Cincinnati’s Top Selling Local Craft Beers
You may have speculated about what beers sell best from the many Cincinnati craft beer breweries. I’ve gone straight to the source to get their answers with some surprising and some not so surprising results. I’ve got the top selling beer along with beers they might like to see sell better or that are close behind the front-runner.
Bad Tom Smith Brewing
Bad Tom Smith owner Sean Smith proclaimed that their Fink Red Rye has been their hottest seller since it was introduced about five months ago. However, he feels their Old Abe American Strong should be number one with it’s hulking 10% ABV. He notes it has been doing very well in the Columbus market and hopes the same will be true when they begin distributing in Kentucky.
Blank Slate Brewing Company
Owner and Brewmaster Scott LaFollette quipped, “Whatever beer we put the initials IPA after is our number one seller.” This isn’t much of a surprise given the popularity of the style but for Blank Slate’s purposeful seasonal-only lineup that means The Lesser Path in Spring/Summer and Fork in the Road for Fall/Winter.
One beer in the portfolio he feels doesn’t get enough attention is Movin’ On — an easy-drinking 4.2% ABV session ale with roots as an English Bitter.
Cellar Dweller Brewery
Cellar Dweller Brewmaster Steve Shaw found that their Dead Dweller ESB has been the front-runner but Hopewell’s Oatmeal Milk Stout has been strong over the past two months. The beer Steve is most proud of is the Shawesome Black IPA which he finds to be a delicious and somewhat complicated beer.
Christian Moerlein Brewing Company/Moerlein Lager House
Moerlein Lager House brewer Gregg Wilson said the Lager House sells the most of their Helles. It may be viewed as a less popular style by some but they are very pleased it’s their number one seller and wouldn’t change that position.
Christian Moerlein’s top selling beer is the widely-known OTR Ale with its strong malt body and generous hopping. However, they would like to see their Northern Liberties IPA get a bump in sales from local hop heads.
Ei8ht Ball Brewing
Part-time brewery genius and part-time beer buying beast, Danny Gold, shared that most recently, their seasonal pumpkin-lactose-spice beer, Sell Out, dominate sales. However, close behind that was their Red Drink imperial Red IPA. Not far off from that was their philanthropic Fight Like a Girl Pink IPA.
Fifty West Brewing Company
Fifty West’s owner with the hair that makes the ladies swoon, Bobby Slattery, shares the unsurprising fact that their leader is Punch You in the EyePA followed closely by Coffee Please from their year round lineup. The seasonal beers are led by Home Sweet Home and Christmas Cookie. The nature of their rapid-fire brewpub releases explains why their is some variability.