This Week in Beer: May 18 – 24, 2015

Check out our Better Beer Happy Hours, Etc. page for regularly scheduled specials on better beer. As of 5/11/15, we are only listing events that are unique for this coming week. As always, any edited listing will have UPDATE at the beginning of the listing.

Monday, May 18th at 5:00 pm – Rare Keg Monday at Ei8ht Ball Brewing
This week, it’s Quaff Bros. S’more of What? (stout aged in bourbon barrels with marshmallows). The cost is $8 for a 10 ounce snifter. Bottles go on sale at 5:00 pm.

Wednesday, May 20th at 6:00 pm – Revolution Beer Dinner at Moerlein Lager House
Menu: Beer reception; First Course – Anti-Hero IPA paired with Lobster Cold Roll, Thai Salad, Juniper,
Preserved Lemon, Lavender; Second Course – Fist City Pale Ale paired with Scallop, Lemongrass Pesto, Malaysian Potato Salad, Grapefruit Buerre Blanc; Third Course – Double Fist DIPA paired with Pork Crepinette, Brown Sugar Chili Sauce, Sweet Potato Salad, Arugula; Fourth Course – Eugene Porter paired with Cuban Adobo Short Ribs, Scallion Parsnip Puree, Heirloom Carrots; Dessert – Cafe Deth Imperial Stout paired with Holtman’s Doughnuts Creation. Cost is $55 plus tax and gratuity per person. Email Jeff Geckle at privatedining@moerleinlh.com for reservations.

Thursday, May 21st 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 – Three Floyds, Glendale – Yuengling and Hyde Park – MadTree Sol Drifter.

Saturday, May 23rd – Monday, May 25th – Taste of Cincinnati
Beer list includes Bell’s: Amber Ale, Lager of the Lakes, Oarsman Ale, Oberon, Porter and Two Hearted; Christian Moerlein: Altered Pale Ale, OTR Ale, Push Real Pilsner, Sangerfest Maibock, Seven Hefeweizen; Deschutes Fresh Squeezed; Goose Island: IPA, Summer Ale; Great Lakes: Alberta Clipper, Burning River Pale Ale, Elliot Ness, Rye Tiger; Hudepohl: Amber, Copper, Summer Pils; Kentucky: Ale, Bourbon Barrel Ale, Bourbon Barrel Stout, IPA, Kolsch, Old Fashioned Barrel Ale, White Ale; MadTree PsyHOPathy; Mt. Carmel Amber; Rivertown: Divergent, Jenneke, Lil’ SIPA, Soulless, Wit; Sam Adams: Lager, Summer Ale; Sierra Nevada: Hop Hunter, Pale Ale; West Sixth Amber Ale, Cocoa, IPA, Lemongrass Wheat. Beers from Blue Moon, Bud Light, Budweiser, Leinenkugel’s, Michelob, Shock Top and Yuengling also available.

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Tastings and Tappings Report: May 15, 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 (5/15), it’s Harpoon Big Squeeze, Founders All Day IPA, SweetWater 420 Extra Pale Ale and Deschutes Fresh Squeezed IPA.

Jungle Jim’s Eastgate – Friday night tasting from 5:00 to 9:00 pm. For this week’s tasting (5/15), it’s Rogue. Pints are usually $3.

Jungle Jim’s Fairfield – Friday night tasting from 5:00 to 9:00 pm. For this week’s tasting (5/15), it’s Revolution. 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 (5/15) from 5:30-7:00 pm, it’s some random beers including some seasonals and some Three Floyds. Cost for the flight 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

Moerlein Lager House – Firkin Friday is Se7enth Inning Weiss, a Bavarian style wheat beer.

Ei8ht Ball Brewing – Tonight (5/15) is Free Bacon Night AND they are tapping six funky beers including: Bell’s Wild One, Bell’s Le Contrebassiste Ale, Troise Dames Foret Noir, Victory Kirsch Gose, New Holland Blue Sunday and Prairie Funky Gold Amarillo.

– For Saturday’s Randall Saturday (5/16), it’s Bell’s Oberon through a Randall of mango and Amarillo hops. The cost is $5 for a 16 ounce pint.

– For next week’s Rare Keg Monday (5/18), it’s Quaff Bros. S’more of What? (stout aged in bourbon barrels with marshmallows). The cost is $8 for a 10 ounce snifter. Bottles go on sale at 5:00 pm.

Have a better beer weekend, everyone!

— Carla and Tom

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Traveling THURSDAY: Alltech Craft Brews and Food Fest

With all the craziness I’ve been dealing with earlier this week, I forgot to get this information out for a Traveling Tuesday so instead here’s our first ever Traveling Thursday. We went to last year’s inaugural Alltech Craft Brews and Food Fest and really enjoyed it. A previous commitment is preventing us from attending this year, but if you are looking for a weekend getaway, we highly recommend Lexington.

Grab your sampling glass and get ready – 180 beers brewed by 51 breweries from across the nation will be on tap at the Alltech Craft Brews and Food Fest this Saturday, May 16, from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Lexington Center’s Heritage Hall. The beerfest is one of the largest in the region and is even doubling its floor space this year, boasting local food, craft distillers, live entertainment and sensory sessions. The Alltech Craft Brews & Food Fest will serve as one of the culminating events for the third Annual Lexington Craft Beer Week May 9-17, a celebration of Lexington’s craft beer culture.

The day will kick off early for go-getters with the inaugural Horse Capital Marathon and Half-Marathon, the only marathon in the state of Kentucky. Alltech just signed on as the title sponsor of the race, which starts at Fasig-Tipton thoroughbred auction firm in Lexington and winds its way through horse country. It is the first full sanctioned marathon in Lexington since 1980 and a Boston Marathon qualifying event. Kentucky Ale® brews will be served at the finish line.

The fun continues at the Alltech Craft Brews & Food Fest downtown, with a total of 52 special tappings occurring every 15 minutes from each brewery for specialty and collaboration brews, including brews such as Country Boy Brewing’s Warehouse Experiment 3, Sweetwater Brewing Company’s 18th Anniversary Cork and Cage Belgian Tripel, and a barrel-aged collaboration between Dogfish Head Brewing Co. and Alltech Lexington Brewing & Distilling Co. A full list of special tappings is available at http://us.alltechbrewsandfood.com/breweries.

Rare brews, including some not yet distributed in Kentucky, like Tampa’s Cigar City Brewing and Cigar City Cider & Mead, will also be on tap – including the company’s highly regarded Jai Alai IPA and Cowboy Dan’s Holiday Extravaganza, a cider that tastes like caramel apples.

Alltech Lexington Brewing & Distilling Co. will feature multiple rare brews from the brewers’ warehouse including a limited edition Kentucky Kölsch aged in apple brandy barrels; Kentucky Blue Ale, a Belgian ale accented with blueberries; and Kentucky Honey Barrel Brown Ale, a popular past winter seasonal. The brewery’s new summer seasonal, Kentucky Old Fashioned Barrel Ale, modeled after an Old Fashioned bourbon cocktail, will also be on tap.

For the first time, the festival will also include craft distillers from across Kentucky, including Limestone Branch Distillery, Lebanon; Barrel House Distillery, Lexington; Copper and Kings, Louisville; Willett Distillery, Bardstown; The Gentleman Distillery, Paris; and Town Branch Distillery, Lexington. Distillers will offer spirits samples for tasting.

Onsite food vendors offering samples and meals for purchase include Claw Daddy’s, The Village Idiot, Enoteca, JDI, Noodles & Co., The Cheezy Mac, Dupree Catering, Popcorn Paradise, COVAP Ham and The Sweet Spot.

Keeping the environment lively throughout the day will be a range of live music from The Bohannons, Willie Eames, Patrick McNeese Band, Josh Nolan, and The Marble Creek Rangers.

The recipient of the Alltech Commonwealth Cup, will be announced at the festival, and staff from the Alltech Brewing & Distilling Academy will be onsite offering sensory sessions. The Alltech Commonwealth Cup, now in its second year, is the only professional craft beer competition in Kentucky and is open to both local and global entrants.

The Alltech Craft Brews & Food Fest serves as a kickoff for the Alltech REBELation, an international event exploring innovation, inspiration and world-changing ideas in Lexington, Ky., USA, from May 17-20. The conference features a Brewing and Distilling symposium, which begins on May 18 and will feature Sam Calagione of Dogfish Head Brewery, Greg Koch of Stone Brewing Co. and Bill Samuels, Jr. of Maker’s Mark. Registration is open to the public and available at rebel.alltech.com.

Brewfest tickets can be purchased online for $30 until Friday, May 15 at midnight, EDT or can be purchased at the door for $35. All tickets include 20 beer samples, three food samples, a commemorative glass and free entertainment. Designated driver tickets without beer sampling privileges will be available online and at the door for $10. Attendees must be 21 to enter.

Join the conversation on Twitter about the Alltech Craft Brews & Food Fest using @alltechbrews and the hashtag #AlltechBrews, or on Facebook at facebook.com/alltechbrewsandfood.

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Cincinnati State to offer class in craft beer this fall

If you’ve been wondering why there haven’t been as many posts on Hoperatives during the last year, here’s one of the main reasons why.

Cincinnati State will be offering a course for the 2015 Fall Semester designed specifically for the region’s burgeoning draft brewing industry.

“BREW 100: Introduction to Craft Beer” is an overview class that covers beer history and beer styles. It will include tastings, as well as instruction on proper techniques for serving, storing, identifying, and evaluating beer.

For the first offering of the class, enrolled students will work with a brewer from Rhinegeist to develop their own class beer – which then will be brewed at the brewery.

The BREW 100 course will be taught by Prof. Carla Gesell-Streeter, chair of the Communication and Theater Department and a founder of Hoperatives, a well-known regional blog devoted to craft beer.

BREW 100 will be offered again in the spring semester along with “BREW 160: Sensory Evaluation.” That course – which, like BREW 100, will carry 3 semester-hours of credit – will focus on the visual, olfactory and gustatory parameters used in the evaluation of beer. The BREW 160 class will cover such topics as aroma, taste and finish as well as the judging systems and other factors that are involved in beverage competitions.

“Cincinnati’s craft beer industry is exploding,” said Prof. Gesell-Streeter, who is developing the BREW curriculum at Cincinnati State. “Given our history as one of the great centers of American brewing, this is, I think, a welcome rediscovery of one of the region’s great traditions. What we’re trying to do here is train students who want to earn a living in this business.”

Cincinnati has one of the fastest growing beer markets in the country. It has gone from only five breweries and brewpubs in 2009 to almost 30 expected to be active by the end of 2015.

Prof. Gesell-Streeter said the College does not intend to provide courses for craft beer hobbyists or home brewers, but instead will focus on the re-emerging industry in Greater Cincinnati. The economic impact of that industry could be substantial, she noted, citing a 2014 study released by the Beer Institute which found that one job inside a brewery supports another 45 jobs outside.

Enrollment in Cincinnati State’s “BREW” classes will be limited to students who are at least 21 years old. The 2015 Fall Semester BREW 100 class is scheduled to meet Mondays and Wednesdays from 4 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. starting Aug. 24. Enrollment will be limited to 24 seats. For more information on the class, please contact Prof. Gesell-Streeter at carla.gesell-streeter@cincinnatistate.edu.

Registration for the Fall 2015 Semester at Cincinnati State is now open, and closes Aug. 16. Please visit www.cincinnatistate.edu/apply for details.

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This Week in Beer: May 11 – 17, 2015

Check out our Better Beer Happy Hours, Etc. page for regularly scheduled specials on better beer. As of 5/11/15, we are only listing events that are unique for this coming week. As always, any edited listing will have UPDATE at the beginning of the listing.

HAPPY AMERICAN CRAFT BEER WEEK!

Monday, May 11th at 6:00 pm – Rare Keg Monday at Ei8ht Ball Brewing
This week, it’s MadTree Citra High. Cost is $5 for a ten ounce snifter.

Monday, May 11th at 5:00 pm – Christian Moerlein Altered Pale Launch at Keystone Bar & Grill (Covington)

Tuesday, May 12th at 6:00 pm – Christian Moerlein Altered Pale Launch at the Lackman

Tuesday, May 12th at 7:00 pm – Sam Adams “Keep the Pint” Night at the Pub at Rookwood

Wednesday, May 13th at 6:00 pm – International Women’s Collaborative Brew Tappings at Rivertown Brewing
See our earlier post for more information. Be sure to RSVP on the Facebook event page.

Wednesday, May 13th at 6:00 pm – Smuttynose Tasting at the Marty’s Hops & Vines
Beers include Hayseed grisette (draft), Short Weisse (draft), Bouncy House IPA, Old Brown Dog and Christian Moerlein Strawberry Pig Cream ale

UPDATEThursday, May 14th at 12:00 pm – Sol Drifter Can Release at MadTree
50% of all Sol Drifter sales, beer and merchandise, will go to Starfire Council

Thursday, May 14th at 5:30 pm – Founders Fest featuring KBS at the Growler House
For this event, the beers include KBS, All Day IPA, Centennial IPA, Porter, Rubaeus, Nitro Oatmeal Stout, Dry Hopped Pale Ale and Dirty Bastard. Tickets are $35.00 if purchased in advance or $40.00 on the day of the event. With your ticket, you get 25 five ounce sample tickets for any of the 8 Founders beers (including KBS), all the Fireside Pizza you can eat and a Founders pint glass. Only 40 tickets will be sold. To purchase your ticket, call 513-580-8277 or stop by.

Thursday, May 14th 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 – Franzikaner, Glendale – Lost Coast Tangerine and Hyde Park – Weihenstephan Hefe Boot Night.

Friday, May 15th at 5:30 pm – Free Bacon Friday at Ei8ht Ball
The beers this week are Bell’s Wild One, Bell’s Le Contrebassiste Ale, Troise Dames Foret Noir, Victory Kirsch Gose, New Holland Blue Sunday and Prairie Funky Gold Amarillo.

Saturday, May 16th at 12:00 pm – Mt. Carmel Brewing 10th Anniversary
Celebrate the longest running craft brewery in Cincinnati. The celebration includes a pig roast, catered food, special casks of beer and live music until 10:00 pm. Beers announced so far are Peanut Butter Nut Brown, Mango Habanero IPA, Orange Chocolate Stout and Lemon Ginger Wheat.

Saturday, May 16th at 1:00 pm – Weizenfest at Moerlein Lager House
A celebration of the summer wheat beer season. Beers include 21st Amendment Hell or High Watermelon, Lost Coast Tangerine, Avery White Rascal, North High Honey Wheat, North Peak Vicious, Upland Wheat, Rivertown Wit, Revolution Bottom Up, Jackie O’s Razz, Christian Moerlein Se7en, and more.

Sunday, May 17th at 3:00-7:00 pm – Five Points Alley Biergarten
This month, it’s beer from Mt. Carmel. Check out their Facebook event page for more information.

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Tastings and Tappings Report: May 8, 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 (5/8), it’s TBA.

Jungle Jim’s Eastgate – Friday night tasting from 5:00 to 9:00 pm. For this week’s tasting (5/8), it’s Schlafly. Pints are usually $3.

Jungle Jim’s Fairfield – Friday night tasting from 5:00 to 9:00 pm. For this week’s tasting (5/8), it’s Tommyknocker. 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 (5/8) from 5:30-7:00 pm, it’s West Sixth and MadTree double feature. Beers include West Sixth: Third Anniversary Ale Snake Cake, Berliner Weiss, Heller Heaven Double IPA, Burly Barleywine; MadTree: Citra High, Bourbon Barrel Happy Amber and Experimental Pale Ale #005. Cost for the flight 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 (5/8) is Free Bacon Night AND they are tapping three IPAs from 8 Wired Brewing of New Zealand. The beers are HopWired, Fresh HopWired and Black Wired. Cost is $10 for a pint.

– For Saturday’s Randall Saturday (5/9), it’s 8 Wired Fresh HopWired through a Randall of Habanero peppers. Cost is $10 for a pint.

– For next week’s Rare Keg Monday (5/11), it’s MadTree Citra High. Cost is $5 for a ten ounce snifter.

Have a better beer weekend, everyone!

— Carla and Tom

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International Women’s Collaborative Brew Tappings – May 13th

In the brewing industry, there has always been a smaller percentage of women involved in the business. Sad when you consider that in the earliest history of brewing, making beer for the household was considered a woman’s job and led to the creation of the term “brewster” for a female brewer.

Luckily, there is a movement to get more women involving in all aspects of the brewing field. One of the most active organizations is the Pink Boots Society. Founded by Teri Fahrendorf, the second female brewmaster in the United States, PBS was originally founded as a way to gather all of the names and contact information of women brewers in the US.

The organization has grown to include all women who earn at least part of their income from beer. As the Pink Boots Society puts it:

We are the female movers and shakers in the beer industry. We get the beer brewed and fermented with the highest possible quality. We also own breweries, package the beer, design beers, serve beers, write about beer, and cover just about any aspect of beer, and we are all women. Most importantly, we teach each other what we know through our own seminar programs, and we help each other advance our beer careers by raising money for educational scholarships.

This past March, a small but determined group of local women in the beer industry got together with two things in mind: form the Cincinnati chapter of the Pink Boots Society and brew some awesome beers. We began the process and we brewed two beers at the Cincinnati portion of the International Women’s Collaborative Brew.

Our Wild Unite Red and our Pink Peppercorn Saison will both be ready to tap and we’ll be ready to celebrate. Please come and try them next week! $1 from each pint sold will be split between the new Cincinnati Pink Boots Society and the National Pink Boots Society Scholarship fund.

Rivertown Brewing
Wednesday, May 13th at 6:00 pm

You can RSVP at our Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/476327939189501/

Special thanks to Rivertown Brewing for hosting us for both the brew day and the tappings. And thanks to MadTree Brewing to supply us with the hops that were needed for the Wild Unite Red.

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This Week in Beer: May 4 – 10, 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. Check out our Better Beer Happy Hours, Etc. page for regularly scheduled specials on better beer.

Monday, May 4th – Mug Night Monday at Flipdaddy’s Union

Monday, May 4th – Randall Monday at the Brass Tap U Square

Monday, May 4th at 5:00 pm – Rare Keg Monday at Ei8ht Ball Brewing

Monday, May 4th – May Beer of the Month Tapping at Moerlein Lager House
This month, it’s Repeater IV and it benefits the Reds Community Fund.

Monday, May 4th from 8:00 pm to close – Pint Night at Incline Public House

Tuesday, May 5th – Penny Flips at Fifty West

Tuesday, May 5th – Tappa Keg Tuesday at Dingle House

Tuesday, May 5th – $8 Growler Fills at Moerlein Lager House

Tuesday, May 5th – Infusion Special at the Brass Tap U Square

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

Tuesday, May 5th at 6:00 pm – BOGO Craft Beer Special at Hebron Brew Haus
Special applies to select rotating draft beers.

Tuesday, May 5th at 6:00 pm – Tuesdays on Tap at Whole Foods Mason
Six drafts, six bites, $6.

Wednesday, May 6th – Select Craft Beers for $2 at Molly Malone’s Covington

Wednesday, May 6th – Local Wednesday at Buckhead Mountain Grill Bellevue
All local beer served in a 16 oz pint glass are $3.99.

Wednesday, May 6th – Pint Night at UC’s Catskeller

Wednesday, May 6th from 5:30 to 8:00 pm – Beer Tasting at Marty’s Hops and Vines

Thursday, May 7th – Firkin Thursday at Fifty West

Thursday, May 7th – Tap That Thursday at BrewRiver GastroPub

Thursday, May 7th – Tap-N-Tapas Thursday at Mt. Carmel Brewing

Thursday, May 7th from 4:00 pm to close – Take Home the Glass Night at Taste of Belgium Clifton

Thursday, May 7th at 5:00 pm – West Sixth Pay It Forward Event at Neons
Beers include West Sixth IPA, Amber Ale, Belgian Blonde, Heller Heaven Double IPA and West Sixth Pay it Forward Cocoa Porter in cans. At 6:00pm, Molly Wellmann and West Sixth will present a check to the Peaslee Early Learning Center in OTR.

Thursday, May 7th at 6:00 pm – Cincinnati Film Festival Official Brew Tapping at Rivertown
$1 from every pint of this saison goes to supporting CFF. You can meet local filmmakers, actors and fellow film fans. They will also be running past winning films from the 48 Hour Film Project.

Thursday, May 7th 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 – Unibroue Blanche de Chambly, Glendale – West Sixth Lemon Grass and Hyde Park – TBA.

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

Friday, May 8th 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, May 8th from 6:00-7:00 pm – Friday Night Flights Beer Tasting at Party Town in Florence

Saturday, May 9th at 12:30 pm – Christian Moerlein Birthday Bash at Mecklenburg Gardens
Enjoy presentations on the life of Christian Moerlein, a pig roast starting at 12:30 pm, and a Moerlein Tap Takeover and can features with $5 Moerlein drafts and $4 Moerlein cans all day.

Saturday, May 9th 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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Happy AHA Big Brew Day!

The main reason Hoperatives exists is to celebrate beer culture, especially as it’s found in Cincinnati, Northern Kentucky and Southeast Indiana. Today is a day we want to give a shout-out to a group of people who definitely put the “craft” in craft beer. Home brewers are people who take their love of beer to the next level. Today is the American Homebrewers Association National Homebrew Day, and, like every year since 1998, home brewers will gather together to brew beer at what’s known simply as The Big Brew. A quick examination of the AHA website lists four Big Brew events that have been registered in the immediate area, but I suspect there are other, informal ones, happening all over. That’s actually true of any Saturday, but I suspect there may be more going on today.

Because there would be no beer community without angst, there’s an ongoing (if not never-ending) discussion among people with nothing better to do about what the “craft” in “craft beer” means. My take actually comes from an old television production book I used when I was an undergrad. That was shortly after the Earth cooled. As I recall it, the author described a craft as something that required the ability to understand both the scientific and artistic requirements of doing some activity well. That’s stuck with me.

Being a good brewer is like being good at anything else: you have to know the fundamental principles involved. That’s only partly the ability to follow a recipe and have a sense of what’s going on under the hood. More than that, though, after a while you begin to see how you can balance one set of requirements against another to bend the fundamentals to an outcome you’re looking for. That’s true at whatever level you’re brewing. It’s not the equipment or the title or where you get your paycheck that makes you a brewer. It’s the dedication to learning the science and then manipulating that to make something you can call your own. Some might eventually be paid to do that. Most will not. Both sets of people can legitimately call themselves brewers.

Our area has several homebrewing clubs, many with nationwide reputations. (Good reputations, I hasten to add). I’m hesitant to name them because I don’t want to leave anyone out. The best way to hook up with a group is to visit a homebrew supply shop near you and ask the staff. And, I assure you, if you live anywhere in the Tri-State there is a homebrew shop near you.

One of the things you discover quickly when you’re brewing for a while is that there a fair bit of information you’ll want to track, both as you’re preparing to brew and then during the brew itself. Through a set of (happy) accidents, we’ve become acquainted with a brewer in Ottawa, Canada who has developed a free tool to help you do just that. It’s a recipe builder and style guide and general brewing utility built on top of Microsoft Excel. Here’s the link you can check out:

http://www.homebrewhedonist.com/software/

Take a look if you’re interested and leave us a comment to let your fellow Hoperatives know what you think. Also feel free to leave contact information for any homebrew club you are a member of.

So happy Big Brew Day, everyone!

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Tastings and Tappings Report: May 1, 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 (5/1), it’s Founders Rubaeus, Bell’s Oberon, Stone Delicious IPA and Maumee Bay Amarillo Brillo.

Jungle Jim’s Eastgate – Friday night tasting from 5:00 to 9:00 pm. For this week’s tasting (5/1), it’s Anderson Valley. Pints are usually $3.

Jungle Jim’s Fairfield – Friday night tasting from 5:00 to 9:00 pm. For this week’s tasting (5/1), it’s Stone. 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 (4/24), it’s their annual Slaughtered Oaks event with all barrel aged beers at 5:30 pm. Beers are from North Coast, Founders, Abita, Against the Grain, Heavy Seas, Christian Moerlein, New Holland and Alltech. The cost for this one is $3.00 and prices for beer by the glass will be posted at the event. Cost for the flight 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 (5/1) is Free Bacon Night AND Reintarnation Bottle Release at 5:00 pm. They will be serving a special bourbon bacon in honor of the Reintarnation release. Bottles will also be available at the Tap Room (limit 1 per person) and the cost is $11.99.

– For Saturday’s Randall Saturday (5/2), it’s Mikkleller Beer Geek Breakfast through a Randall of coconut and chocolate. Cost is $10 for a ten ounce snifter.

– For next week’s Rare Keg Monday (5/4), it’s two from Evil Twin: Mission Gose and Even More Jesus.

Have a better beer weekend, everyone!

— Carla and Tom

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