I think by now we’re all professional quaratiners. A handful of breweries are delivering beer straight to your door like it was a pizza, it’s great. If breweries aren’t delivering most still have pick up/carry out hours available. Take advantage of that stuff while you can.
Bike Path, Little Miami Brewing, Milford, OH
This Bohemian Pilsner from Little Miami Brewing is exactly the type of pilsner I love. It’s light in color, it gives you just a kiss of hops, and a dash of sweetness. It’s a great beer to drink after your bike ride on the Little Miami bike path. I picked this one up mid-ride last week and cracked it open as soon as I got home. It’s always my first beer when I visit the brewery.
Bierwolf, Great Lakes, Cleveland, OH
Writing about individual beers has allowed me to revisit some of my local favorites. This dunkelweizen was a first for me this week though. Great Lakes is an Ohio craft beer OG and I look forward to trying their new releases. This beer has a lot going, highlighted by a roasty coffee flavor and a fruity chocolateness that dazzles the palate at a cool 6.6% ABV.
Foraging with Friends, Abomination Brewing, North Haven, CT
Abomination collabed with Icarus Brewing for this variant of Foraging with Friends. It’s a respectable 7.1% ABV, one of the higher ABVs for a frutied sour beer. It was brewed with flaked oats, wheat, honey and lactose. Then fermented atop a ton of dragonfruit, red currants, and Meyers lemons. This beer is wild. It’s hard to put a finger on. Sour but more tart than sour. Lemon, dragonfruit, and berries. The more I drank it the more I liked it.
Tricarastout, Platform, Cleveland, OH
This stout walks a fine line. It isn’t quite a pastry stout but it’s too sweet to just be a stout. I guess that’s why Platform is calling it a sweet stout. At 11% they can call it whatever they want. It’s brewed with 3 different types of caramel. It’s packed with flavor yet sweetly smooth with a roasted bitterness and a unique heat to finish it off.
Strawberry Banana Pig, Moerlein, Cincinnati, OH
This beer has an interesting backstory. Each year Moerlein brewed a small batch of their strawberry cream ale and named it Strawberry Pig to honor Cincinnati’s unique nickname “Porkopolis.” Some local bartenders began creating blends of the beer to share. One such creation was a mix of Strawberry Pig and Moerlein’s award winning Se7en Hefeweizen (my favorite beer from Moerlein!) that created a strawberry banana ale. It was so successful the brewery decided to brew it and the result was a light cream ale that tastes as advertised.
Hop-a-licious Melon-Train, Rivertown Brewing, Monroe, OH
Rivertown is always putting out interesting stuff just take a look at this hop/melon bomb they put together. It’s 6.5% so you can have more than one on a sunny afternoon. It’s an IPL, which is a style I’m always looking to try when I can find it. This beer is hoppy, bitter, and features notes of different melons.
Coffee Brown, Mt. Carmel Brewing, Cincinnati, OH
Mt. Carmel is a craft beer OG in Cincinnati. Their brown ale is one of their flagship beers. The nut brown is hard to beat but this coffee variant gives it a run for its money. It’s 6% ABV and has a robust roast coffee flavor throughout with some sweetness coming on the back end. It’s a great beer to transition from morning coffee to early afternoon coffee beer. I just wished Mt. Carmel would can or bottle more of their beers.