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A Bud Light drinker’s guide to Cincy Beer Fest at Fountain Square

So you always drink yellow, flavorless beer because that’s what you’ve drank since high school. Fair enough. It’s time to expand your horizons and realize beer has hundreds of flavors besides Bud, Miller, and Coors.
I’ve scoured the list and here are some beers you should try that won’t punch you in the face with bitterness or overwhelming flavors.

1. Bell’s Brewery – Oberon: a very mild wheat beer with some great hop aroma, like Blue Moon but way better and less heavy. Bonus, no enormous orange slice hanging off your glass.

2. Christian Moerlein – Oktoberfest: a favorite local brewery with a crisp tasting lager similar in style to your regular yellow beer. Don’t be afraid of the darker color, it’s not heavy but still full of flavor. Bonus: their Helles will look and taste familiar too.

3. Rivertown – Blueberry Ale: another local brewery that produces a light, refreshing ale with a nice blueberry scent. The beer isn’t over powering and is pretty crisp. Bonus: this is a locally owned and operated microbrewery located in Lockland so you can stop by to pick up fresh stuff or find it at Kroger.

4. Green Flash – Saison Diego: the Saison beer style (pronounced say-zahn) is an old world French farmhouse style. It is meant to be light, crisp, and refreshing after a hard day in the field. It is often very carbonated an has a spicy, pepper (the stuff next to the salt, not on your nachos) flavor to give it a boost. Wine drinkers generally find this very easy to transition to. Bonus: Green Flash is from San Diego but has wide distribution in the area. All of their beers are top notch.

5. You Call It: try something that has an interesting name, label, color, or smell. If you don’t like it – pour it out. No harm no foul. Bonus: fans of bourbon/whiskey should look for barrel age beers. They often carry a strong flavor from these spirits since they are aged in the used barrels which impart those flavors directly to the beer.

Where am I headed first??

Sixpoint – Spice of Life Series: this brewery does everything right and I haven’t seen it before. After that it will be healthy dose of hoppy IPAs, pumpkin ales (looking at you Hoppin Frog and Southern Tier), rounded out by anything in the VIP tent.

Final word: support all the awesome local brewers- Listermann’s/Triple Digit, Blank Slate, Mt. Carmel, 50 West, Quaff Bros., Rivertown, Rock Bottom, and Christian Moerlein,

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Mike Stuart

Craft beer enthusiast and hombrew dabbler. Part-time writer, sometimes funny.

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