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Welcome to Cincinnati, New Belgium. Or, How the Beer Scene is Like the Weather

So the buzz around the beer community in Cincinnati today is the arrival of New Belgium Brewing Company’s beer in Ohio. I’d say “impending arrival” because it’s not supposed to happen until Monday, December 16, but there’s plenty of evidence

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Thankful For the Better Beer in Cincinnati (and beyond, too)

Lo, the many years ago, when I first started writing for Hoperatives (that is, back in the fall of 2010, when I had way more free time and dinosaurs still roamed the Earth), one of the very first posts I

Posted in General Comment, Holidays, Local, Miscellaneous, Opinion Tagged with: , ,

On Beer Culture and Beer Subcultures

One of the reasons Carla and I started Hoperatives is that we wanted to celebrate and support Cincinnati’s beer culture. Back in another lifetime I used to think a lot about culture and media for a living. It’s a fundamental

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A Disturbance in the Force

This post may be a little too much inside baseball stuff regarding the Cincinnati beer blogging community for some tastes, but so be it. A change is happening that deserves mention and acknowledgement. No matter what the topic, no blog

Posted in General Comment, Local, Miscellaneous, Opinion

The Better Beer Wife: The Next Chapter

We are proud to have Danielle Whalen back writing for us with the next installment on her life as a Better Beer Wife. “Stick your head in this bucket and tell me what you smell.” Ah… the joys of being

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Nobody Goes to GABF Anymore. It’s Too Crowded.

I’ve never been to the Great American Beer Festival. I’m not sure I’m ever going to go, now. I have mixed feelings about that. For those of you who have lives that don’t revolve around beer, the kerfuffle du jour

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Born in Boston, Brewed in Cincinnati: Sam Adams Beers

I’ve always been a little snarky about the Boston Beer Company. Not the beer. I like a lot of what they make — Latitude 48, Noble Pils and the venerable Boston Lager — are go-to favorites. I don’t have a

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A Little Change Will Do You Good

When I was trying to come up with a way to start yesterday’s short piece about Peanut Kahles going to The Party Source, the first thing that popped into my mind was “more change.” That’s a lot of what Hoperatives

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Big Changes at Hebron Brew Haus

Hebron Brew Haus announced yesterday that it has served its last pizza and will be switching its dining room to a Mad Mike’s Burgers and Fries by Monday, June 3. Along with the changes to the food offerings, the barroom

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Don’t Feed the Trolls: The West Sixth – Magic Hat Thing

Righteous indignation is fun. There are few things more satisfying, more self-affirming than a good spleen-cleansing rant. I get that. Heck, I’ve done that. I like to think I do righteous indignation pretty well.  My face turns red nicely and I have

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