Who Dey Think Gonna Raise More Money?

MadTree Brewing is teaming up with the Northern Kentucky Homebrewers Guild in their effort to raise money for the Walk to End Alzheimer’s.  1001380_3289504972175_1729332084_nThe two are inviting better beer and Bengals lovers to the MadTree tap room on Sunday, September 8th to watch the first game of the Bengals regular season.

MadTree will be serving up their finest craft beers while the Bengals face off against the Bears at 1p.m.  in Chicago.  A local food truck will be serving food while the Homebrewers sell split the pot and raffle tickets to all those in attendance.

All proceeds raised during the event will benefit the NKY Homebrewers Guild Walk to End Alzheimer’s Team.  This is the first year the Guild has raised money for the cause, and to date have raised over $1500 making them the 13th team in the walk’s top 20 fundraisers this year.  Team Captain Tina Rouse of Union says her goal is to be rated number 1 before the walk which takes place at Sawyer Point on Saturday October 5th.

According to the Alzheimer’s Walk website, over 1,000 people on 255 teams have registered to participate this year and raised over $114,000 of their $449,000 goal.  The Walk is the nations largest event to raise awareness and funds to fight Alzheimer’s disease which is the 6th most common cause of death in the United States of America.  You can help the NKY Homebrewers by simply coming out to watch the Bengals kick off their season, while enjoy great locally brewed craft beer with your friends and family.

The event called “Who Dey Think Gonna Raise More Money?” will be from 1 to 5 at MadTree Brewing, 5164 Kennedy Ave. Cincinnati Ohio 45213.

Homebrewers Unite to End Alzheimer’s

Mark your calendar for Saturday, June 15 2013, the Northern Kentucky Homebrewers Guild and
Beef ‘O’ Brady’s in Union Kentucky will be hosting a pancake breakfast to raise money for the Walk to Cure Alzheimer’s hosted in October by the Alzheimer’s Association of Greater Cincinnati. Tickets are on sale now for only $7 each (kids under 5 are free) and money raised will be donated to the NKYHBG Alzheimer’s Walk team. Breakfast includes pancakes, bacon, breakfast potatoes, milk, coffee and juice. Tickets must be purchased in advance to ensure enough food is available for the event.

The Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s® is the nation’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Held annually in more than 600 communities nationwide, this inspiring event calls on participants of all ages and abilities to reclaim the future for millions. Together, we can end Alzheimer’s disease, the nation’s sixth-leading cause of death (www.act.alz.org).

“I decided to start a team for the Northern Kentucky Homebrewers Guild because they are a very diverse group. They like to have fun, they exhibit tremendous camaraderie and they are a very generous and giving bunch of people. I believe those ingredients combine to make a perfect recipe for a team. Through some casual conversations with Guild members, I learned that Alzheimer’s had touched the lives of a few of the other members. When I mentioned the annual walk, the pancake breakfast, as well as a few other things we had planned to try and raise money for the walk team, I got some really favorable responses and offers to help. Amongst ourselves we’ve discussed trying to become the highest fundraising team in the history of the walk. While I don’t know if that will actually happen, I truly believe that we are on a good path and will make a tremendous financial impact to benefit he Alzheimer’s Association” said NKYHBG Team Captain, Tina Rouse.

For tickets, you can email Chris McGreevy (Hoperative #212) at cmcgnky@gmail.com or call 859-488-1205.

Event Details:
NKHBG Pancake Breakfast
Saturday, June 15 2013
8:30 am to 10:30 am
Beef ‘O’ Brady’s
1597 Calvary Ln
Union, KY 41091

If you are unable to attend the breakfast, you can still support this great cause and the NKY Homebrewers Guild Team by making a donation online at http://act.alz.org/site/TR/Walk/OH-GreaterCincinnati?pg=team&fr_id=3603&team_id=90038.

To find out more about the NKY Homebrewers Guild, visit www.nkyhomebrewers.org.
I hope to see you there to support this great cause.

Cheers!
Chris (#212)
cmcgnky@gmail.com
@cmcgnky

Reminder: Send Us Your Better Beer Information… PLEASE!

This is an edited re-post of a post we published back in December of 2010. As the saying goes, the more things change, the more they stay the same.

Almost weekly, as soon as either our This Week in Beer or Tastings and Growlers posts go up, we get a comment about some event we didn’t know about. And it makes us sad 1. Hoperatives was created to let people know about the better beer locations and better beer events happening in Cincinnati. But we can’t let people know if we don’t know ourselves.

So it would be a lot easier being psychic. Then we’d know what’s going on. The problem is that we’d also have to know a lot of stuff we’d rather not know, like why people drink Bud Select 55. Given the choice, we’ll pass on being psychic. Besides, the collective power of the Internet is better.

Here’s what you can do to help:

  1. both@hoperatives.com is the best way to reach us.
  2. If your favorite better beer location is not in one of our listings in the left hand column, let us know. Optimally, we would love to have the location’s name, address, phone number, web site and hours if possible. But, we’d be happy with just a name to start with. We have Google and we’re not afraid to use it.
  3. If your favorite better beer restaurant or bar has a rotating tap list, send us an update when you get a chance. This is an area we really hope to expand in the future. If you like, you can even just snap a picture of it with your cell phone and email it to us.
  4. If your favorite better beer location is having an event, drop us a line and let us know. Don’t assume we already know about it. You would be amazed how many events we stumble upon on FaceBook or by surfing websites.
  5. We don’t do formal reviews of anything other than beer, but we’re perfectly happy to talk about the people and places that serve better beer. Maybe you were someplace and a bartender or other server told you about something new. Or you have a place you just love and want the world to know about. Send us an e-mail! There are over 350 Hoperatives listed on the Roll Call page and more in the pipeline waiting to be processed. We’d love to hear from all of you.

It’s been said often in this space, but it’s true: Cincinnati’s not that big, but we’d hate to have to paint it. Let us know what’s happening and we’ll make sure to get the word out.

Thanks!

Carla and Tom


1Don’t get us wrong, we’re happy to get the comment. We’ll usually update the post as a result. But it just would have been nice to have the information before we posted the first time.

Welcome New Readers!

As we announced on Friday, Hoperatives is now part of the Cincinnati.com Blog Network and we’re already starting to see some new readers thanks to that affiliation. If you’re new to Hoperatives, let us give you the nickel tour.

On Mondays (like today), we publish “This Week in Beer” and on Fridays, we publish the “Growlers and Tastings Report”. Most 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 regular contributors John Lavelle, Jared Whalen and Jason Rust aka Puddin’.

You can also find Hoperatives on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/hoperatives and on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/hoperatives. If you use Google calendar, you can add our Hoperatives Cincinnati beer events calendar just by clicking here and then click the button in the bottom right corner to add it to your Google calendar.

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 drop an email message to rollcall@hoperatives.com with your name and location to join our ranks and get your roll call number. You can see the 302 already registered Hoperatives on our 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 and raise a pint of better beer in your honor!

Cheers and here’s to better beer!

— Carla and Tom

Send Us Your Better Beer Information… PLEASE!

Sometimes it sucks not being psychic.

Last Friday, Polly Campbell (the Cincinnati Enquirer‘s restaurant critic and food writer) sent out these three plaintive messages on her Twitter account:

@BeingPolly — Note: my job is to collect information. You do not need permission to give it to me! Call me, e-mail me, however you want. I am not scary.

@BeingPolly — Am I? Nor do you need some kind of fancy press release. Do want all pertinent info like—dates, times, name spellings,addresses.

@BeingPolly — I am more frustrated by ppl NOT calling me than calling me too much. (Not including NY PR ppl hawking non-local products and news.)

We know where she’s coming from. Almost weekly, as soon as either our This Week in Beer or Tastings and Growlers posts go up, we get a comment about some event we didn’t know about. And it makes us sad 1. Hoperatives was created to let people know about the better beer locations and better beer events happening in Cincinnati. But we can’t let people know if we don’t know ourselves.

So it would be a lot easier being psychic. Then we’d know what’s going on. The problem is that we’d also have to know a lot of stuff we’d rather not know, like why people drink Bud Select 55. Given the choice, we’ll pass on being psychic. Besides, the collective power of the Internet is better.

Here’s what you can do to help:

  1. both@hoperatives.com is the best way to reach us.
  2. If your favorite better beer location is not in one of our listings in the left hand column, let us know. Optimally, we would love to have the location’s name, address, phone number, web site and hours if possible. But, we’d be happy with just a name to start with. We have Google and we’re not afraid to use it.
  3. If your favorite better beer restaurant or bar has a rotating tap list, send us an update when you get a chance. This is an area we really hope to expand in the future. If you like, you can even just snap a picture of it with your cell phone and email it to us.
  4. If your favorite better beer location is having an event, drop us a line and let us know. Don’t assume we already know about it. You would be amazed how many events we stumble upon on FaceBook or by surfing websites.
  5. We don’t do formal reviews of anything other than beer, but we’re perfectly happy to talk about the people and places that serve better beer. Maybe you were someplace and a bartender or other server told you about something new. Or you have a place you just love and want the world to know about. Send us an e-mail! There are 227 Hoperatives listed on the Roll Call page and more in the pipeline waiting to be processed. We’d love to hear from all of you.

It’s been said often in this space, but it’s true: Cincinnati’s not that big, but we’d hate to have to paint it. Let us know what’s happening and we’ll make sure to get the word out.

Thanks!

Carla and Tom


1Don’t get us wrong, we’re happy to get the comment. We’ll usually update the post as a result. But it just would have been nice to have the information before we posted the first time.

This Week in Beer: June 29 – July 5, 2009

Thursday, July 2nd at 6:00 pm – FIRST EVER HOPERATIVES HAPPENING AT ROCK BOTTOM
Join us for the first ever Hoperatives Happening, a gathering of believers in better beer! Enjoy the tapping of Rock Bottom’s American Dream IPA, nosh on complimentary appetizers and maybe even win a prize. RSVP to both@hoperatives.com or you can let us know on Twitter or Facebook. If you are not a Rock Bottom Mug Club member yet, you can sign up on the spot!

Thursday, July 2nd at 6:00-10:00 pm – Cock & Bull: Pint Night Thursdays
Featured beer: Great Lakes Independence Ale

Thursday, June 4th at 6:00 to 8:00 pm – Burgers and Beers “Thirstday” at the Party Source (on the Patio)
Sample five beers and get a great burger with themed toppings for just $15. This week’s theme is hop heads.

Friday, June 5th from 5:00-7:00 pm – Beer Tasting at Liquor Direct (Fort Thomas)

Friday, June 5th from 6:00-7:00 pm – Friday Night Flights at Party Town in Florence
We’ll let you know what the featured brewery is as soon as we hear!

Saturday, June 6th from 5:00-8:00pm – Ludlow Wines: Beer Tasting

Are you coming Thursday? RSVP Please!

The first ever Hoperatives Happening (a gathering of believers in better beer) will be at the Cincinnati Rock Bottom on this Thursday (July 2nd) at 6:00 pm.

We stopped in at Rock Bottom yesterday and brewmaster Mitch and manager Keith have space reserved for us. We’ll be in the raised area immediately to your right when you enter (where their brewers dinners are usually held). There will be some complimentary appetizers too and we will have some giveaways for the Hoperatives that join us that night.

What we need to know now is… how many of you are coming? We know about 25 people said they could come to a gathering on this date when we asked earlier. Just leave us a comment here or drop us a message at both@hoperatives.com to let us know. You can also RSVP on Twitter or Facebook.

If you already have a Hoperatives button, please wear it that night. If you need one, you can get one there (while supplies last). Also, we recently found out that a photographer from CIN Weekly / Metromix will be there that night and we’ll be part of an upcoming article on beer in Cincinnati.

We’re very excited about this and hope you are too! Plus, it will be Hoperatives’ 6 months anniversary!

– Tom and Carla

If We Throw It, Will You Come? (A Gathering, That Is…)

So we’ve been kicking around having our first official Hoperatives gathering some time soon. We’ve had the pleasure of meeting many of you individually, but thought it might be nice to get together and raise a pint to “better beer”. So check your calendars and let us know if Thursday, June 4th or Thursday, July 2nd would work for you. We’re thinking 6:00 pm or so to meet up. As soon as we get at least ten positive responses to this idea, we’ll start putting things in motion.

And don’t forget we’re on our way to our 100th Hoperative and our next drawing. We already have some prizes for this next round including $40 gift certificate to Rock Bottom Restaurant and Brewery, a t-shirt from Weasel Boy Brewing Company, a Magic Hat opener and more. Who knows what else we might add by the time we get to 100? Not a Hoperative yet? Just drop an email message to rollcall@hoperatives.com with your name and location to join our ranks and get your roll call number.

Cheers and to better beer!

– Carla and Tom

BEER WARS LIVE : Movie April 16, 8pm EST

BEER WARS
BEER WARS

I’m not sure how we missed this for so long but it seems like something I may be making a trip to the theater to see. Who’s coming with me?

Playing LIVE April 16th at 8pm EST.

I have checked and this is playing at the Cinema De Lux in Florence on the 16th at 8pm in HD. Check your local theater to see if it’s playing there.

-Jared

Synopsis

In America, size matters. The bigger you are, the more power you have, especially in the business world.

Director Anat Baron takes you on a no holds barred exploration of the U.S. beer industry that ultimately reveals the truth behind the label of your favorite beer. Told from an insider’s perspective, the film goes behind the scenes of the daily battles and all out wars that dominate one of America’s favorite industries.

Beer Wars begins as the corporate behemoths are being challenged by small, independent brewers who are shunning the status quo and creating innovative new beers. The story is told through 2 of these entrepreneurs – Sam and Rhonda – battling the might and tactics of Corporate America. We witness their struggle to achieve their American Dream in an industry dominated by powerful corporations unwilling to cede an inch.

This contemporary David and Goliath story is ultimately about keeping your integrity (and your family’s home) in the face of temptation. Beer Wars is a revealing and entertaining journey that provides unexpected and surprising turns and promises to change the world’s opinion on those infamous 99 bottles of beer on the wall.

Fathom and Ducks In A Row Entertainment present “Beer Wars LIVE” with Ben Stein, a one night event taking you inside the boardrooms and back rooms of the American beer industry. The event will feature the exclusive never-before-seen documentary “Beer Wars,” followed by a riveting live discussion led by Ben Stein with America’s leading independent brewers and experts. Playing in movie theatres nationwide on Thursday, April 16 at 8 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. CT / 6 p.m. MT / 8 p.m. PT (tape delay), beer industry insiders will take you behind-the-scenes of their quest for the American Dream.

Prohibition Resistance Tour 2009 is on!

Steve Hampton of the Over-the-Rhine Brewery District Community Urban Redevelopment Corporation (OTR Brewery District CURC for the short-of-breath) dropped us a line to let us know that the 2009 Prohibition Resistance Tour is being planned March 7 & 8 during Bockfest.  Carla and I tried to go last year, but the weather didn’t cooperate.  It was rescheduled (the event, not the weather), but, alas, the rescheduled date conflicted with another commitment.

This year we are so there.

You can get specific details about the here, but I’d encourage you to take a look around the www.otrbrewerydistrict.org site.  Better yet, get involved!  Cincinnati has always been a home for believers in better beer, and this organization is all about preserving that heritage and moving it forward.