Founders Tap Takeover

From Facebook:

Founders Brewing Co. will be the featured brewery Thursday night at Molly Malones! We will be featuring Doom on tap along with Centennial, PC Pils, and All Day IPA on tap! Brewery reps in attendance.Foun

Better Beer St. Patrick’s Day Events 2017

Because we are an informational web site that focuses on better beer events and news in Cincinnati, we’re only concentrating on specifically beer related Saint Patrick’s Day events. In other words, we’re not listing food or music information. And, no, we’re not listing anything involving green beer.

Cappy’s Wine and Spirits
Opening at 9:00 am.
Guinness on tap all day.

Cock and Bull Mainstrasse
Doors open at 6:00 am. Free t-shirts to the first 600.
Breakfast Green Eggs and Ham plus Guinness Pancakes.
Lots of Braxton beers on tap.

Listermann Brewing
“Doors open at 9 am with Shamrock, Shamrock BA, Shamrock BA Coffee all on draft as well as some vintage Shamrocks and BA Shamrocks.
BA Shamrock 22 oz bottle:$13 PLUS tax ~550 Bottles Limit 4
BA Coffee Shamrock 22 oz bottle:$15 PLUS tax ~350 bottles Limit 3”

Marty’s Hops and Vines
At 5:00 pm, they will be tapping Great Lakes Brewing Company’s Conway’s Irish Ale.

Molly Malone’s Covington
Kegs and Eggs at 7:00 am.
Outdoor festival begins at 10:30 am and goes all day.

Molly Malone’s Pleasant Ridge
Kegs and Eggs at 7:00 am.
Outdoor concert/festival begins at 11:00 am and goes all day.

Municipal Brew Works
Starts at 7:00 pm.
See their Facebook event page for more information.

The Pub at Crestview Hills
Kegs and Eggs at 8:00 am.
$5 Guinness, Smithwicks, and Harp

Streetside Brewery
Opening at 8:00 am.
They will be giving out free St. Patrick’s Day Streetside shirts to the first 25 people through the door. Shirts will also be available to purchase in the taproom.
They will be tapping their Dry Irish Stout and a small batch of an Irish Red.

The Woodburn
Kegs & Eggs beginning at 7:00 am
More information available on their Facebook event page

St. Patrick's Day

Tastings and Tappings Report: March 10, 2017

Don’t forget to check out our This Week in Beer post from Monday for other better beer events happening this weekend.

TASTINGS, TOURS and DINNERS

Darkness Brewing – Beer & Cupcakes Saturday at 11:00 am. From Facebook: “We are teaming up with Mama C’s Buttercream & Sprinkles for a Saturday morning brunch of sorts with Craft Beer and Gourmet Cupcakes. Mama C’s will create four savory & sweet gourmet cupcakes that pair with four of our own craft beer recipes. Our head brewer and CoFounder Eric will also be here to talk about our beers. Included in the price are four savory and sweet cupcakes, four 5oz pours, and a full pint of beer after the pairing event. Tickets are $16 and you can find them here: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2791838

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 MadTree at Fairfield and from Tröegs at Eastgate.

Molly Malone’s Covington – All About Stoutfest Saturday at 12:00 noon. See their Facebook event page for more information.

— Founders Night Sunday at 6:00 pm. Featuring 2015 Backwoods Bastard on tap, Centennial IPA AND 2016 KBS bottles! (Limit one per customer, first come first serve) plus specials on All Day IPA cans as well.

Party Source – $1 beer tastings on Saturday from 12:00-1:00 pm.

Party Town – For Friday Night Flights this week from 5:30-7:00 pm, they’re pouring from TBA. It’s $2.00 for the regular sample flights. Only adults age 21 or more are admitted for Friday Night Flights. Limit of one sample per person. No shopping carts in the back room please.

TAPPINGS, PINT NIGHTS and RELEASES

BC’s Bottle Lodge – Sixpoint Brewing w/ DJ & C.R.E.A.M. Release Saturday at 5:00 pm. Beers include C.R.E.A.M., Hi-Res, Crisp, Bengali, and a surprise keg.

Braxton Brewing – Revamp Can Release Friday at 5:00 pm.

Cappy’s Wine and Spirits – Women in Beer Saturday at 4:00 pm. From Facebook: “Join us on Saturday, March 11th from 4-9pm to celebrate women in the craft beer industry! We’ll have food available from 4-9pm from Adena’s Beefstroll. We’ll be featuring 10 different beers on tap from breweries that have strong female representation such as Jackie O’s, Fat Head’s, Against The Grain, New Belgium, Dogfish Head, and Stone. From 4-6pm the women in craft beer will be speaking, and will be available to hang out and answer questions from 6-9pm!”

Christian Moerlein Brewing – New Brew Friday with Sea Salt Lemon Pils, Easy Livin’, Tank 9 Project starting at 4:00 pm.

— Thirteen / 164 Beer Launch Saturday at 12:00 noon. This bourbon barrel aged imperial stout with cherries will be available in 22-ounce bombers plus on tap.

— Christian Moerlein Anniversary Celebration Saturday at 6:00 pm.
“Tickets:
-General Admission, $35: buffet, 1 drink ticket, includes a brewery and/or underground lagering cellar tour
-Head Brewer, $50: buffet, 1 drink ticket, includes a brewery and/or underground lagering cellar tour, commemorative 22 oz. bomber & snifter glass
*tax not included
Buffet Menu: Smoked pork and chicken with homemade BBQ sauce infused with Christian Moerlein’s Thirteen/164 anniversary brew, southern style green beans, coleslaw, and homemade brewer’s grain rolls.”

Listermann Brewing – March NE IPA Can Release Saturday at 10:00 am. “No Sleep ‘Til Norwood is brewed with Galaxy, Falconer’s Flight 7 C’s and Motueka. $13 AFTER TAX/4 pack ~130 cases. Brewer’s Delight is brewed with Pineapple, Galaxy, Citra and Zythos. $13 AFTER TAX/4 pack ~100 Cases”

Have a better beer weekend, everyone!

— Carla and Tom

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This Week in Beer: Feb. 13 – 19, 2017

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. Most events for the weekend will be on our Friday Tastings and Tappings Report post.

Monday, Feb. 13th at 4:00 pm – Crooked Stave Cincinnati Launch at The Lackman
Beers include Vieielle Artisinal Saison (Batch #20), Surette Provision Saison, Serenata Notturna Belgian Golden Strong Ale, Progenitor American Wild Ale, Colorado Wild Sage Mountain Saison, and Hazy Not Lazy Wheat IPA.

Monday, Feb. 13th at 5:00 pm – Rare Keg Monday at Ei8ht Ball Brewing

Monday, Feb. 13th at 6:30 pm – Guinness Perfect Pour Competition at Molly Malone’s (Covington)

Tuesday, Feb. 14th at 3:00 pm – Valentine’s Day Happy Hour at Darkness Brewing
Happy Hour pricing ($1 off house beers) all evening long.

Tuesday, Feb. 14th at 4:00 pm – Valentine’s Day Brewmance at The Woodburn
From Facebook: “Valentine’s Day will be something romantic and tasty this year at Woodburn. We are brewing up some love-infused beer to try out for the first time with that special someone. We will have chocolate varieties from Chocolats Latour to pair with your drinks and other sexy sweets will be baked to tasty perfection for every lover with a sweet tooth, thanks to Haven Bakery. Come join us for after dinner drinks and dessert.”

Tuesday, Feb. 14th at 5:45 pm – Rhinegeist Valentine’s Day Beer Dinner at The Pub at Crestview Hills
From Facebook: “Love beer? The you’re going to LOVE our Rhinegeist Beer Dinner on Valentines Day! One ticket purchase includes 3 courses, 4 beers and fun stuff from Rhinegeist brewery!
Beers & Courses:
Welcome beer: Rhinegeist Hans-Vienna Lager
Appetizer: Curry Chicken Salad + Rhinegeist Andromeda – Pale Ale
Entree: Chili Rubbed London Broil (with mash potatoes and accent salad) + Rhinegeist Truth – IPA
Dessert: Cherry Oatmeal Bread Pudding + Rhinegeist Gramma – Oatmeal Stout.
At 5:45 we will start distributing the welcome beers and and dinner will start at 6:00. It is $30 per person. Paid reservation required. Bring a plus one for a laid back Valentine’s or just bring yourself and a love of Rhiengeist. Call (859) 426-7827 or stop in to purchase your seat!”

Wednesday, Feb. 15th at 4:00 pm – Hop Juju Release Party at White Oak Marathon

Wednesday, Feb. 15th at 5:00 pm – Crooked Stave Release Party at Jungle Jim’s Eastgate

Wednesday, Feb. 15th at 6:00 pm – Two-Headed Buffalo Gold Tapping at Rock Bottom Cincinnati
This is their Buffalo Gold beer aged for over three years in a Buffalo Trace barrel.

Thursday, Feb. 16th at 4:00 pm – Beerfest Pre Party Tap Takeover & Meet The Reps at Northside Yacht Club
Beers include Fat Heads Hop Juju, Revolution Deth by Cherries, Stone Xocoveza, MadTree Grapefruit Moon, Jackie O’s Shade Abbey, Ommegang Theee Philosophers, Three Floyds Brewing Co. Zombie Dust, North Coast Scrimshaw, Against The Grain plus B Nektar Dry Hopped Cider.

Thursday, Feb. 16th from 5:00-10:00 pm – Fat Head’s Pint Night at Cappy’s Wines and Spirits

Thursday, Feb. 16th at 6:00-9:00 pm – New Holland Tasting at BC’s Bottle Lodge

Thursday, Feb. 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 – Ballast Point, Glendale – Fifty West Coast to Coast IPA and Hyde Park – Fat Head’s Hop Juju.

Thursday, Feb. 16th at 7:00 pm – Terrapin Pint Night at Hebron Brew Haus

Thursday, Feb. 16th at 7:00 pm – Braxton/Graeter’s Pint Night at Longnecks Grill (Wilder and Hebron)

Friday, Feb. 17th at 6:30 pm and Saturday, Feb. 18th at 12:00 noon and 6:30 pm – 10th Annual Cincy Winter Beerfest
Be sure to buy your tickets in advance. This event frequently sells out, especially the Connoisseur Level tickets. Also, Designated Drivers tickets are not sold at the door. Buy them now.

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This Week in Beer: December 12 – 18, 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. Most events for the weekend will be on our Friday Tastings and Tappings Report post.

Monday, Dec. 12th starting at 12:00 pm – Twelve Beers of Christmas at Ei8ht Ball Brewing
From Facebook: “Starting on 12/12/16 at noon and for the next 12 days we are tapping some rare kegs and getting all festive and stuff, so come check it out. Here is a list of beers that will be tapped in no particular order (order coming soon): St. Bernardus Christmas Ale, Lervig Jack Daniels Barrel-Aged Barleywine, Braxton Snow Shovel Rum Winter Warmer, Mikkeller/Three Floyds Bla Spogelse Blueberry Lambic, Three Floyds Sabertooth Berzerker, Stone Bigger Longer Uncut, Tilquin Gueuze, Prairie Xmas Bomb!, Prairie Paradise, The Bruery 9 Ladies Dancing, Crooked Stave Nightmare on Brett and Goose Island Bourbon County Stout.” They will also be tapping their own Home Alone Chocolate Milk Stout at 6:00 pm this Monday.

Monday, Dec. 12th at 6:00 pm – BREW 100 Sanuk Tapping at Urban Artifact
The fourth beer designed by students in Cincinnati State’s Introduction to Craft Beer class, BREW 100 Sanuk is a carmelized pineapple Kölsch with jasmine. Sanuk is the Thai word for fun.

Tuesday, Dec. 13th starting at 6:00 pm – Ol’ Pee Paw’s Farmhouse Ale Tappening at Rivertown Brewing

Wednesday, Dec. 14th at 6:00 pm – Breckenridge Snowboard Giveaway at The Casual Pint – Oakley

Wednesday, Dec. 14th at 6:00 pm – Rhinegeist Beer Dinner at Commonwealth Bistro
Four courses and 5 beers for $50. Call 859-916-6719 or email hello@commonwealthbistro.com to reserve your seat.

Wednesday, Dec. 14th starting at 6:00 pm – Import Beer Tasting at Marty’s Hops and Vines
Beers include Riegele Privat, La Trappe Witte Trappist, N’ice Chouffe, Unibroue Tout le Monde (Megadeath collaboration), and Unibroue La Fin du Monde (draft).

Wednesday, Dec. 14th starting at 6:00 pm – Import Beer Tasting at Marty’s Hops and Vines

Wednesday, Dec. 14th at 6:30 pm – Three Year Anniversary Celebration of Girls Pint Out at Crafts and Vines (Covington)
See their Facebook event page for more information.

Wednesday, Dec. 14th at 8:00 pm – Black Wednesday at Wiseguy Lounge (Covington)
They will be tapping two kegs of Goose Island’s Bourbon County Stout. One of which has been aging in their caller for a year. Cost is $17 for a vertical tasting.

Thursday, Dec. 15th – Christian Moerlein Pint Night at The Casual Pint – Oakley
The featured beer is their Shiver Chai Spiced Porter.

Thursday, Dec. 15th at 5:00 pm – Barrel Aged Great Lakes Christmas Ale Tapping at Molly Malone’s Covington
According to their Facebook page, “here also will be the Christmas Ale, Blackout Stout and Elliot Ness Lager on tap!! Swag and prizes will be available and we might even get a Santa Claus sighting before its all said and done.”

Thursday, Dec. 15th from 5:00-10:00 pm – Hoof Hearted Pint Night at Cappy’s Wines and Spirits
Beers include I Only Smoke After Sex, ISO: Chuck Biscuits FT: Simcoe, Drownin in the Drzmz, Belloq, Joe Lies When He Cries, Zipper Ripper, Did We Just Become Best Friends, and Unglaublich!

Thursday, Dec. 15th at 6:00-9:00 pm – The Bruery Tasting at BC’s Bottle Lodge
Beers include Hottenroth, Mischief, Beret, Rueuze, and Poterie. Taste all five for $15. Pizza from Donatos included.

Thursday, Dec. 15th at 6:00-9:00 pm – A Beer Geek’s Guide to High Alcohol Beers at Jungle Jim’s Eastgate
See their Facebook event page for more information.

Thursday, Dec. 15th 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 – West Sixth Christmas Ale, Glendale – West Sixth & Breckenridge Christmas Ale and Hyde Park – West Sixth Christmas Ale.

Thursday, Dec. 15th at 7:00 pm – Braxton Pint Night and Beat The Brewer Escape Room Challenge at Hebron Brew Haus
From Facebook: “Join us for a fun night of Braxton brew tapping and Locked Escape Games Beat the Brewer Challenge. Can you escape the room faster than Team Braxton? We shall see. Bookings will fill quickly so don’t wait to book your team or join an existing group.”

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This Week in Beer: March 7 – 13, 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, March 7th at 5:00 pm – MadTree Gnarly Gno More Farewell Tour at Lucky Turtle
Featuring Gnarly Brown and 3 variants, Mexican Hot Chocolate, Black Currant and Nitro Coffee Vanilla.

Monday, March 7th at 5:00 pm – Rare Keg Monday at Ei8ht Ball Brewing
This week, it’s New Belgium sours including La Folie and Transatlantique Kriek.

Tuesday, March 8th at 5:00 pm – Artswave, Blank Slate and Listermann Collaboration 4 Pack Release at Listermann Brewing
Roots ginger beer is $9.99 for a four pack.

Wednesday, March 9th at 6:00 pm – Arbor Brewing Beer Tasting at Marty’s Hops & Vines
Beers includes Bollywood Blonde, Buzzsaw IPA, Jackhammer Old Ale, Espresso Love Breakfast Stout and Phat Abbot Tripel on draft.

Wednesday, March 9th at 6:00 pm – Keg Tapping at Rock Bottom Cincinnati
It’s a three year old Bourbon Scotch Ale.

Wednesday, March 9th at 7:00 pm – Chicken Wing vs Rhinegeist Saber Tooth Tiger at Midway Café
Four beer flight with eight wings.

Thursday, March 10th at 5:00 pm – Dark Horse Plead the 5th Vertical at Market Wines
They will have 3 years of Dark Horse Plead the 5th Imperial Stout. Try a glass of each or have a specially priced vertical taster. Plus there might be a surprise Dark Horse on tap as well.

Thursday, March 10th at 5:00 pm – Shamrock Shake Release at Listermann Brewing
This is a 5:00 PM tapping and bottle sale. Cost is $11.99 for a four pack with no limit. The Barrel Aged and BA Coffee will be on draft but the bottle release for those are to be determined.

Thursday, March 10th 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 – Against the Grain, Glendale – Harp & Smithwick and Hyde Park – Breckenridge RyePA.

Thursday, March 10th at 6:00 pm or 8:00 pm – Stone Beer Dinner at Hop House 99
This dinner at the Hollywood Casino will feature select beers paired to accompany a four course meal. $30.00 per person and will include gift from the brewery.

Thursday, March 10th at 6:30 pm – Braxton Beer Dinner at The Gruff
Welcome Beer: Twisted Bit Dortmunder Lager; 1st Course: Crank Shaft IPA paired with Chicken and andouille gumbo & radish cucumber salad dressed with creme fraiche dill sauce; 2nd Course: Crowbar Black IPA paired with Nitrate free applewood smoked ham with gruyere on sourdough rye and baked in their wood fire oven. Served with roasted potatoes and house made ketchup; 3rd Course: Dead Blow Tropical Stout Brewed With Starter Coffee paired with Apple & golden raisin bread pudding with caramel sauce and vanilla bean ice cream. Cost is $35.00. Tickets available at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/braxton-beer-dinner-at-the-gruff-tickets-21737995931

Thursday, March 10th at 7:00 pm – Goose Island Beer Dinner at Izzy’s Fort Wright
Beers include Green Line, Four Star and Summertime. Pairings include Izzy’s Mex Quesadilla, BLT and Irish Apple Cake. Cost is $25.00 per person. For reservations, go to www.izzys.com/reservations.php, email BeerDinner@izzys.com or call 859-331-4999.

Thursday, March 10th at 7:00 pm – Braxton Brewing Pint Night at Hebron Brew Haus

Friday, March 11th-Sunday, March 13th – Pucker Up Buttercup: A Weekend of Sours at Liberty’s Bar & Bottle
Featuring six new sours from MadTree and many others. Full line-up available on their Facebook event page.

Friday, March 11th at 6:00 pm – Keystone Keg Party at Keystone Hyde Park
Kegs to be tapped include Old Firehouse Brewery Wild Turkey Barrel Aged Old Flame, Thirsty Dog Barrel Aged Siberian Night, Maine Brewing Company Peeper Pale Ale, New Belgium La Folie, Nowhere In Particular The Last Word Rice DIPA and Warped Wing Space Food IPA Firkin Cask.

Saturday, March 12th at 9:00 am – St. Patrick’s Day Parade Kegs & Eggs at Moerlein Lager House

Saturday, March 12th at 10:00 am – Triple Digit Turns 4
Expect lots of great Triple Digit beers at the Listermann/Triple Digit Tap Room including BA Maple Chickow!, Stuff, Cranium, Cranium Orange, Cranium Nitro, Cellared Aftermath, Cellared Decimation, Cellared Gravitator and more.

Saturday, March 12th at 12:00 pm – All About Stout Fest 2016 at Molly Malone’s Covington
Check out their website for more information.

Sunday, March 13th at 12:00 pm – Sunday Funday Keg Release at Lucky Turtle
This week, it’s Rhinegeist Mushshushu.

Sunday, March 13th at 1:00 pm – Third Annual Pints & Pitties at Christian Moerlein Malt House
More information available on their Facebook event page.

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This Week in Beer: Jan. 18 – 24, 2016

[Editor’s note: Our apologies for missing some beer events the last few weeks. Carla’s father has been having some health issues and we’ve been in Illinois helping him out. Hope to have things back to normal this week.
–Also, be sure to check out the two important fund raising events scheduled for Saturday this week.]

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, Jan. 18th at 5:00 pm – Rare Keg Monday at Ei8ht Ball Brewing
This week, it’s Mikkeller Black Imperial Stout. The cost is $9 for a ten ounce snifter.

Tuesday, Jan. 19th at 4:00 pm – Goose Island Tap Takeover at Halfcut
Beers include Lolita, Sofie, The Muddy and Four Star Pils.

Wednesday, Jan. 20th at 1:00 pm – Rhinegeist Tap Takeover at Dickmann’s
Twenty-six Rhinegeist beers on tap including Barrel Aged Ink, Barrel Aged Bertha, Blueberry Panther, Coffee Duncle, Stryker, Traction, Spud, Experimental IPA #2, Bubbly, Mosaic, Ink, Asterix, Workhorse, Victoria, Squirrel, Saison Blue, Dunk, Panda, Cidergeist Dry-Hopped, Cidergeist Semi Dry, Pure Fury, Panther, Uncle, Cougar, Zen and Truth.

Wednesday, Jan. 20th at 6:00 pm – Brewery Tour at Rock Bottom

Wednesday, Jan. 20th at 6:00 pm – Uinta Beer Dinner at Moerlein Lager House
They will be pairing beer from Uinta Brewing with a special dinner menu. Cost is $55 per person plus tax and gratuity. Seating is limited. You can make reservations in advance by contacting Jeff Geckle at privatedining@moerleinlh.com.

Thursday, Jan. 21st at 4:00 pm – Big Piney Release Party at Christian Moerlein Malt House

Thursday, Jan. 21st at 4:00 pm – Ballast Point Victory at Sea Variants at Firehouse Gril
Variants include Coconut, Peanut Butter, Peppermint and the original Victory at Sea.

Thursday, Jan. 21st at 4:30 pm – Highland IPA Launch at Habits Cafe
In addition to the IPA, they will also have Black Watch and Cold Mountain.

Thursday, Jan. 21st at 5:00 pm – Braxton Tap Takeover at BrewRiver GastroPub
Five Braxton beers on tap.

Thursday, Jan. 21st at 5:00 pm – Goose Island Tap Takeover at Market Wines
Beers include Fulton St Coffee Golden, Lolita Raspberry Wild Ale and Ogden Tripel.

Thursday, Jan. 21st at 6:00 pm – Kentucky Tap Takeover at Molly Malone’s Covington
Featuring Braxton Snow Shovel, Goodwood Walnut, Kentucky Ale 3-Year Stout and West Sixth Heller Heaven.

Thursday, Jan. 21st 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. 21st at 7:00 pm – Crazy Mountain Pint Night at Hebron Brew Haus
Featuring their Extra Special Bitter.

Saturday, Jan. 22nd at 11:00 am – Brunch featuring Goose Island at Marty’s Hops & Vines
First course: Grilled Brie Crostini with Mango Chutney paired with Sofie; Second course: Prosciutto and Vegetable Frittata paired with Matilda; Third course: Puff Pastry Mushroom Tart paired with Lolita. Cost is $25 per person and due to limited seating, reservations are required. Call (513) 681-4222 to reserve your spot.

Saturday, Jan. 23rd from 1:00-11:00 pm – Flint Disaster Relief Fundraiser at Blank Slate Brewing
From their Facebook event page: “Water is THE most important raw material we use as brewers. We are blessed with top notch drinking water here in Cincinnati and it just so happens to make great beer too. Imagine if the water you were drinking (and everything made from it) was rendered toxic due to cost cutting efforts by your friendly local government. Not cool. This is exactly what has happened in Flint Michigan. People in that community currently don’t have access to safe drinking water from their municipal system and to us that is a real shame. It has been bugging us so much that we decided we need to do something to help.
This Saturday, January 23rd, BLANK SLATE BREWING COMPANY will be donating 20% of all beverage sales to the Flint Child Health and Development Fund to aid in immediate disaster relief for those affected by the water crisis in Flint, Michigan. We will also be accepting cash donations as part of the contributions.”

Saturday, Jan. 23rd from 1:00-11:00 pm – Pints for a Purpose at The Pub at Rookwood Mews
Help The Pub in Rookwood raise money for the family of Firefighter Patrick Wolterman who was killed in the line of duty on December 28th, 2015 serving the City of Hamilton Fire Department. Great Lakes Brewery, Ohio Valley Wine & Spirits Distributing, and The Pub have all agreed to donate $1 for every Great Lakes Pint sold between 5pm and 11pm on January 23rd. That means a $3 donation for every pint purchased. They will also have some amazing silent auction items, donation boxes, split the pot, t-shirts available for purchase, and more.

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Cincinnati Beer Week Events for Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015

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


Cincinnati Beer Week Events for Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015

Wednesday, February 18th – Custom Crafted Flights at Incline Public House
Custom craft your flight and choose any four tasting sized beers for just $8.

Wednesday, February 18th at 2:00 pm – West Sixth Tap Takeover at Dutch’s
Beers will include West Sixth IPA, Amber, Pay It Forward Cocoa Porter, Belgian Blonde, Heller Heaven Double IPA, Burley Barleywine, Saison Bellaire and Barrel-Aged Cocoa Porter.

Wednesday, February 18th from 4:00-7:00 pm – Southern Tier Brewery Tasting at Country Fresh Market & Beer Emporium
Beers will include Live and 2XIPA. Samples are 25 cents each.

Wednesday, February 18th from 4:00-10:00 pm – Schelde and Son of a Birch Tapping at Rivertown Brewing
Schelde is a Belgian Pale Ale and Son of a Birch is a Belgian Strong Dark Ale infused with birch bark chips.

Wednesday, February 18th from 5:00-8:00 pm – Mad, Fat and Fresh at Zip’s Café
Beers from Fat Head’s (Head Hunter, Barrel Aged Battle Axe, Hop Juju and Zeus Juice) and MadTree (PsycHOPathy, Sprye, Rubus Cacoa and Black Tart).

Wednesday, February 18th from 5:00-9:00 pm – Mt. Carmel Keep the Glass Night at Cock & Bull Glendale

Wednesday, February 18th from 5:00-9:00 pm – Heavy Seas Pint Night at Jungle Jim’s Fairfield

Wednesday, February 18th from 5:00-9:00 pm – Christian Moerlein Pint Night at Jungle Jim’s Eastgate
$3.00 pints of Moerlein and $2.00 Hudy drafts

Wednesday, February 18th from 5:00-10:00 pm – Brewers Flight Night featuring Moerlein at the Growler House
$10 flights, $4 glass pours and $10 growler fills. They will also be tapping a special Christian Moerlein/Growler House collaboration cask.

Wednesday, February 18th at 6:00 pm – Trappist Ale Tasting at Marty’s Hops and Vine
Beers include Orval Trappist Ale, Westmalle Trappist Ale Dubbel, Chimay Peres Trappistes Ale Tripel (on draft) and Trappistes Rochefort Belgian Ale #10. Cost is $15.00 per person.

Wednesday, February 18th at 6:00 pm – Breckenridge Tap Takeover at Cock & Bull Hyde Park
Beers include Barrel Aged 72 Imperial, Barleywine, Nitro Vanilla Porter, Agave Wheat and Avalanche.

Wednesday, February 18th at 6:00 pm – Deschutes Tapping & Food Pairing at Dean’s Hops & Vines
Tapping Hop Henge Experimental IPA & Red Chair on Nitro.

Wednesday, February 18th from 6:00-7:00 pm – Fifty West Meet Up at Firehouse Grill

Wednesday, February 18th from 6:00 to 8:00 pm – Listermann/Triple Digit Beer Dinner And Beer Class at Lucky Dog Grille
Join Listermann/Triple Digit assistant brewer Josh Elliott as Lucky Dog pours Planetary Eclipse, Lateral, Cranium and a variation of Chickow! to be determined. Pairing: First Course – Smoked wings, Second Course – Smoked Brisket with Baked Beans, Third Course – Layered Crepe Cake w/ beer infused sweet pastry cream. Call 513-204-5825 for reservations.

Wednesday, February 18th from 6:00-9:00 pm – Bad Tom Smith Pint Night at Holler Hops & Grill
Featuring Bad Tom’s Russian Imperial Stout and Old Abe. They will be giving away glassware.

Wednesday, February 18th at 6:30 pm – Crosstown Showdown Round Two with Listermann at Fifty West
For this five course beer and food pairing, arrival time is at 6:30 pm with dinner starting at 7:00 pm and going until 9:00 pm.

Wednesday, Feb. 18th at 7:00 pm – Artists and Beer at Arnold’s
For 2/18 – Fifty West tap takeover with 6 different brews and brewers in attendance to individually walk people through each of their beers. – Artist: James Billiter creating a print for Coast to Coast IPA

Wednesday, Feb. 18th from 7:00-9:00 pm – MadTree Beer Dinner at BrewRiver GastroPub
Three course meal with Madtree Funke Blue, Rubus Cacao and Sprye. A special MadTree beer will get the dinner started.

Wednesday, Feb. 18th from 7:00-10:30 pm – Colorado Face Off: New Belguim versus Blue Moon at Bogart’s
Five selections on tap from each New Belguim and Blue Moon, including limited/rare brews and some are exclusive to this event.

Wednesday, Feb. 18th from 7:00-11:00 pm – A Connoisseur Night At Molly Malone’s Covington
Twenty beers to taste. Ten of them paired with a unique food item. Beers from Alltech, Upland, Rivertown, Blank Slate, West Sixth, Deschutes, Brooklyn, MadTree, Rhinegeist and Ei8ht Ball. Cost is $30 per person. Email Josh at Josh@mollymalonesirishpub.com or call 859-491-6659.

Wednesday, Feb. 18th from 7:00-11:00 pm – Bell’s Tap Takeover At Goodfellas Pizzeria – OTR
Beers include Two Hearted, Oatmeal Stout, Smitten and Hopslam.

Wednesday, Feb. 18th from 7:00-11:30 pm – Cross Town Hop Out At Jtaps
Blank Slate/Oskar Blues tap take over including their collaboration Cincy 3-Way Porter Also tapping Blank Slate Bonbonerie cream stout, Fork in the Road plus Oskar Blues Dale’s Pale Ale and Old Chub.

Wednesday, Feb. 18th from 8:00-10:00 pm – Deschutes Obsidian Stout Nitro Tapping At Fogarty’s Irish Pub

Wednesday, Feb. 18th from 8:00-11:00 pm – Meet The Brewers With OTR Improv At Christian Moerlein Malt House
“Meet the Christian Moerlein Brewing team and taste 3 different infusions of the same base beer. Each brewer put their own spin on the beer and aged it to perfection. The tasting will be lead by The OTRImprov group where they will be acting out and guessing each infusion based on the brewer’s description of the beer.”

Wednesday, Feb. 18th from 8:00-11:00 pm – Founding Fathers of Craft Beer At The Crow’s Nest Irish Pub
Sampling beers from the Five “Founding Fathers” – Red Hook, Widmer, Sierra Nevada, Anchor Steam and Sam Adams.

Holiday Hours for Better Beer Locations

As usual, we will continue to update this list as more information comes in.

BREWERIES

Bad Tom Smith Brewing
Wednesday, December 31st — 5:00 pm – 1:00 am

Blank Slate Brewing
Wednesday, December 24th — Closed
Thursday, December 25th — Closed

Christian Moerlein Brewing
Wednesday, December 24th — Closed
Thursday, December 25th — Closed
Wednesday, December 31st — 4:00 – 9:00 pm with growler specials
Thursday, January 1st — Closed

Ei8ht Ball Brewing
Wednesday, December 24th — 8:00 am – 8:00 pm
Thursday, December 25th — Closed
Wednesday, December 31st — 8:00 am – 10:30 pm
Thursday, January 1st — Closed

Listermann Brewing / Triple Digit
Wednesday, December 24th — 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Thursday, December 25th — Closed
Wednesday, December 31st — 10:00 am – 1:00 am (Special beer toast at Midnight)
Thursday, January 1st — 10:00 am – 8:00 pm

MadTree Brewing
Wednesday, December 24th — 12:00 – 6:00 pm
Thursday, December 25th — Closed

Mt. Carmel Brewing
Wednesday, December 24th — Closed
Thursday, December 25th — Closed

Old Firehouse Brewing
Wednesday, December 24th — 12:00 noon – 5:30 pm
Thursday, December 25th — Closed
Wednesday, December 31st — 4:00 pm – “when folks leave”
Thursday, January 1st — 12:00 noon – 9:00 pm

Rhinegeist Brewing
Wednesday, December 31st — New Year’s Eve Bash
Thursday, January 1st — Closed

Rivertown Brewing
Wednesday, December 24th — 12:00 noon – 5:00 pm
Thursday, December 25th — Closed
Wednesday, December 31st — 1:00 – 6:00 pm
Thursday, January 1st — Closed

Tap & Screw Brewery
Wednesday, December 24th — 11:00 am – 9:00 pm
Thursday, December 25th — Closed

BREWPUBS

Fifty West Brewing
Wednesday, December 24th — Closed Open for bar service 12:00 – 5:00 pm
Thursday, December 25th — Closed
Wednesday, December 31st — Beer dinner from 6:00-9:00 pm, Tasting specials from 9:00 pm – 2:00 am
Thursday, January 1st — Closed

Hofbräuhaus Newport
Wednesday, December 24th — 11:00 am – 6:00 pm
Thursday, December 25th — Closed

BEER STORES

Country Fresh Farm Market and Wine Depot
Wednesday, December 24th — 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Thursday, December 25th — Closed

Everything’s d’ Vine
Wednesday, December 31st — 12:00 – 10:00 pm
Thursday, January 1st — Closed
Friday, January 2nd — Closed

Halfcut
Wednesday, December 24th — Closed
Thursday, December 25th — Closed

Main Street Wine and Spirits
Wednesday, December 24th — 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Thursday, December 25th — Closed
Wednesday, December 31st — 9:00 am – 10:00 pm
Thursday, January 1st — Closed

Market Wines
Wednesday, December 24th — 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Thursday, December 25th — Closed

Marty’s Hops and Vines
Wednesday, December 24th — 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
Thursday, December 25th — Closed
Wednesday, December 31st — 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
Thursday, January 1st — Closed

Party Source
Wednesday, December 24th — 8:00 am – 9:00 pm
Thursday, December 25th — 11:00 am – 6:00 pm
Wednesday, December 31st — 8:00 am – 11:30 pm
Thursday, January 1st — 11:00 am – 7:00 pm

Whole Foods Cincinnati
Wednesday, December 24th — 8:00 am – 6:00 pm
Thursday, December 25th — Closed

RESTAURANTS/BARS/PUBS

Arthur’s Café – Anderson
Wednesday, December 31st — Closing at 4:00 pm
Thursday, January 1st — Closed

Arthur’s Café – Hyde Park
Wednesday, December 31st — Closing at 6:00 pm
Thursday, January 1st — Closed

The Brass Tap – U Square
Wednesday, December 24th — Closed
Thursday, December 25th — Closed

Buckhead Mountain Grill
Wednesday, December 24th — Closing at 3:00 pm
Thursday, December 25th — Closed
Wednesday, December 31st — Closed
Thursday, January 1st — Regular hours

Holler Hops & Grill
Wednesday, December 24th — Closed
Thursday, December 25th — Opening at 6:00 pm – Customer appreciation

Molly Malones Irish Pub & Restaurant Covington
Wednesday, December 24th — Closing at 7:00 pm
Thursday, December 25th — Opening at 7:00 pm

Taste of Belgium Clifton
Wednesday, December 24th — 9:00 am – 3:00 pm for brunch

Taste of Belgium OTR
Wednesday, December 24th — 8:00 am – 3:00 pm for brunch (doors open at 7:00 am)

Zip’s Café Mt Lookout
Wednesday, December 24th — 10:30 am – 4:00 pm
Thursday, December 25th — Closed
Wednesday, December 31st — 10:30 am – 4:00 pm
Thursday, January 1st — 10:30 am – 11:00 pm

This Week in Beer: Dec. 22 – 28, 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.

We will be publishing our annual listing of better beer locations holiday hours tomorrow to help you know which ones are open and which ones aren’t.

Monday, Dec. 22nd – Mug Night Monday at Flipdaddy’s Union

Monday, Dec. 22nd – 1/3 off Craft beer bottles at Moerlein Lager House

Monday, Dec. 22nd – Randall Monday at the Brass Tap U Square

Monday, Dec. 22nd from 4:00-7:30 pm – Craft Beer Night at Market Wines

Monday, Dec. 22nd at 5:00 pm – Rare Keg Monday at Ei8ht Ball Brewing
Two beers this week: Avery The Beast Grand Cru and Victory Earth & Flame. Pricing varies by beer. For next week’s Rare Keg Monday, they are planning to have eight beers.

Monday, Dec. 22nd from 8:00 pm to close – Pint Night at Incline Public House

Tuesday, Dec. 23rd – Half liters of Weizen for $3 at Hofbräuhaus Newport

Tuesday, Dec. 23rd – Penny Flips at Fifty West

Tuesday, Dec. 23rd – Tappa Keg Tuesday at Dingle House

Tuesday, Dec. 23rd – $8 Growler Fills at Moerlein Lager House

Tuesday, Dec. 23rd – Infusion Special at the Brass Tap U Square

Tuesday, Dec. 23rd at 6:00 pm – Bell’s Flight Night at the Growler House

Tuesday, Dec. 23rd at 6:00 pm – Rhinegeist Tap Takeover Launch Party at Cock & Bull Mainstrasse

Tuesday, Dec. 23rd from 6:00-10:00 pm – West Sixth Tap Takeover at Half Cut
Beers include Christmas Ale, Heller Heaven, Bryan Avenue Blonde, Smithtown Brown and Nitro Creamsicle- American Pale Ale.

Tuesday, Dec. 23rd at 6:00 pm – BOGO Craft Beer Special at Hebron Brew Haus
Special applies to select rotating draft beers.

Tuesday, Dec. 23rd at 6:00 pm – Tuesdays on Tap at Whole Foods Mason
Six drafts, six bites, $6.

Wednesday, Dec. 24th – Select Craft Beers for $2 at Molly Malone’s Covington

Wednesday, Dec. 24th – Craft Beer Series at Habits Café
This week, it’s Great Lakes.

Wednesday, Dec. 24th – Local Wednesday at Buckhead Mountain Grill Bellevue
All local beer served in a 16oz pint glass are only $3.99

Thursday, Dec. 25th – MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Friday, Dec. 26th – $8 Growler Fills at Christian Moerlein Brewery

Saturday, Dec. 27th – All crafts $3 at Louie’s Taphouse & Grill (Mason)

Saturday, Dec. 27th from 5:00-8:00pm – Beer Tasting at Ludlow Wines
The cost to taste four beers is $6.00 per person.