This Week in Beer: August 24 – 30, 2015

Check out our Better Beer Happy Hours, Etc. page for regularly scheduled specials on better beer. We are only list events here that are unique for this coming week. As always, any edited listing will have UPDATE at the beginning of the listing.

Monday, August 24th at 5:00 pm – Rare Keg Monday at Ei8ht Ball Brewing
This week, it’s Three Floyds Alpha Kong. The cost is $10 for a ten ounce snifter.

Tuesday, August 25th at 5:00 pm – Tap Takeover at Washington Deck
Beers this month include Taft’s Ale House The Judge Double IPA, MadTree Brewing Lemon Basil Blonde, Rhinegeist Lime Spritz and Christian Moerlein Bay of Bengal Double IPA.

Tuesday, August 25th at 6:30 pm – IPA Beer Dinner at 20 Brix
Cost is $50 per person. Call (513) 831-2749 for reservations.

Wednesday, August 26th at 6:00 pm – Monthly Keg Tapping at Hofbräuhaus Newport
This month, it’s their Oktoberfest.

Wednesday, August 26th from 6:00-9:00 pm – Oskar Blues Beer Tasting at Marty’s Hops & Vines
Beers include Dale’s Pale Ale, Pinner Throwback IPA, Gubna Imperial IPA and Ten FIDY Imperial Stout (draft).

Oktoberfest Tapping and Stein Hoisting Competition at Taft’s Ale House
From their Facebook event page: “Entry is only $5 and supports the German Heritage Museum and each entrant receives a $10 Taft’s Ale House gift card to be used at a future date. The winner of each round will get a special stein to celebrate their achievement and the best men’s and women’s times each hour will receive a special additional trophy. The best overall men’s and women’s times for the night will earn an exceptional crystal trophy to commemorate their awesome ability to hold a stein of Masskrug Oktoberfest.”

Thursday, August 27th at 6:00-10:00 pm – Burgers and Beers at the Party Source
Beers: Pumpkin beers include the ones from Southern Tier, Harpoon, Schlafly and more.
Burger: Brat burger
Music: Hayden Kaye
Cost is $15 per person. Go to https://www.thepartysource.com/shop_add.php?Id=3935-classes to make your reservations.

Thursday, August 27th at 6:00-10:00 pm – Pint Night Thursdays at Cock & Bull (all three locations)
The beers for this week’s Pint Night Thursdays are: Main Strasse Covington – Left Hand Oktoberfest, Glendale – Heavy Seas Cutlass Amber Ale and Hyde Park – Left Hand Oktoberfest.

Friday, August 28th at 3:00 pm – Bad Tom Smith Brewing Tap Room Grand Re-opening
Bad Tom Smith celebrates the remodeling of its taproom with a weekend-long event. Improvements to the taproom include:

  • New standing tables and barstools for the bar
  • A new 60″ TV as well as a 42″ screen for sporting events
  • A new serving bar
  • remodeled bathrooms
  • new merchandise area

The event starts on Friday and runs until 11pm. Saturday hours are 12-11pm and Sunday hours are 12 – 6pm. Bad Tom Smith Brewing’s taproom is at 4720 Eastern Avenue in Cincinnati. More information is available at their website or Facebook page.

Friday, August 28th at 4:00 pm – Bay of Bengal DIPA Can Launch and Firkin Tapping at Moerlein Malt House
$1 per pint of beer sold goes to the Hamilton County Special Olympics.

Friday, August 28th at 4:00 pm – One Anniversary Celebration at Liberty’s Bar and Bottle
Tapping the GABF selections from Columbus Brewing to celebrate.

Saturday, August 29th from 12:00 noon to 1:00 am – MadTree Summer Bonanza
The warmer weather version of the annual Winter Bonanza. More information available on their Facebook event page. They are asking that attendees park at Fifth Third (5001 Kingsley Drive, 45227) or MedPace (5375 MedPace Way, 45227) and take the shuttle running from noon until 1:00 am. There will be very limited parking at MadTree.

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Tastings and Tappings Report: August 21, 2015

We frequently get updates for our Tastings and Tappings Report after our regular publishing time. Any edited listing will have UPDATE at the beginning of the listing. Don’t forget to check out our This Week in Beer post from Monday for other better beer events happening this weekend.

DON’T FORGET THE OVER-THE-RHINE WOOD DERBY TOMORROW (8/22) AT MOERLEIN MALT HOUSE! See our earlier post for more information.

TASTINGS

Brass Tap U Square – What Gose Around Comes Around blind beer tasting Saturday (8/22) at 6:00 pm. $12 for a five ounce pour of different gose style beers.

Country Fresh Farm Market and Wine Depot – It’s unclear whether they are tasting Rhinegeist and/or Falls City. Either way, it’s scheduled from 4:00-7:00 pm tonight (8/21).

Everything’s d’ Vine – Tasting is at 5:30 pm each week and costs $10 for beer and wine tastings. You can get just beer or just wine for $5.00. The beers for this week’s tasting (8/21) are MadTree Lift, Breckenridge Autumn Ale, Flying Dog Bloodline and Green Flash Soul Style IPA.

Ludlow Wines – Saturday beer tasting is from 5:00-8:00 pm. The cost to taste four beers is $6.00 per person.

UPDATEParty Town – For Friday Night Flights this week (8/21) from 5:30-7:00 pm, it’s beers from Sierra Nevada. The cost for the flight is $2.00 per person. Only adults age 21 or more are admitted for Friday Night Flights.

Whole Foods Cincinnati – Cask & Cork: Beer and Wine every Friday from 5:00 to 7:00 pm. For $5, you get five sips and six bites. Tickets sold until 6:30 pm.

TAPPINGS

Braxton Brewing – Tapping DevouBrew tonight (8/21). See our earlier post for more information.

Ei8ht Ball Brewing – Tonight (8/21) is Free Bacon Night AND they will be tapping New Belgium 1554 Dry-Hopped with Chinook Firkin. Cost is $5 for a sixteen ounce pint.

Have a better beer weekend, everyone!

— Carla and Tom

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DevouBrew Tapping at Braxton – 8/21

We already included this event on Monday’s This Week in Beer post, but we wanted to share a bit more information with you about it. Gotta love good beer for a good cause.

The DevouGrass Music and Arts Festival may be a little more than a month away, but fans can support the cause starting Friday, August 21st from 6-9pm at Covington’s Braxton Brewing Company during the tapping release party for DevouBrew—Braxton’s Golden Cream Ale, Storm, infused with cucumbers, lime, and mint. The refreshing, end-of-summer beer will be available in the taproom, while supplies last, until the DevouGrass Music and Arts Festival takes place in September. Braxton Brewing will donate $1 from the sale of every DevouBrew pint to the DevouGrass festival’s charities.
The DevouBrew tapping release party will be held at Braxton’s taproom located at 27 W 7th St., in Covington. Local Bluegrass/Newgrass favorites Blue Caboose will take the stage at 7:00pm, and Sushi Cincinnati will be on hand from 5 to 9pm with $5 create-your-own sushi rolls.
The second annual DevouGrass Music and Arts Festival, presented by The Devou Good Project, will take place at Covington’s Devou Park Bandshell on Saturday, September 26, 2015 from noon-dusk. The family-friendly event will be free to attend and will feature music, artisan craft vendors, food trucks, bike races, and entertainment for kids of all ages. All proceeds will benefit Children’s Home of Northern Kentucky’s adolescent addiction treatment programs.

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Beers We Love Right Now: August 19, 2015

Once a week (or so), we post a beer (or two) that we are loving right now. These aren’t be long reviews analyzing the beers, just the name of the beer and a sentence or two about why it’s one of the beers we love right now.

Tom – I, for one, welcome our new session pale ale overlords. Bell’s Boiling Pot is more proof — if you needed it — that a Pale Ale can have a lot of flavor and still come in below 5% ABV. Great for the waning days of summer.

Carla – Braxton Twisted Bit Dortmunder Lager. We had a Cincinnati Pink Boots Society meeting at Braxton last night and that was my go-to beer. Paired great with the carne asada tacos I picked up at Tacqueria San Miguel just around the corner.

Jared

Damn Pumpkin Beer

John – Blank Slate’s Mother Lover is just what I need to scratch my sour itch. Super, super tart – almost with some nice saltiness. He uses a vinegar mother, to get a complex sourness faster – very innovative. A polarizing beer for sure, but I love it.

Chris – I just tried the Dead Blow Starter at Braxton. Very tasty coffee forward version of Dead Blow, tropical stout with coffee deliciousness.

Jason – Rounding Third. Much like myself, it’s hoppy, malty, complex, and sporting facial hair. I’m smitten.

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Sierra Nevada: Craft Beer Walt Disney World

The meaning of the word ‘craft’ in ‘craft beer’ is a never-ending discussion among beer folk. That’s partly due to the fact it’s most often discussed when people are drinking. No one knows when to shut up. It’s also because it’s something people are willing to believe is real without the parallel need to know exactly why one beer is “craft” and another isn’t. “I know it when I see it” is as much as anyone can really argue. Yes, there’s the Brewers Association (BA) definition, but that’s the outcome of a political process, not a statement of objective reality. And that’s not a criticism of BA. I don’t think they claim otherwise. If you’re going to form a club where you don’t want some folks joining, you’re going to have to have criteria. Otherwise, why have a group?

I had occasion to think about this during the 2015 Beer Bloggers & Writer’s Conference in Asheville, NC last month1. One of our activities was to go to the Sierra Nevada Brewing Company’s brewery just south of town in Mills River. It’s gorgeous; there’s no other word to describe it. It’s difficult to avoid a comparison to an attraction at Walt Disney World in Florida as you drive in. Don’t believe me? Check this out:

It’s not a theme park attraction, of course, it’s a working factory. And yes, breweries are factories. It’s not the way we like to think of them, but it’s what they are. It’s a place where raw materials are processed using semi- or fully-mechanized means that result in a packaged product suitable for mass distribution. Any beer that’s sold is the outcome of an industrial process that’s been refined and perfected over generations. There’s not much romance in that, but there it is.

It’s pretty clear that Sierra Nevada made the decision to build a brewery that could also be a showcase. Everything is labeled. All the production areas are visible behind glass or accessible by large groups of people (or both). It’s a working brewery, but it’s also meant to be seen. I had the opportunity to have an informal conversation with an employee who was involved in the process of bringing the facility to life. The conversation was interesting, but it really was informal and I don’t feel right quoting her directly because we weren’t explicitly on the record. Two things stand out in my mind, though. First, the company was very excited to be able to build a new facility from scratch. The original brewery in Chico, CA grew in bits and pieces as demand required. You can always plan for the future, but it’s always harder to expand an existing facility than build one from the ground up. The second thing is that a tremendous amount of work went into the planning. I don’t know this for a fact, but I have a feeling that somewhere there are storyboards that mapped out how the building and grounds were to tell the story Sierra Nevada wants to tell. That story includes beer, the company itself and its commitment to minimizing the environmental impact of a large industrial operation. It tells that story well.

Carla and I spend a lot of time giving money to the Walt Disney Corporation, so when I say there’s a Disney quality to the Mills River brewery, I mean that as a compliment. When a Disney property is really clicking for me, you experience the outcome of an excessive obsession to detail in both facilities and customer service. That’s what I saw at Sierra Nevada. I know, however, that calling something “Disney-like” can be considered a pejorative for some people. “It’s fake,” goes the thinking, “it’s the imitation of a thing and not the thing itself. Shock Top or Blue Moon or any of the other ‘crafty’ beers are the real beer Disneys.” That’s a discussion that goes beyond what I’m trying to write about here, but sufficed to say I know the mansion isn’t really haunted and it’s all fake, but I love the Haunted Mansion anyway. That’s how I can use Disney-like as a compliment.

So we’re on the busses heading down to Mills River from Oskar Blues in Brevard and I happen to be in the front seat of the lead bus. We arrive in front of the brewery and I get off the bus. There are a dozen or so folks on either side of the door inside and they’re clearly a welcoming line. A guy in blue jeans walks up to me and sticks out his hand and says, ‘Hi, I’m Ken Grossman. Welcome to Sierra Nevada”

I never really understood what it meant to “nearly plotz” until that moment. The founder of Sierra Nevada. Brewing legend. KEN frickin’ GROSSMAN is introducing himself to me! So of course my only response was to gurgle incoherently. I have a way with words. A really, really bad way. After everyone else on our bus had a similar opportunity to be star-struck, he proceeded to take us on a tour of the brewery. Then we went down to the river for a pig roast and a little oompah music. Sierra Nevada collaborated with Germany’s Brauhaus Riegele to produce a memorable Oktoberfest beer and the brewing team from Germany was there. A camera crew was also there. Here’s one of the things they put together from the footage. A disturbing number of the people in this spot are beer bloggers. 15-seconds of fame, baby:

I recommend the Oktoberfest, by the way. Marzens aren’t my absolute favorite style, but I enjoy them when the season rolls around. Brauhaus Rieglele’s recipe relies heavily on Steffi Malt which gives the beer a slightly lighter, sweeter character while still having good body and mouth feel. Steffi has been used in German brewing for decades, but it’s not as popular as it once was. Grossman said that they bought as much as they could get their hands on in order to make the beer for the US market, and that meant buying some of the malt from Riegele’s stock.

I like the video in that it shows Grossman’s easy-going demeanor. The quip about taking off the coat is a good example. They don’t explain it in the piece, but the day we were there was warm for Asheville, reaching the the mid to upper 80’s. The jacket is a German jacket that he’d admired when visiting the brewers in Germany when the collaboration was in the planning stages. It turns out that the Riegele brewmaster’s wife makes them, so Grossman and his son both ordered one. They were wearing them when we showed up to the brewery, but these are definitely cold-weather jackets. I’m surprised they lasted in them as long as they did. For the record, the Riegele brewmaster didn’t stay in his the whole time either.

Ken Grossman fixes door

So the Friday trip was great, but that’s not where my meditation on what puts the craft in craft brewing started. That had to wait until Sunday. We decided to go back to the brewery before coming back to Cincinnati. We wanted to try out the taproom and it’s less than five hours from Asheville to home, so it was a no-brainer. We get there, park and get in line to get a table. Our name is put in, and I’m sitting on a bench in the waiting area. I’m messing with my phone and suddenly I realize there’s someone standing in front of me. “Hey,” says Ken Grossman, “Did you have a good conference?” I think I was a little more coherent this time, but I still think of it as “Meeting Ken Grossman II: The Re-Plotzing.” Luckily, Carla came over and saved me socially, as she tends to do pretty much all the time. We make small-talk for a minute, then he heads to the front door to do what I’m pretty sure he walked that way to do in the first place. The front door was sticking and he noticed that people were having trouble getting in and out. So he went over to work on it. That’s him leaning over and holding the door as they try to figure out what’s binding things up.

And that’s when the light bulb went on. I have no idea how much money Ken Grossman is worth.  Lots. Probably more than lots. But he owns a brewery and when he saw something wrong, his first thought was to go over and fix it. Because the brewery is something that matters to him. I’m not saying that it’s the complete and total definition of what makes a beer a craft beer, but a good part of it is that at the top there’s someone there for whom the brewery is the thing. Throw a rock at any of the breweries in Cincinnati — and I’m definitely including Sam Adams in this — and you’ll find a focus on making great beer that starts at the very top. I vaguely know who the AB-Inbev CEO is.  I’m sure he knows something about beer and I’m sure he’s nice to his family and pets. I have no idea how long it’s been since he’s been in a brew house on two consecutive days from more than an hour each. In my mind, cluttered as it is, that’s what makes craft beer to me.  Do I know something about who is responsible for it being here? Is there an actual person behind it all? That’s important to me. That’s the craft.

And when we left the brewery that Sunday, the door worked perfectly.


1DISCLAIMER: To receive a discounted rate to the 2015 Beer Blogger and Writer’s Conference in Asheville, NC, we agreed to write two posts about the conference. This is one of them.

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This Week in Beer: August 17 – 23, 2015

Check out our Better Beer Happy Hours, Etc. page for regularly scheduled specials on better beer. We are only list events here that are unique for this coming week. As always, any edited listing will have UPDATE at the beginning of the listing.

Monday, August 17th at 5:00 pm – Rare Keg Monday at Ei8ht Ball Brewing
This week, it’s Three Floyds Wigsplitter and Battle Priest.

Tuesday, August 18th at 6:30 pm – M Crown Beer Tapping at Moerlein Lager House
M Crown is a “hoppy, robust pale ale featuring Columbus and Centennial hops”.

Tuesday, August 18th at 6:30 pm – Arcade Beer Dinner at KungFood Chu’s AmerAsia
Amerasia holds these very unique beer dinners from time to time. This time, it’s Street Fighter II player vs player plus Evil Twin vs Mikkeller beer vs beer. Cost is $20 for “beer, arcade and food”. There are prizes for first and second place. Limited to 30 people.

Thursday, August 20th at 5:00-Midnight – Brew Ha Ha
See their web site for more information.

Thursday, August 20th at 6:00 pm – MainStrasse Pub Crawl
From their Facebook event page: “Visit your favorite MainStrasse Pub and pickup a pint from one of these three breweries [Braxton, Deschutes and New Belgium]. With each pint, $1 is donated to The Dragonfly Foundation and you receive a raffle ticket to win one of many prizes.”

Thursday, August 20th at 6:00-10:00 pm – Burgers and Beers at the Party Source
Beers: Against the Grain – Bo & Luke, Kentucky Ryed Chiquen, Citra Ass Down, There Gose the Neighborhood and Brown Note
Burger: Bacon and cheese
Music: Chris Cusentino

Thursday, August 20th at 6:00-10:00 pm – Pint Night Thursdays at Cock & Bull (all three locations)
The beers for this week’s Pint Night Thursdays are: Main Strasse Covington – Great Lakes Oktoberfest, Glendale – Rogue 7 Hop IPA and Hyde Park – Stone Anniversary Ale.

Friday, August 21st at 5:00-Midnight – Brew Ha Ha
See their web site for more information.

Friday, August 21st at 6:00 pm – DevouBrew Tapping Party at Braxton Brewing
$1 from every pint sold will benefit DevouGrass Festival charities.

Saturday, August 22nd from 4:00-7:00 pm – An Afternoon with the Beer Barons at Spring Grove
See our earlier post for more information.

Saturday, August 22nd at 5:00-Midnight – Brew Ha Ha
See their web site for more information.

Saturday, August 22nd from 5:00 pm – Over-the-Rhine Wood Derby at Moerlein Malt House
See our earlier post for more information on this event we are sponsoring with Christian Moerlein.

Saturday, August 22nd from 7:00 pm – Best Friends & Brews at SPCA Cincinnati
More information available on their web site at https://spcacincinnati.org/events/2015/08/22/best-friends-and-brews

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Spring Grove to Host Beer Barons Event – 8/22

Check out this unique event to be held Saturday, August 22nd at Spring Grove Cemetery & Arboretum. You could make a day of it by starting here and then attending our Over-the-Rhine Wood Derby at Moerlein Malt House.

Since its founding over 165 years ago, Spring Grove Cemetery & Arboretum has been an important part of Cincinnati’s heritage. It serves as a guardian of much of Cincinnati’s past. On August 22, 2015, the Spring Grove Heritage Foundation will host our second annual ‘An Afternoon with the Beer Barons‘ event from 4P to 7P. This event will be held outdoors in the scenic Rose Garden venue just inside the main entrance of the cemetery. The event will be salute to the rich history of beer in Cincinnati as many of the founding Beer Barons are buried here at Spring Grove. Our Heritage Foundation docents have done extensive research on these famous families and will share their vast knowledge as our guests join the docents on motor coach tours of the cemetery throughout the event. One of our most famous Beer Barons is Christian Moerlein. Beers from Christian Moerlein Brewing Co., Madtree Brewing; Braxton Brewing Co., Blank Slate Brewing, Urban Artifacts Brewing, Rhinegeist and more will be available for sampling. Food will be provided by Funky’s catering and musical entertainment will be provided throughout the event. This is a 21 and over event and will be strictly enforced. The cost for the afternoon is $40. per person and reservations are necessary. Reservations and tickets will be issued through Eventbrite.com.

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Tastings and Tappings Report: August 14, 2015

We frequently get updates for our Tastings and Tappings Report after our regular publishing time. Any edited listing will have UPDATE at the beginning of the listing. Don’t forget to check out our This Week in Beer post from Monday for other better beer events happening this weekend.

TASTINGS

Country Fresh Farm Market and Wine Depot – Goodwood tasting including Louisville Lager, Walnut Brown Ale, Bourbon Barrel Stout and Goodwood Pale Ale from 4:00-7:00 pm tonight (8/14).

Everything’s d’ Vine – Tasting is at 5:30 pm each week and costs $10 for beer and wine tastings. You can get just beer or just wine for $5.00. The beers for this week’s tasting (8/14) are MadTree Shade, Revolution Bottom Up Wit, Ei8ht Ball Prodigal and Tröegs Hop Knife.

Jungle Jim’s – Friday night tasting from 5:00 to 9:00 pm at both locations. Pints are usually $3. Unfortunately, they recently updated their website and no longer list what beers they are pouring for the tastings as of yet. Hopefully, that will change soon.

Ludlow Wines – Saturday beer tasting is from 5:00-8:00 pm. The cost to taste four beers is $6.00 per person.

Party Town – For Friday Night Flights this week (8/14) from 5:30-7:00 pm, it’s beers from Dauntless Distributing. The draft by the glass pours will include Evil Twin From Amager With Love Blueberry Imperial Stout, Evil Twin Even More Jesus, Against the Grain Kentucky Ryed Chiquen and Against the Grain’s elusive 70k. Nine ounce pours are $4.00 each. The cost for the flight is $2.00 per person. Only adults age 21 or more are admitted for Friday Night Flights.

Whole Foods Cincinnati – Cask & Cork: Beer and Wine every Friday from 5:00 to 7:00 pm. For $5, you get five sips and six bites. Tickets sold until 6:30 pm.

TAPPINGS

Ei8ht Ball Brewing – Tonight (8/14) is Free Bacon Night AND they will be tapping Rhinegeist/Sun King Emergency Hop Kit. Cost is $5 for a sixteen ounce pint.

Have a better beer weekend, everyone!

— Carla and Tom

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Show the World You’re a Hoperative!

I Believe in Better Beer

A frequent question we get when we wear our Hoperatives apparel to local beer events is whether the items are available for registered Hoperatives to purchase. Well, they are! In fact, you can choose between silk screened or embroidered clothing.

Cafe Press

We recently added a series of “I Believe in Better Beer” items to the Hoperatives Store on Cafe Press. Where the product design allows, it has the graphic you see in the image on the front with our motto “Believers in Better Beer (in Cincinnati and Beyond)” on the back. Not only will it reflect your good taste in both beer and fashion, it’ll help defray some of the costs of running Hoperatives.com (web hosting isn’t cheap). If you’re familiar with Cafe Press, you know they have a jillion things they can put custom logos on. We’ve picked a collection we think shows our stuff off best, but if there’s an item you ‘d like to see that we haven’t chosen, let us know!

Clothing and more from Cafe Press features a silk screened Hoperatives logo and sometimes our tag line or the “I Believe in Better Beer” logo mentioned above. There are many types of t-shirts, tank tops, hoodies and caps. Non-clothing items include tote bag, mugs, steins, mouse pads, journals, aprons and buttons.

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Lands End

Clothing from Lands End features an embroidered Hoperatives logo (usually on the left side of the chest of the item). Items for women include cardigans, polo shirts (both short sleeve and long sleeve), t-shirts (with two different neck types), broadcloth blouses (both short sleeve and long sleeve) and fleece jackets. Items for men include polo shirts (both short sleeve and long sleeve), t-shirts (with and without a pocket), twill shirts (both short sleeve and long sleeve) and fleece jackets.

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Don’t see something you were hoping for? Let us know and we’ll see what we can do!

Cheers and here’s to better beer!

–Carla and Tom

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Canned Beers We Love Right Now: August 12, 2015

We are mixing things up a bit again this week and talking about canned beers that we love right now. Like the Beers We Love Right Now posts, these aren’t be long reviews analyzing the beers available in cans, just the name of the beer and a sentence or two about why it’s one (or more) of the canned beers we love right now.

Tom – Magic Hat Dream Machine IPL. Part of their Cantastic Variety pak which also includes Magic Hat #9 and, for fall, Wilhelm Scream – their pumpkin ale.

Carla – Whether you like it or not, the pumpkin and Oktoberfest beers are upon us. One of my favorite canned Oktoberfest beers is Franz from Rhinegeist. But, since it’s still really summer, I’m also still enjoying Steigl Grapefruit Radler in the 17 ounce cans. At only 2.5% ABV, it’s great for long late summer afternoons.

Jared – MadTree Shade is pretty delicious. Arcadia Sky High Rye is best fresh in cans. Oskar Blues 10 fidy. Its a World class imperial stout that you can take anywhere.

John – I just found a can of MadTree Citra High in my fridge. Even after aging for a few months behind a pickle jar and two jars of mustard it still tasted great. Looks like they just released a new batch in cans. Better to drink fresh, I’m sure.

Jessica – Two of my favorite canned beers are, unfortunately, not sold in the area. I really like Cigar City’s Florida Cracker and Terrapin’s Maggie’s Peach Farmhouse. Both are great in warm weather. The locally available canned beer I always enjoy is MadTree’s PsycHOPathy.

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