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Just Riding Along… Wasson Way.

Lately in the Cincinnati area, lots of good things have been happening in regards to cycling. Some are small, some are a bigger deal, some are just bike lanes, and then there is the Wasson Way. This 6 mile stretch of forgotten rail line is a big deal, you just don’t know about it yet…

Operating from a group of volunteers, the Wasson Way Project wants to change that. They want to transform this overgrown stretch of rail into a multi-use path that connects to the Little Miami bike path, giving a huge chunk of Cincinnati the access to travel around the city by their own power. Imagine taking a break from your studies at Xavier and taking a bike ride all the way to John Bryan state park in Yellow Springs? Imagine riding your bike to work on a multi-use path, shielded away from traffic? Making the Wasson Way a reality could make those happen.

This evening, a friend and I attended a “guided hike” of the line, to see what it was all about. After the hike, we decided that this was a great way for the city to become more cycling friendly, and a very progressive way at that. Ideas like this do not come along that often that would serve a huge part of the city, and most would not do as well as the Wasson Way. And for the time being, light rail would not even serve the city this well. I say this mainly due to the fact that light rail is light years away from becoming a reality. Why wait around for something that may never happen, and leave this line unusable for 25-30 years?

Rails to trails, what a great idea. Want to check it out in person? They are doing another hike this coming Saturday, check out their website or their Facebook page for the details.

Just keep spinning…

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Beer:30… Rivertown Hop Baron.


Just Riding Along… Milford to Ault Park.

Just some pictures from today…

View from Ault park, overlooking the Little Miami River valley.

Playing with the sunlight.

View of Ault park.

Just keep spinning…


Beer:30… 21st Amendment Lower DeBoom Barleywine.

Yesterday I took out my wife for her birthday lunch at our favorite restaurant in our little burg, Padrino (Check them out here. Not only is their food top notch, but their beer list is one of the best in the Cincinnati area. Anyway, once inside the restaurant, I glanced at the taps and spotted something that I had not seen before. Enter 21st Amendment’s Lower DeBoom Barleywine:

If you remember, I first noticed 21st Amendment with their winter seasonal, Fireside Chat (Review here). Definitely a tasty brew, which got me interested in the brand. This beer, however, was completely off of my radar. Here is why:

This beer is part of their “Big Can” series, which basically is a keg only, three times a year or so release of a limited, small batch beer. Luckily, Padrino scored a keg of this monster, here are my thoughts…

The beer pours into your snifter like most barleywines, with a ruby hue, topped off with a decent sized, almost creamy head. Flavor wise, this barleywine delivers. Nice fruity flavors blend with malt goodness and hints of toffee, finishing with a nice bit of alcohol. Easier to drink than Sierra Nevada’s Bigfoot, or Anchor Brewing’s Old Foghorn. Not knocking those two beers, but this beer is special. The flavors blend so nicely, and more start to show themselves once your glass has warmed a bit. I found myself wanting a second glass, but since it was my wife’s birthday lunch I had to refrain, luckily for me since this beer is around 10.5% ABV.

This has been a solid barleywine from 21st Amendment, and one of the best that I have had. This beer ranks up their with Great Divide’s Old Ruffian for me when it comes to the style. I will be heading back to Padrino to have some more of this delight. Well done!

Cheers!


Beer:30… Smuttynose Baltic Porter.

Smuttynose Baltic Porter. This is a beer that I have wanted to try for some time now, finally had the chance the other day. Since dark, heavy porters are one of my favorite styles, it was inevitable that I would have to try this one out. And after just one bottle, I will say that this beer is going to be a staple in my arsenal.

Part of their “Big Beer Series,” this beer is only available is the larger, single bottle. Once opened and poured into your glass, it pours super dark with a decent sized tan head. The beer has a sweet smell of malts and chocolate. The taste follows suit, with added coffee flavors and a hint of vanilla. Lots of flavors are happening here, I will admit probably some that I am missing, but it is never overwhelming, it all balances nicely. This beer is an absolute pleasure to drink.

Thankfully Ohio is one of the 19 states that Smuttynose ships to. After this beer, when I see the brand I will be picking it up. Well done Smuttynose!

Be sure to check out their site here.

Cheers!


Beer:30… Cincinnati Beer Week Collaboration Barleywine Ale.

I will be the first to admit that certain beers get me excited. There is nothing like a quality beer, and nowadays there are many different brands and styles to choose from. Something magical happens though, when multiple brands come together to produce a limited, special brew for a special time. Thanks to this being Cincinnati Beer Week, that time is now.

Cincinnati Beer Week is a celebration of the libation. Running from Feb. 2nd to the 9th, many local venues and local breweries are participating to make this inaugural year a week to remember. And what would a beer week be without a special beer? So in the true fashion of collaboration, all of the major players in the Cincinnati beer arena came together with the common goal, to make a beer for this special week. Enter the Barleywine Ale:

Today I was lucky enough to stop by the Mt. Carmel Brewing Company on my way to drop off my wife’s lunch at her workplace. I will admit, if you are not paying attention, you will drive right by the brewhouse. It was very cool to see where one of my favorite brands was made, and to chat a bit with some of the nice folks there. After filling my growler, and picking up a pint glass, I was out the door to head home.

Barleywines are interesting beers, and this one is no exception. Poured out of the growler into my glass, it gives you the ruby coloration that Barleywines are known for. Once in the glass, the smell of this beer is gorgeous, hitting you with sweet fruit, some citrus, and balanced with the smell of hops. The smell reminded me of Great Divide’s Old Ruffian a tiny bit, due to the hops. When the beer hits the taste buds though, all of those scents come together to make an amazing flavor. The beer has a sweet taste, which flows nicely with the hop bitterness, a bit of vanilla in there, and the alcohol finishes it up quite nicely with a warming sensation. I have not found an alcohol content on this one yet, but I am sure that it is quite high. This beer finishes, and makes you wish you had another. Luckily, I bought a 64oz. growler.

So take all of the craft beer companies in one city, put them into a room, and give them the goal to make a beer for one week, the inaugural Beer Week. For some reason, I keep getting the mental picture of the council scene from the “Lord of the Rings” where all of the factions are deciding what to do/how to get rid of the ring. Except all of the members in the roundtable are beer Gandalfs, super wise to the craft of beer making, and the quest at hand is a Barleywine quest. Be sure to look for this beer in your own travels, especially during this special week here in the Cincinnati area. I will be buying some more, and I suggest you do too before it is all gone.

Now if only I could find a bottle or two to put away in my cellar…

Be sure to check out these links:
Cincinnati Beer Week
Christian Moerlein
Listermann Brewing
Mt. Carmel Brewing
Red Ear Brewing
Rivertown Brewing
Rock Bottom Brewery

Cheers, and happy Beer Week!


Bird is the Word… Penguin Parades.

So normally here in SW Ohio, January and February are the coldest months of the year. This year is an exception though. Anyway, during those two months, one of the coolest events takes place at the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden:

This video shows the beginning of the now famous penguin parade. Every day during January and February, as long as the temperature is below 50 degrees, the King penguin colony takes a walk from their indoor exhibit to an exhibit outside.

This is by far one of the most amazing events going on in the Cincinnati area, I would even go so far to say it is the best parade in the area as well… but I might be a little biased, come check it out for yourself!