The Brooklyn Growler

"Life is all skittles and beer." — Tom Lehrer

Ohio Beers for the Ohio Holidays

Been a little while. I had some computer issues before Thanksgiving. Let’s just say there was wine involved. Well, all right, so the whole story is that I had a pizza in the oven and was trying out a new pizza stone that smoked up the apartment. A window was opened. A fully full glass of red wine sat on the computer desk a foot away from the machine, which sits on a little lift thingie. The wind kicked up the curtains. Obliteration. Wine all over.

Not a half hour earlier, the cat – wearing his ungainly holiday sweater – had spilled a glass of water over my wife Audrey’s laptop. We dried that one out all right. Mine had to go to TekServe to have red wine cleaned out of its innards.

In the meanwhile, a freelance job was offering more work at a better rate. I closed out the days before Thanksgiving first on an ancient iBook, then on a friend’s computer, and then on a dried-out laptop doing my best not to lose my mind. My laptop is now back at home playing the one track with all of the frog noises from that one Neko Case album.

There’s some Xmas-light action on the lower-side of the screen that I have decided I have no choice but to find visually exciting for now. So, otherwise, my laptop is A-OK. Well, it also smells like David Bowie’s breath during the late-seventies.

That’s what I get for drinking wine, I guess.

Anyway, here are some beers that I’ve had since I last posted.

Oatmeal Stout; Samuel Smith; Tadcaster, Yorkshire, U.K. (I was inspired by the Birch Oatmeal Stout Dave made.)

Woody Creek White Belgian Wit; Flying Dog Brewery; Frederick, Md.

Premium Czech Lager; Czechvar; České Budějovice, Czech Republic

Over the Rhine Ale; Christian Moerlein Brewing Co.; Cincinnati, Ohio

Edmund Fitzgerald Porter; Great Lakes Brewing Co.; Cleveland, Ohio

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Ghost Beer Haunts Stink Cave

Over at the Cincinnati Business Courier, Jon Newberry noted today that the great stink in Latrobe could affect some local Cinci brands of beer, such as Hudy Premium Beer (see Cincinnati Business Courier).

I don’t know nothin’ about Hudy, but I do know that it’s not uncommon for brands of beer to share production centers. Though Hudy is a Cincinnati, Ohio-proud beer, it’s brewed over in Latrobe, Pa. Hudy is a German-style beer. If you’re trying to find a case, check out a Kroger’s grocery store and bend over to peruse the lawnmower brews.

Brooklyn Growler reader David N. Lewis, age 32, of Cobble Hill, Brooklyn, wrote in to inform this here site that the previously noted City Brewing Co. of Latrobe, Pa. and Wherever, Wis. was also the maker of Wiedmann beer.

Wiedmann was a beer that was produced by the Geo. Wiedmann Brewing Company of Newport, Ky. The brewery has been closed since 1983. Newport, for all intents and purposes, is a part of the Cincinnati metro-area as it is just over the river and whatnot.

In its day, the Wiedmann brewery was not only synonymous with Newport, but it was also the Bluegrass State’s largest brewery. The brewery was founded sometime in the 1870s shortly after George Wiedmann moved to Kentucky from Germany.

Wiedmann described itself as a Bohemian-style beer. Bohemia is a region of Central Europe that is in the modern day’s Czech Republic.

A Bohemian beer is a lagered beer (cold stored; historically stored in caves) that is, essentially, a pilsner-style beer. If you’re trying to imagine what a Wiedmann tasted like, think about a cold Pabst Blue Ribbon on a hot day when you’ve just finished a physically exhausting task.

Let’s all raise a can of ghost beer and toast an unholy stink.

Photo of some Wiedmann beer cans via Kentucky Beer Cans, used without permission.

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