HIGHLIGHT: Rhinegeist – Saber Tooth Tiger

Written By Dean Zarbaugh

Rhinegeist – Saber Tooth Tiger Imperial IPA

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I thought I had missed my chance to try this beast. I’m glad I found a 4-pack. This is one of the smoothest imperial IPAs I’ve ever tasted. It’s packing 8.5% ABV, 95 IBUs and is bursting with tropical citrus hop flavor with a slight sweetness and notes of pineapple, mango, peach and papaya. It finishes slightly dry with a nice citrus bitterness rounding everything out. It might be a hunt, but if you can find Saber Tooth Tiger, it’s a must try.

RATING
4.75/5

 

 

Pub Talk: April 12th Edition

Written by Dean Zarbaugh

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I’m currently enjoying a Rhinegeist Knowledge as I type this. Damn, I love this beer. If you like imperial IPA’s, this is a must have.

Things have been pretty busy at Taproom Studios lately. Last week, I traveled up to Port Clinton, Ohio to conduct some interviews with Lou, Matt and Mike at Catawba Island Brewing Company that will be airing in May. The guys were awesome. We talked about four excellent beers and I learned a lot from them.  The Catawba Island taproom is beautiful. You can see where the beer you’re drinking is made, and the atmosphere is warm and inviting. I can’t recommend getting up there and checking it out enough. Their beer menu is on point! They offer a wide range of styles, and each of them is as good or better than the last. I recommend the Seiche, personally. Thank you to Lou, Mike and Matt for allowing me to come to the taproom and to check things out. I’ll be hosting a meet and drink at the taproom during the month of June. I hope you’ll join me.

I have also heard back from a couple breweries interested in being featured on the show. I can’t wait to share which ones! Check back soon for updates. In the meantime, thank you to all the listeners who helped make the first two Railroad Brewing Company episodes (which you can listen to here & here respectively) two of the highest rated episodes of The Taproom Exclusive! I’m editing the last two RBC episodes that will be airing throughout April, and writing my script out for this week’s Tasting Glass news segment. I will be hosting a meet and drink at Railroad next week. I will have information on my Facebook page later this week. I hope to see you there.

In other news, you can subscribe to the show on iTunes, Google Play Music, Blubrry, Stitcher, and hopefully soon; Spotify. If I’m not currently on your podcast listening app of choice, please let me know and I’ll work on getting it on there.

That’s it for now. Be sure to tune in on Tuesday for the third installment of our Railroad Brewing Company feature!

 

 

 

Railroad Brewing Company Celebrating One Year Anniversary

Written By Dean Zarbaugh

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Railroad Brewing Company, located in Avon, Ohio is celebrating their one year anniversary on Saturday, March 10th. The first 100 people through the door at 11am will receive a special commemorative glass. There will also be live music, beer releases and food all day long.

Railroad Brewing Company was founded by Tom Wagner and Jerome Moore. In 2015 they brought Dave Lengyel on board. A year later, on March 10th, 2016, Railroad was formed, with the taproom coming a year later. Nestled on Center Rd. in what used to be a barn, Railroad quickly became a hot spot for those in town wanting quality beer right in their back yard. Their flagship brew, Red Caboose is described as having a “strong malt backbone”, and their Tender Blonde features a “light and refreshing, mild hop taste”. Their Crooked Rail maple brown ale is brewed with locally sourced maple syrup.

The vibe is very family friendly. It has space for 71 people, with games for kids to play while their parents rest, have a drink, and sit down for a bite to eat at a table shaped like the state of Ohio. You can even bring your pup along to enjoy a pint or two with you.

Lorain County has grown so much since I left for college back in 2007. It’s nice to see breweries like Railroad popping up, giving residents a place to go where their hard-earned money goes back into the county they call home. Railroad, like many craft breweries, embraces their community by hosting events to support local musicians, raising money for animal shelters, and featuring local food truck Jackpot Chicken.

Congratulations to the Railroad Brewing crew on their anniversary, and be sure to mark your calendars for Saturday, March 10th so you can celebrate with them!

Sibling Revelry’s 2 Year Anniversary

Written by Dean Zarbaugh

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I just got back from celebrating Sibling Revelry’s 2 year anniversary. I had a great time, talked with a number of people, and got to try some great beer.

For anyone unfamiliar, Sibling Revelry is located at 29305 Clemens Road in Westlake, Ohio. Since their formation two years ago, they’ve quickly grown one of the most die-hard fanbases in Northeast Ohio. You can even find their beer at Progressive Field when you check out an Indians game this season.

I heard one of their employees mention to someone else that they are in the midst of expanding their production facility as well. According to cleveland.com, Sibling will be adding 10,000 square feet to their already existing 10,000 square feet, with the space being used mostly to expand their barrel aging program and a larger taproom. Northeast Ohio is saturated with great breweries, so it’s nice to see so many expanding their operations in such a crowded marketplace.

I arrived at the brewery about 15 minutes before they opened at noon and was one of the first people through the doors. I started things off easy with a glass of their Pilsner. It was clean, crisp and refreshing with a dry finish. I followed that up with a Blood Brood which is a German hefeweizen brewed with sweet orange peel and blood orange puree. The final result is a refreshing beer with a nice balance of orange, coriander and banana. I finished things out with a sampler. Included were their 2 year anniversary special releases; Syble, Barrel Aged Cosmic Cocoa, and a Barrel Aged Double Red Ale. I also got Millennial Centennial, a single hop IPA with (you guessed it) centennial hops. Very refreshing with a bright, citrus hop body and their Lavender Wit, which I honestly wasn’t expecting to like due solely to my aversion to lavender as anything other than a scent, but it ended up surprising me with it’s refreshing floral flavor.

There was also live music, food trucks that people were raving about, and donuts from none other than Cleveland’s own BrewNuts. The staff was friendly and accommodating.  Overall it was a lot of fun and everything ran like clockwork. The line for the special edition bombers, while long, moved fast and everyone was very friendly. I even saw some very happy puppies throughout the day who soaked up all the attention they were getting. It’s a fun vibe at Sibling Revelry, and I recommend you check out the taproom and facility.

Congratulations to everyone at Sibling Revelry on two successful years, and to many more!

Jackie O’s Barrel Aged Champion Ground

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In this episode, I sit down with Clark Benson, rep for Jackie O’s to discuss the barrel aged Champion Ground as well as an update on how they are revamping their barrel aged program moving forward.

 

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Episode One – Market Garden Brewery

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Mike Foran and brewmaster Andy Tveekrem sit down with me to discuss their three new can offerings, Nano OG Lager, Chinook Strike, and Frosty Lime Wit along with their bottle offering Prosperity Wheat, as well as their barrel aged program, and a lot more! Tune in!

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