This month’s tap takeover at World Of Beer in the Brewery District was Elevator. They had six of their standard offering beers: Xtra Lager, Dark Horse Lager, Mogabi Hoppy Wheat Ale, Bleeding Buckeye Red Ale, Bare Ass Pale Ale, and their Three Frogs IPA. They also brought along four seasonal/limited selection beers; these included their Hefeweizen, Import Bock, Baltic Porter, and an Aged Nut Brown Ale (the Angry Goat Barrel). These alone would have provided plenty of options, but they also brought along a firkin of what they called Citrus Wit “Super Shandy” to top it off.
Naturally, the first beer I had when I showed up was the Citrus Wit because I am in love with firkins. It poured hazy orange, and smelled like an orange-peel mimosa almost. The orange peel transferred over to the taste in a big way – in fact, it might have been a bit much – but it didn’t kill the beer. It was much more orange than most of the lemon shandies I have had in the past, but this made it a very interesting drink.
Ratings: Sessionability: 4-pack (out of 6). Overall: 4-pack.
After the firkin, I decided I should spent the rest of my time on the beers that I had not had before. Having had all of their year-round offerings and loving their Hefe on too many occasions, I next ordered the Angry Goat, and boy was I glad I did. This thing was fantastic, I think I drank it in less than 15 minutes even though it’s a brown ale. This beer was aged in rye barrels, which made it perfectly balanced; not too much of that whiskey taste that can be found in a lot of beers that are aged in whisky barrels, it just added a little vanilia sweetness and mellowed the bitterness a bit. I was told that this beer can be found in bottles. I would highly recommend that you seek this one out because I don’t think it will be long for this world. I also had a chance to talk to one of the brewers at Elevator, and he said to keep an eye out for an IPA aged in those same barrels – and after this beer you better believe I will.
Ratings: Sessionability: 4-pack. Overall: 5-pack.
Next up was the Baltic Porter, and as I have said in the past, Baltic/Russian stouts/porters are some of my favorite beers. This beer poured dark black with a tan head as beer in this style should. It smelled like roasted malts and you could definitely taste the sweetness of those toasted chocolate malts in this beer with a bitter back end. Overall, not one of my favorite porters but another solid beer from Elevator.
Ratings: Sessionability: 3-pack. Overall: 4-pack.
I rounded out my night with the only other Elevator beer that was on tap that I had not had before, the Import Bock. Full disclosure, I am not that biggest fan of bock beers, so if you are you might like this beer much more than I did. That said, I did not hate it. It was a full-bodied dark bock beer with a nice amount of sweetness and maybe a little hop flavor as the beer leaves the mouth.
Ratings: Sessionability: 3-pack. Overall: 3-pack.
Overall, the event was great, the beers they brought were very good, and I would highly recommend heading to a tap takeover for any brewery if you have the chance. Keep an eye on the Ohio-Beer team Twitter accounts, and we’ll try to let you know whenever one is coming up in the Columbus area!