I visited FigLeaf Brewing Co. in Middletown during a trip to southwest Ohio in August. Nine months later, I’m still thinking about the beer I had there.
The Basmati Cream Ale:
Inspired by local home-brewing legend Ted Holloway, our Cream Ale uses basmati rice to impart a subtle yet distinct almost white-popcorn basmati aromatic note. Grounded by a base of Pilsner malt and just enough Liberty hops to balance, this beer was designed to be a nuanced exercise in simplicity.
With a 5.1% ABV and 26 IBU, the beer was exceptionally refreshing on the brewery’s covered patio on a hot summer day.
Yep, still thinking about it.
Southwest Ohio brews don’t always have distribution in the greater Cleveland area, so I wasn’t surprised that I hadn’t seen it on store shelves after the trip. But I have been keeping my eye out, and oh was I excited to spot a FigLeaf six-pack in the fridge at World Wines & Liquor last month.
It was not my Basmati Cream Ale, and I didn’t buy it, but I’m excited to see the brewery’s brews are now available in this market. Hopefully I soon will be able to enjoy a Basmati Cream Ale on my own patio on a hot summer day.
If you’re going to be in southwest Ohio, I recommend a visit to the FigLeaf taproom (especially if it’s patio weather). You’ll find it at 3387 Cincinnati-Dayton Road in Middletown. Hours are 4 to 10 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday; 4 p.m. to midnight Friday; noon to midnight Saturday; and noon to 8 p.m. Sunday. For more information on the brewery, call 513-773-1930 or visit www.figleafbrewing.com.
Please let Cheryl Sadler know if you see Basmati Cream Ale in Northeast Ohio. Follow her on Twitter @sadlercheryl.