Tastings and Tappings Report: July 3, 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

Jungle Jim’s Eastgate – Friday night tasting from 5:00 to 9:00 pm. For this week’s tasting (7/3), it’s SweetWater. Pints are usually $3.

Jungle Jim’s Fairfield – Friday night tasting from 5:00 to 9:00 pm. For this week’s tasting (7/3), it’s Fifty West. Beers include Penny Pilsner, Nitro Coffee Please Stout, Doom Pedal White, Border Crossing Pale Ale, Coast to Coast IPA and Barrel Aged Home Sweet Home. 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 (7/3) from 5:30-7:00 pm, it’s 450 North Brewing, Atwater and some beers from their own in-house brewery Mash Cult. Draft by glass is $3.00 and the 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 bites. Tickets sold until 6:30 pm.

TAPPINGS

Ei8ht Ball Brewing – Tonight (7/3) is Free Bacon Night AND they will be tapping Against the Grain 70K (13+% ABV Bourbon Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout). Cost is $7 for a ten ounce snifter.

– For Saturday’s Randall Saturday (7/4), it’s To Ol Mr. White Double IPA Randalled through peaches. Cost is $10 for a ten ounce snifter.

– For next week’s Rare Keg Monday (7/6), it’s Three Floyds Cimmerian Sabertooth Berzerker. Cost is $8 for a ten ounce snifter.

Have a better beer weekend, everyone!

— Carla and Tom

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Better Beer Fourth of July Closings (And Openings) 2015

With Independence Day falling on a Saturday this year, there is the proverbial question of what better beer locations going to be open on July 4th so here is our annual listing of Fourth of July closings (and openings). As always, we will update this listing as we get more information. If in doubt, call before heading locations not listed here.

Bad Tom Smith Brewing – Holiday hours are July 3rd from 3:00 to 11:00 pm; July 4th from 12:00 to 4:00 pm; and July 5th from 12:00 to 6:00 pm. Also, Bad Tom All American IPA will be $2 a pint and all other pints are $4.

Blank Slate Brewing – Closed on Saturday, July 4th. Regular hours on Thursday and Friday.

Christian Moerlein Malt House – Open 4:00 pm to midnight July 3rd, 12:00 to 6:30 pm on July 4th, 1:00 to 6:00 pm on July 5th.

Everything’s d’ Vine – Open from 12:00 to 5:00 pm on July 3rd, close on July 4th.

Flipdaddy’s – All four locations will be closed on July 4th.

Jungle Jim’s – Holiday hours are 8:00 am to 10:00 pm.

Listermann/Triple Digit Brewing – Open from 10:00 am to 11:00 pm on July 3rd, 10:00 am to 8:00 pm on July 4th, 12:00 to 8:00 on July 5th.

MadTree Brewing – Regular hours on July 3rd, 4th and 5th. No tours on the 4th.

Marty’s Hops and Vines – Closed on July 4th.

Rivertown Brewing – Open 12:00 to 10:00 pm on July 4th, 10:00 am to 2:00 pm on July 5th serving brunch.

Virgils – Closed on July 4th.

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The following locations were closed last year (2014) for the 4th of July (we’re still trying to verify for 2015): Adratico’s, Bakersfield OTR, BrewRiver GastroPub, The Eagle OTR, Zip’s Café.

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Beers for 2015 Northside Rock & Roll Carnival

The annual event that is the Northside Rock & Roll Carnival is almost upon us. Both MadTree Brewing and Cavalier Distributing are Star Sponsors while Mt. Carmel Brewing is a Red Sponsor and will be bringing their beer ambulance.

BEER LIST
Bourbon Barrel Kentucky Ale
Eight Ball Brewing Prodigal Son APA
MadTree Lift
MadTree Happy Amber
MadTree Psychopathy
MadTree Boysenthehood
MadTree Del Sol
MadTree Gnarly Brown Ale
MadTree DoublePlusGood IPA (special tapping at Keg’s ‘n Eggs 8:30am with the brewers of MadTree)
MadTree Saison Ridge
Mt. Carmel Brewing Coffee Brown Ale brewed w/ Deeper Roots Coffee
Mt. Carmel Brewing Imperial IPA
Mt. Carmel Brewing Summer Wheat Ale
Mt. Carmel Brewing Nut Brown Ale
Mt. Carmel Brewing Stout
Mt. Carmel Brewing Blonde Ale
Old Firehouse Hoser Gose
Urban Artifact Hippodome IPA (only sold in Northside, made for the Rock ‘n Roll Carnival)
Original Sin Cider
B. Necktar Zombie Killer

FOOD OPTIONS
Barrio Tequileria
Cuban Pete’s
Dojo Gelato
Lyric Food Truck
Meatball Kitchen
NYPD Pizza
Red Sesame Korean BBQ
Street Pops
Waffo
Wake & Bake

MUSIC SCHEDULE
Thursday, July 2nd
6:00 The Stealth Pastille
7:00 Ohio Knife
8:00 Soul Tribe (Carnival Act)
8:00 Mason School Of Rock
9:00 Jeremy Pinnell And The 55s
10:00 The Harlequins
11:00 Nude Beach (New York)
12:00 Wussy

Friday, July 3rd
6:00 Comet Bluegrass Allstars
7:00 Old City
8:00 Pickled Brothers (Carnival Act)
8:00 R. Ring
9:00 Nomad
10:00 Beat Awfuls (Lexington)
11:00 Cave (Chicago)
12:00 Saintseneca

Saturday, July 4th
6:00 Daniel Wayne and The Silver Linings
7:00 Thee Tsunamis (Bloomington)
8:00 TBA (Carnival Act)
8:05 Wildhoney (Baltimore)
9:00 Daap Girls
10:00 Flesh Panthers (Chicago)
11:00 The Gotobeds (Pittsburgh)
12:00 Those Darlins

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Beers We Love Right Now: July 1, 2015

We’ve been kicking this idea around for a while now and finally had some time to launch this new feature. Once a week (or so), we’re going to post a beer (or two) that we are loving right now. These won’t be long reviews analyzing the beers, just the name of the beer and a sentence or two about why it’s one of the beers we love right now.

In addition, we will also be featuring some other beverages and food items that we love and are beer related from time to time. The first one is listed at the bottom of this post.

Tom – Braxton Trophy: Hull Melon. The first time I had it I didn’t quite know what to make of it. Then I had a second. Then a few days later I had a chance to have another.  Now I can’t pass up on it if I see it. Some day Hull Melon hops will be commonplace, but for now they’re still something different. And this beer won’t be around forever.

Carla – Alltech Kentucky Old Fashioned Barrel Ale. While it’s a pretty big beer for hot weather (10% abv), it is a great cocktail inspired beer. And it has to be served with a slice of orange and a maraschino cherry.

Jared – Arcadia Sky High Rye. Has to be fresh but come in cans. Big hoppy punch and rye character.

Chris – Founders All Day IPA. There is something to be said about a deliciously hoppy beer that won’t make you regret drinking it when you literally try to drink it all day. This beer has been in my fridge and in my belly since the weather started to get above 80 and I haven’t gotten tired of it yet. That reminds me, I need to go buy another case.
[Editor’s note: We have some in our fridge too. Party Town in Florence had a great price on it last time we checked.]

Jessica – Christian Moerlein Strawberry Pig. Love that it is extremely flavorful with such a low ABV. Tastes like spring/summer in a can.

Jason – I just tore through a pack of Stone’s update to Ruination, the 2.0. It all has hop glory of it’s previous incarnation, with what seemed a slight added punch of malt that really balanced it out. It was thick and sticky and dangit, I want another right now please. Sadly, 8.6% Double IPA is probably not the best choice for mid-afternoon software development.

John – I just got back from Spain, where I drank a lot of lemon shandy – or “clara con limon.” It was pretty much always made with fresh lemonade, much better than the prepackaged shandies. I also loved “tinto de verano” which is the same but with red wine. Great for the warm weather…or, you know, the constant rain.

Tom and Carla – It’s not a beer, but we are really loving the new Hopwater. We were provided with a four pack sample of each of the flavors and they are perfect for summer. The ginger has quite a kick and works well with bourbon. The original is just great on its own and both the lime & grapefruit are so refreshing. Check out their web site to find out where you can get some.

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What Beer Would You Take?

Back in November of 2010, we were lucky enough to attend the Inaugural Beer Bloggers Conference in Boulder, Colorado. We went to Oskar Blues and Boulder Brewery. Met amazing beer professionals like Mariah Calagione of Dogfish Head, Greg Koch of Stone and Rob Widmer of Widmer Bros. But, best of all, we got to meet other beer bloggers from around the nation and we still keep in touch with many of them.

In the years since then, we missed some of the BBC conferences but have made it to most of the ones within driving distance of Cincinnati like Indy and Boston. This year, the conference is in a great beer town that we know well – Asheville. Oh, and it has a slightly different name that better describes the conference, so it’s the Beer Bloggers & Writers Conference (BBWC).

One event that has been a part of most of the past BBWC conferences is the Night of Many Bottles. It’s basically the bottle share portion of the conference. This year, the instructions are to “bring one six-pack of beer – your local favorite, something hard to get you have been cellaring, or anything else you choose.”

Since we are a Cincinnati focused beer blog / informational website, we always take Cincinnati beers. In past years, we had a much more narrow range to choose from. But, luckily, in 2015, we have so many great Cincinnati beers that it’s getting hard to choose two (one for each of us).

So we wanted to ask all of you. What Cincinnati beer would you take to share with other beer bloggers & writers from around the country? Unfortunately, it has to be in bottles or cans, so local beers that aren’t packaged won’t work.

Tell us what beer you would take and why. You can put your comment here or post it on our Facebook page. If you are concise, you can tweet it to us too. We will take recommendations through July 12th and let you know which two we went with that next week.

Thanks in advance!

–Carla and Tom

Beer Bloggers & Writers Conference 2015

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This Week in Beer: June 29 – July 5, 2015

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 29th at 5:00 pm – Rare Keg Monday at Ei8ht Ball Brewing
This week, it’s Lagunitas CitruSinensis Pale Ale. Cost is $7 for a ten ounce snifter.

Monday, June 29th at 7:00 pm – Christian Moerlein Beer Dinner at the Green Derby
From Facebook: “Unveiling the Repeater IV American Pale Ale w/ Citra and Galaxy hops, and pairing it with one of two entrees from the Green Derby. $20 for dinner, a pint of Repeater IV, and you keep the logo pint glass! Great craft beer specials the rest of the night as well. Come try a VERY exclusive beer and enjoy a great meal! **Please call Green Derby at 859-431-8740 to RSVP!!**”

Tuesday, June 30th at 5:00 pm – Tap Takeover at Washington Park
From their Facebook event: “Join us on the last Tuesday of the month as four local breweries take over the taps on ‘The Deck’. Starting at 5pm, enjoy special drafts from Taft’s Ale House, Rhinegeist, MadTree, and Christian Moerlein while representatives from each brewery answer your questions about their brew. This month we will be featuring: Taft’s Ale House: LOTUS fruit beer collaboration with Off The Vine; MadTree Brewing: Rounding Third – 6.5% Red IPA; Christian Moerlein Brewing Co.: Cherry Belgian Blonde and Rhinegeist: Azacca Pale Ale with starfruit green tea”

Thursday, July 2nd at 5:00 pm – Independence Day Weekend Kickoff Party at Mt. Carmel Brewery
In addition to bluegrass music and smoked BBQ ribs & brisket, they will be tapping their last kegs of Irish RED ale, and Unfiltered WHITE IPA to go along with their Hibiscus BLUE Ale! RED, WHITE and BLUE. Flights of all three for $5 all night.

Thursday, July 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, July 3rd at 4:00-7:00 pm – Brooklyn Brewing Tasting at Country Fresh Farm Market and Wine Depot

Friday, July 3rd at 5:30 pm – Free Bacon Friday and Tapping at Ei8ht Ball
This Friday, it’s Against the Grain 70K (13+% ABV Bourbon Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout). Cost is $7 for a ten ounce snifter.

Saturday, July 4th – Happy Independence Day!

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Tastings and Tappings Report: June 26, 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

Country Fresh Market and Wine Depot (Anderson) – West Sixth Tasting from 4:00 – 7:00 pm. Tentative beers include IPA (on tap), Lemongrass Wheat Ale, Amber Ale and Hell or Heaven.

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 (6/26), it’s Boulevard Hibiscus Gose, Rivertown Blueberry Lager, Goose Island Summer Ale and Maumee Bay GlassHopper IPA.

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 (6/26) from 5:30-7:00 pm, it’s beers from HE’BREW. 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 bites. Tickets sold until 6:30 pm.

TAPPINGS

Ei8ht Ball Brewing – Tonight (6/26) is Free Bacon Night AND they will be having a Jackie O’s tap takeover. Beers include Pawpaw Wheat, Matriarch Triple IPA, Mystic Mama IPA, Chomolungma and Bourbon Barrel Brick Kiln Barleywine. Prices will vary per beer.

– For Saturday’s Randall Saturday (6/27), it’s Evil Twin Imperial Biscotti Break through sweet orange peel and cinnamon sticks. Cost is $8 for a ten ounce snifter.

– For next week’s Rare Keg Monday (6/29), it’s Lagunitas CitruSinensis Pale Ale. Cost is $y for a ten ounce snifter.

Have a better beer weekend, everyone!

— Carla and Tom

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Traveling Tuesday: Crooked Can Brewing – Winter Garden, FL

As Disney Vacation Club owners, we travel to Walt Disney World and Florida several times a year usually. And being believers in better beer, we started going to the Big River Grille and Brewing Works at Disney’s Boardwalk on a regular basis. It was there that we were lucky enough to meet Kent Waugh, the head brewer from 2010 to 2014.

Since then, Kent has moved on to a new brewery located in the lovely town of Winter Garden, Florida just southwest of Orlando. During a trip last month, we were able to check out his new work home – Crooked Can Brewing Company.

Crooked Can - Entrance

The Well is Crooked Can’s tap room and it’s part of the Plant Street Market. You can get food from the other market vendors to enjoy with your beer. We especially liked The Wandering Wonton.

Crooked Can - Patio

The large patio features one of Crooked Can’s tanks. They frequently feature live music on the weekends.

Crooked Can - Windows

This small second bar serves both inside and outside patio patrons.

Crooked Can -  Bar

The main bar with the ever changing chalkboard of beer selections.

Crooked Can - Tap Room

This shot shows the main bar on the left, the second bar on the right and shows some of the rest of the Plant Street Market.

Crooked Can - Tanks

Turning 180 degrees, you can see the actual brewery through a large window. Like many new breweries, they are already looking to add larger tanks.

Crooked Can - Flight

Flights are delivered in this adorable wire airplane. Highly recommend Domestic Bliss! Also check out High Stepper and MacSwagger’s Own.

The Well Tap Room at Crooked Can Brewing is open Monday – Thursday from 11:00 am to 11:00 pm; Friday and Saturday from 11:00 am to 2:00 am; and Sunday from 11:00 am – 11:00 pm. They are located at 426 W. Plant Street; Winter Garden Fl 34787. You can call them at (407) 395-9520.

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This Week in Beer: June 22 – 28, 2015

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. As always, any edited listing will have UPDATE at the beginning of the listing.

Monday, June 22nd at 5:00 pm – Rare Keg Monday at Ei8ht Ball Brewing
This week, it’s Evil Twin Mas A Jesus. Cost is $10 for a ten ounce snifter.

Monday, June 22nd at 7:00 pm – Rhinegeist Tasting at Flipdaddy’s Symmes Township
Beers include Stryker Triple IPA and T-Rex Black IPA.

Wednesday, June 24th at 6:00 pm – MadTree Beer Dinner at Moerlein Lager House
MENU – Beer reception: MadTree Sprye and Moerlein Lager House Rye Baby; First course: Fleurs Mortes Saison paired with Chamomile Poached Prawns, Minted Lima Puree, Miso Tamari Sauce, Five Spice Cashews; Second course: Roots, Rauch and Reggae paired with Smoked Sea Bass, Butternut Potato Pancake, Arugula, Apples, Port Salut, Curry Oil; Third course: Gnarly Brown paired with Smoked Oysters, Bulgur Wheat Salad, Ghost Pepper Cioppino, Fried Green Tomato; Fourth course: Axis Mundi paired with Jerked Pork Tenderloin, Twice Fried Plantains, Avocado, Honey Bacon, Bitter Chocolate Hot Sauce, Banana Raisin Salsa; Dessert: MadTree Dreamsicle paired with Angel Food Cake, Dreamsicle Jelly, Orange Cream, Waffle Cone. Cost is $55 plus tax and gratuity. Make reservations in advance by contacting Jeff Geckle at privatedining@moerleinlh.com

Wednesday, June 24th at 7:00 pm – Monthly Keg Tapping at Hofbräuhaus Newport
This month, it’s their Pils.

UPDATEThursday, June 25th at 6:00-10:00 pm – Burgers and Beers at the Party Source
Cancelled due to weather. Next Burgers and Beers is July 9th

Thursday, June 25th 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 – Fat Head’s Bumbleberry and Hyde Park – Heavy Seas Smooth Sail.

Friday, June 26th starting at 3:00 pm – Patio Pours at Keystone Bar & Grill (all three locations)
The beers for this week’s Patio Pours are from these breweries: Covington – MadTree, Hyde Park – TBA and Clifton – Rhinegeist.

Friday, June 26th at 4:00 pm – Artswave Fundraiser Happy Hour at Moerlein Malt House
For every pint of beer sold between 4pm-9pm, Christian Moerlein will donate $1 to Artswave. Christian Moerlein’s taproom manager/local artist, Anthony “Tank” Mansfield will be displaying a new series of photographs of the Christian Moerlein Brewery.

Saturday, June 27th at 12:00 pm – Rhinegeist 2nd Anniversary Party
From their Facebook page: “special brews, live music, tasty food, backyard summer fun (including a slip-n-slide), and plenty more!”

Saturday, June 27th at 1:00 pm – The OTR Beerfest: CANival! at Washington Park
From the folks who bring you the Cincy Winter Beerfest, this carnival of canned craft beers has no admission fee. You just pay by the beer.

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Tastings and Tappings Report: June 19, 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.

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY TO LISTERMANN BREWING! The party starts tomorrow at 10:00 am.

TASTINGS

Everything’s d’ Vine – Tasting is at 5:30 pm most weeks and costs $10 for beer and wine tastings. You can get just beer or just wine for $5.00. For this week (6/19), it’s wine only. The beer tasting will return next week.

Jungle Jim’s Eastgate and Jungle Jim’s Fairfield will not be having tastings this week due to the 10th annual Jungle Jim’s International Beer Festival.

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 (6/19) from 5:30-7:00 pm, it’s beers from Goodwood. The featured draft by the glass pour will be their bourbon barrel stout for $3.00 and includes a complimentary pint glass. 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 bites. Tickets sold until 6:30 pm.

TAPPINGS

Ei8ht Ball Brewing – Tonight (6/19) is Free Bacon Night AND they will be tapping Three Floyds Blackheart. Cost is $7 for a ten ounce snifter.

– For Saturday’s Randall Saturday (6/20), it’s Dogfish Head 6O Minute IPA Randalled through Kiwi fruit and Habanero peppers. Cost is $5 for a twelve ounce pint.

– For next week’s Rare Keg Monday (6/22), it’s Evil Twin Mas A Jesus. Cost is $10 for a ten ounce snifter.

Have a better beer weekend, everyone!

— Carla and Tom

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