Local Brewery News: New tanks, new beers!
MadTree: Things remain very active at the canning brewery. Today they took deliver of two shiny new 60bbl American-made tanks. This puts their astonishing growth at 330 barrels of capacity after launching with just 90! This 270% increase puts them in spitting distance of being considered a regional craft brewery (defined as 15,000+bbls per year production). Look out Dayton and Northern Kentucky – MadTree is coming! They’ve been releasing a variety of beers at a furious pace thanks to all the new tanks. They just finished brewing a barleywine after dosing some beers last year with some funky sour yeast. I also saw them putting together another batch of the delicious Galaxy High IIPA.
Rhinegeist: It’s a Christmas miracle in OTR. They have two 80bbl fermenters and an 80bbl brite tank set to be delivered in about two weeks. This means more Fiction, Saber Tooth Tiger, and Panther in the next couple of months. Beyond new beers, it also means CANS in the new year! They also have two new beers coming out to wow taste buds.
- Turkey Blue: This is a 6.7% ABV, 32 IBU saison with Vienna and Pils malts. It also features wheat from the popular Blue Oven bakery as a special ingredient.
- Gramps: This ain’t your grand dad’s crappy adjunct lager with the generic “beer” label. This is a burly American Barleywine pumped full of Bravo, Cascade, and Chinook hops. It clocks in at a respect-your-elders 8.8% ABV and 73 IBUs. I can’t wait for this one!!
UPDATE: This one slipped by me, but they have a hoppy “Holiday” red ale called Dad being released Wednesday, November 20th at the brewery at 4pm. This sounds VERY promising! It’s an unconfirmed 5.7%ABV and 31 IBUs.
Cincinnati Beer Week: Okay, so it’s not brewery news but the official dates for the third year of CBW will are February 6-13, 2014. This year promises to be chock full of good beer releases, education, and events. The end of Beer Week then signals the start of Cincy Winter Beerfest. I can’t wait to get a sip of the Beer Week Imperial Pilsner!