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Fall Beers are Coming!

Where has the time gone?? It seems like we just started to thaw out from winter and there are Oktoberfest beers already on shelves. Rather than gripe out how breweries seem to push it out earlier and earlier each year – I’m just going to give you the scoop on who is releasing what.

Oktoberfest Beers

  • Rivertown: Oktoberfest – they actually put this on last week in the taproom and bottles should be rolling out soon.
  • Rhinegeist: Franz – while not a “traditional” lager it’s pretty damn close for an ale. This one is fermenting away right now and rumor has it this will see life in CANS! (Also, hell will freeze over before you see their brewmaster turn out a pumpkin beer – so just get that thought out of your head)
  • Moerlein: Fifth and Vine – this year’s batch just rolled off the bottling line so expect it to make an appearance any day now.
  • Fifty West: Blaketoberfest – this should show up in September, closer to the actual dates for Oktoberfest.

Pumpkin Beers

  • Triple Digit: ??? – I don’t have details but they have a pumpkin in the works with a test batch completed a couple weeks ago. My guess is we may see something like a Pumking but only time will tell. I’m still crossing my fingers for a Pumpkin Pie Chickow!
  • MadTree: PumpCAN – They have been quietly brewing this one to ensure they can build up ample stock for an anticipated huge demand. You’ve seen the can design before but I’m sure you won’t miss the bright cans on shelves.
  • Rivertown: Pumpkin – I hear they have been brewing this stuff like crazy since June and who can blame them. This is one the best beers that they make and has a huge fan base.
  • Fifty West: Home Sweet Home – They are bringing the amazing field beer they made last year which actually uses sweet potatoes and not pumpkins.  I don’t care what is in it, just keep it coming!!
  • Cellar Dweller: PumpKEN – According to BeerMumbo, this is the BEST pumpkin beer in the city – strong claim. They are working on brewing 20bbls (double last year’s batch) and expect a late August release.

Don’t Forget

Probably my all time favorite local fall seasonal, Mt. Carmel Harvest Ale, will be along soon enough. Hop heads will all dance with joy as the wet/fresh hop beers start to roll in after harvest.

Cellar Dweller is preparing to bottle bombers of their Franc “N” Barley, a barleywine aged in Valley Vineyards Cabernet Franc barrels. It should be ready in 2-3 weeks.

Christian Moerlein plans to re-release their Helltown Rye-Ot brown ale with rye. Word on the street is it will end up in bottles this year after it was originally draft only. I had some of this last year and thought it was great.

Helltown is a homebrew recipe from our head brewer Gregg Wilson down at the Lager House. It will be delicious, and its the perfect fall beer. It is a robust American Brown Ale clocking in at 5.8% ABV. It is brewed with 23% malted rye for a spicy finish and dry hopped with a blend of American and New Zealand hops. A complex blend of citrus, pepper, and chocolate that harkens back to the brawling and revelry that occurred in Cincinnati’s Northside neighborhood in the early 19th Century.


Mike Stuart

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

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