Ale Spotting in Edinburgh

Scotland’s contributions to the world far exceed any reasonable expectation for a country with half the population of Ohio.  The world would be a duller place without the likes of whisky, golf, curling, kilts, bagpipes, and the catchy 80’s pop hit “In a Big Country”.  We can thank Scotland for the steam engine (James Watt),... Continue Reading →

Does Ohio beer have its own identity?

Many great beer styles are associated with a region—pilsners with the Czech Republic, lambics with Brussels, goses with Leipzig, saisons with Wallonia, steam beer with San Francisco, and so on.  While most styles originated in Europe long ago, America has made important contributions in my lifetime. American-style pale ales and IPAs originated in the Pacific... Continue Reading →

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 →

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