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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Local Beer News and Events: April 30, 2015

When I taught at the University of Tennessee at Martin, I had a wonderful colleague named Barb Malinuaskas. When things weren’t going well for her, she would say, “Life is too much with me.” Well, to quote Barb, life is too much with me right now and some local beer news & events have slipped by me while I was putting out fires elsewhere. Here’s a recap of some of it:

Cincinnati Beer Week Moving to June
You may remember our post making the case to move Cincinnati Beer Week to a less weather challenged month. While the dates we proposed weren’t chosen, it’s still a good thing to see this great event moved to a time of year when snow emergencies aren’t a possibility.

Urban Artifact
The newest brewery in town opened its doors last Friday. Located at 1660 Blue Rock St, it’s actually the closest brewery to my day job and I’m hoping to stop by soon (Just wished they opened earlier on a Friday afternoon.) Concentrating on sour beers, their three flagship beers are a gose style ale, a Kentucky Common style ale and a Berliner pale ale. There is an event to celebrate the launch of their distribution tomorrow night at Arnold’s Bar and Grill. On the music side, I was thrilled to see that Urban Artifact will be the home of the Blue Wisp Big Band everything Wednesday night at 8:30 pm.

The OTR Beerfest: CANival
The same folks who bring us the Cincy Winter Beerfest and many other great area beer festivals are adding another one to their fold. It’s set for Saturday, June 27 from 1:00 – 11:00pm in beautiful Washington Park. When they go on sale, tickets will be available at BeerTickets.com.

Kings Island Beer?
Shauna Steigerwald of the Enquirer reports that the Mason based amusement park will soon be serving their own branded beers. The interesting part of this is that Kings Island doesn’t want to reveal who is brewing the beers for them. We’re guessing AB-Inbev.

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This Week in Beer: April 27 – May 3, 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, April 27th – Mug Night Monday at Flipdaddy’s Union

Monday, April 27th – 1/3 off craft beer bottles at Moerlein Lager House

Monday, April 27th – Randall Monday at the Brass Tap U Square

Monday, April 27th at 5:00 pm – Rare Keg Monday at Ei8ht Ball Brewing

Monday, April 27th from 8:00 pm to close – Pint Night at Incline Public House

Tuesday, April 28th – Penny Flips at Fifty West

Tuesday, April 28th – Tappa Keg Tuesday at Dingle House

Tuesday, April 28th – $8 Growler Fills at Moerlein Lager House

Tuesday, April 28th – Infusion Special at the Brass Tap U Square

Tuesday, April 28th from 5:00-7:00 pm – Meet the Brewer at Barleycorn’s

Tuesday, April 28th at 6:00 pm – BOGO Craft Beer Special at Hebron Brew Haus
Special applies to select rotating draft beers.

Tuesday, April 28th at 6:00 pm – Tuesdays on Tap at Whole Foods Mason
Six drafts, six bites, $6.

Wednesday, April 29th – Select Craft Beers for $2 at Molly Malone’s Covington

Wednesday, April 29th – Local Wednesday at Buckhead Mountain Grill Bellevue
All local beer served in a 16 oz pint glass are $3.99.

Wednesday, April 29th – Pint Night at UC’s Catskeller
This week, it’s Founders Brewery.

Wednesday, April 29th from 5:30 to 8:00 pm – Beer Tasting at Marty’s Hops and Vines

Wednesday, April 29th at 6:00 pm – From Breckenridge To Pleasant Ridge… Saison Ridge at the Gas Light Cafe
Beers include Saison Ridge, PsycHOPathy, Galaxy High, Lift, Ophelia, Agave Wheat and Summerbright Ale

Wednesday, April 29th at 7:00 pm – Monthly Keg Tapping at Hofbräuhaus Newport
This month, it’s their Maibock.

Thursday, April 30th – Firkin Thursday at Fifty West

Thursday, April 30th – Tap That Thursday at BrewRiver GastroPub

Thursday, April 30th – Tap-N-Tapas Thursday at Mt. Carmel Brewing

Thursday, April 30th from 4:00 pm to close – Take Home the Glass Night at Taste of Belgium Clifton

Thursday, April 30th from 5:00 pm to close – Christian Moerlein Tap Takeover at Wild Mike’s Shady Lane
Beers include Strawberry Pig, Se7en, Saengerfest and Altered Pale Ale

Thursday, April 30th at 6:00-10:00 pm – Pint Night Thursdays at Cock & Bull (all three locations)
The beers for this week’s Pint Night Thursdays are: Main Strasse Covington – MadTree Sol Drifter, Glendale – Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale and Hyde Park – Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale.

Friday, May 1st – $8 Growler Fills at Christian Moerlein Brewery

Friday, May 1st 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 1st from 6:00-7:00 pm – Friday Night Flights Beer Tasting at Party Town in Florence

Saturday, May 2nd starting at 12:00 pm – Kentucky Home Tapping & Derby Party
For more information, see their Facebook event page.

Saturday, May 2nd 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: April 24, 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 (4/24), it’s Fat Head’s Bumble Berry, Boulevard 80 Acre, Breckenridge Breck IPA and Stone Cali-Belgique IPA.

Jungle Jim’s Eastgate – Friday night tasting from 5:00 to 9:00 pm. For this week’s tasting (4/17), it’s Unibroue. Pints are usually $3.

Jungle Jim’s Fairfield – Friday night tasting from 5:00 to 9:00 pm. For this week’s tasting (4/17), it’s Great Lakes. 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), the draft by the glass options are TBA. The tastings flight are TBA. 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 (4/24) is Free Bacon Night. They are also tapping TBA

– For Saturday’s Randall Saturday, it’s TBA.

– For next week’s Rare Keg Monday (4/27), it’s TBA

Have a better beer weekend, everyone!

— Carla and Tom

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This Week in Beer: April 20 – 26, 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, April 20th – Mug Night Monday at Flipdaddy’s Union

Monday, April 20th – 1/3 off craft beer bottles at Moerlein Lager House

Monday, April 20th – Randall Monday at the Brass Tap U Square

Monday, April 20th at 5:00 pm – Rare Keg Monday at Ei8ht Ball Brewing

Monday, April 20th from 5:00-7:30 pm – Founders Blushing Monk and KBS Tapping at Market Wines
Beers include – On draft: KBS, Blushing Monk, All Day IPA, Red’s Rye, Old Curmudgeon and Porter plus a limited number of Blushing Monk and KBS Bottles.

Monday, April 20th from 8:00 pm to close – Pint Night at Incline Public House

Tuesday, April 21st – Penny Flips at Fifty West

Tuesday, April 21st – Tappa Keg Tuesday at Dingle House

Tuesday, April 21st – $8 Growler Fills at Moerlein Lager House

Tuesday, April 21st – Infusion Special at the Brass Tap U Square

Tuesday, April 21st from 5:00-7:00 pm – Meet the Brewer at Barleycorn’s

Tuesday, April 21st at 6:00 pm – BOGO Craft Beer Special at Hebron Brew Haus
Special applies to select rotating draft beers.

Tuesday, April 21st at 6:00 pm – Tuesdays on Tap at Whole Foods Mason
Six drafts, six bites, $6.

Wednesday, April 22nd – Select Craft Beers for $2 at Molly Malone’s Covington

Wednesday, April 22nd – Local Wednesday at Buckhead Mountain Grill Bellevue
All local beer served in a 16 oz pint glass are $3.99.

Wednesday, April 22nd – Pint Night at UC’s Catskeller
This week, it’s their Hop Fest.

Wednesday, April 22nd from 5:30 to 8:00 pm – Ballast Point Beer Tasting at Marty’s Hops and Vines
Beers include Grapefruit Sculpin IPA, Big Eye IPA, Fathom India Pale Lager, Indra Kunindra and Victory at Sea.

Wednesday, April 22nd at 6:00 pm – Rhinegeist Beer Dinner at Moerlein Lager House/font>
Menu: Reception- Truth IPA; Hustle Rye Pale Ale paired with Peppercorn Crusted Filet Medallion, Stroganoff Ravioli, Herb Creme Fraiche and Enoki Mushroom; Equinox Single Hop Pale Ale paired with Grilled Lamb Rack, Grapefruit Honey, Israeli Salad and Equinox Jelly; Gramps American Barley Wine paired with Jerk Shrimp Skewer, Maple Lemongrass Slaw, Mojito Oil, Calabaza Rice and Goat Cheese; Mastodon Belgian Dark Ale paired with Moroccan Chicken Sope, Harissa Spiced Plantain Puree, Apricot Cilantro Sauce and Feta Cheese; Cafe Ink Imperial Stout paired with Tirimisu Bread Pudding, Espresso Caramel Sauce and Cocoa Coffee Beans. The cost is $55 plus tax and gratuity. To make your reservations, contact Jeff Geckle at privatedining@moerleinlh.com.

Thursday, April 23rd – Firkin Thursday at Fifty West

Thursday, April 23rd – Tap That Thursday at BrewRiver GastroPub

Thursday, April 23rd – Tap-N-Tapas Thursday at Mt. Carmel Brewing

Thursday, April 23rd – 499th Anniversary of the Bavarian Purity Law at Hofbräuhaus Newport
$4.99 half liters all day

Thursday, April 23rd from 4:00 pm to close – Take Home the Glass Night at Taste of Belgium Clifton

Thursday, April 23rd 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 – New Belgium Fat Tire, Glendale – Southern Tier and Hyde Park – Sixpoint Crisp.

Thursday, April 23rd at 8:00 pm – Unibroue Tap Takeover with Music at The Drinkery
Beers include Ephemere Apple, Emphemere Cranberry, Raftman, Terrible, La Fin Du Monde and Blanche De Chambly.

Friday, April 24th – $8 Growler Fills at Christian Moerlein Brewery

Friday, April 24th starting at 5:00 pm – Cincinnati Craft Brewers Starkbierfest at Listermann Brewing
See their Facebook event for more information.

Friday, April 24th at 5:30 pm – Beer and Wine Tasting at Everything’s d’ Vine
$10 per person to taste five beers and four wines. $5 to taste just beer or just wine.

Friday, April 24th from 6:00-7:00 pm – Friday Night Flights Beer Tasting at Party Town in Florence

Saturday, April 25th starting at 12:00 pm – Cincinnati Craft Brewers Starkbierfest at Listermann Brewing
See their Facebook event for more information.

Saturday, April 25th at 4:00pm – Westwood Works Pop-Up Beer Garden at St James Episcopal Church (3207 Montana Ave)
From their Facebook event page: “MadTree Brewing will be on hand to serve their beers. Wake and Bake Breakfast food truck and Dean’s Hops and Vines will serve food and non-alcoholic beverage options.”

Saturday, April 25th 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: April 17, 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 (4/17), it’s Crabbie’s Lemonade, Sixpoint Crisp, Boulevard Tank 7 and Dogfish Head Aprihop.

Jungle Jim’s Eastgate – Friday night tasting from 5:00 to 9:00 pm. For this week’s tasting (4/17), it’s Southern Tier. Pints are usually $3.

Jungle Jim’s Fairfield – Friday night tasting from 5:00 to 9:00 pm. For this week’s tasting (4/17), it’s Samuel Adams. 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 (4/17), the draft by the glass options will be Prairie Hop, Evil Twin/West Brook Mission Gose, Evil Twin Single Hop Simcoe Imperial IPA Molotov Cocktail and Against the Grain 70k Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Milk Stout. The cost is $3 for a nine ounce pour. The tastings flight will include bottles from North Peak, Mikkeller, Stillwater and Moody Tongue. 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 (4/17) is Free Bacon Night. They are also tapping MadTree Galaxy High. Cost is $5 a snifter.

– For Saturday’s Randall Saturday, it’s La Trois Mousquetaires Gose infused with watermelon. The cost is $10 a snifter.

– For next week’s Rare Keg Monday (4/20), it’s Founders KBS: “70 tickets will be given out a 5:00 pm just outside the tap room. Showing up before 5:00 pm does not guarantee you a glass of KBS. You must have a ticket in order to purchase a glass of KBS. There is a strict limit of one glass per person. If we have a crowd turnout of less than 70 people, the Ei8ht Ball Tap Room Team reserves the right to make the decision to offer a second glass, or taste of KBS.” The cost is $7 for a ten ounce snifter.

Have a better beer weekend, everyone!

— Carla and Tom

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Blank Slate and Orchids Beer Collaboration

First, Bonbonerie and now Orchids at the Palm Court. Blank Slate is collaborating with some pretty great local establishments. Here’s the information on their latest joint venture.

Blank Slate Brewing Company

The creative minds behind Orchids at the Palm Court and Blank Slate Brewing Company have teamed up to create a series of collaborative beers to be served in the acclaimed restaurant, Orchids at Palm Court and The Bar at Palm Court located in the Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza Hotel beginning Thursday, April 16th and continuing throughout the year. The series will consist of four beers created to accompany the season in which they are served and to incorporate culinary influences pertinent to that time of year. Additionally, the naming of the beers will be themed to the life cycle of the orchid flower itself, following the progression of the plant from its spring birth through its winter hibernation.

The first beer entitled “Orchids Bloom” is a French Style Saison brewed with coriander and hibiscus. “The beer has a fruit forward nose and contains a flowery component derived from the use of dried hibiscus flowers, which also give the beer a nice springtime pink hue” says Scott LaFollette of Blank Slate Brewing Company.

“We are really excited to be working with Blank Slate. The “Bloom” is a great representation of our food and their beer style” says Todd Kelly, Executive Chef of Orchids at Palm Court / Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza.

“Orchids Bloom” will be a ‘draft only’ offering available in The Bar at Palm Court and Orchids at Palm Court in the hotel located at, 35 W 5th St. beginning Thursday, April 16th. It will also be available for a very limited time at Blank Slate Brewing Company PourHouse located at 4233 Airport Rd., Unit C starting on Friday, April 17th at 5:00 pm. “Orchids Bloom” will be available while supplies last or until the next seasonal collaboration becomes available in early summer.

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