Hoperatives Joins Cincinnati.com Blog Network

We’re almost halfway through 2011, but it’s shaping up to be a good year for Hoperatives. Today we’re proud to announce that Hoperatives.com is joining the Cincinnati.com blog network. As with anything concerning Hoperatives, it’s perfectly reasonable to apply the “Norm test.” You may remember on Cheers that any question about changing bar policy was always met with “Is this going to change the price of beer?” from Norm.

We’re happy to report that this isn’t going to change the price of beer and, truth be told, you’re not going to see much of anything change around here. Oh, there’s a new ad over there on the left right along with the spiffy Cincinnati.com Blog Network badge. You might see something that appeared on this site featured in Metromix and possibly even the Enquirer. So why do it if nothing is going to change? Well, we didn’t say nothing would change, just that you wouldn’t really see the changes. The biggest change we’re hoping for is that more people become Hoperatives. We believe that a beer renaissance is in progress here in Cincinnati and Hoperatives is here to help as many people as possible participate in it. Being part of the Cincinnati.com blog network will raise our visibility which will, in turn, help us make the site better and more useful for you.

I often joke that Cincinnati isn’t that big, but I’d hate to try to paint it. We can’t be everywhere. We rely on Hoperatives from all over for our information. The more of you there are, the less likely we are to miss something. Just today Joe Della Bella of Newport, KY became Hoperative #302. That’s mind-boggling to me, but I enjoy having my mind-boggled. Why not look forward to the day we welcome Hoperative #1000? I’m reasonably certain we’ll have a party and everyone will be invited.

I happen to be writing this announcement, but I’m only a small part of this thing we call Hoperatives. First and foremost, there are all of you who read this blog. Thank you for reading. We appreciate it, and we’re going to continue do our best to make it something worth a bit of your time every day. Carla pulls together a lot of information every week for This Week in Beer on Mondays and the Growlers and Tastings Report on Fridays. If those posts didn’t exist, we wouldn’t be Hoperatives. Jared Whalen, John Lavelle and Jason “Puddin” Rust are our regular contributors who take time out of their busy schedules to share their perspectives. We’re lucky to have them.

So join us in raising a pint of better beer this weekend as we celebrate the next step in the evolution of Hoperatives.com.

Show the World You’re a Hoperative!

A frequent question we get is about when we were going to make custom apparel available for registered Hoperatives. Especially since we started wearing some of our shirts and hats to various beer events around Cincinnati. Well, that day is here! You even can choose between embroidered or silk screened clothing.

Lands End

Clothing from Lands End features an embroidered Hoperatives logo (usually on the left side of the chest of the item). Items for women include cardigans, polo shirts (both short sleeve and long sleeve), t-shirts (with two different neck types), broadcloth blouses (both short sleeve and long sleeve) and fleece jackets. Items for men include polo shirts (both short sleeve and long sleeve), t-shirts (with and without a pocket), twill shirts (both short sleeve and long sleeve) and fleece jackets.

http://ces.landsend.com/Hoperatives

Lands End has FREE SHIPPING if you order by August 6th!

Cafe Press

Clothing and more from Cafe Press features a silk screened Hoperatives logo and sometimes our tag line. There are many types of t-shirts, tank tops, hoodies and caps. Non-clothing items include tote bag, mugs, steins, mouse pads, journals, aprons and buttons.

http://www.cafepress.com/hoperatives

Don’t see something you were hoping for? Let us know and we’ll see what we can!

Cheers and here’s to better beer!

Carla and Tom

Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Hoperatives Happening #1 was a rousing success! Carla and I thank each and every one of you who came out for making it a most excellent evening. We were nervous about it, I won’t lie, but thanks to some wonderful folks it all came together. We’d like to lift a glass and shout a great big Prosit!, Na Zdrowie!, and Skal! to the folks who made it happen:

  • Wasn’t Rock Bottom great? The food, the beer, the space, the swag for the drawings… it was really perfect. Brewmaster Mitch Dougherty and Keith Maloy were the folks we worked with the most setting it up, but I can’t say enough nice things about the staff. It’s a personal failing that I’m horrible with names, so I can’t recognize each of our servers by name, but thanks to Sarah and her colleagues for keeping it all flowing. And thanks to the kitchen staff too: the food was outstanding. And the beer? For those of you who weren’t there, Mitch tapped not one, but three versions of the American Dream IPA: one standard, one using nitrogen carbonation, and the third being cask-conditioned. It was fascinating listening to folks compare and contrast the versions and picking their favorite. It’s a comparison I think everyone should try.
  • I got to indulge my inner streaming media geek thanks to Verizon Wireless and their really, really slick MiFi that they were kind enough to loan us for the event. It’s a little unit about the size of a playing card and about as thick as 20 or so business cards. It connects to the world via the Verizon EVDO network, but also sets up a litte WiFi access point that can handle up to 5 connections so more than one person can use the network at a time. It runs on batteries that last night lasted about 3 hours on a less-than-full charge while streaming video of the event constantly. I’ve been using it for the last few days, and I’m completely sold. Yeah, you can do the same thing other ways, but it’s all in one nice little package. I suspect it’ll be part of our standard kit at future events. (OK, I’ll quit pretending to be Engadget now)

All in all, we’re just thrilled with how everything went and we’re busy planning the next Hoperatives Happening at Party Source in August. We will post more information just as soon as everything is firmed up. But, in the mean time, thank you all once again!

You Could Win Passes to Beer and Burgers at The Party Source!

As we teased in this morning’s “This Week in Beer” post, we have been lucky enough to get some passes to the June 25th Beer and Burgers Thirstday at the Party Source in Newport, KY. The featured brewery is Clipper City:

This Maryland based brewery is one of the newest additions to the craft beer scene, but with their consistent quality Clipper City will be around for a long time. Because of their enormous style and great balance, their selection of beers are known for displaying über flavor. If you’re a hop head or just like rockin’ craft beer, don’t miss this event.

So how can you win? Well, if you don’t have a Hoperative number, you can request one by sending your name and location to rollcall@hoperatives.com. Having a Hoperative number gets you an entry, so there’s one entry right there.

Second, as Tom is fond of saying “Cincinnati isn’t a big town, but you wouldn’t want to paint it.” Translated that means that there’s a lot of great beer places out there and there’s only two of us. We need some help gathering and updating information, especially for the restaurants, bars and pubs. Submit your favorite and get another entry. And if you already have a Hoperatives number, this is how you get in on this!

For a beer store, we need to know:

  1. the address,
  2. phone number,
  3. web site (if they have one),
  4. beers on growler station (if they have one),
  5. beers in bottles,
  6. beer available in singles,
  7. and any specials or regular beer events they have.

For a restaurant, bar or pub, we need to know

  1. the address,
  2. phone number,
  3. web site (if they have one),
  4. beers on tap,
  5. beers in bottles,
  6. and any specials or regular beer events they have.

Also, if the beer list for any of our already listed locations is more than a month old, submit an updated one and you also get an entry.

You have until next Monday, June 22nd at 11:59 pm to enter. Winners will be notified on Tuesday, June 23rd. Any questions? Drop us a line at both@hoperatives.com!

Short Hops: May 28, 2009

Beer Box Bandit — The Ultimate Head Case
So that’s what Bud Light is for!

From a Revered Chef, a Beer That Behaves Like Wine
This very unusual beer is available at Whole Foods markets for $9.99 a bottle.

Beer price overflows for Munich’s next Oktoberfest
Somehow, you have to think that prices are going to go up at Oktoberfest Zinzinnati too.

Action Alert from Beer Advocate – Federal Excise Tax on Beer Could Triple
As Todd puts its, “It is imperative that you call your member of Congress and your Senators, especially if they are on the Senate Finance Committee and weigh-in on the devastating impact ANY increase on the federal excise tax on beer would have on your business.”

● Did you know that Hoperatives is doing all kinds of social media now? Besides the blog and informational web site (where you are right now), you can follow us on Twitter ( http://twitter.com/Hoperatives ) or join our group on Facebook ( http://www.facebook.com/home.php#/group.php?gid=49280578300 ). You can also check out our PhotoStream on Flickr ( http://www.flickr.com/photos/hoperatives/sets/ ).

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

● Want to tell the world (or at least the Tri-state) that you are a Hoperative? Check out our Cafe Press store at http://www.cafepress.com/hoperatives!

Short Hops (Tastings and Growlers edition): April 10, 2009

● At this week’s Friday Night Flights at Party Town in Florence, the featured brewery is Flying Dog Brewing Company of Denver. Remember that the cost $2 for a full flight of beers.

● This week’s beer tasting at the Fort Thomas location of Liquor Direct will be Ommegang Three Philosophers and Biere de Mars. The tasting price is $1 and the tasting is from 5:00 – 7:00 pm.

● On the Growler Station at Party Town in Florence: Bell’s Okotoberfest, Bell’s Hopslam, Founders Breakfast Stout, Founders Double Trouble IPA, Goose Island Imperial IPA, Barrel House Cumberland Pale Ale

● On the Growler Station at Party Source in Newport: Lindeman’s Framboise, Unibroue Blanche de Chambly, Founders Double Trouble IPA, Sam Adams Hard Cider, Bell’s Java Stout, Goose Island Imperial India Pale Ale, d’Achouffe N’Ice Chouffe

● And don’t forget… If you are a believer in better beer and you want to win prizes, then you want to be a Hoperative. Just drop an email message to rollcall@hoperatives.com with your name and location to join our ranks and get your roll call number.

Short Hops: March 26, 2009

● A new weekly beer tasting is starting up this week at the Fort Thomas location of Liquor Direct. This week, they will be tasting Gouden Carolus Triple and Dupont Saison. The tasting price is $1 and the tasting is from 5:00 – 7:00 pm.
Tell Brandon you heard about it on Hoperatives!

● At this week’s Friday Night Flights at Party Town in Florence, the featured brewery is NorthCoast Brewery of Fort Bragg, CA. Party Town recently had their Red Seal Ale on their growler station. Remember that the cost $2 for a full flight of beers.

● On the Growler Station at Party Town in Florence: Baltic Porter, Denver Pale Ale from Great Divide, Reds Rye P.A., Bells Two Hearted, Commodore Perry, and Dogfish Red & White
New as of 3/27 – Founders Breakfast Stout

● On the Growler Station at Party Source in Newport: Avery Maharaja, Kasteel Rouge, Ayinger Celebrator, Sam Adams Hardcore Cider, Dogfish Head Red & White, Goose Island Imperial IPA

● And don’t forget… If you are a believer in better beer and you want to win prizes, then you want to be a Hoperative. Just drop an email message to rollcall@hoperatives.com with your name and location to join our ranks and get your roll call number.

Short Hops: March 20, 2009

● No word on this week’s Friday Night Flights at Party Town in Florence yet. We’ll update this post as soon as we hear. UPDATE: The featured brewery for this evening is Left Hand Brewery of Colorado.

● On the Growler Station at Party Source in Newport: Kasteel Rouge, Goose Island Imperial IPA, Dogfish Head Red & White, Sam Adams Hardcore Cider, Ayinger Celebrator, Avery Maharaja

● On the Growler Station at Party Town in Florence: Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout, Great Divide Hibernation Ale 07, Great Lakes Commodore Perry IPA, Great Divide Old Ruffian Barleywine, Great Divide Oak Aged Yeti Espresso, Great Lakes Burning River Barrel House Cumberland Pale Ale

● And don’t forget… If you are a believer in better beer and you want to win prizes, then you want to be a Hoperative. Just drop an email message to rollcall@hoperatives.com with your name and location to join our ranks and get your roll call number.

We have over 50 Hoperatives and we have a winner!

Wow! We had a flurry of requests to be added to the Hoperatives Roll Call overnight and we hit the magic 50 mark! Yippee! As promised, we used the random number generator over at http://www.random.org/ to pick a number between one and fifty. And the winner is… Emmitt from Erlanger! Emmitt wins our Bockfest prize package which includes a 2009 Bockfest poster signed by Jim Effler (the artist) and a $20 gift certificate to Arnold’s Bar and Grill (210 East 8th Street). Emmitt, we’ll be dropping you a line about how to get you your prize.

And now… the push to 100 Hoperatives! We already have some prizes for this next round including $40 gift certificate to Rock Bottom Restaurant and Brewery and a t-shirt from Weasel Boy Brewing Company. Who knows what else we might add by the time we get to 100? Not a Hoperative yet? Just drop an email message to rollcall@hoperatives.com with your name and location to join our ranks and get your roll call number.

Cheers and to better beer!

— Carla and Tom