New Craft Beer Arrivals!

Written by Sara Stathes

This week at Cappy’s we got tons of awesome new craft beer arrivals!!  Since everyone will be coming to Cappy’s on Friday for our huge Black Friday Event anyway, these beers are coming in at a great time!  Our new arrivals this week are:

-3 Floyds Alpha Klaus-Alpha King’s festive cousin. A big American Christmas Porter brewed with English chocolate malt, Mexican sugar, and of course, tons of strange American hops.

Style: Christmas Porter
IBU 38 ABV 6%


-3 Floyds Alpha King-

A bold yet balanced American Pale Ale with slight caramel sweetness and aggressive citrus hoppiness.

Style: American Pale Ale
IBU 68 ABV 6.66%


-3 Floyds Dreadnaught-An Imperial India Pale Ale with an intense citrus hop aroma, a huge malt body, and a crisp finish.

Style: Imperial India Pale Ale

IBU 100 ABV 9.5%


-3 Floyds Yum Yum-This Pale Ale has just the right malt backbone to support an explosive juicy hop profile. Derived from a new blend of proprietary hops.

Style: American Session Ale
ABV 5.5% IBU 63

three floyds yum yum

-Anderson Valley Briney Melon Gose-This extremely limited Gose from Anderson Valley is a must try for fans of the style or the brewery.

ABV 4.2%


-Breckenridge Holidale-The popular Breckenridge Christmas Ale aged in Whiskey Barrels, because what beer isn’t better barrel aged? This seasonal release is sure to put you in the holiday spirit.

ABV 7.4%


-Breckenridge Twenty Five-Twenty Five is a special-release beer celebrating 25 years of craftsmanship from Breckenridge Brewery. The recipe starts with an imperial version of their popular Vanilla Porter, resulting in more prominent flavors and stronger alcohol. They then let the beer relax in Barbados rum barrels. In each barrel, they added incredibly rare, fresh, wet, vanilla beans from the Veracruz region of Mexico. These beans come from small family farms – are hand pollinated and hand picked.  The result is luxury in a bottle.
This exotic beer is full of flavor with notes of rum, raisin, and an oaky vanilla finish. At 9.8% alcohol by volume, it’s one to be sipped and shared.

BRECK-783 25th Anniversary Label R3 V2

-Breckenridge 72 Imperial Chocolate Cream Stout (NEW 4 packs!)-Brewed with chocolate from Colorado’s very own Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, Inc., this Imperial Chocolate Cream Stout is full of rich, toasted chocolate notes with hints of dark fruit. 72 Imperial will take you where you need to go. Just sit back and enjoy the ride.

IBU: 11 ABV: 7.2%


-Avery Raspberry Sour-Luscious ripe red raspberries are elegantly intertwined with a bountiful amount of lactic acidity and delicate barrel nuances to cultivate this stunning sour ale.

ABV 6.5%


-Avery Twenty Two-100% Brettanomyces drie Fermented Dry-Hopped Wild Ale

ABV 6.8%


-Fat Head’s Pimp my Sleigh-Over the river and through the wood to this rich, complex Belgian-Style holiday brew. Intricate aromas and flavors of sweet dark malt, dark fruit, raisins, figs, anise and spicy phenols. This beer will sting the toes and bite the nose, but no worries, the horse knows the way.

IBU 30 ABV 10.5%


-Alpine Pure Hoppiness-A West Coast Double IPA, so mega-hopped it will take you to hop heaven. They’ve used hops in the boil, more hops in the giant hopback, and added to that, an incredible amount of dry-hopping for that cutting-edge “hop bite.” Once you’ve tasted this unique beer, all others pale in comparison.

ABV 8%


-Dark Horse Tres Blueberry Stout-This stout is full-bodied and brewed with all malted barley and fresh blueberries added after fermentation. The nose is where you will begin to realize this stout is in a league of its own. Blueberry, chocolate and roasted aromas lead the way to a very pleasant drinking experience which leaves you wanting the next December to arrive sooner than last year.  My favorite blueberry beer!

IBU 20 ABV 7.5%


-The Bruery 8 Maids a Milking-8 Maids-a-Milking is the 8th beer in the “12 Days of Christmas” series. They made an imperial milk stout to stand up to whatever Old Man Winter throws our way from now through 2019 with the final release of their series. 8 Maids-a-Milking is brewed with lactose, which is commonly referred to as milk sugar. It’s the only type of sugar that is unfermentable by yeast, which adds more perceptible creaminess and sweetness to the finished beer. This mouthfeel and sweetness is complemented by robust layers of milk chocolate, subtle spice accents from their house Belgian yeast and roasty, cafe elements indicative of their take on the style. Celebrate the seasons with the best of both worlds: enjoy some now, and lay a few down for up to 4 years to be enjoyed upon the release of 12 Drummers Drumming.

ABV 11.3%


-Maumee Bay Barrel Aged Total Eclipse-A smooth and delicious barrel aged version of Maumee Bay’s classic, Total Eclipse Breakfast Stout. Dark, rich and complex, this is one not to be missed!

ABV 9.1%


-Rhinegeist Stryker-Why a triple IPA? Because anyone can make a double IPA. …and because the palate shift for stronger flavor, higher complexity and intense power is becoming increasingly important to many of our hop heads.  Stryker IPA fits the bill with its deep amber hues that catch the eye like winter’s honey. Capped with a rich meringue of foam, the ale draws the senses close with perfumy aromatics of citrus, tropical and botanical herb- all seemingly with a candy-dipped friendliness. And with the strong ale flowing across the tongue, its dense caramel, biscuit and honey flavors follow suit. Only available for a limited time!

ABV 10.8%



A Reflection on My First Year in The Craft Beer Industry

Written by Sara Stathes

In my 30 years I’ve wanted to “be” many things.  A Veterinarian, The President, a Lawyer, a Writer, a Radio Personality, the list goes on and on.  I’ve also had many jobs in many different fields, a slew of restaurants, retail management, office manager, sales, banking, etc.  Never did I imagine that I’d end up 30, with two kids,  working at a liquor store. One year ago, that is where I was hired though, Cappy’s Wine&Spirits.  At the time, I was desperate for a job, but specifically one that worked with my limited schedule.  I was coming off of a two year stint of being a Stay-at-Home-Mom due to the end of a long-term relationship, ultimately forcing me to go back to work to support myself and my two kids.  After several unanswered applications, and unsuccessful interviews, I was down at my local liquor store, Cappy’s, to get a bottle of wine.  While there, I ran into Ben, the Owner of Cappy’s, who I had worked for at a previous business.  During our conversation I casually joked, “hey, you’re not hiring, are you?” and as luck would have it, he was.  The following Monday I began working at what I thought was just a liquor store, but I soon learned that it’s so much more.  What I thought was going to be a liquor store clerk job, was actually the launch of my career in craft beer.

In exactly one year I have gone from knowing literally nothing about beer, to having over 700 different beers from all over the world, beer trading, bottle shares, brewery tours, blogging, etc.  In other words, I completely immersed myself in the Craft Beer World.  It is by far my favorite job I’ve ever had, and I feel so lucky to get the privilege to be a part of such an amazing business, and fantastic community.  So many cool things have happened in the past year that I could go on and on about, that I decided to make a list instead, some of my favorite things from my first full year in the craft beer industry.  (But if you ever want to hear stories, I’ve got those for days.).  So here it is, my unofficial, personal favorites from my first year.

Favorite Brewery: Jackie O’s

Favorite Beer: Oro Negro (Jackie O’s)

Favorite Brewery That I Went To: Hoof Hearted

My Kids Favorite Brewery That They Went To: Madtree

Favorite Cincinnati Craft Beer Event That I Went To:  Madtree Summer Bonanza

Favorite Place for Brunch&Beer in Cincinnati: Brew River

Favorite Place For Great Dinner&Draft List in Cincinnati: Sammy’s in Blue Ash

Favorite Thing About Working In The Craft Beer Industry: The People.  Hands down.

Want to know anything else? Just ask me!  The people that I have met through this job really are what make me love it so much.  So many different types of people, with different jobs and backgrounds, yet we all come together over our love of Craft Beer.  I have yet to find a community until now that I have felt so welcome in, and that is why I will continue to grow in this career.  Now that I’ve had a taste of it, only one year, I can’t wait to see what else the future holds.  So many beers to try, breweries to visit, and people to meet.  I may not be The President or a Radio Personality like I thought I would be, but I wouldn’t trade it for any other industry in the world.  And who knows?  Maybe I’ll still go on to be some of those things also…

Below is a compilation of pictures from my first year 🙂