Queen City Drinks One Year Anniversary Party

Reserved for Queen City Drinks.
Reserved for Queen City Drinks.

I just wanted to post a few pictures that Charlie and I took at the Queen City Drinks one-year anniversary party. I don’t know how the other writers feel, but for me it’s been a great experience writing occasionally for this site. My writing has improved as I have tried to make my posts more descriptive and useful to all types of readers, and I have learned so much both through researching stories and from reading everyone else’s posts. Especially about beer and beer related events in Cincinnati. Thanks so much to Josh for getting this website started and for his continued leadership and to Tom for keeping it updated and relevant on a day-to-day basis. And a huge thank you to Fifty West Brewing for hosting this party and for allowing us to bring in our own beer to share. There aren’t many places in Cincinnati that would let you do something like that.  And of course the biggest thank you of all goes to all you readers and brewers reading this who make up the community. It was great getting to finally meet many of you in person Thursday. Now that we know each other in real life and not just on twitter I hope to be seeing a lot more of you. So here are just a few pictures of the night. It was a great time and I had my fair share of beer so they might not all be the best quality but I think that is a sign of a really great evening. Cheers everyone and here is to another great year ahead for Queen City Drinks.

madtree kenny and tom
Looks like an intense discussion
The Brew Professor schools us.
The Brew Professor schools us.
Ginny and Beach bum
Finally meeting the Cincy Beach Bum
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Really nice C.A.B. sliders. So good we ordered them twice.
This was the most sour beer I've ever had.
This was the most sour beer I’ve ever had.
"In the Name of Suffering" sounds more like a hot sauce than a beer.
“In the Name of Suffering” sounds more like a hot sauce than a beer.
Josh at the head of the table. Sort of.
Josh at the head of the table. Sort of.
Triple digit was well represented.
Triple digit was well represented.
Josh and one of the brewer's from Rhinegeist.
Josh and one of the brewer’s from Rhinegeist.
Doesn't have anything to do with beer but on the way home we drove by Horseshoe and stopped to get half of The Killers concert for free by standing outside the gates. Better seats than I've ever had at Riverbend.
Doesn’t have anything to do with beer but on the way home we drove by Horseshoe and stopped to see part of The Killers concert for free by standing outside the gates. Better seats than I’ve ever had at Riverbend.

 

 

 

Some Listermann/Triple Digit Updates…

It looks like it’s going to be a busy couple of months over at Listermann/Triple Digit. In addition to the Black Friday and End of the World parties (details below), they’ll be doing tappings of the Blank Slate/Triple Digit collaboration, Determination, at the Covington Keystone (tonight; 6PM) and Cock and Bull Covington (11/30).

Additionally, both White Death and Cincinnatus (bourbon barrel aged imperial stout) will be released soon. Last year’s Cincinnatus was a fantastic improvement on the prior version, so I’m quite excited to get ahold of some bottles of it once it’s released. For those of you interested, last year’s version can still be found at the Party Source. I think I’ll be picking up once or two more to do a comparison with this year’s.

Apple Pie a la Mode Moonshine

On the Halloween Special of The Charlie Tonic Hour, Charlie and I shared the fall-themed drink that I made for our Halloween block party. It turned out great and I am thinking of making something similar to give out for Christmas presents this year. If you want to drink along at home here is the recipe for our Apple Pie a la Mode Moonshine. I originally came across this recipe on Allrecipes.com and was delighted to find that my favorite cooking site also has a lot of other cocktail and liqueur recipes to be found there so I highly recommend you check it out.

Apple Pie ‘Ala Mode Moonshine

1/2 gallon apple juice
1/2 gallon apple cider
4 whole cinnamon sticks
4 whole cloves
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup white sugar

Bring these ingredients to a boil and then let them simmer for at least 20 minutes. Once the mix is cooled to room temperature or below add:

3 cups Everclear
2 cups vanilla vodka

Everclear or similar 190 proof grain alcohol is not available in Ohio or Kentucky but it is legal in Indiana. The best substitute is a 100 proof vodka. When I was making this that is what I used and I added an extra half cup of each vodka. You can drink right away but it’s best if you let the mixture rest at least 24 hours to allow the flavors to blend together. Pour the drink into pint mason jars for an authentic moonshine look and it would make an amazing gift.

This article originally ran on The Charlie Tonic Hour.