There are five breweries in the city I call home, Toledo, OH. Three of these have one thing in common; they all have the word Black in their name; Great Black Swamp Brewing Company, Black Frog Brewery, and Black Cloister Brewing Company. Despite this Continue reading Black Swamp, Black Frog, Black Cloister
Last month I was sitting in the taproom of the Black Cloister Brewery. It was a late Thursday afternoon and myself, Spencer, and Tony (all regulars) were there. The three of us were chatting with Black Cloister’s owner, Tom Schaeffer. The conversation was wide ranging but at one Continue reading Toledo’s Black Madonna
One of the things that I like about the craft beer industry are the names – the names of the beers and the names of the breweries that brew them. The industry is full of clever and amusing names. For beer this includes Hoppy Ending (yes, that’s a hop getting a massage), Polygamy Porter (“Why Have Just One?”), Blithering Idiot (at 11.1% ABV this English style barleywine may turn you into Continue reading What’s in a Name?
There has been much discussion in the growing literature on craft beer about neolocalism. Usually that fancy term ‘neolocal’ means the homage paid to the inclusion of local ingredients such as locally produced hops or grains used in the products of microbreweries that have a geographically limited distribution range. Used in this sense, neolocal is similar to the French term terroir usually associated Continue reading The Art of the Beer Label
On April 8 of this year I went to Mutz Bar at the Maumee Bay Brewing Company. Maumee Bay is an excellent brewpub that appeared on the Toledo scene in 1995. There I met up with Mike Moore, a doctoral Continue reading Michael’s Memory
This week I am in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. The city is home to one of the most recognizable and iconic beer brands in the world – Heineken. Heineken has operations in 70 countries and has a global Continue reading Going Dutch