I know I don’t update this site a whole lot, but I’m still getting my blog on over at Dayton Most Metro. I recently wrote a little article about the Affligem tasting kit and how I became a massive sellout. Check it out!
This morning, we launched a Kickstarter campaign for a home brew shop in Monroe, Ohio called Osborn Brewing. They are trying to raise money to grow a hop farm in Southwest Ohio. It would mean the world to me if you took a moment to watch the video (it’s a little wacky!)
Please consider backing this project and/or sharing it on Facebook, Twitter, etc.
Sometimes I luck out and fumble my way into tastings that are balling out of control. Last night, Cam Harris hosted a 5 course dinner with pairings along the way. Most of the pairings were Hill Farmstead saisons. It was a great night, so I’m going to keep the text to a minimum and the photos to a maximum. [Read more...]
Remember when you were in grade school and the teacher would get all mad at you for cracking open a delicious IPA in the middle of class? And you’re all like “You don’t understand. This was only bottled 5 days ago!”. I can’t be the only one, can I? Well now is your chance to get back at your teacher and support the Montessori School of Dayton at the same time. The 2nd Annual MSD Brew Ha-Ha is happening on January 26, and this year is going to be great. Take that, Mrs. Virginia!
All joking aside, this is not an event that you’ll want to miss. There will be some beers available that are tough to find anywhere else – trust me when I say that. There will also be a bunch of your favorite beers from all of those Midwest breweries that make people on the coasts jealous.
Join the Montessori School of Dayton for our 2nd annual Brew Ha-Ha craft beer event. It will be a great time to make a few new friends, enjoy a few laughs, taste a few amazing craft beers (and a few great soft drinks as well!) and enjoy some tasty food.
The Brew Ha-Ha (adults only) takes place January 26th from 6-10 pm. Tickets are $30 per person in advance and $35 the night of the event. Attendees receive 10 drink tickets along with a commemorative tasting pint glass. Additional tickets can be purchased at the door for $1 each. Also be sure to purchase raffle tickets to win prizes the night of the event. Proceeds benefit the MSD Capital Improvement fund for the purchase of a new gymnasium floor.
Like our first year, we will concentrate on Midwest craft breweries and offer an opportunity to learn about craft brewing and the wide variety of beer types and brewing styles. Come sample some of the midwest’s finest craft breweries — Brew Kettle, Rivertown, Hoppin’ Frog, Bell’s, New Holland, Troegs, Dark Horse, Founders, Two Brothers, Jolly Pumpkin and more!
We will also be offering on-site beer sales after the event on any opened cases. This will be a fun way to build your ideal six pack of craft beers from the evening.
Please feel free to invite your friends and families to join. Space is limited so get your tickets early!
Dark Lord from Three Floyds is like the quintessential Midwest “big beer”. It’s huge (13-15% ABV), it has a cool label, an awesome name, and a must-attend event that is centered around its release every year in April. Plus, death metal starts playing when you crack one of them open. Most people think that the wax is for preventing oxygen and identifying the year it was brewed, but it’s really there to keep the death metal at bay.
Recently, my pal Gus from Professional Beer Reviews decided to crack open the vertical he had been working on, plus a few of the earlier vintages and a couple of barrel-aged Derk Lerds for extra brutality. Thanks, Gus! Gus is working on a video for the tasting, so make sure you check it out when it comes out!
Dark Lord Vertical – 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2012.
Cognac Barrel Aged Dark Lord (2012)
Cognac Barrel Aged Dark Lord De Muerte (aged with ancho and guajillo chili peppers) (2012)
Plus a bunch of other incredible beers (more on that later)
TASTING NOTES [Read more...]
I have some free marketing advice for the good people over at Buffalo Wild Wings.
Don’t do this:
I get what they were trying to do, but this video is sure to leave a bad taste in the mouths of home brewers (insert joke about awful chicken wings here). I will admit the commercial is pretty funny, but it definitely alienates anyone who has an interest in home brewing (and, by extension, craft beer in general). It brings to mind the “Bitter Beer Face” ads from Keystone Light from back in the day. The BW3′s ad, like the “Bitter Beer Face” ads, pokes fun at a niche group of beer drinkers in order to appeal to a broader audience. On one hand it’s light hearted and fun, but on the other hand it’s a bit of an insult. The commercial also serves to coddle the relationship between the big breweries and the restaurant chain. What better way to prove your loyalty to the big guys than to insult the little guys?
There’s also a chance that someone who has never had a home brewed beer may be turned off from ever trying one because of this commercial. We all know the home brewer stereotype – working in meth labs, producing beers that can kill you, making nasty swill, etc. This commercial serves to promote this stereotype, which is unfortunate.
There’s already plenty of negative feedback. The “thumbs down” greatly outweigh the “thumbs up” on YouTube, and plenty of people have commented on the poor taste of the commercial (insert another awful chicken wing joke here). As to whether or not the company is going to release an official reaction to the negative feedback, only time will tell.
What do you think about the commercial? Is it harmless fun, or is it hurting the perception of home brewing?
It’s that time of year again – August 18-24 is Dayton Beer Week! There’s a lot of events going on in the Dayton area all week. I’m serious. There’s a CRAPLOAD of stuff going on. It’s easily my favorite time of year to be a Daytonian. I’m getting thirsty just looking at all the special tappings, beer dinners, art events, parties, and everything else that’s going on. Oh, and did I mention that the whole week ends with Alefest on the 25th? It’s a good time to be in the Gem City.
A few months ago, Greg Orth (HopHead101 from Beer Advocate) created a thread where he was offering 6 beers from The Bruery, and in return he wanted something creative. I approached Nick Satinover, and we came up with the idea to send him a one-of-a-kind collage as well as a video that showed how it was made. We lucked out, and Greg chose us! We received the beers, then got to work on the collage and video.
Special thanks to Nick Satinover for creating the collage and helping me enjoy the beers. Extra special thanks to Greg!
Some good people from Beer Advocate got together to have an awesome tasting at From The Vine in Lewis Center, Ohio. Thanks to everyone at From The Vine for hosting the venue!
The list of beers are:
Flossmoor Station – Saison & Garfunkle
New Holland – Charkoota Rye
Cigar City / The Bruery – Dos Costas Oeste – Lemon Wood Aged
Half Acre – Daisy Cutter
Avery – Uncle Jacob’s Imperial Stout
Elevator – Ghost Scorpion
The Alchemist – Heady Topper
The Bruery – Batch 50 GFAR (Grand Funk Ale Road)
Three Floyds / Mikkeller – Huedegoop
Three Floyds – Vanilla Bean Dark Lord Aged in Bourbon Barrels
Weyerbacher – Fifteen (Smoked Imperial Stout)
The Bruery – Oude Tart
Homebrewed Imperial Stout
Swamp Head / Cigar City – Roosevelt Barley Wine
Firestone Walker – Parabola 2011
Firestone Walker – Abacus
Firestone Walker – Sucaba
Three Floyds – Behemoth 2012
Almanac – Summer 2010 Vintage – Blackberry
DuClaw – Colossus
Foothills – Olde Rabbit’s Foot
Funkwerks – Dark Prophet