CINCINNATI – While music will still reign supreme at this weekend's Bunbury Music Festival, organizer PromoWest has upped the festival's beer game.
PromoWest tapped Covington's Braxton Brewing to sponsor the festival's craft beer village. That means attendees will have an expanded lineup of local brews to choose from at Bunbury.
With that in mind, here are our top beer recommendations at Bunbury, followed by the full lineup at the Braxton Craft Beer Village.
Braxton Brewing’s Storm: While Braxton’s Buzz, a honey peach kolsch brewed specifically for Bunbury, will likely get a lot of attention, Storm still remains one of our favorite locally crafted light beers. This golden cream ale is light and refreshing. Storm clocks in at a low 4.8 percent alcohol by volume, which is a good thing for those planning to spend a full day at the festival. Of course, we’ll probably give Buzz (5.1 percent ABV) a taste, too.
Blank Slate’s Lesser Path IPA: Blank Slate, another local craft brewery, crafted Lesser Path with spring and summer beer drinking in mind. This Indian-style white ale is only moderately bitter, thanks to the wheat and honey malts that balance out the hops for a refreshing finish. And at 6.5 percent ABV, Lesser Path shouldn’t leave you stumbling through Sawyer Point (if drank in moderation).
West Sixth IPA: West Sixth IPA is the out-of-towner on our list. The flagship beer of Louisville-based West Sixth Brewing delivers hints of peach, lemon zest and tangerine with each sip, making it a perfect warm weather beer. At 7 percent ABV, this IPA may be the showstopper for most Bunbury fans.