Sierra Nevada Tasting at Moerlein Lager House

Sierra Nevada Brewing Company of Chico, California, brewers of Celebration, Bigfoot and other world-class beers, will celebrate baseball’s All-Star Game with a summer’s classic Sierra Nevada Beer Collaboration Event on Tuesday, July 15, 6 p.m. at the Moerlein Lager House beer garden.

The event highlights 12 different breweries from across America: Four from the West, four from the East and four from the Midwest. The Moerlein Lager House is the only location in Cincinnati and one of only four in the entire state to offer this selection.

The event opens at 6 p.m., with samples being served starting at 6:30 p.m. The event will be limited to 115 participants. Reservations are available by calling the Moerlein Lager House, (513) 421-2337. To find out more about the tastings, visit
The beers included in the tastings are: Sierra Nevada: Pale Ale, Torpedo, Summerfest & Kellerweis; Ninkasi, Russian River, Firestone & Walker and Ballast Point, Oscar Blues, New Glarus, Bells, & Three Floyds, Allagash, Victory, Asheville Brewer’s Alliance and Cigar City.

The tasting includes three flights and a small buffet. Each beer flight comes with four, 4.5 ounce samples of the beers, broken down by the area of country in which they are brewed. Sierra Nevada will provide mats with the names of each beer and a description of its origin.

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Traveling Tuesday: Dayton Alefest Set for August 16th

While we concentrate on local beer events and news, we also like to let you know about regional beer events like this one.

16th annual AleFest Dayton returns to the Miami Valley on Saturday, August 23, 2014 showcasing over 400 unique beers and ciders from more than 180 craft breweries around the world with a special focus on Dayton area breweries. This year’s event offers exciting changes starting with a new venue, Wegerzyn Gardens, to be held from 2-5PM. Beer aficionados will enjoy live music and a variety of food from some of the Miami Valley’s favorite local restaurants. A portion of the proceeds from this year’s event will benefit selected local non-profit agencies.

The week will kick off with Dayton Beer Week beginning Saturday, August 16th featuring a golf outing benefitting Breast Cancer Foundation, followed by the annual Dayton Beer Pride Parade on Sunday, August 17th. Dayton Beer Week features numerous craft beer-centric events throughout the entire week leading up to Saturday’s AleFest Dayton celebration.

“This is the perfect opportunity for craft beer fans and those new to craft beer to discover a new favorite,” said Joe Waizmann. “In the last year, we have witnessed first-hand just how popular craft beer is here in the Dayton area with 9 local participating breweries. Whether you’ve been enjoying craft beers for years or are brand new to the category, you’ll be impressed with the diversity of aromas & flavors as well as the culture. AleFest is the longest running craft beer festival in Ohio, offering a brew for every palate, and a unique perspective on craft beer.”

Exciting additions to the AleFest family are local beer enthusiasts and event and marketing professionals, Jennifer Dean and Amanda Pond. They will be working as Event Managing Partners alongside Joe Waizmann, AleFest Founder.

Although AleFest has called Carillon Park home for 11 years, recent cost prohibitive rental policy changes beyond our control lead to the move to the new home at Wegerzyn Gardens. Wegerzyn offers a beautiful park setting, allowing AleFest to continue to grow, bringing guests from throughout the region to the Dayton community. With the support of The City of Dayton, AleFest drives tourism and showcases Dayton’s vital role in craft beer appreciation & brewing throughout the Miami Valley.
General admission tickets, $40 at the door or $35 in advance, include 20 tasting tickets, a commemorative glass, and program guide.

Tickets can be purchased online ( or at select locations throughout the Miami Valley. Visit our Facebook page, for advance ticket locations. (Designated drivers will be admitted for $15 and will receive a commemorative tasting glass as well as complimentary soda and water. No one under 21 will be admitted).

A new feature this year, AleFest Dayton will also offer a limited number of V.I.P. admission tickets, allowing early access to the event. 500 tickets will be available offering beer enthusiasts the opportunity to enter at 1PM to mingle in a relaxed environment with brewery representatives and industry experts. V.I.P. tickets are $50 and only available for purchase online by visiting or by clicking here!

To learn more visit and join the conversation on Facebook to stay up to date on Dayton Beer Week events and AleFest Dayton.

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Finalists Named for Battle of the Beers

Here’s the latest on the Firehouse Grill Battle of the Beers. They held the second round yesterday and here are the four breweries going on to the finals on Sunday, August 24th.

Craft beer lovers sampled a range of beers at Sunday’s “Battle of the Beers” to help decide which is best. The list has been narrowed down to four breweries who will continue on to the final round on August 24th. Each brewery will bring 4 beers for the final round and the public will decide who is awarded the Firehouse Cup.

Just Released: These Local Breweries Will Compete August 24th:
Fifty West
Jackie O’s
Warped Wing

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This Week in Beer: July 7 – 13, 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, July 7th – Mug Night Monday at Flipdaddy’s Union

Monday, July 7th – 1/3 off Craft beer bottles at Moerlein Lager House

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

Monday, July 7th at 5:00 pm – Rare Keg Monday at Ei8ht Ball Brewing
This week, it’s Stillwater Gose Gone Wild.

Monday, July 7th from 8:00 pm to close – Meet the Brewer Night at Incline Public House
This month, it’s Ken Lee from Alltech’s Lexington Brewing.

Tuesday, July 8th – Penny Flips at Fifty West

Tuesday, July 8th – Tappa Keg Tuesday at Dingle House

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

Tuesday, July 8th at 6:00 pm – Hopmas in July at Flipdaddy’s Mariemont
It’s a Founders Tap Takeover with Devil Dancer Triple IPA, Double Trouble and All Day IPA. They will also be giving away glassware and other Founders items.

Tuesday, July 8th at 6:00 pm – Tuesdays on Tap at Whole Foods Mason
Six drafts, six bites, $6.

Wednesday, July 9th – Select Craft Beers for $2 at Molly Malone’s Covington

Wednesday, July 9th – Local Wednesday at Buckhead Mountain Grill Bellevue
All local beer served in a 16oz pint glass are only $3.99

Wednesday, July 9th from 5:30 to 8:00 pm – Beer Tasting at Marty’s Hops and Vines
This week, it’s beers from Fifty West.

Wednesday, July 9th at 9:00 pm – We CAN Do It Wednesdays at Keystone Clifton
$3 select craft cans including Rhinegeist Truth, Uinta Brewing Hopnotch IPA and Strongbow Cider.

Thursday, July 10th – Tom and Carla’s 16th Anniversary

Thursday, July 10th – Firkin Thursday at Fifty West

Thursday, July 10th from 4:00 pm to close – Take Home the Glass Night at Taste of Belgium Clifton

Thursday, July 10th at 4:30-8:30 pm – Summer Honey Ale and MS Fund Raiser at Rock Bottom
You can be the first to enjoy the beer and food samples and partial proceeds from the event will go to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. See their Facebook event page for more information.

Thursday, July 10th at 6:00-8:00 pm – Burgers & Beers at the Party Source
Beers: From Great Lakes, “a brand new collaboration with Cigar City, a draft tribute to Neil Armstrong, Commodore Perry (with tangerine run through the randall), Dortmunder Gold and Wright Pils”
Burger: The Cuban missile
See our earlier post for the complete list of this summer’s Burgers & Beer schedule.

Thursday, July 10th 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 – Breckinridge Agave Wheat, Glendale – Sam Adams Summer Ale and Hyde Park – Fat Head’s Bumbleberry.

Friday, July 11th – $8 Growler Fills at Moerlein Lager House

Friday, July 11th 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, July 11th from 6:00-7:00 pm – Friday Night Flights Beer Tasting at Party Town in Florence

Saturday, July 12th 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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Happy Independence Day from Hoperatives!


Independence Day

Almost all of the regular Friday tastings are not being held today. Don’t forget to check our Better Beer Fourth of Day Closings (And Openings) post to see if your favorite location is open before heading out.

Hope it’s a great one!

– Tom and Carla

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Tap Thursday: July 3, 2014

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


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 May 31st) has Hudepohl Bock, Old Gregg Scottish Ale, OTR, Christkindl, Northern Liberties, Maibock, Dunkelweiss, Lager House, Emancipator, Se7en, Zepplein and Barbarossa. $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

Listermann Brewing Company and Triple Digit Brewing keeps a dated list of beers on tap at New growlers are $3.

MadTree Brewing (as of July 2nd) has Misnomer, Lemon Basil Blonde, Sol Drifter, Lift, Galaxy High, Identity Crisis, Axis Mundi, Gnarly Brown, Rubus Cacao, PsycHOPathy, The Dunmore and Happy Amber. According to their Facebook status update, “expect to see a keg of BBA Pumpcan, BBA Thundersnow, BBA Happy Amber, BBA Gnarly Brown and Cincy Common”. New growlers are $5 and they will fill other growlers.

Mt. Carmel Brewing (as of May 31st) has Blonde, Amber, Nut Brown, Summer Wheat, Dewey’s Porter, Dewey’s Citra Saison, 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 June 25th) has Cougar, Truth, Spike, Hustle, #05256 Pale Ale, Pure Fury Pale Ale and Fiction Belgian XPA. Coming soon: Rookie Anniversary IPA and Zen. 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.


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.


● 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.


Cappy’s Wine and Spirits Loveland lists their current, up to date growler information at

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).

DEP’s Fine Wine and Spirits in Covington – see their dated list of beers available on their growler station at

DEP’s Fine Wine and Spirits in Fort Thomas – see their dated list of beers available on their growler station at

The Growler Stop has their available beers listed at 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 (as of June 19th) 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 May 28th) has Rhinegeist Spike ($14.99), Mt Carmel Summer Wheat ($10.99), Elevator Big Vic ($10.99), Great Lakes Rye of the Tiger ($10.99), Lost Coast Tangerine ($9.99), Stone IPA ($12.99), Highland Little Hump ($9.99) and Highland Kashmir ($9.99).

Liquor Cabinet in Hebron (as of June 26th) has MadTree Lift, Sierra Nevada Torpedo, Founders Porter, Schlafly Hop Harvest, West Sixth Amber, Fort Collins Rocky Mountain IPA, Abita Seersucker Summer Pils and Madtree Gnarly Brown.

Market Wines (as of June 28th) has Rivertowne of Pittsburgh Hala Kahiki, Upland Vinyl Tap Rye, Southern Tier Compass, Lagunitas Nightime Ale, Clown Shoes Ohio Unidragon Imperial Stout and Bell’s Lager of the Lakes. They have empty growlers (64 oz) and growelettes (32 oz) for sale for $5 each.

One Stop Liquors in Bellevue lists their beerss on their growler station at 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

Remke Hyde Park (as of Nov. 13th) has Breckenridge 471 IPA ($19.99), Breckenride Vanilla Porter ($11.99), Blank Slate Ryesing Up ($14.99), Blank Slate Fork in the Road ($12.99) and Rivertown Bourbon Pumpkin ($15.99). New growlers are $5.99 each. [Thanks to Shannon S. for the 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 May 15th) now has twelve taps. They currently have Madtree Rubus Cucao ($13.99), Madtree PsycHOPathy ($10.99), Lagunitas IPA ($10.99), Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald ($9.99), KY Bourbon Ale ($11.99), Schlafly Bourbon Barrel Ale ($10.99), Brew Kettle White Rajah ($16.99), Goose Island Season ($9.99), Sam Adams Angry Orchard ($11.99), Dogfish 90 min ($12.99), Bell’s Oberon ($9.99), 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 April 22nd) are Bell’s Consecrator ($7 pint, $14 32 oz, $27 64 oz), Lagunitas IPA ($3 pint, $6 32 oz, $10 64 oz), MadTree Ruck Stop ($3 pint, $6 32 oz, $11 64 oz), Stone Go To IPA ($4 pint, $8 32 oz, $15 64 oz), Ommegang Game of Thrones Fire and Blood ($4 pint, $8 32 oz, $16 64 oz) and Mt. Carmel Coffee Brown ($5 pint, $9 32 oz, $17 64 oz). [Thanks to Ed Paff for the update.]

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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Beers for 2014 Northside Rock n’ Roll Carnival

As promised, here is the tap list for the 2014 Northside Rock n’ Roll Carnival. Cavalier Distributing, MadTree Brewing and Mt. Carmel Brewing, The Comet and Northside Tavern are all sponsors. MadTree Brewing will be hosting a “Meet the Brewer” at the gazebo in Hoffner Park immediately after the parade. We also have the music line up and food options for you too.

MadTree Brewing Lift
MadTree Brewing Psychopathy IPA
MadTree Brewing Misnomer (Hoppy Wheat)
MadTree Brewing Brawny (Porter)
MadTree Brewing Sol Drifter
MadTree Brewing Identity Crisis
Original Sin Apple Cider
Ei8htball Brewing Red Drink
Fat Head’s Brewing Bumbleberry Ale
Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale
B Nektar Zombie Killer
Mt. Carmel Brewing Coffee Brown Ale (brewed w/ Deeper Roots Coffee)
Mt. Carmel Brewing Imperial IPA (from Mt Carmel’s SNAPSHOT SERIES)
Mt. Carmel Brewing Summer Wheat Ale
Mt. Carmel Brewing Nut Brown Ale
Mt. Carmel Brewing Stout
Mt. Carmel Brewing Blonde Ale


Thursday, July 3rd
6:00 – 6:40 – Frontier Folk Nebraska
7:10 – 7:50 – Al Scorch and the Lost Boys
8:15 – 9:00 – Cincinnati Suds
9:25 – 10:05 – Bummers Eve
10:20 – 10:55 – Idiot Glee
11:10 – 11:50 – Bad Sports
12:10 – 1:00 – Radioactivity

Friday, July 4th
6:00 – 6:40 – Leggy
7:10 – 7:50 – Pretty Pretty
(8:00 – 8:30) – Anaya Belly Dancing
8:15 – 9:00 – Perfect Children
(8:50 – 9:25) – PICKLED BROS
9:25 – 10:05 – All Dogs
(9:45 – 10:30) – Cancers
10:30 – 11:00 – Karl Spaeth and Chris Weir (Comedy)
11:10 – 11:50 – Tweens
12:10 – 1:00 – Twin Peaks

Saturday, July 5th
6:00 – 6:40 – Pearl De Vere
7:10 – 7:50 – Fists of Love
8:15 – 9:00 – The Hiders
9:25 – 10:05 – Mardou
10:20 – 11:00 – The Sidekicks
11:15 – 11:55 – Jaill
12:10 – 1:00 – Protomartyr

Ohio Farm Direct – Grass-fed Burgers/Cheese/Juices
Waffo food truck
Red Sesame Korean BBQ food truck
Hungry – Chef Josh Campbell’s new food truck venture
Dojo Gelato
Street Pops

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Beers Announced for 2nd Round of Battle of the Beers

Firehouse Grill in Blue Ash has announced the craft beer lineup for the second round of their “Battle of the Beers” to be held this coming Sunday, July 6th starting at 12:00 noon.

Fifty West Little Miami Weisse One Way Street Cascade 3037 Session Pale Ale
Jackie O’s Firefly Amber New Growth IPA Mystic Mama IPA
Listermann Planetary IPA Leopold Belgian Blonde Nutcase Peanut Butter Porter
MadTree Galaxy High Misnomer Summer Ale Sol Drifter Blonde Ale
Mt. Carmel Coffee Brown Ale Summer Wheat Ale Snapshot: Imperial IPA
Rhinegeist Rookie IPA Double Hopped Pure Fury Experimental Pale Ale #05256
Rivertown Ojos Negros Roebling Porter Nitro Blueberry Lager
Triple Digit Decimation Cinnamon Roll Chicow Aftermath
Warped Wing Flyin’ Rye Ermal’s Belgian Cream Ale Jolly Tar Dark Rye

You can purchase either five ounce “trial size” glasses of each beer for $2.00 or buy a pint for $5.00. In addition, if you purchase five of the 5 oz size beers, you will receive a free 5 oz size “Battle of the Beers” souvenir glass. Descriptions of each beer can be found on the Firehouse Grill web site. Based on total sales, the top four breweries will advance to the Final 4 and contend for the Firehouse Cup on Sunday, August 24th.

There is no cost to attend this event and it runs from 12:00 noon until 8:00 pm on Sunday. Brewery representatives will be on site to talk about the beers. There will be live music from local favorite The Turkeys starting at 4:00 pm.

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Better Beer Fourth of July Closings (And Openings)

With Independence Day following on a Friday this year, there is the proverbial question of what better beer locations going to be open on July 4th so here is our annual listing of Fourth of July closings (and openings). As always, we will update this listing as we get more information.

Adratico’s – Closed on July 4th

Bad Tom – Closed on July 4th

Bakersfield OTR – Closed on July 4th

The Brass Tap – U Square – Opens at 3:00 pm on July 4th

BrewRiver GastroPub – Closed on July 4th

Cellar Dweller at Valley Vineyards – Open regular hours on July 4th

Christian Moerlein Tap Room – Opens at 4:00 pm on July 4th

DEP’s Fine Wine and Spirits – Open 9:00 am to 9:00 pm on July 4th

The Eagle OTR – Closed on July 4th

Everything’s d’ Vine – Closed July 4th and 5th

Flipdaddy’s – Open on July 4th

Firehouse Grill – Will have beer trucks in their parking lot during Red, White and Blue Ash July 4th serving Rhinegeist, Fifty West, MadTree and Listermann beers for $5 a pint.

Halfcut – Open from 12:00 noon to 5:00 pm.

Hebron Brew Haus – Open regular hours on July 4th

Holler Hops & Grill – Open regular hours on July 4th

Listermann Brewing – Closed on July 4th

MadTree Brewing – Opens at 12:00 noon on July 4th, food from Maribelle’s starting at 12:00 noon.

Market Wines at Findlay Market – Open 9:00 am to 7:30 pm on July 4th

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

Moerlein Lager House – Open regular hours on July 4th

Mt. Carmel Brewing – Open 12:00 noon to 5:00 pm on July 4th

Party Source – Open 8:00 am – 12:00 Midnight on July 4th

Party Town – Open 8:00 am – 11:00 pm on July 4th. No Friday Night Flights due to the holiday.

Pike Street Lounge – Closed on July 4th

Rhinegeist- Opens at 4:00 pm on July 4th

Rivertown Brewing – Will be open 3:00 pm to 12:00 midnight. They will be releasing Ojos Negros, Cleo’s BBQ will be on site, and there will be fireworks viewing at dusk.

Taste of Belgium (both OTR and Clifton) – Open for brunch onlye on July 4th

Valley Wine & Spirits – Open regular hours on July 4th

Virgils Café - Will be open for lunch and dinner on July 4th

Zip’s Café – Closed on July 4th

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Send Us Your Beer Information… PLEASE! (A Bi-monthly Post)

Almost weekly, as soon as either our This Week in Beer or Tap Thursday or Tastings and Tappings posts go up, we get a comment about some event we didn’t know about. And it makes us sad 1. Hoperatives was created to let people know about the better beer locations and better beer events happening in Cincinnati. But we can’t let people know if we don’t know ourselves.

So it would be a lot easier being psychic. Then we’d know what’s going on. The problem is that we’d also have to know a lot of stuff we’d rather not know, like why people drink Bud Select 55. Given the choice, we’ll pass on being psychic. Besides, the collective power of the Internet is better.

Here’s what you can do to help:

  1. is the best way to reach us.
  2. If your favorite better beer location is not in one of our listings in the left hand column, let us know. Optimally, we would love to have the location’s name, address, phone number, web site and hours if possible. But, we’d be happy with just a name to start with. We have Google and we’re not afraid to use it.
  3. If your favorite better beer restaurant or bar has a rotating tap list, send us an update when you get a chance. This is an area we really hope to expand in the future. If you like, you can even just snap a picture of it with your cell phone and email it to us (though text is preferred).
  4. If your favorite better beer location is having an event, drop us a line and let us know. Don’t assume we already know about it. You would be amazed how many events we stumble upon on FaceBook or by surfing websites.
  5. We don’t do formal reviews of anything other than beer, but we’re perfectly happy to talk about the people and places that serve better beer. Maybe you were someplace and a bartender or other server told you about something new. Or you have a place you just love and want the world to know about. Send us an e-mail! There are over 400 Hoperatives listed on the Roll Call page and more in the pipeline waiting to be processed. We’d love to hear from all of you.

It’s been said often in this space, but it’s true: Cincinnati’s not that big, but we’d hate to have to paint it. Let us know what’s happening and we’ll make sure to get the word out.


Carla and Tom

1Don’t get us wrong, we’re happy to get the comment. We’ll usually update the post as a result. But it just would have been nice to have the information before we posted the first time.

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