Cleveland Beer Week: Thursday

by Renee on October 22, 2010

We’re rounding third and heading home, as they say during baseball playoff season. Just Friday and Saturday left to go of Cleveland Beer Week, and I hate to see it end. However, I’m sustained by the fact that just today I signed up for the very first-ever Beer Blogger’s Conference, to be held November 5-7th in Boulder, CO.  (I’ve never been to Colorado, either, so I’m very excited about the whole thing.)

I’m looking forward not only to hanging out with my fellow bloggers, but to be with a gathering of so many people who have such passion for a pint of craft beer. If there is one thing I’ve loved about this week is talking good brew with people who are like-minded. Beer people are just good people. And fun. And funny.

To that point, I met Dan Weitz tonight, the “marketing tool” of the Boulder Beer Company (honestly, that’s what his card says!). Dan was at Michael Symon’s B Spot restaurant this evening, sharing several of the Boulder Beers with the Thursday night burger-and-beer crowd. The B Spot is the Iron Chef’s little sister of flagships Lola and Lolita. (Sadly, it was announced this week that Symon is closing his west side endeavor, Bar Symon, which I had only visited once.) Dan was enthusiastic not only about his beers, but about the Beer Bloggers Conference: Boulder Brewing is sponsoring the Saturday night dinner that weekend. (Have I mentioned I’m psyched? Because I am.)

Anyway, Paul and I sat at the bar, my favorite place to eat and drink at an establishment like the B Spot. We ordered a Hazed & Infused Dry-Hopped Amber Ale, and an Oak-aged Bourbon Barrel Apple Mojo. We both tried liberal tastes of each. I really loved the Hazed & Infused, and once Dan told me that there were hints of marijuana smell to that one, I couldn’t help but notice he was right! (Well, Dan said he’d been “told” that’s what it smelled like. But we’ve all been to rock concerts. So, yeah.)

Paul had one of the B Spot brats for dinner, and I had the burger special–the B Spot’s own take on a Mr. Hero Roman Burger. So much better than anything I ever had at Mr. Hero. Nom. Oh my. Great way to enjoy the beer–nothing like a good sloppy burger pairing.

I only made it to one other official Cleveland Beer Week stop today: had to pick up a few things at the Bainbridge Heinen’s, and my buddy Bob was pouring tastes of Rogue Ale. I had never had the Dad’s Little Helper Malt Liquor before, and I have to say I especially enjoyed that one. And the Wet Hop Ale was new to me, too. Very tasty. I’d served the Double Rogue Dead Guy Ale at a Dexter premiere party, so I was familiar with that one.

Tomorrow I’m looking forward to a couple more bar stops, leading up to Saturday’s Son of BREWzilla and BREWzilla events. The monster of all beer events is looming. Get ready.

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brad October 22, 2010 at 2:09 am

Love the Review! Tuesday’s B-Spot was fun and tonights sounds just as fun….Great write up!!!!! See you at Brewzilla!!!!!

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