2019 Competitors


Big Poppie’s Beer Cheese

In 2018, Big Poppie’s had a strong Third Place finish in the Beer Cheese Festival competition! This will be Big Poppie’s third time competing at the Beer Cheese Festival.  They’ve been making beer cheese for friends and family for years, but a few years ago,  decided to start sharing the goodness.


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 second time competing at the Beer Cheese Festival!



Bootlegger Beer Cheese

This is Bootlegger Beer Cheese’s first  year competing in the Beer Cheese Festival. Please give them a big cheesy welcome!






Copper Kettle Beer Cheese

Copper Kettle has been making its unique and tasty beer cheese and Benedictine spreads for close to 30 years. What started as a home-grown recipe that was enjoyed by friends, has turned into a line of cheese spreads that are sold in retailers and food service operators throughout the Midwest!

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?



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 8!


Kentucky Beer Cheese

2017 and 2018  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. Will their winning streak continue?


Nana’s Beer Cheese 

Just when you thought the competition couldn’t get hotter, Nana’s Beer Cheese arrived on the scene! Nana’s is brand new to the commercial market this June, and is looking to wow your taste buds at the 2019 Beer Cheese Festival.



Roddy B’s Beer Cheese

Roddy B’s Beer Cheese is new to the market. This is their inaugural Beer Cheese Festival. Please wish them a warm welcome!




River Rat Beer Cheese

River Rat Beer Cheese, made right here in Winchester, will be competing for the 11th year in a row!  They took home People’s Choice in 2017 and 2018 and second place 2016, 2017 and 2018. Is this the year they finally win first place?



Slushers Beer Cheese

Slushers Beer Cheese is produced in Morehead, Kentucky. This is their first year competing in the Beer Cheese Festival. Welcome!



Smitty’s Craft Beer Cheese

Smitty’s Beer Cheese made in Paris, Kentucky takes local to the next level by using beer from Rooster Brewing in their secret recipe.  Smitty’s took home second place at Country Boy’s amateur competition in 2018 and decided to turn professional. This is their first Beer Cheese Festival competing with the pros. Welcome, Smitty’s!

Trick’s Beer Cheese by The Merrick Inn

The Merrick Inn has been synonymous with genteel, Southern dining for more than 40 years. One of their most popular menu items is their famous Trick’s Beer Cheese. This is the first time Trick’s Beer Cheese by The Merrick Inn has competed at the Beer Cheese Festival.