Re-post: So… What’s Your Favorite Beer?

[Editor's note: While going through some long posts to replace all of the curly quotes with straight ones (my blogging life is so exciting), I've found some of our older posts that are worth sharing again. This one from our contributor John Lavelle discusses how to answer that oft-repeated question: What's your favorite beer? By the way, I was just asked this last week! -- Carla]

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As a believer in better beer, it happens to me a lot. I go to the office happy hour (or wedding reception, or college reunion, or baptism…) and while many of my friends/coworkers/clergy order a “______ Light” I ask the friendly bartender: “What do you have on draft?” I emerge from the bar with something dark or frothy or downright funky-smelling to quizzical looks from my em-bottled compatriots.

“What’ya drinkin?” one asks, and my response is about two or three minutes longer than is appropriate and includes adjectives that are generally used to describe internal anatomy or landscaping design. Knowing glances are exchanged around the group and someone submits: “so it sounds like you’re really into beer.” Realizing I’ve done it again, I laugh, take a sip, and brush it off with something like “I’ve been known to imbibe a few from time to time.”

And that’s when it happens.

“So… what’s your favorite beer?”

I’m not going to lie. I hate this question. Maybe it’s the Myers-Briggs “Perceiver” in me, but the question is just too singular, too final. It lacks nuance. I don’t have kids, but* I have to imagine that it’s like asking someone with multiple children which is his/her favorite? First off, you just don’t do it. Secondly, if someone does ask, you dare not answer it directly.

The issue for me is that what I find most interesting – I’m talking about beer again – is not how much I love one beer versus another but what it is that I love about a particular beer. I know people mean well by asking the question,** so I usually approach a few different ways:

1) “It depends on what I’m in the mood for, what the time of year is, or where I’m at.” This gives me a chance to wax poetic about how diverse beer is, how different beers traditionally are brewed with the seasons. I wouldn’t eat the same food every day, so why always drink the same beer?

2) “I haven’t had it yet.” This is the pithy answer, usually delivered with a smug look. I usually follow it up by talking about how I love to try new and exciting beers. Feel free to try this one at the singles bar.***

3) “I could never pick just one, but some of my favorites are…” I’ll then give a litany of examples that reflect the different ways I love beer. The local standby: Moerlein OTR. The never-fail: Bell’s Two-Hearted Ale. The sentimental first beer: Harp. The rare find: 1997 Thomas Hardy (bottled when I was in 8th grade). The arrogant choice: whatever I just brewed at home.

I’m sure plenty of folks out there get this question a lot. How do you regularly answer it? And if you had to name one (or two, or three…), what are your favorites?

Sláinte!
John (#13)

*Ever notice how no one who says this stops here – but probably should?
**I take any interest anyone shows in good beer as an opportunity to educate, advocate, and probably embarrass myself.
***To my wife: I swear I’ve never used this one on anybody but you!!!

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This Week in Beer: April 21 – 27, 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, April 21st – Mug Night Monday at Flipdaddy’s Union

Monday, April 21st – 1/3 off Craft beer bottles at Moerlein Lager House

Monday, April 21st – Beer of the Day Special at Rock Bottom Brewery
Each Monday, the beer of the day is $3.25 all day.

Monday, April 21st from 4:00-7:30 pm – Craft Beer Night at Market Wines

Monday, April 21st at 5:00 pm – Rare Keg Monday at Ei8ht Ball Brewing
This week’s keg is Evil Twin Glazed Imperial Doughnut Break paired with free glazed doughnuts.

Monday, April 21st from 6:00-8:00 pm – West Sixth Tasting at Whole Foods Cincinnati

Monday, April 21st from 8:00 pm to close – Pint Night at Incline Public House

Tuesday, April 22nd – Tappa Keg Tuesday at Dingle House

Tuesday, April 22nd – $8 Growler Fills at Moerlein Lager House

Tuesday, April 22nd at 6:00 pm – MadTree Galaxy High Pint Night at Hebron Brew Haus

Tuesday, April 22nd – Pint Night at Rock Bottom Brewery
Buy a logo pint glass with your favorite Rock Bottom beer for $5.95, get it refilled for $3.00 and you keep the glass.

Tuesday, April 22nd at 5:00 pm – Ales for Autism at Arthur’s Cafe
$1 from every MadTree draft pint sold will go towards Autism Society of Greater Cincinnati. Their bartenders will be donating tips also.

Tuesday, April 22nd at 6:00 pm – Oskar Blues Tasting with OB Head Brewer at Ei8ht Ball Brewing
For $12, the head brewer at Oskar Blues (via Skype) will walk you through a flight of their beers. A short question and answer session to be held afterward.

Tuesday, April 22nd at 6:00 pm – Tuesdays on Tap at Whole Foods Mason
Six drafts, six bites, $6.

Wednesday, April 23rd – Select Craft Beers for $2 at Molly Malone’s Covington

Wednesday, April 23rd – Bell’s Pint Night at Rail House
First pint is $5 – Keep the glass and get refills for only $3.

Wednesday, April 23rd – Pint Night at UC’s Catskeller

Wednesday, April 23rd from 5:00 to 8:00 pm – Take Home the Glass Night at Taste of Belgium

Wednesday, April 23rd from 5:00 to 8:00 pm – Raffle and Fundraiser at Ei8ht Ball Brewing
Fifty cents from every Ei8ght Ball sold between from 5:00 to 8:00 pm will go to Mercy Neighborhood Ministries. Texas Joe food truck is also donating 10% of their sales during that period of
In addition, they are raffling off a private tour for up to ten people of the New Riff Distillery on May 1st at 5:30 pm. You’ll be touring it before it opens to the public. Tickets are one for $5 or five for $20.

Wednesday, April 23rd from 5:30 to 8:00 pm – Beer Tasting at Marty’s Hops and Vines

Wednesday, April 23rd at 9:00 pm – We CAN Do It Wednesdays at Keystone Clifton
$3 select craft cans including Rhinegeist Truth, Uinta Brewing Hopnotch IPA and Strongbow Cider.

Thursday, April 24th from 4:00 pm to close – Take Home the Glass Night at Taste of Belgium Short Vine

Thursday, April 24th at 5:00-9:00 pm – West Sixth Tap Takeover at Market Wines

Thursday, April 24th 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 – MadTree PsyHOPathy, Glendale – Anchor California Lager and Hyde Park – Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale.

Thursday, April 24th at 6:00 pm – Firkin Tapping at Rock Bottom Brewery

Friday, April 25th – $8 Growler Fills at Moerlein Lager House

Friday, April 25th from 3:00-6:00 pm – Happy Hour at 20 Brix
20% off craft beer

Friday, April 25th 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, April 25th from 6:00-7:00 pm – Friday Night Flights Beer Tasting at Party Town in Florence
This week, it’s West Sixth.

Saturday, April 26th from 1:00-3:00pm – West Sixth Tasting at the Anderson Kroger

Saturday, April 26th from 5:00-8:00pm – Beer Tasting at Ludlow Wines
The cost to taste four beers is $6.00 per person.

Saturday, April 26th at 8:00pm – Hebron Brew Haus Birthday Party
See their Facebook event page for more information.

Sunday, April 27th from 12:00-6:00pm – CityBeat Tap That Brew Tour
See our earlier post for more information.

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Tastings and Growlers Report: April 18, 2014

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

[REMINDER: Many better beer locations may be closed on Sunday due to the Easter holiday. You may want to call first before heading out.]

TASTINGS AND TAPPINGS

Country Fresh Farm Market and Wine Depot – Beer tasting Friday from 4:00-7:00 pm with beers from Sierra Nevada including Pale Ale, Bigfoot Barleywine, Ruthless Rye IPA, Ovila Abbey Quadrupel and Torpedo Extra IPA (available for growler fills).

Everything’s d’ Vine is not having a beer tasting this week.

Jungle Jim’s Eastgate – Their Friday night tasting from 5:00 to 9:00 pm is featuring Sprecher this week. They will have IPA, Amber, Hefe Weiss and Black Bavarian on tap. Pints are usually $3 (occasionally $4 or $5).

Jungle Jim’s Fairfield – Their Friday night tasting from 5:00 to 9:00 pm is featuring Sierra Nevada this week. The beers are Celebration, Bigfoot, Pale Ale, Yakima #291 and Ovila Abbey Saison. Pints are usually $3. Servatii pretzels will be available for $2 a piece, while supplies last.

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 features six to eight beers each week. The cost for the regular tasting is $2 for a full flight of beers and it goes from 6:00 – 7:00 pm. This week’s beers (4/11) are all from Christian Moerlein including 10/161 (bourbon barrel aged Bock), Dunkel Weiss, Coffee Porter and Saengerfest (10/161 will be available for pints only). The flights are $2.00.

GROWLERS AT BREWERIES

Christian Moerlein Craft Brewery (as of Jan. 31st) have Seven, OTR, Hostivit, Saigon Sap, Northern Liberties, Zeppelin, Emancipator, Helles, Exposition, Hudepohl Porter, Hudepohl Bock and Barbarossa. $7 for Growler refills every Friday, $10 Growler refills on Saturday & Sunday. New growlers are $5. Hudy kegs are also available. Tap Room is located at 1621 Moore Street in Cincinnati’s Historic Over-The-Rhine Brewery District.

Ei8ht Brewing Company (inside the Party Source) has (as of March 21st) Ei8ht Ball K-hole (nitro), Dark Horse Double Crooked Tree, To Ol Final Frontier, Nogne O Imperial Brown, Stillwater Folklore, Goose Island Lolita, Jolly Pumpkin Madrugada Obscura, Mikkeller Hop Burn Low, Elezelloise Goliath Stout, Mikkeller Bravo, Local Option Morning Wood, Stone Grapefruit Slam, New Holland The Poet, Mikkeller Texas Ranger, De Molen Geboren / Getogen, St. Feuillien Saison, Mikkeller Sort Gul, MadTree Lift, Rogue Old Crustacean, Quaff Bros. Quaffanator, Weihenstephaner, De Proef Knockout (KO), Sierra Nevada Rye Day the 13th, DuPont Bier du Miel, La Trappe Witte, Country Boy Shotgun Wedding, Mikkeller I Beat U, Dark Horse Tres Blueberry Stout, MadTree Galaxy High, Sierra Nevada Ovila, Ei8ht Ball Tarnished, Ei8ht Ball Michael J. Bocks, Ei8ht Ball K-Hole, Ei8ht Ball Word, Ei8ht Ball Tiny Pig, Ei8ht Ball Cat Lady, Bosteels Tripel Karmeliet, West Sixth Lemongrass Wheat, Deschutes Black Butte, Deschutes Mirror Pond, Cider Boys Mad Bark and Lindemans Framboise.

Listermann Brewing Company and Triple Digit Brewing (as of Feb. 24th) have NutCase Peanut Butter Porter, Jungle Honey, Triple Digit Aftermath, Pre-Prohibition Lager, Gravitator, Chickow! and Belgian Belge. New growlers are $3.

MadTree Brewing (as of Feb. 22nd) has Sprye, Lemon Basil, Gedde Up!, Lift, Galaxy High, Identity Crisis, Axis Mundi, Gnarly Brown, Rubus Cacao, PsycHOPathy, Hostivit and Happy Amber. New growlers are $5 and they will fill other growlers. [Thanks to Zach Baird for this update.]

Mt. Carmel Brewing (as of April 17th) has Maple Doppelbock, Coffee Brown Ale, Ohio’s Amber Ale, Nut Brown Ale, Summer Wheat Ale – first weekend of Carla’s favorite being available, Stout, Blonde Ale and India Pale Ale. The cost is $8.50 for year rounds and most seasonals. Specialty beers (like Ardennes Belgian Quad in the past) are $18.00. It’s $4.50 for the purchase of a growler.

Rhinegeist Brewery (as of Oct. 26th) has Cougar Gold, Truth West Coast IPA, Uncle British Mild, Zen Pale Ale and Panther Porter. New growlers are $5 for either the 32 or 64 oz. [Thanks to Shayne Brummer for the update.]

Rivertown Brewing (as of Feb. 20th) has Roebling, Dunkel, Hop Bomber, Hop Baron, Helles, Blueberry, Sipa, Winter, Bock, Funk Vessel and Unit 6. 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 Feb. 27th) has 1926 Amber, Coast to Coast, Jalopy Wheat, One Way Street: Motueka, Penny’s Pilsner, Paycheck’s Porter, Speedbump Kolsch and Thirsty 37. Two different beer flights available. Flights are half off before 6:00 pm and all day on Sundays.

Moerlein Lager House (as of March 20th) has Coffee Porter, Helles Lager, Northern Liberties IPA, Over-The-Rhine Ale, Porter, Zeppelin, Cincinnati Beer Week 2014 Hostivit, Barbarossa, Dunkelweiss and Sand Reckoner. Growlers are $12.00 to refill or $16.00 if you need a growler. Growler refills are $7 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 (as of March 23rd) had Lagunitas Sucks ($10.99), Lagunitas IPA ($9.99), Tröegs Nugget Nectar ($13.99), Dark House Double Crooked Tree ($20.99), Brew Kettle White Rajah ($13.99), Bell’s Expedition Stout ($16.99), Mt. Carmel Coffee Brown ($17.99), Blank Slate Fork in the Road ($10.99), Stone To Go IPA ($11.49), MadTree Rubus Cacao ($13.99), Stone Enjoy By 4/20/14 ($15.99), Fat Head’s Hop JuJu ($24.99), Rivertown Tom Smash Blonde ($15.99), Great Divide Lasso IPA ($13.99), Avery Maharajah ($18.99) and Victory Fall Bock ($10.49). Pricing is for a 64 oz growler fill. 32 oz fills also available.

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 March 30th) has Abita French Connection ($7.99), Avery Maharajah Imperial IPA ($16.99), Tröegs Nugget Nectar ($12.99), Fifty West Jalopy Wheat ($9.99), Jackie O’s Hop Ryot ($12.99), Rhinegeist Mastodon Belgian Dark Strong Ale ($13.99), MadTree SPRYE Rye Pale Ale ($9.99) and Lagunitas Sucks Brown Shugga Substitute ($7.99).

DEP’s Fine Wine and Spirits in Covington (as of March 13th) has Moerlein Hefeweizen Wheat ($8.99), Schlafly Tasmanian IPA ($8.99), New Holland White Hatter ($8.99) and Abita Purple Haze ($8.99).

DEP’s Fine Wine and Spirits in Fort Thomas (as of March 13th) has Upland Harvest ($8.99), MadTree Identity Crisis ($12.99), New Holland Blue Sunday ($17.99), MadTree PsyHOPpathy IPA ($9.99), New Holland Charkoota Rye ($6.99), MadTree Galaxy High ($10.99), Stone Arrogant Bastard ($12.99), MadTree Rubus Cacao ($13.99), Smuttynose Vunerbar ($9.99), Sixpoint Hi-Res ($10.99), Founders Imperial Stout ($12.99), Oskar Blues Dale’s Pale Ale ($9.99), Three Floyds Alpha King ($10.99), Falls City American Wheat ($9.99), Uinta Dubhe ($12.99), Summit Saga ($10.99), Uinta Hop Notch ($11.99), Bell’s Midwestern Pale Ale ($6.99), Unibroue Maudite ($14.99) and Southern Tier 2x Steam ($11.99). Several taps were TBA at time of publication. Their growler price is $4 “with a credit of $2 if you return an old growler.”

The Growler Stop (as of Jan. 8th) has Fifty West Speedbump, Fifty West Route 50, Triple Digit Chichow!, MadTree Gnarly Brown, Mt. Carmel Stout, Rivertown Winter Ale, Rhinegeist Truth, Rhinegeist Dad and Rhinegeist Snaggletooth. Empty growlers are $5 each

UPDATEHalfCut opens today! Here is their opening day lineup: Fifty West Speedbump ($6.50 32 oz. $13 64 oz), Rhinegeist Zen ($6 32 oz. $12 64 oz), Bell’s Oberon ($6 32 oz. $12 64 oz), Blank Slate Out and About ($6 32 oz. $12 64 oz), Founders Porter ($6.50 32 oz. $13 64 oz), Lagunitas Hairy Eyeball ($6.50 32 oz. $13 64 oz), Oskar Blues Mama’s Little Yella Pils ($6.50 32 oz. $13 64 oz), West Sixth Amber ($6.50 32 oz. $13 64 oz), Jackie O’s Firefly Amber ($6 32 oz. $12 64 oz), Hoppin’ Frog B.O.R.I.S. the Crusher ($16 32 oz. $30 64 oz), Southern Tier Hop Sun ($6 32 oz. $12 64 oz), MadTree PsycHOPathy ($6.50 32 oz. $13 64 oz), Ithaca Flower Power ($6.50 32 oz. $13 64 oz), Fat Head’s Trailhead ($6.50 32 oz. $13 64 oz) and Great Lakes Rally Drum Red Ale ($7 32 oz. $14 64 oz). Empty growlers are $5 each.

Jungle Jim’s Eastgate (as of April 17th) has Rhinegeist Sabertooth Tiger, Rhinegeist Hustle, Rhinegeist Cougar, Rhinegeist Truth, Kentucky Bourbon Ale, Fifty West Coffee Please Stout, Bell’s Oberon, New Belgium Fat Tire, Brew Kettle White Rajah IPA, Kona Koko Brown and Rivertown Bock. 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 (as of April 17th) has New Belgium Fat Tire, Dogsh Head 90 Minute IPA, Deschutes Black Butte, Brew Kettle White Rajah, Great Lakes Chill Wave, Kona Longboard, Leinenkugel Summer Shandy, Bell’s Oberon, Fat Heads Head Hunter IPA, Ithaca Flower Power, Lost Coast Tangerine, Rhinegeist Cougar, Ommegang Scythe & Sickle, Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale, Rivertown Blueberry and Lagunitas IPA. 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 April 11th) has Rhinegeist Cougar ($14.99), Ommegang Game of Thrones Fire and Blood ($14.99), Magic Hat Dream Machine ($10.99), Thirsty Dog Citra Dog ($11.99), Moerlein Emancipator ($10.99), Elevator Three Frogs IPA ($9.99), Curious Traveler Shandy ($10.99) and Mt. Carmel Springtime Ale ($10.99).

Liquor Cabinet in Hebron (as of April 18th) has Lagunitas, Schlafly Hop Harvest, Madtree Rubus Cacao, Bell’s Oberon, Sierra Nevada Torpedo, Schlafly American IPA, Lost Coast Tangerine Wheat, and Ellie’s Brown Ale.

Market Wines (as of April 18th) has Founders Centennial IPA, Founders All Day IPA, Founders Backwood Bastard, Founders Red’s Rye P.A., Founders Porter and Rhinegeist Ink. They have empty growlers (64 oz) and growelettes (32 oz) for sale for $5 each.

One Stop Liquors in Bellevue (as of Feb. 25th) has MadTree Psychopathy, KY Bourbon Barrel Ale and Oskar Blues Pale Ale. All prices are for a refill. For a new growler, add $2.99. Also, receive $5 off your 6th refill.

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

Party Town in Florence (as of April 10th) has Bell’s Two-Hearted ($9.99), Blank Slate Simply Saison ($7.99), Green Flash Cedar Plank ($9.99), Flying Dog Pumpernickle Black IPA ($13.99), Founders Dirty B@$t@rd ($10.99), Founders Imperial Stout ($15.99), He’Brew Bittersweet Lenny’s Rye IPA ($13.99), He’brew Death of a Contract Brewer ($14.99), Lagunitas IPA ($7.99), Lindemann Framboise ($24.99), Schlafly Tasmanian IPA ($9.99), Smuttynose Wheatwine ($12.99), Southern Tier Choklat imperial stout ($15.99), Stone Enjoy By: 4/20/14 IIPA ($12.99), Stone Grapefruit Slam IIPA ($12.99), Summit Rebellion stout ($9.99), Upland Helio’s Pale Ale, Victory Dirt Wolf ($9.99) and Virtue Red Streak Dry Hard Cider ($8.99). All prices are for a refill. For a new half gallon (64 oz) growler, add $2.00. Pint (16 oz), quart (32 oz) and gallon size (128 oz) growlers are also available. $3 for a new gallon growler.

Remke Hyde Park (as of Nov. 13th) has Breckenridge 471 IPA ($19.99), Breckenride Vanilla Porter ($11.99), Blank Slate Ryesing Up ($14.99), Blank Slate Fork in the Road ($12.99) and Rivertown Bourbon Pumpkin ($15.99). New growlers are $5.99 each. [Thanks to Shannon S. for the 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 Feb. 27th) has Dogfish 90 min ($12.99), Kentucky Bourbon Ale ($11.99), Sweetwater IPA ($10.99), Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald ($9.99), Three Floyds Pride and Joy ($11.99) and Deschutes Butte Porter ($11.99). All prices based on 64 oz growler.

Valley Wine & Spirits Edgewood (as of Feb. 27th) has Leinenkugel’s Snowdrift Vanilla Porter, Southern Tier 2X IPA, Bell’s Smitten, Southern Tier Choklat Stout and Madtree Happy Amber.

Valley Wine & Spirits Fort Wright (as of Feb. 27th) has Sierra Nevada Celebration, Sixpoint Hi-Res, Upland Harvest Ale, Sam Adams Rebel IPA, Kona Big Wave Golden Ale, Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale, Founders All Day IPA, Brew Kettle 4 C’s and Deschutes Black Butte Porter.

Whole Foods Market Cincinnati growler station offerings (as of March 14th) are Brew Kettle Black Rajah ($3 pint, $4.99 32 oz, $8.99 64 oz), Rhinegeist Mastodon ($5 pint, $7.99 32 oz, $15.99 64 oz), Rhinegeist Zen ($4 pint, $6.99 32 oz, $14.99 64 oz), Avery Collaboration ($6 pint, $9.99 32 oz, $19.99 64 oz), Jackie O’s Java the Stout ($4 pint, $6.99 32 oz, $12.99 64 oz) and Blank Slate Movin’ On ($3 pint, $5.99 32 oz, $9.99 64 oz). [Thanks to Ed Paff for the update.]

Whole Foods Market Mason growler station offerings (as of Dec. 15th) are Left Hand Fade to Black vol. 5, Breckenridge Christmas Ale, Cismontane Coulter IPA, Great Divide Hibernation Ale, Blank Slate Brewing Fume Cherrywood Smoked Porter and Anderson Valley Highway 128 Pale Ale. For a new growler, add $3.99.

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Mt. Carmel, Deschutes, Moerlein Beer Blends at Brass Tap Tonight

Lots of beer news hitting today and we’re trying to get it out to you as quickly as possible. Tonight at Brass Tap, you can enjoy three really unique beer blends from Mt. Carmel, Deschutes and Christian Moerlein. The event is called Cincinnati Three Way. That’s three breweries, three limited draft blends and… FREE Skyline Chili (beginning at 6 PM).

Building great beer blends has been a hobby of mine ever since the great Peanut Kahles (formerly of Dilly, now at Ei8ht Ball) introduced them to me. Though some brewers aren’t always a fan of people blending their beers (or making beermosas* with them), some have embraced the trend and enjoy hearing what their customers come up with.

The three they have planned for tonight sound great. If life doesn’t get in the way (as it frequently does), we’re hoping to make it to the Brass Tap tonight to try these out.

Blend One: Red Zeppelin
1/4 Deschutes Mirror Mirror
1/4 Christian Moerlein Zeppelin
1/2 Mt. Carmel Brewing Amber Ale

Blend Two: Spring Inversion
1/3 Deschutes Inversion
1/3 Christian Moerlein Sangerfest
1/3 Mt. Carmel Brewing Springtime Ale

Blend Three: Bourbon Black Coffee
1/4 Deschutes Black Butte
1/4 Mt. Carmel Brewing Coffee Brown Ale
1/2 Christian Moerlein 10/161

Mt. Carmel 3Way Menu

*Beermosa – Pour 12 ounces of a wheat or Belgian white beer into a pint glass. Fill the glass with orange juice. Best brunch drink ever!

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CityBeat to Host Tap That Brew Tour – April 27th

Lots of brewery tours popping up in the Cincinnati/NKY region. Here’s one that CityBeat is hosting on April 27th from 12:00 noon until 6:00 pm. The Tap That Brew Tour costs $40.00 per person and you can purchase your tickets at https://www.xorbia.com/e/citybeat/TapThat/

From the CityBeat web site:

Sample some of Cincinnati’s best craft beers at CityBeat’s Tap That Brew Tour. Pick your starting location from one of the five (5) participating breweries and then hop the shuttle to your next brewery destination. After you’ve stopped at all four, the shuttle will bring you back to your starting location. This is a 21+ event.

Your ticket includes beer at each brewery, a custom CityBeat Tap That growler, lunch from Tom + Chee and a shuttle to take you from brewery to brewery!

Breweries include:
Rhinegeist
Listermann Brewing Company
Ei8ht Ball Brewing
Christian Moerlein Brewing Co.
MadTree Brewing

CityBeat Tap That Brew Tour

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A Quick Tour of Hoperatives (a bi-monthly post)

Since we’ve picked up some new readers, we thought it was time to run this quick tour of Hoperatives again. Step this way please…

On Mondays, we publish “This Week in Beer” and on Fridays, we publish the “Growlers and Tastings Report”. Many Tuesdays, we have our “Traveling Tuesday” post on a better beer location outside the greater Cincinnati area. The other days are filled with local Cincinnati beer news, beer reviews and posts from our regular contributors John Lavelle, Jared Whalen, Jason Rust (aka Puddin’) and Chris McGreevy. We also have great guest contributors like tisenfine and Danielle Whalen.

You can also find Hoperatives on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/hoperatives, on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/hoperatives and on Pinterest at http://pinterest.com/hoperatives/.

Looking for books on brewing history in Cincinnati and beyond or possibly beer accessories? Check out our new Bookstore and Beer Wares links in the left hand column. Let us know if there’s a book or item we are missing.

If you are a believer in better beer (in Cincinnati and beyond) and you’ll like to make that official, you should be a Hoperative. All you have to do is drop an email message to rollcall@hoperatives.com with your name and location to join our ranks and get your roll call number. You can see the already registered Hoperatives on our Roll Call page.

The best way Hoperatives grows is through the input of our readers. We love hearing your suggestions. Watch for a survey soon on how you had give us even more input!

So welcome! We welcome you (or welcome you back) and raise a pint of better beer in your honor!

Cheers and here’s to better beer!

– Carla and Tom

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Traveling Tuesday: Milwaukee Beer Week 2014

After a long, cold winter like we’ve had this year (and the insult of one more snowfall on April 15th), a better beer lover’s mind starts to think about getting the hell out of dodge and checking out some other better beer cities. Ever since we read Maureen Ogle’s book Ambitious Brew: The Story of American Beer, we have wanted to check out Milwaukee. And this year’s Milwaukee Beer Week may be the perfect time if you’ve been thinking about it too.

Running April 26th through May 3rd, there is a wide variety of events available to chose from. Some of them are similar to ones offered during our own Cincinnati Beer Week like firkin tappings, samplers and tap takeovers. Some are unique to Milwaukee like the Beer, Cheese, and Sausage Festival scheduled for April 26 from 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm at the Wisconsin State Fair Park. Several venues are holding beer cocktail events which sound interesting.

One of the unique features of Milwaukee Beer Week (MBW) that I hope our own Cincinnati Beer Week would adopt is the 2014 MBW Passport. Here is how it works: You can pick up your passport at any official MBW venue or pick it up ahead of time at five specified locations. Then, visit the participating Passport Destinations and get your Official MBW Passport stamped (it’s actually a sticker). Each MBW event is worth two points. At the conclusion of Milwaukee Beer Week, your passport can be redeemed for various prizes. For example, twelve points or six stamps in your passport gets you two brewery tour passes to Milwaukee Brewing Company or Sprecher Brewery. If you have twelve stamps (or 24 Points), you get a brewery wearable AND the two brewery tour passes.

Even if you can’t make it to Milwaukee for their beer week, you might want to LIKE their Facebook fan page for some beer travel ideas in Wisconsin. They are also planning daily daily giveaways via their Facebook page during Milwaukee Beer Week plus the grand prize is a “hard hat” tour for four at New Glarus Brewing Company with a certificate towards an overnight stay.

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This Week in Beer: April 14 – 20, 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, April 14th – Mug Night Monday at Flipdaddy’s Union

Monday, April 14th – 1/3 off Craft beer bottles at Moerlein Lager House

Monday, April 14th – Beer of the Day Special at Rock Bottom Brewery
Each Monday, the beer of the day is $3.25 all day.

Monday, April 14th from 4:00-7:30 pm – Craft Beer Night at Market Wines

Monday, April 14th at 5:00 pm – Rare Keg Monday at Ei8ht Ball Brewing
This week’s keg is Sweetwater “Dank Tank” 17th Anniversary Ale.

Monday, April 14th at 6:30 pm – Founders Kentucky Breakfast Stout Tapping Party at TAP House Grill
Other Founders beers available including All Day IPA, Centennial IPA, Dirty Bastard Scotch Ale and Curmudgeon Old Ale.

Monday, April 14th from 8:00 pm to close – Pint Night at Incline Public House

Tuesday, April 15th – Tappa Keg Tuesday at Dingle House
This week, it’s Founders Kentucky Breakfast Stout.

Tuesday, April 15th – $8 Growler Fills at Moerlein Lager House

Tuesday, April 15th – Pint Night at Rock Bottom Brewery
Buy a logo pint glass with your favorite Rock Bottom beer for $5.95, get it refilled for $3.00 and you keep the glass.

Tuesday, April 15th at 5:00 pm – Founders Kentucky Breakfast Stout Tapping at Market Wines
Other Founders beers available including Backwoods Bastard (2013), Centennial IPA, All Day IPA, Red’s Rye and Porter.

Tuesday, April 15th at 6:00 pm – Tuesdays on Tap at Whole Foods Mason
Six drafts, six bites, $6.

Wednesday, April 16th – Select Craft Beers for $2 at Molly Malone’s Covington

Wednesday, April 16th – Bell’s Pint Night at Rail House
First pint is $5 – Keep the glass and get refills for only $3.

Wednesday, April 16th – Pint Night at UC’s Catskeller

Wednesday, April 16th from 5:00 to 8:00 pm – Take Home the Glass Night at Taste of Belgium

Wednesday, April 16th from 5:30 to 8:00 pm – $3 Drafts at Marty’s Hops and Vines

UPDATE Wednesday, April 16th at 6:00 pm – Game Of Thrones Fire And Blood Tapping at Dilly
They have also promised some swag to give out like snifters (while they last), tee shirts and bottle opener key chains.

Wednesday, April 16th at 9:00 pm – We CAN Do It Wednesdays at Keystone Clifton
$3 select craft cans including Rhinegeist Truth, Uinta Brewing Hopnotch IPA and Strongbow Cider.

UPDATE Thursday, April 17th from 4:00 pm to close – Take Home the Glass Night at Taste of Belgium Short Vine
This week, it’s Kwak.

Thursday, April 17th at 5:00 pm – Double Down Double IPA Tapping at Rock Bottom Cincinnati

Thursday, April 17th 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 – Great Lakes Rye of the Tiger, Glendale – Kona Big Wave and Hyde Park – Deschutes Red Chair.

Thursday, April 17th at 6:00 pm – Firkin Tapping at Rock Bottom Brewery

Friday, April 18th – $8 Growler Fills at Moerlein Lager House

Friday, April 18th 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, April 18th from 6:00-7:00 pm – Friday Night Flights Beer Tasting at Party Town in Florence

Saturday, April 19th from 5:00-8:00pm – Beer Tasting at Ludlow Wines
The cost to taste four beers is $6.00 per person.

Saturday, April 19th from 5:00-8:00pm – Hippy Fest at Fifty West
In collaboration with recent World Cup winner brewery Fat Head’s, they will be releasing their collaboration beer “Wanna Get Rye?” (a Red Rye IPA). A buffet from the chefs of both Fat Head’s and Fifty West, a commemorative glass (“used for drinking purposes throughout the day”) and music from Elementree Livity Project. The cost is $25 per person and you can get your tickets at http://fiftywestbrew.com/hippyfest/

Saturday, April 19th from 12:00pm – Holler Hops & Grill 2nd Birthday Party
Enjoy a pig roast starting at noon, an pet adoption drive from the Boone County Animal Shelter (2:00-6:00 pm) and an art show with works by Grant Moxley. Sweetwater is sending dog bowls, leashes and collars and there West Sixth pint glasses to give away while they last as well! Randi will even be making MadTree beer mash dog treats. Two bands playing throughout the day too.
Beers include Sweetwater 420, IPA and Wheat; West Sixth Lemongrass Wheat, Double IPA, Cocoa Porter and Belgian IPA.

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Tastings and Growlers Report: April 11, 2014

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

TASTINGS AND TAPPINGS

Country Fresh Farm Market and Wine Depot – Beer tasting Friday from 4:00-7:00 pm with beers from Sierra Nevada including Pale Ale, Bigfoot Barleywine, Ruthless Rye IPA, Ovila Abbey Quadrupel and Torpedo Extra IPA (available for growler fills).

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 (4/11), the beers are Upland Belgian-Style Wheat Ale, Fathead’s Bumble Berry Honey Blueberry Ale, Jackie O’s Hop Ryot Rye India Pale Ale and Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Barley Wine.

Jungle Jim’s Eastgate – Their Friday night tasting is featuring Rhinegeist this week. They will have Cougar, Truth, Hustle and Saber Tooth Tiger on tap. Pints are usually $3 (occasionally $4 or $5).

Jungle Jim’s Fairfield – Their Friday night tasting is featuring New Belgium this week. The beers are TBA. 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 features six to eight beers each week. The cost for the regular tasting is $2 for a full flight of beers and it goes from 6:00 – 7:00 pm. This week’s beers (4/11) are from Colonial Brewing, Sierra Nevada, Evil Twin and Brew Dog. The featured beer by the glass is a 9 oz. pour of Evil Twin Imperial Biscotti Break draft for only $4.

GROWLERS AT BREWERIES

Christian Moerlein Craft Brewery (as of Jan. 31st) have Seven, OTR, Hostivit, Saigon Sap, Northern Liberties, Zeppelin, Emancipator, Helles, Exposition, Hudepohl Porter, Hudepohl Bock and Barbarossa. $7 for Growler refills every Friday, $10 Growler refills on Saturday & Sunday. New growlers are $5. Hudy kegs are also available. Tap Room is located at 1621 Moore Street in Cincinnati’s Historic Over-The-Rhine Brewery District.

Ei8ht Brewing Company (inside the Party Source) has (as of March 21st) Ei8ht Ball K-hole (nitro), Dark Horse Double Crooked Tree, To Ol Final Frontier, Nogne O Imperial Brown, Stillwater Folklore, Goose Island Lolita, Jolly Pumpkin Madrugada Obscura, Mikkeller Hop Burn Low, Elezelloise Goliath Stout, Mikkeller Bravo, Local Option Morning Wood, Stone Grapefruit Slam, New Holland The Poet, Mikkeller Texas Ranger, De Molen Geboren / Getogen, St. Feuillien Saison, Mikkeller Sort Gul, MadTree Lift, Rogue Old Crustacean, Quaff Bros. Quaffanator, Weihenstephaner, De Proef Knockout (KO), Sierra Nevada Rye Day the 13th, DuPont Bier du Miel, La Trappe Witte, Country Boy Shotgun Wedding, Mikkeller I Beat U, Dark Horse Tres Blueberry Stout, MadTree Galaxy High, Sierra Nevada Ovila, Ei8ht Ball Tarnished, Ei8ht Ball Michael J. Bocks, Ei8ht Ball K-Hole, Ei8ht Ball Word, Ei8ht Ball Tiny Pig, Ei8ht Ball Cat Lady, Bosteels Tripel Karmeliet, West Sixth Lemongrass Wheat, Deschutes Black Butte, Deschutes Mirror Pond, Cider Boys Mad Bark and Lindemans Framboise.

Listermann Brewing Company and Triple Digit Brewing (as of Feb. 24th) have NutCase Peanut Butter Porter, Jungle Honey, Triple Digit Aftermath, Pre-Prohibition Lager, Gravitator, Chickow! and Belgian Belge. New growlers are $3.

MadTree Brewing (as of Feb. 22nd) has Sprye, Lemon Basil, Gedde Up!, Lift, Galaxy High, Identity Crisis, Axis Mundi, Gnarly Brown, Rubus Cacao, PsycHOPathy, Hostivit and Happy Amber. New growlers are $5 and they will fill other growlers. [Thanks to Zach Baird for this update.]

Mt. Carmel Brewing (as of Feb. 20th) has Maple Doppelbock, Coffee Brown Ale, Amber Ale, Nut Brown Ale, India Pale Ale, Stout, Blonde Ale and Dewey’s Pale Ale. The cost is $8.50 for year rounds and most seasonals. Specialty beers (like Ardennes Belgian Quad in the past) are $18.00. It’s $4.50 for the purchase of a growler.

Rhinegeist Brewery (as of Oct. 26th) has Cougar Gold, Truth West Coast IPA, Uncle British Mild, Zen Pale Ale and Panther Porter. New growlers are $5 for either the 32 or 64 oz. [Thanks to Shayne Brummer for the update.]

Rivertown Brewing (as of Feb. 20th) has Roebling, Dunkel, Hop Bomber, Hop Baron, Helles, Blueberry, Sipa, Winter, Bock, Funk Vessel and Unit 6. 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 Feb. 27th) has 1926 Amber, Coast to Coast, Jalopy Wheat, One Way Street: Motueka, Penny’s Pilsner, Paycheck’s Porter, Speedbump Kolsch and Thirsty 37. Two different beer flights available. Flights are half off before 6:00 pm and all day on Sundays.

Moerlein Lager House (as of March 20th) has Coffee Porter, Helles Lager, Northern Liberties IPA, Over-The-Rhine Ale, Porter, Zeppelin, Cincinnati Beer Week 2014 Hostivit, Barbarossa, Dunkelweiss and Sand Reckoner. Growlers are $12.00 to refill or $16.00 if you need a growler. Growler refills are $7 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 (as of March 23rd) had Lagunitas Sucks ($10.99), Lagunitas IPA ($9.99), Tröegs Nugget Nectar ($13.99), Dark House Double Crooked Tree ($20.99), Brew Kettle White Rajah ($13.99), Bell’s Expedition Stout ($16.99), Mt. Carmel Coffee Brown ($17.99), Blank Slate Fork in the Road ($10.99), Stone To Go IPA ($11.49), MadTree Rubus Cacao ($13.99), Stone Enjoy By 4/20/14 ($15.99), Fat Head’s Hop JuJu ($24.99), Rivertown Tom Smash Blonde ($15.99), Great Divide Lasso IPA ($13.99), Avery Maharajah ($18.99) and Victory Fall Bock ($10.49). Pricing is for a 64 oz growler fill. 32 oz fills also available.

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 March 30th) has Abita French Connection ($7.99), Avery Maharajah Imperial IPA ($16.99), Tröegs Nugget Nectar ($12.99), Fifty West Jalopy Wheat ($9.99), Jackie O’s Hop Ryot ($12.99), Rhinegeist Mastodon Belgian Dark Strong Ale ($13.99), MadTree SPRYE Rye Pale Ale ($9.99) and Lagunitas Sucks Brown Shugga Substitute ($7.99).

DEP’s Fine Wine and Spirits in Covington (as of March 13th) has Moerlein Hefeweizen Wheat ($8.99), Schlafly Tasmanian IPA ($8.99), New Holland White Hatter ($8.99) and Abita Purple Haze ($8.99).

DEP’s Fine Wine and Spirits in Fort Thomas (as of March 13th) has Upland Harvest ($8.99), MadTree Identity Crisis ($12.99), New Holland Blue Sunday ($17.99), MadTree PsyHOPpathy IPA ($9.99), New Holland Charkoota Rye ($6.99), MadTree Galaxy High ($10.99), Stone Arrogant Bastard ($12.99), MadTree Rubus Cacao ($13.99), Smuttynose Vunerbar ($9.99), Sixpoint Hi-Res ($10.99), Founders Imperial Stout ($12.99), Oskar Blues Dale’s Pale Ale ($9.99), Three Floyds Alpha King ($10.99), Falls City American Wheat ($9.99), Uinta Dubhe ($12.99), Summit Saga ($10.99), Uinta Hop Notch ($11.99), Bell’s Midwestern Pale Ale ($6.99), Unibroue Maudite ($14.99) and Southern Tier 2x Steam ($11.99). Several taps were TBA at time of publication. Their growler price is $4 “with a credit of $2 if you return an old growler.”

The Growler Stop (as of Jan. 8th) has Fifty West Speedbump, Fifty West Route 50, Triple Digit Chichow!, MadTree Gnarly Brown, Mt. Carmel Stout, Rivertown Winter Ale, Rhinegeist Truth, Rhinegeist Dad and Rhinegeist Snaggletooth. Empty growlers are $5 each.

Jungle Jim’s Eastgate (as of April 10th) has Kona Koko Brown, Stone GoTo IPA, Ballast Point Sculpin IPA, Kentucky Bourbon Ale, Triple Digit Chickow, Bell’s Oberon, New Belgium Fat Tire, Brew Kettle White Rajah, 50 West Coast to Coast, Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale, Rhinegeist Hustle, Cellar Dweller Copperhead APA. 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 (as of April 10th) has New Belgium Fat Tire, Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA, Deschutes Black Butte, Brew Kettle White Rajah, Great Lakes Chill Wave, Kona Longboard, Leinenkugel Summer Shandy, Bell’s Oberon, Fat Heads Head Hunter IPA, Ithaca Flower Power, Lost Coast Tangerine, Rhinegeist Hustle, Highland Kashmir IPA, Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale, Rivertown Blueberry and Lagunitas IPA. 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 March 28th) has Sierra Nevada Big Foot ($14.99), Rhinegeist Panther ($13.99), Magic Hat Dream Machine ($10.99), Tangerine ($10.99), Sierra Nevada Harvest ($14.99), Elevator Three Frogs IPA ($9.99), Great Lakes Conway’s Irish Ale ($10.99) and Southern Tier Eurotrash ($10.99).

Liquor Cabinet in Hebron (as of April 10th) has Lagunitas, Schlafly Hop Harvest, Madtree Rubus Cacao), Madtree Identity Crisis, Bell’s Oberon, Sierra Nevada Torpedo, Schlafly American IPA, Great Lakes Conway’s Irish Ale.

Market Wines (as of April 4th) has Dark Horse Double Crooked Tree DIPA, Dark Horse Plead the 5th Imperial Stout, Dark Horse Raspberry Wheat, Dark Horse Sapient Trip-Ale ($5/pint), Vander Mill Blueberry Cider and Epic Escape to Colorado IPA. They have empty growlers (64 oz) and growelettes (32 oz) for sale for $5 each.

One Stop Liquors in Bellevue (as of Feb. 25th) has MadTree Psychopathy, KY Bourbon Barrel Ale and Oskar Blues Pale Ale. All prices are for a refill. For a new growler, add $2.99. Also, receive $5 off your 6th refill.

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

Party Town in Florence (as of April 10th) has Bell’s Two-Hearted ($9.99), Blank Slate Simply Saison ($7.99), Green Flash Cedar Plank ($9.99), Flying Dog Pumpernickle Black IPA ($13.99), Founders Dirty B@$t@rd ($10.99), Founders Imperial Stout ($15.99), He’Brew Bittersweet Lenny’s Rye IPA ($13.99), He’brew Death of a Contract Brewer ($14.99), Lagunitas IPA ($7.99), Lindemann Framboise ($24.99), Schlafly Tasmanian IPA ($9.99), Smuttynose Wheatwine ($12.99), Southern Tier Choklat imperial stout ($15.99), Stone Enjoy By: 4/20/14 IIPA ($12.99), Stone Grapefruit Slam IIPA ($12.99), Summit Rebellion stout ($9.99), Upland Helio’s Pale Ale, Victory Dirt Wolf ($9.99) and Virtue Red Streak Dry Hard Cider ($8.99). All prices are for a refill. For a new half gallon (64 oz) growler, add $2.00. Pint (16 oz), quart (32 oz) and gallon size (128 oz) growlers are also available. $3 for a new gallon growler.

Remke Hyde Park (as of Nov. 13th) has Breckenridge 471 IPA ($19.99), Breckenridge Vanilla Porter ($11.99), Blank Slate Ryesing Up ($14.99), Blank Slate Fork in the Road ($12.99) and Rivertown Bourbon Pumpkin ($15.99). New growlers are $5.99 each. [Thanks to Shannon S. for the 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 Feb. 27th) has Dogfish 90 min ($12.99), Kentucky Bourbon Ale ($11.99), Sweetwater IPA ($10.99), Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald ($9.99), Three Floyds Pride and Joy ($11.99) and Deschutes Butte Porter ($11.99). All prices based on 64 oz growler.

Valley Wine & Spirits Edgewood (as of Feb. 27th) has Leinenkugel’s Snowdrift Vanilla Porter, Southern Tier 2X IPA, Bell’s Smitten, Southern Tier Choklat Stout and Madtree Happy Amber.

Valley Wine & Spirits Fort Wright (as of Feb. 27th) has Sierra Nevada Celebration, Sixpoint Hi-Res, Upland Harvest Ale, Sam Adams Rebel IPA, Kona Big Wave Golden Ale, Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale, Founders All Day IPA, Brew Kettle 4 C’s and Deschutes Black Butte Porter.

Whole Foods Market Cincinnati growler station offerings (as of March 14th) are Brew Kettle Black Rajah ($3 pint, $4.99 32 oz, $8.99 64 oz), Rhinegeist Mastodon ($5 pint, $7.99 32 oz, $15.99 64 oz), Rhinegeist Zen ($4 pint, $6.99 32 oz, $14.99 64 oz), Avery Collaboration ($6 pint, $9.99 32 oz, $19.99 64 oz), Jackie O’s Java the Stout ($4 pint, $6.99 32 oz, $12.99 64 oz) and Blank Slate Movin’ On ($3 pint, $5.99 32 oz, $9.99 64 oz). [Thanks to Ed Paff for the update.]

Whole Foods Market Mason growler station offerings (as of Dec. 15th) are Left Hand Fade to Black vol. 5, Breckenridge Christmas Ale, Cismontane Coulter IPA, Great Divide Hibernation Ale, Blank Slate Brewing Fume Cherrywood Smoked Porter and Anderson Valley Highway 128 Pale Ale. For a new growler, add $3.99.

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Craft Beer at RiverRoots Music & Folk Arts Festival

It’s been quite the day for better beer information here at Hoperatives. It must be spring or something. Though we cover Ohio and Kentucky events all of the time, it’s really nice to be able to tell you about something going on in Indiana next month.

The Craft Beer division of the RiverRoots Music and Folk Arts Festival has been given a boost due to a beer tent sponsorship from the Brewers of Indiana Guild. The popular festival is perfectly timed to craft beer activities because it falls on National American Craft Beer Week, May 12 through 18.

“American Craft Beer Week is the mother of all beer weeks,” said RiverRoots Craft Beer Coordinator Don Clapham. “American Craft Beer Week is the annual celebration of small and independent craft brewers, their craft and the American beer culture. We are proud to proclaim our own local, ‘Madison Craft Beer Week’.”

There will be several craft beer related activities during the week before the RiverRoots festival. Each will allow the RiverRoots Craft Beer Committee to highlight one of the feature beers from the festival at local restaurants. Special Madison Craft Beer Week events will be:

· Tuesday, May 13, Key West Shrimp House will feature a beer and food pairing with the Great Crescent Brewery.
· Wednesday, May 14, The 605 Grille, offers a beer and food pairing with Power House Brewery.
· Thursday, May 16, The Bone Yard Grill will host the RiverRoots kickoff event with live music with a beer and food pairing with New Albanian Brewery.
· Friday May 17 & Saturday May 18 is the RiverRoots Music and Folk Arts Festival.

Another Craft Beer feature of RiverRoots will be the Tap Room Only Kegs. There will be periodic announcements from the stage concerning the tapping of limited quantity special “Tap Room Only Kegs” in the Craft Beer Tent. This will allow our festival goers to experiences beers normally reserved only for those that visit the breweries themselves.

Five Indiana micro breweries with 15 different brews will be at the festival this year. The list of craft brewers includes Sun King from Indianapolis, Upland from Bloomington, and Power House from Columbus, New Albanian from New Albany, and Great Crescent from the Aurora / Cincinnati area.

There is also an event for makers of craft beer. This will be the 3rd year for the RiverRoots Brew-Off competition for home brewers. The style chosen for this year’s competition is American Ale with three sub categories; American Pale Ale, American Amber Ale and American Brown Ale. Detailed information is available on the RiverRoots web site.

The 9th Annual RiverRoots Music and Folk and Art Festival will be held on the riverfront in Madison, Indiana, on Friday and Saturday, May 17-18. For tickets and a full list of performers, activities and show times go to www.RiverRoots.org, or call 800-559-2956.

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