Celiac Disease, Beer, and Me: A Tale of Irony

Irony: a state of affairs or an event that seems deliberately contrary to what one expects and is often amusing as a result.

Kinda like a beer blogger that can’t drink beer anymore.

After many months of suffering, multiple tests, the opinions of two different doctors, six weeks on a gluten-free diet, and finally starting to feel good again, I have no choice but to accept that fact that I have Celiac disease and can never, ever, have beer again.

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Live at Braxton Brewing for Winter Block Party and Dark Charge Bottle Release

Jesse and Tom headed down to Braxton Brewing Company to talk to with Braxton’s Jonathan Gandolf, in charge of marketing and running point on the Dark Charge bottle release and Winter Block Party event. We also talked about what they’ve learned about having bottle releases. Plus at the end, we talk about the big expansions Braxton has made recently including Braxton Labs and expansions into Dayton, Lexington, Louisville, and now Nashville. Plus even more surprises with a collaboration with Sweetwater and a new can for Deadblow with Starter Coffee.

Check out the video for all this and more!

Live at Fretboard Brewing in Blue Ash

We stopped by Fretboard Brewing in Blue Ash to talk to the owners about the brewery, their location in Blue Ash and their upcoming grand opening “Jam Session” celebration!

Book Review: Stan Hieronymus Brewing Local: American-Grown Beer

I’ve read many brewing books, I’ve eclipsed two full shelves of them, and few excite me anymore. But Brewing Local: American-Grown Beer by Stan Hieronymus stands out as one of the more interesting ones. Most books about brewing are either introductory, very advanced, highly specific, or vague and generic.

Brewing Local stands out from all those by being specific in one unique area and covering a wide variety in that area. Instead of telling you how to make a Saison or just rattling off a list of recipes Hieronymus presents a great deal of flexibility and unique ingredients.

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Is Cincinnati in a Craft Beer Bubble?

Last week we headed to Brink to moderate a panel discussion with industry insiders to discuss if there is a craft beer bubble in Cincinnati. We have a fantastic discussion with many respected people and guests, including a vocal audience member from AB-InBev’s Higher End sharing his views, as well as Dan Listermann sharing great thoughts like “Unless you lived through the 90s you have no idea what bad beer is.”

Watch the full video below or on our YouTube Channel

Brew Minds Live With the Cincy Brew Bus

Last night Jesse and Tom sat down with Cincy Brew Bus owner Mike Stokes to learn about the Brew Bus. We also got into a conversation about how far is too far to be a “Cincinnati Brewery” as well as a brief debate on dogs in breweries.

So You Wanna Be A Brewer? A Day on the Mobile Canning Line at FigLeaf

I’ve wanted to spend a day at a brewery learning about mobile canning for some time now. But I was lazy and didn’t want to wake up and drive to a brewery to do this. Luckily, FigLeaf is only a few minutes from home and they had Iron Heart Canning (formerly Buckeye Canning) in today to can their Basmati Cream Ale. I reached out to the owners who foolishly allowed me to come help out for the day, here’s my experience.

FigLeaf Basmati Cream Ale

TL;DR, I need a nap.

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