#SippyTimeBeer Review – @ColumbusBrewing, @MtCaramelBrewing, @NorthHighBrew & Southern Tier

IMG_20140124_144325Columbus Brewing Co.Cousin Eddie – The number of places you can get craft beer keeps growing. This one was on tap at The Pint Room, right around the corner from my office. They have 87 beers on tap according to their website. This very beer is from Cbus, though the Pint Room has many beers that aren’t from around here. It was interesting because the first time I had heard of an American Strong style of beer, it was Seventh Son from Seventh Son. This one is darker in hue and opaque than Seventh Son. The hue comes from the malt that is used as a base. They both had a very similar taste profile. The biggest similarity was the grapefruit flavored hops that is used to offset the bitter tones from the other styles of hops used in this beer. Also in the same vein, both beers are very good with easily remembered names. I’m sure even Clark would agree with Cousin Eddie’s choice of beer.

Mt Caramel StourterMt. Caramel BrewingStourter – We met some friends out before a Columbus Bluejackets game and went to Dewey’s Pizza where I found this one of a kind beverage that is made for their store. At least that’s what the waitress told me. Considering that I can’t find it on Mt. Caramel’s website, it could be true. If I had been smart, I would have tried their Stout out of a bottle soon there after to compare them. Alas, I didn’t. Porters generally have more head than most beers but this head is cranked up to stout levels as you can see in the picture (L) and compare it to the porter below. It certainly had more of stout thickness too. It was a great beer to sip while eating some tasty pre-game pizza. There wasn’t one taste that stood out to me though. It didn’t have a heavy coffee bitterness. There wasn’t a milk like sweetener. It was just a good solid stout in the mold of Guinness. No tricks, just straight ahead, ahem, stourter goodness. If you go by their stout specs, this beer is 38 IBUs and 6.7% IBUs. This company is out of Cincinnati but they don’t have a distribution map. Enjoy if you can find it.

North High Old FordNorth High Brewing Co.Old Ford Porter – Another prime stop before Bluejackets games this season was Zauber’s Brew Pub since it is no more than five minutes from Nationwide Arena and hosts a food truck every day of the week. North High isn’t much if any further from the arena but the parking isn’t as easy. Before this particular game though, I tried Old Ford at Zauber. The thickness is almost closer to a stout than most of the porters I have experienced recently which is a big positive. I want some viscosity in my porters and stouts. If we’re going by North High’s standard of judging by IBUs, this one is still pretty low at 37. I will say I don’t feel I tasted hops much. That was probably because of the sweetness in the molasses and the dark richness provided by the roasted malt. It comes with a 6.8% ABV so it packs a punch but it won’t double you over. If you come to Columbus, this is a good beer to chose.

Southern Tier Live Pale AleSouthern Tier Brewing Co.Live Pale Ale – I sucked in this beer at Dewey’s. Southern Tier has been a good brewery in my experience and this beer is no different. Though it doesn’t have an IBU listed, it has just the right amount of hops to give you a jab. They also do something a little different by adding a second round of yeast just prior to bottling so that they get a secondary fermentation. It adds carbonation, reduces oxygen and helps it’s shelf life. That would be good news if it weren’t a year round beer. Kenny Road Market sells beers on the cheap out of season but this one never will be. It has a 5.5% ABV so it is a good beer to drink for a long night. Which I endorse, so long as you can get your hands on it.

#SippyTimeBeer Preview – @ZauberBrewing Maifest

maifestI have certainly moved coverage of beer from what anyone can acquire this beer, which is coming later today, but also to including the local brewers in the mix. The Maifest event is in town hosted by Zauber Brewing Company and will be featuring beers from themselves, Four String Brewing, Sideswipe Brewing and Smokehouse Brewing. (Which was renamed recently from Barley’s Smokehouse. See this article for the disambiguation from Drink Up Columbus.) There will be food at the event too supplied from Schmidt’s Sausage, ManBQue, Matt The Miller’s and Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream. Since I am familiar with German traditions, having gone to Bockfest last year, I had some questions for Geoff Towne, brewmaster at Zauber, about their Maifest celebration.

Question: Will you have a Maypole at the event? If so, will there be a procession before it is erected as they do in Germany? Will there be any traditional dances around the Maypole?

Answer: Yes there will be a May-Pole, dancing around it is optional. We are just trying out a lot of these ideas for the first time, as we do more in the future we hope to do as many German/European ideas for fun.

Question: During Bockfest, bock beers are celebrated. Is there a traditional beer connected to Maifest? Also during Bockfest, Germans started lagering beers for Oktoberfest. Is there a beer that starts being made during Maifest for later consumption?

Answer: MaiBock might make sense to celebrate with this event. Wish I’d thought about that myself. MaiBock is an interchangeable name for Octoberfest style. They are very similar.

Question: Will you start celebrating other traditional German festivals like Bockfest & Oktoberfest?

Answer: Yes our intention is to do some other German/European inspired festivals.  And make them our own. Americanize them, if you will.

Question: Which of your beers will be featured during this event? Will there be any new beers debuted? Do you know which beers Smokehouse Brew, Four String & Sideswipe will be supplying?

Answer: Buxom Blonde, Stodgy Brown, Berzerker Belgian IPA, Magnum Copper Ale. Not new for now. I don’t have the list of the other brewers, but I would suspect Smokehouse’s Scottish Ale, Blood Thirst Wheat,  Four String Brass Knuckle and Back Stage Blonde. Sideswipe not sure. (I haven’t reviewed it yet but their Elegant Hoodlum Smoked Stout is my favorite smoked beer.)

Question: When will your large tanks be ready to use?

Answer: Large brewery is about a month (3/4wks) out.  Beer by July 4th?

It’s a bummer to not be in town for this party as it sounds tasty in the food and more importantly beer department. I will be touring a brewery in Colorado Springs though so I will get a column out of this weekend. I’m glad I’ll be in town for July 4th. More Zauber beer equals a happy – Kevin

%d bloggers like this: