It’s probably the single event each year that gives me the “reset” that I need.  Coming at the end of the year, which is such a good time to reflect anyways – Big Cis is the chance for me to remember back to starting Cincy Brewcast.  The focus for the show, the focus for the blog – the focus for me as a craft beer fan in Cincinnati is easy to lose throughout the hectic happenings of each year.

Big Cis is about Mike, you know that… you hopefully read a little bit about it when I wrote about it.  I can’t help, though to remember that much like Mike himself… this event becomes about the people around us.  Before we dig into what we drank, and what we talked about on the show, I have to give a shoutout to all the people who made the event happen.  Of course… Andy Reynolds at Alexandria Brewing Company for brewing this year’s batch and hosting the event.  I could write a long sappy love letter to you for what you’ve done… but few people would understand it.

Braxton Brewing Company (especially Evan and Adam), Darkness Brewing (especially Eric Bosler), Municipal Brew Works (Sean Willingham), Mario Pastura, and Don Marsh for helping Andy brew this special beer this year.

My wife – Mrs. Gnome, and Andy’s fantastic and much better half Ann, for running the hectic and critical raffle table (while being terrorized by my almost 2-year-old daughter).

The folks that donated to our charity raffle – Alexandria Brewing Company, Ann Reynolds, Brew City Sausage, Brewhaus Dog Bones, Fibonacci, John Bent, MadTree, March First, Paradise, Rivertown, Streetside, Urban Artifact.

Of course, though… if you ventured out in the nasty rain to raise a pint in Mikes honor and to raise some money for Wounded Warriors and the Wildfire Relief fund, Thank you – Thank you – Thank you.

Guests This Episode

  • Andy Reynolds – Alexandria Brewing Company
  • Eric Bosler – Darkness Brewing Company
  • Sean Willingham – Municipal Brew Works
  • Jeff Graff – Paradise Brewing Company (very briefly… but it counts!)

From The Beer Fridge

  • Alexandria Brewing Company – Big Cis
  • Alexandria Brewing Company – Flesh of the Pumpkin
  • Alexandria Brewing Company – JWR Triple
  • Darkness Brewing Company – Man on the Moo Milk Stout
  • Alexandria Brewing Company – Brothers In Arms on Roasted Poblanos

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