This Week in Beer: August 15 – 21, 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, August 15th at 5:00 pm – Rare Keg Monday at Ei8ht Ball Brewing
This week, it’s Quaff Bros. Brown Chicken Brown Cow. Cost is $8 for a ten ounce snifter.

Tuesday, August 16th at 6:00 pm – Nowhere in Particular Beat Your Wheat Tapping at Rivertown Brewing

Wednesday, August 17th at 5:30 pm – Lagunitas Tasting at The Casual Pint – Oakley

Wednesday, August 17th at 6:30 pm – Girls Pint Out Meet Up at Municipal Brew Works
From Facebook: “We are accepting donations to support the Oxford Literacy Team at this meetup. This organization fundraises, organizes, and leads the ‘Super Summer Readers Program’ for students who need extra reading help in kindergarten through 5th grade in the Talawanda School District. The money we raise at this event will help purchase books for students attending the program. If you’d like to make a donation, please bring cash.” Carvaso’s Mexican fusion food truck will be there.

Thursday, August 18th from 5:00-10:00 pm – Bell’s Black Note Stout and Bell’s Tap Take Over at Market Wines
Beers include Sparkleberry, Oberon and Oatsmobile. During the event, they will be raffling off the chance to buy a Bell’s Black Note Stout. The raffles will be held roughly every 30 minutes. You must be present to buy the beer, there will be no holds.

Thursday, August 18th from 5:00-10:00 pm – Founders Pint Night at Cappy’s Wines and Spirits
Beers include Centennial, Dirty Bastard, Nitro Rubeaus, Mosaic, Red’s Rye and a special cask of Founders Porter with peanut butter and Michigan cherry jelly.

Thursday, August 18th at 6:00-9:00 pm – Braxton Brewing Tasting at BC’s Bottle Lodge
Beers include Crankshaft, Storm, Dr. Rudi and Oktoberfuel.

Thursday, August 18th at 6:00 pm – 2nd Annual Stein Hoisting Competition at Taft’s Ale House
See their Facebook event page for more information.

Thursday, August 18th at 6:00-10:00 pm – Pint Night Thursdays at Cock & Bull (all three locations)
The beers for this week’s Pint Night Thursdays are: Main Strasse Covington – Left Hand Oktoberfest, Glendale – West Sixth Oktoberfest and Hyde Park – Fat Head’s Dortmunder Lager.

Thursday, August 18th at 6:00-10:00 pm – Burgers and Beers at the Party Source
Beers: Founders KBS (2016 KY 12+% ABV version), 2011 Breakfast Stout, All Day IPA and Rubaeus
Burger: Black and Bleu
Music: Kyle Knapp

Thursday, August 18th at 7:00 pm – Great Lakes Pint Night at Hebron Brew Haus

Saturday, August 20th at 4:00 pm – Afternoon with the Beer Barons at Spring Grove Cemetery & Arboretum
For more information and to purchase your tickets, go to https://www.eventbrite.com/e/an-afternoon-with-the-beer-barons-tickets-22288165503

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Trying Weird Beers

You may remember that we announced back this spring that I would be teaching an Introduction to Craft Beer class this fall at Cincinnati State. The first section filled within 72 hours and we ended up adding a second section that was full almost two months before the semester started.

It has been great to see the wide range of students enrolled in the two sections. Ages range from those who recently turned 21 to several in their 60s and 70s. The gender split is about two-thirds male and one-third female. And there is a wide range of ethnic backgrounds too.

Their experience in beer is also varied. We have several folks who admit their beer of choice is Bud Light all the way up to someone who hosts beer tastings at a local bottle shop and another student who works in the beer section of a local grocery store.

While the class includes the usual tests, quizzes and reports that you would expect in a college class, we occasionally have assignments that are unique to this class. During the first week of the semester, I was sharing a story about how, when a restaurant didn’t have a written list of their beers and made their servers recite them, I would just ask for the weirdest beer they had on draft. That worked for many years until I ended up with a beer from Brooklyn Brewery called The Concoction. Not being a fan of peat, this was not a good choice for me and broke me of the habit of asking for the weird beer.

After some discussion, this experience turned into an assignment for the class. They needed to try a beer that they thought was weird or that they normally wouldn’t order. With the wide range of beer experience in the class, the list of what weird beers they tried was also varied. We also had some great discussions about the various beers. The first one (Turn for the Wurst) was my weird beer and I loved it. The Dogfish Head choice grew out of our discussion of their Ancient Ale series when we were covering the ancient history of brewing. This assignment went so well that their next assignment is to try someone else’s weird beer and report back in a few weeks.

Blank Slate Turn for the Wurst (with “relish”),
Rivertowne Pourhouse Hala Kahiki Pineapple Beer,
Rhinegeist Gramps,
Revolution 1ZENUFF,
Well’s Sticky Toffee Pudding,
Oskar Blues Mama’s Lil Yella Pils,
Brasserie des Franches-Montagnes Square Root 225,
Yuengling Light,
Bell’s Neptune,
Blank Slate Lesser Path,
Left Hand Milk Stout Nitro,
Bad Tom Smith Old Abe,
Rivertown Divergent,
Great Divide Collette,
Lagunitas Sucks,
Urban Artifact Key Punch,
West Sixth Lemongrass,
Dogfish Head Chateau Jiahu,
Bell’s Kalamazoo Stout,
Hopknife Harvest Ale,
Left Hand Oktoberfest,
Brew Kettle Dark Helmet,
Not Your Father’s Root Beer,
Sixpoint Four Beans Porter,
Alltech Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale,
Leinenkugel’s Fall Shandy,
Sapporo,
Spiteful Klutzy Buffoon,
Ballast Point Calm Before the Storm and
Three Floyds Battle Priest

So try a weird beer some time soon. It’s definitely great for your better beer education!

Tastings and Tappings AND Festivals Report: August 28, 2015

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

FESTIVALS

2015 Beer Wine and Food Festival – Friday, August 28th starting at 5:00 pm in Wyoming, OH (benefits The Cure Starts Now Foundation) – See their Facebook Event Page for more information.

Germania Society Oktoberfest – Friday, August 28th-Sunday, August 30th – See their Facebook Event Page for more information.

MadTree Summer Bonanza – Saturday, August 29th from noon to 1:00 am. See their Facebook Event Page for more information.

TASTINGS

Everything’s d’ Vine – Tasting is at 5:30 pm each week and costs $10 for beer and wine tastings. You can get just beer or just wine for $5.00. The beers for this week’s tasting (8/28) are Left Hand Oktoberfest, Great Divide Whitewater, Tröegs Perpetual IPA and Full Pint Night of the Living Stout.

Jungle Jim’s – Friday night tasting from 5:00 to 9:00 pm at both locations. Pints are usually $3. This week, they are pouring beers from GoodWood Brewing Co.

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

Party Town – For Friday Night Flights this week (8/28) from 5:30-7:00 pm, it’s new beers and seasonals from Victory, Prairie, Rhinegeist and more. The draft by the glass will be Three Floyds Moloko Milk Stout for $3.00. The cost for the flight is $2.00 per person. Only adults age 21 or more are admitted for Friday Night Flights.

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

TAPPINGS

Braxton Brewing – Firkin Friday tonight (8/28) at 5:00 pm – Blown Gasket Robust Porter infused with cocoa nibs from Maverick Chocolate and fresh oranges.

Christian Moerlein Malt House – Friday, August 28th starting at 4:00 pm – Moerlein Bay of Bengal Double IPA Can Launch and Firkin Tapping – Special beers include Orange Infused Bay of Bengal DIPA, Blackberry Infused Bay of Bengal DIPA and Lemon-Lime (Jungle) Infused Bay of Bengal DIPA.

Ei8ht Ball Brewing – Tonight (8/28) is Free Bacon Night AND they will be tapping Bell’s Hopsolution. The cost is $7 for a ten ounce snifter.

Have a better beer weekend, everyone!

— Carla and Tom

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This Week in Beer: August 24 – 30, 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. As always, any edited listing will have UPDATE at the beginning of the listing.

Monday, August 24th at 5:00 pm – Rare Keg Monday at Ei8ht Ball Brewing
This week, it’s Three Floyds Alpha Kong. The cost is $10 for a ten ounce snifter.

Tuesday, August 25th at 5:00 pm – Tap Takeover at Washington Deck
Beers this month include Taft’s Ale House The Judge Double IPA, MadTree Brewing Lemon Basil Blonde, Rhinegeist Lime Spritz and Christian Moerlein Bay of Bengal Double IPA.

Tuesday, August 25th at 6:30 pm – IPA Beer Dinner at 20 Brix
Cost is $50 per person. Call (513) 831-2749 for reservations.

Wednesday, August 26th at 6:00 pm – Monthly Keg Tapping at Hofbräuhaus Newport
This month, it’s their Oktoberfest.

Wednesday, August 26th from 6:00-9:00 pm – Oskar Blues Beer Tasting at Marty’s Hops & Vines
Beers include Dale’s Pale Ale, Pinner Throwback IPA, Gubna Imperial IPA and Ten FIDY Imperial Stout (draft).

Oktoberfest Tapping and Stein Hoisting Competition at Taft’s Ale House
From their Facebook event page: “Entry is only $5 and supports the German Heritage Museum and each entrant receives a $10 Taft’s Ale House gift card to be used at a future date. The winner of each round will get a special stein to celebrate their achievement and the best men’s and women’s times each hour will receive a special additional trophy. The best overall men’s and women’s times for the night will earn an exceptional crystal trophy to commemorate their awesome ability to hold a stein of Masskrug Oktoberfest.”

Thursday, August 27th at 6:00-10:00 pm – Burgers and Beers at the Party Source
Beers: Pumpkin beers include the ones from Southern Tier, Harpoon, Schlafly and more.
Burger: Brat burger
Music: Hayden Kaye
Cost is $15 per person. Go to https://www.thepartysource.com/shop_add.php?Id=3935-classes to make your reservations.

Thursday, August 27th 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 – Left Hand Oktoberfest, Glendale – Heavy Seas Cutlass Amber Ale and Hyde Park – Left Hand Oktoberfest.

Friday, August 28th at 3:00 pm – Bad Tom Smith Brewing Tap Room Grand Re-opening
Bad Tom Smith celebrates the remodeling of its taproom with a weekend-long event. Improvements to the taproom include:

  • New standing tables and barstools for the bar
  • A new 60″ TV as well as a 42″ screen for sporting events
  • A new serving bar
  • remodeled bathrooms
  • new merchandise area

The event starts on Friday and runs until 11pm. Saturday hours are 12-11pm and Sunday hours are 12 – 6pm. Bad Tom Smith Brewing’s taproom is at 4720 Eastern Avenue in Cincinnati. More information is available at their website or Facebook page.

Friday, August 28th at 4:00 pm – Bay of Bengal DIPA Can Launch and Firkin Tapping at Moerlein Malt House
$1 per pint of beer sold goes to the Hamilton County Special Olympics.

Friday, August 28th at 4:00 pm – One Anniversary Celebration at Liberty’s Bar and Bottle
Tapping the GABF selections from Columbus Brewing to celebrate.

Saturday, August 29th from 12:00 noon to 1:00 am – MadTree Summer Bonanza
The warmer weather version of the annual Winter Bonanza. More information available on their Facebook event page. They are asking that attendees park at Fifth Third (5001 Kingsley Drive, 45227) or MedPace (5375 MedPace Way, 45227) and take the shuttle running from noon until 1:00 am. There will be very limited parking at MadTree.

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Tastings and Tappings Report: June 5, 2015

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

The Valley Vineyard Wine and Beer Festival starts tonight! Check out our earlier post for more information.

TASTINGS

Everything’s d’ Vine – Tasting is at 5:30 pm each week and costs $10 for beer and wine tastings. You can get just beer or just wine for $5.00. For this week’s tasting (6/5), it’s MadTree Sol Drifter, Tröegs Dream Weaver Wheat, Alltech Kentucky Old Fashioned Barrel Ale and Jackie O’s Mystic Mama.

Jungle Jim’s Eastgate – Friday night tasting from 5:00 to 9:00 pm. For this week’s tasting (6/5), it’s Alltech Brewing. Pints are usually $3.

Jungle Jim’s Fairfield – Friday night tasting from 5:00 to 9:00 pm. For this week’s tasting (6/5), it’s Fat Head’s. Pints are usually $3.

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

Party Town – For Friday Night Flights this week (6/5) from 5:30-7:00 pm, it’s beers from Southern Tier, Great Lakes, Christian Moerlein, Left Hand and New Belgium. The featured draft by the glass pour is your choice of Rhinegeist T-Rex Black I.P.A. or Abita Bourbon Street Baltic Porter for $3.00 for a nine ounce pour. Cost for the flight is $2.00 per person. Only adults age 21 or more are admitted for Friday Night Flights.

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

TAPPINGS

Ei8ht Ball Brewing – Tonight (6/5) is Free Bacon Night AND they are tapping Rhinegeist Stryker. Cost is $5 for a ten ounce snifter.

– For Saturday’s Randall Saturday (6/6), it’s Rhinegeist Fool Saison through dandelions and honeysuckle. Cost is $5 for a sixteen ounce pint.

– For next week’s Rare Keg Monday (6/8), it’s Ei8ht Ball Cankle (English Pale Ale brewed with Pecans and Lactose) on nitro. Cost is $5 for a ten ounce snifter.

Have a better beer weekend, everyone!

— Carla and Tom

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Tastings and Tappings Report: March 13, 2015

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

Don’t forget the All About Stout Fest tomorrow at Molly Malone’s Covington starting at 12:00 pm. More information available on our earlier post.

TASTINGS

Everything’s d’ Vine – Tasting is at 5:30 pm each week and costs $10 for beer and wine tastings. You can get just beer or just wine for $5.00. For this week’s tasting (3/14), it’s Two Brothers Monarch, Oskar Blues Pinner, Alltech KY Rye Barrel IPA and Revolution Galaxy Hero.

Jungle Jim’s Eastgate – Friday night tasting from 5:00 to 9:00 pm. For this week’s tasting (3/14), it’s The Brew Kettle. Pints are usually $3.

Jungle Jim’s Fairfield – Friday night tasting from 5:00 to 9:00 pm. For this week’s tasting (3/14), it’s Left Hand. Pints are usually $3.

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

Party Town – For Friday Night Flights this week, it’s Country Boy. Beers include Rum Barrel Aged Black Porter, Sink Hole Stout (BBA Imperial Stout), Warehouse Experiment #2 (BA Pale Ale), Heart of Dankness (Black IPA), D9nasty Double IPA and more. Cost is $2.00 per person. Only adults age 21 or more are admitted for Friday Night Flights.

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

TAPPINGS

Ei8ht Ball Brewing – Tonight (3/13) is Free Bacon Night and they will tapping Christian Moerlein Eleven / 162.

– Tomorrow (Saturday, 3/14) their Saturday infusion is Southern Tier Creme Brulee Stout run through raspberries.

– For next week’s Rare Keg Monday (3/16), there’s actually four beers from MadTree and they’re all barrel aged: BA Axis Mundi, BA AXIS Mundi with coffee and vanilla, BA Happy Amber and Ye Olde Battering Ram Black Barleywine. Cost varies for a 10 ounce snifter.

Wild Mike’s Shady Lane – Tapping Fat Head’s Hop Ju Ju and Ballast Point Victory at Sea on Saturday (3/14) at 5:00 pm.

Have a better beer weekend, everyone!

— Carla and Tom

Cincinnati Beer Week Events for Saturday, Feb. 21, 2015

See last Friday’s Cincinnati Beer Week Events post for the listing of events happening all through Cincinnati Beer Week.


Cincinnati Beer Week Events for Saturday, Feb. 21, 2015

Saturday, February 21st from 10:00 am – 12:30 pm – Bourbon Barrel Surprise Tapping for XU vs. Butler at Listermann Brewing
Featuring a bourbon barreled surprise beer and Renegade Street Eats will be on hand serving chicken & waffles. $4 pours of all drafts before the game.

Saturday, February 21st from 11:00 am-10:00 pm – Cellar Dweller Brewery Anniversary Party
Tastings and pints served all day as well as specialty keg tappings throughout the day. Food available a la carte including hot dogs, metts, brats and more with a variety of sides. Live music with the Sam Shaw Band from 2:00-6:00 pm and Bibs & Barefeet from 6:30-10:30 pm.

Saturday, February 21st from 12:00-4:00 pm – Watermelon Randall Saturday at Ei8ht Ball Brewing
Country Boy Gose through Watermelon in the Randall.

Saturday, February 21st from 12:00-10:00 pm – Pints, Pinups and Pitties / Sour Saturday at Rivertown Brewing
THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED UNTIL MARCH 28th DUE TO THE WEATHER.

Saturday, February 21st from 1:00-2:30 pm – Beer 101 at the Growler House
“Learn about the basics of beer, the craft beer renaissance that is happening right here in Cincinnati, and of course get to try a bunch of samples! This is a ticketed event ($20) which includes the information session, samples of beer, and a pint glass to take home.”

Saturday, February 21st at 2:00 pm – Bell’s Fire and Ice at Cock & Bull Hyde Park
Fire & Ice Ice Carving Demo on the Patio at 2:00 pm. Drink out of a ice mug. Beers include Hopslam, Smitten, Two Hearted and Amber.

Saturday, February 21st at 2:00 pm – Cincy 3-Way Porter Tapping at Dutch’s
They’ll also have Oskar Blues Dale’s Pale Ale and Blank Slate’s new kolsch.

Saturday, February 21st from 3:00-6:00 pm – West Sixth Tapping at BrewRiver GastroPub
Tapping their classics as well as some small batch.

Saturday, February 21st at 4:00 pm – Know Your Brewer’s Name! Beer Week with Blue Caboose
More information available on their Facebook event page.

Saturday, February 21st from 5:00-8:00 pm – Craft Beer University at Christian Moerlein Malt House
A hands on, unique and engaging way to connect with the beer that you love. Beginners session from 5:00 – 6:00 PM and Advanced session from 6:15 – 8:00 PM.

Saturday, February 21st from 5:00-9:00 pm – Old Firehouse Keep the Glass Night at Cock & Bull Glendale

Saturday, February 21st from 5:00-9:00 pm – Rivertown Brewing Sour Pint Night at Jungle Jim’s Fairfield
Beers on draft include Divergent, Soulless, Old Sour Cherry Porter and Jenneke.

Saturday, February 21st from 5:00-9:00 pm – Old Firehouse Keep the Glass Night at Jungle Jim’s Eastgate

Saturday, February 21st from 5:00-close – Barrel Aged Night at Brass Tap
Beers so far are MadTree Axis Mundi, MadTree Old Battering Ram, MadTree Happy Amber, Revolution Grave Digger Billy, Stone Arrogant Bastard, Left Hand Wake Up Dead, Jackie O’s Brick Kiln, Deschutes The Abyss, Thirsty Dog Wulver, Fat Head’s/Fifty West Head West, Hoppin Frog Naked Evil and Nektar Ales Black Xantus.

Saturday, February 21st from 6:00-7:00 pm – Meet the Brewer (Old Firehouse) at Firehouse Grill

Saturday, February 21st from 6:00-7:00 pm – Ei8ht Ball Fight or Flight at Firehouse Grill
“We will have the Rock’em Sock’em game on the bar for everyone to enjoy! Come and show your skills with the game and try a flight of their 3 most popular beers!”

Saturday, February 21st from 6:00-11:30 pm – Feed the Dogs Night at Growler House
Five Thirsty dog beers on tap with 100% of profits from Thirsty Dog donated to the Save the Animals Foundation. Donate a dog/cat toy (no rawhide please) or cash to receive a free Thirsty Dog Pint Glass. There will be dogs here to hang out from StAF between 6:00-8:00 pm and they will also be tapping a very special “12 Dogs After Christmas” cask.

Saturday, February 21st from 6:30-10:00 pm – Taste the Planets with Bell’s and the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra
“The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and Bell’s Brewery present Taste the Planets surrounding the performances of Gustav Holst’s The Planets on February 19 & 21-22. Only on Saturday evening concert ticketholders may add on a beer flight tasting for $8 to taste Jupiter, Venus and Mercury beers from Bell’s Brewery limited edition series The Planets. Beer flight tickets can be redeemed starting at 6:30pm at Music Hall concession stands. Or – add on a ticket to a VIP pre-concert meet and greet with Larry Bell for $25. Space is limited and this opportunity is Saturday night only! The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra concert begins at 8:00pm with conductor Peter Oundjian featuring Khachaturian’s Waltz from Masquerade Suite and Piano Concerto with acclaimed soloist Jean-Yves Thibaudet, and Gustav Holst’s The Planets. Cincinnati Observatory will have telescope demonstrations in front of Music Hall after the concert, weather permitting.”

Saturday, Feb. 21, 2015 at 7:00 pm – Artists and Beer at Arnold’s
For 2/21 – Tapping Triple Digit Cranium Tapping and Listermann’s Coffee Nutcase Peanut butter Porter – Artist: Keith Neltner creating a print for Nutcase Peanut Butter Porter

Saturday, February 21st from 7:00-11:30 pm – Hopslam Palooza at Jtaps
Featuring Bell’s Hopslam, Expedition Stout, Special Double Cream Stout and Two Hearted Ale. Glassware will be available but limited.

Saturday, February 21st from 8:00-11:30 pm – Live Music and Well-Crafted Creations at Bogarts
Beer from Deschutes, New Belgium, Blue Moon and more. Music from Trippin Billies, a Dave Matthews tribute band.

This Week in Beer: Jan. 26 – Feb. 1, 2015

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. NEW – Check out our new Better Beer Happy Hours, Etc. page for regularly scheduled specials on better beer.

Monday, Jan. 26th – Mug Night Monday at Flipdaddy’s Union

Monday, Jan. 26th – 1/3 off craft beer bottles at Moerlein Lager House

Monday, Jan. 26th – Randall Monday at the Brass Tap U Square

Monday, Jan. 26th at 5:00 pm – Rare Keg Monday at Ei8ht Ball Brewing
This week, it’s Mikkeller Big Worster. Cost is $10 a snifter.

Monday, Jan. 26th from 8:00 pm to close – Pint Night at Incline Public House

Tuesday, Jan. 27th – Penny Flips at Fifty West

Tuesday, Jan. 27th – Tappa Keg Tuesday at Dingle House

Tuesday, Jan. 27th – $8 Growler Fills at Moerlein Lager House

Tuesday, Jan. 27th – Infusion Special at the Brass Tap U Square

Tuesday, Jan. 27th from 6:00-10:00 pm – Rhinegeist Tap Takeover at Halfcut

Tuesday, Jan. 27th at 6:00 pm – BOGO Craft Beer Special at Hebron Brew Haus
Special applies to select rotating draft beers.

Tuesday, Jan. 27th at 6:00 pm – Tuesdays on Tap at Whole Foods Mason
Six drafts, six bites, $6.

Tuesday, Jan. 27th at 6:30 pm – MadTree Beer and Pizza Pairings at Aponte’s Pizza (Mason)
Cost is $28 per person. That includes: chicken wings (mild Buffalo sauce and spicy garlic), Aponte’s house salad with a pizza flight of 3-Way Chili Pizza, Chicken Piccata Pizza, The Tony, 4 Cheese Pizza plus Gnarly Brown Cheesecake for dessert. MadTree beers include Lift, Happy Amber, PsycHOPathy and Gnarly Brown. For reservations, call 513-336-7400.

Wednesday, Jan. 28th – Select Craft Beers for $2 at Molly Malone’s Covington

Wednesday, Jan. 28th – Local Wednesday at Buckhead Mountain Grill Bellevue
All local beer served in a 16 oz pint glass are $3.99.

Wednesday, Jan. 28th – Pint Night at UC’s Catskeller
This week, it’s their Stout and Porter Fest.

Wednesday, Jan. 28th from 6:00 to 9:00 pm – Beer Tasting at Marty’s Hops and Vines
Gluten-free tasting including Two Brothers Artisan Brewing Prairie Path Golden Ale, Wyder’s Hard Cider Reposado, B. Nectar Cider Zombie Killer, Crafted Artisan Meadery Vanilla Cinnamon Mead and Dansk Mjod Viking Blod.

UPDATEWednesday, Jan. 28th at 7:00 pm – Monthly Tapping at Hofbräuhaus Newport
This month, it’s their Braunbier.

Thursday, Jan. 29th – Firkin Thursday at Fifty West

Thursday, Jan. 29th – Tap That Thursday at BrewRiver GastroPub

Thursday, Jan. 29th from 4:00 pm to close – Take Home the Glass Night at Taste of Belgium Clifton

UPDATEThursday, Jan. 29th at 5:00 pm – Sparrow Dubbel Tapping at Listermann Brewing
From Facebook: “Special keg tapping this Thursday to honor a fallen member of Bloatarian Brewing League, Kevin Spatz. Sparrow is a Belgian Dubbel, one of Kevin’s favorite styles. Spatz in German means Sparrow. Beer taps at 5 pm.”

Thursday, Jan. 29th 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 – SweetWater Happy Ending, Glendale – Left Hand Milk Stout and Hyde Park – Rhinegeist Knucklehead.

Friday, Jan. 30th – $8 Growler Fills at Christian Moerlein Brewery

Friday, Jan. 30th at 5:30 pm – Free Bacon Night at Ei8ht Ball
Plus three beers from Rhinegeist on draft: Ink, Café Ink and Knucklehead.

Friday, Jan. 30th 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. 30th from 6:00-7:00 pm – Friday Night Flights Beer Tasting at Party Town in Florence

Saturday, Jan. 31st – All crafts $3 at Louie’s Taphouse & Grill (Mason)
We just learned that Louie’s has closed.

Saturday, Jan. 31st starting at 12:00 pm – Winter Bonanza 2 at MadTree Brewing
32 beers from MadTree; 14 more beers from the likes of Bad Tom, Blank Slate, Fifty West, Old Firehouse, Warped Wing, Yellow Springs, Fat Head’s, West Sixth, Land-Grant, Jackie O’s, Seventh Son, Fifth Street, Columbus Brewing and Hoppin’ Frog; 6 bands and 4 food trucks. Now, that’s a bonanza. More information available on their Facebook event page.

Saturday, Jan. 31st from 5:00-8:00pm – Beer Tasting at Ludlow Wines
The cost to taste four beers is $6.00 per person.

Saturday, Jan. 31st at 6:30 pm – Beefsteak Club Dinner
This year’s dinner will be held on the third floor of the historic Hudepohl Brewery bottling building, located on East McMicken in Over-the-Rhine. Tickets are $50.00 and all proceeds go to supporting Bockfest and the Bockfest Parade. Price includes live music, tours of the building, special giveaways, food from Arnold’s Bar and Grill and beer from Christian Moerlein Brewing. To purchase your tickets, go to http://www.bockfest.com/bockfest-beefsteak-club-dinner/

Tastings and Tappings Report: Jan. 23, 2015

We frequently get updates for our Tastings and Tappings Report after our regular publishing time. Any edited listing will have UPDATE at the beginning of the listing.

SPECIAL EVENT

● Jefferson Social will be hosting the Eric Sierra Benefit and Rhinegeist S23 Tapping Sunday, January 25th from 11:00 am to 8:00 pm. For more information, check out the Facebook event page.

TASTINGS

Everything’s d’ Vine – Tasting is at 5:30 pm each week and costs $10 for beer and wine tastings. You can get just beer or just wine for $5.00. For this week’s tasting (1/23), it’s the Cincinnati Beer Week Collaborative Black Tart, Left Hand Milk Stout Nitro, Revolution A Little Crazy and Fat Head’s Sunshine Daydream.

Jungle Jim’s Eastgate – Friday night tasting from 5:00 to 9:00 pm. For this week’s tasting (1/23), it’s Boulevard. Pints are usually $3.

Jungle Jim’s Fairfield – Friday night tasting from 5:00 to 9:00 pm. For this week’s tasting (1/23), it’s Southern Tier. Pints are usually $3.

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

Party Town – No Friday Night Flights until February 6th.

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

TAPPINGS

Blank Slate Brewing – Tapping their Bonbonerie Opera Cream Coffee Stout tonight (1/23) at 5:00 pm with free samples and cake. Ron’s BBQ available at 7:00 p.m

Ei8ht Ball Brewing – Tonight (1/23) is Free Bacon Night and they will tapping Rivertown Death and Avery Maharaja.

– Tomorrow (Saturday, 1/14), they are doing Saturday infusion: Unibroue La Fin Du Monde run through a Randall of crushed ginger and peaches. The cost is $8 for a 13 ounce Tulip.

– For next week’s Rare Keg Monday (1/26), Ei8ht Ball will have Mikkeller Big Worster. The cost is $10 a snifter.

Have a better beer weekend, everyone!

— Carla and Tom

Tastings and Tappings Report: Nov. 21, 2014

We frequently get updates for our Tastings and Tappings Report after our regular publishing time. Any edited listing will have UPDATE at the beginning of the listing.

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

TASTINGS

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

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

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

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

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

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

TAPPINGS

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

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

Have a better beer weekend, everyone!

— Carla and Tom