Fresh Label Friday 11.17.17

Hey folks…

Welcome to another edition of #FreshLabelFriday. A little late but hey that’s just how I roll. One last plug for my appearance with fellow OG Beer Bloggers on Brew Minds with Jesse Folk and Tom Aguero.

Before we get into the labels, here’s a few tidbits from QCF.

Not much going on for me in the world of beer as I am on a drinking hiatus for a few months due to a surgery. Bummer, I know.

I’ve driven past Fretboard a few times this past week and the parking lot has been pretty full most nights, a good sign. A spattering of posts from my beer friends seem pretty positive — solid beer and a decent vibe. I’m looking forward to checking out the food in a few weeks.

Looking for something to do on Thanksgiving Eve? May I suggest Thanksgiving Eve with The Tillers presented by Jim Beam at historic Arnold’s Bar & Grill downtown. And bonus, Jim Beam commissioned the amazing Keith Neltner to create artwork for the event. The tees are super limited edition and only 60 were made. The best part though…. they are free!

How about Black Friday? Arnold’s has got you covered there as well with 12 Beers of Christmas and Hanukkah Too featuring live music from one of Cincinnati’s hottest new bands, Chelsea Ford and the Trouble.

Lots of fun stuff happening down at Braxton in Covington. Their Sweet Potato Casserole bottle release at Braxton Labs sold out quickly (ugh!).

They followed that up with more Braxton Labs innovation with a Dark Charge variant — A bourbon barrel aged imperial stout that aged for 6 months then re-fermented with Pinot Noir grape must before aging an additional 6 months in Pinot Noir barrels. 

Plus, just in time for Christmas, you can pick up a Claus Gift Sets. For $14.99, you’ll receive a 500ml bottle of Peppermint Sweet Stout, a Claus glass and Peppermint Crunch French Chews made locally by Doscher’s Candies. The same peppermint that creates these candies was used in the beer.

I can’t wait for the Braxton 2017 Winter Block Party and Dark Charge release on December 2nd. It’s going to be fantastic!

Finally, kudos to the local breweries that picked up some medals at the Festival of Wood & Barrel & Aged Beers (FOBAB) in Chicago. Listermann earned a gold medal AND runner-up in Best of Show for their Chickow! Brandy Barrel. Impressive.

Rhinegeist took home a silver medal for Double Oaked Mastodon and Rivertown took home a bronze medal for Ville de Rivere Geuze. Way to represent Cincinnati!

Without further ado, here’s some fresh newly approved beer labels from the area. Disclaimer: These labels are approved by the TTB but there is no guarantee that these will be released.

Against the Grain — Waking Up in Reno

I always find the AtG labels interesting. The ones for their All Funked Up Wild Series are very tame compared to their usual colorful and crazy labels. This one is a Smoked Salted Sour Brown Ale aged in a wine barrel. Sounds good to me.

Christian Moerlein — ’77 Winter

As I kid, I recall one of my friend’s dad had a bunch of pictures of the frozen Ohio River in his basement. Not a chance in hell you would have got me out there on that ice. However, I’ll happily enjoy this spiced winter warmer homage with hints of honey, almond, nutmeg and orange peel.

Country Boy — Living Proof Golden Wild Ale

I’m not that up-to-date on my Country Boy but i believe this may be a new series. Both versions are ales aged in oak barrels for up to 12 months — foeder fermented. I like the tag — ‘You’re Holding, The Proof’.

Country Boy — Living Proof Rose Wild Red Ale

Jackie O’s – MXD FRM

Personally, I’m going to believe this beer is in honor of my good pal Max Fram at Fifty West who is an OU alumn (It’s not). MXD FRM is Jackie O’s clever shorthand for Mixed Fermentation. Pretty cool, retro feel to this one.

Jackie O’s — ANTIK

A collaboration with To Øl, this is an imperial porter brewed with 120 gallons of local wildflower honey and aged in bourbon barrels for a year. Sweet and sticky FTW.

Jackie O’s — White Knobs Black Diamonds

I don’t quite get the name and the label is rather boring but this Flanders Style Blend of Oak Aged Sour Ales is right up my alley. Brewed for their friends at The Trappist in Oakland, CA. 

Platform — Cocoa Suave

Sweet Baby Jesus, these people in Cleveland package a lot of beers. And you thought Rhinegeist had a lot of SKUs. This first one sounds fun though — a Mexican Style Hot Chocolate Stout.

Platform — Elevated Hop Ramble Platform — Esther

Platform — High River

Okay, now you got my attention again. This is a 16oz. bourbon barrel aged stout hopped with Simcoe. I can’t determine if this is canned or bottled. Also, I’m curious as to what the ‘LOCOBA’ icon represents. Local collaboration?

Platform — Hyer Retro

Not sure if this is a new one. If I recall, I had this one during their launch. This one is a lemon ginger saison ale.  Platform — Loral

Platform — Paranormal Hoptivity

Okay, pretty good play on the name there. This one is a west coast style IPA hopped with Centennial, Cascade & Ekuanot. I’m game.

Platform — Yammy Yammy

I’m starting to think Sweet Potato Ale are the Pumpkin beers. They seem to be very en vogue this season.

Rhinegeist — Squirrel

Yes, another local can to add to my collection! Pretty sure this one has been released before on draft so it’s cool to see it got called up to the big leagues. This squirrelly bastard has sweet notes of toffee and chocolate. Mmm. And who doesn’t love a furry animal with ‘nutty agility’. We drink, to nuts!

Seventh Son — Brother Jon

I bet you’d never guess by the label what this is. The artwork by Meak is pretty but a Belgian in a robe just seems played.

Upland — Oak & White

A barrel aged fruited sour ale aged on Traminette grapes.

Upland — Petal to the Kettle

I enjoy the pun here. A tart ale with Rose, Hibiscus & Strawberry. I think this one will do well.

Warped Wing — Whiskey Rebellion

Yes! Love this beer and the label. I recall first having this at the OCBA event in Cincinnati a few years ago and a few other times over at Firehouse Grill in Blue Ash. Can’t wait to crack this open in a few months.


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