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.

Monday, February 10, 2014

Cincinnati Beer Week highlight for Feb. 10, 2014: Fifty West tap takeover at Arnold's Bar.

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 ├╝ber-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!