Four Years of Rhinegeist Beers

With today’s 4th Anniversary celebration at Rhinegeist, I thought it would be fun to take a look back at all the beers (and labels) they’ve produced. And boy, there is a boatload. The beers listed below are all based on TTB label approvals.

Rhinegeist, located in Over-the-Rhine in the former bottling plant of Christian Moerlein has been an incredible success story for Cincinnati craft beer. The brewery has experienced explosive expansion and growth over the past 4 years and there’s no sign of slowing down any time soon.

Here’s a fun (and perhaps OCD ) look at their labels and the changes along the way. For the complete inventory of all their labels, packaged and keg collars, click here.

The Beer That Put Them On The Map

Truth was a resounding hit right out of the gate. I’ve heard that Truth constitutes upwards of 60% of their volume. It’s definitely one of my favorite local IPAs.

Besides the now famous ‘Ghost of the Rhine’ logo, is the debut of two tags — Cincy Made and Drink Fresh Beer. I’ve always been a ‘Cincy’ guy so suck on that ‘Cinci’.

If I recall, head brewer Jim Matt, formerly of Moerlein Lager House and Sun King before joining Rhingeist, preferred the 16 oz. can that Sun King was known for. In the end, Rhinegeist opted for the traditional 12 oz. format.

The original design also included the address on the front of the can but I don’t believe it ever got released with the address in the ribbon.

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Zen — Session Pale Ale or Session India Pale Ale?

Based on the labels, it appears at one time there was some debate as to whether Zen would be a Session Pale Ale or a Session India Pale Ale. If my memory and the dates are correct, they launched Pure Fury, their 1st beer in the Pale Ale category first and perhaps made the switch partly due to that.

Call it what you want, I call it damn good. Another QCF favorite in the session category.

I mean, how many Pale Ales would Rhinegeist go on to make anyways? I kid.

Rhinegeist definitely gets shit amongst the beer geeks for ‘only’ making Pale Ales. One, that is obviously not true as you can see from the long list of beers below. But more importantly for me, so what. It’s obviously a category that works for them and they are damn good at it. Get over it.

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We Do Bottles Too!

Ink, an Imperial Stout, was the 1st packaged bottle release from Rhinegeist. While they opted for the more traditional 12oz. can format, they went big with 22oz. bombers on the bottle side.

This was also the introduction of the ‘Rarity’ tag for their bottles. Some mocked the ‘Rarity’ term due to the frequency of these releases and later due to the lower ABV styles not normally termed in that fashion. Oh well, haters gonna hate.

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Prehistoric Bitches!

With Saber Tooth Tiger, Rhinegeist went even bigger! They ditched the traditional label below and opted for the later kick ass black label and engaged local artist TOMMYINK for the artwork. The ‘Rarity’ tag was dropped and ‘Limited Release’ was first used. It truly was one of their real limited beers. Today, I believe this is only released once or twice a year in limited quantities.

This beer had its own T-Shirt and a massive banner in the taproom. Rhinegeist was on a roll and letting out a loud and mighty roar.

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It’s Glow Time!

Rhinegeist produced the official beer of Lumenocity in 2015 and 2016. This may be the only Rhinegeist release where the Rhinegeist logo is not present. Interestingly in 2016, this may be the only Rhingeist release where the Rhinegeist logo is colored.

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Droppin’ a Deuce

To celebrate Year 2, Rhinegeist rolled out their first Anniversary beer — Deuce, a Anniversary Pale Ale. This started the trend of Anniversary beers including this year’s Quadrafunk.

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Stop, Let’s Collaborate and Penguin

Penguin, a Blonde Stout, became the 1st packaged collaboration beer. Rhinegeist partnered with Three Weavers to produce this interesting Blonde Stout with Coffee and Cocoa nibs. I really enjoyed this mind blowing beer.

It’s also the 1st time that I noticed a Rhinegeist logo thrown on the right side band of the packaging.

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Hyper Local

This was a collaboration that utilized locally sourced Wheat from Blue Oven Farm.

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Come and Knock On Our Door, We’ve Been Waiting for You

For their 3rd Anniversary, the brewery went a different direction with the beer and the label. A trippy American Sour Fruit Ale, not exactly what their known for, and a bright red label. I’m a sucker for cherries, so this was right up my alley.

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Who You Callin’ a Dodo?

Mmm, peaches. This was the first time I noticed an Evercan logo. I assumed they switched from can manufacturer Ball to Evercan. Perhaps this was around the time they got that fancy Italian high speed canning line. Not sure, but really, Mmm peaches.

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Bigger, Badder, Penguin

The Penguin got a little more bad ass when allowed to sinfully simmer in Bourbon Barrels for 9 months.

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Futuristic, Artistic, Delicious

The yet to be released Astro Dwarf is brewed in collaboration with Pipeworks in Chicago. This will all mark the debut of a hazy IPA that are all the rage now. Whether or not it’s delicious, we’ll have to wait but I’m pretty confident you won’t be disappointed.

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In Case of Emergency, Drink This Beer!

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Shake It

For the past 3 years, Rhinegeist has partnered with Shake It Records to produce a beer for Record Store Day. Beer + Music, you had me at beer. Maybe it’s an urban legend, but I heard some jackasses tried to return bustled bottles to The Party Source in 2016 because they took the ‘Shake It’ on the label literally. Geez, you can’t fix stupid.

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You Can’t Knock the Hustle

This label got an overhaul this year. I suspect somebody with the Cincinnati Reds or MLB got their panties in a knot a made Rhinegeist remove the baseball on the front ribbon. Rhinegeist also switched this up from a ‘Red Pale Ale’ to ‘Red Lager’.

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Brotherhood of the Quaff

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Quadra-Funkadelic Baby, Yeaaaaaah Baby

That bring us to today. Rhinegeist’s 4th Anniversary. Get down to Rhinegeist and pick up the latest Anniversary edition ale — A Hoppy Wild Ale.

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2013 (12)

  • Truth, India Pale Ale
  • Cougar, Golden Ale
  • Spikelet, Hoppy Wheat Ale
  • Uncle, English Style Mild Ale
  • Fiction, Belgian Style Blonde Ale
  • Franz, Oktoberfest Style Ale
  • Mosaic, Single Hop Pale Ale
  • Bravo, Single Hop Pale Ale
  • Panther, Porter
  • Snaggle-Tooth Tiger, British Style Imperial India Pale Ale
  • Gramps, Barleywine Ale
  • Turkey Blue, Saison Ale

2014 Packaged (10)

  • Truth, India Pale Ale
  • Cougar, Blonde Ale
  • Zen, Session Pale Ale
  • Panther, Robust Porter
  • Pure Fury, Hoppy Pale Ale
  • Dad, Hoppy Holiday Ale
  • Fiction, Belgian Style Pale Ale
  • Ink, Imperial Stout
  • Franz, Oktoberfest Beer
  • Zen, Session India Pale Ale

2014 Keg Collars (22)

  • Pure Fury, Pale Ale
  • Ink, Imperial Russian Stout
  • Saber-Tooth Tiger, Imperial India Pale Ale
  • Zen, Session Pale Ale
  • #05256, Pale Ale
  • Puma, Pilsner
  • Rookie, India Pale Ale
  • Squirt, Ale
  • Conquistador, Pale Ale
  • Homie, Imperial India Pale Ale
  • Dad, Hoppy Holiday Ale
  • Hustle, Rye Pale Ale
  • Nez, Hoppy Pale Ale
  • Panda, Oatmeal Stout
  • Boomer, Brown Ale
  • Luck Irish-Style Stout
  • Mastodon Belgian-Style Dark Ale
  • Plow, Saison Ale
  • Andromeda, Pale Ale
  • Asterix Belgian-Style Red Ale
  • Jacques, Belgian-Style Tripel Ale
  • Saison Blue, Wheat Beer

2015 Packaged (15)

  • Hustle, Rye Pale Ale (baseball)
  • Cafe Ink, Imperial Stout
  • Mosaic, Pale Ale
  • Gramps, American Barleywine Ale
  • Mastodon, Belgian-Styled Dark Ale
  • Saber Tooth Tiger, Imperial India Pale Ale
  • Saber Tooth Tiger, Imperial India Pale Ale
  • Puma, Pilsner
  • Equinox, Pale Ale
  • Fool, Saison Farmhouse Ale
  • Andromeda, Pale Ale
  • Pandamonium, Barrel Aged Ale
  • Glow, Lumeocity Pale Ale
  • Duece, Anniversary India Pale Ale
  • Penguin, Blonde Stout (Collaboration with Three Weavers)

2015 Keg Collars (74)

  • S23, Session India Pale Ale
  • Steve, Dark Ale
  • Knucklehead, American Ale
  • Waimea, Pale Ale
  • Barrel-Aged Panther, Porter
  • Cafe Ink, Imperial Coffee Stout
  • Barrel-Aged Mastodon, Belgian-Style Dark Ale
  • Barrel-Aged Panda, Oatmeal Stout
  • Grampappy Barrel-Aged Gramps, American Barleywine Ale
  • Pappy’s Ink, Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout
  • Zinfandel Barrel-Aged Panther, Porter
  • Alice, Belgian-Style Blonde Ale
  • Kohatu, Pale Ale
  • Pandemonium, Barrel-Aged Stout
  • #007 Pale Ale
  • Bertha, Sweet Stout
  • Azacca Pale Ale
  • Powder, White India Pale Ale
  • Equinox, Pale Ale
  • Azacca, Pale Ale
  • Ahtanum, Pale Ale
  • Rakau, Pale Ale
  • Hans, Vienna Style Lager
  • Fool, Spring Saison Farmhouse Ale
  • Juicy, India Pale Ale
  • Flame Thrower, India Pale Ale
  • Twerp, Belgian-Style Session Beer
  • A Side, India Pale Ale
  • Stryker, Triple India Pale Ale
  • Dunk, German Style Ale
  • T-Rex, Black India Pale Ale
  • Blanc, Pale Ale
  • Spike, Belgian-Style Wit Beer
  • Emergency Hop Kit, India Pale Ale
  • Spritz, Berliner-Style Weiss Ale
  • Science Fiction, Sour Ale
  • Deuce, Red India Pale Ale
  • Dodo Gose Beer
  • Huell-Melon, Pale Ale
  • Streaker, Rye India Pale Ale
  • Squirrel, English-Style Brown Ale
  • Chester, Cherry Saison Ale
  • Super Truth, India Pale Ale
  • Glow, Lumenocity Pale Ale
  • Anaconda, Malt Liquor **
  • Champoux, Pale Ale
  • Comet, Pale Ale
  • Flamingo, India Pale Ale
  • Hugh, Hefeweizen Wheat Beer
  • Punter, Pale Ale
  • Squirrelly Coffee Brown Ale
  • Druncle, Imperial English-Style Ale
  • Python, Malt Liquor
  • Uncle Barry, English Mild Ale
  • Peach Dodo, Gose Sour Ale
  • Cherry Windmill Dunk, Dark Ale
  • Exum, Pale Ale
  • Barrel-Aged Bertha, Sweet Stout
  • Barrel-Aged Druncle, Imperial Mild Ale
  • Barrel-Aged Ink, Imperial Stout
  • Sherry Barrel-Aged Ink, Imperial Stout
  • Rooster, Hoppy American Lager
  • Workhorse, American Lager
  • Barney Barrel-Aged Scotch Ale
  • Barrel-Aged Gramps, Barleywine Ale
  • Barrel-Aged Knucklehead, American Ale
  • Double-Oaked Mastodon, Belgian-Style Dark Ale
  • Ella, Pale Ale
  • Haka, Pale Ale
  • Victoria, Pale Ale
  • Mushhuhshu, Barrel-Aged Dark Beer Blend
  • Bubbly, Pale Ale
  • Exp IPA #002, India Pale Ale
  • Traction, Cream Ale

2016 Packaged (32)

  • Peach Dodo, Gose Sour Ale with Peaches
  • Hugh, Hefeweizen Wheat Beer
  • B Side, India Pale Ale
  • Exum, Pale Ale
  • Haka, Pale Ale
  • Homie, Double India Pale Ale
  • Fluxion, Belgian Style Pale Ale
  • Spike, Belgian-Style Wit Beer
  • Alice, Belgian-Style Blonde Ale
  • Plow, Saison Ale
  • Streaker, Rye India Pale Ale
  • Saison Blue, Wheat Saison Ale
  • Trips, American Sour Fruit Ale (3rd Anniversary)
  • Barney, Scotch Ale Aged in Bourbon Barrels
  • Druncle, Imperial Mild Ale Aged in Bourbon Barrels
  • Rye Knucklehead, Rye Barrel Aged Ale (Collaboration w/Quaff)
  • Glow, Lumenocity Pale Ale
  • Crash, Pale Ale
  • Emergency Malt Kit, 100 Shilling Scottish Style Ale (Collaboration w/ Sun King)
  • Fiction, Belgian-Style Pale Ale
  • Roar, Double India Pale Ale
  • Knucklehead, Imperial Red Ale
  • Ink, Imperial Stout Aged in Bourbon Barrels
  • A Side, India Pale Ale
  • Summer, Pale Ale
  • Fluxion, Belgian-Style Pale Ale
  • Hans, Vienna-Style Lager
  • Mosaic, Pale Ale
  • Knowledge, Imperial India Pale Ale
  • Hustle, Red Lager
  • Homie, Belgian-Style Dubbel Ale
  • Powder, White India Pale Ale

2016 Keg Collars (45)

  • Burrito, Mexican-Style Lager
  • Honey Ginger Cougar, Golden Ale with Honey and Ginger
  • Indestructobeard, India Pale Ale
  • Coffee Uncle, English-Style Mild Ale with Coffee
  • Honey Ginger Puma, Pilsner with Honey and Ginger
  • Mocha Uncle, English-Style Mild Ale with Cocoa Nibs and Coffee
  • Kiwi Strawberry Cougar, Golden Ale with Strawberries and Kiwis
  • Strawberry Basil Cougar, Golden Ale with Strawberries and Basil
  • Beta, Pale Ale
  • Comet, Pale Ale
  • Exp. DIPA #006, Double India Pale Ale
  • Pineapple Streaker, Rye India Pale Ale infused with Pineapple Juice
  • Rye Knucklehead, Rye Barrel Aged Ale
  • Azaccquinox, Pale Ale
  • Ginger Lemon Cougar, Golden Ale with Lemon and Ginger
  • Strawberry Basil Dodo, Goes Sour Ale with Strawberries and Basil
  • Apollo, Pale Ale
  • Lorel, Pale Ale
  • Wet Hop Centennial, Pale Ale
  • Gummybomb, Pale Ale
  • Marg Monday, Gose Sour Ale Aged in Tequila Barrels with Lime and Salt added
  • Emergency Malt Kilt, 100 Shilling Scottish Ale
  • Exp. DIPA #007, Double India Pale Ale
  • Knucklehead, Imperial Red Ale
  • Loral, Pale Ale
  • Cowboy Thursday, Kolsch-Style Lager
  • Exp. DIPA #008, Double India Pale Ale
  • Valor, Kentucky Common Style Ale
  • Lemon Cougar, Golden Ale with Lemon Juice added
  • Penguin, Blonde Stout
  • Sexy Panda, Oatmeal Stout with Cocoa Nibs added
  • Double-Oaked Gramps, Barleywine Ale
  • Juicy Truth, Imperial India Pale infused with Orange and Grapefruit Juice
  • Knowledge, Imperial India Pale Ale
  • Koala, Hoppy Red Ale
  • Wilbur, Wee Heavy Ale Aged in Bourbon Barrels
  • Double Dry-Hopped Dad, Hoppy Holiday Ale
  • Strawberry Peach Dodo, Sour Goes Ale with Strawberry and Peach added
  • Homie, Belgian-Style Dubbel Ale
  • Gramma, Oatmeal Stout
  • Exp. DIPA #009, Double India Pale Ale
  • Maple Boomer, Brown Ale with Maple Sugar added
  • Maple Panther, Robust Porter with Maple Sugar added
  • Maple Uncle, British Mild Ale with Maple Sugar added
  • Stupid Sauce, Double India Pale Ale

2017 Packaged (14)

  • Amy Merrell, Belgian Style Golden Ale
  • Mastodon, Belgian-Style Dark Ale Aged in Bourbon and Wine Barrels
  • Quaff Bros. Chateau Series – Block Q, Barrel Aged Belgian-Style Dubbel Ale with Blueberry and Blackberry Juices and Vanilla Beans
  • Quaff Bros. Chateau Series – Grand Cru, Barrel Aged Belgian-Style Dubbel Ale
  • Quaff Bros. Chateau Series – Double Barrel, Barrel Aged Belgian-Style Dubbel Ale
  • Penguin, Blonde Stout Aged in Bourbon Barrels
  • Slow Jam, India Pale Ale
  • Streaker, India Pale Ale
  • Bubbles, Rosé Ale
  • Maracujá, Passion Fruit Goes Sour Ale
  • Quadra Funk, Hoppy Wild Ale (4th Anniversary)
  • Astro Dwarf, Hazy India Pale Ale (Collaboration with Pipeworks)
  • Chester, Cherry Saison Ale
  • Stryker, Imperial India Pale Ale

2017 Keg Collars (69 so far)

  • Exp. DIPA #010, Double India Pale Ale
  • Rood, Belgian-Style Red Wheat Pale Ale
  • Exp. DIPA #011, Double India Pale Ale
  • Tuxedo Panther, Robust Porter with Cocoa Nibs and Vanilla
  • Apex, Red Lager
  • Barrel Aged Cafe Ink, Imperial Stout aged in Bourbon Barrels with Coffee added
  • Coffee Panther, Robust Panther with Coffee added
  • Pepper Bertha, Sweet Stout with Jalapeño, Anaheim, and Poblano peppers
  • Night Whale, Imperial Stout
  • Slow Jam, India Pale Ale
  • Bpex, Red Lager
  • Exp. Pitch #1, Special Bitter Beer
  • Exp. Pitch #2, Special Bitter Beer
  • Exp. Pitch #3, Special Bitter Beer
  • Funky Franz, Sour Ale
  • Sci-Fi, Sour Ale
  • Wild Fiction, Sour Ale
  • Quaff Bros. Chateau Series – Block Q, Barrel Aged Belgian-Style Dubbel Ale with Blueberry and Blackberry Juices and Vanilla Beans
  • Quaff Bros. Chateau Series – Grand Cru, Barrel Aged Belgian-Style Dubbel Ale
  • Baby Mastodon, Belgian-Style Dubbel Ale
  • Cpex, Red Lager
  • Quaff Bros. Chateau Series – Double Barrel, Barrel Aged Belgian-Style Dubbel Ale
  • Baby Mastodon, Belgian-Style Dubbel Ale
  • Mangacuja, Mango & Passionfruit Gose Sour Ale
  • Maracuja, Passionfruit Gose Sour Ale
  • Nitro Panther, Robust Porter (Nitro Series)
  • Nitro Tuxedo Panther, Robust Porter with Cocoa Nibs and Vanilla
  • Manga, Mango Gose Sour Ale
  • Teewinot, Pale Ale
  • Nitro Hans, Vienna-Style Lager
  • Barrel Aged Penguin, Blonde Stout aged in Bourbon Barrels
  • Nitro Bertha, Milk Stout
  • Bertha, Milk Stout
  • Streaker India Pale Ale
  • Nitro Luck, Irish-Style Stout
  • Nitro Slow Jam, India Pale Ale
  • Nitro Panda, Oatmeal Stout
  • Chunky Brewster, Hazy India Pale Ale
  • Cumulus, Kellerbier-Style Lager
  • Tulum, Pale Ale
  • Bloom, Spring Saison Ale
  • Exp. DIPA #011, India Pale Ale
  • Nitro Duncle, Imperial Mild Ale
  • Lemongrass Zen, Session Pale with Lemongrass
  • Sassy Cougar, Blonde Ale with Jalapeño peppers
  • Bubbles, Fruit Ale with Peach, Cranberry, and Apple Juices added
  • Texas Penguin, Barrel Aged Blonde Stout with Coffee, Cocoa Nibs, Vanilla Beans and Peppers added
  • Coconut Panther, Robust Porter with Coconut
  • Coffee Panda, Oatmeal Stout with Coffee added
  • Press Tart, Fruit Berlinner-Style Weisse Beer
  • Bubbles, Fruit Ale with Peach, Cranberry, and Apple Juices added (New Keg Collar label)
  • Chunky Brewster, Hazy India Pale Ale with Guava and Pineapple
  • Orange Mosaic, Pale Ale with Orange Juice
  • Strawberry Habanero Peach Dodo, Gose Sour Ale with Strawberries, Habaneros, and Peach
  • Astro Dwarf, Oat India Pale Ale
  • Five Spice Spike, Belgian-Style Wit Beer with Pink Peppercorn, Star Anise, Cinnamon, Fennel, and Clove
  • Hurricane, Brett Pale Ale
  • Quadrafunk, Hoppy Wild Ale
  • Coffee Hustle, Red Lager with Coffee added
  • Juicy Mosaic, Pale Ale with Orange and Grapefruit Juice
  • Pineapple Truth, India Pale Ale with Pineapple Juice
  • Knowledge, Imperial India Pale Ale (New Keg Collar)
  • Santoku, Japanese-Style Rice Lager
  • Dry Hopped Truth, India Pale Ale
  • Mango Habanero Truth, India Pale Ale with Mango and Habanero peppers
  • Pilon, Saison Ale
  • Shuffle, Kolsch Beer
  • Barrel Aged Malt Kit, Barrel Aged Scottish 100 Shilling Ale
  • Melon Drop, Extra Pale Ale

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