Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Getting My Beer On Dogfish Head Dragons & YumYums

Dragons & YumYums from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery is an American Pale Ale that done with the collaboration of the music group, The Flaming Lips, is a tart American Pale Ale brewed with dragon fruit, yumberry, passionfruit, pear juice and black carrot juice. Now, I know what you are thinking…Is this something that was dreamt up out of Game of Thrones or Lord of The Rings. Honestly, I could not tell you, but I can tell you that this 6.5%ABV and 25 IBU Ale is something different.

There should have been a lot going on with this beer from the ingredients used, but for me, in the end, I almost feel like maybe there was too much. While the beer did offer a nice tart and refreshing quality, the pear did not seem to be there as much. In addition, the duration of the flavor was shorter lived than expected, which I expected would be longer considering said ingredients. It does still have some fruitiness going for it though, and considering the ABV it is a nice light-bodied beer making it not so bad for summer. There is also some of the piney tone often affiliated with pale ales, and the finish is nice and crisp. However, in the end, is it a decent enough beer but is it worth the cost and pick-up, well I will leave that up to you. Check out the video to see and hear more of my thoughts on this one.

Monday, July 30, 2018

Mile Wide Brewing Montage From Beer Tasting At DEP's

I was able to recently attend a beer tasting at DEP's Fine Wine and Spirits with Mile Wide Beer Company based out of Louisville, Kentucky. Here is a look at some of the beers that we had except one which was on tap. It was a fun night indeed and looking forward to drinking more of their brews.

First Look Montage Three Points Urban Brewery - Cincinnati

I happened to swing by the Three Points Urban Brewery last week and check out some of their beers. Here is a quick look at the brewery from various pictures taken during my time there, check it out here.

Sunday, July 29, 2018

Getting My Beer On Music City Light Beer Review

Music City Light is from the Music City Beer Company, which is located in Nashville, Tennessee. Makenzie Clayburg, who works with them through one of the publicity agencies, recently brought the brewery to my attention. She reached out to see if I would like to check out their beer after providing me with their backstory of how local musicians and venue owners started it as a local brew and what they call the “Backstage Pass To Nashville.” This said, after a couple of more emails here is the beer.

Now, I do not usually drink many light beers but have from time to time. In addition, all have been from the macro breweries, so I did have some reservations going in. However, one of the things noted when I received the initial email was how they were looking to bridge the gap between craft beers and the mass-produced domestics, so that I did find appealing. But it is a light beer, right? How much more could it offer?

Well, the beer itself is an American Light Lager with an ABV of 4.2% and no listing was there for IBU, but it is definitely a low number on that side. Going in I expected some thinness and surprisingly the beer did well providing a nice light body experience and not really much thinness at all. It went down very easy with a nice refreshing quality and did well with the amount of flavor duration received. There was the sweetness that as to be expected for this style as well as the yeastiness in the aroma and taste. But that is just part of the style, but I did like on the back end that there was a slight tasting of the hops as well. It proved to be a decent clean beer with some crushable quality to it, and as far as being a decent lager, it was that for sure. Overall, I found this one to be a decent beer for what it is and for what they were going for. If you are in the Nashville area and you are a lager fan, then I would say to try it. Check out the video to see and hear more on this one, and if you have had it then let me know what you thought of this beer as well.

Thank you again, Makenzie, for reaching out, and check out Music City Beer Company at the following link: http://musiccitybeerco.com.

Saturday, July 28, 2018

Getting My Beer On Stone Tangerine Express IPA Beer Review

The Tangerine Express IPA from Stone Brewing is an American IPA style beer highlighted by the use of tangerine and pineapple in its making. It has an ABV of 6.7% and IBU level of 75. For me, I found this one to deliver solidly for the style and although I got the pineapple in the aroma, I didn't as much in the taste although the tangerine was present in both. Citrusy, hoppy, bitter can all be marked as checked for this brew and like other IPAs, there is a good amount of dryness in the finish. I thought that it was a solid offering from Stone, and you can see and hear more of my thoughts by checking out the video.

Getting My Beer On Rhinegeist Press Tart Beer Review

I am going local with this one as I decided to check out Press Tart from Rhinegeist here in Cincinnati. This local brewery has gained for many the impression of being an IPA brewery so maybe that is what led them to put out this Berliner Style Weisse Sour Fruit Styled beer made with Marionberries as well as Blueberries. They did not go it alone though, as they teamed up with 16-bit for this fruity and tart albeit light 4.4% ABV collaboration. For me, this brew did hit with the tartness to be expected and while I did get the berry, on my palate it tended to play closer to a cranberry feel. Maybe this was due to my lack of experience with Marionberries, either way, it did deliver with the fruit as mentioned. It was also a light and refreshing in its feel and the color and clarity were nice. A decent enough overall brew, and check out the video to see and hear more of my thoughts on this one.

Beer Flow Let's Talk Some Beer Shall We

Here we are with another Thursday night on our hands meaning time for another Beer Flow show where Joe, Todd, Eric and myself get together and talk some beer and update you on things from the world of beer.


Check out Eric and Joe on their respectful shows here:

Eric: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC5ucenf13Dhrhw9OqpCJMBA

Joe: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJ8kUgqdE44N--rg6sGvCCw

Thursday, July 26, 2018

House Of Webster Hogs Breath & Bear Claw Beer Jellies Review

This is my look at the last of the beer jellies that had been sent to me by the House of Webster located in Rogers, Arkansas. The two jellies are Hogs Breath, which uses a Saison in the making of the jelly, and Bear Claw, which uses an IPA its ingredients. These two are part of a six-pack offering featured by House of Webster and check out the video to see and hear what I think about them.

Thank you to the House of Webster once again for sending these jellies my way, and check them out by visiting them online here: https://www.houseofwebster.com

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Getting My Beer On Upland Juiced In Time Beer Review

Juiced In Time from Upland Brewing Company is a New England IPA style beer, which thanks to my friend Todd; I was able to try recently. At 6.5% ABV and 20 IBU, this beer did well coming in with a nice juicy quality that fruity and tropic in its notes and taste and just a nice smooth beer overall. There was a slight bitterness and the citrusy feel came through nicely along with the hoppiness of the beer making it a decent brew to try and enjoy. It is part of their limited series, so if you see it and you like this style then it is worth a try. Check out the video to see and hear more on this one.

Monday, July 23, 2018

Getting My Beer On 450 North Flapjack Nuggets Beer Review

Here is the look at my last one in the Nuggets series from the 450 North Brewing Company, and it was the Flapjack Nuggets. This Sweet Stout noted as a Pastry Stout on the can comes in with an ABV of 9%, which I found to be a smooth 9%. If they could put pancakes and syrup in a beer then this would surely be a strong possibility of the result. There was a nice feel of the maple and lactose that came through and the notes of chocolate were still picked up as well as a tinge of coffee, which was also present. The mouthfeel was very nice pulling it all together, and then there was mouthcoating of the flavor left after the swallowing of the beer. Dark, sweet, syrupy in the taste and texture, this beer really did come as described. My only thing would be that a summer cool night, in my opinion, might play better than a summer day, and a release in the fall may increase the enjoyment. Nonetheless, it is damn good and well worth trying especially for any Sweet Stout fan. Check out the video to see and hear more on this beer that will have you thinking it just may be breakfast in a glass.

Sunday, July 22, 2018

Getting My Beer On 450 North OJ Nuggets Beer Review

Another brew from 450 North Brewing and this time it was the OJ Nuggets and thanks again to my friend Todd for hooking me up with this one as well. So funny drinking these and saying that it is beer but I do enjoy the style, and this one came in nicely as a smooth and flavorful version. Obviously, being OJ citrus is expected and it did not disappoint as the citrus notes came through nicely in both the aroma and flavor. There were a solid juiciness and hoppiness to the brew, along with a nice resinous quality on the back end. A little bit of astringency and dryness in the finish, this again could be expected. However, in the end, a solid tasting brew left a great mouthfeel that just encouraged the drinking of more. This could easily be a nice beer for chugging, although I would rather just take my time an enjoy it. This is a good beer indeed worth trying for any fan of this style. Check out the video to see and hear more of my thoughts on it.

Saturday, July 21, 2018

Getting My Beer On With A Sun King SKB IPA And A Cigar

Saturday afternoon and I decided to stop at one of our local bar restaurants, Buffalo Bobs, and grab an SKB IPA from Sun King Brewing and enjoy it with a nice cigar as we had a break in the weather. Moreover, a nice beer this one proved to be as well, coming in at 6.5% ABV and even 70 IBU this beer offered a nice smoothness. There was a good crisp clean feel to the beer with some excellent clarity and bubble action. A good feel of the citrus hops came out in both the aroma and flavor and overall provided a decent feel. This beer is definitely one that I would recommend for any IPA fan. Check out my video to see and hear more on this one.

Friday, July 20, 2018

Live Unboxing From Music City Beer Co.

Recently I was reached out to by a representative of Adkins Publicity who represents Music City Beer Co. out of Nashville and about checking out their beers. This is a look at what they sent me. Let's see what is in the box...

Getting My Beer On With 450 North Tropic Nuggets

Finally, I was able to get one of the Nuggets Series beers from 450 North Brewing and this NE Style DIPA did not disappoint for me. The beer itself provided a nice mouthfeel that was full of flavor, as well as a nice feel from the Double Dry Hopped process that brought in great aroma and flavor from the hops used. It had a nice juiciness and for me, I felt that it offered some nice tropical as well as citrusy flavor notes of pineapple, mango, orange, and grapefruit at the least. The finish is dry, but that can also be expected, and that dryness just made me want to drink more. At 8.5% ABV and 45 IBU, this beer plays out smooth without any booziness. A solid offering for my initiation to the brewery and one that I will say is worth trying for any fan of this style. Check out the video to see and hear more of my thoughts.

Beer Flow - You Ask And We Discuss All Things Beer

This past episode on Beer Flow we opened it up to the viewers to ask questions around beer that we addressed on the show and had a fun time making it a viewer appreciation night. Check out the replay to see all that transpired.

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Getting My Beer On With Founders Dankwood Beer Review

I decided to bump this one up on the list of beers to share that I am currently reviewing or have currently reviewed. This is my look at the Dankwood from Founders Brewing Company. Recently released in the last few months, this 12.2% ABV Imperial Red Ale has been aged in Bourbon barrels and added to the Founders Barrel Aged Series of beers. The brewery will tell you that this is at a level of 65 IBUs, but they did a good job of smoothing out the bitterness with their using of the malts. For me, I found nice tones of caramel that at times felt somewhat toffee like. There was a level of booziness but it was not overpowering, and there was a nice sweetness to the flavor. The texture I felt was syrupy, but often it is for me with beers of this style. I mean this beer really just slid down my throat leaving behind a nice mouthcoating that held a nice duration. However, one of the best things I liked about it was that the IPA was not lost by being barreled, which I have found to be the case with others. It was definitely worth the pickup, and check out the video to see and hear more.

Side note: This beer has an availability of May-June according to the website.

Monday, July 16, 2018

Lagunitas Dark Swan Sour Ale Beer Review

So a while back, a while while back, I never got around to uploading my look at the Lagunitas Dark Swan Sour Ale when I took time to taste this little 8.5% ABV treat. It is part of their One Hitter Series and is a Sour Ale fermented with red wine grapes, which for me definitely sounded interesting at the time. A quick rundown on this ale is that for me it was an okay attempt at a sour ale using the grapes as they did come across well in the taste and aroma. The beer had a good and not overwhelming amount of tartness, and I did pick up some subtle and fruity qualities of the beer. There was a light bit of astringency, and a nice bot of mouthcoating as the beer settled well into the cheek area. Overall, it was less than I was expecting with this one but as a sour ale, it met its goal. Check out the video to hear and see more on this one.

Friday, July 13, 2018

Rivertown Brewery Silverback Snack Beer Review

Silverback Snack from Rivertown Brewery & Barrel House is dessert in a glass, a pint glass. This chocolate banana stout brings together white chocolate sauce and banana puree as additions to the mix of malts, hops, yeast, and water to bring about a pleasant what I would call a dessert beer. You are going to want many of these in succession mist likely because of the sweetness but one or two in the mix can work. Roasty, dark with notes of chocolate is to be expected, but that kick of the sauce and puree do take it over the top nicely. There was a nice smoothness with this beer, and it made one decent nightcap. It proved to be a nice find on a random beer run, and I would definitely drink it again. Check out the video to see and hear more.

Beer Flow - This Week In Beer News 7/12/18

Beer Flow is the show on my channel where I talk about the latest in beer news with Joe, Todd, and Eric while drinking and discussing beers. Join us here every Thursday to see what we discover and discuss from the world of beer.

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Nowhere In Particular Batch 19 Beer Review - A One And Done

I decided to grab a Batch 019: Doctor IPA from Nowhere In Particular Promiscuous Ale Project located in Dayton, Ohio for this next review. This one here is a Double Rice IPA, yes, I said rice, but this is not Budweiser or another macro. At 8.2% ABV and 41 IBU, this brew decided to add this grain and come up with what they call a nice juicy IPA. Highlighted by Citra, Columbus and Mosaic hops, the tones of an IPA did come through nicely. Carbonation was a little turned up I thought, but it did smooth out nicely and provide a good mouthfeel. The body was not heavy and carried a nice crisp feel to it, and there was a decent earthy, piney feel along with the citrusy hops. In the end, I was left with a nice crisp finish making the beer somewhat enjoyable and for me well worth me trying.

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Rhinegeist Stryker Beer Review - A Limited Release

Stryker from Rhinegeist here in Cincinnati is not only one of my favorite beers from them but one of my favorites from the area in general as a nice DIPA. This beer for me has a good amount of things going on with it and maybe it is because it is a limited release that I like it as much since it is not always available. Made as a tribute to one of the brewers, this Double India Pale Ale brings a lot to the table that I enjoy which also at 9.3% ABV makes it a little dangerous because I feel as if you really do not pick up the booziness of it.

Currently available at the time of this post, which is July, I believe the beer may become available in May and once it is gone then that is it until the following year. Sitting at 100 IBU, there will be some bitterness of course, but the malts provide a nice backside balance to the hops. There is a good sweetness with the brew, and I was able to pick up notes reminiscent somewhat of passion fruit, along with your typical notes of grapefruit, orange, and even a slight piney tone. The mouthfeel delivers nicely and there is a good mouthcoating left from the beer leaving behind much of the same on the palate from what you get on the nose. There is a nice sweetness from the malt backbone and you will pick up its dankness and resinous qualities. Dry on the texture, this one just encourages you to drink more. It is a fine beer from them in my opinion and worth checking out for any IPA or DIPA fan. Check out my video to hear and see more on this one.

Monday, July 9, 2018

Straight From The Cellar Sierra Nevada Narwhal Beer Review

The Narwhal Imperial Stout from Sierra Nevada for me was smooth and silky dancing on that dangerous line as the 10.2% ABV was not as detectable as I thought it would be. Dark as can be and with notes of coffee and cocoa, this smooth yet syrupy feel ale brought a nice sweetness that was well balanced and just slid down my throat with a nice velvety feel. It was about halfway through the glass that I started to feel its warmth from the booziness, but even then, it still was not bothersome. This was a fine beer from Sierra Nevada indeed. Check out the video to see and hear more of my thoughts on this one.

Sunday, July 8, 2018

Beer Of The Month Rare Beer Club and Mail Unboxing

So it's time for another unboxing video and this one comes courteous of the Rare Beer Club which is part of the Beer Of The Month Club, and a little something-something I picked up from Amazon. Join me to see what is in the packages.

Friday, July 6, 2018

Founders Backwoods Bastard Beer Review

Founders Backwoods Bastard, an 11.2% ABV bourbon barrel-aged scotch ale that ended up finally reviewing here despite having it previous times. Smooth in feel, syrupy in texture and boozy in the aroma; this ale brings a good amount of complexity to the table. The mouthfeel was decent along with a nice mouthcoating, as notes of caramel and toffee for me were present in the tones, as were also some dark fruit notes. A solid beer from Founders, in my opinion, check out the video to see or hear more.

Beer Flow - This Week In Beer News

Beer Flow is the show on my channel where we talk about the latest in beer news while drinking and discussing beers. Join us here every Thursday at 9pm to see what we discover and discuss.

Ohio On Tap App Users Go for Another Round

Entering second year, award-winning brewery finder app to offer new rewards for users.

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The 
Ohio Craft Brewers Association (OCBA) will be giving loyal users of Ohio On Tap – the trade association’s mobile brewery finder and passport app – incentive to take another tour of the state’s craft breweries. On July 16, OCBA will roll out a new set of passport rewards for users who visit ten Ohio breweries or more. In the app’s first year, users could earn merchandise rewards for visiting 25, 50 and 100 breweries, and a special grand prize for visiting all breweries listed in the app.

Because of the rapid increase in the number of breweries in Ohio – over 60 opened in 2017 alone – OCBA has decided to award users who collect 150 stamps the current prize for visiting all participating breweries. That prize includes an OCBA Enthusiast membership, a hooded sweatshirt, insulated stainless steel growler and more. There will continue to be a prize for completing the entire passport, which currently consists of 180 breweries: winners will receive a personalized plaque, a set of limited edition T-shirts from OCBA events (Winter Warmer Fest, Six One Pour and Ale-O-Ween) and recognition on the 
ohiocraftbeer.org website.

New this year is the addition of OCBA’s Drink Beer Made Here Ohio flag, a reward for Ohio On Tap users who collect 125 passport stamps. The flag has been displayed on stage by medal-winning Ohio breweries at the 
Brewers Association’s World Beer Cup and Great American Beer Festival competitions. Users who visit ten breweries will receive a die-cut bumper sticker featuring the flag design. OCBA estimates that over 2,000 Ohio On Tap users will visit at least ten breweries over the course of the next year.

Over 17,000 craft beer lovers have downloaded the Ohio On Tap app to date. Users earn points by visiting participating Ohio craft breweries and getting virtual passport stamps within the app. Like many regional brewery passports, participants have one year to amass points and redeem them for prizes. Since Ohio On Tap was launched in May of 2017, 18 users have completed the passport.

Ohio On Tap earned an 
Ohio Travel Association RUBY Award for best mobile app of 2017. The RUBY Awards, sponsored by Ohio Magazine, recognize outstanding achievements in marketing, advertising and public relations from Ohio’s travel industry each year. Awards are presented for excellence in more than a dozen different categories, reflecting the creativity involved with creating new communications strategies using various media.
 
Full list of Ohio On Tap passport rewards:

10 stamps – Drink Beer Made Here die-cut Ohio flag sticker
25 stamps – Drink Beer Made Here embroidered patch
50 stamps – Drink Beer Made Here trucker hat
75 stamps – Drink Beer Made Here T-shirt
100 stamps – Drink Beer Made Here tin bar sign
125 stamps – Drink Beer Made Here Ohio flag
150 stamps – Enhanced Enthusiast Member Package (membership card, hoodie, bottle opener, Ohio-shape die cut sticker) + insulated stainless steel growler
Tour complete – Personalized plaque, OCBA Signature Event T-shirt collection, $50 online store credit, recognition on ohiocraftbeer.org


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.

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Platform Beer Torrential Downpour Hazy IPA Beer Review

Torrential Downpour is a seasonal Hazy IPA from PlatformBeer initially based out of Cleveland, Ohio. 7.1% ABV and 34 IBU highlight this ale which is a Hazy IPA brewed with lactose sugar to provide a creamy and smooth mouthfeel which is coupled by the use of Citra and El Dorado Hops, as well as the use of strawberry puree to give it a fruit forward kick.


Personally, I found this beer to have a nice flavor to it and I was able to detect the strawberry notes and have to admit the overall creaminess was nice on this one. Juicy, fruity and smooth this one overall provided a nice experience. Other notes in the aroma and flavor that I came across to me were pineapple, orange, and grapefruit, which is not too surprising for this style. And. there was a good amount of bitterness and dryness that matched up well. For me, this beer was definitely worth the try and 4 out of 5 for my enjoyment. Check out the video to see and hear more on this one.

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Golden Road Pico To Mexico Beer Review

Pico To Mexico from Golden Road Brewing is a 4.8% Lager highlighted by the ingredients of lime, cucumber and a hint of a habanero. In other words, a refreshing lager with a kick, and I think this ale did offer just that. Although the IBU level is only at 18, so bitterness is at a low. I found the beer to be light and clean with subtle flavors, and have a nice feel of subtle heat along with somewhat of a saltiness in the taste. There was also a little of what I would describe as a funkiness which most likely was from the yeast. Despite this, it was decent enough overall to make it an okay beer. Check out the video to see and hear more on this one.

Monday, July 2, 2018

Rhinegeist Squirrel Nut Brown Ale Beer Review

Squirrel is one of the seasonals from Rhinegeist here in Cincinnati, which is another one that I am just getting around to uploading. It is a Nut Brown Ale that comes in at a light and sessionable ABV level of 4.8% and milder IBU of 22. Four malts and two hops come together in this ale that I found to have a nice duration and flavor, but was just thinner than I usually prefer. There was a decent touch of chocolate and coffee with a touch of burnt coffee-like bitterness. The nuttiness was also in play although I also thought that it was less than expected. Check out the video to hear and see more on this one.

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