2018 Competitors



Big Poppie’s Beer Cheese

2017 was Big Poppie’s first time competing at the Beer Cheese Festival.  They’ve been making beer cheese for friends and family for years, but about 4 years ago,  decided to start sharing the goodness.  Big Poppie’s currently offers three flavors of Kentucky Proud Beer Cheese – original, sharp cheddar bacon and queso jalapeno. All are available in mild and hot.

Blue Isle Home-style Restaurant and Bar

Blue Isle is located right here in Winchester, Ky. Serving American, Caribbean, and Southern fare. This will be their first time competing at the Beer Cheese Festival!



Dad’s Favorites Cheese Spreads

In 2015, Lexington’s own Dad’s Favorites  was crowned People’s Choice Award winner by festival goers. The win followed their first runner up finish in 2014. From classic to green chili jack, Dad’s has something to tickle your taste buds. Will this be the year for a Dad’s Favorites come back?


F. X. Hunt Cheese on Tap

Newcomer to the festival, Cheese on Tap, comes to us all the way from Florida.  Their methods use only the highest quality ingredients and proven, trusted techniques to create a quality and consistently great tasting beer cheese.


Hall’s The Original Snappy Beer Cheese

Hall’s is a perennial favorite! They took home the People’s Choice Award in 2016 and were awarded First Place in 2015 by our panel of judges. As legend goes, Hall’s is made with THE original beer cheese recipe created by Joe Allman in 1930s… will it stand the test of time? Find out on June 9!


Full Circle Market

Full Circle Market had our panel of judges smitten with their certified gluten-free and Kentucky Proud beer cheese taking home First Place in 2016 and second runner up on 2017 – it’s whipped to the perfect consistency for dipping and spreading. Can they do it again this year?



Kentucky Beer Cheese

2017 First Place winner! Made in neighboring Nicholasville, Kentucky Beer Cheese is a tradition 25 years in the making.  Using THE original beer cheese recipe as a starting point, Kentucky Beer Cheese put their own twist on the tradition for a unique flavor profile. They brought home the first place price in 2011 and claimed first runner up in 2013.


River Rat Beer Cheese

River Rat Beer Cheese, made right here in Winchester, will be competing for the 10th year in a row!  They took home People’s Choice in 2017, runner up in 2016 and 2017 and second runner up in 2015… can they continue their streak!?



Woody’s Sports Bar & Grill

A local favorite, Woody’s has competed for the beer cheese prize several times, but has yet to take home the gold. Could this year be the year?



Stay tuned as we add more competitors to the line up!