This Week in Beer: Oct. 31 – Nov. 6, 2016

Check out our Better Beer Happy Hours, Etc. page for regularly scheduled specials on better beer. We are only list events here that are unique for this coming week in beer.

PLEASE NOTE – Due to travel constraints, there will not be a Tastings and Tapping Report this Friday (Nov. 4th).

Monday, Oct, 31st at 5:00 pm – Rare Keg Monday at Ei8ht Ball Brewing
This week, it’s Siren/Cigar City Collaboration Caribbean Chocolate Cake Stout.

Tuesday, Nov. 1st at 6:00 pm – Big Willy Mac at Drake’s with Rhinegeist & Maker’s Mark
Rhinegeist beer in a Maker’s Mark barrel and only available at Drake’s in Florence. Plus Drake’s own Maker’s Mark Private Select bourbon. Specialty glassware for the first 20 people.

Tuesday, Nov. 1st at 6:00 pm – Winter Ale Tappening at Rivertown Brewing

Wednesday, Nov. 2nd at 6:00 pm – Revolution Brewing Tap Takeover at Habits Cafe

Wednesday, Nov. 2nd at 6:00 pm – Braxton Beta Test at Coaches Corner
Both of Braxton’s Beta Project IPAs (Beta 1.0 and Beta 2.0) will be available along with their Crankshaft American IPA.

Thursday, Nov. 3rd starting at 11:00 am – BBA Coffee + Vanilla Axis Mundi Bottle Release and Stout Day at MadTree Brewing
Bottles of Bourbon Barrel Aged Axis Mundi with Coffee and Vanilla are limited to 3 bottles per person and are priced $12.50 per bottle (tax included). Beers on tap for Stout Day include Axis Mundi, 2015 Bourbon Barrel Aged Axis Mundi with Coffee and Vanilla, 2016 Bourbon Barrel Aged Axis Mundi with Coffee and Vanilla, Coffee + Cayenne Axis Mundi (Hoff Stevens) and Pineapple + Chocolate Axis Mundi (Hoff Stevens). No growler fills on the barrel aged and Hoff Stevens variants.

Thursday, Nov. 3rd from 5:00-10:00 pm – Toxic Brewing Pint Night at Cappy’s Wines and Spirits
Check out their Facebook event page for more information.

Thursday, Nov. 3rd at 6:00-9:00 pm – Cellar Dweller Brewing Pint Night at BC’s Bottle Lodge

Thursday, Nov. 3rd at 7:00 pm – Four String Big Hair Band Pint Night at Hebron Brew Haus

Thursday, Nov. 3rd at 7:00 pm – Yelp’s Baked & Brewed: Closing Party At Urban Artifact
Check out the Facebook event page for more information.

Friday, Nov. 4th at 5:30 pm – Free Bacon Friday at Ei8ht Ball
They will be tapping Three Floyds Broo Doo.

Friday, Nov. 4th at 6:00 pm – Fall Pig Roast & Keg Tapping at Mecklenburg Gardens
See their Facebook event page for more information.

November 5th and 6th – Holiday Beer Extravaganza at Moerlein Lager House

Saturday, Nov. 5th at 4:00 pm – The Great Ohio Brew N’ Que at Fifty West Brewpub
This annual event is a collaboration between Fifty West and Great Lakes. Tickets are $40 each and include all you can eat BBQ with suggested beer pairings, 8 beer tickets redeemable towards any of the beers on tap including the collaboration beer, and a Q&A with the Brewmasters.

Saturday, Nov. 5th at 5:00 pm – Big Cis Pilsner & Party at Braxton Brewing
From Facebook: “In loving memory of Mike ‘Big Cis’ Cisneros, the Cincinnati Craft Beer community came together to brew in his honor. Braxton Brewing Company, Rivertown Brewery and Barrel House, Fibonacci Brewing Company, MadTree Brewing, Bad Tom Smith Brewing, and Alexandria Brewing Company all came together to collaborate on one of Mike’s favorite styles…introducing the Big Cis Pilsner. The beer will go on tap at 5pm and in collaboration with People. Pints. Purpose. we’re inviting the entire community. We’ll have a raffle with prizes raising money for Boy Scouts of America and the Reds Community Fund! And fittingly, Cincy Brewcast will be live from the taproom!”

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This Week in Beer: May 23 – 29, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thursday, May 26th at 6:00-10:00 pm – Pint Night Thursdays at Cock & Bull (all three locations)
The beers for this week’s Pint Night Thursdays are: Main Strasse Covington – Country Boy Cougar Bait, Glendale – Weihenstephaner Hefeweizen & Moerlein Purity Pils and Hyde Park – Weihenstephaner Hefeweizen Boot Night.

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

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Cincinnati Beer Week events for Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014

See last Thursday’s Cincinnati Beer Week events post for the all week events listing.

Cincinnati Beer Week Events for Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014

11:00am-2:30am — Christian Moerlein Tapping at Dingle House
Tapping two Moerlein beers

11:00am — Try Something New Day at Longnecks

11:00 am-10:00 pm — Pints For Parkinson’s at Flipdaddy’s Union
$1.00 of every sale of Brew Kettle beers goes to Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s research. Pint glass giveaway too. Come welcome Brew Kettle to Kentucky!

11:00am — Quesadilla Tuesday with Bell’s Hopslam at Keystone USquare and Hyde Park

4:00-7:00pm — Moerlein Keg Tapping/Meet & Greet at Cork ‘N Bottle
Tapping Emancipator, Hostivit and Ten / 161. Meet the folks from Christian Moerlein, trivia and enter to win a Cincy BeerFest tickets. Drawing that night.

5:00-11:00pm — Rhinegeist Randall at Wild Mike’s Shady Lane
Ink Imperial Stout with coffee beans and cocoa nibs. Zen on other tap.

5:00-10:00pm — New Belgium @ Flipdaddy’s Wooster Pike
One of the Lips of Faith series beers along with Ranger, Accumulation and Fat Tire.

5:00pm — Rivertown Pint Night at Cock & Bull Mainstrasse
Buy the pint, keep the glass. Featuring Lil’ SIPA & Rivertown Bock

5:00-11:30pm — Lagunitas Pub Crawl at The Lackman
Beers will include IPA, Sucks, Hairy Eyeball.

5:00-10:00pm — MadTree 6 Tap Takeover at BrewRiver GastroPub
Beers include Rubus Cacao, Galaxy High, Psychopathy, Lift, and Sprye.

6:00-8:00pm — Cincinnati Craft Brewer’s Festival Mug Club Night at Listermann Brewing Company
Bring in any mug from Starkbierfest, Volksfest or the Cincinnati Craft Brewer’s Oktoberfest and get it filled for $5. Old mugs are available for purchase for $7 (plus cost of beer).

6:00-9:00pm — How To Brewing Class: Quality Control for your Home Brewery at Moerlein Lager House
Cost is $30 (plus tax). Covers one Moerlein beer and light appetizers. RSVP by e-mailing

6:00pm — Special Bottle Release Tuesday at Fifty West Brewing
Release of two to three beers from their cellar.

6:00-8:00pm — Meet the MadTree Brewers at Tap House Grill
PsyHOPathy, Brown, and Lift on tap too.

6:00-10:00pm — Rhinegeist Night at Cock & Bull Glendale
Featuring Truth. Buy a pint, keep the glass.

7:00-9:00pm — New Brewery 101 and Sensory Analysis with Rivertown and Blank Slate at Arnold’s
“Learn the ins and outs of starting your own brewery from Rivertown’s Jason Roeper and Blank Slate’s Scott LaFollette, all while be walked through a sensory analysis of all their brews.”

7:00 pm — Rivertown Tasting at Coaches Corner

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 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

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

Cincinnati Beer Week: Remaining Events by Venue

As requested, here are all of the remaining Cincinnati Beer Week events that we have not previously listed. Please note that there are some new events for venues that we already posted. For more information on these events, check out the Cincinnati Beer Week web site or the venue’s website and/or Facebook page.

Thursday, February 14th at 7:30 pm – Upland Beer Dinner

Arthur’s Café
Tuesday, February 12th from 6:00-9:00 pm – Meet the Brewer: Widmer Brothers

Coaches Corner
Thursday, February 7th at 12:00 pm – Official tapping of CBW Collaboration Beer plus Coaches Choice Burger Paired with Beerfest Ale for lunch

Friday, February 8th from 11:00 am-9:00 pm – CBW Collaborative Pairing with Reuben Burger

Saturday, February 9th at 7:00 pm – Wiedemann’s Meet The Owners and beer & cheese pairing

Sunday, February 10th from 7:00-9:00 pm – Beer Pairing and Pint Night

Monday, February 11th at 7:00 pm – Upland Tasting
Tuesday, February 12th from 11:00 am – 3:00 pm – Great Lakes Burger Beer Pairing
Tuesday, February 12th at 6:00 pm – Fat Taco Tuesday with Great Lakes

Thursday, February 14th from 11:00 am – 1:00 am – Half the Taps Flight

Cork ‘N Bottle
Friday, February 8th from 4:00 – 7:00 pm – Upland Tasting (Covington location)

Saturday, February 9th form 1:00 – 4:00 pm – Samuel Adams Tasting (Covington location)

The Crazy Fox
Wednesday, February 13th at 6:00 pm – Upland Tasting

The Comet
Thursday, February 7th from 6:00 – 11:00 pm – Sour Night – Jolly Pumpkin Oro De Calabaza, Ichtegems Grand Cru and Saison De Pipaix

Wednesday, February 13th from 6:00-8:00 pm – Beer Week and Beer Fest Ale Sampling

Dingle House
Saturday, February 9th at 2:00 pm – Stone Brewery Tasting

Tuesday, February 12th – Tröegs Brewing Co. Tasting

Wednesday, February 13th – Sam Smith Bottle Blow Out

Thursday, February 14th – Sam Adams Beer and Dessert pairing

Everything’s d’Vine
Friday, February 8th at 7:00 pm – Goose Island Flight of Vintage Ales

Thursday, February 7th at 4:00 pm – Great Divide Pint Night (both locations)

Sunday, February 10th – Breckenridge Brewery Feature (Mariemont location)
Tuesday, February 12th – Fat Head’s Fat Tuesday (both locations)

Friday, February 8th from 9:00-11:30 pm – Dogfish Head Night

Habits Café
Thursday, February 14th – Fat Head’s Night with Brian Kelley

Hebron Brew Haus
Tuesday, February 12th at 6:00 pm – Rivertown Tasting
Thursday, February 14th at 7:30 pm – Oskar Blues Tasting

Holler Hops & Grill
Tuesday, February 12th at 7:00 pm – Harpoon Tasting and Tap Takeover

Tuesday, February 12th from 5:00-7:00 pm – Beerfest Ale Sampling

Mainstrasse Village Pub
Local Beers $3.50 during Beer Week

Marty’s Hops & Vines
Wednesday, February 13th from 6:30-8:30 pm – Fat Head’s Night

Mellow Mushroom Wilder
Monday, February 11th at 7:00 pm – Bell’s Brewery Tasting

Tuesday, February 12th at 7:00 pm – Oskar Blues Beer Tasting

Molly Malone’s Covington
Thursday, February 7th at 7:00 pm – Upland Tap Takeover

Moerlein Lager House
Saturday, February 9th from 5:00 pm-close – Belgian & Sour Ales
Thursday, February 14th – Ballast Point – A night of fermented Love

The Famous Neons Unplugged
Friday, February 8th – Best of the Midwest

Thursday, February 14th at 6:00 pm – Blank Slate and Triple Digit Tap Takeover 6pm

Pike Street Lounge
Tuesday, February 12th at 8:00 pm – Upland Tap Takeover

Rivertown Brewery Tap Room
Wednesday, February 13th at 5:00 pm – Rivertown Brewer home brew tap takeover

Tuesday, February 12th from 7:30-9:30 pm – Beerfest Ale Sampling

Thursday, February 7th at 5:00 pm – Leinenkugel Big Eddy Tap Takeover
Wednesday, February 13th at 5:00 pm – Leinenkugel Big Eddy Tap Takeover

Valley Wine & Spirits

Friday, February 8th from 4:30-7:30 pm – Blank Slate Growler Tasting

Zip’s Cafe
Wednesday, February 13th at 5:00 pm – Upland and Great Lakes Tap Takeover