Monthly Archives: November 2013

Ohio vs. Michigan Beer Battle Round 8 – Wulver vs. Backwoods Bastard

At last we’ve come to the final round with Michigan clinging to a 1 point lead.  Ohio needs to win in this round to even things up, any other result and Michigan wins.  In this final round we have two … Continue reading

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Ohio vs. Michigan Beer Battle Round 7 – Bodhi vs. Hopivore

Still digesting Thanksgiving dinner? Nothing like a double hopped IPA to wash away the Pumpkin pie from your palate and shake you out your tryptophan induced slumber. In this round we pair up two variations on the basic IPA style, … Continue reading

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Ohio vs. Michigan Beer Battle Round 6 – Holly Jolly vs. 4-Elf

In an unplanned twist the battle of the Christmas Ales hits the internet on Thanksgiving.  This is not a subliminal message to go out start your X’mas shopping early, quite the opposite.  On this cold wintery day sit back and … Continue reading

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Ohio vs. Michigan Beer Battle Round 5 – White Rajah vs. Two Hearted Ale

In round 4 the dark roasted malts were center stage.  In round 5 we go to the opposite extreme with two beers where the juicy American hops dominate, completely overshadowing the malts: The Brew Kettle’s White Rajah vs. Bell’s Two … Continue reading

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Ohio vs. Michigan Beer Battle Round 4 – Edmund Fitzgerald vs. Founders Porter

Round four features a titanic matchup between two great beers: Founder’s Porter and what some consider the quintessential Ohio beer, Edmund Fitzgerald Porter by Great Lakes Brewing. Edmund Fitzgerald by Great Lakes (Cleveland, OH) – For people in the Midwest … Continue reading

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Ohio vs. Michigan Beer Battle Round 3 – Wiley Wolverine vs. Red’s Rye PA

In round three we have a battle of two Rye PAs, a hoppy style of beer that is similar to an IPA but with rye added to the malt bill.  The rye imparts a spicy twist and helps dry out … Continue reading

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Ohio vs. Michigan Beer Battle Round 2 – Rockmill Saison vs. Bam Biere

In round two we pit two variations on the Belgian Farmhouse Ale style against each other.  Let’s start by meeting the contestants. Saison by Rockmill Brewery (Lancaster, OH) – Rockmill is a small brewery located in Lancaster, OH that makes … Continue reading

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When Less is More, Sixpoint’s Pumkinless Pumpkin Beer

This is a review of Autumnation, a seasonal beer made by Sixpoint Brewery out of Brooklyn, NY.  Before I get to the beer itself you’ll have to forgive me for going off on a rather long tangent on how I … Continue reading

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Ohio vs. Michigan Beer Battle Round 1 – Bleeding Buckeye vs. Bell’s Amber Ale

In the opening round we start with two easy drinking Amber Ales.  Let’s start by meeting the contestants. Bleeding Buckeye by Elevator Brewing (Columbus, OH) – We start with the most natural beer to represent Ohio State Football—Bleeding Buckeye by … Continue reading

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Ohio vs. Michigan Battle of the Beers

When late November arrives in Central Ohio one subject dominates the news, and takes center stage in the thoughts and minds of many residents.  I’m not referring to Thanksgiving or the ridiculous shopping spectacle that used to occur the day … Continue reading

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Beer Review – Founders Porter

Tonight I’m reviewing two highly regarded midwest Porters.  I just posted a review on Edmund Fitzgerald Porter by Great Lakes Brewing, a beer I consider to be the standard against which all Porters should be measured.  In this post I … Continue reading

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Beer Review – Edmund Fitzgerald Porter by Great Lakes Brewing

Tonight I’m reviewing two highly regarded midwest Porters.  The first one is a long time favorite of mine and a beer some consider to be the quintessential Ohio beer, Edmund Fitzgerald Porter by Great Lakes Brewing.  Edmund Fitzgerald occupies the … Continue reading

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Beer Review – Bell’s Amber Ale

Bell’s beer is one of the best known and largest craft breweries in the country.  Famous for big beers like Hopslam and Expedition Stout, the Amber Ale is one of their oldest and most conventional offerings.  Even though it is … Continue reading

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Beer Tasting at Studio 35

After what seems like a month (but was actually only one week) away I’m glad to be back to blogging about beer.  My absence was prompted by a big project at work (a grant deadline) that is behind me now. … Continue reading

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Beer Review – Summer Pale Ale by Indigo Imp

Tonight I’m drinking Summer Pale Ale by Indigo Imp Brewery, which is located in Cleveland.  The interesting thing about Indigo Imp is they use open fermentation for brewing all of their beers.  Quoting from their website “With open fermentation, each … Continue reading

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Columbus Brewery Guide

While no one is going to mistake Columbus for Portland, San Diego or Brussels, the list of breweries in Ohio’s capital city is a rapidly expanding list.  Columbus is home to at fifteen different breweries (plus a Gordon Biersch and a … Continue reading

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Beer Review – Pepe Nero by Goose Island

Tonight I’m reviewing Pepe Nero, one of Goose Island’s Belgian-style beers.  I had a sample of Pepe Nero at this summer’s Columbus Beer Festival and made a note at that time to come back and try this beer.  I can … Continue reading

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Picks from the Pumpkin Patch

As Halloween comes and goes the pumpkin beers are rapidly giving way to the Christmas beers.  As a new beer blogger it seemed my duty to sample a variety of pumpkin beers and offer up my opinions.  Back in early … Continue reading

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