Sunday, April 08, 2007

FOSSILS club hosts BarrelHouse, beer flows freely.

In the beginning, perhaps a decade ago, BarrelHouse Brewing was a brewpub, restaurant and live music venue located in Cincinnati’s Over-the-Rhine neighborhood. Two years ago, as the city commenced a renewed effort to revitalize the area, the brewery itself shuffled management, moved a short distance away, shed the brewpub concept and was born again as a production brewery with distribution by Cavalier Ohio (now available in Indiana through Cavalier Distributing Indiana, Indianapolis).

Brewer Rick DeBar and his tasty recipes stayed on, and last night he visited the monthly FOSSILS homebrew club’s meeting at NABC’s Prost room.

Rick brought bombers of an assortment of BarrelHouse beers, and assisted by our own Richard Atnip, offered samples of these and two stellar drafts: BarrelHouse Belgian Style Winter Ale and Boss Cox Double Dark IPA.

It also was my first day back to work in two weeks following my shoulder surgery, and of course I overdid it, which means that my stay was short and the conversation with Rick brief, but he did say business is good, and RedLegg Ale is back in the ballpark in Cincinnati:

Ale back for Reds games BarrelHouse revives traditions with return to ballpark, Opening Day customer appreciation specials, by Jon Newberry, Cincinnati Enquirer.

After a two-year absence from Great American Ball Park, BarrelHouse Brewing Co.'s RedLegg Ale will once again be on tap during Cincinnati Reds games this season and at the park's Machine Room Grille, according to Rick DeBar, BarrelHouse's brewmaster.

Indiana Beer’s Bob Ostrander was there along with Mat Gerdenich and Chris Branaman from Cavalier. If Bob does a report, I’ll follow up with a link.

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