There's no doubt about it, Daytonians love beer. Considering Dayton's long history with beer, it's no surprise we like to wet our whistles with the stuff. The brewing industry was booming in Dayton up until stupid Prohibition, and I like to imagine all of the great Dayton icons clinking together their mugs after a long day of inventing stuff. Luckily for us, Carillon Brewing Company will be giving us an opportunity to see what it was like to have a brewery in 1850's Dayton. It's kind of like going to an exhibit about brewing in the 19th Century and then getting to drink the beer, … [Read more...] about Carillon Brewing Company: Come for the history, stay for the beer
Beer has been around longer than showers have. Way longer, actually, which means people were getting drunk and smelly well before it was commonplace to bathe every single day. Considering all the black plague and polio going around, who could blame them for wanting to be wasted all the time? Nowadays, we have so much clean water in our society that we literally poop in it (I'm not above toilet jokes here, folks). We even waste gallons of the life-saving stuff each time we shower. Yet, with all of these modern marvels of sanitation technology, we seldom do anything in the shower other than wash … [Read more...] about How to drink beer in the shower
This is the time of year when we sit back and reflect about all the neat stuff that happened throughout the year. 2013 had its fair share: space travel, social issues, political scandal, your favorite celebrity's new haircut, and a whole bunch of other important stuff. Though, perhaps none of the events are as culturally important as the rise of the "listicle". You know what's hard? Writing. You know what's even harder? Getting people to read what you wrote. I mean, who wants to sit there and look at a page full of disgusting words? Boring losers, that's who. Sure, words have the power to … [Read more...] about 10 things that only introverted Breaking Bad fans who grew up in the 90’s will understand (NSFW)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DwEqTbaFVXU Remember Big Pun? Dude was a robust rapper whose biggest hit was about banging chicks. This was a simpler time back in 1998 when fat guys could get famous by talking about how much tail they got and nobody would question them. Anyway, in my half-assed attempt to try to segue into the actual article, I'd like to point out that I bet Big Pun could take down a few pints of beers without it even phasing him. Like the rapper himself, there are some pretty big puns in the beer world. This little article is going to explore (read: poke fun of) some of … [Read more...] about Beer puns: I can barley stand them
You know what I love? Drinking a whole bunch of beer all at once. I mean, I know beer geeks like to go on and on about sitting back and taking your time with a beer. "Sip the beer conservatively, letting it warm up and blossom in your glass like a fine port wine blah blah blah". I'm a busy guy. Sometimes I want to take a couple of beers to the dome before driving my kids to their soccer game. (Just kidding. About having kids, that is.) But man, with all this Kraft Macaroni Beer or whatever it's called being 7% and up, it's tough to pound a six pack without falling on your donkey. Luckily, … [Read more...] about Berliner Weisse and everything nice
If you have a blog long enough, people will hit you up about all kinds of things: events, guest posts, "affordable marketing", "long term SEO options", and a whole bunch of other stuff that you will tend to ignore. However, I recently got an email that I didn't ignore. It was from Affligem, a Belgian brewery that has apparently been making beer for 950 years, though I had never heard of them. They offered to send me one of their pouring kits free-of-charge. Me being the snob that I am, I am skeptical of any brand of beer that I haven't heard of, much less one that has enough cash to send free … [Read more...] about The Affligem Pouring Kit or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Being a Sell Out
Please note that this article is not meant to be taken seriously. So, you’ve stepped into the craft beer world. You’ve stopped drinking out of the bottle like a hobo, started letting your beer warm up a bit before drinking, and you now use words like “snifter” and twirl your beer around in the glass like an idiot on a regular basis. Now you’re telling me that you want to be a beer reviewer? Alright, tough guy (or gal), I am going to lend you my expertise into this lucrative and glamorous world of beer reviewing. Below is a guide that I have developed over the past two years of super … [Read more...] about How to be an awesome beer reviewer
Man, you remember when saisons weren't made by tiny breweries from Vermont and made up a good chunk of everyone's best of list? It's like you had to go to Belgium to get a good saison, and this one from Fantôme was (and still is) one of the most highly rated examples of the style. I got this bottle all the way from Belgium via the glorious internet, cracked it open, and did what every good beer geek does; took diligent notes. This fella clocks in at 8% ABV. Appearance The beer is getting its sais on (get it?). It pours a lovely hazy straw color with a huge white head. The lacing was ghostly … [Read more...] about Fantôme Saison, A Ghostly Brew
Remember when you were in grade school and the teacher would get all mad at you for cracking open a delicious IPA in the middle of class? And you're all like "You don't understand. This was only bottled 5 days ago!". I can't be the only one, can I? Well now is your chance to get back at your teacher and support the Montessori School of Dayton at the same time. The 2nd Annual MSD Brew Ha-Ha is happening on January 26, and this year is going to be great. Take that, Mrs. Virginia! All joking aside, this is not an event that you'll want to miss. There will be some beers available that are tough … [Read more...] about 2nd Annual MSD Brew Ha-Ha – Drink beer at school!
So, to my fellow Ohioans, remember when Yuengling came rolling into town? It was chaos. People went absolutely bonkers for that beer. There were villagers with pitchforks, fires in the streets, and I can recall at least three riots just in the tiny cul de sac I live in... which is weird because I don't even think my neighbors drink beer. I think a few people died. We are used to seeing Yuengling at every bar and gas station around here now, but at first it was nuts. Whatever, the point is that Ohioans love new beer. This week, a little brewery by the name of Oskar Blues came … [Read more...] about Oskar Blues Ten Fidy: CAN you dig it?