Hoppin Frog Event…

I just wanted to thank everyone personally, for coming out to Akron and making this event such a huge success! I think we can all agree that we tried some incredible beers and the food and service were top notch. A special thank you to Shawn, and Scott for executing the event and presenting the pairings with such expertise. 

Pictures are up on our facebook page and on our website. For members who weren’t able to attend, I have your pint glasses and t-shirts. I will bring them to our next event. 

Please let me know where you are all thinking you might like to go in the spring. Hopefully Doreen Lyon’s Craft Beer Bar will be open and we can hold it in a place owned by our own members! 

Post your thoughts, and again, I had a great time on Saturday and can’t wait til the next event!


Hoppin Frog Tasting on 2/15/14

I just spoke to Shawn from Hoppin Frog today, and the date for the 15th is all set. The time will be from 12 noon, tip 2pm. The price for those of you who have paid for membership is 25$ per person, and for non members, 30$ per person. 

Seating is extremely limited, the tasting room is very small and does not generally accommodate large parties. 
I have 12 tickets remaining for sale after myself and 2 others that were already sold, for a total of 15 people.  For those of you who purchased memberships, I will bring your tshirts and/or pint glasses to the event for you. 
Please make sure you go to burningriverbarleysangels.com to purchase your tickets. Again, seating is limited, so only 12 tickets will be sold to this event. 

 Here is our menu!


Here is our menu!
Shared plates of Roasted Red Pepper Hummus & Gourmet Charcuterie Boards featuring a great selection of meats and cheeses.

A flight board consisting of five 5 oz samples.  As of today we are pretty sure that we can offer the following beer, but availability is always subject to change.  In that event I would notify you and find an option comparable in price prior to your visit. 

- B.O.R.I.S. The Crusher Oatmeal Imperial Stout 
This Bodacious Oatmeal Russian Imperial Stout will crush you like no other! This is the grand-daddy of all stout styles, with an intensely deep roasted and full bodied flavor. A robust hop character adds a refreshing balance.  Two time GOLD medal winner at the Great American Beer Festival! 

- Bourbon Barrel Aged B.O.R.I.S. The Crusher
Made from our B.O.R.I.S. Imperial Stout, that was rated one of the World’s 50 Best Beers, and won the Gold Medal at the GABF in 2008. BARREL-AGED B.O.R.I.S. has picked up rich characters of vanilla, dark fruit, oak, and spice. It’s unbelievably complex and savory.  Just recently won a bronze at the Great American Beer Festival.  Former 2012 GOLD medal winner at the World Beer cup and Cleveland International Beer Fest!

- Hoppin’ to Heaven IPA
Our flagship single IPA.  Raise your glass to the heavens in a toast to HOPS – the spice of beer! This classic American I.P.A. features the finest American hops to add a spicy, assertive, and citrusy character to its full-bodied, rich malt taste.

- Hop Dam Triple IPA
Some say “bigger is better!”. At Hoppin’ Frog, we built a massive hop dam to handle the enormous amount of hops added to this colossal American Triple I.P.A. An intense experience of citrus and piney hop character is complemented by layers of rich malt flavor. Behold our new standard for hoppy beers.

- Bourbon Barrel Aged Outta Kilter Scotch Style Red Ale
The rich and malty character of our Outta Kilter scotch style red ale is masterfully complemented by barrel aging, as the “angel’s share” slowly evaporates resulting in a wonderful concentrating of flavors. The full flavor experience goes one step further with the vanillin undertones from the oak wood of the barrel, adding a savory, satisfying depth of flavor, ultimately creating a wonderful sensory experience.

Hoppin Frog Beer Pairing

Updates! I just spoke to Shawn at Hoppin Frog, and confirmed the date for 2/15. Again, the hours would be from 12 noon tip 2pm. He is working on a pre-set menu for us, which will be a selection of a few dinners to choose from, and a beer pairing of up to 5 beers. Unfortunately, we won’t be able to tour the brewery at that time, but the brewer will discuss our pairings with us and answer any questions. 

Seating will be very limited, there is a max of 15 people. So I can only sell 14 tickets. I will let you all know the price and when you can purchase tickets and select your meals. There will also be a vegetarian option for those of you who require that. 

Also, Kellie Rubesne has graciously offered to extend her reservation at Ballantine’s in Downtown Willoughby for the Southern Tier beer and food pairing dinner on 3/10. The price is around 35$ per person and will include delicious food and wonderful beers from Souther Tier. Any of you who would like to attend this dinner, please contact either Kellie Rubesne or Ann Zofchak for details!

Purchase Burning River Barley’s Angels Merchandise!

For any of you that missed out on the t-shirt with membership, you can purchase t-shirts, hoodies, tank tops, etc. at the cafe press site. Membership still includes a pint glass, discount event prices and yearly members only event, so go to burningriverbarleysangels.com and join!

go here to purchase your clothing with our super cool logo!


Craft Beer Scene in Ohio…

As all of you know, we are very lucky here in Cleveland to have a wealth of different breweries close to home. We have Great Lakes, Market Garden, Hoppin Frog (in Akron) Indigo Imp, Willoughby Brewing, The Brew Kettle and many others! And, if you’re in for a short road trip, Jackie O’s brewery and Columbus brewery in the Athens and Columbus areas respectively, have delicious offerings only available here in Ohio.

Ohio is also seeing increased distribution from breweries outside the state that previously were unavailable to us, such as the recent inclusion of New Belgium Brewing just yesterday. I have been lucky to have had New Belgium in other states, and it is a welcome and delicious addition to the beer sold in our fine state.

Still, we continue to see beers sold in other states that border us, but not here in Ohio. Much of this is due to the laws restricting beer sales by alcohol percentage. Currently, the highest ABV (alcohol by volume) percentage available for sale in Ohio is, 12%. This number is restrictive to some of the large breweries in California, Oregon and elsewhere that can see ABV’s of 14%-16% and higher from some of their more solid stouts, porters, and imperial IPA’s. Even some of the beers brewed just across the border in Michigan, are not seen here in Ohio.

This restrictive cap on ABV makes it impossible to purchase rarer, or nationally recognized beers here in Ohio, and is even worse for our own breweries. Currently, restricted to the 12% cap, our brewers cannot be as experimental and creative as they could be, which makes it very difficult for them to compete in a national or global market. Not often do we see an imperial stout, barley wine, or triple IPA brewed by our local breweries because it is just too difficult to brew a proper beer of that caliber within the confines of a 12% ABV.

Fortunately, there are members of our State Government who are working hard to increase that limit from 12% to 21%. State Representative Dan Ramos (D) of Lorain, has been working on introducing legislation that will support that increase and benefit the residents of the State of Ohio. One blogger, Jeremy Rupp has been in contact with Mr. Ramos, and keeps an updated blog of the progress of this legislation. Click here to read his blog. Make sure to sign the petition to increase the ABV, there is a link located in the most recent post. Hopefully, in the not so distant future, we can purchase items from breweries such as Firestone Walker, Gigantic Brewing, Deschutes, Ninkaski, Russian River, Kern River and many, many more who produce amazing, higher ABV beers not available to us here in Ohio.

In the meantime, we can all sit around and enjoy a delicious Citramax Ipa from Market Garden, or a Edmund Fitzgerald Porter from Great Lakes, and don’t forget about the amazing, wonderful, delicious Peanut Butter Cup Coffee Porter from Willoughby Brewing!  Breweries are popping up everywhere, like Black Box Brewing in Westlake, and Portside Distillery and Brewery in the Warehouse District, which will be opening it’s restaurant/brewery/distillery sometime in the spring of 2014.  It’s an exciting time for beer lovers in Ohio, we are getting national recognition for some of the beers brewed by our breweries and becoming competitive in a market dominated by the west coast.

Let’s all support State Representative Dan Ramos as he continues to advocate for our breweries and for craft beer aficionado’s in Ohio. You can also contact your local representatives and express your support in writing as this bill becomes assigned to a committee.



Market Garden event….another success!

Last night’s event was a success! So glad everyone braved the snow and cold to make it to Market Garden for a great meal and delicious beers! So nice meeting all of you, and seeing some of you again! I’ll post some pictures today here, and on the website. Thank you to Leslie Basalla for organizing another outstanding event and for the informative tour of the brewery. We threw around some good ideas last night, hopefully our next event will be in Akron at Hoppin Frog brewery, and if anyone is interested in volunteering as a group at the Cleveland Winter Beer Fest let me know! Roberta has already signed up! 

I hope you all have a safe and merry Christmas and New Years, and I will see all of you again in January. Don’t forget to join our group by going to burningriverbarleysangels.com!

Tickets no longer available!

We sold 18 tickets for this event, which is 2 over our original seating limit! Yay! 

We are going to have a good turnout this time, I can’t wait to see what market garden has planned for us!

I need to plan the first 2014 event. Any suggestions would be great, I was thinking possibly that Fat Heads might be a good place to start. Maybe even a trip to Akron for Hoppin Frog? I hear that the food at their new tasting room is amazing.

Don’t forget, that members who join and pay the annual fee will get a t-shirt & pint glass with our new logo, discounts on events, and one annual members only event.  

If you are interested in joining, please go to our website, burningriverbarleysangels.com, all information will be posted there.

See you all on Saturday!