Brew pub owner Max O’Hara and her chef/boyfriend, Jake Lambert, are excited to be participating in the Three Rivers Brews and Burgers Festival. Max hopes to win the coveted Golden Stein for best craft beer. However, when notoriously nasty food and beverage critic Reginald Mobley is drafted as a judge, Max dreads a punishing review. Her fears are confirmed when Mobley literally spits out her beer, but things get even worse when the critic drops dead. Now an ambitious new police detective is determined to pin Mobley’s murder on Max and Jake.