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Big Ash Brewing

Photo of five beers on the patio

There’s a new beer house in town and this one happens to be just down the street from me!  The Cincinnati craft beer scene is exploding (well, it has been for years now) and it’s nice to see a piece of that progress in my own neighborhood.  And, it’s not just a bar, it’s a restaurant and gathering place.

Bar at Big Ash

The Bar at Big Ash Brewery

What makes Big Ash Brewing super unique is its approach to serving craft beer.  Everything is on tap and self-serve.  At Big Ash, you go in, get a card, and use that card (vending-machine-style) to taste as many beers as you’d like.  Each time you insert your card and make a pour, it adds to your tab.  Pretty clever because you can try as much or as little as you’d like.  If you know you love a particular dark stout, fill a tall glass.  If you want to try many different options, go for the smaller tasting glasses. On two of our visits, we actually spent less money and yet tried more drinks.

Photo of Big Ash tap with card

Try as little or as much as you like!

Big Ash also has hard cider and wine on tap plus a nice lineup of beers brewed on site.  They have an impressive selection such as a Coffee Blonde, Pineapple Cherry Sour, New England IPA, American Amber, and a Vanilla Cream Ale.  Their Baltic Porter was delicious and my husband really enjoyed their Milk Stout.

If you’re hungry, you can grab pizza and pretzels inside. Think flatbread pizza — thin, light, and crispy.  Big Ash dishes up signature pies and build-your-own creations.  Again, there are not servers per se.  You place your own order when ready.  There are experts around to provide direction or input if needed.

Now, full disclosure, I do not really drink.  I’m actually alcohol intolerant.  Super similar to an allergy.  But, I still love breweries and distilleries.  I like trying sips (lots of small sips) of various drinks, especially those made locally.  I enjoy a bit of hard cider now and then as well. If you like cider, you have to try Blackberry Wild by Cider Boys!  What I really like about breweries is the atmosphere.  I like gathering and talking.  I like the casual vibe and the ability to just show up and stay as long or as little as wanted.  On our last visit, we sat for awhile and played Gin Rummy!  Merchandise at Big Ash Brewery

Big Ash Brewery MerchCheck out this locally owned and operated Cincinnati business.  Take a break.  Have a seat.  Grab a drink.  Meet a friend.  You deserve it.

GO THERE (Big Ash)! TRY THAT (a tap of this and a tap of that )!

Frozen Yogurt Bites (and Fox 19)

There are so many things I love about summer.  One of those is sweet frozen treats like soft serve.  But, I’m also trying to eat cleaner and healthier so I needed to find an alternative to those ice cream cravings.  It was important for me to make something simple, healthy, and tasty.  What I love about these yogurt bites is that essentially, you only need two ingredients: yogurt and fruit.  Everything beyond that is bonus.

Lining up my key ingredients.

When I started making these yogurt bites, I use greek vanilla yogurt, honey, and fresh fruit.  Mix it.  Scoop it on some parchment paper. Freeze.  As I said, super simple.  My friends said they looked like yogurt cookies.  I love that it’s cold and refreshing.  A little bit sweet and a little bit tart.

Yogurt bites.

Soon I started mixing up the yogurt.  For example, I might use blueberry yogurt, honey, and fresh strawberries.  Or, I’d use banana yogurt, honey, and pineapple (frozen pineapple is so good).  The possibilities are endless.  When I decided to make these for Fox 19, I tried ice cube trays and popsicle molds.  Genius.  The ice cube trays allow for more room in the freezer and the popsicle molds are easy to hold.  Some of my favorite varieties so far are:

  • coffee yogurt, cold brew coffee, a little milk, banana, a tad bit of nutella
  • banana yogurt, honey, fresh banana (mashed), a few chocolate chips
  • vanilla yogurt, honey, fresh strawberries, granola
  • orange cream yogurt, agave simple syrup, fresh pineapple, orange slices

Tip: If you want to put in a bit more effort, blend the fruit for a denser, creamier treat. If you make popsicles, put them in some warm water for a bit to ease them out of the molds.  Or, use dixie cups and wooden popsicle sticks!

Yogurt pops!

It’s so easy.  Get a bowl.  Dump in the yogurt.  Add some honey or agave simple syrup.  Fold in some fruit.  Add in any other fun additions.   Scoop onto parchment paper or into ice cream trays or popsicle molds.  Freeze.  Eat and enjoy.  Check out the live segment on Fox 19 by clicking here.

Fun fact:  While I was hanging out in the green room, I ran into the owner of Sweets and Meats BBQ in Mt. Washington (future post) and the organizers of the Fairfield County Brew Trail (which I’m doing at the end of the month).  You never know who you will see hanging out at Fox 19!

GO THERE ( Your kitchen )!  TRY THAT (Frozen yogurt treats)!