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About- Spencer Mapes

Spencer Mapes

Spencer Mapes

Spencer dove head first into the non-profit Arts culture upon graduating from Miami University. Through this he discovered the amazing art of craft brewing. To him, art and beer go hand in hand. Living in Cincinnati, OH and working full time for the regions largest supporting arts organization, Spencer spends his free time tracking all of the breweries, beer fest, and limited releases throughout the area. Although he cannot decide if he is consuming beer or if beer is consuming him, Spencer is always up to grab a beer and talk about how awesome it is.

Posts By Spencer Mapes

Listermann Brewing Co. | New England IPAs

January 18, 2018 |

What do rappers, polar bears and New England all have in common? Did you guess big furry coats? Although accurate, the correct answer is that these three things are being brought together by Listermann Brewing’s deliciously new line up of New England IPAs (NEIPA).

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Listermann Brewing Co. | Bourbon Barrel Aged Chickow!

January 2, 2017 |

We have a special beer here in Cincinnati, one in which is hard to pass up when you find it and has more delicious variations than Lady Gaga’s wardrobe. Listermann Brewing Co. is the proud father of Chickow!, a Hazelnut Double Brown Ale weighing in at a hefty 10% ABV. It has grown from a local favorite to being nationally recognized at the 2016 Festival of Barrel Aged Beers in Chicago. Listermann brought home two medals this year with their Barrel Aged Chickow! Not only did it win gold in the category of Speciality/Experimental beer, but it won the highest award of being Best in Show! Read More

Event Recap | BrewDog’s Inaugural ‘Annual General Mayhem’

October 6, 2016 |

On Saturday, September 24, BrewDog Brewing Co. opened its brand new 100,000 square foot brewery doors in Columbus, OH to over 1,000 Equity Punks for the Inaugural ‘Annual General Mayhem’ … Read More

Event Preview | BrewDog’s Inaugural ‘Annual General Mayhem’

September 21, 2016 |

It has been long awaited, and the day is almost here when BrewDog Brewing out of the U.K. will open its doors in Columbus, Ohio. But first, BrewDog needs to take care of a little business. How does the most badass brewery out of the United Kingdom take care of business, you ask? By inviting 46,000 ‘Equity Punks’ to Columbus for the Inaugural ‘Annual General Mayhem’ event on Saturday, September, 24th.

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Christian Moerlein Brewing Co. | Plum Street Wheat Ale

April 20, 2016 |

Summer is on the horizon which means it’s time for endless sunshine, pool parties, and most importantly, day drinking. With the rise of sessional style beers, breweries are coming up … Read More

Listermann Brewing Company | Roots Ginger Beer

March 25, 2016 |

ABV 5.4%IBU 10

What happens when you have two hometown breweries come together with one goal, to support more than 100 arts organizations in their community? Seems almost impossible to support that many, right? The solution: partner with the nation’s largest united arts fund, ArtsWave, and brew a delicious beer!

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MadTree Brewing Co. | Bourbon Barrel Aged Axis Mundi

November 25, 2015 |

Russian Imperial Stout aged in Bourbon Barrels

ABV: 10.5% | IBU: 71

My favorite season for beer is finally upon us. Who am I kidding, every season is my favorite season for beer! However, this season is especially great, because there are fresh hop IPAs and strong stouts being released at the same time. Today, I would like to take a minute and share with you the latter of the two styles, and in this case it is MadTree Brewing‘s Bourbon Barrel Aged Axis Mundi. Read More

Listermann Brewing Co. | Shamrock Shake

October 19, 2015 |

ABV: 5.5% | IBU 20

“Top o’ the mornin’ to ya!” is how Listermann Brewing Co.’s Irish Cream Stout, Shamrock Shake, greets its lucky consumers. A magical brew that’s … Read More

Bell’s Brewing, Inc. | Neptune – The Mystic

September 8, 2015 |

ABV: 9%

We made it. Bell’s Brewing, Inc. has released the final brew from their Planet Series. Neptune, The Mystic, is the last piece in Gustav Holst’s seven movement orchestral suit, The Planets, and by god is this beer mystical.

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Sixpoint Brewery | 4BEANS

August 13, 2015 |

ABV: 10% IBU: 40

The fourth bean. What is it? Does it even exist? Some say that only in the right light you’ll be able to find it, but … Read More

Bell’s Brewing Co. | Uranus – The Magician

July 29, 2015 |

Bell’s Brewing Co.

Uranus – The Magician

Black Double India Pale Ale

ABV: 9.5%

Bell’s Uranus – The Magician, is the sixth release in the Planet Series inspired by … Read More

Bell’s Brewing Co. | Saturn – The Bringer of Old Age

June 3, 2015 |

Bell’s Brewing Co.

Saturn – The Bringer of Old Age

Bourbon Barrel Aged Barleywine

ABV: 11.5%

Deep, rich, robust, and smooth. These are all flavors that make up Bell’s fifth … Read More

Mt. Carmel Brewing Co. | Coffee Brown Ale

May 6, 2015 |

ABV: 6.0% | IBU: 38

If you have been as busy as I have been, going from meeting to meeting, email after email, and working past 5 most days, you need … Read More

Upland Brewing Co. | Blackberry Lambic

March 27, 2015 |

It is open season in Bloomington, IN. Open sour season that is with the recent release of Upland Brewing Co.’s highly regarded sours. A sour ale from almost every fruit imaginable, Upland has created some of the most sought after sour beers in the country—and I got my hands on one! Read More

Jupiter, The Bringer of Jollity | Bell’s Brewing Co.

March 12, 2015 |

Bell’s Brewing Co.

Jupiter – The Bringer of Jollity

Imperial Brown Ale

ABV: 8.0%


On February 22, I gladly welcomed the fourth Bell’s Brewing Planet Series, Jupiter, into Cincinnati, … Read More

2015 Cincinnati Beer Week | BlackTart

February 12, 2015 |

Cincinnati Beer Week | BlackTart

Tart Stout

ABV: 8.0%

IBU: 18


“An amalgamation of breweries. A dichotomous combination of flavors. Tart and refreshing yet full bodied and malty. … Read More

Bell’s Brewing Co. | Mercury, The Winged Messenger

January 7, 2015 |

Bell’s Brewing Co.
Mercury – The Winged Messenger
Belgian Single
ABV: 4.8%

The planets are beginning to align with the third installment of Bell’s Planet Series. Mercury, the Winged Messenger, brings word from other planets in the form a tasteful Belgian Single. Read More

Bell’s Brewing Co. | Venus – The Bringer of Peace

November 17, 2014 |

Venus – The Bringer of Peace

Blonde Ale brewed with Honey, Apricot, Cardamom and Vanilla

ABV: 7.5%

The dust settles, and light begins to shine on the desolate surface of … Read More

Founders Brewing Co. | Dark Penance

October 14, 2014 |

Imperial Black IPA

ABV: 8.9%

IBU: 100

October is finally here! And half gone at that! But, there is still plenty of time to drink some of the best seasonal beer selections breweries have to offer. Now, it is no surprise that pumpkin beers have been taking over the market selection for seasonal brews this year. However, there are a ton of other great beer styles to drink this October, such as Harvest Ales, Brown Ales, Black Ales, really any full-bodied dark beer with toasty notes to keep you warm by a fire. Founders Brewing Co. introduced one such brew to their autumn line-up, a bold new speciality beer, Dark Penance Imperial Black IPA. From appearance all the way to flavor, Dark Penance sets a fresh new tone for beers this season, capturing all the right characteristics of fall. Read More

Bell’s Brewing Co. | Mars – The Bringer of War

September 18, 2014 |

ABV: 10.1% | IBU: 100

It is my pleasure to introduce you to the first of what is going to be an incredible beer series, Bell’s Mars – The Bringer of War. A roaring Double IPA that is the first brew to roll out of Bell’s Brewing Co.Planets Series”. A series that has been inspired by Gustav Holst’s seven-movement orchestral suite, “The Planets.” As a fundraiser for the arts and consumer of higher quality beer, my passions are colliding in this deliciously tasteful work of art known as the Planet Series.
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