Bogrolls & Barley Wines
Barley’s 2010 Real Ale Festival

Real Ale – it’s a beautiful thing. And it’s even more beautiful when you can find it on tap outside of the Mother Country.  To which end, a huge THANK YOU to
J.Scott Francis and Barley’s Smokehouse & Brewpub in Columbus.  Not only does Barley’s feature Real Ale, but once a year it holds the premier Real Ale
Festival in the US mid-west.

With salivating tongues, myself and Lord Derryberry of Dublin plus a host of mates met at Barley’s Smokehouse & Brewpub at the end of May for their Real

With trembling hands I picked up my souvenir beer glass and made my way to a host of barrels.  Here children, is where we begin….

1) Stone brewing Co, San Diego, California
Stone Ruination IPA (7.7%)
I’ve had this classic on tap before, but not as a Real Ale.  This version was specially created for Barley’s with dry hopping.  It started off with a refreshing
mintiness before taking on the tangy grapefruit flavours that make this a beer a world classic, before finishing with an intense, but not overpowering hop
bitternees.  A Royal among IPA’s.

2) Avery Brewing Co, Denver, Colorado     
Uberswine (12%)
A dry hopped barleywine, it gave a distinctly unpleasant aroma of cat vomit.  A worrying start, to be sure.  Then came flavours of bitter caramel followed by a
rancid taste of oranges that had been left to rot in the sun.  The finish was like sucking on a piece of coal.  A complete mess.

3) Weasel Boy Brewing Co, Zanesville, Ohio
Dancing Ferret IPA (5.5%)
After sucking on a piece of coal, it was back to safer territory for this IPA.  Over the past three or four years, Weasel Boy – lead by husband and wife team
Jay & Lori Wince – have refined and re-defined their beers to the point where ANY of their creations could compete in the global arena.  That said, their
Dancing Ferret IPA is a giant in the company of giants.  This is a smooth, hoppy IPA, where the hop flavours take control from start to finish with a nice bitter
finish.  There’s a good balance of malt which provides mild sweetness, but otherwise, it’s all about the hops.  Absolutely delicious!  

4) Thirsty Dog Brewing Co, Akron, Ohio
Thirsty Dog Hop Dog (5.5%)
Described as a
“Belgian Style Pale Ale”, the Hop Dog was refreshing and fruity with fresh oranges (as opposed to rancid) way up in the mix.  With extra hops
added, it made for a stupendous thirst-quencher.

5) Elevator Brewing Co, Columbus, Ohio   
Elevator Red (6%)
Like the Wilder Beasts that throw themselves every year off African cliff edges, I return to Elevator Brewing knowing that they brew complete and unadultered
shite.  The blurb said
“Vic Shiltz took a session-worthy red ale and aged it in a bourbon barrel.  This is a medium bodied beer that’s been kicked up a notch".  
That said, there was great discussion around our table about how this beer was actually made . There wasn’t so much a hint of malt, associated with “Red”
amber ales as NO maltiness at all.

This taste of this disaster was purely of Bourbon, rather like a bourbon soaked cake.  The aroma was pure bourbon and taste was pure bourbon.  The
suspicion was that straight bourbon had been poured in the barrel for this taste to be so intense.  Yet another totally hideous catastrophe from Elevator
Brewing Co.  

6) Barley’s Smokehouse & Brewpub, Columbus, Ohio
Chocolate Oatmeal Stout (5.6%)
Well, I could hardly go to Barley’s Real Ale Fest without trying their own beers, could I?   With oatmeal added to a basic stout, followed by chocolate,               
J.Scott Thomas gave us a wonderfully smooth and creamy stout with rich chocolate flavours.  Absolutely decadent.

7) Great Divide Brewing Co, Denver, Colorado
Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti Stout (9.5%)
I’ve noticed that so far my review scores have either been over-the-top estatic or downright bottom of the barrel (pun intended).  Would the Yeti Stout prove
to be middle-of-the-road?

Well, yes.  This is a Russian Imperial Stout (which normally has me heaving) aged on French and American oak chips (is there a difference?) and added dark
chocolate.  Like Barley’s Chocolate Oatmeal Stout, it’s exceedingly rich, smooth and creamy  –  unusual for a Russian Imperial Stout  –  with a noticeable
peppery finish, no doubt due to the addition of cayenne.  A rather strange beer, but kudos to Great Divide for pushing the envelope out.  

8) Gordon Biersch Brewing Co. Columbus plant
Cascade Alt (5.5%)
After the Yeti Stout, I found myself wandering around somewhat aimlessly, when the Cascade Alt sign caught my eye.  Despite Lord Shigley’s coaching,     I’ve
never been attracted to certain German beer styles, but the thought of Cascade hops being used in an Alt Beer (a cousin to the English Pale Ale) intrigued

This was very pleasant.  There’s no denying the use of citrusy Cascade hops, but it was very well balanced with smooth, slightly sweet, chewy malt.  With a
tasty malty finish, this was a welcome surprise from Gordon Biersch.

9) Barley’s Smokehouse & Brewpub, Columbus, Ohio
Hoptopus (abv unknown)
Oh yes kids, if one begins with an IPA, one should finish with an IPA  –  at least that’s the rule at Roberts Manor.  Hoptopus is a both a favorite of mine and
Lord Derryberry, so a fitting way to finish the festival: Hoptopus on cask.  J.Scott Francis actually describes this as
"a pale wheat ale that’s hopped to the
, but he’s not kidding anyone.  This is a beautiful IPA and with piney grapefruit thrown in for good measure, the result is a smooth hoppy beer with
grapefruit over, middle and undertones.  Unbeatable in cask form.

And that, dear reader, was the 2010 Barley’s Real Ale Festival.  This was our 3rd Royal appearance and it just gets better every year.  This year, the festival
began earlier in the day and ran longer, giving attendees more time to recover.  Oh, and the pint glasses had an excellent
“Say you want to have a
design on them.  I managed to snap up an extra glass (it pays to have connections).  Roll on the 2011 Real Ale Festival!
L to R: Lord Roberts, Lady & Lord Lamp and a rather rosy cheeked Lord Derryberry.
Lord Derryberry and one of the serving wenches bringing a smile to his face           
(I must remember to have The Manor photographer work on that "red eye" feature).