Jim Hennessey’s Farewell Tour at The Woodward Theater Tomorrow Night

Cincinnati beer pioneer Jim Hennessey passed away in early February and his friends (many of whom happen to be his colleagues) have come up with a perfect tribute to him. Tomorrow night at the Woodward Theater in OTR there will be a benefit concert and beer festival from 6:00 to 10:00 PM. The cost is $20 cash at the door and proceeds benefit the Hennessey family.

This is the way the event is described on its Facebook page:

On February 2, 2015 the Heidelberg family and local craft community lost a legend. Jim Hennessey was a 12 year Associate at Ohio Valley Wine and Beer Company and a trailblazer in the world of craft beer. Over the course of his many years in the business, he touched the lives of countless individuals, both personally and professionally.

Jim passed away unexpectedly, two weeks after he received a diagnosis of advanced-staged cancer. He was 59 years old. He is survived by his beloved wife Maryanne and two daughters, Alyson and Kat.

On April 8, a benefit concert and craft beer festival to aid Jim’s family will be held at The Woodward Theater. Tickets are $20 cash at the door. Please join us as we remember the life and legacy of a great man!

http://www.gofundme.com/ny53vo Visit our GoFundMe page to donate.

Jim Hennessey's Farewell Tour Graphic

Ryan Horan from OVC was kind enough to share the event tap list. Some of these are single 1/6 bbls and when they’re gone, they’re gone:

Tap #1: Rogue 7 Hop IPA
Tap #2: Victory Abby 5 Belgian Single
Tap #3: Brooklyn Brewery Ama Bruna Belgian Dubbel
Tap #4: Schlafly American IPA
Tap #5: Rogue Anniversary Barleywine
Tap #6: Great Lakes Barrel Aged Blackout Stout
Tap #7: Thirsty Dog Barrel Aged Cerberus Tripel
Tap #8: Anderson ValleyBlood Orange Gose
Tap #9: Uinta Brewing Detour Double IPA
Tap #10: Great Lakes Dortmunder Gold Lager
Tap #11: 21st Amendment Down to Earth session IPA
Tap #12: Deschutes Brewery Fresh Squeezed IPA
Tap #13: Sierra Nevada Hop Hunter IPA
Tap #14: Uinta Brewing Hop Nosh IPA
Tap #15: Victory Hop Ranch Double IPA
Tap #16: Sam Adams Kosmic Mother Funk
Tap #17: Moerlein Lab Lager Dry-hopped Pilsner
Tap #18: Ayinger Maibock
Tap #19: Sierra Nevada Nooner Pilsner
Tap #20: Anchor Saaremaa Island Ale
Tap #21: Lost Coast Sharkinator IPA
Tap #22: Mt. Carmel Snapshot Imperial IPA
Tap #23: Lost Coast Tangerine Wheat
Tap #24: Smuttynose Vunderbar Pilsner

His family. Music. Beer. Those are pretty much the three things that were most important to Jim. You couldn’t keep us away from this event with a big stick. If you knew Jim we know you’ll be there if you can. If you didn’t know Jim you should come out anyway because it’s just not possible to overstate what he meant to the growth of better beer in Cincinnati.

See you tomorrow night.

This Week in Beer: March 23 – 29, 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. NEW – Check out our new Better Beer Happy Hours, Etc. page for regularly scheduled specials on better beer.

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

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

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

Monday, March 23rd at 11:00 am – Bell’s Oberon Tapping at Keystone Hyde Park

Monday, March 23rd at 5:00 pm – Rare Keg Monday at Ei8ht Ball Brewing
This week, it’s Hoppin’ Frog Barrel-Aged B.O.R.I.S. Cost is $12 for a 10 ounce snifter.

Tuesday, March 24th – Penny Flips at Fifty West

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

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

Tuesday, March 24th from 5:00-7:00 pm – Meet the Brewer at Barleycorn’s

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

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

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

Wednesday, March 25th – Flight Night at The Growler House

Wednesday, March 25th – Pint Night at UC’s Catskeller
For this week, it’s Thirsty Dog Brewery.

Wednesday, March 25th from 6:00 to 9:00 pm – Blind IPA Tasting at Marty’s Hops and Vines
Six IPAs on tap with blank tap handles, you get to taste and rank all six. Names revealed after they’ve all been ranked. Cost is $15 a person.

Wednesday, March 25th at 7:00 pm – Monthly Keg Tapping at Hofbräuhaus Newport
This month, it’s their Hopfen Spezial.

Thursday, March 26th – Firkin Thursday at Fifty West

Thursday, March 26th – Tap That Thursday at BrewRiver GastroPub

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

Thursday, March 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 – Bell’s Oberon, Glendale – Oskar Blues Dale’s Pale Ale and Hyde Park – Fat Head’s Goggle Fogger.

Thursday, March 26th at 6:30 pm – Cincinnati Brewing History: Presented by Rhinegeist Brewery
From Facebook: “Come to Rhinegeist Brewery to enjoy an evening all about beer! Rhinegeist is proud to host Cincinnati Brewing History, and lecture by local experts, Steve Hampton, architect and executive director of the Over-the-Rhine Brewery District and Brewery Heritage Trail and Mike Morgan, local historian and author of “Over-the-Rhine: When Beer Was King”. The lecture will be preceded by a brewery tour, happy hour and an opportunity to buy raffle tickets to win Rhinegeist swag!! For beer and history lovers, it doesn’t get any better than this!” Hosted by Betts House, the cost is $11.54 for the lecture only. The tour option is sold out. You can purchase your tickets on their Eventbrite page.

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

Friday, March 27th at 5:00 pm – Free Bacon Night at Ei8ht Ball Brewing
Also tapping Dark Horse Double Crooked Tree.

Friday, March 27th at 5:00 pm – Braxton Brewing Company Grand Opening
From their Facebook Event Page: “Join us as we officially “Lift One to Life” for the very first time. We’re excited to invite you into “The Garage” for a night of delicious beer, the Neltner Small Batch mural unveiling, live bands, brewery tours, a photo booth, and much more. Schedule:
– Doors Open: 5:00pm
– Bands in MadLot at 6:00pm
– Toast/Mural Unveiling: 7:00pm
– and much more…
*subject to change, check this page for updates
Food Trucks will provide the food, we’ll provide the beer. We look forward to pouring pints and, as always, Lift One to Life..”

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

Saturday, March 28th from 7:00-10:00 pm – The Art of Funk feat. Sours, Artswave, DJ Soulstep & Pones, Inc! at Rivertown Brewing
From their Facebook event page: “Join us for our Artswave Toast to the Arts Campaign Kick Off Party starting at 7p focused on the Art of Funk! We will be joined by DJ Soulstep spinning nothing but funky vinyl goodness til close, a special performance by Pones, Inc from 7p-8p (an interactive, funk filled dance troop) and, of course, our House Funk feature on tap beginning with Kriek and followed by Pomegranate Lambic along with Gueze and Triumvirate featured in bottle. Come discover and embrace your funk and all its art forms with us on the 28th!”

Sunday, March 29th at 11:00 am – Brewers Brunch with Weasel Boy at Fifty West
Three course beer paired brunch. Cost is $27.37 per person. Make your reservation on their Eventbrite page.

Tastings and Tappings Report: March 20, 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.

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 (3/20), it’s Boulevard Unfiltered Wheat, West Sixth Bryan Ave Belgian Blonde, Sixpoint Abigale and Boulevard The Calling IPA.

Jungle Jim’s Eastgate – Friday night tasting from 5:00 to 9:00 pm. For this week’s tasting (3/20), it’s Listermann. Pints are usually $3.

Jungle Jim’s Fairfield – Friday night tasting from 5:00 to 9:00 pm. For this week’s tasting (3/20), it’s MadTree. 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 – For Friday Night Flights this week (3/20), it’s Rhinegeist. Beers include Pandamonium, Gramps, Powder and Saber Tooth (all on draft) plus their entire line of canned beers. Draft prices will be posted at the event. The first 96 people to purchase draft by the glass will receive a complimentary Rhinegeist pint glass. Cost 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 delicious bites. Tickets sold until 6:30 pm.

TAPPINGS

Ei8ht Ball Brewing – Tonight (3/20) is Artswave Free Bacon Night and they will tapping Jolly Pumpkin Saison X. A portion of the proceeds from sales of all Ei8ht Ball Brewing beers sold that day will be donated to ArtsWave.

– Tomorrow (Saturday, 3/21) their Saturday infusion is Uinta Detour Run through a Randall of grapefruit. Cost is $6 for a 10 ounce snifter. They will also be tapping Rhinegeist Saber Tooth Tiger at 2:00 pm. Cost is $5 for a 10 ounce snifter.

– For next week’s Rare Keg Monday (3/23), it’s Hoppin’ Frog Barrel-Aged B.O.R.I.S. Cost is $12 for a 10 ounce snifter.

Have a better beer weekend, everyone!

— Carla and Tom

Arnold’s Announces Opening Day Lineup

Opening Day is less than three weeks away and the mild weather we had earlier this week has us all thinking about baseball. Well, and beer too. Being a non-Cincinnati native, Opening Day traditions are something that I’m new to, but I can honestly say some of my happiest Opening Day memories started at Arnold’s. If I didn’t have work obligations on Monday, April 6th, you know you could find me that morning having breakfast in the courtyard at Arnold’s.

Here is their schedule for the day:

Breakfast from 9:00-11:00 am.

At 9:00 am, they will be tapping some truly great beers including Ommegang’s Game of Thrones Series: 3 Eyed Raven, Three Floyds Zombie Dust, Ballast Point Grapefruit Sculpin IPA, Triple Digit Coconut Chickow!, Blank Slate Bonbonerie Opera Cream Stout, Christian Moerlein 11/162 Bourbon Barrel Ale, three year aged Stone Imperial Russian Stout (2013), Rhinegeist Saber Tooth Tiger and Fifty West Wire to Wire Wheat.

As usual, they will be marking the bottom of one out of every five random beer cups. If you get one of the marked cups, you win autographed baseball cards and game used memorabilia. There are over 100 prizes in all from Cincinnati Reds players like Pete Rose, Joey Votto, Ken Griffey Jr, Aroldis Chapman, Brandon Phillips, George Foster, Billy Hamilton, Jay Bruce, Adam Dunn and more.

Todd Hepburn will be on the piano to play every baseball song that you can think of from 11:00 am – 3:00 pm.

Jeremy Dubin and Justin McCombs from the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company will be performing both “Casey at the Bat” and Abbot & Costello’s “Who’s on First” on the courtyard stage.

Plus, former Arnold’s owner Jim Tarbell will be on hand dressed at Peanut Jim Shelton playing the mouth harp.

Arnold's Bar And Grill

This Week in Beer: March 16 – 22, 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. NEW – Check out our new Better Beer Happy Hours, Etc. page for regularly scheduled specials on better beer.

Monday, March 16th – Mug Night Monday at Flipdaddy’s Union

Monday, March 16th – 1/3 off craft beer bottles at Moerlein Lager House

Monday, March 16th – Randall Monday at the Brass Tap U Square

Monday, March 16th at 5:00 pm – Rare Keg Monday at Ei8ht Ball Brewing
This week, there’s actually four beers from MadTree and they’re all barrel aged: BA Axis Mundi, BA AXIS Mundi with coffee and vanilla, BA Happy Amber and Ye Olde Battering Ram Black Barleywine. Cost varies for a 10 ounce snifter.

Monday, March 16th from 8:00 pm to close – Pint Night at Incline Public House

HAPPY SAINT PATRICK’S DAY!

Tuesday, March 17th – Penny Flips at Fifty West

Tuesday, March 17th – Tappa Keg Tuesday at Dingle House

Tuesday, March 17th – $8 Growler Fills at Moerlein Lager House

Tuesday, March 17th – Infusion Special at the Brass Tap U Square

Tuesday, March 17th from 11:00 am to 10:00 pm – HOPPY St. Paddy’s Day at Flipdaddy’s Mariemont
Enjoy some of the best hopped-up brews including: Three Floyds Zombie Dust, Great Divide Hercules Double IPA, Fat Head’s Hop Juju Imperial IPA, Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA, Breckenridge 471 IPA, Stone Cali-Belgique IPA and Revolution Galaxy Hero IPA plus Dogfish Head 60 Minute run through the Randall with whole leaf hops.

Tuesday, March 17th from 5:00-7:00 pm – Meet the Brewer at Barleycorn’s

Tuesday, March 17th at 6:00 pm – BOGO Craft Beer Special at Hebron Brew Haus
Special applies to select rotating draft beers.

Tuesday, March 17th at 6:00 pm – Tuesdays on Tap at Whole Foods Mason
Six drafts, six bites, $6.

Wednesday, March 18th – Select Craft Beers for $2 at Molly Malone’s Covington

Wednesday, March 18th – Local Wednesday at Buckhead Mountain Grill Bellevue
All local beer served in a 16 oz pint glass are $3.99.

Wednesday, March 18th from 5:30 to 8:00 pm – Beer Tasting at Marty’s Hops and Vines

Wednesday, March 18th at 6:00 pm – New Belgium Beer Dinner at Moerlein Lager House
Reception beer – New Belgium Abby Belgium Dubbel. First course – Le Terroir Dry Hopped Sour Ale paired Tropical Gazpacho, Hamachi Crudo, Lychee Fruit. Second course – 1554 Black Lager paired with Ultimate grilled cheese. Third course – Cocoa Molé Spiced Chocolate Porter paired with Seared Foie Gras, Spiced Molé, Sour Poached Pear, Pumpkin Seeds, Queso de Cabra. Fourth course – Rampant Imperial Pale Ale paired with Bangers and Mash. Dessert – Portage Porter paired with Goat Cheese Cheesecake. Cost is $55 plus tax and gratuity. Seating is limited. Make reservations in advance by contacting Jeff Geckle at privatedining@moerleinlh.com

Thursday, March 19th – Firkin Thursday at Fifty West

Thursday, March 19th – Tap That Thursday at BrewRiver GastroPub

Thursday, March 19th from 4:00 pm to close – Take Home the Glass Night at Taste of Belgium Clifton

Thursday, March 19th 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 – West Sixth Belgian Blonde, Glendale – New Belgium Fat Tire and Hyde Park – West Sixth Belgian Blonde.

Friday, March 20th – $8 Growler Fills at Christian Moerlein Brewery

Friday, March 20th at 5:30 pm – Artswave Bacon Night at Ei8ht Ball
The usual twenty pounds of bacon plus Jolly Pumpkin Saison X AND a portion of the proceeds from sales of all Ei8ht Ball Brewing beers sold that day will be donated to ArtsWave.

Friday, March 20th 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, March 20th from 6:00-7:00 pm – Friday Night Flights Beer Tasting at Party Town in Florence

Saturday, March 21st from 5:00-8:00pm – Beer Tasting at Ludlow Wines
The cost to taste four beers is $6.00 per person.

Tastings and Tappings Report: March 13, 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.

Don’t forget the All About Stout Fest tomorrow at Molly Malone’s Covington starting at 12:00 pm. More information available on our earlier post.

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 (3/14), it’s Two Brothers Monarch, Oskar Blues Pinner, Alltech KY Rye Barrel IPA and Revolution Galaxy Hero.

Jungle Jim’s Eastgate – Friday night tasting from 5:00 to 9:00 pm. For this week’s tasting (3/14), it’s The Brew Kettle. Pints are usually $3.

Jungle Jim’s Fairfield – Friday night tasting from 5:00 to 9:00 pm. For this week’s tasting (3/14), it’s Left Hand. 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 – For Friday Night Flights this week, it’s Country Boy. Beers include Rum Barrel Aged Black Porter, Sink Hole Stout (BBA Imperial Stout), Warehouse Experiment #2 (BA Pale Ale), Heart of Dankness (Black IPA), D9nasty Double IPA and more. Cost 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 delicious bites. Tickets sold until 6:30 pm.

TAPPINGS

Ei8ht Ball Brewing – Tonight (3/13) is Free Bacon Night and they will tapping Christian Moerlein Eleven / 162.

– Tomorrow (Saturday, 3/14) their Saturday infusion is Southern Tier Creme Brulee Stout run through raspberries.

– For next week’s Rare Keg Monday (3/16), there’s actually four beers from MadTree and they’re all barrel aged: BA Axis Mundi, BA AXIS Mundi with coffee and vanilla, BA Happy Amber and Ye Olde Battering Ram Black Barleywine. Cost varies for a 10 ounce snifter.

Wild Mike’s Shady Lane – Tapping Fat Head’s Hop Ju Ju and Ballast Point Victory at Sea on Saturday (3/14) at 5:00 pm.

Have a better beer weekend, everyone!

— Carla and Tom

Kentucky Ale Platoon Pack Features Blue and White Ales

Have to admit that I’m kind of surprised they didn’t come up with this sooner. Happy March Madness everyone!

Just in time for March Madness basketball, a new limited edition six-pack has emerged with the spirited colors of blue and white. The Kentucky Ale Platoon Pack from Alltech Lexington Brewing & Distilling Co. will feature two new brews in one pack – Kentucky Blue Ale, an unfiltered, Belgian white ale accented with blueberries, and Kentucky White Ale, an unfiltered Belgian white ale.

Perfect for sipping while watching the heated, intense games of the NCAA tournaments, the brews will only be available in bottles in Kentucky and around the region starting next week and will last for a short time. The brews are 5.3% alcohol by volume (ABV), and the six-pack has a suggested retail price of $9.99.

“In this part of the country, it’s no secret that we bleed blue,” said Matt Cordle, sales manager for Alltech Lexington Brewing & Distilling Co. “So our brewery is pretty pumped to be putting out this one-and-done six-pack of two different Belgian ales. I foresee a big run on these from basketball fans in the area. I’d be thrilled if I went to a watch party and the Kentucky Blue Ale and Kentucky White Ale were filling up the coolers. That’s the goal.”

Kentucky Blue Ale is a blueberry Belgian white ale that features the sweet taste of blueberries, complemented with refreshing citrus notes of coriander and orange peel. Unfiltered for optimal depth of flavor, this twist on a traditional Belgian wheat ale boasts an effervescent, cloudy appearance. Similarly, Kentucky White Ale is a Belgian white ale brewed in the same style with coriander and orange peel, but without blueberries.

The unique six-pack is debuting at an exciting time in the brewery’s history, as the downtown Lexington brewery undergoes a renovation and expansion, with its capacity set to quadruple. Large roof trusses were just lifted atop the brewery building yesterday on the Alltech Lexington Brewing & Distilling Co. campus at the intersection of Maxwell St. and Oliver Lewis Way and now can be seen soaring atop the formerly low-profile roofline. The building is under construction to make room for a new brewhouse, as well as to raise the roof and create two glass walls that will showcase the brewery’s inner workings to passersby. The project is expected to continue into late 2015.

Please follow the Kentucky Ale Facebook page or the Kentucky Ale Twitter for updates on Kentucky Ale Platoon Pack availability across the region as shipments of the six-packs are made.

Kentucky Ale Platoon Pack

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 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.