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Featured image courtesy of Braxton Brewing Co.
For most, the hot summer months mean moving to lighter beers. It makes sense that a light, crisp, refreshing beer is better when you are in the sun, but that doesn’t mean you have to default to a light lager or blonde ale. Many other styles fit the hot summer months just as well, such as sour craft beers. And I am not talking about the traditional sours like lambics but rather kettle sours (aka quick sours). There’s been a huge influx of this type of beer and I think they are a great fit for a hot summer day because they offer low ABV, are ideally drank cold, and provide a crisp, refreshing taste that fights off the effects of the hot summer sun.
Here in Cincinnati, we have a lot of great options that fit this style. Plus, these beers are easy to bring along when you are enjoying the outdoors. Here are five of my favorite Cincinnati summer sours.
When I moved away from Cincinnati, my favorite homesickness remedy was a pint of Graeter’s black raspberry chip ice cream. Growing up, Graeter’s ice cream was quintessential Cincinnati fare; finding out it was available in my grocer’s freezer section was cause for celebration.
Now there’s a new reason to celebrate: a Graeter’s beer is coming.
ABV: 6.7% | IBU: 30
When I heard that one of my favorite Kentucky breweries, Braxton Brewing Co., was creating a “beer baby” to commemorate the 10-year anniversary of one of the most awesome local beer events of the year—Cincy Winter Beerfest—I was immediately excited. When I heard it was a stout beer, I was even more intrigued.
Photo by Braxton Brewing Co.
ABV: 4% | IBU: 4
“Summer isn’t a season, it’s a state of mind”
To those who are still trying to hold onto summer, I’m with you. Longer days, concerts, festivals, outdoor activities such as …
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1224 Manchester Street
Lexington, KY 40504
Monday – Thursday: 4pm -11pm
Friday – Saturday: Noon – Midnight
Sunday: Noon – 11pm
Tucked away inside the infrequently-traveled Distillery District hides Lexington’s newest and most aesthetically unique brewery. Taking up residence in the old James E. Pepper distillery, Ethereal Brewing has revived the historic building without erasing an ounce of its character.
If you’re reading PorchDrinking.com, then you’re likely well aware the craft beer industry is killing it in the U.S. The Brewers Association says the industry hit $19.6 Billion in retail and took hold of 11 percent of the volume share in 2014 — the first double digit share ever.
While the success stories are widely reported and cheered, including West Virginia’s legislature passing a law earlier this month to allow state breweries to offer samples, lawmakers in several states are right now debating proposals that could significantly impact how beer-loving residents and visitors legally consume and buy craft beer. While there are smaller legal issues around the nation, the heated debates in Florida, Georgia, Kentucky and Texas are the ones we’re watching very closely right now. Here’s why.
Country Boy Brewing | Lexington, KY
This is a brewery that Tim the Tool Man Taylor would go to after palling around with Al Borland on the set of Tool Time; a brewery that Zac Brown Band …