Cincinnati Beer Week Announces New Approach to Collaboration Beer and New Kickoff Event

The Cincinnati Beer Week Board of Trustees is excited to announce a new Cincinnati Beer Week kickoff event and for the first time in Cincinnati Beer Week history — multiple collaboration beers.

“When we started Cincinnati Beer Week, we had five breweries in town,” says Matt King, president of Beer Week. He continues, “Now we have over 20 and we had to change the way the beer was constructed. We had a meeting with all of the breweries in town and came up with a great idea for multiple collaboration beers.”

Five breweries — Blank Slate, Braxton, Ei8ht Ball, Mt. Carmel, and Listermann — were selected at random for the opportunity to brew the 2016 Cincinnati Beer Week Collaboration beers. Only the beer brewed by Listermann will be packaged as 4-packs of 12-ounce bottles. All five beers will be available in a draft format.

The new kickoff event, to be held at Rhinegeist Brewery on February 29, will include a live NFL-style draft to determine which local breweries will partner with the five productions breweries selected to brew the 2016 collaboration beers. Additionally, they will draft the style, hops, malt and local ingredients to be used in their beers.

“It’s going to be fascinating to watch the newly formed teams strategize and select the style and ingredients to be used for their collaboration beer,” added board member Chris Stevens. “It will be one of the most exciting local beer events of the year.”

The event at Rhinegeist will be open to the public and no tickets are required to attend. During the event, each participating brewery will have a beer on tap to sample.

What: Cincinnati Beer Week Collaboration Beer Draft and Happy Hour
Where: Rhinegeist Brewery. 1910 Elm St., Cincinnati, OH
When: February 29th from 6:30-10 p.m.

About Cincinnati Beer Week
Cincinnati Beer Week, now its fifth year of existence was originally held each winter in February. In April 2014, the Board of Trustees voted to move the event to June for 2016. This year’s Cincinnati Beer Week will be held June 19 through June 25. Cincinnati Beer Week is a grassroots movement aiming to educate, inspire and celebrate well-crafted beer in welcoming environments all throughout the Greater Cincinnati

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