Canned Beers We Love Right Now: August 12, 2015

We are mixing things up a bit again this week and talking about canned beers that we love right now. Like the Beers We Love Right Now posts, these aren’t be long reviews analyzing the beers available in cans, just the name of the beer and a sentence or two about why it’s one (or more) of the canned beers we love right now.

Tom – Magic Hat Dream Machine IPL. Part of their Cantastic Variety pak which also includes Magic Hat #9 and, for fall, Wilhelm Scream – their pumpkin ale.

Carla – Whether you like it or not, the pumpkin and Oktoberfest beers are upon us. One of my favorite canned Oktoberfest beers is Franz from Rhinegeist. But, since it’s still really summer, I’m also still enjoying Steigl Grapefruit Radler in the 17 ounce cans. At only 2.5% ABV, it’s great for long late summer afternoons.

Jared – MadTree Shade is pretty delicious. Arcadia Sky High Rye is best fresh in cans. Oskar Blues 10 fidy. Its a World class imperial stout that you can take anywhere.

John – I just found a can of MadTree Citra High in my fridge. Even after aging for a few months behind a pickle jar and two jars of mustard it still tasted great. Looks like they just released a new batch in cans. Better to drink fresh, I’m sure.

Jessica – Two of my favorite canned beers are, unfortunately, not sold in the area. I really like Cigar City’s Florida Cracker and Terrapin’s Maggie’s Peach Farmhouse. Both are great in warm weather. The locally available canned beer I always enjoy is MadTree’s PsycHOPathy.

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Over-The-Rhine Wood Derby – August 22nd

You may have noticed that we’ve been traveling quite a bit this summer. Since May, we’ve each had five trips (four together and one each separately). The one thing that was the same for all of them was driving and listening to audiobooks and podcasts.

It was while listening to one of those podcasts that we first heard of the idea of an adult pinewood derby. Immediately, we knew that one of the breweries in Cincinnati had to hold one of these events and the perfect place to have it was the Moerlein Malt House on Moore Street.

So mark your calendars and get ready to cheer as the first ever Over-The-Rhine Wood Derby takes place later this month. We are thrilled to be co-hosting this event with the Christian Moerlein Brewing folks and raising money for the Boy Scouts of America. There is more information below and you can go to the Facebook event page for further details.

Christian Moerlein Brewing Company and Hoperatives are joining forces on Saturday, August 22nd to host the inaugural Over-The-Rhine Wood Derby. Local breweries and OTR businesses will compete against each other with pinewood derby cars in a series of races. Prizes will be given to the 1st place brewery, 1st place OTR business, and Overall Grand Champion. Registration will take place at 5pm with racing beginning at 6pm. $1 per pint sold during the event will be donated to the Boy Scouts of America.

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This Week in Beer: August 10-16, 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, August 10th at 5:00 pm – Rare Keg Monday at Ei8ht Ball Brewing
This week, it’s Omnipollo Bourbon Barrel-Aged Agamemnon. Cost is $12 for a ten ounce snifter.

Tuesday, August 11th at 4:00 pm – Pumpkin Ale Tapping at Rivertown Brewing

Tuesday, August 11th from 4:00-8:00 pm – West Sixth Tap Takeover at Righteous Room
Half off all drafts included West Sixth Lemongrass American Wheat Ale, Amber Ale, West Sixth IPA and more.

Wednesday, August 12th at 6:00 pm – West Sixth Beer Dinner at Moerlein Lager House
MENU — Beer Reception – West 6th Carolina Rye; First Course – Dead Heat American Pale Wheat paried with Charcuterie of Cured Lamb, Red Dragon Ale Cheddar, King Ludwig Beer Cheese, Strawberry Beer Jelly, Banana Leaf; Second Course – Lemongrass American Wheat paired with Veal Sweetbreads, Lemongrass Buffalo Sauce, Rhubarb Celery Salad, Smoked Kentucky Blue Cheese; Third Course – West 6th IPA paired with Red Chili Corn Crusted Snapper, Lemon Ginger Sweet Potato Mash,Popcorn Sauce, Chipotle Pickled Haricot Verts Salad; Fourth Course – Pay it Forward Cocoa Porter paired with Bitter Chocolate Flank Steak, Miso Bacon Brussels Sprout Slaw, Raspberry BBQ Demi, Porter Jelly; Dessert – Heller Heaven DIPA paired with Caramelized Pineapple, Blood Orange Glaze, Honey Sriracha Peanuts.
Cost is $55 plus tax and gratuity. Make reservations in advance by contacting Jeff Geckle at privatedining@moerleinlh.com

Wednesday, August 12th at 6:00 pm – Blue Point and Goose Island Tasting at Marty’s Hops & Vines
Beers include Blue Point Toasted Lager (on draft), Blue Point Blueberry ale, Goose Island 312 Urban Wheat, Goose Island Goose IPA and Goose Island The Illinois Imperial IPA.

Thursday, August 13th at 6:00-10:00 pm – Burgers and Beers at the Party Source
Beers: Evil Twin – Even More Jesus, Aun Mas A Jesus, Biscotti Break, Molotov Cocktail and Citra Sunshine Slacker
Burger: Greek
Music: Chris Cusentino

Thursday, August 13th at 7:00 pm – Braxton Beer Dinner at Izzy’s
Beers include Trophy, Storm and Dead Blow. Food pairings are Goetta Balls, Pastrami Reuben and Key Lime Pie. For reservations, call Brian Ramey at (859) 331-4999 or go to http://izzys.com/reservations.php

Thursday, August 13th 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 – Dogfish Head Night with Randall, Glendale – Widmer Upheaval and Hyde Park – Revolution Rosa.

Friday, August 14th from 5:00-8:00 pm – Ohio River Foundation Fundraiser at Rivertown Brewing
$1 from every pint sold at the Barrel House will go directly back to Ohio River Foundation. Representatives from ORF will be available to answer questions.

Saturday, August 15th at 12:00 noon – Saber Tooth Tiger Release at Rhinegeist
Draft and limited edition 22 ounce bombers available. Only two bombers per person while supplies last.

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Tastings and Tappings Report: August 7, 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

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 (8/7) are Ace Perry Cider; Anderson Valley The Kimmie, The Yink & The Holy Gose; Rhinegiest Fool and Harpoon IPA.

Jungle Jim’s Eastgate – Friday night tasting from 5:00 to 9:00 pm. For this week’s tasting (8/7), it’s West Sixth. Pints are usually $3.

Jungle Jim’s Fairfield – Friday night tasting from 5:00 to 9:00 pm. For this week’s tasting (8/7), it’s SweetWater. 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 (8/7) from 5:30-7:00 pm, it’s beers from Carson’s from Evansville. Beers include Oud Bovine Barrel Aged Sour Red/Brown, Demonik Imperial IPA, Eville American Wheat, Harlot Golden/Blonde Ale, Purgatory American IPA as well as thier line of available bottles. Draft by the glass will be $4.00 for a nine ounce pour. The first 72 people to purchase a ticket for a nine ounce draft pour will receive a free Carson’s Brewery pint glass. 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 (7/31) is Free Bacon Night AND they will be tapping Three Floyds Yum Yum. Cost is $5 for a sixteen ounce pint.

Have a better beer weekend, everyone!

— Carla and Tom

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Ciders We Love Right Now: August 5, 2015

To mix things up a bit, this week we are posting about ciders that we love right now. Like the Beers We Love Right Now posts, these aren’t be long reviews analyzing the ciders, just the name of the cider and a sentence or two about why it’s one of the ciders we love right now.

Tom – Cider Boys Cranberry Road Cider – I’ve always liked cider in general, but when I discovered that cranberry cider exists … well … it made the world a better place. Tart and refreshing and 5.0% ABV, this is perfect for a hot day like the ones we’ve been having lately.

Carla – I had a chance to check out the new ciders from Rhinegeist this week. The Semi-Dry is still sweet enough for those who prefer a sweeter cider, but my favorite is the Dry-Hopped which is a wonderful blend of dry hop flavor and citrus sweetness.

Jared – Sidra de Nava by Virtue Cider in Michigan. It’s a tart Spanish style sidra. Great but hard to swallow the $20 bomber price. It just sits on the shelves and $12 I’d buy it.

John – I had a citra hopped cider at Forty Five North Winery in northern Michigan a couple weeks ago that was outstanding.

Jason – I tried Angry Orchard’s Hop’n Madd Apple Cider over the weekend. It’s dry hopped with Galaxy hops (plus Strisselsplat or something that sounds like a sneeze) So you get a tiny hint of hops in the nose. Being a HUGE Galaxy fan, it’s a nice way to get that tropical fruit essence while sharing a drink with the Puddinette on the back patio in the evening without having to contend with 8-10% ABV.

Tom and Carla – We were sent some samples of Bean Blossom Cider from Oliver Winery in Indiana a while back. Carla was a bit hesitant to even try these since she remembered the wines from Oliver Winery back in the late 1980s as being on the sweet side (white zinfandel and the like), but these ciders were some of the best we’ve ever had. And the labels are so much fun!

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Blank Slate to Focus Its Efforts to Meet Demand

Blank Slate Brewing has announced that they will begin to limit their distribution to Hamilton County starting this week. In a blog post on the brewery’s website, owner Scott LaFollette gave the reasoning behind the move:

As we have begun to grow and make a name for ourselves in the local beer world it has become increasingly difficult to support all of the bars and restaurants throughout this fairly large distribution area that are interested in carrying our product. Recently we have had to turn down numerous opportunities to attend events or otherwise be involved in happenings around town simply because we just don’t have enough beer to go around. Our goal from day 1 has been to stay as local as possible and to never “bite off more than we can chew” as they say. Over the last few months we have had a lot of difficulty keeping even our closest neighbors supplied with beer so we have decided to reduce our distribution territory for a while. This will allow us to adequately serve SOME people instead of inadequately serving a LOT of people.

So. Effective this week you will only be able to buy Blank Slate in Hamilton County Ohio. I apologize to those bar and restaurant owners outside of Hamilton County who have been supporters of us in the past. This decision wasn’t made lightly and I hope that you will still support us when we are ready to resume selling in your area. Again, thank you for the support.

Given that Carla and I live in Northern Kentucky, I can’t say I’m doing back flips over this, but it’s impossible to argue with the logic. And, to tell the truth, if I were to try to do a backflip it would go very, very badly. So Scott’s really probably done me a favor. Thanks, Scott. I owe you. In all seriousness, though, it’s always been remarkable to me that Blank Slate was able to distribute on both sides of the river from the very beginning and add on the taproom as well. This is a move of strength, not weakness.Blank Slate Brewing Company

When we talk to Scott about the brewery we’re always struck with how every move he makes is made with extreme care. Go read his whole post. That comes through in every word. I’m in the middle of writing a piece about what makes the ‘craft’ in craft beer. I have no idea when I’m going to be finished with it, but now I have a new thing to consider. Making a move like this is what a craftsperson does. A widget-maker would try to figure out how to cut corners and keep something — anything — out there. This is a good example of the craft in craft beer.

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This Week in Beer: August 3-9, 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, August 3rd at 5:00 pm – Rare Keg Monday at Ei8ht Ball Brewing
This week, it’s Jester King / Amager Danish Metal Imperial Stout. The cost is $10 for ten ounce snifter.

Monday, August 3rd at 6:00 pm – August Beer of the Month at Moerlein Lager House
This month, the beer is their Bay of Bengal Double IPA and the proceeds benefit the Marvin Lewis Community Fund. A dollar from every Beer of the Month sold will be donated along with 100% of the proceeds from the ceremonial keg.

Thursday, August 6th-Saturday, August 8th – Cappy’s Wine & Spirits Bellsfest
They will be featuring six specialty kegs throughout the event and $1 from each Bell’s pint or growler will be donated to the Lauren Hill Foundation. Rare keg tappings scheduled for 4:00 pm each day. Also, 23 ounce Oberons for $6 and you get to keep the glass. See their web site for more information.

Thursday, August 6th at 6:00-10:00 pm – Burgers and Beers at the Party Source
Beers: Bell’s – Quinannan Falls, Hopsolution, Two Hearted, Oarsmen and Porter.
Burger: Chili Cheese
Music: Chris Cusentino

Thursday, August 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 – Stone Go To IPA, Glendale – New Belgium Hop Tart and Hyde Park – 5 Rabbit Tamarindo Paletas.

Friday, August 7th at 5:00 pm – Wiedemann 3rd Anniversary Party at Pompilios

Saturday, August 8th at 12:00 pm – Big Joe Duskin Memorial Plaque Dedication at Taft’s Ale House
While not technically a beer event, this is an event that many believers in better beer attending past Cincy Beerfests helped to make happen. Check out their Facebook event page for more information.

Saturday, August 8th at 4:00 pm – Westwood Works Pop-Up Beer Garden at Saint James Episcopal Church
This month, the beers are from Tap & Screw and Listermann.

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Tastings and Tappings Report: July 31, 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.

FESTIVALS AND OTHER EVENTS

Marty’s Hops & Vines – Hosting Third Annual Made in Cincy Beerfest tomorrow (8/1) from 5:00-11:00 pm. Featuring sixteen taps of local beers, 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. Beer list is available on their Facebook event page.

Taste of Belgium Clifton – Hops for Hippos: The Final Chapter is going on all day today (7/31). Featuring special beers from West Sixth and raising money for a new hippo exhibit at the Cincinnati Zoo.

Thirsty’s Oasis – Hosting Just Another Beer Festival Sunday, August 2nd from 2:00-6:00 pm. General admission presale tickets are $45 and include 10 five ounce beer sample tickets and a pig roast meal ticket. The first 100 attendees also receive a swag bag. VIP presale tickets are $55 and include all of the general admission benefits and also early entry at 1:00 pm plus some limited edition and rarity samples. Beer list is available on their web site.

TASTINGS

Cincinnati Art Museum – Art After Dark: Beer and Baseball – Featuring beers from Blank Slate, Fifty West, MadTree, Moerlein Lager House, Rhinegeist and Sam Adams. For more information, check out their Facebook event page.

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 (7/31) are Blue Point Blueberry Ale, Epic Hop Syndrome, Revolution Anti-Hero IPA and Small Town Not Your Father’s Root Beer.

Jungle Jim’s Eastgate – Friday night tasting from 5:00 to 9:00 pm. For this week’s tasting (7/31), it’s Rhinegeist. Pints are usually $3.

Jungle Jim’s Fairfield – Friday night tasting from 5:00 to 9:00 pm. For this week’s tasting (7/31), it’s Arcadia 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 – For Friday Night Flights this week (7/31) from 5:30-7:00 pm, it’s beers from Sam Smith, Lindeman’s and Traquair plus Trappist ales from Westmalle, Orval and Rochefort 6, 8, 10. Ayinger Celebrator will be on tap for $3.00 a 9 ounce draft pour. 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

Braxton Brewing – Tonight (7/31), they are tapping their first lager – Twisted Bit Dortmunder. Food from Wunderbar will be available.

Ei8ht Ball Brewing – Tonight (7/31) is Free Bacon Night AND they will be tapping Lerwig Bourbon Barrel-Aged Barleywine. Cost is $10 for a ten ounce snifter.

Have a better beer weekend, everyone!

— Carla and Tom

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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
Featuring sixteen taps of local beers, 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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