It’s Sunday. You’re hungover (or just lazy). You just cleaned the kitchen (or it’s super dirty), and you just can’t bring yourself to make another meal this week. So, delivery it is! The surcharge is crazy because more than just you had this idea tonight, but you press on. You place your order and sit back and wait. And wait. And wait. And wait longer. Finally, your sustenance hath arrived! Cold! DAMMIT! The whole night is ruined and everything is terrible. Trust us, we’ve been there. Luckily there is now an establishment that is working to change the food delivery game and it’s called ClusterTruck. When they reached out to us with an offer to tour the kitchen and try the food we immediately said yes, because one thing we’re obsessed with is (good) delivery food.
By now, you know that we really love beer. But we also love gin, like really love gin. It wasn’t love at first taste though. Beard first started drinking gin shortly after college. He and his friends went through a Tom Collins stage. Then Broad got into it a little later when Beard started making some delicious gin cocktails. But, we were picky about what gin we drank. Anything that was super junipery or strong was out. Then we came across Watershed Distillery’s Four Peel Gin. We bought it because it sounded delicious and we wanted to support an Ohio business. Now this was love at first sip. We became slightly obsessed. We made tasty cocktails with it and gave it to all our non-gin drinking friends, convinced we could get them to start liking gin. When Watershed Distillery invited us and other CLE bloggers to come down and tour their facility and taste their menu, there was no way we would miss this opportunity! Read more
Over the past year we’ve met a bunch of super awesome Cleveland bloggers, social media influencers, and movers and shakers making things happen in Cleveland. They’ve really helped us get even more excited about blogging and what we love about Cleveland, and we felt that our readers should get to know these amazing people too. So, we’re introducing the Beard/Broad spotlight where we interview a new friend of ours about their favorite foods, drinks and CLE activities. We hope you enjoy getting to know our new friends, and maybe you’ll find a new favorite Cleveland eating or drinking spot too!
Well we survived the 3rd Annual Advent-ure Calendar! It hasn’t been easy or even convenient for everyone to have to drink a beer every day this month (our bedtime is normally 8:30 during the weekdays), but it sure has been fun to try new beers and retry old ones. As always, we like to get everyone’s final thoughts, reflections, comments, concerns about the process and hopefully we can improve this event for next year!
Day 24: Anchor Brewing Christmas Ale
We saved the best for last, well hopefully! This may be the Christmas Ale of all Christmas ales. We love that every year the recipe is different and so is the label. From the website: “A smooth and creamy winter warmer with rich flavors of cacao, toffee and roasted nuts, and subtle hints of honey and herbal spice, this year’s brew marks the 43rd annual release of this Anchor tradition. The Ale’s recipe is different every year—as is the tree on the label—but the intent with which we offer it remains the same: joy and celebration of the newness of life.”
Day 23: Revolution Brewing Fistmas
Revolution is number one on our out of state brewery list to visit. It’s so close to us (Chicago) and we have family there. We love their beers and this one is one of our Christmas favorites. From their website: “Our Holiday Red Ale is steeped with ginger root and orange peel, resulting in a beer with aromas of fresh baked bread, caramel, and stone fruits. Fistmas was brewed with specialty malts to achieve a beautiful deep red hue.”
Day 22: 21st Amendment Brewery Fireside Chat
21st Amendment always has such fun cans which always grabs Broad’s attention. They also happen to make delicious beer. From their website: “Like FDR’s Depression-era radio addresses, which were like a kick in the butt and a hug at the same time, our Fireside Chat is a subtle twist on the traditional seasonal brew. We begin with a rich, dark, English-style ale and then we improvise with spices until we know we have a beer worth sharing with the nation.”
Day 21: Deschutes Brewery Jubelale
Deschutes produces some of our favorite beers, especially their IPAs and Stouts. This beer has been on our list the last two years and probably will continue to be because it’s just so good. From the website: Warm spiciness and tradition grace this bold, complex winter ale. The deep garnet color pairs perfectly with holiday celebrations. To celebrate the 30th bottling, for the first time ever, this year’s packaging features not one, but a series of custom snowflake themed illustrations.“
Day 20: Clown Shoes Reindeer Games
One of the first craft beers that Broad fell in love with was Muffin Top from Clown Shoes so this brewery holds a special place in our hearts. We don’t usually think to look at this brewery for special seasonal ales but we’re excited to try this one. Plus, the can is amazing. There isn’t a description on the website or really on the can besides it being a Bavarian style IPA, which leads us to believe it’s an IPA brewed exclusively with Bavarian, or German, noble hops.
Day 19: Southern Tier Brewing Co. 2XMAS Spiced Double Ale
It’s not surprising that we have two beers from Southern Tier on the list this year, it seems like they always have so many different ones out! From the website: 2XMAS ale combines traditional brewing ingredients with figs, orange peels, cardamom, cinnamon, clove and ginger root. It’s a holiday addition to the 2X line and another reason to toast to the season, but unlike Glögg, we recommend serving this one chilled.”