Tastings and Tappings: August 22, 2014

We frequently get updates for our Tastings and Tappings Report after our regular 9:00 am publishing time. Any edited listing will have UPDATE at the beginning of the listing.

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 (8/22), the beers are Curious Traveler Lemon Shandy, Anchor California Lager, Harpoon Octoberfest and Shipyard Smashed Pumpkin.

Jungle Jim’s Eastgate – Friday night tasting from 5:00 to 9:00 pm. For this week’s tasting (8/22), the beers are Sierra Nevada. Pints are usually $3 (occasionally $4 or $5).

Jungle Jim’s Fairfield – Friday night tasting from 5:00 to 9:00 pm. For this week’s tasting (8/22), it’s beers from North Coast Brewing. 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 – Friday Night Flights usually features six to eight beers each week and goes from 6:00 – 7:00 pm. For this week’s tasting (8/22), the beers are from Left Hand. The regular tasting is $2.00. For $3.00, you can enjoy a pint of Haystack Wheat, Fade To Black Volume 5 or opt for a 9 oz. pour of Widdershins oak aged Barley Wine.

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 – For next week’s Rare Keg Monday, they will be tapping Three Floyds Gumballhead.

REMINDER

● Lots of other great weekend events coming this weekend including Firehouse Grill’s Battle of Beers Final. The beer list includes:
Fifty West – Penny’s Purgatory, Speedbump, Coffee Please and Our Mom’s Advice (Barrel Aged)
Jackie O’s – Razz Wheat, After Hours, Mandala Chinook and Sun Village IPA.
MadTree – Trompe Le Monde, The Great PumpCan, Lift and Fresh ’14.
Warped Wing – Ermal’s Belgian Style Cream Ale, Self Starter IPA, Jolly Tar Dark Rye and Mr Mean Imperial IPA

Have a better beer weekend, everyone!

– Carla and Tom

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A Quick Tour of Hoperatives (a bi-monthly post)

Since we’ve picked up some new readers, we thought it was time to run this quick tour of Hoperatives again. Step this way please…

On Mondays, we publish “This Week in Beer” and on Fridays, we publish the “Growlers and Tastings Report”. Many Tuesdays, we have our “Traveling Tuesday” post on a better beer location outside the greater Cincinnati area. The other days are filled with local Cincinnati beer news, beer reviews and posts from our writers.

You can also find Hoperatives on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/hoperatives, on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/hoperatives and on Pinterest at http://pinterest.com/hoperatives/.

Looking for books on brewing history in Cincinnati and beyond or possibly beer accessories? Check out our new Bookstore and Beer Wares links in the left hand column. Let us know if there’s a book or item we are missing.

If you are a believer in better beer (in Cincinnati and beyond) and you’ll like to make that official, you should be a Hoperative. All you have to do is fill out the form to join our ranks and get your roll call number. You can see the already registered Hoperatives on that same Roll Call page.

The best way Hoperatives grows is through the input of our readers. We love hearing your suggestions. Watch for a survey soon on how you had give us even more input!

So welcome! We welcome you (or welcome you back) and raise a pint of better beer in your honor!

Cheers and here’s to better beer!

– Carla and Tom

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This Week in Beer: August 18 – 24, 2014

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.

Monday, August 18th – Mug Night Monday at Flipdaddy’s Union

Monday, August 18th – 1/3 off Craft beer bottles at Moerlein Lager House

Monday, August 18th – Randall Monday at the Brass Tap U Square

Monday, August 18th from 4:00-7:30 pm – Craft Beer Night at Market Wines

Monday, August 18th at 5:00 pm – Rare Keg Monday at Ei8ht Ball Brewing
This week, it’s Quaff Bros. Blue Melvin (Imperial Cream Stout aged in Pappy Van Winkle barrels with the addition of blueberries) bottle release and tapping.

Monday, August 18th at 5:00 pm – Seasonal Tapping: Gin Bunny at Moerlein Lager House
From Facebook:
“The brainchild of Michael Roszkowski, Gin Bunny, is a power house of a pale ale that uses a blend of Citra, Simcoe, and Amarillo as a backbone for a subtle addition of juniper berries. Selected as the Moerlein Brewer’s Cup Pro-am beer, this fine bunny will make its way to Denver, CO to be judged in this year’s Great American Beer Fest.”

Monday, August 18th from 8:00 pm to close – Pint Night at Incline Public House

Tuesday, August 19th – Penny Flips at Fifty West

Tuesday, August 19th – Tappa Keg Tuesday at Dingle House

Tuesday, August 19th – $8 Growler Fills at Moerlein Lager House

Tuesday, August 19th – Infusion Special at the Brass Tap U Square

Tuesday, August 19th at 6:00 pm – Tuesdays on Tap at Whole Foods Mason
Six drafts, six bites, $6.

Wednesday, August 20th – Select Craft Beers for $2 at Molly Malone’s Covington

Wednesday, August 20th – Local Wednesday at Buckhead Mountain Grill Bellevue
All local beer served in a 16oz pint glass are only $3.99

Wednesday, August 20th from 6:00 to 7:00 pm – Firkin Night at Rock Bottom Cincinnati

Wednesday, August 20th from 5:30 to 8:00 pm – Beer Tasting at Marty’s Hops and Vines

Wednesday, August 20th at 6:30 pm – Blank Slate Beer Dinner at Dilly.
Beers include Out and About, Ryesing Up, Shroominous, Moving On and The Lesser Path. Menu is still TBA. Cost is $39.00 per person. Call 513-561-5233 for reservations.

Thursday, August 21st – Firkin Thursday at Fifty West

Thursday, August 21st from 4:00 pm to close – Take Home the Glass Night at Taste of Belgium Clifton
This week, it’s Rhinegeist Franz.

Thursday, August 21st from 5:00 pm to midnight – Cincy Brew Ha-Ha
Comedy is free. It costs $5 for beer wristband and $1 for each beer ticket. One beer ticket gets you a sample and five beer tickets equal a “full beer serving”. Thursday’s headliner is Josh Sneed.

Thursday, August 21st at 6:00-8:00 pm – Burgers & Beers at the Party Source
Beers: Ei8ht Ball, MadTree, Jackie O’s, Rockmill, Blank Slate, West Sixth and Against the Grain beers
Burger: Dorito
See our earlier post for the complete list of this summer’s Burgers & Beer schedule.

Thursday, August 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 – West Sixth Amber, Glendale – New Holland Ichabod Pumpkin and Hyde Park – Weihenstephaner Boot night.

Friday, August 22nd – $8 Growler Fills at Moerlein Lager House

Friday, August 22nd from 5:00 pm to midnight – Cincy Brew Ha-Ha
Comedy is free. It costs $5 for beer wristband and $1 for each beer ticket. One beer ticket gets you a sample and five beer tickets equal a “full beer serving”. Friday’s headliner are The Sklar Brothers.

Friday, August 22nd 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, August 22nd from 6:00-7:00 pm – Friday Night Flights Beer Tasting at Party Town in Florence

Saturday, August 23rd – Hop Heaven at Moerlein Lager House
Beers will include Uinta Detour, Stone Ruination, 21st Avery Anniversary, Triple Digit Decimation, Mt. Carmel Snapshot, Ithaca Flower Power, Avery New World Porter and a special citra cask from Thirsty Dog.
In addition, “Moerlein Lager House also will unveil a new specialty house brew for the event.”

Saturday, August 23rd – All crafts $3 at Louie’s Taphouse & Grill (Mason)

Saturday, August 23rd from 4:00 pm to midnight – Cincy Brew Ha-Ha
Comedy is free. It costs $5 for beer wristband and $1 for each beer ticket. One beer ticket gets you a sample and five beer tickets equal a “full beer serving”. Saturday’s headliner are David Allen Grier.

Saturday, August 23rd from 5:00-8:00pm – Beer Tasting at Ludlow Wines
The cost to taste four beers is $6.00 per person.

Saturday, August 23rd from 12:00-8:00 pm – Final Round of Battle of the Beers at Firehouse Grill
Finalists are MadTree Brewing, Fifty West Brewing, Jackie O’s Pub & Brewery and Warped Wing Brewing Company.

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Tastings and Tappings Report: August 15, 2014

We frequently get updates for our Tastings and Tappings Report after our regular 9:00 am publishing time. Any edited listing will have UPDATE at the beginning of the listing.

NEWS – We are sad to report that the Liquor Cabinet in Hebron, KY has closed. Those of us who live in the area will definitely miss them.

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 (8/15), the beers are Dogfish Head 60 minute IPA, Upland Dragonfly IPA, Jackie O’s Firefly Amber and Hoppin’ Frog Oktoberfest.

Jungle Jim’s Eastgate – Friday night tasting from 5:00 to 9:00 pm. For this week’s tasting (8/15), the beers are Rhinegeist. Pints are usually $3 (occasionally $4 or $5).

Jungle Jim’s Fairfield – Friday night tasting from 5:00 to 9:00 pm. For this week’s tasting (8/15), it’s a Sierra Nevada Beer Camp Tasting. Beers include Chico King (3 Floyd’s collaboration), Maillard’s Odyssey (Bell’s collaboration), There and Back (New Glarus collaboration) and Flipside. 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 – Friday Night Flights usually features six to eight beers each week and goes from 6:00 – 7:00 pm. For this week’s tasting (8/15), the beers are new beers and fall seasonals from Rivertown, Schlafly, Southern Tier, Anderson Valley among others. The regular tasting is $2.00. For $4.00, you can enjoy a pint of Founders Backstage series Dissenter Imperial IPL or a 9 oz. pour of the De Proef/Surly collaboration brew Long Of Tooth.

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 – For next week’s Rare Keg Monday, they will be tapping and releasing bottles of Blue Melvin, their Bourbon Barreled Blueberry Cream Stout that is a Quaff Bros. and Fifty West collaboration.

REMINDER

● Lots of other great weekend events coming this weekend. More information for all of them in our This Week in Beer post.

Have a better beer weekend, everyone!

– Carla and Tom

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Tap Thursday: August 14, 2014

We frequently get updates for our Tap Thursday listings after our regular 12:00 noon publishing time (we occasionally publish earlier). Any edited listing will have UPDATE at the beginning of the listing.

GROWLERS AT BREWERIES

Bad Tom Brewing (as of June 27th) has Fink Red Rye, Bad Tom Brown, Addlehead IPA, Brother Clement Belgian Ale, Old Abe American Strong and Black Kettle Stout. They are changing the recipe of their Helles and will be coming out with a session pale soon. Empty growlers are $5.50.

Christian Moerlein Craft Brewery (as of July 25th) has Northern Liberties IPA, Zeppelin Bavarian Pale Ale, Se7en Hefeweizen, Over-the-Rhine (OTR) Ale, Lager House Helles Lager, Barbarrossa Double Dark Lager, Altered Wheat, Lumenocity, Old Gregg Scottish Ale, Flying Pig Strawberry Cream Ale, Kiske Pilsner and Jean Robert 20th Hefeweizen. $8 for growler refills every Friday, $10 Growler refills on Saturday & Sunday. New growlers are $5. Hudy kegs are also available. Tap Room is located at 1621 Moore Street in Cincinnati’s Historic Over-The-Rhine Brewery District.

Ei8ht Brewing Company (inside the Party Source) has a complete listing of the beers available on tap at http://ei8htballbrewing.com/.

Listermann Brewing Company and Triple Digit Brewing keeps a dated list of beers on tap at http://listermannbrewing.com/tap-room/. New growlers are $3.

MadTree Brewing (as of August 14th) has Hoff Stevens PsyHOPathy (IPA with habanero and mango), Hoff Stevens Sol Drifter (Strawberry blonde dry hopped with Sorachi Ace hops), Sol Drifter, Lift, Galaxy High, Identity Crisis, Axis Mundi, Gnarly Brown, Tiamat (Peach Saison), PsycHOPathy, The Dunmore and Happy Amber. Expect to see expect to see Trompe Le Monde (IPA), Fresh 14 (Pale Ale) and Are You Ready For The Darkness (Stout) soon. New growlers are $5 and they will fill other growlers.

Mt. Carmel Brewing (as of August 6th) has Stout, Amber, IPA, Nut Brown, Summer Wheat, Harvest Ale, Coffee Brown and Imperial IPA. The cost is $8.50 for year rounds and most seasonals. Specialty beers (like the Imperial IPA now and Ardennes Belgian Quad in the past) are $18.00. It’s $4.50 for the purchase of a growler.

Rhinegeist Brewery (as of August 14th) has Puma Pils, Cougar, Truth, Uncle, Bourbon Barrel Uncle, Zen, #05256, Squirt and Franz. New growlers are $5 for either the 32 or 64 oz.

Rivertown Brewing (as of May 28th) has Roebling, Dunkel, Hop Bomber, Hop Baron, Blueberry, Helles, Jenneke, Lil SIPA, Wit, Unit 6, Amberdextrous and Lambic. Growler fills are $8.50 for most beers and high gravity beers are $11.70 (both prices are with tax). If you need a growler, it’s $4 extra.

GROWLERS AT BREW PUBS

Fifty West Brewing (as of May 7th) has Coast to Coast, Coffee Please Stout, One Way Street, Paycheck’s Porter, Penny’s Pilsner, Shortcut and Spoatieoatiedopaliscious, Thirty 37. Two different beer flights available. Flights are half off before 6:00 pm and all day on Sundays.

Moerlein Lager House (as of June 7th) has Helles Lager, Northern Liberties IPA, Old Gregg, Over-The-Rhine Ale, Se7en, Zeppelin, Barbarossa and Repeater. Growlers are $12.00 to refill or $16.00 if you need a growler. Growler refills are $8 on Tuesdays and Fridays. The specialty seasonals are $20.00 if you need a growler. They only fill their own growlers.

Rock Bottom Cincinnati sells growlers of all their regular beers. Most growler fills are $13.50. They only fill their own growlers.

GROWLERS AT RESTAURANTS

● Adriatico’s, Arnold’s Bar & Grill, BrewRiver GastroPub, Buckhead Mountain Grill, Firehouse Grill, Flipdaddy’s (all three locations) and Incline Public House all fill growlers of the beers they have on tap.

GROWLERS AT BETTER BEER STORES

Cappy’s Wine and Spirits Loveland lists their current, up to date growler information at http://www.lovelandcappys.com/growlers/

Cork ‘N Bottle Buttermilk Pike (as of Feb. 21st) had Brooklyn Monster Barley Wine ($10.99), Schlafly Tasmanian IPA ($8.99), Madtree Hoppy Amber ($8.99), Madtree Rubeus Cacao ($8.99), Original Sin Cider ($6.99), Goose Island Ten Hills Pale Ale ($7.49), Uinta Hop Notch ($6.99) and Sierra Nevada Big Foot ($14.99).

Cork ‘N Bottle Covington (as of Feb. 21st) had Christian Moerlein Emancipator Doppelbock ($8.99), Hostivet Imperial Pilsner ($10.99), Christian Moerlein 10+161 Bourbon Barrel Aged English Ale ($10.99), New Holland Night Tripper Imperial Stout ($12.99), Against the Grain Brown Note ($7.99), Uinta Dubhe Imperial Black IPA ($8.99), Abita Mayhawk Belgian Golden ($8.49) and New Holland Dragon’s Milk ($15.99).

Country Fresh Farm Market and Wine Depot in Anderson (as of June 2nd) has Sneaky Pete Imperial IPA ($13.99), Lagunitas IPA ($9.99), Widmer Bros. Chocolate Imperial Russian Stout ($5.99), Abita French Connection ($6.99), Great Lakes Wandering Pelican Black Lager ($12.99), Lagunitas Sucks Brown Shugga’ Substitute ($7.99), Bad Tom’s Black Kettle Stout ($9.99) and Abita Hop Gator Helles Doppelbock ($7.99).

Country Fresh Farm Market and Wine Depot in Hartwell (as of August 8th) has Mt. Carmel Summer Wheat ($8.99), Brew Kettle Black Rajah ($8.99), SmuttyNose Really Old Brown Dog Ale ($11.99), Great Lakes Oktoberfest ($8.99), Southern Tier Crème Brûlée Stout ($11.99), Steenbrugge Belgian Tripel ($11.99), Uinta Sum’r Blond Ale (?) and Ithaca Country Pumpkin ($7.99). New growlers are $5.

DEP’s Fine Wine and Spirits in Covington – see their dated list of beers available on their growler station at http://depsfinewine.com/beer/.

DEP’s Fine Wine and Spirits in Fort Thomas – see their dated list of beers available on their growler station at http://depsfinewine.com/beer/.

The Growler Stop has their available beers listed at http://thegrowlerstop.com/whats-on-tap/. The list is not dated and they only update it once a week.

HalfCut (as of May 25th) has Fifty West Speedbump, Rhinegeist Hustle, Upland Tripel, MadTree Sprye, Great Divide Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti, Ommegang Hennepin, Green Flash 30th Street, Founders Rubeaus, Schofferhofer Grapefruit, Avery Maharaja, Blank Slate Out and About, Alltech’s Lexington Brewery Bourbon Barrel Peach Wheat, Green Flash Hop Odyssey, Great Lakes Burning River, Rogue XS Old Crustacean and Founders All Day IPA. Empty growlers are $5 each.

Jungle Jim’s Eastgate lists the beers on their tasting bar online via an undated PDF that they link. Pints are $3 and growler fills vary by the beer. Add $4 if you need to purchase a growler and they will only fill their own growlers. Samples are 25 cents each.

Jungle Jim’s Fairfield lists the beers on their tasting bar online via an undated PDF that they link. Pints are $3 and growler fills vary by the beer. Add $4 if you need to purchase a growler and they will only fill their own growlers. Samples are 25 cents each.

Lehr’s Meats Milford Ohio (as of August 6th) has Portsmouth Red Bird Ale ($7.99), Sam Adams Summer ($9.99), Curious Traveler ($9.99), Smuttynose Franken Lager ($11.99), Moerlein OTR ($9.99), Rhinegeist Puma ($14.99), Sierra Nevada Summerfest ($9.99) and Highland Gaelic ($9.99).

UPDATELiquor Cabinet in Hebron (as of August 15th) has closed.

Market Wines (as of August 16th) has Ballast Point Grunion Session IPA ($6/pint), Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA ($5/pint), Rhinegeist Squirt ($4/pint), Thirsty Dog Wulver Bourbon Barrel Aged ($8/pint), Ei8ht Ball “Mike Czech” Pilsner ($5/pint) and Bell’s Porter ($5/pint). Growlers (64 oz) and growelettes (32 oz) are also available.

One Stop Liquors in Bellevue lists their beers on their growler station at http://www.1stopliquors.com/Growler.html. However, it is not dated and we’re not sure how often it is updated.

Party Source in Bellevue will now be handled by Ei8ht Ball Brewery and Tap Room. See listing above.

Party Town in Florence keeps an up to date listing of what’s on tap at their growler station at https://partytownky.com/whatsontap.php

Remke Hyde Park (as of July 24th) has Rhinegeist Hustle ($15.99), Rivertown Wit ($12.99), Blank Slate Movin’ On ($11.99), New Belgium Fat Tire ($12.99) and MadTree Sol Drifter ($12.99). New growlers are $6.99 each. [Thanks to David Bowers for the much needed update.]

Remke Skytop (as of Jan. 31st) has New Belgium Fat Tire ($12.99), New Belgium White IPA ($12.99), Blank Slate Lesser Path ($12.99), New Belgium Ranger IPA ($12.99) and Rivertown Roebling ($15.99). Happy hour special – $2 off drafter beers Mondays-Thursdays 3:00-6:00 pm [Thanks to Eugene Tavares for the update.]

United Liquor in Florence (as of July 17th) now has twelve taps. They currently have MadTree Rubus Cucao ($13.99), MadTree PsycHOPathy ($10.99), Lagunitas IPA ($10.99), Three Floyds Alpha King ($12.99), Goose Island Seasons ($9.99), Brew Kettle White Rajah ($14.99), Great Lakes Lake Erie Monster ($13.99), West Sixth Lemon Grass ($11.99), Schlafly Bourbon Barrel Ale ($10.99), Dogfish 90 min ($12.99), Bell’s Oberon ($9.99) and Stone Arrogant Bastard ($16.99). All prices based on 64 oz growler. Buy a new growler and get a free glass.

Valley Wine & Spirits Edgewood (as of June 3rd) has Lagunitas IPA, Goose Island Ten Hills Pale Ale, Bell’s Oberon, Breckenridge Ophelia and West Sixth Heller Heaven.

Valley Wine & Spirits Fort Wright (as of June 3rd) has Goose Island Endless IPA, Great Lakes Chillwave, Sierra Nevada Harvest, Sierra Nevada Ovila Mandarin, Madtree Sprye, Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale, Founders All Day IPA, Anchor Summer and Dogfish Head 90 Minute.

Whole Foods Market Cincinnati growler station offerings (as of August 15th) are Uinta Birthday Suit Sour Farmhouse Ale, Stone Sprocketbier Black Rye Kolsch, Rhinegeist Plow Saison, Southern Tier Old Man Brown Ale, Dark Horse Raspberry Ale and Brew Kettle Black Rajah IPA.

Whole Foods Market Mason growler station offerings (as of Dec. 15th) are Left Hand Fade to Black vol. 5, Breckenridge Christmas Ale, Cismontane Coulter IPA, Great Divide Hibernation Ale, Blank Slate Brewing Fume Cherrywood Smoked Porter and Anderson Valley Highway 128 Pale Ale. For a new growler, add $3.99.

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Special Tappings and Bottle Releases This Week

Several local breweries have announced special tappings and bottle releases for this week that we wanted to share with you.

Wednesday, August 13th at 4:00 pm at Listermann’s

From Facebook: “We have brewed a beer in memory of a fallen Bloatarian Brewing League member, Dave Collins aka King Swanky. King Swanky is a Belgian Wit (Dave’s favorite) with cherries (some of which are from his back yard). It was brewed with help and insight from professional bloats at Market Garden Brewery, Moerlein Lager House, Blank Slate Brewing Company, Five Rabbit in Chicago and our old head brewer Kevin Moreland as well as Dave’s family. Celebration and Keg tapping will be held this Wednesday at 6 pm in the tasting room.”

Wednesday, August 13th at 4:00 pm at Fifty West

Fifty West is releasing two bottles tomorrow: cellar aged Our Mom’s Advice Tripel and Biere De Garde Rail.

Thursday, August 14th at 6:00 pm at Cellar Dweller

Cellar Dweller will be tapping the next beer in their “So You Wanna Be a Brewer” series where local home brewers get to brew one of their receipt on a professional system. This time, the home brewer Ben Martin brewed a special beer in memory of his best friend since kindergarten Marine Corporal Steven Kohus. Cpl. Kohus, a Morrow, OH native and Afghanistan veteran, died in a tragic accident this year. Martin described his friend as “You might describe him as funny, caring, crazy (in a good way). But those words alone don’t do him justice; his personality was larger than life.”

Marine Cpl. Steven Kohus

Marine Cpl. Steven Kohus

The beer that Martin brewed is called Corporal Khaos and is an American Pale Ale brewed with Columbus and Citra hops. It has an ABV of 5.8% and 45 IBUs.

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This Week in Beer: August 11 – 17, 2014

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.

Monday, August 11th – Mug Night Monday at Flipdaddy’s Union

Monday, August 11th – Randall Monday at the Brass Tap U Square
This week, it’s Two Brothers Bitter End with Citra Hops, Oranges and Lemon.

Monday, August 11th from 4:00-7:30 pm – Craft Beer Night at Market Wines

Monday, August 11th at 5:00 pm – SweetWater Hoperatives Happy Hour at Hebron Brew Haus
See our earlier post for more information.

Monday, August 11th at 5:00 pm – Rare Keg Monday at Ei8ht Ball Brewing
This week, it’s the Listermann/MadTree MadMann blackberry gose.

Monday, August 11th at 6:00 pm – Seasonal Tapping: La Grange at Moerlein Lager House

Monday, August 11th from 8:00 pm to close – Pint Night at Incline Public House

Tuesday, August 12th – Penny Flips at Fifty West

Tuesday, August 12th – Tappa Keg Tuesday at Dingle House

Tuesday, August 12th – $8 Growler Fills at Moerlein Lager House

Tuesday, August 12th – Infusion Special at the Brass Tap U Square
This week, it’s Stone Sprocket Bier with Coffee and Oak Chips.

Tuesday, August 12th at 6:00 pm – Tuesdays on Tap at Whole Foods Mason
Six drafts, six bites, $6.

Tuesday, August 12th at 6:00 pm – Founders Taste Takeover at Halfcut
On draft: All Day IPA, Double Trouble, Rubaeus, Imperial Stout. In bottles: Kentucky Breakfast Stout and Dissenter.

Wednesday, August 13th – Select Craft Beers for $2 at Molly Malone’s Covington

Wednesday, August 13th – Local Wednesday at Buckhead Mountain Grill Bellevue
All local beer served in a 16oz pint glass are only $3.99

Wednesday, August 13th from 3:00 to 7:00 pm – Brewer’s Happy Hour at Rock Bottom Cincinnati
Brewery tour with brewmaster Gerry plus tasters of their most recently tapped beers.

Wednesday, August 13th from 4:00 to 7:00 pm – Crabbie’s Spiced Orange Event at Kaze
“Kaze will feature Crabbie’s cocktails for $5 including the Tokio: vodka, elderflower, lemon and Crabbie’s Original and the Ky: bourbon, apple sake, lemon and Crabbie’s Original. For the evening, Kaze will also create a special Crabbie’s ginger sushi roll.”

UPDATE Wednesday, August 13th at 4:00 pm – Two Bottle Releases at Fifty West
See our post for more information.

Wednesday, August 13th from 5:30 to 8:00 pm – Beer Tasting at Marty’s Hops and Vines

UPDATE Wednesday, August 13th at 6:00 pm – King Swanky Tapping at Listermann’s
See our post for more information.

Wednesday, August 13th from 6:30 to 8:30 pm – Great Lakes Tasting at DEP’s Fort Thomas
Cost is $5.00 per person. Email Gina@depsfinewine.com for reservations.

Wednesday, August 13th starting at 8:00 pm – Crabbie’s Night at Japp’s
Crabbie’s Original and Spiced Orange over ice with a slice for $5.00 and a special Crabbie’s cocktail for $7.00. Blue Wisp Big Band plays starting at 8:30 pm.

Thursday, August 14th – Firkin Thursday at Fifty West

Thursday, August 14th at 11:00 am – Beer Lunch with New Belgium Brewing at Moerlein Lager House
Three courses paired with New Belgium beers. Brewer Jamie Mastin in attendance. E-mail PrivateDining@moerleinlh.com for reservations.

Thursday, August 14th from 4:00 pm to close – Take Home the Glass Night at Taste of Belgium Clifton
This week, it’s Stone Go To IPA.

UPDATE Thursday, August 13th at 6:00 pm – Corporal Khaos Tapping at Cellar Dweller
See our post for more information.

Thursday, August 14th at 6:00-8:00 pm – Burgers & Beers at the Party Source
Beers: Saison beers from Blaugies/Hill Farmstead, Prairie, New Holland, Dupont, Stillwater and Fantome
Burger: Surf & Turf
See our earlier post for the complete list of this summer’s Burgers & Beer schedule.

Thursday, August 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 – Fullers Bengal Lancer & Upland Butterfly, Glendale – Sierra Nevada Summerfest and Hyde Park – Fullers Bengal Lancer & Upland Butterfly.

Thursday, August 14th at 7:00 pm – Arcadia Brewing Beer Dinner at Izzy’s Fort Wright
See our earlier post for more information and to enter to win two passes to this beer dinner!

Friday, August 15th – $8 Growler Fills at Moerlein Lager House

Friday, August 15th 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, August 15th from 6:00-7:00 pm – Friday Night Flights Beer Tasting at Party Town in Florence

Friday, August 15th and Saturday, August 16th – Columbus Summer Beerfest
If you are looking for a weekend getaway, check out the Columbus Summer Beerfest at the LC Pavilion. To purchase tickets and more information, go to http://www.columbusbeerfest.com/

Saturday, August 16th – All crafts $3 at Louie’s Taphouse & Grill (Mason)

Saturday, August 16th 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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Arcadia Beer Dinner at Izzy’s GIVEAWAY

Since February of 2012, various Izzy’s restaurants in the Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky area have been hosting one of the best beer dinner values around. Now, if you are one of our registered Hoperatives, you have a chance to win the very best beer dinner value – FREE.

This coming Thursday (August 14th) at 7:00 pm, the Fort Wright Izzy’s will be hosting their next monthly beer dinner. This time, they will be serving three beers from a favorite Michigan brewery — Arcadia Brewing Company. Here are the beers and their descriptions from the Arcadia Brewing website:

• Arcadia Hopmouth Double IPA (8.1% ABV) — “The first in our Brew Crew Big Beer Series, Arcadia Hopmouth Double IPA has huge Maris Otter malt and a generous amount of fresh hops combined to make this extremely balanced ale remarkable.”

• Arcadia London Porter (7.2% ABV) — “Our Smoked Porter is a robust London style porter with a deep chocolate/ruby color and the subtle accent of hardwood smoked malt. This distinctive beer is brewed using no less than seven different varieties of premium European malted barley, resulting in a complex and full bodied beer characterized by hints of chocolate, coffee, caramel and beechwood smoke. The big malty finish to this beer is balanced by a solid hop bitterness and the refined English aroma and flavor of premium Goldings finishing hops.”

• Arcadia Loch Down Scotch Ale (7.5% ABV) — “Step into the Scottish Highlands with this authentic Strong Scotch Ale. A lovely and deep garnet color is joined by the aroma of plums and toffee in this unique and special ale. Brewed with Maris Otter malted barley from Crisp Maltings, Ltd. in England, the rich and full-bodied feel of this beer brings out flavors of caramel and roasted chestnuts, which is balanced with a clean and crisp alcohol finish, and just the right amount of lingering hop bitterness. A real treat!”

These three great beers will be paired with:

• Double Coated Kellogg’s Cornflake Chicken Tenders,
• Izzy’s Combo (corned beef and pastrami on rye bread topped with melted imported Swiss cheese) and a potato cake
• Kellogg’s Rice Krispies Chocolate Scotcharoos.

Cost is $25.00 per person and you also get an Arcadian Brewing glass to take home. For reservations, call (859) 331-4999 or email jjbent@izzys.com

BUT, if you are a registered Hoperative listed on our Roll Call AND you are subscribed to our exclusive newsletter only for registered Hoperatives, you are already entered to win two passes to the Arcadia beer dinner at the Fort Wright Izzy’s.

Not sure if you are registered Hoperatives? Check out the list on our Roll Call page and if you’re not on it, fill out the form at the top. Once you’re registered, there will be a link for signing up for the Registered Hoperatives newsletter in your confirmation email. We will announce a winner this coming Wednesday (August 13th) at noon.

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Tastings and Tappings Report: August 8, 2014

We frequently get updates for our Tastings and Tappings Report after our regular 9:00 am publishing time. Any edited listing will have UPDATE at the beginning of the listing.

Don’t forget we will be hosting a SweetWater Tap Takeover at Hebron Brew Haus on Monday, August 11th starting at 5:00 pm. See our earlier post for more information or Hebron Brew Haus event page on Facebook.

TASTINGS

DEP’S in Fort Thomas will be hosting a Stone tasting on Saturday, August 9th from 12:00 to 2:00 pm at their tasting bar. Beers will include RuinTen and Collective Distortion.

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 (8/8), the beers are Fat Head’s Bumble Berry Honey Blueberry Ale, Unibroue Raftman, North Coast Le Merle and Great Lakes Spacewalker American Belgo.

Jungle Jim’s Eastgate – Friday night tasting from 5:00 to 9:00 pm. For this week’s tasting (8/8), the beers are Christian Moerlein. Pints are usually $3 (occasionally $4 or $5).

Jungle Jim’s Fairfield – Friday night tasting from 5:00 to 9:00 pm. For this week’s tasting (8/8), the beers are from Stone Brewing. 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 – Friday Night Flights usually features six to eight beers each week and goes from 6:00 – 7:00 pm. For this week’s tasting (8/8), the beers are all imports including some Belgian beer from their cellar. The regular tasting is $2.00. Half pint pours of any one of the sampled beers will be available for $3.00.

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 – For next week’s Rare Keg Monday, they will be tapping Listermann’s and MadTree MadMann Blackberry Gose.

REMINDER

● Lots of other great weekend events coming this weekend. More information for all of them in our This Week in Beer post.

Have a better beer weekend, everyone!

– Carla and Tom

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SweetWater / Hoperatives Event at Hebron Brew Haus – 8/11

Back on July 16th, we told you about SweetWater Brewing expanding their distribution into Ohio in the next month or so. In anticipation of that, we will be hosting a SweetWater event this coming Monday (August 11th) at 6:00 pm at Hebron Brew Haus to give all of our Ohio Hoperatives a chance to check out their beers before they’re available in the Buckeye State.

If you’ve ever driven to CVG, Hebron Brew Haus is easy to find. Just take the next exit after the airport exit (Exit 8A) and then take the first right. Hebron Brew Haus is the left part of the strip mall tucked back in there. The official address to plug into your GPS is 2030 Northside Dr in Hebron, KY.

Three SweetWater beers will be on tap including 420, IPA and their Waterkeeper Ale that we told you about in our earlier post. Local SweetWater rep Ken Osborne will be on hand as well as Zak Schroerlucke who is SweetWater’s Brewery Education Manager aka their “Resident Sipster”.

Besides the beer, there will be giveaways including some beer books and memorabilia from our private Hoperatives collection. While the event officially starts at 6:00 pm, the SweetWater beer will be flowing by 5:00 that night.

So, Ohioans, take a drive across the river and check out the hoppy goodness that is heading your way from SweetWater. And, Kentuckians? Let’s show them how it’s done!

See you Monday at Hebron Brew Haus!

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