Blues & Brews 2011: Preview & Bobby’s ‘Can’t Miss’ Brews

Blues & Brews Returns to Akron Saturday August 6th

Blues & Brews is the party of the Summer for Northeast Ohio Craft Beer fans. Check out my preview of what beers you shouldn’t miss, including some you’ve probably never tried before. I’ll see you at the festival!

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In Pursuit of Equality for Craft Beer

All these beer are still illegal in Ohio

Sometimes I just need to go off a little bit. When I heard Ohio lawmakers had blocked an attempt to raise the ABV limit for beer from 12% to 18%, I had to write this piece. Think of it as therapy after a setback, or as a rallying call. Read on, dear reader, and see how we can get rid of discrimination and pursue equality for craft beer.

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Welcome Market Garden Brewery to Cleveland

The front of the Market Garden Brewery

So, is Market Garden leading a session beer revolution or is this more of a rebellion from the extremes? Either way, the truth is in the pint glass. I visited the Market Garden Brewery just a few days before their grand opening for a preview of the newest Ohio City beer mecca. Here’s how the brews stacked up.

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Three Floyds Brewing Co. Returns to Ohio

A Three Floyds Bottlecap

have confirmed that Three Floyds Brewing Company, the number one brewery in the world in 2011 according to, will once again begin distribution to Ohio in the upcoming months.

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The Debut of Hoppin’ Frog BORIS Royale

Closeup of the BA BORIS Royale label

When my favorite local brewery, the splendid Hoppin’ Frog out of Akron, OH released a special barrel aged version of their GABF Gold Medal winning Russian Imperial Stout, I had to rush home and crack a bottle as soon as the work whistle blew.

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New Beer Releases for Ohio (May, 2011 Edition)

Dogfish Head Seasonale Ale label

Yep, it’s officially Spring – a time for lighter brews and outdoor parties. That also means it’s time for another look at what will be appearing on shelves and taplists around Ohio. Check out what has been registered for sale in our state!

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10 Golden Rules for Better Special Beer Releases

The Line for Great Lakes Barrel-Aged Blackout Stout

With this weekend’s release of Three Floyds Dark Lord, perhaps the biggest release of the year, everyone is talking about beer releases. I reflected back on a release from Jackie O’s Brewery in February to bring you this article. I’m off to Dark Lord Day, enjoy the read! I was one of the lucky ones. [...]

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The Ohio Craft Brewers Association’s Winter Warmer Festival

The Winter Warmer Tasting Glass

On a rainy Saturday afternoon in March, many of the people responsible for moving things forward assembled at the Sachsenheim Hall for the 5th Annual Winter Warmer Festival. There was no shortage of the latest, newest, freshest offerings from many of the top Ohio breweries. Here’s how the 10 (at the very least) “new-to-me” beers poured that rainy afternoon, in no real order

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New Beer Releases for Ohio (March, 2011 Edition)

Bruery/Cigar City Collaboration Marron Acidife will get to Ohio

This is an update to a post I made early in January. Check out what other new craft beers you can expect to see on all the shelves of the great Ohio craft beer bottleshops as well as in the best draft beer bars!

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The Second Annual Winking Lizard Barleywine Festival

How great are these tasting snifters?

Barleywine is truly the ale of kings and several samples can make one feel rich, not just from the hefty alcohol content but from the artistry each sip represents. This was definitely the case with the Winking Lizard’s 2nd Annual Barleywine Festival, as a group of fortunate craft beer lovers were given the chance to witness all that is the mighty barleywine.

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