Mad Tree Brewing: Happy Amber and Gnarly Brown


Mad Tree Brewing revolutionized brewing in the Cincinnati area by their cans. They were the first brewing company to bring cans to the Queen City. And their so underground they dont even have a functional website. So check their facebook for updates and beer dinners that they are hosting weekly.

We recently had our best friends move to the Queen City and after a few internet searches I realized that Mad Tree was where it was at for brewing in the queen city. And after a few more hours I had also discovered more craft beer than all my friends. And after this interview that stole my heart over at Queen City Fresh with Kenny Mcnutt of Mad Tree I knew where and what I had to drink.

But woefully the only remnants of Mad Tree that I was able to find were one can of Happy Amber and one of Gnarly brown. And the biggest mistake I made was waiting to drink them. For a small out of the way Midwest city the guys at Mad Tree have crossed styles and used classics to create unique beers that are easily becoming my favorites. Now for a quick rundown on the ones I tried:

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Happy Amber: This beer has the punch of a pale ale with the smoothness of an amber. The copper tones made me salivate like setting a dog before a steak. This beer is something I would buy in the 12 pack.

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Gnarly Brown: Brown may be an underestimate because this beer poured black, tasted like burnt coffee, and rolled into my mouth with the pretentiousness of an imperial porter. Loved it. They crossed the nuttiness of a brown with the roastiness of a porter and came out with a winner.

Beer-Candied Bacon

Head Over Beers

Beer and bacon are right up there with some of my favorite things so this recipe caught my attention immediately. Tide and Thyme have some really fun and innovative recipes on their site that really impressed me. This recipe for Beer-Candied Bacon was just over the top I couldn’t resist! I mean come on, what more do you need to hear after the words beer, candy and bacon? Delicious!


Cooking Directions:

  1. Preheat overn to 400 degrees farenheight.
  2. Combine brown sugar and beer in a small bowl, whisking the ingrediens into a thin syrup.
  3. Set aside.
  4. Line a rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil.
  5. Please a wire cooling roack on top.
  6. Place the bacon on the rack and cook for 10 minutes (The bacon can overlap if necessary)

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IPA Day Returns

Stouts and Stilettos


Starting in 2011, in the craft beer community began to recognize the first Thursday in August as a celebration known as IPA Day. This designated holiday recognizing the signature beer of the craft beer drinker, the India Pale Ale or IPA, is meant for the world to come together via social media to unite and open conversation about your favorite brew of the day. There are even organized events across the country where craft beer drinkers can come together. So, why have IPA Day and how can you celebrate?

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The Dog(fish Head) Days of Summer – Hop around the Clock

The Dogs of Beer

[Author’s Note: August is the Dog(fish Head) days of Summer here at The Dogs of Beer.  All throughout the month I’ll be looking exclusively at the beers from DFH.]

Well I had things kind of in order for what’s coming up in the following weeks but for some reason nature doesn’t seem to like.  The pictures I was going to use for the first three posts of the Dogfish Days of Summer are still stuck in a phone that mysteriously died while simply sitting on my night stand.  Media backup you say?  Yeah.  One day I’ll have to find where that is and clean it up, because I get a notification every day when it tries to sync.  Apparently it’s full.  Of what I have no idea.

Luckily I realized that tomorrow (today as you’re reading this) is IPA day, so doing the post I was going to do (you…

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IPA Week Day 4: Dogfish Head 120-Minute IPA

The Homebody

I enjoy beer. I enjoy a lot of different kinds of beer and I enjoy trying beers I have never had before. For a few years I have been wanting to try 120-Minute IPA from Dogfish because I heard that it was the mother of all beers. At nearly 20% alcohol and a flavor profile that has more descriptors than ingredients I knew that this was a special beer. My love for beer drives me to try new experiences and when I finally had this beer in my house I was giddy with anticipation.


Before I talk about the beer itself I want to talk about beer as a whole. Many of you who read this blog are already fans of craft beer and you do not need an explanation for why beer is so amazing. For those of you though who are new to craft beer or just unsure…

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Beer Wednesday – Dogfish Head Sixty-One

A Vegan in the World

Happy Beer Wednesday!

A few weeks ago, as you may or my not be aware, was National IPA Day. Now, I didn’t realize that at the time, but the Blonde let me know, and I sudenly felt an uncontrollable urge for hops.

I don’t know what came over me. . .

As it turned out, I was headed over to a friend’s house and we rolled on over to the Dogfish Head Alehouse for lunch and vegan beers.

Now, I know that they post their beers that are currently on tap on the website, but I had recently read a review of their Sixty-One, and had to try it. Thankfully the bartender had a few hidden in a cooler.

According to Dogfish Head’s website, the idea for Sixty-One came from the president of Dogfish Head pouring a little bit of his favorite red wine into a glass of…

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Festina Peche

Somerville Snob

Festina PecheBrewery
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Dogfish Head
Festina Peche
Berliner Weisse

As a reminder, Dogfish Head is located in Milton, Delaware, and has a brewpub in Rehoboth Beach. Brewbound claims they produced around 171,000 barrels in 2013, though Wikipedia says around 75,000 barrels per year (uncited). They were once the subject of a documentary series, Brew Masters, and are active in the fight for the craft beer/craft everything movement.

I’ve previously had many of their beers, and especially enjoy their Ancient Ales, and their various IPAs. However, this falls into neither category. It’s one of their various other “off-centered” ales. These tend to be less dependable than the two categories I usually go with. I really enjoyed World Wide Stout, but Positive Contact was a bit of a letdown. Similarly, T’weasonale wasn’t quite what I wanted or expected, though Punkin is one of the best pumpkin…

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Sam Calagione Wishes “Brew Dogs” Great Success

Beer & Whiskey Brothers


I just had a chat with Dogfish Head founder Sam Calagione for a piece I’m working on.  While the topic wasn’t on the agenda, I just had to ask for his thoughts on Brew Dogs, the new craft beer television show featuring the brew-fueled antics James Watt and Martin Dickie from Scotland’s BrewDog craft brewery.  It starts on The Esquire Network next month.

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Depeach Mode

Virginia Is For Maugles

The other night, I attempted a new taco recipe, courtesy of Pinterest: Chicken tacos w/ grilled peach salsa


It included the following:

For the chicken: grilled chicken, chili powder, lime juice, salt

For the salsa: grilled peaches, red onion, cilantro, balsamic vinegar, salt

For the topping: kale, olive oil, lime juice, salt

Corn tortillas, some olive oil

I basically did the salsa mixture first. Cut the peaches in half, grilled them (on the stove), and then added the rest of the ingredients in a bowl once the peaches were done. I then grilled the chicken mixture while putting the (raw) kale topping together. Then just plunked everything into a little corn tortilla!

I have to say, I was hoping it’d be better but I’d probably make it again. I don’t think I’m a fan of raw kale so either I’d cook it or substitute something else. My peaches also weren’t…

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A bottle that said “drink me”

the lab

We passed through a darkened living room whose shades were pulled tightly shut and made a sharp right into Doc’s kitchen. A kitchen I would never have anticipated being in that house.

Travertine floors, granite countertops, cherry wood cabinets, everything. An island, a peninsula, if you pressed the right button an entire archipelago would probably spring forth.

“I fall in love with your kitchen every time I walk in it Doc. My wife would flip out” Mike gushed.

“That explains why you’ve never brought her with you I guess”

“She doesn’t like beer, you know that. It’s a wonder we even wound up together.”

The French doors of the built in refrigerator swung open and Doc grabbed three long necks from the fridge and set them on the island. A series of three pops in rapid succession left three bottle caps rattling on the gold flecked slab beneath.

He walked…

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