Best Of 2017

Best Local Beer/Local Music Synergy: Cincy Brewers Series

Best Local Beer/Local Music Synergy

Soul Step Records, a Cincinnati-based record label specializing in pressing vinyl releases, hatched an ingenious idea that brought two hometown specialties together in its Cincy Brewers Series. The label curated the pairing of a local music act and a local brewery, releasing a 45 rpm single from the artist and hosting a free release party at the brewery. In turn, the brewery created a special beer in honor of the release and show. The first installment of the series (from September 2016) paired Soul/Funk squad Krystal Peterson & the Queen City Band’s “I Ain’t Cryin’” single with Madtree Brewing; in December, the series brought together Indie Rock newcomers Sylmar with Listermann Brewing Company. Tasty! Cincy Brewers Series, soulsteprecords.com/cincinnati-brewers-series.