|Thirsty Dog Brewing|
The volunteers and brewers that were pouring the beers were fun and friendly. You can tell they liked what they were doing and were passionate about craft beer. I do wish that more of the actual brewers were in attendance, especially out of the breweries that were from Ohio. Craft beer lovers always enjoy a chance to chat it up with a brewer. Today I had the pleasure of talking with the Rick & Thomas from Willoughby Brewing, Dave of Cellar Rats and a few more area brewers. Getting to know the people behind the beer is important, and I hope to see more brewers make it to these types of events.
|Old Leghumper Porter being poured over coffee beans.|
|Thanks Paul for making me a "Hop Bunny" for the day!|
Another thing that disappointed a few people was that a crowd favorite, Fat Heads, ran out of beer at 3:30pm. (The event went until 6pm.) I was lucky enough to snag a fresh Hop JuJu before they ran out, but for the people who had regular tickets with an admission time of 2pm I think running out of beer that soon just shouldn't happen.
The final hiccup actually turned into the best part of our day. Maumee Bay Brewing had two beers scheduled to be on tap that we all really were looking forward to trying, a Breakfast Stout and an IPA. As you can see in the picture below they never were tapped, they simply sat on ice all day! Finally around 5pm myself and another craft beer community member, Bill, decided to ask if we could tap and pour the beer for the public to try. We were given the go ahead by John Najeway of Thirsty Dog and Christine Montague, who helped put this event together. After searching for taps, we finally got some major help from Buckeye Brewing and we were able to tap into the breakfast stout which ended being a great beer. This was the highlight of my day, and I see why the volunteers love what they are doing! Pouring beer for the public was so much fun!
|The Winking Lizard Food tent. Sausage Sandwiches and Burgers paired perfectly with the cold beer!|
- Big Vic Imperial Mogabi by Elevator Brewing Company--Simply an excellent Imperial Wheat IPA, maybe the best beer I've had from Elevator Brewing
- Hopjam by Willoughby Brewing--One of my favorite Black IPAs, so I had to have one!
- Cafe DORIS by Hoppin Frog Brewery--Strong, bold coffee flavor on top of a double imperial stout makes me a happy man.
- Rye of the Tiger by Great Lakes Brewing Company--A Solid Rye, but nothing mind blowing.
- Cafe Old leghumper by Thirsty Dog Brewing Co.--A Porter but poured directly over a large amount of coffee beans. (See the picture above.) Fresh, smooth and simply amazing.
- Grand Cru by Great Lakes Brewing Company--This brew actually came off a little sour which was not normal.
- India Pale Ale by Meantime Brewing Company--I was not a fan of this IPA at all! Sweet malt and a funky yeast.
- Hop Strike Black Rye IPA by Tommyknocker Brewery--I was really impressed by how smooth, yet hop forward this was.
- Misery Bay IPA by Erie Brewing Co.--Didn't care for this, way to much malt sweetness throughout for an IPA.
- Fore Smoked Stout by Dark Horse Brewing Co.--A solid smoked stout.
- Dark Apparition by Jackie O's Pub & Brewery --This beer was rich, thick, smooth and full of roasted flavor. I really liked it!
- Bourbon barrel aged Russian Imperial Stout by Weasel Boy-- Mild Bourbon flavor for being barrel aged, but still delicious.
- Bitter Sable Imperial Black IPA by Weasel Boy--This beer suffered because of the tap. The carbonation was gone by the time I tried it which made it not very good.
- Hop JuJu Imperial IPA by Fat Heads Brewery--Super hoppy from start to finish. Maybe the best version of JuJu I've ever had. I love this beer!
- Maple Porter by Chardon BrewWorks--Maple sugar sweetness on top of a solid porter, I was a fan.
- Hogwash by Jackie O's Pub & Brewery--Everyone seemed to like this but me.
- The Piper India Pale Ale by Cellar Rats--A new recipe means a much hoppier and smoother tasting IPA, an improvement over what was already a good IPA.
- White Rajah IPA by The Brew Kettle--One of the finest IPAs you'll find anywhere in the country.
- Samuel Adams Latitude 48 IPA (Simcoe IPA) by Sam Adams--I liked the Simcoe hop version of this.
- Samuel Adams Latitude 48 IPA (Hallertau Mittelfrueh IPA) by Sam Adams--Didn't like this at all, just tasted too funky.
- Pitch Black IPA by Widmer Brothers Brewing Company--Fresh, boldly hopped with a solid roasted malt backbone...I liked it a lot.
- Total Eclipse Breakfast Stout by Maumee Bay Brewing--Thank goodness we tapped this for them because it was a very good breakfast stout filled with chocolate and coffee!
Finally, a few more pictures my fiancee and I took! Cheers!
Disclosure: I was provided 2 tickets to giveaway on my site, and 2 tickets to attend the event. I helped Blues N Brews promote their event as well, but was not paid for this. The thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are 100% my own.