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

Almost weekly, as soon as either our This Week in Beer or Tastings and Growlers 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. both@hoperatives.com 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.

Thanks!

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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Two Winter / Holiday Craft Beer Events – Nov. 8th

This Saturday (November 8th) from 2:00-6:00 pm, the Ohio Craft Brewers Association will be hosting their first Holiday Craft Beer Extravaganza in a tent on the Schmidlapp Event Lawn in Smale Riverfront Park. This holiday craft beer sampling event focused upon seasonal specialty beers from forty Ohio craft brewers will feature Christmas ales, winter warmers and other seasonally featured offerings. There will also be a photo booth equipped with holiday props, holiday music, brewers donned in holiday attire and a brewer ugly sweater contest.

VIP admission is available and includes entry to the event an hour early at 1:00 pm., an exclusive food and beer pairing presentation with Moerlein Lager House Executive Chef Nate Whittington who was recently been featured at GABF and a swag bag.

Tickets to Holiday Craft Beer Extravaganza are $40 in advance ($45 at the door) and include a souvenir glass and 20 tasting tickets. VIP admission includes early entry at 1:00 pm costs $60 per person. Designated Driver tickets are available for $10 each and include a non-alcoholic beverage.

For more information, check out their Facebook event page. You can purchase tickets at http://www.cincyticket.com/eventperformances.asp?evt=2291

As of this morning, here is the tentative beer list:

50 West Brewing Company – Home Sweet Home, cask TBD
The Actual Brewing Company – Orthodox Winter IPA, Fat Julian Nitro Imperial Stout (firkin)
Bad Tom Smith Brewing – Fink Red Rye, Gehenkten Lager (Marzen Oktoberfest)
Barley’s Brewing Company – Barleywine, Christmas Ale, Bourbon Meyer Buckeye Stout (firkin)
Blank Slate Brewing Company – Long Way Home (Imperial Chocolate India Pale Ale), Fumar Chili (Cherrywood Smoked Porter with Chili Peppers)
The Brew Kettle – Winter Warmer
Buckeye Lake Brewery – Winter Shanty Christmas Ale, Vanilla Porter
Catawba Island Brewing Company – Spook Light Pumpkin Ale, Cookie Cutter Christmas Ale
Cellar Dweller – Hopewell Stout, Jeremiah IPA
Christian Moerlein Brewing Company – Christkindl Winter Warmer, Red Hop Mess IPA, firkin TBD
Columbus Brewing Company – Cousin Eddie, Bodhi, Toasted Coconut Sohio Stout (cask)
The Dayton Beer Company – The Java Man Cometh Coffee Stout, Broken Empire Russian Imperial Stout
Elevator Brewing Company – Winter Warmer Spiced Holiday Ale, Bleeding Buckeye Red Ale
Eudora Brewing Company – Chocolate Mile Porter, Holiday-Spiced Bee’s Knees Pale Ale
Fat Head’s Brewery – Holly Jolly Christmas Ale, Barrel Aged Battle Axe Baltic Porter, Bean Me Up Imperial Coffee Stout (cask)
Fifth Street Brewpub – Liquid Mistletoe
Four String Brewing – Vanilla Porter
Great Black Swamp Brewing Co. – Christmas Day, Christmas Eve
Great Lakes Brewing Co. – Christmas Ale, Edmund Fitzgerald Porter
Hairless Hare Brewery – Rabbit Hole Chocolate Stout, Hot Scotch Scottish Strong Ale
Jackie O’s Brewery – Barking Pumpkin
Jackie O’s Brewpub – CSAison
Land-Grant Brewing Company – 1862 Ale (Kolsch), Land-Grant Holiday Ale
Listermann Brewing Company – Cincinnatus, Double IPA, Death by Chickow!
MadTree Brewing – Thundersnow, Pilgrim and Espresso Self
Moerlein Lager House – Honey Almond Ale (with Montmorency Cherries), OTR (infused with sage and rosemary), Chriskindl w/Vanilla bean and Ginger (cask)
North High Brewing – Marzen, IPA, Holiday Ale
Rhinegeist Brewery – Dad (Hoppy Holiday Red), Panther (Robust Porter)
Seventh Son Brewing – Glad Tidings, Black Sheep Stout (cask)
Thirsty Dog Brewing Co. – 12 Dogs of Christmas, Old Choco
Warped Wing Brewing Company – Mr. Mean Imperial IPA, Whiskey Rebellion Barrel Aged Imperial Stout, Irreverent Red IPA
Weasel Boy Brewing Company – Like Christmas morning, it will be a surprise
Yellow Springs Brewery – Like Christmas morning, it will be a surprise
Zaftig Brewing – Black Perle Stout

Holiday Craft Beer Extraganza

In addition, the Moerlein Lager House will be hosting their second annual Winter Beer Extravaganza that same day starting at 11:00 am. If they run this like they did last year, tasting flights will be available of some of your favorite winter beers including Christian Moerlein Christkindl, Blank Slate Hark, Fat Head’s Holly Jolly Christmas, Bison Organic Gingerbread Ale, Rivertown Winter Strong Ale, Southern Tier Warlock, Brew Kettle Winter Warmer, New Holland Cabin Fever, Southern Tier 2Xmas, Bell’s Winter Warmer, Anchor Christmas Ale, Revolution Fistmas, Thirsty Dog 12 Dogs of Christmas, Sam Smith’s Winter Welcome and New Belgium Lips of Faith Salted Belgian Chocolate Stout. Officially this event takes place at their second floor bar, but you might be able to sample some of these if you are seated somewhere on the first floor and you ask nicely.

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This Week in Beer: Nov. 3 – 9, 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, Nov. 3rd – Mug Night Monday at Flipdaddy’s Union

Monday, Nov. 3rd – 1/3 off Craft beer bottles at Moerlein Lager House

Monday, Nov. 3rd – Randall Monday at the Brass Tap U Square

Monday, Nov. 3rd from 4:00-7:30 pm – Craft Beer Night at Market Wines

Monday, Nov. 3rd from 4:20 pm to close – SweetWater Tap Takeover at Keystone Hyde Park

Monday, Nov. 3rd at 5:00 pm – Rare Keg Monday at Ei8ht Ball Brewing
Urbain Coutteau from De Struise will be at the tap room for this special Rare Keg Monday. They will be tapping De Struise XXX Rye Triple Reserva Aged in Bourbon Barrels and Struise Sint Amatus 12.

Monday, Nov. 3rd at 6:00 pm – Beer of the Month Tapping at Moerlein Lager House
This month, it’s their Christkindl Winter Warmer Ale.

Monday, Nov. 3rd from 8:00 pm to close – Pint Night at Incline Public House

Tuesday, Nov. 4th – Penny Flips at Fifty West

Tuesday, Nov. 4th – Tappa Keg Tuesday at Dingle House

Tuesday, Nov. 4th – $8 Growler Fills at Moerlein Lager House

Tuesday, Nov. 4th – Infusion Special at the Brass Tap U Square

Tuesday, Nov. 4th at 6:00 pm – BOGO Craft Beer Special at Hebron Brew Haus
Special applies to select rotating draft beers.

Tuesday, Nov. 4th at 6:00 pm – Tuesdays on Tap at Whole Foods Mason
Six drafts, six bites, $6.

Wednesday, Nov. 5th – SweetWater Oakley Pub Crawl
Bars include Oakley Pub & Grill, Animations, The Oak and Habits Cafe.

Wednesday, Nov. 5th – Select Craft Beers for $2 at Molly Malone’s Covington

Wednesday, Nov. 5th – Craft Beer Series at Habits Café
This week, it’s Rhinegeist with Panther and Fury on draft plus Cougar and Truth in cans.

Wednesday, Nov. 5th – Local Wednesday at Buckhead Mountain Grill Bellevue
All local beer served in a 16oz pint glass are only $3.99

Wednesday, Nov. 5th – Pint Night at UC’s Catskeller
This week, it’s Tröegs.

Wednesday, Nov. 5th from 4:00 to 6:00 pm – Firkin Night at Rock Bottom Cincinnati
The firkin is their Breakfast Stout.

Wednesday, Nov. 5th from 4:20 pm to close – SweetWater Tap Takeover at R.P. McMurphy’s

Wednesday, Nov. 5th at 5:00 pm – Bell’s Tap Takeover at Keystone Bar & Grill Covington
Beers include Two Hearted, Best Brown Ale, Expedition Stout, Amber Ale, Imperial Red Ale and Kal-Haven.

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

Thursday, Nov. 6th – Firkin Thursday at Fifty West

Thursday, Nov. 6th from 4:00 pm to close – Take Home the Glass Night at Taste of Belgium Clifton

Thursday, Nov. 6th from 4:20 pm to close – SweetWater Tap Takeover at Teller’s

Thursday, Nov. 6th 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 – Left Hand Nitro Vanilla Porter, Glendale – Kona Pipeline Porter and Hyde Park – Bell’s Best Brown.

Friday, Nov. 7th – $8 Growler Fills at Christian Moerlein Brewery

Friday, Nov. 7th 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, Nov. 7th at 6:00 pm – #PintsForPaint: A Woodward Theater Launch Party
“Buy a beer, and your money will help the Woodward team pay for the final paint and other finishing touches for the 101-year-old building.” Beers from Christian Moerlein and appetizers from MOTR. RSVP at the Facebook event page.

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

Saturday, Nov. 8th – All crafts $3 at Louie’s Taphouse & Grill (Mason)

Saturday, Nov. 8th starting at 11:00 am – Annual Winter Beer Extravaganza at Moerlein Lager House
More information on this event to be posted at noon today.

Saturday, Nov. 8th from 2:00-6:00pm – Holiday Craft Beer Extravaganza
More information on this event to be posted at noon today.

Saturday, Nov. 8th from 5:00-7:00pm – NEW Beer Tasting at The Wine Store & Beer Cellar (Montgomery)
This week, they will be pouring MadTree Thundersnow, Great Divide Hibernation, Beckenridge Christmas Ale, Heavy Seas Winterstorm and Fat Head’s Holly Jolly.

Saturday, Nov. 8th 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. 31, 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.

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

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 (10/31), the beers are North Coast Scrimshaw Pilsner, Rivertown Roebling Porter, New Holland The Poet Oatmeal Stout and Two Brothers Heavy Handed: Centennial.

Jungle Jim’s Eastgate – Friday night tasting from 5:00 to 9:00 pm. For this week’s tasting (10/31), it’s beers from Kona Brewing. Pints are usually $3.

Jungle Jim’s Fairfield – Friday night tasting from 5:00 to 9:00 pm. For this week’s tasting (10/31), it’s Halloween beers. 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 (10/31), 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. All SweetWater events will be marked in blue.

Ei8ht Ball Brewing – For next week’s Rare Keg Monday (11/3), Ei8ht Ball will have De Struise XXX Rye Triple (Bourbon) and Struise Sint Amatus 12.

REMINDER

● Lots of other great weekend events coming this weekend including the Inaugural Hopgeist at Rhinegeist and the Great Ohio Brew and ‘Que at Fifty West on Saturday.

Have a better beer weekend, everyone!

— Carla and Tom

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Fresh Fest at MadTree – Saturday, Nov. 1st

Last year, Queen City Fresh blogger Chris Stevens came up with the idea of hosting Fresh Fest, an event that featured the two things his blog was all about: local beer and local music. Plus it was a chance for local beer bloggers to get together and talk with their readers and each other.

Fast forward to 2014 and Chris is doing it again. The second annual Fresh Fest is set for this Saturday, November 1st at MadTree Brewing starting at 6:00 pm. Unfortunately, we are going to have to miss it this year due to a previous commitment, but you should really go. Lots of better beer and better music to be had!

Here are the particulars:

Event: 2nd Annual Fresh Fest — Beer. Music. Bloggers
Presented by Queen City Fresh and hosted by MadTree Brewing
Date/Time: Sat. Nov. 1st, 2014. 6pm
Beer: Espresso Self (New Release), Thundersnow, Bourbon Barrel Aged Thundersnow, 4 special releases infusions of Lift in Hoff Stevens kegs by local beer bloggers and 1 by MadTree as well as Lift, Citra High, Identity Crisis, Axis Mundi, Gnarly Brown, PsycHOPathy, The Great Pumpcan, Happy Amber and Root Beer (non-alcoholic).
Music: The Almighty Get Down (730-930pm) and Founding Fathers (900-1000pm)
Bloggers: Hang out and talk beer with local beer bloggers

Details: http://queencityfresh.com/2014/10/29/2nd-annual-fresh-fest-returns-to-madtree-brewing/
Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/710181342391479/

Fresh Fest 2014

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Beer Events at Halfcut, Dickmann’s & Fifty West

Certain weeks are just full of beer events. And when Halloween falls on a Friday, you can count on lots of beer events happening. Here are a few more that we found out about after our Monday This Week in Beer post was published.

• Halfcut is hosting a “Nightmare Before Christmas” event tonight (Tuesday, October 28th) starting at 6:00 pm. They will be tapping Great Lakes Christmas Ale, Nosferatu & Edmund Fitzgerald. You can enjoy candy beer pairings and costumes are encouraged. Oh, and there will be Christmas music too.

• Bad Tom Smith Brewing is celebrating their expansion into Northern Kentucky tomorrow (Wednesday, October 29th) with a launch party at Dickmann’s Café in Fort Wright, Kentucky. Pints are $4 and half pints are available for just $2.

• We had this one on This Week in Beer beer events post yesterday, but we just got more information on it. On Thursday, October 30th, the ladies of Fifty West Brewing Company will be showing off their brewing skills at the Witches Brew Dinner at Fifty West in support of Breast Cancer Awareness. The Witch Brewers (seen below) have created two small-batch, Halloween-themed beers: Badass WeatherWax Wheat with hints of orange, lemon zest, clove, and golden wheat plus pumpkin-spice-latte stout named Rid The Beast Black. The beers will be paired with a 4-course dinner for $25.00 per person starting at 4:00 pm. 10% of the Witches Brew Dinner proceeds will go to Making Strides, an American Cancer Society organization for Breast Cancer Research and Awareness. The number of dinners available will be limited due to the amount of Witches Brew beer and will be presented as an option alongside the normal dinner menu.

Fifty West Ladies

From left to right: Jenn Plagemann, Becca Bollinger, Gini Schaeffer, Cristy Wilson aka The Witch Brewers

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Old Firehouse 1st Tappings at Arnold’s & Brass Tap

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A while back, we told you about our first visit to the newest brewery in the areaOld Firehouse Brewery in Williamsburg. Starting this week, you can enjoy their beers without having to drive out to Williamsburg.

Old Firehouse will be distributed in Hamilton, Butler, Clermont, Warren, and Montgomery counties in Ohio by Cavalier Distributing. Two events in the Cincinnati area are set to celebrate the introduction of Old Firehouse beers.

Today (Monday, October 27th) is the official launch at Arnold’s Bar & Grill starting at 4:00 pm. Owners Adam Cowan and Lori Ward plus Chief Brewer Ben Ramsey will be in attendance. Five Old Firehouse beers will be available: Pin-Up Girl American Blonde Ale (ABV: 5.0%, IBU: 18), Code 3 Red Ale (ABV: 5.2%, IBU: 22), Flash Point India Pale Ale (ABV: 6.7%, IBU: 50), Probie Porter (ABV: 6.5%, IBU: 36), and Hoser Gose (ABV: 5.0%, IBU: 15).

On Wednesday, October 29th at 4:00 pm, Brass Tap U Square will be hosting a Old Firehouse Tap Takeover. The OFB beers available there will be Pin-Up Girl American Blonde Ale, Code 3 Red Ale, Flash Point India Pale Ale, Probie Porter, and Hoser Gose. Growlers will be available.

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This Week in Beer: Oct. 27 – Nov. 2, 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.

The “Welcome Sweetwater to Cincinnati” events continue this week. All SweetWater events are marked in blue this week and the next few weeks.

Through Halloween weekend – Fear of the Dark 4 Beer Tapping at the Lackman
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.

Monday, Oct. 27th – Mug Night Monday at Flipdaddy’s Union

Monday, Oct. 27th – 1/3 off Craft beer bottles at Moerlein Lager House

Monday, Oct. 27th – Randall Monday at the Brass Tap U Square
This week, it’s Ballast Point Black Marlin Porter with coffee and cinnamon.

Monday, Oct. 27th from 4:00-7:30 pm – Craft Beer Night at Market Wines

Monday, Oct. 27th from 4:20 pm to close – SweetWater Tap Takeover at Incline Public House

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

Monday, Oct. 27th at 5:00 pm – Moerlein Beer Dinner at Firehouse Grill
Cost is $25 per person for beers and dinner. Will include the limited release collaboration black lager Highland Plaid Schwarz. Reservations are required. Call 513-733-3473 to make yours.

Monday, Oct. 27th at 6:00 pm – Great Lakes Christmas Ale Tapping at Zip’s
Pints will be $5. Plus, Great Lakes Brewing Co. and Zip’s will each be donating 10% of the beer sales to the Freestore Food Bank. Edmund Fitzgerald Porter, Nosferatu Imperial Red Ale, Burning River Pale Ale and others will also be available.

Monday, Oct. 27th from 6:30-8:30 pm – Cincinnati Magazine Beer Issue Party at MadTree Brewing
See our earlier post for more information.

Tuesday, Oct. 28th – Penny Flips at Fifty West

Tuesday, Oct. 28th – Tappa Keg Tuesday at Dingle House

Tuesday, Oct. 28th – $8 Growler Fills at Moerlein Lager House

Tuesday, Oct. 28th – Infusion Special at the Brass Tap U Square
This week, it’s Thirsty Dog Ankle Biter with Habanero

Tuesday, Oct. 28th at 6:00 pm – BOGO Craft Beer Special at Hebron Brew Haus
Special applies to select rotating draft beers.

Tuesday, Oct. 28th at 6:00 pm – Tuesdays on Tap at Whole Foods Mason
Six drafts, six bites, $6.

Tuesday, Oct. 28th at 6:00 pm – B.Y.O.P with Deschutes & Brooklyn at Wiseguys Lounge
Celebrate the release of Jubelale, a festive winter ale from Deschutes with a Bring Your Own Pumpkin party. They’re having a pumpkin carving contest and 1st, 2nd & 3rd place will get a brewery prize pack from Deschutes & Brooklyn.

Wednesday, Oct. 29th – Select Craft Beers for $2 at Molly Malone’s Covington

Wednesday, Oct. 29th – Craft Beer Series at Habits Café
This week, it’s Rogue.

Wednesday, Oct. 29th – Growler Specials at Brass Tap
Sixpoint Sensi Harvest and Upland Coast Buster for $6.00 for a 32oz Grumbler or $11 for a 64oz Growler while it lasts.

Wednesday, Oct. 29th – Local Wednesday at Buckhead Mountain Grill Bellevue
All local beer served in a 16oz pint glass are only $3.99

Wednesday, Oct. 29th – Pint Night at UC’s Catskeller
This week, it’s Upland.

Wednesday, Oct. 29th 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. 29th from 5:30 to 8:00 pm – Beer Tasting at Marty’s Hops and Vines

Wednesday, Oct. 29th at 7:00 pm – Southern Tier Tap Takeover at Flipdaddy’s Mariemont

Wednesday, Oct. 29th at 7:30 pm – Monthly Keg Tapping at Hofbräuhaus Newport
This month, it’s their Dunkelweizen.

Thursday, Oct. 30th – SweetWater Banks Pub Crawl
Bars include Jefferson Social, Tin Roof and Yard House.

Thursday, Oct. 30th – Firkin Thursday at Fifty West

Thursday, Oct. 30th at 4:00 pm – Witches Brew Dinner at Fifty West
Two small batches of Halloween themed beer from the women of Fifty West paired with a four course meal. Cost is $25 per person.

Thursday, Oct. 30th at 4:00 pm – Funk & Darkness: Halloween Eve Celebration & New Belgium Lips of Faith Tapping at Kaze
Tapping of New Belgium special releases including Le Terroir, Salted Belgian Chocolate Stout & Yuzu.

Thursday, Oct. 30th from 5:00 pm to close – Halloween Bash at Taste of Belgium Clifton
They will be tapping Rivertown Death.

Thursday, Oct. 30th at 6:00 pm – Flatbreads and Flights – Pumpkin Edition at Brass Tap U Square
For $15 per person, you can enjoy butternut squash, brie, and radicchio flatbread plus these 5 pumpkin beers: Coronado Punk’In Drublic, Avery Gore’d, Weyerbacher Aries, Southern Tier Warlock and Rivertown Bourbon Barrel Pumpkin.

Thursday, Oct. 30th at 6:00=8:00 pm – Czech Mate Pilsner Tapping at Rock Bottom Cincinnati

Thursday, Oct. 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 Pumpkin Barrel Ale, Glendale – Hobgoblin and Hyde Park – Three Floyds Tap Takeover.

Thursday, Oct. 30th at 7:00 pm – Goose Island Craft Beer Dinner at Izzy’s Ft. Wright
Three beers from Goose Island (Rambler IPA, Honkers Ale and The Muddy) paired with pumpkin Soup served with cornbread, NEW Roast Beef Sriracha (Izzy’s roast beef topped with caramelized onions, tomatoes, melted provolone cheese and Izzy’s unique spicy sriracha sauce blend served on a toasted telera roll) and caramel apple. Cost is $25 per person OR $20 per person for anyone dressed in their Halloween costume. For reservations, call (859) 331-4999 or email SMRamey67@yahoo.com

Friday, Oct. 31st – $8 Growler Fills at Christian Moerlein Brewery

Friday, Oct. 31st at 5:00 pm – Halloween Blackout at Arnold’s Bar & Grill
See our earlier post for more information.

Friday, Oct. 31st from 5:00-9:00 pm – Kona Brewing Halloween Beach Party at Jungle Jim’s Eastgate
Beers will include Longboard Island Lager, Big Wave Golden Ale, Lemongrass Luau and Fire Rock Pale Ale plus Kua Bay IPA, Lavaman Red and Black Lava Lager. It’s the first time those last three beers have been available on the mainland.

Friday, Oct. 31st 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. 31st from 6:00-7:00 pm – Friday Night Flights Beer Tasting at Party Town in Florence

Saturday, Nov. 1st – All crafts $3 at Louie’s Taphouse & Grill (Mason)

Saturday, Nov. 1st from 12:00-6:00pm – Inaugural Hopgeist at Rhinegeist

Sample Double IPAs and rare, hoppy-styled beers from local, regional, and national breweries (See below for participating breweries). Be the first to get your hands on our Double IPA homebrew collaboration, Homie! Tickets: $35 in advance/ $40 at the door *Ticket includes commemorative sample glass and (15) sample tickets
THE BREWERIES: Local/Regional: MadTree Brewing, Fifty West Brewing Company, Listermann Brewing Company, Blank Slate Brewing Company, Cellar Dweller Craft Beers, Seventh Son Brewing, North High Brewing, The Actual Brewing Company, The Brew Kettle, Yellow Springs Brewery, Columbus Brewing Company, Fat Head’s Brewery, Jackie O’s Pub & Brewery, Warped Wing Brewing Company, Brothers Drake Meadery, Mt. Carmel Brewing Company
West Coast: Three Weavers Brewing Company, 21st Amendment Brewery, Stone Brewing Co., Green Flash Brewing Co., Faction Brewing, Lagunitas Brewing Co
Other: Dogfish Head Beer, Sixpoint Brewery, Great Divide Brewing Company, Revolution Brewing, Founders Brewing Co. Bell’s Brewery, Inc. (Official), Victory Brewing Company, Deschutes Brewery, Smuttynose Brewing Co., Avery Brewing Company

Tickets available at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/hopgeist-double-ipa-festival-tickets-13699330065

Saturday, Nov. 1st at 4:00pm – The Great Ohio Brew and ‘Que at Fifty West
Executive chefs John Tomain of Fifty West and Rock Patterson of Great Lakes will be a menu of all you can eat BBQ with a variety of smoked BBQ meats, sauces and sides. (A vegetarian option will be available.) Ten of Fifty West’s beers and ten of Great Lakes beers plus a special collaboration beer brewed specifically for this event. Cost is $40 per person and includs “all you can eat BBQ with suggested beer pairings, 8 beer tickets redeemable towards any of the beers on tap including the unreleased collaboration beer, live music in the Beer Garden provided by The Hot Magnolias , Q&A with the Brewmasters.” To purchase your tickets, go to www.fiftywestbrew.com/brewandque.

Saturday, Nov. 1st from 5:00-8:00pm – Beer Tasting at Ludlow Wines
The cost to taste four beers is $6.00 per person.

Saturday, Nov. 1st at 4:00pm – Boos, Booze and Brews at The Event Center at New Riff Distillery
From their Facebook event page: “Kick-Ass Halloween Party. $50/person. Open Bar and Snacks. General Debauchery. Raising $$ to help support one of our own pay for MS treatment.”

Sunday, November 2nd from 3:00-5:00 pm – Kona Brewing Halloween Beach Party at The Party Source
Beers will include Longboard Island Lager, Big Wave Golden Ale, Lemongrass Luau and Fire Rock Pale Ale plus Kua Bay IPA, Lavaman Red and Black Lava Lager. It’s the first time those last three beers have been available on the mainland.

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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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