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Wit Ale By Rivertown, A Beer Review

Beer vendor
Beer vendor (Photo credit: BrainMuffin)

One of the many hats I wear is the one of Cincinnati Craft Beer Examiner. It is a heavy hat and one that falls off from time to time. As more and more breweries open in Cincinnati, and perhaps someday one run by yours truly, there is much beer to review and it is well passed due.

The full review is available on the Cincinnati Craft Beer Examiner blog: Beer Review: Wit Ale by Rivertown Brewery. So, why mention it here just to post a link back? Because, duh!

There is also a video review of the beer.

To be more informative, because being the Cincinnati Craft Beer Examiner is a part of who I am and this blog is about all the wonderful things I do and wish to share. This blog is about my opinions and observations. This blog is about coming together to walk the road to the future together. So, it’s about more than me. It’s about us.

Through the pages of the Cincinnati Craft Beer Examiner blog, one is taken on a journey through craft beer, history of Cincinnati, beer and food pairings, menu ideas, local Cincinnati beer related events and festivals. Yeah, it has all that.

Again, why all the repeat?

Because, it is necessary. Read all the stuff. Share all the stuff. And the pages will get better.

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Packing Without Maggie

Suitcase (Photo credit: Perosha)

We are less than two days away from out first family vacation since we had to put Maggie dog down. She was quite old and stopped eating. She was wasting away before our eyes and it was time to say goodbye. We still miss her.

Whenever we started to pack for a trip, she would get nervous. It didn’t matter if everyone or only a single person would be gone. She would pace and follow me around the house. For a time, we could take her to my parent’s house to stay and for a day or so she would hide in their closet. Eventually, we left her at our house and they would come walk her. It helped a bit, but not completely.

This time around, there is no pacing. Snuggles doesn’t mind us going on trips and Toby has yet to experience it. They too will be split as old Snuggles is going to my parent’s house and Toby is going to a local animal hotel. They both will be taken care of, though the experience will be new. We shall see how well, or not, they do.

Still, I miss the nervous Maggie roaming around the house. She was a stray we took in 15 years ago and she lived with us for 14.5. We do not know how old she actually was. She was mild mannered and great with the kids when they were little. We miss you Maggie and are glad you were a part of our lives for so long.

Thank you.

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Time to Bottle

Today has finally arrived. Today I set about bottling my first pale ale containing rye malt

Pale Ale
Pale Ale (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

as a specialty grain. Today is the day I get to see if it has survived secondary. Today is the day. And I’m starting late.

On weekends, many times I don’t set my alarm. I wake up at 6am anyway or the dogs get all manner of excited and want to go out by then. Not today. No noise. No barking. Up at 8:15 am. Ugh. So much to do: stretch, clean kitchen, move fermentor, sanitize bottles, prime beer, bottle, label, etc.

Oh yeah, and post about today’s activities.


I have decided to take a more personal turn with my blogs. Yes, I’ll still write about marketing strategies, business practices, interpersonal relationships, changing the lives of others and so on. I have listened to your voices and will make good changes. The topics upon which I have received the most feedback are, in order of responses, most to least: photography, personality types and homebrewing beer. Awesome. More attention to them and today it is beer‘s turn.

Next up? Bill Cosby.

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