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Pairs: All-American food & beer

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American chow is lovingly greasy, utterly homey and distinctly our own. Lucky for us, our signature cuisine pairs perfectly with good beer.

Apple Pie & Avery White Rascal

A wit’s spice and citrus pair perfectly with apple pie; the pie’s healthy dose of cinnamon harmonizes with the beer’s coriander, while the brew’s mild citrus notes draw out the apple flavors. As you savor the last few bites, notice how nicely the pie crust melds with the wheat and oats used to soften the witbier’s profile. ALSO TRY: Hoegaarden, Allagash White, New Belgium Mothership Wit

Hotdogs & Speakeasy Prohibition Ale

Amber make great matches for hotdogs: They’re slightly milder than pale ales, but still have enough hop backbone to stand up to any condiment. If you like sauerkraut, pick up the most vibrant amber you can find, but if you like your dog plain, choose a more balanced version. Speakeasy’s medium-bodied amber falls squarely in the middle—plus, its malt aligns well with a toasted whole-wheat bun. ALSO TRY: Three Floyds Pride & Joy Mild Ale, Otter Creek Copper Ale, Mac and Jack’s African Amber Ale

Burgers & Deschutes Mirror Pond Pale Ale

A pale ale’s hops bounce off any condiment you can think of (garlic, mustard, salt, ketchup), while toppers like tomatoes, lettuce and onions complement the beer’s grainy earthiness. A soft bun also draws out the beer’s malt, but go a step further and toast it to bring out a sweetness that counters the beer’s hops. ALSO TRY: Mendocino Blue Heron Pale Ale, Tröegs Pale Ale

Baked Beans & Abita Turbodog

The intrinsic sweetness in baked beans and brown ales make them perfect picnic-table partners. Turbodog’s crisp finish cuts the beans’ rich syrup, while the beer’s usually understated fruity esters and spicy phenols are brought forward by the beans. ALSO TRY: Goose Island Nut Brown Ale, Brooklyn Brown Ale

French Fries & Flying Dog Old Scratch Amber

Steam beers’ esters and crisp mouthfeel slice through fries’ grease, but doesn’t entirely wash out their salt. Here, hops show up quickly but dissipate just as swiftly, leaving a fresh grain presence that melds seamlessly with fried taters. And if you’re munching on seasoned fries, this brew pairs even better: The ale’s mild fruitiness is a great complement to a bit of spice. ALSO TRY: Anchor Steam, Atlantic Amber



Could You Be a Beer Judge?

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to be a beer judge? I mean, how cool does it sound to drink beer all day, chat about it and fill out a short form? Seems pretty easy and fun, right? Well, being a beer judge isn’t really as simple as all of that. Read-on and I’ll tell you all about what its like to be a beer judge for a day.

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The Haunted Brewery Tour

Just in time for the season, Cincinnati’s own Brewery District has teamed up with Cincinnati Landmark Productions, Cincinnati Escape Room and Christian Moerlein to put on a production that combines history with mystery and an interactive puzzle that you’ll need to solve.

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