Brewery, I now turn my attention to their Philosophizer. This Saison
or Farmhouse Ale comes in with an ABV of 7.8% and 36 IBU. I recently tried the
gin barrel version of this ale, so let’s see how the standard compares.

Commercial Description:

2013 Craft Beer Awards Gold Medal

Gold Medal Saison from Best of Craft Beer Awards

2014 Silver Medal from Best Little Brewfest in Texas

Bronze Medal from 2016 Commonwealth Cup


This smooth ale tastes citrusy with yeasty notes and a hint of peppery spice. Its dry
finish and mild carbonation make it perfect for pairing with grilled chicken,
rich fish dishes, and cheeses like camembert and brie.


Philosophizer was a common term used to describe Del. He often came up with the perfect
solution to a complex problem while drinking a beer and watching the sunset.
Don’t be surprised when you enter into deep philosophical debates after opening
a Philosophizer. Just pop one open, pour, sip, and ponder.

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Beer Reviews * Adelbert's Contemplating Waterloo *

My journey continues through the beers from Adelbert’s Brewery
and this time it is Contemplating Waterloo that I will be examining. This beer
stands as a special release ale, as it involves the use of the brewery’s Saison
titled Philosophizer being fermented in gin barrels. The final result is the creation
of a beer that comes out at a 9.1% ABV. Let’s see how it compares.

Commercial Description:

A complex array of lavender, juniper and oak from the barrel balanced with the
Philosophizer to create a smooth, warming ale. Pair this ale with chicken
alfredo, veal scaloppini and strawberry cheesecake.

Beer Reviews * Adelbert's Tripel B *

My journey continues through the beers from Adelbert’s
Brewery and this time it is Tripel B that I will be examining. This Belgian
Tripel comes in with an ABV of 9.3% and I am looking forward to seeing what it
offers. Let’s see how it compares.

Commercial Description:

This complex, straw-colored ale has clove and pear aromas. A marriage of spicy and
fruity flavors help perfectly balance its elegant malt profile. Pair with rich
foods like steaks, roasts, earthy cheeses, and cheese cake

Saturday, January 21, 2017

This Week In Beer 1/19/17

A weekly look and discussion about the world of beer for 1/19/17...

This week's YouTube Channel panelists include:

Rod J BeerVentures -

Tonya Makowski -

Ronald Theriot -

Reviewing Under Influence -

Jean H Pierre -

Pourly Reviewed Beer -

EricALionsFan -

BoozeReviewsca -

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Beer Review: DuClaw Dirty Little Freak

DuClaw Brewing out of Baltimore, Maryland, and their Dirty
Little Freak is the beer that I am checking out here. How do they describe this
beer? Coconut Caramel Chocolate Brown Ale to start and that’s enough to peak my
interest. Let’s see how it compares.

Commercial Description:

Dirty Little Freak Coconut Caramel Chocolate Brown Ale, first brewed in 2014, takes
the traditional American Brown Ale and gives it a sensual new twist – Coconut!
This medium-bodied, 5.8% abv brown ale is a feast for the senses from its
dominant blend of warm, roasted malt, coconut, caramel, and chocolate flavors
barely restrained by a gentle hop bite, to its tantalizingly satisfying finish.
But if you submit to our Dirty Little Freak, be warned: there is no safe word.

Beer Profile:

30 IBU
5.8% ABV

Coconut Caramel Chocolate Brown Ale

Dark Brown

Columbus, Fuggle

Pale, CaraMunich, Chocolate, and Melanoiden Malts

12 oz. Bottle / Always on Tap

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Beer Review: Atwater Decadent Dark Chocolate Ale

Who doesn’t like chocolate? I know I do, and the fact that
it is an integral part of any beer is that much better. And that’s what seems
to be the case with the Decadent Dark Chocolate Ale from Atwater Brewery out of
Detroit, Michigan. This beer is a 5% ABV Dark Ale that is highlighted by the
use of three different chocolates. Let’s see how it compares.

Commercial Description:

true to the Northern English tradition, the Decadent Dark Chocolate Ale at its
foundation has a nutty profile with a round mouth feel. Added is a Chocolate
Extract consisting of three blended chocolates of varied depth.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Beer Review: Samuel Adams Winter Lager

One of my beer runs brought me across this one from Samuel Adams. The Winter Lager comes in at a 5.6% ABV and 22 IBU, so it can be expected to be more of a malty pleasantry. It’s noted to have a nice mix of flavors, so let’s see how it compares.

Beer Review: Anchor Merry Christmas Happy New Year 2016 Ale

What better beer to enjoy on Christmas Day than Merry
Christmas & Happy New Year from Anchor Brewing? This is their special ale
that they create only once a year and each year it is changed in some way, this
happens with the beer and even the label that is used. They have done it 42
times thus far and the 2016 edition comes in at 5.5% ABV as a Winter Warmer.
Let’s see how this one compares.

Commercial Description:

A deliciously smooth winter warmer with notes of seasonal spices and a malty
backbone, our 2016 Christmas Ale marks the 42nd annual release of this
celebrated Anchor tradition.
It is sold only from early November to mid–January. The Ale's recipe is different
every year—as is the tree on the label—but the intent with which we offer it
remains the same: joy and celebration of the newness of life. Since ancient
times, trees have symbolized the winter solstice when the earth, with its
seasons, appears born anew. With a heavily guarded, secret recipe, Christmas
Ale is a highly anticipated seasonal delight, complex and full in flavor with a
velvety texture and alluring, yet subtle, spiced aroma.
Our tree for 2016 is the “1,000 Mile Tree” or the lone pine found during westbound
construction of the transcontinental railroad. Discovered in 1869, it was a
lone pine amidst a vast and desolate landscape. The tree on this year’s label
was hand-drawn by Bay Area artist James Stitt, who has been creating Anchor’s
Christmas Ale labels since 1975. His charming illustration of the 1,000 Mile
Tree includes a person at the top of the tree with a mug of beer, honoring an
old legend that railway passengers sometimes attempted to climb the tree.
The 2016 Christmas Ale is a deep mahogany brown with a creamy, tan head and boasts
aromas of fruitcake, molasses, and fresh cut wood. The beer tastes of roasted
caramel malt, with notes of spiced chocolate and nuts. And it has a rich,
smooth, and velvety mouthfeel. Every year the Anchor brewers look forward to
formulating a new Christmas Ale recipe and tasting the fruits of their labors.
We are always excited to please beer fans with its ever-changing recipe and
label. Cheers from the Anchor brewers!
Brew Facts:
First Brew – 1975

First Bottling - 1975

Alc. by Volume - 6.5

Availability - Nov.-Jan.

Malt - Top Secret

Hops - Top Secret

Dry Hops -Top Secret

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Press Release: Third Annual Ohio Craft Brewers Conference Schedule Announced

Keynote speech to address economic impact of Ohio’s booming craft beer industry

CINCINNATI – The third annual Ohio Craft Brewers Conference presented by The Cincinnati Insurance Companies will take place Feb. 8-9, 2017 at the Duke Energy Convention Center in downtown Cincinnati. Dr. Bart Watson, Chief Economist for the Brewers Association, will deliver the keynote address on Feb. 8, discussing the economic impact of the growing Ohio craft beer industry. The two day conference will feature over 25 presentations and panel discussions on a broad range of industry topics. 50 Ohio Craft Brewers Association Allied member businesses will also hold a trade show at the convention center during the conference.

Member registrations for the two day event are available for $200 per person. Non-member registrations are also available for $250 per person. Registration includes breakfast and lunch on both days of the conference, a flash drive featuring all conference presentations, admission to the trade show and post-conference events at OCBA member breweries in Cincinnati. Registration available online at

The Hyatt Regency Cincinnati adjacent to the Duke Energy Convention Center is the official hotel of the Ohio Craft Brewers Conference. Reservations can be made online at

The Ohio Craft Brewers Conference presented by The Cincinnati Insurance Companies is supported by Proforma Graphic Services, Brewers Professional Alliance, Frantz Ward Attorneys at Law, Reminger Attorneys at Law, Hunter Consulting Company, Ohio Beer Counsel, Heidelberg Distributing Company, Wholesale Beer & Wine Association of Ohio, Briess Malt & Ingredients Co., Craft Connection Brewery Tours, BLEFA, Sprinkman Brewing Systems, Baker Tilly and System Plast.


Duke Energy Convention Center, 525 Elm Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202

7:30 – 9:00 AM
Breakfast and registration

Trade show hours 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

8:00 – 10:30 AM
Breakfast Beverage Bar sponsored by Proforma Graphic Services

9:00 – 10:00 AM
Main room: Welcome address with Mary MacDonald, OCBA Executive Director and Chris Alltmont, Fat Head’s Brewery, OCBA Board President
Keynote speaker: Dr. Bart Watson, Chief Economist for the Brewers Association

10:00 – 10:45 AM
Main room: Franchise Law and the Impact of Recent Case Decisions with James Niehaus and Colleen Murnane of Frantz Ward
Fundamentals room: What’s the deal with commercial leases? With Adam Armstrong and Kevin Connell of Ohio Beer Counsel
Special topics room: R&D tax credits with Stephen Smith of Graydon Head and Kevin Begley of MCM CPA

11:00 – 11:45 AM
Main room: Panel Discussion: Building a Relationship with your Retailers with John Lane of Winking Lizard, Jason Milburn of Kroger and Todd Wiggs of Jungle Jim’s. Moderated by Adam Lane of MadTree Brewing.
Fundamentals room: Trademark Overview with Calder Mellino of The Mellino Law Firm
Special topics room: Brewing Strategically for a Small Brewpub with Chris Davison of Wolf’s Ridge Brewing

12:00 – 1:00 PM TRADE SHOW TIME
Main room: Recruiting and Motivating Sales Reps for Independently Distributed Breweries with Nick Bowman of Warped Wing Brewing Company and Justin Carson of Platform Beer Co.

12:45 – 2:00 PM
Lunch in the Junior Ballroom

2:00 – 2:45 PM
Main room: Multiple Knock Out Brewing: Maintaining Consistency with Subsequent Brews with Eric Baumann of Christian Moerlein Brewing Company
Fundamentals room: Brewery Layout and Basic Overview of Applicable Codes with Brian Grafton of FMD Architects, Inc., Colin Vent of Seventh Son Brewing and Andy Tveekrem of Market Garden Brewery
Special topics room: Ohio Malts and Trends in Malts with Andrew Martahus of Haus Malts and Matt Cunningham of Rustic Brew Farm

3:00 – 3:45 PM
Main room: Panel Discussion: What do Distributors want from Their Brewery Partners. Moderated by Jacob Evans of the Wholesale Beer & Wine Association of Ohio. Participants include Dale Cox of Premium Beverage Supply, Jason Edwards of Superior Beverage Group and Austin Philips of Southeast Beverage Company
Fundamentals room: Site Selection and Economic Incentives Available with Gary Horsfall of RSM US LLP
Special topics room: Conservation Goals and Energy Usage in Your Brewery with Kevin Ely of Wooly Pig Brew Farm (formerly with Uinta Brewing)

4:00 PM – 4:45 PM
Main room: Souring Organisms and Yeast with JT Rea of Moody Tongue Brewing Company
Fundamentals room: Demystifying Digital Advertising with Matt Moore of Great Lakes Publishing and Stephanie Cooper and Jackie Meddles of Scripps Digital
Special topics room: High Gravity Brewing Tips and Tricks with Tim Hawn of BrewDog USA

5:00  – 6:30 PM
Join us for Happy Hour in the Trade Show Room at Duke Energy sponsored by Graydon

6:30 – 8:30 PM
Shuttle available to the reception at Christian Moerlein Brewing Company with food, beer and music, including tours of the Kaufmann Cellars. Sponsored by Heidelberg Distributing and Ohio Beer Counsel

8:00 – 11:30 PM
Shuttle among downtown breweries provided by Craft Connection Brewery Tours

8:00 – 11:00 PM
North Row Brewery and Distillery tours and tasting in the former Christian Moerlein ice house (108 Henry Street, 45202)

8:00 – 12:00 AM
Ohio Rare at Taft’s Ale House featuring 9 rare beers by 9 Ohio breweries including The Brew Kettle, Fat Head’s, Great Lakes, Jackie O’s, Little Fish, Taft’s Ale House, Triple Digit, Willoughby Brewing Company and Yellow Springs Brewery. Sponsored by Festivals Unlimited and Madison Chemical.

8:30 – 10:30 PM
Rhinegeist FREE specialty food and beer pairing with Head Brewer/Quality Control Jim Matt and local chef and restauranteur Jimmy Cornwell including some rare and never released offerings from our sour, barrel and unique beer creationists including 2014 GABF silver medal winning Sherry Ink paired with meat and cheese mall plates at 8:45, 9:15 and 9:45. VIP tours on the ½ hour. Rhinegeist employees around for sharing.

Duke Energy Convention Center, 525 Elm Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202

8:30 – 10:00 AM
Breakfast and registration

Trade show hours 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM (3rd Floor Lobby)

9:00 – 10:00 AM Trade Show Time

10:00 – 10:45 AM
Main room: ODLC overview with Elaine Moore, Assistant Chief, Beer and Wine Division, Ohio Dept. of Commerce

11:00 –11:45 AM
Main room: Ohio Hops State of the Union, Sourcing and Trends with Frank Rogers of Full Circle Hops Farm and Dave Volkman of Ohio Hop Growers Guild
Fundamentals room: Quality Control in Canning with Terry Royse, Retired Expert in Canning and Seaming from Anheuser Busch, BJ Solomon of Buckeye Mobile Canning and Mike Raczynski, Double Seam Specialist of PackTech International
Special topics room: Panel discussion: Best in class and How to achieve it with Brady Duncan of MadTree Brewing, Jack McCraine of Baker Tilly, Greg Michalec of Heidelberg Distributing and moderated by Scott Ebert of Baker Tilly

12:00 – 1:00 PM TRADE SHOW TIME

12:45 – 2:00 PM Lunch in the Junior Ballroom (Trade Show ends at 2:00 PM)

2:00 – 2:45 PM
Main room: OSHA Record Keeping & Creating a Culture of Safety with Cliff Gerbick of Great Lakes Brewing Company and Ryan Blevins of MadTree Brewing
Fundamentals room: Five Critical Quality Checks for Small Breweries with Trent Leslie of MadTree Brewing and Larry Horwitz of Four String Brewing Company
Special topics room: Starting a Barrel Program with Brad Clark of Jackie O’s Brewery and Sean White of Little Fish Brewing

3:00 – 3:45 PM
Main room: Production Planning for Small and Medium Sized Breweries with John Haggerty of Warped Wing Brewing Company and Matt Rowe of MadTree Brewing
Fundamentals room: Sanitation 101: Basic Plant and Environmental Sanitation with Gary Graf of Ecolab and Rudy Othmer of Enerco Corporation
Special topics room: Wastewater Solutions for Small to Medium Breweries with Mitch Long of Quasar Energy Group

For more information, please contact:
Justin Hemminger, Communications Manager
Ohio Craft Brewers Association

Friday, January 13, 2017

This Week In Beer 1/12/17

This week in beer 1/12/17 Edition...

Rod J BeerVentures:

Tonya Makowski:


Reviewing Under Influence:



Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Beer Review: Thirsty Dog 12 Dogs Of Christmas Ale

Akron is home to Thirsty Dog Brewing Company and once a year, they release their 12 Dogs of Christmas Ale. This Winter Ale comes in at 8.3% ABV and 21 IBU and for many it signifies the Christmas Season. Let’s see how it compares.

Commercial Description:

This beer’s name sums up the ideas of bringing the best together to celebrate. It is filled with seasonal flavors from generous amounts of toasted and caramel malts, mixed with equally generous amounts of honey, cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg. We feel it is the perfect libation, filled with flavors of the season.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Beer Review: Abbaye de Maredsous 6° Blonde (5 YR Vintage)

During a recent beer run I stumbled across
this ale from Abbaye de
. The Maredsous 6° Blonde is a Belgian Blonde Ale that
comes in at a respectable 6% ABV. But, what I didn’t notice is that this is
also a 2011 vintage, so what would be the effect on it over a five year time
frame. Well there is only one way to know, so let’s see how it compares.

Commercial Description:

The light Maredsous Blonde was the abbey's
very first beer. Nowadays, the monks still drink it daily at lunch. Maredsous
Blonde is delectable blonde ale with springy fruitiness, soft malting and a
slightly dry, gentle-hopped finish. A sparkling nose, complex flavors and a
touch of bitterness give this fine ale all of the refreshing qualities of a
classic Belgian blonde.

Monday, January 9, 2017

Beer Review: Flying Dog Pearl Necklace Chesapeake Stout

Frederick, Maryland is the home of Flying Dog Brewery and just over a couple of hours away is the Rappahannock River which sits nestled in Virginia. And this is where oysters are gathered for the Pearl Necklace Chesapeake Stout. That’s right oysters are used to make this specialized 5.5% ABV Stout. Let’s see how it compares.

Commercial Description:

Brewed with Rappahannock River Oysters, it’s a dark, roasted, dry, and slightly bitter stout.

AVAILABILITY: All day, every day
SPECIALTY MALTS: Roasted Barley, Midnight Wheat, Cara-Pils, Black
HOPS: Perle
YEAST: English Ale

Press Release: Ohio Craft Brewers Association Adds Justin Hemminger

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio Craft Brewers Association announced today that it has appointed Justin Hemminger to the position of communications manager. As the market for Ohio-made craft beer continues to expand, this position was created to serve and promote the association’s rapidly growing membership. Currently, the association represents 129 active brewery members, up from 32 in May of 2013.

Hemminger comes to the Ohio Craft Brewers Association after previous experience as director of corporate communications for Tigereye Promotions and as general manager of the Big Room Bar, an Ohio-centric craft beer bar in Columbus. “I am very excited for the opportunity to be an advocate for Ohio’s craft brewers,” Hemminger said. “We’re making world-class beer here in the Buckeye State, and I’m thrilled to have the platform to tell people about it.”

“We’ve seen so much growth in the past three years, and we’re expecting much more going forward,” said Ohio Craft Brewers Association Executive Director Mary MacDonald. “Justin’s experience and enthusiasm will be tremendous assets to our effort to promote Ohio’s craft beer industry.”

Founded in 2007, the Ohio Craft Brewers Association is a nonprofit guild that exists to promote and preserve Ohio’s unified craft brewing industry. We aspire to be recognized as the industry leader at both state and national levels for preserving the art of making high-quality, unique craft beer; to serve as the unified voice for craft brewers across the state; to advocate on behalf of the Ohio craft beer industry; to contribute to systemic, local community development by driving economic and job growth, while creating experiences that bring people together; and to serve as a beacon for local production and manufacturing through craft beer, resulting in diverse choices for consumers.

For more information, please contact:
Justin Hemminger, Communications Manager
Ohio Craft Brewers Association


Saturday, January 7, 2017

Beer Review: Adelbert's Black Rhino

As I continue my journey through the beers of Adelbert’s
Brewery out of Austin, Texas, I now feast my eyes on the Black Rhino. This dark
black session ale comes in at 5.6% and my palate is feeling up to the challenge
to see or taste what it has to offer. Let’s see how it compares.

Commercial Description:

Black Session Ale (5.6% ABV)
Craft Beer Awards Gold Medal
Bronze Medal Belgian Strong Dark Ale from Best of Craft Beer Awards 

 Black Rhino is an earthy ale with hints of coffee and
cocoa that pours as dark as the name we gave it. Don’t let the name fool you.
This dark ale is surprisingly smooth and easy drinking. It pairs well with
salty appetizers, bold musky cheeses, and wild game dishes.
 Del loved photography, and his time in Kenya provided
many opportunities for this passion. He would seek out and photograph amazing
things on his adventures. We named this black ale in honor of the rare black
rhino that Del would “hunt” during photo safaris in Kenya. This rare ale, like
the black rhino, is truly a beautiful sight to behold.

Friday, January 6, 2017

This Week In Beer 1/5/17

A Weekly Look At Beer Happenings...

This week the panel includes:

Rod J BeerVentures:




Jean H Pierre:

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Beer Review: Stillwater Rio De Sauvin

Her name is Rio and Stillwater has her. Rio De Sauvin if you
please, and this 7.7% ABV Saison or Farmhouse Ale if you prefer comes as a
collaboration offering from Stillwater Artisanal Ales and Against The Grain
Brewery and Smokehouse. And she is looking might fine, so let’s check her out
to see how she compares.

Commercial Description:

ale brewed with mango juice and passion fruit juice. "The boys at Against
The Grain made a beer based on a fictional ’sexy man’ and uhh, his sheep
friend. So sticking with the theme and the fact that we have been spending some
time in Brazil lately, we decided to amp up the sexy and host a tropical orgy
of fruit flavors, hops, malt, and yeast..umm, yeah." - Brian (Stillwater

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Beer Review: Rhinegeist Panther

My favorite animal is the panther, so having a beer named
one is always a plus for me, lol. With that being the case, I decided to go
local with Rhinegeist and take a look at their Panther, a robust Porter. This
little beauty comes in at 5.8% ABV and 28 IBU. Let’s check it out to see how it

Commercial Description:

This malty yet
sneakily smooth Robust Porter simmers with tones of milk chocolate, carob and
light molasses. Panther is a svelte creature of the night — a midnight
malt whisperer.

MALTS: Maris Otter, Black, Crystal, Chocolate

HOPS: Magnum, Glacier

AVAILABILITY:  November-February

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Beer Review: Braxton Blown Gasket

Braxton Brewing Company is one my local breweries here in the
Cincinnati area, and this is a look at their Blown Gasket. This Limited
Seasonal Release comes in at a nice ABV of 7.5% and 20 IBU and let’s take a
look at it to see how it compares.

Commercial Description:

r those times when you need to blow off a little steam. Blown Gasket is a
darker offering with a moderately strong malt character. Notes of toffee and
chocolate, this porter is robust as a new gasket kit, black and smooth like
poured oil, delicious black oil.

Accolades: Bronze Medal at Alltech
Commonwealth Cup

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