This Week in Beer: April 20 – 26, 2015

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. Check out our Better Beer Happy Hours, Etc. page for regularly scheduled specials on better beer.

Monday, April 20th – Mug Night Monday at Flipdaddy’s Union

Monday, April 20th – 1/3 off craft beer bottles at Moerlein Lager House

Monday, April 20th – Randall Monday at the Brass Tap U Square

Monday, April 20th at 5:00 pm – Rare Keg Monday at Ei8ht Ball Brewing

Monday, April 20th from 5:00-7:30 pm – Founders Blushing Monk and KBS Tapping at Market Wines
Beers include – On draft: KBS, Blushing Monk, All Day IPA, Red’s Rye, Old Curmudgeon and Porter plus a limited number of Blushing Monk and KBS Bottles.

Monday, April 20th from 8:00 pm to close – Pint Night at Incline Public House

Tuesday, April 21st – Penny Flips at Fifty West

Tuesday, April 21st – Tappa Keg Tuesday at Dingle House

Tuesday, April 21st – $8 Growler Fills at Moerlein Lager House

Tuesday, April 21st – Infusion Special at the Brass Tap U Square

Tuesday, April 21st from 5:00-7:00 pm – Meet the Brewer at Barleycorn’s

Tuesday, April 21st at 6:00 pm – BOGO Craft Beer Special at Hebron Brew Haus
Special applies to select rotating draft beers.

Tuesday, April 21st at 6:00 pm – Tuesdays on Tap at Whole Foods Mason
Six drafts, six bites, $6.

Wednesday, April 22nd – Select Craft Beers for $2 at Molly Malone’s Covington

Wednesday, April 22nd – Local Wednesday at Buckhead Mountain Grill Bellevue
All local beer served in a 16 oz pint glass are $3.99.

Wednesday, April 22nd – Pint Night at UC’s Catskeller
This week, it’s their Hop Fest.

Wednesday, April 22nd from 5:30 to 8:00 pm – Ballast Point Beer Tasting at Marty’s Hops and Vines
Beers include Grapefruit Sculpin IPA, Big Eye IPA, Fathom India Pale Lager, Indra Kunindra and Victory at Sea.

Wednesday, April 22nd at 6:00 pm – Rhinegeist Beer Dinner at Moerlein Lager House/font>
Menu: Reception- Truth IPA; Hustle Rye Pale Ale paired with Peppercorn Crusted Filet Medallion, Stroganoff Ravioli, Herb Creme Fraiche and Enoki Mushroom; Equinox Single Hop Pale Ale paired with Grilled Lamb Rack, Grapefruit Honey, Israeli Salad and Equinox Jelly; Gramps American Barley Wine paired with Jerk Shrimp Skewer, Maple Lemongrass Slaw, Mojito Oil, Calabaza Rice and Goat Cheese; Mastodon Belgian Dark Ale paired with Moroccan Chicken Sope, Harissa Spiced Plantain Puree, Apricot Cilantro Sauce and Feta Cheese; Cafe Ink Imperial Stout paired with Tirimisu Bread Pudding, Espresso Caramel Sauce and Cocoa Coffee Beans. The cost is $55 plus tax and gratuity. To make your reservations, contact Jeff Geckle at privatedining@moerleinlh.com.

Thursday, April 23rd – Firkin Thursday at Fifty West

Thursday, April 23rd – Tap That Thursday at BrewRiver GastroPub

Thursday, April 23rd – Tap-N-Tapas Thursday at Mt. Carmel Brewing

Thursday, April 23rd – 499th Anniversary of the Bavarian Purity Law at Hofbräuhaus Newport
$4.99 half liters all day

Thursday, April 23rd from 4:00 pm to close – Take Home the Glass Night at Taste of Belgium Clifton

Thursday, April 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 – New Belgium Fat Tire, Glendale – Southern Tier and Hyde Park – Sixpoint Crisp.

Thursday, April 23rd at 8:00 pm – Unibroue Tap Takeover with Music at The Drinkery
Beers include Ephemere Apple, Emphemere Cranberry, Raftman, Terrible, La Fin Du Monde and Blanche De Chambly.

Friday, April 24th – $8 Growler Fills at Christian Moerlein Brewery

Friday, April 24th starting at 5:00 pm – Cincinnati Craft Brewers Starkbierfest at Listermann Brewing
See their Facebook event for more information.

Friday, April 24th 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, April 24th from 6:00-7:00 pm – Friday Night Flights Beer Tasting at Party Town in Florence

Saturday, April 25th starting at 12:00 pm – Cincinnati Craft Brewers Starkbierfest at Listermann Brewing
See their Facebook event for more information.

Saturday, April 25th at 4:00pm – Westwood Works Pop-Up Beer Garden at St James Episcopal Church (3207 Montana Ave)
From their Facebook event page: “MadTree Brewing will be on hand to serve their beers. Wake and Bake Breakfast food truck and Dean’s Hops and Vines will serve food and non-alcoholic beverage options.”

Saturday, April 25th 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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Tastings and Tappings Report: April 17, 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

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 (4/17), it’s Crabbie’s Lemonade, Sixpoint Crisp, Boulevard Tank 7 and Dogfish Head Aprihop.

Jungle Jim’s Eastgate – Friday night tasting from 5:00 to 9:00 pm. For this week’s tasting (4/17), it’s Southern Tier. Pints are usually $3.

Jungle Jim’s Fairfield – Friday night tasting from 5:00 to 9:00 pm. For this week’s tasting (4/17), it’s Samuel Adams. 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 (4/17), the draft by the glass options will be Prairie Hop, Evil Twin/West Brook Mission Gose, Evil Twin Single Hop Simcoe Imperial IPA Molotov Cocktail and Against the Grain 70k Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Milk Stout. The cost is $3 for a nine ounce pour. The tastings flight will include bottles from North Peak, Mikkeller, Stillwater and Moody Tongue. 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 delicious bites. Tickets sold until 6:30 pm.

TAPPINGS

Ei8ht Ball Brewing – Tonight (4/17) is Free Bacon Night. They are also tapping MadTree Galaxy High. Cost is $5 a snifter.

– For Saturday’s Randall Saturday, it’s La Trois Mousquetaires Gose infused with watermelon. The cost is $10 a snifter.

– For next week’s Rare Keg Monday (4/20), it’s Founders KBS: “70 tickets will be given out a 5:00 pm just outside the tap room. Showing up before 5:00 pm does not guarantee you a glass of KBS. You must have a ticket in order to purchase a glass of KBS. There is a strict limit of one glass per person. If we have a crowd turnout of less than 70 people, the Ei8ht Ball Tap Room Team reserves the right to make the decision to offer a second glass, or taste of KBS.” The cost is $7 for a ten ounce snifter.

Have a better beer weekend, everyone!

— Carla and Tom

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Blank Slate and Orchids Beer Collaboration

First, Bonbonerie and now Orchids at the Palm Court. Blank Slate is collaborating with some pretty great local establishments. Here’s the information on their latest joint venture.

Blank Slate Brewing Company

The creative minds behind Orchids at the Palm Court and Blank Slate Brewing Company have teamed up to create a series of collaborative beers to be served in the acclaimed restaurant, Orchids at Palm Court and The Bar at Palm Court located in the Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza Hotel beginning Thursday, April 16th and continuing throughout the year. The series will consist of four beers created to accompany the season in which they are served and to incorporate culinary influences pertinent to that time of year. Additionally, the naming of the beers will be themed to the life cycle of the orchid flower itself, following the progression of the plant from its spring birth through its winter hibernation.

The first beer entitled “Orchids Bloom” is a French Style Saison brewed with coriander and hibiscus. “The beer has a fruit forward nose and contains a flowery component derived from the use of dried hibiscus flowers, which also give the beer a nice springtime pink hue” says Scott LaFollette of Blank Slate Brewing Company.

“We are really excited to be working with Blank Slate. The “Bloom” is a great representation of our food and their beer style” says Todd Kelly, Executive Chef of Orchids at Palm Court / Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza.

“Orchids Bloom” will be a ‘draft only’ offering available in The Bar at Palm Court and Orchids at Palm Court in the hotel located at, 35 W 5th St. beginning Thursday, April 16th. It will also be available for a very limited time at Blank Slate Brewing Company PourHouse located at 4233 Airport Rd., Unit C starting on Friday, April 17th at 5:00 pm. “Orchids Bloom” will be available while supplies last or until the next seasonal collaboration becomes available in early summer.

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This Week in Beer: April 13 – 19, 2015

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. Check out our Better Beer Happy Hours, Etc. page for regularly scheduled specials on better beer.

Monday, April 13th – Mug Night Monday at Flipdaddy’s Union

Monday, April 13th – Randall Monday at the Brass Tap U Square

Monday, April 13th at 5:00 pm – Rare Keg Monday at Ei8ht Ball Brewing
This week, there are two: Moody Tongue Caramelized Chocolate Churro Baltic Porter and Sliced Nectarine IPA.

Monday, April 13th – April Beer of the Month at Moerlein Lager House
This month, it’s Slow Mow Pilsner and a dollar from every Beer of the Month sold along with 100% of the proceeds from the ceremonial keg will be donated to the Flying Pig Marathon.

Monday, April 13th from 8:00 pm to close – Pint Night at Incline Public House

Tuesday, April 14th – Penny Flips at Fifty West

Tuesday, April 14th – Tappa Keg Tuesday at Dingle House

Tuesday, April 14th – $8 Growler Fills at Moerlein Lager House

Tuesday, April 14th at 5:00 pm – Pass the Boot at the Brass Tap U Square
A portion of every pint of Old Firehouse will go be donated to fallen Cincinnati hero Daryl E. Gordon’s memorial fund. There will also be giveaways and other drink specials.

Tuesday, April 14th from 5:00-7:00 pm – Meet the Brewer at Barleycorn’s

Tuesday, April 14th at 6:00 pm – Alesmith Tap Takeover at Halfcut

Tuesday, April 14th at 6:00 pm – BOGO Craft Beer Special at Hebron Brew Haus
Special applies to select rotating draft beers.

Tuesday, April 14th at 6:00 pm – Tuesdays on Tap at Whole Foods Mason
Six drafts, six bites, $6.

Wednesday, April 15th – Select Craft Beers for $2 at Molly Malone’s Covington

Wednesday, April 15th – Local Wednesday at Buckhead Mountain Grill Bellevue
All local beer served in a 16 oz pint glass are $3.99.

Wednesday, April 15th – Pint Night at UC’s Catskeller
This week, it’s Southern Tier Brewery.

Wednesday, April 15th – Wednesday Night Flights at the Growler House
This week, it’s West Sixth.

Wednesday, April 15th at 5:00 pm – Dogfish Head Record Store Day at The Lackman
Beers include Burton Baton, Noble Rot, Aprihop, 90 Min IPA and Chateau Jiahu.

Wednesday, April 15th from 5:30 to 8:00 pm – Beer Tasting at Marty’s Hops and Vines

Wednesday, April 15th from 6:00 to 7:00 pm – Firkin Night at Rock Botton
It’s a vanilla brown ale.

Thursday, April 16th – Firkin Thursday at Fifty West

Thursday, April 16th – Tap That Thursday at BrewRiver GastroPub

Thursday, April 16th – Tap-N-Tapas Thursday at Mt. Carmel Brewing

Thursday, April 16th from 4:00 pm to close – Take Home the Glass Night at Taste of Belgium Clifton

Thursday, April 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 – Rhinegeist Zen, Glendale – Smuttynose IPA and Hyde Park – 5 Rabbit 5 Lizard.

Friday, April 17th – $8 Growler Fills at Christian Moerlein Brewery

Friday, April 17th at 4:00 pm – ArtsWave “Toast to the Arts” Pint Night at Halfcut
From 4pm-10pm, $1 from any draft beer ordered will be donated to ArtsWave.

Friday, April 17th 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, April 17th from 6:00-7:00 pm – Friday Night Flights Beer Tasting at Party Town in Florence

Saturday, April 18th – Happy First Anniversary, Halfcut!

Saturday, April 18th from 12:00pm-2:00am – Holler Hops & Grill’s Third Birthday Party
Tap takeovers by MadTree, SweetWater and West Sixth. More information on their Facebook event page.

Saturday, April 18th 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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Tastings and Tappings Report: April 10, 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

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 (4/10), it’s TBA.

Jungle Jim’s Eastgate – Friday night tasting from 5:00 to 9:00 pm. For this week’s tasting (4/10), it’s Founders. Pints are usually $3.

Jungle Jim’s Fairfield – Friday night tasting from 5:00 to 9:00 pm. For this week’s tasting (4/10), it’s Goose Island. 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 (4/10), it’s Founders. On tap for 9 oz. pours will be Curmudgeon, Imperial Stout, Blushing Monk and KBS. Prices will be posted at the event. They will also be opening Founders’ entire lineup in bottles. Cost 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 delicious bites. Tickets sold until 6:30 pm.

TAPPINGS

Ei8ht Ball Brewing – Tonight (4/10) is Free Bacon Night. They are also tapping Evil Twin Imperial Doughnut Break.

– Saturday’s Randall/Infusion Saturday starts at 12:00 noon and will feature Founders Porter through a Randall of Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. The cost is $5 for a 16 ounce pint.

– For next week’s Rare Keg Monday (4/13), it’s Moody Tongue Caramelized Chocolate Churro Baltic Porter and Sliced Nectarine IPA.

Have a better beer weekend, everyone!

— Carla and Tom

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Jim Hennessey’s Farewell Tour at The Woodward Theater Tomorrow Night

Cincinnati beer pioneer Jim Hennessey passed away in early February and his friends (many of whom happen to be his colleagues) have come up with a perfect tribute to him. Tomorrow night at the Woodward Theater in OTR there will be a benefit concert and beer festival from 6:00 to 10:00 PM. The cost is $20 cash at the door and proceeds benefit the Hennessey family.

This is the way the event is described on its Facebook page:

On February 2, 2015 the Heidelberg family and local craft community lost a legend. Jim Hennessey was a 12 year Associate at Ohio Valley Wine and Beer Company and a trailblazer in the world of craft beer. Over the course of his many years in the business, he touched the lives of countless individuals, both personally and professionally.

Jim passed away unexpectedly, two weeks after he received a diagnosis of advanced-staged cancer. He was 59 years old. He is survived by his beloved wife Maryanne and two daughters, Alyson and Kat.

On April 8, a benefit concert and craft beer festival to aid Jim’s family will be held at The Woodward Theater. Tickets are $20 cash at the door. Please join us as we remember the life and legacy of a great man!

http://www.gofundme.com/ny53vo Visit our GoFundMe page to donate.

Jim Hennessey's Farewell Tour Graphic

Ryan Horan from OVC was kind enough to share the event tap list. Some of these are single 1/6 bbls and when they’re gone, they’re gone:

Tap #1: Rogue 7 Hop IPA
Tap #2: Victory Abby 5 Belgian Single
Tap #3: Brooklyn Brewery Ama Bruna Belgian Dubbel
Tap #4: Schlafly American IPA
Tap #5: Rogue Anniversary Barleywine
Tap #6: Great Lakes Barrel Aged Blackout Stout
Tap #7: Thirsty Dog Barrel Aged Cerberus Tripel
Tap #8: Anderson ValleyBlood Orange Gose
Tap #9: Uinta Brewing Detour Double IPA
Tap #10: Great Lakes Dortmunder Gold Lager
Tap #11: 21st Amendment Down to Earth session IPA
Tap #12: Deschutes Brewery Fresh Squeezed IPA
Tap #13: Sierra Nevada Hop Hunter IPA
Tap #14: Uinta Brewing Hop Nosh IPA
Tap #15: Victory Hop Ranch Double IPA
Tap #16: Sam Adams Kosmic Mother Funk
Tap #17: Moerlein Lab Lager Dry-hopped Pilsner
Tap #18: Ayinger Maibock
Tap #19: Sierra Nevada Nooner Pilsner
Tap #20: Anchor Saaremaa Island Ale
Tap #21: Lost Coast Sharkinator IPA
Tap #22: Mt. Carmel Snapshot Imperial IPA
Tap #23: Lost Coast Tangerine Wheat
Tap #24: Smuttynose Vunderbar Pilsner

His family. Music. Beer. Those are pretty much the three things that were most important to Jim. You couldn’t keep us away from this event with a big stick. If you knew Jim we know you’ll be there if you can. If you didn’t know Jim you should come out anyway because it’s just not possible to overstate what he meant to the growth of better beer in Cincinnati.

See you tomorrow night.

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This Week in Beer: April 6 – 12, 2015

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. NEW – Check out our new Better Beer Happy Hours, Etc. page for regularly scheduled specials on better beer.

HAPPY OPENING DAY!
See our earlier post for some of the better beer options for the day.

Monday, April 6th – Mug Night Monday at Flipdaddy’s Union

Monday, April 6th – 1/3 off craft beer bottles at Moerlein Lager House

Monday, April 6th – Randall Monday at the Brass Tap U Square

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

Monday, April 6th from 5:00-9:00 pm – Rivertown Spring Release at Incline Public House
Sours, draft, bottle with retail pricing. $10 flights with pass appetizers.

Tuesday, April 7th – Penny Flips at Fifty West

Tuesday, April 7th – Tappa Keg Tuesday at Dingle House

Tuesday, April 7th – $8 Growler Fills at Moerlein Lager House

Tuesday, April 7th – Infusion Special at the Brass Tap U Square

Tuesday, April 7th – Brewer’s Happy Hour at Rock Bottom

Tuesday, April 7th from 5:00-7:00 pm – Meet the Brewer at Barleycorn’s

Tuesday, April 7th at 6:00 pm – BOGO Craft Beer Special at Hebron Brew Haus
Special applies to select rotating draft beers.

Tuesday, April 7th at 6:00 pm – Tuesdays on Tap at Whole Foods Mason
Six drafts, six bites, $6.

Tuesday, April 7th at 6:30 pm – Great Lakes Beer Dinner at 20 Brix
Cost is $50 per person. Call (513) 831-2749 to make your reservations.

Wednesday, April 8th – Select Craft Beers for $2 at Molly Malone’s Covington

Wednesday, April 8th – Local Wednesday at Buckhead Mountain Grill Bellevue
All local beer served in a 16 oz pint glass are $3.99.

Wednesday, April 8th – Pint Night at UC’s Catskeller
This week, it’s Jackie O’s Brewery.

Wednesday, April 8th at 6:00 pm – Jim Hennessey’s Farewell Tour at The Woodward Theater
This benefit concert and craft beer festival is being help to aid family of Jim Hennessey who was a such an important help of the greater Cincinnati beer scene. We wrote Jim’s death in an earlier post. Tickets are $20 cash at the door. There will be 24 beers available. Many of them are listed on the Facebook page for this event.

Wednesday, April 8th from 6:00 to 9:00 pm – Fifty West Tap Takeover at Marty’s Hops and Vines
Six pours for $12. Beers include Vehicular Hopicide, April Fools Gold, Dipstick Double Brown, Shortcut Petite Saison, Cali Girl Common and Mainstreet Amber Ale.

Wednesday, April 8th at 6:00 pm – Clown Shoes Tap Takeover at Brass Tap
Beers include Undead Party Crasher, Hoppy Feet 2.0, Space Cake and Crasher in the Rye

Thursday, April 9th – Firkin Thursday at Fifty West

Thursday, April 9th – Tap That Thursday at BrewRiver GastroPub

Thursday, April 9th – Tap-N-Tapas Thursday at Mt. Carmel Brewing

Thursday, April 9th at 5:30 pm – Chili Cook-off with Deschutes & Ei8ht Ball at Gypsy’s (Covington)
Enjoy two different chilis (one made with Deschutes Red Chair NWPA and one made with Ei8ht Ball Brewing Prodigal) and then pick a winner.

Thursday, April 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 – Braxton Sparky, Glendale – Oskar Blues Mama’s Lil Yella Pils and Hyde Park – Jackie O’s Razz Wheat.

Thursday, April 9th at 7:00 pm – Rhinegeist Beer Dinner at Izzy’s Fort Wright
Beers include Cougar, Truth and Zen. Food Pairings are Izzy’s Fried Pickles, Chicken Wrap and Rice Pudding. Cost is $25 per person. For reservations, call Brian Ramey at (859) 331-4999 or email him at brian.ramey23@icloud.com

Friday, April 10th – $8 Growler Fills at Christian Moerlein Brewery

Friday, April 10th from 5:00-8:00 pm – Brats-N-Brews at Mt Carmel Brewing
Cincy Beer Brats will have their Maple Doppelbock infused Premium Beer Brats available for $5 or $8 for a beer and brat.

Friday, April 10th 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, April 10th from 6:00-7:00 pm – Friday Night Flights Beer Tasting at Party Town in Florence

Saturday, April 11th from 12:00-10:00 pm – Pints, Pinups and Pitties / Sour Saturday at Rivertown Brewing
This event was postponed from Cincinnati Beer Week. $1 from every pint sold from noon until 3:00 pm will go to the Miami Valley Pit Crew, a non profit animal rescue. There will also be a doggy (and maybe human?) kissing booth and a selfie stand. Miami Valley Pit Crew will be accepting cash/dog accessory donations as well. Rivertown will be tapping a 1/6 barrel of Kriek and a particularly tart batch of Pomegranate Lambic after that. Two of their year round sours will also be on draft – Divergent (Berliner Style) and Soulless (Flanders Red).

Saturday, April 11th from 12:00-10:00 pm – PREACH DIPA Release Party at Ei8ht Ball Brewing
From their Facebook event page: “food from Texas Joe The Legal Mexican, Tex-Mex Food Truck and SugarSnap! Truck and live music. Plus, there will be 75+ local motorcycles and scooters”

Saturday, April 11th from 5:00-8:00pm – Beer Tasting at Ludlow Wines
The cost to taste four beers is $6.00 per person.

Sunday, April 12th from 2:00-5:00 pm – Toast to the Tunnels at Christian Moerlein Brewing
A benefit for the Betts House, take an tour of the underground barrel vault tunnels and then have a beer. Tours are $10 and then a flight of Christian Christian Moerlein beers will be available for only $10. For information, check out their Facebook event page.

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Better Beer Options for Opening Day

Start the 2015 baseball season off right by celebrating Opening Day at the better beer location in Cincinnati. As usual, we will update this list if we hear of any more.

Arnold’s Bar and Grill – See our earlier post for more information.

Braxton Brewing – Open from 1:00-11:30 pm specially for Opening Day. At 1:00 pm, Steffen’s Rentals will have popcorn and cotton candy. If you are going to the game, Craft Connection Brewery Tours will have free shuttles departing at 2:00, 2:30, 3:00, 3:30 pm to GABP. You must sign-up on-site and it’s first come, first served. Chicago Don’s Hot Dawgs will open up at 3:00 pm.

Cellar Dweller – Try their new Red Rye IPA called Gapper. It’s 6.5% ABV, 60 IBU and available now in their Tasting Room.

Fifty West – Their Wire to Wire Wheat was brewed specially for GABP and honors the Reds’ 1990 season when they lead the National League West division for the entire season.

HalfCut – Their bar and to-go window will be open from 10:00 am to 10:00 pm. From opening until noon, you can save 20.15% OFF growlers. From 4:00-6:00 pm, Happy Hour Special – 1/2 off draft and 25% off flights plus they’ll be pouring MadTree Rounding Third draft.

MadTree Brewing – MadTree is part of the 2015 Rally on the Square at Fountain Square. Goes from 11:00 am until 5:30 pm.

Moerlein Lager House – Opening at 10:00 am with “special hosts ‘Mister Perfect’ baseball legend Tom Browning, DJ Etrayn, and Holly Morgan and Jon Jon from Q102.”

Rhinegeist – Opening at 11:00 am. They will “be slingin’ 6-packs of Hustle (Only Hustle will be available & for one day only).” Look for them in the Opening Day Parade too.

Tap & Screw – Opening Day Special – “two pints of Tap & Screw brew, 2 Texas chili dogs, and a Tap & Screw Brewery t-shirt for $25 dollars.”

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Tastings and Tappings Report: April 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

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 (4/3), it’s TBA.

Jungle Jim’s Eastgate – Friday night tasting from 5:00 to 9:00 pm. For this week’s tasting (4/3), it’s Founders. Pints are usually $3.

Jungle Jim’s Fairfield – Friday night tasting from 5:00 to 9:00 pm. For this week’s tasting (4/3), it’s Goose Island. 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 (4/3), it’s Christian Moerlein. Beers include Emancipator, Saengerfest, Handlebar Stout, Red Hop Mess and others. The featured draft by the glass pours will be 11/162 Bourbon barrel aged Wee Heavy and Barley Rhine American Style Barley Wine. Prices will be posted for those at the event. Cost 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 delicious bites. Tickets sold until 6:30 pm.

TAPPINGS

Ei8ht Ball Brewing – Tonight (4/3) is Free Bacon Night. They are also tapping De Molen 21 Grams DIPA.

– Saturday’s Randall/Infusion Saturday starts at 12:00 noon and will feature Bosteels Tripel Karmeliet through a Randall of Fruity Pebbles cereal.

– For next week’s Rare Keg Monday (4/6), it’s Crooked Stave Table Beer. The cost is $10 for a 16 ounce pint.

Have a better beer weekend, everyone!

— Carla and Tom

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AB-InBev Announces Dogfish Head Collaboration

AB-InBev announced today that its St. Louis-based Anheuser-Busch division would brew a collaborative beer with Delaware-based Dogfish Head Brewing. Based on Dogfish Head’s 60, 90 and 120 Minute IPAs, the new beer is to be called Bud Light 30-Second IPA.

“After years of brewing ‘off-centered beers for off-centered people'”, said AB-InBev spokesperson Anton Spargewater, “Bud Light is happy to help Dogfish Head brew its first ever all-centered and middle-of-the-road beer made especially for people who follow the herd.”

Spargewater says that AB-InBev developed a new brewing technology to make the beer. “Our normal brewing process involves showing a bag of hops to someone who will turn a valve to fill the brew kettle,” he says. “We found that for a beer this complex we needed to actually let the hops touch the wort. Luckily, we were cleaning out a storage room and came across a commemorative Budweiser tea infuser from the old Busch Gardens gift shop. It works great as long as we don’t fill it too full.”

Asked how the collaboration came about, Spargewater said it was another innovation by the multinational conglomerate. “Every time we call a small brewery about doing this, they either hang up on us or start talking about our Super Bowl commercial. After a while we just gave up,” he said. “We spill more beer in a day than most of these guys make in a year, so we just hired a few more gross of lawyers to handle the lawsuits and decided to do the collaboration without the knowledge or participation of the other brewery. It’s really a win-win for us.”

Asked to describe the flavor profile of the beer, Spargewater declined comment. “I never touch the stuff,” he said.

Reached for comment, Dogfish Head owner Sam Calagione said, “What? Who is this? Are you drunk? Did [Stone Brewing’s] Greg [Koch] put you up to this”

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