Brad Says: I've attended my fair share of craft beer events over the past year and each time I go to an event I go in with a plan. What I mean by a plan is that I look over the beer offerings very carefully and plan out ahead of time what Beers I must try. Today I'm going to come up with a few lists for you and hopefully these lists can guide you around BREWzilla.
Bobby Says: This year’s BREWzilla promises to be the best one yet, with some outstanding beers. I totally agree with Brad that a plan helps, so pick the handful of beers you have to try. Then you can explore - perhaps my favorite part of any festival – and try some new-to-you beers you come across.
If are you are attending with a Brewer's Circle pass (now sold-out!), most of the options in there are "can't miss", but there are a few notable standouts:
- Ommegang: Barrel Aged Adoration
- Victory: Coffee Brown Ale
- North Coast: 2006 Old Stock Ale
- Stone: 2006, 2007, 2008 Imperial Stouts
- Great Lakes: Bourbon Barrel Aged Black Out Stout
- Bells: Oracle
- Goose Island Minx
- Smuttynose: 2005 Wheat Wine
Brad Says: These Brews all represent something pretty special. These beers are either rare to Cleveland, or simply a beer that is at the top of the class. These are ones that I won't miss out on!
Bobby Says: We’re lucky to have so many awesome options for the general admission part of the event! I’m thrilled to see some favorites and some beers I’ve always wanted to try on the list!
- Columbus: Bohdi Double IPA
- Sierra Nevada: Bourbon Barrel Aged Fritz & Ken
- Stone: Double Bastard 2010 Vintage
- Troegs: Perpetual Pale Ale
- Bell's: 2010 Expedition Stout
- Rivertown: Bourbon Barrel Aged Hop Bomber
- Hoppin' Frog: DORIS Double Imperial Stout
- Founders Harvest Ale
- Sierra Nevada: 2x4 Belgian Ale
- Rivertown: Lambic
- Brew Kettle: Bourbon Barrel Aged Jack Hammer Barleywine
- Southern Tier: I-90 Pale Ale
- North Peak: Hooligan Hoppy Pumpkin
- Epic: Big Bad Baptist
Brad Says: Although there are a few that are rare to our area, most beers on this list can be found around town either on draft or in bottles if you don't get a chance to have them during BREWzilla.
Bobby Says: While I like ‘rare’ beers, I also think we have so many great year-round options in this state that we are truly lucky. If you haven’t tried something on this list or you’re just getting started in craft beer, BREWzilla could be a great opportunity to have a beer revelation!
Brad’s Honorable Mentions for the General Admission Beer List:
- Three Floyds Alpha King
- Founders Breakfast Stout
- Fat Heads Head Hunter IPA
- Chardon Brew Works Pride of Geauga Maple Porter
- Hoppin' Frog Frogs Hollow Double Pumpkin Ale
- North Coast Old Rasputin
- The Brew Kettle White Rajah IPA
- Buckeye Cleveland Beer Week 2011
- Willoughby Peanut Butter Cup Coffee Porter
- Three Floyds Pride and Joy
- Green Flash: 30th Street Pale
- Southern Tier Pumpking
- Victory Headwaters
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