Ohio is home to many microbreweries. Some of which are well known brewpubs with big names like Great Lakes Brewing Company in Cleveland, Ohio. However, others are small brewery-only establishments like Cellar Rats Brewery in Madison, Ohio.
During my adventures so far this semester I have discovered some small breweries that brew some very delicious beers! This weekend I uncovered the hidden gem called Indigo Imp Brewery. Blogger Jason on The Greatest Beer of all Time blog had a message for us Clevelanders.
“Wow, I’ve never been jealous of those that live in Cleveland but now I am. Hell, you guys should stop whining about Lebron, you have Indigo Imp Brewery!!”
About Indigo Imp
Indigo Imp Brewery is an independent, family-owned and operated microbrewery handcrafting small batches of beer in open fermentors. The brewery is small and sells beer onsite, however, six-packs are available for purchase at local retailers like 101 Bottles, Campus Wine Cellar, and Riverside Wine and Imports in Kent, Ohio.
I was perplexed by the name when I first discovered this beer and did some research to find out what it meant. According to merriam-webster.com, an imp is a small demon or a mischievous child. A description like that is enough for a beer brand to get some attention. I think we’ve all been a little impish at times, some more than others.
Indigo Imp Brewery thrives on the desire to stand out among other microbreweries. According to the Website, an imp bottle is the one bottle in every six-pack that is dipped in wax.
“There’s a little Imp in everyone but sometimes one stands out. Are you an Imp?“
I didn’t purchase an entire six-pack of Indigo Imp for this post, but I did go to Ray’s Place in Kent, Ohio and tried a couple of Imp beers. I love Ray’s Place, so I was excited I got to go there to eat, drink and be merry. 😉
About Blonde Bombshell
This beer was not at all what I expected. It was a dark amber color with a thin white head. Carbonation raced up the sides of the glass quickly to the top. The side of the bottle advised me to pour slowly so I didn’t disturb the yeast. I prefer the yeast that settles in the bottom of craft beers. That’s where the entire flavor is! So, I poured the yeast into my glass once I had a little more room.
The flavors confused my mouth! It started out spicy with a little bite from all the carbonation but ended sweet with tones of citrus and sugar. Blonde Bombshell was a very delicious way to start my night at Ray’s Place. I was delighted with this choice. The average rating on Beer Advocate is a B- but I think it deserves an A.
Another surprise from Indigo Imp Brewery! Jester is a Belgian Pale Ale, which means it was brewed with Belgian yeast. I kept thinking Blue Moon while I was drinking this beer, but the flavor was so much more than Blue Moon. I couldn’t figure out what the fruit was that I tasted and then it hit me…BANANA! I was spot on. Clove and banana radiate through this beer that poured a milky caramel color with minimal head that dissipated quickly. Ratings on Beer Advocate weren’t too pleasant. People rating the beer called it boring but I just don’t agree. I say Jester is a delicious summer beer that I will be picking up very soon.
I was pleasantly surprised with both choices of Indigo Imp beers. I would have tried more if Ray’s had the selection.
About Imp’s Green Initiative
Indigo Imp stands out to me because of its green initiative. The brewing process creates quite a bit of waste and Indigo Imp prides itself on recycling everything it can. When possible, the water used to brew the beer is recycled into water used to clean. Indigo Imp recycles any materials that can’t be reused in a future brewing process, like glass and cardboard. Even the grains used in the brewing process are contributed to a local farm to feed cows.
Many breweries are taking a green initiative. Not only is it good for the environment, but recycling waste from the brewing process has helped some breweries save money as well. Last year, Magic Hat Brewing Company in Vermont installed an anaerobic methane digester that turns brewery waste into natural gas to fuel the brewing process. Massachusetts Institute of Technology graduate and avid home brewer Eric Fitch designed and patented the device after a home brewing blunder that left his basement flooded.