Thursday, October 30, 2014

2nd Annual Fresh Fest this Saturday, Nov. 1.


It was a big hit last year, and they're putting it on again. Queen City Fresh and MadTree present the 2nd Annual Fresh Fest, showcasing beer, music and bloggers. Details and more after the break.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Beer History: The Growler.


You know, I try not to re-hash history too much. The history of beer is interesting to read about, sure. Thing is, all the exciting parts of beer are yet to come. Craft is continually expanding and brewers are creating new, sometimes absurd beers (I'm looking at you, Guano Loco). A lot of breweries, however, still rely on a fairly iconic contraption that most craft beer drinkers can spot from a mile away. How much do said craft beer drinkers know about its history, though?

Friday, April 25, 2014

BeerQuest: Schlafly beer pairing at Hops House 99.


I've been drinking craft beer for a while now, but I'll admit it: I've never been to a beer pairing or beer dinner. I'm glad this is no longer the case! I was invited to attend a pairing event at Hops House 99 at the Hollywood Casino recently, and I'd like to tell you about it.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

BeerQuest: #BeerAutismHope at Arnold's Bar, Friday, April 18.


Those of you who made the trek out to Arnold's Bar last year when Lance Rice visited our fair city know that the #BeerAutismHope movement is a worthy one. As someone who has a family member with Autism, the Lance's Brewery Tour cause is near and dear to my heart, and I'm so excited to support it again with another great event at Arnold's.

This Friday, April 18 (That's tomorrow), Great Lakes Brewing Company will be serving some limited edition beers, with $1 from each pint going to benefit Lance's Room, a charity established to provide scholarships to students with autism. Local wunderkind Keith Neltner of Neltner Small Batch fame will also be selling a limited edition print inspired by Lance's visit to GLBC last year, and it looks fantastic.

The beers sound great:

-Cask-conditioned cherry vanilla Edmund Fitzgerald
-Chillwave double IPA
-Tripel Dog Dare
-Rally Drum red ale

I hope tons of people come out to the event and support #BeerAutismHope and Neltner Small Batch. It's a worthy cause, and an excuse to drink some great beer!

Friday, April 4, 2014

What do you know about Founders Kentucky Breakfast Stout?


Founders Kentucky Breakfast Stout (KBS) is no secret in the world these days. Most folks in the Midwest know the acronym as a delicious, bourbon barrel-aged beer, not as the oldest Korean broadcasting network. The search for this beer is fraught with red herrings, as collectors make a mad dash from bottle shop to bottle shop seeking to purchase singular bottles of the silky, syrupy nectar, only to be told "We just ran out." But wait a minute – just how did this beer get so popular, and what does that mean for beer fanatics?

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Cooking with Beer: Stout corned beef.

It's St. Patrick's Day tomorrow, and while this post is going up a bit late, there's still time to get out and put the ingredients needed together for this delicious corned beef. The items used are readily available, and there's only a small amount of knife work required to start it. The best part is the cooking all happens while the day goes on. That means folks who work can look forward to a delicious meal of corned beef when they get home, as can the revelers who are partaking in a few good brews all day. This recipe requires about 15 minutes of actual work, not including any sides that might get added.

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Review: Quaff Bros. Quaffanator


Bockfest is upon us once again, bringing with it the promise of Spring. Well, Spring, and delicious, sweet, malty Bock. I don't review a lot of lagers, but I like to get a good Bock in around Bockfest time each year, and this year is no exception. What's different this year is the beer. It's not fair to call today's beer just a plain ol' Bock. No, it's much, much more than that.