First Look: Braxton Brewing Company

Well, the big day has arrived for Braxton Brewing. They officially open the doors at 5 PM today. It’s been a very long road for the Rouse family and all of the people who’ve made it happen. There’s no purpose in trying to present ourselves as impartial on this. We’ve known many of the people involved for a very long time. We couldn’t be happier for them.

Back around the time they found their building, Tom pitched the idea of capturing a time lapse of the construction. We came up with three GoPros between Braxton, Dave Dixon and Tom and picked out the spots to hang them. There wound up being some unexpected technical issues, but the video below is the result and definitely shows what kind of effort goes into building a brewery from scratch.

There was just under a month of construction left when we stopped the cameras. The transformation in that month has been nothing short of amazing. Wednesday night we attended a preview/soft-opening event and got to experience the space in the way it was intended.

There are four beers available, but two of them are available on either CO2 or Nitro. All four beers are dead-on solid (as you would expect from this group of brewers). Our belief is that the Storm Golden Cream Ale may be a beer that blows up for them in the marketplace. It’s accessible to the casual beer drinker but complex enough to bear repeated (and yes, even critical) drinking. At 4.8 ABV it’s close to that session range we’re really digging lately. The Blown Gasket Robust Porter is a roasty, inky-black brew that’s perfect for this time of year when the weather can’t decide whether to be warm or cold. Sparky Hoppy Wheat Ale will really come into its own as the weather warms up. It’s a hop-forward wheat that avoids the trap of trying to be an IPA. That’s because they also have Crank Shaft IPA. They have to have an IPA or the Brewer’s Association would call in airstrikes. There are a lot of great IPAs in town, and now there’s another one. Let the religious wars begin! The Storm and Blown Gasket are the two available on CO2 or nitro. Do yourself a favor, try them both ways.

Braxton Brewing pint glass

If you’re planning to go to the opening tonight, don’t be surprised if you don’t see the idyllic scene below. Last time we looked there were more than 1800 Facebook RSVPs to the event invitation. Some percentage won’t show up, of course, but there are also people who aren’t on Facebook either. The taproom is rated for 300 people from what I was told, so there’s a good chance you’ll be outside. That’s OK. There will be food trucks and nearly 2000 of your closest friends. Get there early. Plan to be patient. Tomorrow probably won’t be as bad. Next week will be better. They’re not going anywhere. There’s plenty of time to check them out.

Braxton Brewing - Tap Room

Now that they’re opening, Tom can quit referring to the taproom as the “Taproom in the Future” instead of the “Taproom of the Future.” Part of the future is apparently to be able to use a card embedded with an RFID chip to pour your own beer from one of four special taps. The flow is metered and you’re charged by the ounce. It’s pretty cool to see operate. An app has been submitted to Apple that will allow you to order food in from local restaurants and even order beers. It’s an iOS app for now with Android to follow.

Braxton Brewing - taps in private meeting room

There are video games because … brewery tap room.

Braxton Brewing Golden Tee

The mural behind the bar is really something. It’s done by the folks at the omnipresent Neltner Small Batch company, and it’s really a sight to behold. It represents the history of the brewery from the days when Greg and Evan brewed in their garage on Braxton Street to the opening of the brewery. The pictures below show some of the detail, but taking it in all at once is the best way to see it. There is a time lapse video of the painting of the mural that Neltner Small Batch put together and we’ll link to it as soon as it’s online.

Braxton Brewing Mural - Greg and Evan Rouse

Braxton Brewing Mural - mailbox

Braxton - mural center

Braxton Brewing Mural - Roebling

So there’s our first look at Braxton Brewing. Get down there to see it for yourself. They’ve done a heck of a job.

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Tastings and Tappings Report: March 27, 2015

We frequently get updates for our Tastings and Tappings Report after our regular publishing time. Any edited listing will have UPDATE at the beginning of the listing. Don’t forget to check out our This Week in Beer post from Monday for other better beer events happening this weekend.

CONGRATULATIONS to Braxton Brewing on their opening tonight! We’ll have more information for you at noon today including photos and videos from Wednesday night’s soft open.

BOTTLE RELEASES

Fifty West – Will be releasing their wild sour ale Brett is My Co-Pilot on Saturday, March 28th. The line will form at noon and the first 30 people will receive free specialty glassware. There will also be other barrel aged and funky beers on tap in celebration of the release including Barrel Aged Our Mom’s Advice, Jalopy Nose Jalapeno Stout, Batch 50 Our Dad’s Advice and 2014 Are We There Yet? Saison.

Listermann Brewing – Releasing Nutcase Peanut Butter and Raspberry Jam Porter at 10:00 am on 3/28. Cost is $12.99 a bottle and there is a limit of five per person.

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 (3/27), it’s Leffe Blonde, MadTree Sprye, Rhinegeist Mastodon and Sweetwater Hop Hash.

Jungle Jim’s Eastgate – Friday night tasting from 5:00 to 9:00 pm. For this week’s tasting (3/27), it’s Widmer. Pints are usually $3.

Jungle Jim’s Fairfield – Friday night tasting from 5:00 to 9:00 pm. For this week’s tasting (3/27), it’s Rhinegeist. 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 – For Friday Night Flights this week (3/27), it’s SweetWater Brewing. Beers include firkins of cask conditioned Old Faithful IPA and Slick Eddie (a blend of IPA and Georgia Brown Ale). Draft selections include Happy Ending Stout and Georgia Brown Ale. There will also be bottles of SweetWater for tasting. Prices for beer by the glass will be posted at the event & will include a free Sweet Water 18th anniversary snifter. Cost is $2.00 per person. Only adults age 21 or more are admitted for Friday Night Flights.

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 – Tonight (3/27) is Free Bacon Night. They are also tapping Dark Horse Double Crooked Tree.

– For next week’s Rare Keg Monday (3/30), it’s BFM (Brasserie des Franches-Montagnes) Square Rt. 225 Historical Sour Saison. Cost is $12 for a 13 ounce tulip.

Have a better beer weekend, everyone!

— Carla and Tom

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This Week in Beer: March 23 – 29, 2015

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. NEW – Check out our new Better Beer Happy Hours, Etc. page for regularly scheduled specials on better beer.

Monday, March 23rd – Mug Night Monday at Flipdaddy’s Union

Monday, March 23rd – 1/3 off craft beer bottles at Moerlein Lager House

Monday, March 23rd – Randall Monday at the Brass Tap U Square

Monday, March 23rd at 11:00 am – Bell’s Oberon Tapping at Keystone Hyde Park

Monday, March 23rd at 5:00 pm – Rare Keg Monday at Ei8ht Ball Brewing
This week, it’s Hoppin’ Frog Barrel-Aged B.O.R.I.S. Cost is $12 for a 10 ounce snifter.

Tuesday, March 24th – Penny Flips at Fifty West

Tuesday, March 24th – $8 Growler Fills at Moerlein Lager House

Tuesday, March 24th – Infusion Special at the Brass Tap U Square

Tuesday, March 24th from 5:00-7:00 pm – Meet the Brewer at Barleycorn’s

Tuesday, March 24th at 6:00 pm – BOGO Craft Beer Special at Hebron Brew Haus
Special applies to select rotating draft beers.

Tuesday, March 24th at 6:00 pm – Tuesdays on Tap at Whole Foods Mason
Six drafts, six bites, $6.

Wednesday, March 25th – Select Craft Beers for $2 at Molly Malone’s Covington

Wednesday, March 25th – Flight Night at The Growler House

Wednesday, March 25th – Pint Night at UC’s Catskeller
For this week, it’s Thirsty Dog Brewery.

Wednesday, March 25th from 6:00 to 9:00 pm – Blind IPA Tasting at Marty’s Hops and Vines
Six IPAs on tap with blank tap handles, you get to taste and rank all six. Names revealed after they’ve all been ranked. Cost is $15 a person.

Wednesday, March 25th at 7:00 pm – Monthly Keg Tapping at Hofbräuhaus Newport
This month, it’s their Hopfen Spezial.

Thursday, March 26th – Firkin Thursday at Fifty West

Thursday, March 26th – Tap That Thursday at BrewRiver GastroPub

Thursday, March 26th from 4:00 pm to close – Take Home the Glass Night at Taste of Belgium Clifton

Thursday, March 26th 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 – Bell’s Oberon, Glendale – Oskar Blues Dale’s Pale Ale and Hyde Park – Fat Head’s Goggle Fogger.

Thursday, March 26th at 6:30 pm – Cincinnati Brewing History: Presented by Rhinegeist Brewery
From Facebook: “Come to Rhinegeist Brewery to enjoy an evening all about beer! Rhinegeist is proud to host Cincinnati Brewing History, and lecture by local experts, Steve Hampton, architect and executive director of the Over-the-Rhine Brewery District and Brewery Heritage Trail and Mike Morgan, local historian and author of “Over-the-Rhine: When Beer Was King”. The lecture will be preceded by a brewery tour, happy hour and an opportunity to buy raffle tickets to win Rhinegeist swag!! For beer and history lovers, it doesn’t get any better than this!” Hosted by Betts House, the cost is $11.54 for the lecture only. The tour option is sold out. You can purchase your tickets on their Eventbrite page.

Friday, March 27th – $8 Growler Fills at Christian Moerlein Brewery

Friday, March 27th at 5:00 pm – Free Bacon Night at Ei8ht Ball Brewing
Also tapping Dark Horse Double Crooked Tree.

Friday, March 27th at 5:00 pm – Braxton Brewing Company Grand Opening
From their Facebook Event Page: “Join us as we officially “Lift One to Life” for the very first time. We’re excited to invite you into “The Garage” for a night of delicious beer, the Neltner Small Batch mural unveiling, live bands, brewery tours, a photo booth, and much more. Schedule:
– Doors Open: 5:00pm
– Bands in MadLot at 6:00pm
– Toast/Mural Unveiling: 7:00pm
– and much more…
*subject to change, check this page for updates
Food Trucks will provide the food, we’ll provide the beer. We look forward to pouring pints and, as always, Lift One to Life..”

Friday, March 27th 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, March 27th from 6:00-7:00 pm – Friday Night Flights Beer Tasting at Party Town in Florence

Saturday, March 28th from 7:00-10:00 pm – The Art of Funk feat. Sours, Artswave, DJ Soulstep & Pones, Inc! at Rivertown Brewing
From their Facebook event page: “Join us for our Artswave Toast to the Arts Campaign Kick Off Party starting at 7p focused on the Art of Funk! We will be joined by DJ Soulstep spinning nothing but funky vinyl goodness til close, a special performance by Pones, Inc from 7p-8p (an interactive, funk filled dance troop) and, of course, our House Funk feature on tap beginning with Kriek and followed by Pomegranate Lambic along with Gueze and Triumvirate featured in bottle. Come discover and embrace your funk and all its art forms with us on the 28th!”

Sunday, March 29th at 11:00 am – Brewers Brunch with Weasel Boy at Fifty West
Three course beer paired brunch. Cost is $27.37 per person. Make your reservation on their Eventbrite page.

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Tastings and Tappings Report: March 20, 2015

We frequently get updates for our Tastings and Tappings Report after our regular publishing time. Any edited listing will have UPDATE at the beginning of the listing. Don’t forget to check out our This Week in Beer post from Monday for other better beer events happening this weekend.

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 (3/20), it’s Boulevard Unfiltered Wheat, West Sixth Bryan Ave Belgian Blonde, Sixpoint Abigale and Boulevard The Calling IPA.

Jungle Jim’s Eastgate – Friday night tasting from 5:00 to 9:00 pm. For this week’s tasting (3/20), it’s Listermann. Pints are usually $3.

Jungle Jim’s Fairfield – Friday night tasting from 5:00 to 9:00 pm. For this week’s tasting (3/20), it’s MadTree. 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 – For Friday Night Flights this week (3/20), it’s Rhinegeist. Beers include Pandamonium, Gramps, Powder and Saber Tooth (all on draft) plus their entire line of canned beers. Draft prices will be posted at the event. The first 96 people to purchase draft by the glass will receive a complimentary Rhinegeist pint glass. Cost is $2.00 per person. Only adults age 21 or more are admitted for Friday Night Flights.

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 – Tonight (3/20) is Artswave Free Bacon Night and they will tapping Jolly Pumpkin Saison X. A portion of the proceeds from sales of all Ei8ht Ball Brewing beers sold that day will be donated to ArtsWave.

– Tomorrow (Saturday, 3/21) their Saturday infusion is Uinta Detour Run through a Randall of grapefruit. Cost is $6 for a 10 ounce snifter. They will also be tapping Rhinegeist Saber Tooth Tiger at 2:00 pm. Cost is $5 for a 10 ounce snifter.

– For next week’s Rare Keg Monday (3/23), it’s Hoppin’ Frog Barrel-Aged B.O.R.I.S. Cost is $12 for a 10 ounce snifter.

Have a better beer weekend, everyone!

— Carla and Tom

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Arnold’s Announces Opening Day Lineup

Opening Day is less than three weeks away and the mild weather we had earlier this week has us all thinking about baseball. Well, and beer too. Being a non-Cincinnati native, Opening Day traditions are something that I’m new to, but I can honestly say some of my happiest Opening Day memories started at Arnold’s. If I didn’t have work obligations on Monday, April 6th, you know you could find me that morning having breakfast in the courtyard at Arnold’s.

Here is their schedule for the day:

Breakfast from 9:00-11:00 am.

At 9:00 am, they will be tapping some truly great beers including Ommegang’s Game of Thrones Series: 3 Eyed Raven, Three Floyds Zombie Dust, Ballast Point Grapefruit Sculpin IPA, Triple Digit Coconut Chickow!, Blank Slate Bonbonerie Opera Cream Stout, Christian Moerlein 11/162 Bourbon Barrel Ale, three year aged Stone Imperial Russian Stout (2013), Rhinegeist Saber Tooth Tiger and Fifty West Wire to Wire Wheat.

As usual, they will be marking the bottom of one out of every five random beer cups. If you get one of the marked cups, you win autographed baseball cards and game used memorabilia. There are over 100 prizes in all from Cincinnati Reds players like Pete Rose, Joey Votto, Ken Griffey Jr, Aroldis Chapman, Brandon Phillips, George Foster, Billy Hamilton, Jay Bruce, Adam Dunn and more.

Todd Hepburn will be on the piano to play every baseball song that you can think of from 11:00 am – 3:00 pm.

Jeremy Dubin and Justin McCombs from the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company will be performing both “Casey at the Bat” and Abbot & Costello’s “Who’s on First” on the courtyard stage.

Plus, former Arnold’s owner Jim Tarbell will be on hand dressed at Peanut Jim Shelton playing the mouth harp.

Arnold's Bar And Grill

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Izzy’s Beer Pairing Contest Winner Announcement

Congratulations to Robin Sturgeon who won our Izzy’s Beer Pairing contest by suggesting pairing a hefeweizen with an Izzy’s cod sandwich. Watch your email, Robin! We will be contacting you soon to get your mailing address so Izzy’s can send you the $25 gift card that you won.

And thanks to everyone that entered! It was really interesting to see the very different beer pairings that you came up with! You can check them all out in the comments section of our post.

Izzy's St. Patrick's Day

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This Week in Beer: March 16 – 22, 2015

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. NEW – Check out our new Better Beer Happy Hours, Etc. page for regularly scheduled specials on better beer.

Monday, March 16th – Mug Night Monday at Flipdaddy’s Union

Monday, March 16th – 1/3 off craft beer bottles at Moerlein Lager House

Monday, March 16th – Randall Monday at the Brass Tap U Square

Monday, March 16th at 5:00 pm – Rare Keg Monday at Ei8ht Ball Brewing
This week, there’s actually four beers from MadTree and they’re all barrel aged: BA Axis Mundi, BA AXIS Mundi with coffee and vanilla, BA Happy Amber and Ye Olde Battering Ram Black Barleywine. Cost varies for a 10 ounce snifter.

Monday, March 16th from 8:00 pm to close – Pint Night at Incline Public House

HAPPY SAINT PATRICK’S DAY!

Tuesday, March 17th – Penny Flips at Fifty West

Tuesday, March 17th – Tappa Keg Tuesday at Dingle House

Tuesday, March 17th – $8 Growler Fills at Moerlein Lager House

Tuesday, March 17th – Infusion Special at the Brass Tap U Square

Tuesday, March 17th from 11:00 am to 10:00 pm – HOPPY St. Paddy’s Day at Flipdaddy’s Mariemont
Enjoy some of the best hopped-up brews including: Three Floyds Zombie Dust, Great Divide Hercules Double IPA, Fat Head’s Hop Juju Imperial IPA, Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA, Breckenridge 471 IPA, Stone Cali-Belgique IPA and Revolution Galaxy Hero IPA plus Dogfish Head 60 Minute run through the Randall with whole leaf hops.

Tuesday, March 17th from 5:00-7:00 pm – Meet the Brewer at Barleycorn’s

Tuesday, March 17th at 6:00 pm – BOGO Craft Beer Special at Hebron Brew Haus
Special applies to select rotating draft beers.

Tuesday, March 17th at 6:00 pm – Tuesdays on Tap at Whole Foods Mason
Six drafts, six bites, $6.

Wednesday, March 18th – Select Craft Beers for $2 at Molly Malone’s Covington

Wednesday, March 18th – Local Wednesday at Buckhead Mountain Grill Bellevue
All local beer served in a 16 oz pint glass are $3.99.

Wednesday, March 18th from 5:30 to 8:00 pm – Beer Tasting at Marty’s Hops and Vines

Wednesday, March 18th at 6:00 pm – New Belgium Beer Dinner at Moerlein Lager House
Reception beer – New Belgium Abby Belgium Dubbel. First course – Le Terroir Dry Hopped Sour Ale paired Tropical Gazpacho, Hamachi Crudo, Lychee Fruit. Second course – 1554 Black Lager paired with Ultimate grilled cheese. Third course – Cocoa Molé Spiced Chocolate Porter paired with Seared Foie Gras, Spiced Molé, Sour Poached Pear, Pumpkin Seeds, Queso de Cabra. Fourth course – Rampant Imperial Pale Ale paired with Bangers and Mash. Dessert – Portage Porter paired with Goat Cheese Cheesecake. Cost is $55 plus tax and gratuity. Seating is limited. Make reservations in advance by contacting Jeff Geckle at privatedining@moerleinlh.com

Thursday, March 19th – Firkin Thursday at Fifty West

Thursday, March 19th – Tap That Thursday at BrewRiver GastroPub

Thursday, March 19th from 4:00 pm to close – Take Home the Glass Night at Taste of Belgium Clifton

Thursday, March 19th 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 – West Sixth Belgian Blonde, Glendale – New Belgium Fat Tire and Hyde Park – West Sixth Belgian Blonde.

Friday, March 20th – $8 Growler Fills at Christian Moerlein Brewery

Friday, March 20th at 5:30 pm – Artswave Bacon Night at Ei8ht Ball
The usual twenty pounds of bacon plus Jolly Pumpkin Saison X AND a portion of the proceeds from sales of all Ei8ht Ball Brewing beers sold that day will be donated to ArtsWave.

Friday, March 20th 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, March 20th from 6:00-7:00 pm – Friday Night Flights Beer Tasting at Party Town in Florence

Saturday, March 21st from 5:00-8:00pm – Beer Tasting at Ludlow Wines
The cost to taste four beers is $6.00 per person.

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Tastings and Tappings Report: March 13, 2015

We frequently get updates for our Tastings and Tappings Report after our regular publishing time. Any edited listing will have UPDATE at the beginning of the listing. Don’t forget to check out our This Week in Beer post from Monday for other better beer events happening this weekend.

Don’t forget the All About Stout Fest tomorrow at Molly Malone’s Covington starting at 12:00 pm. More information available on our earlier post.

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 (3/14), it’s Two Brothers Monarch, Oskar Blues Pinner, Alltech KY Rye Barrel IPA and Revolution Galaxy Hero.

Jungle Jim’s Eastgate – Friday night tasting from 5:00 to 9:00 pm. For this week’s tasting (3/14), it’s The Brew Kettle. Pints are usually $3.

Jungle Jim’s Fairfield – Friday night tasting from 5:00 to 9:00 pm. For this week’s tasting (3/14), it’s Left Hand. 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 – For Friday Night Flights this week, it’s Country Boy. Beers include Rum Barrel Aged Black Porter, Sink Hole Stout (BBA Imperial Stout), Warehouse Experiment #2 (BA Pale Ale), Heart of Dankness (Black IPA), D9nasty Double IPA and more. Cost is $2.00 per person. Only adults age 21 or more are admitted for Friday Night Flights.

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 – Tonight (3/13) is Free Bacon Night and they will tapping Christian Moerlein Eleven / 162.

– Tomorrow (Saturday, 3/14) their Saturday infusion is Southern Tier Creme Brulee Stout run through raspberries.

– For next week’s Rare Keg Monday (3/16), there’s actually four beers from MadTree and they’re all barrel aged: BA Axis Mundi, BA AXIS Mundi with coffee and vanilla, BA Happy Amber and Ye Olde Battering Ram Black Barleywine. Cost varies for a 10 ounce snifter.

Wild Mike’s Shady Lane – Tapping Fat Head’s Hop Ju Ju and Ballast Point Victory at Sea on Saturday (3/14) at 5:00 pm.

Have a better beer weekend, everyone!

— Carla and Tom

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Kentucky Ale Platoon Pack Features Blue and White Ales

Have to admit that I’m kind of surprised they didn’t come up with this sooner. Happy March Madness everyone!

Just in time for March Madness basketball, a new limited edition six-pack has emerged with the spirited colors of blue and white. The Kentucky Ale Platoon Pack from Alltech Lexington Brewing & Distilling Co. will feature two new brews in one pack – Kentucky Blue Ale, an unfiltered, Belgian white ale accented with blueberries, and Kentucky White Ale, an unfiltered Belgian white ale.

Perfect for sipping while watching the heated, intense games of the NCAA tournaments, the brews will only be available in bottles in Kentucky and around the region starting next week and will last for a short time. The brews are 5.3% alcohol by volume (ABV), and the six-pack has a suggested retail price of $9.99.

“In this part of the country, it’s no secret that we bleed blue,” said Matt Cordle, sales manager for Alltech Lexington Brewing & Distilling Co. “So our brewery is pretty pumped to be putting out this one-and-done six-pack of two different Belgian ales. I foresee a big run on these from basketball fans in the area. I’d be thrilled if I went to a watch party and the Kentucky Blue Ale and Kentucky White Ale were filling up the coolers. That’s the goal.”

Kentucky Blue Ale is a blueberry Belgian white ale that features the sweet taste of blueberries, complemented with refreshing citrus notes of coriander and orange peel. Unfiltered for optimal depth of flavor, this twist on a traditional Belgian wheat ale boasts an effervescent, cloudy appearance. Similarly, Kentucky White Ale is a Belgian white ale brewed in the same style with coriander and orange peel, but without blueberries.

The unique six-pack is debuting at an exciting time in the brewery’s history, as the downtown Lexington brewery undergoes a renovation and expansion, with its capacity set to quadruple. Large roof trusses were just lifted atop the brewery building yesterday on the Alltech Lexington Brewing & Distilling Co. campus at the intersection of Maxwell St. and Oliver Lewis Way and now can be seen soaring atop the formerly low-profile roofline. The building is under construction to make room for a new brewhouse, as well as to raise the roof and create two glass walls that will showcase the brewery’s inner workings to passersby. The project is expected to continue into late 2015.

Please follow the Kentucky Ale Facebook page or the Kentucky Ale Twitter for updates on Kentucky Ale Platoon Pack availability across the region as shipments of the six-packs are made.

Kentucky Ale Platoon Pack

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Your Beer Pairing Could Win an Izzy’s Gift Card

Izzy's St. Patrick's Day

You’ve heard us talk about the very affordable and well done beer dinners that take place at the Florence and Fort Wright Izzy’s locations. We really enjoyed the last one which featured beers from Carsons Brewery out of Evansville, IN. We’re guessing many of you will be heading to Izzy’s for one of their award-winning Corned Beef Sandwiches next Tuesday for Saint Patrick’s Day. We especially love their reubens – corned beef on rye with sauerkraut and Izzy’s Special Sauce.

Izzy's Corned Beef Reuben

You may have already been there for one of their Cod Lenten Specials too. Fish and corned beef really are the go-to foods for this time of year, right? But what would be the perfect beer to pair with each of those two foods? Well, the kind folks at Izzy’s have given us a $25 gift card to giveaway to a Hoperatives reader who suggests a great beer to pair with either corned beef or cod.

Izzy's Codfather

To enter, just post a comment on this post with your beer pairing. Be sure to include your email address so we can contact you if you win. You can enter twice with one beer pairing for corned beef and then another for cod.

Sharing the link to this contest on Facebook or Twitter will also get you an entry as long as you use the hashtag #IzzysCincy You can also tag Izzy’s on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

Deadline is Tuesday, March 17th (Saint Patrick’s Day) at 5:00 pm. We can’t wait to see your beer pairings!

— Carla and Tom

*Izzy’s has provided us with the $25 gift card to giveaway as well as a $25 gift card for our own use.

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