Friday, January 25, 2013

2nd Annual MSD Brew Ha-Ha Tomorrow!

The decorations are being set, the music is ready, and the beer are arriving throughout the day. Everyone is getting very excited for the 2nd annual MSD Brew Ha-Ha, tomorrow from 6-10 pm. The event raises money for the Montessori School of Dayton, an amazing preK-8th grade school doing amazing things. (Seriously, what other school has a student-run coffee shop, several rock bands as part of the music curriculum, builds robots out of legos, creates sculptures that Dale Chihuly posts on his Facebook page, and hosts a beer festival?)

Below is the beer list, with style, ABV, and location details. Big thanks to our table sponsors. There are still tickets available online and at Belmont Party Supply, Lucky's Taproom and Eatery, The Trolley Stop, and Chappy's Taproom and Grille. Tickets will also be available at the door.

This year's beers continue with the Great Lakes region theme, but with the addition of beers from Indiana and Illinois. I'm happy to report a huge increase in Ohio beers, with outstanding offerings from Dayton and Cincinnati as well as other parts of the state. 

We are beer geeks and we picked the beers we like to drink, so it shouldn't surprise anyone to find a huge number of beers that are rated either Exceptional (one asterisk below) or World Class (two asterisks below) by the beer rating site And we've quadrupled the number of draft beers this year (noted as ± below), including a brewpub exclusive sour ale from Ohio's own The Brew Kettle. We've also included a cider (although not from the region, it's one of the best) and a gluten-free beer. 

So without further adieu, here are the stars of the show:

Hoppin' Frog Cleveland Crusher ±
Oatmeal Stout (9.40% ABV) OH

Two Brothers Domaine DuPage ±
Biere de Garde (5.90%) IL

Bell's Hopslam Ale**
Imperial IPA (10.00% ABV) MI

Bell's Two Hearted Ale**
American IPA (7.00% ABV) MI

Table 2 (Thai 9)
New Holland Dragon's Milk
Milk Stout (10.00% ABV) MI

Weyerbacher Merry Monks’ Ale*
Belgian-style Tripel (9.30% ABV) PA

Tröegs Perpetual IPA*
Imperial IPA (7.50%) PA

Julian Hard Apple Cider
Cider (6.99% ABV) CA

Founders Breakfast Stout**
Imperial Stout (8.30% ABV) MI

Founders Red's Rye PA*
Rye Pale Ale (6.60% ABV) MI

Two Brothers Cain & Ebel*
Rye Pale Ale (7.00% ABV) IL

Two Brothers Prairie Path Ale
GLUTEN-FREE Blonde Ale (5.10% ABV) IL

Table 4 (King's Table)
Blank Slate Movin' On ±
English Bitter (4.20% ABV) OH

Cellar Dweller Smoked Porter ±
Porter (ABV unknown) OH

Dark Horse Tres Blueberry Stout*
Imperial Stout (7.50% ABV) MI

Dark Horse Scotty Karate Scotch Ale**
Scotch Ale (9.75% ABV) MI

Hoppin' Frog B.O.R.I.S. The Crusher Oatmeai Imperial Stout**
Russian Imperial Stout (9.40% ABV) OH

Revolution Eugene*
Porter (6.80% ABV) IL

Revolution Anti-Hero
American IPA (6.50% ABV) IL

Revolution Coup D'Etat
Saison/Farmhouse Ale (7.50% ABV) IL

Stoudts Fat Dog*
Imperial Oatmeal Stout (8.00% ABV) PA

Stoudts Smooth Hoperator
Doppelbock (7.00 ABV%) PA

Maumee Bay IPA
English IPA (7.00% ABV) OH

Triple Digit Chickow
Hazelnut Double Brown Ale (9.00% ABV) OH

Founders Imperial Stout** ±
Imperial Stout (10.50% ABV) MI

Brew Kettle Rude Cru (brewpub exclusive) ±
Belgian-style Sour Red Ale (ABV unknown) OH

Hoppin' Frog Mean Manalisha Double IPA
Imperial IPA (8.20% ABV) OH

Upland Komodo Dragon Fly
Black IPA (6.50% ABV) IN

Fat Head's Head Hunter IPA**
American IPA (7.50% ABV) OH

Fat Head's Bumbleberry Honey Blueberry Ale
Fruit Beer (5.40% ABV) OH

Jolly Pumpkin Fuego del Otono*
Biere de Garde (6.10% ABV) MI

Jolly Pumpkin Calabaza Blanca
Witbeer (4.80% ABV) MI

Table 9 (BrewTensils)
Great Lakes Blackout Stout** ±
Russian Imperial Stout (9.00% ABV) OH

Dayton Beer Company Double Pale Ale (with Hop Rocket) ±
Double Pale Ale (ABV unknown) OH

The Brew Kettle White Rajah**
American IPA (6.80% ABV) OH

Rivertown Bock Beer
Bock (7.20% ABV) OH

Rivertown Roebling Porter
Robust Porter (7.80% ABV) OH

** rated world class by BeerAdvocate
* rated exceptional by BeerAdvocate
± draft