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.
Here's what beers will be on tap:
Braxton Brewing Co.
- Buzz: a honey peach kolsch
- Haven: a seasonal Hefeweizen
- Revamp IPA
- Storm: a golden cream ale
- Summer Trip: a German-style ale
- Twisted Bit: a German-style lager
- Belgian White: a Belgian-style wheat beer
- Summer Honey Wheat
- White IPA
Terrapin Beer Co.
- Hi-5 IPA
- Hopsecutioner: an American IPA
Sweetwater Brewing Co.
- 420: an extra pale ale
- Goin Coastal IPA with pineapple
Southern Tier Brewing Co.
- Lemon Drop Sun: a wheat beer brewed with lemons
- Nu Skool IPA
Jack’s Hard Cider
- Original apple cider
- Helen’s Blend
Blank Slate Brewing Co.
- Lesser Path IPA
- Out and About: a gose-style beer
Oskar Blues Brewery
- Dale’s Pale Ale
- Pinner Throwback IPA
New Belgium Brewing
- Fat Tire: Belgian-style ale
- Voodoo Ranger IPA
West Sixth Brewing
- West Sixth IPA
- Belgian Style Blonde