FOUR LOCAL BREWS FOR THOSE EARLY SUMMER BBQs
Those looking for a little change this May should track down these four Ohio beers that are definitely worth a drink. While some might be easily obtainable, other could take a little soul-searching and can only be found on draft at your local craft-beer bar. Nonetheless, here are our favorite beers brewed in the good ol’ Buckeye State. – Aaron Fowler
This beer has the aroma of a West Coast-style India Pale Ale but the taste of a hoppy barleywine. Tropical fruit, citrus and pine fill the aroma, while grapefruit and a perfect fusion of bitterness sneak in through each sip. CBC’s take on a triple IPA — think Founder’s Devil Dancer.
Rally Drum Red Ale
I must admit, it has been quite some time since Great Lakes created a new brew that truly blew us away. While still no Quitness, their amazing and aggressively bitter IPA, which paid tribute to LeBron James’ fleeing to South Beach, this hoppy red ale is quite impressive. Cascade and Simcoe hops help make this take on a red ale just as tasty as their similarly brewed, now-classic Nosferatu.
Barrel Aged Boris
Easily the most readily available beer on the list, this barrel-aged oatmeal imperial stout can be found at most craft-friendly beer stores in 22-ounce bombers. A robust and hoppy beast of a stout aged in whiskey barrels that should be sought out by anyone who claims to be a beer lover.
Willoughby’s Hop Jam
Black Rye IPA
A dark, hoppy black IPA chock-full of rye malt and hopped with Ahtanum, Warrior and Simcoe hops making this beer a citrusy-and-piney masterpiece. Quite possibly one of the most hop-filled Black IPAs you are likely to get your hands on.