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Sweet Baby Jesus! coming to Cincinnati on Monday

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Posted at 10:08 AM, Oct 01, 2015
and last updated 2015-10-01 10:08:13-04

CINCINNATI -- You could call it the Second Coming for beer fans -- Sweet Baby Jesus is coming to the Tri-State.

Well, DuClaw Brewing is coming to Cincinnati anyway.

Local distributor Ohio Valley Wine & Beer announced Wednesday that the Baltimore-based brewery will begin distribution in the area.

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DuClaw will initially roll out four beers -- in six-packs and draft -- in eight Greater Cincinnati counties on Monday.

The first four beers are: Funk Blueberry Citrus Wheat Ale, Sweet Baby Jesus! Chocolate Peanut Butter Porter, Dirty Little Freak Coconut Caramel Brown Ale and Neon Gypsy IPA.

DuClaw is no stranger to the Buckeye State. It started distributing in the northeast Ohio markets in May 2015.

The move wasn’t without controversy though. The Sweet Baby Jesus! Porter was pulled from Heinen’s grocery stores through Cleveland in June over some customer complaints. Apparently people didn’t see humor in the beer’s name.

Courtesy of DuClaw Brewing

The company said the phrase wasn’t meant to be offensive and that it was just supposed to evoke excitement and awe in the flavor.

“DuClaw Brewing Co.’s quality beer lineup evokes feeling, passion and emotion and we’re thrilled to partner with them in their rollout in Southwest Ohio. We can’t wait for people to experience DuClaw and express their own irreverent exclamations about the deliciousness of the beer,” Ohio Valley’s craft beer manager Ryan Horan said via a release.

The brewery described initial four beers as:

  • Funk: Blueberry Citrus Wheat Ale, 5% ABV 16 IBU’s. Fusion of American Wheat and hops, with strong notes of blueberry and Meyer lemon
  • Sweet Baby Jesus!: Chocolate Peanut Butter Porter, 6.2% ABV, 33 IBU’s. Robust and complex porter, lightly sweet and malty flavor with strong notes of chocolate, coffee and peanut butter balanced with subtle hop character.
  • Dirty Little Freak Brown Ale: Coconut Caramel Chocolate Brown Ale, 5.8% ABV, 30 IBU’s. American Brown Ale with a coconut twist. Roasted malt, coconut, caramel and chocolate flavors with a gentle hop bite.
  • Neon Gypsy IPA: India Pale Ale, 6.5% ABV, 55 IBU’s. Medium-bodied and clear with a thin white head brewed with 7 different hops dominates with grapefruit and citrus flavors and aromas accented by notes of pine.

Ohio Valley says initial supplies are limited so be sure to call your favorite local bottle shop to see if they have any bottles left.

WCPO will update this story with a list of bars that will have DuClaw on draft when it becomes available.

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