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Zaftig, Actual, and Homestead celebrate the season with a trifecta of bottle release parties

I know the holidays can be a hectic, for some downright stressful, time of the year. There are parties to attend, gifts to buy, carols to sing, and stockings to stuff.  While acknowledging those demands on your time, you need … Continue reading

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The Beers of Oktoberfest – Märzen/Festbier Blind Taste Test

Given the hot weather we’ve been experiencing it may not feel like fall is upon us, but once football season kicks off it can’t be long until the leaves start changing color.  If the deluge of pumpkin beers invading the … Continue reading

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Arrogant Bastard hits the taps at Actual Brewing today

Today (Friday, July 1) Actual Brewing will be releasing their take on Stone’s venerable American strong ale, Arrogant Bastard.  I hung out with the crew at Actual several weeks ago on brew day to get the scoop on this somewhat … Continue reading

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Actual Brewing enters the IPA fray

IPAs are the poster child of the American craft beer movement, to argue otherwise is like pinning your hopes on a Martin O’Malley presidency.  The American-style IPA category is the most competitive style at the GABF (336 entries in 2015).  … Continue reading

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Central Ohio Beers of the Year (2015)

Now that we’ve closed the books on 2015 it’s time to look back on the year in beer in Central Ohio.  Once again there was much to celebrate as growth of the craft brewing industry showed no signs of slowing … Continue reading

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Beer Review – Tenacity Brett Beer by Actual

I’m an enthusiastic advocate of Ohio beer, but there are certain styles that local brewers have been slow to embrace.  Ohio has a bounty of delicious double IPAs and imperial stouts, including many celebrated award winning beers, but choices are … Continue reading

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Pat’s Pints Podcast Episode 1 – Sour Beers

In the inaugural podcast we talk sour beers with Fred Lee (Founder, President and Elder Beerman) and Jonathan Carroll (CEO, Brewer) at Actual Brewing. We preview the two new sours that Actual is releasing on December 5 (Tenacity and Leviton), get into Brett beers, talk Ohio sandstone fermenters at Actual, share Chili recipes, and divulge our lists of underrated Central Ohio beers. Continue reading

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Talking Light Lagers with Actual’s Fred Lee and Zach Harper

Today (Tuesday, September 1st) cans of Actual Brewing’s Photon Light Lager will start hitting the shelves of beer stores and supermarkets across Central Ohio.  Intrigued by a craft brewery that chooses not only to brew a light lager but put it … Continue reading

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Ohio Grown Hops Part 1 – The brewer’s perspective

In today’s post I ask Central Ohio brewers to share their opinions and experiences with locally grown hops. Continue reading

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Columbus Craft Beer Week – Collaboration Beer Preview

The first annual Columbus Craft Beer Week (CCBW) is just around the corner. Among the 18,000 events planned for the nine days of CCBW the collaboration beers are arguably the most interesting aspect of the event. Things kickoff this Friday, May 1 at … Continue reading

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Beer Review – Fat Julian by Actual

Time for another installment of Sunday Stout Soliloquies and for the first time my ritual of drinking strong dark beer every Sunday seems to be unnerving old man winter just a little. Cracks of spring are starting to show through, … Continue reading

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Beer Review – Temporal by Actual Brewing

The latest offering from Actual Brewing Company is an abbey ale called Temporal.  A bottle of Actual beer is almost worth the asking price just for the label artwork and this one is no exception (yes I do have a … Continue reading

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Central Ohio Beers of the Year 2014

What a year 2014 was for beer in Central Ohio.  Three completely new breweries, Zaftig, Land Grant, and Temperance Row, opened up shop.  Zauber and North High Brewing significantly expanded their capacity by purchasing new brewing systems.  Cans of Four … Continue reading

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Beer Review – Barrel Aged Conductor Imperial Rye by Actual

One of my goals for the holiday season is to reduce the inventory of my beer fridge and cellar. It’s a little like those year end sales that stores put on, out with the old to make room for the … Continue reading

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Actual Brewing – Brewing beer at the intersection of science, art and religion

It’s a gorgeous mid-September evening, the kind that makes you wish autumn was the longest season of the year.  We are on our way out to Actual Brewing where I have an appointment to meet Fred Lee, head honcho, or … Continue reading

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Sipping Saisons on the Summer Solstice, A Blind Taste Test

As someone who takes reviewing beers seriously I always worry about the various biases that slip into my reviews.  If I’m unimpressed with a beer that is rated highly on BeerAdvocate, does that mean my tastes are not sufficiently refined, or … Continue reading

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Brewery Tour vs. Brewery Crawl

Let’s say you want to visit a several breweries on a single day.  Maybe you are visiting town for the weekend or are looking for something fun to do for a birthday, bachelorette party or other special occasion. There are … Continue reading

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Beer Review – Conductor Imperial Rye by Actual Brewing

Last month I was downtown and my friend Phil suggested we stop by a small place called House Beer (843 N. High Street).  This place was completely off my radar but it is a cool joint with an impressive beer … Continue reading

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Beer Review – Curiousus by Actual Brewing

The latest beer released by Columbus’ Actual Brewing is a Berliner Weiss called Curiosus. Aside from the occasional German import the only readily available Berliner Weissbiers I’ve come across when perusing Central Ohio stores are Festina Pêche by Dogfish Head (a … Continue reading

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Beer Review – Orthodox Winter IPA, The New Edmund Fitzgerald

Actual Brewing is one of many Columbus breweries that have come on the scene over the past year.  The brewery is located near the airport (655 N. James Rd.) and their tap room sounds like a cool place to visit, … Continue reading

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