Jesse Folk stopped by Listermann Brewing company in Norwood to talk about the recent hazy IPA craze. Listermann has become Cincinnati’s top spot for NEIPA style beers, knocking out one to two releases a month of either new NEIPAs or variants.
This weekend saw the 3rd King of Ohio competition happen at Thirsty Dog in Akron. The first year Hoof Hearted’s Musk of the Minotaur won King of the Ohio IPA, the second year Streetside’s Raspberry Beret won King of the Ohio Session Beer. For the third year, we searched for the King of the Ohio Stout. I teamed up with Rick Armon, from the Akron Beacon Journal and author of 50 Must-Try Craft Beers of Ohio, again but unfortunately, our third conspirator, Patrick Woodward of Pat’s Pints, was unable to partake this year.
The name Thommy Long, or the name of his company LemonGrenade Creative, may not be well-known in Cincinnati beer circles, but it should be. Thommy and his team at LemonGrenade are responsible for more local brewery labels and artwork than any other company. I recently sat down with him to talk about designing beer labels.
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.
A few months ago I made one of my regular trips to Rivertown and noticed something new in the tap room. It’s a lot cooler, to me than a bunch of arcade cabinets though those are extremely cool! A few days later I was at Mt. Carmel and noticed something new in the tap room there as well, the same thing I ‘ve seen at Rivertown. This was when I got very curious, which led to what you are about to reading.
The things which sparked my curiosity were Brewhaus Dog Bone stands like the one to the right. Then I noticed it said “Proudly made with quality grains from” above the Mt. Carmel logo. Dog treats made from spent grains from local breweries? Only one word for this, Awesome.
The following represents what my research was able to obtain from the internet on any medals or awards won by any brewery in Ohio. Please do not consider this list to be the end all be all of Ohio brewery awards as there are very likely mistakes or missing information. Please shoot me an email at Tom@QueenCityDrinks.com with any corrections and I’ll make it as soon as possible.
GABF = Great American Beer Festival
WBC = World Beer Cup
IBF = International Beer Festival
The industry of local brewery tours has exploded in the past year. Just under 1 year ago Tonic Tours became the first in the city. Today we have a total of 5 companies offering tours of various breweries. Fellow Cincy Beer Blogger Jesse Folk wrote a post introducing all 5. Last week the owners invited me to join a group for a tour on the new Craft Connection Brewery Tours. Continue reading “Craft Connection Brewery Tours”
I had noticed the label approval for this one a little while back, but now we have the details concerning the beer and its release. From Jason at Listermann:
Listermann Brewing Company will be releasing its first beer in its new Ohio Riverboat Pirate series, Colonel Plug, a collaboration with 1987 Home Brewer of the Year and the founder of the Bloatarian Brewing League in Cincinnati, Ray Spangler. Ray and head brewer Kevin Moreland decided to revive one of the three beer styles that originated in the United States: Kentucky Common. The Kentucky Common is a sour mash beer that had an 18 hour mash before it was boiled to naturally sour the beer. The beer was then aged in an American oak cask.
Colonel Plug will be a brewery only release on Friday September 27th at 5 pm. It will be available for draft and bottle purchase. Listermann Brewing Company is located at 1621 Dana AveCincinnati, OH45207
Appearance – Bourbon Hue
Malt – Corn, 2-Row, Honey Malt
Hops – Sterling
Yeast – American Ale
O.G. – 15.5 Plato
Edit: These are $13.99 a bottle with a limit of two bottles per person.
Some news from our friends at Listermann:
Introducing, the newest festival hosted by Listermann Brewing Company: Volksfest! Volksfest is a festival for the people of Cincinnati, brought to you by your favorite local craft breweries. Held July 27th at Listermann Brewing Company in Norwood, Ohio, Volksfest will feature beers only from local breweries. The word Volk in German means people, and Cincy’s brewers have decided to come together once again to show our customers just how much they mean to us. There will be live music all day, performed by local musicians (Bands yet to be announced). Several different food vendors will be on hand to serve a wide range of food. The idea behind Volksfest is lower ABV and session beers for the hot summer days in July. There is no cost to attend Volksfest, just pay for whatever you eat and drink! The celebration begins with kegs and eggs in the tasting room at 9 am and ends once the music stops playing at 11 pm.
The breweries involved are: Blank Slate, Fifty West, Christian Morelein, Rock Bottom, Rivertown, Mt. Carmel, Mad Tree, Cellar Dweller, Wiedemann, Quaff Bros, Rhinegeist, Triple Digit, and Listermann. Some of these breweries are making beers JUST for this event!
Listermann Brewing Company has teamed up with the German-American Citizens League of Greater Cincinnati to host the event. They will be bringing an authentic German feel to the festival, as well as booths, banners and parades to talk about their respective clubs. The ceremonial keg tapping of the Listermann Volksfest Lager will be held at 4 p.m.
Like the Oktoberfest and Starkbier Fest previously held at LBC, this event will be family and dog friendly. More info on the music and food vendors will be provided later. The event will start at 9 a.m. with Kegs and Eggs in the tasting room.We have a new Facebook page, Volksfest Cincinnati , and twitter account, VolksfestCincy, so join the conversation on those for the most up to date information.
For special accommodations or questions, call Listermann’s at 513-731-1130 or email Jason at Jason@listermannbrewing.com or Kevin at Kmoreland@tripledigitbrewing.com. We look forward to seeing you July 27th! Prost/Cheers!
I was lucky enough to get invited to this beer dinner at Parker’s Blue Ash Tavern featuring the brews of Listermann and Triple Digit. Before we go any farther a bit of background on Listermann and Triple Digit. Listermanns has been a home brew store for a long time now then 5 years ago they started a small brewery aptly named Listermann Brewing Company. Wanting to experiment more they then created a separate brewery know as Triple Digit Brewing company, so named for all their beers having a original gravity in the triple digits. So they’re both brewed at the same place and on the same equipment but are “different” breweries.
I’ve said it before and I’ll again repeat that I’m no food blogger but I’ll do what I can on that front. I will, however, be focusing on the brews and how well they pair with the courses. As for the restaurant I’d never been to Parker’s Blue Ash Tavern before but have seen how they’ve been improving their craft beer selection lately. I quickly checked on the way in and saw at least 8 taps of craft plus a standard sized color case full of craft bottles.
Tuna Tacos (Cucumber Salsa, Jalapeno Crema, Cilantro)
paired with a Serpentine Wheat.
Beer: Listermann Serpentine Wheat
Style: Wheat Ale
Ingredients: 2 row pale, wheat malt, oats; sterling and sorachi ace hops; American ale yeast
Little bit darker than most wheats with much more orange color. Nice light aroma of wheat that reminds me of summer days. Very crisp taste with light citrus flavors, but not really the typical IPA type of citrus more lemony than that. Very light body and smooth mouth feel with plenty of carbonation bubbling across your tongue and almost no sense of alcohol. Super refreshing on a hot day.
The heat from the Jalapeno meets up well with the cool soothing wheat but it’s was still a pretty hot dish… Or I’m getting old and losing my joy/tolerance of spicy food.
Fish & Chips (Battered Pacific Cod, Crispy Plantain, Napa Cabbage)
Beer: Listermann Leopold.
Stye: Belgian blonde
Ingredients: Pilsner malt, wheat, flaked corn; Sterling hops; Belgian yeast
Availability: draft only
Extremely light pale yellow, could be mistaken for a Bud Light. Strong flavors from the Belgian yeast strand brings out aromas of fruit. The flavor profile matches the aroma strongly of fruit and lots of grapes specifically. Uber light body and mild carbonation. Really flavorful beer showing off loads of fruit.
The meal was infused with Leopold in multiple ways and tasted great with it.
Beer Belly & Pork Rinds (Smoked Pork Belly, Spicy Pork Rinds, Avocado)
Beer: Listermann Jungle Honey
Style: American Pale Ale
Ingredients: 2-row, crystal, and honey malt; perle and zythos hops; American Ale yeast
Availability: Draft only 😦
Orange brown color topped with slight head. Complex aroma mixing the bitter and sweet. Flavor hits you with a touch of bitterness then a wave of sweetness. Medium body and finish. I really enjoyed the flavor of this brew.
Really awesome combo with the beer and food here. Fatty pork flavors of the meat were washed away by the IPA cleansing the palate for another bite.
Ohio Steak & Potatoes (Ribeye Two Ways, Asparagus, Roasted Beef Jus)
Beer: Triple Digit Aftermath
Style: Scottish Wee Heavy
Ingredients: 2 row, crystal, victory, and chocolate malts; brewers gold hops; ale yeast
Availability: 22 oz bottles and limited release draft
Dark brown mahogany color. Strong caramel and toasted bread aromas. Matching flavor with loads of alcohol, but not aggressive or in your face. Fuller body with a creamy mouth feel. Very enjoyable, but you should only do so with caution!
Sorry, this food looked to delicious to wait to take a picture. Super awesome Ribeye, Asparagus, and fried Potatoes which goes great with this strong beer.
Nutty Bars (Fresh Peanut Butter, Wafers, Chocolate)
Beer: Listermann Nutcase
Style: Peanut butter porter
Ingredients: 2 row pale, aromatic, crystal, Chocolate, flaked oat malts; brewers gold hops; American ale yeast.
Very dark brown color. Nuts are all over the place here strong in the aroma and flavor. If you don’t like peanut butter you might want to stay away. I on the other hand love peanut butter and always say the world needs more porters, resulting in this beer being a great combo for me.
Super delicious but almost a little too rich. Think about those vanilla wafer sandwiches, just in a peanut butter flavored and ultra gourmet version.
Not getting down to Norwood (where the Listermann/Triple Digit brewery is) very often I have few chances to try these Listermann brews. Since Triple Digit is bottled and distributed more widely I’m much more familiar with their line up and have had Aftermath quite a few times. This is something that will have to change. I was seriously wowed by the Jungle Honey and need to get around to giving it a full review and making sure to get it more often.
If you’ve been looking for an excuse to do the same then this Saturday is that excuse, especially if you like hazelnuts! From 10 am – 10 pm it’s officially Chickow! Day at the brewery, featuring a release of Bourbon Barrel Chickow! as well as many different variations on tap and cask. I also hear it’ll be easier to acquire a variety of Triple Digit in the future as they’re getting a bottling line (they’ve been hand bottling everything) and will be releasing 4 and 6-packs as well as the 22 oz bombers they currently carry!
FULL DISCLOSURE: I was invited to this event by a PR firm and my meal was comped, so all food and beer were free. To our readers, and any breweries interested in inviting me to events, giving me free beer impacts the review in only 2 ways. That way is that I WILL review the beer and I WILL write a blog post about it. Giving me free beer does not guarantee you a favorable review or that I will tell everyone to go buy it or anything like that.