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Cincinnati Brewery Roundup Feb/Mar 2015

It’s been a very busy time for Cincinnati craft breweries and you may have missed a few things if you don’t follow me on Facebook and Twitter. Here’s what you need to know right now.

Mt. Carmel Drops Mic

A fun little Tweet this morning reminds us all that Mike Dewey is the OG of the Cincinnati craft brewing movement. It’s pretty remarkable that they will be celebrating their 10th anniversary this May!

Rhinegeist Has a Bevy of Cans and Bottles; Legislature Woes

Cans of Hustle shouldn’t be too far off while Puma pilsner will be canned around June. Mosaic bombers are out in the wild and Gramps American barleywine just went out this week. Next Saturday marks the release of their seasonal favorite, Saber Tooth Tiger imperial IPA – a brewery only release at this point. The Kentucky House approved HB168 which would effectively destroy their investment in their newly opened Riverghost Distributing. More to come on this one…

Fifty West Wins Multiple Medals

The east side brewpub cleaned up at the New York International Beer Competition winning a gold medal for their Punch You In The EyePA Imperial IPA. They won silver for their Death Valley Shootout imperial stout, bronze for Paychecks Porter, and bronze for their 10&2 barleywine. Moerlein picked up a couple of wins as well, scroll down for more info.

MadTree Making Room and Catch-A-Fire Opens

They have moved their centrifuge and filter to free up space for some new fermenters. They will also be moving some brite tanks to the opposite side of the brewery to make room for more fermenters. The on-site Catch-A-Fire Café officially opened and I saw a ton of food being serve when I was there Friday night. Check out this time lapse video of the Catch-A-Fire crew working like crazy at their Grand Opening. By the way, the buildout of the Café is gorgeous with a huge reclaimed wood facade that was nearly hijacked by Beer Mumbo.

Moerlein Releases Anniversary Beer and Wins Medal

Last year they released their draft only Ten/161 anniversary bourbon barrel aged wee-heavy to signify the tenth anniversary of the re-launched brewery and 161 years since the Christian Moerlein first started brewing. Naturally, this year is Eleven/162 but they packaged it up into some handsome wax dipped bombers for a special brewery release. Note: they contract brewed outside of Pennsylvania until more recently, so Mt. Carmel’s tweet is accurate. If you missed the party there will be limited distribution locally so keep your eyes peeled at better bottle shops in the area.

In other news they won a bronze medal at the New York International Beer Competition for their Red Hop Mess Red IPA (which was just released in cans) along with Cincinnati Brewery of the Year.

Quaff Bros New Bottle

In about three weeks we will see bottles of this delicious beer at The Party Source. It made its debut at Winter Beer Fest to much acclaim (it was really good). A keg or two should find its way the Listermann taproom as well as Ei8htball.
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Rivertown Gifts Death and new IPA

Lockland’s finest brewery bestowed a gift of a fiery stout in Cincinnati with $5 Death 750ml bottles last week! The price point is pretty remarkable with other breweries frequently charging twice that for a big stout.

Also coming in 750ml bottles will be a new Imperial IPA called Insurrection. With its Galaxy, Citra, and Columbus hops it will be hard to go wrong.
Rivertown Insurrection Imperial IPA

Mike Stuart

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

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