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There is a God

Unread postby swerb » Thu Jan 21, 2010 4:29 pm

http://www.cleveland.com/taste/index.ss ... ekrem.html

Dude that was the Head Brewmaster at Dogfish Head for the last five years, and the Head Brewmaster at Great Lakes when the Christmas Ale was created - opening his own microbrewery right around the corner from Great Lakes Brew Co!

He's baaack.

In November, rumors in the microbrew community started bubbling up. Certain sudserati had spotted legendary master brewer and former Akronite Andy Tveekrem sipping a few brews around town. Was he back visiting for the holidays? Or was something bigger brewing?

Tveekrem is back in Cleveland. If all goes according to plan, there will be a new microbrewery and beer garden on West 25th Street come June. Tveekrem is joining Sam McNulty to create the Market Beer Garden directly across from McNulty's Bier Markt, just north of the West Side Market. McNulty also owns Bar Cento and Speakeasy, both of which are adjacent to the Bier Markt.

McNulty feels that landing Tveekrem for the new brewery project was destiny.

"I was backpacking in Thailand," McNulty said. "I stopped in a bar in Bangkok that had Wi-Fi. I happened on a blog that said Andy was leaving Dogfish Head. I e-mailed my business partners right away and told them we have to get this guy. He does amazing things in the brew house."

Tveekrem, 46, has moved back from Delaware, where he was the brewmaster for Dogfish Head Craft Brewery for the last five years. He and his wife, Vickie, who was a waitress at the Great Lakes Brewing Co. when he began his brewing career there, are renting in the Tremont neighborhood for the time being.

"What is really exciting is the opportunity to see this through from A to Z, to design the brewery, install the equipment, formulate all the beer recipes, and then put them all out there for folks to enjoy," said Tveekrem.

"I've formulated and brewed a variety of beers over the years, but never had the chance to do all of the beer list from scratch."


He began with Great Lakes Brewing Co. in 1991 and was brewmaster when he left in 2000. During his time there, Great Lakes went from producing 850 barrels a year to 18,000. Pat Conway is one of the founders of the company.

"Andy is a talented brewmaster," said Conway. "He helped us transition into our ales and some other different beers than we had in the very beginning. We wish him well and hope things work out for him."

After leaving Great Lakes, Tveekrem worked at Fredrick Brewing Co. in Maryland for four years, then moved to Dogfish Head. He is formulating his beer menu for the new brewery right now.

"I tend to gravitate toward IPAs [India Pale Ales] and hoppy ales, although I'm also quite fond of hefeweizen and porters," Tveekrem said.

"We'll have 10 all the time, with some of them being seasonals and novelties that come and go throughout the calendar year. So, eventually, we'll have 20 to 25 beers through the year. Maybe more as time goes on."

Matt Cole is a partner and brewer at the Fathead Brewery and Saloon in North Olmsted. Tveekrem hired Cole when they both worked at Great Lakes.

"In this business, it's lead, follow or get out of the way," said Cole. "Andy is a leader. He's creative and not afraid to try new things. He's been a beer ambassador for a lot of us in this business for a long time."
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Re: There is a God

Unread postby Ziner » Thu Jan 21, 2010 4:42 pm

That man needs a statue downtown if he was the one who created Christmas Ale
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Unread postby just another fool » Thu Jan 21, 2010 7:56 pm

::hallelujah plays::
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Re: There is a God

Unread postby motherscratcher » Thu Jan 21, 2010 10:13 pm

I feel a definite tingling in my nethers.
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Unread postby swerb » Thu Jan 21, 2010 10:24 pm

TCF reader/writer get together at this joint within the first month its open. Hold me to it.
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Re: There is a God

Unread postby jb » Fri Jan 22, 2010 3:12 pm

Wow. This is going to be a high quality brewry district on W 25.

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Re: There is a God

Unread postby Ziner » Fri Jan 22, 2010 3:35 pm

JB wrote:Wow. This is going to be a high quality brewry district on W 25.

Denver East.


Thats the key, a lot of quantity out here, not as much quality IMO. Odells lineup is the only one that holds a candle to GLB lineup, and that is in Fort Collins.
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Re: There is a God

Unread postby jb » Fri Jan 22, 2010 3:55 pm

Ziner wrote:
JB wrote:Wow. This is going to be a high quality brewry district on W 25.

Denver East.


Thats the key, a lot of quantity out here, not as much quality IMO. Odells lineup is the only one that holds a candle to GLB lineup, and that is in Fort Collins.



Love me some fat tire & breck though, dude.

I have a very, very, very hard time hating on beer.

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Re: There is a God

Unread postby Ziner » Fri Jan 22, 2010 4:12 pm

Beer Snob Alert: I hate Fat Tire, I'd rather have Bud than Fat Tire. All of their beers have very little taste to me and they are seriously missing some hops in most of their brews.

Breck to me is hit or miss. Get you hands on some of this though and your life will be good.

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Unread postby jb » Fri Jan 22, 2010 4:25 pm

Ziner wrote:Beer Snob Alert: I hate Fat Tire, I'd rather have Bud than Fat Tire. All of their beers have very little taste to me and they are seriously missing some hops in most of their brews.

Breck to me is hit or miss. Get you hands on some of this though and your life will be good.




Like I said, broham. Hard for me to hate on beer. Chill it and ain't no such thing as bad beer, just beer that is better than others. Sort of like the karmac opposite of any bw post.

Check it I do hate on that shit where they try to mash up beer with things from tea that women drink when the monthly visitor arrives. Like Grt Lakes Glockenspiel and grass roots. I just gave that shit away. Couldn't even hold my nose nd shot gun it for the buzz. Rather drink even Ahrn.

It is a bitch to get many Colo beers here. fat Tire stops shipping at about Chicago and Breckenridge is really limite in selection. I'll keep an eye out for 471 though. Thanks for the tip.
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Re: There is a God

Unread postby Ziner » Fri Jan 22, 2010 4:36 pm

JB wrote:
Ziner wrote:Beer Snob Alert: I hate Fat Tire, I'd rather have Bud than Fat Tire. All of their beers have very little taste to me and they are seriously missing some hops in most of their brews.

Breck to me is hit or miss. Get you hands on some of this though and your life will be good.




Like I said, broham. hard for me to hate on beer. Chill it and ain't no such thing as bad beer, just beer that is better than others. Sort of like the karmac opposite of any bw post.


Very true, the worst beer in the world is still beer. That would be an interesting thread. Worst Beer Ever.

Bombed out of my mind in the last 20 minutes of the Great American Beer Festival. I am pretty sure the beer that ultimately tasted like sweaty band-aids was this one http://russianriverbrewing.com/web/brew ... cation.htm I am not completely positive that is the one, but I think that is it. Regardless, they have one in their line that literally tastes like bandaids, it was awful. If a beer is disgusting after that much drinking I can only imagine how bad it is sober.
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Re: There is a God

Unread postby motherscratcher » Fri Jan 22, 2010 4:44 pm

JB wrote:
Ziner wrote:Beer Snob Alert: I hate Fat Tire, I'd rather have Bud than Fat Tire. All of their beers have very little taste to me and they are seriously missing some hops in most of their brews.

Breck to me is hit or miss. Get you hands on some of this though and your life will be good.




Like I said, broham. Hard for me to hate on beer. Chill it and ain't no such thing as bad beer, just beer that is better than others. Sort of like the karmac opposite of any bw post.

Check it I do hate on that shit where they try to mash up beer with things from tea that women drink when the monthly visitor arrives. Like Grt Lakes Glockenspiel and grass roots. I just gave that shit away. Couldn't even hold my nose nd shot gun it for the buzz. Rather drink even Ahrn.

It is a bitch to get many Colo beers here. fat Tire stops shipping at about Chicago and Breckenridge is really limite in selection. I'll keep an eye out for 471 though. Thanks for the tip.


Totally agree. Except Iron City. That stuff is shit.

Nothing is as good as GLBC, but I'd put Bells up there pretty close. Haven't had anything from Kalamazoo that I didn't like. I feel the same way about Bells (compared to Great Lakes) as Vincent Vega felt about that 5 dollar milkshake.
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Re: There is a God

Unread postby jb » Fri Jan 22, 2010 6:22 pm

Ziner wrote:
JB wrote:
Ziner wrote:Beer Snob Alert: I hate Fat Tire, I'd rather have Bud than Fat Tire. All of their beers have very little taste to me and they are seriously missing some hops in most of their brews.

Breck to me is hit or miss. Get you hands on some of this though and your life will be good.




Like I said, broham. hard for me to hate on beer. Chill it and ain't no such thing as bad beer, just beer that is better than others. Sort of like the karmac opposite of any bw post.


Very true, the worst beer in the world is still beer. That would be an interesting thread. Worst Beer Ever.

Bombed out of my mind in the last 20 minutes of the Great American Beer Festival. I am pretty sure the beer that ultimately tasted like sweaty band-aids was this one http://russianriverbrewing.com/web/brew ... cation.htm I am not completely positive that is the one, but I think that is it. Regardless, they have one in their line that literally tastes like bandaids, it was awful. If a beer is disgusting after that much drinking I can only imagine how bad it is sober.




:lmfao:

Level with me, Z man. Have you ever tasted a band aid?
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Re: There is a God

Unread postby jb » Fri Jan 22, 2010 6:24 pm

Motherscratcher wrote:
JB wrote:
Ziner wrote:Beer Snob Alert: I hate Fat Tire, I'd rather have Bud than Fat Tire. All of their beers have very little taste to me and they are seriously missing some hops in most of their brews.

Breck to me is hit or miss. Get you hands on some of this though and your life will be good.




Like I said, broham. Hard for me to hate on beer. Chill it and ain't no such thing as bad beer, just beer that is better than others. Sort of like the karmac opposite of any bw post.

Check it I do hate on that shit where they try to mash up beer with things from tea that women drink when the monthly visitor arrives. Like Grt Lakes Glockenspiel and grass roots. I just gave that shit away. Couldn't even hold my nose nd shot gun it for the buzz. Rather drink even Ahrn.

It is a bitch to get many Colo beers here. fat Tire stops shipping at about Chicago and Breckenridge is really limite in selection. I'll keep an eye out for 471 though. Thanks for the tip.


Totally agree. Except Iron City. That stuff is shit.




If I wanted a beer bad and wanted a buzz, I'd drink Ahrn if I had no other recrse.
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Re: There is a God

Unread postby swerb » Fri Jan 22, 2010 10:52 pm

Motherscratcher wrote:
Nothing is as good as GLBC, but I'd put Bells up there pretty close. Haven't had anything from Kalamazoo that I didn't like. I feel the same way about Bells (compared to Great Lakes) as Vincent Vega felt about that 5 dollar milkshake.

For me, it is three breweries I got head and heels above all others right now.

GLBC, Bells, and Dogfish Head.

Don't think there's been anything else in my fridge the last 18 months.

Hence my excitement about this new endeavor, and this 6'3 Norwegian that's spearheading it. I'm praying to this man at night.
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