The Bloatarian Brewing League is Cincinnati’s Original and Largest Homebrew Club and celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2011. The club was founded in 1986 by Ray Spangler of Erlanger, Kentucky. The Bloatarians host monthly meetings aimed at providing educational presentations, brewing demonstrations, feedback and general brewing knowledge along with social activities for its members and the public. The club also provides volunteer assistance to a wide variety of commercial, civic and charitable events in the area.
As Bloatarians we consider it a sacred duty to cultivate and improve the beer culture wherever we go, and most importantly here in Cincinnati. The main purpose of the club is to assist members in improving the quality of their homebrewed beers. Another goal is to educate the public in the responsible enjoyment of the many traditional, high quality beer styles. To this end, many members of the BBL have done a great deal of research on forgotten beer styles and brewing techniques, helping to preserve an important part of our regional and worldly brewing heritage.
The members of the Bloatarian Brewing League will help anyone interested in homebrewing, and anyone who simply wants to develop a deeper appreciation of these delightful products of the Brewer’s art. The club is proud to boast a number of successful craft-brewers as current and past members and maintains many BJCP Certified, National and Master ranked Beer Judges. The BBL hosts homebrewing competitions several times a year, including Bockfest, Bloatarian Open and the world’s original kegged-homebrew only competition, Beer & Sweat which sees over 250 entries annually. The competitions are open to homebrewers everywhere.
The Bloatarians led area clubs in hosting the 30th Annual American Homebrewers Association National Homebrew Conference in Cincinnati in 2008.
Membership is $30 per year and dues are due at the beginning of the year. Non-members are welcome to evaluate the club as guests to our regular meetings up to 3 times. Membership is required however, for many club events such as the Bloatarian Open, Beer and Sweat, Holiday Social, etc.
If you have any questions, contact the club.