A Brief Introduction To Taft's Ale House

Taft's Ale House

Taft’s Ale House invited my fellow Cincinnati Beer Bloggers and I for a preview on Saturday afternoon. As of today, Taft’s is the newest brewery and brewpub in the city. I’m not going to go on too long here and cover the same ground as others, they’ve already done fantastic jobs. I do want to say that I have been eagerly anticipating Taft’s for months now. I enjoyed the beers Kevin Moreland (Taft’s head brewer) was making at Listermann/Triple Digit and knew he’d make great beer at Taft’s, which he has. I did not know it was a gorgeous building full of delicious beer and food. I have a new favorite spot in OTR. For more info read the following folks posts:

BeerMumbo’s 3 reasons to visit Taft’s Ale House. Plus bonus before & after pics of the amazing transformation of the building.

BeerQuest ABV shares his thoughts on the beer, the building, and a lot of beautiful photos

WCPO’s Jesse Folk with background the beers and the brewhouse

Music to Brew By

I have a voracious appetite for new music, nearly as aggressive as my quest for new beers. This has only gotten worse with Spotify and the ability to stream 17+ million some songs at the click of a mouse. One day I tweeted a few of the brewers looking for musical suggestions. Steve Shaw at Cellar Dweller was quick to respond with Larry and his Flask, which I now listen to daily.

That got me thinking what other brewers, and bloggers, like for music to brew by or keg/clean/bottle to? With Saturday being Learn to Homebrew Day what better time to build a playlist of tracks to listen to while teaching a friend to brew?

Cellar Dweller

When I asked Steve Shaw again for writing this post he listed Hank The Third, Johnny Cash, and Steve Earle. Mentioning that Johnny Cash’s song Hey Porter is the song that named they named their Porter, “Hey Porter”, after. So here’s that to listen to

MadTree

Matt Rowe said they’re mostly classic rock. He gets a little doo wop fifties and sixties music mixed in there as well. Another favorite is bluegrass, especially The Tillers and The Rumpke Mountain Boys. Perhaps most importantly from MadTree is their Do Not Play List

B0ds-nWCEAAUgEw

To make sure we all get to enjoy lots of different music with this article here is a specific song that Matt Rowe mentioned liking

Blank Slate

Leave it to Blank Slate to have an eclectic love of music.  While breaking the bounds of beer styles and defying having a single flagship beer owner and head brewer Scott LaFollete likes to listen to everything from Punk to Hip Hop. Never having been a big too exposed to Punk I checked out his three specific suggestions (Minor Threat, The Queers,  and New Bomb Turks) and dug this track the most.

Ei8ht Ball

Mitch Dougherty is the man behind Ei8ht Balls brews and is into everything from Patsy Cline, Muddy Water, and Tool to Hank 3 and Pantera. So I had to diversify this list and get some metal in here.

Rhinegeist

I reached out to Rhinegeist’s Head Brewer Jim Matt for what him and brewer Luke Cole like to listen to. While Jim is all over the map musically and Luke was a Led Zeppelin fan Jim did call out 1 song in particular that I had to include in this list.

DogBerry

On creative days they like 311, others range from Seattle Grunge to Rolling Stones, with a love of classical (Beethoven and Chopin) or Jethro Tull.

Just like our brewing portfolio, all styles get tossed around the brewery!

#CincyBeerBloggers

This idea started with just breweries but since Queen City Fresh is so big into music I decided to include him and expand it to my fellow Cincy Beer bloggers as well.

Queen City Fresh

Chris Stevens may not brew beer, but he’s hugely passionate about music and beer and most especially The Tillers so I couldn’t write this without giving him a shout out. Matt Rowe from MadTree also mentioned The Tillers as a favorite so here’s a track from their new album.

BeerQuest ABV

“I either want to be mellow as fuck or pumped up so hard I’m ready to kick a baby”

BeerMumbo

“My favorite band and the most talented musician ever all in one package.”

“Well, except for Prince”

Brew Professor

Love Beer, Love Food

What about me?

I listen to all kinds of music but right now I cannot get enough of Shakey Graves.

What about you?

Leave a comment on your favorite song or artist to listen to while brewing or drinking your favorite beer!

50 West CannonBlog Event

Come on out to 50 West (7668 Wooster Pike, Cincinnati, OH 45227) this Thursday night to support a local brewery AND your local bloggers!! The guys at 50 West were cool enough to invite some of the local beer bloggers out to take part in their Cannonball event.

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