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Celebrating King Records 75th anniversary on May 5th

(Cincinnati, OH) — King Studios is partnering with Listermann Brewing Company along with the design & print shop We Have Become Vikings to celebrate the recent acquisition of the King Records property by the City of Cincinnati and the upcoming 75th  anniversary of King Records in Evanston. 

Come join the party starting at 10am at Listermann Brewing Company, located just blocks from the site of King Records headquarters on Saturday May 5th , 2 days after the 85th  birthday of James Brown, who recorded for King for 15 years, producing some of his biggest hits and playing a major role in the development of Funk, Soul, and Hip Hop. 

The beer being released is called Hops, Hops, Hops and is a New England style IPA brewed with El Dorado, Citra and Centennial hops. This beer has “flavors of oranges, peaches and pears that give this light bodies NE IPA a big punch of fruitiness and juice” described by Jared Lewinski, head brewer of Listermann Brewing Company. This beer will be available on tap at the brewery and sold in 4 pack 16 oz cans for $14.99 with 10% of the beer proceeds generously being donated to King Studios. 

The event will be a launch party for a summer-long celebration of King Records’ history leading up to September, which is King Records Month. This year marks the 75th  anniversary of Syd Nathan establishing his record company in Cincinnati. Throughout the summer, Listermann Brewing will be producing a series of beers honoring musicians who recorded at King. From the 1940s to the 1970s, the label recorded a diverse catalog of American Music including Country, R& B, Rockabilly, Doo-Wop, Blues, Bluegrass, and Funk.  

This series will explore these various genres by honoring musicians who recorded their music at King — from beloved Bonnie Lou, one of the first Country artists to cross over to Rockabilly in 1955 with her hit “Daddy-o” to Philip Paul, the legendary studio drummer at King who played on over 350 recordings with such R &B greats as Hank Ballard, Little Willie John and Tiny Bradshaw. Each month two musicians will be unveiled with a beer launch taking place on the first Saturday of each month throughout the summer. 

We Have Become Viking have been commissioned to design a portrait of each musician being honored. We Have Become Vikings were the creators of King City, the art installation that celebrated Syd Nathan’s company during the wildly popular Blink Festival in October 2017 in downtown Cincinnati. 

In honor of James Brown’s birthday this year, remember to “say “Please Please Please” to your bartender! 

About Listermann Brewing Company

Listermann Brewing Company is a family owned brewery and homebrew supply store located at 1621 Dana Avenue . The home brew store has been operating since 1991 and the brewery has been brewing award winning beers for the city since 2008.

For more information on Listermann Brewing Company events, news, and products visit  and @ListermannBrewing on social media.

About King Studios

King Studios is a non-profit organization whose goal is to expose and energize the legacy of Cincinnati’s historic King Records and to share its rich history in contemporary ways that engage the community and the world in the legacy of King. For more information on King Studios, visit

About We Have Become Vikings

We Have Become Vikings is a multi-discipline design & print shop located in the heart of Over-the-Rhine that helps people tell stories through any means possible. Visit their website

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