50 West Brewing’s Signature Event
Cincinnati, OH – Craft beer combined with amateur boxing, how could this not be fun? This past Saturday was the greatest beer event in the country, The 50 West Punch Out.
If you’re not from Cincinnati maybe you haven’t heard of 50 West Brewing, here’s my review of the place to catch you up. Exploration Brewery: 50 West.
Now if you’re not aware of what the Punch Out is then let me try to explain. The creative people at Fifty West went out to other breweries around the Greater Cincinnati Area and found people to represent their respective brewery in a boxing match. The volunteers trained for several months prior to get prepared. They paired them up and on Saturday we saw the match ups of 10 different breweries and 8 fights total. If you need a visual let me show you their hype video from last year’s Punch Out, Round 3.
This isn’t some backyard fight you can watch on a flip phone that your friend recorded. This thing has production value and gets a little bigger and a little better each year.
While all of that action is going on you can walk around the brewery’s campus and find all of the beer options. Cincinnati has about 56 breweries in the area, depending on how you count them. I say 56. This year 25 different breweries were represented at the event, including some out of towners like Great Lakes Brewing (Cleveland) and Warped Wing Brewing (Dayton). With a crowd of over 3000 expected you better believe the beer list was extensive.
This is what the official beer list looked like:
- 3 Points – Origami IPA
- 3 Points – Cuddle Fruited Quick Sour
- 50 West – Punch You in the EyePA DIPA
- 50 West – Pineapple Punch You in the EyePA DIPA
- 50 West – Mango Milkshake Punch You in the EyePA DIPA
- 50 West – Brut Punch You in the EyePA DIPA
- Alexandria Brewing Company – Ralph Red Licorice Rope Cherry Gose
- Alexandria Brewing Company – Saturn Ascends Stout
- Cellar Dweller – Captain Dirk Honey Wheat
- Cellar Dweller – Eye Opener Hazelnut Coffee Stout
- Christian Moerlein – Big Hazy NE IPA
- Christian Moerlein – Pineapple Gose
- Darkness – Jalapeño Bellevue Common Ale
- Darkness – Mayan Sacrifice Imperial Stout
- DogBerry – Zestic IPA
- DogBerry – The DH
- Fibonacci – Amozacca IPA
- Fibonacci – Earth Daisy IPA
- Fretboard – Reba Strawberry Blonde
- Fretboard – Experience Brut DIPA
- Grainworks – Pink Lemonade Stand Berliner Weisse
- Grainworks -Rusty Bumper American Brown Ale
- Great Lakes – Turntable Pils
- Great Lakes – Barrel Aged Cream Ale
- Listermann – What High School Did You Go To? Golden Ale
- Listermann – Hip Hop Battle NE IPA
- MadTree – Shade Blackberry Tart Ale
- MadTree – El Dorado High IPA
- Nine Giant – Milkshake Futureworld Blackberry Tart IPA
- Nine Giant – Pineapple Infused Breezeblocks Saison
- Northern Row – Preacher Fruit Beer
- Northern Row – Drifter IPA
- Rhinegeist – Peach Dodo
- Rhinegeist – Pure Fury Pale Ale
- Sonder – Orange Julius You Betcha!
- Sonder – Watermelon Honey Blanc Belgian Wheat
- Sons of Toil – Mango Milkshake NE IPA
- Sons of Toil – American Porter
- Streetside – Raspberry Strawberry Lemonade Berliner Weisse
- Streetside – Suh Brah NE IPA
- Swine City – Good Enough For Me Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Ale
- Swine City – I’m Not Your Babe Tropical Wheat
- Taft’s – Cincy Cobra Hazy Citra IPA
- Taft’s – Nellie’s Key Lime
- Urban Artifact – Keypunch
- Urban Artifact – The Gadget
- Warped Wing – Gamma Bomb IPA
- Warped Wing – Magic Melon Watermelon Gose
- West Side – Hefeweizen
- West Side – Triple IPA
- Wooden Cask – Rectsbrecher Gose
- Wooden Cask – Corruption BA Scottish Ale
There was something for everyone there.
July means it’s hot and humid in Cincinnati so as the event officially started at 6pm but the first boxing match didn’t start until about 9pm. This gives you plenty of time to try that list of beers featured at the event, listen to live music performing on stage and grab some food at one of the three food trucks on site for the event.
As you can see Cincinnati came out in full force to support the event. Last year I couldn’t get a seat on the bleachers surrounding the ring. I got up their early this year to get a good seat and I have to say it was rowdy. The crowd was so into the fights. Most people around me picked a side as the fighters were announced. Some chose to cheer for the fighter based on what brewery he or she represented others chose their fighter by what song they chose to walk out to. When the fists started flying the crowd wasn’t shy about their love of uppercuts and hay makers.
Why do all of this though? Is it about brewer’s fighting supremacy or cool beards or macho swagger? No, it’s still about community and bringing people together. You can see that by how many breweries participate and provided beer. One of my favorite parts of the whole thing is after every fight each fighter swaps beers and toast each other right there in the ring.
It’s a bond that isn’t shared in any other industry like it is in craft beer and the Punch Out puts that on display unlike any other event.