Ei8ht Ball Prodigal Cans Available Today

While Prodigal has been available in cans for a week now in their tap room, this beer is now available in cans elsewhere in the market. Looking forward to seeing what beer Ei8ht Ball cans next.

Ei8ht Ball Prodigal Cans

The Newport-based craft brewery Ei8ht Ball Brewing has announced plans to package its year-round favorite Prodigal American Pale Ale beginning Monday, July 20. A can launch celebration will take place at the Ei8ht Ball Taproom in Newport on Tuesday, July 21, and will be the only place to purchase the Prodigal cans until it is released for retail distribution on Monday, July 27.
“Cans are the ideal packaging choice for our beers. We feel they are the best vessel to protect our beers from unwanted oxygen and light, while having the advantage of being extra portable for our fans. Simply put, cans mean better, fresher beer, in the hands of more beer drinkers,” says Brewmaster Mitch Dougherty.

The 6-pack cans of Prodigal will be available at a limited number of Greater Cincinnati retail locations for $10.99. Draught versions of the beers, as well as seasonal and specialty brews will continue to be available not only at the Ei8ht Ball Taproom, but also in Ohio from Cavalier Distributing and Kentucky from Beer House Distributing

Ei8ht Ball even did a video for the occasion.

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This Week in Beer: July 27 – August 2, 2015

Check out our Better Beer Happy Hours, Etc. page for regularly scheduled specials on better beer. We are only list events here that are unique for this coming week in beer. As always, any edited listing will have UPDATE at the beginning of the listing.

Monday, June 27th at 5:00 pm – Rare Keg Monday at Ei8ht Ball Brewing

Monday, June 27th at 6:30 pm – Glow LUMENOCITY Pale Ale at Rhinegeist
Tapping is at 7:00 pm and the CSO Brass Quartet will be performing.

Wednesday, July 29th at 6:00 pm – Great Lakes Pint Night at Drake’s Florence
Featuring their Lake Erie Monster DIPA.

Wednesday, July 29th at 7:00 pm – Monthly Keg Tapping at Hofbräuhaus Newport

Thursday, July 30th at 6:00-10:00 pm – Burgers and Beers at the Party Source
Beers: QUAFFTOBERFEST! Beers include KABOOM!, What the Wheat?, Grand Crow, Grendel Mead, S’more of What?, Gnappy and the release of OX and Orange Melvin. Bottles of OX and Orange Melvin will be released at 8pm, after the event.
Burger: Marsala
For reservations, go to their web site

Thursday, July 30th from 5:00-7:00 pm – Bells Summer ‘Splosion at Market Wines
Beers include Sparkleberry, Quinannan Falls, Hopsolution, Oberon plus they will have 16 ounce cans of Two Hearted with matching tall-boy Koozies.

Thursday, July 30th at 5:30 pm – Shamble On Dubbel Barrel Blues Tapping at Rivertown Brewing
This Belgian dubbel aged with whiskey-infused wood chips is in honor of the Whiskey Rambles band who will be performing at 6:00 pm.

Thursday, July 30th at 6:00 pm – Bosmo’s Imperial Cream Ale Tapping at Taft’s Ale House
The second beer in Taft’s Taft’s Resurrection Beer Series, Bosmo’s is well known among members of the Bloatarian Brewing League.

Thursday, July 30th at 6:00 pm – 5 Rabbit Pint Night at BrewRiver GastoPub
Beers include Lulo Galactico, Yodo Con Leche, Tamarind Paletas, 5 Lizard, and the Super Pils W Hop Randal.

Thursday, July 30th at 6:00 pm – Warped Wing Tap Takeover at Wild Mike’s Shady Lane
Beers include Ermal’s Belgian cream ale, the Radler and Mr. Mean Imperial IPA.

Thursday, July 30th at 6:00-10:00 pm – Pint Night Thursdays at Cock & Bull (all three locations)
The beers for this week’s Pint Night Thursdays are: Main Strasse Covington – Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale, Glendale – Revolution Bottoms Up Wit and Hyde Park – Great Lakes Lake Erie Monster

Friday, July 31st – Hops for Hippos: The Final Chapter at Taste of Belgium Clifton
Beers include special brews from West Sixth.

Friday, July 31st from 4:00-7:00 pm – Great Lakes Tasting at Country Fresh Farm Market and Wine Depot

Saturday, August 1st – Third Annual Made in Cincy Beerfest at Marty’s Hops & Vines
Enjoy sixteen taps of beers made in our great city, Camp Washington Chili, and Hop Water. Tickets are $36 in advance; $46 at the door (pricing includes tax and gratuity). Call (513) 681-4222 or stop in at Marty’s to get your tickets.

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Tastings and Tappings Report: July 24, 2015

We frequently get updates for our Tastings and Tappings Report after our regular publishing time. Any edited listing will have UPDATE at the beginning of the listing. Don’t forget to check out our This Week in Beer post from Monday< for other better beer events happening this weekend.

HAPPY HOUR / FUNDRAISER

Christian Moerlein Malt House Taproom – Cincinnati Recreation Commission Fundraiser Happy Hour today (7/24). For every pint of beer sold between 4pm-9pm, Christian Moerlein will donate $1 to CRC. They recently completed work on Grant Park, which is located just north of the Christian Moerlein Brewing Company.

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. The beers for this week’s tasting (7/24) are Kona Longboard Lager, Arcadia Cheap Date, North Coast Puck and Dark Horse Crooked Tree IPA.

Jungle Jim’s Eastgate – Friday night tasting from 5:00 to 9:00 pm. For this week’s tasting (7/24), it’s Christian Moerlein. Pints are usually $3.

Jungle Jim’s Fairfield – Friday night tasting from 5:00 to 9:00 pm. For this week’s tasting (7/24), it’s Kona. Pints are usually $3.

Ludlow Wines – Saturday beer tasting is from 5:00-8:00 pm. The cost to taste four beers is $6.00 per person.

Party Town – For Friday Night Flights this week (7/24) from 5:30-7:00 pm, it’s beers from North Coast Brewing. The 9 ounce draft pour will be 2014 Old Stock for $3.00. The cost for the flight is $2.00 per person. Only adults age 21 or more are admitted for Friday Night Flights.

Whole Foods Cincinnati – Cask & Cork: Beer and Wine every Friday from 5:00 to 7:00 pm. For $5, you get five sips and six bites. Tickets sold until 6:30 pm.

TAPPINGS

Ei8ht Ball Brewing – Tonight (7/24) is Free Bacon Night AND they will be tapping STONE w00tStout 3.0, RuinTen and Ruination 2.0. Prices will vary per beer. According to their Beer Mail newsletter, “In order to serve as many attendees as possible, Ei8ht Ball Tap Room reserves the right to reduce pour sizes accordingly.”

– For Saturday’s Randall Saturday (7/25), it’s Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier through Lemons and Ginger. Cost is $5 for a sixteen ounce pint.

Moerlein Lager House – Firkin Friday at 6:00 pm today (7/24) – This time, it’s their Lager House Helles dry hopped with Galaxy hops.

Have a better beer weekend, everyone!

— Carla and Tom

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Pickled Eggs, a Forgotten Bar Food

Behold: the pickled egg, served with all the fixins. It is a treasured American bar snack – and, sadly, it is an endangered food.

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The best $1 you’ll ever spend

I realize your first reaction to “pickled egg” is either that’s gross, bro or did you go blind? But let me ask you two questions:

1) Do you enjoy hard boiled eggs?
2) Do you enjoy pickles?

If you answered YES to both of these questions you will probably really like pickled eggs.  They have an initial briny and sour bite, but set on the backdrop of the creamy and satisfying hard boiled egg. Add in some saltines, pepper, and hot sauce, and you have a world-class bar snack.  So why don’t you see them at all of your favorite watering holes?

You see, dating back to the 19th century and continuing to this day, states and municipalities adopted laws requiring any establishment that serves alcohol to also serve some sort of food. This is a pretty good idea, since we’ve known for thousands of years that consuming food with alcohol is a great idea if you want to avoid ending the night stumbling home to your abode. But many bars saw this as just another regulation they need to comply with.

So, in order to do the absolute minimum to meet the law’s requirements they would make available pickled eggs. They’re cheap and they would only need to make a batch every few months…that is, if the proprietors were scrupulous. Patrons would observe how much dust was on the egg jar to surmise whether they were safe to eat.*

Obviously, there’s much more to the history of pickled eggs as a bar snack than that…but that’s the most entertaining take.  Nowadays pretzels, peanuts, food trucks, and clip-strips of chips have largely replaced the humble pickled egg. And that’s too bad, because they’re delicious.  I cooked up a batch over the July 4th weekend, doing my part to make America a more perfect union.  They couldn’t be easier to make.

A happy refrigerator has a jar of pickled eggs in it

A happy refrigerator has a jar of pickled eggs in it

A final note: major props to Tandem Ciders in Suttons Bay, MI for their dedication to bringing back the pickled egg in fine fashion – pictured above. It’s the perfect accompaniment to one of their fantastic ciders. While we were there we spied Mario Batali quaffing a cider and enjoying a round of pickled eggs with his companions – that’s a man who knows a tasty snack when he sees it. Oh, and Tandem only charges $1 for them.  That beats a bag of chips any day.

Do you know of any places in Cincinnati or elsewhere that serve pickled eggs?

*History paraphrased from Duane Swierczynski’s “The Big Book O’ Beer”

-John

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MadTree and Pink Boots to Raise Money for Burned Brewer

You may have noticed this entry from our This Week in Beer post on Monday, but we wanted to give you a bit more information and encourage you to stop by tomorrow and help out a burned brewer.

From the Facebook event page:

Help the Pink Boots Society : Cincinnati support brewmaster Kerry Thomas by drinking delicious beers at MadTree Brewing on Thursday July 23rd! Our sister in brewing was injured in a brewing accident on July 10th. She suffered 2nd and 3rd degree burns on 30% of her body. On the 23rd, MadTree is releasing a new can in the Tap Room, a Blackberry Gose called “Shade.” {{ YUM! }} A portion of sales of the cans will be graciously donated to the Pink Boots Society for Kerry’s Go Fund Me page. Want to help but can’t make the event? Consider a donation directly to the Go Fund Me page, here: http://www.gofundme.com/zaf57s.

Brewmaster Kerry Thomas

Photo from the Brewmaster Kerry’s Burn Relief Fund GoFundMe page

One thing that impressed us was the fact that, according to this article in the Idaho Statesman, she had turned her back because she wanted to make sure her assistant was okay. As Teri Fahrendorf, the founder of the Pink Boots Society, said in a speech at the University of Kentucky in 2014, there are only two kinds of brewers: those who have been burned and those who will be burned. Fahrendorf herself was seriously burned in a brewing accident in 1989.

So stop by tomorrow (July 23rd) any time after 5:00 pm and you can drink beer for a great cause. And maybe you can make a donation to her GoFundMe account too.

Hope to see many of you there!

— Carla and Tom

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Alltech Acquires Two European Breweries

With the announcement last week of Duvel and Firestone Walker combining plus the purchase of Boulevard by Duvel in 2013, this news is rather interesting. Will more U.S. breweries consider buying breweries outside of the country? Be sure to check out the last sentence of the press release.

In a major expansion of its international alcohol division, Alltech, the animal nutrition multinational and producer of award-winning beers and spirits including Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale® and Town Branch® Bourbon, has acquired a craft brewery in Northern Ireland and also one in mainland United Kingdom. ­Dr. Pearse Lyons, the Irish-born entrepreneur and founder of Alltech, purchased the breweries from the family of the late Northern Irish businessman Lord Ballyedmond.

Alltech’s acquisition of The Station Works Brewery in Newry, Co. Down, Northern Ireland, and Cumberland Breweries Ltd. in Great Corby, Cumbria, England, represents the first major expansion outside the United States for its brewing division. Already one of the fastest growing craft brewers in the United States, these purchases represent a significant investment by Lyons in the future of the rapidly expanding craft brewing sector in Europe. Alltech’s core animal nutrition business has achieved annual sales greater than $1.6 billion and recently spent approximately $400 million acquiring Ridley, Inc., with operations in the U.S. and Canada.

With a capacity to produce 40,000 hectolitres, the two new breweries add several new brands, including Finn Lager and Foxes Rock Ale, to the growing Alltech portfolio.

“These new purchases will allow us develop already established European brands while at the same time introducing our Kentucky Ale range to new markets,” said Lyons, who achieved his doctorate in brewing and distilling before founding Alltech.

“We are dedicated to offering the consumer real choice in the beer sector. Since our first investment in the Alltech Craft Brews & Foods Fair in Dublin three years ago, the sector has mushroomed and our Fair is now the largest in Ireland, attracting more than 10,000 visitors annually,” said Lyons.

With three new breweries under construction in the United States, and a major investment in a new distillery in the heart of the liberties at the former St James Church, where his grandfather is buried, Lyons is set to continue the family history.

“We want to be one of the top 50 craft brewers in the world,” said Lyons.

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This Week in Beer: July 20 – 26, 2015

Check out our Better Beer Happy Hours, Etc. page for regularly scheduled specials on better beer. We are only list events here that are unique for this coming week. As always, any edited listing will have UPDATE at the beginning of the listing.

Monday, July 20th at 5:00 pm – Rare Keg Monday at Ei8ht Ball Brewing
This week, it’s Grimm Telekinesis Dry-Hopped Sour. Cost is $10 for a thirteen ounce tulip.

Tuesday, July 21st at 6:00 pm – Tuesdays on Tap at Whole Foods Mason
This week, it’s Urban Artifact.

Wednesday, July 22nd from 6:00-9:00 pm – Great Lakes Beer Tasting at Marty’s Hops and Vine
Beers include The Wright Pils (draft), Sharpshooter Session Wheat IPA, Eliot Ness Amber Lager, Edmund Fitzgerald Porter and Lake Erie Monster Imperial IPA (draft).

Thursday, July 23rd at 5:00 pm – Drink Beer for a Cause at MadTree
From the Facebook event page: “Help the Pink Boots Society : Cincinnati support brewmaster Kerry Thomas by drinking delicious beers at MadTree Brewing on Thursday July 23rd! Our sister in brewing was injured in a brewing accident on July 10th. She suffered 2nd and 3rd degree burns on 30% of her body. On the 23rd, MadTree is releasing a new can in the Tap Room, a Blackberry Gose called “Shade.” {{ YUM! }} A portion of sales of the cans will be graciously donated to the Pink Boots Society for Kerry’s Go Fund Me page. Want to help but can’t make the event? Consider a donation directly to the Go Fund Me page, here: http://www.gofundme.com/zaf57s”

Thursday, July 23rd at 6:00-10:00 pm – Burgers and Beers at the Party Source
Beers: Founders including All-Day, Porter, Blushing Monk and KBS
Burger: Mexican
Music: Heather Turner

Thursday, July 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 – MadTree Lift, Glendale – Flying Dog and Hyde Park – Fat Head Bumbleberry.

Friday, July 24th at 4:00 pm – Deschutes Brewery Beer Tasting at Country Fresh Farm Market and Wine Depot

Saturday, July 25th at 12:00 noon – Drink for a Cause! at HalfCut
Between 12:00-8:00 pm, $1 from any draft beer will be donated to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

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Tastings and Tappings Report: July 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

Country Fresh Farm Market and Wine Depot – Fifty West Tasting from 4:00-7:00 pm today (7/17)

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. The beers for this week’s tasting (7/17) are Boulevard Ginger Lemon Radler, Revolution Rosa, Boulder Hoopla Pale Ale and Heavy Seas Riptide.

Jungle Jim’s Eastgate – Friday night tasting from 5:00 to 9:00 pm. For this week’s tasting (7/17), it’s Rivertown. Pints are usually $3.

Jungle Jim’s Fairfield – Friday night tasting from 5:00 to 9:00 pm. For this week’s tasting (7/17), it’s Rocky Mountain Brewery Challenge. Pints are usually $3.

Ludlow Wines – Saturday beer tasting is from 5:00-8:00 pm. The cost to taste four beers is $6.00 per person.

Party Town – For Friday Night Flights this week (7/17) from 5:30-7:00 pm, it’s TBA. The cost for the flight is $2.00 per person. Only adults age 21 or more are admitted for Friday Night Flights.

Whole Foods Cincinnati – Cask & Cork: Beer and Wine every Friday from 5:00 to 7:00 pm. For $5, you get five sips and six bites. Tickets sold until 6:30 pm.

TAPPINGS

Ei8ht Ball Brewing – Tonight (7/17) is Free Bacon Night AND they will be a Mikkeller vs. Evil Twin tap takeover. Beers will include from Evil Twin: Sunshine Slacker, Freudian Slip, Ryan & The Beaster Bunny and Molotov Cocktail plus from Mikkeller 1000 IBU’s, Milk Stout, Juicebag and Beer Geek Breakfast. Cost varies by beer.

– For Saturday’s Randall Saturday (7/18), it’s Evil Twin Freudian Slip Barleywine through cherries. Cost is $7 for a ten ounce snifter.

– For next week’s Rare Keg Monday (7/20), it’s Grimm Telekinesis Dry-Hopped Sour. Cost is $10 for a thirteen ounce tulip.

Have a better beer weekend, everyone!

— Carla and Tom

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Beers We Love Right Now: July 15, 2015

Once a week (or so), we post a beer (or two) that we are loving right now. These aren’t be long reviews analyzing the beers, just the name of the beer and a sentence or two about why it’s one of the beers we love right now.

Tom – Magic Hat Electric Peel Grapefruit IPA. We were sent two samples by Magic Hat and I really, really liked it. Given the name and the label you almost expect a grapefruit shandy or something, but it’s not. It’s got the citrusy kick that I tend to like, but the grapefruit and the hops offset each other to keep the finish from being over the top.

Carla – For someone who looked down on most fruit beers previously, I seem to be on a fruit beer kick this summer. My latest discovery is Apocalypse Brew Works’ Watermelon Crack. Many breweries have tried to do watermelon beer before, but this one really managed to do it and do it well.

Jared – Rivertown Divergent. Readily available Berlinner weisse? Yes, please.

John – I had the Mike & Mike beers at the Lager House, and both were solid. Definitely meant to be crowd pleasers but still with good depth. I also got a chance to revisit Moerlein’s Se7en Hefeweizen, which I think is a hugely underappreciated beer. It has great body and a solid dose of yeastiness, which is what I go for in the style.

Chris – Thanks to an Independence Day celebration where Jared left some New Belgium Snapshot Wheat. Really a solid wheat beer and the two he left didn’t last long. Fits well into the summer lighter beer phase I find myself in.

Jason – I did have some Country Boy Cliff Jumper over the weekend that restored my faith in humanity after a fun yet long, exceedingly humid day at King’s Island.

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Newest Blank Slate/Orchids Beer to be Released July 16th

We already had this listed on Monday’s This Week in Beer post, but here is a bit more information on this newest collaboration beer from Blank Slate and Orchids at the Palm Court.

The creative minds behind Orchids at Palm Court and Blank Slate Brewing Company have teamed up yet again to create a collaborative beer to be served in the acclaimed restaurant, Orchids at Palm Court and The Bar at Palm Court located in the Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza. This is the second in a series of four beers created to accompany the season in which they are served and to incorporate culinary influences pertinent to that time of year.

The newest beer entitled “Orchids Flourish” is a German Style Altbier brewed with agave nectar and finger limes. “The beer has a light maltiness to it but also a fruit sweetness from the addition of agave nectar. There’s a big hit of lime in the nose that combines with the agave to give a nuanced flavor akin to a tequila/lime cocktail. It’s not a traditional summer beer, but sometimes you just have to buck tradition.” says Scott LaFollette, Blank Slate Brewing Company.

“We have been anticipating the release of the ‘Flourish.’ The ‘Bloom’ was such a unique and wonderful beer I think everyone is really going to appreciate the uniqueness of an Altbier brewed with agava and finger limes,” Todd Kelly, executive chef, Orchids at Palm Court.

Beginning on Thursday, July 16 “Orchids Flourish” 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 Street. It will also be available for a limited time at the Blank Slate Brewing Company PourHouse located at 4233 Airport Rd., Unit C starting on that same day. A few kegs of “Orchids Flourish” will find their way to other establishments around the city while supplies last.

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