Part of the reason I love Blackout Stout so much is that each year a batch of this luxurious liquid makes its way into bourbon barrels, where it resets for months and soaks in fantastic wood, bourbon and vanilla flavors. The result is an amazing beer that’s released once a year with a celebratory party followed by a “public on-sale” at the Great Lakes Gift shop.
Normally things don’t work out well when a monster invades a city. But on Saturday October 23rd, Brewzilla attacked the beer lovers of Cleveland with a wonderful event that featured over 80 breweries and hundreds of kinds of beer. No, he didn’t come out of Lake Erie. Instead, Brewzilla assaulted us in the form of an overabundance of ale and lager.
The first year had some great hoppy beers, but the 2010 Fat Heads Celebration of the Hop Festival was simply one of the best hop harvest festivals ever, worthy of Silenus, the god of beer, himself! Hops in particular are normally picked in late August or September, and only at that time can “harvest” ales be brewed. October is clearly the best time of the year to be a hophead, so why not throw a party?
Fifteen, count them, fifteen beers paired with Beer Engine Chef Greg Tushar’s innovative, beer-friendly dishes. The food and beer would be served in five flights, each with a theme and each with a story courtesy of Adam Avery himself. The sold-out crowd of explorers gathered and made our way to the Engine Room to begin what was sure to be an epic night of great beer, great stories and wonderful food!
The Bell’s crew brought their unique “Jazz” series of Bière de Garde brews to Night Town in Cleveland Heights for one night only. While the match made sense in (musical) theory, a crowded bar with a busy night lead to a bit of a messy event. Those imperfections cast aside, it was a great opportunity to enjoy something rarely seen outside the brewery and I’m thankful Bell’s decided to bring something special to Cleveland Beer Week.
The Lakewood Winking Lizard was scheduled to be the only place in the entire world where one could order a Tröegs Splinter beer by the glass instead of traveling to Harrison, PA and waiting in line for hours. With owner Chris Trogner scheduled to be on hand again to explain the evolution of the critically acclaimed series, I knew some surprises were in store. Tröegs delivered, with cases of bottles of Splinter Blue, Black and a special surprise – the most rare beer in the bunch, Splinter Gold.
On October 18th, 2010, the beautiful and swanky Market in Rocky River served as ground zero for the biggest collection of Goose taps in one place ever in Ohio. It included several standards, a few limited drafts that have appeared in town throughout this year, and offerings never before and never again seen in Ohio. In total, 9 of the 19 taps were draft-only specialties. Here’s how the brews stacked up!
Just in time for the crisp Fall beer drinking weather and October’s Cleveland Beer Week, Cleveland’s own Buckeye Brewing Company has released two new beers in 22oz bottles. ‘2010 Cleveland Beer Week India Black Ale’ is a Black IPA and ‘Quitness’ is a Belgian Witbier. Did Bobby like these beers? Find out here!
Read my review of this “secret” Great Lakes beer which was tapped in September as a pub exclusive. After 6 years of stewing in its cage, the leviathan has been liberated, never advertised or added to the boards and tapped only on Tuesdays in September 2010 – one 1/6bbl a week, until it runs out.