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Cincinnati breweries win gold in 2019 Great American Beer Festival

Posted at 7:19 PM, Oct 07, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-07 19:21:28-04

DENVER — Cincinnati breweries really represented at this year's Great American Beer Festival, bringing home several different awards for craft brews.

Ohio craft brewers overall claimed a total of 15 awards at the nation's most prestigious brewing competition, with Cincinnati breweries claiming three gold medals and two silver medals overall.

Brink Brewing, in College Hill, claimed the Very Small Brewery of the Year award after winning two gold medals for their brews.

Taft's Brewing Company won for a beer borne from their collaboration with Louisville brewery. The pair teamed up to create the silver-medal-winning Are You Pricklish?, a wheat ale brewed with prickly pear, kabosu and tangerine.

Rhinegeist also claimed a silver medal for English summer ale Quid, and Listermann Brewing pulled in a gold medal for Scoring Descrepancies.

"Ohio breweries work so hard every day to create exceptional beers and memorable experiences in their taprooms; it's great to see them recognized alongside the country's best," said Mary MacDonald, executive director of the Ohio Craft Brewers Association in a press release. "A showing like this on the biggest stage in craft beer just reinforces that Ohio has emerged as a leader in the industry and a destination for world-class beer."

In all, here are the Cincinnati breweries and beers that claimed awards at the national competition:

Brink Brewing:

  • Hold the Reins - Gold medal - English-style mild
  • Moozie - Gold medal - Sweet stout or cream stout

Listermann Brewing:

  • Scoring Discrepancies - Gold medal - field beer


  • Quid - Silver medal - English-style summer ale

Taft's Brewing Company:

  • Are You Pricklish? - Silver medal - Collaboration (with Against the Grain Brewing in Louisville)