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!
What happens when you take four courses of amazing food by none other than hometown hero Michael Symon and team them up with four beers hand-picked by Sam Calagione, founder of Dogfish Head Brewing, and four wines selected by Marianne Frantz, president of the American Wine School? You get an amazing evening that served as a perfect kick-off event for the 2010 Cleveland Beer Week.
How does four plus five plus seven equal win? When it’s a *four* course authentic English meal with *five* beers enjoyed with the *seventh* generation Samuel Smith himself! The Winking Lizard was packed for this once-in-a-lifetime tasting of world-class beers from a brewer with a 200 year tradition.