It’s been many a year since Christian Moerlein unleashed a brand new beer in full. Sure, the Lager House does special batches and cask offerings almost every week but the Zeppelin will be in kegs and bottles!
Here is Moerlein’s description from the bottle label so you don’t have to read that sideways:
You’ve made a discovery – a German-inspired Pale Ale lifted by creativity and crafted for the loffty flight of a Zeppelin. Christian Moerlein Zeppelin Bavarian Style Pale Ale showcases the characteristics of traditional pales, enhanced by the distinctive flavors and aromas of German noble hops. Pilsner and Munich malts provide a significant backbone balanced by delicate floral and fruity notes from a late kettle hop addition and dry-hopping. The result makes this Zeppelin constantly smooth and balanced in flight.
OK, 19 may not be a “bonanza” but I love to alliterate and 19 standard craft beers + 1 specially brewed craft beer is pretty damn good for a place with a “Bud Light Stage.” Here’s the list of the standard craft beers:
Mt. Carmel Amber Ale Great Lakes Dortmunder Gold Great Lakes Wright Pils Great Lakes Commodore Perry Great Lakes Burning River Angry Orchard Crisp Apple Unita Hop Notch IPA Unita Wyld Organic Pale Ale Magic Hat #9 Pyramid Heffe-Weisse Highland Gaelic Ale Lost Coast Tangerine Wheat Sierra Nevada Torpedo Sierra Nevada Summerfest 21st Amendment Hell or High Watermelon Brooklyn Brewery Summer Ale Victory Summer Love Victory Prima Pils Anchor California Lager
Cincinnati’s own Christian Moerlein is also brewing a special beer just for this event, the Bunbury Bavarian Pale Ale. Here is Moerlein’s blurb on this beer:
A new star is being discovered this summer – Christian Moerlein’s Bunbury Bavarian Pale Ale is ready to take center stage at Cincinnati’s greatest summer concert. Bunbury Bavarian Pale Ale showcases the unique characteristics of a traditional Ale, while boasting the flavors and aromas of German noble hops. The malty backbone imparted by Pilsner and Munich malts is accented by delicate floral and fruity notes thanks to a generous late kettle hop addition and dry-hopping. The crisp, refreshing result makes Christian Moerlein’s Bunbury Bavarian Pale Ale a headliner at every venue.
I haven’t had the Bunbury Bavarian Pale Ale yet but look forward to having it as soon as I hit Bunbury on Friday. Follow me on Twitter @Tom_Aguero as I’ll be tweeting my thoughts on the brews, the music, the food, and the whole Bunbury experience in general. Finally I’m no music blogger so check out Each Note Secure for great info on the bands at Bunbury but personally I’m psyched about the following less well known bands:
Night Terrors of 1927
WALK THE MOON (from Cincinnati)
Black Joe Lewis
Of course it’s likely needless to say I also can’t wait to see FUN., Cake, MGMT, and The National.
FULL DISCLOSURE: We were contacted by the PR firm working with Bunbury and were given the opportunity to apply for media passes which, to my pure amazement, they gave me! To our readers, and any companies interested in sending me stuff, giving me free stuff impacts the review in only 2 ways. That I WILL review it and that and I WILL write a blog post about it. Giving me free stuff does not guarantee you a favorable review or that I will tell everyone to go buy it.