Craft Beer Hunting in Japan

One of the perks of being an academic is the occasional opportunity to travel to faraway places. If you’ve been reading this blog for long enough you’ll know that I try to take advantage of these opportunities when I can. I’ve got a responsibility to my readers after all.  Earlier posts described my efforts to... Continue Reading →

Taking the BJCP Tasting Exam

It’s been over a month since my last post, perhaps my longest hiatus since starting this blog nearly four years ago.  In the meantime, I’ve been to Colorado for a workshop, Idaho for vacation; South Korea for a neutron scattering conference; and upon returning home spent several evenings in my yard pulling the weeds that... Continue Reading →

Preparing for the BJCP Tasting Exam

For a few years I’ve secretly aspired to become certified beer judge.  Some of you might think I’m already qualified to judge beer, but regular readers of the column will know better.  The challenging part, aside from knowing what you are talking about, is to land a spot on one of the Beer Judge Certification... Continue Reading →

Beer Review – Batch 300 Imperial IPA by Land-Grant

Over the last few months Columbus has been awash in some pretty impressive Imperial IPAs including the likes of CBC Creeper, Fathead’s Hop JuJu, North High’s Stardust to Stardust and Butch Otter, Great Lakes Chillwave, Seventh Son Proliferous, 2 Tones Space Lazer, and the ever rotating selection of Hoof Hearted double IPAs.  If your palate hasn't... Continue Reading →

Land Grant University – Yeast 101

Last night Land Grant Brewing held their first session of what they call Land Grant University, a series of educational sessions on the key ingredients in beer.  The inaugural session was devoted to yeast, future sessions will focus on hops, malts and water.  Attendance was capped at 50 participants and there was a full house... Continue Reading →

Ohio-brewed Double IPA Blind Taste Test

Time for another blind taste test, this one focused on double/imperial IPAs.  American craft beer lovers are crazy about hops, and the double IPA style is an ode to the glory of the humulus lupulus plant like no other.  Although DIPAs are released throughout the year, they seem to peak in mid to late winter... Continue Reading →

Beer Review – Hop JuJu by Fat Head’s

Craft beer enthusiasts have a strong tendency toward what some might call stamp collecting.  Constantly seeking out new beers, the harder to find the better.  Making convoluted justifications for spending their weekends queuing up in nondescript industrial spaces and muddy farm fields. Violating the 10th commandment in a way that would make Robert Redford’s character in... Continue Reading →

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