This Week in Beer: March 20 – 26, 2017

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. Most events for the weekend will be on our Friday Tastings and Tappings Report post.

Tuesday, March 21st at 5:00 pm – Mile Wide Wing Night at Midway Café
Ten Wings and a pint of Mile Wide beer for $15. Beers include Wooderson and Idlewild on tap!

Wednesday, March 22nd at 7:00 pm – Bell’s Oberon Pint Night at Hebron Brew Haus

Thursday, March 23rd from 5:00-7:00 pm – Christian Moerlein Tasting at Delhi Liquor
Beers include Thirteen/164 (bourbon barrel aged imperial stout with cherries), FC Blood Orange IPA, Strawberry Pig cream ale, Third Wave IPA, OTR Ale, and Pacer Citra Pale ale.

Thursday, March 23rd from 5:00-10:00 pm – Oskar Blues Pint Night at Cappy’s Wines and Spirits
Beers include Pinner, Dale’s Pale Ale, Deviant Dale’s, Mama’s Yella Pils, Priscilla, Florida Simcoe, Dry Hopped Centennial Dale’s, Ten Fidy, Barrel Aged Ten Fidy, IPA, Beerito, and Old Chub. Also a limited number of BA Old Chub will be available.

Thursday, March 23rd at 6:00 pm – Old Firehouse Brewery Night at Butterbee’s American Grille
Beers include Code 3 Red Ale, Pin Up Girl Blonde Ale, and Flashpoint Barrel Aged.

Thursday, March 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 – Belhaven, Glendale – TBA and Hyde Park – MadTree Sprye.

Thursday, March 23rd at 7:00 pm – Braxton Storm the Court Pint Night at the Pub at Crestview Hills

Saturday, March 25th at 12:00 noon – Braxton 2nd Anniversary Block Party
See their Facebook event page for more information.

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Tastings and Tappings Report: March 17, 2017

Don’t forget to check out our This Week in Beer post from Monday for other better beer events happening this weekend.

HAPPY SAINT PATRICK’S DAY! – See our earlier post for special beer events today.

SPECIAL EVENTS

Narrow Path Brewing – Grand Opening today starting at 8:00 am. Their motto is “Craft. Community. Cause.” and they are proving it by having a portions of today’s proceeds go to COTA in honor of Henry Rogers, a little boy from Loveland who is in need of a kidney transplant.

TASTINGS, TOURS and DINNERS

Christian Moerlein Brewing and Moerlein Lager House – Brunch, Beers, & Breweries Sunday at 10:30 am. See their web page for more information and to buy your tickets.

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 “bodacious brews from St. Patrick Party” at Fairfield and from MadTree at Eastgate.

Marty’s Hops and Vines – Saturday Brunch Series with Fifty West at 11:00 am.
1st course: Doom Pedal White Ale paired with a Cod fish cake with citrus butter sauce. 2nd course: Going Plaid Scotch ale paired with a Scotch Egg with sweet mustard sauce and blackberry jam. 3rd course: Paycheck’s Porter paired with Cheesecake bites with chocolate and caramel drizzle and sea salt. Cost is $29 and Reservations required. Call (513) 681-4222 or stop in.
Beverage substitution and vegetarian options upon request.

Party Town – For Friday Night Flights this week from 5:30-7:00 pm, they’re pouring from TBA. 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.

TAPPINGS, PINT NIGHTS and RELEASES

BC’s Bottle Lodge – Founders Pint Night Friday at 3:00 pm. Beers include All Day IPA, Red’s Rye, Curmudgeon, Imperial Stout, Frootwood (Tapping @ 5pm), and KBS (Tapping @ 5pm).

Cappy’s Wine and Spirits – Rhinegeist Tap Takeover Saturday at 3:00 pm. Beers include Pineapple Truth and Habanero Truth, along with Juicy Truth, Knowledge, Bubbles, and more.

Gypsy’s Mainstrasse – MadTree HOP EXTRAvaganza Saturday at 1:00 pm. Beers include Citra High, Experimental Pale Ale, Galaxy High, PSA, PsycHOPathy, Rounding Third, and TreeSearch 10.3.

Have a better beer weekend, everyone!

— Carla and Tom

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Better Beer St. Patrick’s Day Events 2017

Because we are an informational web site that focuses on better beer events and news in Cincinnati, we’re only concentrating on specifically beer related Saint Patrick’s Day events. In other words, we’re not listing food or music information. And, no, we’re not listing anything involving green beer.

Cappy’s Wine and Spirits
Opening at 9:00 am.
Guinness on tap all day.

Cock and Bull Mainstrasse
Doors open at 6:00 am. Free t-shirts to the first 600.
Breakfast Green Eggs and Ham plus Guinness Pancakes.
Lots of Braxton beers on tap.

Listermann Brewing
“Doors open at 9 am with Shamrock, Shamrock BA, Shamrock BA Coffee all on draft as well as some vintage Shamrocks and BA Shamrocks.
BA Shamrock 22 oz bottle:$13 PLUS tax ~550 Bottles Limit 4
BA Coffee Shamrock 22 oz bottle:$15 PLUS tax ~350 bottles Limit 3”

Marty’s Hops and Vines
At 5:00 pm, they will be tapping Great Lakes Brewing Company’s Conway’s Irish Ale.

Molly Malone’s Covington
Kegs and Eggs at 7:00 am.
Outdoor festival begins at 10:30 am and goes all day.

Molly Malone’s Pleasant Ridge
Kegs and Eggs at 7:00 am.
Outdoor concert/festival begins at 11:00 am and goes all day.

Municipal Brew Works
Starts at 7:00 pm.
See their Facebook event page for more information.

The Pub at Crestview Hills
Kegs and Eggs at 8:00 am.
$5 Guinness, Smithwicks, and Harp

Streetside Brewery
Opening at 8:00 am.
They will be giving out free St. Patrick’s Day Streetside shirts to the first 25 people through the door. Shirts will also be available to purchase in the taproom.
They will be tapping their Dry Irish Stout and a small batch of an Irish Red.

The Woodburn
Kegs & Eggs beginning at 7:00 am
More information available on their Facebook event page

St. Patrick's Day

This Week in Beer: March 13 – 19, 2017

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. Most events for the weekend will be on our Friday Tastings and Tappings Report post.

Monday, March 13th at 5:00 pm – Storm The Court Bracket Party at Strasse Haus
From 5-10pm, come fill out your bracket for your chance to win great prizes from Braxton Brewing Company. Even better, Storm will be on tap all month for $5.

Tuesday, March 14th at 6:00 pm – Storm the Court Pint Night at Dickmann’s
They will be giving away specialty “Storm the Court” glassware and basketballs.

Tuesday, March 14th at 6:00 pm – Graeter’s Pint Night at Drake’s
Buy the Braxton beer and keep the glass.

Tuesday, March 14th at 7:00 pm – SweetWater Pint Night at Hebron Brew Haus

Wednesday, March 15th at 5:30 pm – Liquid Courage: We Can Brew It! at The Overlook Lodge
More information available on their EventBrite page.

Wednesday, March 15th at 6:00 pm – Sierra Nevada Beer Dinner at Moerlein Lager House
Cost for this five course dinner with beer pairings is $55 plus gratuity and tax. For reservations, email Jeff Geckle at privatedining@moerleinlh.com

Wednesday, March 15th at 6:00 pm – Pints for Pits at Bart’s on York

Thursday, March 16th from 5:00-10:00 pm – Warped Wing Pint Night at Cappy’s Wines and Spirits

Thursday, March 16th at 6:00-9:00 pm – Great Lakes Pint Night at BC’s Bottle Lodge
Beers include Conway’s Irish Ale, Chillwave, and BA Blackout Stout.

Thursday, March 16th 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 – Guinness, Glendale – Guinness and Hyde Park – Guinness.

Thursday, March 16th at 6:00 pm – Storm The Court Tap Takeover at Buckhead Mountain Grill
They will be giving away specialty “Storm the Court” glassware and basketballs and pouring four Braxton Beers: Storm Golden Cream Ale, Revamp IPA, Haven Hefeweizen, and a TBA Specialty Release.

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Tastings and Tappings Report: March 10, 2017

Don’t forget to check out our This Week in Beer post from Monday for other better beer events happening this weekend.

TASTINGS, TOURS and DINNERS

Darkness Brewing – Beer & Cupcakes Saturday at 11:00 am. From Facebook: “We are teaming up with Mama C’s Buttercream & Sprinkles for a Saturday morning brunch of sorts with Craft Beer and Gourmet Cupcakes. Mama C’s will create four savory & sweet gourmet cupcakes that pair with four of our own craft beer recipes. Our head brewer and CoFounder Eric will also be here to talk about our beers. Included in the price are four savory and sweet cupcakes, four 5oz pours, and a full pint of beer after the pairing event. Tickets are $16 and you can find them here: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2791838

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 MadTree at Fairfield and from Tröegs at Eastgate.

Molly Malone’s Covington – All About Stoutfest Saturday at 12:00 noon. See their Facebook event page for more information.

— Founders Night Sunday at 6:00 pm. Featuring 2015 Backwoods Bastard on tap, Centennial IPA AND 2016 KBS bottles! (Limit one per customer, first come first serve) plus specials on All Day IPA cans as well.

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 TBA. 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.

TAPPINGS, PINT NIGHTS and RELEASES

BC’s Bottle Lodge – Sixpoint Brewing w/ DJ & C.R.E.A.M. Release Saturday at 5:00 pm. Beers include C.R.E.A.M., Hi-Res, Crisp, Bengali, and a surprise keg.

Braxton Brewing – Revamp Can Release Friday at 5:00 pm.

Cappy’s Wine and Spirits – Women in Beer Saturday at 4:00 pm. From Facebook: “Join us on Saturday, March 11th from 4-9pm to celebrate women in the craft beer industry! We’ll have food available from 4-9pm from Adena’s Beefstroll. We’ll be featuring 10 different beers on tap from breweries that have strong female representation such as Jackie O’s, Fat Head’s, Against The Grain, New Belgium, Dogfish Head, and Stone. From 4-6pm the women in craft beer will be speaking, and will be available to hang out and answer questions from 6-9pm!”

Christian Moerlein Brewing – New Brew Friday with Sea Salt Lemon Pils, Easy Livin’, Tank 9 Project starting at 4:00 pm.

— Thirteen / 164 Beer Launch Saturday at 12:00 noon. This bourbon barrel aged imperial stout with cherries will be available in 22-ounce bombers plus on tap.

— Christian Moerlein Anniversary Celebration Saturday at 6:00 pm.
“Tickets:
-General Admission, $35: buffet, 1 drink ticket, includes a brewery and/or underground lagering cellar tour
-Head Brewer, $50: buffet, 1 drink ticket, includes a brewery and/or underground lagering cellar tour, commemorative 22 oz. bomber & snifter glass
*tax not included
Buffet Menu: Smoked pork and chicken with homemade BBQ sauce infused with Christian Moerlein’s Thirteen/164 anniversary brew, southern style green beans, coleslaw, and homemade brewer’s grain rolls.”

Listermann Brewing – March NE IPA Can Release Saturday at 10:00 am. “No Sleep ‘Til Norwood is brewed with Galaxy, Falconer’s Flight 7 C’s and Motueka. $13 AFTER TAX/4 pack ~130 cases. Brewer’s Delight is brewed with Pineapple, Galaxy, Citra and Zythos. $13 AFTER TAX/4 pack ~100 Cases”

Have a better beer weekend, everyone!

— Carla and Tom

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This Week in Beer: March 6 – 12, 2017

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. Most events for the weekend will be on our Friday Tastings and Tappings Report post.

Monday, March 6th at 5:00 pm – Rare Keg Monday at Ei8ht Ball Brewing

Wednesday, March 8th at 3:00 pm – Riveting Rosie Release at Listermann Brewing
From Facebook: “Let’s Celebrate Strong Women of Cincinnati!!! On National Women’s Day we will be releasing our Hibiscus 🌺 Rose Hipped Saison! Because the inspiration behind this project was a Strong Female firefighter, well we couldn’t release it without a HUGE party, celebrating all strong women of this amazing city! All while pairing up with Women Helping Women, donating a portion of the proceeds back to them. We will have live music at 7:00 from Coconut Milk, Food Trucks, and a raffling off amazing items from Cincinnati restaurants, spas, brewery swag, and candles from the Candle Lab!!! We are encouraging everyone to dress as Rosie too!!! You don’t want to miss this!”

Wednesday, March 8th at 6:00 pm – Perrin No Rules Beer Tasting at Marty’s Hops and Vines
They will be tapping Perrin Brewing Company’s No Rules Vietnamese Porter and Lil Griz Barrel Aged Brown Ale. They will also pouring Grapefruit IPA and Black from cans. All four 5 oz pours for $12.

Thursday, March 9th at 6:00 pm – MadTree TapTakeover at KungFood Chu’s AmerAsia
Beers include PsycHOPathy, Lift, Happy Amber, Axis Mundi, Experimental Pale Ale (Mosiac, Apollo, Amarillo), Passionfruit tart ale, Galaxy High, Citra High, Dead Flowers and UnHappy Amber.

Thursday, March 9th from 5:00-10:00 pm – Listermann Pint Night Pac Vs. Biggie at Cappy’s Wines and Spirits

Thursday, March 9th at 6:00-9:00 pm – Avery Pint Night at BC’s Bottle Lodge
Beers include White Rascal, Maharaja IIPA, Apricot Sour and a surprise keg.

Thursday, March 9th 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 – Smithwicks, Glendale – TBA and Hyde Park – Boulevard Tank 7.

Thursday, March 9th at 7:00 pm – Rivertown Pint Night at Hebron Brew Haus

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Tastings and Tappings Report: March 3, 2017

Don’t forget to check out our This Week in Beer post from Monday for other better beer events happening this weekend.

SPECIAL EVENTS

Bockfest – Friday, March 3rd-Sunday, March 5th. More information available at their web site. The Bock bier lineup and tapping schedule are available on their Facebook event page.

TASTINGS, TOURS and DINNERS

Coppin’s at Hotel Covington – Sunday Supper with Rhinegeist Sunday at 7:00 pm. “$35 per person gets you 4 courses of food paired with beer, plus a special welcome beer. There will be special guests from Rhinegeist, as well as Chef Brendan Haren. Call 859.905.6800 now to reserve your seat, space is limited.”

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 Blank Slate at Fairfield and from Ballast Point at Eastgate.

Party Town – For Friday Night Flights this week from 5:30-7:00 pm, they’re pouring from Great Flood Brewing. The beers include Black Sunday Milk Stout, Irish Hill Red, ’37 Porter, Cinnamon Toasted Brown, Defiant Double IPA and Barrel Aged ’37 Imperial Porter. 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.

TAPPINGS, PINT NIGHTS and RELEASES

BC’s Bottle Lodge – BC’s First Anniversary Saturday from 11:00 am to midnight. Beer list includes BA Narwhal (Sierra Nevada), BA Bigfoot (Sierra Nevada), BA Java Man Cometh (Dayton BC), Hop Juju (Fat Head’s), Noble Cuvee Dry Hop Saison (Blackberry Farms), Gentleman Caller (Urban Family), BA Ten Fidy (Oskar Blues), BA Vanilla/Cinnamon Chickow (Listermann Brewing), Hammer Session (The Woodburn Brewery), Maple BA Abominator (Warped Wing), BA Coffee/Vanilla Dark, Apparition (Jackie O’s), Yellow Belly (Omnipollo/Buxton), Mango Wit (Homestead Beer), Coffee/Cayenne Axis Mundi (Madtree Brewing), Coconut Panther (Rhinegeist Brewery), Quad Pro Quo (Fifty West Brewing), BBA Old Rasputin (North Coast Brewing), Vietnamese Speedway (Alesmith Brewing), Mokasida Speedway (Alesmith Brewing), BA Bison (Homestead Beer), Snakes in a Barrel (West Sixth), How Do You Like Them Apples (Moonlight Meadery), Juicy Truth (Rhinegeist Brewery), and The Gadget (Urban Artifact).

Braxton Brewing – Haven Can Release Friday at 5:00 pm.

Cappy’s Wine and Spirits – Local Friday featuring MadTree at 5:00 pm. They’ll have Citra High and MadTree’s Experimental Pale Ale on tap.

Dickmann’s Sports Cafe – Narragansett KY Launch Friday at 4:00 pm.

Ei8ht Ball Brewing – Mini Amelia Beerhart Saturday from noon to 11:00 pm. From Facebook: “Since we’re getting close to our closing date- we’re getting a little sentimental about our favorite events over the past 3 years. One of the events that we are most proud of is Amelia Beerhart, an event we hosted in 2016 which celebrated women in the craft beer industry. All day March 4th we will be jamming to the Girl Power radio station, watching strong women in film and givin’ it up for the ladies in the house! Think of it like ladies night but with free stickers, Ei8ht Ball swag and raffles!”

Have a better beer weekend, everyone!

— Carla and Tom

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Behind the Scenes: The Woodburn Brewery and Taproom

We are happy to welcome a new contributor to Hoperatives. Brad Horak is currently taking Carla’s Beverage Tourism and Tasting Management class this spring and is working towards his Brewing Sales and Marketing certificate. This is the first of a series of articles he is going to be writing on new local breweries.

From the moment you step into The Woodburn Brewery, you will notice that there is just something special about this brewery. Unlike many other breweries, the taproom at The Woodburn is designed to be more than just a brewery that also happens to have a taproom. At The Woodburn, a lot of thought and planning has gone into the design for both the brewery and the taproom. The taproom experience is elegantly refined by its industrial modern decor, friendly and knowledgeable staff and a wide selection of high quality craft beers brewed by one of Cincinnati’s finest brewers, Chris Mitchell.

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Chris has been brewing beer for over 17 years. His career in brewing first started at Listermann Brewing Company in 2000. At that time, he was primarily working with customers on the retail side of the business. It was also while he was working at Listermann that he met Dennis Chacón. Dennis was a customer that shared the same goal as Chris to one day open his own brewery. The two decided to join forces and they began working on a business plan, found their desired location, and designed the brewery’s building. Their hard work finally paid off last year on August 26th when they opened the doors for the grand opening.

I recently met up with Chris to get a behind the scenes look at the brewery. He gave me a personal tour and I was able to observe him and his two brewing assistants at work. I was especially fortunate, because on this particular day they were brewing a batch of beer from their smaller 3 barrel pilot system for the upcoming Bockfest. Normally, they use the much larger 20 barrel system. This particular batch of beer will be available for a limited time for Bockfest at Arnold’s Bar and Grill and at the Christian Moerlein Malt House.

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During my tour, Chris explained in detail many of the decisions that he and Dennis made during the early stages of their planning. Perhaps the most important decision they made was choosing the brewery’s location. The Woodburn is located in the heart of East Walnut Hills. They liked the area because Dennis lives nearby and they saw a lot of potential in the neighborhood. At the time, several new businesses were opening. Today the neighborhood is abound with restaurants, bars, shops and salons. Chris also mentioned, “There is a lot of foot traffic. The flying pig runs by. The marathon people train along this route, so there’s always people jogging in front. They have the walk on Woodburn and the parking just behind us is nice.” The Woodburn Lot, a free public parking lot, is conveniently located adjacent to the brewery.

The building is designated as an historical building. It was originally built in 1909 as a movie theater. During the building’s renovation, Chris and Dennis made some fascinating discoveries. They found an orchestra pit that was used to play music during the films, since at that time motion pictures had no sound. There was a false wall that would have had a screen adhered to it. They also discovered that along the walls there were joist pockets where they could see how the floor had been slanted down for the theater’s seating. During the 30s and 40s it was used as a bank. In fact, before the renovations, there were still bars on the windows and a vault in the back. In the 70s, it was used as a dry cleaners. In more recent years, it was as a used for neighborhood storage. It was full of items that had been left over years. Chris and Dennis purchased the property in late 2014 and did much of the restoration themselves.

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The taproom has a modern industrial design. The walls are exposed brick and the bar’s counter top is made of concrete. The back bar is enshrined in copper. Even the lights on the walls and the hanging fixtures espouse this industrial theme. It may have an industrial theme, but that does not mean it feels cold. The wood accents on the bar, furniture and the ceiling’s cross beams soften the steel, copper and concrete. Seating has also been carefully considered. There are several stools at the bar. There are high tops, tables and benches. They even have four small tables affixed to walls, perfect for resting a pint while either sitting or standing. They have done a remarkable job branding the taproom. Their logo is prominently displayed on the glass doors, glassware and even on the signs for the restrooms. The logo’s design is the Phoenix. The Phoenix represents rebirth, and for The Woodburn it symbolically represents the rebirth of Cincinnati’s brewing heritage, an ideal that Dennis and Chris have embraced. The taproom features a modest amount of merchandise. T-shirts, growlers, hats and glassware are available for purchase.

Staffing has also been an important consideration for the management. When asked what they look for in a taproom employee, Chris responded, “You have to have a perfect blend of, you know, be friendly, be social, interact with customers and know enough about the beer.” Whenever Chris has a chance he will bring a bartender into the back and teach them about the brewing system. They periodically have employee meetings where they train the staff and have tastings. The end result is a well informed and friendly taproom employee.

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The taproom currently has 17 beers on tap. They carry four core beers on tap: the Steinpils, the Cedar IPA, the Berliner Weisse, and my personal favorite, the Chocolate Cherry Stout. Having the 3 barrel pilot system, mentioned earlier, has allowed them to more easily fill in the taps to offer 16 to 17 beers. Chris added, “I think, there’s not a lot of places in town that have that many of their own beers on tap like that.” Another very popular beer that could move up the ranks to a core beer is the Hans Solo, a coffee infused pale ale. I asked Chris about his most unique beer. He said it would probably have to be the Anchor Oyster Stout. It is brewed with oyster shells and oysters. This stout was specially made for The Anchor restaurant, a local seafood restaurant. It is also currently available in the taproom as a seasonal.

The taproom does not have a kitchen; however, Mazunte rents a space next door and provides some light food, such as chips and salsa, on Tuesday through Sunday. Customers can bring their own food or they will often order food to be delivered. Dog lovers will be happy to know that their dogs are welcome!

The Woodburn Brewery is located at 2800 Woodburn Ave and is open Monday through Friday, 4pm to 12pm; and Saturday through Sunday, 12pm to 12am.

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This Week in Beer: Feb. 27 – March 5, 2017

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. Most events for the weekend will be on our Friday Tastings and Tappings Report post.

Monday, Feb. 27th-Sunday, March 4th – Girl Scout Cookie & Beer Pairing at Keystone Bar & Grill (all locations)

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

Monday, Feb. 27th at 5:00 pm – Mardi Gras at Darkness Brewing
Happy hour pricing all day long. “Feel free to bring a snack to share. King Cake will be provided for the event.”

Tuesday, Feb. 28th at 4:00 pm – St. Anthony’s Quad Fundraiser and Bottle Release at Urban Artifact
See their Facebook event page for more information.

Tuesday, Feb. 28th at 4:00 pm – Graeter’s Pint Night at Nation Kitchen and Bar
Braxton’s Twisted Bit Dortmunder Lager and Dead Blow Tropical Stout also available.

Tuesday, Feb. 28th at 5:00 pm – Abita Mardi Gras Party at Coaches Corner
Beers include Abita Mardi Gras Bock, Abita Amber, and Purple Haze.

Tuesday, Feb. 28th at 5:00 pm – Oskar Blues Tap Takeover at The Lackman
Beers include BA Ten Fidy, Ten Fidy, Ten Fidy 2014, Ten Fidy 2013, Dale’s Pale Ale, Priscilla Witbier and Mama’s Little Yella Pils.

Tuesday, Feb. 28th at 6:00 pm – Hops & Munchies Beer Dinner at Kaze
From Facebook: “Kaze’s Executive Chef, Hideki Harada Is Pairing Up with Athens Ohio’s Jackie O’s Brewery to bring forth a scrumptuous 4 course dinner. Each course will be excellently paired with one of Jackie O’s brews. The price is $69.85 per person including tax and gratuity. Tickets available via the Eventbrite Link.”

Tuesday, Feb. 28th at 6:00 pm – Blank Slate Brewery Night at The Casual Pint-Oakley Station
Beers include Fume, Opera Cream, and Pitter Patter.

Wednesday, March 1st at 4:00 pm – King Cake, Baby! Beer Tapping at The Woodburn
From Facebook: “Its a cake? No, its a King! Its an Ale brewed FOR a king! But theres a baby involved? And Seafood Jambalaya from BrewRiver Gastro Pub seals the deal for all of your Ash Wednesday needs. What more could you ask for? Really, heathens ;)”

Wednesday, March 1st from 5:00 pm – Knowledge and Bubbles Release at Zip’s Café
From Facebook: “Come celebrate the release of Rhinegeist’s two newest year-around offerings, Knowledge DIPA and Bubbles Rose Cider. a $1.50 of each Rhinegeist pint sold will benefit UpSpring, an organiztion that provides educational and enrichment opportunities to children experiencing homelesness in Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky.”

Thursday, March 2nd at 10:00 am – Shamrock Shake Release at Listermann Brewing

Thursday, March 2nd at 4:00 pm – MadTree Pint Night at White Oak Marathon

Thursday, March 2nd from 5:00-10:00 pm – Terrapin Pint Night at Cappy’s Wines and Spirits
Beers include Hi 5, Recreational Ale, Hopsecutioner, Mosaic, Moo Hoo, Wake n’ Bake (only keg in the state of Ohio), and Tart Cherry Wake n’ Bake.

Thursday, March 2nd 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 – TBA, Glendale – TBA and Hyde Park – TBA.

Friday, March 3rd-Sunday, March 5th – 25th Annual Bockfest
More information coming in our Friday Tastings and Tappings post.

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Tastings and Tappings Report: Feb. 24, 2017

Don’t forget to check out our This Week in Beer post from Monday for other better beer events happening this weekend.

SPECIAL EVENTS

Cellar Dweller – Five Year Anniversary Saturday from 10:00 am to 11:00 pm. See their Facebook event page for more information.

Milton’s The Prospect Hill Tavern – Bockfest Precipitation Retaliation Happy Hour Friday at 5:30 pm. The snowman will burn at 8:00 pm!

TASTINGS, TOURS and DINNERS

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 Fat Head’s at Fairfield and from Abita at Eastgate.

The Gruff – Collaborative Beer Dinner Saturday at 6:30 pm. Featuring beers from MadTree, Rhinegeist and West Sixth. For more information, see their Facebook event page.

Keystone Hyde Park -Listermann 90s Brunch Saturday from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. See their Facebook event page for more information.

Mac’s Pizza Mainstrasse – Mardi Gras Braxton Tap Takeover Friday at 5:00 pm. Happy hour from 5-6 includes $1 off beers and buy one get one free appetizers. Beers include Storm, Twisted Bit, Spotlight, Haven, Jumpstart, Tropic Flare, Bluff, Graeter’s Black Raspberry Chocolate Chip Milk Stout, and Dead Blow on Nitro.

Party Town – For Friday Night Flights this week from 5:30-7:00 pm, they’re pouring from Bell’s including Whiskey Barrel Aged Jupiter and Hopslam. 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.

TAPPINGS, PINT NIGHTS and RELEASES

BC’s Bottle Lodge – Two Heads and a Tree Takeover Friday at 6:00 pm. Beers include Madtree Lift, Unhappy Amber, and a surprise keg; Fat Head’s Head Trip, Sunshine Daydream, and Hop Juju; plus Dogfish Head Namaste, Midas Touch, and Olde School.

Cappy’s Wine and Spirits – Local Friday featuring The Woodburn Friday at 5:00 pm. Beers include Hammer Session IPA, Chocolate Mint Imperial Stout, and Berliner Weisse.

— Saturday at 3:00 pm, Cappy’s will be hosting a Hi-Wire Launch Party. Beers include Hi-Wire Lager, Bed of Nails Brown Ale, Lo-Pitch Juicy IPA, Hi-Pitch Mosaic IPA, Hi-Wire Gose, Twice as Nice Doppelbock, Strongman Coffee Milk Stout, Enchanter Baltic Porter, Death Defying Spring Ale, 10W-40 Imperial Stout, Pulcinella BA Russian Imperial Stout, Carolina Coastal Black Rye Lager (Collab w/ Holy City Brewing), Oatmeal Brown Ale w/ Honey and Black Currants (Collab w/ Hardywood), Pimm’s Berliner Weisse (Collab w/ NOLA Brewing), Foeder Brett Saison, Hi-Wire’s House English Bitter, Prime Time Session Pale Ale, Sour Blonde Ale, Wild Rye Brett IPA, and a to be determined Small Batch Beer.

MadTree Brewing – Galaxy High and Citra High can release Saturday at 10:00 am. From Facebook: “Cans will be released in the Barrel Warehouse begining at 10AM. Limit two 4-packs of Galaxy, two 4-packs of Citra per person. Sorry, you can’t opt to take more of one over the other. Max of two 4-packs of any flavor. $12.50 per 4-pack (tax included.) Both will be available on draft for snifters but no growler fills. Cans will NOT go out to distribution. Some draft will be sent out to retailers.”

Have a better beer weekend, everyone!

— Carla and Tom

Hoperatives Tastings and Tappings Report