First, we started with the six year round brews (which you can see in the picture to the right). My wife's favorite of the six was Wynona's Big Brown Ale, which had a mild body with well-balanced sweetness. My favorite of the six was between two different brews. I really enjoyed the 4 Season's IPA, which was not overly bitter, but very refreshing. I had this once before, but here at the brewpub the freshness of the hops really made this one stand out. My other favorite was the Gran Met, which was a well-rounded Belgian tripel. After trying the first six, we were really impressed that all brews were very good with no off flavors.
We then moved on to the four seasonal brews. My wife's favorite was the Big Black Voodoo Daddy, which was a big, bold imperial stout. I also really liked that beer, but to me the super simcoe hopped Ergot was my favorite at the pub. This crystal rye pale malted brew was super hopped with nearly 22lbs of simcoe hops and both the nose and flavor were outstanding. Again, these 4 beers were super clean with no off flavors, which made Voodoo have a perfect 10/10 beers on tap that were all very tasty. After chatting with several of the employees throughout the afternoon/evening at Voodoo, we learned just how much they care about their beer, especially the cleanliness of their lines and kegs. This attention to detail is what really can potentially make or break the beer.
|Big Black Voodoo Daddy|
All of this chatting lead to one of the bartenders offering us up a little sample of something that they had just bottled, Pappy Van Winkle Big Black Voodoo Daddy. The bottles will be released sometime in the spring at a major bottle release party. Although it was a little oxidized because it was in a growler, the beer was simply out of this world. The balance of the Pappy with the bold flavor of Voodoo Daddy was truly something special. When I get more information on the bottle release party I'll be sure to pass it along!
Voodoo Brewery is not only about beer, but they are also about high quality locally sourced food. The pizza we ordered was made with spent grains and topped with grilled chicken, spinach, house made marinara, feta, tomato, and a thick balsamic dressing. The thick balsamic dressing was simply outstanding when combined with the spinach and feta cheese. The spent grain crust was cooked perfectly and had a great crispy bottom. This was the best tasting pizza I've had in probably the past year! If the other food on the menu is this good, Voodoo has something really amazing going on with the great food and beer they are offering!
|I was so excited to eat this I took a bite before I remembered to take a picture!|
If you are looking for a weekend away from Cleveland, but you don't want to travel too far, I urge you to make the drive due east to Meadville Pennsylvania to Voodoo Brewing. They are open Thursday & Friday: 3PM–12AM and Saturday & Sunday: 12PM–12AM. You'll find updates on their facebook page about what the beer and food offerings are for each week too!
Here are some more pictures we took while at the Brewpub/Brewery!