This Week in Beer: June 19 – 25, 2017

Check out our Better Beer Happy Hours, Etc. page for regularly scheduled events and specials. We are only list events here that are unique for this coming week in beer. Remember to check our Events Calendar throughout the week to see events that are added after our Monday morning publication time.

HAPPY CINCINNATI BEER WEEK! Check out the schedule On their website for even more events for this week.

Through Saturday, June 24th – Cincinnati Beer Week Voting at Hebron Brew Haus

Through Saturday, June 24th – Cincinnati Beer Week at Darkness Brewing

Monday, June 19th-Wednesday, June 21st – 3 Days and 3 PAs at BC’s Bottle Lodge

Monday, June 19th-Tuesday, June 20th – Sierra Nevada Beer Camp Around the World at the Lackman

Monday, June 19th at 7:00 pm – Cincy Beer Week Tap Takeover at the Crazy Fox Saloon

Tuesday, June 20th-Sunday, June 25th – Anniversary Week at Nine Giant

Tuesday, June 20th at 7:00 pm – Get to Know GPO at Listermann Brewing

Wednesday, June 21st at 9:00 am – Tap Out with Lehr’s Beers at Lehr’s Prime Market

Wednesday, June 21st at 5:00 pm – Tapping Darwin’s Delight at Fibonacci Brewing

Wednesday, June 21st at 5:00 pm – Pride Night at Market Wines

Wednesday, June 21st at 6:00 pm – Taft’s Pint Night benefiting Caracole at Marty’s Hops and Vines

Wednesday, June 21st at 6:00 pm – Brooklyn Beer Dinner at Moerlein Lager House

Wednesday, June 21st at 7:00 pm – The Impact of Hop Additions at Wooden Cask Brewing

Thursday, June 22nd at 12:00 pm – Bourbon Barrel Aged Scotsman at Wooden Cask Brewing

Thursday, June 22nd at 4:00 pm – Start of Summer Pint Night at Queen City Radio

Thursday, June 22nd at 5:00 pm – Cappy’s Beer Week at Cappy’s Wine and Spirits

Thursday, June 22nd at 5:00 pm – The Woodburn Pint Night at BC’s Bottle Lodge

Thursday, June 22nd at 5:00 pm – Founders Tap Takeover at Molly Malone’s Covington

Thursday, June 22nd at 6:00 pm – Ballast Point Takeover Karaoke Night at Wunderbar

Thursday, June 22nd at 6:00 pm – Collaborative Beer Dinner featuring Christian Moerlein at Bauer Farm Kitchen

Thursday, June 22nd at 6:00 pm – Brews and Bites at the Party Source

Thursday, June 22nd at 6:00 pm – Urban Artifact Tap Takeover at the Gruff

Thursday, June 22nd at 6:00-10:00 pm – Stone Pint Night at Cock & Bull Main Strasse

Thursday, June 22nd at 6:00-10:00 pm – Curious Traveler Pint Night at Cock & Bull Glendale

Thursday, June 22nd at 6:00-10:00 pm – Stone Pint Night at Cock & Bull Main Hyde Park

Thursday, June 22nd at 7:00 pm – Beer Week Live Trivia at Hebron Brew Haus

Friday, June 23rd at 4:00 pm – Clermont County’s Beer Week at Lehr’s Prime Market

Friday, June 23rd from 5:00-9:00 pm – Great Lakes Pint Night at Jungle Jim’s Eastgate

Friday, June 23rd from 5:00-9:00 pm – Rhinegeist Pint Night at Jungle Jim’s Fairfield

Friday, June 23rd from 5:30-7:00 pm – Friday Night Flights at Party Town

Friday, June 23rd at 7:00 pm – Moerlein and Friends at Christian Moerlein Malt House

Saturday, June 24th at 11:00 am – Ballast Point Bob-A-Palooza at Buffalo Bob’s Independence

Saturday, June 24th at 11:00 am – Three Floyds Tap Takeover at BC’s Bottle Lodge

Saturday, June 24th at 2:00 pm – Street Pub Cincinnati by Deschutes Brewing

Saturday, June 24th at 3:00 pm – Beer Olympics at the Turnpike Tavern

Saturday, June 24th at 6:00 pm – Rhinegeist Tap Takeover at The Gruff

Hoperatives: This Week In Beer

Tastings and Tappings Report: June 24, 2016

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.

With CINCINNATI BEER WEEK winding down, we will have more events than usual listed this week. And, because we will be out of town most of the weekend, any late changes or additions may not get updated.

HAPPY GRAND OPENING, NINE GIANT! – You can celebrate Cincinnati Beer Week at the newest Cincinnati Brewery starting tomorrow. Located at 6095 Montgomery Rd in Cincinnati, they promise Nine Giant beer, guest beer, wine for “your ‘I don’t like beer’ friends” and more. Welcome!

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY, RHINEGEIST! – Join the celebration tomorrow from noon to midnight. For more information like the hourly tappings, check out their Facebook event page.

OTR Beerfest at Washington Park – This year, it’s on two nights (Friday, June 24th and Saturday, June 25th) and there will be draft as well as canned beer. Get your VIP tickets for extra perks at http://otrbeerfest.com/buy-tickets/

TASTINGS

Country Fresh Farm Market and Wine Depot – Erie Brewing Company tasting today from 4:00-7:00 pm. Beers include Soleil Shandy, Derailed Cherry Inspired Cream Ale, Railbender Ale Scottish Style Ale and another beer to be determined.

Jungle Jim’s – Friday night tasting from 5:00 to 9:00 pm at both locations. Pints are usually $3. This week, they are celebrating Cincinnati Beer Week at Fairfield and at Eastgate, it’s New Belgium and Rhinegeist beers including their collaboration on Rhinegeist Fat Pale Ale.

— On Saturday from 4:00-10:00 pm, the Eastgate Jungle Jim’s will have a Alltech Lexington Brewing tap takeover in their Paraside Pavilion. Pints and flights available.

Party Source – $1 beer tastings on Saturday from 12:00-1:00 pm.

Party Town – For Friday Night Flights this week from 5:30-7:00 pm, they are celebrating local brewers with several collaboration draft by the glass pour selections for $3.00. It’s $2.00 for the regular sample flights. Only adults age 21 or more are admitted for Friday Night Flights. Limit of one sample per person. No shopping carts in the back room please.

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 and RELEASES

Braxton Brewing – Bagels, Beer Jelly, and Beermosas Friday Morning. Lil’s Bagels and jellies made out of Storm, Twisted Bit, Dead Blow and Nectar Mexican Lager with Agave.

– Braxton Summertrip Passion Fruit Berliner Weisse & Crowler Launch Party Friday starting at 5:30 pm plus for June Firkin Friday, it’s Nectar Mexican Lager with Agave (their Cincinnati Beer Week Collaborative Beer) with lime and salt.

Cappy’s Wine and Spirits – Fat Head’s Friday starting at 5:00 pm. Beers include Headhunter, Midnight Moonlite, Trailhead, and a firkin of Jungle Juice Head Hunter.

Christian Moerlein Malt House – Moerlein Bomber Bash Saturday starting at 6:00 pm. You an get a four-pack including: 1000Weiss, Wild Hunt Cascadian Ale, Twelve/163 Brandy Barrel Aged Quad and Eleven/162 Bourbon Barrel Aged Wee Heavy; plus 2 snifter glasses for $35. There is no bottle limit and they’ll have all the beers on tap as well.

Ei8ht Ball Brewing – Tonight is Free Bacon Night and they will be pouring beers from Deschutes including Fresh Squeezed IPA, Not The Stoic Barrel Aged Quadruple & Pinot Sauve.

Rivertown Brewing – Tapping Passion Fruit Divergent today starting at 4:00 pm. And then Pineapple Divergent on Saturday starting at noon.

Urban Artifact – 5 Rabbits Tap Takeover today starting at 4:00 pm. Beers include 5 Lizard, Magnifica, Paletas, Super Pils and Chocofrut Pina.

OTHER

BB Riverboats – For June, the featured brewery for their Craft Beer and BBQ Cruises is Rivertown. You can get more information and purchase your tickets at http://www.bbriverboats.com/CraftBeer-BBQ-Cruise.html

Fifty West – The Road Not Taken Brewers’ Brunch in collaboration with Against the Grain Brewery, Sunday, June 26th at 11:00 am. For more information and to purchase tickets, go to http://fiftywestbrew.com/roadnottakenbrunch/

Wiseguy Lounge Covington – Beer Cocktails with Christian Moerlein tonight starting at 7:00 pm. They will be using Over-The-Rhine Cider, 1000Weiss, and Moerlein’s Collaboration Beer Week beer to make the cocktails.

Have a better beer weekend, everyone!

— Carla and Tom

Hoperatives Tastings and Tappings Report

This Week in Beer: June 20 – 26, 2016

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.

HAPPY CINCINNATI BEER WEEK! As you can imagine, this week’s post is much longer than usual.

ALL WEEK – Vote for your Favorite Cincinnati Beer Week Collaboration Beer at Hebron Brew Haus

Monday, June 20th – Release of the Birds and the Bees Cincinnati Beer Week Collaboration Beer
This beer was the collaborative work of Christian Moerlein Brewing Co., Ei8ht Ball, Mash Cult Brewing, Old Firehouse Brewery and Tap & Screw Brewery.

Monday, June 20th at 5:00 pm – MadTree Pint Night at Cappy’s Wine and Spirits
They will be tapping tequila aged Tiamat and bourbon barrel-aged Rubus Cacao.

Monday, June 20th at 5:00 pm – Rare Keg Monday at Ei8ht Ball Brewing
This week, it’s De Struise Black Albert Imperial Stout.

Monday, June 20th at 6:00 pm – Fat Tire & Friends Collabeeration Launch Party at Rhinegeist
Meet the brewers (New Belgium’s Master Brewer Peter Bouckaer and Rhinegeist’s Head Brewer Jim Matt), enjoy rarity tappings (6:30pm and 7:30pm), live DJ sets, and promotional giveaways from both breweries, including one of New Belgium’s coveted, special edition cruiser bikes.

Monday, June 20th at 6:00 pm – Jackie O’s Oil of Aphrodite Tapping and Poster Release at Arnold’s Bar & Grill
For more inforamtion, check out www.arnoldsbeerposters.com.

Monday, June 20th at 6:00 pm – Get to Know Girls Pint Out at Listermann’s
More information available on their Facebook event page.

Tuesday, June 21st at 12:00 Noon – Tapping at Ei8ht Ball
Beers include gin barrel-aged Prodigal, gin barrel-aged Tarnished and flushed bourbon barrel-aged Dalton’s Kriek.

Tuesday, June 21st at 5:00 pm – Christian Moerlein Thousand Weiss Tapping at Cappy’s Wine and Spirits
Besides this special beer for Cincinnati Beer Week, they will also be tapping Moerlein’s FC Cincinnati Blood Orange IPA and Moerlein owner Greg Hardman will be in attendance.

Tuesday, June 21st – Ei8ht Ball Tap Takeover at Nation Kitchen and Bar
Five Ei8ht Ball kegs on tap.

Tuesday, June 21st at 5:00 pm – Fat Tire & Friends Brewery Tapping Party at Northside Tavern
Check out the Collabeeration beer between New Belgium Brewery and Rhinegeist. We are hearing that New Belgium’s Brew Master Peter Bouckaert will be on hand and that there will be some more fun from New Belgium. Follow our Facebook page for more information later this week.

Tuesday, June 21st at 6:00 pm – Triple Digit Tiramisu Chickow! Tapping and Poster Release at Arnold’s Bar & Grill
For more inforamtion, check out www.arnoldsbeerposters.com.

Tuesday, June 21st at 6:00 pm – Rhinegeist Tapping at Wiseguy Lounge Covington
Beers include Truth, Cougar, Peach Dodo, and Juicy Truth.

Tuesday, June 21st at 6:00 pm – The Cure Starts Now “Brennan’s Buck Nut Brew” Tappening at Rivertown Brewing
Check out their Facebook event page for more information.

Tuesday, June 21st at 7:00 pm – Trivia night at The Growler House
“Featuring the Cincy Beer Week collaboration beers from Team Listermann and Team Mt. Carmel! We’ll be tapping two of the very limited collaboration beers while you compete for a chance to win brewery prizes and Growler House gift cards”

Wednesday, June 22nd – You-Call-It Flight Night/”Blind IPA Tasting Game!” at The Growler House
For $10, you get a flight of 5 unmarked IPAs. Match the beers correctly to the list you are provided and you can win a Cincy Beer Week pint glass. (While supplies last)

Wednesday, June 22nd from 12:30-2:00 pm – Lunch with New Belgium’s Brew Master Peter Bouckaert at Ei8ht Ball
Lunch provided by New Belgium.

Wednesday, June 22nd at 4:00 pm – Wintergreen Roebling Tappening at Rivertown Brewing

Wednesday, June 22nd – Beer and Slider Night at Nation Kitchen and Bar
Three sliders paired with four 5 ounce beers from Listermann Brewing. $20.

UPDATE Wednesday, June 22nd at 4:00 pm – CINfully HOPnotic DIPA Release at Bad Tom Smith Brewing

Wednesday, June 22nd at 6:00 pm – Moerlein Third Wave Poster Release at Arnold’s Bar & Grill
For more inforamtion, check out www.arnoldsbeerposters.com. They will also have a series of Third Wave IPAs on tap including regular Third Wave IPA, FC Cincinnati Blood Orange IPA, Habanero Lime Third Wave and Double Dry Hopped Citra Third Wave.

Wednesday, June 22nd at 6:00 pm – Rhinegeist v The World at Marty’s Hops and Vines
Try a blind tasting of pairs of drafts including: Rhinegeist Puma Pils v Pils Urquell; Rhinegeist Truth IPA v Alesmith IPA; Rhinegeist Fat Pale Ale v New Belgium Fat Tire. “Taste. Decide. Vote.”

Thursday, June 23rd at 12:00 pm – Jackie O’s Tap Takeover at Ei8ht Ball

Thursday, June 23rd – MadTree Night at The Growler House
Hear about their MadTree and how they started. Beers include RoHoFlo, Treesearch #4113 and Citra High. Citra High can release this night as well.

Thursday, June 23rd at 4:00 pm – Strawberry Divergent Tappening at Rivertown Brewing

Thursday, June 23rd at 5:00 pm – Heavy Seas Pint Night at Cappy’s Wine and Spirits
Heavy Seas’ owner High Sisson will be in attendance and they’ll have bombers available for sale that he can sign. Beers on tap include Loose Cannon, Double Cannon, Uber Pils, Blackbeard’s Breakfast and a special cask containing Loose Cannon with cascade, centennial, & citra hops, applewood, orange zest and dried grapefruit.

UPDATE Thursday, June 23rd at 5:00 pm – Elysian Brewing Launch Party at The Lackman
Beers include Space Dust Double IPA, Superfuzz Blood Orange Pale Ale and a surprise brew straight from the brewery.

Thursday, June 23rd from 5:00-9:00 pm – Rivertown/The Cure Starts Now Tapping at Jungle Jim’s Eastgate
Beers include Brennan’s Bucknut Brew (peanut butter chocolate stout), Divergent (with woodruff & raspberry syrups available) and Blueberry Lager.

Thursday, June 23rd at 6:00 pm – New Belgium/Rhinegeist Fat Tire Collaboration Tapping and Poster Release at Arnold’s Bar & Grill
For more inforamtion, check out www.arnoldsbeerposters.com.

Thursday, June 23rd – One Year Anniversary Party at Nation Kitchen and Bar
Tapping bourbon barrel Carrie Ale. $4 burgers, $2 fries, $3 drafts.

Thursday, June 23rd from 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 – Goodwood, Glendale – Fifty West and Hyde Park – MadTree Sol Drifter.

Thursday, June 23rd at 6:00 pm – Beer Dinner at Stadium Sports Bar (Belterra Park)
MENU – First Course: Fried Green Tomatoes, Peppered Greens, Fire Grilled Corn Succotash, Spiced Mayonnaise paired with Rheingeist Truth IPA; Second Course: Slow Cooked Pork Belly, Orange Marmalade, Cider Honey Reduction, BBQ Spiced Pork Cracklings paired with Stadium Lager; Third Course: Ale Braised Short Ribs, Boursin Smashers paired with Christian Moerlein OTR; Final Course: Guinness Float with Coffee Ice Cream, Praline Sauce. Cost is $35 per person. Call 513-232-8000 to make your reservations.

Thursday, June 23rd at 6:00 pm – Moerlein Cask Takeover at The Pub Crestview Hills
Featuring casks of Coconut Seven Hefeweizen, Lemon Purity Pils and cask-conditioned Thousand Weiss Imperial Hefeweizen with blackberries. Pints are $5.

Thursday, June 23rd from 6:00-10:00 pm – Thirsty Thursdays at Craft Pointe
This week, they have beers from Christian Moerlein.

Thursday, June 23rd from 7:00 pm – New Holland Pint Night at Hebron Brew Haus

Friday, June 24th from 3:00-9:00 pm – Revolution Brewing Miami Vice Theme Party at The Lackman
Featuring two beer cocktails and two beers on tap from Revolution.

Friday, June 24th at 6:00 pm – Braxton Storm Tapping and Poster Release at Arnold’s Bar & Grill
For more inforamtion, check out www.arnoldsbeerposters.com.

Friday, June 24th – Blank Slate Night at The Growler House
Blank Slate owner, Scott LaFollette, will be on hand to discuss their expansion, upcoming can release, and more. Beers include Saison d’ 513, Pinango, There She Gose, Orchid’s Repose and Fork-in-the-Road.

Friday, June 24th and Saturday, June 25th – OTR Beerfest at Washington Park
This year, it’s on two nights and there will be draft as well as canned beer. Get your VIP tickets for extra perks at http://otrbeerfest.com/buy-tickets/

Saturday, June 25th from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm – Rivertown Beers and Brunch at Marty’s Hops & Vines
Menu: 1st course – “Enhanced Melons” Nice Melons Watermelon Berliner weiss with mint, berries, and a salted rim paired with Spicy watermelon gazpacho; 2nd course – Death Bloody Mary featuring Death Russian Imperial Stout brewed with ghost peppers in a house-made mixer paired with Italian frittata with sausage, goat cheese, onion, and spinach; 3rd course – Brennan’s BuckNut Brew, a Chocolate Peanut Butter stout paired with Bananas Foster French Toast. Cost is $25 per person and reservations are required. Call 513-681-4222 for reservations.

Saturday, June 25th at 6:00 pm – Blank Slate Pinango Pineapple Mango Hefeweizen Tapping and Fork in the Road Poster Release at Arnold’s Bar & Grill
For more inforamtion, check out www.arnoldsbeerposters.com.

Hoperatives This Week in Beer

2016 Cincinnati Beer Week Collaboration Draft Info

Wanted to pass this Cincinnati Beer Week information along today since it’s set for this coming Monday.

The Cincinnati Beer Week Board of Trustees is proud to announce some of the excellent beers which will be sold at the 2016 Cincinnati Beer Week Collaboration Beer Draft. A portion of the proceeds from the sales of each beer will benefit Cincinnati Beer Week, a non-profit organization.

“We are really excited to have such a great lineup of beers for the 2016 Beer Week Collaboration Draft,” says Matt King, CBW Board President “We will have not only Rhinegeist beer, but a tasty selection from each one of the local breweries who will be participating in this year’s draft.”

Among the beers featured from 19 of the local breweries are:
Bad Tom Brewing Cherry Infused Coal Hearted Killer Russian Imperial Stout
Blank Slate Brewing Chocolate Opera Cream
Braxton Brewing Dead Blow w/Starter Coffee
Cellar Dweller Brewing Eye Opener
Dogberry Brewing Bray’s Brown
Ei8ht Ball Brewing Little Richard Berry Sour
Fibonacci Brewing Earth Daisy DIPA
50 West Brewing Monarch Pass Pale Ale
Listermann/Tripel Digit Brewing Nutcase with Blackberry Jam
Mad Tree Brewing Identify Crisis
Moerlein Brewing Wild Hunt
Mt Carmel Brewing Sap Attack! Imperial Maple Brown Ale
Old Firehouse Brewing Barrel Aged Old Flame
Rhinegeist Brewing Juicy Truth IPA
Rivertown Brewing Bruges Berry
Rock Bottom Brewing Czech Mate Pils
Tap & Screw Brewing Golden Mallet Strong Ale
Taft’s Ale House Skronk Juice Rye IPA
Urban Artifact Brewing Citrus Finn

The 2016 Cincinnati Beer Week Collaboration Beer Draft will be conducted Monday, February 29th in a live pro-football style format to determine which local breweries will partner with the five brewery team locations at Blank Slate, Braxton, Ei8ht Ball, Mt. Carmel, and Listermann’s. The draft will not only involve participating brewery teams at each location, but also the style, hops, malt and local ingredients to be used in each of the five 2016 collaboration beers.

Once the brewery teams have been completed during the first portion of the draft, a competition among the teams will take place to determine the draft order for the second part of the draft. This is where the teams will choose the various elements of each of the five collaboration beers that will be made. The games will include a scooter race, nerf gun target shooting, cornhole, disc golf and a eating competition featuring Cincinnati-style Chili Coneys.

“The Cincinnati Beer Week board felt it was time to move on from the Tap Room Trolley, which was logistically difficult given all the new breweries which have opened in Cincinnati.” says board member Becca Bollinger who oversaw organizing the CBW Collaboration Draft. “With the new collaboration beer format, we felt it was important to give the public the opportunity to be part of it & have a good time in the process. The games should create a new element of beer fueled fun!”

The Collaboration Draft at Rhinegeist is open to the public and no tickets are required to attend. 96 Rock morning radio personalities JD & Bridget will be the special guest co-hosts for the event.

What: Cincinnati Beer Week Collaboration Beer Draft and Happy Hour
Where: Rhinegeist Brewery. 1910 Elm St., Cincinnati, OH
When: February 29th from 6:30-10 pm

CIncinnati Beer Week 2016

The Case for Moving Cincinnati Beer Week

It was four years ago this month that Lindsey Bonadonna-Roeper, at the time a rep for Goose Island, gathered a large group of Cincinnati beer folk in a private room at Nicholson’s. The purpose? To discuss the creation of the first ever Cincinnati Beer Week. It was something that we had already suggested in a post five months earlier.

One of the major points of contention during the discussion was when to schedule it. Because the largest beer event in Cincinnati was (and is) the Cincy Winter Beerfest, the decision was made to schedule Cincinnati Beer Week in the days leading up to the beer festival. While this plan made sense at the time, we vividly remember Lisa Farmer, the Great Lakes Brewery rep, asking, “Are you really sure you want to have it in February?!?”

In the last few years, we’ve seen an entire weekend of Tap Room Trolley events snowed out and the bad weather this past week forced many venues to postpone or cancel their previously scheduled events. During the original planning of Cincinnati Beer Week, putting it in February seemed to be a risk worth taking. That may not be the case any more.

This past Saturday, as we were suffering through the third snow storm of the week, Mt. Carmel Brewing tweeted out the following reply to Rivertown‘s announcement that they were cancelling their events for the day:

Mt Carmel Brewing - Time to move Beer Week to May!

And there it is. Mt. Carmel said what we all had been thinking. Enough is enough. It’s time to change the dates for Cincinnati Beer Week. But is May the right time? For starters, we need to look at when other beer weeks in our region are scheduled. Here are the dates for the ones within a five-hour drive from Cincinnati:

Pittsburgh Beer Week – April 17-26, 2015
Columbus Beer Week – May 1-9, 2015
Lexington Craft Beer Week – May 9-17, 2015
Chicago Craft Beer Week – May 14-24, 2015
Knoxville Craft Beer Week – June 13-20, 2015
Nashville Craft Beer Week – June 23-29, 2015
Ohio Brew Week – July 10-18, 2015
St. Louis Craft Beer Week – July-August, 2015
Louisville Beer Week – September, 2015
Cleveland Beer Week – October 9-15, 2015
(Detroit had a beer week, but it was disbanded in 2013.)

Even if you throw out the Chicago dates, May is pretty crowded. Even if May dates work for attendance, you don’t want to make regional breweries have to choose which city’s beer week to have events at if their coverage is limited.

All that being said, here are two possible times that we would like to suggest:

1) The week or so leading up to the Cincy Beerfest on Fountain Square which was held on September 12th and 13th in 2014. This would keep Cincinnati Beer Week anchored by a large beer festival, but it’s Oktoberfest season and that could cause its own problems.

OR

2) The last week (full or partial) in April. Late in April avoids Easter and other cities’ beer weeks. Precipitation can still be an issue (April showers and May flowers and all of that), but it’s unlikely that anyone will have to shovel it or otherwise prevent anyone from leaving home.

We were on the Beer Week board for the first couple of years and we both fully supported the February dates. We thought placing Beer Week alongside a great event like the Cincy Winter Beerfest was important to help establish something that, for Cincinnati, was a new thing. Nothing is ever a sure thing, but we think the event has grown up enough that it can make it on its own.

Beer Week is a lot of work. The board, the distributors and the venues work extremely hard to make the week a real highlight on the calendar for beer lovers across the Tri-State. If the distributors are going to work hard to get the beer and the venues are going to work hard to showcase it, it makes sense to hold the events when you can be pretty sure people are going to be able to show up. February in Cincinnati.  What could possibly go wrong? It’s not like people around here take snow in stride.

A hallmark of Cincinnati Beer Week’s planning process is its inclusiveness. Unlike a lot of events elsewhere in the country, everyone involved in the planning and execution of Cincinnati Beer Week is a volunteer. Openness and transparency in decision-making has always been one of the strengths of the group. There are a lot of issues and concerns that have to be balanced. Maybe when it’s all said and done the decision will be made that Cincinnati Beer Week stays right where it is. If everyone puts their heads together and decides that’s for the best, all things considered, then that’s what needs to happen. All we’re suggesting is starting the discussion.

— Carla and Tom

ADDENDUM: We reached out to Lindsey Bonadonna-Roeper who is the current president of the CBW board and asked if she wanted to comment on this idea. She sent us this:

As with every year, we learn so much and always encourage an open and honest dialogue, as I believe that together is the only way we can continue to improve and forge this well-crafted path.  An insight garnered in 2015 is that even with the best of intentions, we do not possess the ability to schedule around the power and unpredictable essence of Mother Nature.  Ironically, we actually moved CBW back a week to take advantage of awareness building opportunities and had the Week occurred in this same part of the month as prior years, we would have experienced fairly mild weather.  We have given all participating venues the opportunity to reschedule their events and continue to post them on the calendar through March 1st.  Please make sure to visit the Official Calendar because even though CBW is over, that doesn’t mean the well-crafted events have to end.  The Cincinnati Beer Week Board of Trustees, as we have always been, are open to discussions about all things Cincinnati Beer Week. This includes the matter of calendar dates for Cincinnati Beer Week as well.

This Week in Beer: Feb. 23 – Mar. 1, 2015

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. Check out our new Better Beer Happy Hours, Etc. page for regularly scheduled specials on better beer.

Monday, Feb. 23rd – Mug Night Monday at Flipdaddy’s Union

Monday, Feb. 23rd – 1/3 off craft beer bottles at Moerlein Lager House

Monday, Feb. 23rd – Randall Monday at the Brass Tap U Square

Monday, Feb. 23rd at 5:00 pm – Rare Keg Monday at Ei8ht Ball Brewing
Postponed from last Monday – “How it will work… Showing up before 4pm does not guarantee anyone a pour of Cantillon Classic Gueuze. A line will start at Danny Gold’s desk at 4pm just outside of the tap room, and tickets will be handed out. This keg is 20 liters, and we are only handing out 80 tickets. We will be using special glassware for this beer (6oz Tulip). A smaller glass will help us insure more of this beer to more fans of Cantillon. The cost will be $7. After we hand out the first 40 tickets, those 40 will start a line 1-20 on the right side of the bar, and 21-40 on the left side of the bar. After the first 40 patrons are served, we move into the next round of 40. There is a strict limit of one glass per person. If less than 80 customers show up for a glass of Cantillon, the Ei8ht Ball team reserves the right to make a decision on if a second glass per customer will be offered.”

Monday, Feb. 23rd from 6:00 to 7:00 pm – Craft Your Own Mix at Firehouse Grill
Postponed from last Monday – Samuel Adams Stout on Nitro to mix with your favorite craft beer. Angry Orchard also goes well with this stout if you like snakebites.

Monday, Feb. 23rd at 7:00 pm – Artists and Beer at Arnold’s
Postponed from last Monday – Tapping a cask conditioned, heavy hopped version of Warped Wing’s Hop Smuggler. Artist: Tom Post

Monday, Feb. 23rd at 7:00 pm – Rogue Beer Tasting & Dinner at BJ’s Restaurant and Brew House Tri-County Mall
Eight beers (six from Rogue and two from BJ’s), four courses for $30 for prepaid reservations, $35 day of event. Reserve online at their web site. This same dinner will be held at the Florence location on Monday, March 2nd.

Monday, Feb. 23rd from 8:00 pm to close – Pint Night at Incline Public House

Tuesday, Feb. 24th – Penny Flips at Fifty West

Tuesday, Feb. 24th – Tappa Keg Tuesday at Dingle House

Tuesday, Feb. 24th – $8 Growler Fills at Moerlein Lager House

Tuesday, Feb. 24th – Infusion Special at the Brass Tap U Square

Tuesday, Feb. 24th from 5:00-7:00 pm – Meet the Brewer at Barleycorn’s
This week, it’s MadTree at their Lakeside Park location and Rhinegeist at their Florence location.

Tuesday, Feb. 24th at 6:00 pm – BOGO Craft Beer Special at Hebron Brew Haus
Special applies to select rotating draft beers.

Tuesday, Feb. 24th at 6:00 pm – Tuesdays on Tap at Whole Foods Mason
Six drafts, six bites, $6.

Tuesday, Feb. 24th from 6:00-10:00 pm – Rivertown/Upland Tap Takeover at HalfCut

Wednesday, Feb. 25th – Select Craft Beers for $2 at Molly Malone’s Covington

Wednesday, Feb. 25th – Local Wednesday at Buckhead Mountain Grill Bellevue
All local beer served in a 16 oz pint glass are $3.99.

Wednesday, Feb. 25th – Pint Night at UC’s Catskeller
This week, it’s their Belgian Fest.

Wednesday, Feb. 25th from 5:30-8:00 pm – Beer Tasting at Marty’s Hops and Vines

Wednesday, Feb. 25th from 6:00-7:00 pm – Meet the Brewer (Old Firehouse) at Firehouse Grill
Postponed from last Saturday.

Wednesday, Feb. 25th at 7:00 pm – Monthly Keg Tapping at Hofbräuhaus Newport
This month, it’s their Doppelbock AND, as of last week, smoking is prohibited indoors at Hofbräuhaus Newport. It’s allowed in their beer garden now.

Thursday, Feb. 26th – Firkin Thursday at Fifty West

Thursday, Feb. 26th – Tap That Thursday at BrewRiver GastroPub

Thursday, Feb. 26th from 4:00 pm to close – Take Home the Glass Night at Taste of Belgium Clifton

Thursday, Feb. 26th from 6:00-7:00 pm – Ei8ht Ball Fight or Flight at Firehouse Grill
Postponed from last Saturday – “We will have the Rock’em Sock’em game on the bar for everyone to enjoy! Come and show your skills with the game and try a flight of their 3 most popular beers!”

Thursday, Feb. 26th from 6:00-10:00 pm – New Belgium Lips of Faith Tap Takeover at HalfCut

Thursday, Feb. 26th 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 IPA, Glendale – Listermann NutCase and Hyde Park – Revolution A Little Crazy.

Thursday, Feb. 26th at 6:30 pm – I Survived DEATH 2015 at Holler Hops & Grill
Rescheduled from 2/16 — An unique eating competition – 10 wings drenched in Holler’s death sauce and a glass of Rivertown Death. All participants will receive a t-shirt and the first person to finish will win a private tour at Rivertown.

Friday, Feb. 27th – $8 Growler Fills at Christian Moerlein Brewery

Friday, Feb. 27th at 5:30 pm – Precipitation Retaliation Happy Hour at Milton’s The Prospect Hill Tavern
One of our favorite pre-Bockfest events. From the Facebook event page:
“In 2008, Bockfest was almost entirely shut down by the largest snowfall in 20 years. A motley band of hardcore Bockfest fans took to the streets to parade through the snow, and hunkered down at Bockfest Hall to enjoy their delicious Bock beer. Unfortunately, everyone else was not so lucky and couldn’t make it to Over-the-Rhine. In 2009, we felt a little retaliation was in order. A snowman effigy was acquired, and set alight at Grammer’s amid much celebration. The gods were thus put on notice, and provided us with a beautiful Bockfest™ weekend. With similar results in 2010 after burning another snowman at Milton’s, a tradition was born. We cannot conclusively guarantee that we have acquired the power to control the weather in Cincinnati, but it has worked for the past three years. In 2012, in fact, we attribute this ritual to why a tornado that was supposed to hit downtown Cincinnati was substituted with clearing skies in time for the parade. As importantly, burning a snowman is a lot more fun than watching a groundhog stick its head out of a hole. Join us as we make our ritual sacrifice for 2015. Watch as we burn this year’s victim at the stake at 8PM and toast to a beautiful Bockfest weekend.”

Friday, Feb. 27th 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, Feb. 27th from 6:00-7:00 pm – Friday Night Flights Beer Tasting at Party Town in Florence

Saturday, Feb. 28th at 9:00 am – White Death by Chickow! Release at Triple Digit/Listermann Brewing

Saturday, Feb. 28th-Sunday, March 1st – Moerlein Lager House Weekend at the Reds Hall of Fame and Museum
From their Facebook event page, “Moerlein Lager House will give away 500 tickets each day for free admission to the Reds Hall of Fame & Museum. The Moerlein Lager House is a supporter of the Reds Hall of Fame & Museum and sponsors the Fan Cave on the Museum’s second floor. Fans pick up the ticket from the Hall of Fame on each day beginning at 10 a.m. Also on this weekend, the Moerlein Lager House will offer a FREE pint glass for each purchase of a beer or soda. The collectible pint glass features the logo of the Moerlein Lager House and the Reds Hall of Fame.” Each day from “2-3 pm, Brewers from the Moerlein Lager House will tap a special keg of Handlebar Stout at Moerlein Lager House with tasting samples available.”

Saturday, Feb. 28th at 5:00 pm – Wiedemann’s Bock Keg Tapping at Mecklenburg Gardens

Saturday, Feb. 28th from 5:00-8:00pm – Beer Tasting at Ludlow Wines
The cost to taste four beers is $6.00 per person.

Saturday, Feb. 28th at 6:00pm – Eleven/162 Anniversary Party & Bottle Release at the Christian Moerlein Malt House
From the Facebook event page: “The annual celebration will be centered on the release of the brewery’s first ever 22-ounce “bomber” style bottle of a limited-release beer name Eleven/162. Eleven/162 is a smooth, malt-driven Scottish Wee Heavy Ale, meticulously aged for three months in Smooth Ambler Bourbon Barrels.” Limited quantities of wax-dipped, hand-numbered bottles of Eleven/162 will be released for purchase at 6:00 pm. Eleven/162 will be on tap alongside the last keg from last year’s anniversary limited release, Ten/161. There are also plans for numerous specialty infused kegs and casks to be on tap throughout the evening.

Saturday, Feb. 28th at 7:00 pm – Know Your Brewer’s Name! Beer Week with Blue Caboose at Listermann Brewing
Postponed from last Saturday – More information available on their Facebook event page.

Sunday, March 1st at 12:00 noon – Bock Glass Get Down at Christian Moerlein Malt House
More information available at their Facebook event page.

Sunday, March 1st from 2:00-8:00 pm – Bell’s Hop Slam event at HalfCut

Cincinnati Beer Week Events for Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015

See Friday’s Cincinnati Beer Week Events post for the listing of events happening all through Cincinnati Beer Week.


Cincinnati Beer Week Events for Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015

Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015 – A little bit local, A little bit Ohio on Tap at Cock & Bull Hyde Park
Beers include Jackie O’s Firefly, Old Firehouse Hoser Gose, Fat Head’s Headhunter, Warped Wing Ermal’s Belgian Style Cream Ale and Crafted Maple Harvest.

Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015 from 11:00 am – 4:00 pm – Well-Crafted Beers, Brunch and Guinness Bloody Marys at Cock & Bull Maintrasse

Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015 from 11:00 am – 5:00 pm – Blank Slate Keep the Glass Night at Cock & Bull Glendale

Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015 from 12:00-5:00 pm – Mama Mosas and Death Bloody Marys at Growler House
Oskar Blues Mama’s Little Yellow Pils with orange juice and Rivertown Death with bloody mary mix.

Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015 from 12:30-4:00 pm – Taste the Planets with Bell’s and the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra
“The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and Bell’s Brewery present Taste the Planets surrounding the performances of Gustav Holst’s The Planets on February 19 & 21-22. Jupiter, Venus and Mercury beers from Bell’s Brewery limited edition series The Planets will be for sale at Music Hall concession stands for concert ticketholders while supplies last. The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra concert begins at 2:00 pm with conductor Peter Oundjian featuring Khachaturian’s Waltz from Masquerade Suite and Piano Concerto with acclaimed soloist Jean-Yves Thibaudet, and Gustav Holst’s The Planets. Cincinnati Observatory will have telescope demonstrations in front of Music Hall before the concert starting at 12:30 PM, weather permitting.”

Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015 from 4:00-7:00 pm – Meet the Brewer at Moerlein Lager House
Third Annual Meet the Brewer event featuring brewers from Listermann, Ei8ht Ball, MadTree, Old FireHouse, Blank Slate, Rivertown, Rhinegeist and more.

Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015 from 5:00-8:00 pm – Meet the Brewers (Toxic Brew) at BrewRiver GastroPub

Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015 from 6:00-7:00 pm – Meet the Brewer (Listermann) at Firehouse Grill

Cincinnati Beer Week Events for Saturday, Feb. 21, 2015

See last Friday’s Cincinnati Beer Week Events post for the listing of events happening all through Cincinnati Beer Week.


Cincinnati Beer Week Events for Saturday, Feb. 21, 2015

Saturday, February 21st from 10:00 am – 12:30 pm – Bourbon Barrel Surprise Tapping for XU vs. Butler at Listermann Brewing
Featuring a bourbon barreled surprise beer and Renegade Street Eats will be on hand serving chicken & waffles. $4 pours of all drafts before the game.

Saturday, February 21st from 11:00 am-10:00 pm – Cellar Dweller Brewery Anniversary Party
Tastings and pints served all day as well as specialty keg tappings throughout the day. Food available a la carte including hot dogs, metts, brats and more with a variety of sides. Live music with the Sam Shaw Band from 2:00-6:00 pm and Bibs & Barefeet from 6:30-10:30 pm.

Saturday, February 21st from 12:00-4:00 pm – Watermelon Randall Saturday at Ei8ht Ball Brewing
Country Boy Gose through Watermelon in the Randall.

Saturday, February 21st from 12:00-10:00 pm – Pints, Pinups and Pitties / Sour Saturday at Rivertown Brewing
THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED UNTIL MARCH 28th DUE TO THE WEATHER.

Saturday, February 21st from 1:00-2:30 pm – Beer 101 at the Growler House
“Learn about the basics of beer, the craft beer renaissance that is happening right here in Cincinnati, and of course get to try a bunch of samples! This is a ticketed event ($20) which includes the information session, samples of beer, and a pint glass to take home.”

Saturday, February 21st at 2:00 pm – Bell’s Fire and Ice at Cock & Bull Hyde Park
Fire & Ice Ice Carving Demo on the Patio at 2:00 pm. Drink out of a ice mug. Beers include Hopslam, Smitten, Two Hearted and Amber.

Saturday, February 21st at 2:00 pm – Cincy 3-Way Porter Tapping at Dutch’s
They’ll also have Oskar Blues Dale’s Pale Ale and Blank Slate’s new kolsch.

Saturday, February 21st from 3:00-6:00 pm – West Sixth Tapping at BrewRiver GastroPub
Tapping their classics as well as some small batch.

Saturday, February 21st at 4:00 pm – Know Your Brewer’s Name! Beer Week with Blue Caboose
More information available on their Facebook event page.

Saturday, February 21st from 5:00-8:00 pm – Craft Beer University at Christian Moerlein Malt House
A hands on, unique and engaging way to connect with the beer that you love. Beginners session from 5:00 – 6:00 PM and Advanced session from 6:15 – 8:00 PM.

Saturday, February 21st from 5:00-9:00 pm – Old Firehouse Keep the Glass Night at Cock & Bull Glendale

Saturday, February 21st from 5:00-9:00 pm – Rivertown Brewing Sour Pint Night at Jungle Jim’s Fairfield
Beers on draft include Divergent, Soulless, Old Sour Cherry Porter and Jenneke.

Saturday, February 21st from 5:00-9:00 pm – Old Firehouse Keep the Glass Night at Jungle Jim’s Eastgate

Saturday, February 21st from 5:00-close – Barrel Aged Night at Brass Tap
Beers so far are MadTree Axis Mundi, MadTree Old Battering Ram, MadTree Happy Amber, Revolution Grave Digger Billy, Stone Arrogant Bastard, Left Hand Wake Up Dead, Jackie O’s Brick Kiln, Deschutes The Abyss, Thirsty Dog Wulver, Fat Head’s/Fifty West Head West, Hoppin Frog Naked Evil and Nektar Ales Black Xantus.

Saturday, February 21st from 6:00-7:00 pm – Meet the Brewer (Old Firehouse) at Firehouse Grill

Saturday, February 21st from 6:00-7:00 pm – Ei8ht Ball Fight or Flight at Firehouse Grill
“We will have the Rock’em Sock’em game on the bar for everyone to enjoy! Come and show your skills with the game and try a flight of their 3 most popular beers!”

Saturday, February 21st from 6:00-11:30 pm – Feed the Dogs Night at Growler House
Five Thirsty dog beers on tap with 100% of profits from Thirsty Dog donated to the Save the Animals Foundation. Donate a dog/cat toy (no rawhide please) or cash to receive a free Thirsty Dog Pint Glass. There will be dogs here to hang out from StAF between 6:00-8:00 pm and they will also be tapping a very special “12 Dogs After Christmas” cask.

Saturday, February 21st from 6:30-10:00 pm – Taste the Planets with Bell’s and the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra
“The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and Bell’s Brewery present Taste the Planets surrounding the performances of Gustav Holst’s The Planets on February 19 & 21-22. Only on Saturday evening concert ticketholders may add on a beer flight tasting for $8 to taste Jupiter, Venus and Mercury beers from Bell’s Brewery limited edition series The Planets. Beer flight tickets can be redeemed starting at 6:30pm at Music Hall concession stands. Or – add on a ticket to a VIP pre-concert meet and greet with Larry Bell for $25. Space is limited and this opportunity is Saturday night only! The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra concert begins at 8:00pm with conductor Peter Oundjian featuring Khachaturian’s Waltz from Masquerade Suite and Piano Concerto with acclaimed soloist Jean-Yves Thibaudet, and Gustav Holst’s The Planets. Cincinnati Observatory will have telescope demonstrations in front of Music Hall after the concert, weather permitting.”

Saturday, Feb. 21, 2015 at 7:00 pm – Artists and Beer at Arnold’s
For 2/21 – Tapping Triple Digit Cranium Tapping and Listermann’s Coffee Nutcase Peanut butter Porter – Artist: Keith Neltner creating a print for Nutcase Peanut Butter Porter

Saturday, February 21st from 7:00-11:30 pm – Hopslam Palooza at Jtaps
Featuring Bell’s Hopslam, Expedition Stout, Special Double Cream Stout and Two Hearted Ale. Glassware will be available but limited.

Saturday, February 21st from 8:00-11:30 pm – Live Music and Well-Crafted Creations at Bogarts
Beer from Deschutes, New Belgium, Blue Moon and more. Music from Trippin Billies, a Dave Matthews tribute band.

Cincinnati Beer Week Events for Friday, Feb. 20, 2015

See last Friday’s Cincinnati Beer Week Events post for the all week events listing including some added since then.


Cincinnati Beer Week Events for Friday, Feb. 20, 2015

Friday, Feb. 20, 2015 at 11:00 am – Brewer’s Choice for Charity at Arthur’s Hyde Park
A portion of all draft beer sales will be donated to the charity of the respective brewers choice.

Friday, Feb. 20, 2015 from 11:00 am-10:00 pm – MadTree Porkopolis Infused Pairing at Cock & Bull Hyde Park
Mad Pils, Axis Mundi, Sprye, Psychopathy, Pork Shoulder Slowly Braised (Mad Pils), Hand Pulled and Smothered in 12 Spice BBQ Sauce (Axis Mundi) with Ice Box Apples (Sprye), Crispy Onion Rings, Cheddar Cheese, Served with French Fries and Hoppy IPA Pickles (Psychopathy).

Friday, Feb. 20, 2015 from 11:30 am – 11:30 pm – Local Tap Takover at Moerlein Lager House
Breweries such as Rhinegeist, MadTree, Ei8ht Ball, Listermann and more.

Friday, Feb. 20, 2015 from 4:00-7:00 pm – Brooklyn Beer Tasting at Country Fresh Market & Beer Emporium
Beers include Brooklyn Lager, Sorachi Ace, Brooklyn Blast! and Local 1. Samples are 25 cents each.

Friday, Feb. 20, 2015 from 5:00-7:00 pm – Cask and Cork Featuring Rhinegeist at Whole Foods Market Cincinnati
Five special release beers from Rhinegeist. Cost is only $5 for five beer samples and five food pairings. Wine samples also available.

Friday, Feb. 20, 2015 from 5:00-9:00 pm – MadTree Keep the Glass Night at Cock & Bull Glendale

Friday, Feb. 20, 2015 from 5:00-9:00 pm – Bell’s The Planets and Cincinnati Symphony Duet at Igby’s
“Join Larry Bell and enjoy VERY rare Bells beers on draft along side Paul Patterson and Sylvia Mitchell from the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra performing live! Beers featured include Amber, 2 Hearted, Venus, Mercury, Jupiter, ESP and Contrabassist. Keep the pint too while supplies last.”

Friday, Feb. 20, 2015 from 5:00-9:00 pm – Revolution FISTCITY at The Lackman
Beers on tap: Fistcity “Chicago” Extra Pale, Blue Gene, Death’s Tar, Very Mad Cow, TV Party, Double Fist and Bottom’s Up Wit.

Friday, Feb. 20, 2015 from 5:00-9:00 pm – Widmer Pint Night at Jungle Jim’s Fairfield
$3.00 a pint

Friday, Feb. 20, 2015 from 5:00-9:00 pm – Kentucky Beer Tap Takeover at Ei8ht Ball
KY local beers including Ei8ht Ball Brewing, Kentucky Bourbon Barrel, Against the Grain, and more. And it’s free bacon night as usual.

Friday, Feb. 20, 2015 from 5:00-9:00 pm – Uinta Pint Night at Jungle Jim’s Eastgate
$3.00 a pint

Friday, Feb. 20, 2015 from 5:00-10:00 pm – From the Lab #004 Brett Imperial Porter at Rivertown Brewing
Roebling porter as a base and ferment by Brettanomyces lambicus.

Friday, Feb. 20, 2015 from 5:00-11:55 pm – Listermann/Triple Digit Takeover at Brass Tap
Five nitro Beers and five CO2 beer including Listermann/MadTree Cranberry Gose, Nutcase with Blackberries and Triple Digit Cranium.

Friday, Feb. 20, 2015 at 6:00 pm – Hopslam Tapping at Lucky Dog Grille

Friday, Feb. 20, 2015 from 6:00-7:00 pm – Meet the Rhinegeist Brewer at Firehouse Grill

Friday, Feb. 20, 2015 from 6:00-8:00 pm – Limited Release Goose Island Tasting and Food Pairing at Dean’s Hops & Vines
Beers include Pepe Nero, Matilda, Halia, Lolita, Sofie, Ten Hill and Honkers Ale

Friday, Feb. 20, 2015 from 6:00-11:30 pm – Meet the new Rivertown Night at the Growler House
Beers include their Pomegranate Lambic

Friday, Feb. 20, 2015 at 7:00 pm – Artists and Beer at Arnold’s
For 2/20 – Tapping Hop Henge Experimental IPA 2015 tapping as part of a Deschutes tap takeover – Artist: Rob Warnick creating a print for Hop Henge

Friday, Feb. 20, 2015 from 7:00-10:00 pm – Flat 12 Brewing Tasting at The Crow’s Nest Irish Pub

Friday, Feb. 20, 2015 from 8:00-9:00 pm – Meet the Warped Wing Brewer at Firehouse Grill

Friday, Feb. 20, 2015 from 8:00-11:00 pm – Deschutes Abyss Tapping and Pairing at Goodfellas Pizzeria
In addition to Abyss, they’ll also have Red Chair on the nitro line. Both of these beers will be paired with unique donuts from Holtman’s Donuts baked just for this event.

Friday, Feb. 20, 2015 at 9:00 pm – SweetWater and Reggae at Stanley’s Pub
SweetWater beers and a reggae band. $5 entertainment cover.

Friday, Feb. 20, 2015 at 9:00 pm – Lagunitas #CouchTrippin Photo Couch at The Annex at Japp’s Since 1879
Beers include Maximus, IPA, and Pils.

Cincinnati Beer Week Events for Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015

See Friday’s Cincinnati Beer Week Events post for the listing of events happening all through Cincinnati Beer Week.


Cincinnati Beer Week Events for Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015

FEATURED EVENT – Thursday, February 19th from 5:00-8:00 pm – Hoperatives Trivia at Christian Moerlein Malt House
We know you like beer, but do you like team trivia? Want to try a special beer themed team trivia competition? Join us at the Christian Moerlein Brewing Co. Malt House for Hoperatives Beer Trivia as well as a special keg tapping of a super hopped specialty release. Beer trivia starts promptly at 5:30 pm and will wrap up in time for the regular trivia at 8:00 pm. Come join us and win some prizes!

Thursday, February 19th from 4:00-7:00 pm – CANdemonium at the Growler House
Featuring cans from MadTree, Jackie O’s, Revolution and Sixpoint. Each can is $3.50.

Thursday, February 19th from 4:00-7:00 pm – Texas/Oklahoma Spotlight Tasting at Country Fresh Market & Beer Emporium
Featuring beers from Southern Star Brewing Company of Texas (Bombshell Blonde and Buried Hatchet Stout) plus Prairie Artisan Ales of Oklahoma (Prairie Standard and Funky Gold Amarillo). Samples are 25 cents each.

Thursday, February 19th from 5:00-7:00 pm – Kentucky Rye Barrel IPA Release Party at Firehouse Grill

Thursday, February 19th from 5:00-7:00 pm – Chocolate and Beer Pairings at Igby’s
Deschutes Brewery ans Mavericks Chocolate Co. Beers on draft include Black Butte XXVI, The Abyss, Red Chair NWPA (Nitro) and Fresh Squeezed IPA.

Thursday, February 19th from 5:00-9:00 pm – Wings and Beer Pairing at Listermann Brewing
Two wings, tossed in four different sauces and paired with a different beer. Total of eight wings in four different sauces plus four samples of beer for $15. All ages allowed to attend, but only 21 and up can drink.

Thursday, February 19th from 5:00-9:00 pm – Rhinegeist Keep the Glass Night at Cock & Bull Glendale

Thursday, February 19th from 5:00-9:00 pm – Old Firehouse Brewery Pint Night at Cock & Bull Glendale
Pints are $3.

Thursday, February 19th from 5:00-9:00 pm – Mt Carmel Tapping at Jungle Jim’s Eastgate
Pints are $3. Includes their Maple Dopplebock.

Thursday, February 19th from 5:00-10:00 pm – From the Lab #003 Brett Saison Tapping at Jungle Jim’s Fairfield

Thursday, February 19th from 5:00-11:00 pm – MadTree/Rhinegeist Tap Takeover at Wild Mike’s Shady Lane
Beers from MadTree include Vernal Beckoning, Funke Blue, Mo’Coe, Barrel Aged Gnarly Brown, Sprye and PsycHOPathy. Rhinegeist beers include Mastodon, Pandamonium, Alice, Powder and Truth.

Thursday, February 19th at 6:00 pm – Ei8ht Ball Brewing Beer Dinner at Moerlein Lager House
Beer Reception; First Course – Tarnished Golden Ale ABV paired with scallops, Mediterranean beet salad, peach salsa, tangerine lace; Second Course – Reintarnation Golden Ale paired with pate faux gras, fennel gelee, sour onion relish; Third Course – Red Drink Imperial Red Ale paired with petite BBQ, smoked cornish hen, baby kale, baby corn, couscous, macaroni and cheese; Fourth Course – 4Some Belgian Quad paired with cold smoked buffalo tenderloin, sweet potato risotto cake, pomegranate sauce, 4Some jelly, heirloom spinach; Dessert – Home Alone Milk Stout paired with hazelnut mousse, chocolate cup, almond milk chocolate sauce.

Thursday, February 19th from 6:00-8:00 pm – Three Floyd Tap Takeover and Pint Night at Lucky Dog Grille
Beers on draft include Zombie Dust, Gumball Head and Backmasking.

Thursday, February 19th from 6:00-8:00 pm – Blank Slate and Oskar Blues Cincy 3 Way Porter Tapping at Fogartys Irish Pub

Thursday, February 19th from 6:00-9:00 pm – MadTree Tap Takeover and Pint Night at Holler Hops & Grill
Beers include Lift, Black Tart, Psychopath and Rubus Cacao. They will also giving away glassware.

Thursday, February 19th from 6:00-10:00 pm – Rhinegeist Truth Keep the Glass Night at Cock & Grill Glendale

Thursday, February 19th from 6:00 pm-2:00 am – Rhinegeist Waimea Keep the Glass Night at Cock & Grill Hyde Park

Thursday, February 19th from 6:30-8:30 pm – Thirsty Thursday: Blending in the Night at Brentwood Spirits and Wine
Beers available for blending are Listermann Nutcase, Triple Digit Chickow!, Mt. Carmel Coffee Brown, MadTree Happy Amber and MadTree Gnarly Brown. Cincinnati Beer Week BlackTart will also be available.

Thursday, February 19th from 6:30-10:00 pm – Taste the Planets with Bell’s and the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra
“The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and Bell’s Brewery present Taste the Planets surrounding the performances of Gustav Holst’s The Planets on February 19 & 21-22. Join Bell’s Inspired Brewing representatives in tasting Jupiter, Venus and Mercury beers from Bell’s Brewery limited edition series The Planets will be for sale at Music Hall concession stands for concert ticketholders while supplies last. Only on Thursday evening concert ticketholders enjoy a complimentary light buffet in the Music Hall ballroom starting at 6:15pm. The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra concert begins at 7:30pm with conductor Peter Oundjian featuring Khachaturian’s Waltz from Masquerade Suite and Piano Concerto with acclaimed soloist Jean-Yves Thibaudet, and Gustav Holst’s The Planets. Cincinnati Observatory will have telescope demonstrations in front of Music Hall after the concert, weather permitting.”

Thursday, Feb. 19th at 7:00 pm – Artists and Beer at Arnold’s
For 2/19 – Tapping two Jackie O’s beers – Dark Apparition Stout and Waka Waka Waka Double IPA. Artist: Tommy Sheehan creating a print for Dark Apparition

Thursday, February 19th from 7:00-8:00 pm – Hops 101 at the Brass Tap
“Become a Hop Expert. Okay, so that beer is “hoppy” – but, what hop is it and what are you smelling and tasting? Danny (BeerMumbo.com) and Mike (BrewProf.com) will lead you through an exercise to isolate five different specific hops so you can learn about the differences between hop varieties. Each single hop sample will be paired with a commercial example of a beer that features that hop. In just an hour, you will become a hop expert!” The cost is $30 per person. Go to https://brasstap.webconnex.com/hopclass to make your reservations (required). Use coupon code BRASSTAP to get $5 off.

Thursday, February 19th from 7:00-9:00 pm – Blank Slate Beer Dinner at BrewRiver GastroPub
Four Blank Slate beers (including one that may be new) and a three course meal. Menu is beer battered crudites with kimchi tarter sauce paired with Blank Slate Kolsch; “Beer” Mac n Cheese made with Pat’s RIP n Kolsch and paired with Fork in The Road; Blank Slate’s “Fume” braised beef, root vegetables, and horseradish mashed yukons with Movin’ On; and “Opera Cream” Bonbonerie coffee milk stout Creme brulee with Opera Cream Stout. Call 613-861-2484 as reservations are required.

Thursday, February 19th from 7:00-8:00 pm – MadTree Tasting and Tap Takeover at the Crazy Fox Saloon
Postponed from Monday – Cincinnati Beer Week Collaborative Beer, PsyHOPathy, Lemon Basil and Unhappy Amber on tap as well as Sprye & Happy Amber in cans

Thursday, February 19th from 7:00-10:00 pm – Beer Cocktails with Moerlein at Goodfellas Pizzeria – OTR

Thursday, Feb. 19th at 9:00 pm – Rhinegeist Keep the Glass/Pint Night at Mt. Lookout Tavern
Other Rhinegeist gear available as well.

Thursday, Feb. 19th from 9:00-11:30 pm – Trivia Night with Warped Wing at Incline Public House
Trivia plus Warped Wing’s Ermal and Hop Smuggler.