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).  Sales wise IPAs are far and away the most popular style of craft beer accounting for... Continue Reading →

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 down.  No less than seven new breweries officially opened their doors in 2015—Temperance Row in Westerville... Continue Reading →

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.

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, but I have a feeling that winter still has a few tricks up his sleeve.... Continue Reading →

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 String and Seventh Son beers started showing up on the shelves.  Sideswipe opened their brewery to... Continue Reading →

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 two options you can choose, an organized brewery tour run by a company who specializes... Continue Reading →

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 summer seasonal), Oarsman by Bells, and Hottenroth by the Bruery.  In fact I’ve never seen... Continue Reading →

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