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New Beer Blog Jackie O’s Brewery Firefly Amber


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In this beer blog, we are going to sample a beer from Jackie O’s Brewery.  It is their Firefly Amber.  Jackie O’s Brewery started in 2008 in Athens, Ohio.  There is not much more history after that info.  They are doing a barrel aged program.  Let us get into this amber ale.

It has a clear copper color without a head on this amber. The smell has a sweet malty to caramel notes. The taste has a sweet malty to nutty notes with a malty bitter finish. It is kind of drinkable.

Here is a description from their website (www.jackieos.com):

Find Jackie O’s Firefly Amber Ale Beer

  • Amber Ale / Red Ale · 4.5% ABV

    Lightly roasted malt gives Firefly Amber a biscuit-like finish. Carefully selected hops provide an herbal, mildly citrus, aroma and flavor.

    Firefly Amber is Jackie O’s lightest offering. We refer to it as our gateway ale, as introducing it to macro-drinkers has proved to be effective in converting them into craft beer followers & aficionados. Seasoned craft beer drinkers also admire the drinkability and soft (but wide!) range of flavors embedded within this amber ale. Lightly roasted malt gives Firefly Amber a biscuit-like finish. Carefully selected hops provide an herbal, mildly citrus, aroma and flavor.

Here is their website and twitter addresses:

Website:  www.jackieos.com

Twitter: @JackieosBrewery

In the end, there is not too many good Ohio craft brewery.  Great Lakes Brewery is a good one but outside of that.  It is far and in between.  Jackie O’s, Brew Kettle, and Fat Head Brewery are some of good craft breweries.  I will make a trip to Ohio to pick up their beers.  Amber and Red Ales, I do not go out of my way to pick them up.  This one just dropped in a pile of beer from a friend.  It is ok to me. I am not a fan. I do not see what is so unique about it. I believe others will love this beer.  I recommend it.  Go get some!  Drink it!  Enjoy it!  Metal it!  \m/

Cheers!

Bill DJ Weiser

Email:  djweiser16@gmail.com

Twitter:  @djweiser

Instagram:  @djweiser13
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New Beer Blog Pigon Hill Brewing OCP Oatmeal Cream Pie


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In this beer blog, we are going to sample a new beer and brewery, which is Pigon Hill Brewing.  It is their OCP Oatmeal Cream Pie.  There is not much of history on the web about this craft brewery.  I know they are from Muskegon, Michigan.  They are a newer craft brewery.  Let us get into stout.

It has a clear brown color with tan color head. The aroma has a slight oatmeal cookie notes. The taste has a sweet nutty malty notes with an oatmeal cookie aftertaste. It is pretty drinkable.

Here is a description from their website (www.pigeonhillbrew.com):

Pigeon Hill Brewing Taplist

O.C.P. / Oatmeal Crème Pie is the result of a challenge made by Joel Kamp’s wife: “I want a beer that tastes like an oatmeal crème pie.” Through the use of oats, marshmallow fluff, and other highly secret ingredients, O.C.P. was born. Tasting notes: Seriously, it tastes just like an oatmeal crème pie. “You down with O.C.P.

Here is their website and twitter addresses:

Website:  www.pigeonhillbrew.com

Twitter:  @PigeonHillBrew

Closing, I have wanting to try this beer the first time I saw it on the shelf.  This is just about the only beer that I have saw from this brewery in the market.  As far as the beer, I see what they are trying to do with this beer.  I believe they did a great job on it.  It is a great beer just wish there was more in tasting part. There is nice tasting notes but I just wish there was more.  It is all in the aftertaste.  I believe like all craft breweries.  They are looking to improve this beer just like all their beers.  I am pretty excited to try it in the fall or winter season.  I recommend this beer when it is out again.  Go get some!  Drink it!  Enjoy it!  Metal it!  \m/

Cheers!

Bill DJ Weiser

Email:  djweiser16@gmail.com

Twitter:  @djweiser

Instagram:  @djweiser13

New Beer Blog Saugatuck Brewery Blueberry Maple Stout


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In this beer blog, we are going to get into another beer from Saugatuck Brewery.  It is their new Blueberry Maple Stout.  If you read my earlier beer blog posts on their beers, you know the history of this Michigan base craft brewery.  If you have not, please, read them to get to know this Midwest craft brewery.  Let us get into this craft stout.

It has a jet black color with a tan constant head. The aroma has a maple to blueberry notes. The taste has a slight chocolate to blueberry notes with a maple aftertaste. It is pretty drinkable beer.

Here is a description from their website (www.saugatuckbrewing.com):

Blueberry Maple Stout

A sweet milk stout with all the malt characteristics you love but with a bold, unique twist- this beer tastes like a glass full of blueberry pancakes smothered in maple syrup.

ABV:  6.0%
IBU:  26
Malts:  2-Row, Bonlander Munich, Carapils, Caramel 90, Black Prinz
Hops:  Goldings, Cascade
Served At:  40-45 degrees
Served In:  Pint Glass
Pairings:  Naturally, pancakes go well.

Here is their website and twitter addresses:

Website: www.saugatuckbrewing.com

Twitter:  @saugatuckbrew

In the end, I respect everything that this craft brewery.  I feel they are trying different things and improving other brews of theirs.  I will be honest.  I am not a huge fan of this brewery.  I just feel some of their everyday beers are not good or average.  Just like all craft brewery, they are trying to improve their base beers.  I love my stouts and porters.  I am willing to try newer beers.  This beer has some promise but it came out pretty average.  There are going to be craft beer drinkers that will enjoy this beer. Rochester Mills makes a better Blueberry stout.  I recommend you trying this brew in this blog at least once.  Go get some!  Drink it!  Enjoy it!  Metal it!  \m/

Cheers!

Bill DJ Weiser

Email:  djweiser16@gmail.com

Twitter:  @djweiser

Instagram:  @djweiser13

New Beer Blog Canton Brew Works Buffout Brown Ale


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In this beer blog, we are going to sample another beer from Canton Brew Works.  It is their Buffout Brown Ale.  If you read my earlier beer blog posts on their beers, you know the history of this Michigan base craft brewery.  If you have not, please, read them to get to know this Midwest craft brewery.  Let us get into this brown ale.

It has a slightly cloudy brown color without a head. The smell has a sweet malty to nutty notes. The taste has a sweet to dry malty with hints of nutty notes. The aftertaste has a dry nutty finish. It is a nice drinkable English style brown ale.

Here is their website and Twitter addresses:

Website:  www.cantonbrewworks.com

Twitter:  @cantonbrewworks

Closing, this young craft brewery is still and coming up with some great new beers.  It is hard to believe that this craft brewery has been around for two years.  There is some nice aroma and tasting notes in this beer.  I love it. I could drink this beer all day. I will be back for more.  This is a nice English style brown ale but I bet they call it an American brown ale.  It is a great beer and I highly recommend this beer.  Go get some!  Drink it!  Enjoy it!  Metal it!  \m/

Cheers!

Bill DJ Weiser

Email:  djweiser16@gmail.com

Twitter:  @djweiser

Instagram:  @djweiser13

New Beer Blog Tri-City Brewing Hefeweizen


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In this beer blog, we are going to get into another beer from Tri-City Brewing.  It is their Hefeweizen.  If you read my earlier beer blog posts on their beers, you know the history of this Midwest craft brewery.  If you have not, please, read them to get to know this Michigan base craft brewery.  Let us get into this hefeweizen.

It has a cloudy yellow color with a white constant head. The aroma has a nice banana notes. The taste has a nice refreshing to slight lemon with a heavy banana aftertaste. It is extremely drinkable beer.

Here is their website and twitter addresses:

Website:  www.tricitybrewing.com

Twitter:  No Twitter Address

Closing, I am not a huge fan of wheat beers.  However, I love my German and German style Hefeweizen beers.  It is the perfect summer time beer.  This is a great example of this beer style. It is a great beer and they did an awesome job.  I highly recommend this beer.  Go get some!  Drink it!  Enjoy it!  Metal it!  \m/

Cheers!

Bill DJ Weiser

Email:  djweiser16@gmail.com

Twitter:  @djweiser

Instagram:  @djweiser13

New Beer Blog Woodward Avenue Brewers Visit


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In this beer blog, I had a chance to visit brewpub over the holiday weekend, which was Memorial Day.  I know it does not matter.  I visited the Woodward Avenue Brewpub also known as WAB.  It is located almost on the corner of Nine Mile and Woodward.  I am going to start with the history, beer, and other things.  Let us get into the history.

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WAB opened their doors for the first time in 1997.  There is not much history that I can find on the web.  I believe they are first brewpub and brewery in the Ferndale area. Let us get into the beer.

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There is a new brewmaster in place now.  The new brewmaster came from Green Bush Brewery.  If you live in the State of Michigan, you know everything about Green Bush Brewery.  They make some pretty solid beers.  Their Blonde Lager has been around since the start of this brewery.  It is a pretty solid beer.  They did an Imperial Blodne Ale.  The Imperial Blonde has some honey in it.  I am not a fan of Blonde Ales.  I can see many craft beer drinkers drinking this beer.  The word on the street was their new IPA.  It is Detroit Maiden IPA.  It is a pretty solid IPA.  I feel this beer is a work in process.  I do not mean this in a negative light.  Every good brewery is always looking to improve.  I feel this brewmaster is still working to improve all the beer and WAB themselves is making it happen.  They made a nice dry stout on nitro.  They are a little bit ahead of most craft breweries.  This is a solid stout and I rather drink this over Guinness.  There is a nice cream ale with Raspberries.  There is a Pale Ale.  Both are pretty solid beers.

Here is their website and twitter addresses:

Website:  www.thewabferndale.com

Twitter:  @wabferndale

Closing, this brewpub is starting to move in a good direction.  I know a few months back they loss their old brewmaster.  I was wondering who would replace him.  I have to say that I believe they picked the right guy.  He is just starting his tour but I have to say people are already talking about WAB.  I live on the west of Detroit.  If I am in the Ferndale area, I will stop in and have a few IPA’s.  The future is bright and I cannot wait to see what is up next.  I recommend this brewpub.  Go get some!  Drink it!  Enjoy it!  Metal it!  \m/

Cheers!

Bill DJ Weiser

Email:  djweiser16@gmail.com

Twitter:  @djweiser

Instagram:  @djweiser13

New Beer Blog Lagunitas Aunt Sally


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In this beer blog, we are going to sample a new beer from Lagunitas Brewery Company.  It is their Aunt Sally.  I said this once and again.  The new trend in beer for 2016 was going to be sours, fruit beers, and ciders.  If you read my earlier beer blog posts on their beers, you know the history of this west coast craft brewery.  If you have not, please, read them to get to know this California base craft brewery.  Let us get into this beer.

It has a clear golden color with a white constant head. The aroma has a heavy citrus to slight grapefruit notes. The taste has a sweet tart to grapefruit notes with a grapefruit aftertaste. It is pretty drinkable beer.

Here is a description from their website (www.lagunitas.com):

A Unique Dry-Hopped Sweet Tart Sour Mash Ale

We soured the wort on the Hot Side with Lactobacillus for a few days and then brewed up this smooth and hoppy sour. It tastes like a big bowl of fruity candy or some chewable flavored vitamins, but what’s the difference? It’s sweet, tart, and sassy, just like the tasty cherry pie that your favorite aunt makes. For all the Aunt Sally’s out there, You know who you are..

Here is their website and twitter addresses:

Website:  www.lagunitas.com

Twitter:  @lagunitasbeer

In the end, I love sours, gose, and tart beers.  I know they are about the same in taste profile world.  To me, they are both a little different and I have to be in that mood to really enjoyed a tart beer or a sour one.  I am happy to see more and more sours and tart beers hitting the market.  Of course, anything new that comes out from this craft brewery.  I always pick up a six pack or a single bottle to try it out.  I have to say I am not disappointed on this brew.  I love it. It is almost sour but more tart to me.  I recommend this beer.  Go get some!  Drink it!  Enjoy it!  Metal it!  \m/

Cheers!

Bill DJ Weiser

Email:  djweiser16@gmail.com

Twitter:  @djweiser

Instagram:  @djweiser13

New Beer Blog Tri-City Dry Dock Irish Style Dry Stout


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In this beer blog, we are going to sample another beer from Tri-City Brewery out of Bay City, Michigan.  It is their Dry Dock Irish Stout.  If you read my earlier beer blog posts on their beers, you know the history of this Michigan base craft brewery.  If you have not, please, read them  to get to know this Midwest craft brewery.  Let us get into this stout.

It has a jet black color with a constant tan color head. The aroma has a sweet chocolate notes. The taste has a heavy dry coffee with hints of chocolate. The aftertaste is a dry chocolate to coffee bean finish. It is a sipping to kind of drinkable beer.

Here is there website and twitter addresses:

Website:  www.tricitybrewing.com

Twitter:  No Twitter Address

Ending, this beer does not have nitro but it does not matter.  This beer has some nice tasting notes.  It is has a ton of flavor.  I try this beer against Guinness.  I just wanted to compare the two together.  Both are great beers.  I was amaze the lack of flavor in the Guinness compare to this beer.  I love both beers. Next St Patty’s Day, if I see this beer, I will drink this beer.  If not, at least, I still have Guinness.  I recommend both these beers.  Go get some!  Drink it!  Enjoy it!  Metal it!  \m/

Cheers!

Bill DJ Weiser

Email:  djweiser16@gmail.com

Twitter:  @djweiser

Instagram:  @djweiser13

New Beer Blog North High Brewery Pale Ale


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In this beer blog, we are going to get into a beer and brewery for the first time.  The craft brewery is called North High Brewery and the beer is their Pale Ale.  North High Brewery was founded in 2011 in Columbus, Ohio.  This is the first and only craft brewery in Columbus, Ohio.  Gavin Meyers and Tim Ward founded this craft brewery.  They brought on Jason McKibben their brewmaster.  Let us get into this pale ale.

It has a cloudy golden color with a white constant head. The aroma has a citrus to a slight blueberry notes. The taste has a citrus to a slight lemon notes with lemon aftertaste. It is pretty drinkable beer.

Here is a description from their website (www.northhighbrewing.com):

Pale Ale :: ABV 5.5% :: IBUs 46

Easy drinking dry-hopped pale ale, showcasing aromas of tropical fruit, citrus and herbs. Drinks like a session IPA, but with the body to balance the hops.

Malts: Pale, Caramel

Hops: Nugget, Cascade, Mosaic, Nelson Sauvin

Yeast: Ale

Here is their website and twitter addresses:

Website:  www.northhighbrewing.com

Twitter:  @northhighbrewing

Closing, I love pale ales and trying new beers from breweries that I do not know about.  It is worth the time and money checking out new beers from new breweries for you.  You never know it might be your next favorite beer to add to your line up.  I am not a fan but I am willing to try it again.   Go get some!  Drink it!  Enjoy it!  Metal it!  \m/

Cheers!

Bill DJ Weiser

Email:  djweiser16@gmail.com

Twitter:  @djweiser

Instagram:  @djweiser13

New Beer Blog Fat Head’s Head Hunter India Pale Ale


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In this beer blog, we are going to get into Fat Head Brewery for the first time.  It is also the first time you will see Head Hunter IPA on this blog.  They opened their doors in 2009 outside of Cleveland, Ohio.  They team up with Fat Head Saloon from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania that open their doors back in 1992.  They have several location around the country.  Let us get into this IPA.

It has a clear golden color with a white constant head. The aroma has a grapefruit, citrus to hints of pineapple notes. The taste of this full body IPA has a citrus to grapefruit notes with a heavy dry bitter aftertaste. It is a sipping beer for some craft beer drinkers but others will find it is kind of drinkable beer.

Here is a description from their website (www.fatheadsbeer.com):

No other ingredient stirs the passion of a Master Brewer like the hop. Inspired by this legendary flower we challenged ourselves to create a world class IPA. Head Hunter is an aggressively dry-hopped, West Coast-Style IPA with a huge hop display of pine, grapefruit, citrus and pineapple. A punch-you-in-the-mouth brew for those who truly love their hops! Uncivilized? Yes. Aggressive? Absolutely. Award Winning? Hell yes!

Here is their website and twitter addresses:

Website:  www.fatheadsbeer.com

Twitter:  @fatheadsbeer

Closing, I was pretty impressed about this beer.  There is a nice balance from the hops and malt.  It is a well balance beer.  They did a great job on this beer.  There is a great selection of hops giving a some nice grapefruit to juicy citrus notes.  I love it and I will get more of this great beer.  I just wish it was in a six pack not a four pack.  I highly recommend this beer.  Go get some!  Drink it!  Enjoy it!  Metal it!  \m/

Cheers!

Bill DJ Weiser

Email:  djweiser16@gmail.com

Twitter:  @djweiser

Instagram:  @djweiser13