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Fifty West Brewing Co. hosts 'CannonBlog' beer blogger homebrew competition

Competition couples homebrew with six-course meal

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CINCINNATI -- Fans of fine dining, craft beer and the local blogging scene take note; Fifty West Brewing Co. has an event just for you this week.

In October, Fifty West invited myself, BrewProfessor, Queen City Drinks, Queen City Fresh, Hoperatives, BeerMumbo and LoveBeerLoveFood to the brewpub to make some beer.

The process was fun and informative. Having pro brewers on hand to teach about the brewing process and how to make a great homebrew definitely took our game to the next level.

Each blogger brewed a five-gallon batch to be served at a special Cannonball dinner, (renamed “CannonBlog” for the event.)

The Cannonball dinners are a special series that Fifty West puts on featuring several small-batch beers coupled with food pairings for a six-course meal.

The events are internal competitions that allow the brewery and bar staff to try their hand at crafting a new recipe and the kitchen staff to try experimental new dishes.

Here’s the best part: whoever wins the competition will have their beer brewed on the full brewhouse and be served at the brewpub.

The following beers are what we crafted in October, (in the interest of fair competition, the name of the brew team is not be attached to the beer):

  • ApriWeiss (Apricot Hefeweizen)
  • I Like My Coffee Hoppy (Coffee IPA)
  • Grandma’s House (Oatmeal Raisin Milk Stout)
  • Fifty Flipped (Pale Ale)
  • Amour (French Saison)
  • Whiskey Morning (American Brown)

Patrons will be able to purchase a flight of all six beers and vote for their favorites on score cards ranked from the best to the so-so. The $20 price also includes the six experimental dishes from Fifty West kitchen.

The doors open at 4 p.m. Thursday and the event starts at 5 p.m.

As the old adage goes, “vote early, vote often.”

Follow #9Beer's Jesse Folk on Twitter at @wcpojesse and Facebook at Jesse Folk

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