This Week in Beer: September 22 – 28, 2014

We frequently get updates for our This Week in Beer post after our regular 9:00 am publishing time. Any edited listing will have UPDATE at the beginning of the listing.

Monday, Sept. 22nd – Mug Night Monday at Flipdaddy’s Union

Monday, Sept. 22nd – 1/3 off Craft beer bottles at Moerlein Lager House

Monday, Sept. 22nd – Randall Monday at the Brass Tap U Square
This week, it’s Green Flash White IPA through Cucumbers and Cilantro.

Monday, Sept. 22nd from 4:00-7:30 pm – Craft Beer Night at Market Wines

Monday, Sept. 22nd at 5:00 pm – Rare Keg Monday at Ei8ht Ball Brewing

Monday, Sept. 22nd from 8:00 pm to close – Pint Night at Incline Public House

Tuesday, Sept. 23rd – Penny Flips at Fifty West

Tuesday, Sept. 23rd – Tappa Keg Tuesday at Dingle House

Tuesday, Sept. 23rd – $8 Growler Fills at Moerlein Lager House

Tuesday, Sept. 23rd – Infusion Special at the Brass Tap U Square
This week, it’s Jackie O’s After Hours with coffee.

Tuesday, Sept. 23rd at 6:00 pm – Southern Tier Tap Takeover at Flipdaddy’s Union
Beers include Southern Tier 2XIPA, Southern Tier Warlock and Southern Tier Crème Brulee. Giveaways too.

Tuesday, Sept. 23rd at 6:00 pm – Ommegang Tap Takeover at Halfcut
Beers include Ommegang Adoration Ale, Witte, Rare Vos, Gnomegang and Belgian Independence Day IPA.

Tuesday, Sept. 23rd at 6:00 pm – Tuesdays on Tap at Whole Foods Mason
Six drafts, six bites, $6.

Wednesday, Sept. 24th – Select Craft Beers for $2 at Molly Malone’s Covington

Wednesday, Sept. 24th – Local Wednesday at Buckhead Mountain Grill Bellevue
All local beer served in a 16oz pint glass are only $3.99

Wednesday, Sept. 24th – Pint Night at UC’s Catskeller

Wednesday, Sept. 24th from 5:30 to 8:00 pm – Beer Tasting at Marty’s Hops and Vines

Wednesday, Sept. 24th at 6:00 pm – Moerlein Helltown Rye-Ot Tapping at Mayday Northside

Thursday, Sept. 25th – Firkin Thursday at Fifty West

Thursday, Sept. 25th from 4:00 pm to close – Take Home the Glass Night at Taste of Belgium Clifton

Thursday, Sept. 25th at 6:00 pm – Deschutes Brewery Anniversary Event at The Lackman
You can pair your Deschutes brew with a Black Butte doughnut from Holtman’s. Beers include Black Butte Porter, Mirror Pond Pale Ale, Mirror Mirror Oaked Aged Barley Wine, Doppel Dinkel Bock and Black Butte 26 Anniversary Porter.

Thursday, Sept. 25th at 6:00-8:00 pm – Burgers & Beers at the Party Source
Beers: Pumpkin ales from Southern Tier, Schlafly, O’Fallons, New Holland and Shipyard
Burger: Chili Cheese Burger
This is the last Burgers & Beers of the season.

Thursday, Sept. 25th at 6:00-10:00 pm – Pint Night Thursdays at Cock & Bull (all three locations)
The beers for this week’s Pint Night Thursdays are: Main Strasse Covington – Left Hand Oktoberfest, Glendale – Sam Adams Oktoberfest and Hyde Park – Three Floyds Munsterfest.

Friday, Sept. 26th – $8 Growler Fills at Christian Moerlein Brewery

Friday, Sept. 26th from 5:00-11:00 pm – Wiedemann’s Newport Oktoberfest
See their Facebook event page for more information.

Friday, Sept. 26th at 5:30 pm – Beer and Wine Tasting at Everything’s d’ Vine
$10 per person to taste five beers and four wines. $5 to taste just beer or just wine.

Friday, Sept. 26th from 6:00-7:00 pm – Friday Night Flights Beer Tasting at Party Town in Florence

Friday, Sept. 26th at 7:50 pm – Cincinnati Beer Run (With Glow)
See their Facebook event page for more information.

Saturday, Sept. 27th – All crafts $3 at Louie’s Taphouse & Grill (Mason)

Saturday, Sept. 27th from 12:00 pm to close – Wiedemann’s Newport Oktoberfest

Saturday, Sept. 27th from 5:00-8:00pm – Beer Tasting at Ludlow Wines
The cost to taste four beers is $6.00 per person.

Saturday, Sept. 27th at 6:00 pm – Barks, Bourbon, & Brews at New Riff Distillery
From Facebook: Enjoy distillery tours, dinner by the bite, and local bourbon and beer with a panoramic view of the city. Proceeds benefit the dogs of Circle Tail and the people whose lives they change. Purchase tickets at http://circletail.net/index.php?page=barks-bourbon-brews

Sunday, Sept. 28th from 12:00-9:00 pm – Wiedemann’s Newport Oktoberfest

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Say Prost to Überdrome This Weekend!

As you head out to Oktoberfest Zinzinnati this weekend, don’t forget that the Moerlein Lager House Überdrome is open tonight from 5PM to 12AM and Saturday from 1PM to 12AM.

We’ve attended the past two years and had tons of fun. Unlike past years, admission is free to anyone who would like to attend. Just pay for the beer and food you want.

Opening ceremony starts at 5:30 PM tonight and this year’s Buergermeister is Don Heinrich Tolzmann. As the Moerlein beer baron Greg Hardman puts it, “It’s the alternative Oktoberfest for people who want the Munich feel!”

Here’s more information from the Überdrome event page on Facebook:

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The “Überdrome,” Cincinnati’s most authentic Munich style fest tent, returns to the Event Lawn adjacent to the Moerlein Lager House on the banks of the Ohio River for Oktoberfest Zinzinnati weekend.

The Uberdrome will be open on Friday, September 19 from 5 p.m. until midnight and on Saturday, September 20, 1 p.m. to midnight during Oktoberfest weekend.

This year admission to the entire Uberdrome is free and open to the public, offering entertainment and atmosphere with German-style food prepared by the Moerlein Lager House. The menu includes Oktoberfest Rotisserie Chicken and Traditional German favorites along with freshly brewed Christian Moerlein crafted beers onsite. Paulaner original Munich Oktoberfest beers will also be available.

In addition this year, Wiesnkoenig USA, a German-themed lifestyle clothing brand and the officially licensed supplier of Lederhosen for the Munich Oktoberfest, will offer a fashion show each day.

The Moerlein Lager House menu for the Uberdrome includes pretzels and beer cheese, Beer Baron brats, half Oktoberfest Rotisserie Chickens, barbeque pork sandwiches with slaw, and grilled sausages with sauerkraut. Sides include Sauerkraut balls, German potato salad, angry macaroni and cheese, with cream puffs and apple and cherry strudel for dessert.

Scheduled entertainment for the Uberdrome includes on Friday, Alpine Echoes from 6 p.m. until 11 p.m.; Saturday, Alpine Echoes from 1:30 p.m. until 5 p.m. and Prost from 6 p.m. until 11 p.m.

Überdrome

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The Beer Economics of Oktoberfest Zinzinnati

I work in market research, so I often spend way too much time thinking of why products are priced and how they are priced and what the impact of that pricing is.*  Beer is no exception, and this weekend’s Oktoberfest Zinzinnati presents a particularly fun situation.  Beware: your idea of fun may vary substantially.  While there are a few exceptions, in general, the prices for beers at Oktoberfest are thus:

  • Regular: $5 for 16 ounces
  • Large: $11 for 24 ounce souvenir mug (w/beer)
    • Refills: $7 for 24 ounces

Which leads me to the question: does it make financial sense to “invest” in the large souvenir mug?  See figure 1 below.

Figure 1 - Economics of Oktoberfest

The break-even point is $60 and 192 ounces (12 pints) of beer.  Strictly on a ‘ounce for your dollar’ basis, if you’re going to spend less than $60 and drink fewer than 12 pints of beer the regular makes more financial sense.  Imbibe more than that, the large mug starts to pay off.  However, this ignores the fact that you get to keep the souvenir mug, and that may be of some value to you (and it certainly cost the organizers some money to get made).

Still, for years I made the argument that for most people it didn’t make financial sense to buy the mug. But this year I reevaluated things and saw there’s another side to this.  You, savvy reader, have probably already figured this out: sticking with the regular size means having to fill ‘er up more often.  Below shows the purchase frequency as spending increases.

Figure 2 - Economics of Oktoberfest

Beer lines can get long late in the evening, and having to fill up more often can be a pain.  The large mug reduces how often you have to go back for more.

So, what’s a fiscally responsible beer drinker to do?

Why to go with the Small: you’re only having a few beers and/or you want to try a greater variety of different beers.
Why to go with the Large Mug: you’re drinking more than a few beers, you don’t want to go back to the beer line as often, and/or you want to have the souvenir mug for the day and all eternity.

Bottom line: if you’re drinking more than 1-2 beers the difference in cost isn’t really that big, so don’t sweat it too much.  The fine organizers of Oktoberfest have priced their beer quite fairly.  And thinking too much about these sorts of things is probably detrimental to your mental health…but nothing a few lagers can’t fix.  So relax, enjoy some good beer, indulge in some delightfully stinky German food, and celebrate one of Cincinnati’s great festivals.  Prost!

-John (#13)

*It’s a curse that has ruined many a routine trip to the grocery store, leading my wife to find me staring at a shelf in aisle 9, reflecting on how the pricing structure of a particular brand’s cereal sizes just doesn’t make any sense.  Wait, you thought it was me that is cursed?  No, I fear my wife suffers the most.

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Tastings and Tappings Report: Sept. 19, 2014

We frequently get updates for our Tastings and Tappings Report after our regular 9:00 am publishing time. Any edited listing will have UPDATE at the beginning of the listing.

TASTINGS

Everything’s d’ Vine Tasting is at 5:30 pm each week and costs $10 for beer and wine tastings. You can get just beer or just wine for $5.00. For this week’s tasting (9/19), the beers are New Belgium and Three Floyds Lips of Faith Series: Ommegang Scythe & Sickle, 5 Rabbit 5 Vulture, Goose Island Rambler IPA and Dogfish Head Punkin.

Jungle Jim’s Eastgate – Friday night tasting from 5:00 to 9:00 pm. For this week’s tasting (9/19), it’s beers from West Sixth. Pints are usually $3 (occasionally $4 or $5).

Jungle Jim’s Fairfield – Friday night tasting from 5:00 to 9:00 pm. For this week’s tasting (9/19), it’s beers from Fifty West. Pints are usually $3.

Ludlow Wines – Saturday beer tasting is from 5:00-8:00 pm. The cost to taste four beers is $6.00 per person.

Party Town – Friday Night Flights usually features six to eight beers each week and goes from 6:00 – 7:00 pm. For this week’s tasting (9/19), the beers are new arrivals from Victory, Uinta and more. The cost for the regular sample flights is $2.00. For $3, you can get a nine ounce pour of Heavy Seas GreatER Pumpkin (imperial pumpkin ale aged in bourbon barrels).

Whole Foods Cincinnati – Cask & Cork: Beer and Wine every Friday from 5:00 to 7:00 pm. For $5, you get five sips and six delicious bites. Tickets sold until 6:30 pm.

TAPPINGS

Ei8ht Ball Brewing – For next week’s Rare Keg Monday (9/22), the rare keg is Prairie Cherry Funk. Cost is $10 for a 13 ounce tulip.

REMINDER

● Lots of other great weekend events coming this weekend including Oktoberfest Zinzinnati, Franztoberfest at Rhinegeist and Holler Hops & Grill’s celebration of International Talk Like a Day!

Have a better beer weekend, everyone!

— Carla and Tom

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Tap Thursday: Sept. 18, 2014

We frequently get updates for our Tap Thursday listings after our regular 12:00 noon publishing time (we occasionally publish earlier). Any edited listing will have UPDATE at the beginning of the listing.

GROWLERS AT BREWERIES

Bad Tom Brewing (as of June 27th) has Fink Red Rye, Bad Tom Brown, Addlehead IPA, Brother Clement Belgian Ale, Old Abe American Strong and Black Kettle Stout. They are changing the recipe of their Helles and will be coming out with a session pale soon. Empty growlers are $5.50.

Christian Moerlein Craft Brewery (as of Sept. 4th) has Northern Liberties IPA, Zeppelin Bavarian Pale Ale, Se7en Hefeweizen, Over-the-Rhine (OTR) Ale, Lager House Helles Lager, Barbarrossa Double Dark Lager, Lumenocity, Moerlein Repeater II, Fifth & Vine, Ludlow Station, La Grange Saison and Hudepohl Oktoberfest. $8 for growler refills every Friday, $10 Growler refills on Saturday & Sunday. New growlers are $5. Hudy kegs are also available.

Ei8ht Brewing Company (inside the Party Source) has a complete listing of the beers available on tap at http://ei8htballbrewing.com/.

Listermann Brewing Company and Triple Digit Brewing keeps a dated list of beers on tap at http://listermannbrewing.com/tap-room/. New growlers are $3.

MadTree Brewing (as of Sept. 16th) has Apridisiac, Fresh 14 Spiced Pale Ale, TBA, Lift, Galaxy High, Identity Crisis, Axis Mundi, Gnarly Brown, Are You Ready For the Darkness Imperial Stout with hemp seeds, PsycHOPathy, PumpCan, Happy Amber, TBA, Hoff Stevens Are You Ready For the Darkness Imperial Stout with hemp seeds & coffee, Hoff Stevens PsycHOPathy dry hopped with ahtanum and Wallow Hoppy Brown. New growlers are $5 and they will fill other growlers.

Mt. Carmel Brewing (as of Sept. 9th) has Stout, Amber, IPA, Nut Brown, Blonde, Harvest Ale, Coffee Brown and Imperial IPA. The cost is $8.50 for year rounds and most seasonals. Specialty beers (like the Imperial IPA now and Ardennes Belgian Quad in the past) are $18.00. It’s $4.50 for the purchase of a growler.

Rhinegeist Brewery (as of Sept. 18th) has Puma Pils, Cougar Blonde Ale, Truth IPA, Uncle British Mild, Conquistador Pale Ale, Panda Oatmeal Stout, Saber Tooth Tiger Imperial IPA and Franz Oktoberfest. New growlers are $5 for either the 32 or 64 oz.

Rivertown Brewing (as of Sept. 18th) has Roebling on nitro and CO2, Hop Bomber, Hop Baron, Dunkel, Helles, Blueberry, Lil SIPA, Unit 6, Pumpkin, Oktoberfest, and Marriage Parfait (taproom only release sou). Growler fills are $8.50 for most beers and high gravity beers are $11.70 (both prices are with tax). If you need a growler, it’s $4 extra.

GROWLERS AT BREW PUBS

Fifty West Brewing (as of May 7th) has Coast to Coast, Coffee Please Stout, One Way Street, Paycheck’s Porter, Penny’s Pilsner, Shortcut, Spoatieoatiedopaliscious and Thirty 37. Two different beer flights available. Flights are half off before 6:00 pm and all day on Sundays.

Moerlein Lager House (as of June 7th) has Helles Lager, Northern Liberties IPA, Old Gregg, Over-The-Rhine Ale, Se7en, Zeppelin, Barbarossa and Repeater. Growlers are $12.00 to refill or $16.00 if you need a growler. Growler refills are $8 on Tuesdays and Fridays. The specialty seasonals are $20.00 if you need a growler. They only fill their own growlers.

Rock Bottom Cincinnati sells growlers of all their regular beers. Most growler fills are $13.50. They only fill their own growlers.

GROWLERS AT RESTAURANTS

● Adriatico’s, Arnold’s Bar & Grill, BrewRiver GastroPub, Buckhead Mountain Grill, Firehouse Grill, Flipdaddy’s (all three locations) and Incline Public House all fill growlers of the beers they have on tap.

GROWLERS AT BETTER BEER STORES

Cappy’s Wine and Spirits Loveland lists their current, up to date growler information at http://www.lovelandcappys.com/growlers/

Cork ‘N Bottle Buttermilk Pike (as of Feb. 21st) had Brooklyn Monster Barley Wine ($10.99), Schlafly Tasmanian IPA ($8.99), Madtree Hoppy Amber ($8.99), Madtree Rubeus Cacao ($8.99), Original Sin Cider ($6.99), Goose Island Ten Hills Pale Ale ($7.49), Uinta Hop Notch ($6.99) and Sierra Nevada Big Foot ($14.99).

Cork ‘N Bottle Covington (as of Feb. 21st) had Christian Moerlein Emancipator Doppelbock ($8.99), Hostivet Imperial Pilsner ($10.99), Christian Moerlein 10+161 Bourbon Barrel Aged English Ale ($10.99), New Holland Night Tripper Imperial Stout ($12.99), Against the Grain Brown Note ($7.99), Uinta Dubhe Imperial Black IPA ($8.99), Abita Mayhawk Belgian Golden ($8.49) and New Holland Dragon’s Milk ($15.99).

Country Fresh Farm Market and Wine Depot in Anderson (as of June 2nd) has Sneaky Pete Imperial IPA ($13.99), Lagunitas IPA ($9.99), Widmer Bros. Chocolate Imperial Russian Stout ($5.99), Abita French Connection ($6.99), Great Lakes Wandering Pelican Black Lager ($12.99), Lagunitas Sucks Brown Shugga’ Substitute ($7.99), Bad Tom’s Black Kettle Stout ($9.99) and Abita Hop Gator Helles Doppelbock ($7.99).

Country Fresh Farm Market and Wine Depot in Hartwell (as of August 8th) has Mt. Carmel Summer Wheat ($8.99), Brew Kettle Black Rajah ($8.99), SmuttyNose Really Old Brown Dog Ale ($11.99), Great Lakes Oktoberfest ($8.99), Southern Tier Crème Brûlée Stout ($11.99), Steenbrugge Belgian Tripel ($11.99), Uinta Sum’r Blond Ale (?) and Ithaca Country Pumpkin ($7.99). New growlers are $5.

DEP’s Fine Wine and Spirits in Covington – see their dated list of beers available on their growler station at http://depsfinewine.com/beer/.

DEP’s Fine Wine and Spirits in Fort Thomas – see their dated list of beers available on their growler station at http://depsfinewine.com/beer/.

The Growler Stop has their available beers listed at http://thegrowlerstop.com/whats-on-tap/. The list is not dated and they only update it once a week.

HalfCut (as of May 25th) has Fifty West Speedbump, Rhinegeist Hustle, Upland Tripel, MadTree Sprye, Great Divide Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti, Ommegang Hennepin, Green Flash 30th Street, Founders Rubeaus, Schofferhofer Grapefruit, Avery Maharaja, Blank Slate Out and About, Alltech’s Lexington Brewery Bourbon Barrel Peach Wheat, Green Flash Hop Odyssey, Great Lakes Burning River, Rogue XS Old Crustacean and Founders All Day IPA. Empty growlers are $5 each.

Jungle Jim’s Eastgate lists the beers on their tasting bar online via an undated PDF that they link. Pints are $3 and growler fills vary by the beer. Add $4 if you need to purchase a growler and they will only fill their own growlers. Samples are 25 cents each.

Jungle Jim’s Fairfield lists the beers on their tasting bar online via an undated PDF that they link. Pints are $3 and growler fills vary by the beer. Add $4 if you need to purchase a growler and they will only fill their own growlers. Samples are 25 cents each.

Lehr’s Meats Milford Ohio (as of Sept. 10th) has Deschutes Black Butte ($9.99), Sam Adams Octoberfest ($9.99), Curious Traveler ($9.99), Portsmouth Imperial IPA ($9.99), Brooklyn Weizenhammer ($11.99), Smuttynose Bouncy ($9.99), Thirsty Dog Siberian ($12.99) and Rhinegeist ? ($14.99).

Market Wines (as of Sept. 20th) has Alesmith IPA ($7/pint), Bell’s Java Stout ($6/pint), Southern Tier “Tier De Garde” ($6/pint), Fathead’s Spooky Tooth ($6/pint), Coronado 18th Anniversary IPA ($5/pint) and another beer to be determined. Growlers (64 oz) and growelettes (32 oz) are also available.

One Stop Liquors in Bellevue lists their beers on their growler station at http://www.1stopliquors.com/Growler.html. However, it is not dated and we’re not sure how often it is updated.

Party Source in Bellevue will now be handled by Ei8ht Ball Brewery and Tap Room. See listing above.

Party Town in Florence keeps an up to date listing of what’s on tap at their growler station at https://partytownky.com/whatsontap.php

Remke Hyde Park (as of July 24th) has Rhinegeist Hustle ($15.99), Rivertown Wit ($12.99), Blank Slate Movin’ On ($11.99), New Belgium Fat Tire ($12.99) and MadTree Sol Drifter ($12.99). New growlers are $6.99 each. [Thanks to David Bowers for the much needed update.]

Remke Skytop (as of Jan. 31st) has New Belgium Fat Tire ($12.99), New Belgium White IPA ($12.99), Blank Slate Lesser Path ($12.99), New Belgium Ranger IPA ($12.99) and Rivertown Roebling ($15.99). Happy hour special – $2 off drafter beers Mondays-Thursdays 3:00-6:00 pm [Thanks to Eugene Tavares for the update.]

United Liquor in Florence (as of July 17th) now has twelve taps. They currently have MadTree Rubus Cucao ($13.99), MadTree PsycHOPathy ($10.99), Lagunitas IPA ($10.99), Three Floyds Alpha King ($12.99), Goose Island Seasons ($9.99), Brew Kettle White Rajah ($14.99), Great Lakes Lake Erie Monster ($13.99), West Sixth Lemon Grass ($11.99), Schlafly Bourbon Barrel Ale ($10.99), Dogfish 90 min ($12.99), Bell’s Oberon ($9.99) and Stone Arrogant Bastard ($16.99). All prices based on 64 oz growler. Buy a new growler and get a free glass.

Valley Wine & Spirits Edgewood (as of June 3rd) has Lagunitas IPA, Goose Island Ten Hills Pale Ale, Bell’s Oberon, Breckenridge Ophelia and West Sixth Heller Heaven.

Valley Wine & Spirits Fort Wright (as of June 3rd) has Goose Island Endless IPA, Great Lakes Chillwave, Sierra Nevada Harvest, Sierra Nevada Ovila Mandarin, MadTree Sprye, Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale, Founders All Day IPA, Anchor Summer and Dogfish Head 90 Minute.

Whole Foods Market Cincinnati growler station offerings (as of August 15th) are Uinta Birthday Suit Sour Farmhouse Ale, Stone Sprocketbier Black Rye Kolsch, Rhinegeist Plow Saison, Southern Tier Old Man Brown Ale, Dark Horse Raspberry Ale and Brew Kettle Black Rajah IPA.

Whole Foods Market Mason growler station offerings (as of August 28th) are Anchor Big Leaf Maple, Stone Enjoy By, Tröegs Hop Knife, Lost Coast 25th Anniversary and Goose Island Matilda. For a new growler, add $3.99.

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Show the World You’re a Hoperative!

I Believe in Better Beer

A frequent question we get when we wear our Hoperatives apparel to local beer events is whether the items are available for registered Hoperatives to purchase. Well, they are! In fact, you can choose between silk screened or embroidered clothing.

Cafe Press

We recently added a series of “I Believe in Better Beer” items to the Hoperatives Store on Cafe Press. Where the product design allows, it has the graphic you see in the image on the front with our motto “Believers in Better Beer (in Cincinnati and Beyond)” on the back. Not only will it reflect your good taste in both beer and fashion, it’ll help defray some of the costs of running Hoperatives.com (web hosting isn’t cheap). If you’re familiar with Cafe Press, you know they have a jillion things they can put custom logos on. We’ve picked a collection we think shows our stuff off best, but if there’s an item you ‘d like to see that we haven’t chosen, let us know!

Clothing and more from Cafe Press features a silk screened Hoperatives logo and sometimes our tag line or the “I Believe in Better Beer” logo mentioned above. There are many types of t-shirts, tank tops, hoodies and caps. Non-clothing items include tote bag, mugs, steins, mouse pads, journals, aprons and buttons.

http://www.cafepress.com/hoperatives

Lands End

Clothing from Lands End features an embroidered Hoperatives logo (usually on the left side of the chest of the item). Items for women include cardigans, polo shirts (both short sleeve and long sleeve), t-shirts (with two different neck types), broadcloth blouses (both short sleeve and long sleeve) and fleece jackets. Items for men include polo shirts (both short sleeve and long sleeve), t-shirts (with and without a pocket), twill shirts (both short sleeve and long sleeve) and fleece jackets.

http://ces.landsend.com/Hoperatives

Don’t see something you were hoping for? Let us know and we’ll see what we can do!

Cheers and here’s to better beer!

–Carla and Tom

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Presidents Room Oktoberfest Beer Dinner 9/18

The Presidents Room at the Phoenix will be hosting a Oktoberfest Beer Dinner this Thursday, September 18th as a kickoff to Oktoberfest. The dinner features beers from Rhinegeist as well as products from Smoking Goose, a meatery out of Indianapolis.

We were lucky enough to enjoy a charcuterie lunch spread from Smoking Goose at the Sun King brewery two years ago as part of the national beer bloggers conference. We highly recommend their products!

This five course dinner with beer pairings is $50 per person. There will also be live music, a tap-takeover and a special bar menu as well. For reservations, call 513-721-2260.

MENU
Amuse – nduja*, uni, lardo, 16 Bricks baguette paired with Conquistador American Pale Ale
First – Meat Board (cured meats*, seasonal accompaniments) paired with Cougar Blonde Ale
Second – Iceberg (lamb bacon*, tomato, sieved egg, Cambozola bleu cheese) paired with Uncle British Mild
Third – Spaghetti alla Chitarra (merguez* ragu, pecorino staginato, mint bread crumbs) paired with Truth India Pale Ale
Fourth – Choucroute Garni Royale (bratwurst*, jowl bacon*, kitchen sink sausage*, duck, pear & port sausage*, sauerkraut, potatoes, Franz beer mustard, 16 Bricks pretzel rolls) paired with Franz Oktoberfest
*denotes Smoking Goose products

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This Week in Beer: September 15 – 21, 2014

We frequently get updates for our This Week in Beer post after our regular 9:00 am publishing time. Any edited listing will have UPDATE at the beginning of the listing.

Monday, Sept. 15th – Mug Night Monday at Flipdaddy’s Union

Monday, Sept. 15th – 1/3 off Craft beer bottles at Moerlein Lager House

Monday, Sept. 15th – Randall Monday at the Brass Tap U Square
This week, it’s Flat 12 Pogue’s Run Porter on the Randall running through chocolate and mint. They will also be tapping Flat 12 Barrel Flat Jack Pumpkin Ale and Moustache Ride Red.

Monday, Sept. 15th from 4:00-7:30 pm – Craft Beer Night at Market Wines

Monday, Sept. 15th at 5:00 pm – Rare Keg Monday at Ei8ht Ball Brewing

Monday, Sept. 15th from 8:00 pm to close – Pint Night at Incline Public House

Tuesday, Sept. 16th – Penny Flips at Fifty West

Tuesday, Sept. 16th – Tappa Keg Tuesday at Dingle House

Tuesday, Sept. 16th – $8 Growler Fills at Moerlein Lager House

Tuesday, Sept. 16th – Infusion Special at the Brass Tap U Square
This week, it’s Bear Republic Racer 5 with grapefruit and mango.

Tuesday, Sept. 16th at 5:00 pm – Flat 12 Bierwerks Cincy Launch at The Lackman
Includes Half Cycle IPA, Pogue’s Run Porter, Flat Jack Pumpkin Ale and Barrel Aged Mustache Ride Red Ale. Buy a Flat 12 pint and get a logo glass to keep.

Tuesday, Sept. 16th at 5:00 pm – Victory IPA Tap Takeover at Halfcut
Includes Hop Devil, Hop Devil Nitro, Wild Devil and Dirt Wolf.

Tuesday, Sept. 16th at 6:00 pm – Tuesdays on Tap at Whole Foods Mason
Six drafts, six bites, $6.

Wednesday, Sept. 17th – Select Craft Beers for $2 at Molly Malone’s Covington

Wednesday, Sept. 17th – Local Wednesday at Buckhead Mountain Grill Bellevue
All local beer served in a 16 oz. pint glass are only $3.99

Wednesday, Sept. 17th – Pint Night at UC’s Catskeller

Wednesday, Sept. 17th at 4:00 pm – Highland Tap Takeover and Pint Night at Fireside Pizza
Highland founder Oscar will be in attendance from 4:00 – 5:30 pm.

Wednesday, Sept. 17th from 4:00 to 7:00 pm – Rocktober Tapping at Rock Bottom Cincinnati

Wednesday, Sept. 17th from 5:00 to 11:00 pm – Mt. Adams Neighborhood Oktoberfest Festival
For more information, see their Facebook event page.

Wednesday, Sept. 17th from 5:30 to 8:00 pm – Beer Tasting at Marty’s Hops and Vines

Wednesday, Sept. 17th at 6:00 pm – September Beer Dinner at Moerlein Lager House
This month, it’s Highland Brewing from Asheville, NC. The beers are Razor Wit, Gaelic Ale, Clawhammer, Oatmeal Porter, Mocha Stout and Plaid Schwartz (Moerlein Lager House collaboration beer with Highland). Oscar Wong, founder of Highland, will be in attendance. Register by emailing PrivateDining@MoerleinLH.com. Cost is $55 per person plus tax and gratuity.

Thursday, Sept. 18th – Firkin Thursday at Fifty West

Thursday, Sept. 18th from 4:00 pm to close – Take Home the Glass Night at Taste of Belgium Clifton

Thursday, Sept. 18th from 4:30-6:30 pm – Flat 12 Happy Hour at Igby’s
Beers will include Half Cycle IPA, Pogue’s Run Porter and Flat Jack Pumpkin.

UPDATE Thursday, Sept. 18th – Presidents Room Oktoberfest Beer Dinner
See our post for more information.

Thursday, Sept. 18th at 6:00-8:00 pm – Burgers & Beers at the Party Source
Beers: New Holland Dragon’s Milk, KY Bourbon Barrel Barleywine, BBC Stout and Quaff Bros. “Broot” (Bourbon barreled Root Beer) and KABOOM! (a Pappy Van Winkle Bourbon barreled aged Imperial Stout with red hots)
Burger: BBQ, cheddar and bacon
See our earlier post for the complete list of this summer’s Burgers & Beer schedule.

Thursday, Sept. 18th at 6:00-10:00 pm – Pint Night Thursdays at Cock & Bull (all three locations)
The beers for this week’s Pint Night Thursdays are: Main Strasse Covington – Rivertown Oktoberfest, Glendale – Cavalier Pumpkin Beer and Hyde Park – Two Brothers Atom Smasher.

Thursday, Sept. 18th from 7:00-10:00 pm – Flat 12 Happy Hour at Molly Malone’s
Beers will include Half Cycle and Pogue’s Run.

Friday, Sept. 19th – $8 Growler Fills at Christian Moerlein Brewery

Friday, Sept. 19th from 5:00 pm-12:00 am – Oktoberfest Zinzinnati

Friday, Sept. 19th from 5:00 pm-12:00 am – Uberdrome at Moerlein Lager House
From Facebook:
“This year admission to the entire Uberdrome is free and open to the public, offering entertainment and atmosphere with German-style food prepared by the Moerlein Lager House. The menu includes Oktoberfest Rotisserie Chicken and Traditional German favorites along with freshly brewed Christian Moerlein crafted beers onsite. Paulaner original Munich Oktoberfest beers will also be available.”

Friday, Sept. 19th at 5:30 pm – Beer and Wine Tasting at Everything’s d’ Vine
$10 per person to taste five beers and four wines. $5 to taste just beer or just wine.

Friday, Sept. 19th from 6:00-7:00 pm – Friday Night Flights Beer Tasting at Party Town in Florence

Saturday, Sept. 20th – All crafts $3 at Louie’s Taphouse & Grill (Mason)

Saturday, Sept. 20th from 11:00 am-12:00 am – Oktoberfest Zinzinnati

Saturday, Sept. 20th from 12:00 pm-12:00 am – 2nd Annual Franztoberfest at Rhinegeist

Saturday, Sept. 20th from 1:00 pm-12:00 am – Uberdrome at Moerlein Lager House

Saturday, Sept. 20th from 5:00-8:00pm – Beer Tasting at Ludlow Wines
The cost to taste four beers is $6.00 per person.

Sunday, Sept. 21st from 11:00 am-10:00 pm – Oktoberfest Zinzinnati

Sunday, Sept. 21st from 12:00 pm-12:00 am – 2nd Annual Franztoberfest at Rhinegeist

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Seven Reasons to Go To Cincy BeerFest Tailgate Tomorrow

If you’ve been reading Hoperatives at least one year or more, you know that we always recommend that you attend the Friday night of a two-night weekend beer event rather than the Saturday night. This weekend’s Cincy BeerFest on Fountain Square (And Fifth Street Too) is no exception. But, this weekend, you have another option – their Sunday Tailgate / Kill the Kegs Follow Up Party.

CIncy Beerfest

Here’s why, if you don’t already have tickets for tonight, you should go tomorrow instead.

1) Last night at the Cincy BeerFest on Fountain Square, they had crowd levels that equaled Saturday night last night and most of it was walk up sales. The organizers are predicting that tonight will be twice as crowded as last year’s Saturday night.

2) All of the beer left over from the Cincy BeerFest will be on sale at Fountain Square tomorrow cheap. That’s full pints, not samples, for cheap.

3) Fountain Square will have the Falcons-Bengals game on the big screen and the beer selection is definitely going to be better than Paul Brown Stadium.

4) Rock Bottom will have their food booth on Fountain Square or you can just walk a few feet to their brewpub for other food options.

5) The Sunday Tailgate / Kill the Kegs Follow Up Party will run from 10:00 am until at least 5:00 pm.

6) If you don’t already have tickets for tonight, did we mention cheap craft beer by the pint?

7) The weather is going to be autumn awesome tomorrow. Perfect football and craft beer weather.

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So we’ll be there as close to 10:00 am as we can and, if you find us, ask us for a Hoperatives button. We may just have some other goodies to give away in our Hoperatives bag!

Cheers and here’s to better beer!

— Carla and Tom

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Get to This Weekend’s Cincy BeerFest with Uber for Free

We just got this news from the folks at Cincy BeerFest. If you are a new Uber user, you can get to the Cincy BeerFest on Fountain Square (And Fifth Street too) for free (up to $20).

I used Uber when I was in Seattle for a conference this past March and it was great. Just download the Uber app for your smartphone. As you are setting up your account, be sure to use the promo code CINCYBF14 to get your first ride for free (up to $20).

When you open the app, you can see if there is an Uber or UberX car near you. When you request your pick up, you can enter your drop off location to get an estimate on the cost. Then you can track the arrival of your ride on your smartphone, and you’ll even receive a text message when your driver arrives. The payment (after your free ride) is taken care of by the credit card you put in your account. No worries about having cash.

Don’t forget! Friday nights are traditionally lower crowd levels at Cincy BeerFests and there is also the tailgate event Sunday to blow the kegs. Hope to see many of you there!

Ride Home Safely With Uber

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