Craft Beer Brewers from Mainstrasse Bar Head to National Competition
This article is published here courtesy of RCN partner KY Forward and is written by that publication's editor & publisher, Judith Clabes.
Three craft beer brewers from the Cock & Bull in Covington’s MainStrasse are headed to the Great American Beer Festival in Denver this week, but they are already ‘miles high’ over winning the annual Pro-Am Brew-Off in Lexington.
Brewer Kurt Greivenkamp said he and his beer-crafting compatriots, Scott Roseburrough and Brandon Nevil, are excited about the national competition and about being the first winners of the Brew-Off from the Northern Kentucky/Cincinnati area.
“This (the Brew-off) was the first time we have entered the beer in a competition,” said Greivenkamp. “To be the winning brew is a remarkable feat, and we could not be more proud.”
Greivenkamp was clearly anticipating competing in the national festival as he filled a signature glass with the “hoppy” brew named for an infamous Kentucky feud. The name itself is prize-worthy.
Rosenburrough is owner of the Cock & Bull, which has three locations – Covington, Hyde Park Square and Glendale Village in Cincinnati. He lives in Hebron. Greivenkamp, also from Hebron, and Nevil of Edgewood have been a team for about ten years. They are related – cousins and brother-in-law – though there’s no sign of a family feud. They love to brew beer.
Greivenkamp describes the winning brew as a deep golden Imperial India Pale Ale with “floral aroma” and “hoppy taste.” Judges of the Alltech-sponsored Brew-Off chose the brew from 22 entries critiqued on the basis of appearance, flavor, mouth feel, color and overall likability.
Greivenkamp suspects that the “brew took first place thanks to its extremely fragrant hop aroma, caramel and citrus malt flavors as well as its unmistakably fluffy white head.” The finish, he described, is “worthy of a family feud.”
The prize package for the Lexington Brew-Off was production and distribution of the beer – and entry into the Great American Beer Festival competition.
The three brewers and two spouses are headed to Denver on Wednesday to meet up with barrels of the brew produced by Alltech and entered in the competition. The Festival runs October 11-13, drawing visitors from all over the world with an opportunity to sample more than 1800 different American beers from more than 450 breweries. More than 100 international judges evaluate the entries, and gold, silver and bronze are awarded in 75 categories.
A large batch of the winning Hopfield and McCoy brew will be produced and available for a limited time in select bars and restaurants in Ohio and Kentucky where Alltech’s trio of beers — Kentucky Ale, Kentucky Light and Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale — are served.
The Kentucky Brew-Off competition is held each summer at Alltech’s Lexington Brewing and Distilling Co. to kick off American Craft Beer Week. Homebrewers provide all equipment and materials, except water and yeast, which are provided by Alltech. In past years, the majority of entrants have come from the local homebrewing club, but the event is beginning to attract brewers from throughout the region.
The Cock & Bull will be celebrating their success with “Pint Night” on Thursday, Oct. 18, at all three locations. Patrons will receive one of those signature glasses for Hopfield and McCoy ale. Nearly 60 drafts and imports are on tap – as well as Root Beer on tap – and they also have award-winning fish ‘n chips.
PHOTO: Brewer Kurt Greivenkamp holds one of the signature glasses for Hopfield and McCoy ale/KY Forward