Tastings and Tappings Report: Dec. 5, 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.

Don’t forget Hopnosis tonight and tomorrow night at the Comet!

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 (12/5), the beers are Smith & Forge Hard Cider, West Sixth Cocoa Porter, New Belgium Accumulation and Mission IPA.

Jungle Jim’s Eastgate – Friday night tasting from 5:00 to 9:00 pm. For this week’s tasting (12/5), it’s beers from Breckenridge Brewing. Pints are usually $3.

Jungle Jim’s Fairfield – Friday night tasting from 5:00 to 9:00 pm. For this week’s tasting (12/5), it’s beers from the Traveler Beer Company. 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 TownFriday Night Flights usually features six to eight beers each week and goes from 6:00 – 7:00 pm. For this week’s tasting (12/5), it’s their 7th Annual Christmas Backroom Brawl with Against the Grain Brewing. Beer list includes Bo & Luke, Takeshi, David Lee Froth, Kamen Knoodlin’, Haman Hamarth, No Haggar, DuPont Break, We Mint Well, Rico Sauvin and “a really questionable ‘Randall’ sesh”. 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

Ei8ht Ball Brewing – For next week’s Rare Keg Monday (12/8), Ei8ht Ball will have Goose Island Bourbon County Barleywine. Cost is $12 a snifter.

Have a better beer weekend, everyone!

— Carla and Tom

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‘Hopnosis’ at The Comet begins at 4PM Friday, December 5.

hopnosisHopnosis, the annual gathering of the hopheads at The Comet in Northside begins this Friday, December 5, at 4pm and runs until 1am. Then everyone goes home for a few hours and comes back at 4pm on the 6th to start all over again until 1am. This seventh-edition of the mini-linear-beer festival will feature 30 kegs of small-batch hop bombs, rarities, and seasonal favorites. The catch? One keg is tapped an hour. When it’s gone, it’s gone. And no one knows when a particular beer will be tapped. Well, someone knows. They just aren’t telling you.

It’s almost as if they want you to come and stay a while. And then come back.

This is what’s on deck according to The Comet’s website:

  • Great Lakes Blackout Stout
  • Deschutes Pine Drops
  • Green Flash Jibe
  • Victory Hop Harvest
  • Lagunitas Extra Double Dry Hopped Pale
  • Epic Element 29
  • Brother’s Drake Apple Pie Mead
  • Brew Kettle EL Lupulo Libber
  • Brooklyn Quadraceratops
  • Affligem Noel
  • Southern Tier Gemini
  • Brew Kettle El Lupulo Libre
  • Green Flash Jibe
  • Troegs Blizzard of Hops
  • Smuttynose Smutlabs White IPA
  • Bell’s Kal-Haven
  • Christian Moerlein Tart Cherry Honey Almond Ale
  • Rhinegeist Asterix
  • Rhinegeist Ink
  • Mad Tree Axis Mundi
  • Mad Tree Funke Blue
  • …and more!

This is one of those times that “…and more” isn’t just hype. It’s one of those events where at the last minute a distributer will come in with a keg and say “We were looking around and we found …”

It’ll be crazy and crowded and hot and you should go anyway.

The Comet is located in Northside at 4579 Hamilton Avenue.

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Benefit for Kevin Spatz Family at Rivertown – Dec. 17th

Rivertown Brewing Company will be hosting a benefit for the family of Kevin Spatz on Wednesday, December 17th from 4:00 pm to close. Kevin Spatz passed away unexpectedly in October at 47. He left behind his wife Carol, his son Philip who is a sophomore in college and his daughter Elizabeth who is a junior in high school.

As Roxanne Westendorf who works in the Rivertown tap room and is a member of the Bloatarian Brewing League told us,

Many of us in the brewing community have very strong connections with Kevin and his family. While our friendships started with brewing, they became much stronger through the years. The benefit is not just about helping a fellow brewer, but is part of the bond that many of us developed with Kevin and his family through the years.

Kevin and Carol moved to the Cincinnati area just over 20 years ago. In 1995 – Kevin attended his first Bloatarian Brewing League meeting – which is where Rob & I met Kevin (also our first meeting), and we quickly became friends with Kevin and Carol (and Philip and Elizabeth, of course). A couple of years later – Kevin got a job at the Samuel Adams brewery in Cincinnati – and was one of their first employees in Cincinnati.

When Jason Roeper – owner of Rivertown Brewing Company – started homebrewing, Kevin was one of the first Bloatarians he met. Jason was a Sam Adams Longshot finalist in 2009, and Kevin spent a lot of time escorting Jason and introducing him to the folks at Boston Beer and other key industry players. When Jason turned pro – he and Kevin kept in touch professionally as well.

In addition to their regular taps, Rivertown will have a special beer in honor of Kevin – an American Stout. Stouts were one of Kevin’s favorite styles. Net proceeds from beer sales will go to an educational trust for Kevin’s children Philip and Elizabeth.

There will also be a silent auction and raffle. Boston Beer / Samuel Adams has donated items for the silent auction and raffle including several gifts with face value of $200 or more. Rivertown will be adding additional items to the silent auction and raffle. Donations will also be accepted at the brewery before and during the event. All proceeds from the benefit will go to the education fund.

In addition, food available for purchase during the event.

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This Week in Beer: Dec. 1 – 7, 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, Dec. 1st – Mug Night Monday at Flipdaddy’s Union

Monday, Dec. 1st – 1/3 off Craft beer bottles at Moerlein Lager House

Monday, Dec. 1st – Randall Monday at the Brass Tap U Square

Monday, Dec. 1st from 4:00-7:30 pm – Craft Beer Night at Market Wines

Monday, Dec. 1st at 5:00 pm – Rare Keg Monday at Ei8ht Ball Brewing
This week, there’s two: Prairie Christmas Bomb! and Founders Big Luscious. Both beers will be $8 a snifter.

Monday, Dec. 1st at 6:00 pm – Beer of the Month Tapping at Moerlein Lager House
This month, it’s Laboratory Lager #2 – “built on a hefty base of German Vienna malt and a blend of specialty German caramalts.”

Monday, Dec. 1st from 8:00 pm to close – Pint Night at Incline Public House

Tuesday, Dec. 2nd – Penny Flips at Fifty West

Tuesday, Dec. 2nd – Tappa Keg Tuesday at Dingle House

Tuesday, Dec. 2nd – $8 Growler Fills at Moerlein Lager House

Tuesday, Dec. 2nd – Infusion Special at the Brass Tap U Square

Tuesday, Dec. 2nd at 3:00 pm – Grand Opening of the Growler House (1526 Madison, Cincinnati)
Opening day beers include Fifty West Brewing Company: Doom Pedal, Speed Bump, Spooner Summit, Paycheck’s Porter; Listermann Brewing Company: Planetary Eclipse, Lateral, Jungle Honey; MadTree Brewing: Identity Crisis, Black Forest, Thundersnow, Lemon Basil; Christian Moerlein Brewing Co.: Red Hot Mess, Ohio Knife, Zeppelin; Triple Digit Brewing Company: Chickow; Rivertown Brewing Company: Helles, Roebling, LiL Sipa, Winter; Blank Slate Brewing Company: The Lesser Path, RYEsing Up, Fork in the Road; Rhinegeist: Cougar, Truth, Dad, Jacques, Panther and Mt. Carmel Brewing Company: Coffee Brown, Nut Brown, Amber.

Tuesday, Dec. 2nd at 6:00 pm – BOGO Craft Beer Special at Hebron Brew Haus
Special applies to select rotating draft beers.

Tuesday, Dec. 2nd at 6:00 pm – Tuesdays on Tap at Whole Foods Mason
Six drafts, six bites, $6.

Wednesday, Dec. 3rd – Select Craft Beers for $2 at Molly Malone’s Covington

Wednesday, Dec. 3rd – Craft Beer Series at Habits Café
This week, it’s 21st Amendment.

Wednesday, Dec. 3rd – Local Wednesday at Buckhead Mountain Grill Bellevue
All local beer served in a 16oz pint glass are only $3.99

Wednesday, Dec. 3rd – Pint Night at UC’s Catskeller
This week, it’s their Holiday Beerfest.

Wednesday, Dec. 3rd from 5:30 to 8:00 pm – Beer Tasting at Marty’s Hops and Vines

Thursday, Dec. 4th – Firkin Thursday at Fifty West

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

Thursday, Dec. 4th at 6:00 pm – A Tavola + Moerlein La Strada Pilsner Launch at Christian Moerlein

Thursday, Dec. 4th 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 – Great Lakes Christmas Ale, Glendale – Southern Tier Christmas Ale and Hyde Park – Bell’s Christmas Ale.

Thursday, Dec. 4th from 7:00 pm to close – Weyerbacher Tap Takeover at Dean’s Hops & Vines
Dean’s is located at 3722 Harrison Ave in Cincinnati.

Friday, Dec. 5th – $8 Growler Fills at Christian Moerlein Brewery

Friday, Dec. 5th 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, Dec. 5th from 6:00-7:00 pm – Friday Night Flights Beer Tasting at Party Town in Florence

Saturday, Dec. 6th – All crafts $3 at Louie’s Taphouse & Grill (Mason)

Saturday, Dec. 6th from 5:00-8:00 pm – Beer Tasting at Ludlow Wines
The cost to taste four beers is $6.00 per person.

Saturday, Dec. 6th at 9:00 pm – Cincinnati Dancing Pigs National Jug Band Hall of Fame Induction Show at Arnold’s
Also get a sneak preview of Moerlein’s new Bay of Bengal Double IPA at the show.

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Giving for Lauren Event at Firehouse Grill – Sun., 11/30

Just got this press release and wanted to get the information out quickly since the event is this coming Sunday.

Cap off your Thanksgiving weekend by giving thanks for the courageous Lauren Hill, shoot a “Layup for Lauren”, and share a meal with Hill and family or try a unique MadTree beer, at the Firehouse Grill’s “Giving for Lauren” Fundraiser next Sunday.

The Firehouse Grill in Blue Ash will host “Giving for Lauren”, a fundraiser in honor of Lauren Hill on Sunday, November 30, from 2 to 8 p.m. The event will feature a MadTree beer in honor of Lauren Hill called “Lauren’s Dreamsicle”, a limited edition beer that tastes like a melted dreamsicle. Event proceeds will go to Lauren’s Fight for Cure.

WCPO’s Tanya O’Rourke is the event emcee. The fundraiser features a $22 buffet which includes a MadTree beer or Pepsi product, Giving for Lauren Hill 22 t-shirts, two basketball hoops for participants to do a Layup for Lauren Challenge, and a silent auction. Hill and her family, as well as her Mount St. Joseph Basketball Coach Dan Benjamin “Coach Bear” will be present.

Silent auction items for bid include:
– MadTree signs, merchandise, and VIP tour package (donated by MadTree;
– 4 Tickets for Bengals v. Steelers Game with Jungle Zone (donated by Pepsi);
– A Dr. Pepper Mountain Bike (donated by Pepsi); and
– Signed sports memorabilia (donated by ProCamps).

Ten Madtree beers will be on tap. $1 of every MadTree pint, can, or MadTree beer flight sold on Saturday November 29 or Sunday November 30th will be donated.

All proceeds benefit Lauren’s Fight for Cure. Event sponsors include Pepsi, Huntington National Bank, ProCamps, Cavalier Distributing, basketball hoops (with free throw lines!) provided by Recreations Outlet. Additional event details are available at FirehouseGrillCincinnati.com.

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This Week in Beer: Nov. 24 – 30, 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.
NOTE: With Thanksgiving Eve being the busiest night of the year from most better beer locations, this is especially true this week.

Monday, Nov. 24th – Mug Night Monday at Flipdaddy’s Union

Monday, Nov. 24th – 1/3 off Craft beer bottles at Moerlein Lager House

Monday, Nov. 24th – Randall Monday at the Brass Tap U Square

Monday, Nov. 24th from 4:00-7:30 pm – Craft Beer Night at Market Wines

Monday, Nov. 24th at 5:00 pm – Rare Keg Monday at Ei8ht Ball Brewing

Monday, Nov. 24th from 8:00 pm to close – Pint Night at Incline Public House

Tuesday, Nov. 25th – Penny Flips at Fifty West

Tuesday, Nov. 25th – Tappa Keg Tuesday at Dingle House

Tuesday, Nov. 25th – $8 Growler Fills at Moerlein Lager House

Tuesday, Nov. 25th – Infusion Special at the Brass Tap U Square

Tuesday, Nov. 25th at 6:00 pm – BOGO Craft Beer Special at Hebron Brew Haus
Special applies to select rotating draft beers.

Tuesday, Nov. 25th at 6:00 pm – Tuesdays on Tap at Whole Foods Mason
Six drafts, six bites, $6.

Wednesday, Nov. 26th – Select Craft Beers for $2 at Molly Malone’s Covington

Wednesday, Nov. 26th – Craft Beer Series at Habits Café
This week, it’s MadTree.

Wednesday, Nov. 26th – Local Wednesday at Buckhead Mountain Grill Bellevue
All local beer served in a 16oz pint glass are only $3.99

Wednesday, Nov. 26th from 5:00 to 7:00 pm – Brewer’s Happy Hour at Rock Bottom Cincinnati
“Meet our brewer Gerry as he conducts brew house tours and discusses all things beer.”

Wednesday, Nov. 26th from 5:30 to 8:00 pm – Beer Tasting at Marty’s Hops and Vines

Wednesday, Nov. 26th from 6:00 to 8:00 pm – Patriot Pin Up Cincinnati at Old Firehouse Brewery
“Meet the women who volunteer their efforts to the true heroes of our country, our veterans. Their mission is to ensure that all veterans and service members know their story will be heard, their sacrifice remembered, their memory honored, and their service appreciated. On Wednesday, November 26, Old Firehouse Brewery will make a donation of $1,100+ to Patriot Pin Up Cincinnati.” “10% of sales [during this event] from OFB Pin-Up Girl blonde ale will also be donated to Patriot Pin Up Cincinnati!”

Wednesday, Nov. 26th at 9:00 pm – Keg Tapping at Hofbräuhaus Newport
This month, it’s their Christmasbier.

Wednesday, Nov. 26th at 9:00 pm – Ohio Knife Moerlein Beer Release at the Woodward Theater
See their Facebook event page for more information.

Thursday, Nov. 27th – HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

Friday, Nov. 28th – $8 Growler Fills at Christian Moerlein Brewery

Friday, Nov. 28th at 10:00 am – Chickow! Variant Pre-Sale and Black Friday Bottle Sale at Listermann/Triple Digit
Coconut Chickow! and Cinnamon Roll Chickow! are being released with a limit of 4 bottles of each beer (subject to change) priced at $12.99 will be available while supplies last.

Friday, Nov. 28th 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. 28th at 6:00 pm – Black Friday Beer and Art Show at Christian Moerlein Brewing
This looks really interesting. Love the combination of beer and art! Check out their Facebook event page for more information.

Friday, Nov. 28th from 6:00-7:00 pm – Friday Night Flights Beer Tasting at Party Town in Florence

Saturday, Nov. 29th – All crafts $3 at Louie’s Taphouse & Grill (Mason)

Saturday, Nov. 29th from 5:00-8:00pm – Beer Tasting at Ludlow Wines
The cost to taste four beers is $6.00 per person.

Sunday, Nov. 30th – Belhaven Keep the Pint Night at Nicholson’s

Sunday, Nov. 30th from 8:00 am-2:00 pm – Beer, Art, and Breweriana Blow Out at Christian Moerlein Brewing
A continuation of Friday’s event with the addition of breweriana. As usual, check out their Facebook event page for more particulars on this event.

Sunday, Nov. 30th at 11:00 am – Southern Brewers Brunch at Fifty West
A three course beer brunch with SweetWater and The Eagle. Cost is $25 per person. These brunches always sell out. Go to http://fiftywestbrew.com/southernbrunch/ now to purchase your tickets.

Sunday, Nov. 30th from 2:00-8:00 pm – “Giving For Lauren” Fundraiser at Firehouse Grill
See our post for more information.

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Tastings and Tappings Report: Nov. 21, 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.

CONGRATULATIONS TO BLANK SLATE ON THE OPENING OF THEIR POUR HOUSE YESTERDAY!

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 (11/21), the beers are Crabbie’s Ginger Beer, Fat Head’s Holly Jolly, Left Hand Fade to Black and Tröegs Perpetual IPA.

Jungle Jim’s Eastgate – Friday night tasting from 5:00 to 9:00 pm. For this week’s tasting (11/21), it’s beers from Bluegrass Brewing. Pints are usually $3.

Jungle Jim’s Fairfield – Friday night tasting from 5:00 to 9:00 pm. For this week’s tasting (11/11), it’s beers from Anderson Valley. 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 (11/21), they will be pouring beers from Lagunitas including Maximus Double IPA and Czech Pils randalled through toasted cacao nibs & chicory. 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

Ei8ht Ball Brewing – For next week’s Rare Keg Monday (11/24), Ei8ht Ball will have Bell’s Sweet Potato Stout, Mikkeller Beer Geek Breakfast and Evil Twin Biscotti Break Natale. Costs will vary.

Old Firehouse Brewery – They will be tapping their limited edition Winter Ale tonight (11/21) at 6:00 pm.

Have a better beer weekend, everyone!

— Carla and Tom

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Show the World You’re a Hoperative!

I Believe in Better Beer

A frequent question we get when we wear our Hoperatives apparel to local beer events is whether the items are available for registered Hoperatives to purchase. Well, they are! In fact, you can choose between silk screened or embroidered clothing.

Cafe Press

We recently added a series of “I Believe in Better Beer” items to the Hoperatives Store on Cafe Press. Where the product design allows, it has the graphic you see in the image on the front with our motto “Believers in Better Beer (in Cincinnati and Beyond)” on the back. Not only will it reflect your good taste in both beer and fashion, it’ll help defray some of the costs of running Hoperatives.com (web hosting isn’t cheap). If you’re familiar with Cafe Press, you know they have a jillion things they can put custom logos on. We’ve picked a collection we think shows our stuff off best, but if there’s an item you ‘d like to see that we haven’t chosen, let us know!

Clothing and more from Cafe Press features a silk screened Hoperatives logo and sometimes our tag line or the “I Believe in Better Beer” logo mentioned above. There are many types of t-shirts, tank tops, hoodies and caps. Non-clothing items include tote bag, mugs, steins, mouse pads, journals, aprons and buttons.

http://www.cafepress.com/hoperatives

Lands End

Clothing from Lands End features an embroidered Hoperatives logo (usually on the left side of the chest of the item). Items for women include cardigans, polo shirts (both short sleeve and long sleeve), t-shirts (with two different neck types), broadcloth blouses (both short sleeve and long sleeve) and fleece jackets. Items for men include polo shirts (both short sleeve and long sleeve), t-shirts (with and without a pocket), twill shirts (both short sleeve and long sleeve) and fleece jackets.

http://ces.landsend.com/Hoperatives

Don’t see something you were hoping for? Let us know and we’ll see what we can do!

Cheers and here’s to better beer!

–Carla and Tom

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This Week in Beer: Nov. 17 – 23, 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. 17th – Mug Night Monday at Flipdaddy’s Union

Monday, Nov. 17th – 1/3 off Craft beer bottles at Moerlein Lager House

Monday, Nov. 17th – Randall Monday at the Brass Tap U Square

Monday, Nov. 17th from 4:00-7:30 pm – Craft Beer Night at Market Wines

Monday, Nov. 17th at 5:00 pm – Moerlein Red Hop Mess Launch at Ei8ht Ball Brewing
They will also be tapping Three Floyds Zombie Dust.

Monday, Nov. 17th at 6:00 pm – Monthly Tapping at Moerlein Lager House
This month, it’s Moerlein Stinger, a Honey Almond Ale.

Monday, Nov. 17th from 8:00 pm to close – Pint Night at Incline Public House

Tuesday, Nov. 18th – Penny Flips at Fifty West

Tuesday, Nov. 18th – Tappa Keg Tuesday at Dingle House

Tuesday, Nov. 18th – $8 Growler Fills at Moerlein Lager House

Tuesday, Nov. 18th – Infusion Special at the Brass Tap U Square

Tuesday, Nov. 18th – MadTree/Jackie O’s Tap Takeover at Halfcut
Beers includes Mystic Mama, Razz Wheat, Chomo Lung Ma, Firefly, Barking Pumpkin, Barrel-aged Barking Pumpkin, Hocking Tripel, Berliner Weisse, Lift, Psychopathy, PumpCan, Thundersnow, Black Forest, Pilgrim, Espresso Self and Barrel-aged Axis Mundi.

Tuesday, Nov. 18th at 6:00 pm – BOGO Craft Beer Special at Hebron Brew Haus
Special applies to select rotating draft beers.

Tuesday, Nov. 18th at 6:00 pm – Tuesdays on Tap at Whole Foods Mason
Six drafts, six bites, $6.

Wednesday, Nov. 19th – Select Craft Beers for $2 at Molly Malone’s Covington

Wednesday, Nov. 19th – Craft Beer Series at Habits Café
This week, it’s Christian Moerlein.

Wednesday, Nov. 19th – Local Wednesday at Buckhead Mountain Grill Bellevue
All local beer served in a 16oz pint glass are only $3.99

Wednesday, Nov. 19th – Pint Night at UC’s Catskeller
This week, it’s Great Lakes.

Wednesday, Nov. 19th at 4:00 pm – West Sixth Christmas Ale Release at The Party Source & Ei8ht Ball
This was one of our favorite beers last year. Stop by to get a six pack of West Sixth Christmas Ale and you can meet the folks from West Sixth. You can also grab a glass at the Ei8ht Ball tap room. This is likely the only 1/6 barrel of this beer that they will have. First 30 people will keep the glass.

Wednesday, Nov. 19th from 5:30 to 8:00 pm – Beer Tasting at Marty’s Hops and Vines

Wednesday, Nov. 19th at 6:00 pm – Rivertown Beer Dinner at Moerlein Lager House
Beers include includes: Helles, Imperial Pumpkin, Pomegranate Lambic, Hop Bomber, Lil’ Sipa and Roebling Porter. Register by emailing PrivateDining@MoerleinLH.com. Cost is $55 per person (includes tax + gratuity).

Thursday, Nov. 20th – Firkin Thursday at Fifty West

Thursday, Nov. 20th from 3:00 pm to close – Eric Sierra Family Benefit at the Brass Tap
From Facebook:

The Brass Tap is hosting a very important event to raise funds for CPD Officer Eric Sierra’s family. Eric was an amazing father, dedicated officer and a generous friend. Please join us to celebrate his life. For every one of our 10 select beers and 2 food items ordered we will donate $1 to Eric’s family fund. This fundraiser will take place from 3pm-2am so any time you have available to stop by will be sincerely appreciated!

Thursday, Nov. 20th from 4:00 pm to close – Take Home the Glass Night at Taste of Belgium Clifton

Thursday, Nov. 20th – West Sixth Christmas Ale Release at The Lackman

Thursday, Nov. 20th 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 – Oskar Blues Old Chub Nitro, Glendale – Great Lakes Christmas Ale and Hyde Park – Stone Arrogant Bastard.

Friday, Nov. 21st – $8 Growler Fills at Christian Moerlein Brewery

Friday, Nov. 21st 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. 21st from 6:00-7:00 pm – Friday Night Flights Beer Tasting at Party Town in Florence

Saturday, Nov. 22nd – All crafts $3 at Louie’s Taphouse & Grill (Mason)

Saturday, Nov. 22nd from 5:00-8:00pm – Beer Tasting at Ludlow Wines
The cost to taste four beers is $6.00 per person.

Saturday, Nov. 22nd at 7:00pm – Ei8ht Ball Blackout Ball / 1st Anniversary Party
This event is sold out.

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Tastings and Tappings Report: Nov. 14, 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.

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 (11/14), the beers are Palm Especiale BPA, Breckenridge Christmas Ale, Abita Turbodog and Sixpoint Bengali Tiger.

Jungle Jim’s Eastgate – Friday night tasting from 5:00 to 9:00 pm. For this week’s tasting (11/14), it’s beers from Victory. Pints are usually $3.

Jungle Jim’s Fairfield – No Friday night beer tasting this week.

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 (11/14), they are welcoming Bad Tom Brewing to NKY with an all draft event including Old Abe American Strong Ale and their new Eastern Ave. IPA. 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

Ei8ht Ball Brewing – For next week’s Rare Keg Monday (11/17), Ei8ht Ball will have Three Floyds Zombie Dust. Cost will be $7 a pint.

REMINDER

● Lots of other great weekend events coming this weekend including the Rivertown Beer Dinner tonight at Maggiano’s Little Italy in Kenwood (four courses, four beers for $44.95. Call (513) 794-0670 for reservations).

Have a better beer weekend, everyone!

— Carla and Tom

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