Every so often, I receive questions about beer. My job as a newspaper reporter helps me get access to folks in the beer industry a little easier than the general public so I can get answers easier -- sometimes. If you have a burning question, I'm more than happy to track down an answer. Just drop me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Now here are a couple of recent questions:
Q: Which parts of the state are getting Yuengling first?
A: Not sure -- yet. If you recall, the brewery stated that half the state would get the beer in October and the other half would get it in November. But so far, Yuengling hasn't released its plan. A company official has told me that Yuengling is waiting for all the contracts to be signed before releasing those details. But apparently, Columbus will be one of the first markets to enjoy the beer. While at a Drink Up Columbus event last week, organizers told me that a local supermarket already was advertising that people should start planning to stock up on Yuengling in October. Again, when I hear from the company, I'll post an item. (As a side note, I am currently vacationing at the Jersey Shore and the refrigerator is filled with Yuengling, Blue Point Summer Ale, Heineken Dark, Fegley's Space Monkey, Sixpoint Righteous Ale, Yards Extra Special Ale, and Yards Brawler.)
Q: Did Marietta Brewing Co. stop making McLaren's Scotch Ale?
A: Yes and no. The beer is coming back but isn't available right now. I promoted the beer last week in Akron Beacon Journal as one of the most unusual in Ohio and one of my favorites. It's an unfiltered, smoky beer. Brewer Mike Arnold said in an email he hasn't been able to make McLaren's "for quite some time due to a shortage in the peat malt that I use. I have tried a subsitute and it has not worked so we are waiting until we can get the right malt. We do not want to try and pass something off but not live up to The McLaren's Scotch Ale. The production will start up again this fall, I have my name in line for when the malt is available so we shouldn't miss out this time."