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About- Jason Behler

Jason Behler

Jason Behler

Growing up in a predominantly Catholic suburb of Cincinnati, I come by my love of beer honestly. Swilling cheap beers with no thought of taste or tact consumed my formidable years. Love of craft beer is something that only took hold in me over the past few years. For money, I teach English and coach soccer, so that I can pay to keep up with my wife, my bike, our garden, and our traveling expenses. Finally, I think mustaches are awesome (sincerely, not in a hip or ironic way), which is why I started an annual bike ride to honor them - The Moustache Ride.

Posts By Jason Behler

Whales Eating Fish: Duvel Buys Boulevard

October 23, 2013 |

Earlier this week it was announced that Belgian-based craft brewery Duvel would combine their American operations with Kansas City-based Boulevard Brewing. A) Can this be compared at all the the AB-InBev … Read More

Dogfish Head – American Beauty

October 17, 2013 |

9.0% ABV, 55 IBU

Workingman’s Dead on CD, bought for $5 from the used bin at the local record store my Freshman year of high school. For a short period of time, they were the only band that existed in my provincial teenage mindset. Read More

Jolly Pumpkin – Fuego del Otono

October 3, 2013 | 1

6.1% ABV

Some people drink for education, some drink for relaxation, some drink for inspiration. I have never understood the idea of drinking for any purpose other than pleasure. Sure, I write about the beers, but I only review beer that I enjoy, the beers that I want others exposed to as well. Ron Jeffries, Brew Master at Jolly Pumpkin, says, “We create beers to lighten the spirit and soothe the soul.” Preach on, brother. This is a philanthropic venture on the brewing end and a hedonist venture on the consumption end. Share the joy! And what brings more joy than beer? Well, fire. But fire and beer together. Whoa, whoa, whoa, it’s magic. Literally translated, Fuego del Otono means “fire of the fall” (or “Autumn Fire” as they call it at Jolly Pumpkin). Read More

Blurry Vision: The 2013 MLB Playoffs

September 23, 2013 |

The first day of autumn has fallen upon us, and, while most on this blog are comparing the subtleties of pumpkin beers and other fall seasonals, I am sweating out … Read More

Anchor Brewing – Big Leaf Maple Autumn Red

September 18, 2013 |

 6.0% ABV, IBU (n/a)

As a relative neophyte to the craft beer world, red beers are one area where I feel I have extremely limited knowledge of flavor spectrums and … Read More

Yanks Marching in Columbus – USA v Mexico

September 12, 2013 | 2

“Oh when the Yanks, go marching in. Oh when the Yanks go marching in. I want to be in that number, when the Yanks go marching in.”

A picturesque sunset … Read More

Roundtable Discussion – Expectations & Anticipation

September 11, 2013 |

If you are like me you spent last Sunday sitting in front of the couch paying homage to that golden American idol known as the NFL. The beginning of every … Read More

Arcadia Ales – Sky High Rye

September 9, 2013 |

Arcadia Ales – Sky High Rye (6.0%, 55 IBU), Battle Creek, Michigan

Rye is a word that, being of German heritage, means the most delicious thing you’ve ever tasted. I … Read More

Stillwater Artisanal – Cellar Door

August 30, 2013 |

Summer is not yet over, my fellow malt-loving marauders of all things craft beer, and though the name may suggest hibernation, I can assure you that this American farmhouse ale … Read More

Barclay’s Premier League Ultimate 6er

August 21, 2013 |

As a longtime Liverpool supporter (circa 2000 when European soccer began getting some airplay on American sports television), mid-August marks the beginning of the grueling10-month endeavor known as the Barclay’s Premier League (BPL, formerly the English Premier League, EPL) season. Now much has been made of this upcoming season as NBC Sports has obtained rights to show all BPL games this season, and with that new contract NBC has ramped up their marketing.

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What American Sports Can Learn from English Football

August 19, 2013 | 3

The start of the American football season almost coincides with the start of the English football season, and with it optimism, high expectations, and hope that this will be … Read More

Southern Tier – Live

August 2, 2013 |

5.5% ABV

Of all the things that go hand in hand with drinking beer, watching live music tops my list. And it is no secret that a beer (or more … Read More

Porch Trivia

July 27, 2013 | 4

In an effort to interact more with our legions of loyal readers, we are going to start a weekly trivia post on Saturdays. The trivia can range from questions about … Read More

Roundtable Discussion: Best Brewery in America

July 24, 2013 |
Tristan– The Daily Meal recently posted a survey asking readers to vote on the Best Brewery in America. They prefaced this, as they should, with the reminder that the term Best Brewery in America could mean a number of different things to each voter, most medals won, most beers sold, etc. Which got us to thinking, “What factors should go into determining the Best Brewery in America?”

Dogfish Head Burton Baton

July 18, 2013 |

Dogfish Head – Burton Baton 10.0% ABV, 70 IBU

For almost a week, I  tirelessly opened my refrigerator door to see a bottle peering at me from the bottom shelf, imploring … Read More

New Belgium Rolle Bolle

July 4, 2013 |

New Belgium’s Rolle Bolle (Seasonal) 5.2% ABV, 30 IBU

In the midst of nearly killing ourselves riding our bikes through the Rocky Mountains a few weeks back, my friend Brennan and … Read More

Bell’s Brewery’s Third Coast Old Ale

June 17, 2013 |

10.2% ABV

Pale ales, wheat beers, IPAs, pilsners, kolsches, lagers, everybody can’t wait to get their summer on. Give me something light, give me something easy to drink, give me something refreshing. No. With a picturesque wintry Michigan day gracing the label, I grabbed a hanger-on from those lost days of winter, and I can’t believe that this one hung around this long (as it is usually a winter/spring beer). Not on the hottest of days, but on a rainy weekend day or a mild summer night with a fire blazing in the outdoor pit, I often look to the things that comforted me back when seasonal depression had me in its menacing grip. However, they say that Bell’s Brewery’s Third Coast Old Ale ages well and never goes bad, so a few months later than usual may have made it all the better. Read More

Stevens Point Brewery’s Whole Hog Limited Six Hop IPA

June 13, 2013 |

Stevens Point Brewery Whole Hog (Limited) Six Hop IPA 8.5% ABV, 87 IBU

The thing I enjoy most about writing beer reviews is doing some homework on the brewery itself. … Read More

Roundtable Discussion: Favorite Summer Activities and the Beers that Accompany Them

June 12, 2013 |

As summer weekdays become packed with after work things to do and begin to seem more like weekends, we wanted to know what our staff’s favorite summer activities are…and what are the perfect beers to serve as companion to said activity.

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Great Lakes Brewing – Lake Erie Monster

June 4, 2013 | 2

As long as there have been people living around bodies of water, there have been stories about what lives in the deep recesses of each murky abyss. From Krakens of Greek mythology to the river monsters of the Amazon, to the Crocosaurus of the Sci Fi Channel to the infamous Nessie of Scotland’s Loch Ness, the lore surrounding mythical sea monsters swirls in all corners of the globe and throughout time. The northern Midwest is not excluded from this pantheon of time and geography as Lake Erie’s Bessie (sometimes known as “South Bay Bessie”) has graced this fourth largest of the Great Lakes since its first recorded sighting in 1817. Great Lakes Brewing’s summer seasonal Lake Erie Monster pays homage to the beast with a double IPA that (at 9.1% ABV) will have you telling tales in no time. Read More