This Week in Beer: April 12 – 18, 2010

Monday, April 12th at 6:00 pm – Half Price Pint Night at JeanRo Bistro

Tuesday, April 13th at 6:30 to 8:30 pm – Spring Ale Tasting at 20 Brix
Spring ales paired with tastings from Chef Paul’s new menu. Cost: $35.00 per person

Wednesday, April 14th from 5:30 to 8:00 pm – Beer Tasting at Marty’s Hops and Vines
This tasting will feature Stone Brewing’s Old Guardian, Unibroue’s La Fin Dumonde plus their Trois Pistoles, Great Divide Brewing’s Oak Aged Yeti, Alltech Lexington Brewing and Distilling’s Kentucky Ale and Kentucky Light (Please note that the Kentucky Light is actually more aptly called a Kolsch).

Wednesday, April 14th at 6:00 pm – Pint Night Wednesday at Catskeller (UC Campus)
It’s Bell’s Oberon this week.

Thursday, April 15th at 6:00-10:00 pm – Cock & Bull: Pint Night (Covington) Thursdays
This week, it’s Monty Python Holy Grail.

Friday, April 16th from 4:00-7:00 pm – Flowing Fridays Beer Tasting at Cork ‘N Bottle (Covington and Buttermilk Pike-Crescent Springs)

Friday, April 16th from 4:00-6:00 pm – Beer Tasting at D.E.P.’s Fine Wine and Spirits in Fort Thomas (formerly Liquor Direct)

Friday, April 16th from 6:00-7:00 pm – Friday Night Flights Beer Tasting at Party Town in Florence

Friday, April 16th at 7:00 pm – Sam Adams Beer Tasting at Jungle Jim’s

The Boston Beer Company is an American brewing company founded in 1984 by Jim Koch and lead investors Harry Rubin and Lorenzo Lamadrid in Boston, Massachusetts, USA. The beers were originally contract brewed by the Pittsburgh Brewing Company, though today, approximately 66% of its beer is produced at the company’s Cincinnati brewery. The brand name for the beers is Samuel Adams (often abbreviated to Sam Adams, even in advertisements), after Samuel Adams, an American patriot famous for his role in the American Revolution, who, according to tradition, was also a brewer. It is the largest American-owned brewery. Cost: $25.00 per person

Saturday, April 17th from 5:00-8:00pm – Ludlow Wines: Beer Tasting

Our Interview with Jim Koch of Sam Adams

There was be no way Jim Koch would miss his hometown’s Oktoberfest, especially when Sam Adams is the main sponsor. We knew that, and tried — to no avail — to arrange an interview with him through Sam Adam’s PR folks. Nothing came from that (I don’t want to think about how many requests he must get), so when Carla saw him out on Fountain Square just before he was to speak at the opening ceremonies, she walked over to him, handed him one of our cards and asked him if we could interview him. He graciously agreed, and as soon as the ceremony was over he came right over to us.

Any reports you’ve heard about him being a really nice guy are utterly true. We thank him for taking a couple of minutes and speaking to us. Even if we talked too much.

Beer: Now scientifically better than water

Super Short Hops

It really does confirm what we all believed to be true. Gatorade had better watch out or there might be Sam Adams taps on the sidelines of major league sports next year.

-Jared


Draft Beer Magazine Beer Runner Blog

By Tim Cigelske • Jun 2nd, 2009

You always knew it. You just couldn’t prove it.

Well, now sciences backs you up: beer is better at post-workout rehydration than water.

According to a study in Granada — that bastion of scientific inquiry — rehydration was “slightly better” in beer drinkers than those who were given only water after a grueling treadmill run to exhaustion in 104-degree heat.

(Dang! Giving runners beer after that just seems like the scientifically ethical thing to do.)

Half the group was given water after the workouts, and the other half were given two pints of Spanish lager. The finding reportedly came after tests on 25 students over several months, with the following conclusions:

Researchers believe that it is the sugars, salts, and bubbles in a beer that may help people absorb fluids more quickly… [and] the carbon dioxide in beer helps quench thirst more quickly, and that beer’s carbohydrates replace calories lost during physical exertion.

Does that make beer a performance enhancing drug?

Tim Cigelske is the Beer Runner. — Beer Run•ner (noun): 1. Someone equally devoted to fine beer appreciation and an active, healthy lifestyle 2. A blog by Tim Cigelske on Draftmag.com. Ex. “John downed four microbrews at the triathlon finish line. He’s a total beer runner.”
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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.