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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This Week in Beer: Feb. 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, Feb. 6th at 5:00 pm – Rare Keg Monday at Ei8ht Ball Brewing

Monday, Feb. 6th at 6:00 pm – Braxton / Graeter’s Black Raspberry Chip Tapping at Arnold’s Bar and Grill

Tuesday, Feb. 7th – Brewpub Release of Chocolate Churro Coffee Please at Fifty West

Tuesday, Feb. 7th at 6:00 pm – Brett’s “Luzy” Saison Tappening at Rivertown Brewery (both locations)

Wednesday, Feb. 8th from 4:00-9:00 pm – Hoppin’ Frog at White Oak Marathon
Beers include Gangster IPA, Turbo Shandy, and Raw Hop IPA. Also a meet and greet with Hoppin’ Frog’s Head Brewer.

Wednesday, Feb. 8th at 5:00 pm – Braxton / Graeter’s Black Raspberry Chip Stout Tapping at Coaches Corner

Wednesday, Feb. 8th at 6:00 pm – ShakesBEERe Dinner at Moerlein Lager House
The dinner includes five courses with beer pairings, along with five performances from Cincinnati Shakespeare’s Resident Company of actors featuring selections from Shakespeare’s Canon. See their Facebook event page for more information.

Wednesday, Feb. 8th at 6:00 pm – Belgian Beer Tasting at Marty’s Hops and Vines
Beers include Duvel Single (draft), Houblon Chouffe, Tripel Karmeliet (draft), and La Trappe Quad. Souvenir Duvel glass while supplies last.

Wednesday, Feb. 8th at 6:00 pm – Braxton Pint Night at Habits Café
Beers include Dead Blow, Graeter’s Black Raspberry Chip Stout and Spotlight White IPA.

Wednesday, Feb. 8th at 6:00 pm – Brewery Tour at Rock Bottom Cincinnati

Wednesday, Feb. 8th at 6:00 pm – Ohio Rare at Nellie’s Tap Room (Taft’s Ale House)
In honor of the Ohio Craft Brewers Conference!, nine rare beers from nine Ohio breweries. Beers include Willoughby Nut Smasher, Yellow Springs Maxxout Stout, Triple Digit BA Pineapple Upsidedown Aftermath, Jackie O’s Bourbon Barrel Aged Dark Apparition, Fat Head’s Sorcerer, Little Fish Strhubarb Reinheitsgewhat!?, Great Lakes Barrel Aged Christmas Ale, The Brew Kettle Barrel Aged Rude Cru, and Taft’s Brewing Co Old Wooden Tooth.

Thursday, Feb. 9th from 5:00-10:00 pm – Revolution Brewing Pint Night at Cappy’s Wines and Spirits
Beers include Local Hero, Cross of Gold, Rye Lyfe, Deth’s Tar, Café Deth’s Tar, and Deth’s by Cherries.

Thursday, Feb. 9th at 6:00 pm – ArtsWave Roots Tapping at Listermann’s
This blonde ale with fresh ginger was brewed in collaboration with Blank Slate and supports ArtsWave.

Thursday, Feb. 9th at 6:00 pm – Braxton Pint Night at Delhi Liquor
Beers include Dead Blow, Graeter’s Black Raspberry Chip Stout and Spotlight White IPA.

Thursday, Feb. 9th at 7:00 pm – Union Terminal Beer Tapping at Urban Artifact
Read more about this traditional bock beer with yeast collected from the Union Terminal grounds on their Facebook event page.

Thursday, Feb. 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 – Breckenridge Ophelia, Glendale – Braxton Graeter’s Black Raspberry Stout and Hyde Park – Kentucky Blackberry Porter.

Thursday, Feb. 9th at 7:00 pm – MadTree Pint Night at Hebron Brew Haus
Also a Beat the Brewer Escape Room Challenge.

Saturday, Feb. 11th at 11:00 am – MadTree 2.0 Grand Opening and Winter Bonanza
More information on our Friday Tastings and Tappings Report. In the meantime, go to http://madtreebrewing.com/grandopening for more information.

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Tastings and Tappings Report: Jan. 20, 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

Arnold’s Bar and Grill – Local Local Local 8 Saturday at 8:00 pm. $3.50 pints from twenty local breweries. Reps on hand from all the breweries and music from the The Cincy Brass.

Christian Moerlein Malt House Two events this weekend:

– Tonight is their Emancipator Doppelbock Keg Tapping at 7:00 pm. From Facebook: “Our first Bockbier of the season is about ready to pour! Emancipator was first brewed in Munich by the medieval Hermits of St. Francis, Doppelbock is a higher alcohol version of bock that served as “liquid bread” during fasting, when food was not permitted. Our version is a tribute to the original Franciscan Hermits and our brewery’s neighbors the Franciscan Friars of the Province of St. John the Baptist, serving at St. Francis Seraph and throughout the Midwest. Our Franciscan neighbors from St. Francis Seraph Church will be at the Malt House Taproom at 7 PM to bless the beer. The tapping will directly follow. Join us for an evening of new beer, live musical entertainment, and light bites from Wienerwurst Mike.”

– Saturday is their Ciderfest featuring about fifteen different infused ciders. This event is free to attend and sampling tickets can be purchased at the door (5 for $10). The complete list of different infused ciders is available on their Facebook event page.

Rivertown Brewing – Grand opening of Monroe taproom/restaurant portion of their facility today at 4:00 pm. More information available at their Facebook event page.

TASTINGS, TOURS and DINNERS

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

Coppin’s at Hotel Covington – Braxton Beer Dinner Sunday at 7:00 pm. Cost is $45 per person. For reservations, call (859) 905-6800. For more information, see their Facebook event page.

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 Avery at Fairfield and from Braxton 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 Rhinegeist. 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 – Revolution Tap Takeover tonight at 6:00 pm. Beers include Local Hero, Jukebox Hero, Deth’s Tar, Cherry Deth’s Tar, and Coffee Deth’s Tar.

Cappy’s Wine and Spirits – 2nd Annual Bell’s Ice Sculpture Event Saturday at 5:00 pm. See their Facebook event page for more information.

The Casual Pint- Oakley Station – Barrel aged beer tapping Saturday at 4:00 pm.

Ei8ht Ball Brewing – Tonight is Free Bacon Night and they will be pouring two beers from Southern Tier: Southern Tier 2X Oaked IPA and Raspberry Wheat.

Fibonacci Brewing – SuSE Belgian IPA Tapping at 4:00 pm today.

Listernmann Brewing – Brass Monkey East Coast IPA can release Saturday at 10:00 am. More information available at their Facebook event page.

Midway Café – MadTree & Braxton Tap Takeover Friday at 6:00 pm. Beers include Spotlight White IPA, Storm Golden Cream Ale, Dead Blow Tropical Stout, and a TBA new beer from Braxton and PsycHOPathy, Rubus Cacao Raspberry Chocolate Stout, Happy Amber and Leaning Elm Kellerweis from MadTree.

Have a better beer weekend, everyone!

— Carla and Tom

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Tastings and Tappings Report: Oct. 21, 2016

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

CELEBRATIONS

Arthur’s Cafe – All Local Fourth Anniversary on Sunday, Oct. 23rd starting at 11:00 am. Featuring beers from Fifty West, Blank Slate, Cellar Dweller, Christian Morelein, MadTree, Mt. Carmel, Rhinegeist, Rivertown, Streetside and more.

Beer Barons Ball Saturday, Oct. 22nd at at JACK Casino. Supports the Brewing Heritage Trail. For more information, check out their web site.

TASTINGS

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 Fat Head’s Brewing at Fairfield and beers from Mt. Carmel 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 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 and RELEASES

Arnold’s Bar and Grill – Woodburn Brewery Distrubution Launch Party today at 6:00 pm. Three Woodburn beers on tap including Hans Solo Pumpkin Coffee Blonde Ale which was brewed specifically for the launch.

Crafts and Vines – Sunday at 1:00 pm, this new location in Covington will be tapping MadTree’s S’more Gratitude and hosting a S’mores bar with Grateful Grahams.

Ei8ht Ball Brewing – Free bacon Friday at 5:00 pm.

Growler Stop – Warped Wing Tap Takeover Saturday at 4:00 pm.

Have a better beer weekend, everyone!

— Carla and Tom

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This Week in Beer: June 20 – 26, 2016

Check out our Better Beer Happy Hours, Etc. page for regularly scheduled specials on better beer. We are only list events here that are unique for this coming week in beer. As always, any edited listing will have UPDATE at the beginning of the listing.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thursday, June 23rd from 6:00-10:00 pm – Pint Night Thursdays at Cock & Bull (all three locations)
The beers for this week’s Pint Night Thursdays are: Main Strasse Covington – Goodwood, Glendale – Fifty West and Hyde Park – MadTree Sol Drifter.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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This Week in Beer: May 23 – 29, 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, May 23rd at 5:00 pm – Jackie O’s Chomolungma Day at the Lucky Turtle
Beers include Chomolunga; Chomolunga with Vanilla; Chomolunga with Coffee; and Chomolunga with Almond, coconut, cocoa and vanilla. Aka Cholmond Joy!

Monday, May 23rd at 5:00 pm – Rare Keg Monday at Ei8ht Ball Brewing
This week, it’s Quaff Bros. Space Taxi, a three-way collaboration between De Struise, Blank Slate and Quaff Bros. The cost is $7.00 for a ten ounce snifter.

Monday, May 23rd at 5:00 pm – Cappy’s vs. Arnold’s: Jackie O’s Chomolungma Day Challenge
See below.

Monday, May 23rd at 6:00 pm – Arnold’s vs. Cappy’s: Jackie O’s Chomolungma Day Challenge
From Facebook: “Arnold’s and Cappy’s have chosen to challenge each other to the Chomolungma Death. Ok Not really. They have really however challanged each other to see who can raise the most money for Lungevity, a lung cancer focused non-profit. Both Cappy’s and Arnold’s will be donating $1 for every pint of Chomlungma and it’s variants on Monday. It’s a challenge so there has to be a price to pay. Whoever loses the challenge will have to wear the others T-shirts for an entire weekend this summer. Be sure to come out to help whichever is your favorite establishment raise money for charity and save them from having to wear the others T-shirts all weekend.”

Tuesday, May 24th at 4:00 pm – 2015 Lambic Tappening at Rivertown Brewery and Barrel House

Tuesday, May 24th at 6:00 pm – Fifty West Beer Dinner at The Littlefield
Four courses and four of Fifty West beers for $50 per person (includes tax & gratuity). First course – Grains of paradise cracker, d’affinois, orange peel paired with Doom Pedal White; Second course – Pan fried oyster, blistered shishitos, micro basil, beure blanc paired with Coast to Coast IPA; Third course – Pork tenderloin, malted quinoa polenta cake, dark wood farms mustard greens, bier de garde rail & tamarind glaze paired with Bier de Garde Rail; Fourth course – Pecan & honey baklava, bourbon vanilla ice cream paired with Tastee Whip ice cream ale. Go to https://www.eventbrite.com/e/50-west-the-littlefield-tickets-25243336499 to purchase tickets.

Wednesday, May 25th at 6:00 pm – Moerlein Tap Takeover at Coaches Corner
Beers include OTR, Third Wave IPA, Strawberry Pig and Plum Street Wheat Ale.

Wednesday, May 25th at 6:00 pm – Upland Beer Dinner at Moerlein Lager House
A special 4-course dinner menu with beer pairings. The cost is $55 per person plus tax and gratuity. Seating is limited. Please make reservations in advance by contacting Jeff Geckle at privatedining@moerleinlh.com.

Wednesday, May 25th at 6:00 pm – Moerlein Axis Mundi through a Randall at Marty’s Hops & Vines
What exactly will be in the Randall is up to you to help them decide. Some ideas include Mint, Cocoa Nibs, Cedar and smoked malt, Milk Duds and cocoa nibs, vanilla beans and bourbon soaked oak chips; smoked coffee, raspberries, blackberries, and strawberries; Cinnamon crunch cereal, etc. Four other MadTree brews will be available: Peach Honey Wheat (draft), Stütze Belgian Blonde (draft), Sol Drifter and PsycHOPathy IPA.

Wednesday, May 25th at 7:00 pm – Monthly Keg Tapping at Hofbräuhaus Newport
For June, it’s their Hoppy Weizen.

Thursday, May 26th at 5:00-10:00 pm – Urban Artifact Tap Takeover at Cappy’s Wine and Spirits
Beers include KeyPunch, Habanero Lime Finn, Finn, Phrenology, Aged Phrenology, Otso and Palmistry.

Thursday, May 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 – Country Boy Cougar Bait, Glendale – Weihenstephaner Hefeweizen & Moerlein Purity Pils and Hyde Park – Weihenstephaner Hefeweizen Boot Night.

Thursday, May 26th at 7:00 pm – Sierra Nevada Pint Night at Hebron Brew Haus

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This Week in Beer: Feb. 29 – Mar. 6, 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, Feb. 29th at 5:00 pm – Great Lakes Beer Dinner at Dilly.
Five beers, a happy hour and four courses for $39 per person, all inclusive. Check out their Facebook event page for more information.

Monday, Feb. 29th at 5:00 pm – Rare Keg Monday at Ei8ht Ball Brewing
This week, it’s Evil Twin / Lervig Big Ass Money Stout. The cost is $12 for a ten ounce tulip.

Monday, Feb. 29th at 6:30 pm – 2016 CBW Brewery Collaboration Beer Draft at Rhinegeist
See our earlier post for more information.

Tuesday, March 1st at 4:00 pm – Nice Melons Tapping at Rivertown Brewing

Tuesday, March 1st at 4:00 pm – Gnarly Gno More At Firehouse Grill
Four variants: Black Currant, Coffee and Vanilla, Mexican Hot Chocolate and regular Gnarly Brown available.

Wednesday, March 2nd at 5:00 pm – Meet the Goebel Goats at Braxton Brewing
Meet the goat that Braxton sponsored as well as several other Goebel Goats. A dollar from each beer will be donated to the Goebel Goats.

Wednesday, March 2nd at 6:00 pm – Schoenling Bock Beer Tapping at Mecklenburg Gardens

Wednesday, March 2nd at 8:00 pm – Bock Beer Experience Preview at Arnold’s Bar & Grill
Eighteen bock beers on tap including Christian Moerlein Emancipator Dopplebock, Schoenling Bock, Triple Digit Gravitator Dopplebock, Wiedemann Bohemian Bock, Fifty West Road Bock, MadTree Bockaveli, Cellar Dweller Bock, Listermann’s Friar Bacon Smoked Bock, Braxton Ignitor Maibock, Blank Slate Tank Bottoms Weizenbock, Old Firehouse Bock Drop and Roll, Warped Wing The Abominator Doppelbock, Genessee Bock, Bell’s Consecrator Dopplebock, Epic Double Skull Doppelbock and Tröegs Troegenator Double Bock. Plus Jake Speed & The Freddies performing live.

Thursday, March 3rd at 4:00 pm – Goose Island Tap Takeover at The Lackman
Beers include Green Line Pale Ale, Four Star Pils and Lolita 2015.

Thursday, March 3rd at 5:00 pm – Karneval of Bock Beer at Taft’s Ale House
What they are calling “Food, Music & Foolishness”, it’s too much to cover in a few lines here. Check out their Facebook event page for all the details.

Thursday, March 3rd at 5:00 pm – Upland Pint Night at Cappy’s Wine and Spirits
Beers include Dantalion, Champagne Velvet, Barrel Chested and Stoaked.

Thursday, March 3rd at 7:00 pm – Books on Tap at Braxton Brewing
More information available on their Facebook event page.

Thursday, March 3rd at 7:00 pm – Highland Brewing Pint Night at Hebron Brew Haus

Thursday, March 3rd at 7:00 pm – Hudy Bock Tapping at Arnold’s Bar & Grill
From Facebook: “Hudy Bock will be featured for just $3.00 all night. Hudepohl reps will be in the building all night handing out free swag including a limited edition of 60 T-shirts commemorating Hudepohl Bock 2016. The T-shirts will only be for this event and will never be made again.”

Friday, March 4th-Sunday, March 6th – Bockfest
Check out the Bockfest website for information on events throughout the weekend.

Sunday, March 6th at 11:00 am – Christian Moerlein Emancipator Coffee Bock Bottle Release at Arnold’s Bar & Grill
Check out their Facebook event page for more information.

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This Week in Beer: Jan. 4 – 10, 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. As always, any edited listing will have UPDATE at the beginning of the listing.

Monday, Jan. 4th at 5:00 pm – Rare Keg Monday at Ei8ht Ball Brewing
This week, it’s Stone Xocoveza and Deschutes The Abyss 2015. Prices vary per glass.

Monday, Jan. 4th at 7:00 pm – Hudepohl Old Time Mondays at Arnold’s Bar & Grill
This is a new series that will feature $2 pints of Hudy Pure Lager and live Old Time, Americana and Bluegrass every Monday.

Wednesday, Jan. 6th at 6:00 pm – Brewery Tour at Rock Bottom

Thursday, Jan. 7th at 4 pm – Warped Wing Tap Takeover at Halfcut
Tapping Whiskey Rebellion, Brass Punk & Mr. Mean; Cans: Ermals, 10 Ton & Irreverent Red IPA. $2 Off Draft and $2 Off Growler fills from 4:00-6:00 pm.

Thursday, Jan. 7th at 4:00 pm – Upland Tap Takeover at Brass Tap U Square
Beers include Dantalion, Syrupticious, and Wheat Ale.

Thursday, Jan. 7th at 5:00 pm – Rhinegeist Barrel Aged Ink Release at the Lackman
Also on tap will be Traction Cream Ale, Truth IPA and Cidergeist Semi Dry.

Thursday, Jan. 7th 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, Jan. 7th at 7:00 pm – DuClaw Pint Night at Hebron Brew Haus
Includes Neon Gypsy & Dirty Little Freak. Keep the glass.

Friday, Jan. 8th from 5:00-9:00 pm – Listermann’s Pint Night at Jungle Jim’s Fairfield

Friday, Jan. 8th at 7:00 pm – Fat Head’s Pint Night at Country Fresh Farm Market and Wine Depot

Hoperatives This Week in Beer

Tastings and Tappings Report: Dec. 18, 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.

BOTTLE RELEASE

Arnold’s Bar & Grill – MadTree bottle release and tap takeover Saturday from 11:00 am until 4:00 pm. See our earlier post for more information.

Listermann Brewing – Barrel Aged White Death Bottle Release, Growler Sale and Canned Food Drive on Saturday from 12:00 noon until 8:00 pm. This year’s version of White Death has been aged in Willet Rye Whiskey Barrels and the cost is $15 a bottle. You can get a $1 off (up to $3) each bottle with canned food item. So, if you want to buy three bottles, you can bring in nine canned goods and get each bottle for $12. You can also get $1 off per each canned good you bring in on growlers, up to $3 each. Regular White Death will be an $8 growler fill all day.

Mt. Carmel Brewing – Releasing their Ice Cream Stout in 22 ounce bombers on Saturday at 1:00 pm.

TASTINGS

Dean’s Hops and Vines – Goose Island Tap Take Over from 4:00-9:00 pm tonight. Beers on draft include Four Star Pils, Lolita, Fulton St. Blend, Winter, The Muddy, Goose IPA and Odgen.

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 no specific brewery’s beers in Fairfield and beers from Alltech in Eastgate.

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 from 5:30-7:00 pm, it’s their annual Against The Grain Backroom Brawl. Beers include Bo & Luke, 70K, Bourbon Barrel Aged Big Brown, Massage a Mystic: Earth, Gogi Berry Sour, Chocolate Truffle and more including a mystery “Randalled” beer. Draft by the glass will be $4.00. The cost for the flight is $2.00 per person. Only adults age 21 or more are admitted for Friday Night Flights. Limit of one sample per person. No shopping carts in the back room please.

Whole Foods Cincinnati – Cask & Cork: Beer and Wine every Friday from 5:00 to 7:00 pm. For $5, you get five sips and six bites. Tickets sold until 6:30 pm.

TAPPINGS

Braxton Brewing – Snow Shovel Winter Warmer tapping tonight at 5:00 pm. Then it’s their monthly Firkin Friday at 5:30 pm. The firkin is Blown Gasket Robust Porter with candy canes.

Ei8ht Ball Brewing – Tonight is Free Bacon Night AND they will be tapping Against the Grain Raucho Man Brandy Savage. Pints for $5 for a ten ounce snifter.

Liberty’s Bar and Bottle – Tapping Three Floyds Zombie Dust at 2:00 pm today.

Old Firehouse Brewery – Tapping their Stand Pipe Stout tonight at 6:00 pm.

Have a better beer weekend, everyone!

— Carla and Tom

Hoperatives Tastings and Tappings Report

Arnold’s hosts Craft Menagerie and MadTree Bottle Release

So sad we have to miss this event at Arnold’s – one of our favorite better beer locations. But you can go in our place, right? 🙂

On Dec 19th from 11-4 Arnold’s is transforming its courtyard and bar room into: The Craft Menagerie Last Minute Holiday Market. Tara Heilman from Robot Inside has carefully curated an Indie Craft Market so that the last minute shoppers of the world aren’t just relegated to big box stores and still have a chance to grab something unique and hand-made. The market will feature over 20 vendors selling everything from fine jewelry to screen printed posters to stuffed animals to pottery and more. Breeden says ” We work with The Craft Menagerie every year for Bockfest and it’s a huge draw. When Tara Heilman approached us with the idea of doing one for last minute holiday gifts we jumped right on it”.

If hand-made stuff isn’t necessarily your bag or you have got all of your shopping done for the year. There is always…. Beer. Madtree has signed on to offer something truly special for Holidays. They have released to Arnold’s, a very limited amount of gift packs that feature their hardest to get and most sought after brews. Arnold’s will be selling the gift packs as to go retail and you will not be able to drink it at Arnold’s. There will be two gifts packs. One featuring Tequila Tiamat which is completely sold out and has never been sold outside of their brewery. The second is featuring Gin Barrel Joon which is completely sold out everywhere, only a tiny amount was released for sale outside of the brewery back in July and just won the title of Top 25 beers of 2015 from Draft magazine. Each bottle comes packaged with a limited edition Teku glass from Madtree’s Trunk and Funk series. The beer and the glass together will retail for 21.99 making it an affordable gift for even the most discerning beer geek. Needless to say, quantities are very limited for these bottles. They didn’t just stop at the there though, Madtree will also be having a tap takeover with a few of their flagships as well as a few of their harder to find seasonal brews starting when the doors open. Madtree Co-owner Brady Duncan says “We’re excited to be able to dig into our cellars to offer a limited amount of Trunk Series bottles that were a one-time release. Joon was just named by Draft Magazine as one of the Top 25 New Beers of 2015 and Tequila Barrel Aged Tiamat has found a special place in the hearts of many craft beer fans. Both beers are drinking great and would make an excellent gift for a loved one, or yourself”.

Arnold’s will be serving a limited menu of Sandwiches and Fries from 11-4 and will open for full business with normal table service at 5pm. Bar will be open all day.

Madtree Tap Takeover Beers:
• Madtree Psychopathy
• Madtree Thundersnow
• Madtree Espressoself
• Madtree Dreamsicle
• Madtree Black Forest Milk Stout

List Of Craft Menagerie Vendors
• Metheart
• Jason Bohrer Photography
• Tree’s Faeries
• Zita Feist’s Fiber Treasures
• Cards Couture
• Indigo Hands Pottery
• James Billiter Studios
• Shelarious
• Moonforest Studios
• Reclaimed Luxury
• Kreative Mindz
• Geri Shields
• Oberaw Industries
• Dirty Martha
• P-39 Designs
• Savage Juliette
• ROBOT Inside
• And more!