Last year was my first Cleveland Beer Week celebration, and all I did was go to Brewzilla. (It was awesome, but I didn't get in on any of the pint nights, etc.) This year, I am still being selective with which events I attend, because I don't have $5 million to spend on craft beer, no matter what week it is.
I did go to Southside last night to taste their Dogfish Head Tower Tipper selection. Including tip, it was $30 for four nine-ounce beers (two for me, two for D), so you can see why that might get a little expensive day after day.
So instead, I think I'll swing by my friendly local Mini Mart and have my own at-home Cleveland beer tasting. If you're thinking about paying rent next month, this might be the way for you to go, too! Here are my recommendations:
|Strongsville's Brew Kettle Old 21. An imperial IPA that at 9% alcohol,|
is delicious and also dangerous in any quantity.
|Akron's Thirsty Dog Twisted Kilt. A Scottish Ale.|
|Obviously, you should include a GLBC brew.|
You'll have plenty of time to drink Christmas Ale in the coming months.
Have an Oktoberfest. (Though if it were available right now, I'd tell you to have a Lake Erie Monster. Yum.)
|North Olmsted's Fat Head's Head Hunter IPA. (Can you tell I like IPAs?|
Really, take your pick of the FH brews - I accidentally had the Bumble Berry last weekend, though - and
if you're not a fan of fruit beers, steer clear. It was like drinking a muffin. If you *do* like
fruit beers, you'll love it.)
Of course, there are hundreds of Ohio-brewed beers for you to choose from, but these would be my tried-and-true few to take home.
What's your favorite local craft brew? Will you be attending Brewzilla?
(Would it be weird for me to go in costume, maybe as a unicorn? I have a Halloween party immediately afterward.)