Celebrate National Beer Day with these 9 stories

Posted at 12:24 PM, Apr 07, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-07 12:30:13-04

Happy National Beer Day! (Yep, it’s really a thing.)

Cincinnati certainly loves its beer (even Fortune magazine says so), so in honor of this holiday, here are nine recent beer stories, in case you missed them:

Cincy is for beer lovers: Cincinnati’s booming brewing business is no secret to locals, and now word is starting to get out to beer enthusiasts across the country. Fortune Magazine named Cincinnati among 10 “under-the-radar” cities for beer lovers in a listicle published in March. The magazine interviewed people in the industry from across the country to find up-and-coming beer cities and avoid any regional bias. 

Rhinegeist remakes ‘Downtown’: Macklemore's catchy summer ode to mopeds has been remade to laud Cincinnati's craft beer hipster scene -- specifically Rhinegeist Brewery. 

Dear Reds, these beers are for you: If you were a beer, which would you be? Chances are the answer changes with the season or possibly your mood. With baseball season upon us, we thought it would fun to match local beers with Reds players. So without further ado, here are your Cincinnati Reds! (And IPAs. And sours. And … you get the point.) Even better: Opening Day has welcomed not only a new baseball season, but a slew of baseball-related beers with it.

Welcome, BC’s Bottle Lodge: Plenty of business ideas have been hatched over a glass of beer. They’re not usually about beer, though. Not so for Brian Brownlow and Caleb Colbert. Besides the occasional brew, the two Mason residents and craft-beer fans shared a frustration about the dearth of a dedicated craft-beer store in the Tri-State’s northern suburbs. Last year, their “if-not-now-when” moment arrived when Brownlow, 37, lost his job in the mortgage business. The result is BC’s Bottle Lodge, a combination bar and retail store in Liberty Township that held its grand opening in late March.

‘This isn’t your father’s Moerlein’:Beer baron Greg Hardman, who revived Christian Moerlein Brewing Co. in 2004, hasn’t lost any of his enthusiasm for bringing local beer back to Cincinnati. That’s why he helped guide the company in a new direction this spring, with results beer enthusiasts can already see and a big one still to come. 

These brewers give back: Cincinnati-area craft brewers set themselves apart by more than the taste of their hop-infused creations. Through a mix of unique events and a drive to support local nonprofits, they are both creating a sense of community and supporting communities.

Ales and asanas: There’s something new on the lineup at local breweries: yoga. Several breweries (and restaurants) with wide-open floor plans (and an interest in serving their communities) are offering free yoga classes. Suitable for all levels, each class allows beer and fitness enthusiasts to try a new yoga class in the comfort of their favorite brewery. 

If you’re missing Gnarly Brown …: If a rose by any other name would smell as sweet, MadTree fans hope the same is true for one of the brewery's staple beers. MadTree recently released PSA (Proper Session Ale) in cans, taking the place of the brewery's recently retired Gnarly Brown. For beer fans looking to replace Gnarly Brown in their rotation, here are some recommendations.

New breweries on tap: Seven new breweries are in the works for this year so far, including more in Northern Kentucky. Here’s a look at what to expect on the new brewery front in Greater Cincinnati in 2016.Bonus: Butler and Warren counties could see another new craft brewery open sometime this year, as reported by WCPO media partner The Journal-News in February.