American IPAs Part 2 – (Hop) Timing is Everything

In the first post of this series I discussed how American IPAs went through a period where hop aroma, flavor, and bitterness levels progressively increased, culminating in double and triple IPAs that boasted triple digit IBU levels.  In recent years the most sought after American IPAs have slowly but surely become less bitter and more aromatic. ... Continue Reading →

American IPAs Part 1 – Not Your Father’s IPA

Sitting in the sleek Hoof Hearted Brewpub drinking a DIPA cloudier than a German Hefeweizen, fruitier than a grapefruit/mango smoothie, it’s hard to fathom how this beer could have evolved from the English-style IPAs of my youth.  In a single generation American IPAs have morphed into something that would be unrecognizable to the founders of CAMRA,... Continue Reading →

Birthday Brewery Crawl Postmortem

This past week I turned 50 years old.  Not content to spend the rest of my days frequenting restaurants where they give AARP discounts, I decided to do something I’ve been kicking around in my head for a while—undertake a crawl of all six downtown Columbus breweries.  The plan was to first work our way... Continue Reading →

Talking Ales with Angelo Part 1 – A look back

Remember if you can the year 1991.  The Soviet Union collapsed, the South African parliament repealed apartheid, Nirvana released their debut album Nevermind, and the Cincinnati Reds were reigning World Champions.  These events have been documented on Wikipedia, chronicled in TV documentaries, etched into the long term memories of my generation.  What you may not... Continue Reading →

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