Posts Tagged ‘ Cleveland ’

An Amateur Beer Enthusiast is Back!

Wow! It has been a long time since I have written for An Amateur Beer Enthusiast. Since my last post at the beginning of October my life has changed drastically.

For readers who do not know, I have moved to New York City from Twinsburg, Ohio (Near Akron/Cleveland). The reason I moved was because of a job I accepted with an NYC beer distributor. I now work for a company that specializes in the sale of a variety of American craft and specialty import brands. While NYC has a great craft beer scene, there is still much work to be done to improve the growth and development of craft brands and their placement in bars and stores.

Thus far it has been very exciting! I love craft beer and working in distribution has given me the opportunity to learn about beer and the industry. One of my main goals when I began An Amateur Beer Enthusiast was to work with craft beer (in any way possible). Now I have achieved that goal and I want to reignite this blog to share with beer lovers what I have experienced working with beer.

I am entering the craft beer industry at an important time. 2010 has been one of the most productive years for craft beer and the market for higher quality beers continues to grow. Craftbeer.com (recently rated Men’s Journal Best Beer Website for 2010) recently released an article highlighting major happenings for the craft beer industry. 2010 was a great year for the growth and opening of micro and nano breweries (check out Pretty Little Things Beer and Ale Project to see what a nano brewery is like).

Here is a logo from one of Pretty Little Things beer offerings. Just one of the few nano breweries entering the craft beer market.

And you know what? It is only going to get better in 2011.

So as we head toward 2011 I plan on getting An Amateur Beer Enthusiast back on its feet. With new posts in the works, I look forward to comments and page views.

Drink up my friends. Things are looking great in the craft beer world.

McNulty’s Bier Markt and Some Updates.

Yesterday I decided that I need to get out into the Cleveland beer scene a bit more. So I took a visit to McNulty’s Bier Markt in the historic Ohio City neighborhood.

Bier Markt is a pretty awesome place. This Belgian beer bar has a ton of beer choices (just look at the sign in the picture…99 is a lot). Whether you are looking for craft beer, import beer, specialty beers, or just a simple Pabst Blue Ribbon, you will be able to find it at Bier Markt.

It even has food until 2 AM. Nice.

During my trip to Bier Markt I had Dogfish Head‘s Punkin Ale (I love that beer!) and Duvel Green. I talked a bit about Punkin Ale yesterday, but Duvel Green was a new experience for me. I have had Belgian witbiers before, but have never sampled a Belgian pale ale. Most of all, God knows I would not visit a Belgian beer bar without drinking something Belgian.

Duvel Green was a solid session beer. It has a solid wheat texture coupled with a moderate hop finish. This beer is not bland, yet it does not overwhelm in any way. Overall not a bad choice if you want a Belgian style beer. Go to my Cleveland Craft Beer Examiner Page for more on Duvel Green.

In other news, your Amateur Beer Enthusiast is planning on doing a “How-to-Review A Beer” post (Thank Jonathan Lim for this one). I am pretty excited/anxious to write this post. I feel like I have come a long way in terms of my beer knowledge, but I want to make sure I review the beer that I choose the right way.

So what beer will I review for my “How-to” post? I am glad you asked.

I chose Oktoberfest from Stoudts Brewery in Adamstown, PA. I feel pretty good about the Oktoberfest/Marzen style since I have recently written about 3 very different Oktoberfest brews. You can check them out on my Examiner page.

Photo Credit: Stoudt’s Brewery

There is one more update before I sign off. Stay posted to both An Amateur Beer Enthusiast and my Examiner page for a very special Yom Kippur article. In honor of the Jewish day of repentance, which ends tomorrow night, I am going to drink Genesis Ale form Shmaltz Brewing Company’s He’Brew brand. This special beer will come to my taste buds all the way from San Francisco, CA.

Photo Credit: Shmaltz Brewing Company

That is all I have for you guys today. Enjoy the weekend and drink something special!

Son of Brewzilla Homebrew Competition; A Cleveland Beer Week Event

For those who are unaware (or not from the Northeast Ohio region), the 2nd annual Cleveland Beer Week is taking place from October 15-23. While there are a ton of events to celebrate the region’s love for craft and import beer, there is one event that I think you should try to attend.

The Son of Brewzilla Hombrew Competition will be Cleveland Beer Week’s first ever hombrew competition!  It will also be one of the main events to help close out Cleveland Beer Week. After interacting with the members of SNOB, I guarantee that the feedback you receive from this competition will only make you a better homebrewer.

This homebrew competition is located at Fat Head’s Brewery and Saloon in Cleveland and is sponsored by SNOB (The Society of Northeast Ohio Brewers). This event looks to be promising to homebrewers of all levels. Even if you have never homebrewed and are looking to start, Son of Brewzilla would be a perfect way to get some quality feedback from beer enthusiasts who are highly knowledgeable.

I have been looking to start homebrewing for quite some time now, and I think that this competition is going to be where I start. I know that most novice homebrewers will probably not receive any accolades for their beer, but Son of Brewzilla will be a great event for the novice homebrewer to learn more about brewing.

SNOB is also the perfect sponsor for this event. I have been attending meetings with SNOB since the beginning of August in order to improve my knowledge about beer and to receive some direction as to how I should begin homebrewing.

SNOB knows there stuff. Enter Son of Brewzilla for some quality feedback.

Entering the competition is pretty easy. All you need to do is submit 2 bottles of your homebrew by October 9th. The first entry is $7 and entries after that are only $5. Homebrews can be submitted in one of  23 categories as outlined by the Beer Judge Certification Program.

I encourage you to attend and enter this event. SNOB is really putting a great deal of effort into making this event a memorable part of Cleveland Beer Week. If you have even had the slightest inclination about possible homebrewing, then the Son of Brewzilla Homebrew Competition is the place you should start!