Event Preview: The OCBA Winter Warmer Festival

2010 was full of great beers!

This Saturday, the 5th Annual Winter Warmer festival goes down at the Sachsenheim Hall, located at 7001 Denison Ave. Here’s a preview of what to expect!

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The Superbowl of Hops – IPA vs DIPA Championship!

The Superbowl of IPAs logo

I gathered a panel of my favorite Cleveland area hop-heads to do a “blind” tasting in two rounds, with a championship show-down at the end. We were all handed 5 oz glasses with a number but no name and we all ordered the beers according to preference. Here’s how the two “Conference Championships” and resulting “Super Bowl”played out!

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The Buckeye Beer Engine 3rd Annual Wood Aged Beer Tasting

Eric, Beer Engine Brewer, poses with Barrel Aged Zatek

The Buckeye Beer Engine hosted the third annual Wood-aged beer tasting on Saturday, January 29th. I was fortunate enough to sample a few extraordinary beers that I need to spotlight, but there was a great selection including several rare bottles that one could order samples from. After all the sampling was complete, here are the beers that stood out.

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Troegs Scratch Series IPA’s at the Winking Lizard

Check out the tap handles for the Scratch Series IPA's

Scratch series #37-#40 are all American IPA’s. They’re all similar from a malt bill’s perspective, so the primary difference between all these beers is in all the different hop varieties that they use. This always makes for a fun beer tasting experience! Here’s how the beers stacked up:

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Ratebeer Recognizes Ohio Beers, Breweries and Establishments

Rateber recognized Ohio beers, breweries, and retailers!

Ohio can claim to have some of the best beers, breweries, brewpubs and retailers in the world. Here is a list of the notable Ohio beers, businesses and establishments who made the RateBeer best for 2011!

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The Winking Lizard Celebrates 25 Years with Jolly Pumpkin ‘Bambic’!

Jolly Pumpkin Bambic - Winking Lizard's 25th Anniversary Beer!

The label reads “We here at Jolly Pumpkin created this special blend of our Bam and Lambicus for our friends at Winking Lizard’s in celebration of their special anniversary” and features Bam, the Jolly Pumpkin mascot dog, a black cat and a lizard playing cards. I’ve been waiting for this since I heard of the release in late November when the ‘Beermeister’ of the Winking Lizard told me about this special project. Was the wait worth it? Is it a bet worth taking? Read on…

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Fat Heads Head Hunter IPA hits bottles!

Fat Heads Head Hunter in Bottles

Fat Heads Head Hunter IPA is good. How good? Well, since it was first brewed in 2008, the beer has been called one of Draft Magazine’s top 25 beers in the world, racked up prestigious awards (including a silver medal at the Great American Beer Festival, first place in the National IPA championship and the gold at the West Coast IPA championship) and even earned a mention in a Sports Illustrated story. That’s the stuff of champions right there!

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New Beer Releases for Ohio (January, 2011 Edition)

Tall Grass Buffalo Sweat Stout

Here are some interesting tidbits about some beers that have been approved for sale in Ohio, including a new brewery (the first of a few we will see this year)!! Check out what you can expect to see on draft and in stores early this year!

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Web Poll: What New Brewery Should Enter the Ohio Market in 2011?

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Vote in my poll and let’s see what brewery craftbeer fans would most like to see enter the Ohio Market in 2011.

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The Top 10 New Craft Beer Releases for 2010

2010 was full of great beers!

2010 was a great year for craft beer. It was also the year I launched this blog. As the year comes to a close, I want to look back at the 650 or so beers I tried and start an annual tradition by assembling a list for the best of the best. Whatever their differences, on thing is clear – all of these beers are amazing. Here’s my picks for the best new beers of 2010.

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