Cincinnati, Ohio — Temperance Beer Co. had no intention of selling its beers outside its home market of Greater Chicago. But when Cincinnati’s own Michael Amann, Adena Distributing’s co-founder, approached Temperance’s founder Josh Gilbert, Gilbert started re-thinking that strategy.
“I loved the fact that Adena is a craft-only start-up and wants to challenge what a distributor can be. I saw a lot of parallels with what we’re trying to do,” said Gilbert. “Cincinnati is such a fantastic city — we’re really excited to become a part of the community, and we can’t wait for Cincinnatians to be able to enjoy a Gatecrasher right here in Cincy,” he added.
Gatecrasher, Temperance’s English-style IPA, is the brewery’s flagship beer. At the Great American Beer Festival®in 2014, it took silver and in 2016, gold, both for English-style IPA. In addition to Gatecrasher, Adena will be distributing Birdsong, a farmhouse saison dry-hopped with Nelson Sauvin hops, Basement Party, an unfiltered lager, Smittytown ESB, an English-style amber, and Root Down, a robust porter brewed with licorice root and chicory.
“When I went on the road to Chicago looking for beers to bring back to Cincinnati, Temperance was one of the few I was told not to miss,” said Amman. “At Adena, we look for great beer, great business, and great people. Temperance has all three in spades,” he added.
The first Temperance beers will be poured in Cincinnati this Friday, November 9, 2018, at the Growler Stop (3804 Church St) at 4 PM and Mac’s on the Pike (6309 Wooster Pike) starting at 5 PM. Temperance and Adena staff will be on hand at both locations as well as at The Comet (4579 Hamilton Ave) Saturday night to toast the 6-year anniversary of their monthly Basement Reggae with pitchers of Temperance’s Basement Party unfiltered lager.
“I love all their beers and the response we’ve had has been fantastic,” said Amman. “Cincinnati is a maturing beer market and I’m excited for my home town to be the first out-of-state market for Temperance.”
Look for Temperance Beer Co’s offerings in fine establishments throughout the greater Cincinnati area beginning November 9.
About Temperance Beer Co
As the first and oldest brewery in Evanston, IL, Temperance Beer Co. began as the dream of Josh Gilbert, then an architect at his own 2-person firm. Thanks to the Great Recession, Josh had a lot more time on his hands to think about what he’d rather be doing than architecting. As a home brewer who really wanted a hometown brewery, Josh figured he would open that brewery.
Temperance Beer Co. started production in August of 2013, and its on-site Tap Room opened shortly thereafter in December 2013. Known for unique takes on classic styles like the award-winning Gatecrasher IPA, Barrel-Aged Might Meets Right Imperial Stout variants, and Greenwood Beach Blonde, a summer session ale with pineapple, Temperance has created a loyal following. The brewery has been featured in numerous media including The New York Times,Thrillist, TimeOut Chicago, Make It Better, ABC-TV, Zagat, Crain’s Chicago Business, Red Eye, Hemispheres Magazine, The Chicago Tribune, WCIU-TV, WBEZ-FM, and the Chicago Reader. In its first competition, at just over a year old, Temperance took home a Silver Medal from the 2014 Great American Beer Festival for Gatecrasher, its English-Style IPA. Two years later, Gatecrasher was awarded Gold at GABF in the same category. Temperance beers are available in the Chicago area and now, for the first time, the Cincinnati area.
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About Adena Distributing
Cincinnati’s newest craft beer distributor, Adena Distributing was founded by Michael Amann to bring 21st Century solutions for independent craft breweries. With industry experience and a passion for beer, the Adena team has strove to curate a portfolio of like-minded suppliers. For more information, visit www.adenabeer.com, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter @adena_beer or Instagram at @adena_beer.