How are you holding up? I’m not sure what day it is anymore. The days and weeks now are all blurred together and the light at the end of the tunnel is at least four weeks away in Ohio. I think I’ve watched Netflix’s entire catalog so I’m moving on to HBO. Thankfully, there’s beer to keep us sane! Here’s seven beers I’ve had this week.
What are you drinking during the great quarantine of 2020?
Pale Sour, Brewery Ommegang, Cooperstown,NY
Ommegang’s Pale Sour ale is one of my favorite “sour” beers I’ve had. More tart than sour this beer is sweet, refreshing, and orange citrusy. It’s 6.9% so watch out. If you’re not yet on board with sour beers this is a very approachable beer to try out. I’m always looking to learn more about the sour brewing progress because it sounds so unique and complicated. Ommegang describes the process for this beer alone and like I said, it sounds complicated, but ends deliciously.
“Pale Sour begins with a mixed-culture fermentation in open copper vats, followed by months of aging in stainless steel. Master blenders regularly mix new batches with older ones to achieve the ideal combination of flavors and the perfect balance of sweet and sour.”
Arnold’s Bathtub Sangria Beer, 50 West Brewing, Cincinnati, OH
50 West added to their Long, Strange Journey series with this sangria beer that I must say goes well with #WinewithDewine daily at 2pm. This beer is 8% ABV. It’s thick, pumped up with fruit and is just this side of tart. The beer features peaches, strawberries, blueberries, and Merlot grapes. It’s good for your beer or wine drinker.
Rounding Third, Madtree, Cincinnati, OH
Rounding Third is a Red IPA that I always look forward to each year. It’s released right around the time baseball season starts so it pairs well with peanut, cracker jacks, and sunshine. It checks in at 6.5% ABV and 51 IBUs so you can go extra innings with it if you want to. It has a slight caramel semi-sweet malt backbone balanced by a strong hop profile with grapefruit notes.
Hop Fit, Braxton Brewing, Covington, KY
Hop Fit from Braxton is one of the latest beers to hit the market for those looking for low cal options in the craft beer scene. I think it’s safe to say that the low cal beer is the beer trend of 2020 thus far. Out of the ones I’ve tried Hop Fit is my favorite. It’s still an IPA and has the hoppiness you’re looking for. It’s like an ultra light Pale Ale I guess. It’s only 4% ABV and 25 IBUs. Although it might be an unintended consequence, this beer will be great for tailgates this fall.
Interstate Pasty Fight, Streetside Brewing, Cincinnati, OH
Have you ever had a chocolate covered creme filled donut? Probably. Ever had it in beer form? Well, Streetside Brewing offers up Interstate Pastry Fight, a 10.3% imperial pastry stout. This is not for the weak hearted. This beer was brewed in collaboration with The Barrel House and Evans Bakery. It’s boozy, full of chocolate, and should probably be saved for dessert.
Mellowship, Fretboard Brewing, Blue Ash, OH
Each of the quarantine beer articles has featured a beer to start your day with. In this article I give you Mellowship ISP from Fretboard Brewing. Mellowship is an India Session Pilsner. Have I ever had a beer that claimed to be the same style? No, I can’t say that I have. It’s 4.9% ABV and offers the clean crisp finish of a pilsner with the floral hop notes of a session IPA. Either way it’s a damn good beer.
Bagpipes of Bardstown, Grainworks, West Chester, OH
This beer from Grainworks Brewing is one of my favorites. As far as scotch ales go this one takes the cake. It’s aged in Willett bourbon and Rye barrels. It’s about 12% ABV and yet is so smooth. It features notes of vanilla, oak, spices, and a pinch of sweetness. It finishes with a pleasing warmth that only a barrel aged beer can provide. It’s just as good from the bottle as it is from the tap, I’m lucky enough to have tried both.