now on tap: cleveland beer week

Officially tapped last night, today is the first full day of the 2nd annual Cleveland Beer Week. Now I am not a beer drinker – give me a glass of full-bodied red any day and I’m a happy gal. But, I am learning to appreciate craft brews more and more each day. And dedicated weeks like these provide the perfect opportunity for people like me, plus craft brew aficionados, to learn, sample and enjoy all the amazing beers around, from within our city to across the country.

Just last night at the CBW kick-off event, Grains vs. Grapes, I sampled a beer that made its way to our grocery list this morning: Midas Touch from Delaware’s Dogfish Head. It’s a beer made from a recipe found in King Tut’s tomb! Crazy, right? Our table was skeptical of this tale at first and quickly took to our phones to Google this fascinating tidbit. 30 seconds later, turns out this is in fact a true statement – sorta. Turns out this honey and saffron beer owes its wonderful taste to the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeologists who discovered fermented beverages in 2,700-year-old glasses while excavating the tomb of King Midas in Turkey. A few years ago, molecular archaeologistsĀ  analyzed the remnants of what they found then turned it over to Sam Calagione, founder of Dogfish (who was at the event last night), to help recreate this ancient brew which also contains muscat grapes. This to me was simply fascinating. A great beer and an even better story.

There are lots of events to participate in this week where no doubt more fun stories and learnings will take place, from beer and chocolate tastings to gourmet beer dinners. Be sure to visit the CBW site where you can search for events by city and date. Also, be sure to check into Cleveland Beer Week (you have to manually type it in since it’s not a stationary event) on Foursquare. They are giving away daily gift cards randomly to people who check-in and well as a grand prize for the “mayor” of Cleveland Beer Week.

And finally, what would a week-long event be without a fond farewell (until 2011 that is). BREWzilla will mark the end of CBW on Saturday, October 23 at the Galleria. 80+ breweries, food, fun and all for a good cause (the Malone scholarship fund).

What event(s) will you be going to?

5 Comments

  1. Posted October 16, 2010 at 11:43 am | Permalink

    I was at the Fat Head’s IPA Hop Fest last night. It was really amazing! I posted a review of it on my blog! It was great reading about Grains vs Grapes! Dogfish Head Midas Touch is such a quality beer. I’m glad you liked it.

  2. Posted October 16, 2010 at 12:21 pm | Permalink

    Thank you so much for getting to the bottom of that story. I *totally* thought our waiter was full of shit.

    I first fell in love with that beer a while back when I bought it from Lilly but never knew the history behind it. As if I needed more reasons to be in love with Dogfish Head…

    I’m most excited for the Saison event at The Greenhouse (on Wednesday, I think?).

    They’re featuring all 3 versions of Saison de Buff, the collaboration between Dogfish Head, Stone, and Victory. It’s seriously one of most delightful beers I’ve had.

  3. Posted October 18, 2010 at 12:50 pm | Permalink

    i’m already looking forward to saturday’s event.

  4. Posted October 19, 2010 at 1:27 pm | Permalink

    the stuff at Lily’s Chocolates sound phenom!
    we trying to be real random this year so haven’t settled on anything except hitting up Parnell’s Pub for some of the stuff they are doing but that’s our fav pub so it doesn’t count.

  5. Omega44
    Posted October 19, 2010 at 2:26 pm | Permalink

    this is the second year I have gotten amped for beer week, only to be let down by the “event” I attended.
    went the monday dogfish head tap takeover for lunch and drink some great beers. the disappointment came with the lackluster effort by the establishment – hard time describing which beers were not available in Cleveland (my main beer objective for the week), flights advertised but not offered (canceled for unknown reasons after an inquiry), and half beers poured for full beer prices.
    Im giving another event a try, bc Beer Week Inc has really added some other cool events.

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