Summertime-Favorite Brews

Memorial Day marks the return of the summer season (it’s when pools open!), and local breweries have re-released some of their summertime favorites.

click to enlarge OTR Beer Fest celebrates craft beer in a can.
OTR Beer Fest celebrates craft beer in a can.

Memorial Day marks the return of the summer season (it’s when pools open!), and local breweries have re-released some of their summertime favorites, like MadTree’s Sol Drifter, Rhinegeist’s Puma Pils, Fifty West’s Tastee Whip ice cream ale, Fibonacci’s Lemon Zingibeer pale ale and Mt. Carmel’s Hibiscus Blueberry. May and June are also prime beer fest season.

New Beers

Taft’s Ale House recently collaborated on a beer with its Over-the-Rhine neighbor Macaron Bar and created the robust Pistachio Macaron porter made with pistachios, obviously. It’s available in the taproom.

Rhinegeist just released Fluxion, a cousin to its dry-hopped pale ale Fiction. It’s a Belgian extra pale ale featuring notes of honeydew and honeysuckle, available on draft and in 22 oz. bottles.

DogBerry Brewing’s limited edition Valor #71, an IPA named in honor of fallen West Chester lieutenant Jon DeWitt, whose badge number was 71, will be available for a short time in the taproom. A portion of the beer sales will be donated to DeWitt’s family.

Christian Moerlein and Kings Island have teamed up on an exclusive beer called Inversion, a pilsner with a slightly lemony taste, only available at the theme park this summer.


• On May 26, Northside’s Urban Artifact hosts a meet-and-greet in its courtyard with SOTENI International, a local nonprofit that improves the lives of Kenyans living with HIV/AIDS. Handmade Kenyan items will be for sale, as will Urban Artifact’s beers.

• Each Friday this summer, BB Riverboats hosts a Craft Beer & BBQ Cruise featuring a different local brewery paired with a barbecue buffet. Rivertown takes over in June, MadTree in July, Rhinegeist in August and Braxton in September. The first boat sails on June 3. Tickets are $60 for adults and $40 for kids.

• On June 3 and 4, Valley Vineyards hosts the 2016 Wine & Beer Festival at their estate in Morrow, featuring samples of their wine and Cellar Dweller beer. There will also be hot air balloon rides, food from Warren County producers, live music and tours.

• On June 4, The Beach Waterpark hosts its first Beach Bash Craft Beer Festival. They’ll be serving 60 different beers from 20 local and regional craft breweries. For $49.99, you get park admission and 15 tasting tickets.

• Braxton Brewing Company teams up with Little Planet Supper Club for a BBQ Around the World dinner on June 9. The five-course meal features Korean bulgogi beef tenderloin, Cuban-glazed pork shoulder, Moroccan lamb kebabs, pulled chicken and a bourbon-glazed tart. Tickets cost $55 and come with Braxton beer pairings.

Listermann Brewing Company turns 25 on June 11. Expect a big, day-long party with specialty bottle releases, Lemon Pound Cake on draft and a tapping of a 25th-anniversary beer.

• More than 100 breweries will be serving more than 400 unique, rare and international beers during the 11th-annual Jungle Jim’s International Beer Fest on June 17 and 18. Tickets range from $20 (designated driver) to $55 and come with a meal.

• On June 18, Braxton hosts the Big Green Eggfest block party. They’ll have local restaurants use a Big Green Egg grill to make sliders, chicken wings and sausages. Those who know their way around the grill can also compete to see who can make the best ribs. Special beers will be tapped for the occasion. Tickets are $10 online and $15 at the door.

• Between June 19 and 25, various beer-related events will be happening around town during Cincinnati Beer Week. Bad Tom, Rhinegeist, Blank Slate and Taft collaborated on the official Beer Week beer, Saison d’513, which will be available at select Beer Week locations.

• On June 24 and 25, the second-annual OTR Beer Fest — “Cincinnati’s only canned beer festival” — takes place in Washington Park.

• On June 25, Rhinegeist throws a three-year anniversary bash titled Three Years of Thirst with on-the-hour beer releases, DJs and people swarming their rooftop. The all-day event goes until 2 a.m. ©

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