Seltzer Smash Hard Seltzer Festival Takes Over March First, FigLeaf and Woodburn Brewing This Weekend

Seltzer Smash will highlight March First's brand of Astra Hard Seltzer, but other Greater Cincinnati and Ohio-based breweries are getting in on the fizzy fun.

click to enlarge Astra hard seltzer in Red Cream Soda flavor - PHOTO: FACEBOOK.COM/MARCHFIRSTBREWING
Astra hard seltzer in Red Cream Soda flavor

A citywide hard seltzer festival is taking over Cincinnati this Saturday. 

Sycamore Township's March First Brewing and Distilling and its sister breweries— FigLeaf in Middletown and Woodburn Brewing in East Walnut Hills — are throwing Seltzer Smash.

The fest will of course highlight March First's brand of seltzers, Astra Hard Seltzer, but other Greater Cincinnati and Ohio-based breweries are getting in on the fizzy fun. 

All locations will be serving Astra in classic Red Cream Soda, Pink Lemonade, Bomb Pop, Saturn Peach and Galaxy Grape flavors, with special edition flavors of Pickle, Blueberry Lemon Cheesecake, Cucumber, Lime and Chili (with Tajin seasoning) and Arnold Palmer.

March First got into the seltzer game in November 2018 when they introduced their hard seltzer as a test batch. “No other local brewery was making one at the time and our customers were asking for it,” Josh Engel, marketing manager for March First, told CityBeat last year. “We get a lot of people in our taproom that aren’t beer drinkers looking for our ciders or spirits. The next step to take was seltzer.” The 110 calorie, gluten-free, 5% ABV drink is now called Astra, a tribute to Ohio’s history of space flight pioneers. 

In addition to March First's creations, seltzer stans can grab:

  • Humble Monk's Pomegranate seltzer;
  • Karrikin's Poco Loco strawberry jalapeno margarita;
  • Municipal Brew Works' Blue Raspberry seltzer;
  • Rebel Mettle Brewing's Orange Creamsicle seltzer;
  • Sibling Revelry's Fruit Punch seltzer;
  • Swine City's Grape seltzer;
  • and Urban Artifact's Cranberry Grape seltzer.

Seltzers will be $5 a pour. 

11:30 a.m.-midnight June 26. Free admission. March First Brewing and Distilling, 7885 E. Kemper Road, Sycamore Township; FigLeaf Brewing, 3387 Cincinnati Dayton Road, Middletown; Woodburn Brewing, 2800 Woodburn Ave., East Walnut Hills,

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