Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Quickie Beer News: Cigar City To Meet Windy City - 1/30/18

My latest Quickie News blurb looks at Cigar City Brewing moving on up...all the way up, like to Chicago for their new distribution.

Monday, January 29, 2018

Beer Basement Tour: Let's See What's Down Here

So I was asked about a doing a tour around some of the beers that I have in my basement, thank you and this is just that. A little show and tell of what is currently being held down below which I believe now totals over 100 beers between the basement and bottom shelf of the fridge. If I get snowed in then let’s just say that I am good. But with that all being said, come with me on this journey to see what is now hidden away and at some point will be the subject of some upcoming reviews.

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Beer Chat: Talking Beer With Cold Brew Podcast

This past Sunday morning I had a chance to catch up with Greg Minor from the Cold Brew Podcast to discuss his show and of course, beer. We talked about his various topics and things around the beer world as well as shared some of our stories and experiences during our live talk on YouTube. See the discussion in its entirety by checking out the video here, and make sure to check out Cold Brew Podcast as they release a new episode on a weekly basis. And remember, there’s always time. Get Your Beer On…Cheers!


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Saturday, January 27, 2018

Beer Review: Revolution Brewing Amarillo-Hero

Recently, I took a look at Anti-Hero from Revolution Brewing and now it’s time to take a look at Amarillo-Hero. This 7.3% ABV IPA is a seasonal release available only from January and February, and is noted to have intense citrus and floral notes as Cascade and Citra hops are layered to increase its amplification. Funny though that there is not much mention of the Amarillo, but its IBU level of 70 lets you know that you will feel some bitterness.

For me, I found this one to be a nicely balanced beer between the hops and the malts. Its appearance is decent enough as well as aroma and flavor. The beer sat well on my palate and did provide a nice crisp feel and overall it delivered enough that I scored it an 82. See more on how I reached this score by watching the video here, but well worth a try for any IPA fan.

So go ahead and grab one, check out the video and Get Your Beer On! Remember to also like, comment, subscribe and share…and let’s spread the good word of beer!

Friday, January 26, 2018

Unboxing Video: Whats This? More Beer? Thanks Todd!

Thanks to my buddy Todd, once again it’s time for another beer unboxing. I am not sure what beats a nice surprise, oh wait yes I do, a surprise with beer. Join me here as I unbox the beers that have just arrived and let’s see what goodies are in store for me to review for you via my YouTube channel! Oh it’s definitely time for me to Get My Beer On!

Beer Flow: Treat 'Em Right Episode 16 - Victory Brewing On Tap

This episode we discuss Victory Brewing out of Pennsylvania along with other beer news and issues, especially along the lines of beer marketing and missteps that may be being made in the wake of some of the backlash toward the recent can labeling by Tusket Falls Brewing Company. Even though we are a man down with our buddy Eric visiting the U.K., Todd, Joe and I keep the beer flow going. So grab a beer and check out all that we discussed…and Get Your Beer On!

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Beer Review: Revolution Brewing Anti-Hero

Anti-Hero is the flagship IPA of Revolution Brewing out of Chicago, Illinois and of course now the subject of my latest review. It is an all year offering that comes in with an ABV of 6.7% along with an IBU level of 65. For me this one can be best described as a solid IPA that delivers mainly on the flavor and palate more than anything else. Appearance and aroma were a little less than expected, but overall I found it pleasing enough to score it an 81 for me.

Check out my video to see more of my thoughts on this one and remember there’s always time, so go Get Your Beer On! Cheers!

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Press Release: Brewers Association Appoints Four String Brewmaster to Board

Larry Horwitz Appointed to Brewers Association Board of Directors


Four String brewmaster selected for at-large seat.

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Brewers Association (BA) board of directors appointed Larry Horwitz of Four String Brewing Company to one of its two at-large seats. Horwitz and Jose Mallea of Biscayne Bay Brewing in Miami, Florida will each serve a two-year term on the board of the national not-for-profit craft brewers organization.


Horwitz is currently seated on the Ohio Craft Brewers Association (OCBA) board of directors, serving on the advocacy, education, finance and governance committees. He is also a member of the BA Technical Committee and serves on the Quality and Safety subcommittees. Horwitz is a past president of the Master Brewers Association of the Americas District Philadelphia, a position held while brewing at Iron Hill Brewery and Restaurant in Philadelphia.

“Larry is a thoughtful and effective member of the OCBA board and has helped to guide the direction of our organization to the benefit of all Ohio craft breweries,” said Mary MacDonald, executive director of the OCBA. “We have no doubt that his insight and experience will be of tremendous value to the BA board as well.”

The BA board guides the strategic direction of the organization and governs the activities of the professional division of the BA, as well as the American Homebrewers AssociationBrewers Publications and BA events including the Great American Beer FestivalCraft Brewers Conference & BrewExpo Americaand SAVOR.

“With the craft brewing community continuing to grow to more than 6,000 small and independent craft brewers across the country, it is imperative for the board to continue to reflect the interests of brewers of all sizes and ensure that even the smallest voices are heard,” said Rob Tod, board chair, Brewers Association. “In the face of many exciting opportunities and challenges, this is a dynamic time to be a small and independent brewer. I look forward to working alongside our new colleagues to continue making this a great industry, both for those who work in it and the beer lovers who get to enjoy it.”

The BA will seat its new board members on February 21, 2018.

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.


Beer Review: Penn Brewery Penn IPA

The Penn IPA is an American IPA from Penn Brewery that carries an ABV of 7% and an IBU level of 70. It also is one of the beers that I had picked up on a previous beer run to West Virginia, and the subject of this latest review. Going in I didn’t know anything about the brewery, but figured why not pick it up and give it a shot. As far as being a beer, it came out as being solid enough that I cored it a 74 out of 100 overall, not a standout but not disappointing as well. Across the board it was okay enough in the key aspects that matter and check out my video to see more of the finer details that I share. Cheers!

Friday, January 19, 2018

Creating Beer Head When Served With None

So, I was recently served a beer while out that actually was lacking in the head area. This
means all of the gasses and proteins were just lying there in the beer
unreleased and not doing so would lead to potential bloating down the line as I
drank through this beer. So check out my video to see a little trick to avoid
this and please all you establishment owners and managers teach and train your
people how to pour a proper beer. There are definitely too many that still
don't know how to do this correctly.

Quickie Beer News: Mendocino and Saratoga Join In - 1/19/18

Mendocino Brewing along with Saratoga Brewing seem to be the next to join the list of craft breweries closing their doors as I discuss in the video here. I’m not one ready to say a bubble popping may be emerging, but we may be starting to see the correction trend that many including myself have been expecting. Check out the video to see and hear my thoughts!

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Quickie Beer News: Smuttynose Brewing Up For Auction - 1/18/18

So it seems that Smuttynose Brewing is the next well known small craft brewery to be dealing some changes, when this week it was announced that they would be up for auction on March 9th. As noted from the story discussed in the video, it seems production was only at the 50% capacity that was able to be done at the facility. I'm not ready to say there's a bubble about to burst but on the heels of Green Flash and their changes, craft beer breweries may be starting to see potential adjustments moving forward. Check out my video for more on this.



Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Quickie Beer News: Beer Can Appreciation Day Coming - 1/17/18

Get your cans ready because National Beer Can Day is coming...

Beer Review: Elysian Brewing The Immortal IPA

The Immortal IPA from Elysian Brewing is positioned as an English IPA that is loaded with hop flavor, and it is the subject here of my latest review. The ABV of this brew stands at 6.3% while its IBU level is that of 62. Far from some of the most bittering beers that I have had but the flavor did offer a little something while the aroma actually had me feeling a little underwhelmed. Overall the beer did prove solid enough and it stood well with its golden appearance that I was able to score this one a 78 out of 100. It didn’t do as much to wow me, but it did enough for me to consider it very solid. Check out my video to see and hear more of my thoughts on this considered no longer craft but still “crafty” beer. And if you have had it, then please leave some comments on your thoughts as well.

Cheers!

Monday, January 15, 2018

Beer Review: Rhinegeist Knowledge

Knowledge from Rhinegeist is a seasonal year-round Imperial IPA, and it is one of my local beers from one of my local breweries. This Double IPA carries an alcohol content of 8.5% ABV and packs an IBU level of 98. I recently acquired it during a beer run after thinking I wanted and needed to share more of our local brews. Described as being highlighted by notes of dankness, pine, grapefruit and other notes, this was definitely a beer that I was looking forward to trying. And I was glad that I did, as the beer was able to provide many of the aspects expected which led me to scoring this one 85 out of 100. So check out my video and see and hear my thoughts on this local treat. Cheers!

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Beer Review: Foothills Brewing Hoppyum IPA

The Hoppyum IPA from Foothills Brewing which is located in Winston-Salem, North Carolina is the subject of my latest review here and was one of the beers that I was able to pick up during my past road trip. The beer itself carries an alcohol content of 6.25% ABV along with an IBU level of 70. It poured a nice golden orange color although the flakes in the beer definitely let you know that it was bottle fermented. Flavor and aroma on the beer were adequate and it did sit fine on my palate and was decent enough overall that I scored this one 78 out of 100. But find out more of my thoughts on this beer by checking out the video and if you have had this year-round IPA then please feel free to also share your thoughts in the comments.

Cheers!

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Beer Review: Springdale Ain't That Remarkable Hoppy Pale Ale

Recently thanks to my buddy Joe, I was able to gather another beer that I had not tried previously due to location and our distribution system which would not allow me access since I am outside of their area. That beer and the subject of this review is the Ain’t That Remarkable Hoppy Pale Ale from Springdale Beer, which also is a subsidiary of Jack‘s Abby and is located in Framingham, Massachusetts.

This New England Pale Ale carries an alcohol content of 5.5% ABV and proved to be a delightful beer to try as it carried a lot of nice smoothness to it and provided a nice refreshing quality overall. The body appearance was pretty solid although the head was one area that didn’t really impress me as much. But we are drinking the beer as an overall product and that being said, this one does deliver which is why I scored this one as an 86 out of 100. It was well worth the try and watch my video here to see and hear more of my in-depth analysis of this one from the New England area. Thanks again Joe for the beer and thank you all for watching and your support!

Friday, January 12, 2018

Beer Review: Other Half DDH Broccoli

Back with another beer from Other Half Brewing Company for this review and this time it was their Broccoli Double Dry Hopped Imperial IPA. Brewed with four hops, oats, wheat and mosaic lupulin powder, this 7.9% ale proved to be a nice juicy thirst quenching beer that I ended up scoring a total 86 out of 100. But don’t just take my word for it; check out my video here to see what I discovered about this one and what I took away as its offering.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Unboxing Video: Big E Says Hello From Michigan

Once again, I was sent a mystery box of beers from a good buddy and c’mon, who doesn’t like a surprise box of beer. This one is from my friend and fellow reviewer from Michigan and is packed with some of the good stuff from around his area. Check out my video here to see what is enclosed.

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Beer Review: Upper Pass Beer Company First Drop

Here is my look at First Drop from Upper Pass Beer Company which is located in Tunbridge, Vermont. This American Pale Ale comes in with an alcohol content of 5.9% ABAV and an IBU level of 65. With a base of Pilsner and Golden Promise malts along with Mosaic, Citra, Centennial and Azacca Hops, this ale provided a nice overall experience which led me to rating it 85 out of 100 on my scale. Check out my video to see and hear more as well as other details on this beer.

Saturday, January 6, 2018

Press Release: Cleveland Winter Warmer Fest Breweries Announced

Winter Warmer Fest Breweries Announced


Over 50 Ohio craft breweries to feature strong and rare beers.

CLEVELAND – The Ohio Craft Brewers Association released the list of participating breweries for the 12th Annual Winter Warmer Fest. Over 50 Ohio craft breweries will showcase their winter seasonal, limited-edition and high-gravity beers at Windows on the River on Saturday, March 3rd from 2-5 p.m. The Winter Warmer Fest is a fundraiser for the Ohio Craft Brewers Association, a non-profit organization founded to promote, preserve and protect Ohio’s craft brewing industry.

Winter Warmer Fest will once again feature a cask area with several breweries offering special infusions available only at the event. Many of the brewers will be on hand throughout the day to meet and talk with Ohio craft beer enthusiasts.

Participating breweries:

The Brew Brothers at Scioto Downs
BrewDog
The Brew Kettle
Brick and Barrel Brewing
BRIM Kitchen + Brewery
Butcher & The Brewer
Catawba Island Brewing Co.
Collision Bend Brewing Company
Columbus Brewing Company
Cornerstone Brewing Company
Crooked Handle Brewing Co.
Double Wing Brewing Co.
Fat Head’s Brewery
Forest City Brewery
Goldhorn Brewery
Grainworks Brewing Company
Great Lakes Brewing Company
Hairless Hare Brewery
Hansa Brewery
HiHO Brewing Company
Hofbrauhaus Cleveland
Hoppin’ Frog Brewery
JAFB-Wooster Brewery
The Jolly Scholar
Lager Heads Brewing Company
Little Fish Brewing Company
Lock 27 Brewing
Lockport Brewery
MadTree Brewing
Maize Valley
Market Garden Brewery
Masthead Brewing Co.
Noble Beast Brewing Co.
North High Brewing
The Phoenix Brewing Company
Pigskin Brewing Company
Platform Beer Co.
R.Shea Brewing
Railroad Brewing Company
Rhinegeist
Rocky River Brewing Company
Royal Docks Brewing Co.
Saucy Brew Works
Seventh Son Brewing
Sibling Revelry Brewing
Terrestrial Brewing
Thirsty Dog Brewing Co.
Wadsworth Brewing Company
Warped Wing Brewing Company
Willoughby Brewing Company
Wolf’s Ridge Brewing
Working Class Brewery
 
Early bird discount tickets are available for $10 off list price if purchased by 12/31/2017.
General admission tickets are available in advance for $45 ($35 with early bird discount), which includes a souvenir glass and tasting tickets for 20 four-ounce samples. Early admission tickets are also available for $55 ($45 with early bird discount), granting admission at 1 p.m. Designated driver admission is available for $15 and includes a food voucher. Tickets can be purchased online at http://www.beerfesttickets.com/winterwarmer2018

Winter Warmer Fest is supported by Boelter BeverageBrewers Professional Alliance and Frantz Ward.
 
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.

Press Release: Ohio Craft Breweries Earn Excise Tax Reduction

Ohio Craft Breweries Earn Excise Tax Reduction



Small businesses plan to reinvest savings into growth and jobs.

COLUMBUS, Ohio – A two-year version of the Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act (CBMTRA), which lowers the federal excise tax for breweries, was passed on December 20th, 2017 by the 115th U.S. Congress.

Under the bill, domestic craft breweries producing less than two million barrels annually would see the federal excise tax reduced to $3.50/barrel (from $7/barrel) on the first 60,000 barrels. This savings will allow Ohio’s 257 small brewers to reinvest in their businesses, expand their operations and hire more workers. The legislation is currently written as a two-year provision.
 
“The CBMTRA provisions will make a real-world bottom line difference for every size brewery in the state of Ohio,” said Collin Castore, president of the Ohio Craft Brewers Association and co-owner of Seventh Son Brewing Company. “Breweries will continue to pay all the regular state, local, and federal taxes that every business pays. The excise tax reduction of $3.50 per barrel will save large and small breweries thousands of dollars each year. In the brewery business, that usually means those dollars can be put towards growth; and growth means Ohio manufacturing/brewing jobs and more great Ohio beer.”
 
The effort to bring meaningful federal excise tax relief to small brewers has been a primary political objective for the Brewers Association and state guilds from across the country for almost 10 years. 

“Our expectation is that small brewers will use their savings related to the recalibration of the federal excise tax on beer to invest in their breweries, expand their operations, create more jobs and hire more American workers,” said Bob Pease, president and CEO, Brewers Association. “We are very appreciative that Congress has enacted these bipartisan, strongly supported measures.”

Currently, the craft brewing industry is responsible for $2.67 billion in impact to the Ohio economy and Ohio craft brewers employ over 4,000 workers.

“We’d like to thank Senators Rob Portman and Sherrod Brown, as well as the entire Ohio Congressional delegation for co-sponsoring CBMTRA,” said Mary MacDonald, executive director of the Ohio Craft Brewers Association. “Their support will help Ohio’s small and independent brewers continue to grow and thrive, and we look forward to their continued support in our efforts to make the excise tax reductions permanent in future tax legislation.”

CBMTRA enjoyed wide bi-partisan support in Congress, counting 303 co-sponsors in the House and 54 in the Senate. Senator Portman offered the amendment to include the CBMTRA provisions to the tax bill passed Wednesday.

“The Brewers Association along with the Ohio Craft Brewers Association, other state guilds, and countless individual brewers’ voices were loud and were unified and were heard,” Castore said. “We made CBMTRA literally the most widely supported bi-partisan piece of legislation to pass through Congress in the last several years. Our Ohio Senators are proud and supportive of Ohio craft beer and were instrumental in finally getting CBMTRA attached to a piece of legislation.”

 
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.

Friday, January 5, 2018

Cincy Winter Beerfest List Unveiled

Once again, it's that time for Cincy Beerfest and the new list has been unveiled and check out the link below to see all of the offerings. This year is sure to be another fun time and if you come out on Saturday for the day session then make sure to try to come check me out pouring beers.




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