Monthly Archives: March 2009

Next month’s Session

Lew Bryson is the host for the April Session, and he’s announced our next topic: Smoke beer. There may be more smoked beers than are dreamed of in your philosophy, Horatio; it’s not just rauchbier lagers from Franconia. Within the last year, I’ve had a strange smoked wheat beer, light and tart, that local brewers insisted was a re-creation of a Polish grodziski beer; a lichtenhainer, another light smoked wheat beer; several smoked porters; the … Continue reading →

Moerlein OTR

The "OTR" in Moerlein OTR stands for "Over-The-Rhine", which refers to the neighborhood where Christian Moerlein Brewing finds itself. In fact, OTR is an historic district in Cincinnati and there’s even an Over-The-Rhine Brewery District organization. So the name is interesting and a bit charming, what about the beer? Moerlein characterizes it as "a unique presentation of an early settlers ale"; essentially it is an American Pale Ale, leaning towards a Red, with alcohol of … Continue reading →

Jenlain Noël

Jenlain Noël is the Christmas seasonal ale produced by Brasserie Duyck in France, and I received some in my Beer of the Month Club package from the first of the year. It’s brewed in the style of a Bière de Garde and is 6.8% alcohol by volume. Their website says: Produced with more malt than Jenlain Ambrée (3 different types of malt made from French grown barley and 3 varieties of the most aromatic hops … Continue reading →

The Session #25: Love Lager

First Friday! That means it’s Beer Blogging Friday, or as we more commonly call it, The Session! Beer bloggers across the web all come together to write about a common topic and enjoy a beer or two. March also marks the second anniversary of The Session. A bit over two years ago, Stan Hieronymus came up with the idea for the monthly beer blogging meme. That very first Session two years ago had us all … Continue reading →

Odds and ends

Catching up on some items of interest that for some reason or another I haven’t commented on yet. Beer Wars: The Movie. Everyone and his dog has been talking this up, and despite the something this looks like an interesting documentary on the rise of craft beer. Director Anat Baron takes you on a no holds barred exploration of the U.S. beer industry that ultimately reveals the truth behind the label of your favorite beer. … Continue reading →