Sam Adams Craft Brewer Speed Coaching Event – July 20th

While most of our lives have been subsumed with the All Star Game and all the activities surrounding it, beer life in Cincinnati will actually go on after today. If you have been thinking about starting your own brewery, this event is for you. The Samuel Adams Brewing the American Dream program is bringing one of their popular Craft Brewer Speed Coaching events to Cincinnati this coming Monday at Findlay Market outdoor pavilion. Please notice that you are encouraged to bring samples of your beers and your packaging if you want feedback on them. Also, be sure to register using the link below.

WHAT: Samuel Adams, in partnership with Accion, is returning to Cincinnati to host its signature Craft Brewer Speed Coaching event on Monday, July 20. Designed to provide expert, customized business advice, the event is part of Samuel Adams Brewing the American Dream, a micro-lending and coaching program for small business owners working in food, beverage, and craft brewing.

The event will begin with a networking reception with the opportunity to network with other local craft brewers. Then, during the Speed Coaching, brewers have the opportunity to participate in up to six 20-minute, one-on-one, high-impact sessions. Coaches will include Samuel Adams professionals, and topics covered will range from sales, distribution, and packaging to finance, e-commerce, and marketing.

Participants are encouraged to bring samples of product and packaging that they want feedback on, and should also come prepared with questions regarding specific challenges their businesses are facing. For example, a small business owner may want to ask a finance professional for advice on how to competitively price his/her product.

WHEN: Monday, July 20th
6:00PM-8:30PM

WHERE: Findlay Market Outdoor Pavilion
1801 Race Street
Cincinnati, OH 45214

HOW: Craft brewers interested in participating in the Speed Coaching event should register at http://bit.ly/1J0RzYu.

WHY: The Samuel Adams Brewing the American Dream program is a micro-lending and coaching program for food and beverage small businesses. Created by Samuel Adams brewer and founder Jim Koch, it provides the two important things Jim couldn’t get when starting Sam Adams 31 years ago: access to financing and nuts-and-bolts business advice. Since the program began in 2008, Brewing the American Dream has provided millions of dollars in microloans to hundreds of entrepreneurs nationwide, coached 4,000+ small business owners, and helped create or retain more than 2,000 jobs.

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This Week in Beer: July 13 – 19, 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.

Continuing through Wednesday, July 15th – The Bell’s Brewing All-Star Music Festival at Arnold’s Bar & Grill
For more information, check out their Facebook event page.

Continuing through Wednesday, July 15th – All-Star Week Brewery Tours from Craft Connection
Tours run early afternoon every day of All-Star Week. Tickets are $50 and includes transportation, tours and beer. Book online now at www.craftconnectiontours.com.

Monday, July 13th at 5:00 pm – Rare Keg Monday at Ei8ht Ball Brewing
This week, it’s Three Floyds Alpha King. The cost is $5 for a sixteen ounce pint.

Monday, July 13th at 7:00 pm – MadTree Joon Tapping at Liberty’s Bar & Bottle

Monday, July 13th at 7:00 pm – Moerlein Tasting at Flipdaddy’s Symmes Township
Beers include Cherry Belgian Blonde, Strawberry Pig Cream Ale and Altered Pale Ale.

Tuesday, July 14th at 5:00 pm – Pint Night and All Star Viewing Party at Braxton
For $10, you’ll get a pint of 1957 and get to keep the baseball-themed pint glass.

Tuesday, July 14th at 5:00 pm – Founders Tap Takeover at Igby’s
Beers include Mosaic Promise, Blushing Monk, Devil Dancer Triple IPA, All Day IPA, Nitro Oatmeal Stout, Centennial IPA, Dirty Bastard and Red’s Rye IPA.

Thursday, July 16th at 5:00 pm – Orchids Flourish Beer Debut at Blank Slate
This next collaboration beer between Blank Slate and Orchids is a copper-colored agave-lime altbier.

Thursday, July 16th from 5:00-8:00 pm – Cincy Blues Fest Ale Tapping at Urban Artifact

Thursday, July 16th at 6:00-10:00 pm – Burgers and Beers at the Party Source
Beers: Sours, Lambics, Gose. Gueuze and more
Burger: Topped with sautéed Duck fat potatoes
Music: Heather Turner

Thursday, July 16th at 6:00 pm – Corporal Khaos Beer Tapping at Cellar Dweller
You may remember the story behind this beer from last year. This year, Corporal Khaos will be available in both draft sales and 22oz bombers. A portion of all sales goes towards the Steven Kohus Memorial Scholarship Fund.
Corporal Khaos Label

Thursday, July 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 – TBA, Glendale – TBA and Hyde Park – TBA.

Thursday, July 16th at 7:00 pm – Goodwood Brewing Pint Night at Hebron Brew Haus

Friday, July 16th at 4:00 pm – Fifty West Tasting at Country Fresh Farm Market and Wine Depot

Friday, July 16th from 4:00-9:00 pm – Beer Baron Happy Hour at Moerlein Malt House

Saturday, July 19th at 1:00 pm – 1st Annual Beer Olympics at Ei8ht Ball
From Facebook: “The clever minds at Ei8ht Ball Brewing, Deschutes Brewery and New Belgium Brewing have joined forces to bring you the first ever Beer Olympics to greater Cincy. 40 people, 20 teams of two can now register online to take part in something unusual, unforgettable and unlike anything we’ve seen with craft beer. Dunk Tank…check! Fowling…check! Pin the Tap on the Keg…check and almost a dozen other games will be played with prizes to be won. The cost is $5 per person and includes your first pint.” Register at http://shop.newriffdistilling.com/beer-olympics-july-18th/dp/334

Saturday, July 19th from 5:00 pm-2:00 am – Summer Beer Fest at Stanley’s Pub
Beers from MadTree, Blank Slate, Rivertown, Old Firehouse and Ei8ht Ball.

Saturday, July 19th at 6:00 pm – Death by Sour at Brass Tap U Square
Beers include Old Sour Cherry Porter, Lambic, Kriek and Death. Flight of all 4 available for $10.

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Happy Anniversary to Us!

Tom and Carla - Happy Anniversary

Long time readers may be scratching their heads right now thinking, “I thought Hoperatives’ anniversary was on January 1st.” And you would be right. But there is another important anniversary for us — our wedding anniversary. Tom has surprised me in the past with a birthday post, but I think I’ll really surprise him with an anniversary post.

Seventeen years ago at 5:30 pm at Trinity Episcopal Church in Covington, Tom and I exchanged our vows in a small ceremony officiated by the Rev. Joseph Pennington. I had just moved to the area from Tennessee and didn’t even have a job yet. Money was tight so we kept things simple. Our honeymoon was driving the Blue Ridge Parkway, the first of many driving vacations for us.

That sort of sums up the best part of our relationship is the fact that we like or appreciate many of the same things. We both love baseball, though he’s an Astros fan and I’m a Cubs fan. We even have a brick at Great American Ball Park (see below).

GABP Brick

If your Latin is rusty, it says “Go Astros, Go Cubs” below our names.

But Hoperatives has been the best of all of the things we both love: technology, media and better beer. You may have noticed that Tom doesn’t post as much as me, but when he does, it’s an amazing thing.

But, here’s what you don’t see. Tom is why Hoperatives works. He’s the system administrator, the tech support, the one who listens to my crazy ideas and makes them work. He shoots and edits these incredible videos for Hoperatives. And did I mention that he can really write?

So tonight we will celebrate our anniversary much the way we celebrated our wedding – a simple dinner at a favorite restaurant near by. We’ll probably have wine with dinner, but we do have some special local beers set aside to celebrate with later at home.

Happy anniversary, honey! I love you!

— Carla

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Tastings and Tappings Report: July 10, 2015

We frequently get updates for our Tastings and Tappings Report after our regular publishing time. Any edited listing will have UPDATE at the beginning of the listing. Don’t forget to check out our This Week in Beer post from Monday for other better beer events happening this weekend.
There are so many events scheduled for this All Star weekend that we are sure to have missed some. Be sure to check our Facebook page for more of them that may have come in after our publication time.

CONGRATULATIONS TO FIBONACCI BREWING ON THEIR GRAND OPENING!

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 (7/10), it’s Schofferhoffer Grapefruit, SweetWater Waterkeeper Hefeweizen, Epic Escape to Colorado IPA and Stone Ruin Ten Triple IPA.

Jungle Jim’s Eastgate – Friday night tasting from 5:00 to 9:00 pm. For this week’s tasting (7/10), it’s 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 (7/10), it’s Old Firehouse. 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 (7/10) from 5:30-7:00 pm, it’s Brooklyn Brewery. Beers include Brewmaster’s series Cuvee La Boite spiced Grand Cru, Black Chocolate Imperial Stout infused with coffee & vanilla beans and 2012 vintage Monster Barley Wine. 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 (7/10) is Free Bacon Night AND they will be tapping Stift Engelszell Gregorious Trappist Bier. The cost is $10 for a ten ounce snifter.

– For Saturday’s Randall Saturday (7/11), it’s Anderson Valley the Kimmie Gose through watermelon. The cost is $8 for a thirteen ounce tulip.

– For next week’s Rare Keg Monday (7/13), it’s Three Floyds Alpha King. The cost is $5 for a sixteen ounce pint.

Have a better beer weekend, everyone!

— Carla and Tom

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A Quick Tour of Hoperatives

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 above. 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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Beers We Love Right Now: July 8, 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 – When it’s warm like it is now I like a solid Pilsner.  It’s the beer where there’s nowhere to hide. It’s good or it’s not, there’s nothing in-between. Rhinegeist Puma Pils is where it’s at for me right now. It’s a Czech Pilsner so it’s all about the Saaz hops. Crisp and refreshing and you can tell your uncle that this is what the beer he’s drinking is supposed to taste like.

Carla – This past weekend, we went back to my home state of Illinois. We had a late lunch on the 3rd at brewpub called J.T. Walker’s in Mahomet, IL. My dad really liked their Bulldog Brown Ale, but I loved their Orange & Blue Belgian Wit with orange peel and blueberries.

Jared – Anderson Valley Blood Orange Gose. Gose and blood orange – what more can you ask for? And Brew Kettle White Rajah, because I can find it readily now and because White Rajah!

John – I’ve been loving New Belgium Slow Ride, their 4.5% abv Session IPA. Lots of hop flavor, low-ish alcohol, and straightforward. Great for the beach or sitting outside.

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This Week in Beer: July 6 – 12, 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, July 6th at 5:00 pm – Rare Keg Monday at Ei8ht Ball Brewing
This week, it’s Three Floyds Cimmerian Sabertooth Berzerker. Cost is $8 for a ten ounce snifter.

Monday, July 6th at 6:00 pm – Beer of the Month Tapping at Moerlein Lager House
This month, it’s Thunderbird (pale ale featuring Phoenix and Archer hops) benefiting The Dragonfly Foundation Cincinnati! A dollar from every Beer of the Month sold will be donated along with 100% of the proceeds from the ceremonial keg.

Tuesday, July 7th at 6:30 pm – Rhinegeist Beer Dinner at 20 Brix
Cost is $50 a person. Call (513) 831-2749 for reservations.

Wednesday, July 8th at 6:00 pm – Import Beer Tasting at Marty’s Hops and Vines
Beers include Unibroue Don de Dieu, Samuel Smith Nut Brown Ale, Chouffe Houblon Dobbelen, Stiegl Grapefruit Radler and St. Sylvestre Gavroche Bière de Garde.

Thursday, July 9th at 5:00 pm – 1957 Taproom Release at Braxton Brewing
Their 1957 beer is an English Style Mild.

Thursday, July 9th at 6:00-10:00 pm – Burgers and Beers at the Party Source
Beers: Great Lakes beers including Sharpshooter Session, Albert Clipper, Lawn Sear Kolsch, Lake Erie Monster, Dortmunder and Elliot Ness.
Burger: PB&J (Thai Peanut sauce, hot pepper jelly and bacon)
Music: Heather Turner

Thursday, July 9th at 6:00-10:00 pm – Pint Night Thursdays at Cock & Bull (all three locations)
The beers for this week’s Pint Night Thursdays are: Main Strasse Covington – West Sixth, Glendale – Sixpoint Resin and Hyde Park – Breckenridge Agave Wheat.

Thursday, July 9th at 7:00 pm – Moerlein Repeater IV Pint Night at Hebron Brew Haus
Buy a pint and keep the glass.

Friday, July 10th through Sunday, July 12th – The Summer Draft at Taft’s Ale House
Taft’s is hosting an outdoor event to celebrate the All Star Game weekend. For more information, check out their Facebook event page. INTERESTED IN VOLUNTEERING? Email Nate at nate@taftsalehouse.com – volunteers receive a t-shirt, $10 gift card, and 2 beer tickets. Each of the three days, there are shifts from 11:00 m to 4:00 pm and 4:00 to 11:00 pm.

Friday, July 10th through Wednesday, July 15th – The Bell’s Brewing All-Star Music Festival at Arnold’s Bar & Grill
So much going on at this event! Here’s the beer portion of it: “Top Brass from Bell’s Brewing will be in house Friday through Sunday with at least 12 beers on tap all weekend. Beyond all the beers on tap they will also be handing out free swag and tapping a special rare brew once per day.” For more information, check out their Facebook event page.

Friday, July 10th at 4:00 pm – Warped Wing Beer Tasting at Country Fresh Farm Market and Wine Depot

Friday, July 10th from 5:00 pm to midnight – Cincinnati Craft Brewers Volkfest at Listermann Brewing
See our earlier post for more information. Beer list available on their Facebook event page.

Saturday, July 11th from noon to 11:00 pm – Cincinnati Craft Brewers Volkfest at Listermann Brewing
See above for more information.

Saturday, July 11th from 6:00 pm to 12:30 am – Newport Baseball Bar Crawl
Sponsored by New Belgium and Kentucky Ale, teams up to 6 people, score runs and finish 1st to win the baseball beer trophy. Check out their Facebook event page for more information.

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Happy Independence Day from all of us at Hoperatives!

HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY!!!

Independence Day

Almost all of the regular Saturday tastings are not being held today. Don’t forget to check our Better Beer Fourth of Day Closings (And Openings) for 2015 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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Tastings and Tappings Report: July 3, 2015

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

TASTINGS

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

Jungle Jim’s Fairfield – Friday night tasting from 5:00 to 9:00 pm. For this week’s tasting (7/3), it’s Fifty West. Beers include Penny Pilsner, Nitro Coffee Please Stout, Doom Pedal White, Border Crossing Pale Ale, Coast to Coast IPA and Barrel Aged Home Sweet Home. 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 (7/3) from 5:30-7:00 pm, it’s 450 North Brewing, Atwater and some beers from their own in-house brewery Mash Cult. Draft by glass is $3.00 and 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 (7/3) is Free Bacon Night AND they will be tapping Against the Grain 70K (13+% ABV Bourbon Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout). Cost is $7 for a ten ounce snifter.

– For Saturday’s Randall Saturday (7/4), it’s To Ol Mr. White Double IPA Randalled through peaches. Cost is $10 for a ten ounce snifter.

– For next week’s Rare Keg Monday (7/6), it’s Three Floyds Cimmerian Sabertooth Berzerker. Cost is $8 for a ten ounce snifter.

Have a better beer weekend, everyone!

— Carla and Tom

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Better Beer Fourth of July Closings (And Openings) 2015

With Independence Day falling on a Saturday 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. If in doubt, call before heading locations not listed here.

Bad Tom Smith Brewing – Holiday hours are July 3rd from 3:00 to 11:00 pm; July 4th from 12:00 to 4:00 pm; and July 5th from 12:00 to 6:00 pm. Also, Bad Tom All American IPA will be $2 a pint and all other pints are $4.

Blank Slate Brewing – Closed on Saturday, July 4th. Regular hours on Thursday and Friday.

BrewRiver GastroPub – Closed on Saturday, July 4th

Christian Moerlein Malt House – Open 4:00 pm to midnight July 3rd, 12:00 to 6:30 pm on July 4th, 1:00 to 6:00 pm on July 5th.

Everything’s d’ Vine – Open from 12:00 to 5:00 pm on July 3rd, close on July 4th.

Flipdaddy’s – All four locations will be closed on July 4th.

Jungle Jim’s – Holiday hours are 8:00 am to 10:00 pm.

Listermann/Triple Digit Brewing – Open from 10:00 am to 11:00 pm on July 3rd, 10:00 am to 8:00 pm on July 4th, 12:00 to 8:00 on July 5th.

MadTree Brewing – Regular hours on July 3rd, 4th and 5th. No tours on the 4th.

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

Mt. Carmel Brewing – Closed on Saturday, July 4th.

Rivertown Brewing – Open 12:00 to 10:00 pm on July 4th, 10:00 am to 2:00 pm on July 5th serving brunch.

Virgils – Closed on July 4th.

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The following locations were closed last year (2014) for the 4th of July (we’re still trying to verify for 2015): Adratico’s, Bakersfield OTR, The Eagle OTR, Zip’s Café.

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