AleFest reveals this year’s beers and breweries, and there’s a twist

AleFest will take a new approach this year when it organizes itself by category instead of by brewery.

It’s a major change that AleFest Chairman Joe Waizmann believes will please attendees making it easier to find the beer styles they are looking for.

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“It’s highly recommended that one chooses areas and specific beers to sample early in order to ensure availability. Since beers are grouped primarily by style category … might be a good idea for your group to head to personal favorites initially, then meet up along the way. Also a tremendous opportunity to sample unfamiliar styles of beer and breweries. A printed sampling guide will be provided to assist in recall of favorites,” said Weizmann.


Here’s a look at what will be available to quench the thirst at this year’s 21st Annual AleFest organized by categories.


This category comprises nearly 40% of all craft beer consumed today and encompasses base styles such as IPA (India Pale Ale), Imperial or Double IPA (volume is turned up on hops and alcohol) New England IPA, Brut IPA (fermented to very low residual sugar-dry), and Pale Ale, as well as fruited variations of any of these core styles.

Moeller Brew Barn First on The Moon Pale Ale

Brew Kettle White Rajah IPA

Lagunitas Lil Sumpin’ Sumpin’ & Phase Change IPA

Great Lakes IPA

50 West Punch You In The EYEPA (draught)

Columbus Brewing Double Bohdi IPA & Insane Wanderer IPA Vol IV

Founders Double Trouble Imperial IPA (draught)

New Belgium Voodoo Ranger Juicifer IPA

Sun King Freedom Rock Session IPA

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SweetWater 420 Strain Mango Kush American Wheat

Southern Tier 2X IPA

Cigar City Jai Alai IPA

Oskar Blues Can-O-Bliss Hazy IPA

Bell’s Two Hearted Ale & Prairie Grass Dividing IPA

Alesmith Boom Crash Hopera IPA & Juice Stand IPA

Coronado Weekend Vibes IPA

Clown Shoes Pineapple Space Cake IPA

Dark Horse Double Crooked Tree IPA

Ellison Crescent Fresh IPA

Knee Deep Breaking Bud IPA & Oopsie Dhazy IPA

Masthead IPA

Flying Dog Thunderpeel NEIPA

Hi-Wire Hop Circus Lemon Drop IPA

Maumee Bay Fake Juice NEIPA

Maine Lunch IPA (draught)

Melvin Hop Shocker Imperial IPA (draught) & Cloudy 5000 Rotational IPA

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Maine Woods & Waters IPA

Troegs Hop Knife Harvest IPA

Wyndridge Homestead IPA

Toxic Brut Suit Riot IPA (draught)

Ellison Dawn Street Pale Ale

North High Fly Hazy IPA

Bell’s Smitten Pale Ale

21st Amendment Blood Orange IPA

Breckenridge Hop Peak IPA

Deschutes Fresh Haze IPA & Lil’ Squeezy Session NEIPA

Elysian Space Dust IPA

Two Roads Road 2 Ruin IPA

19 Crimes IPA

Mother Stewart’s Disco Dancer NEIPA

Devil’s Backbone 8 Point IPA

Spoetzl Shiner Coconut Pineapple IPA

Taft’s Gavel Banger American IPA & Juicy Justice Imperial IPA

Victory No Brainer IPA

Old Nation M-43 IPA & Boss Tweed NEIPA

Goose Island Next Coast IPA & Paper Umbrella IPA

Platform Bucket of Gloves NEIPA & Paranormal Hoptivity West Coast IPA

Credit: Tom Gilliam

Credit: Tom Gilliam

Barrel Aged

A traditional way of achieving additional complexity and age worthiness in beers that already possess concentrated malt and high alcohol. Varieties of barrels contribute additionally to flavor profile of these big beers.

Founders Mas Agave Barrel Aged Imperial Gose

Ballast Point Barrel Aged Victory At Sea Imperial Porter & White Wine Barrel Aged Sour Wench American Wild Ale

Oddside Nightman Leaveth Rye Whiskey Barrel Aged Imperial Milk Stout with Vanilla Bean & Sweet Potato Souffle Rye Whiskey Barrel Aged with Cinnamon & Nutmeg

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Sierra Nevada Tequila Barrel Aged Gose, Barrel Aged Bigfoot American Barleywine (draught)

Thirsty Dog Barrel Aged Wulver Scotch Ale & Rum Barrel Aged Imperial Porter (draught)

Goose Island Madame Rose Wine Barrel Aged with Cherries (draught)

Grainworks Willett Bourbon Barrel Aged Motor Oil Russian Imperial Stout & Bagpipes of Bardstown Bourbon Barrel Aged Scotch Ale (both draught)

Credit: Tom Gilliam

Credit: Tom Gilliam


Acknowledged as the traditional home of complex beers largely due to yeast varieties, multiple fermentations, alcoholic strength, Belgians exemplify the fact that color is not an indicator of any of these attributes.

Chimay Trappist Red, White, & Blue

Rochefort Trappist 6°, 8°, & 10°

Zundert Trappist Tripel

Orval Trappist Ale

New Belgium Honey Orange Tripel

St. Bernardus Abt 12 Quadruppel

Gulden Draak Strong Dark Ale

Kasteel Barista Chocolate Quad

Abita Honey Suckle Saison

Flying Dog Barrel Aged St. Eadman Tripel (draught)

Funkwerks Tropic King Belgian Saison

Goose Island Sofie Belgian Saison

Credit: Tom Gilliam

Credit: Tom Gilliam


The use of various degrees kilned malts that may be style dependent with lower hop levels creates a round mouthfeel of many flavors associated with malt, including toast, bread, caramel, chocolate and coffee.

Christian Moerlein 5th Oktoberfest

Warsteiner Oktoberfest

Braxton Oktober Fuel

Founders Breakfast Stout

Sun King Wee Mac Scottish Ale

Southern Tier Chocolate Milkshake

Cigar City Maduro Brown Ale

Oskar Blues Hotbox Porter

Wiedemann’s Royal Amber

Troëgs Troëgenator Doppelbock

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Abita Bourbon Street Baltic Porter

Clown Shoes Coconut Sombrero Mexican Style Chocolate Stout & The Exercising of Baxter American Imperial Stout

Epic Big Bad Baptist Imperial Stout

Hi-Wire Palo Santo 10w-40 American Imperial Stout

New Holland Dragon’s Milk White Stout

Masthead Single Origin Coffee Stout

Komes Baltic Porter

Deschutes Obsidian Stout

Ballast Point Kunindra India Style Export Stout (draught)

Mother Stewart’s Oktoberfest German Marzen

Oddside Hazels Nuts American Imperial Stout

Rhinegeist Franz Oktoberfest

Spoetzl Shiner Oktoberfest German Marzen

Taft’s OktubberFest German Marzen

Boston Beer Sam Adams Oktoberfest

Credit: Tom Gilliam

Credit: Tom Gilliam


Typified by a tart character created by yeast ranging from slightly tart to quite sour. All beers historically were created in this manner via the introduction of airborne or wild yeast.

Lindemans Belgian Cuvee Rene Gueuze Lambic

50 West Ocean City Gose

Wiedemann’s Raspberry Wheat Tart (draught)

Coronado Salt Spray Margarita Gose

Erie Bikini Season Gose

New Holland Blue Sunday Wild Ale

Duchess De Bourgogne Flanders Red Ale

Paradox Future Knowledge Farmhouse Ale

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Nowhere in Particular Batch 035 Sour

Funkwerks Raspberry Provincial Sour

Elysian Salt & Seed Gose & Whisper Leipzig Gose (draught)

Two Roads Sauvignon Blanc Gose

Oddside Zure Kers Berliner Weisse & Pretentious American Wild Ale (both draught)

Boston Beer Sam Adams Kosmic Sour American Wild Ale

Goose Island Lolita American Wild Ale

Platform Orange Blossom Gose

Credit: Tom Gilliam

Credit: Tom Gilliam


Traditional manner of serving draught in the UK. Cask is served at cellar temp of 55° without the aid of external CO2, rather via gravity feed. Generally lower carbonation than traditional draught.

Maumee Bay Cucumber Gose with Dill

North High Cover Crop Golden Ale with Mint & Lemon

Branch & Bone Dark Fortress Coffee Milk Stout with Tahitian Vanilla & Stood on Gold Gose with Plum, Tart Cherry, & Vanilla


Considered to be readily approachable & thirst quenching, sometimes lower in ABV (alcohol by volume), yet elegantly flavorful.

Franziskaner Hefeweizen

Braxton Storm Cream Ale

50 West Doom Pedal Belgian Style Wit

New Belgium Belgian White

SweetWater Costa Kick Plastic Pilsner

Wiedemann’s Bohemian Special Pilsner

Melvin Heyzeus Mexican Style Lager

Weyerbacher 24th Anniversary Imperial Mexican Lager

Around The Bend Vera Pistachio Cream Ale

Erie Soleil Shandy

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North High Cover Crop Golden Ale

Alaskan Kolsch Ale & White Ale

Funkwerks White Wheat Ale

Deschutes Da Shootz American Lager

Two Roads Road Jam American Pale Wheat Ale

19 Crimes Pilsner & Lager

Mother Stewart’s Witbier & Weekend Warrior Wheat

Rhinegeist Cheetah American Lager

Boston Beer Sam Adams Marathon 26.2 Golden Hazy Ale

Fruit, Vegetable and Herb

The addition of these ingredients may be found in historic beers and recently in Belgium among other countries. These adjuncts can contribute integrated flavors not typically found in traditional base styles, especially in the U.S.

Lindemans Belgian Cassis Lambic

Moeller Brew Barn Blackberry Prairie Wheat

Southern Tier Imperial Pumking

Around The Bend Kiwi Pilsner

Masthead Falling Fruit

Ellicottville Blood Orange Hefe & Blueberry Wheat

North High Berry Shandy (draught)

Toxic Raspberry Uno Mas Kolsch (draught)

21st Amendment Sparkale Sparkling Rose Ale

Deschutes Botanic Ale with Herbs & Spices

Rhinegeist Lil Bubs Fruited Ale & Wowie Fruited Ale

Golden Road Mango Cart Pineapple Wheat Ale

Credit: Tom Gilliam

Credit: Tom Gilliam

Dayton Area Breweries

Grouped by brewery rather than by style.

Alematic Drip Pale Ale (draught)

Carillon Berliner Weisse & Roggenbier (both draught)

Crooked Handle Galaxy Haze IPA (draught) & Blueberry Boro Blonde (cask)

Dayton Beer Company Chardonnay Barrel Aged Saison with Pink Sea Salt & Pink Guava, Mitternacht in Munich Munich Lager & Orange Pomegranate Passionfruit Wheat (all draught), Java Man Cometh Stout, & Gem City Light Lager

Devil Wind When in Bruges Belgian Golden Ale (draught)

Eudora Groove Juice Session IPA & Greater Than One Double IPA (both draught)

Fifth Street Apollo Landing Saison & Damn Dam Pale Ale (both draught)

FigLeaf Strong Ale & Barrel Aged Imperial Stout (both draught), Ponderous Porter, & Blood Orange Blonde

Hairless Hare What’s Hoppening Hot Stuff NEIPA (draught)

Heavier Than Air Balloon Factory ESB & Falcon Project NEIPA (both draught)

Lock 27 DDH Stumbling Nag DIPA & Locktoberfest Lager (both draught), Mouth Breather IPA, & Lock Tender Golden Ale

Lucky Star The Belgian Golden Strong Ale (draught)

Rolling Mill Anti Federalist Pale Ale & Ingot Brown Ale (both Gluten Free- draught)

Star City Deed’s Saison Collaboration with Carillon & Pozar 125 Grodziskie (both draught)

Warped Wing Barrel Aged 2018 Esther’s Li’l Secret Chocolate Cherry Cordial & 10 Ton Oatmeal Stout (both draught), Dayton Strong Pale Ale, & Lagerstadt

Yellow Springs Boat Show IPA & Raspberry Springer


Terra d’Oro Moscato

Relax Riesling

Three Pears Pinot Grigio

Butternut Chardonnay

Toad Hollow Rosé

Michael David 7 Deadly Zins

Bieler Born to Run Cabernet Sauvignon


Reverend Nat’s Viva La Pineapple & Sacrilege Sour Cherry

Virtue Mitten Cherry Cider

Rhinegeist Swizzle Hard Cider

Blake’s Grizzly Pear & Wildflower Cider, Traffic Jam Blackberry, Strawberry, & Raspberry Cider, & Rose Strawberry & Rose Hip Hard Cider


What: AleFest Dayton

Where: Dayton Convention Center, 22 E. Fifth St., Dayton

When: 4-7 p.m. Aug. 24

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