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 →

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 →

Land Grant Releases a Trio of New Beers

Now that Halloween is behind us there is nothing to stem the tide of Christmas beers and holiday ales that threaten to overwhelm your palate with flavors of cinnamon, allspice and fermented honey.  Where can the spice-averse beer lover turn to fight off the blues that settle in as the sun retreats into the southern... Continue Reading →

Beer Review – South of Eleven DIPA by Hoof Hearted

As the Central Ohio beer scene matures an increasing number of breweries are releasing their beer in bottles and cans, with the latter emerging as the more popular format. Land Grant and Actual Brewing have recently purchased canning machines, Jackie O's keeps expanding the number of canned offerings, while Seventh Son, Four String, Elevator, and most recently North High... Continue Reading →

Beer Review – Thudstaff by Hoof Hearted

With the weather finally coming around this is my last post in the Sunday Stout Soliloquy series.  I was planning to review Goose Island's Bourbon County Brand Stout, going so far as drinking a bottle that I had stashed away and taking tasting notes. I can summarize my thoughts on BCBS by saying of all the barrel... Continue Reading →

Central Ohio Beer Roundup 2/26/15

Lately the steady stream of news and events that I've come to expect from Central Ohio breweries has swelled to a torrent.  It seems like every time I check social media I come across a new piece of significant news about a local brewery.  So while I normally I leave coverage of the goings on in Ohio... 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 →

The King of Ohio IPA crown goes to …

At long last we’ve reached the conclusion of the King of Ohio IPA contest.  Nearly 70 beers from every corner of the Buckeye state started off with a chance to win the title.  Through a series of reader’s polls (over 4400 votes were cast), blogger picks, and one blind taste test, that number was narrowed... Continue Reading →

Central Ohio IPA Blind Taste Test

As announced last week on this blog I’m participating in a collaboration with five other beer bloggers to identify the best Ohio-brewed IPA, and bestow the crown King of Ohio IPAs.  Each blogger is tasked with identifying three beers to represent their part of the state in a showdown that will be held on November 1... Continue Reading →

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