Saturday, December 30, 2017

Beer Flow: 2017 Flowing Pints Award Show

This past week we took a look back on 2017 and discussed some of what we found to be our favorite beers. Check out the recap of the show here which covered the following categories:

• Favorite/Best Beer of 2017
• Favorite/Best Brewery of 2017
• Favorite/Best Hop-Forward (Pale Ale, Session IPA, IPA, DIPA) Beer of 2017
• Favorite/Best Dark Beer (Porter, Stout, Imperial Porter, Imperial Stout) of 2017
• Favorite/Best Fruit Beer of 2017
• Favorite/Best Barrel-Aged Beer of 2017
• Favorite/Best "Simple" Beer of 2017
• Favorite/Best Local Brewery of 2017
• Favorite/Best Local Beer of 2017
• Favorite/Best New Brewery of 2017
• Favorite/Best Foreign Beer of 2017
• Favorite/Best Seasonal Beer of 2017
• Favorite/Best BeerTubers of 2017

All beers were chosen from beers that we actually tasted obviously so keep that in mind as well, as some beers are not as easy to come by in some areas as we know. Hope you enjoy and Cheers!

Monday, December 25, 2017

Beer Review: Collective Arts Basil & Cranberry Gose

Here is my look at the Cranberry Basil Gose from Collective Arts Brewing which is another one of the beers that I received from a recent beer mail from my buddy Joe. This sour beer comes in with an alcohol content of 4.7% ABV and despite being highlighted by cranberry and basil; it didn’t seem to fully become what I expected. Highlighted by a nice refreshing quality, it did though still provide a nice flavor profile and was highlighted by a very pleasant color. Check out my other thoughts on this beer by watching the video and remember there’s always time, Get Your Beer On! Cheers!

Appearance - 11 / 15
Aroma - 10 / 15
Flavor - 11 / 15
Palate - 10 /15
Overall - 34 / 40

Total Score - 76 / 100

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Beer Review: Gun Hill Hessian In Paradise

So my buddy Average Joe decided to drop me out a beer mail more recently and one of the beers happened to be Hessian In Paradise from Gun Hill Brewing Company out of the Bronx, New York and the focus of this review. Coming in with an alcohol content of 3.8% ABV, light and refreshing is what first comes to mind and this beer definitely encompassed that. Check out my review here to see my in depth thoughts on this one and grab a cold one so you too can “Get Your Beer On!” Cheers!

Appearance - 12 / 15
Aroma - 13 / 15
Flavor - 12 / 15
Palate - 12 / 15
Overall - 35 / 40

Total Score - 84 / 100

Saturday, December 23, 2017

Beer Review: Heavy Seas The Partner Ships Cigar City

Heavy Seas Beer decided to partner up with Cigar City Brewing for the #6 collaboration of their Partner Ships series. The Partner Chips Cigar City IPL is an India Pale Lager that comes in with an alcohol content of 7.8% ABV and initially became available July 2017. In all seven beers make up the series and if they are like this one then I will also be giving them a look and taste as well. So grab a beer, check out my video here to see my thoughts and enjoy while you “Get Your Beer On.” Cheers!

Appearance - 14 / 15
Aroma - 13 / 15
Flavor - 13 / 15
Palate - 14 / 15
Overall - 36 / 40

Total Score - 90 / 100

Beer Review: Avery duganA

Here is my look at the Dugana from Avery Brewing Company, an American IPA that comes in with an alcohol content of 8.5% ABV. Now this bottle was a little older but thought that I would share anyway, I had it fresher when at that time I rated it 4.5 out of 5 which would place it the vicinity of a 90 on my newer scale. It is a beer with a 93 IBU, but it is so malted out that one doesn’t really get hit with the bitterness that would be expected. I found it to be a tasty beer and I believe that it should be released here again in 2018; nonetheless here is my look back on this one. So grab a cold one, and check out the video while you “Get Your Beer On!” Cheers!

Friday, December 22, 2017

Beer Review: Sierra Nevada Pronto IPA

Sierra Nevada Brewing decided to show some love to Trader Joe’s for their 50th anniversary and brewed up a special beer for a dedication. This beer is the Pronto IPA which is a 6.7% ABV American IPA featuring mango and hibiscus and uses the hops of Calypso, Comet, and Centennial. Grab a cold one, check out my review here, and as always join me and “Get Your Beer On,” Cheers!

Appearance: 11/15
Aroma: 13/15
Flavor: 11/15
Palate: 11/15
Overall: 34/50

Total Score: 80/100

Beer Flow: Jack of Spades Episode 14 - Lagunitas On Tap

Another week and another Beer Flow, come check out what we discussed including a look at Lagunitas this week. So grab a beer and join us and lets “Get Our Beer On!” Oh yeah, Cheers!

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Press Release: MadTree Collaborates with Top Cincinnati Chefs on Charity Cookbook

MadTree Collaborates with Top Cincinnati Chefs on Charity Cookbook

Mix and Mash pairs MadTree beers with gourmet recipes to support La Soupe

CINCINNATI (December 18, 2017) – MadTree Brewing and top local chefs have collaborated to bring food and beer together in a new cookbook, Mix and Mash: Recipes for the Table and Glass. MadTree has a long history of working with local chefs to create unique new beer flavors through their Chef Series and now they have created a full-color, hardbound cookbook to showcase their combined talents. As a part of MadTree’s belief that beer builds community and community builds beer, a portion of the proceeds will be donated to local non-profit, La Soupe.

The 125-page book features more than 25 recipes created by the chefs using a MadTree beer as an ingredient. The recipes span from vegetable fritto misto to roasted pork belly tacos to citrus IPA bars. Readers will also get to know a little bit more about each chef along the way. Additionally, MadTree has included the recipes to brew their most popular beers at home.

“Creating Mix and Mash has been one of the most rewarding projects we have ever done at MadTree,” said Sarah Gast, MadTree Brewing marketing manager. “We have always admired the creativity of these chefs and loved brewing beer with them. This time, we were able to step into their world to help share some amazing dishes while supporting a great cause.”

La Soupe’s mission is to rescue otherwise wasted produce to create delicious and highly-nutritious meals for customers, non-profits, and food-insecure families. In 2016 alone, La Soupe rescued 125,000 pounds of perishable food from going to the landfill (“ugly” or over ordered produce from grocery stores) and donated almost 75,000 servings to people living in food insecurity. They are on-target to double that amount in 2017. MadTree previously partnered with La Soupe for the launch of their Pilgrim fall ale, donating a portion of sales at the can launch party in September of this year.

Mix and Mash is available now for $50.00 at the MadTree Taproom, online at, and at Joseph-Beth Booksellers’ Rookwood, Crestview Hills, and Christ Hospital locations.

The chefs featured in the book are:
Dana Scott Adkins
Paul Barraco
Jared Bennett
Brad Bernstein
Rachel DesRochers
Mike Florea
Patrick Hague
Dylan Jones

Jeff Ledford
Andrew Mersmann
Arik Messerschmidt
Josh Parry
Jackson Rouse
Jose Salazar
Stephen Williams
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. In February 2017 they opened a new $18M brewery, taproom, beer garden, and private event spaces in Cincinnati’s Oakley neighborhood. MadTree is known for focusing more on great tasting beers rather than following traditional brewing style guidelines. Their award-winning beers are distributed throughout Ohio by Cavalier Distributing and throughout Kentucky by Beer House Distributing. For more information about the beers, brewery, and taproom, visit or connect with them on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat.

About La Soupe

Headed by Chef Suzy DeYoung, La Soupe is bridging the gap between food waste and hunger. They rescue “ugly” and over-ordered perishable food to create delicious and highly-nutritious meals for food-insecure families. A small percentage of soup is sold to paying customers and sales of the meals fuel our donations to Cincinnati’s food-deprived individuals. La Soupe is a non-profit organization that relies on soup sales and individual donations to operate.

Cider Review: Blake's Hard Cider Co. Cyser

Well, I had one more cider left in my collection and again it is one from Blake’s Hard Cider Company out of Michigan. This time it’s the Cyser which comes in with an alcohol content of 6.9% ABV and is one of their seasonal offerings featuring a combination of honey and apples used in the fermenting with hints of bergamot and jasmine. Not sure what bergamot is but everything else sounds delightful for sure. So without further ado, check out my video here and let’s see what this cider has to offer.

Appearance - 12 / 15
Aroma - 13 / 15
Flavor - 13 / 15
Palate - 12 / 15
Overall - 36 / 40

Total Score - 86 / 100

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Cider Review: Blake's Hard Cider Co. Flannel Mouth

Mixing things up again as I decided to check out a cider here, and this time it is Flannel Mouth from Blake’s Hard Cider Company. Now, usually ciders aren’t something that I get often look to get, but it was such a good deal that it was like the saying in the movie, “it was an offer that I couldn’t refuse.” Check out the video to see and hear my thoughts, but if you want to quickly see how I rated it then see those numbers below the video.

Appearnce - 12 / 15
Aroma - 13 / 15
Flavor - 13 / 15
Palate - 13 / 15
Overall - 37 / 40

Total Score - 88 / 100

Monday, December 18, 2017

Unboxing Video: What's This? Rare Beer Club? Well, Ho Ho Ho!

Hello and once again it's time to do an unboxing, and this time it comes from two of my business partners as a gift for Christmas. A gift that keeps on giving as they had enrolled me into a rare beer club as part of so every three months over the next year I will receive two what are considered rare beers. This video is the unboxing of that first shipment and I am looking forward to seeing what is included. So let’s get to it and thank you Brant and Emily for the nice gift.

Friday, December 15, 2017

Beer Flow: Triumph Episode 13 - Great Lakes Brewing On Tap

Another week and another Beer Flow, come check out what we discussed including a look at Great Lakes Brewing out of Cleveland, Ohio. Once again, it was another fun time so grab a beer and join us and lets “Get Our Beer On!” Oh yeah, Cheers!

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

BeerTuber Spotlight: Talking Beer With Eric's Beer Reviews

Time for a look at another YouTube Beer Tuber, and tonight I talk with Eric from the channels EricALionsFan and Eric’s Beer Reviews. Based out of Michigan, Eric has been talking about beers since 2015 and likes to enjoy a variety of them. So check out the video here to see and hear our conversation, and then make sure to check out his channels as well. What do you say? And oh yeah, make sure to grab a pint and “Let’s Get Our Beer On!”

Monday, December 11, 2017

Beer Review: Rogue New Crustacean Barleywineish Imperial IPA Sorta

New Crustacean Barleywineish Imperial IPA Sorta is one heck of a mouthful of words for a beer, but that’s what Rogue Ales & Spirits chose and that’s what I’m drinking and reviewing for this go around. Coming in with an alcohol content of 11.6% ABV and an IBU level of 88, this is not a beer for lightweights. As one could guess from the crab on the bottle, seafood is being touted as the go to for pairing. And played as not quite Barleywine and not quite Imperial IPA, this one should be quite interesting. Check out my video review to see my thoughts on this beer and why it rated as I did. And of course remember, there’s always time to “Get Your Beer On!”


Saturday, December 9, 2017

Beer Review: Unibroue Maudite With Average Joe

Maudite is an offering from Unibroue, a microbrewery out of Canada which is now a part of the Sapporo Breweries so can’t fully call it a craft brewery of one follows the definition assigned by the Brewers Association. Nonetheless, I and my friend Joe have decided to take a look at this Belgian Dubbel and see what this 8% ABV ale has to offer. So check out the video here to see our thoughts and join us by grabbing a cold one so that we all can now, “Get Our Beer On!”

Rating: 84 Out of 100

Unboxing Video: What Do We Have Here...Hello Joe!!!

Average Joe hit me up with some of the flavor of beer around the Buffalo area and beyond, so time to check out what's inside the box and what is to be found.

Beer Flow: The Breaks Episode 12 - Avery Brewing On Tap

Back this week talking beer and other things with Joe, Todd and Eric. This week’s discussed brewery is Avery Brewing out of Colorado, so grab a beer and hit play on the video to join us. And together we all will, "Get Our Beer On!”

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

BeerTuber Spotlight: Talking Beer With Tonya Makowski

Something new and something different, I decided to begin a new segment talking with other beer tubers and then sharing their stories with you so you could get to know them better and hopefully gain interest to check out their channels as well. This is my inaugural segment and features Tonya Makowski, a beer tuber out of the San Francisco Bay area from where she started Beer Tubing back in 2014.

Her channel is the same as her name, Tonya Makowski, and can easily be found right on YouTube or click to the link by clicking here. Tonya is currently a Certified Beer Server which is level one of the Cicerone program, and she is on her way now studying for the next level. This all being said, take a little time and click on the video to learn more about her and see what we are discussing about beer as we “Get Our Beer On.”

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Beer Review: Rhinegeist Lynx India Pale Ale

Rhinegeist Brewery presents Lynx an American India Pale Ale style beer that comes in with an alcohol content of 7.1% ABV, an IBU of 70 and is a limited release. The use of Citrus, Mosaic and Amarillo hops make this beer one to definitely try for any IPA lover. Check out my video here to see my thoughts and together, “Let’s Get Our Beer On!”

Rating: 88 Out of 100

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Beer Run: Deals On Deals Once Again And The Saga Continues

I really didn't want to buy any more this year, but when one is faced with some outstanding deals then decisions are made. So I decided to step up and pick up some more beer. The basement is now even more stocked and one thing for sure is that there will be no beer shortage in my household, not for a long while.

Check out my video here to see what was purchased and some of the deals that I was able to find.

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