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Cincinnati’s Top Selling Local Craft Beers

MadTree Brewing CompanyMadTree Psychotherapy IPA Keg Label

Kenny McNutt, one part of the MadTree triumvirate, confirmed that Ohio’s first canned craft beerPsycHOPathy, is their best seller but not by an overwhelming margin – approximately 30% of volume. They see a pretty even spread across their lineup with Lift often being the best selling in the taproom – something they don’t mind.

Mt. Carmel Brewing Companymt-carmel-brewing-company-amber-ale

With many years and many beers in the books, Mt. Carmel’s Erin Hafertepen says their Amber Ale (my money was on the brown) is their best selling beer in the retail market.  However, their two recent Snapshot Series releases – Imperial IPA and Coffee Brown – have been selling very strong now that they are packaged and on shelves.

Rhinegeist Brewing CompanyRhinegeist_12oz_cans_cougar-truth_11-13

Owners Bob Bonder and Bryant Goulding both replied that Truth is their most popular beer currently garnering about half of their volume – glad they’re both on the same page! Cougar is right behind that but not much farther ahead of their rotating pale ales. However, they would like to see their simple but flavorful, and somewhat complex, British mild Uncle be embraced.

Bryant says, “I think many people make their buying decisions based on ABV and it’s beneath a threshold people are willing to pay for. That said we’ll continue brewing it and love it’s straightforward malt complexities.”

Rivertown Brewing Companyrivertown_brewing_company-pumpkin-ale

Rivertown’s Jason Roeper was quick to point out that their uber popular seasonal Pumpkin Ale is their number one seller, with more than 29,000 cases sold this year! However, this could very likely change in the near future as Queen City Fresh recently reported on Rivertown’s Renaissance which will see a shakeup in their portfolio and possibly some new favorites emerging from the fermenters (or foeders!).

Triple Digit Brewing Companytriple_digit-chickow-label-front

Listermann/Triple Digit’s Jason Brewer put down his glass out at San Diego Beer Week just long enough to share that Chickow! is their market leader. He didn’t specifically report on Listermann but given their recent medal win at the Great American Beer Festival for Nutcase Peanut Butter Porter, I have to assume they’ve seen an uptick in demand. I’ll do some more investigative reporting to see what I can find out but I challenge you to determine which is your personal best seller at the Norwood brewery.

Closing Remarks

Before you fire off the hate mail, I do realize that I left a couple of breweries out. I didn’t hear back from Old Firehouse but they are probably still concentrating on dialing in their operation to be overly concerned about which beer is most popular. I also didn’t get info on Quaff Bros since their beers are all one-off, limited runs so it’s not as easy to quantify. I was surprised by some of these and not at all by others. I also find that my personal favorites don’t necessarily mirror those of the general public.

Which beers do you think should be number one?? Sound off below!

Mike Stuart

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

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