We’re going on hiatus. Promise we’ll be back.

When Carla was teaching at the University of Tennessee at Martin, one of her colleagues had a saying that has become a standard at Casa de Hoperatives: “Life is too much with me.” As we’ve mentioned in earlier posts here, the last few months (years?) have been a whirlwind of both good and bad. But, mainly, life has been too much with us.

We’re going to take a short break, a hiatus if you will. We may even re-focus our efforts a bit. One thing that we plan on adding is the ability for better beer locations to submit their beer events directly for our calendar and This Week in Beer posts. [If you would be interested in being a beta tester for that project, email Tom at tom@hoperatives.com]

In the mean time, we will still keep posting and sharing interesting beer news and events on our Facebook page. Heck, we might even go back to posting on our Twitter and Instagram accounts more.

Feel free to drop us a line here or via email [both@hoperatives.com] if you have an idea, comment, suggestion, or even a funny joke you heard and want to share.

We’ll be back. Just taking a break for now.

Cheers and here’s to better beer!

—- Tom and Carla

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Donate to the Brewing Heritage Trail

Our friends know that it has been a crazy summer for us. So crazy that letting you know about this important project in need of funding slipped by us.

When Carla started researching the possibility of creating a brewing science program at Cincinnati State by visiting other schools, each place she visited mentioned the history of brewing in Cincinnati and how teaching brewing here now just made sense. The OTR Brewery District is instrumental in preserving that history and the Brewing Heritage Trail will strengthen that important work.

Please take a moment to check out their Indiegogo campaign. There are lots of great incentives for donating. Even if you just have one less pint of beer this weekend, your $5 donation acknowledges that you support preserving Cincinnati’s brewing history.

Cheers and here’s to better beer!

Carla and Tom

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/build-the-brewing-heritage-trail-history-beer–2#/

How to NOT Get Your Beer Event on Hoperatives

This is a post that has been needed to be written for a long time. We frequently post on Hoperatives how to get your better beer events and information posted here. But we’ve never flat out said what will make sure your beer events and information won’t be.

Tom and I talk about this more than we should have to, but today an incident came up that pushed us over the edge. I’m not going to mention the location involved, but after being called out on an image offensive to women, they responded that it was just a joke. Nope. That’s it. I’m done with you.

Hoperatives will no longer list any beer event or location using names, tag lines, or images that demean any group, promote hate of any kind, or tacitly promotes sexual harassment. Yep, it’s 2017, not 1957. It’s not “just a joke.” It’s not “just beer.” It’s people.

We make no money from Hoperatives. We lose money, in fact, since we have to pay for the web hosting. We also lose the time we spend gathering information and writing it up to share here. To be honest, we would love to take a social media break from time to time, but we need to keep gathering beer events for our posts.

If this policy offends you, quit reading Hoperatives and unsubscribe from our newsletters. We’ll continue to fight to make the beer community more diverse and more welcoming in the meantime.

–Carla & Tom

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A Quick Tour of Hoperatives

New to our web site? Check out 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”. Some Tuesdays, we have our “Traveling Tuesday” post on a better beer location outside the greater Cincinnati area. The other days may include local Cincinnati beer news, beer reviews and posts from our contributors.

Every day, you can check out our listings of Local Breweries, Local Brewery Tours, Local Brewpubs, Local Restaurants/Bars/Pubs, Local Beer Stores, Local Growler Station Tap Listings and Local Happy Hours, Specials, Etc. We try to keep them as up to date as possible, but we do not list a location until it is open to the public.

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 our semi-annual readers 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

Hoperatives

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 purchase if you’re a Hoperative. Well, they are! In fact, you can choose between silk screened or embroidered clothing.

Cafe Press

We 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! We want to make it easy for you to show your Hoperative pride.

Cheers and here’s to better beer!

–Carla and Tom

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 purchase if you’re a Hoperative. Well, they are! In fact, you can choose between silk screened or embroidered clothing.

Cafe Press

We 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! We want to make it easy for you to show your Hoperative pride.

Cheers and here’s to better beer!

–Carla and Tom

A Quick Tour of Hoperatives

New to our web site? Check out 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”. Some Tuesdays, we have our “Traveling Tuesday” post on a better beer location outside the greater Cincinnati area. The other days may include local Cincinnati beer news, beer reviews and posts from our contributors.

Every day, you can check out our listings of Local Breweries, Local Brewery Tours, Local Brewpubs, Local Restaurants/Bars/Pubs, Local Beer Stores, Local Growler Station Tap Listings and Local Happy Hours, Specials, Etc. We try to keep them as up to date as possible, but we do not list a location until it is open to the public.

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 our semi-annual readers 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

Hoperatives

BREW 100: Window Sill Tapping at MadTree – 8/5 at 2 pm

The third in series of beers designed by Carla’s BREW 100 class is set to be tapped this Friday at 2:00 pm at MadTree. If you recall, the first two were Gramma (an oatmeal chocolate chip cookie stout brewed at Rhinegeist) and Brewschool 100 Curve Ball (a black IPA brewed at the Moerlein Lager House).

BREW 100: Window Sill is a strawberry-rhubarb American Hefeweizen with ginger. Four of the students from the spring semester class (Mike Hughes, Chris Marshall, David Ovens and Troy Sparks) joined us at MadTree last month to help brew the beer with Ryan Blevins and other members of the MadTree team. Ryan and Matt Rowe worked with the class back in March to design the beer and name it. It was especially appropriate for Ryan to be working with the class since he is a Cincinnati State graduate.

BREW 100-Window Sill - Milling the Grain
BREW 100-Window Sill – Milling the Grain
BREW 100-Window Sill - Troy stirring the mash
BREW 100-Window Sill – Troy stirring the mash
BREW 100-Window Sill - David chopping up the ginger
BREW 100-Window Sill – David chopping up the ginger
BREW 100-Window Sill - Mike weighing out hops
BREW 100-Window Sill – Mike weighing out hops
BREW 100-Window Sill - Chris and Mike removing the spent grain
BREW 100-Window Sill – Chris and Mike removing the spent grain

As previously announced, the fall BREW 100 class will be working with Urban Artifact to create their class beer. Students also have the opportunity to complete their Cicerone Certified Beer Server or Master Brewers Association of the Americas (MBAA) Associate Brew Steward certification as part of the class.

BREW 100 (Introduction to Craft Beer) is one of eight courses that are part of the new Brewing Sales and Marketing Certificate being offered at Cincinnati State Technical and Community this fall. To admitted into the certificate program or to take BREW 100 as a non-degree seeking student, go to http://www.cincinnatistate.edu/admission-financial-aid/admissions/admission-process on the Cincinnati State website. For more information on the certificate or the two-year brewing degree to be offered starting in the fall of 2017 (pending state approval), email Carla at carla.gesell-streeter@cincinnatistate.edu

Stop by MadTree Brewing this Friday (August 5th) at 2:00 pm to taste this special collaboration between BREW 100 students and MadTree. Go to our Facebook event page to let us know that you’re going to be there.

Thanks for the validation!

To say that we have been overwhelmed by the responses we’ve received since our Hoperatives: Where We Stand Now post came out on Tuesday would be an understatement. We asked that you let us know what you thought and you did. For that, we are very grateful.

We are looking into possible advertising partners that are appropriate for Hoperatives. More importantly, please know that we will only take advertising from companies and products that we believe in. Through this little experiment, we’ve learned that our responsibility is to our readers first and foremost and that’s where our loyalties will always lie.

And we want to publicly thank those of you who tipped us via our PayPal link:

Mark McChesney
Chad Harrison Ford
Jeff Van Kirk
Craig Quesnell
Ryan Phillips
William Kiessling

As the title of this post says thanks for the validation. It really means a lot!

Thank You

Braxton Brewing to Release Oktober Fuel Lager

The Fall is a cruel time for craft brewers. There are beers specific to every season, but no other four month period whips through as many different beers as the Fall. Between now and December breweries will be expected to have an Oktoberfest, a pumpkin (or something else that screams “Fall!”), a distinct Fall/Winter beer and a Christmas or Winter warmer. Braxton Brewing is in its first year of operation, so is working its way through this cycle for the first time. September has arrived and, unlike its older siblings in the trade, it’s held its Oktoberfest for a calendar-appropriate time. Their Oktober Fuel Lager will debut this Friday, September 11 at the Braxton taproom and select locations around town.

Carla and I were invited down to the brewery to try out the new beer. As we walked back to talk to the brewing team, head brewer Evan Rouse mentioned that we were sampling beer from the first keg packaged. It’s not like there’s a downside to doing a beer blog, but there are definitely times there are perks. This qualifies.

Oktober Fuel Badge

Oktober Fuel is Evan’s take on an Oktoberfest that itself is based on both his commercial experience and the collective wisdom of four other brewer’s recipes. What he came up with includes Pils, Munich, Vienna, and C-45 malts plus Saaz and Hallertau hops. Thirty-percent of the mash was decocted and it was in the tank for just over four weeks. The ABV is 5.8%.

Oktober Fuel and Twisted Bit
Braxton lagers Oktober Fuel and Twisted Bit side by side

This is the second lager that Braxton has brewed (the first being their Dortmunder Twisted Bit). Since lagers take longer, many craft brewers won’t touch them because of the resources they tie up. We asked Evan why are lagers worth the time and resources. He replied:

Not only to me, but also for the entire team (and rarely do I speak for them, but I am comfortable enough to do so here), lagers are absolutely worth it when done properly. We are using actual lager yeast strains, cold fermenting, and lagering until the beer is ready/at the best it will be. With all of our backgrounds in lagers, and our passion for them (they are extremely drinkable) it makes them that much more fun to make. I think having the capability to do them gives us a step up. Also – I think that starting with lagers early on, helps pave the way down the road as we schedule fermenters and build out production scheduling – if they were there from the start, its not as hard to stomach as going from an all “ale” brewery to introduce lagers, when you can turn 2x ale for any one lager.

Oktober Fuel will be tapped at 5:00 pm this Friday, September 11th at the Braxton Tap Room. It will be available at Covington Oktoberfest, Newport Oktoberfest, Cincy Beerfest on Fountain Square, and Oktoberfest Zinzinnati. It will also be available at Dickmann’s, AmerAsia, Wunderbar, Molly Malone’s, and Cock n Bull.

So prost! And lift one to life!

— Tom and Carla