To Be Called A Contributor, You Must Contribute

Hello long lost beer readers, this is Chris.  I have been somewhat estranged from my contributor duties over the past….. well year or so, and I apologize to Tom and Carla for my lack of participation.  As they and some of you know, I was working very diligently over the past year and a half to achieve my life long goal of becoming a police officer.  Thankfully, I finally accomplished that goal, but as you might imagine, my better beer hobbies weren’t really at the top of my to-do list.  That list was heavily dominated by eating better and a lot of sit-ups, push-ups and jogging (pronounced yogging, according to Ron Burgundy).  Don’t get me wrong, there was a good amount of tasty beer involved and my homebrewing hobby, along with (equally estranged) Hoperatives contributor Jared Whalen, saw some action over that time, I just never found much time to sit behind my computer and write things down I thought you would want to read.

Chris Y'allville

With that I thought I would reintroduce myself in this semi-beer related short post.  Initially my goal was to write a bunch of Traveling Tuesday posts for Hoperatives, because in my last job, I traveled a ton so it made sense.  Of course about that time, I left that job and don’t get too far out of Cincinnati anymore on a regular basis.  So I hope to help Tom and Carla add some posts about one of my favorite parts of better beer which is alive and well in the Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky area, the vibrant better beer community consisting of you fine people and all of the great beer stores, restaurants, bars and events that call this area home.  I am going to make a great effort to visit spots and write reviews and recaps of all my adventures.  And hopefully, I will get to meet some cool new people along the way.

Until then, feel free to keep up with me on Twitter @cmcgnky.  I would love to hear any post ideas you might have.  And if you don’t see anything from me in a few weeks, put your electronic boot up my you know where.

Cheers!

Chris #212

 

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A Quick Tour of Hoperatives (a bi-monthly post)

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 in the left hand column. 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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Guest Post: Jason Roeper of Rivertown Brewing on Beer Competitions

Editor’s note: We talked to Jason a couple of weeks ago while we were preparing the story on Rivertown’s ownership shift. It was a wide-ranging conversation and, at one point, the topic of local beer competitions came up. He has a very strong view on this, and we thought it was a perspective worth sharing with our readers. As with all stories dealing with Rivertown, we should note that their website is hosted the same servers as Hoperatives. We have no editorial input or control on their site; our involvement is strictly technical and administrative.

Over the past five years, we have seen a mass resurgence of micro and craft breweries in our local market. We embrace this with open arms. Remember when [Rivertown Brewing] started, there were really only two local micro/craft breweries in the Cincinnati area. We had a very difficult time not only convincing local retailers to carry our products and wholesalers to distribute them, but we had a very hard time convincing consumers that some of the best beers in the country were being produced in their own backyards! As time went on and more breweries opened, we saw a local resurrection of not only great craft brews but a now well educated consumer.

This truly brings a tear to my eye, I can finally see all of the hard work we laid out convincing city developers, zoning commissioners, and retailers paying off, and consumers can embrace and take in a local favorite brewery in their own backyard.

Growler sales in the Cincinnati area are up 180% year after year, and our taprooms are seeing new and interesting clientele week after week. Given all of that information, I have to question why would I want to compare our brewery and our hand crafted brews to our fellow brewers and their beers? I am confused by the insatiable need to critique any and all small businesses and their art and craft. So after much debate I have decided that Rivertown Brewing Company will no longer involve itself in any local or regional competitions where our products are pitted in any type of judging, “match up,” “best of”, or “people’s choice” awards against any local (or close) regional brewery. In a competition setting, you have a winner and you have a loser. The truth is there are no losers. If local beers were losers, they wouldn’t sell and hence falter. So why not focus on how great each individual beer and brewery is and stop worrying about who makes the best, drawing lines in the sand and picking sides? What makes Cincinnati great is its ability to adapt and embrace, so let’s embrace all local beers and show other cities and other states how unified and locally driven we are.

I believe that Cincinnati can be the greatest craft beer destination in the country if we all band together and stop worrying about who’s bigger or better and focus on how great we all are collectively!

— Jason Roeper, Rivertown Brewing Company

Jason Roeper - Rivertown Brewing

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This Week in Beer: Oct. 13 – 19, 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, Oct. 13th – Mug Night Monday at Flipdaddy’s Union

Monday, Oct. 13th – 1/3 off Craft beer bottles at Moerlein Lager House

Monday, Oct. 13th – Randall Monday at the Brass Tap U Square

Monday, Oct. 13th from 4:00-7:30 pm – Craft Beer Night at Market Wines

Monday, Oct. 13th at 5:00 pm – Rare Keg Monday at Ei8ht Ball Brewing

Monday, Oct. 13th from 5:00-8:00 pm – Founders Stout (and Hop) Season at Market Wines
They will be tapping four beers from Founders: Mosaic Promise IPA, Dark Penance Black IPA, Red’s Rye PA and Breakfast Stout

Monday, Oct. 13th at 6:00 pm – Monthly Seasonal Tapping at Moerlein Lager House
This month’s bonus tapping, it’s their new T-Bird Fresh Hop Harvest Ale. Pints are $1 until the cask is gone.

Monday, Oct. 13th at 6:00 pm – Draft Lips of Faith Series at Halfcut
On draft: La Folie Sour, Le Terroir Sour and Cigar City Collaboration. For every growler you buy, you get 2 New Belgium globe glasses to take home.

Monday, Oct. 13th from 8:00 pm to close – Pint Night at Incline Public House

Tuesday, Oct. 14th – Penny Flips at Fifty West

Tuesday, Oct. 14th – Tappa Keg Tuesday at Dingle House

Tuesday, Oct. 14th – $8 Growler Fills at Moerlein Lager House

Tuesday, Oct. 14th – Infusion Special at the Brass Tap U Square

Tuesday, Oct. 14th from 5:00 pm – Pint Night at the Rusty Bucket
First 48 people that purchase a pint of the Rogue Farms Wet Hop Ale get to keep the glass.

Tuesday, Oct. 14th at 6:00 pm – BOGO Craft Beer Special at Hebron Brew Haus
Special applies to select rotating draft beers.

Tuesday, Oct. 14th at 6:00 pm – Tuesdays on Tap at Whole Foods Mason
Six drafts, six bites, $6.

Wednesday, Oct. 15th – Select Craft Beers for $2 at Molly Malone’s Covington

Wednesday, Oct. 15th – Local Wednesday at Buckhead Mountain Grill Bellevue
All local beer served in a 16oz pint glass are only $3.99

Wednesday, Oct. 15th – Pint Night at UC’s Catskeller

Wednesday, Oct. 18th 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. 15th from 5:00 to 7:00 pm – Brewer’s Happy Hour at Rock Bottom Cincinnati
Join head brewer Gerry for an interactive brewery tour that includes tasters of Rock Bottom’s most recently tapped beers. They will also be tapping a special firkin of Crosley Field IPA.

Wednesday, Oct. 15th from 5:30 to 8:00 pm – Beer Tasting at Marty’s Hops and Vines

Wednesday, Oct. 18th at 7:30 pm – Stone Brewing Co. Tap Takeover at Flipdaddy’s Union
Trivia night and three Stone beers on draft: Stone Xoceveza, Enjoy By 10.31.14 and Stochasticity Project Hibiscusicity.

Thursday, Oct. 16th – Firkin Thursday at Fifty West

Thursday, Oct. 9th – Tap That Thursday at BrewRiver GastroPub

UPDATE Thursday, Oct. 16th from 4:00 pm to close – Take Home the Glass Night at Taste of Belgium Clifton
This week, it’s Rhinegeist Fiction.

Thursday, Oct. 16th from 6:00 pm to close – Flatbreads and Flights at the Brass Tap U Square
For $15, you will receive a delicious spicy pork enchilada flatbread and five stouts: MadTree Axis Mundi, North Coast Old Rasputin, Clown Shoes Chocolate Sombrero, Stone Coffee Milk Stout and The Bruery Tart of Darkness. Order tickets at https://brasstap.webconnex.com/flatbreadsandflightsstouts You should order tickets in advance to guarantee a seat.

Thursday, Oct. 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 – Rivertown Pumpkin, Glendale – Rivertown Pumpkin and Hyde Park – Bell’s Two Hearted.

Friday, Oct. 16th – $8 Growler Fills at Christian Moerlein Brewery

Friday, Oct. 17th from 4:00-7:00 pm – Hop Shop Cask Tapping at Moerlein Lager House
This week, it’s Lager House Helles conditioned with whole cone Chinook (from Little Miami Farms,OH) and lemon zest.

Friday, Oct. 17th 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. 17th from 6:00-7:00 pm – Friday Night Flights Beer Tasting at Party Town in Florence

Saturday, Oct. 18th – All crafts $3 at Louie’s Taphouse & Grill (Mason)

Saturday, Oct. 18th from 12:00-4:30 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

Saturday, Oct. 18th at 2:00pm – Fight Like a Girl Pink IPA Tapping at Ei8ht Ball Brewing
A portion of the sales from their Pink IPA, Fight Like a Girl, will be donated to the Pink Ribbon Girls. They will also be hosting a kick-boxing class on the top floor of the New Riff Event Center. The cost of the class is $15 and entitles you to admission to the class and a glass of Fight Like a Girl afterwards at the brewery.

Saturday, Oct. 18th 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. 10, 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 (10/10), the beers are all from Stone: Stochasticity Project: Hibiscusicity, Matt’s Burning Rosids Smoked Saison, Old Guardian Barley Wine and Collective Distortion IPA.

Jungle Jim’s Eastgate – Friday night tasting from 5:00 to 9:00 pm. For this week’s tasting (10/10), they will be kicking off ticket sales for the Big Cheese Festival. They promise free cheese, prizes and great beer. 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 (10/10), it’s beers from Thirsty Dog. 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.

Mayday Northside – Today (Friday) at 6:00 pm, Mayday will be hosting a Sonoma Cider tasting.

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 (10/10), the beers are from Evil Twin, Lost Coast, Stone and more. The featured draft beer by the pint will be Three Floyds Yum Yum. $3.00 gets you a full pint with Three Floyds pint glass. 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

Moerlein Lager House – Today (Friday) at 4:00 pm, the Lager House will be having another Hop Shop Tapping. This time, it’s Barbarossa conditioned with ginger and vanilla bean.

Ei8ht Ball Brewing – Today (Friday) at 5:00 pm, Ei8ht Ball will be tapping their GABF medal winning Reintarnation beer which is a bourbon barrel aged version of their Tarnished. At 8.5% ABV, this will be served by the snifter for $8. And, yes, this is during FREE BACON night.

For next week’s Rare Keg Monday (10/13), Ei8ht Ball will have Quaff Bros. Flying Pig Pumpkin Ale brewed by Rivertown. It will be available by the taster, glass, growlette and growler.

REMINDER

● Lots of other great weekend events coming this weekend including the 3rd Annual Cincinnati Craft Breweries’ Oktoberfest at Listermann’s Brewing.

Have a better beer weekend, everyone!

— Carla and Tom

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New Growler Station Tap Listings Page

We wanted to alert you to a programming change here at Hoperatives. Since we split off the growler tap listings post from the tastings and tappings post, we’ve noticed a major drop in the number of people reading the Tap Thursday post each week. We’ve even missed a few weeks due to life getting in the way and no one seemed to notice. Because those posts take the most amount of time and are getting the least amount of interest, we are going to try something different in the future with our taps listings.

We converted the Tap Thursday post into a permanent page called Growler Station Tap Listings. From our main page, you can find this new page by hovering on the Listings tab and then Growler Station Tap Listings is the last link at the bottom.

New Growler Station Tap Listings Page

With this new page format, we can update as new information comes in on the many growler stations in the area. That’s much better than having to wait until each Thursday at noon to get you updated growler information. Don’t forget that we share this sort of information all of the time on our Facebook page too. We are also always looking for information to update our growler station listings. You can email it to us at both @ hoperatives.com or post it on our Facebook page.

The original idea to split the tastings post from the tap listings came from the survey we did this past spring. We appreciate all of you who took the time to fill it out and let us know what you thought. And we welcome your input whenever you want to share it. Just email us at both @ hoperatives.com whenever you have an idea to share or a question to ask.

Thanks!

— Carla and Tom

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Ei8ht Ball to Tap GABF Medal Beer Friday

If you’ve been a long time reader of Hoperatives, you know that we are fans of Mitch Dougherty, currently the head brewer at Ei8ht Ball Brewing, and have been for a long time now. The idea for Hoperatives came while talking to Mitch during a tapping at Rock Bottom when he was the head brewer there. And through the years, we’ve told you about the many medals that Mitch won for his beers at World Beer Cup and the Festival of Wood and Barrel Aged Beers. This past week, Mitch added another medal to his collection, this time with one of his Ei8ht Ball beer and this time at the Great American Beer Festival (GABF).

Ei8ht Ball Reintarnation

Ei8ht Ball Reintarnation is a bourbon barrel aged version of their Tarnished Ale (golden ale) and it won a bronze medal in the Wood- and Barrel-Aged Beer category at this year’s GABF in Denver. (Mitch knows barrel aged beers like no one else does!)

Ei8ht Ball will be tapping Reintarnation this Friday (October 10th) at 5:00 pm. At 8.5% ABV, this will be served by the snifter for $8. And, yes, this is during FREE BACON night.

So plan on stopping by this Friday and congratulate Mitch and everyone at Ei8ht Ball on this award winning beer. Because you can’t go wrong with bourbon, beer and bacon!

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This Week in Beer: Oct. 6 – 12, 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, Oct. 6th – Mug Night Monday at Flipdaddy’s Union

Monday, Oct. 6th – 1/3 off Craft beer bottles at Moerlein Lager House

Monday, Oct. 6th – Randall Monday at the Brass Tap U Square

Monday, Oct. 6th from 4:00-7:30 pm – Craft Beer Night at Market Wines

Monday, Oct. 6th at 5:00 pm – Rare Keg Monday at Ei8ht Ball Brewing
This week, it’s a Southern Tier blend of Pumking and Crème Brulee. We’re guessing Peanut had a hand in this brilliant idea. Cost is $10 for a 12 ounce tulip and you keep the glass.

Monday, Oct. 6th at 6:00 pm – Monthly Seasonal Tapping at Moerlein Lager House
This month, it’s Helltown Rye-Ot. Pints are $1 until the cask is gone.

Monday, Oct. 6th from 8:00 pm to close – Pint Night at Incline Public House

Tuesday, Oct. 7th – Flipdaddy’s Union One Year Anniversary
Three beers on draft for $3 – Great Lakes Wright Brothers Pils, Green Flash Saison Diego and Mission Shipwrecked Double IPA.

Tuesday, Oct. 7th – Penny Flips at Fifty West

Tuesday, Oct. 7th – Tappa Keg Tuesday at Dingle House

Tuesday, Oct. 7th – $8 Growler Fills at Moerlein Lager House

Tuesday, Oct. 7th – Infusion Special at the Brass Tap U Square

Tuesday, Oct. 7th at 6:00 pm – BOGO Craft Beer Special at Hebron Brew Haus
Special applies to select rotating draft beers.

Tuesday, Oct. 7th at 6:00 pm – Tuesdays on Tap at Whole Foods Mason
Six drafts, six bites, $6.

Wednesday, Oct. 8th – Select Craft Beers for $2 at Molly Malone’s Covington

Wednesday, Oct. 8th – Local Wednesday at Buckhead Mountain Grill Bellevue
All local beer served in a 16oz pint glass are only $3.99

Wednesday, Oct. 8th – Pint Night at UC’s Catskeller

UPDATE Wednesday, Oct. 8th 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. 8th from 5:00 to 7:00 pm – Beer Trivia at Rock Bottom Cincinnati
Dine at Rock Bottom between 5:00 and 7:00 pm, correctly answer a question about the local beer scene and win a logo pint glass.

Wednesday, Oct. 8th from 5:30 to 8:00 pm – Beer Tasting at Marty’s Hops and Vines
This week’s beers are Brooklyn Blast!, Worthington’s White Shield English IPA, Thirsty Dog Hoppus Maximus, Victory Mad King’s Weiss and Rhinegeist Panther Porter.

Thursday, Oct. 9th – Firkin Thursday at Fifty West

Thursday, Oct. 9th – Tap That Thursday at BrewRiver GastroPub

Thursday, Oct. 9th from 4:00 pm to close – Take Home the Glass Night at Taste of Belgium Clifton

Thursday, Oct. 9th from 4:00 pm to close – Thirsty Thursday at Kingsgate Marriott
“For $12, you are able to sample 4 creations straight out of Chef Wergers kitchen, all paired with a different beer choice that is hand selected by Chef. Below is this month’s menu featuring a ‘Harvest’ theme: MadTree The Great Pumpcan – Pumpkin Risotto Topped with Craisins and Shaved Pecorino, Mt. Carmel Harvest Ale – Fall Squash Soup Topped with Raspberry Gastrique, Rivertown Hop Bomber Rye Pale Ale – Roasted Carrot Salad with Brown Butter Vinaigrette and Roasted Pepitas and Christian Moerlein Barbarosa – Barbarossa Beer Float with Barbarossa Ice Cream. For more information contact the restaurant manager, Todd Curtis, at 513.487.3835 or todd.curtis@marriott.com. And don’t forget, parking is free when attending Thirsty Thursday events”

Thursday, Oct. 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 – Dogfish Head Punkin, Glendale – Great Lakes Oktoberfest and Hyde Park – Fat Head’s Spooky Tooth.

Thursday, Oct. 9th at 7:00 pm – Beer Dinner at Izzy’s Florence
Enjoy Woodchuck Hopsation, Goose Island Ramblar IPA and O’Fallon Pumpkin Beer paired with Potato Skins appetizer, Turkey BLT and Pumpkin Roll. Cost: $25 per person. For reservations, call (859) 525-2333 or email loveizzys@gmail.com

Friday, Oct. 10th – $8 Growler Fills at Christian Moerlein Brewery

Friday, Oct. 10th from 4:00-7:00 pm – Hop Shop Cask Tapping at Moerlein Lager House
This week, it’s Barbarossa conditioned with ginger and vanilla bean.

Friday, Oct. 10th 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. 10th from 5:00pm-Midnight – 3rd Annual Cincinnati Craft Breweries’ Oktoberfest at Listermann’s Brewing
See their Facebook event page for more information.

Friday, Oct. 10th from 6:00-7:00 pm – Friday Night Flights Beer Tasting at Party Town in Florence

Saturday, Oct. 11th – All crafts $3 at Louie’s Taphouse & Grill (Mason)

aturday, Oct. 11th from 12:00-11:00 pm – 3rd Annual Cincinnati Craft Breweries’ Oktoberfest at Listermann’s Brewing

UPDATE Saturday, Oct. 11th from 12:00-4:30 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

Saturday, Oct. 11th from 5:00-8:00pm – Beer Tasting at Ludlow Wines
The cost to taste four beers is $6.00 per person.


“No cans, bottles, or kegs of Citra High available for carryout.”

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Tastings and Tappings Report: Oct. 3, 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 (10/3), the beers are Fat Head’s Spooky Tooth, Highland Oatmeal Porter, 21st Amendment Back In Black and Knee Deep Hoparillo.

Jungle Jim’s Eastgate – Friday night tasting from 5:00 to 9:00 pm. For this week’s tasting (10/3), they will be unveiling their new tap system. They now have 40 beers on tap at all times. 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 (10/3), it’s beers from Leinenkugel’s. 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 (10/3), the beers are new additions including Lagunitas Sucks. The cost for the regular sample flights is $2.00. The pour is Country Boy Infinite Sadness which is an Imperial Black IPA aged in Bourbon barrels.

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

Moerlein Lager House – Today (Friday) at 4:00 pm, the Lager House will be having another Hop Shop Tapping. This time, it’s OTR Ale dry hopped with German hop Saphir.

Ei8ht Ball Brewing – For next week’s Rare Keg Monday (10/6), it’s a Southern Tier blend of Pumking and Crème Brulee. We’re guessing Peanut had a hand in this brilliant idea. Cost is $10 for a 12 ounce tulip and you keep the glass.

REMINDER

● Lots of other great weekend events coming this weekend including the Bavarian Beer Bash in Vevay and the 22nd Annual Donauschwaben Oktoberfest.

Have a better beer weekend, everyone!

— Carla and Tom

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Braxton Brewing Crowd Funding Starts Today

UPDATE: As promised, here’s the link to the Braxton Brewing Kickstarter Campaign.

Lately, there have been lots and lots of breweries using crowd funding sites like Indie Go-Go and Kickstarter to aid in starting up and/or further developing their breweries. Some are successful. Some are not.

The one for Braxton Brewing is a bit different. Instead of asking for money to maybe start a brewery, their campaign is giving future loyal customers a chance to buy into their version of a mug club now. They haven’t given out many specifics (that information will be released at 11:30 am today), but a recent newsletter hinted at what a “Braxton Builder” would be.

Braxton Builders

For $75.00 in our upcoming Kickstarter campaign, you’ll become a Braxton Builder. The membership offers you unprecedented access into Braxton Brewing Company. Each member will receive:

  • An invitation to the Builders-only meeting where you will have the opportunity to vote on a seasonal release, make suggestions on the brewery’s future, and provide feedback to the team
  • The first opportunity to purchase special or limited releases, and gain VIP access to all special events
  • A beautiful custom certificate signed by the founding team
  • A beautiful, limited edition, Braxton Backers T-shirt
  • Our favorite piece of Braxton Glassware
  • And more!

In addition, they have commissioned a limited edition Braxton Launch Stein from Rookwood Pottery. As you can see below, they are truly beautiful. These will also be part of their Kickstarter campaign.

Braxton Rookwood Stein

Come back after 11:30 am today and we will add the link to the Kickstarter campaign so you can check out all of the options available.

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