One of Cincinnati's oldest craft brewers wins prestigious national award

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Dec 21, 2016, 1:43pm EST   Updated Dec 21, 2016, 3:00pm EST  

One of Cincinnati's oldest craft brewers, Listermann Brewing Co., won two p
restigious awards at a national beer competition in November.

Listermann/Triple Digit won both first place for specialty/experimental bee
r and best in show at the Festival of Wood and Barrel Aged Beers (FOBAB) in
 Chicago for its barrel-aged Chickow! hazelnut brown ale. The annual festiv
al put it alongside such national craft beer contenders as Bell's Brewery,  
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. and Goose Island.

Listermann/Triple Digit won best in show and best experimental beer at the  
2016 Festival of Wood and Barrel Aged Beers.


Listermann/Triple Digit won best in show and best experimental beer at the  
2016 Festival… more  


It's not the first time Listermann has won a national award for its beer  
– it took home bronze for its Nutcase Peanut Butter Porter at the G
reat American Beer Festival (GABF) in 2014 – but general manager Ja
son Brewer told me it was more significant.

"We like it because our beers don't really fit into categories. We've won G
ABF medals before, but those categories (110 of them) are narrower, and muc
h more subject to certain judges' biases," Brewer said. "I've been a beer n
erd before I started over here, and FOBAB was always the pinnacle of what b
eer nerds wanted."

Brewer said it might be coincidence but it always seems that the Listermann
 beers that win awards are brewed on old dairy equipment. As a small brewer
y with no outside investors, Listermann needed to get equipment on the chea
p, so as dairy farms went out of business during and after the Great Recess
ion, the brewery would buy up the dairy tanks.

"Maybe it's a good luck charm, maybe it's those old cow farmers wishing us  
the best," Brewer said. "I always say I'd rather be lucky than good, but we
're a combination of both."

The barrel-aged Chickow! is currently in barrel and will be available to co
nsumers at the Listermann taproom in February or March of 2017.
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