Joshua M. Bernstein, a longtime beer journalist who grew up in Dayton and attended Ohio University, has penned an entertaining new book about enjoying beer.
The Complete Beer Course ($24.95, Sterling Epicure) is described as a “boot camp for beer geeks.”
It includes everything from the basics (the brewing process, beer styles) to well-crafted brewery profiles (Duck-Rabbit, Boulevard, Hair of the Dog and more). There also are plenty of beer recommendations, including shout-outs to a few Ohio-made brews.
Dark Apparition from Jackie O’s Pub & Brewery in Athens; Hop Dam from Hoppin’ Frog Brewery in Akron; and Dortmunder Gold and Commodore Perry IPA from Great Lakes Brewing Co. in Cleveland are highlighted.
The hardcover, 320-page book is written in a friendly, conversational style and is peppered with colorful photos and little info tidbits. (For example, IPA Day was founded by two social media folks in 2012.)
It’s a worthy addition to any beer library.
Bernstein, who now lives in Brooklyn, also authored Brewed Awakening.
Three Columbus brewers — Barley’s Smokehouse, Actual Brewing Co. and North High Brewing Co. — have collaborated to create a special beer for an Ohio Historical Society event involving a 2,000-year-old mummy.
The event, called An Evening with Amunet, is being billed as “Part Science. Part Art.” It will involve talks about the mummy and a discussion by Barley’s co-owner Lenny Kolada about ancient beer-making.
The beer, called KA Amunet, involved plenty of research and originally was going to be an authentic Egyptian brew. Kolada has posted a lengthy and detailed blog account of the brewing process.
“Of the five batches, three were truly undrinkable,” he wrote. “Think blue cheese hiding in your son’s used soccer socks. The fourth tasted like lemonade, only not so much. The fifth was actually pretty tasty.”
In the end, the brewers didn’t stay authentic to the ancient process because they used barrels and hops. The beer also features black currants.
An Evening with Amunet is from 5 to 9 p.m. Sept. 7 at the Ohio History Center in Columbus. Tickets are $15 in advance, or $11 for members. At the door, tickets will be $20 and $15.
To read Kolada’s full post, go to: http://smokehousebrewing.com/brewdoodblog/.
For tickets or more details about the event, go to: http://tinyurl.com/l4bv8tx.
Thirsty Dog takeover
Thirsty Dog Brewing Co. will take over the taps at Spunkmeyers Pub, 993 High St., Wadsworth, at 6 p.m. Friday.
The pub will feature: a Clementine Citra Dog firkin, Barrel Aged Siberian Night, Wee Heavy and Whippet Wheat.