Tastings and Tappings Report: May 27, 2016

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

Country Fresh Farm Market and Wine Depot – Brooklyn Brewery tasting today from 4:00-7:00 pm. Beers include Summer Ale, American Ale and two more to be determined.

Jungle Jim’s – Friday night tasting from 5:00 to 9:00 pm at both locations. Pints are usually $3. This week, they are pouring beers from Sixpoint at Fairfield and from Goodwood at Eastgate.

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

Party Source – $1 beer tastings on Saturday from 12:00-1:00 pm.

Party Town – For Friday Night Flights this week from 5:30-7:00 pm, they’re pouring from Rhinegeist. Beers include Truth, Puma, Cidergeist, Cougar, Hustle, Fluxion, Panda, Badger, Exp IPA 004, EXP IPA 005, Mushhushshu. It’s $2.00 for the regular sample flights. Only adults age 21 or more are admitted for Friday Night Flights. Limit of one sample per person. No shopping carts in the back room please.

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 bites. Tickets sold until 6:30 pm.

TAPPINGS and RELEASES

Braxton Brewing – May’s Firkin Friday tonight at 5:30 pm and it’s a Banana Split. That’s their Haven Hefeweizen with cocoa, strawberry and pineapple.

Ei8ht Ball Brewing – Tonight is Free Bacon Night and they will be having a special Lervig Tap Takeover and Skype session with Lervig’s brewmaster Mike Murphy. Beers include Jack Daniels BA Barleywine, Belgian Saison, Pop That Cherry Lambic (collaboration w/ Mikkeller), Saured Kraut Mango and Pineapple infused Sour, Redchurch Softly Softly Oud Bruin. The Skype session starts at 5:30 pm.

Listermann Brewing – Cincinnati Beer Week Collaboration Bottle Release tonight starting at 5:00 pm. From Facebook: “We have teamed up with Urban Artifact, MadTree Brewing and DogBerry Brewing LLC for our version of the CIncinnati Beer Week Collaboration beer, Over/Under. This beer is an amber lager brewed with Mulberry Wood. While there will be 5 Cincinnati Beer Week Beers available this year, this will be the only one in bottles. The beer will be on draft Friday Night Only and then again during beer week. 4 Packs are $9.99”

Nashville Hot – Christian Moerlein Tap Takeover tonight starting at 7:00 pm. Buy a pint, keep the glass.

OTHER

Old Firehouse Brewery – Pints for Pups Saturday from 4:00-8:00 pm. The brewery will be donating $1 from every pint sold during that time to Circle Tails, Inc.

Have a better beer Memorial Day weekend, everyone!

— Carla and Tom

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Cincinnati State is expanding its embrace of regional craft brewers

Happy to announce this! – Carla

This fall, Cincinnati State will again be offering a class geared toward those interested in pursuing a job involving region’s burgeoning craft brewing. As in the past, the class will be working with a local brewery throughout the semester.

This time, the brewery will be Urban Artifact in Northside. Students in the BREW 100 class – which will meet from 6 p.m. to 8:50 p.m. on Monday nights – will learn about the brewing process and styles of beer in class. Then the class will tour the brewery and work with Urban Artifact to develop a class beer. Urban Artifact will brew the beer, which will be tapped in December during the last week of the semester.
“This has proven to be a great way for students to learn about the brewing process,” said Carla Gesell-Streeter, the course instructor and a co-founder of the “Hoperatives” blog devoted to craft beers. “As with so many subject areas at this college, students in this class learn by doing,” she added.

Last fall, the two sections of the BREW 100 class worked with Rhinegeist and Christian Moerlein. The class beer from Rhinegeist was an oatmeal chocolate chip cookie stout that was named “Gramma.” The Moerlein class beer, brewed at the Moerlein Lager House, was a black IPA called “Brewschool 100” or, alternately, “Curve Ball.” Former Cincinnati Reds greats Tom Browning and Ron Oester attended the ceremonial tapping of that beer. This past spring, the BREW 100 class worked with MadTree Brewing and came up with a strawberry-rhubarb American Hefeweizen. That beer will be brewed soon and should be ready to be tapped in July.

In addition to BREW 100, Cincinnati State will also be offering BREW 160, Sensory Evaluation of Beer, on Wednesday nights from 6 p.m. – 8:50 p.m. during the 2016 Fall Semester. Taught by Jeremy Roza, Assistant Quality Assurance Manager at the Boston Beer Company plant in Cincinnati, the class was offered for the first time this past spring.

Cincinnati’s craft beer market has been growing rapidly in recent years. The region has gone from having only five breweries and brewpubs in 2009 to at least 30 expected to be active by the end of this year.

Cincinnati State began offering beer brewing courses in fall of 2015, and is in the process of seeking approval from the Ohio Department of Higher Education to offer a certificate program in Brewing Sales and Marketing starting in the 2016 Fall Semester. College officials are also investigating the possibility of offering an associate degree program in Brewing Science.

Gesell-Streeter said the College’s brewing programs are being designed more for the emerging craft beer industry than for hobbyists or home brewers. “Our goal is to train people for good jobs in what has historically been a sound business in Greater Cincinnati,” she said.

Registration for the 2016 Fall Semester is open now. Please visit www.cincinnatistate.edu/apply for details. If you are interested in the BREW 100 – Introduction to Craft Beer class but do not wish to pursue an academic degree at Cincinnati State, please visit:
http://www.cincinnatistate.edu/admission-financial-aid/admissions/admission-process/Non-Degree-Seeking-Students/lifelong-learning-students

For more information on the brewing courses, please contact Prof. Gesell-Streeter at carla.gesell-streeter@cincinnatistate.edu.

Cincinnati State at Urban Artifact
Carla Gesell-Streeter, instructor for the BREW 100 courses and chair of the Brewing Science department at the college, visited the Urban Artifact brewery in Northside recently and met with, left to right, Scotty Hunter, chief of strategic development for Urban Artifact; lead brewer Josh Elliott ; and Bret Kollmann Baker, chief of brewing operations.

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A Quick Tour of Hoperatives

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 can include local Cincinnati beer news, beer reviews and posts from our contributors.

Every day, you can check out our listings of Local Breweries, Local Brewery Tours, Local Brewpubs, Local Restaurants/Bars/Pubs, Local Beer Stores, Local Growler Station Tap Listings and Local Happy Hours, Specials, Etc. We try to keep them as up to date as possible, but we do not list a location until it is open to the public.

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 our semi-annual readers 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: New Orleans Craft in Two Acts

We are happy to welcome a new contributor to Hoperatives. Chris Marshall took Carla’s Introduction to Craft Beer class this past spring as well as Cincinnati State’s Sensory Evaluation of Beer course. He’s new to the Cincinnati area and provides a fresh eye to the local scene. However, his first post is on a part of the country that is important to him.

My fiancée Jennifer and I visited New Orleans twice over the past three weeks. That alone would cause some to go green with envy, and I’m not complaining. The first trip was to attend the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, where Jenn and I were introduced last year. Over four days, we were drenched, flooded out, generally left footsore and tired— and saw some incredible performances. If you haven’t been, please go. During our festival visit, we decided to get married in New Orleans, so trip number two was to scout wedding venues. While we weren’t there for the beer, we wanted to sample the craft offerings as much as possible. New Orleans was once home to dozens of breweries, but consolidation and Hurricane Katrina conspired to halt large-scale brewing in the city after 2005, when Dixie licensed production to a Wisconsin brewery. Since 2008, New Orleanians have slowly but surely started producing and embracing craft beer.

Aside from a single tap featuring the excellent Abita Amber, Jazz Fest doesn’t offer much for the craft beer lover. I got in touch with Nora McGunnigle, a local beer and food writer who authors the Nola Beer Blog, for help. Thanks to her, I made it to The Avenue Pub, with 38 beers on tap, a great bottle selection, and a huge array of Bourbon, rye and whiskey. They are also rightfully proud of their commitment to proper gas mixtures and draft line maintenance. You know you’re getting a great, fresh beer here every time! It was the only craft venue I visited on the first trip and it’s a great one.

NOLA Brewing Flight

To cool off during our second visit, we stopped into NOLA Brewing’s taproom for a flight. NOLA Brewing opened its doors in 2008 to fill the local beer void I mentioned above. It boasts a friendly and inviting taproom with knowledgeable staff. While sipping my flight, and snacking on tacos from the pop-up food vendor onsite, I got a glimpse into a brewery where the brewers are fearless about trying new things while respecting the craft, and improving the city. We’re hoping to have our rehearsal dinner there next year.

Fermenters At Crescent City Brewhouse

On our last night, we didn’t want to venture far beyond our French Quarter hotel. Thankfully, Wolf Koehler, a Bavarian brewmaster, opened the Crescent City Brewhouse on Decatur St. in 1991, and continues to brew and serve excellent beer in the German tradition. The beers here don’t have exotic names. There’s a Pilsner, Red Stallion Vienna Lager, Weiss Bier, and Black Forest Munich style dunkel, plus a special monthly offering. That’s it. Koehler lets the beer speak for itself and there’s something perfect about that that befits the French Quarter location and the German beer-making ethos. I’m looking forward to more visits to The Big Easy, and to my wedding next year when I can sample a few more craft beers. These two short trips gave me great memories and left me with more to explore.

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Local Breweries Medal at 2016 Commonwealth Cup

This past weekend, we attended the third annual Alltech Craft Brews & Food Fest. Held at the Lexington Convention Center, this event gave us an opportunity to check out new breweries like Rooster Brewing in Paris, KY and new beers from breweries we’ve had before but can’t get in this area like the Weld Pear Beer from Tin Man Brewing in Evansville, IN. But the highlight of the day was the announcement of the results of the 2016 Commonwealth Cup. Several Cincinnati area breweries earned medals for their beers:

GOLD
Listermann Cincinnatus
Listermann BA Chickow!
MadTree Galaxy High
Rhinegeist Barrel Aged Gramps
Rhinegeist Uncle
Rhinegeist Double Oaked Mastodon
Samuel Adams Utopias
Valley Vineyards Sweet Honey Mead

SILVER
Braxton Twisted Bit
Braxton BA Lumber
Braxton Catalyst with Black Pepper
Listermann Planetary
Listermann Gravitatus
Listermann Friar Bacon Smoke
MadTree Bourbon Barrel Aged Axis Mundi
MadTree PSA
Rhinegeist Truth
Rhinegeist Peach Dodo
Rhinegeist Panther
Samuel Adams Stony Brook Red
Samuel Adams Tetravis
Samuel Adams Summer Ale
Samuel Adams Rebel Rouser
Urban Artifact Keypunch
Urban Artifact Phrenology
Urban Artifact Otso

BRONZE
Braxton Crank Shaft
Braxton Blown Gasket
Braxton Dead Blow with Starter
Braxton Haven
Cellar Dweller Eye Opener
Cellar Dweller Hopewells
Fifty West 10 & 2 Barleywine
Listermann Chickow!
MadTree PsyHOPathy
MadTree Mad Craft Nucleus
MadTree Treesearch #2357
MadTree Gnarly Brown
MadTree Happy Amber
Rhinegeist ExDIPA
Rhinegeist Cougar
Samuel Adams Nitro Coffee
Samuel Adams New World Tripel
Samuel Adams Chocolate Bock
Samuel Adams Nitro IPA
Samuel Adams 13th Hour Stout
Samuel Adams Nitro Wheat Ale
Samuel Adams Fat Jack
Samuel Adams Cinder Block
Urban Artifact Maize

Congratulations to all of the Cincinnati area winners!

Commonwealth Cup Medals

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This Week in Beer: May 23 – 29, 2016

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

Monday, May 23rd at 5:00 pm – Jackie O’s Chomolungma Day at the Lucky Turtle
Beers include Chomolunga; Chomolunga with Vanilla; Chomolunga with Coffee; and Chomolunga with Almond, coconut, cocoa and vanilla. Aka Cholmond Joy!

Monday, May 23rd at 5:00 pm – Rare Keg Monday at Ei8ht Ball Brewing
This week, it’s Quaff Bros. Space Taxi, a three-way collaboration between De Struise, Blank Slate and Quaff Bros. The cost is $7.00 for a ten ounce snifter.

Monday, May 23rd at 5:00 pm – Cappy’s vs. Arnold’s: Jackie O’s Chomolungma Day Challenge
See below.

Monday, May 23rd at 6:00 pm – Arnold’s vs. Cappy’s: Jackie O’s Chomolungma Day Challenge
From Facebook: “Arnold’s and Cappy’s have chosen to challenge each other to the Chomolungma Death. Ok Not really. They have really however challanged each other to see who can raise the most money for Lungevity, a lung cancer focused non-profit. Both Cappy’s and Arnold’s will be donating $1 for every pint of Chomlungma and it’s variants on Monday. It’s a challenge so there has to be a price to pay. Whoever loses the challenge will have to wear the others T-shirts for an entire weekend this summer. Be sure to come out to help whichever is your favorite establishment raise money for charity and save them from having to wear the others T-shirts all weekend.”

Tuesday, May 24th at 4:00 pm – 2015 Lambic Tappening at Rivertown Brewery and Barrel House

Tuesday, May 24th at 6:00 pm – Fifty West Beer Dinner at The Littlefield
Four courses and four of Fifty West beers for $50 per person (includes tax & gratuity). First course – Grains of paradise cracker, d’affinois, orange peel paired with Doom Pedal White; Second course – Pan fried oyster, blistered shishitos, micro basil, beure blanc paired with Coast to Coast IPA; Third course – Pork tenderloin, malted quinoa polenta cake, dark wood farms mustard greens, bier de garde rail & tamarind glaze paired with Bier de Garde Rail; Fourth course – Pecan & honey baklava, bourbon vanilla ice cream paired with Tastee Whip ice cream ale. Go to https://www.eventbrite.com/e/50-west-the-littlefield-tickets-25243336499 to purchase tickets.

Wednesday, May 25th at 6:00 pm – Moerlein Tap Takeover at Coaches Corner
Beers include OTR, Third Wave IPA, Strawberry Pig and Plum Street Wheat Ale.

Wednesday, May 25th at 6:00 pm – Upland Beer Dinner at Moerlein Lager House
A special 4-course dinner menu with beer pairings. The cost is $55 per person plus tax and gratuity. Seating is limited. Please make reservations in advance by contacting Jeff Geckle at privatedining@moerleinlh.com.

Wednesday, May 25th at 6:00 pm – Moerlein Axis Mundi through a Randall at Marty’s Hops & Vines
What exactly will be in the Randall is up to you to help them decide. Some ideas include Mint, Cocoa Nibs, Cedar and smoked malt, Milk Duds and cocoa nibs, vanilla beans and bourbon soaked oak chips; smoked coffee, raspberries, blackberries, and strawberries; Cinnamon crunch cereal, etc. Four other MadTree brews will be available: Peach Honey Wheat (draft), Stütze Belgian Blonde (draft), Sol Drifter and PsycHOPathy IPA.

Wednesday, May 25th at 7:00 pm – Monthly Keg Tapping at Hofbräuhaus Newport
For June, it’s their Hoppy Weizen.

Thursday, May 26th at 5:00-10:00 pm – Urban Artifact Tap Takeover at Cappy’s Wine and Spirits
Beers include KeyPunch, Habanero Lime Finn, Finn, Phrenology, Aged Phrenology, Otso and Palmistry.

Thursday, May 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 – Country Boy Cougar Bait, Glendale – Weihenstephaner Hefeweizen & Moerlein Purity Pils and Hyde Park – Weihenstephaner Hefeweizen Boot Night.

Thursday, May 26th at 7:00 pm – Sierra Nevada Pint Night at Hebron Brew Haus

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Tastings and Tappings Report: May 20, 2016

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

Country Fresh Farm Market and Wine Depot – Goose Island tasting today from 4:00-7:00 pm. Beers include Lolita (On Tap), Goose Summertime Kolsch, Green Line Pale Ale and Matilda Belgian Style Pale Ale.

Jungle Jim’s – Friday night tasting from 5:00 to 9:00 pm at both locations. Pints are usually $3. This week, they are pouring beers from SweetWater at Fairfield and from Brewery Ommegang at Eastgate.

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

Party Source – $1 beer tastings on Saturday from 12:00-1:00 pm.

Party Town – For Friday Night Flights this week from 5:30-7:00 pm, they’re pouring from West Sixth. Beers include Heller and Ginger Bread Box Stout. Nine ounce pours are $3.00. It’s $2.00 for the regular sample flights. Only adults age 21 or more are admitted for Friday Night Flights. Limit of one sample per person. No shopping carts in the back room please.

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 bites. Tickets sold until 6:30 pm.

TAPPINGS and RELEASES

Cappy’s Wine and Spirits – Fifty West Tap Takeover Saturday from 3:00-6:00 pm. Beers include Buckle Down Brown, One Way Street Columbus IPA, Doom Pedal, Lemonade Doomsicle, Eleanor Blonde, Coffee Please Nitro, Fuzzy Feeling, Punch You in the EyePA, Tastee Whip, Mulberry Tastee Whip, Long Delay IPA and Lager.

Dutch’s Bar & Bottle Shop – Stone Enjoy By Firkin Tapping today at 4:00 pm. It’s a cask conditioned variation of Stone Enjoy By 5/30/16 with Tangerine featuring Mosaic hops.

Ei8ht Ball Brewing – Tonight is Free Bacon Night and they will be pouring New Belgium Hoppy Blonde. The cost is $5 for a sixteen ounce pint and you get to keep the glass.

Fifty West Brewing – Brett is My Co-pilot Bottle Release Saturday starting at 11:00 am. Bottles are $10.99 each and there is a limit of two per person.

Have a better beer weekend, everyone!

— Carla and Tom

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This Week in Beer: May 16, 2016

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

Monday, May 16th at 5:00 pm – Rare Keg Monday at Ei8ht Ball Brewing
This week, it’s Dogfish Head 120 Minute IPA. Cost is $10 for a ten ounce snifter.

Monday, May 16th from 5:30–7:30 pm – Book signing at Moerlein Lager House
Paul L. Gaston, author of the new book Ohio’s Craft Beers and former NKY resident will be signing his book as part of American Craft Beer Week. Copies will be available for purchase at the Lager House.

Monday, May 16th at 6:00 pm – Moerlein Cintucky Common Tapping at Moerlein Lager House
This tapping is part of their American Craft Beer Week celebration.

Tuesday, May 17th from 11:30 am-1:30 pm – Book signing at Moerlein Lager House
Paul L. Gaston signing his new book Ohio’s Craft Beers as part of American Craft Beer Week. Copies will be available for purchase at the Lager House.

Tuesday, May 17th at 4:00 pm – Blueberry Lager Tappening at Rivertown Brewing

Tuesday, May 17th at 6:00 pm – Barbarossa with Cocoa Nibs Tapping at Moerlein Lager House
This tapping is part of their American Craft Beer Week celebration.

Tuesday, May 17th from 6:00-11:00 pm – Tuesday Night Braxton Bags at Ludlow Bromley Yacht Club
From Facebook: “Join us for Braxton Bags at Ludlow Bromley Yacht Club every Tuesday night this Summer! We’ll be playing cornhole and filling buckets of Storm and Crank Shaft cans for only $16 for everyone playing. The winning team each week will be placed in a raffle to win a Braxton prize basket. Or, you can join us for a special tournament on July 30th and compete to win a Braxton-branded Yeti Cooler. It’s a great summer (and LBYC’s 20th) to lift one to life and play some Braxton Bags!”

Wednesday, May 18th at 6:00 pm – Schützenfest Kölsch Ceremonial Debut at Kolping Society of Cincinnati
Check out their Facebook event page for more information.

Thursday, May 19th at 5:00-10:00 pm – Christian Moerlein Pint Night at Cappy’s Wine and Spirits
Beers include Purity Pils, Strawberry Pig, Plum Street Wheat, Third Wave, Citrus Infused Third Wave and Blood Orange IPA.

Thursday, May 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 – Braxton Tap Takeover, Glendale – Oskar Blues Mama’s Lil Yella Pils and Hyde Park – Fat Head’s/Boulder Co-Hopitation.

Thursday, May 19th at 7:00 pm – Rivertown Pint Night at Hebron Brew Haus

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Tastings and Tappings Report: May 13, 2016

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

Jungle Jim’s – Friday night tasting from 5:00 to 9:00 pm at both locations. Pints are usually $3. This week, they are pouring beers from Deschutes at Fairfield and from Southern Tier at Eastgate.

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

Party Source – $1 beer tastings on Saturday from 12:00-1:00 pm.

Party Town – For Friday Night Flights this week from 5:30-7:00 pm, they’re pouring from 450 North including Juice Box IPA, Dry Hopped Cider, and Bourbon Barrel Aged Triple. Draft by the glass pours will be $3.00 and include a complimentary 450 North pint glass for the first 72 guests. It’s $2.00 for the regular sample flights. Only adults age 21 or more are admitted for Friday Night Flights. Limit of one sample per person. No shopping carts in the back room please.

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 bites. Tickets sold until 6:30 pm.

TAPPINGS and RELEASES

Ei8ht Ball Brewing – Tonight is Free Bacon Night and they will be pouring beers from TBA.

Keystone Hyde Park – Warped Wing Mr. Mean Imperial IPA Release Party tonight at 6:00 pm.

Rhinegeist – Puma Pils Release Party Saturday from 12:00-9:00 pm. Keep your Puma pint glass with the purchase of a Puma draft (while supplies lasts).

OTHER

Moerlein Lager House – Paul L. Gaston, author of the new book Ohio’s Craft Beers and former NKY resident, will give a presentation Sunday at 2:00 pm following by a book signing. Gaston will also be there May 16th from 5:30 – 7:30 pm and May 17th from 11:30 am-1:30 pm to sign books as part of American Craft Beer Week. Copies will be available for purchase at the Lager House.

OTR Biergarten at Findlay Market – This weekend, they will be pouring Blank Slate Fork In The Road and Out and About.

Have a better beer weekend, everyone!

— Carla and Tom

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This Week in Beer: May 9 – 15, 2016

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

Monday, May 9th at 5:00 pm – Rare Keg Monday at Ei8ht Ball Brewing
This week, it’s Founders KBS. The cost is $8 for a ten ounce snifter.

Wednesday, May 11th at 6:00 pm – April Showers Bring May Sours: Rodenbach Tasting at Marty’s Hops and Vines
They will have Rodenbach Vintage 2010 and Vintage 2012 bottles, Rodenbach Vintage on tap and Rodenbach Classic. The cost is $15 and includes plus a souvenir glass (while supplies).

Wednesday, May 11th at 7:00 pm – Blank Slate Beer Tasting and Food Pairing at Ferrari’s Little Italy
Out on the patio if weather permits. Make a reservation to save your spot. This is the 1st of many tastings to come.

Thursday, May 12th at 6:00-10:00 pm – Tröegs Beer Tastings at BC’s Bottle Lodge
Donato’s pizza will be included in the tasting. Beers included not yet announced.

Thursday, May 12th 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 – Rhinegeist, Glendale – Great Lakes Chillwave and Hyde Park – Goodwood.

Thursday, May 12th at 6:30 pm – Braxton Beer Dinner at Presidents Inn (in Burlington)
Menu: First course – Storm paired with battered onion rings; Second course – Crank Shaft IPA paired with scalloped ceviche; Third course – Dead Blow paired with coffee crusted filet with creamed spinach and onion straws; Fourth course – Dead Blow Starter Reduction over raspberry ice cream. Cost is $37.92 per person. Purchase tickets in advance at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/presidents-inn-braxton-dinner-tickets-25073497506

Thursday, May 12th at 6:30 pm – Sun King Beer Dinner at Hops House 99
Check out their Facebook event page for more information.

Thursday, May 12th at 7:00 pm – Falls City Pint Night at Hebron Brew Haus

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