Sixpoint - Union of the 3Beans

Cool video on the making and collaboration for the 3Beans


Beer Diagram Poster

Another combo of two of my favorite things, design and beer. This is a great Kickstarter project and I have just backed it, check it out here: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/haynes/beer-diagram-poster
About Project.
This collection recognizes the 16 distinct types of beer, explains their origin and then breaks down even further into nearly 40 more subcategories. Each of the final beer-types is then marked with 3 examples of that beer, as well as an icon depicting the type of glass that the beer is typically served in.


Reblog: 100 drinks you must try before you expire version 2

Re-blogging and adding to my totals:

1. Manhattan Cocktail
2. Kopi Luwak (Weasle Coffee)
3. French / Swiss Absinthe
4. Rootbeer
5. Gin Martini
6. Sauternes
7. Whole Milk
8. Tequila (100% Agave)
9. XO Cognac
10. Espresso
11. Spring Water (directly from the spring)
12. Gin & Tonic
13. Mead
14. Westvleteren 12 (Yellow Cap) Trappist Ale
15. Chateau d’Yquem
16. Budweiser
17. Maraschino Liqueur
18. Mojito
19. Orgeat
20. Grand Marnier
21. Mai Tai (original)
22. Ice Wine (Canadian)
23. Red Bull
24. Fresh Squeezed Orange Juice
25. Bubble Tea
26. Tokaji
27. Chicory
28. Islay Scotch
29. Pusser’s Navy Rum
30. Fernet Branca
31. Fresh Pressed Apple Cider
32. Bourbon
33. Australian Shiraz
34. Buckley’s Cough Syrup
35. Orange Bitters
36. Margarita (classic recipe)
37. Molasses & Milk
38. Chimay Blue
39. Wine of Pines (Tepache)
40. Green Tea
41. Daiginjo Sake
42. Chai Tea
43. Vodka (chilled, straight)
44. Coca-Cola 45. Zombie (Beachcomber recipe)
46. Barley Wine
47. Brewed Choclate (Xocolatl)
48. Pisco Sour
49. Lemonade
50. Speyside Single Malt
51. Jamaican Blue Mountain Coffee
52. Champagne (Vintage)
53. Rosé (French)
54. Bellini
55. Caipirinha
56. White Zinfandel (Blush)
57. Coconut Water
58. Cerveza
59. Cafe au Lait
60. Ice Tea
61. Pedro Ximenez Sherry
62. Vintage Port
63. Hot Chocolate
64. German Riesling
65. Pina Colada
66. El Dorado 15 Year Rum
67. Chartreuse
68. Greek Wine
69. Negroni
70. Jägermeister
71. Chicha
72. Guiness
73. Rhum Agricole
74. Palm Wine
75. Soju
76. Ceylon Tea (High Grown)
77. Belgian Lambic
78. Mongolian Airag
79. Doogh, Lassi or Ayran
80. Sugarcane Juice
81. Ramos Gin Fizz
82. Singapore Sling
83. Mint Julep
84. Old Fashioned
85. Perique
86. Jenever (Holland Gin)
87. Chocolate Milkshake
88. Traditional Italian Barolo
89. Pulque
90. Natural Sparkling Water
91. Cuban Rum
92. Asti Spumante
93. Irish Whiskey
94. Château Margaux
95. Two Buck Chuck
96. Screech
97. Akvavit
98. Rye Whisky
99. German Weissbier
100. Daiquiri (classic)

Added 10 over the past 4 years, still a long way to go!

Tap Room Trolley

From Cincinnati.com -- http://local.cincinnati.com/calendar/event.asp?ProdID=153126 
Guided bus tour to six tap rooms at local breweries. Gather and board buses at lager house. Chartered buses will stop at Moerlein Lager House, Rockbottom Brewery, Rivertown Brewing, Listermanns/Triple Digit Brewing, Mount Carmel Brewing, and 50 West Brewing. Each brewery will be serving the Beer Week Brewers Collaboration Beer - the Embree Dark Porter. Each brewery will be serving the Beer Week Brewers Collaboration Beer – the Embree Dark Porter! 
$25 Includes your seat on a chartered bus that will makes stops at Moerlein Lager House, Rock Bottom Brewery, Rivertown Brewing, Listermanns/Triple Digit Brewing, Mt. Carmel Brewing, and Fifty West Brewing. In addition, beers from Blank Slate Brewing and Great Crescent Brewing at some of these stops. You also receive a souvenir T Shirt and pub glass. Proceeds support Cincinnati Beer Week which will take place February 7th – 14th, 2013.  
Ages 21+


Are we being overwhelmed with Craft Beer?

I've been thinking a lot lately about all of the different breweries starting up in and around Cincinnati as well as the breweries coming into the Ohio market. Is this a good or a bad thing?

It feels that every time we turn around, there is another choice for craft beer consumers. While I can't complain, my Untappd account is growing very steadily, I wonder if there will be a market cap? Will all of these breweries hurt in the long run?

I've read where the breweries/brewers in Cincinnati don't see each other as competition, but I have to disagree. Unless you are just doing this for fun, you have to view the others in your market as competition for market share. In the long run, this is your business and livelyhood, do you want to make money and sustain your business, or do you want the opposite? While it's nice to see our local brewers getting along (collaborating, being friendly on social media, etc.), will they all be able to last? The beer market (craft brewers especially) is seeing a growth explosion that we haven't seen since pre-prohibition and I'm worried that this flood of beers could be hurting in the future.

Only time will tell.



Info from hoperatives.com
Attention bloggers! Registration is now open for the 5B: Believers in Better Beer, Bites and Blogging Conference to be held Saturday, February 16, 2013 at the Cincinnati Convention Center.

For more information and to begin the application process, go to http://www.hoperatives.com/?page_id=9709 and follow the instructions there.

If you are interested in submitting a panel proposal for 5B 2013, the deadline to submit is January 1, 2013.

Go to http://www.hoperatives.com/?page_id=11831 to submit your proposals. Cheers and here’s to better beer! (And bites and blogging!)


Alexandria's - Findlay, Oh

We headed back to Findlay over Labor Day weekend to get one more chance on Lake Erie before it gets to windy and cold up there. I had heard a little about the new "craft beer" place in Findlay, called Alexandria's, but hadn't been able to stop in to check it out, so we grabbed a beer there on Saturday night before dinner.

Main bar area
Located below a bowling alley, Alexandria's does it's best to make you feel like you aren't in Findlay, Ohio anymore. Not that you would want to get out of Findlay, but I was pleasantly surprised by the look and feel of this Public House. We were greeted promptly and the hostess explained that they had first come, first served seating in the bar area or we could be seated in a more quiet area for dining. We chose to sit in the bar area since we were undecided on food and grabbed a spot right in the middle of the bar.

I can't remember the exact number, but they had over 30 taps of craft beer to choose from with 2 on tap of there own beer, an Irish Red and a Chocolate Milkshake Stout. I tried the Red and Cathy tried the Stout. Overall they weren't bad beers, but seemed like they were missing that one thing that would make them great.


I am hopeful that Findlay can support a bar like this and will try to re-visit next time we are back home. It will be nice to have a place to go with an option for a beer that isn't American Light/Lite.

Happy Drinking!


Brewer's Best PSA IP Released Extending Partnership with Pints for Prostates

Brewer’s Best® is offering a specialty homebrew ingredient kit this fall to benefit Pints for Prostates. PSA IPA, a hoppy India Pale Ale, will be available in September as a very limited release. This is the third consecutive year that the Brewer’s Best® brand has joined the fight against prostate cancer.

LD Carlson Company, who packages the Brewer’s Best® brand of products in Kent, Ohio, has agreed to donate $3.00 from the sale of every kit to the Pints for Prostates campaign. Retailers who sell the kit will have the option to match the donation. All net proceeds raised by the group go to fighting prostate cancer and assisting men who have the disease. This is the first homebrewing product to partner with the charity.

A PSA test is a common blood test used to measure levels of prostate specific antigen, which can be an early warning to men about the presence of prostate cancer. In addition to containing all of the ingredients to make a 5-gallon batch of beer, the kit will include health-related information about the importance of early detection through health screenings and PSA testing.

The mission of Pints for Prostates is to reach men through the universal language of beer with an important health message. Founded by beer journalist and prostate cancer survivor Rick Lyke in 2008, the campaign raises awareness through beer festivals, social networking and pro bono advertising. “PSA IPA will give us a unique platform to reach homebrewers,” said Lyke. “Every week nearly 4,000 men in the U.S. hear the words ‘you have prostate cancer.’ The key for these guys is detecting the disease in its early stages when treatment is nearly 100 percent successful.”

LD Carlson distributes Brewer’s Best® homebrew products to a network of independent retailers across the country. “Our brand is a great vehicle to deliver an important health message to homebrewers everywhere,” says Brian Wright, LD Carlson’s Sales & Marketing Manager. The ingredient kit will begin to hit store shelves in September and remain available while supplies last.

About LD Carlson Company
LD Carlson is the leading U.S. wholesale distributor of beer and wine making equipment and supplies. Established in 1970, LD Carlson services a network of independent retailers (homebrew shops) across the country. Their Brewer’s Best® product line includes starter equipment kits, ingredient kits, spices, flavorings and various brewing accessories. For more information and to locate a retailer near you, visit www.ldcarlson.com and www.brewersbestkits.com.

About Pints for Prostates
Pints for Prostates is a 501(c)3 a campaign that reaches men through the universal language of beer to encourage them to take charge of their health. The group was founded by prostate cancer survivor and beer writer Rick Lyke in 2008. The grassroots effort raises awareness among men of the importance of regular health screenings and PSA testing by making appearances at beer festivals, social networking and pro bono advertising. More information is available at www.pintsforprostates.org. Pints for Prostates also has a presence on Facebook and Twitter (@pints4prostates).


Third Shift Amber Lager Release

This event is free to attend, and should be a really fun evening that showcases a variety of Dayton’s talented artists. Readers can RSVP through this link.


Ale to the Chief: White House Beer Recipe

Thanks to those who signed the petition to get these released, democracy in action!

By Sam Kass, White House Assistant Chef and the Senior Policy Advisor for Healthy Food Initiatives

With public excitement about White House beer fermenting such a buzz, we decided we better hop right to it. Inspired by home brewers from across the country, last year President Obama bought a home brewing kit for the kitchen. After the few first drafts we landed on some great recipes that came from a local brew shop. We received some tips from a couple of home brewers who work in the White House who helped us amend it and make it our own. To be honest, we were surprised that the beer turned out so well since none of us had brewed beer before.

As far as we know the White House Honey Brown Ale is the first alcohol brewed or distilled on the White House grounds. George Washington brewed beer and distilled whiskey at Mount Vernon and Thomas Jefferson made wine but there's no evidence that any beer has been brewed in the White House. (Although we do know there was some drinking during prohibition…)

Since our first batch of White House Honey Brown Ale, we've added the Honey Porter and have gone even further to add a Honey Blonde this past summer. Like many home brewers who add secret ingredients to make their beer unique, all of our brews have honey that we tapped from the first ever bee-hive on the South Lawn. The honey gives the beer a rich aroma and a nice finish but it doesn't sweeten it.

If you want a behind the scenes look at our home-brewing process, this video offers some proof.

White House Honey Porter

  • 2 (3.3 lb) cans light unhopped malt extract
  • 3/4 lb Munich Malt (cracked)
  • 1 lb crystal 20 malt (cracked)
  • 6 oz black malt (cracked)
  • 3 oz chocolate malt (cracked)
  • 1 lb White House Honey
  • 10 HBUs bittering hops
  • 1/2 oz Hallertaur Aroma hops
  • 1 pkg Nottingham dry yeast
  • 3/4 cup corn sugar for bottling
  1. In a 6 qt pot, add grains to 2.25 qts of 168˚ water. Mix well to bring temp down to 155˚. Steep on stovetop at 155˚ for 45 minutes. Meanwhile, bring 2 gallons of water to 165˚ in a 12 qt pot. Place strainer over, then pour and spoon all the grains and liquid in. Rinse with 2 gallons of 165˚ water. Let liquid drain through. Discard the grains and bring the liquid to a boil. Set aside.
  2. Add the 2 cans of malt extract and honey into the pot. Stir well.
  3. Boil for an hour. Add half of the bittering hops at the 15 minute mark, the other half at 30 minute mark, then the aroma hops at the 60 minute mark.
  4. Set aside and let stand for 15 minutes.
  5. Place 2 gallons of chilled water into the primary fermenter and add the hot wort into it. Top with more water to total 5 gallons if necessary. Place into an ice bath to cool down to 70-80˚.
  6. Activate dry yeast in 1 cup of sterilized water at 75-90˚ for fifteen minutes. Pitch yeast into the fermenter. Fill airlock halfway with water. Ferment at room temp (64-68˚) for 3-4 days.
  7. Siphon over to a secondary glass fermenter for another 4-7 days.
  8. To bottle, make a priming syrup on the stove with 1 cup sterile water and 3/4 cup priming sugar, bring to a boil for five minutes. Pour the mixture into an empty bottling bucket. Siphon the beer from the fermenter over it. Distribute priming sugar evenly. Siphon into bottles and cap. Let sit for 1-2 weeks at 75˚.

White House Honey Ale

  • 2 (3.3 lb) cans light malt extract
  • 1 lb light dried malt extract
  • 12 oz crushed amber crystal malt
  • 8 oz Bisquit Malt
  • 1 lb White House Honey
  • 1 1/2 oz Kent Goldings Hop Pellets
  • 1 1/2 oz Fuggles Hop pellets
  • 2 tsp gypsum
  • 1 pkg Windsor dry ale yeast
  • 3/4 cup corn sugar for priming
  1. In an 12 qt pot, steep the grains in a hop bag in 1 1/2 gallons of sterile water at 155 degrees for half an hour. Remove the grains.
  2. Add the 2 cans of the malt extract and the dried extract and bring to a boil.
  3. For the first flavoring, add the 1 1/2 oz Kent Goldings and 2 tsp of gypsum. Boil for 45 minutes.
  4. For the second flavoring, add the 1/2 oz Fuggles hop pellets at the last minute of the boil.
  5. Add the honey and boil for 5 more minutes.
  6. Add 2 gallons chilled sterile water into the primary fermenter and add the hot wort into it. Top with more water to total 5 gallons. There is no need to strain.
  7. Pitch yeast when wort temperature is between 70-80˚. Fill airlock halfway with water.
  8. Ferment at 68-72˚ for about seven days.
  9. Rack to a secondary fermenter after five days and ferment for 14 more days.
  10. To bottle, dissolve the corn sugar into 2 pints of boiling water for 15 minutes. Pour the mixture into an empty bottling bucket. Siphon the beer from the fermenter over it. Distribute priming sugar evenly. Siphon into bottles and cap. Let sit for 2 to 3 weeks at 75˚.
Download a printable PDF of both recipes.


Denver Rare Beer Tasting IV Announces Participating Breweries

Denver, Colo. – Organizers of the Denver Rare Beer Tasting IV, which supports the mission of the Pints for Prostates campaign, have announced the list of 33 breweries for the sold out Oct. 12 event.

“The Denver Rare Beer Tasting is beer passion in its purest form. Brewers bring true works of art to this event and beer fans get the chance for an afternoon to remember of tasting rare beers,” said Daniel Bradford, publisher of All About Beer Magazine, which presents the event. “This event is a major highlight for beer lovers and brewers who are in Denver for the Great American Beer Festival.”

The Denver Rare Beer Tasting IV will feature 33 rare and exotic brews. The list of confirmed breweries includes: Alaskan Brewing, Juneau, Alaska; Allagash Brewing, Portland, Maine; Avery Brewing, Boulder, Colo.; Bear Republic Brewing, Healdsburg, Calif.; Big Sky Brewing, Missoula, Mont.; Boston Beer, Boston, Mass.; Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, Milton, Del.; Elevation Beer, Poncha Springs, Colo.; Elysian Brewing, Seattle, Wash.; Epic Brewing, Salt Lake City, Utah; Firestone Walker Brewing, Paso Robles, Calif.; Founders Brewing, Grand Rapids, Mich.; Full Sail Brewing, Hood River, Ore.; Great Divide Brewing, Denver, Colo.; Jester King Craft Brewery, Austin, Texas; Laughing Dog Brewing, Ponderay, Idaho; Laurelwood Brewing, Portland, Ore.; Left Hand Brewery, Longmont, Colo.; The Lost Abbey, San Marcos, Calif.; New Belgium Brewing, Fort Collins, Colo.; Odell Brewing, Fort Collins, Colo.; Perennial Artisan Ales, St. Louis, Mo.; Portsmouth Brewing, Portsmouth, N.H.; Rogue Ales, Newport, Ore.; Sierra Nevada Brewing, Chico, Calif.; Short's Brewing, Bellaire, Mich.; Smuttynose Brewing, Portsmouth, N.H.; Stone Brewing, Escondido, Calif.; Stoudt’s Brewing, Adamstown, Pa.; Surly Brewing, Minneapolis, Minn.; Tröegs Brewing, Hershey, Pa,.; Uinta Brewing, Salt Lake City, Utah; and Wynkoop Brewing, Denver, Colo.

“We are really proud of the combined brewing talent that will be represented at the Denver Rare Beer Tasting IV. The breweries are the heart and soul of America’s craft beer movement and each will bring a rare, limited release brew to the Denver Rare Beer Tasting,” said Rick Lyke, a prostate cancer survivor, drinks journalist and founder of the Pints for Prostates campaign. “The event has a well-deserved reputation and the brewers respect it by pouring incredible, exotic brews. This is a special day for true beer fanatics.”

All of the tickets for the Denver Rare Beer Tasting IV have been snapped up prior to the announcement of this brewery list. The beer list for the afternoon is being finalized and will be announced shortly. The event takes place at Wynkoop Brewing on 18th Street in Denver on Oct. 12 from 1-4 p.m., during a relatively quiet period while the Brewers Association Great American Beer Festival is taking place in the city. Only 500 tickets were sold for the event.

About All About Beer Magazine
Now in its 33rd year, All About Beer Magazine has been the essential source for the evolving beer culture. Winner of numerous awards and recognitions, All About Beer Magazine publishes the best on beer — its history and culture, beer travel, entertaining, brewing and collecting — six times a year with one additional bonus issue annually. The magazine promotes the positive attributes of the growing beer culture by hosting the World Beer Festivals where guests have the opportunity to taste samples from a wide range of beers and to discuss the beer with brewers and knowledgeable servers. For more information, please visit http://www.allaboutbeer.com, follow @allboutbeer on Twitter and like the magazine on Facebook at http://facebook.com/allaboutbeermag.

About Pints for Prostates
Pints for Prostates is a 501(c)3 a campaign that reaches men through the universal language of beer to encourage them to take charge of their health. The group was founded by prostate cancer survivor and beer writer Rick Lyke in 2008. The grassroots effort raises awareness among men of the importance of regular health screenings and PSA testing by making appearances at beer festivals, social networking and pro bono advertising. More information is available at www.pintsforprostates.org. Pints for Prostates also has a presence on Facebook and Twitter (@pints4prostates).

RICK LYKE, APR                                                   
PINTS FOR PROSTATES INC.                                          
704-916-6152  or 704-340-2840    

Denver Brewery Tastings

Earlier in August we headed west to Denver for a friends wedding. We arrived mid-day Thursday which gave us plenty of time to take in the Rockies game and all-day Friday to explore the city. Of course in such a great beer town like Denver we made sure to hit up handful of local brew pubs.

Colorado Native beer at Coors Field
Thursday after the baseball game we walked a few blocks down to Wynkoop Brewing Co. for a late night snack and a few craft brews. They had a wide selection on tap of their beers and a few guest taps as well.

At Wynkoop

Having all day Friday proved to be good planning on our part. A group of 5 of us headed out to explore the city and take in a few tastings at the brew pubs. First stop was the Great Divide Brewing Company

Great Divide
They had a pretty sweet set-up with 20 taps available for tastings and even a short 20-30 minute behind the scenes tour if you wanted. We stuck to the beer, as I have been on a handful of tours and feel that they are mostly the same. We were able to check out the facilities from the windows inside the tasting room. Don't worry the 5 of us shared those samples!

The next and last stop was Breckenridge Brewery. This was the public house right down by Coors Field, a restaurant and not a brewery/tasting room. They had a handful of there beers on tap and a bunch of guest taps. I was a little dissapointed in the small sample size of their beers, but I was able to get a Small Batch 471 on draft.

Cheers and Happy Drinking!


Big Band & Bigger Beer Event at the Ault Park Pavilion

Friday, September 7, 2012 – 6:30 PM to 10:30 PM

The 17-piece “Jump ‘n’ Jive Show Band" takes the stage at 7 PM “Jump, Jive & Ale” your way around the crowd, “swingin’ & swiggin’” as you sample an amazing selection of “bigger” beers lovingly crafted by independent brewers from around the country.

Participate in the beer tasting by purchasing tickets in advance for $20 each via PayPal through the Ault Park Advisory Council website.

Food, soda and water will also be available for purchase from some of the City’s finest vendors. Proceeds from this wonderful event will go to Ault Park Advisory Council to fund the care and maintenance of Ault Park, as well as to the Cincinnati Music Foundation to purchase musical instruments for underprivileged children.

The 2012 Big Band & Bigger Beer event is presented by Dutch’s Bar & Bottle Shop, along with sponsors Cavalier Distributing, the Cincinnati Parks, Aranzamendez Design, Premier Park Events, and the Ault Park Advisory Council

Please join us for a great evening, and support your parks! Visit our Facebook page for more information.


Help release Honey Ale brewed at the White House

You can help release the recipe for the Honey Ale home brewed at the White House, just visit:  http://wh.gov/4y9b
Following in the footsteps of great men like George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and Benjamin Franklin, Barack Obama has reportedly been enjoying the rewards of home brewed beer. Recent reports from news outlets like the Washington Post (August 15th, 2012) have stated that Obama has been drinking a White House home brew Honey Ale while on the campaign trail.

In keeping with the brewing traditions of the founding fathers, homebrewers across America call on the Obama Administration to release the recipe for the White House home brew so that it may be enjoyed by all.

"I think it’s time for beer” -Franklin D. Roosevelt (March 12, 1933)
This is how democracy should work!

Happy Drinking!


Homebrewing tweak

In my last post, I had decided to try my own recipe for the first time. After the beer was bottled and cracked open for the first time, I named it Monty-Zumas Revenge (named after our dog Monty). Overall, I think the beer turned out pretty well. There were a few problems with it that I have tried to correct over the summer.
  • It was way over carbonated which made for a pretty foamy and airy beer.
  • I didn't care for the hop choice, very bitter at the finish and not floral/citrus enough
  • Light body
So, I tried to correct this for Monty-Zumas Revenge #2. First, I changed the hops to only use Cascade hops. . Second, I made sure to keep the mash temperature higher to add some more body. And lastly, I used less honey in my bottling.

It had a completley different hop flavor this time, but it still isn't quite what I'm looking for. It just doesn't have the bite or flavor. I'll be doing some research in hopes of finding that right combo.

Till next time.

Happy Drinking!


Homebrewing Rounds 3 & 4

After a brief hiatus for the holiday's, being busy in general and a little time for some beer brewing research, the last 2 weekends I have brewed small batches (1 gallon each) of beer. These 2 were my first attempt at a all-grain recipe. There really wasn't much difference in the process other than the straining and sparging of the grains.

The first beer was a recipe I took from the Brooklyn Brew Shop's book, Beer Making Book, called Everyday I.P.A. It was almost the exact same recipe I followed for my first I.P.A. that I bought from Listermann Brewing here in Cincinnati. It was nice just to get the ingredients and follow along the directions to get me back into the flow of beer brewing.

This past weekend, I decided to try my first from scratch recipe. I wanted to try making a Brown/Amber ale that was a little more bitter and hoppy than the 3 previous beers I had brewed. I researched a few recipes and found some similarities and principles for what I was going for. I called up my buddy Trevor, over at Crosier Lane Homebrew to see if he wanted to hit up Listermann to gather our ingredients (Trevor was planning a new brew himself).

My basic recipe (from memory):

86% American 2 Row
10% Crystal Malt 40L
4% Chocolate Malt
Columbus Hops
Cascade Hops

60 Minute mash, 60 Minute boil with Hop adds at Boil, 15/30/45/55/Cool.

The house was filled with an overly bitter aroma after the Columbus hops were added, probably way to much, but only a few weeks will tell if that rings true or not.

I was pretty stoked try my own recipe (I took a crazy amount of notes) and I know that I want to try to tweak this until I get it perfect, the unknown of what it will taste like and the subsequent experimentation is truly exciting.

Happy Drinking!