Breweries are abuzz in Greater Cincinnati. As independent labels, entrepreneurs and growing companies make their mark on Cincinnati with one-of-a-kind beers, one one out-of-town brewery is ready to make its mark.
Oregon-based Deschutes Brewery is bringing its Street Pub to Cincinnati this weekend. For one day only, beer lovers can come to this one-stop shop to try more than 50 beers on tap with food creations that pair perfectly.
While a large selection of Deschutes craft beers — such as Black Butte Anniversary Series, Mirror Pond Pale Ale and Fresh Squeezed IPA — will be on tap, as well as local favorites from Moerlein Lager House and Blake’s Hard Cider.
Deschutes’ Corporate Executive Chef, Jeff Usinowicz, is teaming up with Cincinnati’s own Chef Joe Lanni, co-founder of the Thunderdome Group, and Chef Jared Bennett of Metropole, to provide tasty cuisine for the event.
Over the past two years, the 400-foot-long bar tour across the United States has raised more than $835,000; that money has been spread among charities specific to the areas visited. While in Cincinnati, Deschutes will be raising funds for the Starfire Council, which focuses on connecting the community to people with disabilities, as well as The Schubert-Martin IBD Center at Cincinnati Children’s, which cares for patients with Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis.
The brewery partners with organizations that share its philanthropic goals and culture within the communities the Street Pub visits.
Other cities on this year’s tour include Roanoke, Milwaukee, Portland and Sacremento. According to the marketing team at Deschutes, more than 140,000 people were in attendance among the seven events held on last year’s tour.
"All of the communities where we have taken Street Pub have responded with overwhelming support," says Joey Pleich, Deschutes' brewery field marketing manager.
Local bands will also be featured at the event, including The Buzzard Kings, HEBDO, CLUBHOUSE and Jessica Hernandez & The Deltas. The event is family-friendly, and activities like the Hydro Flask’s Skee Ball Challenge and Hydration Station (made by Black Dog Salvage of DIY Network’s "Salvage Dawgs"); Humm Kombucha’s Creation Station for collaborative art projects and activities; and KEEN Footwear’s activism center and lounge, photo booth, games and free shoe raffles will be scattered around the Street Pub. Karen Eland Art will also be on-site with a live art demonstration painted with beer.
While admission is free for all ages, $5 tokens will be available for purchase for those who wish to try the beers, which will be 14-oz. pours.
The event is from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. on June 24 at The Banks (Second and Vine). A “soft-opening” will be held at 11 a.m. for pride parade viewing and a preview of some of the beers.
For presale tokens, VIP tickets and more information, visit the event page or the Deschutes Brewery Street Pub Facebook page. If you are interested in volunteering at the event, you can sign up here.