This Week in Beer: Feb. 29 – Mar. 6, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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This Week in Beer: Jan. 4 – 10, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thursday, Jan. 7th at 6:00-10:00 pm – Pint Night Thursdays at Cock & Bull (all three locations)
The beers for this week’s Pint Night Thursdays are: Main Strasse Covington – TBA, Glendale – TBA and Hyde Park – TBA.

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

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

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

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This Week in Beer: Nov. 23 – 29, 2015

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.
NOTE: With Thanksgiving Eve being the busiest night of the year from most better beer locations, this is especially true this week.

Monday, Nov. 23rd at 5:00 pm – Rare Keg Monday at Ei8ht Ball Brewing
This week, it’s Dogfish Head Higher Math. The cost is $10 for a ten ounce snifter.

Monday, Nov. 23rd from 6:00-7:00 pm – Crazy Craisin Hour at Rock Bottom Cincinnati
Try their Cranberry Pumpkin Ale for $3 a pint.

UPDATE Tuesday, Nov. 24th at 6:00 pm – Celebratory Beer Tapping for the Cincinnati Street Car at Moerlein Lager House
“To celebrate the arrival of Cincinnati’s second streetcar, the Moerlein Lager House will be releasing its newest beer—a hoppy red ale named ‘Desire’. Streetcar supporters are invited to celebrate the tapping of Desire at 6pm at the Moerlein Lager House. Moerlein’s Desire is the second of five beers in the streetcar series.”

Wednesday, Nov. 5th from 4:00-8:00 pm – MadTree Pint Night at Jungle Jim’s Fairfield

Wednesday, Nov. 25th from 5:00-10:00 pm – First Ever TAPSgiving at the Growler House
From their Facebook page: “Join us for a festive sampling of all 30 taps! Buy a collectible “Tapsgiving” bencher glass and recieve $1.50 bencher pours and $7.50 flights of anything on tap all night long! We’ll also have a 2 for $20 growler fill special going for all of your Thanksgiving needs!”

Wednesday, Nov. 25th at 6:00 pm – Belukus Import Beer Tasting at Marty’s Hops & Vines
Five imported beers from the Belukus portfolio: C Wells Banana Bread Beer, C Wells Sticky Toffee Pudding Ale, Youngs Double Chocolate Stout, Blanche de Bruxelles and McEwan’s Scotch Ale. They will also be pouring blends of these beers.

Wednesday, Nov. 25th at 6:00 pm – Barrel Aged Code 3 Tapping at Old Firehouse Brewery
Plus they will be auctioning off four of their tankard hooks. One per hour starting at 7:00 pm.

Wednesday, Nov. 25th from 6:00-10:00 pm – Mecklenburg’s Multi Brew Event at Mecklenburg’s Garden
From Facebook: “Mecklenburg’s is celebrating their 150th Anniversary – 5 Local Breweries, 5 Keg Tappings, 5 Food Tastings. Featured Breweries: Wiedemann’s, Bell’s, Listermann, MadTree and Rhinegeist. Entertainment by the Alpen Echos”

Wednesday, Nov. 25th from 9:00 pm – Hudepohl Downtown Hoedown at Arnold’s Bar & Grill
In addition to live old-time music and professional square dancers, Arnold’s will have “$2 Drafts of Hudepohl Pure Lager all night. Hudy reps will also be in the building handing out tons of free swag including Pint Glasses and T-shirts. Also at 9pm they will be tapping two extremely hard to get a hold of Kegs from Christian Moerlein. The first is their famed 11/162 Bourbon Barrel Ale. Possibly the last of it available anywhere in the city. The second is a Keg of their Shiver Chai Porter, to which only an extremely limited number of barrels were made.”

Wednesday, Nov. 25th from 9:00 pm-1:00 am – Alumni Club at Moerlein Lager House
$3 Hudepohl Pure Lager, $10 five-bottle buckets of Little Kings

Thursday, Nov. 26th – HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

CHECK TOMORROW FOR OUR BLACK FRIDAY AND BEYOND BETTER BEER CALENDAR!

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Beer Trivia and More Saturday Afternoon at Bockfest

Good news! If you missed our beer trivia during Cincinnati Beer Week, you have another chance AND it’s part of a great new event at Bockfest this year. Join brewers and representatives from Bad Tom Smith, Blank Slate, Christian Moerlein, Ei8ht Ball, Fifty West, Hudepohl, Listermann, MadTree, Rhinegeist, Rivertown, Schoenling, Triple Digit and Wiedemann plus beer bloggers like Jesse Folk from WCPO and us for the first ever Bockfest Bock Beer Experience / Bock Beer Tasting on Saturday, March 7th from 1:00-6:00 pm.

Saturday, March 7th

1 – 2:00pm
Opening of event – casual socializing

2:00 – 2:45pm – Panel 1
(Blank Slate, Cellar Dweller, Ei8ht Ball, MadTree, Listermann/Triple Digit, Fifty West)
• Introduction of guests
• General discussion amongst panel participants
o Questions/debate items/beer stories • Audience Q/A

2:45 – 3:00pm
BEER BREAK

3:00 – 3:45pm – Panel 2
(Bad Tom Smith, Christian Moerlein/Hudepohl, Rhinegeist, Rivertown, Wiedemann)
• Introduction of guests
• General discussion amongst panel participants
o Questions/debate items/beer stories • Audience Q/A

3:45 – 4:00pm
BEER BREAK

4:00 – 4:45pm
Beer Trivia with audience – Hosted by Carla and Tom from Hoperatives

4:45 – 5:00pm
BEER BREAK

5:00 – 5:30pm
Bockfest 2015 Homebrew winner announcement — Bloatarian Brewing League

The event is free to attend, individual 3oz drink tickets are $2 and it’s $25 for 15 3oz tickets and that includes a Bockfest pint glass. Tickets are now available at: http://www.bockfest.com/bock-beer-tasting/

Hope to see many of you there!

Bockfest 2015

Bockfest Bash and Arnold’s Bockfest Lineup

So now that Cincinnati Beer Week and Cincy Winter Beerfest are done for 2014, we look ahead to the next big beer event in Cincinnati – Bockfest! While Bockfest itself isn’t until March 7-9, the Sausage Queen preliminaries have been going for a while now and more events are starting to take place.

This Friday (Feb. 21st), Queen City Glass Arts and Brazee Street Studios in collaboration with Arnold’s Bar and Grill will present the annual Bockfest Bash. Each year, the Bockfest trophy is created out of molten glass and is presented to the winning float in the Bockfest parade. Food and drink will be provided by Arnold’s. The event is held 6-9 pm in the Hot Shop at the Brazee Box building, located at 3235 Enyart Ave.

Bockfest 2014

If you are starting to make your Bockfest plans, here is some information from Arnold’s to help you start planning your weekend.

Everything you need to know about Bockfest 2014 at Arnold’s

Friday
1pm – 15 Bock Beers Tapped
6pm – Parade kicks off
4-7pm – Todd Hepburn playing live saloon piano music in the bar
6-8pm – Live Blues from 46 Long in The Courtyard
9-12:30 Live music from The Cincy Brass in the courtyard

Saturday
11-4 The Craft Menagerie indie craft market in the courtyard – 20+ amazing local artisans showing off their wares. Metal, paper, fabric, jewelry, vintage, prints, pottery, candles and more.
12 noon – Exclusive Tapping – Triple Digit Bourbon Barrel Gravitator Dopplebock – Only one 1/6 barrel of it in existence
1pm – Exclusive Tapping – Cask Conditioned Chardonnay Barrel Oaked Rivertown Bock – Only one 1/6 barrel of it in existence
2pm – Exclusive Tapping – 50 West’s Bocklava – Bock Beer infused with honey and nuts – Only one 1/6 barrel of it in existence
3pm – Exclusive Tapping – Moerlein Emmancipator Doppelbock Specialty Keg – Only one 1/6 barrel of it in existence
9pm – Live music from Lagniappe

Sunday
11-6 The Bockfest Tent Revival to benefit the Cincinnati USA Music Heritage Fund – Lunch with old time Gospel music from some of Cincinnati’s best Old-time, Bluegrass, Country and Folk bands – The Hayseed Tabernacle Choir, Mark Utley and Renee Frye of Magnolia Mountain, Rattlesnakin Daddies, Mudpies, Buffalo Wabs and the Price Hill Hustle, The Part time Gentlemen, My Brother The Bear, Patrick Ewing, The Dishes, Jim Casto and Allen Talbott and more

Bock Beer Tap List
Christian Moerlein – Emancipator Doppelbock
Schoenling – Bock
Hudepohl – Bock
Wiedemann’s – Bohemian Bock
Triple Digit – Gravitator Dopplebock
Rivertown – Bock
Fifty West – Bock
Mt Carmel – Maplebock
Victory – Moonglow Weizenbock
Dark Horse – Perkulator Coffee Dopplebock
Bell’s – Consecrator Dopplebock
Tröegs – Cultivator Helles Bock
Horny Goat Brewing Company – Baby Got Bock
Southern Tier – Goat Boy Imperial Weizenbock
Triple Digit Bourbon Barrel Gravitator Dopplebock – Only one 1/6 barrel of it in existence
Rivertown Cask Conditioned Chardonnay Barrel Oaked Bock – Only one 1/6 barrel of it in existence
Fifty West Bocklava – Bock Beer infused with honey and nuts – Only one 1/6 barrel of it in existence
Moerlein Emmancipator Doppelbock Specialty Keg – Only one 1/6 barrel of it in existence

Tastings and Growlers Report: August 23, 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

UPDATEEverything’s d’ Vine – This week’s tasting is canceled due to a personal emergency.

Liquor Cabinet – Beer and wine tastings on Friday (8/23) from 4:00 to 8:00 pm and Saturday (8/24) from 2:00 to 6:00 pm. Beers include Crabbie’s Ginger Beer, Smuttynose Pumpkin Ale, Great Lakes Oktoberfest and Great Lakes Commodore Perry IPA.

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

UPDATEMio’s Blue Ash Pizzeria & Cafe is hosting a MadTree beer tasting today (8/23) from 5:00 – 7:00 pm.

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 (8/23) are from Anchorage Brewing Co., Smuttynose, Sierra Nevada, Evil Twin among others. The featured pint of the week is Local Option “Morning Wood” for $5.00 per pint starting at 5:30 pm.

UPDATEValley Wine & Spirits is having a beer tasting today from 4:30 – 7:30 pm. Beers include Green Flash Rayon Vert, Green Flash Imperial IPA, Green Flash Hop Head Red and Green Flash San Diego Saison.

GROWLERS AT BREWERIES

UPDATEChristian Moerlein Craft Brewery (as of August 23rd) have Philipus Kolsch, Coffee Porter, Se7en, OTR, Lager House, Northern Liberties, Barbarossa, Exposition, Hudy Classic Porter and 5th & Vine Märzen. $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.

Listermann Brewing Company and Triple Digit Brewing (as of April 4th) have Lateral Oatmeal Sweet Stout, Triple Digit Aftermath, Triple Digit Gravitator, Friar Bacon Smoked Bock, Jungle Honey, Leopold Belgian Blonde, Triple Digit Chickow!, Nutcase Peanut Butter Porter, Pre-Prohibition Lager and a brand new beer: Serpentine Wheat. New growlers are $3.

MadTree Brewing (as of June 27th) has PsycHOPathy ($10), Happy Amber ($10), Gnarly Brown ($10), Pleasant Wheat ($10), Wheat Eater ($10), Axis Mundi ($15), Flight of Simcoe ($10) and Identity Crisis ($12.50 – currently out, but back soon). New growlers are $5 and they will fill other growlers.

Mt. Carmel Brewing (as of August 2nd) has Nut Brown, Amber, Stout, Blonde, IPA, Summer Wheat, Dew Wheat, and Harvest Ale. The cost is $8.00 for year rounds and seasonals. Specialty beers (like Ardennes Belgian Quad in the past) are $18.00. It’s $4 for the purchase of a growler. [Thanks to Shayne Brammer for this update.]

Rhinegeist Brewery (as of June 28th) has Cougar Gold ($6 for 32 oz, $10 for 64 oz), Truth West Coast IPA ($8 for 32 oz, $12 for 64 oz), Uncle British Mild ($6 for 32 oz, $10 for 64 oz) & Spikelet Hoppy Wheat ($6 for 32 oz, $10 for 64 oz). Saber Tooth Tiger Imperial IPA to be tapped Saturday, August 3rd. Pricing is for refills. New growlers are $5 for either the 32 or 64 oz.

Rivertown Brewing (as of August 17th) has Helles Lager, Blueberry Lager, Dunkel Lager, Jenneke Belgian Golden Ale, Unit 6 American Hefeweizen, Hop Bomber Pale Ale, Lil’ SIPA, Hop Baron DIPA, Pumpkin Ale and Roebling Vanilla Espresso Porter. 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. Sour Cherry Porter Bottles are $13.99 plus tax (limited two).

GROWLERS AT BREW PUBS

Fifty West Brewing (as of April 4th) has Alternate Route, Armadillo Crossing, Coast to Coast, Coffee Please, Gaddy’s Irish Red, Interstate Ryeway, Main Street Amber, Robinson’s Circus, Shifting Gears, Speedbump Kolsch and Thirty-37. Two different beer flights available. Flights are half off before 6:00 pm and all day on Sundays.

Moerlein Lager House (as of August 14th) has Barbarossa, Helles Golden Lager, Northern Liberties IPA, OTR Ale and Seven Hefeweizen 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 now does growler fills. An empty growler is $5 and it sounds like they only fill their own. Pricing varies by beer. As of August 20th, the beers include Breckenridge Avalanche, Hudepohl Amber, Mt. Carmel Amber, Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale, Yuengling Black and Tan, Angry Orchard, Original Sin Cider, Abita Purple Haze, Rivertown Blueberry Lager, St. Louis Framboise, Bell’s Two Hearted Ale, Boulder Mojo IPA Nitro, Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA, Founders Centennial IPA, Rhinegeist Truth, Stone IPA, Bud Light, Budweiser, Coors Light, Miller Lite, Pabst Blue Ribbon, Stella Artois, Yuengling Lager, Moerlein OTR, Breckenridge Vanilla Porter, Guinness, Left Hand Milk Stout, Blue Moon, Hoegaarden Wheat Beer and Weihenstephan Hefeweissen.

BrewRiver GastroPub is doing to go 64oz growler fills of all 23 of their draft beers. As of August 20th, those beers include Clipper City Heavy Seas Holy Sheet, MadTree Gnarly Brown Ale, MadTree Happy Amber, Rhinegeist Saber Tooth Tiger Imperial IPA, Rhinegeist Spikelet, Southern Tier Plum Noir, Listermann Beagle In the Rye IPA, Listermann Jungle Honey Pale Ale, Listermann Leopold Belgian Blonde, Listermann Losantiville Pre-Prohibition Lager, Listermann Nutcase Peanut Butter Porter, Triple Digit Chickow, Abita Lemon Wheat, Black Diamond Rampage Imperial IPA, Jolly Pumpkin Oro De Calabaza, Left Hand Milk Stout Nitro, Left Hand Safety Round Ale, Lexington Kentucky Kolsch, Liefmans Cuvee Brut, Lost Coast Tangerine Wheat, Original Sin Apple Cider, Three Floyds Robert The Bruce, Two Brothers Bitter End Pale Ale and Uinta Hop Notch IPA.

Buckhead Mountain Grill does growler fills. As of April 18th, they had Falls City, West Sixth IPA, Upland Wheat, Angry Orchard Crisp, KY Bourbon Barrel Ale, Rivertown Blueberry Lager, Mt. Carmel Amber, Mt. Carmel Nut Brown, Southern Tier 2X IPA, Blue Moon, Leinenkugel’s Summer Shandy, Samuel Adams Summer Ale, Third Shift Amber Lager, Bell’s Oberon, Franziskaner Hefe, Guinness, Stella Artois, Great Lakes Conway’s Irish Ale, Miller Lite and Bud Light. 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).

Flipdaddy’s (both locations) also does growler fills. At their Wooster Pike location, their permanent drafts are Bell’s Two Hearted, Breckenridge 471, Blue Moon, Weinenstephan Hefe Weissbier, Miller Lite, Stella Artois, Brooklyn Lager, Mt. Carmel Amber, Smithwick’s, Yuengling, KY Bourbon Barrel Ale, MadTree Gnarly Brown, Guinness and New Holland The Poet. Their Rotating Drafts (as of 8/11/13): Bell’s Oberon, Jackie O’s Waka Waka Waka, Leinenkugel’s Summer Shandy, Oskar Blues Deviant Dale’s, Crispin Cider, Great Lakes Lake Erie Monster, Southern Tier 2X Stout (nitro), Oskar Blues G’Knight, Oskar Blues Gubna, Boulder Mojo (nitro).

Incline Public House has growlers available for all 12 of their beers on tap. Growlers are $5 and fills are 3 times pint price that are currently $5, $6 and $7.

GROWLERS AT BETTER BEER STORES

Cork ‘N Bottle Buttermilk Pike (as of April 19th) had Breckenridge Pandora’s Bock, Flying Dog Wildman, Green Flash Le Freak, Weihenstephaner, Bell’s Oberon, Sierra Nevada Ovila Quad with Plums, Great Lakes Ohio Stout and Hudy Bock.

Cork ‘N Bottle Covington (as of April 19th) had Blue Moon Juniper Ale, Anderson Valley Bourbon, Cincy Beer Week Porter, Hudy Bock, Left Hand Scrimsaw, Bell’s Smitten, Dark Horse Amber and Breckenridge Pandora’s Bock.

Country Fresh Farm Market and Wine Depot in Anderson (as of August 17th) has Abita Starwator Strawberry Double Lager ($9.99), Uinta Cockeyed cooper Bourbon Barrel Barley Wine ($18.99), Elevator Brewing Three Frogs IPA ($9.99), Stone Levitation Ale ($10.99), Anderson Valley El Steinber Dark Lager ($9.99), Highland Razor Wit ($9.99), Cismontane Black’s Dawn Imperial Stout ($13.99) and Great Lakes Christmas Ale ($8.99).

DEP’s Fine Wine and Spirits in Fort Thomas (as of June 20th) has Upland Campside ($6.99), Sixpoint Apollo ($7.99), Southern Tier IPA ($7.99), Rivertown Fat Happy Monk ($14.99), Founders Double Trouble ($13.99), Sierra Nevada Blonde Ale ($12.99), Great Lakes Oatmeal Stout ($11.99), New Holland Michigan Hatter ($11.99), Leinenkugel Big Eddy Imperial IPA ($11.99), Left Hand Ambidextrous ($16.99), Ommegang Flour De Houblon ($8.99), Apocalypse Fallout Dust ($7.99), Brooklyn Blast ($9.99), Goose Island Summer ($10.99), Oskar Blues Oskar de Grouch ($16.99), Estaminet Belgian Pilsner ($6.99), Schlafly Imperial Bourbon Barrel ($9.99), Arcadia 16th Anniversary ($12.99), Stone Imperial Espresso Stout ($16.99), Sam Adams Porch Rocker ($8.99), Atwater Voodoo Vator ($11.99), Rogue Dead Guy Ale ($8.99), Blank Slate Lesser Paths IPA ($9.99) and Crispin Original Cider ($10.99). 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 22nd) are Left Hand Polestar Pilsner, Breckenridge Agave Wheat and Anderson Valley Hop Ottin’ IPA.

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 c. August 3rd) has Great Lakes Wright Pils, Unita Hop Notch, Rivertown Blueberry, Great Lakes Oktoberfest, Leinenkugel Summer Shandy, Bell’s Oberon, Madtree Psychopathy, Sam Adams Octoberfest, Paulaner Oktoberfest, Kona Longboard Lager, Founders Dirty Bastard, Fat Heads Headhunter IPA, Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale, Breckenridge Vanilla Porter, Thirsty Dog Citra Dog and Victory Golden Monkey. 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 Jessica Blank and Ben Damon for this update.]

Liquor Cabinet in Hebron (as of August 22nd) has Brooklyn Scorcher, New Holland Michigan Hatter APA, Abita Jockamo, West 6th IPA,Great Lakes White, Left Hand Good JuJu, New Holland White Hatter, Sierra Nevada Pale Ale.

UPDATEMarket Wines (as of August 23rd) has Uinta Wyld Extra Pale, Southern Tier Crème Brulee, Cigar City & DeProef Tropical Tripel, Smuttynose Vunderbar Pilsner, Epic Sour Apple Saison and Brooklyn Blast DIPA. 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). All prices are for a refill. For a new growler, add $2.99. Also, receive $5 off your 6th refill.

Party Source in Bellevue (as of August 16th) has La Trappe Witte ($18.99), Quaff Bros. Savage Blank ($14.99), Left Hand Week Sauce ($14.99), open tap, Stiegl Lemon Radler ($10.99), New Albanian Hoptimus ($10.99), Sweetwater 420 ($8.99), Southern Tier Plum Noir ($16.99), Dogfish Head Aprihop ($12.99) and Brooklyn Summer ($9.99). All prices are for a 64 oz. refill. For a new growler, add $2.00.

Party Town in Florence (as of August 23rd) has Apocalypse Fallout Dust Peppercorn Ale ($5.99), Brooklyn Scorcher #366 Session IPA ($6.99), Country Boy Schnicklefritz Spruce Brown Ale ($7.99), Country Boy Amos Moses American Brown Ale ($7.99), Dogfish Head Peche Peach Wheat Ale ($9.99), Founders All Day IPA ($7.99), Founders Dirty B@st@rd Scotch Ale ($10.99), Founders Double Trouble DIPA ($14.99), Founders Old Curmudgeon barleywine ($14.99), Great Lakes Dortmunder Gold Lager ($7.99), Left Hand Twin Sisters Double I.P.A. ($17.99), New Holland Black Hatter Black India Pale Ale ($10.99), Ommegang Three Philosophers Quadrupel ($20.99), Sierra Nevada Belgian IPA ($17.99), Sierra Nevada Beer Camp Red Ale ($12.99), Southern Tier Oat Oatmeal Stout ($16.99), Stone 17th Anniversary IPA ($12.99), Stone Arrogant B@st@rd American Strong Ale ($10.99). 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 Feb. 20th) has Blank Slate Shroominous, Blank Slate The Lesser Path, Blank Slate Movin’ On, Blank Slate Out and About and Red Hook Audible.

Remke Skytop (as of April 26th) has Blue Moon Brewing Co Pine in the Neck, Blank Slate Movin On, Leinenkugel Canoe Paddler, Redd’s Apple Ale and Triple Digit Chickow.

United Liquor in Florence (as of July 19th) has Three Floyds Pride and Joy ($9.99), Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale ($11.99), Southern Tier Creme Brulee Stout ($18.99), Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA ($11.99), Founders Rubaeus ($18.49) and Three Floyds Robert the Bruce ($9.99).

UPDATEValley Wine & Spirits (as of August 23rd) has Southern Tier Crème Brulee, Southern Tier Unearthly, Green Flash Hop Head Red, Green Flash Saison Diego, Sam Adams Octoberfest, Big Eddy Ryewine Ale, Rivertown Pumpkin, Red Hook ESB, KY Bourbon Barrel Ale and Mission IPA.

UPDATEWhole Foods Market Cincinnati growler station offerings (as of August 6th) are Elevator Mogabi Hoppy Wheat, Highland Razor Wit, Southern Tier Plum Noir, Triple Digit Chickow!, Dogfish Head Burton Baton and one empty tap. 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 to Ed Paff and Stephen DelVecchio for the update.]

Whole Foods Market Mason growler station offerings (as of July 30th) are MadTree PsycHOPathy IPA, Blank Slate The Lesser Path, Bell’s Oarsman, Brooklyn Scorcher #366, 21st Amendment Hell or High Watermelon, and possibly Summit Summer Ale. For a new growler, add $3.99. [Thanks to Robert Fellows for this update.]

This Week in Beer: July 29 – August 4, 2013

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

Monday, July 29th – 1/3 off Craft beer bottles at Moerlein Lager House

Monday, July 29th – Beer of the Day Special at Rock Bottom Brewery
Each Monday, Gerry the brew master at Rock Bottom highlights a beer and you can enjoy it for just $3.25 all day.

Monday, July 29th from 4:00 – 7:30 pm – Craft Beer Mondays at Market Wines

Monday, July 29th at 4:00 pm – Goose Island Belgian Beer Dinner at Habits
See our earlier post for more information.

Monday, July 29th from 8:00 pm to close – Pint Night at Incline Public House
This week’s featured beer is TBA.

Tuesday, July 30th – Tappa Keg Tuesday at Dingle House
This week’s keg hasn’t been announced yet.

Tuesday, July 30th – $7 Growler Fills at Moerlein Lager House

Tuesday, July 30th – Pint Night at Rock Bottom Brewery
Purchase a logo pint glass filled with your favorite Rock Bottom beer for just $5.95, refills are only $3.00 and you keep the glass.

Tuesday, July 30th at 5:00 pm – Three Floyds Tap Takeover at Holler Hops & Grill
Beers will include Alpha King, Dreadnaught, Gorg Foch, Gumballhead and Robert the Bruce.

UPDATE Tuesday, July 30th at 6:00 pm – Tuesdays on Tap at Whole Foods Mason
Six drafts, six bites, $6. This week’s beers are Bell’s Oarsman Ale, Oskar Blues Mama’s Yella Pils, Brooklyn Scorcher #366, Blank Slate Lesser Path, Upland Dragonfly and Rogue Voodoo Doughnut Chocolate-Peanut Butter-Banana Ale.

Wednesday, July 31st – Bell’s Pint Night at Rail House
First Pint is $5 – Keep the glass and get refills for only $3.

Wednesday, July 31st – Wiede Wednesday at Pompilio’s
Every Wednesday is Wiede Wednesday at Pompilio’s in Newport with $3 Wiedemann pints all day.

UPDATE Wednesday, July 31st starting at 4:00 pm – Cannonball Wednesday at Fifty West
From their newsletter:
“A Prototype Night: 6 experimental beers, 6 experimental foods – $15 and you get to taste and determine the winners.”

UPDATE Wednesday, July 31st from 5:00 to 8:00 pm – Take Home the Glass Night at Taste of Belgium
This week’s beer is Sierra Nevada Ovila.

Wednesday, July 31st from 5:30 to 8:00 pm – Beer Tasting at Marty’s Hops and Vines

UPDATE Wednesday, July 31st at 6:00 pm – 23 Tap Unveiling at Arnold’s Bar and Grill
Beers include Christian Moerlein OTR, Christian Moerlein Arnold’s 1861 Porter, Hudepohl Summer Pils, Listermann Losantaville Pre-Prohibition Lager, Listermann Nitro Pushed Serpentine Wheat, Rivertown Jenneke, Blank Slate Lesser Path, Cellar Dweller Hoppy Poppy IPA, Double Barrel Bad Tom Ale, Rhinegeist Spikelet, Mt. Carmel Blonde Ale, Wiedemann Special Lager, MadTree Gnarly Brown Ale, Great Lakes Silver and Gold, Portsmouth Red Bird Ale, The Brew Kettle Imperial Red Eye, Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA, North Coast Nitro Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout, Bell’s Oberon, Founders Dirty Bastard and Guinness Stout.

Wednesday, July 31st at 7:00 pm – Monthly Tapping at Hofbräuhaus Newport
This month, it is their Bavarian Wheat.

Thursday, August 1st at 6:00-10:00 pm – Pint Night Thursdays at Cock & Bull (all three locations)
The beers for this week’s Pint Night Thursdays are: Main Strasse Covington – Breckenridge Agave Wheat, Glendale – Breckenridge Agave Wheat and Hyde Park – Sixpoint Apollo.

Thursday, August 1st at 6:00 pm – Firkin Tapping at Rock Bottom Brewery

Thursday, August 1st from 9:00 pm to close – $3 Thursdays at Roebling Point Bars (Molly Malone’s Covington, Keystone Covington, Blinkers, Sidebar)
All of the bars have their own list of their selected appetizers and beers (taps change weekly).

Friday, August 2nd – $7 Growler Fills at Moerlein Lager House

UPDATE Friday, August 2nd at 5:00 pm – Three Floyds Dreadnaught Tapping at Wild Mike’s Shady Lane

Friday, August 2nd 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.

UPDATE Friday, August 2nd starting at 5:40 pm – Bell’s Beers Featured at Reds Game at Great American Ball Park
Beers on tap will be Oberon, Quinannan Falls Lager and Deb’s Red plus a firkin of Two Hearted Ale. Bottles of Oarsman and Two Hearted Ale will also be available.

Friday, August 2nd from 6:00-7:00 pm – Friday Night Flights Beer Tasting at Party Town in Florence

Friday, August 2nd at 6:30 pm – Christian Moerlein Beer & BBQ Cruise on BB Riverboats
From Facebook:

Christian Moerlein Brewery and BB Riverboats have teamed up for a great cruise every Friday this summer. Cruise the beautiful Ohio River on one while tasting Moerlein’s handcrafted lagers & ales with a member of the Christian Moerlein team. Paired with the beers is a wonderful buffet featuring BBQ Brisket, BBQ Chicken and Pulled Pork BBQ. Music will be provided by a local area band for your entertainment.

Cost is $55.00 for adults and $38.00 for children. Go to http://www.bbriverboats.com/moerlein_cruise.html to purchase tickets.

Saturday, August 3rd from 5:00-8:00pm – Sabre Tooth Tiger Imperial IPA Tapping at Rhinegeist
Go to http://www.eventbrite.com/event/7539431643/ for more information.

Saturday, August 3rd from 5:00-8:00pm – Beer Tasting at Ludlow Wines
The cost to taste four beers is $6.00 per person.

A Little Change Will Do You Good

When I was trying to come up with a way to start yesterday’s short piece about Peanut Kahles going to The Party Source, the first thing that popped into my mind was “more change.” That’s a lot of what Hoperatives is about nowadays, chronicling the changing landscape of beer in Cincinnati. The landscape changes pretty quickly around here now, and I think that’s a good thing. There’s precedent for it, of course. Something Harry Truman once said that I don’t think people appreciate nearly enough is that the only thing new under the sun is the history you don’t know yet.1 If you try to study the history of brewing in Cincinnati you find out pretty quickly that it’s a lot like the menu at Taco Bell: a few ingredients that wind up making up a lot of different combinations. Take a bunch of Windischs, Mulhausers, Hudepohls, Moerleins, Kaufmanns and Haucks. Place them in a small geographic area. Add marriages within the families. Let it cook for 30-years or so. What you get is a brewing history that is second-to-none.

A simple blog post isn’t the place to try to fit everything that’s happened in Cincinnati beer into some grand historical context.  It’s pretty clear to me that pre-Prohibition was the first era. Post-Prohibition with the closures and consolidation of the old breweries is probably a good place to set the second act.  I don’t know what to do with the Main Streets, Mad Monks, Barrel Houses, Watson Brothers and Oldenburgs. Are they an era unto themselves? Then there’s Northern Kentucky. Wiedemann and Bavarian share some DNA with the breweries north of the Ohio River, but they also have a history unto themselves. I don’t know what to do with that. And what about Rock Bottom?  And how do we fit Boston Beer Company into it all?  Somebody who’s not me ought to write a book.

What I am willing to argue is that you can mark the beginning of the current beer era in Cincinnati with two events:  Mike and Kathleen Dewey rolling the dice and starting Mt. Carmel in the basement of the farmhouse and Greg Hardman buying up the old Cincinnati brands with the intention of bringing them back to the city under the banner of the Christian Moerlein Brewing Company. When Mike and Kathleen started it was easier to name Cincinnati breweries that had failed than had succeeded. It was impossible to explain what the deal was with Moerlein unless the person you were talking to was familiar with Little Kings (and maybe not even them).  Next week Rhinegeist will open and MadTree will no longer be the newest brewery in town. Depending on when Eight Ball Brewing gets up and running, Rhinegeist may well have the shortest reign as the new kids on the block.  And it’s not like Blank Slate or Fifty West or MadTree measured their tenures in geologic terms. By comparison — and only by comparison — Rivertown and Listermann had forever settle in.2 Imagine what the scheduling task will be like if next year’s Cincinnati Beer Week tries another Tap Room Trolley. It was a pretty full day last year and MadTree, the Moerlein Taproom in OTR, Rhinegeist and Eight Ball didn’t exist.  Good luck with that.

I don’t see the pace we’ve seen over the last year keeping up, but the good news is that everyone we have seems to be doing well. I don’t know if we’ll be adding any names to a similar post next year, but I’ll be shocked — very shocked — if any of the names I’ve mentioned here have disappeared. I expect we’ll see growth from within the existing players and that’s where the next round of changes will come from. On the other hand, throw a rock at room full of assistant brewers and you’ll get arrested for assaulting someone and that someone will probably have plans to open a brewery. That’s the way it was back in the first era of Cincinnati brewing, and that’s the way it is now.

And that’s a good thing.


1 Which leads to people who don’t forget history being forever doomed to repeat Santayana’s line about people who forget history being doomed to repeat it.
2 I’m going to catch well-deserved hell over that one.

Tastings and Growlers Report: May 31, 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

Everything’s d’ Vine – They recently reduced their tasting prices to $10 on their regular Friday night beer and wine tastings. You can get just beer or just wine for $5.00. The tasting is at 5:30 pm each week. This week’s beers are Anderson Valley Summer Solstice, Brooklyn Summer Ale, Moerlein 7 Weiss and Uinta Dubhe Black IPA.

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 are from Sierra Nevada, Abita, Arcadia, Evil Twin Brewing Co. and Mission Brewing Company of San Diego.

Valley Wine & Spirits – Upland tasting tonight from 5:00 to 8:00 pm.

GROWLERS AT BREWERIES

Listermann Brewing Company and Triple Digit Brewing (as of April 4th) have Lateral Oatmeal Sweet Stout, Triple Digit Aftermath, Triple Digit Gravitator, Friar Bacon Smoked Bock, Jungle Honey, Leopold Belgian Blonde, Triple Digit Chickow!, Nutcase Peanut Butter Porter, Pre-Prohibition Lager and a brand new beer: Serpentine Wheat. New growlers are $3.

Mt. Carmel Brewing (as of April 26th) has Ardennes Belgian Quad, Amber, Blonde, Nut Brown, IPA, Stout, Summer Wheat and Dewey’s Scotsman Ale. The cost is $8.00 for year rounds & seasonals and $18.00 for Ardennes Belgian Quad. It’s $4 for the purchase of a growler.

Rivertown Brewing (as of May 25th) has Jenneke Belgian Golden Ale, Helles Lager, Blueberry Lager, Unit 6 American Hefeweizen, Hop Bomber Pale Ale, Hop Baron Double IPA, Dunkel Lager, Roebling Vanilla Espresso Porter and Lil’ Sipa. 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. Sour Cherry Porter Bottles are $13.99 plus tax (limited two).

GROWLERS AT BREW PUBS

Fifty West Brewing (as of April 4th) has Alternate Route, Armadillo Crossing, Coast to Coast, Coffee Please, Gaddy’s Irish Red, Interstate Ryeway, Main Street Amber, Robinson’s Circus, Shifting Gears, Speedbump Kolsch and Thirty-37. Two different beer flights available. Flights are half off before 6:00 pm and all day on Sundays.

Moerlein Lager House (as of April 26th) has the following beers available for growler fills: Exposition, Friend of the Irishman Stout, Helles Lager, Northern Liberties IPA, Over-The-Rhine Ale, Porter, Saengerfest and Seven Hefeweizen. 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.

Rock Bottom Cincinnati sells 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 RESTAURANTS

Adriatico’s now does growler fills. An empty growler is $5 and it sounds like they only fill their own. Pricing varies by beer. Unfortunately, we do not have a current draft beer listing for them, but a representative listing is available on their Facebook menu page.

Buckhead Mountain Grill does growler fills. As of April 18th, they had Falls City, West Sixth IPA, Upland Wheat, Angry Orchard Crisp, KY Bourbon Barrel Ale, Rivertown Blueberry Lager, Mt. Carmel Amber, Mt. Carmel Nut Brown, Southern Tier 2X IPA, Blue Moon, Leinenkugel’s Summer Shandy, Samuel Adams Summer Ale, Third Shift Amber Lager, Bell’s Oberon, Franziskaner Hefe, Guinness, Stella Artois, Great Lakes Conway’s Irish Ale, Miller Lite and Bud Light. 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).

Flipdaddy’s (both locations) also does growler fills. We’re still tracking down more information on their program.

Incline Public House has growlers available for all 12 of their beers on tap. Growlers are $5 and fills are 3 times pint price that are currently $5, $6 and $7.

GROWLERS AT BETTER BEER STORES

Cork ‘N Bottle Buttermilk Pike (as of April 19th) had Breckenridge Pandora’s Bock, Flying Dog Wildman, Green Flash Le Freak, Weihenstephaner, Bell’s Oberon, Sierra Nevada Ovila Quad with Plums, Great Lakes Ohio Stout and Hudy Bock.

Cork ‘N Bottle Covington (as of April 19th) had Blue Moon Juniper Ale, Anderson Valley Bourbon, Cincy Beer Week Porter, Hudy Bock, Left Hand Scrimsaw, Bell’s Smitten, Dark Horse Amber and Breckenridge Pandora’s Bock.

Country Fresh Farm Market and Wine Depot in Anderson (as of May 26th) Lost Coast Tangerine Wheat ($8.99), Great Lakes Lake Erie Monster Imperial IPA ($13.99), Founders Double Trouble ($15.99), Tröegs Sunshine Pils ($10.99), Full Pint Night of The Living Stout ($12.99), Oskar Blues Gubna Imperial IPA ($16.99), Uinta Dubhe Imperial Black IPA ($9.99) and 21st Amendment Imperial Jack Imperial ESB ($11.99).

DEP’s Fine Wine and Spirits in Fort Thomas (as of May 20th) has Fort Collins Brewery Hoptitude ($10.99), Sierra Nevada Harvest Ale ($16.99), Great Lakes Lake Erie Monster ($10.99), Upland Ard Ri ($12.99), O’Fallon Hemp Hop Rye ($11.99), Point Pale Ale ($6.99), Great Lakes Oatmeal Stout ($11.99), Dogfish Head Noble Rot ($21.99), Leinenkugel Big Eddy Wee Heavy Scotch Ale ($11.99), Dogfish Head Olde School ($19.99), Sam Adams Grumpy Monk ($12.99), Apocalypse Fallout Dust ($7.99), Lore Girls Gone Mild ($5.99), Sixpoint Harbinger Saison ($10.99), Oskar Blues Oskar the Grouch ($16.99), Estaminet Belgian Pilsner ($6.99), Bell’s Oberon ($6.99), Arcadia 16th Anny ($12.99), Stone Oak Smoked Old Guardian ($17.99), Dogfish Head 61 Minute IPA ($11.99), Heavy Seas Siren Noire ($19.99), Ciderboys First Press ($5.99), Leinenkugel Summer Shandy ($9.99) and Crispin Original Cider ($10.99). Their growler price is $4 “with a credit of $2 if you return an old growler.”

Jungle Jim’s Eastgate (as of Feb. 21st) has 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 with 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 back to only filling their own growlers. As always, samples are 25 cents each.

Jungle Jim’s Fairfield (as of May 23rd) has Rivertown Blueberry ($8.00), Uinta Hop Notch ($8.00), Samuel Adams Double Agent ($9.00), Great Lakes Erie Monster ($9.00), Leinenkugel Summer Shandy ($9.00), Bell’s Oberon ($9.00), Kona Longboard ($11.00), Lost Coast Tangerine ($11.00), Ommegang Fleur de Houblon ($11.00), MadTree Identity Crisis ($13.00), Ballast Point Sculpin IPA ($13.00), Kentucky Ale Bourbon Barrel Ale ($13.00), Breckenridge Vanilla Porter ($13.00), Thirsty Dog Citra Dog ($13.00) and Southern Tier Compass ($16.00). [Thanks to Ben Damon for this update.]

Liquor Cabinet (as of May 31st) has Point Black Ale, Abita Wheat Seasonal, Great Lakes Oatmeal Stout, Point Cascade Ale, Left Hand JuJu Ginger, Founder’s All Day IPA, Great Lakes Dortmunder Gold, Black Cannon IPA, Breckenridge Avalanche Amber.

Market Wines (as of May 31st) has Tröegs Sunshine Pils ($4.00/glass $14.00/growler), Smuttynose Summer Weizen Ale ($5.00/glass $16.00/growler), 21st Amendment Imperial Jack E.S.B. ($6.00/glass $18.00/growler), Southern Tier Compass Sparkling Ale ($6.00/glass $18.00/ growler), Uinta Hopnotch ($4.00/glass $12.00/growler) and Greenflash Barleywine ($6.00/glass $18.00/growler). Add $3 if you need to purchase a growler.

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

Party Source in Bellevue has La Trappe Witte ($18.99), Quaff Bros. Savage Blank ($14.99), Ska / Oskar Blues Oskar the G’rauch ($18.99), Schlafly Belgian Golden ($10.99), Against the Grain Golden Sower ($12.99), Mikkeller / Against the Grain Bloody Show ($12.99), Great Lakes Oatmeal Stout ($10.99), Rivertown Fat Happy Monk ($16.99), Founders All Day IPA ($11.99) and Bell’s Oberon ($10.99). All prices are for a 64 oz. refill. For a new growler, add $2.00.

Party Town in Florence has Bell’s Pale Ale ($6.99), Cider Boys Magic Apple Cider ($6.99), Founders All Day IPA ($7.99), Green Flash Imperial Red Rye ($9.99), Goose Island Night Stalker ($19.99), Heavy Seas Big DIPA ($27.99), Left Hand Juju ($8.99), Lore Intergalactic IPA ($9.99), New Holland Hopivore Wet-hopped Ale ($13.99), Point Whole Hog DIPA ($9.99), Stone Ruination ($11.99), Stone Old Guardian Barleywine ($11.99), Stone Arrogant Bastard ($10.99), Stone Espresso Russian Imperial Stout ($11.99), Southern Tier 2X Steam ($17.99), Three Floyds Gumballhead ($8.99), Three Floyds Pride & Joy ($6.99) and Three Floyds Robert The Bruce ($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.

Remke Hyde Park (as of Feb. 20th) has Blank Slate Shroominous, Blank Slate The Lesser Path, Blank Slate Movin’ On, Blank Slate Out and About and Red Hook Audible.

Remke Skytop (as of April 26th) has Blue Moon Brewing Co Pine in the Neck, Blank Slate Movin On, Leinenkugel Canoe Paddler, Redd’s Apple Ale and Triple Digit Chickow.

United Liquor in Florence (as of May 20th) has Three Floyds Pride and Joy, Southern Tier 2X IPA, Bell’s Oberon, Big Eddy Imperial Stout, Dogfish 60 Minute and Three Floyds Robert the Bruce.

Valley Wine & Spirits (as of May 2nd) has Upland Ard Ri Imperial Red Ale, Abita Andygator, Stone Arrogant Bastard, Great Lakes Rally Drum Red Ale, Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale, Blank Slate Fork in the Road, Blank Slate Movin’ On, Goose Island Summertime, Bell’s Oberon and Oskar Blues Gubna.

UPDATEWhole Foods Market Cincinnati growler station offerings (as of May 27th) are Tröegs Sunshine Pils, Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock, Uinta Sea Legs Baltic Porter, Southern Tier 2X Steam, Madtree Identity Crisis and Triple Digit Chickow!. 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 to Ed Paff for the update.]

UPDATEWhole Foods Market Mason growler station offerings (as of May 28th) are Upland Dragonfly IPA ($4.00 pint / $7.00 32 oz. / $13.00 64 oz.), Left Hand Good Juju Ginger Ale ($4.00 pint / $7.00 32 oz. / $13.00 64 oz.), Southern Tier Compass Belgian Style Ale with Rose Hips ($4.99 pint / $8.00 32 oz. / $12.00 64 oz.), Breckenridge Vanilla Porter ($4.50 pint / $8.00 32 oz. / $16.00 64 oz.), Boulder Mojo Rising Imperial IPA ($5.50 pint / $10.00 32 oz. / $18.00 64 oz.) and Goose Island Sofie ($5 pint / $9.00 32 oz. / $15.00 64 oz.). For a new growler, add $3.99. [Thanks to Ben Damon for this update.]

On Tap at the 35th Annual Taste of Cincinnati This Weekend

This weekend is the 35th annual Taste of Cincinnati hosted by the Downtown Council and the Greater Cincinnati Restaurant Association. I made some calls to find out what would be on tap for those headed downtown for this year’s flavorful festival. It looks like the price is pretty much $5 for a small and $7 for a large across the board. Here is a run down of the beers we know will be there:

  • Alltech Lexington Brewing, Booth 412 – KY Bourbon Ale, KY Bourbon Barrel Stout, KY Ale, KY Kolsh (Lite), and KY IPA
  • Bell’s Brewing, Booth 526 – Two Hearted, Oberon, Lager and Midwest Pale
  • Christian Moerlein, Booths 206, 230, 318, 400, 508, 614, 802 & 1002 – OTR Ale, Original Golden Helles, Exposition Vienna Lager, Elixir, Seven Hefeweizen, North Liberties India Pale Ale, Specialty Pints & Firkins
  • Christian Moerlein Tapping & Tasting Area, Booth 232 – OTR Ale, Original Golden Helles, Exposition Vienna Lager, Elixir, Seven Hefeweizen, North Liberties India Pale Ale, Specialty Pints & Firkin
  • Great Lakes Brewing, Booth 222 – Wright Pils, Dortmunder Gold, Burning River and Com Perry IPA
  • Hudepohl, Booth 602 & 716 – Amber Lager, Summer Pilsner, Classic Porter & Delight
  • Leinenkugel, Booth 200 – Summer Shandy, Red Lager and Berry Weiss
  • Rivertown Brewing, Booth 820 – Helles, Hop Bomber Pale Ale, Blueberry Lager, Jenneke
  • Samuel Adams, Booth 114 – Sam Adams Lager, Summer Ale

The website www.tasteofcincinnati.com lists the following breweries as being in attendance but we weren’t able to determine which of the beers would be on tap.

  • Yuengling, Booth 524 & 534 – $4 Small and $6 Large
  • Miller Lite, Booth 810 – $5 Bottle
  • Heineken, Booth 730
  • Budweiser, Booth 430 – $5 Bottles

The Taste of Cincinnati hours are 12 (noon) to 12 (midnight) on Saturday, May 25 and Sunday, May 26 and 12 (noon) to 9 pm on Monday May 27th.

Hope to see you all there supporting our local craft breweries.

Cheers!

Chris (#212)
@cmcgnky