Thursday’s Short Pours: SW Ohio venues among 2013 Ratebeer Best, $0.33 martinis, and what it takes to open a distillery

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A couple Southwest Ohio better beer locations get some love from Ratebeer…

In the Best for 2013, Dilly Cafe won best restaurant and Jungle Jim’s (Fairfield) won best grocery store for the state of Ohio. Jackie O’s, notably, won best brewpub in Ohio.


Japp’s is dishing out some martinis on the cheap…

“Japp’s, the craft cocktail bar on Main St.,   is launching a Prohibition Pricing Happy Hour. From 4-6 p.m. every day, a classic Plymouth Gin martini will be — hold on– 33 cents.  That’s Plymouth Gin, dry vermouth and two olives or a lemon twist.”

Via Campbell’s Scoop

Craig at Drink Up Columbus  speaks to the folks at Watershed Distillery about what it takes to get a distillery up and running…

“Since Watershed’s inception in late 2010, it seems that every Columbus area bar and home bar is stocked with at least one of their four spirits. The distinct flavor of their gin is something I’ve been unable to match from another brand, the vodka is as solid as you’ll find, the bourbon barrel gin is an unexpectedly delicious unique experience, and the new bourbon is absolutely delicious. I sat down with Watershed owners Greg Lehman and Dave Rigo to learn more about their business.”

Via Drink Up Columbus


Monday Short Pours: Higher Ohio beer ABV?, Madtree gets first beers approved, Dogfish Head Sixty-One

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Raising the Ohio beer ABV cap:

“State Rep. Dan Ramos, D-Lorain, plans to re-introduce a proposal this year to increase the legal limit on the amount of alcohol allowed in beer sold in Ohio. Right now, the limit is 12 percent alcohol by volume. Ramos’ proposal would boost that to 21 percent.

“Of course, with Ohio’s growing brewing industry, we see this as good for state tax revenue, as consumers won’t cross the border into a neighboring state with less prohibitive restrictions to purchase similar products, and good for business as it allows the industry to continue to grow and distribute its products across the state and country,” Ramos’ legislative aide John Tyler said.”

via Ohio lawmaker plans to seek higher ABV – The Beer Blog – Ohio.

Madtree gets their label approvals…

Madtree Axis Mundi Ale (Russian Imperial Stout)
Madtree Happy Amber Ale
Madtree Gnarly Brown Ale
Madtree Identity Crisis Ale (Black IPA’ish)
Madtree Pyschopathy IPA

[Label pictures after the jump below.]

via Queen City Drinks

And Dogfish Head puts out another wine-beer concoction…

“Sixty-One captures that tradition in a bottle and marries two Dogfish Head innovations: beer/wine hybrids — which Dogfish has focused on for well over a decade with beers like Midas Touch and Raison D’être — and continually-hopped IPAs.

The name Sixty-One is a reminder that this beer is Dogfish Head’s best-selling 60 Minute IPA plus one new ingredient: syrah grape must from California. The label, painted by Sam, is a twist on a typical watercolor. Rather than using water, Sam mixed the green pigment with beer and the red pigment with wine. And because Sixty-One pairs so well with chocolate, he painted the browns on the label with melted chocolate.

Sixty-One, which clocks in at 6.5% ABV, will debut in March. Four-packs will be available four times a year throughout Dogfish Head’s 27-state distribution network.”

Via Dogfish Head

Friday’s Short Pours: Brewery incubators, Hoppin Frog top Ohio brewery, QCD’s own to present at 5B

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“Microbreweries and brewpubs may have exploded in popularity over the past decade or so, yet that’s in spite of the challenges brewers face when getting started, including heavy regulation, hefty overhead, and substantial risk. But in downtown Houston, the world’s first “brewery incubator” aims to grease the wheels for aspiring brewers, by offering community, a shared workspace with professional brewing equipment, and a tap room with a built-in customer base, so brewers can focus on what matters when they’re just starting off: making the best beer possible.”

via 1 | Inside The World’s First “Brewery Incubator” | Co.Exist: World changing ideas and innovation., in their 2012 Ratebeer Best,  named Hoppin Frog the top brewery in Ohio and BORIS the Crusher the top beer brewed in Ohio. I’m sure there will be some disagreement over this…


Lastly (but not least), Tom will be co-presenting with Scott LaFollette of Blank Slate Brewing at 5B session titled “Beer Reviews from Both Sides”. If you haven’t registered yet, do so here and go meet them! Tom will have more on this soon.

via Hoperatives

Short Pours: Inspired Locals, Consumed by beer (

It’s always nice to see the locals gathering some steam and getting some good attention from the traditional media. Kudos to one of the “Founding Fathers” of the craft renaissance in Cincinnati.

The people at Mount Carmel Brewing Co. take their beer seriously. Very seriously.

Beer started as a hobby for Kathleen and Mike Dewey. Mike, 40, a tinkerer and a perfectionist, was making beer using an open fire and a garden hose in the small barn back of their place in Mount Carmel area of Union Township. He was working in construction and she was a real estate agent.

It wasn’t that long ago, but it seems very far away. Now they have four 30-barrel fermenters, five employees and plans to expand. And they quit their jobs.

via INSPIRED LOCALS: Consumed by beer | |

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