Beer Collaborations Are Everywhere


Photograph by Aaron M. Conway

As Cincinnati continues to cement its position as a growing mecca for craft beer, the connections and collaborations keep on flourishing. It’s no surprise that bakers, sausage-makers, even soccer teams want in on the action. Here’s a round up of beer collaborations that fall outside the standard six pack.

Christian Moerlein + FC Cincinnati
Blood Orange IPA
Last summer, Moerlein Lager House channeled the rabid fanaticism of local soccer fans with their Blood Orange IPA. Like the team, the beer became a fast favorite in its inaugural season. This intense orange and hop blend returns to defend its title as a 16-oz. can available at the stadium, the Moerlein Lager House, and from local retailers. Moerlein Lager House, 115 Joe Nuxhall Way, downtown, (513) 421-2337,

Woodburn Brewery + The Anchor OTR
Oyster Stout
Woodburn’s Chris Mitchell is no stranger to the finer points of traditional brewing, including adding oyster shells to help clarification. Thus was born a strong, briny beer using The Anchor OTR’s oysters. With their pilot system, Woodburn often experiments with unique flavors in smaller batches. Don’t dawdle—this specialty stout will go fast. Woodburn Brewery, 2800 Woodburn Ave., East Walnut Hills, (513) 221-2337,

Urban Artifact + Happy Chicks Bakery
Pinwheel Kumquat Gose
Beer and cupcakes, a match made in hipsterland (er, Northside) and the first in an ongoing partnership combining seasonal goses with flavor-forward baked goods. Full disclosure: there is no actual icing (let alone cake) in this bright citrus, high-acidity brew, but you get the same taste of spring you’d find in its namesake cupcake. Urban Artifact, 1660 Blue Rock St., Northside, (513) 620-4729,

MadTree + Orchids at Palm Court
Per-Soot Cream Ale
If aromatics evoke memories, then winter wonder is still strong in this chef series collaboration with Todd Kelly of Orchids. Launched in mid-February, its sweet and malty backbone lets the warm flavors of persimmon, vanilla shortbread, and spicy ras el hanout shine through—a taste profile worth pursuing in any weather. MadTree Brewing, 3301 Madison Rd., Oakley, (513) 836-8733,

Rivertown +BrewCity Sausage
PorterWurst Sausage
To be clear: This is not sausage-flavored beer. BrewCity Sausage chef Anthony Lange wanted a porter that was available year-round to infuse in his wurst—and Rivertown’s Roebling fit the profile perfectly. Rich vanilla and espresso notes complement the juicy, robust, slightly sweet pork sausage. Rivertown Brewery and Barrel House, 6550 Hamilton-Lebanon Rd., Monroe, (513) 360-7839,

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