Tröegs Splinters the Lakewood Winking Lizard

Tröegs Splinter Series Beers Aging in Barrels

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.

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Goose Island Tap Takeover at Market, Rocky River

19 Taps of Goose Island beer

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!

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Grapes vs. Grains, The Ultimate Matchup – Reviewed

Beer and wine glasses

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.

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Cleveland Beer Week Preview

Cleveland Beer Week Logo

It’s time for a cold brew – the second annual Cleveland Beer Week starts today! , I’ve compiled a shorter list of the events I think are the best of the bunch. Hundreds of events are happening all around the area, so check out to see what’s going on in your neighborhood. Consider this the first annual ‘Bobby’s Picks’ for Cleveland Beer Week!

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Samuel Smith Beer and Food Pairing at the Winking Lizard

Samuel Smith Beer and Food Pairing Menu

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.

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Local Beer Review: Buckeye Brewing Releases ‘2010 CBW India-Style Black Ale’ and ‘Witless’

Buckeye Brewing 2010 CBW Black IPA and Witless

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!

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The Beers of Jamaica

A beautiful Jamaican sunset

After a few days in Montego Bay, I got to know the beers of Jamaica well. To share my experience and get you ready for your trip to paradise, I had an impromptu beer tasting. See which beers hit the mark, and which fell flat.

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Beware! Great Lakes Jabberwocky is Here!

Great Lakes Jabberwocky Sour Ale

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.

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