Braxton releases another Graeter’s collab; Blank Slate’s brewer joins Fifty West

The limited-edition Blueberry Pie Brown Ale, which supports The Cure Starts Now, is brewed with blueberry, vanilla bean and graham cracker.

Aug 30, 2017 at 12:29 pm

Graeter’s ice cream and Braxton beer lovers across the Tristate come together once again to share the treat of another collaboration: the limited-edition Blueberry Pie Brown Ale. The beer takes inspiration from Elena’s Blueberry Pie, one of Graeter’s most iconic seasonal flavors, and was brewed with blueberry, vanilla bean and graham cracker. Like the ice cream itself, this one-of-a-kind beer will focus on aiding in the fight against childhood cancer through the nonprofit The Cure Starts Now, a locally launched organization.

“Our support of the Cure Starts Now is entering a new decade,” said Chip Graeter, co-owner of Graeter’s, in a recent press release. “Ten years ago we created this special ice cream flavor and have been committed to the cause ever since. And this year, we’re elevating awareness even more with Braxton Brewing Co.’s ice cream-inspired ale.”

Braxton and its wholesale partners have pledged to donate upwards of more than $10,000 to further raise awareness of The Cure Starts Now.

The brew mirrors the previous mix of flavors forged between the two Cincinnati native companies: Braxton’s Black Raspberry Chip Milk Stout, which was a huge hit earlier this year.

"Based on the success of Black Raspberry Chip Milk Stout, we thought long and hard about what we could do to raise the bar,” said Jake Rouse, co-founder and CEO of Braxton, in the same release. “After hearing The Cure Starts Now’s story about the genesis of the 'Homerun Cure' it became abundantly clear. I couldn't be more thrilled to have such an amazing beer support such a worthwhile cause."

The beer will be available beginning Sept. 9 through a tapping party at Braxton and will be available for purchase starting Sept. 11 on shelves at participating Kroger stores throughout Northern Kentucky, Cincinnati, Lexington, Louisville, Dayton and Nashville.

The party, which takes place noon-1 a.m. Sept. 9 at the brewery (27 W. Seventh St., Covington), will feature a keg tapping, free scoops of Elena’s Blueberry Pie (while supplies last), live music and food trucks.

Graeter's stores will also be serving Elena's Blueberry Pie ice cream Sept. 7-17 during their Cones for the Cure campaign.

In other Cincinnati-based partnerships, Fifty West will be bringing longtime brewer Scott LaFollette on board as the brewery’s new production manager and Chris Siegman on as head brewer. LaFollette was the previous owner and head brewer of cult-favorite Blank Slate Brewery, which shuttered its doors earlier this month because, as LaFollete said in a  statement, it ran out of money. Siegman was most recently head brewer at Mt. Carmel.

“Scott and I grew up in this industry together and I’ve always admired everything he was able to accomplish,” says Fifty West owner Bobby Slattery in a press release. “For the past five years, anytime we sat in a room full of brewers and someone asked who’s making the best beer in Cincinnati the room would always point to Scott. We at Fifty West have a very strong belief in the direction we’re headed and to have Scott apart of the journey is like a dream come true.” 

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