Short Hops (Growlers and Tastings Edition): February 12, 2010

● At this week’s Friday Night Flights at Party Town in Florence, they are mixing things up this week:

This week we will be changing it up and straying for a moment from our usual format. We have a great deal of respect and reverance for the Rogue Brewery of Oregon, which is why they will be featured for the third time in our Friday Night Flights series, this weekend. We will be celebrating the release of John John Dead Guy: a Dead Guy Whisky Barrel Aged version Of Dead Guy Ale. On The table we will be pairing Rogue Spirits with their matching beers; Hazelnut Rum with Hazelnut Brown Ale, Juniper Pale with Rogue Spruce Gin, and a full John John deconstruction: Dead Guy Whisky paired with Dead Guy ale and John John. On the fourteen headed growler program there will be some groovy selections as well as John John for growler fills.

Remember that the cost for the regular tasting is $2 for a full flight of beers and it goes from 6:00 – 7:00 pm.

● At this week’s Cork ‘N Bottle beer tastings, they will feature at Covington: On the growler station: Christian Moerlein Emancipator, Anderson Valley Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout, Goose Island IPA, Ommegang Rare Vos and in bottles on Friday Hopus Belgian IPA, Fruli Belgian Strawberry Beer, Malheur 12. At the Buttermilk Pike location, on the growler station: Bells Hopslam, Hoegaarden, Cork’n Brew Brown Ale, Sierra Nevada Big Foot. On Friday, it’s Schlafly Tripel, Schlafly Extra Irish Stout, Schlafly Scotch Ale. No tastings on Saturday at either location until spring. The tastings at both locations are from 4:00 – 7:00 pm on Fridays and from 2:00 – 5:00 pm on Saturdays. Cost is $1 for 6 to 8 beers.

● At Main Street Wine and Spirits, they will be doing the Founders tasting that was postponed from last Friday from 5:00 to 7:00 pm. They are located at 1252 W. Ohio Pike, Amelia, OH.

● D.E.P.’s Fine Wine and Spirits beer tasting today at their Fort Thomas location features beers for Valentines Day. The tasting goes from 4:00 to 6:00 pm.

● On the Growler Station at Party Town in Florence: Sierra Nevada Bigfoot ‘10 ($7.99), Flying Dog Old Scratch ($6.99), Avery White Rascal ($8.99), BBC Brandy Queens Knickers ($9.99), Founders Imperial Stout ($10.99), BBC Great White Porter ($6.99), Brooklyn Manhattan Project ($6.99), Great Divide Hoss Lager ($9.99), Rye 75 Cascade Dry Hopped ($7.99), Schlafly A.P.A ($6.99), Unibroue Ephemere ($12.99), Sierra Nevada Pale Ale ($6.99), Bell’s Two Hearted ($8.99), Unibroue Maudite ($12.99). All prices are for a refill. For a new growler add $2.00.

● On the Growler Station at Party Source in Bellevue: Quaff Bros Tripel Rot ($11.99), Bell’s Two Hearted Ale ($11.99) d’Achouffe La Chouffe ($21.99), Bell’s Cherry Stout ($14.99), Goose Island Bourbon County Stout ($29.99), Dogfish Head Red & White ($28.99), Great Lakes Christmas Ale ($9.99), Founders Old Curmudgeon ($22.99). Prices include empty growler.

Dogfish Head Dinner at Dilly Cafe – Feb. 3rd

We just got the information on this beer event tomorrow night at Dilly Cafe in Mariemont. Call (513) 561-5233 for reservations. Sorry we’re going to miss it. The information below is from the listing on beeradvocate.com.

Dogfish Head Beer Dinner

This will be a relaxed evening with great food and great beers. Chef Eric Vice will be pairing 5 beers along side 5 dishes. There will be 2 appetizers, 2 main dishes and a light dessert. Beers and menu info will follow soon, as well as pricing for the evening. Gathering will start at 6:30 with dinner starting @ 7:00pm. Stay tuned.

An Off Centered Evening @ Dilly Cafe
2/3/2010

Raison d’Etre
Eclairs stuffed with salmon mousse

60 minute IPA
Herb roasted game hen, root vegetables and purple potatoes

90 minute IPA
Pork and Beans two ways
Sausage consommé with cranberry beans
Braised pork belly with cannelini bean puree

Palo Santo
Bison tenderloin on homestead cheddar polenta with shitake mushroom bordelaise

Midas Touch
Apricot ice cream sandwiches with gingersnaps.

Call for reservations now!!!!

This Week in Beer: February 1 – 7, 2010

Monday, February 1st at 6:00 pm – Half Price Pint Night at JeanRo Bistro

Tuesday, February 2nd at 5:00 pm – Spaten Maibock keg tapping at Mecklenburg Gardens
Festivities start at 5:00 pm. The keg tapping will be later in the evening.

Wednesday, February 3rd at 6:00 pm – Catskeller (UC Campus): Pint Night Wednesdays

ADDED–> Wednesday, February 3rd at 6:30 pm – Dogfish Head Beer Dinner at Dilly Cafe

Thursday, February 4th at 6:00-10:00 pm – Cock & Bull: Pint Night (Covington) Thursdays
This week, it’s Lindeman’s Framboise.

Thursday, February 4th at 6:00 pm – Firkin Tapping at Rock Bottom Brewery

Thursday, February 4th at 6:30 pm – Dogfish Head Beer Dinner at Teller’s

Friday, February 5th from 4:00-7:00 pm – Flowing Fridays Beer Tasting at Cork ‘N Bottle (Covington and Buttermilk Pike-Crescent Springs)

Friday, February 5th from 4:00-6:00 pm – Beer Tasting at D.E.P.’s Fine Wine and Spirits in Fort Thomas (formerly Liquor Direct)

Friday, February 5th from 5:00-7:00 pm – Beer Tasting at Main Street Wine and Spirits (Amelia)
This week, they’re pouring Founders.

Friday, February 5th from 6:00-7:00 pm – Friday Night Flights Beer Tasting at Party Town in Florence

Saturday, February 6th from 2:00-5:00 pm – Sipping Saturdays Beer Tasting at Cork ‘N Bottle (Covington and Crescent Springs)

Saturday, February 6th from 5:00-8:00pm – Ludlow Wines: Beer Tasting

Short Hops (Growlers and Tastings edition): January 29, 2010

● At this week’s Friday Night Flights at Party Town in Florence, they will be joined by Mike and Kathleen Dewey of the Mt. Carmel Brewing Company and will showcase their brews and a couple of other locals. Remember that the cost for the regular tasting is $2 for a full flight of beers and it goes from 6:00 – 7:00 pm.

● At this week’s Cork ‘N Bottle beer tastings, they will feature at Covington: On the growler station: Ommegang Rare Vos, Cork n Brew Brown Ale, Anderson Valley Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout,
Goose Island Mild Winter and in bottles on Friday Anderson Valley Brewing Company Tasting feat; Hop ‘Ottin IPA, Brother David’s Double and Triple Ale, Boont Amber Ale, Winter Solstice and Deep Enders Porter. At the Buttermilk Pike location, on the growler station: Cork’n Brew Brown Ale, Hoegaarden/Sierra Nevada Bigfoot, Hopslam and Maudite. On Friday, it’s Unibroue Light Series feat. The Raftman, Blanche de Chambly. Chambly Noire, Ephemere. No tastings on Saturday this week at either location. The tastings at both locations are from 4:00 – 7:00 pm on Fridays and from 2:00 – 5:00 pm on Saturdays. Cost is $1 for 6 to 8 beers.

● At Main Street Wine and Spirits, they will be tasting Dogfish Head from 5:00 to 7:00 pm. They are located at 1252 W. Ohio Pike, Amelia, OH.

● D.E.P.’s Fine Wine and Spirits beer tasting today at their Fort Thomas location features beer fermented with brettanomyces. The tasting goes from 4:00 to 6:00 pm.

● On the Growler Station at Party Town in Florence: Rye 75 Rye IPA ($6.99), Great Divide Oak Aged Yeti ($10.99), Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald ($6.99), Avery White Rascal ($8.99), BBC Bourbon St Matthews ($11.99), Mad Hatter Oak IPA ($10.99), BBC Great White Porter ($6.99), Brooklyn Manhattan Project ($6.99), Three Floyds Behemoth Barleywine ($19.99), Three Floyds Dreadnaught IPA ($16.99), Woodchuck Cider ($6.99), Dogfish Red&White ($23.99), Great Lakes Conway Irish ($6.99) and Sierra Nevada Pale Ale ($6.99)

● On the Growler Station at Party Source in Bellevue: Anderson Valley 20th Anniversary, d’Achoufe N’Ice Chouffe, Bell’s Hopslam, Bell’s Cherry Stout, Dogfish Head Red and White, Sierra Nevada Chico Estate, Breckenridge IPA, Goose Island Bourbon County Stout

This Week in Beer: January 25 – 31, 2010

Monday, January 25th – Nicholson’s (downtown): Robert Burns Night
Trying to get more information on this, but we’re hearing that the night includes bagpipes, a special menu, fresh Scottish beer on tap and live music.

Monday, January 25th at 6:00 pm – Half Price Pint Night at JeanRo Bistro

Wednesday, January 27th at 6:00 pm – Catskeller (UC Campus): Pint Night Wednesdays

Wednesday, January 27th at 6:00 pm – Monthly Keg Tapping at Hofbrauhaus Newport
This month’s beer is Adulterator, “a rich, complex, full bodied Doppelbock with hints of chocolate, coffee, caramel and a bit of a hop presence in the finish.”

Thursday, January 28th at 4:00-7:00 pm – Christian Moerlein Emancipator Tapping and Happy Hour at Arnold’s

Thursday, January 28th at 5:00-8:00 pm – Party Source: Cincy Winter Beerfest Pre-Party
From the Party Source email:

As a major sponsor to the Third Annual Cincy Beerfest, we have to get this celebration started right; so, we are having a Pre-Party here at The Party Source. Come join us as we unveil our second Quaff Bros. release, Tripel Rot, a Belgian Style Tripel that has been aged in an iconic Californian Boytrytzed Dessert Wine barrel.

Thursday, January 28th at 6:00-10:00 pm – Cock & Bull: Pint Night (Covington) Thursdays
This week, it’s Warsteiner Dunkel.

Thursday, January 28th at 6:00 pm – Firkin Tapping at Rock Bottom Brewery

Friday, January 29th from 4:00-7:00 pm – Flowing Fridays Beer Tasting at Cork ‘N Bottle (Covington and Buttermilk Pike-Crescent Springs)

Friday, January 29th from 4:00-6:00 pm – Beer Tasting at D.E.P.’s Fine Wine and Spirits in Fort Thomas (formerly Liquor Direct)

Friday, January 29th from 5:00-7:00 pm – Beer Tasting at Main Street Wine and Spirits (Amelia)
This week, they’re pouring Dogfish Head.

Friday, January 29th from 6:00-7:00 pm – Friday Night Flights Beer Tasting at Party Town in Florence

Saturday, January 30th from 2:00-5:00 pm – Sipping Saturdays Beer Tasting at Cork ‘N Bottle (Covington and Crescent Springs)

Saturday, January 30th from 5:00-8:00pm – Ludlow Wines: Beer Tasting

Saturday, January 30th from 7:00-11:00 pm – Cincy Winter Beer Fest
VIP tasting begins two hours earlier, after party starts at 11:00 pm at Rock Bottom. For tickets, go to http://www.cincybeerfest.com/

Short Hops (Growlers and Tastings edition): January 8, 2010

● At this week’s Cork ‘N Bottle beer tastings, they will feature at Covington: On the growler station: Cork ‘n Brew Brown Ale, Goose Island 312, Unibroue Trois Pistoles plus Founders Centenial IPA and in bottles Anderson Valley Winter Solstice, Schlafly Bourbon Barrell Ale. At the Buttermilk Pike location, on the growler station: Rogue Yellow Snow, Schlafly ESB, New Holland Cabin Fever plus Cork ‘n Brew Brown Ale and in bottles Chatoe Rogue Black Lager, Rogue Santa’s Private Reserve. The tastings at both locations are from 4:00 – 7:00 pm on Friday only this week. Cost is $1 for 6 to 8 beers.

● D.E.P.’s Fine Wine and Spirits beer tasting today at their Fort Thomas location features Three Floyds Brewing. The tasting goes from 4:00 to 6:00 pm.

● There’s no Friday Night Flights at Party Town in Florence this week. They will be back next Friday pouring Best of Europe.

● On the Growler Station at Party Town in Florence: Rye 75 Rye IPA, Great Lakes Nosferatu, Goose Island Bourbon County Stout, Three Floyds Robert the Bruce, Dogfish Olde School, BBC Brandy Barrel Queens Knickers.

● On the Growler Station at Party Source in Bellevue: Anderson Valley 20th Anniversary, d’Achoufe N’Ice Chouffe, Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale, Ommegang Rare Vos, Dogfish Head Red and White, Sierra Nevada Chico Estate, Brouwerij Bosteels Tripel Karmeliet, Goose Island Bourbon County Stout

On the Road: Brouwer’s – Seattle, WA

[Hoperative #13, John Lavelle, is in Seattle for the next few days and heard a wild rumor that they have their own believers in better beer up there.  Here’s just one of the many places people in Seattle go to get great beer]

After taking in the Nordic food, drink, and charm of Seattle’s Ballard neighborhood, my friends/hosts, Bill and Kristine, recommended that we close the night with a few brews at Brouwer’s in Freemont.  Brouwer’s bills itself as “A Brewer’s Paradise” and “a little bit of Belgium in Seattle.”  It certainly does not disappoint on either claim.

The room is beautiful, with wood tables/booths and exposed stone/steel.  There is a long, L-shaped bar: the long side for the beer, and shorter for the spirits.  More on both in a minute.  There is also an upper level that overlooks the main floor.  Oh, and I would be remiss if I didn’t point out the stone fountain that greets you at the door: a cherub relieving himself into a basin.

There are 40 beer taps that seem to rotate regularly, even daily – the printout of the beer list had the day’s date on it.  Not surprisingly, they specialize in Belgians, but I was very impressed with their American craft beer selection – featuring many local products.  My only criticism is that the list was very saturated with stouts (mostly imperials) and a lot of big IPAs on the night we visited.  This is almost certainly the product of changing selections daily – and given their out-of-this-world list, I realize I’m being picky.  They also appear to have a very fine scotch selection, but I did not investigate too closely.

Below is a list of what we drank for the night.  The website has a sample list of draught beers which will give you an idea of what they serve.  I didn’t have any local beers, but there will be plenty of time for that in the coming days.  I just couldn’t resist the Dogfish Head 120 Minute IPA.  In addition to all the great brewpubs in Seattle, Brouwer’s is well worth your visit.

Round 1
John: Dupont avec les bons veoux ’08
Bill: Pike Entire Oak Aged Imperial Stout
Kristine: Lost Coast Raspberry Brown Ale

Round 2
John: Dogfish Head 120 Minute IPA (20% ABV)
Bill: Pike Double IPA
Lost Coast Tangerine Wheat

Brouwer’s
Seattle, WA
www.brouwerscafe.com

-John

I need to invest in a panoramic lens.
Bar

Bill and Kristine, believers in better beer in Seattle
bill-kristine

Short Hops: May 12, 2009

Smallville: For session beer enthusiasts, less is more
A very fine article from Imbibe magazine on the joy that is a really nice session beer (aka little beers or low alcohol beers).

Randall the Enamel Animal
Check out this device called an organoleptic hop transducer module created by those lovers of extreme beers at Dogfish Head. Supposedly, it’s a three-foot-long, cylinder-filter packed with a half a pound of whole leafhops that is affixed to the beer line leaving a keg. The closest bar to the greater Cincinnati area with a Randall is O’Shea’s Traditional Irish Pub at 956 Baxter Ave in Louisville. They are promising Randall on last Wednesday of each month (call 502-589-7373 to verify). Thanks once again to Jared Whalen for telling us about this.

Miller Lite sales keep falling

Boston Beer Co brings back Samuel Adams Beer Lover’s Choice for 2009
This year, it is a choice between a 5.2% Pilsner centered around Noble hops or a pale ale ( or IPA) this is 5.8% ABV with hops “brewed from three traditional growing regions.” Last year’s winner was Samuel Adams Blackberry Witbier.

Beer Wars: The Single Serving Review

Sorry I’m getting this out so late but the movie didn’t floor me enough to make it a priority.

There has been a lot said online about Beer Wars so I’m going to keep my review short sweet and to the point.

I arrived at the Florence Cinema De Lux about 20 minutes early and stopped by the bar with my friends. The theater had actually brought in a couple beers from the breweries in the movie so I sat down and enjoyed a Stone IPA. The bartender told us that they had presold a whopping 12 tickets (4 of which were mine).  By the time the movie started I would guess about 380 people had not 20 people had shown up.

The movie itself made me laugh at times, one more beer before hand and it would have made me sleep at times as well. I think it served as more of a rally cry against the beer lobby in DC. It spent a lot of time on the difficulties craft brewers face trying to get into certain markets which I understand and I guess you have to make you point against the 3 tier bureaucracy somehow if you don’t have a real voice in DC. On the other hand the breweries featured in the movie Dogfish head and Stone seem to have done quite well at making moves in the market.

The evils of Anheuser Busch were laid bare and while I saw some tactics that were distasteful (Slapping naming lawsuits on DFH), it was quite obviously slanted. I mean I was half expecting to see footage of Budweiser employee’s throwing kittens into the brewing vats.

My gripes aside the movie was quite entertaining at time. Interesting historical beer ad clips were mixed into the film with a good dose of beer humor. . It was interesting and Ben Stein was pretty clueless but that part was funny to me, that and Beer Advocate lambasting moonshot beer in the video clip with both people on stage and then asking for a response.

Awkward movie with a point to make but most of us “Beer Geeks” are awkward and have a point to make so it was sort of fitting.

PS. I won’t be buying the DVD unless the second disc has some really cool stuff on it.

So What is ‘Better Beer’ Anyway?

Every once in a while I like to take an idea and beat the hell out of it think about it for a while.  It’s either the fact that I have a bit of a philosophical bent, or that I’m just bent.

Take your pick.

Anyway, I have to be honest and say that the motto of this blog makes me a little nervous. It seems like an invitation to mindless snobbery.

Don’t get me wrong.  I don’t have anything against snobbery.  I just don’t like it when it’s mindless.

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