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

Hoperatives Tastings and Tappings Report

Cincinnati Beer Week Events for Friday, Feb. 20, 2015

See last Friday’s Cincinnati Beer Week Events post for the all week events listing including some added since then.


Cincinnati Beer Week Events for Friday, Feb. 20, 2015

Friday, Feb. 20, 2015 at 11:00 am – Brewer’s Choice for Charity at Arthur’s Hyde Park
A portion of all draft beer sales will be donated to the charity of the respective brewers choice.

Friday, Feb. 20, 2015 from 11:00 am-10:00 pm – MadTree Porkopolis Infused Pairing at Cock & Bull Hyde Park
Mad Pils, Axis Mundi, Sprye, Psychopathy, Pork Shoulder Slowly Braised (Mad Pils), Hand Pulled and Smothered in 12 Spice BBQ Sauce (Axis Mundi) with Ice Box Apples (Sprye), Crispy Onion Rings, Cheddar Cheese, Served with French Fries and Hoppy IPA Pickles (Psychopathy).

Friday, Feb. 20, 2015 from 11:30 am – 11:30 pm – Local Tap Takover at Moerlein Lager House
Breweries such as Rhinegeist, MadTree, Ei8ht Ball, Listermann and more.

Friday, Feb. 20, 2015 from 4:00-7:00 pm – Brooklyn Beer Tasting at Country Fresh Market & Beer Emporium
Beers include Brooklyn Lager, Sorachi Ace, Brooklyn Blast! and Local 1. Samples are 25 cents each.

Friday, Feb. 20, 2015 from 5:00-7:00 pm – Cask and Cork Featuring Rhinegeist at Whole Foods Market Cincinnati
Five special release beers from Rhinegeist. Cost is only $5 for five beer samples and five food pairings. Wine samples also available.

Friday, Feb. 20, 2015 from 5:00-9:00 pm – MadTree Keep the Glass Night at Cock & Bull Glendale

Friday, Feb. 20, 2015 from 5:00-9:00 pm – Bell’s The Planets and Cincinnati Symphony Duet at Igby’s
“Join Larry Bell and enjoy VERY rare Bells beers on draft along side Paul Patterson and Sylvia Mitchell from the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra performing live! Beers featured include Amber, 2 Hearted, Venus, Mercury, Jupiter, ESP and Contrabassist. Keep the pint too while supplies last.”

Friday, Feb. 20, 2015 from 5:00-9:00 pm – Revolution FISTCITY at The Lackman
Beers on tap: Fistcity “Chicago” Extra Pale, Blue Gene, Death’s Tar, Very Mad Cow, TV Party, Double Fist and Bottom’s Up Wit.

Friday, Feb. 20, 2015 from 5:00-9:00 pm – Widmer Pint Night at Jungle Jim’s Fairfield
$3.00 a pint

Friday, Feb. 20, 2015 from 5:00-9:00 pm – Kentucky Beer Tap Takeover at Ei8ht Ball
KY local beers including Ei8ht Ball Brewing, Kentucky Bourbon Barrel, Against the Grain, and more. And it’s free bacon night as usual.

Friday, Feb. 20, 2015 from 5:00-9:00 pm – Uinta Pint Night at Jungle Jim’s Eastgate
$3.00 a pint

Friday, Feb. 20, 2015 from 5:00-10:00 pm – From the Lab #004 Brett Imperial Porter at Rivertown Brewing
Roebling porter as a base and ferment by Brettanomyces lambicus.

Friday, Feb. 20, 2015 from 5:00-11:55 pm – Listermann/Triple Digit Takeover at Brass Tap
Five nitro Beers and five CO2 beer including Listermann/MadTree Cranberry Gose, Nutcase with Blackberries and Triple Digit Cranium.

Friday, Feb. 20, 2015 at 6:00 pm – Hopslam Tapping at Lucky Dog Grille

Friday, Feb. 20, 2015 from 6:00-7:00 pm – Meet the Rhinegeist Brewer at Firehouse Grill

Friday, Feb. 20, 2015 from 6:00-8:00 pm – Limited Release Goose Island Tasting and Food Pairing at Dean’s Hops & Vines
Beers include Pepe Nero, Matilda, Halia, Lolita, Sofie, Ten Hill and Honkers Ale

Friday, Feb. 20, 2015 from 6:00-11:30 pm – Meet the new Rivertown Night at the Growler House
Beers include their Pomegranate Lambic

Friday, Feb. 20, 2015 at 7:00 pm – Artists and Beer at Arnold’s
For 2/20 – Tapping Hop Henge Experimental IPA 2015 tapping as part of a Deschutes tap takeover – Artist: Rob Warnick creating a print for Hop Henge

Friday, Feb. 20, 2015 from 7:00-10:00 pm – Flat 12 Brewing Tasting at The Crow’s Nest Irish Pub

Friday, Feb. 20, 2015 from 8:00-9:00 pm – Meet the Warped Wing Brewer at Firehouse Grill

Friday, Feb. 20, 2015 from 8:00-11:00 pm – Deschutes Abyss Tapping and Pairing at Goodfellas Pizzeria
In addition to Abyss, they’ll also have Red Chair on the nitro line. Both of these beers will be paired with unique donuts from Holtman’s Donuts baked just for this event.

Friday, Feb. 20, 2015 at 9:00 pm – SweetWater and Reggae at Stanley’s Pub
SweetWater beers and a reggae band. $5 entertainment cover.

Friday, Feb. 20, 2015 at 9:00 pm – Lagunitas #CouchTrippin Photo Couch at The Annex at Japp’s Since 1879
Beers include Maximus, IPA, and Pils.

Holiday Hours for Better Beer Locations

As usual, we will continue to update this list as more information comes in.

BREWERIES

Bad Tom Smith Brewing
Wednesday, December 31st — 5:00 pm – 1:00 am

Blank Slate Brewing
Wednesday, December 24th — Closed
Thursday, December 25th — Closed

Christian Moerlein Brewing
Wednesday, December 24th — Closed
Thursday, December 25th — Closed
Wednesday, December 31st — 4:00 – 9:00 pm with growler specials
Thursday, January 1st — Closed

Ei8ht Ball Brewing
Wednesday, December 24th — 8:00 am – 8:00 pm
Thursday, December 25th — Closed
Wednesday, December 31st — 8:00 am – 10:30 pm
Thursday, January 1st — Closed

Listermann Brewing / Triple Digit
Wednesday, December 24th — 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Thursday, December 25th — Closed
Wednesday, December 31st — 10:00 am – 1:00 am (Special beer toast at Midnight)
Thursday, January 1st — 10:00 am – 8:00 pm

MadTree Brewing
Wednesday, December 24th — 12:00 – 6:00 pm
Thursday, December 25th — Closed

Mt. Carmel Brewing
Wednesday, December 24th — Closed
Thursday, December 25th — Closed

Old Firehouse Brewing
Wednesday, December 24th — 12:00 noon – 5:30 pm
Thursday, December 25th — Closed
Wednesday, December 31st — 4:00 pm – “when folks leave”
Thursday, January 1st — 12:00 noon – 9:00 pm

Rhinegeist Brewing
Wednesday, December 31st — New Year’s Eve Bash
Thursday, January 1st — Closed

Rivertown Brewing
Wednesday, December 24th — 12:00 noon – 5:00 pm
Thursday, December 25th — Closed
Wednesday, December 31st — 1:00 – 6:00 pm
Thursday, January 1st — Closed

Tap & Screw Brewery
Wednesday, December 24th — 11:00 am – 9:00 pm
Thursday, December 25th — Closed

BREWPUBS

Fifty West Brewing
Wednesday, December 24th — Closed Open for bar service 12:00 – 5:00 pm
Thursday, December 25th — Closed
Wednesday, December 31st — Beer dinner from 6:00-9:00 pm, Tasting specials from 9:00 pm – 2:00 am
Thursday, January 1st — Closed

Hofbräuhaus Newport
Wednesday, December 24th — 11:00 am – 6:00 pm
Thursday, December 25th — Closed

BEER STORES

Country Fresh Farm Market and Wine Depot
Wednesday, December 24th — 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Thursday, December 25th — Closed

Everything’s d’ Vine
Wednesday, December 31st — 12:00 – 10:00 pm
Thursday, January 1st — Closed
Friday, January 2nd — Closed

Halfcut
Wednesday, December 24th — Closed
Thursday, December 25th — Closed

Main Street Wine and Spirits
Wednesday, December 24th — 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Thursday, December 25th — Closed
Wednesday, December 31st — 9:00 am – 10:00 pm
Thursday, January 1st — Closed

Market Wines
Wednesday, December 24th — 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Thursday, December 25th — Closed

Marty’s Hops and Vines
Wednesday, December 24th — 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
Thursday, December 25th — Closed
Wednesday, December 31st — 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
Thursday, January 1st — Closed

Party Source
Wednesday, December 24th — 8:00 am – 9:00 pm
Thursday, December 25th — 11:00 am – 6:00 pm
Wednesday, December 31st — 8:00 am – 11:30 pm
Thursday, January 1st — 11:00 am – 7:00 pm

Whole Foods Cincinnati
Wednesday, December 24th — 8:00 am – 6:00 pm
Thursday, December 25th — Closed

RESTAURANTS/BARS/PUBS

Arthur’s Café – Anderson
Wednesday, December 31st — Closing at 4:00 pm
Thursday, January 1st — Closed

Arthur’s Café – Hyde Park
Wednesday, December 31st — Closing at 6:00 pm
Thursday, January 1st — Closed

The Brass Tap – U Square
Wednesday, December 24th — Closed
Thursday, December 25th — Closed

Buckhead Mountain Grill
Wednesday, December 24th — Closing at 3:00 pm
Thursday, December 25th — Closed
Wednesday, December 31st — Closed
Thursday, January 1st — Regular hours

Holler Hops & Grill
Wednesday, December 24th — Closed
Thursday, December 25th — Opening at 6:00 pm – Customer appreciation

Molly Malones Irish Pub & Restaurant Covington
Wednesday, December 24th — Closing at 7:00 pm
Thursday, December 25th — Opening at 7:00 pm

Taste of Belgium Clifton
Wednesday, December 24th — 9:00 am – 3:00 pm for brunch

Taste of Belgium OTR
Wednesday, December 24th — 8:00 am – 3:00 pm for brunch (doors open at 7:00 am)

Zip’s Café Mt Lookout
Wednesday, December 24th — 10:30 am – 4:00 pm
Thursday, December 25th — Closed
Wednesday, December 31st — 10:30 am – 4:00 pm
Thursday, January 1st — 10:30 am – 11:00 pm

This Week in Beer: April 21 – 27, 2014

We frequently get updates for our This Week in Beer post after our regular 9:00 am publishing time. Any edited listing will have UPDATE at the beginning of the listing.

Monday, April 21st – Mug Night Monday at Flipdaddy’s Union

Monday, April 21st – 1/3 off Craft beer bottles at Moerlein Lager House

Monday, April 21st – Beer of the Day Special at Rock Bottom Brewery
Each Monday, the beer of the day is $3.25 all day.

Monday, April 21st from 4:00-7:30 pm – Craft Beer Night at Market Wines

Monday, April 21st at 5:00 pm – Rare Keg Monday at Ei8ht Ball Brewing
This week’s keg is Evil Twin Glazed Imperial Doughnut Break paired with free glazed doughnuts.

Monday, April 21st from 6:00-8:00 pm – West Sixth Tasting at Whole Foods Cincinnati

Monday, April 21st from 8:00 pm to close – Pint Night at Incline Public House

Tuesday, April 22nd – Tappa Keg Tuesday at Dingle House

Tuesday, April 22nd – $8 Growler Fills at Moerlein Lager House

Tuesday, April 22nd at 6:00 pm – MadTree Galaxy High Pint Night at Hebron Brew Haus

Tuesday, April 22nd – Pint Night at Rock Bottom Brewery
Buy a logo pint glass with your favorite Rock Bottom beer for $5.95, get it refilled for $3.00 and you keep the glass.

Tuesday, April 22nd at 5:00 pm – Ales for Autism at Arthur’s Cafe
$1 from every MadTree draft pint sold will go towards Autism Society of Greater Cincinnati. Their bartenders will be donating tips also.

Tuesday, April 22nd at 6:00 pm – Oskar Blues Tasting with OB Head Brewer at Ei8ht Ball Brewing
For $12, the head brewer at Oskar Blues (via Skype) will walk you through a flight of their beers. A short question and answer session to be held afterward.

Tuesday, April 22nd at 6:00 pm – Tuesdays on Tap at Whole Foods Mason
Six drafts, six bites, $6.

Wednesday, April 23rd – Select Craft Beers for $2 at Molly Malone’s Covington

Wednesday, April 23rd – Bell’s Pint Night at Rail House
First pint is $5 – Keep the glass and get refills for only $3.

Wednesday, April 23rd – Pint Night at UC’s Catskeller

Wednesday, April 23rd from 5:00 to 8:00 pm – Take Home the Glass Night at Taste of Belgium

Wednesday, April 23rd from 5:00 to 8:00 pm – Raffle and Fundraiser at Ei8ht Ball Brewing
Fifty cents from every Ei8ght Ball sold between from 5:00 to 8:00 pm will go to Mercy Neighborhood Ministries. Texas Joe food truck is also donating 10% of their sales during that period of
In addition, they are raffling off a private tour for up to ten people of the New Riff Distillery on May 1st at 5:30 pm. You’ll be touring it before it opens to the public. Tickets are one for $5 or five for $20.

Wednesday, April 23rd from 5:30 to 8:00 pm – Beer Tasting at Marty’s Hops and Vines

Wednesday, April 23rd at 9:00 pm – We CAN Do It Wednesdays at Keystone Clifton
$3 select craft cans including Rhinegeist Truth, Uinta Brewing Hopnotch IPA and Strongbow Cider.

Thursday, April 24th from 4:00 pm to close – Take Home the Glass Night at Taste of Belgium Short Vine

Thursday, April 24th at 5:00-9:00 pm – West Sixth Tap Takeover at Market Wines

Thursday, April 24th 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 – MadTree PsyHOPathy, Glendale – Anchor California Lager and Hyde Park – Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale.

Thursday, April 24th at 6:00 pm – Firkin Tapping at Rock Bottom Brewery

Friday, April 25th – $8 Growler Fills at Moerlein Lager House

Friday, April 25th from 3:00-6:00 pm – Happy Hour at 20 Brix
20% off craft beer

Friday, April 25th 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, April 25th from 6:00-7:00 pm – Friday Night Flights Beer Tasting at Party Town in Florence
This week, it’s West Sixth.

Saturday, April 26th from 1:00-3:00pm – West Sixth Tasting at the Anderson Kroger

Saturday, April 26th from 5:00-8:00pm – Beer Tasting at Ludlow Wines
The cost to taste four beers is $6.00 per person.

Saturday, April 26th at 8:00pm – Hebron Brew Haus Birthday Party
See their Facebook event page for more information.

Sunday, April 27th from 12:00-6:00pm – CityBeat Tap That Brew Tour
See our earlier post for more information.

This Week in Beer: February 10 – 16, 2014

We frequently get updates for our This Week in Beer post after our regular 9:00 am publishing time. Any edited listing will have UPDATE at the beginning of the listing.

See our daily Cincinnati Beer Week events posts for each day’s CBW events. To avoid leaving events out, there is some duplication between this list and the daily Cincinnati Beer Week posts. Today’s (Monday, 2/10) CBW post will be published at 10:00 am.

Monday, Feb. 10th – Mug Night Monday at Flipdaddy’s Union

Monday, Feb. 10th – 1/3 off Craft beer bottles at Moerlein Lager House

Monday, Feb. 10th – Beer of the Day Special at Rock Bottom Brewery
Each Monday, the beer of the day is $3.25 all day.

Monday, Feb. 10th at 11:00 am – Lift Can Release at MadTree Brewing
“Want to grab a six pack of the freshest beer in the city? We’re canning the first run of Lift starting Monday morning. Swing by on your lunch break or after work!”

Monday, Feb. 10th from 4:00-7:30 pm – Craft Beer Night at Market Wines

Monday, Feb. 10th at 5:00 pm – Rare Keg Monday at Ei8ht Ball Brewing

Monday, Feb. 10th from 8:00 pm to close – Pint Night at Incline Public House

Tuesday, Feb. 11th – Tappa Keg Tuesday at Dingle House

Tuesday, Feb. 11th – $7 Growler Fills at Moerlein Lager House

Tuesday, Feb. 11th – Pint Night at Rock Bottom Brewery
Buy a logo pint glass with your favorite Rock Bottom beer for $5.95, get it refilled for $3.00 and you keep the glass.

Tuesday, Feb. 11th at 6:00 pm – Tuesdays on Tap at Whole Foods Mason
Six drafts, six bites, $6.

Wednesday, Feb. 12th – Select Craft Beers for $2 at Molly Malone’s Covington

Wednesday, Feb. 12th – Bell’s Pint Night at Rail House
First pint is $5 – Keep the glass and get refills for only $3.

Wednesday, Feb. 12th – Wiede Wednesday at Pompilio’s
Every Wednesday is Wiede Wednesday at Pompilio’s in Newport with $3 Wiedemann pints all day.

Wednesday, Feb. 12th – Pint Night at UC’s Catskeller

Wednesday, Feb. 12th from 5:00 to 8:00 pm – Take Home the Glass Night at Taste of Belgium

Wednesday, Feb. 12th – Blank Slate Beer Dinner at Arthur’s Café
Four burger sliders (1 black bean, 1 ground turkey, and 2 ground beef) and a side paired with a Blank Slate beer plus a dessert paired with another Blank Slate beer. Cost is $30 per person.

Wednesday, Feb. 12th from 5:30 to 8:00 pm – Beer Tasting at Marty’s Hops and Vines

Thursday, Feb. 13th from 4:00 pm to close – Take Home the Glass Night at Taste of Belgium Short Vine

Thursday, Feb. 13th 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 – Lexington Brewery Double Barrel, Glendale – Rivertown Lil SIPA and Hyde Park – Upland.

Thursday, Feb. 13th at 6:00 pm – Firkin Tapping at Rock Bottom Brewery

Friday, Feb. 14th – $7 Growler Fills at Moerlein Lager House

Friday, Feb. 14th 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. 14th from 6:00-7:00 pm – Friday Night Flights Beer Tasting at Party Town in Florence

Friday, Feb. 14th at 6:30 pm (VIP) and 7:30 pm (Regular Admission) until 11:00 pm – Cincy Winter Beerfest
Tickets available at http://www.cincybeerfest.com/#!buy-tickets/c16wn

Friday, Feb. 14th from 7:00-9:00 pm – Valentine’s Day Chocolate and Beer Tasting at Jungle Jim’s Fairfield
Cost is $25 per person. Tickets available on the Jungle Jim’s web site.

Saturday, Feb. 15th from 3:00-7:00pm – Barlympics 2014 – Hosted by the Tender Mercies’ Associate Board at Rhinegeist
Check out their Facebook event for more information.

Saturday, Feb. 15th from 5:00-8:00pm – Beer Tasting at Ludlow Wines
The cost to taste four beers is $6.00 per person.

Saturday, Feb. 15th at 6:30 pm (VIP) and 7:30 pm (Regular Admission) until 11:00 pm – Cincy Winter Beerfest
Tickets available at http://www.cincybeerfest.com/#!buy-tickets/c16wn

Cincinnati Beer Week Events for Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014

Events happening the entire Cincinnati Beer Week – February 6-13, 2014

UPDATE All Week — Beer Flights for Charity at Lucky Dog Grille
$1.00 will be donated to the Mason Food Pantry for every beer flight purchased during Cincinnati Beer Week.

UPDATE All Week — Celebrating Beer Week With Deschutes Brewery at Fogarty’s Irish Pub
Four Deschutes beers on draft Red Chair Pale, Mirror Pond Pale Ale, Black Butte Porter and Inversion IPA plus Hop Henge in 22 oz bottles.

All Week — Beer and Bites menu for Virgils Café
3 Tastes and 3 Small Plates for $25. Menu – West Sixth Lemongrass Wheat with house made ramen noodles, pickled cabbage, charred spring onion, beef, pork, smoked chile broth, meatballs, egg; Apocalypse Brew Works Fallout Dust with jerk chicken poutine (chicken thigh, hand cut fries, house made curds, jerk gravy) and Upland Bourbon Barrel Warmer with chocolate cobbler & vanilla bean ice cream.

All week — Hops Against Cancer at Tap House Grill
Tapping over 20 Cincinnati beers throughout the week and $1 of every Cincinnati beer purchased will go to the Jimmy V Foundation for Cancer Research.

All Week — CBW Pulled Pork Sliders at Cock & Bull Hyde Park
Featuring Stone Brewing’s Levitation and Smoked Porter BBQ Sauces.


Cincinnati Beer Week Events for Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014

11:00 am-1:00 am — Brewers Choice for Charity at Arthur’s Café
Arthur’s will donate $1 from the sales of every pint sold to the charity selection of each respective brewery. Arthur’s will double the donation to the top selling brewery’s charity.

All day — Lagunitas Tap Takeover at Moerlein Lager House
Beers will include Lagunitas IPA, Dogtown Pale, Sucks and Hairy Eyeball.

11:00 am – 10:00 pm — Lagunitas Release at Flipdaddy’s Wooster Pike
Beers will include Lagunitas IPA, Sucks and Hairy Eyeball.

11:00 am-2:30 am — Three Floyds Takeover at Dingle House

11:00 am – 10:00 pm — Pints For Parkinson’s at Flipdaddy’s Union
$1.00 of every sale of O’Fallon beer goes to Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s research. Beers are Weach and Hemp Hop Rye. Pint glass giveaway too.

12:00 noon — Beer Week Beer (Hostivit) Tapping at Coaches Corner

4:00 pm — Tapping of Hostivit (CBW beer) at Marty’s Hops and Vines

4:00 pm — Mother Firkin Thursday at Fifty West

5:00 pm — Pear A La Geuze & Beer Week Collaboration Vertical Tapping at Rivertown Brewing
Tapping of the above beers plus 4 year, 2 year and 6 months aged lambic blended with fresh pear cider

5:00 pm — Lighting of the Torch at Mt. Carmel Brewing Company
Final tapping of their 3rd Shift Imperial Coffee Stout and Ardennes Belgian Quad

5:00-7:30 pm –- Lagunitas Tasting at Market Wines
Beers on draft will include SUCKS, IPA, Hairy Eyeball and Pilsner. More available in bottles.

5:00 pm –- Tapping of Fifty West 1926 at Zip’s Café
Also available are Speedbump Kolsch, Thirty-37 Session Pale Ale, and Coffee Please (on nitro) from Fifty West and Raz Wheat, Mandala Citra, Java the Stout, and Dark Apparition from Jackie O’s.

5:00-7:00 pm –- Christian Moerlein and Cincinnati Brewing History at Everything’s d’Vine
Enjoy Moerlein beers while seeing part of the Bricks, Barrel Vaults & Beer exhibit that’s currently at The Betts House.

5:00 pm-10:00 pm — Cellar Dwellers Tapping at BrewRiver GastroPub
Tapping of Cellar Dwellers Hazelnut Coffee Cream Oatmeal Stout

5:30 pm — Listermann’s Tapping at Arnold’s
Beer is cask aged Planetary IPA infused with grapefruit rinds.

6:00 pm — Madtree Brewing Firkin Dinner at Incline Public House
Four course dinner includes food, beer and a special one year anniversary growler. Cost is $4o plus tax and tip. Email dan@inclinepublichouse.com to reserve your seat.

6:00 pm –- 6th for a Cause / Hops for Hippos at Taste of Belgium Short Vine
West Sixth tap takeover featuring their IPA, Amber, Pay it Forward Cocoa Porter and Transylvania Tripel benefits the Cincinnati Zoo.

6:00 pm — Sours & Sliders at Ei8ht Ball Brewing
Two sliders (one classic and one Asian inspired) will be paired along with eight sours or lambics featuring Drie Fonteinen, Panil, Mikkeller, Tilquin, Bocker, Haand, Hanssens and De Proef. Reserve your seat at https://www.thepartysource.com/eq_itemview.php?Id=3730

6:00 pm — Mile High Kick-Off Party Pint Night at Cock & Bull Hyde Park
All Colorado breweries. You get to keep the CBW glass. Beers include Breckenridge: Agave Wheat, Nitro Vanilla Porter, Trademark, and Well Built; Boulder: Mojo (Nitro), Cold Hop (Barrel Aged); Left Hand: Sawtooth, Milk Stout (Nitro), 400 Pound Monkey; Oskar Blues: G’Night, Winter Chub; Great Divide: Rumble, Hibernation; New Belgium: Fat Tire, Accumulation, Ranger, Paardebloem; Redstone: Black Raspberry Nectar.

6:00 pm — Kick-Off Party Pint Night at Cock & Bull Mainstrasse
Alltech’s Lexington Brewing Double Barrel (blend of Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale and Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Stout). Glasses are branded “Double Barrel”.

6:00 pm — Meet the Brewer: Rhinegeist at Tap House Grill
Part of Hops Against Cancer. Beers on tap include Truth, Cougar, Panther and more.

6:00-9:00 pm — MadTree Tasting with Craft Snack Pairings at Mayday
Stuffed pretzel bites paired with Kolsch Experimental; Smokey BBQ Pork Sliders with Rubus Cacao; Endive Ceasar Cup with Psychopathy; Curry Chicken Wonton with Galaxy High. Brewers from MadTree on hand too.

6:00-10:00 pm — Rivertown Pint Night at Cock & Bull Glendale
Featuring Lil SIPA. Buy the pint and keep the glass.

8:00-11:00 pm — Hop Heads Unite Blind Tasting at the Brass Tap
Twelve local hoppy beers on draft. $10 gets you a tasting glass, a rating card and a taste of each beer in the competition. Brewery with the most points wins and gets bragging rights for the year. A portion of the proceeds from this will go to www.water.org.

Cincinnati Beer Week is Less than a Month Away: Start Planning

Cincinnati Beer Week
Cincinnati Beer Week 2014 is less than a month away. This is the third one and from where I’m sitting it  appears to be shaping up as the best one yet. That’s a guess, but I feel pretty good about making it.  Carla and I were on the board in past years, but life got in the way and we made room for some folks who could put in the time it deserves. We run into the organizers out and around, of course, and besides the thousand-yard-stare that always happens this time of year when the event is hurtling down the tracks at them, things look like things are coming together pretty well.

The website for the week is CincinnatiBeerWeek.com. Go ahead and bookmark that now. You know you want to. One of the reasons is because it appears there are still tickets available for the Tap Room Trolley on January 25 & 26.  You can see the post from earlier this week for some specific details about the two-day event, but you really ought to consider giving this a try. If I’m remembering right, Gregg Wilson — now the head brewer at the Moerlein Lager House — came up with this idea.  He’s still pretty involved with organizing it, though it has a lot of moving parts and I know there are a lot of people working together to pull this off. Last year was the first one and it was a one-day, one-shot deal. It was a hit and sold out. MadTree wasn’t open yet. There were some rumblings in the beer community about the brewery that’s now Rhinegeist, and Ei8ght Ball had already been announced. Carla and I helped out the folks at Rivertown handle their stop, and I remember wondering how the heck they were going to pull it off this year with three more breweries to hit. The solution is to divide the tap rooms into two distinct routes and run both routes both days. The idea is that if you want to hit all the tap rooms, you can do one route on Saturday and the other on Sunday. It’s a great solution.

The other reason you want to bookmark the site is because it’s going to be the best place to keep up with the schedule of events. You have to understand that Cincinnati Beer Week is organized by people who volunteer their time. Many of them are in some area of the business, but the stuff they do for Cincinnati Beer Week is extra effort they put in because they believe in it. I just looked at the schedule and I saw events at Teller’s of Hyde Park, Arthur’s Cafe, The Crazy Fox Saloon, and Wild Mike’s Wings . The thing is, there are a bunch of participants listed on the front page that haven’t announced their schedules yet. What’s going to happen is that that schedule is going to explode over the next couple of weeks. If past experience is any guide — and it happened both years we were involved — there’s going to come a point where there will be multiple events every day of the week and the number of events will increase by the hour. If you check the site today, you better check the site tomorrow. I’ll guess the pace of new events will let off some by the first week of February. Until then don’t assume you know what’s happening with Cincinnati Beer Week events unless you’re looking at the schedule right at that moment. We’re going to do what we’ve done in the past: we’ll showcase events for those places that take the time to send us their events. We are not and cannot be the comprehensive source of Cincinnati Beer Week news.  Luckily there is one:  CincinnatiBeerWeek.com.

Cincinnati Beer Week is going to rock.  Start making your plans now.

This Week in Beer: Dec. 2 – 8, 2013

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.

SPECIAL NEWS: MadTree Brewing will be available in Northern Kentucky starting this week with their three flagship beers (Happy Amber, PsycHOPathy, and Gnarly Brown). More beers will be added soon.

Monday, December 2nd – 1/3 off Craft beer bottles at Moerlein Lager House

Monday, December 2nd – Beer of the Day Special at Rock Bottom Brewery
Beer of the day is $3.25 all day.

Monday, December 2nd from 4:00-7:30 pm – Craft Beer Night at Market Wines

Monday, December 2nd from 8:00 pm to close – Pint Night at Incline Public House

Tuesday, December 3rd – Tappa Keg Tuesday at Dingle House

Tuesday, December 3rd – $7 Growler Fills at Moerlein Lager House

Tuesday, December 3rd – Pint Night at Rock Bottom Brewery
Purchase a logo pint glass filled with your favorite Rock Bottom beer for just $5.95, refills are only $3.00 and you keep the glass.

Tuesday, December 3rd at 6:00 pm – Triple Digit Cranium Tapping at Arthur’s Cafe

Tuesday, December 3rd at 6:00 pm – Tuesdays on Tap at Whole Foods Mason
Six drafts, six bites, $6. This week’s beers include Christian Moerlein Zeppelin, Ommegang Three Philsophers, Brooklyn Cuvee La Boite, Ballast Point Sculpin, Great Lakes Nosferatu and Upland Teddy Bear Kisses.

Wednesday, December 4th – Select Craft Beers for $2 at Molly Malone’s Covington

Wednesday, December 4th – Bell’s Pint Night at Rail House
First pint is $5 – Keep the glass and get refills for only $3.

Wednesday, December 4th – Wiede Wednesday at Pompilio’s
$3 Wiedemann pints all day

UPDATE Wednesday, December 4th at 5:00 pm – New Holland Incorrigible Tapping at Market Wines
They will also have New Holland Kolsch, the Hopivore Wet-Hopped Ale and Dragons Milk.

Wednesday, December 4th at 5:00 pm – Holiday Beerfest at UC’s Catskeller
Beers will include Great Lakes Christmas Ale, Ommegang Adoration, Tröegs Mad Elf, Bell’s Winter White, New Holland Cabin Fever, MadTree Thundersnow, Great Divide Hibernation and Heavy Seas Winter Storm. Flights will be available.

Wednesday, December 4th from 5:00 to 8:00 pm – Take Home the Glass Night at Taste of Belgium OTR

Wednesday, December 4th from 5:30 to 8:00 pm – $3 Drafts at Marty’s Hops and Vines

Wednesday, December 4th at 7:00 pm – Monthly Tapping at Hofbräuhaus Newport
The November beer is their “Christmasbier” (Weihnachts) (5.5% ABV).

Thursday, December 5th from 4:00 pm to close – Take Home the Glass Night at Taste of Belgium Short Vine

UPDATE Thursday, December 5th at 6:00 pm – Repeal Day Party at Cellar Dweller Brewery

Thursday, December 5th at 6:00-9:00 pm – Dogfish Head American Beauty Pint Night at Holler Hops & Grill

Thursday, December 5th at 6:00-10:00 pm – Pint Night Thursdays at Cock & Bull (all three locations)
The beers for this week’s Pint Night Thursdays are: Main Strasse Covington – Great Lakes Christmas Ale, Glendale – Great Lakes Christmas Ale and Hyde Park – Great Lakes Christmas Ale.

Thursday, December 5th at 6:00 pm – Firkin Tapping at Rock Bottom Brewery

Thursday, December 5th at 6:30 pm – Pints & Pencils at Great Crescent Brewery
Check out their Facebook event page for more information.

Thursday, December 5th at 7:00 pm – Repeal Day Party at Arnold’s
Check out their Facebook event page for more information.

Friday, December 6th – $7 Growler Fills at Moerlein Lager House

Friday, December 6th at 4:00 pm – Sixth Annual Hopnosis at The Comet
Thirty kegs in two days. Beer list TBA.

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

Saturday, December 7th from 1:00-5:00 pm – #CincyBeerBloggers Bottle Share Party at Firehouse Grill
Check out the post on BrewProf’s blog for more information. We’ll be there!

Saturday, December 7th – Sixth Annual Hopnosis at The Comet

Saturday, December 7th from 5:00-8:00pm – Beer Tasting at Ludlow Wines
The cost to taste four beers is $6.00 per person.

This Week in Beer: October 21 – 27, 2013

We frequently get updates for our This Week in Beer post after our regular 9:00 am publishing time. Any edited listing will have UPDATE at the beginning of the listing.

Monday, Oct. 21st – Beer of the Day Special at Rock Bottom Brewery
Each Monday, Gerry the brew master at Rock Bottom highlights a beer and you can enjoy it for just $3.25 all day.

Monday, Oct. 21st from 4:00-7:30 pm – Craft Beer Night at Market Wines

Monday, Oct. 21st – Triumvirate KY Collaboration Release at various locations
Bottle signing by Founder/Distiller John Little of Smooth Ambler, Brewer/CEO Jason Roeper of Rivertown Brewing, and Mixologist Rom Wells of the Rookwood.
5:00 pm – Jungle Jim’s Eastgate
6:30 pm – Party Source

Monday, Oct. 21st from 8:00 pm to close – Pint Night at Incline Public House

Tuesday, Oct. 22nd – Tappa Keg Tuesday at Dingle House

Tuesday, Oct. 22nd – $7 Growler Fills at Moerlein Lager House

Tuesday, Oct. 22nd at 6:00 pm – Pumpkin Ale Tapping at Rock Bottom Brewery

Tuesday, Oct. 22nd at 6:00 pm – Triumvirate KY Collaboration Release Party at the Rookwood
Join Founder/Distiller John Little of Smooth Ambler, Brewer/CEO Jason Roeper of Rivertown Brewing, and Mixologist Rom Wells of the Rookwood for the official release party.

Tuesday, Oct. 22nd at 6:00 pm – Tuesdays on Tap at Whole Foods Mason
Six drafts, six bites, $6.

Wednesday, Oct. 23rd – Select Craft Beers for $2 at Molly Malone’s Covington

Wednesday, Oct. 23rd – Bell’s Pint Night at Rail House
First pint is $5 – Keep the glass and get refills for only $3.

Wednesday, Oct. 23rd – Wiede Wednesday at Pompilio’s
Every Wednesday is Wiede Wednesday at Pompilio’s in Newport with $3 Wiedemann pints all day.

Wednesday, Oct. 23rd – Pint Night at UC’s Catskeller

Wednesday, Oct. 23rd at 4:00 pm – Cannonball 2 at Fifty West
Six experimental beers brewed by their staff and six experimental food items for $20.

Wednesday, Oct. 23rd from 5:00 to 8:00 pm – Take Home the Glass Night OR Abbey Wednesday at Taste of Belgium
And sometimes, it’s a tapping! We’ll let you know which one it is this week as soon as we find out.

Wednesday, Oct. 23rd from 5:30 to 8:00 pm – Beer Tasting at Marty’s Hops and Vines

Wednesday, Oct. 23rd at 6:00 pm – All Local One Year Anniversary Party at Arthur’s Café
Check out their Facebook event for more information.

Thursday, Oct. 24th at 5:00 pm – Go Local Tap Takeover at UC’s Catskeller
Beers include Double Barrel Brewery’s Bad Tom Ale, Mad Tree Brewery’s Identity Crisis, Rivertown Brewing Company’s Roebling Porter, Blank Slate Brewing Company’s Ryesing Up Saison, Christian Moerlein’s Hell Town Ale, Fifty West Brewing Company’s 30/37 Pale Ale, Rhinegeist Brewery’s Nez Pale Ale and Mt Carmel Brewing Company’s Nut Brown Ale.

Thursday, Oct. 24th at 6:00-10:00 pm – Pint Night Thursdays at Cock & Bull (all three locations)
The beers for this week’s Pint Night Thursdays are: Main Strasse Covington – Rivertown Pumpkin, Glendale – Great Lakes Nosferatu and Hyde Park – Great Lakes Pumpkin.

Thursday, Oct. 24th at 6:00 pm – Firkin Tapping at Rock Bottom Brewery

Friday, Oct. 25th – $7 Growler Fills at Moerlein Lager House

Friday, Oct. 25th 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, Oct. 25th from 6:00-7:00 pm – Friday Night Flights Beer Tasting at Party Town in Florence

Saturday, Oct. 26th from 5:00-close – Oskar Blues Night of Frights and Delights at Boswell’s
Featuring Oskar Blues infused food and beer specials.

Saturday, Oct. 26th from 5:00 – 8:00pm – Beer Tasting at Ludlow Wines
The cost to taste four beers is $6.00 per person.

Saturday, Oct. 26th from 8:00pm – Gears and Beers at the Cincinnati Museum Center
Beers will include Angry Orchard Crisp Apple, Christian Moerlein Barbarossa, Fifty West Home Sweet Home, Mt Carmel Harvest Ale and Rhinegeist Franz. See our earlier post for more information.

Saturday, Oct. 26th from 8:00pm – The Malice Ball: OTR Brewers Masquerade
Cost is $25 in advance or $30 at the door. Admission includes one drink ticket, and free shuttle service from Washington Park and Mercer Garages.For more information, check out their Facebook page.

Sunday, Oct. 27th from 6:00-11:00pm – SAMHAIN Festival of Beasts and Beer at the Rookwood
Featuring beers from Rivertown, MadTree, Rhinegeist and Blank Slate. Go to their Facebook page for more information.

This Week in Beer: August 5 – 11, 2013

We frequently get updates for our This Week in Beer post after our regular 9:00 am publishing time. Any edited listing will have UPDATE at the beginning of the listing.

Monday, August 5th – 1/3 off Craft beer bottles at Moerlein Lager House

Monday, August 5th – Beer of the Day Special at Rock Bottom Brewery
Each Monday, Gerry the brew master at Rock Bottom highlights a beer and you can enjoy it for just $3.25 all day.

Monday, August 5th from 4:00-7:30 pm – Craft Beer Night at Market Wines

Monday, August 5th at 6:00 pm – August Monthly Tapping at Moerlein Lager House
This month’s beer is Philippus Kölsch.

Monday, August 5th – Meet the Brewer Night at Incline Public House
This month, it’s Bob Bonder from Rhinegeist. Cost is $10 per person for passed hors d’oeuvres and four or five beer samples.

Tuesday, August 6th – Tappa Keg Tuesday at Dingle House
This week’s keg hasn’t been announced yet.

Tuesday, August 6th – $7 Growler Fills at Moerlein Lager House

Tuesday, August 6th – Pint Night at Rock Bottom Brewery
Purchase a logo pint glass filled with your favorite Rock Bottom beer for just $5.95, refills are only $3.00 and you keep the glass.

Tuesday, August 6th at 6:00 pm – Rhinegeist Tapping at Arthur’s Café
They will be tapping Truth IPA and Saber Tooth Tiger Imperial IPA.

UPDATE Tuesday, August 6th at 6:00 pm – Tuesdays on Tap at Whole Foods Mason
Six drafts, six bites, $6. This week’s beers are Uinta Sum’r, Stillwater Stateside Saison, Rockmill Belgian-style Tripel Golden Ale, MadTree Pleasant Wheat, Heavy Seas Loose CANnon IPA and Evil Twin Yang Imperial Taiji IPA.

Wednesday, August 7th – Bell’s Pint Night at Rail House
First pint is $5 – Keep the glass and get refills for only $3.

Wednesday, August 7th – Wiede Wednesday at Pompilio’s
Every Wednesday is Wiede Wednesday at Pompilio’s in Newport with $3 Wiedemann pints all day.

Wednesday, August 7th from 5:00 to 8:00 pm – Take Home the Glass Night at Taste of Belgium
And sometimes, it’s a tapping! We’ll let you know which one it is this week as soon as we find out.

Wednesday, August 7th from 5:30 to 8:00 pm – $3 Drafts at Marty’s Hops and Vines

Thursday, August 8th at 6:000 pm – #9BeerMonth Tweet-up at MadTree Brewing
From Facebook:

Join WCPO Digital as we celebrate Beer Month! All month long we’ll be sharing stories about Cincinnati’s rich brewing history, kicking off with the chance to sample local brews from the Mad Tree Brewing Co. Round up your friends, enjoy some refreshing beverages, try food from Maribelle’s in Oakley and meet the WCPO Digital and 9 On Your Side team! This event is 21+ only.

Thursday, August 8th at 6:00-8:00 pm – Burgers & Beers at the Party Source
This week’s pairing is a Cuban Missile burger (smoked ham and turkey topped with Swiss, pickles and Dijon mustard). paired with beers from Southern Tier, Schlafly, Dark Horse, New Holland, Green Flash and Left Hand.

Thursday, August 8th at 6:00-10:00 pm – Pint Night Thursdays at Cock & Bull (all three locations)
The beers for this week’s Pint Night Thursdays are: Main Strasse Covington – Rivertown Jenneke, Glendale – Southern Tier and Hyde Park – Heavy Seas Cutlass.

Thursday, August 8th at 6:00 pm – Firkin Tapping at Rock Bottom Brewery

Thursday, August 8th from 9:00 pm to close – $3 Thursdays at Roebling Point Bars (Molly Malone’s Covington, Keystone Covington, Blinkers)
All of the bars have their own list of their selected appetizers and beers (taps change weekly).

Friday, August 9th – $7 Growler Fills at Moerlein Lager House

Friday, August 9th from 6:00-7:00 pm – Gluten Free Beer Tasting at Country Fresh Market
See our post for more information.

Friday, August 9th at 5:00 pm – Wiedemann’s Oktoberfest Tapping and Cookout at Blue Wisp Jazz Club

Friday, August 9th 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, August 9th from 6:00-7:00 pm – Friday Night Flights Beer Tasting at Party Town in Florence

Friday, August 9th at 6:30 pm – Christian Moerlein Beer & BBQ Cruise on BB Riverboats
From Facebook:

Christian Moerlein Brewery and BB Riverboats have teamed up for a great cruise every Friday this summer. Cruise the beautiful Ohio River on one while tasting Moerlein’s handcrafted lagers & ales with a member of the Christian Moerlein team. Paired with the beers is a wonderful buffet featuring BBQ Brisket, BBQ Chicken and Pulled Pork BBQ. Music will be provided by a local area band for your entertainment. Cost is $55.00 for adults and $38.00 for children. Go to http://www.bbriverboats.com/moerlein_cruise.html to purchase tickets.

Saturday, August 10th from 5:00-8:00pm – Beer Tasting at Ludlow Wines
The cost to taste four beers is $6.00 per person.

Saturday, August 10th from 6:00-10:00pm – Made in Cincinnati Beer Fest at Marty’s Hops & Vines
Five breweries, fifteen beers, all you can eat Cincinnati chili. Pre-order tickets are $29, tickets at the door are $39.00.