Two Ohio breweries, Akronym and Jackie O's, had a strong showing at the National Honey Beer Competition earlier this month. The competition, which is sponsored by the National Honey Board, features 13 different style categories. BJCP-certified judges use the standard criteria (aroma, appearance, flavor, mouthfeel) for evaluating the beers, plus take into account the role... Continue Reading →
Ohio is approaching 300 breweries, a dramatic expansion from just five years ago when I started this blog. It’s a luxury of riches that means most of us don’t have to travel very far to find tasty beer. Just about any style you crave—hazy IPAs, high gravity malt bombs, crisp lagers, barrel aged sours—can be... Continue Reading →
As the days get short and the mercury drops, the popularity of strong, dark beers waxes. What better time to break out that bottle of barrel aged imperial stout that’s been quietly aging in your cellar. A perfect time for the long awaited next installment of my Ohio vs the World series, a sporadic feature... Continue Reading →
In recent years mixed fermentation saisons have become a hot trend among American craft breweries. These beers combine the dry, yeast driven character of a classic saison with the tart, funky character that comes from bacteria and Brettanomyces yeast. Jackie O’s Pockets of Sunlight is a beer is made in this vein. It’s never wise... Continue Reading →
In this podcast we talk high gravity beers with Jim and Jennie from Zaftig and Doug Oldham from the Columbus Craft Beer Alliance.
Thanksgiving and the days around it are among the best days of the year for breaking out those beers you’ve been saving for a special occasion. What could be more apropos, after all the pilgrims stopped at Plymouth Rock in Massachusetts in large part because their supplies of beer were dwindling. So on Thanksgiving eve... Continue Reading →
Recently I posted the results of an Imperial Stout blind taste test that was wildly popular. If my readers want to get up close and personal with this dark and burly style of beer who am I to argue. Lord knows the weather is wintry enough to make you turn to a beer that can warm... Continue Reading →
It’s time for another Pat’s Pints blind taste test, and what better style for surviving the cold days of winter than an Imperial Stout. This style originated in 18th century England and was given the moniker Russian Imperial Stout because it was brewed with an unusually high amount of malts, alcohol, and hops to weather... Continue Reading →
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 →
Every month Studio 35 Cinema and Drafthouse hosts a beer tasting coupled with the screening of a classic movie, and by classic I mean a movie too old to be showing anywhere else. The beer tasting precedes the movie and is usually accompanied by someone from the brewery talking about the beers, interspersed with comedy... Continue Reading →
As many people know Studio 35 Cinema and Drafthouse host beer tastings paired with a classic movie on regular basis. Some tastings are better than others, but this coming Sunday looks like a good one. The spotlight brewery will be Jackie O's, one of the most creative breweries in Ohio. The Jackie O's owner will... Continue Reading →
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 →
The paw paw is the largest edible fruit indigenous to the United States. Since the paw paw is related to tropical fruit trees like papayas and mangoes you would think that one would have to go to Florida or someplace in the deep south to find paw paws growing in the wild, but you would be... Continue Reading →
This is the sixth and final video in the IPA Blind Taste Test Challenge. In this video the identities of the contestants are revealed to the judges, and the foundations of Amy's beer universe crumble in front of the camera. If you only watch one video in this series this is the one.
This is the fourth of six videos capturing the final round of the IPA blind taste test challenge (I recommend watching them in order). In this video Amy and I review contender #3, Mystic Mama by Jackie O's.