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Victory Braumeister Pils

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Every once in the while, I crave a good Pilsner.  And good ones, are often hard to find.  Victory does a great job with their Braumeister.  This beer is extremely smooth and not really any bite from the hops. Each sip starts off with a hint of lemon and then ends with that earthy bitterness a great pilsner has.   The intense flavor was appreciated as sometimes pilsners can be flavorless.  Braumeister is on the light side with only 5.5% ABV.  If you enjoy earthy flavors and aromas, then this is the summer beer for you.  Unlike many beers, I don’t suggest…

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Interview with Jason Presser – Lizardville Beer Store and Whiskey Bar

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Beer History

Jason’s mother always told him, “Find something you like and make a career out of it,” and that’s just what he did as the Manager of the Lizardville Beer and Whiskey Store, currently located in Bedford Heights.

Jason has spent most of his career working in the restaurant industry.  His job at Shula Steak 2 in Independence helped him enter the world of craft beer.  After work, Jason would head to the Independence Winking Lizard and grab a beer at the bar.  After drinking countless Abita Purple Hazes, one of the bartenders approached Jason about joining the Tour.  Anyone who…

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Interview with Bill Barak – Rozi’s Wine House

Beer History

Bill’s first foray into craft beer came as a result of a seemingly unfortunate event.  After being laid off from Ford in 2008, when many plants were laying off employees and shutting down, Bill took seasonal work at Rozi’s helping out during the Christmas gift basket rush.  After Christmas, the manager, Corey Rossen, offered Bill a more permanent position.

While Bill had bartended prior to working at Rozi’s, his knowledge of craft beer was slim to none.  The bar he had worked at served only domestics, like Budweiser, Miller, and Coors.  Corey needed to fix that…

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Two Brothers – Resistance

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I had this beer from a bottle last summer and thoroughly enjoyed it. So when I saw it on tap on my local watering hole, I was excited to have another glass.  Unfortunately, I was a bit disappointed.  Resistance is described as an oak-aged IPA with a hoppy middle and an oaky finish.  Neither I, nor my friend who sample with me, got any oak, either is taste or aroma.  The beer actually was pretty harsh.  There wasn’t much flavor until about 30 seconds after swallowing each sip.  And then the bitter hop bite took over my palate.  This was definitely not…

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Ballast Point – Big Eye IPA

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As a huge fan of Ballast Point’s Sculpin IPA, I was prepared to be a bit underwhelmed by Big Eye.  That is far from the case.

Big Eye starts off with an earthy, bitter taste.  While sampling Big Eye, I had a few other IPAs lined up to taste and this one was darker, more of an amber than golden in color.  As it warmed up, not much changed.  This beer is just pure West Coast hops, without blowing away your tastebuds by overdoing them.  As a fan of the West Coast hop style, I enjoyed it.  I still prefer Sculpin,…

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Columbus Brewing – Bodhi

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I am in love with this beer.  Being a huge fan of citrusy hops, I constantly order the Bodhi.  If it’s on tap, I’m getting it, pretty much without fail.   Bodhi is a DIPA, so I can’t really put it in the same category with the other IPAs that I review.  That would be like comparing Kelly Rowland to Beyonce.  While they were both in Destiny’s Child and Kelly on her own is a fine singer, there is just no comparison between the two and there probably shouldn’t be.  This beer does so much right.  That citrusy hop smell would be all I need…

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B. Nektar – Zombie Killer (Cherry Cyser)

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I’m going to be honest.  I’m not normally a huge fan of mead.  Every time I think of mead, I envision large, hairy Vikings sloshing beer from huge silver mugs onto their trenchers of goat meat and into their beards.  Whether this is an accurate depiction or not, it is so clear in mind that I can hear their chanting above all else in the room.  Zombie Killer is not that kind of mead.

Zombie Killer is not thick and syrupy like many meads I’ve sampled.  Instead it semi-reminds me of cherry cola that I used to drink as a…

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Ithaca Excelsior! Thirteen

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This beer is described as a double hoppy wheat, which led me to picture a summer beer good for sipping on the patio.  Not so.  This is definitely a fall beer, as it is not light.  There is a crisp citrusy finish that is perfect for a cooler evening.  Its taste resembles an IPA more than a wheat beer.  There is that clear bitter hop finish that is prevalent in all IPAs.  The aroma is piney, while the flavor is citrusy due to orange and lemon peel being added during the brewing process.  Even though this one goes down really…

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Founders Dirty Bastard

Founders Brewing Company Dirty Bastard Scotch Style Ale

This beer is classified as a Scotch Ale.  Most scotch ales have a reddish hue and have a malty richness at the end.  Some of them are overly smoky or have a unique spice flavor that I think resembles weeds.  Most times, I don’t go for this type of beer.  Some are great and some are bad, but I don’t always want to take that chance.  Dirty Bastard is the best scotch ale that I’ve had the pleasure to sip and falls into the great category on the spectrum of scotch ales.  It is overly malty with what I identified…

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Stone 15th Anniversary Escondidian Imperial Black Ale

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I’ve been a huge fan of black IPAs this year.

This is one of my favorite IPAs, including the American and Indian more common varieties.  It is so unique in flavor and all-around texture, aroma, and mouth-feel, that it almost falls out of the category.   This is thicker than your typical IPA, but not so thick as a stout or porter.  It has a coffee, chocolate and caramel flavor, similar to what is often found in stouts, in addition to the hoppy finish that lingers.  15th is not overly bitter though.  The hops perfectly match the initial sweetness.  While there…

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