Cincy BrewCast Episode 10 – Darkness Brewing

TinyDarknessAnother week means another episode of Cincy BrewCast to talk about.  This week was a fun one, with us getting our first chance to talk to Ron and Eric from Darkness Brewing.

Darkness is a Brewery-In-Progress, hoping to open this fall in Bellevue, KY – right down the road from one of Cincinnati’s favorite beer stores, the Party Source.  They have found a niche in their love for dark beer, however… as we soon discovered, that’s not all that they will be offering when their doors open with some great “lighter” beers in their wheelhouse to go with the dark side.

As the show kicked off we ran through the usual “From the Beer Fridge” segment with a couple tastings:

  • Sol Drifter – MadTree (read my impressions here)
  • Strawberry Pig – Christian Moerlein
  • Death – Rivertown
  • S’More of What? – Quaff Bros/Listermann

Our tasting of Sol Drifter and Strawberry Pig was a sort of “side by side” tasting, to compare the use of extract (Moerlein) and the puree (MadTree) – and I think it ended with us deciding that the extract, while yielding more strawberry flavor doesn’t have the “real” taste that comes across in Sol Drifter.

We were all extremely happy with our tastings of Death and S’More of What? – our tasting notes on each you’ll hear when you listen to the show below!

As we kicked off into our discussion, we got the chance to try a quasi-wheaty rye homebrew from the guys at Darkness.  The beer (called Rye-Fi) was a beautiful almost white color, and while the wonderful banana flavors that you might expect from a German wheat were there, the presence of the Rye malt really leans itself to leaving a clean crisp mouthfeel that you don’t get from the German brethren of this beer.

We were all extremely excited to discuss Darkness Brewing, and their current Fundable campaign, and even asked some of those tough questions that are floating around: “Will they open even if their Fundable doesn’t go the way they hope it does?” – “What about the name ‘Darkness’? Are they concerned about Surly Brewing Company’s beer of the same name?.

We also dug in a little bit and discussed some of their beer offerings, the space that the brewery will occupy and why exactly they chose Bellevue as a location instead of some of the more “traditional” locations that other breweries locally have chosen.

The show was great, have a listen, and let us know what you think!  Next week will be a big one for us as we will be on location at Listermann/Triple Digit – stay tuned to all our social media channels for updates and information!



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