This Week in Beer: January 13 – 19, 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, Jan. 13th – Mug Night Monday at Flipdaddy’s Union

Monday, Jan. 13th – 1/3 off Craft beer bottles at Moerlein Lager House

Monday, Jan. 13th – Beer of the Day Special at Rock Bottom Brewery
Each Monday, the beer of the day is $3.25 all day.

Monday, Jan. 13th from 4:00-7:30 pm – Craft Beer Night at Market Wines

Monday, Jan. 13th at 5:00 pm – Rare Keg Monday at Ei8ht Ball Brewing
This week’s keg is Three Floyds Permanent Funeral.

Monday, Jan. 13th from 8:00 pm to close – Pint Night at Incline Public House

Tuesday, Jan. 14th – Tappa Keg Tuesday at Dingle House

Tuesday, Jan. 14th – $7 Growler Fills at Moerlein Lager House

Tuesday, Jan. 14th from 6:00 – 11:00 pm – Moonlight Porter Tapping Party at Rock Bottom Brewery

UPDATE Tuesday, Jan. 14th at 6:00 pm – Tuesdays on Tap at Whole Foods Mason
Six drafts, six bites, $6. In order of the 1st Anniversary of Tuesdays on Tap, all of this week’s beers are from Rhinegeist: Cougar, Uncle, Pure Fury, Panther, Truth, Ink and (when one of those blows) Gramps.

Wednesday, Jan. 15th – Select Craft Beers for $2 at Molly Malone’s Covington

Wednesday, Jan. 15th – Bell’s Pint Night at Rail House
First pint is $5 – Keep the glass and get refills for only $3.

Wednesday, Jan. 15th – Pint Night at UC’s Catskeller

Wednesday, Jan. 15th from 5:00 to 8:00 pm – Take Home the Glass Night at Taste of Belgium

Wednesday, Jan. 15th from 5:30 to 8:00 pm – $3 Drafts at Marty’s Hops and Vines

Wednesday, Jan. 15th at 6:00 pm – Triple Digit Beer Dinner at Moerlein Lager House
Go to their Facebook event page for more information.

UPDATE Thursday, Jan. 16th from 4:00 pm to close – Take Home the Glass Night at Taste of Belgium Short Vine
This week, it’s New Belgium Brewing’s Fat Tire.

Thursday, Jan. 16th at 6:00-10:00 pm – Pint Night Thursdays at Cock & Bull (all three locations)
The beers for this week’s Pint Night Thursdays are: Main Strasse Covington – Green Flash West Coast IPA, Glendale – Stella Artois and Hyde Park – Rhinegeist.

Thursday, Jan. 16th at 6:00 pm – Firkin Tapping at Rock Bottom Brewery

Thursday, Jan. 16th at 7:00 pm – Goose Island Beer Dinner at Fort Wright Izzy’s
Rescheduled for Thursday, Jan. 23rd.

Friday, Jan. 17th – $7 Growler Fills at Moerlein Lager House

Friday, Jan. 17th 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, Jan. 17th from 6:00-7:00 pm – Friday Night Flights Beer Tasting at Party Town in Florence

Friday, Jan. 17th from 7:00-9:00 pm – Barrel Aged Beer Bash at Jungle Jim’s

Saturday, Jan. 18th from 5:00-8:00pm – Beer Tasting at Ludlow Wines
The cost to taste four beers is $6.00 per person.

UPDATE Saturday, Jan. 18th at 6:30 pm – Moerlein Cup Awards Ceremony and After Party at Christian Moerlein Tap Room
See the Facebook event page for more information.

Upcoming Better Beer Events

Friday, Jan. 17th from 7:00-9:00 pm – Barrel Aged Beer Bash at Jungle Jim’s
To be held for the first time in their Oscar Event Center, this event promises over thirty different types of barrel aged beer. The beer list is available on their web site. The $35 cost includes a commemorative snifter. A designated driver option is available for $15 (and we highly suggest getting a DD for this one). Please note the following restrictions (per the event web page): “You must be 21 or older to attend this event. All attendees must show a valid photo I.D. at the door. No children, toddlers, infants or strollers are permitted. No exceptions.” Tickets may be purchased at http://www.junglejims.com/prodinfo.asp?number=70067

Saturday, Jan. 25th and Sunday, Jan. 26th starting at 11:00 am – Cincinnati Beer Week Tap Room Trolley
Two days and two tours this year. Both start at the Moerlein Lager House. Tour A goes to Ei8ht Ball, Bad Tom (formerly Double Barrel), Fifty West, MadTree and Mt. Carmel. Tour B goes to Listermann/Triple Digit, Rivertown, Cellar Dweller, Rhinegeist and Christian Moerlein. The cost is $25 per person and includes motorcoach transportation and a limited edition hat. You will need to purchase your own beer. This is also the first official release of the 2014 Cincinnati Beer Week Collaboration beer called Hostivit, an Imperial Pilsner.

Cincinnat Beer Week 2014

Thursday, Feb. 6th – Thursday, Feb. 13th – Cincinnati Beer Week
They’re already starting to list events already on their schedule!

CIncy Beerfest

Friday, Feb. 14th – Saturday, Feb. 15th – Cincy Winter Beerfest
It’s the one we wait for all year long. We highly recommend both the Connoisseur Package and the Hotel Package. The Cincinnati Hyatt has been refurbished and it’s gorgeous. If not the Connoisseur Package, go for the VIP Package. You’ll thank us later. Get your tickets and add on the hotel at http://www.cincybeerfest.com/#!buy-tickets/c16wn.

This Week in Beer: Jan. 6 – 12, 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, Jan. 6th – Mug Night Monday at Flipdaddy’s Union

Monday, Jan. 6th – 1/3 off Craft beer bottles at Moerlein Lager House

Monday, Jan. 6th – Beer of the Day Special at Rock Bottom Brewery
Each Monday, the beer of the day is $3.25 all day.

Monday, Jan. 6th from 4:00-7:30 pm – Craft Beer Night at Market Wines

UPDATE Monday, Jan. 6th at 5:00 pm – Rare Keg Monday at Ei8ht Ball Brewing
Cancelled this week due to the cold. Next week’s keg will be Three Floyds Permanent Funeral.

Monday, Jan. 6th at 6:00 pm – Emancipator Tapping at Moerlein Lager House
Check out this GABF medal winning doppelbock!

Monday, Jan. 6th from 8:00 pm to close – Pint Night at Incline Public House

Tuesday, Jan. 7th – Tappa Keg Tuesday at Dingle House

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

Tuesday, Jan. 7th – 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, Jan. 7th – Mt. Carmel Beer Dinner at BrewRiver Gastro Pub
Cost is $35 per person. 1st Course – Mt. Carmel Amber Soaked Chicken Torchon, Pistachios, House Mustard & local Honey paired with Mt. Carmel Blonde Ale; 2nd Course – Mt. Carmel Nut Brown Ale Braised Short Rib Sliders w/ Blue Cheese Cole Slaw & Housemade Chips – paired with Mt. Carmel Winter Ale; 3rd Course – House Smoked Pork Chop w/ Beer Braised Onions, Mashed Yukons & Bitter Greens paired with Mt. Carmel Nut Brown Ale; 4th Course – Chocolate “Mt. Carmel Stout” Pudding paired with Mt. Carmel India Pale Ale. Call 513-861-2484 for reservations.

Tuesday, Jan. 7th at 6:00 pm – Tuesdays on Tap at Whole Foods Mason
Six drafts, six bites, $6.

Wednesday, Jan. 8th – Select Craft Beers for $2 at Molly Malone’s Covington

Wednesday, Jan. 8th – Bell’s Pint Night at Rail House
First pint is $5 – Keep the glass and get refills for only $3.

Wednesday, Jan. 8th – Wiede Wednesday at Pompilio’s
Every Wednesday is Wiede Wednesday at Pompilio’s in Newport with $3 Wiedemann pints all day.

Wednesday, Jan. 8th – Pint Night at UC’s Catskeller

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

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

UPDATE Wednesday, Jan. 8th at 6:00 pm – Mt. Carmel Beer Night at Dilly
Special keg tapping the new Mt. Carmel Coffee Brown Ale. Pints will be just $4, and they’ll be giving away Mt. Carmel pint glasses while supplies last.

Thursday, Jan. 9th from 4:00 pm to close – Take Home the Glass Night at Taste of Belgium Short Vine

Thursday, Jan. 9th at 6:00-10:00 pm – Pint Night Thursdays at Cock & Bull (all three locations)
The beers for this week’s Pint Night Thursdays are: Main Strasse Covington – Kentucky Black Mountain IPA, Glendale – New Belgium Ranger and Hyde Park – Breckenridge Nitro Vanilla Porter.

Thursday, Jan. 9th at 6:00 pm – Firkin Tapping at Rock Bottom Brewery

Friday, Jan. 10th – $7 Growler Fills at Moerlein Lager House

Friday, Jan. 10th 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, Jan. 10th from 6:00-7:00 pm – Friday Night Flights Beer Tasting at Party Town in Florence

Friday, Jan. 10th at 9:00 pm – Emancipator Tapping at Christian Moerlein Tap Room

Saturday, Jan. 11th from 5:00-8:00pm – Beer Tasting at Ludlow Wines
The cost to taste four beers is $6.00 per person.

Welcome to Cincinnati, New Belgium. Or, How the Beer Scene is Like the Weather

So the buzz around the beer community in Cincinnati today is the arrival of New Belgium Brewing Company’s beer in Ohio. I’d say “impending arrival” because it’s not supposed to happen until Monday, December 16, but there’s plenty of evidence that it’s starting to find itself on store shelves outside the main metro area. Let’s face it: A cat would look at a herd of beer people and say “What’s wrong with you primates? Can’t you guys coordinate anything?”
New Belgium Brewing Tin Cap photo
The folks at Stagnaro Distributing were kind enough to invite us to New Belgium’s Cincinnati launch event last night at the Hyatt.1 We got to see some folks we hadn’t seen in a while and, most importantly, same some of the beers we’ll be seeing soon. One of New Belgium’s biggest marketing challenges is that everyone thinks they’re called ‘Fat Tire.’ It’s kind of like what happens with Sierra Nevada’s Pale Ale: people mistake the flagship beer for the whole brewery. And make no mistake about it, people love them some Fat Tire. What’s funny to me is that Fat Tire is probably the least interesting New Belgium beer to my taste. Don’t misinterpret that: It’s a well-made, flavorful beer that deserves its cult status. I’d go so far as to say I intuitively understand the passion for Fat Tire far more than I do the one for Yuengling. It’s just that it’s not a style I’m that into, that’s all. But New Belgium as a whole? Well, let’s put it this way: I don’t have to drive to Indiana to get it anymore!2 W00t! Ranger and Trippel rock. If I see anything from the Lips of Faith series, I’m trying it. I had the Accumulation White IPA last night for the first time and liked it a lot.

It’s unquestioningly a good thing that New Belgium is in the market now, but I always get a little twinge in the back of my mind when I’m writing about a new beer coming to town. All of our local breweries are still here and putting out great stuff. Take, for example, Mt. Carmel. Hard as it is to believe, they’re the oldest craft brewery in Cincinnati. (It’s hard to believe because I remember when they started up. I’m not from here. That seems wrong, somehow.) Anyway, I’m sure the brewers out there will chuckle at this, but from the outside looking in they’re a well-oiled machine. The seasonals are great. The year-rounds are great. They’re expanding and doing good stuff every day. I know there’s a lot of appreciation in town for what they do, but it worries me that we (meaning bloggers and beer geeks) spend so much time talking about the new that we tend to downplay the folks who are here every day doing excellent work without the buzz. Rhinegeist is regularly releasing new stuff now that they’re getting settled in. Moerlein and Triple Digit just tapped their Saigon Sap collaboration brew last night. Mitch has started putting his beers in all manners of wooden barrels over at Ei8ht Ball, which is something to cause every beer lover to rejoice. And there’s good stuff happening at all the breweries I haven’t mentioned.

It’s nice to have so many breweries in town that it’s hard to mention them all in one post.

I guess my point — and yes, I have one — is that the New Belgiums and the Oskar Blues and the other name-the-beer-you-once-coveted-but-can-get-here-nows don’t come here unless there’s a strong demand for better beer. Yes, they have to be able to supply that demand and that’s an issue (I’m looking at you, Cigar City with your plans to increase capacity), but the demand has to be there. And the best indicator of local demand is support of quality local brewers. We have the quality local brewers. It’s up to us, the beer community, to support them.

This isn’t “Lord of the Rings,” folks. The point is never to have One Beer to Rule Them All™. We tried that once upon a time and it really didn’t work out so well. So welcome the new, embrace it. But hold onto the stuff that’s worked for you in the past as well. Don’t take any of it for granted because, in the (paraphrased) immortal words of Keith Olbermann, we’re all playing day-to-day.

So how’s the beer scene in Cincinnati like the weather? Wait five minutes. It’ll change.

Your job is to figure out how to keep up with it all.


1Strictly as an aside, go check out the renovated Hyatt if you haven’t already.  The renovations are beautiful. We heard more than one group of folks commenting on the renovations. We grabbed dinner at the Red Roost Tavern afterwards and liked it quite a bit. If you’re looking for someplace different downtown, this ought to be on your radar. It’s a small local tap list at the bar, but it’s solid with Moerlein, Mt. Carmel, Rivertown and MadTree represented last night.

2But living in Kentucky, I do have to drive to Ohio. For the moment. With any luck we’re talking a couple months and not even a year. I heard a couple of things that make me think that’s the case, but there’s nothing official.

Tastings and Growlers Report: November 22, 2013

We frequently get updates for our Tastings and Growlers Report 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 – 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. This week’s beers (11/22) are Victory Prima Pils, Highland Thunderstruck Coffee Porter, Brooklyn Brewery Black Chocolate Stout and Thirsty Dogs 12 Dog Days of Christmas Ale.

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 features six to eight beers each week. The cost for the regular tasting is $2 for a full flight of beers and it goes from 6:00 – 7:00 pm. This week’s beers (11/22) include Bell’s, Stone, Meantime, Great Lakes and more. The featured pint is Country Boy Knotty Pine Imperial IPA. The cost is $3. Limit of one pint per person.

GROWLERS AT BREWERIES

Christian Moerlein Craft Brewery (as of Nov. 13th) have Barbarossa Dark Lager, Fifth & Vine Oktoberfest Marzen, Moerlein Coffee Porter, Helltown Rye-ot, Hudepohl Oktoberfest Bier, Christkindl, Expostion Vienna Lager, Zeppelin Bavarian Pale Ale, Se7en, Northern Liberties IPA, OTR Over-the-Rhine Ale and Lager House Golden Helles. $7 for Growler refills every Friday, $10 Growler refills on Saturday & Sunday. New growlers are $5. Tap Room is located at 1621 Moore Street in Cincinnati’s Historic Over-The-Rhine Brewery District.

Ei8ht Brewing Company (inside the Party Source) has (as of Nov. 23rd) Nogne O IPA, Nogne O Kollaborator, Nogne O Imperial Rye Porter, Nogne O Saison, Rodenbach Classic Red, Upland Ard Ri, La Trappe Witte, Mikkeller Cream Ale, Mikkeller Green Easter, Mikkeller 1000 IBU, Mikkeller 1000 IBU Light, Mikkeller Milk Stout, Rivertown Pumpkin, Great Lakes Christmas, Sierra Nevada Black IPA, Founders All Day IPA, Sixpoint Resin, Bosteel Tripel Karmeliet, Bosteels Kwak, Brooklyn Black, Schlafly Pumpkin, Three Floyds Dreadnaught, Three Floyds Robert the Bruce, Sweetwater 420, West Sixth Amber, Country Boy Shotgun Wedding, Against the Grain / Mikkeller Collaboration, Prairie Standard, Tilburg Dutch Brown, Weihenstephaner Weien-heffe, Sam Adams Merry Mischief, Ei8ht Ball Prodigal Son, Dark Horse Crooked Tree, Quaff Bros. Savage Blank, KY Bourbon Barrel Ale, Bell’s Two Hearted, Local Option Blood of the Kings, Left Hand Ambidextrous, Evil Twin Plastic Man and Breckenridge Vanilla Porter.

Listermann Brewing Company and Triple Digit Brewing (as of Sept. 19th) have Triple Digit Aftermath, Triple Digit Chickow!, Honey Beagle Don’t Care, Intergalactic IPA, Jungle Honey, Leopold Belgian Blonde, Serpentine Wheat, Pre-Prohition Lager and Big Kahuna (Bourbon Barrel Coconut Porter – No growler fills). New growlers are $3.

MadTree Brewing (as of Oct. 31st) has Great PumpCan, Gnarly Brown, Gnarly Coffee, Gnarly Vanilla, PsycHOPathy, Identity Crisis, Happy Amber, Kölsch, Flölsch, Axis Mundi, Dead Flowers, Rubus Cacao, Everything Went Black, Thanksgiving Pale Ale and Thundersnow. New growlers are $5 and they will fill other growlers.

Mt. Carmel Brewing (as of Oct. 26th) has Blonde, Amber, IPA, Nut Brown, Dewey’s Pale Ale, Stout, Harvest Ale, and Winter Ale ($9.50). The cost is $8.50 for year rounds and most seasonals. Specialty beers (like Ardennes Belgian Quad in the past) are $18.00. It’s $4.50 for the purchase of a growler. [Thanks to Shayne Brammer for this update.]

Rhinegeist Brewery (as of Oct. 26th) has Cougar Gold, Truth West Coast IPA, Uncle British Mild, Zen Pale Ale and Panther Porter. New growlers are $5 for either the 32 or 64 oz. [Thanks to Shayne Brummer for the update.]

Rivertown Brewing (as of Sept. 19th) has Lawn Conqueror, Oktoberfest, Helles, Dunkel, Roebling, Lil SIPA, Blueberry, Hop Bomber and Hop Baron. Growler fills are $8.50 for most beers and high gravity beers are $11.70 (both prices are with tax). If you need a growler, it’s $4 extra.

GROWLERS AT BREW PUBS

Fifty West Brewing (as of Oct. 18th) has Alternate Route, Bobby’s Idea, ESB – Eastern Standard Bitter, Home Sweet Home, Hoppy When Wet, Paycheck’s Porter, Raspberry Sour Wagon, Robinson’s Circus and Speedbump Kolsch. Two different beer flights available. Flights are half off before 6:00 pm and all day on Sundays.

Moerlein Lager House (as of Nov. 22nd) has Fifth & Vine, Exposition, Helles, Northern Liberties, OTR, Seven Hefeweizen, Zeppelin and La Grange Saison. 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. They only fill their own growlers.

Rock Bottom Cincinnati sells growlers of all their regular beers. Most growler fills are $13.50. They only fill their own growlers.

GROWLERS AT RESTAURANTS

● Adriatico’s, Arnold’s Bar & Grill, BrewRiver GastroPub, Buckhead Mountain Grill, Flipdaddy’s (all three locations) and Incline Public House all fill growlers of the beers they have on tap.

GROWLERS AT BETTER BEER STORES

Cork ‘N Bottle Buttermilk Pike (as of Nov. 15th) had Moerlein Elixir Extra Special Bitter ($8.99), Abita Purple Haze ($6.99), Southern Tier Pumking Pumpkin Ale ($11.99), Brooklyn Scorcher Single Hop Pale Ale ($6.99), Original Sin Cider ($7.99), Blank Slate Out & About ($11.99), Rogue Dead Guy XS ($9.99) and Cumberland Coconut Porter ($8.99).

Cork ‘N Bottle Covington (as of Nov. 15th) had Christian Moerlein Zepplin Bavarian Pale Ale ($8.49), Country Boy Angry Amos ($14.99), Breckinridge 72 Imperial Chocolate Stout ($13.99), Bad Attitude Hippie Pilsner ($18.99), New Holland Ichabod Pumpkin ($9.99), Bell’s Oarsman Berliner Weiss style ($5.99), Abita Mayhawk Belgian Golden style ($8.49) and Southern Tier Pumking ($12.99).

Country Fresh Farm Market and Wine Depot in Anderson (as of Nov. 17th) has Goose Island Casimir Smoked Wheat ($8.99), Widmer Brothers Raspberry Russian Imperial Stout ($8.99), Widmer Brothers Old Embalmer Barleywine ($8.99), Brooklyn Cuvée la Boîte Ale brewed with Honey and Spices ($9.99), Widmer Brothers Choc. Russian Imperial Stout ($8.99), Evil Twin Yang Imperial Taiji IPA ($15.99), Rhinegeist Panther Porter ($9.99) and Otter Creek Black IPA ($5.99)

DEP’s Fine Wine and Spirits in Covington (as of Nov. 7th) has Lore Amber ($7.99), Brooklyn Summer Ale ($7.99), Dale’s Pale Ale ($8.99) and Abita Purple Haze ($8.99).

DEP’s Fine Wine and Spirits in Fort Thomas (as of Nov. 7th) has Ommegang take the Black Stout (Game of Thrones Beer) ($12.99), North Coast Class of 88′ Barleywine ($16.99), Bell’s Quinannon Falls Lager ($7.99), Dogfish Head Sah’Tea ($22.99), Founders Breakfast Stout ($9.99), Oskar Blues Mama’s Little Yella Pills ($8.99), Green Flash Green Bullet IPA ($11.99), Moerlein Helltown Rye-Ot ($9.99), Moerlein Elixir ESB ($9.99), Bell’s Hopsolution ($10.99), Ovila Quad with Mandarin ($12.99), Moerlein Northern Liberties IPA ($9.99), Abita Mayhawk ($5.99), Smuttynose Pumpkin ($9.99), Founders Rubeaus ($11.99), Weihenstephaner Oktoberfest ($9.99), Shipyard Pumpkin ($8.99), Atwater Vanilla Porter ($11.99), Holy Grail Ale ($10.99), Bell’s Best Brown ($9.99), Sam Adams Oktoberfest ($10.99), Falls City Pale Ale ($9.99), Bell’s Two Hearted Ale ($9.99) and Upland Oktoberfest ($9.99). Their growler price is $4 “with a credit of $2 if you return an old growler.”

Everything’s d’ Vine – The beers on tap (as of August 30th) are Unibroue La Fin Du Monde, Stone Levitation, Anderson Valley Hop Ottin’ IPA.

NEW The Growler Stop (3804 Church St. next to WagsPark) – Beers available as of Nov. 7th are Triple Digit Aftermath, Mt. Carmel Nut Brown Ale, Fifty West 3037, Rhinegeist Truth, Blank Slate Fork In The Road, MadTree Happy Amber and Rivertown Winter Ale. Empty growlers are $5 each.

Jungle Jim’s Eastgate (as of c. August 3rd) has Great Lakes Wright Pils, Bell’s Oberon, Sam Adams Octoberfest, Lost Coast Tangerine Wheat, West Sixth IPA, Rivertown Pumpkin Ale, Blank Slate Ryesing Up, Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale, Sierra Nevada South Hemisphere Harvest, Jackie O’s Dark Apparition, Southern Tier Creme Brulee Stout and Fat Heads Headhunter IPA. Pints are $3 and growler fills vary by the beer. Add $4 if you need to purchase a growler and they will only fill their own growlers. Samples are 25 cents each. [Thanks to Ben Damon and Jessica Blank for providing this update.]

Jungle Jim’s Fairfield (as of Oct. 14th) has 21st Amendment Bitter American ($5.00), Unita Hopnotch ($8.00), Kona Longboard ($8), Sierra Nevada Torpedo ($9.00), Great Lakes Nosferatu ($9.00), Erdinger Oktoberfest ($9.00), Rivertown Pumpkin ($9.00), Sam Adams Octoberfest ($9.00), Rogue Dead Guy ($11.00), Rhinegeist Truth IPA ($11.00), Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale ($13.00), Fat Head’s Trail Head Pale Ale ($13.00), Green Flash Green Bullet Triple ($13.00), Stone Enjoy By 11/12/13 ($16.00), Founders Breakfast Stout ($16.00) and New Holland Dragons Milk ($17.00). Pints are $3 and growler fills vary by the beer. Add $4 if you need to purchase a growler and they will only fill their own growlers. Samples are 25 cents each. [Thanks to Tasting Buddies for this update.]

Liquor Cabinet in Hebron (as of Nov. 21st) has Great Lakes Christmas Ale, Anchor Porter, Bell’s Winter White Ale, Smuttynose Vunderbar, Avery Ellie’s Brown Ale, Moerlein Zeppelin, New Holland White Hatter and West Sixth Amber.

Market Wines (as of Nov. 15th) has Mad Tree PsycHOPathy ($4/pint), Samuel Adams Noble Pilsner ($4/pint), North Peak HooDoo ($6/pint), Southern Tier Pumking ($7/pint), Southern Tier Choklat ($6/pint) and 21st Amendment Fireside Chat ($5/pint). They have empty growlers (64 oz) and growelettes (32 oz) for sale for $5 each.

One Stop Liquors in Bellevue has Bell’s Oberon ($10.99), Woodchuck Cider and Lexington Brewing Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale ($11.99) according to their undated web site. All prices are for a refill. For a new growler, add $2.99. Also, receive $5 off your 6th refill.

Party Source in Bellevue will now be handled by Ei8ht Ball Brewery and Tap Room. See listing above.

Party Town in Florence (as of Nov. 15th) has Arcadia 16th Anniversary smoked wheat ($7.99), Ayinger Celebrator Dopplebock ($13.99), Bell’s Best Brown ($7.99), Bell’s Oarsman session sour ($8.99), Bell’s Oberon wheat ale ($6.99), Brooklyn Silver Anniversary Dopplebock Lager ($7.99), Country Boy Stampin’ Ground raspberry stout ($9.99), Dogfish Head Punkin’ pumpkin ale ($9.99), Founders Breakfast Stout coffee oatmeal stout ($10.99), Founders Dirty B@$t@rd scotch ale ($10.99), Goose Island Lolita raspberry wild ale ($34.99), Left Hand 400 Pound Monkey English style IPA ($10.99), North Coast Brother Thelonious Belgian Strong ale ($19.99), Sierra Nevada Narwhal imperial Stout ($13.99), Shiner Wild Hare pale ale ($6.99), Southern Tier Pumking imperial pumpkin ale ($13.99), Stone R & R Coconut IPA ($11.99) and Summit Saga india pale ale ($7.99). 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.

Remke Hyde Park (as of Nov. 13th) has Breckenridge 471 IPA ($19.99), Breckenride Vanilla Porter ($11.99), Blank Slate Ryesing Up ($14.99), Blank Slate Fork in the Road ($12.99) and Rivertown Bourbon Pumpkin ($15.99). New growlers are $5.99 each. [Thanks to Shannon S. for the update.]

Remke Skytop (as of Nov. 14th) has Leinenkugel Big Eddy Stout ($14.99), Dale’s Pale Ale ($12.99), Great Crescent IPA ($12.99), Triple Digit Chickow! ($19.99) and Rivertown Pumpkin ($12.99). [Thanks to John Graff for the much needed update.]

United Liquor in Florence (as of Nov. 6th) has Abita Mayhawk ($9.99), KY Bourbon Ale ($11.99), Southern Tier Creme Brulee ($18.99), Sierra Nev Topedo IPA ($8.99), Founders Rubaeus ($18.49) and Schlafly Pumpkin ($12.99).

Valley Wine & Spirits Edgewood (as of Oct. 24th) has Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale, Stone IPA, Great Lakes Nosferatu, Three Floyds Artic Panzer Wolf and Shock Top Pumpkin Wheat.

Valley Wine & Spirits Fort Wright (as of Oct. 24th) has Sweetwater 420 Extra Pale Ale, Founders Breakfast Stout, Green Flash Saison Diego, Southern Tier Pumking, Sierra Nevada Black IPA, Sierra Nevada Flipside, KY Bourbon Barrel Ale, Mission IPA and Abita Mayhawk.

Whole Foods Market Cincinnati growler station offerings (as of Nov. 13th) are Southern Tier Pumpking ($6 pint, $8.99 32 oz, $18.99 64 oz), Brooklyn Cuvee de Boite ($3 pint, $4.99 32 oz, $9.99 64 oz), Moerlein Helltown Rye-ot ($3 pint, $5.99 32 oz, $9.99 64 oz), MadTree Kölsch ($3 pint, $5.99 32 oz, $9.99 64 oz), Green Flash Green Bullet Triple IPA ($6 pint, $8.99 32 oz, $18.99 64 oz) and 21st “He Said” Baltic Style Porter ($5 pint, $7.99 32 oz, $13.99 64 oz). [Thanks to Ed Paff for the update.]

Whole Foods Market Mason growler station offerings (as of Oct. 25th) are Christian Moerlein Helltown Rye-ot Brown Ale, Rivertown Pumpkin Ale, Great Lakes Engine 20 Smoked Pale Ale, MadTree Kolsch Experimental #1, Jackie O’s Barking Pumpkin and Anderson Valley Wild Turkey Bourbon Barrel Stout. For a new growler, add $3.99.

First Look: Ei8ht Ball Brewing

We were lucky enough to get an invitation to last night’s Friends / Family and Industry Night at the soon to open Ei8ht Ball Brewing located inside the Party Source. As you can see, it was a crowded event, but we managed to get some photos. We plan to get more today at their media event.

Ei8htBall Brewing

The screens on either side and directly behind the bar lists the draft beer available. We loved that the listings looked like chalkboard. The screen opposite the bar has the ability to connect to Skype for allowing brewers and other guests at remote locations to speak at pint nights and the like.

Ei8htBall Brewing Bar

Love the light fixtures over the bar made from growlers.

Ei8htBall Brewing Bar

You can see some examples of the merchandise available in this shot. The glassware they have for serving the beers is really great.

Ei8htBall Brewing Neon

As well as their own beer, the bar at Ei8ht Ball serves many other better beers as you can see from this custom neon from Schlafly.

Ei8htBall Brewing Swing

Gotta love a bar with a bright red porch swing in it. Had to take this picture after Ei8ht Ball closed last night because…

Ei8htBall Brewing PhotoBomb

…a local brewer decided to photobomb our first shot. Thanks Scott!