Tastings and Tappings Report: Oct. 24, 2014

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.

SPECIAL EVENT

Halfcut – Today (Friday) from 5:00 to 10:00 pm, Halfcut will be donating $1 of every Fifty West pint, growler and bottle sold to support the family of Allen White. Allen was a cook at 50 West who recently passed away and his family could use some help right now.

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 (10/24), the beers are Harpoon UFO Pumpkin, New Belgium 1554, Two Brothers Heavy Handed and Stone Enjoy By 10.31.14.

Jungle Jim’s Eastgate – Friday night tasting from 5:00 to 9:00 pm. For this week’s tasting (10/17), it’s beers from SweetWater Brewing. 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 (10/17), it’s beers from Rogue Ales. 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 (10/24), the beers are TBA. The cost for the regular sample flights is $2.00.

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

SweetWater Brewing – Remember to check out our This Week in Beer post from Monday for all of the SweetWater events going on this weekend besides the one listed above. All SweetWater events will be marked in blue.

Ei8ht Ball Brewing – For next week’s Rare Keg Monday (10/27), Ei8ht Ball will have several offerings from MadTree including Citra High, Hunt for Cheery October and Bourbon Barrel Aged Axis Mundi.

REMINDER

● Lots of other great weekend events coming this weekend including Ei8ht Ball’s Fight Like a Girl tapping on Saturday.

Have a better beer weekend, everyone!

— Carla and Tom

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Halloween Blackout at Arnold’s – Oct. 31st

In honor of Halloween, Arnold’s is hosting their inaugural Halloween Blackout. What’s that you ask? They will be tapping eight unusual stouts to celebrate the spooky night.

The beers are Rivertown Brewing’s Death (Russian Imperial Stout), Southern Tier’s Warlock (Imperial Stout brewed with Pumpkin), MadTree’s Are You Ready For the Darkness (Imperial Stout brewed with Hemp seeds), Bell’s Java Stout, Bad Tom Smith’s Imperial Stout, Fifty West’s Ghost of Imogene (Russian Imperial Stout), Listermann’s Lateral Nitro Oatmeal Sweet Stout and Great Lakes Brewing’s 2013 Blackout Stout.

Chris Breeden at Arnold’s warns that most of these come in 1/6 barrels and will sell out quickly. The beers will be tapped at 4:00 pm on Halloween so get there early.

At 9:00 om that night, Arnold’s will have the “swinging sound of New Orleans Party band” – The Hot Magnolias.

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Cincinnati Magazine Beer Issue Party at MadTree Oct. 27th

Cincinnati Magazine Beer Issue

In the latest issue of Cincinnati magazine, the focus is something dear to our heart – beer. More specifically, it focus on what they are calling “the new Cincy beer culture.” We were proud to be mentioned in this issue along with many of the great names (and faces!) of beer in Cincinnati. If you haven’t seen it yet, you can pick up a copy on your favorite newstand (yes, they do still exist) or download a digital issue from the iTunes store.

We also wanted to let you know that Cincinnati magazine is holding a launch party in honor of their October beer issue. Plus, you can get a pre-release sample of this year’s batch of Thundersnow from MadTree. Thundersnow will be canned for the first time this year. Be sure to look for the disinctive blue cans and white can holder at your favorite better beer locations.

Here are the particulars on the party:

MadTree Brewing Company Tasting Room
(5164 Kennedy Avenue, Cincinnati, OH)

Monday, October 27th from 6:30-8:30 pm

Tickets are $25 per person and include two drink tickets good for Thundersnow pints, a MadTree pint glass and food from Catch-a-Fire Pizza

You can order tickets at http://www.cincinnatimagazine.com/event/beer-event/ or call Chris Ohmer at 513.562.2777

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This Week in Beer: Oct. 20 – 26, 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.

We welcome SweetWater Brewery to Ohio this week. All SweetWater events are marked in blue this week and the next few weeks.

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

Monday, Oct. 20th – 1/3 off Craft beer bottles at Moerlein Lager House

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

Monday, Oct. 20th from 4:00-7:30 pm – Craft Beer Night at Market Wines

Monday, October 20th at 4:20 pm – SweetWater Tap Takeover at The Lackman
Beers will include 420 Extra Pale, IPA, Blue, Georgia Brown and Hop Hash.

Monday, Oct. 20th at 6:00 pm – Laboratory Lager #1 Tapping at Moerlein Lager House
This first in the series beer is a dry hopped Amber Lager. They are describing it as a “bready and medium bodied lager is dry-hopped with Wakatu and Amarillo hops on top of the layered complexity of tettnang and Saaz hops in the kettle.”

Monday, October 20th at 5:00 pm – Skype Session and Tap Takeover at Ei8ht Ball
Skype chat with Brian Ewing of 12% Imports and enjoy Tilquin Gueuze, Stillwater Debutante, Evil Town Even More Denmark, Evil Twin Biscotti Break and Evil Twin Molotov Cocktail.

Monday, October 20th from 5:00 pm to close – SweetWater Tap Takeover at Northside Tavern

Tuesday, Oct. 21st – Penny Flips at Fifty West

Tuesday, Oct. 21st – Tappa Keg Tuesday at Dingle House

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

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

Tuesday, October 21st from 4:20 pm to close – SweetWater Tap Takeover at Dutch’s

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

Tuesday, Oct. 21st at 6:00 pm – Ballast Point Tap Takeover at HalfCut
Beers include Sculpin, Grunion, Black Marlin Porter, Victory at Sea, Big Eye, Fathom IPL, Calico Amber and Indra Kunindra

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

Tuesday, Oct. 21st at 7:00 pm – Cool Beer Labels Book Release at MadTree
From Facebook:
“Come celebrate the release of Print Book’s newest publication Cool Beer Labels, a book featuring great packaging from over 150 breweries from all over the world. The author, Daniel Bellon will be signing and talking about the new book. In addition, meet featured designers Keith Neltner, Austin Dunbar, Tom Post, and John Pattison whose work is included in the book. The night will also showcase Neltner Small Batch’s book (a compilation of retrospective creative highlights) in the beer, music and branding industries over the last decade and a half. Several books will be raffled and all proceeds will go to sponsoring a design student from Northern Kentucky University. The book was carefully hand bound, printed by Arnold Printing, and features Appleton Coated paper (embossing, varnishes), assembled at Olberding Bindery, and each is hand signed and numbered.”

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

Wednesday, Oct. 22nd – Craft Beer Series at Habits Café
This week, it’s Goose Island with Muddy Imperial Stout and Rambler IPA on draft plus 312, Matilda and Sofie in bottles.

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

Wednesday, Oct. 22nd – Pint Night at UC’s Catskeller
This week, it’s Dogfish Head.

Wednesday, Oct. 22nd from 4:00-6:30 pm – Growler Fill Specials at Old Firehouse Brewery
$8 growler fills on Pin-Up Girl blond ale and $12 growler fills on Flash Point IPA

Wednesday, October 22nd from 4:20 pm to close – SweetWater Tap Takeover at J-Taps (on Glenway Ave)

Wednesday, October 22nd from 4:20 pm to close – SweetWater Tap Takeover at Fogarty’s (Cheviot)

Wednesday, Oct. 22nd from 5:30 to 8:00 pm – Beer Tasting at Marty’s Hops and Vines
This week, it’s Upland and will feature their Teddy Bear Kisses Russian Imperial Stout.

Thursday, October 23rd – SweetWater Clifton Pub Crawl
Includes Brass Tap U Square, Keystone Grill and Mac’s Pizza

Thursday, Oct. 23rd – Firkin Thursday at Fifty West

Thursday, October 23rd – SweetWater Tap Takeover at Flipdaddy’s Mariemont

Thursday, Oct. 23rd – Tap That Thursday at BrewRiver GastroPub

Thursday, Oct. 23rd – Fear of the Dark 4 Beer Tapping at the Lackman
This fourth annual event runs from Oct. 23rd through Halloween weekend. Rotating beers are MadTree 2013 & 2014 Axis Mundi, MadTree Are You Ready for the Darkness, Hoppin’ Frog 2013 Cleveland Crusher, Hoppin’ Frog 2013 D.O.R.I.S the Destroyer, Fat Head’s/Jackie O’s Liquid Courage, Revolution Mad Cow and Three Floyds Back Masking.

Thursday, Oct. 23rd from 4:00 pm to close – Take Home the Glass Night at Taste of Belgium Clifton
This week, it’s De Koninck.

Thursday, October 23rd from 4:20 pm to close – SweetWater Tap Takeover at Wild Mike’s Bridgetown

Thursday, Oct. 23rd from 5:00 pm to close – 2nd Annual All Local Celebration at Arthur’s Cafe

Thursday, Oct. 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 – Southern Tier Pumpking, Glendale – Southern Tier Pumpking and Hyde Park – Dogfish Head Punkin.

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

Friday, October 24th from 4:00-7:00 pm – SweetWater Tap Takeover at Country Fresh Market
At both Vine Street and Beechmont Ave locations

Friday, Oct. 24th from 4:00-7:00 pm – Hop Shop Cask Tapping at Moerlein Lager House
This week, it’s OTR conditioned with whole cone Zeus (from Little Miami Farms,OH) and whole cone Simcoe.

Friday, October 24th from 5:00 pm to close – SweetWater Tap Takeover at Padrino

Friday, Oct. 24th from 5:00-7:00 pm – West Sixth Beer Tasting at Kroger Hyde Park

Friday, October 24th from 5:00-9:00 pm – SweetWater Pint Night at Jungle Jim’s Eastgate

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

Saturday, Oct. 25th – All crafts $3 at Louie’s Taphouse & Grill (Mason)

Saturday, Oct. 25th – Bourbon, Bluegrass, Beer & BBQ at Cork N’ Bottle Buttermilk Pike

Saturday, Oct. 25th from 12:00-5:00 pm – King of the Hill Best Local Beer Competition at Incline Public House
$10 a ticket, blind tasting. Everyone that participates gets to vote. Beers from Blank Slate, Fifty West, Listermann, MadTree, Mt. Carmel, Rhinegeist and Rivertown.

Saturday, Oct. 25th from 12:00-4:30 pm – Growler Fill Specials at Old Firehouse Brewery
$8 growler fills on Pin-Up Girl blond ale and $12 growler fills on Flash Point IPA

Saturday, October 25th from 1:00-4:00 pm – Tasting at Jungle Jim’s Eastgate

Saturday, Oct. 25th from 3:00-7:00 pm – Ales & Tales at WagsPark
Beers from Fifty West, MadTree, Ei8ht Ball, Rhinegeist, Blank Slate, Listermann, Rivertown and Bad Tom. Cost is $35 for humans and $10 for dogs (limit of one dog per human). For more information or to purchase tickets, go to their EventBrite page.

Saturday, Oct. 25th from 4:00 pm to close – Clifton Beer Fest at the Corinthian
Formerly at Fries Cafe, the fest is moved down the street and presented in memory of Jerry Freese, the owner of Fries. Cost is $2 per sample ticket. Ticket stubs will be used as giveaway entry. Pre-sale tickets available at a discount at the Corinthian until Oct 22nd.

Saturday, Oct. 25th from 5:00-8:00pm – Beer Tasting at Ludlow Wines
The cost to taste four beers is $6.00 per person.

Saturday, Oct. 25th at 7:30 pm – 11th annual Taste of the World at Newport Aquarium
No beer list on their web site, but we know West Sixth is going to be there. For more information, go to http://soh.taste.llsevent.org

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Tastings and Tappings Report: Oct. 17, 2014

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.

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 (10/17), the beers are Morland Old Speckled Hen, St. Feuillien Speciale, Goose Island The Muddy and Sixpoint Resin.

Jungle Jim’s Eastgate – Friday night tasting from 5:00 to 9:00 pm. For this week’s tasting (10/17), it’s beers from Warped Wing out of Dayton, OH. 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 (10/17), it’s beers from Christian Moerlein along with brats and kraut. 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 (10/17), the beers are staff picks that they think deserve another look (or taste). The cost for the regular sample flights is $2.00. The draft by the glass is Lagunitas Couch Trippin’. For $3.00, you get a pint and keep the glass. (It’s the one that looks like a mason jar.).

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

Fifty West – Today (Friday), they will be tapping their Spooner Summit DIPA.

Moerlein Lager House – Today (Friday) at 4:00 pm, the Lager House will be having another Hop Shop Tapping. This time, it’s Lager House Helles conditioned with whole cone Chinook from Little Miami Farms and lemon zest.

Mellow Mushroom Hyde Park – Sunday, Oct. 19th at 4:20 pm – SweetWater Tap Takeover
This is the first of many beer events welcoming SweetWater Brewing to Ohio. Look for more on our This Week in Beer post on Monday. All SweetWater events will be marked in blue.

REMINDER

● Lots of other great weekend events coming this weekend including Ei8ht Ball’s Fight Like a Girl tapping on Saturday.

Have a better beer weekend, everyone!

— Carla and Tom

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To Be Called A Contributor, You Must Contribute

Hello long lost beer readers, this is Chris.  I have been somewhat estranged from my contributor duties over the past….. well year or so, and I apologize to Tom and Carla for my lack of participation.  As they and some of you know, I was working very diligently over the past year and a half to achieve my life long goal of becoming a police officer.  Thankfully, I finally accomplished that goal, but as you might imagine, my better beer hobbies weren’t really at the top of my to-do list.  That list was heavily dominated by eating better and a lot of sit-ups, push-ups and jogging (pronounced yogging, according to Ron Burgundy).  Don’t get me wrong, there was a good amount of tasty beer involved and my homebrewing hobby, along with (equally estranged) Hoperatives contributor Jared Whalen, saw some action over that time, I just never found much time to sit behind my computer and write things down I thought you would want to read.

Chris Y'allville

With that I thought I would reintroduce myself in this semi-beer related short post.  Initially my goal was to write a bunch of Traveling Tuesday posts for Hoperatives, because in my last job, I traveled a ton so it made sense.  Of course about that time, I left that job and don’t get too far out of Cincinnati anymore on a regular basis.  So I hope to help Tom and Carla add some posts about one of my favorite parts of better beer which is alive and well in the Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky area, the vibrant better beer community consisting of you fine people and all of the great beer stores, restaurants, bars and events that call this area home.  I am going to make a great effort to visit spots and write reviews and recaps of all my adventures.  And hopefully, I will get to meet some cool new people along the way.

Until then, feel free to keep up with me on Twitter @cmcgnky.  I would love to hear any post ideas you might have.  And if you don’t see anything from me in a few weeks, put your electronic boot up my you know where.

Cheers!

Chris #212

 

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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 “Tastings and Tappings 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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Guest Post: Jason Roeper of Rivertown Brewing on Beer Competitions

Editor’s note: We talked to Jason a couple of weeks ago while we were preparing the story on Rivertown’s ownership shift. It was a wide-ranging conversation and, at one point, the topic of local beer competitions came up. He has a very strong view on this, and we thought it was a perspective worth sharing with our readers. As with all stories dealing with Rivertown, we should note that their website is hosted the same servers as Hoperatives. We have no editorial input or control on their site; our involvement is strictly technical and administrative.

Over the past five years, we have seen a mass resurgence of micro and craft breweries in our local market. We embrace this with open arms. Remember when [Rivertown Brewing] started, there were really only two local micro/craft breweries in the Cincinnati area. We had a very difficult time not only convincing local retailers to carry our products and wholesalers to distribute them, but we had a very hard time convincing consumers that some of the best beers in the country were being produced in their own backyards! As time went on and more breweries opened, we saw a local resurrection of not only great craft brews but a now well educated consumer.

This truly brings a tear to my eye, I can finally see all of the hard work we laid out convincing city developers, zoning commissioners, and retailers paying off, and consumers can embrace and take in a local favorite brewery in their own backyard.

Growler sales in the Cincinnati area are up 180% year after year, and our taprooms are seeing new and interesting clientele week after week. Given all of that information, I have to question why would I want to compare our brewery and our hand crafted brews to our fellow brewers and their beers? I am confused by the insatiable need to critique any and all small businesses and their art and craft. So after much debate I have decided that Rivertown Brewing Company will no longer involve itself in any local or regional competitions where our products are pitted in any type of judging, “match up,” “best of”, or “people’s choice” awards against any local (or close) regional brewery. In a competition setting, you have a winner and you have a loser. The truth is there are no losers. If local beers were losers, they wouldn’t sell and hence falter. So why not focus on how great each individual beer and brewery is and stop worrying about who makes the best, drawing lines in the sand and picking sides? What makes Cincinnati great is its ability to adapt and embrace, so let’s embrace all local beers and show other cities and other states how unified and locally driven we are.

I believe that Cincinnati can be the greatest craft beer destination in the country if we all band together and stop worrying about who’s bigger or better and focus on how great we all are collectively!

— Jason Roeper, Rivertown Brewing Company

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This Week in Beer: Oct. 13 – 19, 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, Oct. 13th – Mug Night Monday at Flipdaddy’s Union

Monday, Oct. 13th – 1/3 off Craft beer bottles at Moerlein Lager House

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

Monday, Oct. 13th from 4:00-7:30 pm – Craft Beer Night at Market Wines

Monday, Oct. 13th at 5:00 pm – Rare Keg Monday at Ei8ht Ball Brewing

Monday, Oct. 13th from 5:00-8:00 pm – Founders Stout (and Hop) Season at Market Wines
They will be tapping four beers from Founders: Mosaic Promise IPA, Dark Penance Black IPA, Red’s Rye PA and Breakfast Stout

Monday, Oct. 13th at 6:00 pm – Monthly Seasonal Tapping at Moerlein Lager House
This month’s bonus tapping, it’s their new T-Bird Fresh Hop Harvest Ale. Pints are $1 until the cask is gone.

Monday, Oct. 13th at 6:00 pm – Draft Lips of Faith Series at Halfcut
On draft: La Folie Sour, Le Terroir Sour and Cigar City Collaboration. For every growler you buy, you get 2 New Belgium globe glasses to take home.

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

Tuesday, Oct. 14th – Penny Flips at Fifty West

Tuesday, Oct. 14th – Tappa Keg Tuesday at Dingle House

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

Tuesday, Oct. 14th – Infusion Special at the Brass Tap U Square

Tuesday, Oct. 14th from 5:00 pm – Pint Night at the Rusty Bucket
First 48 people that purchase a pint of the Rogue Farms Wet Hop Ale get to keep the glass.

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

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

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

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

Wednesday, Oct. 15th – Pint Night at UC’s Catskeller

Wednesday, Oct. 18th from 4:00-6:30 pm – Growler Fill Specials at Old Firehouse Brewery
$8 growler fills on Pin-Up Girl blond ale and $12 growler fills on Flash Point IPA

Wednesday, Oct. 15th from 5:00 to 7:00 pm – Brewer’s Happy Hour at Rock Bottom Cincinnati
Join head brewer Gerry for an interactive brewery tour that includes tasters of Rock Bottom’s most recently tapped beers. They will also be tapping a special firkin of Crosley Field IPA.

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

Wednesday, Oct. 18th at 7:30 pm – Stone Brewing Co. Tap Takeover at Flipdaddy’s Union
Trivia night and three Stone beers on draft: Stone Xoceveza, Enjoy By 10.31.14 and Stochasticity Project Hibiscusicity.

Thursday, Oct. 16th – Firkin Thursday at Fifty West

Thursday, Oct. 9th – Tap That Thursday at BrewRiver GastroPub

UPDATE Thursday, Oct. 16th from 4:00 pm to close – Take Home the Glass Night at Taste of Belgium Clifton
This week, it’s Rhinegeist Fiction.

Thursday, Oct. 16th from 6:00 pm to close – Flatbreads and Flights at the Brass Tap U Square
For $15, you will receive a delicious spicy pork enchilada flatbread and five stouts: MadTree Axis Mundi, North Coast Old Rasputin, Clown Shoes Chocolate Sombrero, Stone Coffee Milk Stout and The Bruery Tart of Darkness. Order tickets at https://brasstap.webconnex.com/flatbreadsandflightsstouts You should order tickets in advance to guarantee a seat.

Thursday, Oct. 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 – Rivertown Pumpkin, Glendale – Rivertown Pumpkin and Hyde Park – Bell’s Two Hearted.

Friday, Oct. 16th – $8 Growler Fills at Christian Moerlein Brewery

Friday, Oct. 17th from 4:00-7:00 pm – Hop Shop Cask Tapping at Moerlein Lager House
This week, it’s Lager House Helles conditioned with whole cone Chinook (from Little Miami Farms,OH) and lemon zest.

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

Saturday, Oct. 18th – All crafts $3 at Louie’s Taphouse & Grill (Mason)

Saturday, Oct. 18th from 12:00-4:30 pm – Growler Fill Specials at Old Firehouse Brewery
$8 growler fills on Pin-Up Girl blond ale and $12 growler fills on Flash Point IPA

Saturday, Oct. 18th at 2:00pm – Fight Like a Girl Pink IPA Tapping at Ei8ht Ball Brewing
A portion of the sales from their Pink IPA, Fight Like a Girl, will be donated to the Pink Ribbon Girls. They will also be hosting a kick-boxing class on the top floor of the New Riff Event Center. The cost of the class is $15 and entitles you to admission to the class and a glass of Fight Like a Girl afterwards at the brewery.

Saturday, Oct. 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: Oct. 10, 2014

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.

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 (10/10), the beers are all from Stone: Stochasticity Project: Hibiscusicity, Matt’s Burning Rosids Smoked Saison, Old Guardian Barley Wine and Collective Distortion IPA.

Jungle Jim’s Eastgate – Friday night tasting from 5:00 to 9:00 pm. For this week’s tasting (10/10), they will be kicking off ticket sales for the Big Cheese Festival. They promise free cheese, prizes and great beer. 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 (10/10), it’s beers from Thirsty Dog. 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.

Mayday Northside – Today (Friday) at 6:00 pm, Mayday will be hosting a Sonoma Cider tasting.

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 (10/10), the beers are from Evil Twin, Lost Coast, Stone and more. The featured draft beer by the pint will be Three Floyds Yum Yum. $3.00 gets you a full pint with Three Floyds pint glass. The cost for the regular sample flights is $2.00.

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

Moerlein Lager House – Today (Friday) at 4:00 pm, the Lager House will be having another Hop Shop Tapping. This time, it’s Barbarossa conditioned with ginger and vanilla bean.

Ei8ht Ball Brewing – Today (Friday) at 5:00 pm, Ei8ht Ball will be tapping their GABF medal winning Reintarnation beer which is a bourbon barrel aged version of their Tarnished. At 8.5% ABV, this will be served by the snifter for $8. And, yes, this is during FREE BACON night.

For next week’s Rare Keg Monday (10/13), Ei8ht Ball will have Quaff Bros. Flying Pig Pumpkin Ale brewed by Rivertown. It will be available by the taster, glass, growlette and growler.

REMINDER

● Lots of other great weekend events coming this weekend including the 3rd Annual Cincinnati Craft Breweries’ Oktoberfest at Listermann’s Brewing.

Have a better beer weekend, everyone!

— Carla and Tom

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