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Third annual Cincy Winter Beerfest this Saturday

By Sheila Gray – bio | email

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) – The 3rd Annual Cincy Winter Beerfest is this Saturday.  It's a charity craft beer tasting festival to be held in Downtown Cincinnati at the spacious Hyatt Regency Cincinnati hotel.  All proceeds benefit The Big Joe Duskin Music Education Foundation.  Every year the festival has sold out, growing each year.

Attendees can sample over 150 different craft beers from around the country and the world.  This festival is a unique way to inexpensively sample sometimes very expensive beers, and learn about the beers from Brewers and Distributors.  Some of the beers that will be on hand cost as much $18 a small bottle or $400 a keg.  In total, over 3,000 Gallons of Beer will be dispensed at this year's Cincy Beerfest!  VIP Tickets allow buyers to enjoy 2 extra hours at the Festival starting at 5 p.m., and General Session begins at 7 p.m. and the Festival ends at 11 p.m.  Advance Tickets are available online for $30 General Session and $40 VIP.  If any tickets remain, the Day Of cost will be $40 General Session, $50 VIP. 

Representatives from each of Cincinnati's existing 5 breweries will be on hand to talk about their products and businesses.  Learn about the exciting plans for the Brewery District in downtown, and the new brewery that is part of The Banks.  In fact, The Cincy Beerfest will be the first place you can sample all of the beers from our newest Cincinnati brewery, Rivertown Brewing Company.  One of the festival's presenting sponsors is Rock Bottom Brewery located on Fountain Square.  Rock Bottom has an award winning brewmaster and makes all of its unique offering in-house at the Fountain Square location.  Head Brewer Mitchell Dougherty will be on hand and leading a seminar, "Microbreweries Today & What Goes Into Making Great Rock Bottom Beers" at 6pm in the Tasting Theater. "We were excited to support this local Beerfest and to be able to showcase our beers.  Out West, and especially in Arizona where I'm from, there are a lot of these, so it's exciting what they have been able build Cincy Beerfest into."

The Big Joe Duskin Music Education Foundation is a 501-c-3 non-profit organized in honor of the late great Cincinnati Blues icon "Big Joe Duskin".  It commissions local Blues and Jazz bands to perform in area schools to help keep the genres alive in future generations.  100% of the donations to the Foundations are used for this purpose, and the foundation has been able to commission numerous events that have helped educate over 2500 area children last year.  The Cincy Beerfests are the largest annual fundraiser for the organization.  Bill Hulsizer is the founder and President of the Foundation.

Legendary 8 piece Party Band "The Modulators" will perform on the Main Stage all night! Known to 3 decades of party goers, The Modulators get the crowd moving with their eclectic mix of 70's & 80's hits.

In the last decade, there has been phenomenal growth in the sale of Craft beers – those defined as "micro" or "local" or "regional" beers – versus the giant "macros".  Craft beer sales are growing faster than any other beverage category.(BA-Brewers Association 2009)  10.8% last year alone versus 3.7% in the total beer category.                                                                                     

This year's festival marks the debut of a Tasting Theater.   It will host sampling and seminars from knowledgeable people in the industry.  These are quite popular in other parts of the country.

6 p.m.     Microbreweries Today & What Goes Into Making Our Great Rock Bottom Beers - Sampling Session (limited to first 100 seated) Award winning Head Brewer Mitchell Dougherty leads this informative session about how microbreweries brew beer, and leads a sampling session of several of their beers.  A good lesson on how to sample in a festival format.

7 p.m.       How To Utilize The Party Source & Learn From Their Experts In Craft Beers and Fine Cigars including Quaff Brother Brewery….featuring specialty beers designed by their Craft Beer experts and brewed locally.  We have one of the "Party" stores in the country right in our backyard.  From Cooking Classes to Cigar Tastings, learn of all of the tools at the ready and what they have on tap for 2010.

8 p.m.     How To Homebrew! Learn the ins & outs of Homebrewing and how to get started. The Cincinnati Malt Infusers Homebrewing Club will be conducting a fun, interactive session on how to homebrew. Joining them to add to the excitement will be their friends from the Bloatarian Brewing League. Find out how easy and fun it is to homebrew your own delicious handcrafted beers from members of both of these two, great, AHA-registered homebrewing clubs!

9 p.m.     Cooking with Beer and Beer Pairings With Your Meals  - Circle 3's resident beer experts Chris Nascimento and Scott LaFollette, will be joined by Circle 3's  food expert Executive Chef Jackson Rouse. Chef Jackson's philosophy is "Eat Seasonally & Eat Locally" and it comes through in his delicious take on cooking. Chef Jackson will have a few special entries to show you, including one he will create right in front of your eyes. Together, Chef Jackson, Scott, and Chris will show you how to complete these dishes by pairing them up with just the right great craft beers.


  • Tickets are available online or at the gate.
  • Over 100 volunteers will help put on this event for the Foundation.
  • 150 Different Craft Beers, 3000 gallons of beer, Every Locally Made Beer
  • Over 2500 Beer Enthusiasts will attend
  • Designated Driver program is encouraged with a low cost $7.50 ticket, free food and non-alcoholic drinks. They even get a souvenir glass as they exit.
  • Hyatt Regency is offering a super Beerfest room discount of just $99/plus tax! The discount link is available through the festival website

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