Queen City Jewels Part 3

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Madtree. What a name. These guys are serious about beer.

Of all the beers that I tried, all of them were consisten with what I said about Robin Hood earlier. Their beers all stand out, and all hit the mark of classic beer. MadTree stands above all brewers because they just do a great job of making the regular genre’s stick out and warm your soul.

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About the time that Cincinnati beer became a hobby of mine Madtree came on the scene. They were the first Cincinnati brewers to can their beer. I got a few of their beers and tried them. And without question these guys know what they are doing. Like Robin Hood they hit the mark when it comes to classic styles, but also like Robin Hood they also defy the status quo. For example Gnarly Brown is a typical brown ale, except for the face that they brewed it like a porter. So in this you get sweet, nutty, caramel goodness with the dark roast of port mixed in. Like great pour over coffee but only with beer.

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So with that being said I had longed to go to the brewing and partake of a smattering of their beers. Finally my day had come. I arrived at the industrial complex in west Cincinnati and entered into the lair of Madtree. I could go on and on about this or that beer, but bottom line is that just as Beer Advocate stated that Cincinnati has become an underground beer destination in a previous article, so it should be because MadTree is there. Get there and enjoy it yourself.

Check their facebook for updates, food truck info, and new beers.

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Next time we will be revealing the special beer that just “happened” to be in town for Proper Pour.

Until next time, pour proper my friends…

Queen City Jewels Part 2

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Surprising? Yes. Beautiful? Yes. Good beer? Yes. That is how Cincinnati rolls.

After a surprising visit to Rhinegeist we are off in search of Sour Beer and headed over to Rivertown brewing.

Rivertown is more like a California brewery in that it is found in an industrial section in a warehouse. Except when you roll up and there are BBQ cooks out front cooking Mets (a Cincinnati only sausage) and ribs out front.

Rivertown has 5 Sour Beers that they highlight, one of which we were able to try. Their Sour Cherry Porter is not to be missed. This beer, although lacking when compared to Tart of Darkness, is well on its way to becoming a dark horse contender for that general category. Very vinegary nose, sour taste, and deep cherry notes throughout the entirety of the beer.

Rivertown also has other incredible other beers that have for a long time been the standard such as Hop Baron and Hop Bomber their IPA and Rye IPA.

Keep your eye out for their new sours, I know I am!

Until next time, pour proper my friends…

Queen City Jewels Part 1

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This last weekend Mrs. Proper Pour and I decided to visit some of our best friends that live and reside in the Queen City, Cincinnati that is. On our list of things to do, besides enjoy our friends company, was to hit up as many of the breweries in the area as possible.

One historical fact of note should be that Cincinnati is a drinking town! The German immigrants that founded the city brought their heritage of beer with them when they came to the new world. Moerleins Brewing mainly represents this. On top of this Cincinnati was recently featured in Beer Advocate Magazine for a new and upcoming place to visit for craft beer. And they could not have been more correct. Between Rivertown, Madtree, Rhinegeist, and Ei8ht Ball Brewing this town screams of great beer, better food, and friendly people.

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After a quick browse through Findlay Market in the Over the Rhine section of Cincinnati we walked over to Rhinegeist Brewing for a beer or two. Not thinking much of the midwest in general, my mistake, I was not expecting much from Rhinegeist. That was my first mistake on this trip. This brewery, situated in the heart of the old meatpacking district is in the old building originally inhabited by Moerleins Brewing. Walk in and a generous space opens up before you with friend reclaimed wood benches and a small bar hosting all their beers. And they not only host their beers but also those of other craft brewers, a generous and applauded move.

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Now to the beer. Rhinegeist quickly and sufficiently supplied our pallates with an array of classic craft beers. The Truth, their IPA, stung sharp and true like a proper west coast IPA. Panther, their porter, was smooth and dark with just enough carbonation. And of a last note Mastadon, the Belgian Dark, was a sweetly caramel awesomeness.

Stay tuned for Mad Tree, Rivertown, and the great surprise!

Until next time, pour proper my friends…

Mad Tree Brewing: Happy Amber and Gnarly Brown

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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.

Social Media Stats for Breweries in DC

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After a recent post by Queen City Fresh on the Social Media Standings for breweries in Cincinnati I decided to put the same thing together for DC. The results were predictable but informative. I also echo his comments on the validity of Likes and Follows for the authenticity of these breweries. Social Media is not a barometer for the goodness of these breweries, going to them and trying them yourself is. Dive into them. Also maybe the twitter handles will be helpful for those in DC wanting to keep up with events, new beers, etc. for these breweries.

These stats were taken on 8/28/2013 between 12pm and 1:15pm Eastern Standard Time.

Note: Gordon Biersch was not included.

Facebook First:

Breweries FaceBook Likes
DC Brau Brewing 9879
Chocolate City Beer 2842
Bluejacket 2646
3 Stars Brewing 2531
Atlas Brew Works 906
District Chophouse and Brewery 768
Ommegang DC 126

And Now for Twitter:

Breweries Twitter Followers Twitter Handle
DC Brau Brewing 11362 @dcbrau
3 Stars Brewing 4107 @3starsbrewing
Chocolate City Beer 3920 @ChocCityBeer
Bluejacket 2484 @Bluejacketdc
Ommegang DC 905 @OmmegangDC
Atlas Brew Works 799 @AtlasBrewWorks
District Chophouse and Brewery 758 @chophousebrew

All in all this is a post to get knowledge of these breweries out so that we can enjoy, support, and continue to drink great craft beer from these amazing microbreweries.

Until next time, pour proper my friends…