Attendees of the Jungle Jim's International Beer Festival in 2014. This year marks the festival's 10th anniversary. The festival features more than 400 beers from more than 100 breweries, including several from Cincinnati.
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15 must-try beers at Jungle Jim’s beer festival this weekend

Jungle Jim’s, our local foodie paradise, is throwing its international beer festival once again. 

In addition to more than 400 beers from over 100 breweries, plus food and cigars, there will be a special “Brew Crew Beers” portion, featuring exclusives and rarities you won’t find anywhere else. You’ll need to sign up to be a brew crew beer member on the Jungle Jim’s Web site to taste these brews at the festival. 

Here’s the list, so you can decide whether they’re worth a few clicks.

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Jungle Jim’s International Market in Fairfield hosted its 13th annual International BeerFest June 15-16. Over 400 beers, from hyperlocal breweries to international distributors, were available to sample at the two-evening event. PHOTO / TOM GILLIAM PHOTOGRAPHY
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1. 50 West White Out Stout

This limited release stout carries blueberry and walnut flavors.

2. Founders KBS

Standing for Kentucky Bourbon Stout, this stout is flavored with chocolate and coffee and is cave-aged in oak bourbon barrels for an entire year.

3. Madtree Levanto Oscuro

A brown ale aged in oak barrels with L. delbrueckii, pediococcus, and brett (bacteria used in the fermenting process).

4. Dogfish Head World Wide Stout

With a dark, roasty flavor, the taste of this imperial stout, brewed with large amounts of barley, has been compared to a fine port.

5. Short’s Brewing Power of Love

This pink-colored shandy is the combination of a gourmet lemonade and a wheat ale brewed with raspberry and rosemary. The result is a sweet lemon and tart raspberry taste, not unlike drinking a grapefruit.

6. Urban Artifact Trellis

This collaboration between Northside’s Urban Artifact craft brewery and Jungle Jim’s is a petite syrah Midwest fruit tart.

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Jungle Jim’s International Market in Fairfield hosted its 13th annual International BeerFest June 15-16. Over 400 beers, from hyperlocal breweries to international distributors, were available to sample at the two-evening event. PHOTO / TOM GILLIAM PHOTOGRAPHY
Photo: Contributing Writer

7. Fat Head’s Benjamin Danklin

An IPA that carries notes of mango, citrus and pine.

8. Against The Grain Nothing Special

This ironically titled selection is a rye barleywine aged in bourbon barrels. The bourbon and malts invoke notes of vanilla, molasses, and maple.

9. Listermann Cannoli of the Jungle

Another collaboration with Jungle Jim’s, this is a barrel-aged, imperial pastry stout with vanilla flavors.

10. Bell’s Brewing Song of Myself

Inspired by “Leaves of Grass,” by Walt Whitman, this IPA is brewed entirely with German malt and hops.

11. Hi Wire Sour Brown Aged on Palo Santo Wood

This dark, barrel-aged sour brown ale spent an entire year in bourbon and wine barrels.

12. Maumee Bay Total Eclipse

This “breakfast in a glass” is brewed with oats, lactose, and espresso beans.

13. Troegs Dear Peter

This sour is brewed with brett, oak, lactose, and lots and lots of nectarines.

14. Rhinegeist Margarita Monday

This tequila barrel-aged gose is brewed with limes and salt.

15. Rivertown SprinkAle

A collaboration between Rivertown and the Butler County Donut Trail. Brewed with sprinkled donuts from all 11 locations, this sugary brew also has notes of coriander and orange peel.

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Jungle Jim’s International Beer Festival, June 14-15, will serve up more than 400 beers from over 100 breweries. CONTRIBUTED/TOM GILLIAM
Photo: Contributing Writer

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