FeBREWary Beer School at Ohio Beergarden

February 28, 2017 in beer,cleveland,drinks,events,explore locally,food,friends,life,NEO,Ohio,pictures,review,sponsor

I’m finally just catching my breath coming off my crazy-busy week last week. While things had been crazy since Monday, the fun really took off on Wednesday when I had the pleasure of attending FeBREWary Beer School at Ohio Beergarden in North Olmstead.

While Chad and I have frequented The Rail since it’s early beginnings in Akron, this was my first visit to it’s sister ‘restaurant,’ the Ohio Beergarden, which features strictly 24 taps of all-Ohio beers! Even their bottles, cans, and wine offerings are sourced locally from Ohio breweries and wineries!

But we were there for a special Beer School of new Ohio brewery, Goldhorn Brewery. Goldhorn Brewery is located in the Hub-55 development on E.55th street in Cleveland. While it’s been open less than a year, the head brewer Joel Warger, formerly of Great Lakes Brewery, has made a mark on the local craft beer market.

We started the night with Soft Pretzel Bites and Beer Cheese paired with Goldhorn Brewery’s Polka City Pilsner. Admittedly, I almost always (okay… always) gravitate towards super hoppy IPAs, but I was so into this beer. It was super light, crisp, and I could still taste quite a bit of hops!

Next up, the Fire Pug Pale Ale, which is a smoked pale ale with Azacca and Chinook hops. I definitely could taste the smokey flavor and it was delicious! Still very light and easy on the palate!

Finally it was time to taste a few burgers, courtesy of The Rail. I’m not going to lie, and I’ve talked about it extensively here on this blog, but The Rail is one of my favorite restaurants of all time.

The burgers were paired with Play That Funky Music Witbier. Yep. Cheesy – ha! And apparently derived from a joke. But, like many jokes, they sometimes turn into reality. For a Belgian beer, definitely one of the best — even if Belgians aren’t my favorite! I could big time taste the coriander and orange peel! Yum!

Last but not least we were able to taste some of Ohio Beergarden’s pizza. The previous restaurant that was located in this space built a stone pizza oven so the folks at Ohio Beergarden are totally taking advantage of that hidden gem — and they’re doing it OH SO WELL!

I have to admit — I may have cheated a teeny tiny bit with the ‘no dairy’ thing. I did eat two crust pieces, but for the first time in a year, I didn’t pick off the cheese. And it was incredible!

Our last beer was the St. Clair Stout. Admittedly, I despise stouts. They are… heavy; thick; and overwhelming. But I tasted it. It was much lighter than other stouts I’ve tasted. It almost tasted like a Christmas ale of sorts, thanks to the cinnamon, ginger and honey. In recent years I’ve turned my nose up at Christmasy beers. And after tasting this stout, I immediately handed it to my friend Cristin and was like “Nope. You have it.” Except I kept coming back to it. I kept tasting it. It kept growing on me. Of all stouts, I think it’s the best I’ve tasted. I ended up finishing it; I just wouldn’t go as far as liking it.

It was so awesome hearing about the story of Goldhorn Brewery and spending an evening surrounded by friends! I have to say that my absolute favorite beer of the evening was the Polka City Pilsner and, as delicious as the pretzels and pizza were, my heart belongs to The Rail burgers.

Thank you so much to the folks over at The Rail and Ohio Beergarden for hosting! I can’t wait for our next event.


*Disclosure: I received to complimentary seats to The Rail Beer School in return for my honest opinions and review. As always, all opinions are my own.*

{ 23 comments… read them below or add one }

Erin Campbell February 28, 2017 at 12:19 pm

Looks like such a cool place delicious food! I always love a good brew 🙂


Erin February 28, 2017 at 12:44 pm

Oh what I’d give for a beer and burger!


Heather Brown February 28, 2017 at 1:05 pm

Pizza and beer is what I craved most during whole30!


Kristine-Bites of Flavor February 28, 2017 at 3:15 pm

Beer, pizza, and burgers… great combo! I love going to places that have local beer. If I’m ever in Akron, I’ll definitely be checking this place out!


Sarah February 28, 2017 at 5:52 pm

I love a good brewery! That food looks delicious too!! The fire pig ale sounds like my drink! Now I know where to go if I’m ever in Ohio for authentic beer!


Amber February 28, 2017 at 6:01 pm

Im looking up how far this is from me in Cincinnati! Looks goood and so much fun


Trista February 28, 2017 at 10:24 pm

I’m not a beer drinker, but the food looks amazing!


stacey March 1, 2017 at 2:29 pm

Um, that food (and beer) looks amazing! What a fun place.


Melissa March 1, 2017 at 7:28 pm

This sounds like so much fun! I wish I had something like this near me. I will definitely check it out if I am in Ohio!


Jenny March 1, 2017 at 9:30 pm

Im taking your list and saving it to my TO DO list for Ohio! Im so excited!


Kelly March 1, 2017 at 10:10 pm

I will drink all the stouts for you. They’re my fave.


Erin March 1, 2017 at 11:38 pm

This looks so amazing!! The food looks delicious and it looks like such a fun space!


Andi March 2, 2017 at 8:51 am

Love me a good beer garden! This one sounds great. And I’m with you on the Stout thing. Way too heavy for me usually.


Anna March 2, 2017 at 9:37 am

This place looks and sounds delicious! The food looks amazing!


Amanda March 2, 2017 at 11:56 am

What a fun event! I usually stick to my one favorite beer, so I like this idea of being able to try different brews that one might never pick on their own. I also love that all the beers were local. And that burger…YUM!


candy March 2, 2017 at 12:09 pm

I know several people who would enjoy beer school. I don’t drink but would go along for the great looking food and to drive.


Kristin Davies March 2, 2017 at 4:17 pm

The food looks so good! All my fave kind of eats! Yum!


Lindsey March 2, 2017 at 4:24 pm

I love a good, cold beer! And that food is making my mouth water! What fun!!


Heydy March 3, 2017 at 2:30 am

What’s better then a burger and beer ?!? So glad you and your hubby were able to enjoy yourselves💖


Allie March 3, 2017 at 3:15 pm

And now I’m drooling all over my computer!! Glad you guys had a great time.


Kenya March 3, 2017 at 4:35 pm

This looks wonderful wonderful wonderful!!!! I’m from ohio so I definitely will check this out on my next visit !


JeeYoung March 3, 2017 at 4:44 pm

everything looks so good! i am craving beers these days 🙁 WOMPWOMP


Annie March 3, 2017 at 6:18 pm

This sounds like so much fun! Not only does the beer look good but the food looks delicious!



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