This Week in Beer: Dec. 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.

We will be publishing our annual listing of better beer locations holiday hours tomorrow to help you know which ones are open and which ones aren’t.

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

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

Monday, Dec. 22nd – Randall Monday at the Brass Tap U Square

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

Monday, Dec. 22nd at 5:00 pm – Rare Keg Monday at Ei8ht Ball Brewing
Two beers this week: Avery The Beast Grand Cru and Victory Earth & Flame. Pricing varies by beer. For next week’s Rare Keg Monday, they are planning to have eight beers.

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

Tuesday, Dec. 23rd – Half liters of Weizen for $3 at Hofbräuhaus Newport

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

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

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

Tuesday, Dec. 23rd – Infusion Special at the Brass Tap U Square

Tuesday, Dec. 23rd at 6:00 pm – Bell’s Flight Night at the Growler House

Tuesday, Dec. 23rd at 6:00 pm – Rhinegeist Tap Takeover Launch Party at Cock & Bull Mainstrasse

Tuesday, Dec. 23rd at 6:00 pm – BOGO Craft Beer Special at Hebron Brew Haus
Special applies to select rotating draft beers.

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

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

Wednesday, Dec. 24th – Craft Beer Series at Habits Café
This week, it’s Great Lakes.

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

Thursday, Dec. 25th – MERRY CHRISTMAS!

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

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

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

Posted in Local Beer Stores, Local Breweries, Local Brewpubs, Local Restaurants/Bars/Pubs Tagged with: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
Hoperatives Logo 50x50

Tastings and Tappings Report: Dec. 19, 2014

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.

HAPPY GRAND OPENING TO TAP & SCREW BREWERY! They officially open their doors today at 3:00 pm. Check out their Facebook page for more information.

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 (12/19), the beers are Lexington Honey Barrel Brown Ale, New Belgium Frambozen, Ridgeway Reindeer Droppings and Mikkeller Better Half IPA.

Jungle Jim’s Eastgate – Friday night tasting from 5:00 to 9:00 pm. For this week’s tasting (12/19), it’s beers from Rhinegeist. Pints are usually $3.

Jungle Jim’s Fairfield – Friday night tasting from 5:00 to 9:00 pm. For this week’s tasting (12/19), it’s 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 are done for 2014 and will return in 2015.

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 (12/22), Ei8ht Ball will have TBA.

Have a better beer weekend, everyone!

— Carla and Tom

Posted in Breweries Beyond, Local Beer Stores, Local Breweries, Regional Breweries Tagged with: , , , , , , , , ,
Hoperatives Logo 50x50

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 “Tastings and Tappings 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 writers.

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 above. 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 fill out the form to join our ranks and get your roll call number. You can see the already registered Hoperatives on that same 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

Posted in Housekeeping
Hoperatives Logo 50x50

Repost: Hoperatives Beer Gift Guide

From December 4, 2013 with some updates for this year:

As Tom pointed out in his post “On Beer Culture and Beer Subcultures”, there seems to be at least four main subcultures within the overall craft beer culture. We decided to do our Hoperatives Beer Gift Guide by subculture so you can really target the better beer lover on your shopping list this year. There is also a category for gifts that all better beer fans would probably like (since the subcategories aren’t ironclad or you may not be sure what might work for your beer fan). Some links listed below go to our affiliate links on Amazon.com. You’re not obligated to use those links, of course, but look at it this way: it’s like buying two gifts at once!

For the home brewer on your list:

Sparge Arm

So this is how you pick up some serious credibility if the home brewer in your life doesn’t think you’ve been paying attention to the work they put in to make beer. There’s a point in the brewing process where you need to circulate water through the cooked grains to get all the sugars and other yummy goodness out of the grain. This is called ‘sparging.’ It can be tedious. A dedicated sparge arm can make the process less tedious. Which means more beer gets made more often. This is a good thing. This is something that you give when you know for a fact that the brewer in your life does all-grain brewing. It’s not necessary for what’s called extract brewing.

Homebrew Immersion Wort Chiller

We’ve actually given this as a wedding gift, and we found out that a gift certificate we gave as a wedding gift (see below) went to get one of these. Both couples are still married, so this is a good gift. Yeast is a living organism and it doesn’t like burning hot water any more than you do. There’s a point in the brewing process that the wort — the sugar water that’s been boiling for an hour or more with hops and such — needs to be cooled quickly before the yeast is added. Yes, it looks like a big copper tube coil because that’s what it is. But to a homebrewer it’s the best thing ever.

Listermann Brewing Supply Gift Certificate

We once gave a Listermann gift certificate for a wedding gift and it was such a big hit we had to include this by name and location. Listermann is the grande dame of Cincinnati home brewing supply and has earned its outstanding reputation. The Cincinnati metro area is blessed with several home brew supply locations that will be happy to sell you a gift certificate so your in-house brewer can pick and choose the perfect gift. Here are other the fine home brew supply shops around town:

For the beer trader/swapper on your list:

The Rare Beer Club

We met the folks who run this company at the Beer Blogger’s Conference in Boston this past summer. The Rare Beer Club will ship you 2, 4 or 6 bottles of a hard-to-get beer each month. They work through distributors with the proper licensing, so they are are legally able to ship to Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana (which is refreshing, to say the least). If rare beer isn’t quite what you’re looking for, take a look at other craft-beer-each-month selections they offer (the site lists all past offerings so you can see what goes out). It’s even possible to mix and match offers to create your own personal beer of the month club.

Jet Bag Reusable Padded Absorbent Bottle Bags, Bio-Degradable Travel Accessory, Set of 3

It’s amazing to us every time we travel to discover how many people haven’t heard that it’s NOT ok to take liquids on planes. Or that beer is a liquid, apparently. If the beer lover in your live travels AND likes to bring back beer, these bottle bags are the best way to stash bottles of beer in checked luggage. Sure, they can be wrapped in an old shirt or some socks but, well, ewww. These can also be used in shipping beer (or any glass bottle, really). Just make sure you can get them back.

For the beer rater/evaluator on your list:

33 Bottles of Beer Tasting Notebook and 33 Mugs of Cider

Yeah there are smartphone apps that allow you to rate beers, but these clever little notebooks are designed to help you think about what you’re drinking rather than just collecting some arbitrary number of stars or mugs or some other ratings icon. We’ve heard tell of folks using these to keep tasting notes while going through BJCP or Cicerone training. Each page in the notebook allows you to record a wealth of information about beers and ciders you try. The design is extremely well-thought out and these notebooks are essential equipment for the serious beer reviewer.

Field Notes “Drink Local” Edition

The little notebooks made by Field Notes are almost a cult item. I got hooked on them a few years ago. I used to be terrible about writing things on random scraps of paper. Now I write notes to myself in these and can usually find the notes later — a definite change from the past. Unlike the ’33’ notebooks listed above, these contain nothing but pages of grid-lined paper between heavy-duty fiber covers. You can record information about beer in them if you like, but they’re really just general purpose notebooks with a fun beer theme. The covers themselves are meant to suggest the colors of various kinds of beers and they Field Notes folks throw in some beer coasters that share some of the same design elements of the notebooks.

For the local beer fan on your list:

Local Brewery Tours

One of the best ways to check out the many great local breweries in the Cincinnati/NKY area is to leave the driving to someone else. The link above takes you to our listing of the various tours available now. Different tours go to different breweries so pick out the itinerary that works out best for you or your gift recipient. Cincy Brew Bus has a deal where you can get 20% off a room at the newly renovated Hyatt Regency Cincinnati and Craft Connection Brewery Tours just started offering Craft Cash which lets you easily give a brewery tour.

Hydro Flask Insulated Stainless Steel Wide Mouth Beer Growler (64-Ounce)

We were given samples of these at the 2013 Beer Blogger’s conference and they’re fantastic. They’re a little taller and bit narrower than their glass counterparts, but they seal tightly and hold temperature for quite a while. It’s made of a heavy-weight metal so there’s some sturdiness to it. We’ve used these for all sorts of uses other than beer, but they work as advertised for that.

Moerlein Lager House Beer Tokens

Pretty much any better beer location will be happy to sell you a gift certificate, but the Moerlein Lager House Beer tokens are unique. It’s the sort of stocking stuffer that will elicit a confused look at first, but joy upon realizing what they’re for. One token, one beer. How cool is that? The only downside is that they’re so cool, you don’t want to turn them in. In the end you do, of course, because … beer.

For any better beer fan on your list:

Ambitious Brew: The Story of American Beer by Maureen Ogle

This is one of the best books on the history of beer in America. We both love it so much that we own both the paperback and Kindle versions of it. Maureen Ogle is a professional historian who researches obsessively but writes accessibly. Her work is partly responsible for spreading the word about Jack McAuliffe’s early contributions to craft brewing. It’s book that cover a lot of ground in an easy-to-access volume and when you’ve finished it you’ll be even more impressed with what the craft brewers are pulling off with today’s small-brewery revolution.

EdgeStar Full Size Kegerator and Keg Beer Cooler

A few years ago, a newly married friend of ours bought her new husband a kegerator for Christmas. They both loved it so much that when they moved to the west coast and were only taking what they could fit into a POD with them, they made room for the kegerator. We treated ourselves to a two-tap kegerator a few years later and have never regretted it. It may be one of the ultimate gifts for a better beer fan.

The Oxford Companion to Beer

Brooklyn Brewing’s Garrett Oliver edited this volume that’s equal part reference book and lightning rod. You don’t have to do much Googling to find people who have nits to pick with the book, but when you dig into a given issue yourself you’ll generally find that the OCB is reporting a consensus view of topics that are difficult to summarize. In one volume you’ll find discussions of technical issues pertaining to brewing, extensive descriptions of styles, the histories of important beers and breweries and a lot more. I carry a Kindle version with me on my phone so I can look something up that I half-remember about one topic or another. And sometimes when I’m bored I just randomly pick an article and read it. Then another. I can kill a whole afternoon that way. The serious beer fan will find this book impossible to put down.

Hoperatives Holiday Gift Guide

Posted in Local Beer Stores, Local Breweries, Local Brewpubs Tagged with: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
Hoperatives Logo 50x50

This Week in Beer: Dec. 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, Dec. 15th – Mug Night Monday at Flipdaddy’s Union

Monday, Dec. 15th – Randall Monday at the Brass Tap U Square

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

Monday, Dec. 15th at 5:00 pm – Rare Keg Monday at Ei8ht Ball Brewing
This week, it’s Dogfish Head Olde School Barleywine. Cost is $10 a snifter or $15 for a 32oz grumbler.

Monday, Dec. 15th at 6:00 pm – Bay of Bengal DIPA Tapping at Moerlein Lager House

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

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

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

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

Tuesday, Dec. 16th – Infusion Special at the Brass Tap U Square

Tuesday, Dec. 16th at 6:00 pm – Ohio United for Athens at MadTree Brewing
From Facebook:
“MadTree is teaming up with Fat Head’s Brewery to help our brothers and sisters at Jackie O’s Pub & Brewery and the Athens community as they recover from the Union Street Fire. 10% of draft sales will go to those employees directly affected by the fire. For the first time ever, we will be pouring guest taps! Pimp My Sleigh – Fat Head’s, Imperial Bean Me Up – Fat Head’s, Pilsaaz! – Jackie O’s, Barking Pumpkin – Jackie O’s”

Tuesday, Dec. 16th at 6:00 pm – BOGO Craft Beer Special at Hebron Brew Haus
Special applies to select rotating draft beers.

Tuesday, Dec. 16th at 6:00 pm – Home Alone Chocolate Stout Tapping at Ei8ht Ball Brewing
Brewed with walnuts, chestnuts, hazelnuts and almonds.

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

Wednesday, Dec. 17th – Half liters of Dunkel for $3 at Hofbräuhaus Newport

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

Wednesday, Dec. 17th – Craft Beer Series at Habits Café
This week, it’s Southern Tier.

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

Wednesday, Dec. 17th from 4:00 pm to close – Benefit for Kevin Spatz Family at Rivertown Brewing
See our earlier post for more information.

Wednesday, Dec. 17th from 4:00 pm to close – STONEmas at The Lackman
Beers include Stone Pale Ale, Stone IPA, Stone Ruination IPA, Stone Go To IPA, Stone Coffee Milk Stout, Stochasticity™ Project HIBISCUSICITY and rare beers such as Stone Reason Be Damned (Red Wine Barrel Aged), Arrogant Bastard Ale (Bourbon Barrel Aged), Arbalest (Belgian Pale Ale aged in Bourbon Barrels), Bang Bang (Red Ale aged in Bourbon Barrels), 10 Barrel/Bluejacket/Stone Suede Imperial Porter 2013, Stone Imperial Russian Stout 2013 and Stone Imperial Russian Stout 2014.

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

Wednesday, Dec. 17th at 7:00 pm – Belgian Themed Craft Beer Dinner at Izzy’s Florence
Beers include Hoegaarden White, Stella Artois and Leffe Blond. Pairings are Belgian Fries served with Andalouse Sauce, Turkey Wrap and Gingerbread Cake Cookies. Cost is $25 per person. For reservations, call (859) 525-2333 or email loveizzys@gmail.com

Thursday, Dec. 18th – Half liters of Lager for $3 at Hofbräuhaus Newport

Thursday, Dec. 18th at 6:00 pm – Three Floyds Tap Takeover at Cock & Bull Mainstrasse
Beers include Dreadnaught, Alpha King, Alpha Claus, Jinx Proof, Permanent Funeral and Zombie Dust. Buy a beer, keep the glass.

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

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

Thursday, Dec. 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 – Breckenridge Christmas, Glendale – Holy Grale and Hyde Park – 12 Taps of Dogfishmas.

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

Friday, Dec. 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, Dec. 19th at 7:30 pm – Deschutes & Toys For Tots “Ugly Sweater” Bar Crawl
Schedule: 7:30pm – Wiseguy Lounge (Serving Obsidian Stout on Nitro), 8:30pm – The Forum (Serving Mirror Pond and Jubelale), 9 – Blinkers (Serving Jubelale), 9:30 – Keystone Covington (Serving Chainbreaker White IPA) and 10:15 – Molly Malone’s (Serving Black Butte XXVI and having an “ugly sweater” contest) Bring a new, unwrapped toy to donate to the Marines for Toys For Tots and get a t-shirt (while supplies last). Marines will be joining on the crawl so buy them for beers to thank them for their service.

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

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

Posted in Breweries Beyond, Local Beer Stores, Local Breweries, Local Brewpubs, Local Restaurants/Bars/Pubs, Regional Breweries Tagged with: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
Hoperatives Logo 50x50

Boulevard Coming to Ohio in January

Merry Christmas to us! Had their Tank 7 Farmhouse Ale last month in Florida and look forward to being able to get in the Buckeye state soon.

Over the past few months, Boulevard Brewing Company has added four states to its distribution territory. With each new announcement, a similar question arises on social media: why not Ohio? Well, the wait is just about over. In January, Boulevard beers will be available on taps and retail shelves throughout the state.

“Ohio is a great beer market,” said Steve Mills, Boulevard’s vice president of sales. “With the ongoing expansion of our brewery, it’s time for us to get off the sidelines and into the game. We’re excited to partner with Cavalier Distributing to bring more variety and excitement to Ohio craft beer lovers.”

“Cavalier is proud to represent some of the finest breweries from across Ohio, the United States and the world. With Boulevard’s commitment to quality, heritage and passion for brewing, they will fit right in. We are excited to be Boulevard’s partner and bring their array of fresh, flavorful beers to Ohio,” said Cavalier Distributing President George Fisher.

Several year-round beers will be available after the New Year, including Pop-Up I.P.A., 80-Acre Hoppy Wheat Beer, and Unfiltered Wheat Beer, the brewery’s most popular offering. Boulevard’s year-round Smokestack Series, featuring the critically acclaimed Tank 7 Farmhouse Ale, will also be fully represented. Additional seasonals and limited releases will be introduced in the coming months.

Posted in Breweries Beyond Tagged with:
Hoperatives Logo 50x50

Tastings and Tappings Report: Dec. 12, 2014

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.

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 (12/12), the beers are Wyder’s Reposado, Rince Cochon Belgian Blonde Ale, Stone Smoked Porter with Chocolate & Orange Peel and Stone Enjoy By 12.26.14.

Jungle Jim’s Eastgate – Friday night tasting from 5:00 to 9:00 pm. For this week’s tasting (12/12), it’s beers from New Belgium. Pints are usually $3.

Jungle Jim’s Fairfield – Friday night tasting from 5:00 to 9:00 pm. For this week’s tasting (12/12), it’s beers from the Warped Wing Brewing Company. 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 are done for 2014 and will return in 2015.

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 BrewingThree Floyds Tap Takeover today (12/12) starting at 5:30 pm. Beers include Gumballhead, Dreadnaught, Alpha King, Alpha Klaus, Pride & Joy and Moloko. Beer available in flights or by the glass, no growlers.

Kentucky Launch party of Moerlein Bay of Bengal DIPA at Ei8ht Ball this Sunday from noon until 7:00 pm

● For next week’s Rare Keg Monday (12/15), Ei8ht Ball will have Dogfish Head Olde School Barleywine. Cost is $10 a snifter or $15 for a 32oz grumbler.

Have a better beer weekend, everyone!

— Carla and Tom

Posted in Breweries Beyond, Local Beer Stores, Local Breweries, Regional Breweries Tagged with: , , , , , , , , , ,
Hoperatives Logo 50x50

Xavier Ups Its Beer Game

Xavier University opened the new D’Artagnan’s Deck at Tuesday night’s men’s basketball game versus IUPUI at the Cintas Center.  The concession stand is located in the upper level of the arena and features a wide line-up of craft beers.  Although the Cintas Center has offered a handful of craft, “crafty”, and import beers in the past few years, there wasn’t a wide variety.  (Rivertown Hop Bomber has been my saving grace at games) That’s all changed now as they seriously up their beer game.

Last night’s offerings at D’Artagnan’s Deck were mostly local:

  • Mad Tree Psychopathy
  • Blank Slate Fork in the Road
  • Rivertown Lil’ Sipa
  • Listermann 652 Lateral
  • Redhook Audible Ale
  • Rhinegeist Cougar
  • Listermann Pre-Prohibition Lager
  • Old Firehouse Hoser Gose
  • Miller Lite
  • Coors Light
  • Plus bottled water, peanuts, and bagged snacks.

Hats off to Xavier and the Cintas Center for expanding craft beer options and thinking/drinking local!  Here are a few shots from the opening night.

Xavier Bar

 Listermann and Triple Digit well represented! (as were other local breweries)

Xavier Menu Board

TVs display the current selection, including the ABV and IBU for each. Prices range from $7-8.50 for a pint.

Xavier Distance Shot

View of the new bar from a distance.  It is located at the top of the arena in the “end zone” section 200.

Xavier Court Shot

Despite a lackluster performance in the first half, Xavier beat IUPUI Tuesday night 66-43. The view from the top while you get your beer is pretty nice!

-John

Posted in Local Restaurants/Bars/Pubs Tagged with: , , , , , , , , , , , ,
Hoperatives Logo 50x50

It’s National Lager Day. Have A Cold(er) One!

According to various sources on the interwebs, December 10th is National Lager Day. When I first found out about this marvelous new thing last week, I assumed the day would a national holiday celebrated with bank closures, a day off for workers everywhere (or at least for the federal government), and a series of lederhosen-and-masquerade balls held in very cold rooms as an homage to the lower temperature storage that most lagers undergo before being ready for the world.

After a brief call to my Congressman’s office, though, I learned that National Lager Day isn’t quite that official. It’s apparently not even as important as Groundhog Day. Which, you know, makes me wonder why we even have holidays. But I digress.

Lederhosen Ball or not, we can—and should—certainly celebrate without a mandate from our government and/or employer. In fact, if my research is any indication, college students have been celebrating National Lager Day for years, often without even bothering to verify that that’s actually December 10th beforehand.

And who can blame them? It’s probably December 10th somewhere. N out of 10 quantum physicists agree.

Regardless of how you might choose to recognize it, today being National Lager Day has, at least, got me thinking about all that beer fermented by bottom-dwelling, colder-thriving yeast. And the more the wheels in my head turned, the more I wondered why I smelled burning plastic.  Ignoring that, I also realized that it seems lagers have maybe gotten the shorter end of the stick in the recent years of craft beer booming.

Now, sure, gallon after gallon of good quality lager is quaffed by thirsty humans every year. In fact, it’s no doubt a ponderous volume that I’m sure is remarkable without even considering the oceans of “American Light” consumed worldwide. For that matter, I’ve personally swallowed close to a good-sized lake’s worth of Sam Adams’ Boston Lager between the dawning of my craft beer drinking days more than 15 years ago and today.

But then, with all that lager, why does it seem that most of the big, high profile beers that pour forth from the minds of our nation’s creative brew masters are ales? Why does it seem that for every one truly creative Imperial Pilsner with hints of coriander, rhubarb, and sesame seed, there are ten brewers out there shoving hearts of palm and a anything else they can find on sale at Whole Foods that week into an ale with a healthy dose of hops and some kind of sugar I’ve never heard of.

Okay, so maybe I’m exaggerating a bit.  I do tend to do that whenever I write words in English from time to time. And having done some home brewing myself, I’d be lying if I didn’t admit that I understand ales are less difficult to manage, making them easier to experiment with while mitigating the possible financial setback of brewing 60 barrels of something a donkey wouldn’t even drink.  Also, my knowledge of available brews isn’t exactly encyclopedic, either. It could be there are a lot more experimental Weiss beers out there that I wouldn’t recognized if I one was splashed in the face by an angry cousin at a family gathering.

So you tell me, am I missing them? What’s you favorite off-the-beaten path lager?

And much more importantly, how do you plan to celebrate National Lager Day?  Because, sure, we could leave the college kids to celebrate this on for us, but I’m thinking there are probably ways to do it that taste a whole lot better.

Pud’n

Posted in General Comment, Holidays, Humor, Miscellaneous, Opinion Tagged with:
Hoperatives Logo 50x50

This Week in Beer: Dec. 8 – 14, 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, Dec. 8th – Mug Night Monday at Flipdaddy’s Union

Monday, Dec. 8th – 1/3 off Craft beer bottles at Moerlein Lager House

Monday, Dec. 8th – Randall Monday at the Brass Tap U Square

Monday, Dec. 8th from 4:00-7:30 pm – Craft Beer Night at Market Wines

Monday, Dec. 8th at 5:00 pm – Moerlein Bay of Bengal event at Tap House Grill

Monday, Dec. 8th at 5:00 pm – Rare Keg Monday at Ei8ht Ball Brewing
This week, it’s Goose Island Bourbon County Barleywine. Cost is $12 a snifter.

Monday, Dec. 8th from 6:00-8:00 pm – Moerlein Bay of Bengal Official draft release party at The Eagle OTR

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

Tuesday, Dec. 9th – Penny Flips at Fifty West

Tuesday, Dec. 9th – Tappa Keg Tuesday at Dingle House

Tuesday, Dec. 9th – $8 Growler Fills at Moerlein Lager House

Tuesday, Dec. 9th – Infusion Special at the Brass Tap U Square

Tuesday, Dec. 9th at 4:00 pm – Moerlein Bay of Bengal event at Jungle Jim’s Eastgate

Tuesday, Dec. 9th at 6:00 pm – BOGO Craft Beer Special at Hebron Brew Haus
Special applies to select rotating draft beers.

Tuesday, Dec. 9th at 6:00 pm – Tuesdays on Tap at Whole Foods Mason
Six drafts, six bites, $6.

Wednesday, Dec. 10th – Select Craft Beers for $2 at Molly Malone’s Covington

Wednesday, Dec. 10th – Craft Beer Series at Habits Café
This week, it’s Oskar Blues.

Wednesday, Dec. 10th – Local Wednesday at Buckhead Mountain Grill Bellevue
All local beer served in a 16oz pint glass are only $3.99

Wednesday, Dec. 10th at 5:00 pm – Moerlein Bay of Bengal event at Tom & Jerry’s

Wednesday, Dec. 10th from 5:30 to 8:00 pm – Beer Tasting at Marty’s Hops and Vines

Thursday, Dec. 11th – Firkin Thursday at Fifty West

Thursday, Dec. 11th from 4:00 pm to close – Take Home the Glass Night at Taste of Belgium Clifton

Thursday, Dec. 11th 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 Christmas Ale, Glendale – Breckenridge Christmas and Hyde Park – MadTree Thundersnow.

Thursday, Dec. 11th at 6:30 pm – Eat Local Drink Local at Sprout
From their Facebook event page:
“Enjoy a unique tasting experience with Craft Connection Brewery Tours and Sprout Market & Eatery. Start your evening in Over-the-Rhine, Cincinnati where you will receive a behind the scenes tour of Rhinegeist
The evening continues as you ride in style to Mt. Adams to enjoy a private dinner paired with more craft beer. Park once and enjoy two different hometown destinations. You’re going to eat out anyway. Why not make it a truly unique experience with locally sources food and beer? $55/per includes dinner and beer. Reservations required for this VIP evening.” Go to http://www.cincycraftconnection.com/book-an-appointment/ to make your reservations.

Friday, Dec. 12th – $8 Growler Fills at Christian Moerlein Brewery

Friday, Dec. 12th at 5:00 pm – Moerlein Bay of Bengal event at Cock & Bull Glendale

Friday, Dec. 12th 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.

Saturday, Dec. 13th – All crafts $3 at Louie’s Taphouse & Grill (Mason)

Saturday, Dec. 13th from 5:00-8:00pm – Beer Tasting at Ludlow Wines
The cost to taste four beers is $6.00 per person.

Posted in Local Beer Stores, Local Breweries, Local Brewpubs, Local Restaurants/Bars/Pubs, Regional Breweries Tagged with: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
Hoperatives Logo 50x50


Cincy Brew Bus

Advertising

Sign up for our newsletter

Get our This Week in Beer information 12 hours before it's posted!
* = required field

powered by MailChimp!

Categories

Blog Feeds

%d bloggers like this: