Brewer’s Philanthropy Award (BPA)

After careful review of the 2018 nominations, the Cincinnati Community ToolBank honored Bircus Brewing Co, Brink Brewing Company, Braxton Brewing, Grainworks Brewing Company, and Urban Artifact as the five finalists for the fifth Annual Brewer’s Philanthropy Award (BPA). By recognizing these five finalists, the ToolBank hopes to highlight the positive impact our breweries are having on their community, and express gratitude for their donation of time and talents to local causes. Brink  Brewing Company took home the trophy at last year’s Hammers & Ales.

We already know that our local brewing community is concocting some awesome craft beer, but the Brewer’s Philanthropy Award is about recognizing local brewers who are staying connected to the community and are a part of something bigger than their business.  With the BPA, local beer fans can participate in an open nomination process to recognize a local brewery that has gone above and beyond to make a difference in the community. Whether the brewery’s philanthropic efforts are aimed towards arts & culture, education, environment, health care, neighborhood development, historic revitalization, or animal welfare, the focus is on a brewery that blends business, beer, and community involvement. The winner of the BPA is announced at Hammers & Ales on October 26th at Madtree Brewing Company.


Nomination window: NOW OPEN
Nomination window ends: September 28
Public voting begins: Monday, October 1
Winners will be announced at Hammers & Ales: October 26


The Brewer’s Philanthropy Award is open to all breweries located in the Tri-state area (small and large). To keep things fresh, the immediate past winner of the BPA will be ineligible. Additionally, because of Madtree’s generous support of the ToolBank as one of their core charities, they have removed themselves from the competition

2018 Brewer’s Philanthropy Award Finalists:

Bircus 2018 BPA Finalist
Braxton 2018 BPA Finalist
Brink 2018 BPA Finalist
Grainworks 2018 brewers finalist
Urban Artifact 2018 BPA Finalist

2018 BPA Winner: Brink Brewing Company

There’s a motto at Brink Brewing Company, “Good beer is about the people, the stories, and the experience.” The brewery has been open since 2017 and has lived up to this idea ever since… Provide quality beers and a welcoming, comfortable tap room that creates a community, a place to share stories, and make new friends. Brink established its highly popular, “Brink for a cause” event, a 3-hour period where $1 from each pint sold goes directly to a nonprofit organization.  Since opening, Brink Brewing has supported more than 20 causes including the Animal Adoption Foundation, and the College Hill Fundamental Academy. During the holiday season, Brink invites the community in for a pot-luck FRIENDSGIVING where they provide the turkey dinner and attendees bring a side. Guests are encouraged to bring coats to be donated to St. Vincent DePaul. In December, the brewery collects toys that are donated to Bethany House Services. Finally, every month Brink hosts their “Artist Glass Series” in which they team up with a local artist to design a limited-edition glass.

2017 BPA Winner: Listermann Brewing Company

While receiving both the Finalist trophy and the 75 lbs. BPA traveling trophy from event speaker Chris Riva, Dan Listermann, was heard to say “This is neat” He went on to say that Jason Brewer should be here, he is the one who made all this possible. So we reached out to the General Manager, who could not be at the event. Here is what he had to say: “Thank you! It really is an honor to win this award. We believe that without our community we wouldn’t exist so it is very important for us to support our community partners. We’d like to extend a special thank you to our community partners including the Cincinnati Zoo, Elementz and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.”

2017 Brewer’s Philanthropy Award Finalists:


A Real Can-Do Attitude – Why does Listermann care about community? General manager, Jason Brewer, put it this… CLICK HERE TO READ MORE

Urban Artifact:

A Community Sanctuary – Revitalizing a historic church in a tight-knit neighborhood comes with some responsibilities… CLICK HERE TO READ MORE

Rhinegeist Brewery: 

Tapped into the Community – Rhinegeist believes in the power of beer to bring great people together,….. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE

Fifty West:

Blood, Sweat, and Beers – According to Fifty West co-founder Bobby Slattery, beer and community go hand in hand. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE


Braxton Brewing Co. 

Braxton Brewing Company was born in a garage on Braxton Drive in Union, Kentucky. The Rouse family learned a lot in that space — they learned to brew and they learned some of life’s most important lessons. Of those, giving back to those in your community was a lesson that echoed through the Garage. Now, it’s in that spirit that Braxton Brewing Company continues this tradition sharing their garage with the community they’ve always loved. And with that community, Braxton’s largest initiative, Trophy Project, aims to “lift one to life”. Trophy is a single hopped pale ale, which changes quarterly, and 5% of all proceeds from Trophy sales are donated annually to a local charity.


MadTree Brewing Co. 

Who says charity can’t be fun? MadTree has lent a helping hand to numerous charities both close to its heart and to the tip of their many beards before they even opened. Now, they even encourage their patrons to tip by literally tossing a buck to charity while enjoying a pint. MadTree aims to make a bigger impact with their philanthropic efforts by focusing five core charities. MadTree works with each organization to provide support for their key initiatives throughout the year, in addition to aligning each charity to the release of one of their seasonal brews and donating a portion of the proceeds from their launch.


Christian Moerlein Brewing Co. 

Winners receive the unique, handcrafted 75 lbs. BPA trophy for one year. At the end of that year the winning brewery receives their own one of a kind hand crafted trophy made by blacksmith, artist, Chris Daniel, owner of Blue Hell Studio and current president of the Cincinnati Black Smiths Guild. We greatly appreciate his donation of time and talent to our cause.

BPA finalists receive artful trophies made by modern metal artist and sculptor, Nicolas Yust, of Yust Gallery. We are grateful to have his talent and time donated to the ToolBank in support of our mission.