Ever since the soothsayer told Julius Caesar, “Beware the Ides of March,” people have tip-toed around on March 15 as if they ruled the Roman Empire. This March Ohioans will not be unsettled. We’ll discuss politics over a brew and pick a presidential candidate. Brews News asked gurus in Cleveland, Columbus and Cincinnati what beers go with political discourse, what they’d serve a presidential candidate, and what they’ll be drinking on March 15:
Peanut Kahles, beer manager of the Dilly Café in Cincinnati: While he doesn’t relish talking politics, Peanut would choose a session ale or an IPA – something with low alcohol to keep things civil. Peanut has lots to choose from since Dilly Café is a popular restaurant and retail operation offering more than 500 bottles in its store. He would show off local product to a candidate – something from Mt. Carmel or Rivertown Breweries. On the Ides, he’ll be sipping Buckeye Brewing’s Nighty Night to keep things in perspective.
John Lane, principal in Cleveland-based Winking Lizard Taverns: This eatery is renowned for its World Tour of Beers with selections from all over the globe. John prefers something light because he thinks today’s politicians are long on promises and light on delivery. He would serve a future president one of Cleveland’s own, such as Great Lakes Brewing’s Edmund Fitzgerald or Thirsty Dog’s Old Leghumper. On the Ides, he’ll be paying his respects to Mars, god of war, with a bold choice such as Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Ale or Samuel Smith’s Imperial Stout.
Christina McClenaghan, general manager, World of Beer, Columbus: This rapidly expanding chain has locations from Florida to Texas and serves 500 beers from 40 countries. Christina likes to quaff 21st Amendment Brewery’s Brew Free or Die because it sounds patriotic. She’d serve a candidate Weyerbacher Brewing’s Blithering Idiot (see reviews for description) and hope it doesn’t turn him into one. She will welcome whatever comes on 3/15 with Unibroue’s La Fin du Monde, because if it’s the end, it’s not a bad way to go!