BLUE ASH, Ohio -- Several of the local brewers hang out while enjoying the first Battle of the Beers at the Firehouse Grill. (Photo by Chris Stephens/Queen City Fresh)
It’s time to put your craft beer taste buds to the test as Firehouse Grill heats up with round two of the Battle of the Beers.
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CINCINNATI -- It’s time to put your craft beer taste buds to the test as Firehouse Grill heats up with round two of the Battle of the Beers.
Sixteen local breweries will square off at noon Sunday at the Blue Ash eatery for the “Firehouse Cup.”
The breweries are bringing 32 beers this time and organizers said they are changing the way the competition will be held this year.
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“Craft beer is a rising movement in Cincinnati. The Battle of the Beers at the Firehouse Grill is the perfect chance to try the local best, mingle with the brewers, and have a stake in who gets crowned with the Firehouse Cup,” organizer Chris Ashwell said in a release.
This year the breweries will compete over a series of three events with the sales determining who moves on each round (June 8, July 6 and Aug. 24.)
The final four breweries will duke it out in the championship in August.
In the first round, each brewery will bring two beers and the public votes by simply making a beer purchase.
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For the next round, the elite eight will bring three beers for contention. The final found features four brewers bringing four beers each to see who is crowned victorious.
Each round will be hosted at the Firehouse Grill and brewers from all 16 breweries will be on hand, in addition to live music on the patio.
Tickets for the event are available now at www.FirehouseGrillCincinnati.com .
The $28 ticket includes admission and a 5 oz. “Battle of the Beers” souvenir glass and 10 refills from the below beer list.
The Firehouse Grill is located in Blue Ash on the corner of Pfeiffer Road and Reed Hartman Highway.
The tap list for the first round includes:
Bad Tom Smith Brewing Co.
Old Abe American Ale
Old Abe is a creamy full-bodied beer with dark amber color and medium lace. It has a lactic beery malt aroma and the finish is slightly "hoppy" but very crisp. ABV 10%
Brother Clement Belgian Wheat
A refreshing summer beer brewed with whole clementines. It has a light citrus aroma and a clean refreshing finish. ABV 6.5%
Blank Slate Brewing Co.
English character malts combine with earthy American hops in this hybrid Northern English/American Brown Ale. The addition of the shiitake gives it an extra hit of earthiness and a touch of that savory quality.
Out and About
Our version of this old East German style uses "Sauermalz" and a little Caraway to go along with Coriander and just a touch of Sea Salt. The result is a crisp, refreshing wheat ale for when you are "out and about" on a warm day.
Cellar Dweller Craft Beers
A local favorite! Soft sensual mouth feel gives way to flavors of espresso and peanut intermingling in the finish. OG=1.071, IBU=37.8, FG=1.013, SRM=11.0,ABV 5.5%
Irish Dry Stout
Delicious notes of chocolate and roasted coffee come through on this dry stout. Hints of chicory and caramel round out the full lingering finish.
OG=1.068, IBU=24.4, FG=1.014, SRM=28.0, ABV 6.8%
Christian Moerlein Brewing Co. (Cincinnati, OH)
Zeppelin Bavarian Pale Ale
Zeppelin is a twist on an American-style Pale Ale - a pale ale that uses all Bavarian-sourced ingredients. The Hersbrucker hops give this beer a unique potpourri/grapefruit-like aromatic quality that is backed-up with a medium to light mouthfeel, sessionable alcohol content (5%), sparkling carbonation, and assertive bitterness (40 IBUs) to make this beer perfect for refreshing the palate in between bites, or simply quenching thirst on a hot summer day.
Se7en Hefeweizen is the driest beer in the Moerlein portfolio and is brewed with 2/3 malted wheat and 1/3 malted barley. At a sessionable 4.7& ABV, this Bavarian-style hefeweizen offers phenols and esters that offer subtle notes of banana and clove in the nose and on the palate. Light and crisp, this beer is ideal as a crushable thirst-quencher, or as a summer sipper.
Ei8ht Ball Brewery
A lightly dry hopped Golden Ale.
An American Pale Ale that is highly dry hopped.
Fifty West Brewing Co.
Clean, crisp, easy drinking with a delightful floral sweet finish.
5.25% ABV. 25 IBUs
3037 Session Pale Ale
Fruity aroma, bitterness up front quickly dissipates for a clean easy drinking finish. Light, Bright, and Hoppy, the perfect session pale ale.
4.5% ABV. 38 IBU
10% ABV // 110 IBU - Brewed with Galaxy hops, show casing a strong juicy fruit character. The Mandala series is designed to highlight single hop varietals. These double IPAs are solely hopped
with one hop allowing both the brewer and the consumer to fully taste and smell all the pure hop character.
6.5% ABV - This brown ale was brewed to commemorate the 2007 Lungevity Everest Expedition. The people of Tibet call Mt. Everest “Chomolungma”; this exceptional ale carries on the spirit of the climb. 7 Malts, 3 hops, and 100 pounds of local wild flower honey give this ale an exceptional character. Baked muffins, dark fruit, bittersweet chocolate, rich honey and earthy subtle hops caress the palate.
Listermann Brewing Co.
Beets me is a hefeweizen brewed with beets! We mashed in with over 10 pounds of beets per barrel, giving this Hefe its vibrant pink color. Banana and clove are the dominant flavors in this summer classic.
Nutcase Peanut Butter Porter
You read that correctly. We put peanut butter in a beer. Dark, slightly roasty and nutty, Nutcase uses PB2 to give the beer a great peanut smell and flavor. 6.7%
MadTree Brewing Co.
Lemon Basil Blonde
Blondes get a bad wrap, but often there is much more than meets the eye. And if you look beneath the surface of this blonde ale, notes of lemon with the spice and bouquet of basil makes it anything but ordinary.4.4% 11 IBU.
Rounding third is a red IPA that starts with a big hop aroma thanks to a healthy dose of Falconer’s Flight dry hop. A nice balance of caramel malts and piney hops come through in the taste. And all followed up by a bitterness that lingers keeping you wanting more.
Mt. Carmel Brewing Co.
Coffee Brown Ale
A collaboration of local roasters and brewers, this session coffee ale boasts the bold aroma of Cincinnati's Deeper Roots Coffee. A smooth body of dark malt, chocolate and toast wakes up net to subtle notes of sweet maple and coffee to create a refreshingly delicate finish perfect for the start of your morning. Carpe Beer.
Citra Saison is the Belgian Lawnmower Beer of Mt. Carmel opening with an aroma and a color ripped straight from a lemonade stand. A nose of grapefruit, lime zest and bubblegum pour into a rounded body balancing fresh citrus and pink peppercorn. Brewed to revive with fresh Citra hop, an explosion of orange and grapefruit draws down on a zesty, dry finish of lemon, pepper and spice.
Intensely hopped IPA with Centennial, Citra, Amarillo & Simcoe hops. Hoppped at 3lb/bbl for intense peach, mango & tropical fruit notes.
Belgian Extra Pale Ale. Dry hopped with Nelson Sauvin and Motueka hops, this brew has a bouquet like a New Zealand fruit salad.
Rivertown Brewing Co.
Russian Imperial Stout with jalokia peppers
Old Sour Cherry Porter
Imperial porter aged in bourbon barrels with dark michigan cherries and lactobacillus.
Triple Digit Brewing Co.
A crowd favorite take on our best selling beer. Chickow! is a double brown ale infused with hazelnuts. Chocolatey, malty and sweet, we add Coconuts to this version to give it a little extra taste of summer. This is a rare beer, only surfacing on occasion. 10%
An imperial white IPA. Coming in at a massive 10.5%, Decimation is big, sweet and citrusy. The 'white' IPA comes from the wheat malts used in the grain bill, but don't confuse this for a wheat beer. Amarillo dry hops help this beer finish with a mouthful of citrus.
Warped Wing Brewing Co.
Self Starter Session IPA
The name of this session IPA was inspired by both the electric self-starter invented by Daytonian, Charles Kettering in 1911 and by definition: a person who is able to work or play without needing a lot of help or instruction. At 5.2% ABV this beer features the perfect balance between malt, hops and a clean finish - a combination of which creates a beer with high drinkability. This session IPA is pale orange in color with copper highlights and citrus/fruity aromas and flavors from the Amarillo hops that were added during the boil and dry hopped at the end of fermentation. The malt character is slightly bready or nutty to start with a bitter dry finish. IBU: 67. ABV: 5.2%
Ermal's Belgian Style Cream Ale
The first of its kind, this Belgian Style Cream Ale was inspired by Daytonian Ermal Fraze, creator of the pop-top can. This beer is light with creamy body. Mild spice accents and a symphony of citrus notes. IBU: 20. ABV: 5.4%
West Sixth Brewing Co.
West Sixth IPA
The American IPA has been more popularized in the last century than any other style of beer in the world. Our take on the IPA only takes it further. Citrus is the star here. Over a backbone of bready malt and pine stickiness you will find notes of peach, lemon zest, pine needles and tangerines. Each sip is followed by a dangerously drinkable amount of resinous glamour. ABV – 7%
Lemongrass American Wheat
A non-traditional wheat beer fermented with our house ale yeast pours with an off white head. Spicy lemon citrus hits
the nose. Sorachi Ace hops provide lemony qualities that work in unison with the lemongrass. From start to finish you will find a balanced wheat ale with a crisp mouth feel and moderate hop bitterness. This new addition to West Sixth's lineup is crisp and delicious. ABV - 5.75%
Yellow Springs Brewery
(Yellow Springs, OH)
Breaking Edge IPA
This intensely hopped American IPA carries just enough body to balance a serious hop flavor and bitterness. The aroma of pine and citrus delivers the signature beauty of this style. 6.9% ABV.
Zoetic Citra American Pale Ale
Our American pale ale comes to life with a giant burst of Citra hops in the aroma and flavor. Earthy English malts balance the character and support the dry yeast character associated with the style. 5.2% ABV.