It was due to come out in October 2010 for Cleveland’s Beer Week, but because of a lot of red tape, the Ohio Craft Brewers Assocation Collaboration Sampler didn’t make it to store shelves until recently. While these beers would most likely have tasted best fresh, I decided to give them a try anyway. They first hit store shelves at Heinens, but I asked my friends at Chuck’s Beverage here in my little town to let me know when they got some–which they recently did.
The collaborations were: Berlot by Great Lakes Brewing Company and Cellar Rats Brewing, a merlot barrel-aged ale; Colastic Colab German Style Ale by Buckeye Brewing and Cornerstone Brewing; Hop-along Cascady Wet Hop IPA by Black Box and Fat Heads; Willville Hopfen Roggen Rye Kolsch Style Ale by Willoughby Brewing and the Brew Kettle; Rocky Frog Imperial American Porter by Hoppin’ Frog and Rocky River Brewing Company; and Indigo Dog Smoked Black Lager by Thirsty Dog and Indigo Imp Brewing.
I have to say my favorite of the group is the Hop-along Cascady. I felt it kept it’s fresh hoppy taste, and was still quite enjoyable all these months later. My husband Paul liked the Rye Kolsch Ale just a wee bit better. I also enjoyed the Berlot, which had a nice hint of the wine barrels it was aged in that still came through quite nicely. My least favorites were probably the smoked porter and the German ale–I think they both lost a lot in the wait to get to consumers. I’m glad I went ahead and purchased the 12-pack though. Paul and I had a good time tasting each last night as we watched The Ten Commandments for Easter, drinking every time someone said “Moses.” (Okay, not really, but that was my husband’s idea.)
So, as I told you several weeks back, the I-X Center in Cleveland is hosting the first ever International Beer Festival on May 13 & 14.
*The expansive Fest floor will feature 200 renowned breweries from around the world pouring upwards of 800 select beers;
*The Main Stage will feature appearances by celebrity brewers, authors and personalities sharing enlightening industry insights;
*Educational programming abounds at “Brew U” where beer-centric demonstrations and discussions will highlight trends in home brewing, regional developments and green brewing;
*The Tasting Room offers seminars on food and beer pairings; identifying beer flavors;
*Exhibitors specializing in beer-related products will showcase and offer their wares available for purchase;
*A convenient Fest Store will feature apparel and keepsakes from featured breweries.
There will be three sessions, and I’m giving away two tickets to one lucky blog reader for the session of your choice:
Session 1 — Friday, May 13 from 7-11 p.m.
Session 2 — Saturday, May 14 from 1-5 p.m.
Session 3 — Saturday, May 14 from 7-11 p.m.
To enter, comment on this blog post with your favorite spring/summer beer, or Tweet about this giveaway and mention @BrewersDaughter. A winner will be randomly selected and notified on May 1, 2011. Tickets are provided by the I-X Center. The winner will pick up tickets at Will Call before the selected session. You and your guest must be 21-years-old to attend event.
Meanwhile, if you’d like to buy your tickets now, I’m offering a $4 discount per ticket. There is no minimum number of tickets you’re required to buy, but you must buy General Admission tickets, regularly $45 each. To get the special price, enter the code BLOG when you click on the “Buy Tickets” icon at www.ixbeerfest.com. General admission tickets include:
*Admission to your selected session;
*Commemorative tasting cup;
*Access to all public special appearances, demonstrations & educational programming.
In addition to the discount, if you purchase tickets online you will get a free one-year subscription or renewal to DRAFT Magazine. That’s an added value of $19.99!
Hope to see you there, happy Easter, happy Passover–and cheers!