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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

Ultimate 6er | The Cincinnati Session

July 30, 2014 |

Summer is the perfect time for relaxing, exploring, and utilizing every minute of the beautiful long days and nights. People turn into early risers to take advantage of every part of the day to try new things and see new places. One of the best accompaniments to these long adventurous days is great beer. If you live in a great city it is often easy to find something new and always fun to show visiting friends how awesome your city is, and the best way to it is by showcasing a local beer every step of the way. This Ultimate 6er is dedicated to the great session ales Cincinnati has to offer.

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Fat Head’s Brewery | Bone Head Red

July 14, 2014 |

Fat Head’s Brewery

Bone Head – Imperial Red Ale

7.7% ABV

75 IBU

The other night in Cincinnati the sky turned red. It was so red, that when I saw it … Read More

Jungle Jim’s 9th Annual International Beer Festival

June 26, 2014 |

Over 350 beers and 100 breweries. This bold statement rang true the weekend of June 13-14 as Jungle Jim’s International Market in Fairfield, Ohio (Greater Cincinnati) delivered another phenomenal beer festival.

Jungle Jim’s International Market specializes in bringing in a large and diverse selection of, well, everything. From produce, to seafood, to deli, to foreign land’s cultural foods. Jungle Jim’s has a lot of everything and their beer festivals are no exception.

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Madtree Brewing | Sol Drifter

June 10, 2014 |

4.3% ABV

It’s summertime! Sunshine, pool parties, cabrewing, and most importantly, delicious summer beer! Madtree’s Sol Drifter will take all of the great things of summer and put them in your mouth. A sessionable blonde ale brewed with strawberries that is a refreshing tasty beer that everyone can enjoy, and it comes in a pink can, so ladies, you got that going for you.

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HalfCut Beer Cafe

May 6, 2014 |

HalfCut beer cafe opened it’s doors to a sunny April 18th afternoon. What a Good Friday that was! Specializing in local Cincinnati and Ohio beer, as well as crafts from all over the country, HalfCut is a new brew hub in Over The Rhine. Having a full house for their opening day, they knocked it out of the park. The walk-up bottle window was open, the bar was fully staffed, and they had great, friendly service. It was wall to wall with thirsty customers that had their thirst quenched with a variety of great beer to choose from. With 12 tap handles, there was a little something for everyone.

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Negra Modelo | La Crema de la Cerveza

May 5, 2014 | 1

Tis the season to drink my favorite beer from Mexico, Negra Modelo. I know there aren’t many write ups on here featuring Mexican brews, so I’m happy to add this … Read More

Bad Tom Brewing

April 18, 2014 |

Bad Tom Brewing Co., formerly Double Barrel, is a new brewery in Cincinnati that offers a delicious array of beer and a history so deep, so ruthless, and so bad that you are immediately captured in the infamous tale every time you visit.

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SweetWater Brewing – Happy Ending

March 24, 2014 |

As confusing as the weather is right now for us Ohioans, I felt this beer would be perfect to drink and talk about. SweetWater’s Happy Ending is an Imperial Stout that possesses a much different taste than most others of it’s kind. It is dark in body, has a creamy mocha head and a hoppy citrus nose with light coffee notes? What? That’s right, not only do you get the full body of a stout, but also the hoppy bitterness of an IPA. Now this is not crazy punch you in taste buds hops, but enough to make you do a double take on the beer you just drank.

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Cincinnati Winter Beer Fest 2014

March 5, 2014 |

Cincinnati Winter Beer Fest

February 14 and 15, 2014

Duke Energy Convention Center. Cincinnati, Oh

Thousands of beer lovers gathered together during the two epic nights of the Cincinnati Winter … Read More

Rhinegeist Ink – Imperial Russian Stout

February 13, 2014 | 1

Rhinegeist Ink – Imperial Russian Stout ABV – 10%

Ink. A dark black thick liquid substance that many of us associate with printing and feathery pens. Ink is everywhere. In … Read More

Staying Warm with a Barrel-Aged Ultimate 6er

January 29, 2014 |


Unlike our friends in Denver, the rest of the nation has been getting cold. Really cold. So cold that there are swirling cyclones of polar bears flying across the country biting our faces off as soon as we walk outside. Well my friends, lets not get polar vortexed and instead stay inside and have a beer. But not just a beer, six beers, and not just beers, but barrel aged high ABV warming goodness. Let’s face it, when you want to be warm you need a drink that’s not only alcoholic, but one that has been aged in alcoholic vessels. So let’s not fool around anymore and get this barrel aged ultimate 6er started. Read More

Jungle Jim’s – Barrel Aged Beer Bash

January 26, 2014 |

People were staying warm last Friday night at the Barrel Aged Beer Bash hosted by Jungle Jim’s International Market. Located in Fairfield, OH, Jungle Jim’s has built the largest international market from the ground up. Starting as small fruit stand, Jim Boniminio pursued a dream that led him to building a 300,000 sq. ft. plus international food paradise. As a major tourist destination there is never a shortage of exotic fruits and vegetables or rare beers and fine wines to keep you busy as you spend a day traveling throughout the store. By hosting a barrel aged beer festival, the Jungle was able to bring in all the good stuff.

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Victory Brewing Co. – DirtWolf Double IPA

January 14, 2014 |

ABV: 8.7%


Now that the Holidays are over and the shopping madness is ending we can all look back at our accomplishments in getting through yet another Holiday season. It is a victory for us all. So now its time put up our feet, close our wallets, and crack open a beer. A great beer to start on is Victory Brewing Co.’s DirtWolf. Read More