In my BREW 100 – Introduction to Craft Beer class at Cincinnati State, we do a weekly discussion board. Sometimes, the topics are things like the legal drinking age and sometimes it’s a discussion on whether you prefer bottles or cans.
Recently, we did something a bit different. While we briefly talked about this idea on Hoperatives many years ago, I wanted to see what my BREW 100 students would come up with.
Last week, we discussed North Coast’s beer Brother Thelonius. You can read more about it here: http://www.northcoastbrewing.com/beers/year-round-beers/brother-thelonious-belgian-style-abbey-ale/
For this week’s discussion board, pick a Cincinnati area person, place or thing and design a beer that would be appropriate to that person, place or thing. Be as specific as possible and back up your choices.
The Cincinnati icons and the beers that the students came up with are a lot of fun and I asked their permission to share them here. This assignment was so much fun that I had to join in (mine is the last one).
T.J. Barnhorst – “Ken Griffey Jr was just announced into the Hall of Fame barely missing getting all the possible votes. He is the son of Ken Griffey both are very well known in Cincinnati and both played for the Reds. Ken Griffey was a home run hitter as well as an all around great player. For the name of my beer it would be his nickmane “The Kid”. For style it would be a session IPA packed with hops. It would be a session because he is junior but because he was somewhat of a power hitter I would want it to pack a punch.”
Kyle Costa – Lucius Quinctius Cincinnatus – “A Roman farmer who was supposedly appointed dictator in Rome to rescue a roman army that was surrounded. The legend says that he defeated the enemy in one day and then gave up his dictatorship to go back to his farm. I would like to think he went back to his farm to drink the farmhouse ales he had brewed. There is a statue of Cincinnatus at Yeatman’s cove and the Cincinnati is taken from his name. If I were making a beer to honor Cincinnatus it would be called ‘Cincinnatus’ and it would be a farmhouse ale. I would want Christian Moerlein to brew it. It would be a biere de garde because it would have been stored while he was away from his farm.” [NOTE: Kyle wasn’t aware that Listermann already had a Cincinnatus beer. However, a Lucius Quinctius beer has a nice ring to it.]
Mike Hughes – “Peter Frampton – The only beer for Peter is a
– big (representative of the hair sytle of 1976),
– Double (because this was one of the best selling live double albums of all time)
– full of feeling (since the entire last half of side 4 is “Do You Feel Like We Do”) : [So a] Big DIPA!!”
Chris Marshall – “Cincinnati Roller Girls – Kitten Kicker American Pale Ale by Bad Tom Smith Brewing. One of the Roller Girls’ skaters is named Kitten Kicker, and who better to brew it than Bad Tom, where the motto is: ‘Bad Ass in a Glass.’ It’s still drinkable at the games, but is a little more palatable, at least for me, than American light lager”
Taylor Mitchell – “I chose to do a beer inspired by the great Bootsy Collins. Bootsy Collins is an American (Cincinnatian) Bass player who is best known as the leader of the prolific funk group, Parliament Funkadelic. Collins also made a name for himself for wearing outlandishly flashy clothes, rhinestone star-shaped sunglasses and for having alter-egos he personified such as Casper the Funky Ghost. The name of the beer is Psychedelic Space Bass and is a American Wild Ale with raspberry.
Aroma: aggressively funky with a slightly sweet
Appearance: dark brown and high clarity with about 1/2 of head.
Taste: dynamic. slight malt/chocolate sweetness, opens up to crisp raspberry. Funk is present throughout and finishes highly funky and slightly sour. As the beer warms, funky raspberry is even more perceptible.
Mouthfeel: medium body. crisp throughout and aftertaste lingers.”
David Ovens – “Ezzard Charles was a world champion boxer AKA the Cincinnati Cobra. He has been called the greatest light heavyweight champ of all times but also was heavyweight champ for a time period also. He was strong, dark, and very successful until he was struck down with ALS in his later years. He was also a respected double-bass player. He died in 1975.
So the beer I would create would be a porter similar to the Roebling. DARK, STRONG, AND WITH CHARACTER, like Ezzard. The porter would be dark with well toasted malts for a good firm flavor. It would be strong, maybe at 8-9% ABV. I don’t know how sweet Ezzard was, but I wouldn’t make it too sweet (he was a fighter anyway) and maybe put enough hops in it to balance against the sweetness that the malts sometimes evoke. I would call this porter THE COBRA, after Ezzard.”
Troy Sparks – “Pete Rose: Rosenator Doppelbock. Ah, the quintessential liquid bread brew elevated to the max, just like Charlie Hustle, himself! Given Pete’s induction to the Reds Hall Of Fame this June, what better brew to honor him than this “Double” down head slide into third!!
Season: The appropriate Lenten beer that was brewed by monks in Munich to drink during Lenten fasting; illustrating the sacrifice and dedication Pete gave to the game. A Spring beer to celebrate the coming of baseball season and the remembrance to heroes past.
Style: Strong and Rich, the elevated malt and alcohol push the Hustle to the max just like Pete: the heavy bread, maillard malt sweetness with that punch of warming alcohol for those cool Spring mornings all chaliced with Ruby Red SRM highlights.
Madtree has just the right Hustle to make this brew a reality!”
Carla Gesell-Streeter – “Named in honor of Alice Roosevelt Longworth – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alice_Roosevelt_Longworth – “Alice Blue Gose”, A gose with blueberries and other berries to honor a woman who claimed to be a hedonist and coined the phrase ‘If you can’t say something good about someone, sit here by me.'”