What to Expect at a Jackie O’s Bottle Release

Yesterday Jackie O’s Pub & Brewery had one of their bottle releases and I finally made the trip over to Athens to check it out. Luckily I was also able to talk to head brewer Brad Clark for a few minutes about the process. First a bit about Jackie O’s. There was originally a small brewpub in Athens named O’Hooley’s that went under and was resurrected as Jackie O’s in 2005. For the past 8 years they’ve been serving the students of OU fantastic draft beers and for the past 5 they’ve been doing these bottle releases 3 to 4 times a year.

Jackie O's Bottle Release

Starting last August new cans of their beer started to appear across Ohio. Mystic Mama, Firefly, Chomolungma, and Hop Ryot (just released last week) are all delicious beers and will soon be joined by cans of Razz Wheat. However these beers only represent the tip of the iceberg of awesome that is Jackie O’s beer.

The next level of that iceberg can sometimes be found on draft around Cincinnati but is mainly only available on draft at Jackie O’s brew pub and public house (a restaurant right next to the brew pub). These bottle releases reveal a large chunk of their awesomeness with amazing sours and astounding barrel aging.

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Beer Review: Blank Slate/Triple Digit Determination

When I first heard about this beer I was very excited to try it. Long time readers know I love any Belgian or Belgian-style. Second to that is high gravity double/imperials. I’m not as huge a fan of IPAs as the average beer drinker these days appears to be, but I still enjoy the style. So a 9% Double Belgian IPA (not a Belgian Double IPA, see videos below) is right up my alley. Sadly life has gotten in the way and it’s taken me longer than I would’ve liked to acquire a bottle and review it for you all. this was released in September after all. The background on this is that Blank Slate Brewing Company (more info on BSBC from my interview with Scott LaFollette, the head brewer, here) teamed up with Triple Digit Brewing to create a new local collaboration brew.
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