Tastings and Tappings Report: February 27, 2015

We frequently get updates for our Tastings and Tappings Report after our regular publishing time. Any edited listing will have UPDATE at the beginning of the listing. Don’t forget to check out our This Week in Beer post from Monday for other better beer events happening this weekend.

Don’t forget the Eleven/162 Anniversary Party & Bottle Release at the Christian Moerlein Malt House tomorrow starting at 6:00 pm. More information available on their Facebook event page – https://www.facebook.com/events/897596250281122

TASTINGS

Everything’s d’ Vine – Tasting is at 5:30 pm each week and costs $10 for beer and wine tastings. You can get just beer or just wine for $5.00. For this week’s tasting (2/27), it’s all beers from Bluegrass Brewing Company: Louisville Lager, Nut Brown Ale, American Pale Ale and Bourbon Barrel Stout.

Jungle Jim’s Eastgate – Friday night tasting from 5:00 to 9:00 pm. For this week’s tasting (2/16), it’s Fifty West. Pints are usually $3.

Jungle Jim’s Fairfield – Friday night tasting from 5:00 to 9:00 pm. For this week’s tasting (2/27), it’s Brew Kettle. Pints are usually $3.

Ludlow Wines – Saturday beer tasting is from 5:00-8:00 pm. The cost to taste four beers is $6.00 per person.

Party Town – For Friday Night Flights this week, it’s Sierra Nevada. Cost is $2.00 per person. Only adults age 21 or more are admitted for Friday Night Flights.

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

TAPPINGS

Ei8ht Ball Brewing – Tonight (2/27) is Free Bacon Night and they will tapping the Blank Slate/Oskar Blues collaboration beer Cincy 3-Way Porter. Other beers include Fork in the Road, Movin On and Ryesing Up from Blank Slate plus TenFidy, Pinner and Dale’s Pale Ale from Oskar Blues.

– Tomorrow (Saturday, 2/28) their Saturday infusion is Alltech Barleywine run through oak chips and Sorachi Ace hops.

– For next week’s Rare Keg Monday (3/2), it’s Founders Blushing Monk. Cost is $10 a snifter.

Moerlein Lager House – Their March Beer of the Month Tapping (3/2) is Lab Lager #3. One dollar from each Lab Lager #3 order plus 100% of the proceeds from ceremonial keg will go to the Over-the-Rhine Brewery District.

Have a better beer weekend, everyone!

— Carla and Tom

Cincinnati Beer Week Events for Tuesday, Feb. 17, 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 Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2015

Tuesday, February 17th – Breckenridge Tasting at Fogarty’s Irish Pub
Sampling Ophelia, Agave Wheat and Avalanche Ale

Tuesday, February 17th from 11:00 am-2:00 am – Fat Tuesday with Fat Head’s at Cock & Bull Hyde Park
Beers include Headhunter, Bumbleberry, Sunshine Dream and Shakedown. Jambalaya available.

Tuesday, February 17th from 4:00-7:00 pm – 5 Rabbit Brewery Tasting at Country Fresh Market & Beer Emporium
Featured beers are 5 Lizard, 5 Vulture, Arroz Con Leche and Ponche! Samples will be 25 cents each. A representative from the brewery will be on hand.

Tuesday, February 17th from 4:00 to 10:00 pm – Pints and Pizza at Incline Public House
Choose any two local pints including Rhinegeist Cougar, MadTree Happy Amber & Rubus Cacao, Rivertown Roebling Porter, Upland Wheat Ale, Triple Digit Chickow! and Mt Carmel Coffee Brown plus any pizza for $20.

Tuesday, February 17th from 5:00 to 8:00 pm – GRART! (Growler Painting) at Ei8ht Ball Brewing
A family friendly event – Tapping of new Ei8ht Ball Beer “Queen” and firkin of Prodigal w/experimental hops, as well as GRART! $10 gets you an empty Growler, painting supplies and a pint of Queen. $5 gets empty Growler, painting supplies and a Juice Box for the little ones. Can take artwork home with you that night.

Tuesday, February 17th from 5:00 to 9:00 pm – Warped Wing Keep the Glass at Cock & Bull Glendale Village

Tuesday, February 17th from 5:00 to 9:00 pm – Sierra Nevada Pint Night at Jungle Jim’s Fairfield

Tuesday, February 17th from 5:00 to 10:00 pm – Mardi Gras Celebration with Abita at BrewRiver GastroPub

Tuesday, February 17th from 5:00 to 10:00 pm – Rhinegeist S23 and Black Tart Tapping at The Growler House
Fifty cents of each glass of the two beers will be donated to Eric Sierra’s children fund.

Tuesday, February 17th from 5:00 to 11:00 pm – Blank Slate/Oskar Blues Tap Takeover at Wild Mike’s Shady Lane
Oskar Blues Dale’s Pale & Ten FIDY, Blank Slate Opera Cream & Lesser Path plus their collaboration of Cincinnati 3-Way Porter.

Tuesday, February 17th from 5:00 to 11:55 pm – Sour Night at Brass Tap
Beers will include New Belgium La Folie, Rivertown Kriek, Rivertown Pomegranate Lambic, Jolly Pumpkin/Upland Persimmon Ship, Evil Twin Sour Bikini and more.

Tuesday, February 17th from 5:30 to 9:30 pm – TriState Local Tap Tasting Takeover and Party Source Cigars at Beer Sellar
Includes beers from MadTree, Upland, Ei8ht Ball, Flat 12, Rivertown, Bluegrass Brewing, KY Bourbon Barrel and more.

Tuesday, February 17th from 6:00 to 7:00 pm – Meet the Brewer (Blank Slate) at Firehouse Grill

Tuesday, February 17th from 6:00 to 7:30 pm – Beer School-Cincinnati Beer Theme at Whole Foods Cincinnati
Six beers from Rhinegeist, MadTree, Blank Slate, Moerlein and Rivertown paired with cheese samples. Cost is $5.

Tuesday, February 17th from 6:00 to 8:00 pm – Celler Dweller Beer Dinner And Beer Class at Lucky Dog Grille
Join Cellar Dweller owner Steve Shaw as Lucky Dog pours Wheatness, Hopewell Stout, Jeremiah and a mystery beer. Pairing: First Course – Grilled Big Dog Wings, Second Course – Smoked Ribs and Side Salad with Wheatness Viniagrette, Third Course – Cheesecake. Call 513-204-5825 for reservations.

Tuesday, February 17th from 6:00 to 8:00 pm – Breckenridge 471 Small Batch IPA Tapping at Dean’s Hops & Vines

Tuesday, February 17th from 6:00 to 9:00 pm – Fifty West Flight Night at Wurst Bar in the Square
Cost is $10 for a flight. Fifty West brewers on hand.

Tuesday, February 17th from 6:00 to 10:00 pm – Fat Tuesday Cask: Cajun Ghost of Imogene at Fifty West Brewing
Limited edition cask of a New Orleans inspired beer named Cajun Ghost of Imogene paired with a New Orleans inspired dinner menu with live music provided by The Hot Magnolias.

Tuesday, February 17th from 6:00 to 10:00 pm – Three Floyds Night featuring Alpha King, Zombie Dust & Gumball Head at Cock & Bull Mainstrasse
Also featuring Barrel Aged 72 Imperial in bottles.

Tuesday, February 17th from 6:00 to 11:00 pm – Home Away From Home with Country Boy & West 6th at Goodfellas Pizzeria
Enjoy a Lexington tap take over while watching the UK Wildcats take on Tennessee.

Tuesday, February 17th at 7:00 pm – Artists and Beer at Arnold’s
For 2/17 – Tapping a limited edition version of West Sixth’s Pay it Forward Cocoa Porter aged in a bourbon barrel. Artist: Brian Methe

Tuesday, February 17th from 7:00-10:00 pm – Upland Brewing Tasting at The Crow’s Nest Irish Pub

Tuesday, February 17th from 8:00-11:00 pm – Make Fun of Geoff from Fat Head’s Shorts at The Lackman
Beers include Barrel Aged Battle Axe, Sorcerer, Sunshine Daydream and Head Hunter (fresh).

Tuesday, February 17th at 9:00 pm – Mardi Gras with Warped Wing at Stanley’s Pub
Music from Rumpke Mountain Boys. $5 entertainment cover charge.

Tastings and Tappings Report: Nov. 21, 2014

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.

CONGRATULATIONS TO BLANK SLATE ON THE OPENING OF THEIR POUR HOUSE YESTERDAY!

TASTINGS

Everything’s d’ Vine Tasting is at 5:30 pm each week and costs $10 for beer and wine tastings. You can get just beer or just wine for $5.00. For this week’s tasting (11/21), the beers are Crabbie’s Ginger Beer, Fat Head’s Holly Jolly, Left Hand Fade to Black and Tröegs Perpetual IPA.

Jungle Jim’s Eastgate – Friday night tasting from 5:00 to 9:00 pm. For this week’s tasting (11/21), it’s beers from Bluegrass Brewing. Pints are usually $3.

Jungle Jim’s Fairfield – Friday night tasting from 5:00 to 9:00 pm. For this week’s tasting (11/11), it’s beers from Anderson Valley. Pints are usually $3.

Ludlow Wines – Saturday beer tasting is from 5:00-8:00 pm. The cost to taste four beers is $6.00 per person.

Party Town – Friday Night Flights usually features six to eight beers each week and goes from 6:00 – 7:00 pm. For this week’s tasting (11/21), they will be pouring beers from Lagunitas including Maximus Double IPA and Czech Pils randalled through toasted cacao nibs & chicory. The cost for the regular sample flights is $2.00.

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

TAPPINGS

Ei8ht Ball Brewing – For next week’s Rare Keg Monday (11/24), Ei8ht Ball will have Bell’s Sweet Potato Stout, Mikkeller Beer Geek Breakfast and Evil Twin Biscotti Break Natale. Costs will vary.

Old Firehouse Brewery – They will be tapping their limited edition Winter Ale tonight (11/21) at 6:00 pm.

Have a better beer weekend, everyone!

— Carla and Tom

This Week in Beer: September 15 – 21, 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, Sept. 15th – Mug Night Monday at Flipdaddy’s Union

Monday, Sept. 15th – 1/3 off Craft beer bottles at Moerlein Lager House

Monday, Sept. 15th – Randall Monday at the Brass Tap U Square
This week, it’s Flat 12 Pogue’s Run Porter on the Randall running through chocolate and mint. They will also be tapping Flat 12 Barrel Flat Jack Pumpkin Ale and Moustache Ride Red.

Monday, Sept. 15th from 4:00-7:30 pm – Craft Beer Night at Market Wines

Monday, Sept. 15th at 5:00 pm – Rare Keg Monday at Ei8ht Ball Brewing

Monday, Sept. 15th from 8:00 pm to close – Pint Night at Incline Public House

Tuesday, Sept. 16th – Penny Flips at Fifty West

Tuesday, Sept. 16th – Tappa Keg Tuesday at Dingle House

Tuesday, Sept. 16th – $8 Growler Fills at Moerlein Lager House

Tuesday, Sept. 16th – Infusion Special at the Brass Tap U Square
This week, it’s Bear Republic Racer 5 with grapefruit and mango.

Tuesday, Sept. 16th at 5:00 pm – Flat 12 Bierwerks Cincy Launch at The Lackman
Includes Half Cycle IPA, Pogue’s Run Porter, Flat Jack Pumpkin Ale and Barrel Aged Mustache Ride Red Ale. Buy a Flat 12 pint and get a logo glass to keep.

Tuesday, Sept. 16th at 5:00 pm – Victory IPA Tap Takeover at Halfcut
Includes Hop Devil, Hop Devil Nitro, Wild Devil and Dirt Wolf.

Tuesday, Sept. 16th at 6:00 pm – Tuesdays on Tap at Whole Foods Mason
Six drafts, six bites, $6.

Wednesday, Sept. 17th – Select Craft Beers for $2 at Molly Malone’s Covington

Wednesday, Sept. 17th – Local Wednesday at Buckhead Mountain Grill Bellevue
All local beer served in a 16 oz. pint glass are only $3.99

Wednesday, Sept. 17th – Pint Night at UC’s Catskeller

Wednesday, Sept. 17th at 4:00 pm – Highland Tap Takeover and Pint Night at Fireside Pizza
Highland founder Oscar will be in attendance from 4:00 – 5:30 pm.

Wednesday, Sept. 17th from 4:00 to 7:00 pm – Rocktober Tapping at Rock Bottom Cincinnati

Wednesday, Sept. 17th from 5:00 to 11:00 pm – Mt. Adams Neighborhood Oktoberfest Festival
For more information, see their Facebook event page.

Wednesday, Sept. 17th from 5:30 to 8:00 pm – Beer Tasting at Marty’s Hops and Vines

Wednesday, Sept. 17th at 6:00 pm – September Beer Dinner at Moerlein Lager House
This month, it’s Highland Brewing from Asheville, NC. The beers are Razor Wit, Gaelic Ale, Clawhammer, Oatmeal Porter, Mocha Stout and Plaid Schwartz (Moerlein Lager House collaboration beer with Highland). Oscar Wong, founder of Highland, will be in attendance. Register by emailing PrivateDining@MoerleinLH.com. Cost is $55 per person plus tax and gratuity.

Thursday, Sept. 18th – Firkin Thursday at Fifty West

Thursday, Sept. 18th from 4:00 pm to close – Take Home the Glass Night at Taste of Belgium Clifton

Thursday, Sept. 18th from 4:30-6:30 pm – Flat 12 Happy Hour at Igby’s
Beers will include Half Cycle IPA, Pogue’s Run Porter and Flat Jack Pumpkin.

UPDATE Thursday, Sept. 18th – Presidents Room Oktoberfest Beer Dinner
See our post for more information.

Thursday, Sept. 18th at 6:00-8:00 pm – Burgers & Beers at the Party Source
Beers: New Holland Dragon’s Milk, KY Bourbon Barrel Barleywine, BBC Stout and Quaff Bros. “Broot” (Bourbon barreled Root Beer) and KABOOM! (a Pappy Van Winkle Bourbon barreled aged Imperial Stout with red hots)
Burger: BBQ, cheddar and bacon
See our earlier post for the complete list of this summer’s Burgers & Beer schedule.

Thursday, Sept. 18th 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 Oktoberfest, Glendale – Cavalier Pumpkin Beer and Hyde Park – Two Brothers Atom Smasher.

Thursday, Sept. 18th from 7:00-10:00 pm – Flat 12 Happy Hour at Molly Malone’s
Beers will include Half Cycle and Pogue’s Run.

Friday, Sept. 19th – $8 Growler Fills at Christian Moerlein Brewery

Friday, Sept. 19th from 5:00 pm-12:00 am – Oktoberfest Zinzinnati

Friday, Sept. 19th from 5:00 pm-12:00 am – Uberdrome at Moerlein Lager House
From Facebook:
“This year admission to the entire Uberdrome is free and open to the public, offering entertainment and atmosphere with German-style food prepared by the Moerlein Lager House. The menu includes Oktoberfest Rotisserie Chicken and Traditional German favorites along with freshly brewed Christian Moerlein crafted beers onsite. Paulaner original Munich Oktoberfest beers will also be available.”

Friday, Sept. 19th 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, Sept. 19th from 6:00-7:00 pm – Friday Night Flights Beer Tasting at Party Town in Florence

Saturday, Sept. 20th – All crafts $3 at Louie’s Taphouse & Grill (Mason)

Saturday, Sept. 20th from 11:00 am-12:00 am – Oktoberfest Zinzinnati

Saturday, Sept. 20th from 12:00 pm-12:00 am – 2nd Annual Franztoberfest at Rhinegeist

Saturday, Sept. 20th from 1:00 pm-12:00 am – Uberdrome at Moerlein Lager House

Saturday, Sept. 20th from 5:00-8:00pm – Beer Tasting at Ludlow Wines
The cost to taste four beers is $6.00 per person.

Sunday, Sept. 21st from 11:00 am-10:00 pm – Oktoberfest Zinzinnati

Sunday, Sept. 21st from 12:00 pm-12:00 am – 2nd Annual Franztoberfest at Rhinegeist

Update: Moerlein (and Ei8ht Ball) Brewers Going to Sierra Nevada Beer Camp

UPDATE (as of 2:25 pm): Thanks to the careful eyes of the folks at the Queen City Chapter of BCCA & NABA, we have learned that Ei8ht Ball is going too! The other KY breweries that will be in attendance are Against the Grain, Bluegrass Brewing (BBC), Country Boy and West Sixth. By the way, brewers had to apply before May 23rd to be a part of this event. Event organizers also work with the various breweries that don’t have distribution in the state they were assigned to legally get their beer there.

Remember when you were a kid and summer went going to camp? Now that you’ve grown up, what would be the best camp ever? Beer camp! Well, there is such a thing and the brewers of Christian Moerlein are going to get to attend it. Here’s a short video about Sierra Nevada Beer Camp Across America, an unprecedented traveling beer festival that will take place later this summer:

It turns out that five Ohio breweries including Christian Moerlein will be attending Sierra Nevada’s Beer Camp Across America’s Midwest Edition scheduled for Sunday, July 27th at Navy Pier in Chicago. The other four Ohio breweries are Lock 27, Columbus, Elevator and Main Street Grille.

Mike Wayne, general manager of Christian Moerlein had this to say about their participation in this celebration:

What an honor it is to be part of this great event! The craft beer community has come a LONG way from when I entered a decade ago.

Being active within artistic brewers is something we cherish highly and returning all of Christian Moerlein’s brewing to his American home allows us to bring the Cincinnati quality to our passion. Neat tidbit: Cincinnati has won more awards for its brewing than any other city post prohibition.

Al Sheets had a great conversation with the Enquirer during Taste of Cincinnati and who better to help Chicago taste Cincinnati? http://tinyurl.com/ocxdyfh

Christian Moerlein has enjoyed being a supporting member of the community in which we brew and that attention had another brewer ask us to be part of Beer Camp. This idea was too exciting and we had to be a part of it. Chicago is a wonderful town and a great audience for attentive beer enthusiasts.

The idea of artistic brewers coming together to celebrate our industry is a Win for everyone. Look for us in Chicago July 27th and moer involved with Cincinnati.

You can attend too. Tickets for the Midwest edition and the other dates are now available at www.SierraNevada.com/BeerCamp. Tickets are $65.00 each and a designated driver ticket is available for $30.00.

If you can’t make it to Chicago event, there are six other locations where you can attend. Appropriately, the last one is scheduled for Mills River, North Carolina otherwise known as home to Sierra Nevada’s new East Coast brewery.

Beer Camp Across America Schedule
• Sat, July 19th: Northwest Edition at Sierra Nevada Hop Field in Chico, CA, 12-5 p.m.
• Sun, July 20th: Southwest Edition at Embarcadero North in San Diego, CA, 1-6 p.m.
• Fri, July 25th: Rocky Mountain Edition at Civic Center Park in Denver, CO, 5-10 p.m.
• Sun, July 27th: Midwest Edition at Navy Pier in Chicago, IL, 12-5 p.m.
• Fri, August 1st: New England Edition at Thompson Point in Portland, ME, 5-10 p.m.
• Sat, August 2nd: Mid-Atlantic Edition at Penn Treaty Park in Philadelphia, PA, 12-5 p.m.
• Sun, August 3rd: Southeast Edition in Mills River, NC, 1-6 p.m.

Sierra Nevada Beer Camp Across America

2014 Burgers and Beers Dates Announced

It’s a sure sign of summer when Party Source announces its Burgers and Beer schedule for that year. As you look these over, remember that “Burgers and Beers is a ‘shine only’ event. The decision to cancel the event will be made by 4pm EST the day of the event. Walk-ups are welcome until 6:45pm EST. Burger service stops and the grill will be turned off at 7pm EST sharp. Vegetarian burgers are available upon request at sign in.”

June 5th from 6:00 – 8:00 pm – Burgers and Beers: Ei8ht Ball and Quaff Brothers
Beers: Quaff Bros. “Gnappy” Pappy Van Winkle Barrel-Aged Brown by MadTree, “Amberdextrous” a Bourbon barrel Amber (Rivertown) & “Quaffanator” Barrel Aged chili pepper Doppelbock by Blank Slate along with Ei8ht Ball Tarnished, Red Drink and something new from Mitch.
Burger: Boursin cheese & red onion
Music: Heather Turner

June 12th from 6:00 – 8:00 pm – Burgers and Beers: Bomb!, Cannons, Rockets and Killer Penguins Oh My!
Beers: Prairie Bomb! on draft (14% abv), Heavy Seas Loose Cannon Hop3, Arcadia Hop Rocket IPA & Boulder Killer Penguin, a 10% Barleywine
Burger: PBB&J (Thai peanut sauce, hot pepper jelly and bacon)
Music: Lauren Houston

June 19th from 6:00 – 8:00 pm – Burgers and Beers: Three Floyds and Lagunitas
Beers: Three Floyds Gumball Head, Robert the Bruce, Man O Awe and Alpha King as well as Lagunitas IPA and Lil Sumpin
Burger: Pizza Burger
Music: Chris Cusentino

June 26th from 6:00 – 8:00 pm – Burgers and Beers: An Evening with Founders
Beers: Founders All Day IPA, KBS, Devil Dancer and Breakfast Stout Vintage 2011
Burger: All American (lettuce cheese, tomato and pickle)
Music: Lauren Houston

July 10th from 6:00 – 8:00 pm – Burgers and Beers: Out of This World with Great Lakes
Beers: From Great Lakes, “a brand new collaboration with Cigar City, a draft tribute to Neil Armstrong, Commodore Perry (with tangerine run through the randall), Dortmunder Gold and Wright Pils”
Burger: The Cuban missile
Music: Heather Turner

July 17th from 6:00 – 8:00 pm – Burgers and Beers: Crooked, Evil, Zombie Bastards
Beers: Dark Horse Double Crooked Tree, Evil Twin Falco IPA, Three Floyds Zombie Dust and Founders Dirty Bastard
Burger: Black and Bleu
Music: Heather Turner

July 24th from 6:00 – 8:00 pm – Burgers and Beers: A Visit from West Sixth
Beers: West Sixth Amber, IPA & Lemongrass Wheat along with some West Sixth tap room exclusives
Burger: Reuben
Music: Heather Turner

July 31st from 6:00 – 8:00 pm – Burgers and Beers: ‘O Brother Where Art Thou
Beers: “Twin brothers Jeppe (Evil Twin) and Mikkel (Mikkeller) along with our own private label Quaff Bros. (beer #5) and North Coast Brother Thelonious (beer #6)”
Burger: Duck fat fried potatoes and Brie cheese
Music: Heather Turner

August 7th from 6:00 – 8:00 pm – Burgers and Beers: Bell’s Brewing Co.
Beers: All from Bell’s: Two Hearted, Oberon, Lager of the Lakes, Oarsmen as well as Hopsicution and Sparkleberry on tap
Burger: Bacon and smoked cheddar cheese
Music: Chris Cusentino

August 14th from 6:00 – 8:00 pm – Burgers and Beers: ‘Tis the Saison
Beers: Saison beers from Blaugies/Hill Farmstead, Prairie, New Holland, Dupont, Stillwater and Fantome
Burger: Surf & Turf
Music: Chris Cusentino

August 21st from 6:00 – 8:00 pm – Burgers and Beers: Got Local (Beer)?
Beers: Ei8ht Ball, MadTree, Jackie O’s, Rockmill, Blank Slate, West Sixth and Against the Grain beers
Burger: Dorito
Music: Chris Cusentino

August 28th from 6:00 – 8:00 pm – Burgers and Beers: Ten of Our Best
Beers: Uinta, Dark Horse, Oskar Blues, Schlafly, Lost Coast, Victory, Sixpoint, Southern Tier, Left Hand and Breckenridge
Burger: Mexican
Music: Chris Cusentino

September 4th from 6:00 – 8:00 pm – Burgers and Beers: IPAs Are My BFF
Beers: IPAs from Stone, Dogfish Head, Founders, Victory, Mikkeller and Dark Horse
Burger: Marsala
Music: Kyle Knapp

September 11th from 6:00 – 8:00 pm – Burgers and Beers: The Old Tadcaster / Monks Brew / Celebrator
Beers: Samuel Smith (Nut Brown & Oatmeal Stout), Orval & Rochefort 10 and Ayinger Celebrator
Burger: Italian
Music: Kyle Knapp

September 18th from 6:00 – 8:00 pm – Burgers and Beers: The Kentucky Bourbon (Beer) Trail
Beers: New Holland Dragon’s Milk, KY Bourbon Barrel Barleywine, BBC Stout and Quaff Bros. “Broot” (Bourbon barreled Root Beer) and KABOOM! a Pappy Van Winkle Bourbon barreled aged Imperial Stout with red hots
Burger: BBQ, cheddar and bacon
Music: Kyle Knapp

September 25th from 6:00 – 8:00 pm – Burgers and Beers: The Great Pumpkin Pack
Beers: Pumpkin ales from Southern Tier, Schlafly, O’Fallons, New Holland and Shipyard
Burger: Chili Cheese Burger
Music: Kyle Knapp

Six-Pack Project: Kentucky

We were recently asked to take part in something called The Six-Pack Project. The brain child of Bryan Roth at the This Is Why I’m Drunk blog, it asks the question, “If someone is coming to visit [your state], what bottles or cans would we want to share?”

Here are the rules:

1. Pick a six-pack of beers that best represents your state and/or state’s beer culture.
2. Beer must be made in your state, but “gypsy” brewers are acceptable, so long as that beer is brewed with an in-state brewery and sold in your state.
3. Any size bottle or can is acceptable to include.
4. Current seasonal offerings are fine, but try to keep selections to year-round brews as much as possible. No out-of-season brews preferred.

Six-Pack Project LogoSince we live in NKY, we were assigned the Commonwealth of Kentucky. (The fine folks at Queen City Drinks will be covering the state of Ohio.) The posts are published six at a time and the first set of six-pack posts are linked at the end of this post. We’ll also add links to the other five posts going up today as we get the information.

We had to make one modification to the rules: many Kentucky brewers don’t bottle or can their products yet. We can stay within the spirit of the rules since most better beer stores and many bars in Kentucky sell beer by the growler. Thus, you can walk into a store or bar and walk out with these beers in a (sealed) bottle. The fact that you brought the bottle in yourself is merely a technicality.

1. Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale – If there’s a Kentucky beer with a cult following, this is it. It’s also a beer that few are ambivalent about: you love it or hate it. The sweet malt is accentuated by strong notes of vanilla that, depending on your palate, is a religious experience or incredibly off-putting. This is a beer you want to let sit in the snifter for a few minutes to warm up. It blooms. And this is definitely the beer you offer to your bourbon loving friends.

2. Bluegrass Brewing Company Dark Star Porter – Currently available at their brew pubs and distributing elsewhere soon, the regular from BBC is always solid. It’s an English style porter with hints of caramel and chocolate plus lots of robustness.

3. Lore Derby Brown Ale – This is another beer that gets better as it warms up a bit. Drinking it too cold masks the complexity of the malts. It’s roasty, malty and generally just tasty.

4. Country Boy Heart Of Dankness Imperial Black IPA – Right now, you can only get this beer at Country Boy’s tap room in Lexington. To be honest, it was hard choosing between this Imperial Black IPA and their Cougar Bait blonde ale (yeah, they went there). The Heart of Dankness is well balanced, strong and complex. It’s a fine example of the style.

5. Against the Grain Citra Ass Down – First of all, ATG has the best beer names ever. They always make us laugh and the beers always live up to the greatness of their names. Citra Ass Down is an American style IPA that not surprisingly focuses on Citra hops. Unavailable for a while, it’s on deck to re-appear very soon.

6. West Sixth IPA – You might have heard of these guys recently. They were kind of in the news. We’re not going to link to that news because what you really ought to think of then you think of West Sixth is their beer. And the IPA is the news here. One of their two flagship beers, the IPA has Cascade, Columbus, Centennial and Citra hops along with 2 row, Honey, Cara, Dextrin, Flaked Barley malt.

Honorable Mention: The-soon-to-be-opening Eight Ball Brewing Company in Bellevue, KY – Given what we know about the amazing beers Eight Ball head brewer Mitch Dougherty brewed while he was at Rock Bottom Cincinnati, there is no doubt in our minds that beers from Eight Ball will be equally awesome.

The Other State Six-Pack Posts for Today

State Six-Pack Posts Archive

Smashburger Menu Pairing with Christian Moerlein Beers

The Mushroom-Swiss pairing with Barbarossa was probably the best of the night.
The Mushroom Swiss pairing with Barbarossa was probably my favorite of the night.
The hottest word in food, beverages and music over the last decade has easily been ‘local.’ Local is good, so the conventional wisdom goes. National is, if not bad, inferior. Forget that — like politics — all food, beverage and music is ultimately local to someone.

What’s a multinational burger chain to do?

If you’re Smashburger, you start looking local. Specifically, to local beer. The Colorado-based chain with more than 200 locations across the U.S., Canada, Costa Rica, and Saudi Arabia has made a bit of a splash in the U.S. better burger scene with its introduction of burger-and-beer pairings featuring local burger variations and local craft breweries. Last Thursday Smashburger founder Tom Ryan and Richard Dubé, Brewer Maximus for Christian Moerlein, unveiled the pairings for Cincinnati. Here they are:

  • Burger: Classic Smash Beer: Lager House Helles
  • Burger: Mushroom Swiss Burger Beer: Barbarossa Dark Lager
  • Burger: BBQ Bacon & Cheddar Burger Beer: OTR Ale
  • Burger: Buckeye Burger Beer: Exposition Vienna Lager
  • Sandwich: Spicy Baja Black Bean Burger Beer: Northern Liberties IPA
  • Sandwich: Classic Chicken Beer: Barbarossa Dark Lager
  • Sandwich: Avocado Club Chicken Beer: OTR Ale

Anyone who’s met me can figure out pretty quickly that I’m not a particularly picky eater. I had a taste of each burger and beer combo listed above and I thought they all worked pretty well together. You either go for contrasting flavors or complementary flavors when pairing beer and food, and I’d say this menu emphasizes the complement side of pairing for the most part. I don’t claim to have any special insights into food — or beer for that matter — so what follows is strictly my opinion. It’s not a review or a rating or anything like that. It’s just what sticks in my mind almost a week later.

The Mushroom Swiss with Barbarossa was probably my favorite pairing of the night mainly because the Mushroom Swiss Burger is a carnivore’s delight. It’s meat, cheese and baby portabellas, which practically qualifies as more meat. There might be some grilled onions in there; I wasn’t paying that close attention. The Barbarossa is has such a smooth, malty character that you start to feel like you’re doing it wrong if you aren’t alternating between a bite of burger and a sip of beer.

If you’re ever in the position of trying to explain to someone ‘not from ’round here’ (as in ‘not from this planet’) why beer and burgers go together, the Classic Burger an the Helles would be a pretty good way to try to explain it. The veggies on the burger really make it pop, and the Helles has just that hint of spiciness to set that off, but not so much as to be anything but accessible.

The surprise of the night for me was the Spicy Baja Black Bean Burger. I like black beans as a rule, but I’ve never had a meatless burger that I’d particularly want to have again unless personal safety or monetary rewards were involved. Until now. Does it taste like meat? Nope. Is that a problem? Not in the slightest. It was spicy and tangy (and had fresh jalapeños on it!) and tasted like — wait for it — black beans. And that was just fine. The Northern Liberties worked with it because, while not a hop bomb by design, the spiciness of the hops stood up to the spiciness of the sandwich. A couple of our dining companions pointed out that the black bean patty was a bit dense, and I think that’s certainly a fair observation. It didn’t bother me, but I can see where some folks might be a little off-put by it.

The (free) press event we attended was at the Smashburger location near NKU, but these beer pairings will be available at all Cincinnati metro Smashburger locations. Dayton locations will feature pairings with Great Lakes Brewing Co., while Louisville locations will feature BBC Brewing Co. beers.

So what’s the bottom line? Well, the burgers were good and the beer went well with them. I’ll go back. I know some folks won’t be able to get past the fact that Smashburger is a national chain founded by a guy who was once with both McDonald’s and Pizza Hut and who is at least partially responsible for unleashing the McGriddle and the Stuffed Crust Pizza on an unsuspecting world. I also know that there are going to be some turning up their nose and sniffing that Christian Moerlein isn’t really local even when every drop of the stuff is eventually produced in OTR (which is well in progress and has always been the goal). And to them I say: Cool. Enjoy yourself. Whether from deep conviction or latent snobbery, knock yourself out. No one’s making you go there. The world will keep turning whether you decide to eat there or not. If it helps you sleep at night …

It’s just a burger and a beer pairing menu after all. I happen to think it’s a pretty good one. Your mileage may vary. That’s why it’s never boring on this here temporal plane of existence. You get to choose.

[For more photos and Carla’s take on the food, check out her post on RadioCarla.com.]

Tastings and Growlers Report: March 15, 2013

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

TASTINGS

Country Fresh Farm Market and Wine Depot is having a beer tasting Friday from 4:00 to 7:00 pm. The beers will include Founders All Day IPA, Full Pint Perc E Bust Robust Coffee Porter, Innis & Gun Irish Whiskey Cask and Avery New World Porter.

Everything’s d’ Vine has beer and wine tastings on Friday nights at 5:30 pm. Try six beers and six wines for $15 per person. Or you can just do wine only or beer only for $10 per person.

Ludlow Wines‘ regular Saturday beer tasting is from 5:00-8:00 pm. The cost to taste four beers is $6.00 per person.

● Friday Night Flights at Party Town in Florence features all draft barley wines this week including Three Floyds Behemoth, B.B.C. Wooden Pat’s (bourbon barrel aged), Barrel-aged Heavy Seas and more. In addition, they will have a special tapping of Founders Bolt Cutter from 5:00-6:00 pm. This pre-tasting will be an additional $5.00 for an 8 oz. pour and will only be available during the pre-tasting session. The cost for the regular tasting is $2 for a full flight of beers and it goes from 6:00 – 7:00 pm.

GROWLERS AT BREWERIES, BREW PUBS AND RESTAURANTS

Buckhead Mountain Grill now does growler fills. The cost is $16 for a “fill of any craft or import beer offered in a 16oz serving size” (add $5 for a new Buckhead growler). On draft as of Nov. 16th: Great Lakes Eliot Ness, Great Lakes Christmas, Founders Harvest, Bell’s Winter White, Southern Tier 2x IPA, Oskar Blues Old Chub, Mt. Carmel Amber, Rivertown Helles, BBC Nut Brown Ale, KY Bourbon Barrel Ale, PALM, Stella Artois, Blue Moon, Upland Wheat, Franziskaner Hefeweizen, Guinness, Leinenkugel’s Big Eddy, Sam Adams Winter Lager, Thirsty Dog Irish Setter Red and Leinenkugel Snow Drift Vanilla Porter. We hear that Sierra Nevada Celebration will return when the Eliot Ness blows.

● As of December 28th, Fifty West Brewing had Coffee Please Stout, Christmas Cookie, Coast to Coast IPA, Alternate Route Brown Ale, Harley Dunkelweizen, Robinsons Circus Hefeweizen, Amber Ale, Speed Bump Kolsch and recently added – Horse and Buggy Scotch Ale, Thirty-37 Pale Ale and Forgot Stevie? Double IPA. Two different beer flights available. Flights are half off before 6:00 pm and all day on Sundays.

● The growler station at Listermann Brewing Company and Triple Digit Brewing had Nutcase, Leopold Belgian Blonde, Aftermath Scottish Wee Heavy, Cincinnatus, Gravitator, Friar Bacon Smoked Bock, Embree’s Baltic Porter, Enter the Beagle IPA, Jungle Honey and Chichow!. New growlers are $3.

● The following beers are currently available for growler fills at the Moerlein Lager House: Northern Liberties IPA, OTR Ale, 7 Weiss, Lager House Golden Helles, Exposition Vienna Lager, Barbarossa Double Dark Lager and POE Wee Heavy Scotch Ale. Growlers are $12.00 to refill or $16.00 if you need a growler. Growler refills are $7 on Tuesdays and Fridays. The specialty seasonals are $20.00 if you need a growler. Like all brew pubs in Ohio, they can only fill their own growlers.

● As of December 28th, the growler station at Mt. Carmel‘s tap room has Dewey’s Porter, Winter, Blonde, Amber, IPA, Nut Brown, Stout and 3rd Shift Imperial Coffee Stout on their new eight tap system. The cost is $8.00 for year rounds & seasonals and $18.00 for Third Shift. It’s $4 for the purchase of a growler (new design).

● The growler station at Rivertown Brewing‘s tasting room has Infinite Schilling Scottish Ale, Roebling Porter, Hop Baron, Blue Berry Lager, Hop Bomber, Dunkel, Bock, Unit 6 and Helles. Growler fills are $7.99. If you need a growler, it’s $4 extra.

● At Rock Bottom Cincinnati, you can take home growlers of all their regular beers. Most growler fills are $13.50. Like all brew pubs in Ohio, they can only fill their own growlers.

GROWLERS AT BETTER BEER STORES

● As of February 1st, the Cork ‘N Bottle growler stations’ offerings are: Buttermilk Pike location – Three Floyds Pride & Joy ($8.25), Bad Attitude Hobo IPA (swiss) ($19.99), Oskar Blues Old Chub ($10.99), Stone IPA ($12.99), North Coast Red Seal ($10.99), Dogfish Head Chicory Stout ($12.50), Brooklyn Pilsner ($8.99) and Flying Dog Wildman Belgian Ale ($11.49); Covington location – Six Point Spice of Life Columbus Hop ($9.99), Blank Slate India Amber ($10.99), Brooklyn Maple Porter ($6.99), North Coast Scrimshaw ($8.99), Left Hand Chainsaw Ale ($17.50), Lore Brewing Galactic Imperial IPA ($9.99), Anchor porter $10.99 and Great Lakes Blackout Stout ($12.99).

UPDATE Country Fresh Farm Market and Wine Depot (8315 Beechmont Ave., Anderson, OH) has Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA, Double Barrel Bad Tom, Mojo Risin’ Double IPA, Great Divide Espresso Oak Aged Yeti, Founders Reds Rye PA, Uinta Detour Double IPA, Thirsty Dog Irish Setter Red Ale and Thirsty Dog Citra Dog IPA.

● As of January 25th, the growler station at DEP’s in Fort Thomas has Blue Moon Pine In The Neck ($11.99), Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye ($6.99), Dogfish Head Indian Brown ($7.99), Great Lakes Conway’s Irish Ale ($7.99), Southern Tier Chokolat Stout ($12.99), Blank Slate Movin’ On ($8.99), Blank Slate Fume Cherrywood Smoked Porter ($8.99), Schlafly Tasmanian IPA ($10.99), Avery IPA ($8.99), Founders Old Curmudgeon ($13.99), Fox Barrel Pear Cider ($7.99), Sierra Nevada Estate Organic ($12.99), Heavy Seas Bourbon Barrel Aged Barleywine ($18.99), Anderson Valley Heelch O’ Hops Double IPA ($9.99), Schlafly Bourbon ($10.99), Widmer Brothers BRRRRRR ($16.99), Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale ($5.99), New Holland Black Hatter ($11.99), DogFish Head Burton Baton ($19.99), Sixpoint Diesel ($11.99), North Coast Pranqster ($11.99), Anubis Coffee Porter ($16.99), Southern Tier 2XStout ($12.99) and Green Flash Grand Cru ($15.99). Their growler price is $4 “with a credit of $2 if you return an old growler.”

● As of February 21st, the growler station offerings at Jungle Jim’s Eastgate included Bell’s Smitten, Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale, Uinta Hop Notch IPA, Yuengling Bock, Kona Koko Brown, Kona Longboard Island Lager, Goose Island 312, Stone Arrogant Bastard, Sierra Nevada Ovila Quad w/ Sugar Plums, Rivertown Bock, 21st Amendment Sneak Attack and Mt. Carmel Springtime Ale. Add $4 if you need to purchase a growler and they are now filling non-Jungle Jim’s growlers. As always, samples are 25 cents each.

● The growler station at the Liquor Cabinet (1990 N Bend Rd # A Hebron, KY) has added four more taps! They have Smuttynose Old Brown Dog Ale, Schlafly Tasmanian IPA, Arcadia Smoked Wheat, Green Flash West Coast IPA, Sixpoint Cream Ale, Breckenridge Bock, Founders All Day IPA, Great Lakes Dortmunder Gold.

● As of March 1st, the growler station at Market Wines in Findlay Market has 21st Amendment “Lower de Boom” Barley-Wine Style Ale ($6.00/glass $20/growler), Tröegs Nugget Nectar Imperial Amber Ale ($5.00/glass $14.00/growler), Ayinger Celebrator Double Bock ($5.00/glass $16.00/growler) and Triple Digit Aftermath Scottish-style Ale ($6.00/glass $18.00/ growler). Add $3 if you need to purchase a growler.

● On the growler station at One Stop Liquors (10 Donnermeyer Dr., Bellevue, KY), they currently have Leinenkugel’s Snowdrift Vanilla Porter ($9.99), Rivertown Winter Ale ($9.99) and Lexington Brewing Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale ($10.99). All prices are for a refill. For a new growler, add $2.99. Also, receive $5 off your 6th refill.

● On the growler station at Party Source in Bellevue: Nogne O Kollaborator ($21.99 64oz $10.99 32oz), Against the Grain Two Tettnangers and a Microbrew ($9.99 64oz $5.00 32oz), Blank Slate Fume ($9.99 64oz $5.00 32oz), Founders All Day IPA ($10.99 64oz $5.50 32oz), Embree’s Baltic Porter ($14.99 64oz $7.50 32oz), Mikkeller Stout ($18.99 64oz $9.50 32oz), Quaff Bros. Blind Harry ($17.99 64oz $9.00 32oz) and Smuttynose Old Brown Dog ($9.99 64oz $5.00 32oz). All prices are for a refill. For a new growler, add $2.00.

● On the growler station at Party Town in Florence: BBC Coffee and Cream Porter ($6.99), Dark Horse Double Crooked Tree Imperial IPA ($15.99), Dogfish Head Noble Rot ($24.99), Finch’s Cut Throat Pale Ale ($8.99), O’Fallon Hemp Hop Rye ($8.99), Oskar Blues Ten Fidy Imperial Stout ($17.99), Rivertown Bock ($10.99), Rivertown Infinite Shilling Scotch Ale ($15.99), Rogue Hazelnut Brown ($9.99), Schlafly American IPA ($9.99), Schlafly Bourbon Barrel Ale ($9.99), Sixpoint Diesel Stout ($9.99), Sixpoint Righteous Rye Ale ($9.99), Sixpoint Three Beans Brown Ale ($12.99), Stone Oaked Arrogant Ba$t@rd ($12.99), Stone 16th Anniversary Imperial IPA ($12.99), West Sixth India Pale Ale ($6.99) and Woodchuck Amber ($6.99). All prices are for a refill. For a new half gallon (64 oz) growler, add $2.00. Pint (16 oz), quart (32 oz) and gallon size (128 oz) growlers are also available. $3 for a new gallon growler.

● Two Remke locations now have growler stations in their stores. As of Feb. 20th, the Hyde Park Remke has Redd’s Apple Ale, Blank Slate Ryesing Up, one from Triple Digit, Rivertown Roebling and Leinenkugel Canoe Paddler. As of January 25th, the Skytop Remke has Blue Moon Valencia Grove Amber, Blue Moon Pine In The Neck, Leinenkugel Big Eddy Russian Imperial stout, Leinenkugel Canoe Paddler and Redd’s Apple Ale.

● As of Feb. 20th, United Liquor in Florence has KY Bourbon Ale, Blue Moon Pine in the Neck, Big Eddy Russian Imperial Stout, Dogfish Head 60 Min. IPA, Bell’s Two Hearted Ale, Leinenkugel’s Vanilla Porter.

Valley Wine & Spirits had Upland Dragonfly IPA, Abita Andygator, Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA, Blue Moon Pine in the Neck, Breckenridge Pandora’s Bock, Harpoon Chocolate Stout, Rivertown Bock Beer, Goose Island Pere Jacques, Ommegang Rare VOS and Sam Adams Alpine Spring.

● As of Feb. 26th, Whole Foods Market Cincinnati growler station offerings are Bison Organic Gingerbread Ale, Avery Hog Heaven Barley Wine, Two Brothers Cane & Ebel, Blue Moon Pine In The Neck, Left Hand Milk Stout and one tap to be filled. Regular fill prices are $7.49 for the 32 oz growler and $14.99 for the 64 oz growler. They also have Happy Hour pricing on Monday through Thursday from 3:00 to 6:00 pm with $4.99 for the 32 oz growler and $9.99 for the 64 oz growler. For a new growler, add $3.99. [Thanks once again to Ed Paff for the update.]

● As of Feb. 6th, Whole Foods Market Mason growler station offerings are Goose Island Matilda Belgian-style Pale Ale, Anderson Valley Brewing Co. Gatlin Damnosis Barrel-aged Barleywine, Heavy Seas Loose Cannon IPA, Boulder Beer Company Mojo Risin’ Imperial IPA, 21st Amendment Brewery Marooned On Hog Island Oyster Stout and Dark Horse Brewing Co. Tres Blueberry Stout. For a new growler, add $3.99. [Thanks once again to Ed Paff for this update too.]

Tastings and Growlers Report: March 8, 2013

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

TASTINGS AND TAPPINGS

● Everything’s d’ Vine will not be having a beer and wine tasting this week due to the wine festival.

● Ludlow Wines’ regular Saturday beer tasting is from 5:00-8:00 pm. The cost to taste four beers is $6.00 per person.

● Moerlein Lager House will be tapping their latest Hop Shop Cask on Friday at 5:00 pm. This time, it’s a double dry hopped amber ale: first round – 100% Cascade, second round – 100% Citra.

● Friday Night Flights at Party Town in Florence features all draft barley wines each week including Three Floyds Behemoth, B.B.C. Wooden Pat’s (bourbon barrel aged) and Founders Bolt Cutter. The cost for the regular tasting is $2 for a full flight of beers and it goes from 6:00 – 7:00 pm.

GROWLERS AT BREWERIES, BREW PUBS AND RESTAURANTS

● Buckhead Mountain Grill now does growler fills. The cost is $16 for a “fill of any craft or import beer offered in a 16oz serving size” (add $5 for a new Buckhead growler). On draft as of Nov. 16th: Great Lakes Eliot Ness, Great Lakes Christmas, Founders Harvest, Bell’s Winter White, Southern Tier 2x IPA, Oskar Blues Old Chub, Mt. Carmel Amber, Rivertown Helles, BBC Nut Brown Ale, KY Bourbon Barrel Ale, PALM, Stella Artois, Blue Moon, Upland Wheat, Franziskaner Hefeweizen, Guinness, Leinenkugel’s Big Eddy, Sam Adams Winter Lager, Thirsty Dog Irish Setter Red and Leinenkugel Snow Drift Vanilla Porter. We hear that Sierra Nevada Celebration will return when the Eliot Ness blows.

● As of December 28th, Fifty West Brewing had Coffee Please Stout, Christmas Cookie, Coast to Coast IPA, Alternate Route Brown Ale, Harley Dunkelweizen, Robinsons Circus Hefeweizen, Amber Ale, Speed Bump Kolsch and recently added – Horse and Buggy Scotch Ale, Thirty-37 Pale Ale and Forgot Stevie? Double IPA. Two different beer flights available. Flights are half off before 6:00 pm and all day on Sundays.

● The growler station at Listermann Brewing Company and Triple Digit Brewing had Nutcase, Leopold Belgian Blonde, Aftermath Scottish Wee Heavy, Cincinnatus, Gravitator, Friar Bacon Smoked Bock, Embree’s Baltic Porter, Enter the Beagle IPA, Jungle Honey and Chichow!. New growlers are $3.

● The following beers are currently available for growler fills at the Moerlein Lager House: Northern Liberties IPA, OTR Ale, 7 Weiss, Lager House Golden Helles, Exposition Vienna Lager, Barbarossa Double Dark Lager and POE Wee Heavy Scotch Ale. Growlers are $12.00 to refill or $16.00 if you need a growler. Growler refills are $7 on Tuesdays and Fridays. The specialty seasonals are $20.00 if you need a growler. Like all brew pubs in Ohio, they can only fill their own growlers.

● As of December 28th, the growler station at Mt. Carmel’s tap room has Dewey’s Porter, Winter, Blonde, Amber, IPA, Nut Brown, Stout and 3rd Shift Imperial Coffee Stout on their new eight tap system. The cost is $8.00 for year rounds & seasonals and $18.00 for Third Shift. It’s $4 for the purchase of a growler (new design).

● The growler station at Rivertown Brewing’s tasting room has Infinite Schilling Scottish Ale, Roebling Porter, Hop Baron, Blue Berry Lager, Hop Bomber, Dunkel, Bock, Unit 6 and Helles. Growler fills are $7.99. If you need a growler, it’s $4 extra.

● At Rock Bottom Cincinnati, you can take home growlers of all their regular beers. Most growler fills are $13.50. Like all brew pubs in Ohio, they can only fill their own growlers.

GROWLERS AT BETTER BEER STORES

● As of February 1st, the Cork ‘N Bottle growler stations’ offerings are: Buttermilk Pike location – Three Floyds Pride & Joy ($8.25), Bad Attitude Hobo IPA (swiss) ($19.99), Oskar Blues Old Chub ($10.99), Stone IPA ($12.99), North Coast Red Seal ($10.99), Dogfish Head Chicory Stout ($12.50), Brooklyn Pilsner ($8.99) and Flying Dog Wildman Belgian Ale ($11.49); Covington location – Six Point Spice of Life Columbus Hop ($9.99), Blank Slate India Amber ($10.99), Brooklyn Maple Porter ($6.99), North Coast Scrimshaw ($8.99), Left Hand Chainsaw Ale ($17.50), Lore Brewing Galactic Imperial IPA ($9.99), Anchor porter $10.99 and Great Lakes Blackout Stout ($12.99).

● As of March 6th, Country Fresh Farm Market and Wine Depot (8315 Beechmont Ave., Anderson, OH) has Blue Moon Pine In the Neck, Green Flash Palate Wrecker, Mojo Risin’ Double IPA, Great Divide Espresso Oak Aged Yeti, Rivertown Infinite Shilling Wee Heavy Ale, Uinta Detour Double IPA, Goose Island Casimir and Thirsty Dog Citra Dog.

● As of January 25th, the growler station at DEP’s in Covington has Blue Moon Pine In The Neck ($11.99), Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye ($6.99), Dogfish Head Indian Brown ($7.99), Great Lakes Conway’s Irish Ale ($7.99), Southern Tier Chokolat Stout ($12.99), Blank Slate Movin’ On ($8.99), Blank Slate Fume Cherrywood Smoked Porter ($8.99), Schlafly Tasmanian IPA ($10.99), Avery IPA ($8.99), Founders Old Curmudgeon ($13.99), Fox Barrel Pear Cider ($7.99), Sierra Nevada Estate Organic ($12.99), Heavy Seas Bourbon Barrel Aged Barleywine ($18.99), Anderson Valley Heelch O’ Hops Double IPA ($9.99), Schlafly Bourbon ($10.99), Widmer Brothers BRRRRRR ($16.99), Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale ($5.99), New Holland Black Hatter ($11.99), DogFish Head Burton Baton ($19.99), Sixpoint Diesel ($11.99), North Coast Pranqster ($11.99), Anubis Coffee Porter ($16.99), Southern Tier 2XStout ($12.99) and Green Flash Grand Cru ($15.99). Their growler price is $4 “with a credit of $2 if you return an old growler.”

● As of February 21st, the growler station offerings at Jungle Jim’s Eastgate included Bell’s Smitten, Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale, Uinta Hop Notch IPA, Yuengling Bock, Kona Koko Brown, Kona Longboard Island Lager, Goose Island 312, Stone Arrogant Bastard, Sierra Nevada Ovila Quad w/ Sugar Plums, Rivertown Bock, 21st Amendment Sneak Attack and Mt. Carmel Springtime Ale. Add $4 if you need to purchase a growler and they are now filling non-Jungle Jim’s growlers. As always, samples are 25 cents each.

● The growler station at the Liquor Cabinet (1990 N Bend Rd # A Hebron, KY) has Anderson Valley Bourbon Barrel Stout, Schlafly Tasmanian IPA, Arcadia Smoked Wheat, Green Flash West Coast IPA.

● As of March 1st, the growler station at Market Wines in Findlay Market has 21st Amendment “Lower de Boom” Barley-Wine Style Ale ($6.00/glass $20/growler), Tröegs Nugget Nectar Imperial Amber Ale ($5.00/glass $14.00/growler), Ayinger Celebrator Double Bock ($5.00/glass $16.00/growler) and Triple Digit Aftermath Scottish-style Ale ($6.00/glass $18.00/ growler). Add $3 if you need to purchase a growler.

● On the growler station at One Stop Liquors (10 Donnermeyer Dr., Bellevue, KY), they currently have Leinenkugel’s Snowdrift Vanilla Porter ($9.99), Rivertown Winter Ale ($9.99) and Lexington Brewing Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale ($10.99). All prices are for a refill. For a new growler, add $2.99. Also, receive $5 off your 6th refill.

● On the growler station at Party Source in Bellevue: Nogne O Kollaborator ($21.99 64oz $10.99 32oz), Against the Grain Two Tettnangers and a Microbrew ($9.99 64oz $5.00 32oz), Blank Slate Fume ($9.99 64oz $5.00 32oz), Founders All Day IPA ($10.99 64oz $5.50 32oz), Embree’s Baltic Porter ($14.99 64oz $7.50 32oz), Mikkeller Stout ($18.99 64oz $9.50 32oz), Quaff Bros. Blind Harry ($17.99 64oz $9.00 32oz) and Smuttynose Old Brown Dog ($9.99 64oz $5.00 32oz). All prices are for a refill. For a new growler, add $2.00.

● On the growler station at Party Town in Florence: Bluegrass Brewing Coffee and Cream Porter ($6.99), Bell’s Smitten ($6.99), Dogfish Head Noble Rot ($24.99), Finch’s Cut Throat Pale Ale ($8.99), Green Flash Palette Wrecker ($16.99), Moerlein Over The Rhine ($7.99), New Holland Farm House Hatter ($9.99), New Holland Dragon’s Milk ($12.99), O’Fallon Hemp Hop Rye ($8.99), Oskar Blues Ten Fidy ($17.99), Rivertown Bock ($10.99), Schlafly American IPA ($9.99), Sixpoint Diesel ($9.99), Sixpoint Righteous Ale ($9.99), Sixpoint Three Beans ($12.99), Stone Oaked Arrogant Ba$t@rd, Stone 16th Anniversary ($12.99) and Woodchuck Amber ($6.99). All prices are for a refill. For a new half gallon (64 oz) growler, add $2.00. Pint (16 oz), quart (32 oz) and gallon size (128 oz) growlers are also available. $3 for a new gallon growler.

● Two Remke locations now have growler stations in their stores. As of Feb. 20th, the Hyde Park Remke has Redd’s Apple Ale, Blank Slate Ryesing Up, one from Triple Digit, Rivertown Roebling and Leinenkugel Canoe Paddler. As of January 25th, the Skytop Remke has Blue Moon Valencia Grove Amber, Blue Moon Pine In The Neck, Leinenkugel Big Eddy Russian Imperial stout, Leinenkugel Canoe Paddler and Redd’s Apple Ale.

● As of Feb. 20th, United Liquor in Florence has KY Bourbon Ale, Blue Moon Pine in the Neck, Big Eddy Russian Imperial Stout, Dogfish Head 60 Min. IPA, Bell’s Two Hearted Ale, Leinenkugel’s Vanilla Porter.

● As of Feb. 7th, Valley Wine & Spirits had Founders Centennial IPA, Blank Slate Determination, Green Flash Hophead Red, Blank Slate Fork in the Road, Blue Moon Pine in the Neck, Blank Slate Ryesing up, Henry Weinhard’s Woodland Pass IPA, Big Eddy Russian Imperial Stout and Goose Island Pere Jacques.

● As of Feb. 26th, Whole Foods Market Cincinnati growler station offerings are Bison Organic Gingerbread Ale, Avery Hog Heaven Barley Wine, Two Brothers Cane & Ebel, Blue Moon Pine In The Neck, Left Hand Milk Stout and one tap to be filled. Regular fill prices are $7.49 for the 32 oz growler and $14.99 for the 64 oz growler. They also have Happy Hour pricing on Monday through Thursday from 3:00 to 6:00 pm with $4.99 for the 32 oz growler and $9.99 for the 64 oz growler. For a new growler, add $3.99. [Thanks once again to Ed Paff for the update.]

● As of Feb. 6th, Whole Foods Market Mason growler station offerings are Goose Island Matilda Belgian-style Pale Ale, Anderson Valley Brewing Co. Gatlin Damnosis Barrel-aged Barleywine, Heavy Seas Loose Cannon IPA, Boulder Beer Company Mojo Risin’ Imperial IPA, 21st Amendment Brewery Marooned On Hog Island Oyster Stout and Dark Horse Brewing Co. Tres Blueberry Stout. For a new growler, add $3.99. [Thanks once again to Ed Paff for this update too.]