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This past week was Valentine's Day and also another episode of Beer Flow, so of course, we enjoyed some beers, had some fun and talked some beer news. Check out the video by clicking the link below and take a watch, but don't forget to also grab a beer yourself so you can join us in...

Getting Your Beer On!


Beer Flow - A Pint For My Valentine
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So this past Saturday. it was once again time for the Cincy Winter Beerfest. Usually, I would be there as a volunteer but this year for the first time, I decided to go as a patron which actually felt kind of funny. As I moved freely through the crowd, it was nice seeing some old faces of volunteers that I worked with in the past as well as some of the beer representatives to which I have come to know over the years, old and new.

Here is some of the footage from the event as well as the sampling of some of the beers which will be listed at the end of the video. Each year, more and more, I am happy to see so much of the craft beer movement that we have here in Cincinnati that seems to just keep on growing. Check out the video which you can find here, and Cheers to you all having a great Sunday. Now, Go Get Your Beer On!
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Thursday night means another Beer Flow night, where we will drink and talk beer while discussing things from around the beer community.

It's time to Get Our Beer On! Check out the Live Stream by clicking the link: Beer Me Up Before You Go Go.
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We took a look back over 2018 and discussed the beers that we found noteworthy, with our second annual Beer Flow Awards.

Check out the YouTube video to see what caught our attention in 2018!
Beer Flow 2018 2nd Annual Beer Flow Awards
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Local Blend features the same beer infused with four different Ohio-roasted coffees

CINCINNATI (January 3, 2019) – MadTree Brewing has partnered with some of Ohio’s best coffee roasters to create a unique coffee beer experience. MadTree’s brewers worked side-by-side with coffee roasters from Deeper Roots Coffee (Cincinnati), Phoenix Coffee Co. (Cleveland), Stauf’s Coffee (Columbus), and Boston Stoker Coffee Co. (Dayton). They collaborated to select, roast, and brew the four unique coffees to give each city’s beer a unique flavor. MadTree then packaged one of each in mixed four-packs of 12 oz cans. Each can’s artwork features a rendition of the respective city’s skyline to pay homage to the corresponding roaster.

“We love coffee almost as much as we love beer, so we had this idea to partner with some of the best roasters in the state to show how the flavor profile of a coffee beer can be so different depending on the beans,” said Ryan Blevins, MadTree head brewer. “We made sure the beer took a bit of a back seat so the coffee could shine. Overall, it was awesome to see how their passion for coffee mirrors the passion we have for crafting quality beer.”

Deeper Roots head roaster, Adam Shaw, said, “It was great to be able to be a part of the process from the beginning to ensure we were able to create such specific flavors. The brewing and roasting were all done so purposefully to steer the beer with the coffee.”

A Local Blend can release party will be held on Saturday, January 5 at 10AM at the MadTree Taproom at 3301 Madison Rd in Oakley. Roasters from Deeper Roots, Phoenix, Stauf’s, and Boston Stoker will be on-hand brewing free, fresh cups of the coffee used in the beers (while supplies last) and Deeper Roots will have a mobile roaster to give a live coffee roasting demonstration. Mixed four-packs of cans will also go on sale for the first time for $12.50 each (including tax).

The four-packs go on-sale throughout Ohio and Northern Kentucky beginning Monday, January 7.

About MadTree Brewing Company

Cincinnati’s MadTree Brewing made history when they opened in 2013 by becoming the first modern craft brewery to can its beer in Ohio. When it comes to brewing, they have carved their own path. They mix. They mash. They methodically bring quality beer to life, and have fun doing it. Demand from the growing community keeps MadTree motivated and moving. In return, they make nothing but the best beer. They are founded and continue to grow on the notion that beer builds community and community builds beer. MadTree distributes its beers throughout Ohio, Kentucky, and Middle and Eastern Tennessee. 
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CLEVELAND – The Ohio Craft Brewers Association released the list of participating breweries for the 13th Annual Winter Warmer Fest. 61 Ohio craft breweries will showcase their winter seasonal, limited-edition and high-gravity beers at Windows on the River on Saturday, March 9, 2019 from 2-5 p.m. The total number of breweries is up five from 2018's sold-out event and features 11 first-time participants, reflective of the rapid growth of craft breweries in Ohio.

The Winter Warmer Fest is a fundraiser for the Ohio Craft Brewers Association, a non-profit organization founded to promote, preserve and unify Ohio’s craft brewing industry.

Winter Warmer Fest will once again feature a cask area with several breweries offering special infusions available only at the event. Many of the brewers will be on hand throughout the day to meet and talk with Ohio craft beer enthusiasts.

More than 60 Ohio breweries to feature seasonal, rare and strong beers.
Participating breweries (first-timers marked with*):

Akronym Brewing*
Bookhouse Brewing*
The Brew Brothers at Scioto Downs
The Brew Kettle
BrewDog
Brick and Barrel Brewing
BRIM Kitchen + Brewery
Butcher & the Brewer
Catawba Island Brewing Co.
Collision Bend Brewing Company
Columbus Brewing Company
Cornerstone Brewing Company
Crooked Handle Brewing Co.
Double Wing Brewing Co.
Elevator Brewing
Fat Head’s Brewery
Grainworks Brewing Company
Great Lakes Brewing Company
Hairless Hare Brewery
Hansa Brewery
HiHO Brewing Company
Hofbrauhaus Cleveland
Hoppin’ Frog Brewery
Jackie O’s Brewery
JAFB-Wooster Brewery
The Jolly Scholar
Little Fish Brewing Company
Lucky Owl Brewing
MadTree Brewing
Magic City Brewing Company*
Maize Valley
Market Garden Brewery
Masthead Brewing Co.
Millersburg Brewing Company
Muskellunge Brewing*
Noble Beast Brewing Co.
North High Brewing
Ohio Brewing Company
Paradigm Shift Brewing
The Phoenix Brewing Company
Platform Beer Co.
Pretentious Barrel House*
R.Shea Brewing
Railroad Brewing Company
Rhinegeist
Rocky River Brewing Company
Royal Docks Brewing Co.
Sandy Springs Brewing*
Saucy Brew Works
Seventh Son Brewing
Shale Brewing*
Sibling Revelry Brewing
Streetside Brewing*
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Press Release: Cincinnati, OH - The 2019 Good Food Awards Finalists have been announced, and for the second time in three years local brewery Urban Artifact is again a finalist with their dry hopped barrel aged sour, Orbexilum. Only 21 brewers across the country qualified as finalists and Urban Artifact is the only brewery in the tri-state area of Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana to make the finals for the 2019 Good Food Awards.

Orbexilum was dry-hopped with hops from local growers Dave & Nina Volkman, of Ohio Valley Hops, as well as using local yeast for a true taste of local terroir. Barrel aged for over a year and a half, at which time hops from Ohio Valley Hops were selected for their intensity and quality of flavor. Dry-hopped for three days and immediately bottled, Orbexilum was a mix of wild yeast character and fresh hop aromatics.

The 2019 Good Food Award Finalists are taking care of the commons for future generations, strengthening their communities through their decisions as small businesses, and building international relations with direct trade and above fair trade prices for cocoa, coffee and spices. Finalists from across the 16 categories embody what it means to be good global citizens, eschewing carbon-emitting fertilizers and pesticides, favoring practices that build soil health and sourcing local ingredients with low transportation-related carbon footprints. 

 Urban Artifact is Ohio's sour brewery with a taproom, full bar, and live music venue, located in the historic St. Patrick’s Church in Cincinnati, Ohio’s Northside neighborhood. Urban Artifact opened their doors with their first beers and music shows in April 2015.

Urban Artifact specializes in tart and wild ales, especially balanced, heavily fruited ales. Urban Artifact’s beers are inspired by their culture and community, and by the microscopic natural world around us.
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Harmony Foretold from Campanology Brewing out of Wisconsin is a cucumber Pale Wheat Ale that I happened to stumble across during a past beer run. This 6% ABV beer highlighted by cucumber from this Wisconsin brewery was enough to catch my attention. There was somewhat of a crisp refreshing quality with this one along with a slight bit of bitterness. The ale also came off as clean and light as the cucumber came out easily in the aroma and taste. Something different indeed and one that I pretty much dug which is why I rated it 3.75 out of 5. Check out the video to see and hear more of my thoughts, and let me know if you have had this one by leaving a comment. Cheers!

Campanology Harmony Foretold Pale Wheat Ale Review - YouTube
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The Honey Orange Tripel from New Belgium Brewing is yet another one from Belgium Reserve Series from the Colorado brewer. This ale carries a 10% ABV and 25 IBU, and for me came through with a nice smoothness overall although the booziness does come through slightly as well. The citrus was there from the orange peel along with a nice touch from the honey. For me, it worked well enough as a Belgian-style beer that I gave it a 3.75 out of 5 and worth a try. Check out the video to see and hear more of my thoughts on this ale, and if you have had it before then let me know what you thought by leaving a comment. Cheers!

New Belgium Honey Orange Tripel Review - YouTube
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The Belgian Reserve Sour Saison from New Belgium Brewing is yet one more beer as part of their Belgian Reserve Series. At 7% ABV and 18 IBU, this ale encompassed the characteristics that I like about the Saison style and did well bringing in Belgian tones. Refreshing and crisp, this ale had a nice effervescence and a sour tone that was subtle but still present. Light in body with a great citrus feel, along with the clove and coriander made this an enjoyable beer for me. Check out the video to see and hear more of my thoughts on it, and for me, this one was a 4 out of 5 hitting the very good on my scale. And don’t forget, if you have had it then please leave a comment as well so that I can see what you thought of this one yourself. Cheers!

New Belgium Sour Saison Review - YouTube
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