Tasty Collaborations and a Tasty Ticket Giveaway

by Renee on April 24, 2011

It was due to come out in October 2010 for Cleveland’s Beer Week, but because of a lot of red tape, the Ohio Craft Brewers Assocation Collaboration Sampler didn’t make it to store shelves until recently. While these beers would most likely have tasted best fresh, I decided to give them a try anyway. They first hit store shelves at Heinens, but I asked my friends at Chuck’s Beverage here in my little town to let me know when they got some–which they recently did.

The collaborations were:  Berlot by Great Lakes Brewing Company and Cellar Rats Brewing, a merlot barrel-aged ale; Colastic Colab German Style Ale by Buckeye Brewing and Cornerstone Brewing; Hop-along Cascady Wet Hop IPA by Black Box and Fat Heads; Willville Hopfen Roggen Rye Kolsch Style Ale by Willoughby Brewing and the Brew Kettle; Rocky Frog Imperial American Porter by Hoppin’ Frog and Rocky River Brewing Company; and Indigo Dog Smoked Black Lager by Thirsty Dog and Indigo Imp Brewing.

I have to say my favorite of the group is the Hop-along Cascady. I felt it kept it’s fresh hoppy taste, and was still quite enjoyable all these months later. My husband Paul liked the Rye Kolsch Ale just a wee bit better. I also enjoyed the Berlot, which had a nice hint of the wine barrels it was aged in that still came through quite nicely. My least favorites were probably the smoked porter and the German ale–I think they both lost a lot in the wait to get to consumers. I’m glad I went ahead and purchased the 12-pack though. Paul and I had a good time tasting each last night as we watched The Ten Commandments for Easter, drinking every time someone said “Moses.” (Okay, not really, but that was my husband’s idea.)

So, as I told you several weeks back, the I-X Center in Cleveland is hosting the first ever International Beer Festival on May 13 & 14.

*The expansive Fest floor will feature 200 renowned breweries from around the world pouring upwards of 800 select beers;
*The Main Stage will feature appearances by celebrity brewers, authors and personalities sharing enlightening industry insights;
*Educational programming abounds at “Brew U” where beer-centric demonstrations and discussions will highlight trends in home brewing, regional developments and green brewing;
*The Tasting Room offers seminars on food and beer pairings; identifying beer flavors;
*Exhibitors specializing in beer-related products will showcase and offer their wares available for purchase;
*A convenient Fest Store will feature apparel and keepsakes from featured breweries.

There will be three sessions, and I’m giving away two tickets to one lucky blog reader for the session of your choice:

Session 1 — Friday, May 13 from 7-11 p.m.
Session 2 — Saturday, May 14 from 1-5 p.m.
Session 3 — Saturday, May 14 from 7-11 p.m.

To enter, comment on this blog post with your favorite spring/summer beer, or Tweet about this giveaway and mention @BrewersDaughter. A winner will be randomly selected and notified on May 1, 2011. Tickets are provided by the I-X Center. The winner will pick up tickets at Will Call before the selected session. You and your guest must be 21-years-old to attend event.

Meanwhile, if you’d like to buy your tickets now, I’m offering a $4 discount per ticket. There is no minimum number of tickets you’re required to buy, but you must buy General Admission tickets, regularly $45 each. To get the special price, enter the code BLOG when you click on the “Buy Tickets” icon at www.ixbeerfest.com.  General admission tickets include:

*Admission to your selected session;
*Unlimited Tastings;
*Commemorative tasting cup;
*Festival program;
*Access to all public special appearances, demonstrations & educational programming.

In addition to the discount, if you purchase tickets online you will get a free one-year subscription or renewal to DRAFT Magazine. That’s an added value of $19.99! 

Hope to see you there, happy Easter, happy Passover–and cheers!

{ 44 comments… read them below or add one }

Sarah Rivera April 24, 2011 at 10:32 am

Favorite summer beer is definitely Leinie’s Summer Shandy. Not exactly a microbrew but it sure is refreshing!


Jason Kaczor April 24, 2011 at 11:42 am

I love me some Bells Oberon during the summer.


Andrew April 24, 2011 at 1:56 pm

Sierra Nevada Pale Ale!


Ben April 24, 2011 at 10:42 pm

I have a hard time naming favorites, but Trader Joe’s Hefeweizen tastes great in the summer. There’s a great clove-banana flavor, it goes really well with food, and it’s about 2/3 the price of comparable German imports. I agree with your assessment of the 12-pack and was happy to discover your blog.


Karen April 24, 2011 at 10:55 pm

Brooklyn Summer Ale!


Betsy April 24, 2011 at 10:57 pm

I agree with Jason, Oberon is tops


Barney April 24, 2011 at 11:03 pm

Leinenkugel Sunset Wheat please


CLEgal @ Why CLE? April 25, 2011 at 8:13 am

Leinenkugel Summer Shandy. We fell in love with it last summer. I think we’re the reason Treehouse ran out so early.


CLEgal @ Why CLE? April 25, 2011 at 8:15 am

Tweet tweet!


Mike W. April 25, 2011 at 8:39 am

I’m a big fan of Breckenridge SummerBright… a great beer on a hot summer night.


216amyc April 25, 2011 at 8:49 am

An ice-cold Grolsch Lemon Beer is awesome on a hot summer day!


@NosferOtto April 25, 2011 at 8:49 am

I’m originally rom CLE but now live in DC so I cannot get enough of GLB’s Lake Erie Monster in the summer. I hope this means my local supplier won’t sell out of it as fast as their Christmas Ale allocation…
BTW, Beer is in my blood too!


Melinda April 25, 2011 at 9:35 am

I love Leinie’s Summer Wheat. Yum.


Rob April 25, 2011 at 11:34 am

In sticking to beer only, I do enjoy Leinenkugel’s Sunset Wheat the most during the summer, but I’m also a sucker for Strongbow if it’s on tap (and my local pub up the street carries it).


Denise April 25, 2011 at 1:37 pm

back in the day I’d have said GLBC’s Holy Moses, but they’ve tinkered with the recipe too much over the years and now it’s no longer a fave. So, I’ll agree with all those who dig Leinenkugel’s Summer Shandy.
Also, I ended up with a free sub to DRAFT mag after attending a different beer fest several years ago and gotta say it was a pretty nice read. Not a bad freebie!


Denise K April 25, 2011 at 2:36 pm

I used to love GLBC’s Holy Moses back in the day, but they’ve monkeyed with the recipe over the years and it’s not what it used to be. So now, I’m a big fan of the Summer Shandy. It just screams “summer!”


Renee April 25, 2011 at 3:38 pm

Wow, it’s surprisingly difficult for me to think of a favorite Summer beer. I guess I get a lot more excited about the Winter beers! I really enjoy Lake Erie Monster on tap when the weather is hot an humid. So, although it has already been mentioned, I’d have to go with that.


Scott Pappada April 25, 2011 at 4:39 pm

My of my favorite summer beers is Paulaner Hefe-Weizen


maria @ delish Adventures April 25, 2011 at 7:24 pm

Leinenkugel’s Summer Shandy is a for sure thirst quencher. I am also loving the refreshing sparkling taste of Lambic.


Thom H. April 25, 2011 at 7:55 pm



Jennifer Hermann April 25, 2011 at 10:23 pm

It’s usually my Liquid Love IPA, but after drinking this “BAD ASS,” I’m reconsidering.


Melange April 26, 2011 at 11:02 am

I am very excited for some Bell’s Oberon this summer!


Jay April 26, 2011 at 12:51 pm

I’ll second the Leinenkugel Summer Shandy!


Heather April 26, 2011 at 12:53 pm

Blue Moon with an orange!


Karen April 26, 2011 at 12:55 pm

I love Leine’s Summer Wheat or Blue Moon.


Jocelyn April 26, 2011 at 4:05 pm

My California roots are really going to show here: favorite summer beer is Green Flash West Coast IPA.

Also tweeted! (@legalesque)


Mike Williams April 26, 2011 at 4:25 pm

Fav summer beer based on my past 4 years in Boston would be Harpoon UFO.


Tom April 27, 2011 at 10:06 am

Can’t wait for the Hopping Frog Turbo Shandy – May 6th!!


Daune April 27, 2011 at 10:28 am

Hah! I didn’t think I was ready for summer beer yet, but I got a little thirsty reading those comments! Oberon is awesome. Pretty tough to beat the classic Corona and lime on a hot day! But, I have a new favorite I’m looking forward to enjoying this summer, Buffalo Bill’s Orange Blossom Cream Ale. Highly recommended!


Laura April 27, 2011 at 11:09 am

Saranac Pomegranate Wheat! Delicious! Don’t feel like cooking dinner? Just drink one of these liquid sandwiches and call it a night! http://www.saranac.com/


John April 28, 2011 at 7:50 am

Gotta be Oberon!


Frank T April 28, 2011 at 10:21 am

I used to be all about the Bell’s Oberon and GLBC Holy Moses as well, but I go more for hefeweisens in the summer now. Weihenshephaner (probably spelled wrong) makes a good one. I also like Southern Tier’s 422 at this time of the year


Wade April 28, 2011 at 10:50 am

I’m all about Hoegaarden in the summer…icy cold on a hot summer day it can’t be beat!


AllLacqueredUp April 28, 2011 at 11:49 am

I’ve become a big fan of Abita Purple Haze but after trying a sip of LaVieBoheme’s Hitachino Nest White, I see that becoming a pricey summer fave of mine.

Thanks for the giveaway!


Wade Yenny April 28, 2011 at 1:23 pm

My favorite summer beer is Hoegaarden…icy cold on a hot day-yum.


clevelandpoet April 28, 2011 at 2:11 pm

Love Goose Island Summertime but friend one hot day gave me an ice cold BELGIAN RASPBERRY LAMBIC and it was sort of heaven, tho not normally what I’d choose.


Ryan April 28, 2011 at 5:56 pm

My favorite summer beer is Southern Tier Hop Sun. It’s so nice to have a hop bite in a summer seasonal!


Serena April 28, 2011 at 6:59 pm

My fave is Sam Smith’s Organic Strawberry…YUM! 🙂


Stacy Mallardi April 28, 2011 at 7:51 pm

Hi Renee, thanks for having this contest. My favorite summer beer is Great Lakes’ Grassroots Ale. Altho I didn’t see it around last year. Hmmmm. Now I really want one.


Gail P Shipley April 29, 2011 at 10:01 am

Missed getting the collaborative pack by two days from Heinen’s. For Spring I enjoy Ayinger Bräu-Weiss; it pairs with so many foods.


Brian April 29, 2011 at 1:38 pm

In the summer, I love me some Orchard White by The Bruery.. such a full-flavored, yet refreshing witbier.


Ryan April 30, 2011 at 1:26 am

My favorite summer beer isn’t really a seasonal beer, but I think it fits the summer mood. Unfortunately, I don’t believe anyone sells New Belgium Brewery’s Sunshine wheat around here.


Holly Spener-Trueman April 30, 2011 at 1:13 pm

Summer Shandy is a new fav. Any summery wheat beer with a hint of citrus is yummy. Hoegarten and Blue Moon with an Orange please!


Renee May 1, 2011 at 10:04 am

Thank you to everyone who commented and tweeted–the winner of the tickets is Scott Pappada!


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