Beer battle in Ohio marks War of 1812 anniversary

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TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) -- A northwest Ohio brewing company is creating its own version of the War of 1812 in a battle between two beers from that period, with one representing American style and the other English style.

Maumee Bay Brewing Co. is offering its Old Siege Lifter Honey Brown and a King's Shilling Pale Ale at its pub in Toledo's Oliver House and at special tastings.

Oliver House general manager Neal Kovacik tells The Blade (http://bit.ly/L1o9B6 ) the nearby historical site at Fort Meigs battlefield contacted the brewery about creatively recognizing the war's 200th anniversary.

He says brewers tried to use ingredients and brewing techniques similar to those used in the early 1800s in hopes of replicating the taste.

He says so far the beer war for popularity is a toss-up.

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Information from: The Blade, http://www.toledoblade.com/