Big Chuck adores his big beer. Cleveland television icon Chuck Schodowski said Thursday morning in a telephone interview that he loves the idea of Big Chuck Barleywine.
The craft beer, a powerful 11.7 percent alcohol, is being produced by the Portside Brewery in Cleveland and is expected to be released in four-packs of 12-ounce cans next month. (April)
“I drink beer. I drink everything,” Schodowski, 79, said with a laugh when asked if he’s a beer drinker.
The Akron Beacon Journal wrote about the venture Wednesday and the story appears on the front page of the newspaper Thursday. Schodowski wasn’t available for comment for the print version of the article.
Schodowski said he and his longtime television partner Lil’ John were approached by Portside to lend their names and images to two beers. One for Big Chuck and one for Lil’ John, whose real name is John Rinaldi.
Lil’ John couldn’t do it, Schodowski said, because he helps promote a separate beer brand. But Big Chuck jumped at the chance to be immortalized on a beer can. The label features a smiling, dimple-chinned Schodowski.
“I like that kind of stuff,” he said.
At 11.7 percent alcohol — just under the legal limit in Ohio — Big Chuck Barleywine isn’t for the faint of heart.
“It’s a heavy beer,” Schodowski said. “You know you’re drinking something.”