FigLeaf Brewing primed for anniversary party, & much, much more

Earlier this week we had the pleasure of stopping by FigLeaf Brewing Co., to talk about their big upcoming anniversary party. In between sampling tasty beers, we talked about their bridging the gap between Cincinnati and Dayton, how distribution is working out for them, their wealth of beer styles and so much more.

Don’t forget to bookmark their anniversary party, and we’ll see you there!

Plus you can check out all our shows at our Brew Minds page on YouTube.

Quaff Bros. to merge with Quaff On Brewing for new barrel-aging project

In an almost-destined move, Quaff Bros. — the Cincinnati-based barrel-aged beer collaboration project — will merge with Quaff On Brewing in Indiana.

Brew Minds talked with Quaff Bros. founder/owner Danny Gold about the change on Thursday and what it means for his current projects. [For a little history, check out the first article Brew Minds wrote about Quaff Bros. here.]

RELATED: Official press release from Quaff On Brewing

“When I left The Party Source, it was on good terms and they gave me the rights to Quaff Bros.,” Gold said. “Given that Quaff On is so close in name, and that I came to work with them, it just seemed like a good fit.”

“Quaff Bros. has always stood for a couple things — it stands for collaboration and friendship, and pushing the envelope while creating the highest quality liquid we can,” — Danny Gold

The creator of storied barrel-aged collaborations such as Blue Melvin went on to say that it works from a business perspective too. Quaff On was looking to start a barrel-aging project as it opens a new, larger facility in Southern Indiana.

“We thought there was a lot of potential,” Gold said. “I’ll still be based in Cincinnati, but this will eventually cut down the 1,000 weekly miles of travel I do as we expand into Greater Cincinnati someday.”

The new facility outside Bloomington houses a brewery, barrel program, distillery, and restaurants. From a logistical standpoint, it means that Gold will be able to set a timeline on collaborations and more efficient source barrels and work with breweries besides Quaff On.

“Quaff Bros. has always stood for a couple things — it stands for collaboration and friendship, and pushing the envelope while creating the highest quality liquid we can,” Gold said. “By having a headquarters, it will allow me more time to control the timeline and production schedule. I can have my friends such as Fifty West Brewing, West Sixth Brewing, or Jackie O’s come out to my shop and we don’t have to wait on anything.”

He added, “The new facility will allow me to get the barrels as soon as the distillery is done with them and fill them with beer. Quaff Bros. originally begin as a collaboration and we have no plans to change that. If anything, it opens up more avenues.”

“This will allow us to restart Quaff Bros. with a clean slate so we can start fresh,” — Danny Gold

As for the current projects, Gold said he only has a few beers resting in barrels currently. Those projects haven’t maturated yet but information should be released once the beer is ready.

“This will allow us to restart Quaff Bros. with a clean slate so we can start fresh,” Gold said.

As for the awaited projects with the now-shuttered Blank Slate Brewing, Gold said they are deliberating what to do with those beers.

“Obviously we don’t want to have to dump the beer, but we have to figure out the smartest move for everyone. Those beers also include Against the Grain Brewing, so we have to figure out the logistics of making it work,” Gold said.

As for the merger, it will take effect almost immediately and will be “official” as of Saturday.

The first big release for the combined project will come at the Festival of Wood and Barrel-Aged Beers, (FoBAB,) in Chicago this year. Gold said they are submitting a barrel-aged Russian Imperial Stout called “Fools Russian” — get it? Fools-Rush-In — as well as variants. He said the beers should be released to the public sometime after the contest.

The change in business structure will also mean a change online, so fans should watch Quaff Bros. Facebook page and other social media for the latest updates.

MadTree Brewing announces release of 'Pilgrim' in cans for Fall

It had to happen some time. Fresh on the heels of the release of fan-favorite Dreamsicle, MadTree Brewing announces they are canning “Pilgrim.”

Fans have been clamoring for Pilgrim Pale Ale to be canned since its initial release at the 1.0 facility. With the expansion at 2.0 in Oakley, MadTree now has the capacity to can the beer.

The brewery is also partnering with La Soupe and Busken bakery as part of the event.

Here are all the details on the release, straight from MadTree:

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Changes Coming to

All things change eventually, some quickly, some slowly. Four years ago today the first post on Queen City Drinks went live. Josh Osborne started Queen City Drinks with the idea of a team of people writing about beer, spirits, and wine in Cincinnati. We had four semi-regular contributors pretty quickly, but over time, it faded to Josh, Ginny Tonic, and myself. Eventually, Josh’s job moved him out of Cincinnati, and he handed the reins over to me.

I never intentionally stopped focusing on local beer. I do what I do here because I enjoy it; I write about what I want to write about. Turns out over time I’d rather write educational pieces and my opinion on craft beer industry stuff, not local beer news and reviews. Sure, when locality comes into play I turn to Cincinnati, but this blog hasn’t been about “Where, when, and with what to wet your whistle in the Queen City” for quite a while. I also had substantial competition for local beer news for many years. We reached an unspoken non-compete agreement where Brew Prof and Queen City Fresh covered all that stuff.

What the future holds

I loved the collaborative idea that Josh started Queen City Drinks with and wanted to keep that going. Initially, I approached the other local beer bloggers, but as conversations went on they got big boy and big girl jobs in the beer industry leading them to blog less.

Hanging out with Frank Seta aka @MrFriendlyBeer of Brentwood Spirits, and now The Lucky Turtle, one night he got to talking about doing a video series on YouTube. Brent Osborn of Osborn Brewing eventually got pulled into this project as well. Brent’s already done a few videos for Osborn Brewing, so it wasn’t a stretch to join us. As we got brainstorming things more, I decided to roll Queen City Drinks into this new project.

brewmindsQueen City Drinks will be changing names to BrewMinds. If my plan works out as planned, you won’t need to follow or like any new pages or sign up for any new emails as I’ll be renaming everything everywhere I can. Just remember this when you suddenly see BrewMinds on your Twitter feed or Facebook wall.

BrewMinds will be a series of short videos on YouTube. Content will focus on all things beer, brewing, the beer industry, local Cincinnati beer, and if you know Frank you know we have to include blending beers.

I’m still going to write posts just like I do now. Jhon and Ginny are going to stay on board and continue to write occasionally as well. And the policy of other guest writers remains as it was, if you want to write one post or one hundred just shoot me an email. If you want to write a clear advertisement/clickbait piece for a company, save us both the time and don’t shoot me an email.

All in all, not a lot is changing besides the name and some new videos. Now go subscribe to BrewMinds on YouTube and wait for our first video!