Hamilton changing name to ‘Ham-Ale!-ton’ for Municipal Brew Works anniversary this weekend

Credit: Nick Graham

Credit: Nick Graham

The Butler County seat has created another name for itself, for this weekend only.

From Friday through Sunday, it officially will be Ham-Ale!-ton to celebrate the five-year anniversary of Municipal Brew Works.

The micro-brewery opened five years ago on June 8 in the former Hamilton municipal building at 20 High St., in the back part of the building that had served as a fire station. It was the city’s first brewery in 80 years.

“It feels like it was yesterday,” co-owner Jim Goodman said about the five-year span.

Each year, Municipal Brew Works celebrates its anniversary on the second Saturday of June.

A Hamilton City Council resolution with the temporary name change stated, “Municipal Brew Works has followed its mission to make great beer, establish strong community roots, and educate people about craft beer; and ... Municipal Brew Works has won twenty-three (23) State, National, and International medals in twelve (12) beer styles for the beer it has brewed in Hamilton.”

The city recently was given another name, “Jam!lton,” by a music reviewer who attended a concert in the city at the RiversEdge amphitheater in Marcum Park on the Great Miami River.

During the 1980s, the city tried, but ultimately failed, to officially change its name to “Hamilton!” That effort was foiled by map-making officials, who refused to include a punctuation mark in a city name.

For the celebration, the brewery will close off a street, open at 10 a.m. Saturday and have three bands playing.

The brewery this weekend will tap four limited-release beers and will have eight super-small releases, including a s’more flavored beer that will be accompanied by mini s’more croissants from the Almond Sisters bakery, and a beer celebrating LemonGrenade Creative’s sixth anniversary. LemonGrenade created the micro-brewery’s logo.

Hamilton Flea also will happen Saturday in the city.

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