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.
Thursday, March 6, 2014
Monday, February 10, 2014
I can't think of any better way to celebrate Cincinnati Beer Week than by tapping tons of local brews at the oldest bar in Cincinnati! I've already highlighted one event at Arnold's, but there's just no better place for enjoying a brew around.
Arnold's will be tapping five beers from Fifty West Brewing Company at 5:30 p.m. Two of them are exclusives that haven't been tasted outside the brewery before, too! The list is below.
OAKED Punch You in the EyePA - Fifty West's über-popular imperial IPA has been resting on oak and is ready for primetime. This beer is already delicious. I can't imagine how the oak will take this to a new level.
Thirty-37 Pale Ale - What is there to say about this beer that hasn't been said? One of the best session pale ales, period. Fruity and tropical in flavor, it giveth, but not taketh away.
Ghost of Imogene - It's a chocolatey, toasty Russian imperial stout with body for days. A great way to warm up, and I'm sure it pairs well with an Arnold's burger.
Our Mom's Advice - I've never met a person who didn't enjoy a good Belgian Tripel. Fifty West's has a sweet body and peppery finish sure to appeal to just about anyone. Just take this one easy – it.s 8.5 percent ABV.
UNRELEASED imperial pale ale - Aside from the Oaked Punch You in the EyePA, this is another reason to get down to Arnold's this evening! Nobody's ever even heard the name of this beer! Given Fifty West's pedigree for the pale ale, it's sure to please.
So there it is, the highlight of the day. Oh, did I mention it's $5 Monday burger night? One of Arnold's burgers is $5 with a side of fries. Put that together with a glass of local beer and baby, you got a stew goin' (Bonus points to anyone who gets that reference). Viva la Beer Week.
Friday, February 7, 2014
Cincinnati Beer Week highlight for Feb. 7, 2014: Blind tasting and bacon extravaganza at Ei8ht Ball.
The folks at Ei8ht Ball Brewing have a slate of things planned for Cincinnati Beer Week, but one really caught my eye, and that's tonight's event: Blind beer tasting, with a side of bacon. That's right. Bacon.
Sure, maybe the bacon zeitgeist has reached critical mass, but we all know there's a perfectly good reason for that – bacon is delicious. I think most people would be hard pressed to name someone they know who doesn't like bacon (Vegetarians don't count. They can't eat bacon!). During this blind beer tasting, Ei8ht Ball will be serving from what they describe as a "bacon bar." I can only hope this is a bar featuring multiple kinds of bacon.
But, this is Beer Week, so the focus is on the beer. Thankfully, the selection at Ei8ht Ball's bar is unrivaled in most of the Cincinnati area. Their 42 taps hold a bounty of delights, some rarities and a solid selection brewed right onsite behind the glass in their taproom.
The conceit here is blindfolding. The staff at Ei8ht Ball promises to blindfold tasters, who then are charged with guessing their four-beer flight correctly. Winners, aside from the knowledge that they picked four beers successfully out of a 42-beer lineup, get their flight for only $2, instead of the usual $8. Everyone wins though, because tasters who can't name their beers get part of their flight price donated to local charity, Think Global Drink Local! Beer loves to give back.
The event starts at 7 p.m. and continues until 10 p.m. Those who haven't been to Ei8ht Ball yet, it's a perfect time to check out the place, enjoy the selection and eat some bacon!
Lastly, for those who aren't into the whole bacon thing, or would rather not drive to Kentucky from the far-reaching confines that are the Cincinnati Metro area, check the listings at the Beer Week Web site and find something near your neck of the woods!
Thursday, February 6, 2014
Cincinnati Beer Week highlight for Feb. 6, 2014: Lagunitas tap takeover at the Moerlein Lager House.
Today I'm looking forward to the Lagunitas Brewing Company tap takeover at the Moerlein Lager House. I'll be visiting after work today and trying all the beers on tap. This isn't everything Lagunitas is bringing to the Cincinnati market, however. Check with your local better beer store and see what they've got available!
IPA: A take on the classic West Coast-style IPA, this beer sits at 6.2 percent ABV and packs a sweet finish.
Dogtown Pale Ale: 6.1 percent ABV and maltier than most, it finishes fairly dry and crisp.
Lagunitas Sucks: Originally brewed as a substitute for "Brown Shugga'," Lagunitas's barleywine-ish seasonal, this double IPA was so popular it's made each year now. At 7.85 percent ABV, it's weaker than some other DIPAs, but the flavor is rich and full of all four major brewing grains (Oats in an IPA rule).
The Hairy Eyeball: As I've never had this one, I can't comment on what it's like. The description reads "Rich, thick, dangerous and chocolatey," but at nearly 60 IBUs I'm imagining something closer to an American strong ale. At any rate, "Winter Warmer" fits the bill!
Calling it a "tap takeover" is a bit grandiose, seeing as it's only four beers, but there's always all that great Moerlein beer to have afterward! Come check it out and keep supporting Cincinnati Beer Week.
Tuesday, January 21, 2014
Everyone has their own tastes when it comes to beer. Some people really like IPAs. Some are stout folks. There are also the folks out there who prefer drinking what I like to refer to as the "Pauper of beers." The thing is, what does one do with beer they don't appreciate? I can't count on both hands the number of times I've been given or purchased beer I didn't really enjoy. Thankfully, there are many great ways to use the stuff up. This is just one of the ways I hope to highlight in the future.
Tuesday, January 7, 2014
Tuesday, December 17, 2013
Jackie O's Pub and Brewery have been serving the fine folks of Athens, Ohio for many years now, but they've only recently made their way into the Cincinnati area. Back in August, craft beer fans started seeing six-pack cans of their Firefly amber and (Excuse me while I try to spell this correctly) Chomo-Lungma honey nut brown. Several short weeks later, their Mystic Mama IPA came to the area. The rest, as they say, is history?