Brewer's Daughter and Journeyman Cook. This area featured some great beers on cask. One that I really enjoyed was the Thirsty Dog Imperial Black IPA. I wish we would have spent more time here, but with so much to see we moved on to check out the VIP Brewers Lounge.
Hoppin Frog Brewery in Akron. Fred did a wonderful job of presenting and explaining the process of infusing Boris the Crusher Imperial Stout with Espresso Beans. He shared not only the process, but his insight on being a risk taker and trying new things with beer. He was friendly, informative and very willing to answer any questions. Before we got to try the Cafe Boris (the name for the infused version of Boris the Crusher), samples of regular Boris were passed around for all to try. Then came Cafe Boris. Only one word can describe this beer. WOW! A silky smooth body packed with dark chocolate and fresh espresso...I was in heaven.
Kuhnhenn Brewing out of Warren Michigan, had the owner present, and it was a pleasure to talk with him a little about the beers they offer. Speaking of the beers they offer, the 4th Dementia Old Ale, Imperial Creme Brule Java Stout, and the Simcoe Silly were all excellent!
JiBARO, StrEat Mobile Bistro, Seti's Polish Boys, and Zydeco Bistro.
One of my favorite aspects of the event was the great showing of the Cleveland Craftbeer Community! It was very fun to walk around with everyone and talk about great craftbeer! I had a chance to catch up with old friends and even meet some new ones like two fellow beer bloggers who are not from Cleveland, RoadTrips4Beer and BrewsTravelers. I wish there would have been a way to get everyone together for a large group picture, but we did a pretty good job with this one while visiting ClevelandHops at the Pizza Port station! We also got to visit BobbyLikesBeer at the Victory Pouring Station. This event was a huge success in my eyes and the comments that were flying around about the size of the pours and the amount of tasting tickets was not an issue for anyone that I talked with.
- Fat Head's Stone Age Imperial Stout
- Thirsty Dog Imperial Black IPA (cask)
- Sam Adams Oak Aged Porter
- Goose Island Nightstalker
- Weyerbacher Heresy
- Hoppin Frog Boris the Crusher Imperial Stout
- Hoppin Frog Cafe Boris
- Fat Head's Hop JuJu Imperial IPA
- Pizza Port Tarantula Black IPA
- Pizza Port Swami IPA
- Kuhnhenn 4th Dementia Old Ale
- Kuhnhenn Simco Silly
- Kuhnhenn Creme Brule Java Stout
- Bear Republic Pete's Tribute Brown Ale
- AleSmith Horney Devil Belgian Quad
- Lagunitas Imperial Stout
- Mendicino Imperial IPA
- Brew Kettle Tunguska
- Great Lakes Lake Erie Monster
- Victory Scarlet Fire
- Victory Headwaters Pale Ale
My favorites out of this bunch were the Hoppin Frog Cafe Boris, Pizza Port Black IPA, Kuhnhenn 4th Dementia, and the Great Lakes Lake Erie Monster! I really wish I would have had time to sample more, but the 4 hours flew by!
Let me know your thoughts if you attended the event. What did you like and/or dislike, and what was your favorite brew that you got to sample during the event!
Also, check out my post all about the Award Winners at the International Beer Fest!!