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Hamilton brewery is top vote-getter in Cincinnati beer competition

UPDATE, April 3

A local brewery is the champion of the second annual Cincinnati Craft Madness competition.

Hamilton’s Municipal Brew Works’ Approachable Blonde scored 54 percent of the 21,101 votes cast from 8 a.m. Monday to 8 a.m. Tuesday to beat out Ludlow, Ky.’s Bircus Brewery’s Alta Via Altbier in the online regional, beer-based competition.

Municipal Brew Works in Hamilton. (GREG LYNCH/STAFF)

Municipal Brew Works got its start at 20 High St. in Hamilton in June 2016. It employs between 12 and 18 people, depending on the season and any special events, according to co-founder Jim Goodman.

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“This event has been so much fun to watch,” Goodman told this news outlet. “TourDeCincinnati has been a huge supporter of the local craft beer scene and they created a fun way to promote it. We also thank the Journal News for covering the contest and providing an extra push in our area.”

Goodman said the community and the brewery’s supporters “never cease to amaze us.”

“One of our main goals when starting up was to create a place for the Hamilton and Great Butler County area to relax over an Approachable Blonde or our other beers,” he said. “They are a huge part of everything we do so we are grateful to see them respond on our behalf. Cheers to them.”

Kyla Oglesbee, left, and Sarah Shepherd try out the beers during the grand opening of Municipal Brew Works in 2016.   (NICK GRAHAM/STAFF)

INITIAL REPORT, April 2:

Hamilton’s Municipal Brew Works is vying for votes to win a regional beer-based championship.

Municipal’s Approachable Blonde will duke it out until 8 a.m. Tuesday against Bircus Brewery’s Alta Via Altbier in Tour De Cincinnati’s second annual Cincinnati Craft Madness.

Tour De Cincinnati describes itself as a “resource for all things food, beer, events, and dog-friendly greater Cincinnati.”

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With more than 13,000 votes, Municipal won its Final Four bout against Little Miami Earth Cookie, which had nearly 12,000 total votes. On the other side of the bracket, Bircus pulled way with 57 percent of the vote (9,090) to 13 Below’s nearly 7,000 votes.

To get to the Final Four, Municipal Approachable Blonde bested four other regional brews: Rivertown Divergent (Monroe), Figleaf Iso-Trope (Middletown), Mt. Carmel Amber (Clermont County), Swine City Say It Loud (Fairfield).

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Municipal Approachable Blonde is described on Tour De Cincinnati as “an easy-drinking beer that is visually appealing and has no particularly dominating malt or hop characteristics. Rounded and smooth, it is an American classic known for its simplicity. Smooth, easy. Nice entry level beer that pairs well with food.”

The Municipal Brew Works in Hamilton held its grand opening today. It is the first brewery in the city in 80 years.

Brink Brewing Company’s Fashionably Late won Tour de Cincinnati’s inaugural Cincinnati Craft Madness, which featured Municipal entries “Approachable Blonde” and “Courageous.”

To cast vote for Municipal Brew Works, click here, then mark the button for the local brewery and click “vote.”

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