Monday, April 12, 2021

372. Great Lakes Brewing Co. (Cleveland, OH) - Chillwave

“Inspired by the North Coast’s dedicated (and sometimes chilly) surf community, our fully stoked Double IPA will melt the ice in your beard and never lose its balance.”

Um. Okay. It is nicely balanced, though the high alcohol (9%) is apparent. I don’t get a real specific flavor profile, but there is something rich and sweet going on that makes me think of papaya. It sort of takes me back to Honduras two years ago, where we had the chance to eat fresh papaya that we literally picked off of the trees. It’s far too big, though—if this were a regular IPA, it would be excellent. I think. It’s sweet enough that if it were smaller, it might be cloying.

Sunday, April 11, 2021

Deep Thoughts #254

This place has the correct attitude toward masks. Fuck Joe Hogsett. Fuck Eric Holcomb. Fuck Virginia Caine. Let’s go eat some donuts, y’all.

371. Scarlet Lane Brewing Company (McCordsville, IN) - Admire Marylou

“Pale Ale featuring Mosaic, Mandarina Barvaria [sic] and bite from Hibiscus and Citrus.”

Too much going on here, and none of it really stands out—apart from that trademark Scarlet Lane bitter finish. After rather liking the previous one, I’m back to being unimpressed.

370. Scarlet Lane Brewing Company (McCordsville, IN) - Oddities & Curiosities

“Grilled Grapefruit IPA. The Official Oddities & Curiosities Expo beer.”

Because of course Eilise Lane would brew an official beer for this kind of event. And…it turns out to be one of the better offerings I have tried from Scarlet Lane. It has a very light grapefruit flavor and is not as strongly bitter as their usual IPAs. It’s also surprisingly small for an IPA, at only 5% ABV.

Thursday, April 08, 2021

Deep Thoughts #253

So St. Elmo was allowed to re-open just in time for the national title game on Monday. I’m sure that basketball was no consideration at all.

Monday, April 05, 2021

369. Jackie O’s Brewery (Athens, OH) - Under a Cloud

“Hazy India Pale ale brewed with Simcoe, Eukanot, Bru-1 and Citra Cryo hops.”

All kinds of nice tropical and citrus things are going on here, along with a small initial burst of pine in the first sip. The timing of our trip to southeastern Ohio was not conducive to visiting Athens and its many breweries and wineries, but I managed to find a six-pack of this at a local grocery store; and it was one of the better beers I tried while we were out there.

Sunday, April 04, 2021

Deep Thoughts #252

Know who I want to have standing next to me when the shit hits the fan and the fists start to fly? Sasha Stone. Want to know why? Read this.

Friday, April 02, 2021

368. 18th Street Brewery (Hammond, IN) - Dank Disel

No description that I am able to find, apart from “DIPA” on the online menu. Stone fruit and pineapple up front, and mostly alcohol on the back end. Some citrus emerges as it warms up, and it’s not bad—but it’s a little heavy.

367. The Sour Note Brewing (Hammond, IN) - Pomegranate Gose

“Ale brewed with Coriander and Sea Salt with Pomegranate Added [sic].”

This was on tap at the 18th Street taproom this afternoon, and I just assumed that it was one of their beers; but when I looked it up for a description, I discovered that The Sour Note brewing is…um…separate?…from 18th Street? Sort of? Best I could find was a little blurb on Untappd that describes it as a “gypsy style brewing project of the 18th Street Brewery.” Either way, it was a fine beer. Light pomegranate taste and moderate sourness, and relatively big for a gose at 6.6%. Refreshing change of pace for an 18th Street joint.

Deep Thoughts #251

Take your travel restrictions, stick them as far up your ass as you can get them, and then go back to East Germany where you fucking belong.

Wednesday, March 31, 2021

366. Little Fish Brewing Co. (Athens, OH) - Jeffs & Sherries

“All Ohio saison brewed exclusively with barley from Jeff & Sherri Gochnauer from Smithville, OH and hops from Jeff and Shari Bailey from Auburn OH.”

This one might have had a bit of Belgian stank to it, but not much. Tasted like a regular beer, with a little bit of light fruit floating around in there. Not especially impressive.

365. Wolf’s Ridge Brewing (Columbus, OH) - Yeah, I Said It

“Collaboration IPA with Alematic out of Dayton, Ohio. Strawberry and Lemonade on the front end with lactose added for a light and creamy finish.”

I’ll give you the lemonade, but not the strawberry—and definitely not the “light and creamy finish.” It had the hazy look of a milkshake IPA, but it was very citrus forward (I tasted oranges), and pretty tart. I thought it was a really good beer, but I’m not sure that the description matched what I was tasting.

364. Wolf’s Ridge Brewing (Columbus, OH) - Espresso Porter

“Brewed with espresso beans. Dark and Rich with delicious coffee and chocolate overtones.”

This was on tap at a winery in Lancaster, Ohio, but I can’t find it on the Wolf's Ridge website, and the closest thing the interwebs can give me is a couple of milk stouts (Night Method and Into the Night). I get strong coffee on the nose and a bitter finish that smooths out as it warms up. There might be chocolate malt in the brew, but the flavor is not overt.

363. Wild Ohio Brewing (Columbus, OH) - Blueberry Tea Beer

“Your taste buds are in for a flavor eruption with Wild Ohio Blueberry Tea Beer. We combined the flavor of juicy, succulent blueberries with small hints of lavender, and we instantly knew we had did [sic] ourselves a winner! At 6.5% ABV, Blueberry is a great, year-round drink that is popular among Wild Ohio fans.”

The blueberry flavor is sweet, and very strong, but not exactly off-putting. I thought I could taste the lavender, but if the word had not been in the description, I would never have guessed. The finish is smooth and crisp—not even a little bit dry.

362. Brewery 33 (Logan, OH) - Standard Exchange

“All Cascade hops from Knauss Hop farm in Sycamore, OH. Light, hoppy, fruity and session able [sic]!”

This was the beer I bought for carry-out when we visited Brewery 33 on Sunday. Unfortunately, the first one I tried was mostly flat. Oddly, though, that did not seem to affect the flavor. Very Cascade-y, with grapefruit, spice, and citrus, and a slightly bitter finish. There are three more waiting, so hopefully at least one of those will be a little bit better. The second one was also flat, and tasted mostly the same as the first one. The third one, at home, and poured into a mug, was not quite as flat and had a much smoother flavor, with very prevalent spice notes. Not sure how I feel about this place, though the tiny little taproom had a very friendly vibe.

361. Brewery 33 (Logan, OH) - Holiday Cheer Egg Nog Beer

“Egg nog taste with hints of nutmeg and lactose for a creamy & sweet flavor.”

The egg nog flavor is so slight that if you did not already know it was there, you might not guess. The nutmeg flavor is slightly more prevalent, but both are very light; and it has a very dry finish that lingers awhile. This is one of those odd beers that I really liked and thought was really well done—but which I’m not sure I ever need to drink again.

Sunday, March 21, 2021

360. Black Acre Brewing Company (Indianapolis, IN) - 1802

“1802 Lager is a light and crisp American lager at 4% ABV. No rice. No corn. No international conglomerate. 112 calories per 12oz serving.”

On the off chance that you might have confused this with a Clydesdale-beer-that-shall-not-be-named. (And on the further off chance that you come to craft beer looking for something with a low ABV.) The chalkboard at the garden said this one was 5.4%, but when the numbers are that low, I can’t really tell. Slightly more interesting than the porter, but only because it has the slightly sweet taste of a lager and the crisp backbone of a pilsner. Perfectly fine, but not something I think I want to pay craft beer prices to drink.

359. Black Acre Brewing Company (Indianapolis, IN) - Fairwind

“A malty Robust Porter with a strong roast character.”

No description from Black Acre, so had to cadge this one from Untappd. There’s nothing bad about this one, but there’s nothing really interesting, either. I would not have used the word robust, but that’s just me. Amy and I went over to the Black Acre Garden this afternoon, and this was one of only two things on tap that I had not tried. I also still don’t have a lot of experience with porters, so it’s possible that this beer is really good and that I just find it disappointing because it’s not as interesting as most of the other things that Black Acre has been doing.

Friday, March 19, 2021

Deep Thoughts #250

I signed up for the roni jab, and the website asked why I wanted the vaccine. I wrote, “Common Sense?” Are you fucking kidding me? Die, Joe.

Tuesday, March 16, 2021

358. New Belgium Brewing Company (Fort Collins, CO) - Voodoo Ranger Captain Dynamite

“Locked, stocked, and fully hopped. This hazy IPA explodes with tropical citrus flavors & aromas.”

Sweet pineapple flavor up front, balanced out very nicely by the high alcohol (7.7%) and the clean, dry finish. This is the kind of beer I want to drink during a violent thunderstorm or when Republicans are winning elections and I think the world is going to end.