Darkness Brewing Brings an Uncommon Experience to Bellevue

Starting this today, folks in Bellevue will have a new craft brewery to call their own. Darkness Brewing, founded by Ron Sanders and Eric Bosler, is planning a grand opening celebration complete with live music all day, live art (you’ll have to go to find out about that), and Texas Joe’s Famous Tex-Mex Tacos food truck. The taproom has been open limited hours with guest taps for a few weeks, and Saturday marks the debut of the all-Darkness lineup.

Ron says they rejected the idea of brewing a flagship beer or trying to make beers that fit particular styles. Instead, they want to represent what he called, “home brewer style,” where they take risks and have fun with their beers. When they home brewed together, they favored darker styles and they’re still focused on them, but with a twist. He let me sample all of their initial offerings, and I think there’s something—probably more than one offering—for any palate. I won’t give away too much, but you’ll find everything from Bellvue Uncommon, a pre-Prohibition style Kentucky Common to Stonebraker, a cherry wood smoked porter named for a friend and brewing partner. Ask Ron to tell you the whole story when you meet him. Beer is about stories and he tells it best. For those of you who love beer lovers, but don’t yet like beer, there will always be a carefully-chosen cider on tap, too. They are already planning seasonal releases, so you will have ample reason to check in regularly.

The pair love their community and it shows. Eric and his family live up the hill from the brewery, and both of their wives work down the street. The building was once an auto dealership and has housed a number of other businesses, most recently a print shop. Found materials from the printing business now make up parts of a high top table and other elements in the taproom. The bar top, expertly built by local artists Matt Meyung and Jason Davis, is fashioned from reclaimed lath from a local 1860’s house. The brewing partners plan to showcase local art and music alongside their beers, as they focus on becoming a neighborhood destination first and foremost. Looking around the brewery and taproom, it’s obvious Ron and Eric bring a home brewer’s do-it-yourself sensibility and an eye for detail and uniqueness to the work. You’ll have to go there to relax in the taproom and sample their offerings for a while. They plan to keep it small and let it grow along with the burgeoning neighborhood.

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Ron Sanders and Eric Bosler of Darkness Brewing

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Tastings and Tappings Report: July 22, 2016

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HAPPY GRAND OPENING TO DARKNESS BREWING! – While they have been open serving other breweries’ beers, this Saturday starting at 2:00 pm, you can finally enjoy a Darkness beer on draft. Live music and a taco truck too.

Ohio Hop Growers Guild Hopyard Open House – Saturday from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. Check out their Facebook event page for more information.

2nd Annual Beer Olympics/strong – Saturday at Ei8ht Ball and presented by Ei8ht Ball Brewing, New Belgium, Kentucky Ale, Mad Tree and Braxton. – Signups are from noon-1pm and the Olympics are from 1:00-4:00 pm. For more information, go to their Facebook event page.

TASTINGS

Jungle Jim’s – Friday night tasting from 5:00 to 9:00 pm at both locations. Pints are usually $3. This week, it’s Revolution Brewing at both Fairfield and Eastgate.

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 are pouring 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.

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

BC’s Bottle Lodge – From Facebook: “We’ve got Jacob Stratton (Madtree) in one corner and his bro Patrick Stratton (Fat Head’s) in the other corner! Two men will enter, and only one will exit victorious! We are here to blow some kegs! Whichever brewery claims the most beer consumed at the end of the night will be crowned champion! It’s a little sibling rivalry and a lot of great beer! Head Hunter vs. Psychopathy; Black Knight vs. Shade; BA Up In Smoke vs. BA Rubus Cacao”

Ei8ht Ball Brewing – Tonight is Free Bacon Night and they will be pouring MadTree Are You Ready for Darkness? and Barrel Aged Ye Olde Battering Ram.

Municipal Brew Works – Tapping their first seasonal today at 4:00 pm. Woltermelon Blonde Ale is their flagship Approachable Blonde infused with real watermelons. It’s their tribute to summer and to Patrick Wolterman who lost his life while doing his job as a Hamilton Fire Fighter. “His family explained to [the brewery] that Patrick became a fan of a watermelon flavored beer at a Hamilton Fire Department summer picnic.”

Rhinegeist – Lumenocity Glow Launch Party today starting at 8:00 pm.

Down the River with Upland Brewing – This two-night event starts at Cappy’s Wine and Spirits Friday night 5:00-10:00 pm with the famous Peanut from Ei8ht Ball starting the bartender swap. Then on Saturday night beginning at 12:00 noon head to Ei8ht Ball as Sara Levin from Cappy’s finishes the bartender swap. Both nights you can enjoy Thunderbird Wings from Nashville with your Upland beers.

Wiedemann’s – At the Findlay Market this weekend. Friday 4:00-8:00 pm; Saturday 11:00 am-8:00 pm; and Sunday 11:00 am-5:00 pm.

OTHER

BB Riverboats – For July, the featured brewery for their Craft Beer and BBQ Cruises is MadTree. You can get more information and purchase your tickets at http://www.bbriverboats.com/CraftBeer-BBQ-Cruise.html

Have a better beer weekend, everyone!

— Carla and Tom

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This Week in Beer: July 18-24, 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, July 18th-Friday, July 22nd – MadTree Week at the Party Source
The Party Source Crowler Station will feature barrel-Aged beers from MadTree including BA Axis Mundi, Gin BA Joon and “For The Mill”, a BA Brown Ale with cherries and Brett.

Monday, July 18th at 5:00 pm – Rare Keg Monday at Ei8ht Ball Brewing
This week, it’s MadTree Wild Turkey BA Lift and Barrel-Aged Rubus Cacao. Pricing varies.

Tuesday, July 19th at 6:00 pm – Rhinegeist Beer Dinner at Packhouse Meats
Featuring Baguette, Fiction, and T-Rex paired with a 3 course dinner. $25 per person.

Wednesday, July 20th from 6:00-10:00 pm – Fifty Shades of Founders at Halfcut
AKA a Founders tap takeover.

Thursday, July 21st at 5:00-10:00 pm – Abita Pint Night at Cappy’s Wine and Spirits
New Orleans To Go food truck will also be there.

Thursday, July 21st at 6:00-8:00 pm – Rhinegeist Beer Dinner at Presidents Inn (Burlington)
MENU: Crab Cake paired with Cougar; Wilted Spinach salad and cider vinaigrette paired with Streaker; Venison with parsnip puree and Brussel sprouts paired with Exp #005 DIPA; Housemade Bread Pudding and vanilla bean ice Cream with bourbon caramel sauce paired with Badger ESB. Price is $40 per person.

Thursday, July 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 – TBA, Glendale – TBA and Hyde Park – TBA.

Thursday, July 21st at 6:00-10:00 pm – Burgers and Beers at the Party Source
Beers: MadTree sours Cherry, Peach, Chamomile and the very rare Barrel-Aged Strong Ale with Brett called “Dead Flowers”
Burger: “All-American” Burger topped with cheese and bacon
Music: Heather Turner

Thursday, July 21st at 6:30-9:30 pm – Belgian for a Day Beer Dinner at Taste of Belgium
MENU: Duvel beer cheese soup with Duvel Single; Garlic orange roasted pulled pork sandwich with Duvel Triple Hop; Banana Foster waffle with Duvel. Cost is $30 a person and includes a limited edition Duvel chalice. To purchase tickets, go to http://shop.authenticwaffle.com/product-p/belgian-independence-dinner.htm

Thursday, July 21st at 7:00 pm – Highland Pint Night at Hebron Brew Haus

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Tastings and Tappings Report: July 15, 2016

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FESTIVALS

Bad Tom Smith’s Bad Ass Beer Fest – Both today and tomorrow. For more information and to purchase tickets, go to https://www.badassbeerfest2016.com/collections/tickets

UPDATEBlue Point Toasted Tour – Saturday from 2:00-7:00 pm. Blue Point Brewery is bringing their boatyard to 317 E. 12th St. in Cincinnati. This event includes Blue Point beer, food from Django Western Tacos chef Josh Campbell, games plus music from Brother StarRace, THe Lighthouse & The Whaler and Givers. General Admission tickets are $5 and VIP tickets which include three beer tokens and Blue Point swag are $25. More information available at http://bluepointtoastedtour.com/cincinnati/

150th Anniversary Schützenfest at Kolping Cincinnati (10235 Mill Rd) – Today, tomorrow and Sunday. For more information, go to their website.

TASTINGS

Jungle Jim’s – Friday night tasting from 5:00 to 9:00 pm at both locations. Pints are usually $3. This week, it’s Alaskan Brewing at Fairfield and at Eastgate. While their wonderful Smoked Porter won’t be available yet, they will have their Amber, Kicker session IPA, Icy Bay IPA and Hypothermia American DIPA.

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 are pouring beers from Country Boy and West Sixth. This one be all draft and will feature several specialty one-off brews from both brewers. Full pours are $3.00 and include a complimentary pint glass for the first 72 attendees. 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

BC’s Bottle Lodge – Nowhere in Particular Tap Takeover today starting at 6:00 pm. Beers include Beat Your Wheat, BA Letters From the Underworld, Tangerine/Lime Berlin White, Blind Man’s Bluff with Cocoa & Vanilla in a Cask and a surprise keg.

Braxton Brewing – Tapping Trophy Dr. Rudi and the first beer in their new Beta IPA series tonight at 5:30 pm.

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

OTHER

BB Riverboats – For July, the featured brewery for their Craft Beer and BBQ Cruises is MadTree. You can get more information and purchase your tickets at http://www.bbriverboats.com/CraftBeer-BBQ-Cruise.html

Blank Slate Brewing – Dutch’s Pop Up Dinner and Saison Pairing from 6:00-10:00 pm tonight. $5 per course or $12 for all three.

Have a better beer weekend, everyone!

— Carla and Tom

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This Week in Beer: July 11 – 17, 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, July 11st at 5:00 pm – Rare Keg Monday at Ei8ht Ball Brewing
This week, it’s two from Grimm – Subliminal Message and Super Spruce. The cost is $8 for a thirteen ounce tulip.

Monday, July 11st at 7:00 pm – Beer 101 at Washington Park
This month, the featured brewery is MadTree. From the Facebook event page: “Brady Duncan and Charlie Johangtes will be on hand to discuss the origins of MadTree, how the business has been managed through the rapid growth, and provide a sneak peak into MadTree 2.0 plans.”

Wednesday, July 13th from 5:00-8:00 pm – Zip’s Cafe Turns 90
Starting at 5:00, they will be pouring Deluxe, the collaborative pale ale they brewed with Rhinegeist. All of their other taps will have Rhinegeist beers too.

Wednesday, July 13th at 6:00 pm – July Beer Dinner at Moerlein Lager House
This month, the guest brewery is Warped Wing. The cost is $55 per person plus tax and gratuity.
Seating is limited. For reservations, email Jeff Geckle at privatedining@moerleinlh.com

Thursday, July 14th at 6:00-10:00 pm – Warped Wing Pig Roast at Django Western Taco
Beers include Space Food American IPA, Gamma Bomb IPA, Trotwood Lager, Cask 10 Ton Oatmeal Stout with Vanilla, Cappucino and Tiramisu. Cans: Ermals Belgium Cream Ale, Irreverent Red IPA, Self Starter Session IPA, Brass Punk Pilsner. Pig roast is $21.00 and includes a Warped Wing Pint Glass

Thursday, July 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 – TBA, Glendale – TBA and Hyde Park – TBA.

Thursday, July 14th at 6:00-10:00 pm – Burgers and Beers at the Party Source
Beers: Great Lakes Steady Rollin’, Elliot Ness, Dortmunder Gold and Lake Erie Monster
Burger: All-American
Music: Chris Cusentino

Thursday, July 14th at 7:00 pm – Braxton Pint Night at Hebron Brew Haus

Friday, July 15th & Saturday, July 16th – 2016 Bad Ass Beer Festival at the French House (in French Park)
Hosted by Bad Tom Smith Brewing, the fest features beer from Blank Slate Brewing Company, West Sixth Brewing, MadTree Brewing, Rhinegeist, Jackie O’s Pub & Brewery and Urban Artifact. For more information and to purchase tickets, go to https://www.badassbeerfest2016.com/collections/tickets

Friday, July 15th-Sunday, July 17th – 150th Anniversary Schützenfest at Kolping Cincinnati (10235 Mill Rd)
From Facebook: “This year marks the 150th anniversary celebration of Schützenfest in Cincinnati, one of the oldest German Festivals in Cincinnati and the United States. Come join us this year as we will be featuring our NEW Schützenfest Kölsch Beer brewed in partnership with Christian Moerlein Brewing Co.”

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Tastings and Tappings Report: July 8, 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, it’s North High at Fairfield and at Eastgate, it’s SweetWater.

— On Saturday from 4:00-10:00 pm, the Eastgate Jungle Jim’s will have a Mt. Carmel Brewery tap takeover in their Paradise Pavilion. Pints and flights available.

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 are having a mid-summer all dark beer tasting. “The featured 9oz draft by the glass pours will be Founders Dark Penance Rye Dark Ale & Long Trail Unearthed Imperial Stout for $3.00, however anything on the tables is up for grabs for your pour should you like something else better.” 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

BC’s Bottle Lodge – Jackie O’s Tap Takeover today starting at 6:00 pm. Beers include Razz Wheat, Hop Ryot, New Growth, Mandala Citra and Full Allotment.

Cappy’s Wine and Spirits – 5 Rabbit Tapping Saturday starting at 2:00 pm. Beers include Super Pils, Paletas Prickly Pear, Huitzi and Chinga tu Pelo.

Ei8ht Ball Brewing – Tonight is Free Bacon Night and they will be pouring Three Floyds Live a Rich Life. Cost is $7 for 10 ounce snifter.

Keystone Hyde Park – Bell’s Double Two Hearted Beer Tappening today from 4:00-9:00 pm. Other Bell’s beers on tap including Oberon, Oatsmobile, and Two Hearted Ale.

OTHER

BB Riverboats – For July, the featured brewery for their Craft Beer and BBQ Cruises is MadTree. You can get more information and purchase your tickets at http://www.bbriverboats.com/CraftBeer-BBQ-Cruise.html

Have a better beer weekend, everyone!

— Carla and Tom

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Spencer Trappist Ale Now Available in Ohio

Just got this information from Cavalier. It will be great to have Spencer Trappist available here!

Cavalier Distributing has partnered with the U.S.’s only Trappist brewery, Spencer Brewery, and will distribute Spencer Trappist Ale immediately throughout Ohio. Brewed by the Trappist monks of St. Joseph’s Abbey (Spencer Abbey) in Spencer, Massachusetts, the Spencer Brewery is one of only 11 Trappist breweries in the world, and the first in the Americas.

Spencer Trappist Ale is a full-bodied, sunrise-hued ale with fruity accents, a dry finish and light hop bitterness. At 6.5% ABV, Spencer is one of the most accessible of the Trappist beers and complements a variety of foods. The monks recommend that the beer be served in a stemmed glass, preferably the distinctive Spencer glass designed specifically for the beer, and enjoyed responsibly, in the company of family and friends.

For the monks, the release of the beer marks both the culmination of years of hard work, and an exciting new chapter in the 191-year-old story of their monastery community. “We’re just so happy and grateful to be given the opportunity to share this labor of love with the world,” says Father Isaac Keeley, director of Spencer Brewery. “We hope that by making this beer, we can both honor the centuries-old Trappist tradition, and contribute to this exciting time in American brewing history.”

About St. Joseph Abbey, Spencer Brewery and Trappist Brewing
Settled in 1950 in Spencer, Massachusetts, St. Joseph Abbey or Spencer Abbey, is a Roman Catholic monastery of monks of the Cistercian Order of the Strict Observance, commonly known as Trappists. The monks live in silence and solitude, dedicating themselves to prayer, service and solitude, following St. Benedict’s sixth century Rule for Monasteries. In 1954, the monks began handcrafting and selling jams and jelly under the name Trappist Preserves. In 2014, Spencer Abbey launched the Spencer Brewery, and Spencer Ale has been well received by both connoisseurs and occasional beer drinkers. Known for their complexity and richness, Trappist beers are unfiltered and unpasteurized, preserving live yeast and complex carbohydrates in the bottle. Historically, this nutrient-rich “liquid bread” was an integral part of the monks’ simple diet.

Trappist monks follow the Benedictine counsel of ora et labora (pray and work), and for centuries have supported themselves by the work of their own hands, producing a variety products, including beer. All 11 Trappist breweries – Westmalle, Chimay, Orval, Rochefort, Westvleteren, Aachel, La Trappe, Stift-Engelszell, Zundert, Tre Fontane, and Spencer, must operate in accordance with the strict rules set by the International Trappist Association, a nonprofit which ensures that the beers are brewed at the abbey, under the supervision of the monks, and that the profits provide for the needs of the monastic community and its charitable outreach. The Trappist name is a registered trademark, and beers can be identified by the hexagonal “Authentic Trappist Product” logo displayed on their labels.

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This Week in Beer: July 4 – 10, 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.

Happy 4th of July!

Happy 4th of July!

Thursday, July 7th at 5:00-10:00 pm – Rhinegeist Tap Takeover at Cappy’s Wine and Spirits
Beers include Truth, Juicy Truth, Double Dry Hopped Juicy Truth, Coffee Uncle, #006 Experimental DIPA, Yellow Submarine, Cougar, Hustle, Zen, Fiction, Trips and Peach Dodo.

Thursday, July 7th at 6:00-8:30 pm – Thirsty Thursday at Craft Pointe
Six samples and Jet’s Pizza. This week, it’s Revolution Brewing.

Thursday, July 7th at 6:00-9:00 pm – Beer Olympics and Braxton Tap Takeover at Holler Hops & Grill
Wing Eating, Tray Carry, Trivia, Frozen T-shirt and Bar Mug Slide.

Thursday, July 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 – TBA, Glendale – TBA and Hyde Park – TBA.

Thursday, July 7th at 6:00-10:00 pm – Burgers and Beers at the Party Source
Beers: Bell’s including Oberon, Two-Hearted, Poolside and Hopsolution
Burger: Mexican
Music: Chris Cusentino

Thursday, July 7th at 7:00 pm – Rhinegeist Pint Night at Hebron Brew Haus

Thursday, July 7th at 7:00-9:00 pm – Books on Tap at Braxton Brewing
Hosted by the Kenton County Pubic Library, this month’s book is The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams.

Friday, July 8th-Sunday, July 10th – Bacon, Bourbon and Brew at Newport on the Levee’s Festival Park
For more information, check out their Facebook event page.

Saturday, July 9th at 4:00 pm-Midnight – Fifty West Punch Out Beer Festival and Boxing Event
From Facebook: “Eight Cincinnati breweries will square off in one-on-one amateur boxing matches in a professional ring under the big lights at the Fifty West Brewing Company Pro Works Facility located at 7605 Wooster Pike on July 9th, 2016.
In addition to 5 matches featuring 10 fighters from 8 local breweries, attendants can also expect a fun-filled beer festival with more than 50 local brews on tap from all your favorite Cincinnati-based breweries and the release of our now infamous Punch You in the EyePA in 4-packs of 12oz bottles!”

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This Week in Beer: June 27 – July 3, 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, June 27th at 5:00 pm – Rare Keg Monday at Ei8ht Ball Brewing
This week, it’s Domaine Dupont Reserve Cidre matured in Calvados barrels. Cost is $12 for a thirteen ounce tulip.

Thursday, June 30th from 4:00-10:00 pm – Tap Takeover at Washington Park Deck
This month, it’s beers from Taft’s Ale House including 27 Pils, The Stache and Waste of AAU’s.

Thursday, June 30th at 6:00-8:00 pm – Thirsty Thursdays at Craft Pointe
This time, it’s beers from Warped Wing including

Thursday, June 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 – Founders Centennial, Glendale – TBA and Hyde Park – Rhinegeist Cougar.

Thursday, June 30th at 6:00-10:00 pm – Burgers and Beers at the Party Source
Beers: Ice cream social theme with “foodie inspired” beers like Saugatuck Neapolitan Milk Stout, Du Claw Sweet Baby Jesus Peanut Butter Porter, Ommegang Rosetta Cherry Fruit Beer and Flying Dog Tropical Stout – also a cup of ice cream
Burger: Smoked bacon and cheese
Music: Hayden and Kaye

Thursday, June 30th at 7:00 pm – History of Northern Kentucky Brewing at Braxton Brewing
Sponsored by the Kenton County Library, join Tom and I as we walk you through the rich history of brewing in Covington, Newport and beyond. The 50-minute presentation will be followed by a tour of the facility and tasting. For adults 21 and over. Registration required.

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Tastings and Tappings Report: June 24, 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.

With CINCINNATI BEER WEEK winding down, we will have more events than usual listed this week. And, because we will be out of town most of the weekend, any late changes or additions may not get updated.

HAPPY GRAND OPENING, NINE GIANT! – You can celebrate Cincinnati Beer Week at the newest Cincinnati Brewery starting tomorrow. Located at 6095 Montgomery Rd in Cincinnati, they promise Nine Giant beer, guest beer, wine for “your ‘I don’t like beer’ friends” and more. Welcome!

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY, RHINEGEIST! – Join the celebration tomorrow from noon to midnight. For more information like the hourly tappings, check out their Facebook event page.

OTR Beerfest at Washington Park – This year, it’s on two nights (Friday, June 24th and Saturday, June 25th) and there will be draft as well as canned beer. Get your VIP tickets for extra perks at http://otrbeerfest.com/buy-tickets/

TASTINGS

Country Fresh Farm Market and Wine Depot – Erie Brewing Company tasting today from 4:00-7:00 pm. Beers include Soleil Shandy, Derailed Cherry Inspired Cream Ale, Railbender Ale Scottish Style Ale and another beer 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 celebrating Cincinnati Beer Week at Fairfield and at Eastgate, it’s New Belgium and Rhinegeist beers including their collaboration on Rhinegeist Fat Pale Ale.

— On Saturday from 4:00-10:00 pm, the Eastgate Jungle Jim’s will have a Alltech Lexington Brewing tap takeover in their Paraside Pavilion. Pints and flights available.

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 are celebrating local brewers with several collaboration draft by the glass pour selections for $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

Braxton Brewing – Bagels, Beer Jelly, and Beermosas Friday Morning. Lil’s Bagels and jellies made out of Storm, Twisted Bit, Dead Blow and Nectar Mexican Lager with Agave.

– Braxton Summertrip Passion Fruit Berliner Weisse & Crowler Launch Party Friday starting at 5:30 pm plus for June Firkin Friday, it’s Nectar Mexican Lager with Agave (their Cincinnati Beer Week Collaborative Beer) with lime and salt.

Cappy’s Wine and Spirits – Fat Head’s Friday starting at 5:00 pm. Beers include Headhunter, Midnight Moonlite, Trailhead, and a firkin of Jungle Juice Head Hunter.

Christian Moerlein Malt House – Moerlein Bomber Bash Saturday starting at 6:00 pm. You an get a four-pack including: 1000Weiss, Wild Hunt Cascadian Ale, Twelve/163 Brandy Barrel Aged Quad and Eleven/162 Bourbon Barrel Aged Wee Heavy; plus 2 snifter glasses for $35. There is no bottle limit and they’ll have all the beers on tap as well.

Ei8ht Ball Brewing – Tonight is Free Bacon Night and they will be pouring beers from Deschutes including Fresh Squeezed IPA, Not The Stoic Barrel Aged Quadruple & Pinot Sauve.

Rivertown Brewing – Tapping Passion Fruit Divergent today starting at 4:00 pm. And then Pineapple Divergent on Saturday starting at noon.

Urban Artifact – 5 Rabbits Tap Takeover today starting at 4:00 pm. Beers include 5 Lizard, Magnifica, Paletas, Super Pils and Chocofrut Pina.

OTHER

BB Riverboats – For June, the featured brewery for their Craft Beer and BBQ Cruises is Rivertown. You can get more information and purchase your tickets at http://www.bbriverboats.com/CraftBeer-BBQ-Cruise.html

Fifty West – The Road Not Taken Brewers’ Brunch in collaboration with Against the Grain Brewery, Sunday, June 26th at 11:00 am. For more information and to purchase tickets, go to http://fiftywestbrew.com/roadnottakenbrunch/

Wiseguy Lounge Covington – Beer Cocktails with Christian Moerlein tonight starting at 7:00 pm. They will be using Over-The-Rhine Cider, 1000Weiss, and Moerlein’s Collaboration Beer Week beer to make the cocktails.

Have a better beer weekend, everyone!

— Carla and Tom

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