Author Archives: Pats Pints

Beer Review – Pockets of Sunlight by Jackie O’s

In recent years mixed fermentation saisons have become a hot trend among American craft breweries.  These beers combine the dry, yeast driven character of a classic saison with the tart, funky character that comes from bacteria and Brettanomyces yeast.  Jackie … Continue reading

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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. … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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A.J. Zanyk’s Baltic Porter wins Barley’s Homebrew Competition

This past Sunday marked another successful finish to one of Ohio’s longest running beer traditions, the Barley’s Homebrew Competition.  The contest dates back to last century, the summer of 1996 to be specific.  At that time I was still in … Continue reading

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Kindred’s barrel-aged sours finally ready for prime time

In the crowded landscape of craft brewing some aspect of your business should differentiate you from the competition.  Maybe it’s your location, or your branding, but ideally the beer itself can stand out from the crowd.  With over 200 breweries … Continue reading

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Beer Review – Ill Side Rye IPA by Ill Mannered & Sideswipe

  Now that Columbus Craft Beer Week has come to an end it’s worth looking back on some of the beers that deserve special mention. While my one pint of the official collaboration beer Dysfunctionale was neither here nor there, I did … Continue reading

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Working for the weekend – An inside look at 2 Tones Brewing

It’s a brisk Saturday afternoon in early March and I’m wandering through the rows of a nondescript industrial park in Whitehall, just south of the Columbus Airport.  This is not the result of an out of control Friday night bender … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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The Brewing of Dysfunctionale, the Columbus Beer Week Collab Beer

How can you have a craft beer week without a collaboration beer?  Admittedly it’s not against the law, but it would like the All Star Game without a home run derby, like the state fair without butter sculptures, like Lucy without a … Continue reading

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Land-Grant ventures into the world of Belgian-style beers

The Land-Grant catalog is full of tasty beers that span a wide range of styles—hop forward IPAs, German lagers, brown ales, big malty stouts, even the occasional English pale ale or ESB—but Belgian (and French) styles have been a rare sight at … Continue reading

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March Madness: Notes from my four day beer-only fast

Many people practice some form of abstinence during Lent, giving up things like chocolate, coffee, social media, or alcohol.  One year during Lent I tried giving up beer during the work week, but it just led me to drink more beer … Continue reading

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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, … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Brewfontaine Celebrates Selection as Ohio’s Best Beer Bar

Every year the Brewers Association conducts a survey of the best beer bars in the US via their online site CraftBeer.com.  The public is asked to rate bars on their appreciation of aspects including atmosphere, staff, beer selection and special … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Attending the 2017 Ohio Craft Brewer’s Conference – Part 1

Last month while attending an event at Barley’s Brewcadia, Mary MacDonald, Executive Director of the Ohio Craft Brewers Association (OCBA), asked if I would be interested in a media pass to attend the Ohio Craft Brewer’s Conference in Cincinnati. I think … Continue reading

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Beer Review – Tour de Hops by Barley’s

A couple of weeks back I was attending an event held downtown at Brewcadia, upstairs from Barley’s Ale House on High Street across from the Convention Center.  I noticed a new house beer on tap, a double IPA dubbed Tour … Continue reading

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Central Ohio Beers of the Year (2016 Edition)

For the past two years I’ve made a list of my favorite Central Ohio beers of the past year. Before this January slips away entirely it’s time for my 2016 list. To be eligible a beer should be new (or at … Continue reading

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Homestead Fourth Anniversary Bash

Looking for something to do this weekend?  If your idea of a good time involves travel to pseudo-exotic locales, counting in foreign languages, and great craft beer, I’ve got just the event for you.  This Saturday (Jan 14) Homestead Beer … Continue reading

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