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There aren’t many hard and fast rules when it comes to pairing beer with food, but matching the intensity of the flavors in each element is a fundamental building block when constructing pairings. As long as one doesn’t dominate the other, the right pairing can complement or contrast the flavors on the plate, bringing out flavors in both the dish and the brew that aren’t readily apparent when served alone. Zaftig Brewing will show off their pairing skills with a German-inspired beer dinner on Monday, May 3 at their brewpub in Italian Village. The four-course meal starts with a light Mini Bomb blonde ale to complement the salad course. The beers and dishes increase in flavor intensity through each course, culminating with a salted caramel mousse paired with BamBaLam breakfast stout for dessert. See the full menu and order your tickets at eventbrite.com


The next generation of gridiron stars find out where they’ll begin their pro careers when Cleveland hosts the 2021 NFL Draft, starting next Thursday, April 29. Before the pandemic, the draft drew football fans from around the country to watch the proceedings and partake in fun activities around the event. The 2020 version was not open to the public, but the NFL has given Cleveland the go-ahead to hold an in-person fan experience event that follows all COVID prevention guidelines currently in effect. Thanks to their resurgent 2020 season, Cleveland will have the 26th pick in the first round. Cincinnati fans, uh, won’t have to stay up very late to find out who their first-rounder is. The Jolly Scholar is getting in on the fun with the release of Draft Day IPA, encouraging their fans to fill out the blank spaces on the front of each can with their draft predictions. Find out more at facebook.com/jolly.scholar


Modern Methods Brewing Company is using some, well, modern methods to lend a super dank flavor profile to one of their flagship beers. Darlene, a crisp, refreshing lager beer, has been transformed into Terposaurus Rex with a hefty addition of Strata hops and the introduction of a flavor blend that imparts the dank and tropical notes reminiscent of certain plants that are celebrated every year on April 20. None of those plants were harmed in the making of this beer, in case you were worried about that, so Terposaurus Rex doesn’t cause any of the effects those plants are known for. Available for a limited time in cans and on draft at the Modern Methods taproom in Warren. Get all the details at facebook.com/modernmethodsbrew


The red telephone box is still an easily identifiable icon of British society, despite the omnipresence of cell phones and a plan to scrap half of the remaining 40,000 boxes in existence. Two Bandits Brewing Company incorporated the red phone box onto the label of their upcoming can release for London Called, a medium-bodied English-style brown ale. A true pub classic, the English-style brown ale is a more robust expression of the malt-driven roasty, caramel flavors of the sessionable English mild ale, but doesn’t veer into the higher perceived bitterness of its American cousin. Look for London Called cans in late April or early May at the Two Bandits brewpub in Hicksville and at select northwest Ohio retailers. More details at facebook.com/twobanditsbrewing


This Friday, April 23, Jackie O’s will hold a bottle release for two beers that may perhaps be polar opposites. The bourbon barrel aged Oro Negro starts its life as Oil of Aphrodite, a double stout brewed with walnuts and barrel aged for a year. Just before bottling, infusions of cacao nibs, vanilla beans, habanero peppers and cinnamon sticks transform the 12% ABV beer into a rich, spicy delight. On the other end of the spectrum lies Livelihood, a bottle conditioned light sour ale made with pilsner malt, unmalted white wheat and German hops, clocking in at a refreshing and sessionable 2.9% ABV. If you’re looking for something closer to the middle, check out Veiled Geometry, a mixed fermentation saison aged for 30 months in oak barrels and brimming with white grape tannin, stone fruit, citrus and vanilla flavors. Order online for statewide shipping or pick up from any of the Athens or Columbus Jackie O’s locations. Read more at facebook.com/jackieosbrewery


Grainworks Brewing Company has teamed up with Holtman’s Donuts to create an unbeatable summer flavor combo. This Saturday, April 24, you can pick up a pairing of the Holtman’s lime coconut donut and Grainworks Lime Coconut Donut Gose, brewed to mimic the unique flavors of its fried inspiration. For their new creation, the brewery chose a gose as the base beer, a lightly tart German wheat beer known for its characteristic saltiness. The natural tartness gets kicked up a notch with the addition of lime, while a dose of toasted coconut lends a sweet, nutty complexity. Try the beer side-by-side with the donut to compare and contrast different expressions of the core flavors. Lime Coconut Donut Gose will also be available in 4-packs for carry out at the Grainworks taproom in West Chester starting this weekend. Get more info at facebook.com/grainworksbeer


Fifth Street Brewpub’s Herbivore series has become a popular vehicle for the brewery to show off some unique, herb-driven flavor profiles in their beer. Founding brewmaster Darren Link’s first entry in the series, Herbivore 1, is back on tap at the Dayton brewpub for a limited time. Building off a pale ale base, copious amounts of fresh basil impart a pungent, herbaceous aroma that is balanced with sweetness derived from locally-sourced honey. Grab a patio seat and pair Herbivore 1 with the Chèvre burger or Mediterranean wrap from the brewpub food menu to amplify the experience. Read more at facebook.com/fifthstreetbrewpub

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