Tastings and Tappings Report: Sept. 16, 2016

Don’t forget to check out our This Week in Beer post from Monday for other better beer events happening this weekend.

HAPPY 2nd ANNIVERSARY to Old Firehouse BREWING!

SPECIAL EVENTS

Jungle Jim’s (Eastgate) – Meet and Greet with Jim Koch of Samuel Adams from 12:00-2:00 pm at their Tasting Bar.

Malts in Ault – Tonight from 6:30-10:30 pm at Ault Park. Beers include B Nektar – Kill All the Golfers, Death Unicorn, Necromangocon and Zombie Ziller; Boulevard – Tank 7, Ginger Lemon Radler, Funky Pumpkin and Tell Tale Tart; Dogfish Head – Midas Touch, Seaquench, Sixty Minute and Namaste; Fat Head’s – Bumbleberry, Head Hunter, Spooky Tooth, Sunshine Daydream; Heavy Seas – Barrel Aged Greater Pumpkin, Pounder Pils, Double Cannon and Peg Leg Imperial Stout; Jackie O’s – Razz Wheat, Hop Ryot, Ohio Pale Ale and Chomolungma; Left Hand – Milk Stout, Sawtooth, Polestar Pils and Oktoberfest; MadTree – Lift, Happy Amber, Psychopathy and PSA; Ommegang – Tripel Perfection, Rosetta, Grains of Truth and Great Beyond; Revolution – Oktoberfest, Anti Hero, Eugene Porter and Bottom Up Wit; Sixpoint – Resin, Bengali Tiger, Sweet Action and Crisp; Stone – Who you callin a Wussie, Arrogant Bastard, Citrusy Wit and Delicious IPA.

TASTINGS

Country Fresh Farm Market and Wine Depot – Southern Tier Beer Tasting today from 4:00-7:00 pm.

Jungle Jim’s – Friday night tasting from 5:00 to 9:00 pm at both locations. Pints are usually $3. This week, they are pouring beers from Tröegs at Fairfield and beers from Arbor Brewing at Eastgate.

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’re pouring from Stone. 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.

TAPPINGS and RELEASES

BC’s Bottle Lodge – Northwest Fifty West Saturday at 11:00 am. Beers include 50 West TRIPA, Main Street Amber, One Way Street Citra SMaSH, One Way Street Mosaic SMaSH and Echo Summit.

Cappy’s Wine and Spirits – Ballast Point Tap Takeover Saturday 11:00 am to 10:00 pm. Beers include Sculpin, Grapefruit Sculpin, Pineapple Sculpin, Grunion, Mango Even Keel, Watermelon Dorado, The Commodore, California Kolsch, California Amber, Calm Before the Storm, Copper Ale on Nitro, American Wheat with Cherries, Belgian Tripel Ale, Biere De Garde, Schwarzbier and Double IPA.

Casual Pint-Oakley – MadTree Tap Takeover Saturday at 4:00 pm

Ei8ht Ball Brewing – Tonight is Free Bacon Night. They will be tapping Stillwater I Miss the Old Kanye. Cost is $7 for a thirteen ounce tulip.

Findlay Market Bier Market – This weekend, they will have beers from Taft’s Ale House including Masskrug Oktoberfest Marzen and Preservationist Pale Ale.

OTHER

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

Have a better beer weekend, everyone!

— Carla and Tom

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This Week in Beer: Sept. 12 – 18, 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.

Monday, Sept. 12th at 5:00 pm – Rare Keg Monday at Ei8ht Ball Brewing
This week, it’s Mikkeller Black. The cost is $8 for a ten ounce snifter.

Monday, Sept. 12th at 9:00 pm – Three Floyds Zombie Dust Tapping at North Side Yacht Club
Cost is $6 a pint. Also free bacon and industry night.

Tuesday, Sept. 13th at 6:00 pm – Dunkel Tappening at Rivertown Brewing

Tuesday, Sept. 13th at 6:00 pm – Braxton Beer Dinner at Packhouse Meats
MENU: First Course: Oktober Fuel Oktoberfest Lager paired with crepes with camembert and chives; Second Course: Haven Hefeweizen paired with bavarian radish salad with banana and orange vinaigrette; Third Course: Beta 1.0 Experimental IPA paired with Ruhr Valley meatball with wakefire mushroom jagerschnitzel sauce. Tickets are $25 per person and can be reserved by calling 859-415-2312.

Tuesday, Sept. 13th at 6:00 pm – Braxton Beer Garden at Mecklenburg’s Gardens
From Facebook: “Join us for a Stein Slide and three Braxton beers being featured: Oktober Fuel Oktoberfest Lager, Twisted Bit Dortmunder Lager and Level Saison.”

Wednesday, Sept. 14th at 5:30 pm – Brewery District CURC Monthly Meeting
See their Facebook event page for more information.

Wednesday, Sept. 14th at 6:00 pm – Southern Tier Beer Tasting at Marty’s Hops and Vines
Beers include Pumking Imperial Pumpkin Ale (draft), Warlock Imperial Stout, Salted Caramel Imperial Stout, 2X Tangier Imperial IPA and Harvest ESB.

Thursday, Sept. 15th from 11:00am-11:00 pm – Taft’s Birthday Bash and Bottle Release at Taft’s Ale House
Food specials, release of a new barrel-aged beer in bottles and tapping of the first keg of the Independent; an exciting limited release ale! Brewed and barrel-aged in Remus bourbon barrels for over a year, the Independent includes fresh vanilla beans, cacao nibs and Columbian coffee.

Thursday, Sept. 15th from 5:00-8:00 pm – Saved By The Bell’s Takeover at Keystone Clifton
Beers include The Oracle, Two-Hearted Ale, Best Brown, and Oberon.

Thursday, Sept. 15th at 6:00 pm – Sierra Nevada Oktoberfest Pub Crawl in Mainstrasse Covington
Participating bars are Mac’s Pizza & Pub, Zola, Goodfellas (Wiseguy Lounge) and Gypsy’s.

Thursday, Sept. 15th at 6:00-9:00 pm – MadTree Beer Tasting at Craft Pointe
Beers include PsycHOPathy, Seasonal Pumpcan and PSA plus Galaxy High, Blood Orange PsycHOPathy, and Red Feather on draft.

Thursday, Sept. 15th 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 – Goodwood Bourbon Ale, Glendale – Goodwood Bourbon Ale plus Braxton Dead Blow & Fuel and Hyde Park – Goodwood Bourbon Ale.

Thursday, Sept. 15th at 7:00 pm – West Sixth Pint Night at Hebron Brew Haus

Thursday, Sept. 15th at 7:00 pm – Oktoberfest Kick Off Party at Listermann Brewing

Thursday, Sept. 15th-Sunday, Sept. 18th – Wunderbar Oktoberfest
They’ll have Sierra Nevada Oktoberfest, Great Lakes Oktoberfest, Ayinger, and Erdinger all on draft plus karoke, live music, Oktoberfest food specials and more.

Friday, Sept. 16th at 1:00 pm – Streetcar Brewery Tasting Tour
Join Cincy Brew Bus on a “a guided tour of Cincinnati’s Downtown and Over The Rhine Craft Brewery Scene we will go to Taft’s Ale House at 1pm do a tasting and a tour, head over to Moerlein Lager House for a Tasting, and then finish up at Rhinegeist for a Tour and a Tasting. Beer is included in the price as well as your day pass for the streetcar, you get to keep. Stops 8, 1 and 11 on the Streetcar Route.” Tickets are $35 for drinkers and $20 for non-drinkers. Click on the link above to purchase your tickets.

Friday, Sept. 16th at 6:30 pm – Malts in Ault at Ault Park
Tickets for twenty tastes are $25 through September 13th, $30 thereafter. Buy them now at the Ault Park Advisory Council web site. We will have the complete beer list for you on our Friday Tastings and Tappings Report.

Friday, Sept. 16th-Sunday, Sept. 18th – Überdrome next to Moerlein Lager House
Check out their Facebook event page for more information.

Friday, Sept. 16th-Sunday, Sept. 18th – Oktoberfest Zinzinnati

Saturday, Sept. 17th – Fifty Fest 2016 at Fifty West
More info available at http://fiftyfest.fiftywestbrew.com/

Saturday, Sept. 17th at 12:00 noon – Old Firehouse 2nd Anniversary Street Party

Saturday, Sept. 17th-Sunday, Sept. 18th – 4th Annual Franztoberfest at Rhinegeist
From Facebook: “We’ll kick things off at 10 AM with some Kegs ‘n Eggs, featuring delectable breakfast sandwiches and Franz pumpkin bread courtesy of The Presidents Room. Then, we’ll unveil our ususal array of debauchery. There will be live music, hourly speciality beer releases and — of course — our infamous inflatable joust arena. And, if you’re feeling extra Franzy, hop into our Franz Look-a-Like contest starting at 4 PM. The hairier, the better.”

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This Week in Beer: Sept. 5 – 11, 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.

Monday, Sept. 5th at 5:00 pm – Rare Keg Monday at Ei8ht Ball Brewing
This week, it’s Jolly Pumpkin tap takeover. Beers include Hamajang, Innovator, La Roja Kriek, Nuevos, Uber Wit, and Wet Hopped. Each of these Jolly Pumpkin beers will be $10 For a thirteen ounce tulip or $15 for a 4 ounce flight of all 6 beers.

Wednesday, Sept. 7th from 5:00-10:00 pm – Charitable Suds at Rhinegeist
Co-hosted by Cincinnati Public Radio, a portion of the proceeds during the happy hour will be donated to the Brewery District CURC.

Thursday, Month Day from 5:00-10:00 pm – New Belgium Pint Night at Cappy’s Wines and Spirits
Beers include Fat Tire, Citradelic, Pumpkick, Tart Lychee, Fruit Fly and Oscar Worthy Coffee Nitro. Food available from Packhouse Meats and each New Belgium pint purchase gets you entered to win a limited edition New Belgium bike.

Thursday, Sept. 8th from 5:00-10:00 pm – Seasonal Beer Release and Alfio’s Dinner at Blank Slate
For more information, check out their Facebook event page.

Thursday, Sept. 8th at 6:00- pm – North Coast Brewing Beer Dinner at 99 Hop House

Thursday, Sept. 8th at 6:00-8:30 pm – Short’s Brewing Pint Night at Craft Pointe
Beers include Huma Lupa Licious, Soft Parade, Bellaire Brown, and Autumn Ale in bottles plus Key Lime Pie and Spruce Pilsner on draft.

Thursday, Sept. 8th 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 – Spaten Oktoberfest, Glendale – Leinenkugel’s Oktoberfest and Hyde Park – Great Divide Hoss.

Thursday, Sept. 8th at 6:30 pm – Braxton Brewing Beer Dinner at 15 North Pizza
MENU — Welcome Beer: Storm Golden Cream Ale; First Course: Bruchetta appetizer paired with Beta 1.0 Experimental IPA; Second Course: Wild Mushroom Pizza and Sausage & Sage Pizza paired with Level Saison; Third Course: Stuffed Dates with Dead Blow Starter Tropical Stout. Price is $25.00 per person. Go to https://www.eventbrite.com/e/braxton-beer-dinner-tickets-26953182695

Thursday, Sept. 8th at 7:00 pm – Shiner Pint Night at Hebron Brew Haus

Thursday, Sept. 8th at 7:00 pm – Bell’s End of Summer Blow Out at Gypsys
Poolside, Oberon, and Oatsmobile on draft for $3 pints.

Friday, Sept. 9th-Saturday, Sept. 10th – Cincy Beerfest on Fountain Square
Unlike the Cincy Winter Beerfest, this festival is a free admission/pay as you drink model. However, if you buy the Advance VIP deal, you get more tickets and access to 20 VIP only beers and the VIP area behind the stage with bathrooms. Purchase your tickets online at https://www.beerfesttickets.com/eventperformances.asp?evt=79.

Friday, Sept. 9th-Sunday, Sept. 11th – Oktoberfest at Hofbräuhaus Newport

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Tastings and Tappings AND Festivals Report: August 28, 2015

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.

FESTIVALS

2015 Beer Wine and Food Festival – Friday, August 28th starting at 5:00 pm in Wyoming, OH (benefits The Cure Starts Now Foundation) – See their Facebook Event Page for more information.

Germania Society Oktoberfest – Friday, August 28th-Sunday, August 30th – See their Facebook Event Page for more information.

MadTree Summer Bonanza – Saturday, August 29th from noon to 1:00 am. See their Facebook Event Page for more information.

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. The beers for this week’s tasting (8/28) are Left Hand Oktoberfest, Great Divide Whitewater, Tröegs Perpetual IPA and Full Pint Night of the Living Stout.

Jungle Jim’s – Friday night tasting from 5:00 to 9:00 pm at both locations. Pints are usually $3. This week, they are pouring beers from GoodWood Brewing Co.

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 – For Friday Night Flights this week (8/28) from 5:30-7:00 pm, it’s new beers and seasonals from Victory, Prairie, Rhinegeist and more. The draft by the glass will be Three Floyds Moloko Milk Stout for $3.00. The cost for the flight is $2.00 per person. Only adults age 21 or more are admitted for Friday Night Flights.

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

Braxton Brewing – Firkin Friday tonight (8/28) at 5:00 pm – Blown Gasket Robust Porter infused with cocoa nibs from Maverick Chocolate and fresh oranges.

Christian Moerlein Malt House – Friday, August 28th starting at 4:00 pm – Moerlein Bay of Bengal Double IPA Can Launch and Firkin Tapping – Special beers include Orange Infused Bay of Bengal DIPA, Blackberry Infused Bay of Bengal DIPA and Lemon-Lime (Jungle) Infused Bay of Bengal DIPA.

Ei8ht Ball Brewing – Tonight (8/28) is Free Bacon Night AND they will be tapping Bell’s Hopsolution. The cost is $7 for a ten ounce snifter.

Have a better beer weekend, everyone!

— Carla and Tom

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This Week in Beer: September 22 – 28, 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, Sept. 22nd – Mug Night Monday at Flipdaddy’s Union

Monday, Sept. 22nd – 1/3 off Craft beer bottles at Moerlein Lager House

Monday, Sept. 22nd – Randall Monday at the Brass Tap U Square
This week, it’s Green Flash White IPA through Cucumbers and Cilantro.

Monday, Sept. 22nd from 4:00-7:30 pm – Craft Beer Night at Market Wines

Monday, Sept. 22nd at 5:00 pm – Rare Keg Monday at Ei8ht Ball Brewing

Monday, Sept. 22nd from 8:00 pm to close – Pint Night at Incline Public House

Tuesday, Sept. 23rd – Penny Flips at Fifty West

Tuesday, Sept. 23rd – Tappa Keg Tuesday at Dingle House

Tuesday, Sept. 23rd – $8 Growler Fills at Moerlein Lager House

Tuesday, Sept. 23rd – Infusion Special at the Brass Tap U Square
This week, it’s Jackie O’s After Hours with coffee.

Tuesday, Sept. 23rd at 6:00 pm – Southern Tier Tap Takeover at Flipdaddy’s Union
Beers include Southern Tier 2XIPA, Southern Tier Warlock and Southern Tier Crème Brulee. Giveaways too.

Tuesday, Sept. 23rd at 6:00 pm – Ommegang Tap Takeover at Halfcut
Beers include Ommegang Adoration Ale, Witte, Rare Vos, Gnomegang and Belgian Independence Day IPA.

Tuesday, Sept. 23rd at 6:00 pm – Tuesdays on Tap at Whole Foods Mason
Six drafts, six bites, $6.

Wednesday, Sept. 24th – Select Craft Beers for $2 at Molly Malone’s Covington

Wednesday, Sept. 24th – Local Wednesday at Buckhead Mountain Grill Bellevue
All local beer served in a 16oz pint glass are only $3.99

Wednesday, Sept. 24th – Pint Night at UC’s Catskeller

Wednesday, Sept. 24th from 5:30 to 8:00 pm – Beer Tasting at Marty’s Hops and Vines

Wednesday, Sept. 24th at 6:00 pm – Moerlein Helltown Rye-Ot Tapping at Mayday Northside

Thursday, Sept. 25th – Firkin Thursday at Fifty West

Thursday, Sept. 25th from 4:00 pm to close – Take Home the Glass Night at Taste of Belgium Clifton

Thursday, Sept. 25th at 6:00 pm – Deschutes Brewery Anniversary Event at The Lackman
You can pair your Deschutes brew with a Black Butte doughnut from Holtman’s. Beers include Black Butte Porter, Mirror Pond Pale Ale, Mirror Mirror Oaked Aged Barley Wine, Doppel Dinkel Bock and Black Butte 26 Anniversary Porter.

Thursday, Sept. 25th at 6:00-8:00 pm – Burgers & Beers at the Party Source
Beers: Pumpkin ales from Southern Tier, Schlafly, O’Fallons, New Holland and Shipyard
Burger: Chili Cheese Burger
This is the last Burgers & Beers of the season.

Thursday, Sept. 25th 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 – Left Hand Oktoberfest, Glendale – Sam Adams Oktoberfest and Hyde Park – Three Floyds Munsterfest.

Friday, Sept. 26th – $8 Growler Fills at Christian Moerlein Brewery

Friday, Sept. 26th from 5:00-11:00 pm – Wiedemann’s Newport Oktoberfest
See their Facebook event page for more information.

Friday, Sept. 26th 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, Sept. 26th from 6:00-7:00 pm – Friday Night Flights Beer Tasting at Party Town in Florence

Friday, Sept. 26th at 7:50 pm – Cincinnati Beer Run (With Glow)
See their Facebook event page for more information.

Saturday, Sept. 27th – All crafts $3 at Louie’s Taphouse & Grill (Mason)

Saturday, Sept. 27th from 12:00 pm to close – Wiedemann’s Newport Oktoberfest

Saturday, Sept. 27th from 5:00-8:00pm – Beer Tasting at Ludlow Wines
The cost to taste four beers is $6.00 per person.

Saturday, Sept. 27th at 6:00 pm – Barks, Bourbon, & Brews at New Riff Distillery
From Facebook: Enjoy distillery tours, dinner by the bite, and local bourbon and beer with a panoramic view of the city. Proceeds benefit the dogs of Circle Tail and the people whose lives they change. Purchase tickets at http://circletail.net/index.php?page=barks-bourbon-brews

Sunday, Sept. 28th from 12:00-9:00 pm – Wiedemann’s Newport Oktoberfest

Say Prost to Überdrome This Weekend!

As you head out to Oktoberfest Zinzinnati this weekend, don’t forget that the Moerlein Lager House Überdrome is open tonight from 5PM to 12AM and Saturday from 1PM to 12AM.

We’ve attended the past two years and had tons of fun. Unlike past years, admission is free to anyone who would like to attend. Just pay for the beer and food you want.

Opening ceremony starts at 5:30 PM tonight and this year’s Buergermeister is Don Heinrich Tolzmann. As the Moerlein beer baron Greg Hardman puts it, “It’s the alternative Oktoberfest for people who want the Munich feel!”

Here’s more information from the Überdrome event page on Facebook:

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The “Überdrome,” Cincinnati’s most authentic Munich style fest tent, returns to the Event Lawn adjacent to the Moerlein Lager House on the banks of the Ohio River for Oktoberfest Zinzinnati weekend.

The Uberdrome will be open on Friday, September 19 from 5 p.m. until midnight and on Saturday, September 20, 1 p.m. to midnight during Oktoberfest weekend.

This year admission to the entire Uberdrome is free and open to the public, offering entertainment and atmosphere with German-style food prepared by the Moerlein Lager House. The menu includes Oktoberfest Rotisserie Chicken and Traditional German favorites along with freshly brewed Christian Moerlein crafted beers onsite. Paulaner original Munich Oktoberfest beers will also be available.

In addition this year, Wiesnkoenig USA, a German-themed lifestyle clothing brand and the officially licensed supplier of Lederhosen for the Munich Oktoberfest, will offer a fashion show each day.

The Moerlein Lager House menu for the Uberdrome includes pretzels and beer cheese, Beer Baron brats, half Oktoberfest Rotisserie Chickens, barbeque pork sandwiches with slaw, and grilled sausages with sauerkraut. Sides include Sauerkraut balls, German potato salad, angry macaroni and cheese, with cream puffs and apple and cherry strudel for dessert.

Scheduled entertainment for the Uberdrome includes on Friday, Alpine Echoes from 6 p.m. until 11 p.m.; Saturday, Alpine Echoes from 1:30 p.m. until 5 p.m. and Prost from 6 p.m. until 11 p.m.

Überdrome

The Beer Economics of Oktoberfest Zinzinnati

I work in market research, so I often spend way too much time thinking of why products are priced and how they are priced and what the impact of that pricing is.*  Beer is no exception, and this weekend’s Oktoberfest Zinzinnati presents a particularly fun situation.  Beware: your idea of fun may vary substantially.  While there are a few exceptions, in general, the prices for beers at Oktoberfest are thus:

  • Regular: $5 for 16 ounces
  • Large: $11 for 24 ounce souvenir mug (w/beer)
    • Refills: $7 for 24 ounces

Which leads me to the question: does it make financial sense to “invest” in the large souvenir mug?  See figure 1 below.

Figure 1 - Economics of Oktoberfest

The break-even point is $60 and 192 ounces (12 pints) of beer.  Strictly on a ‘ounce for your dollar’ basis, if you’re going to spend less than $60 and drink fewer than 12 pints of beer the regular makes more financial sense.  Imbibe more than that, the large mug starts to pay off.  However, this ignores the fact that you get to keep the souvenir mug, and that may be of some value to you (and it certainly cost the organizers some money to get made).

Still, for years I made the argument that for most people it didn’t make financial sense to buy the mug. But this year I reevaluated things and saw there’s another side to this.  You, savvy reader, have probably already figured this out: sticking with the regular size means having to fill ‘er up more often.  Below shows the purchase frequency as spending increases.

Figure 2 - Economics of Oktoberfest

Beer lines can get long late in the evening, and having to fill up more often can be a pain.  The large mug reduces how often you have to go back for more.

So, what’s a fiscally responsible beer drinker to do?

Why to go with the Small: you’re only having a few beers and/or you want to try a greater variety of different beers.
Why to go with the Large Mug: you’re drinking more than a few beers, you don’t want to go back to the beer line as often, and/or you want to have the souvenir mug for the day and all eternity.

Bottom line: if you’re drinking more than 1-2 beers the difference in cost isn’t really that big, so don’t sweat it too much.  The fine organizers of Oktoberfest have priced their beer quite fairly.  And thinking too much about these sorts of things is probably detrimental to your mental health…but nothing a few lagers can’t fix.  So relax, enjoy some good beer, indulge in some delightfully stinky German food, and celebrate one of Cincinnati’s great festivals.  Prost!

-John (#13)

*It’s a curse that has ruined many a routine trip to the grocery store, leading my wife to find me staring at a shelf in aisle 9, reflecting on how the pricing structure of a particular brand’s cereal sizes just doesn’t make any sense.  Wait, you thought it was me that is cursed?  No, I fear my wife suffers the most.

Tastings and Tappings Report: Sept. 19, 2014

We frequently get updates for our Tastings and Tappings Report after our regular 9:00 am 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 (9/19), the beers are New Belgium and Three Floyds Lips of Faith Series: Ommegang Scythe & Sickle, 5 Rabbit 5 Vulture, Goose Island Rambler IPA and Dogfish Head Punkin.

Jungle Jim’s Eastgate – Friday night tasting from 5:00 to 9:00 pm. For this week’s tasting (9/19), it’s beers from West Sixth. 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 (9/19), it’s beers from Fifty West. 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 (9/19), the beers are new arrivals from Victory, Uinta and more. The cost for the regular sample flights is $2.00. For $3, you can get a nine ounce pour of Heavy Seas GreatER Pumpkin (imperial pumpkin ale 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

Ei8ht Ball Brewing – For next week’s Rare Keg Monday (9/22), the rare keg is Prairie Cherry Funk. Cost is $10 for a 13 ounce tulip.

REMINDER

● Lots of other great weekend events coming this weekend including Oktoberfest Zinzinnati, Franztoberfest at Rhinegeist and Holler Hops & Grill’s celebration of International Talk Like a Day!

Have a better beer weekend, everyone!

— Carla and Tom

This Week in Beer: September 15 – 21, 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, Sept. 15th – Mug Night Monday at Flipdaddy’s Union

Monday, Sept. 15th – 1/3 off Craft beer bottles at Moerlein Lager House

Monday, Sept. 15th – Randall Monday at the Brass Tap U Square
This week, it’s Flat 12 Pogue’s Run Porter on the Randall running through chocolate and mint. They will also be tapping Flat 12 Barrel Flat Jack Pumpkin Ale and Moustache Ride Red.

Monday, Sept. 15th from 4:00-7:30 pm – Craft Beer Night at Market Wines

Monday, Sept. 15th at 5:00 pm – Rare Keg Monday at Ei8ht Ball Brewing

Monday, Sept. 15th from 8:00 pm to close – Pint Night at Incline Public House

Tuesday, Sept. 16th – Penny Flips at Fifty West

Tuesday, Sept. 16th – Tappa Keg Tuesday at Dingle House

Tuesday, Sept. 16th – $8 Growler Fills at Moerlein Lager House

Tuesday, Sept. 16th – Infusion Special at the Brass Tap U Square
This week, it’s Bear Republic Racer 5 with grapefruit and mango.

Tuesday, Sept. 16th at 5:00 pm – Flat 12 Bierwerks Cincy Launch at The Lackman
Includes Half Cycle IPA, Pogue’s Run Porter, Flat Jack Pumpkin Ale and Barrel Aged Mustache Ride Red Ale. Buy a Flat 12 pint and get a logo glass to keep.

Tuesday, Sept. 16th at 5:00 pm – Victory IPA Tap Takeover at Halfcut
Includes Hop Devil, Hop Devil Nitro, Wild Devil and Dirt Wolf.

Tuesday, Sept. 16th at 6:00 pm – Tuesdays on Tap at Whole Foods Mason
Six drafts, six bites, $6.

Wednesday, Sept. 17th – Select Craft Beers for $2 at Molly Malone’s Covington

Wednesday, Sept. 17th – Local Wednesday at Buckhead Mountain Grill Bellevue
All local beer served in a 16 oz. pint glass are only $3.99

Wednesday, Sept. 17th – Pint Night at UC’s Catskeller

Wednesday, Sept. 17th at 4:00 pm – Highland Tap Takeover and Pint Night at Fireside Pizza
Highland founder Oscar will be in attendance from 4:00 – 5:30 pm.

Wednesday, Sept. 17th from 4:00 to 7:00 pm – Rocktober Tapping at Rock Bottom Cincinnati

Wednesday, Sept. 17th from 5:00 to 11:00 pm – Mt. Adams Neighborhood Oktoberfest Festival
For more information, see their Facebook event page.

Wednesday, Sept. 17th from 5:30 to 8:00 pm – Beer Tasting at Marty’s Hops and Vines

Wednesday, Sept. 17th at 6:00 pm – September Beer Dinner at Moerlein Lager House
This month, it’s Highland Brewing from Asheville, NC. The beers are Razor Wit, Gaelic Ale, Clawhammer, Oatmeal Porter, Mocha Stout and Plaid Schwartz (Moerlein Lager House collaboration beer with Highland). Oscar Wong, founder of Highland, will be in attendance. Register by emailing PrivateDining@MoerleinLH.com. Cost is $55 per person plus tax and gratuity.

Thursday, Sept. 18th – Firkin Thursday at Fifty West

Thursday, Sept. 18th from 4:00 pm to close – Take Home the Glass Night at Taste of Belgium Clifton

Thursday, Sept. 18th from 4:30-6:30 pm – Flat 12 Happy Hour at Igby’s
Beers will include Half Cycle IPA, Pogue’s Run Porter and Flat Jack Pumpkin.

UPDATE Thursday, Sept. 18th – Presidents Room Oktoberfest Beer Dinner
See our post for more information.

Thursday, Sept. 18th at 6:00-8:00 pm – Burgers & Beers at the Party Source
Beers: New Holland Dragon’s Milk, KY Bourbon Barrel Barleywine, BBC Stout and Quaff Bros. “Broot” (Bourbon barreled Root Beer) and KABOOM! (a Pappy Van Winkle Bourbon barreled aged Imperial Stout with red hots)
Burger: BBQ, cheddar and bacon
See our earlier post for the complete list of this summer’s Burgers & Beer schedule.

Thursday, Sept. 18th 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 Oktoberfest, Glendale – Cavalier Pumpkin Beer and Hyde Park – Two Brothers Atom Smasher.

Thursday, Sept. 18th from 7:00-10:00 pm – Flat 12 Happy Hour at Molly Malone’s
Beers will include Half Cycle and Pogue’s Run.

Friday, Sept. 19th – $8 Growler Fills at Christian Moerlein Brewery

Friday, Sept. 19th from 5:00 pm-12:00 am – Oktoberfest Zinzinnati

Friday, Sept. 19th from 5:00 pm-12:00 am – Uberdrome at Moerlein Lager House
From Facebook:
“This year admission to the entire Uberdrome is free and open to the public, offering entertainment and atmosphere with German-style food prepared by the Moerlein Lager House. The menu includes Oktoberfest Rotisserie Chicken and Traditional German favorites along with freshly brewed Christian Moerlein crafted beers onsite. Paulaner original Munich Oktoberfest beers will also be available.”

Friday, Sept. 19th 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, Sept. 19th from 6:00-7:00 pm – Friday Night Flights Beer Tasting at Party Town in Florence

Saturday, Sept. 20th – All crafts $3 at Louie’s Taphouse & Grill (Mason)

Saturday, Sept. 20th from 11:00 am-12:00 am – Oktoberfest Zinzinnati

Saturday, Sept. 20th from 12:00 pm-12:00 am – 2nd Annual Franztoberfest at Rhinegeist

Saturday, Sept. 20th from 1:00 pm-12:00 am – Uberdrome at Moerlein Lager House

Saturday, Sept. 20th from 5:00-8:00pm – Beer Tasting at Ludlow Wines
The cost to taste four beers is $6.00 per person.

Sunday, Sept. 21st from 11:00 am-10:00 pm – Oktoberfest Zinzinnati

Sunday, Sept. 21st from 12:00 pm-12:00 am – 2nd Annual Franztoberfest at Rhinegeist

This Week in Beer: September 8 – 14, 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, Sept. 8th – Mug Night Monday at Flipdaddy’s Union

Monday, Sept. 8th – 1/3 off Craft beer bottles at Moerlein Lager House

Monday, Sept. 8th – Randall Monday at the Brass Tap U Square

Monday, Sept. 8th from 4:00-7:30 pm – Craft Beer Night at Market Wines

Monday, Sept. 8th at 5:00 pm – Rare Keg Monday at Ei8ht Ball Brewing

Monday, Sept. 8th at 6:00 pm – Beer of the Month Tapping at Moerlein Lager House
This month, it’s their Fifth & Vine Oktoberfest.

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

Tuesday, Sept. 9th – Penny Flips at Fifty West

Tuesday, Sept. 9th – Tappa Keg Tuesday at Dingle House

Tuesday, Sept. 9th – $8 Growler Fills at Moerlein Lager House

Tuesday, Sept. 9th – Infusion Special at the Brass Tap U Square

Tuesday, Sept. 9th at 6:00 pm – West Sixth Cocoa Porter Release Party at Halfcut
Also some brewery exclusive beers. We hear it could be the Orange Creasmicle Nitro and Castelwood Black IPA.

Tuesday, Sept. 9th at 6:00 pm – Tuesdays on Tap at Whole Foods Mason
Six drafts, six bites, $6.

Tuesday, Sept. 9th at 6:30 pm – Rivertown Beer Dinner at 20 Brix
Cost is $45 per person. Call (513) 831-2749 for reservations.

Wednesday, Sept. 10th – Select Craft Beers for $2 at Molly Malone’s Covington

Wednesday, Sept. 10th – Local Wednesday at Buckhead Mountain Grill Bellevue
All local beer served in a 16oz pint glass are only $3.99

Wednesday, Sept. 10th – Pint Night at UC’s Catskeller

Wednesday, Sept. 10th from 5:30 to 8:00 pm – Beer Tasting at Marty’s Hops and Vines

Thursday, Sept. 11th – Firkin Thursday at Fifty West

Thursday, Sept. 11th from 4:00 pm to close – Take Home the Glass Night at Taste of Belgium Clifton

Thursday, Sept. 11th at 6:00-8:00 pm – Burgers & Beers at the Party Source
Beers: Samuel Smith (Nut Brown & Oatmeal Stout), Orval & Rochefort 10 and Ayinger Celebrator
Burger: Italian
See our earlier post for the complete list of this summer’s Burgers & Beer schedule.

Thursday, Sept. 11th at 6:00-10:00 pm – Pint Night Thursdays at Cock & Bull (all three locations)
The beers for this week’s Pint Night Thursdays are: Main Strasse Covington – Great Lakes Oktoberfest, Glendale – Red Hook Pumkin Porter and Hyde Park – Bell’s Oktoberfest.

Friday, Sept. 12th – $8 Growler Fills at Christian Moerlein Brewery

Friday, Sept. 12th from 11:00 am to 2:00 am – Oktoberfest at Hofbräuhaus Newport

Friday, Sept. 12th 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, Sept. 12th at 5:00 pm – Grand Opening of Old Firehouse Brewery
The Tristate’s newest brewery opens today! Watch for our post on Old Firehouse Brewery later this week.

Friday, Sept. 12th from 6:00-7:00 pm – Friday Night Flights Beer Tasting at Party Town in Florence

Friday, Sept. 12th from 6:30-11:00 pm – Cincy Beerfest On Fountain Square (And 5th Street Too)
Advance VIP tickets are $35 and advance VIP ticket holders are the only people who get access to 24 special “rare/expensive/hard to find” beers in the VIP area. All advance tickets are VIP Tickets. Includes admission, a souvenir five ounce mug, and 25 sampling tickets (each sample is a full five ounce pour). Day of tickets are $40. You can also buy pints for $5. Buy your tickets at http://www.beerfesttickets.com/eventperformances.asp?evt=43

Saturday, Sept. 13th from 11:00 am to 2:00 am – Oktoberfest at Hofbräuhaus Newport

Saturday, Sept. 13th – All crafts $3 at Louie’s Taphouse & Grill (Mason)

Saturday, Sept. 13th from 5:00-8:00pm – Beer Tasting at Ludlow Wines
The cost to taste four beers is $6.00 per person.

Saturday, Sept. 13th from 6:30-11:00 pm – Cincy Beerfest On Fountain Square (And 5th Street Too)
See the Friday night listing for more information.

Sunday, Sept. 14th from 11:00 am to 11:00 pm – Oktoberfest at Hofbräuhaus Newport

Sunday, Sept. 14th – Sunday Bengals Tailgate Party at Fountain Square
Help the Cincy Beerfest on Fountain Square folks kick their kegs. They will be selling full pints at a great price.