Category Archives: Local Cincinnati

Catching up w/ Blank Slate Brewing Company

You remember my friend Scott from Blank Slate Brewing Company, right?

Of course you do! He makes some of the best beer in all of Cincinnati, Ohio, and I personally think, in all of the Midwest.

Last time we caught up with Scott was about a year ago and a lot has changed since then. Business is going well, perhaps too well, if that’s possible.

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New Beer, New Outlook at Bella Luna Restaurant

Bella Luna, a mainstay Italian style restaurant on the East Side of Cincinnati celebrated 13 years last night by launching new menu items, a new bar area called La Bettola with specialty happy hour cocktails and appetizers, and most importantly: new beers brewed exclusively for the restaurant!

new beers from Listermann brewed exclusively for Bella Luna

The restaurant chose none other than Listermann Brewing Company to craft their exclusive tap beer offerings.

For those of you who don’t know the history of Listermann, let me indulge you for a minute. Dan Listermann started his homebrew store in 1991 and quickly became one of the largest homebrew supply stores in the Mid West. About six years ago they took the natural leap and started their own craft brewery.  Listermann Brewing Company was founded in 2008. Ever since, they’ve been pumping out unique offerings like the popular Nutcase, a peanut butter porter, Leopold a Belgian blonde, and my personal favorite, Planetary – a beautifully balanced and hop flavor forward American India Pale Ale.

Jason Brewer of Listermann was at the launch to share more about the beers and what else to expect from the collaboration. (His last name is seriously Brewer. Fate? I think so.)

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Not Your Mama’s Meatloaf – Cooking at the Glendalia Culinary Studio

This week I was invited to my first ever cooking class at the Glendalia Culinary Studio by my friend Heather, aka The Food Hussy – she writes a fantastic blog all about travel and food. The Glendalia is a relatively new cooking studio located in the quaint village square of Glendale, Ohio.

Me and hubby had a blast cooking up the most delicious meatloaf I’ve honestly ever had, sipping on Nugget Nectar, one of my favorite beers from Troegs and sharing some homebrew with fellow attendees (yay for BYOB!).

tasting some Troeg's Nugget Nectar while cooking

This particular class was all about about building and understanding different flavors of the world, especially French, Italian, Latin and Asian. Overall I think the flavor discussion was a nice introduction for folks who are new to moderately knowledgeable about food and cooking. Continue reading Not Your Mama’s Meatloaf – Cooking at the Glendalia Culinary Studio

Hopping into spring {TTT March 2014}

As you know by now if you’ve been following along with LBLF, the first Tuesday of every month is “Top Three Tuesday” where I share my current favorite beers.  I would pour these beers directly into your mouths if I could, but TTT is the next best thing.

As the weather warms (sorta), I’m craving hoppy, drinkable beers. We’re gonna do this month’s TTT by hop intensity – starting with a new favorite of mine:

Two Brother’s “Sidekick” Extra Pale Ale

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Beer Cheese {Guest Post!}

Hey there. I’m Tom Aguero and I write QueenCityDrinks.com – a blog about beer, liquor, and wine, and especially about all those things in and around Cincinnati. My blog is just about drinks not food, and certainly not recipes, so I immediately reached out to my friend Lindsay here at Love Beer, Love Food when I came across this delicious beer cheese recipe.

I love going to bottle shares and usually bring a bottle or two of beer, but when I don’t bring beer, I always bring food. Actually, there is only 1 food I ever bring, and it’s Servatii’s soft pretzels and beer cheese. I have yet to see a disappointed face when they see me show up with these tasty treats. Confused faces maybe if they’ve never had it before, but confusion turns to delight at first taste. Continue reading Beer Cheese {Guest Post!}