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“The Bearded Lady,” Award winning blackberry stout recipe

As some of you already know, we got some very exciting news last weekend – our blackberry Belgian stout, “The Bearded Lady” won a GOLD MEDAL in the “All American Homebrew Competition,”  a BJCP sanctioned contest hosted by the Cincinnati Malt Infusers.

Obviously, we are ecstatic. Though we’ve been brewing beer for about 7 years, we’ve only just started entering competitions.  What makes the win all the sweeter is now that I’ve actually judged in a competition, I know how intense and critical our BJCP folks are.

Blackberry Belgian Stout

Even before winning the award, we knew this beer was pretty special. We first brewed it in the summer of 2012. We liked it so much, it became a household seasonal. Since then, we’ve had special requests for it from friends, acquaintances, and near-strangers too. Continue reading “The Bearded Lady,” Award winning blackberry stout recipe

The making of Amour, a French Saison (and Saider!)

I haven’t been talking much about our homebrew adventures of late, but that’s not for lack of activity, just standard life craziness. So let’s update!

All the way back in November I was asked to participate in the first ever CannonBLOG Event at Fifty West Brewing. The back story to this is that the  50W brewers started a competition called Cannonball amongst their staff for who can brew and pair the best beer/food. For CannonBLOG they changed things up and asked us Cincy beer bloggers to brew beer instead!

CannonBLOG! at Fifty West

Myself, Hoperatives, the Brew Professor, Beer Mumbo, Queen City Fresh, Jesse from WCPO #9Beer and Queen City Drinks all gathered together at Fifty West, had some tasty brunch, and brewed. It was a fantastically fun day and we all learned a thing or two about the various homebrew systems we all have. Continue reading The making of Amour, a French Saison (and Saider!)

Adventures in Home-brewed Fruit Beers

With temps well into the eighties (and even nineties by us!), I think it’s safe to say it’s summer: the season for refreshing fruit beer!

Of course, fruit beers can be enjoyed year round, but I find that a nice light bodied, crisp beer with a little fruitiness just does the trick on those hot days. For those of you cringing, I’m not talking about Lemon Berry Shandy. I’m talking real, delicious fruit beers.

We’ve gone whole hog on the fruit beer front here in the LBLF househould. Recently we’ve brewed a Prickly Pear Mesquite Honey Wheat (try to say that ten times fast), and a Blackberry Belgian Stout. As you can see, we don’t exactly shy away from bold and crazy flavors. BOTH of these beers were the brain child of my husband – an unashamed fruit beer lover.

We're Here for BEER

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