#SippyTimeBeer Review – Cincinnati’s #Bockfest Part II

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On Sunday, we were slated to go on a Prohibition Tour of the Over the Rhine area of Cincinnati. I’ll explain that in a moment. Taste of Belgium was packed so we went to a bar that was supposed to be serving breakfast. The bar tender then told us he could order from Belgium or Coffee Emporium. We decided to walk down to CE since it was on the way to Bock Hall. This was unfortunate because they were showing international soccer including my beloved Fiorentina. The staff had never heard of the sandwich we ordered despite the fact that it was on their menu. The order took absolutely too long. It was worth the hassle though because we got a grilled peanut butter squared (smooth & crunchy), jam and bananas. Nothing fancy but a tasty way to start the day.

The Over the Rhine (OTR) area of Cincinnati is where the majority of German settlers came in the 1840s. At the time, the Erie Canal separated that part of the city. The canal no longer exists but the name remains. On the tour, we learned some factoids that were interesting to me. Cincinnati was hard hit from Prohibition because of the amount of beer produced and consumed locally. The average consumption in the US at the time was 16 gallons per of age adults. The average consumption in Cincy was 40 gallons. This fact is no surprise considering that Germany is number 2 in consumption of beer today. There were 36 breweries in the OTR are at the time with 9 of them being on McMicken Avenue.

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We went into Crown Brewing Company, one of the smaller breweries, to start the tour to look at their lagering cellar (pictured above). Lagering is German for storing. These were used from the 1850’s until the 1890’s when refrigeration became widely used. The rusted piping above was used to cycle water thru to help cool the cellar. The average temperature in these cellars was 42-48 degrees. The tour guide at this station told us that lagering is a different process than making ales but they didn’t get into them much. We also learned that you weren’t allowed to bottle your beer in the same building that you brewed it in. We walked the tunnel where the old lines pumped the beer across the street into a second building. Most full kegs are 31 gallons but because of a tax on the number of barrels by the city government, they were normally made in 36 gallon kegs.

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The next stop was the old Hudepohl Brewery. They had some period actors tell the story of how the brewery was founded. It was cheesy but they also gave a lot of good information. Hudepohl was one of the larger brewers in town making about 100,000 barrels a year.They survived Prohibition. Hudepohl supplied mini canned beers to the troops in World War II. Unfortunately, they still closed shortly after the lifting of Prohibition.

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We  visited one last brewery, Kauffman. They mainly showed us these to see larger lagering cellars. They held around 300,000-400,000 barrels. The most interesting part was finally the reason behind all of the goats around Bockfest. It turns out that Bock is German for goat. We also learned that bock beers were used for their nutrition during Lent by monks. I’m not so sure about that one but the Catholics can always find a way to drink. The largest brewery before Prohibition was Christian Moerlein. It didn’t survive Prohibition but it was resurrected in 1981 by new owners. Moerlein is using the Hudepohl label on some of their beers. Moerlein was the main influence to start Bockfest in 1993. Time to finish off the column with a couple of more beers.

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Schoenling Bock was the only beer I had in Bock Hall. It is made from a home brewer’s recipe who won the previous year’s Bock contest. My girl’s brother in law is considering entering the contest next year. I’m still waiting for the oatmeal stout we bought him for Christmas.  It’s made but needs to be kegged or bottled. It was better than the Moerlein special but was the fifth best bock of the weekend. After that one, it was time to tap out of the bocks. I stuck with Moerlein because I haven’t seen it much up here. I went with a  Moerlein Helles. It was a nice change of pace to go with something lighter and less complex than a bock.

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I would be remiss if I didn’t mention Lavomatic Cafe which we stopped into for lunch before heading back to Cbus. She went with the Indian Spiced Hummus that was served fried pita wedges. It was fantastic with the peppery raita & arugala. I went with the Boss Grilled Cheese which had sun dried tomatoes, roasted garlic, goat cheese, cheddar cheese, bacon and tomatillo. It was served with potato wedges cooked in duck fat with rosemary and a spicy remoulade. It was a fantastic lunch. I also had one more beer. It was the new brew from Great Lakes, Alchemy Hour Double IPA. I have no grasp on this beer. I think I was flavored out. I’ll do a  full review some other time.

This weekend was brought to me by my lovely girl and my friends. Get to Cincinnati with some friends and enjoy a good time. -Kevin

56 Days of WrestleMania – WrestleMania IX’s Best Matches: Results

Man, 1993 was rotten. When one of your best matches features Crush, I don’t care how rosy your colored glasses are, that’s kinda sad. That said, a lot of us still have fond memories of WrestleMania IX, from the outdoor setting, to the introduction of Jim Ross, to the promise of no Hulk Hogan in the main event, to the shock of Hulk Hogan in the main event. The card had a few interesting matches on paper (for the time) but anyone could see through the paper. We just sat back, took it all in, let Bobby Heenan entertain the hell out of us for three hours, and years later chose these two stinkers as the best matches at WMIX.

Stunt Granny Audio #218

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OH my god, you better hide your heart because Kevin and Dusty are coming! The fearless duo reunited once again to talk about the latest happenings in the world of WWE. Paul Bearer recently passed away and they discuss some of his career highlights. Dusty segues into a digression about the backstage gang warfare going on in the WWF in the mid 90s. Which gang wore black hats and spelled “crew” incorrectly? Which gang wore red bandanas? Why couldn’t the Hart family even agree on which gang to join? Meanwhile, Monday Night Raw was actually pretty good (except for the abysmal announcing). A troupe of doods made their case for trying to end the Undertaker’s streak. Who prevailed? Why did Big Show just recently realize that if he h it somebody, it would probably hurt? Did WWE miss an opportunity with Zack Ryder? Finally, they talk a little football and call it a night. All that and a whole lot more, so listen for the god of love. Oh, and check this out:

Iron Man Sneakers link – http://www.cbssports.com/nba/blog/eye-on-basketball/21824068/video-lebrons-new-%22iron-man%22-shoes-are-awesome

Stunt Granny Audio Show #218

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