The cure for your despair is right around the corner, and it comes in the form of a night of rip-roaring Blues played by some of Dayton’s finest. Road to Memphis winner Jimmy D. Rogers headlines this event, with featured performances by Sharon Lane (backed by Nasty Bingo), and sets by Gata Azul and Nasty Bingo. Just $10 at the door and all your sorrows will be washed away!
October. When all things fall ramp-up. Shelves are covered with Halloween candy, nature has changed from shades of green to shades of gold and rust, and college football teams are starting to play ranked contenders. Oktoberfest beers are going to disappear from the shelves slowly, our love of the German festival waning as September ends. Fear not, because there is one style of beer that is going to be in season late into fall. Pumpkin ales started hitting the shelves in early September, but they do not really hit their stride until we transition into fall. People start looking towards those warming flavors of cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice to get through the crisper days.
The beer options on the shelves can be overwhelming. While places like Belmont Party Supply and The Barrel House offer single cans, or even beers on tap, for you to enjoy, there is still a decent selection for you to consider. In service to our readers, we decided to do a small taste test of the beers that are out in the wild right now. A selection was acquired from Belmont Party Supply, and we sat around playing games and tasting beers. All of the beers we tried were generally commercially available; we did not go after any whales or other unique beers. They were also as standard as we could get. We avoided anything barrel-aged or a limited version of another beer. Each beer was sampled considering how it was balanced, the presence of pumpkin flavor, and the pumpkin spiciness in the bottle.
These are, of course, our opinions. Yours will differ, based on your taste buds and love of pumpkin spice.
Ichabod – New Holland Brewing – 4.5% ABV – Holland, MI
This one was primed for us to enjoy. Dark, delicious, good pumpkin and spice nose, everything we wanted in a pumpkin beer. Then we took a sip.
Of all the beers we tried, this was the only one that everyone poured out. It was unbalanced, with the spice being unbalanced and not at all what we were expecting. If there was any pumpkin flavor in it at all, it was buried under layers of spice and hops. Not much to it that we enjoyed, especially with the bitter finish we all detected.
Johnny Rails – Erie Brewing Company – 6.5% ABV – Erie, PA
When we poured this and took a whiff, we were expecting big things. I personally expected good things, as one of our vacation breweries of choice when we are in northwestern Pennsylvania is Erie Brewing. We were, sadly, sorely disappointed.
It is a good beer. We all enjoyed it and expected it to be exceptional based on the aroma alone. But the flavor did not deliver. There was some sweetness of the pumpkin, and some of the spice came through, but it was faint. It is a great fall beer, but not one we would reach for if we needed pumpkin in our lives.
Spooky Tooth – Fat Heads Brewing – 9% ABV – North Olmsted, OH
This one elicited the most diverse discussion from the table. The debate was not over the quality of the beer; we all agreed it was one of the better brews of the night. There were two camps at the table. One felt that it is balanced, with the sweetness of the pumpkin playing a flavorful foil to the spice of the beer. The other opinion was that the pumpkin was not that present, but the spices were still balanced and enjoyable. Either way, this is one to snag before the end of the season.
Imperial Pumpkin Ale – Weyerbacher Brewing – 8% ABV – Easton, PA
This beer was one of the more balanced ones that we tried during the evening. The spices were the more dominant component of the beer, with the sweetness of the pumpkin taking a back seat. You could tell it was going to have a good spice flavor from the first pour, and that part did not disappoint. It was easy drinking enough that someone described it as “the summer shandy of pumpkin beers.” But at 8% ABV, you should not be drinking this half as hard.
The Fear – Flying Dog Brewing – 9% ABV – Frederick, PA
Of course The Fear is going to pour dark. It has to be scary, right? There was a light pumpkin spice nose to it. Combining that with the dark color made the dark beer drinkers at the table pretty excited. The excitement was justified. Led by cinnamon, the pumpkin spice flavor comes through nicely. It was dark and rich and luxurious, lingering on the palate for much longer than most of the other beers. The spice, and the bite it provided, made this beer one of the favorites of the tasting.
Pumpkinville Latte – Ellicottville Brewing Company – 6.5% ABV – Ellicottville, NY
The sweetness in this one was telegraphed right from the beginning. There was a distinct cake aroma to the beer, undeniably sweet, which blended nicely with the spice notes. It certainly was creamier and sweeter in taste than the other beers were, but that did not cut out the spice. It smelled, and tasted, like pumpkin pie with a dollop of whip cream. The coffee was in the background, offering a slightly bitter balance to the sweetness of the beer. All of the richness makes this entry a good end of the night beer.
Pumking – Southern Tier Brewing – 8.6% ABV – Lakewood, NY
Certainly in the argument for one of the best pumpkin beers on the market. The balance of the sweet pumpkin and the bite of the spice is perfect, from the time you catch the aromas coming from the bottle to the time the lovely liquid rolls over your tongue. The finish was smooth, and this was “really pumpkin pie in a glass” according to one taster. In the realm of flavored beers, it is hard to find one that Southern Tier does not do well. This was the hands-down favorite of the tasting.
Pumpkin beers are enjoyed throughout autumn, right up to the point that the first Christmas beers start to show up on the shelves. But while they are out there, they are a warming delight in the chilly days of fall. All of that spice a perfect balance for s’mores and Halloween candy. There are plenty more than the ones we sampled, which we would love to hear about. What are your favorite pumpkin beers? Let us know in the comments. Welcome to fall!
With artisans from all over providing crafts and fine art for you to purchase, live entertainment on the stage, food and drinks from local vendors and food trucks, a plein air competition, competitions for artists and a kids zone, this event is one of the “can’t miss” attractions in the community.
Held at Canal Place in Downtown Piqua.
For Music Fan’s listening pleasure:
- The We Care Arts annual Arts & Drafts Festival from 2-10pm on August 3rd
- Address: 3035 Wilmington Pk in Kettering.
- Parking is available in nearby lots or residential streets.
- Going to drink? We encourage you to get a ride, Lyft or Uber on your way!
- All ages welcome!
- $10 at the door or for pre-sale click here.
The Ohio Craft Brewers Cup is an annual competition showcasing the best craft beers in Ohio that took place at the Dayton Beer Company June 10th – 12th. Breweries of all types and sizes entered their beers in up to 10 categories. A panel of judges consisting of Ohio’s professional brewers award bronze, silver and gold medals to the three highest quality beers in each of the twenty-nine categories.
Local Gold Medal Winners included:
Brown/Dark Ale: EUDORA MOTHER FUGGLE
Herb/Spice/Pepper Beer: DAYTON BEER CO JALAPENO FACE
Silver Medals Winners:
Stout: FIFTH STREET JOJOS
Bronze Medal Winners:
German Style Ale: FIFTH STREET LUDWIG
Stout: DAYTON BEER CO DEEP SEA DIVING
Wheat Beer: MOTHER STEWARTS WITBIER
Toxic Brew Co and Super Dope Comedy Show bring you a new comedy showcase: The Toxic Offenders, hosted by Dan Sebree right in Toxic Brew’s taproom. Some of the funniest, most talented comics in Dayton and the surrounding area will be in front of the mic one Tuesday of every month. Check the current flyer for this month’s lineup and check the running Facebook event page(link attached) for regular updates on what comics will be performing in the future. Grab a pint, grab some popcorn and enjoy the ride.
Jacob Stickle was born in Neckar-Thailfingen, Wurettemberg, Germany on February 26, 1825, son of John Jacob and Katerina Stickle.
Jacob helped his father on the family farm until he was old enough to be apprenticed to a butcher. He learned the trade of butchering and stayed in the business until he immigrated to the United States, landing in New Orleans on May 1, 1849. He arrived in Dayton on the first of June.
On his arrival Jacob started working for Adam Happle, a meat packer whose business was located on Valley Pike in Mad River Township. He worked for $7 a week and board. After two years Jacob had saved enough money to rent a butcher’s stand and later opened a stall in Harshmanville, on Yellow Springs Pike, which he attended for seventeen years.
In 1868, Jacob purchased the brewery of Sander and Stoppelman on Warren Street. When he started the business he decided to use only the best quality products, and to make his beer out of only barley, malt and hops.
In 1881, the City Brewery building burnt down. Jacob Stickle rebuilt and enlarged it at an expense of eight thousand dollars, building a three and a half story brick factory. The ice houses had a storage capacity of 2,000 tons and the beer cellars of 3,000 barrels. The first year the business made 4,000 barrels of beer and by 1882 the brewery was producing 7,000 barrels annually. The business required ten men and several teams for delivering the beer to local businesses.
Jacob married Barbara Drechsel on August 31, 1851 and they had two children. Jacob’s son, William, later helped his father run the brewery. In 1890, the business moved to 653 and 655 Warren Street. Jacob Stickle merged his brewery with The Dayton Breweries Company in 1904 and then sold out his part.
Jacob died on November 20, 1908 and is buried in Section 63 Lot 1126.
Frederick H. Euchenhofer was born in Switzerland about 1812 and came to American when twenty years old. For a few years he lived in one of the eastern states and then moved to Miamisburg in 1836. Frederick opened a bakery and confectionery store there, running a successful business until 1848, when he came to Dayton. He purchased the old Columbus House and ran it as a hotel until 1863.
In 1861, Frederick opened the Third Street Lager Beer Brewery on 1513 East Third Street. The brewery was made of brick, two stories high and had a cellar. In addition, there were three individual cellars, separate from the main building that were capable of storing 1,200 barrels. The brewery was bought by Miller and Ritzler in 1867, but Euchenhofer rebought the brewery five years later.
Frederick later changed the name of the brewery to Third Street Brewery about 1887. In 1888, over 3,500 barrels were being produced each year, most of them being consumed in the home. The annual trade for that year was in excess of $25,000.
Frederick was a charter member of, and a director in, the Teutonia Insurance Company of Dayton, which was one of the most successful financial institutions in the city. Fraternally, Frederick was an Odd Fellow and a member of the Harugari. The German Order of Harugari, sometimes called the Ancient Order of Harugari or by its German name, Der Deutsche Orden der Harugari, was a mutual benefit and cultural association of German Americans founded in New York City in 1847 that was at one time the largest German secret society in the United States. The objectives were mutual protection in a time of high German immigration and anti-German sentiment in the U.S., and preservation of German language and culture. The order forbade discussion of religion, politics, or social issues. The name Harugari comes from the old German word Haruc. It may be roughly translated as “The Teutonic spirit (or priest) of the oak tree.”
Frederick was a Lutheran and in politics a Republican. He was married twice. His only child from the first marriage, Albert, died in February, 1892. His second marriage was to Caroline Disher. They were married in Dayton and had ten children.
Frederick H. Euchenhofer died on February 3, 1891. Caroline died on November 22, 1938. They are located in Section 103 Lot 1619.
Otto Frederick Euchenhofer was born about 1857 in Dayton, Ohio. He belonged to the St. Luke’s German Lutheran Church. He was the father of four children.
Otto Euchenhofer took over the Third Street Brewery on 1513 East Third Street in 1892 and changed the name to Third Street Ale Brewery. Unfortunately, records show that the brewery slipped in business under Otto’s management. By 1895, the brewery’s yield was only 1,000 barrels, down from 4,000 in 1890. He sold the business to Henry B. Pruden and Peter J. Altherr in 1896.
Otto Frederick Euchenhofer died on May 20, 1912. He is located in Section 103 Lot 1619.
Golden Lamb, located in Lebanon, Ohio, proudly hosts dining experiences throughout the year to showcase the bold flavors and culinary culture of local regions. This month, we continue the tradition with a special beer dinner featuring proprietary selections from Fifty West Brewing Company.
The Fifty West Beer Dinner at the Golden Lamb starts at 6:30 p.m., Saturday, September 8. The evening will feature a five-course meal created by the Golden Lamb culinary team to pair perfectly with a range of unique beers from Fifty West Brewing Company — a brewpub and production facility located in a former roadside speakeasy on U.S. Route 50 – a main artery for westbound travelers into Cincinnati.
The menu includes:
Starter course: Miniature salmon cakes with citrus salsa, feta and vanilla scented grilled watermelon skewers; plus toasted pistachio with ricotta and spiced honey toast; all to be served with Doom Pedal White Ale.
Second course: Mixed Green and mushroom salad with EyePA vinaigrette, assorted fresh greens, marinated mushrooms, pickled red onions, candied pecan crusted goat cheese, and fried fennel; served with Punch You in the EyePA.
Third course: Oktoberfest marinated lamb loin with parsnip puree, charred brussels, and pickled mustard seed demi; served with Vienermobile Festbier.
Fourth course: Braised pork medallion with heirloom bean ragout, Carroll Creek Farms pork, Going Plaid braising jus, wilted collards; served with Going Plaid Scotch Ale.
Finale: Cherry and apricot cobbler with summer cherries and a Pluot IPA plum sauce; served with Pluot Coast to Coast IPA.
Reservations are required and can be made by calling Golden Lamb at (513) 932-5065. The dinner is priced at $60 per person, plus tax and gratuity.
August Becherer was born in Germany. He served as a Captain in the Fourth Ohio Cavalry during the Civil War. He was a member of nearly every soldier’s organization in the city of Dayton at the time of his death.
John B. Wager, August Becherer and Henry Hilgefort opened the Lager Beer Brewery about 1854. It was located on the southeast comer of Hickory and Brown Streets. In 1859, August decided to try it alone and bought out his partners. In 1861, Becherer took on Henry Hussmann as a partner and changed the name to Ohio Brewery. Three years later Hussmann had had enough and left to open a grocery store. August tried again, taking on Phillip Ritter as a partner in 1868, but it only lasted two years. He finally found a lasting partner in Frank Becherer, who became part owner in 1870 and stayed with the company until it was sold to Michael Seubert and Otto C. R. Wilke in 1879. August went on to open the Oakwood Brewery that same year and Frank went to work for August.
August Becherer died at his home on Brown Street on May 11, 1885 at the age of 50. He is located in Section 111 Lot 2324.