Four of Our Favorite Local Beer Collaborations


Collabs have become a common fixture in the craft beer scene, usually featuring wild flavors or an unexpected brand pairing. These are some of our favorite recent team efforts, bringing together Cincinnati icons and local breweries to represent the Queen City in the sudsiest (and tastiest!) way possible for double the fun.

Photograph courtesy of Fifty West Brewing Company

Arnold’s Bathtub Sangria Beer by Fifty West Brewing Company
This juicy limited-release ale, inspired by Arnold’s rave-worthy sangria, is a tribute to the bar’s retired former owner Ronda Breeden and her 35 years (20 at the helm) at the historic establishment. Aptly dubbed A Long Strange Journey, it features notes of peach, strawberry, blueberry, and merlot grapes.

Photograph courtesy of Fretboard Brewing Company

Bootsy Brewski by Fretboard Brewing Company
A funked-up brut IPA with bright citrus notes and a dry, crisp finish, it can turn even the squarest among us into certified Funkateers (sick bass-slapping skills not included). Some of the proceeds benefit the Bootsy Collins Foundation, supporting youth music education.

Photograph courtesy of Taft's Brewing Co.

Jeff Ruby’s Smoked Amber Ale by Taft’s Brewing Co.
The restaurateur and brewery convened to concoct a signature ale to mark the 20th anniversary of Ruby’s downtown steakhouse. The result is slightly smoky with cherry wood notes, pairing well with red meat. The Jeff Ruby Foundation gets a cut of the sales.

Kris & Remus by Listermann Brewing Company
Listermann has partnered with the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden to celebrate its ridiculously cute ambassador cheetah cub Kris and her equally adorable companion pup Remus with a canned caramel stout brewed with vanilla. Proceeds benefit the zoo.

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