This Week in Beer: April 3 – 9, 2017

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. Most events for the weekend will be on our Friday Tastings and Tappings Report post.

HAPPY OPENING DAY! LET’S PLAY BALL!

Monday, April 3rd at 8:00 am – 3rd Annual Season Opener at Taft’s Ale House
See their Facebook event page for more information.

Monday, April 3rd at 9:00 am – Opening Day Festivities at Arnold’s Bar & Grill
See their Facebook event page for more information.

Monday, April 3rd at 9:00 am – Opening Day Kegs and Eggs at Rhinegeist
See their Facebook event page for more information.

Monday, April 3rd at 10:00 am – Celebrate Opening Day at MadTree
See their Facebook event page for more information.

Monday, April 3rd at 10:00 am – Rally on the Square with MadTree Beer
See their Facebook event page for more information.

Monday, April 3rd at 11:00 am – Braxton & Baseball
See their Facebook event page for more information.

Monday, April 3rd at 12:00 pm – Opening Day Parade and After Party at MOTR
See their Facebook event page for more information.

Monday, April 3rd at 12:00 pm – Opening Day at Darkness Brewing
See their Facebook event page for more information.

Thursday, Month Day from 5:00-10:00 pm – Woodburn Pint Night at Cappy’s Wines and Spirits
Beers include Hammer Session IPA, Cedar IPA, Double IPA, Berliner, Steinpils, Han Solo, Amber, Breakfast Porter, Chocolate Mint Stout, and Barleywine.

Thursday, Month Day at 6:00-9:00 pm – Crooked Handle Pint Night at BC’s Bottle Lodge
Beers include Crickey! English Mild, Matchstick Amber, Bomb’s Away, and BA Roadside PB Porter.

Thursday, Month Day 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 – TBA, Glendale – TBA and Hyde Park – TBA.

Thursday, Month Day at 7:00 pm – Highland Pint Night at Hebron Brew Haus

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Tastings and Tappings Report: March 31, 2017

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

CLOSING DAY

Ei8ht Ball – The Last Brunch at Ei8ht Ball Brewing is Saturday at noon. From Facebook: “grab a Beermosa, get a hug or fist bump from our amazing beer tenders, stuff your face with brunch, get that last chance merch and enjoy our pop up specials all day long! Food trucks on site all day!”

TASTINGS, TOURS and DINNERS

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 SweetWater at Fairfield and from Heavy Seas 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 TBA. 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, PINT NIGHTS and RELEASES

Braxton Brewing – 1957 Can Release and Tapping Party Friday at 5:00 pm.

Cappy’s Wine and Spirits – Local Friday featuring Urban Artifact at 5:00 pm. Beers include The Gadget, Slide Rule, and Squeezebox.

Listermann Brewing – Tricky and 99 Problems Can Release Saturday at 10:00 am. Tricky is a NE IPA with Galaxy and Mosaic hops. 120 cases of it will be available. 99 Problems But a Beer Ain’t One is a NE IPA with Citra and Wakatu hops. About 60 cases of it will be available.

MainStrasse Village – Oberon Pub Crawl Friday starting at 6:00 pm. Participating bars include Lisse Steakhouse, Cock and Bull, Mac’s Pizza, Zola Pub, Goodfellas, and Gypsys.

White Oak Marathon – Founders Kentucky Breakfast Stout Release Party Friday at 4:00 pm

Woodburn Brewery – Go Floc Yourself! New England IPA tapping Friday

Have a better beer weekend, everyone!

— Carla and Tom

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This Week in Beer: March 27 – April 2, 2017

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. Most events for the weekend will be on our Friday Tastings and Tappings Report post.

Monday, March 27th at 5:00 pm – Bell’s Oberon Trivia Night and the Pub at Crestview Hills

Tuesday, March 28th at 4:00 pm – Phrenology Bottle Release at Urban Artifact

Wednesday, March 29th at 5:00 pm – Charitable Suds at Rhinegeist
This week, it benefits ArtsWave.

Wednesday, March 29th at 7:00 pm – Monthly Keg Tapping at Hofbräuhaus Newport
This month, it’s their Hopfen Spezial Pale Lager.

Thursday, March 30th from 5:00-10:00 pm – Bell’s Oberon Launch Party at Cappy’s Wines and Spirits

Thursday, March 30th at 5:00 pm – The Lesser Path Launch at Blank Slate Brewing

Thursday, March 30th at 6:00 pm – Braxton Tap Takeover at KungFood Chu’s AmerAsia
Beers include Storm Golden Cream Ale, Revamp IPA, 1957 English Mild Ale, Dead Blow brewed with Starter Coffee, Graeter’s Black Raspberry Chocolate Chip Milk Stout, Haven Hefeweizen, Ignitor Maibock, Jump Start Brown Ale brewed with Bourbon Barrel-Aged Starter Coffee Beans, and 2 TBA specialty beers.

Thursday, March 30th at 6:00 pm – Zoogeist at Rhinegeist
See their Facebook event page for more information.

Thursday, March 30th 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 – Dogfish Head, Glendale – TBA and Hyde Park – Urban Artifact Pinwheel.

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Tastings and Tappings Report: March 24, 2017

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

SPECIAL EVENTS

Arthur’s Café Anderson – Rhinegeist Brewery and Fifty West Brewing Blind Flight Challenge and Raffle to benefit MDA Saturday from 11:00 am – 11:00 pm. From Facebook: “Think you know Cincinnati beer? Come out on March 25th and try to identifiy which beer belongs to which brewery. Get a flight of four, two from Rhinegeist Brewery and two from 50 West Brewing. You guess correctly on the ballot, you get entered to win merch from both breweries and from Arthur’s. $1 from each flight sold all day will go to benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association of Southern Ohio.”

Braxton Brewing – Second Anniversary Block Party Saturday starting at noon. Check out their Facebook event page for more information.

Ei8ht Ball Brewing – Final Beer Olympics Sunday from 1:00-3:00 pm. Go cheer on twenty teams of two as they complete in events like Tricycle Race, Beer Relay Race, Pin the Tail on the Keg, Beer Balloon Toss, Barrel-Roll, Flip Cup, and Can Jam.

TASTINGS, TOURS and DINNERS

Country Fresh Farm Market and Wine Depot

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 Green Flash at Fairfield and from Boulevard 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 Rivertown. 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, PINT NIGHTS and RELEASES

Cappy’s Wine and Spirits – Local Friday featuring Alltech today from 5:00-10:00 pm. Featured beers are Blackberry Porter and Vanilla Barrel Cream Ale.

Fifty West – Wee Heavy Bevvy Draft Beer Release today at 11:00 am. From Facebook: “We are excited to announce our collaboration with two 2016 Great American Beer Festival (GABF) winners, Revelry Brewing Co. from Charleston, South Carolina and Real Ale Brewing Company from Blanco, Texas to create “America’s greatest scotch ale”. The three breweries that placed bronze, silver, and gold, respectively, in the Scotch Ale category at GABF are joining forces to create ‘Wee Heavy Bevvy’ Scotch Ale, a never done before collaboration. ‘Wee Heavy Bevvy’ will be tapped on Friday, March 24th at each of the three breweries. Fifty West will have it on tap at their Production Works and Brewpub!”

Have a better beer weekend, everyone!

— Carla and Tom

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This Week in Beer: March 20 – 26, 2017

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. Most events for the weekend will be on our Friday Tastings and Tappings Report post.

Tuesday, March 21st at 5:00 pm – Mile Wide Wing Night at Midway Café
Ten Wings and a pint of Mile Wide beer for $15. Beers include Wooderson and Idlewild on tap!

Wednesday, March 22nd at 7:00 pm – Bell’s Oberon Pint Night at Hebron Brew Haus

Thursday, March 23rd from 5:00-7:00 pm – Christian Moerlein Tasting at Delhi Liquor
Beers include Thirteen/164 (bourbon barrel aged imperial stout with cherries), FC Blood Orange IPA, Strawberry Pig cream ale, Third Wave IPA, OTR Ale, and Pacer Citra Pale ale.

Thursday, March 23rd from 5:00-10:00 pm – Oskar Blues Pint Night at Cappy’s Wines and Spirits
Beers include Pinner, Dale’s Pale Ale, Deviant Dale’s, Mama’s Yella Pils, Priscilla, Florida Simcoe, Dry Hopped Centennial Dale’s, Ten Fidy, Barrel Aged Ten Fidy, IPA, Beerito, and Old Chub. Also a limited number of BA Old Chub will be available.

Thursday, March 23rd at 6:00 pm – Old Firehouse Brewery Night at Butterbee’s American Grille
Beers include Code 3 Red Ale, Pin Up Girl Blonde Ale, and Flashpoint Barrel Aged.

Thursday, March 23rd 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 – Belhaven, Glendale – TBA and Hyde Park – MadTree Sprye.

Thursday, March 23rd at 7:00 pm – Braxton Storm the Court Pint Night at the Pub at Crestview Hills

Saturday, March 25th at 12:00 noon – Braxton 2nd Anniversary Block Party
See their Facebook event page for more information.

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Tastings and Tappings Report: March 17, 2017

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

HAPPY SAINT PATRICK’S DAY! – See our earlier post for special beer events today.

SPECIAL EVENTS

Narrow Path Brewing – Grand Opening today starting at 8:00 am. Their motto is “Craft. Community. Cause.” and they are proving it by having a portions of today’s proceeds go to COTA in honor of Henry Rogers, a little boy from Loveland who is in need of a kidney transplant.

TASTINGS, TOURS and DINNERS

Christian Moerlein Brewing and Moerlein Lager House – Brunch, Beers, & Breweries Sunday at 10:30 am. See their web page for more information and to buy your tickets.

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 “bodacious brews from St. Patrick Party” at Fairfield and from MadTree at Eastgate.

Marty’s Hops and Vines – Saturday Brunch Series with Fifty West at 11:00 am.
1st course: Doom Pedal White Ale paired with a Cod fish cake with citrus butter sauce. 2nd course: Going Plaid Scotch ale paired with a Scotch Egg with sweet mustard sauce and blackberry jam. 3rd course: Paycheck’s Porter paired with Cheesecake bites with chocolate and caramel drizzle and sea salt. Cost is $29 and Reservations required. Call (513) 681-4222 or stop in.
Beverage substitution and vegetarian options upon request.

Party Town – For Friday Night Flights this week from 5:30-7:00 pm, they’re pouring from TBA. 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, PINT NIGHTS and RELEASES

BC’s Bottle Lodge – Founders Pint Night Friday at 3:00 pm. Beers include All Day IPA, Red’s Rye, Curmudgeon, Imperial Stout, Frootwood (Tapping @ 5pm), and KBS (Tapping @ 5pm).

Cappy’s Wine and Spirits – Rhinegeist Tap Takeover Saturday at 3:00 pm. Beers include Pineapple Truth and Habanero Truth, along with Juicy Truth, Knowledge, Bubbles, and more.

Gypsy’s Mainstrasse – MadTree HOP EXTRAvaganza Saturday at 1:00 pm. Beers include Citra High, Experimental Pale Ale, Galaxy High, PSA, PsycHOPathy, Rounding Third, and TreeSearch 10.3.

Have a better beer weekend, everyone!

— Carla and Tom

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Better Beer St. Patrick’s Day Events 2017

Because we are an informational web site that focuses on better beer events and news in Cincinnati, we’re only concentrating on specifically beer related Saint Patrick’s Day events. In other words, we’re not listing food or music information. And, no, we’re not listing anything involving green beer.

Cappy’s Wine and Spirits
Opening at 9:00 am.
Guinness on tap all day.

Cock and Bull Mainstrasse
Doors open at 6:00 am. Free t-shirts to the first 600.
Breakfast Green Eggs and Ham plus Guinness Pancakes.
Lots of Braxton beers on tap.

Listermann Brewing
“Doors open at 9 am with Shamrock, Shamrock BA, Shamrock BA Coffee all on draft as well as some vintage Shamrocks and BA Shamrocks.
BA Shamrock 22 oz bottle:$13 PLUS tax ~550 Bottles Limit 4
BA Coffee Shamrock 22 oz bottle:$15 PLUS tax ~350 bottles Limit 3”

Marty’s Hops and Vines
At 5:00 pm, they will be tapping Great Lakes Brewing Company’s Conway’s Irish Ale.

Molly Malone’s Covington
Kegs and Eggs at 7:00 am.
Outdoor festival begins at 10:30 am and goes all day.

Molly Malone’s Pleasant Ridge
Kegs and Eggs at 7:00 am.
Outdoor concert/festival begins at 11:00 am and goes all day.

Municipal Brew Works
Starts at 7:00 pm.
See their Facebook event page for more information.

The Pub at Crestview Hills
Kegs and Eggs at 8:00 am.
$5 Guinness, Smithwicks, and Harp

Streetside Brewery
Opening at 8:00 am.
They will be giving out free St. Patrick’s Day Streetside shirts to the first 25 people through the door. Shirts will also be available to purchase in the taproom.
They will be tapping their Dry Irish Stout and a small batch of an Irish Red.

The Woodburn
Kegs & Eggs beginning at 7:00 am
More information available on their Facebook event page

St. Patrick's Day

This Week in Beer: March 13 – 19, 2017

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. Most events for the weekend will be on our Friday Tastings and Tappings Report post.

Monday, March 13th at 5:00 pm – Storm The Court Bracket Party at Strasse Haus
From 5-10pm, come fill out your bracket for your chance to win great prizes from Braxton Brewing Company. Even better, Storm will be on tap all month for $5.

Tuesday, March 14th at 6:00 pm – Storm the Court Pint Night at Dickmann’s
They will be giving away specialty “Storm the Court” glassware and basketballs.

Tuesday, March 14th at 6:00 pm – Graeter’s Pint Night at Drake’s
Buy the Braxton beer and keep the glass.

Tuesday, March 14th at 7:00 pm – SweetWater Pint Night at Hebron Brew Haus

Wednesday, March 15th at 5:30 pm – Liquid Courage: We Can Brew It! at The Overlook Lodge
More information available on their EventBrite page.

Wednesday, March 15th at 6:00 pm – Sierra Nevada Beer Dinner at Moerlein Lager House
Cost for this five course dinner with beer pairings is $55 plus gratuity and tax. For reservations, email Jeff Geckle at privatedining@moerleinlh.com

Wednesday, March 15th at 6:00 pm – Pints for Pits at Bart’s on York

Thursday, March 16th from 5:00-10:00 pm – Warped Wing Pint Night at Cappy’s Wines and Spirits

Thursday, March 16th at 6:00-9:00 pm – Great Lakes Pint Night at BC’s Bottle Lodge
Beers include Conway’s Irish Ale, Chillwave, and BA Blackout Stout.

Thursday, March 16th 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 – Guinness, Glendale – Guinness and Hyde Park – Guinness.

Thursday, March 16th at 6:00 pm – Storm The Court Tap Takeover at Buckhead Mountain Grill
They will be giving away specialty “Storm the Court” glassware and basketballs and pouring four Braxton Beers: Storm Golden Cream Ale, Revamp IPA, Haven Hefeweizen, and a TBA Specialty Release.

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Tastings and Tappings Report: March 10, 2017

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

TASTINGS, TOURS and DINNERS

Darkness Brewing – Beer & Cupcakes Saturday at 11:00 am. From Facebook: “We are teaming up with Mama C’s Buttercream & Sprinkles for a Saturday morning brunch of sorts with Craft Beer and Gourmet Cupcakes. Mama C’s will create four savory & sweet gourmet cupcakes that pair with four of our own craft beer recipes. Our head brewer and CoFounder Eric will also be here to talk about our beers. Included in the price are four savory and sweet cupcakes, four 5oz pours, and a full pint of beer after the pairing event. Tickets are $16 and you can find them here: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2791838

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 MadTree at Fairfield and from Tröegs at Eastgate.

Molly Malone’s Covington – All About Stoutfest Saturday at 12:00 noon. See their Facebook event page for more information.

— Founders Night Sunday at 6:00 pm. Featuring 2015 Backwoods Bastard on tap, Centennial IPA AND 2016 KBS bottles! (Limit one per customer, first come first serve) plus specials on All Day IPA cans as well.

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 TBA. 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, PINT NIGHTS and RELEASES

BC’s Bottle Lodge – Sixpoint Brewing w/ DJ & C.R.E.A.M. Release Saturday at 5:00 pm. Beers include C.R.E.A.M., Hi-Res, Crisp, Bengali, and a surprise keg.

Braxton Brewing – Revamp Can Release Friday at 5:00 pm.

Cappy’s Wine and Spirits – Women in Beer Saturday at 4:00 pm. From Facebook: “Join us on Saturday, March 11th from 4-9pm to celebrate women in the craft beer industry! We’ll have food available from 4-9pm from Adena’s Beefstroll. We’ll be featuring 10 different beers on tap from breweries that have strong female representation such as Jackie O’s, Fat Head’s, Against The Grain, New Belgium, Dogfish Head, and Stone. From 4-6pm the women in craft beer will be speaking, and will be available to hang out and answer questions from 6-9pm!”

Christian Moerlein Brewing – New Brew Friday with Sea Salt Lemon Pils, Easy Livin’, Tank 9 Project starting at 4:00 pm.

— Thirteen / 164 Beer Launch Saturday at 12:00 noon. This bourbon barrel aged imperial stout with cherries will be available in 22-ounce bombers plus on tap.

— Christian Moerlein Anniversary Celebration Saturday at 6:00 pm.
“Tickets:
-General Admission, $35: buffet, 1 drink ticket, includes a brewery and/or underground lagering cellar tour
-Head Brewer, $50: buffet, 1 drink ticket, includes a brewery and/or underground lagering cellar tour, commemorative 22 oz. bomber & snifter glass
*tax not included
Buffet Menu: Smoked pork and chicken with homemade BBQ sauce infused with Christian Moerlein’s Thirteen/164 anniversary brew, southern style green beans, coleslaw, and homemade brewer’s grain rolls.”

Listermann Brewing – March NE IPA Can Release Saturday at 10:00 am. “No Sleep ‘Til Norwood is brewed with Galaxy, Falconer’s Flight 7 C’s and Motueka. $13 AFTER TAX/4 pack ~130 cases. Brewer’s Delight is brewed with Pineapple, Galaxy, Citra and Zythos. $13 AFTER TAX/4 pack ~100 Cases”

Have a better beer weekend, everyone!

— Carla and Tom

Hoperatives: Tastings and Tappings Report

This Week in Beer: March 6 – 12, 2017

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. Most events for the weekend will be on our Friday Tastings and Tappings Report post.

Monday, March 6th at 5:00 pm – Rare Keg Monday at Ei8ht Ball Brewing

Wednesday, March 8th at 3:00 pm – Riveting Rosie Release at Listermann Brewing
From Facebook: “Let’s Celebrate Strong Women of Cincinnati!!! On National Women’s Day we will be releasing our Hibiscus ? Rose Hipped Saison! Because the inspiration behind this project was a Strong Female firefighter, well we couldn’t release it without a HUGE party, celebrating all strong women of this amazing city! All while pairing up with Women Helping Women, donating a portion of the proceeds back to them. We will have live music at 7:00 from Coconut Milk, Food Trucks, and a raffling off amazing items from Cincinnati restaurants, spas, brewery swag, and candles from the Candle Lab!!! We are encouraging everyone to dress as Rosie too!!! You don’t want to miss this!”

Wednesday, March 8th at 6:00 pm – Perrin No Rules Beer Tasting at Marty’s Hops and Vines
They will be tapping Perrin Brewing Company’s No Rules Vietnamese Porter and Lil Griz Barrel Aged Brown Ale. They will also pouring Grapefruit IPA and Black from cans. All four 5 oz pours for $12.

Thursday, March 9th at 6:00 pm – MadTree TapTakeover at KungFood Chu’s AmerAsia
Beers include PsycHOPathy, Lift, Happy Amber, Axis Mundi, Experimental Pale Ale (Mosiac, Apollo, Amarillo), Passionfruit tart ale, Galaxy High, Citra High, Dead Flowers and UnHappy Amber.

Thursday, March 9th from 5:00-10:00 pm – Listermann Pint Night Pac Vs. Biggie at Cappy’s Wines and Spirits

Thursday, March 9th at 6:00-9:00 pm – Avery Pint Night at BC’s Bottle Lodge
Beers include White Rascal, Maharaja IIPA, Apricot Sour and a surprise keg.

Thursday, March 9th 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 – Smithwicks, Glendale – TBA and Hyde Park – Boulevard Tank 7.

Thursday, March 9th at 7:00 pm – Rivertown Pint Night at Hebron Brew Haus

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