This Week in Beer: Jan. 9 – 15, 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, Jan. 9th at 3:00 pm – All Day Happy Hour at Darkness Brewing

Monday, Jan. 9th at 5:00 pm – Rare Keg Monday at Ei8ht Ball Brewing
This week, it’s Three Floyds Floydivision #4. The cost is $5 for a sixteen ounce pint.

Wednesday, Jan. 11th at 4:00 pm – Anchor Oyster Stout Tapping at The Woodburn Brewery
Tapping of their Oyster Stout accompanied by Anchor OTR’s oysters

Wednesday, Jan. 11th at 5:00 pm – Rood Tapping at Rhinegeist
This is the second of the collaboration beers made with Cincy Beer Festivals. “Brewed in celebration of Cincy Beerfest’s 10th Anniversary, this Red Belgian Style Wheat Ale is a delight, offering lime, zest, floral and spicy notes.” AND, with every pint purchase, you’ll get to keep the special Commemorative Pint Glass with the Cincy Winter Beerfest 10th Anniversary and Rhinegeist logos! (while supplies last) Also, for every pint sold (of any beer), $1 will be donated to Adore-A-Bull Rescue, a nonprofit dedicated to the rescue and rehabilitation of pitbulls.

Wednesday, Jan. 11th at 5:00 pm – Braxton Beta Test at the Growler House
You’ll get to try Beta 1.0, Beta 2.0 and Beta 4.0 side-by-side plus one more TBA IPA.

Wednesday, Jan. 11th at 5:00 pm – MadTree vs. Rhinegeist Beer Battle Royale at Habits Café
Both MadTree and Rheingeist brewed special beers for this kickoff of Habits’ Annual Craft Beer Series.

Wednesday, Jan. 11th at 6:00 pm – Southern Tier Beer Tasting at Marty’s Hops and Vines
Beers include Old Man Winter Old Ale (draft), Krampus Imperial Helles Lager, Tangier Session IPA, Imperial Ginger Beer, and Creme Brulee Imperial Milk Stout.

Wednesday, Jan. 11th at 6:00 pm – Braxton Tap Takeover at Mellow Mushroom (WIlder)
Beers include Beta 4.0 Experimental IPA, Spotlight White IPA, Big Cis Czech Pilsner and Blown Gasket Robust Porter.

Thursday, Jan. 12th at 4:00 pm – Three Floyds Tap Takeover at Wild Mike’s Shady Lane
Beers include Gumballhead, Robert the Bruce, Floydivision numbers 2,3 & 4 along with Zombie Dust.

Thursday, Jan. 12th from 5:00-10:00 pm – Lucky Star Tasting at BC’s Bottle Lodge

Thursday, Jan. 12th from 5:00-10:00 pm – Founders Pint Night at Cappy’s Wines and Spirits
Beers include Kentucky Breakfast Stout and more.

Thursday, Jan. 12th 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 – Dogfish Head World Wide Stout, Glendale – Southern Tier Creme Brulee and Hyde Park – MadTree Rubus Cacao.

Thursday, Jan. 12th at 7:00 pm – Sweetwater Bourbon Barreled Aged Imperial Stout Pint Night at Hebron Brew Haus

Friday, Jan. 13th at 5:00 pm – Mt. Carmel Tap Takeover at O’Neal’s Tavern
Beers include Coffee Brown, Nut Brown, Hibiscus Blue, Imperial IPA, Amber Ale, and Springtime.

Saturday, Jan. 14th at 7:00 pm – Jungle Jim’s Barrel Aged Beer Bash
See their web site for more information and to purchase tickets.

Sunday, Jan. 15th at 10:00 am – Breakfast with Bell’s at Dingle House
Re-scheduled from last weekend.

Sunday, Jan. 15th at 11:00 am – Bell’s Hop Slam Tapping at Cappy’s Wines and Spirits

Sunday, Jan. 15th at 1:00 pm – Bell’s Hop Slam Draft Release Party at Jungle Jim’s Eastgate

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Tastings and Tappings Report: July 8, 2016

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.

TASTINGS

Jungle Jim’s – Friday night tasting from 5:00 to 9:00 pm at both locations. Pints are usually $3. This week, it’s North High at Fairfield and at Eastgate, it’s SweetWater.

— On Saturday from 4:00-10:00 pm, the Eastgate Jungle Jim’s will have a Mt. Carmel Brewery tap takeover in their Paradise Pavilion. Pints and flights available.

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 are having a mid-summer all dark beer tasting. “The featured 9oz draft by the glass pours will be Founders Dark Penance Rye Dark Ale & Long Trail Unearthed Imperial Stout for $3.00, however anything on the tables is up for grabs for your pour should you like something else better.” 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.

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 and RELEASES

BC’s Bottle Lodge – Jackie O’s Tap Takeover today starting at 6:00 pm. Beers include Razz Wheat, Hop Ryot, New Growth, Mandala Citra and Full Allotment.

Cappy’s Wine and Spirits – 5 Rabbit Tapping Saturday starting at 2:00 pm. Beers include Super Pils, Paletas Prickly Pear, Huitzi and Chinga tu Pelo.

Ei8ht Ball Brewing – Tonight is Free Bacon Night and they will be pouring Three Floyds Live a Rich Life. Cost is $7 for 10 ounce snifter.

Keystone Hyde Park – Bell’s Double Two Hearted Beer Tappening today from 4:00-9:00 pm. Other Bell’s beers on tap including Oberon, Oatsmobile, and Two Hearted Ale.

OTHER

BB Riverboats – For July, the featured brewery for their Craft Beer and BBQ Cruises is MadTree. You can get more information and purchase your tickets at http://www.bbriverboats.com/CraftBeer-BBQ-Cruise.html

Have a better beer weekend, everyone!

— Carla and Tom

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This Week in Beer: June 20 – 26, 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.

HAPPY CINCINNATI BEER WEEK! As you can imagine, this week’s post is much longer than usual.

ALL WEEK – Vote for your Favorite Cincinnati Beer Week Collaboration Beer at Hebron Brew Haus

Monday, June 20th – Release of the Birds and the Bees Cincinnati Beer Week Collaboration Beer
This beer was the collaborative work of Christian Moerlein Brewing Co., Ei8ht Ball, Mash Cult Brewing, Old Firehouse Brewery and Tap & Screw Brewery.

Monday, June 20th at 5:00 pm – MadTree Pint Night at Cappy’s Wine and Spirits
They will be tapping tequila aged Tiamat and bourbon barrel-aged Rubus Cacao.

Monday, June 20th at 5:00 pm – Rare Keg Monday at Ei8ht Ball Brewing
This week, it’s De Struise Black Albert Imperial Stout.

Monday, June 20th at 6:00 pm – Fat Tire & Friends Collabeeration Launch Party at Rhinegeist
Meet the brewers (New Belgium’s Master Brewer Peter Bouckaer and Rhinegeist’s Head Brewer Jim Matt), enjoy rarity tappings (6:30pm and 7:30pm), live DJ sets, and promotional giveaways from both breweries, including one of New Belgium’s coveted, special edition cruiser bikes.

Monday, June 20th at 6:00 pm – Jackie O’s Oil of Aphrodite Tapping and Poster Release at Arnold’s Bar & Grill
For more inforamtion, check out www.arnoldsbeerposters.com.

Monday, June 20th at 6:00 pm – Get to Know Girls Pint Out at Listermann’s
More information available on their Facebook event page.

Tuesday, June 21st at 12:00 Noon – Tapping at Ei8ht Ball
Beers include gin barrel-aged Prodigal, gin barrel-aged Tarnished and flushed bourbon barrel-aged Dalton’s Kriek.

Tuesday, June 21st at 5:00 pm – Christian Moerlein Thousand Weiss Tapping at Cappy’s Wine and Spirits
Besides this special beer for Cincinnati Beer Week, they will also be tapping Moerlein’s FC Cincinnati Blood Orange IPA and Moerlein owner Greg Hardman will be in attendance.

Tuesday, June 21st – Ei8ht Ball Tap Takeover at Nation Kitchen and Bar
Five Ei8ht Ball kegs on tap.

Tuesday, June 21st at 5:00 pm – Fat Tire & Friends Brewery Tapping Party at Northside Tavern
Check out the Collabeeration beer between New Belgium Brewery and Rhinegeist. We are hearing that New Belgium’s Brew Master Peter Bouckaert will be on hand and that there will be some more fun from New Belgium. Follow our Facebook page for more information later this week.

Tuesday, June 21st at 6:00 pm – Triple Digit Tiramisu Chickow! Tapping and Poster Release at Arnold’s Bar & Grill
For more inforamtion, check out www.arnoldsbeerposters.com.

Tuesday, June 21st at 6:00 pm – Rhinegeist Tapping at Wiseguy Lounge Covington
Beers include Truth, Cougar, Peach Dodo, and Juicy Truth.

Tuesday, June 21st at 6:00 pm – The Cure Starts Now “Brennan’s Buck Nut Brew” Tappening at Rivertown Brewing
Check out their Facebook event page for more information.

Tuesday, June 21st at 7:00 pm – Trivia night at The Growler House
“Featuring the Cincy Beer Week collaboration beers from Team Listermann and Team Mt. Carmel! We’ll be tapping two of the very limited collaboration beers while you compete for a chance to win brewery prizes and Growler House gift cards”

Wednesday, June 22nd – You-Call-It Flight Night/”Blind IPA Tasting Game!” at The Growler House
For $10, you get a flight of 5 unmarked IPAs. Match the beers correctly to the list you are provided and you can win a Cincy Beer Week pint glass. (While supplies last)

Wednesday, June 22nd from 12:30-2:00 pm – Lunch with New Belgium’s Brew Master Peter Bouckaert at Ei8ht Ball
Lunch provided by New Belgium.

Wednesday, June 22nd at 4:00 pm – Wintergreen Roebling Tappening at Rivertown Brewing

Wednesday, June 22nd – Beer and Slider Night at Nation Kitchen and Bar
Three sliders paired with four 5 ounce beers from Listermann Brewing. $20.

UPDATE Wednesday, June 22nd at 4:00 pm – CINfully HOPnotic DIPA Release at Bad Tom Smith Brewing

Wednesday, June 22nd at 6:00 pm – Moerlein Third Wave Poster Release at Arnold’s Bar & Grill
For more inforamtion, check out www.arnoldsbeerposters.com. They will also have a series of Third Wave IPAs on tap including regular Third Wave IPA, FC Cincinnati Blood Orange IPA, Habanero Lime Third Wave and Double Dry Hopped Citra Third Wave.

Wednesday, June 22nd at 6:00 pm – Rhinegeist v The World at Marty’s Hops and Vines
Try a blind tasting of pairs of drafts including: Rhinegeist Puma Pils v Pils Urquell; Rhinegeist Truth IPA v Alesmith IPA; Rhinegeist Fat Pale Ale v New Belgium Fat Tire. “Taste. Decide. Vote.”

Thursday, June 23rd at 12:00 pm – Jackie O’s Tap Takeover at Ei8ht Ball

Thursday, June 23rd – MadTree Night at The Growler House
Hear about their MadTree and how they started. Beers include RoHoFlo, Treesearch #4113 and Citra High. Citra High can release this night as well.

Thursday, June 23rd at 4:00 pm – Strawberry Divergent Tappening at Rivertown Brewing

Thursday, June 23rd at 5:00 pm – Heavy Seas Pint Night at Cappy’s Wine and Spirits
Heavy Seas’ owner High Sisson will be in attendance and they’ll have bombers available for sale that he can sign. Beers on tap include Loose Cannon, Double Cannon, Uber Pils, Blackbeard’s Breakfast and a special cask containing Loose Cannon with cascade, centennial, & citra hops, applewood, orange zest and dried grapefruit.

UPDATE Thursday, June 23rd at 5:00 pm – Elysian Brewing Launch Party at The Lackman
Beers include Space Dust Double IPA, Superfuzz Blood Orange Pale Ale and a surprise brew straight from the brewery.

Thursday, June 23rd from 5:00-9:00 pm – Rivertown/The Cure Starts Now Tapping at Jungle Jim’s Eastgate
Beers include Brennan’s Bucknut Brew (peanut butter chocolate stout), Divergent (with woodruff & raspberry syrups available) and Blueberry Lager.

Thursday, June 23rd at 6:00 pm – New Belgium/Rhinegeist Fat Tire Collaboration Tapping and Poster Release at Arnold’s Bar & Grill
For more inforamtion, check out www.arnoldsbeerposters.com.

Thursday, June 23rd – One Year Anniversary Party at Nation Kitchen and Bar
Tapping bourbon barrel Carrie Ale. $4 burgers, $2 fries, $3 drafts.

Thursday, June 23rd from 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 – Goodwood, Glendale – Fifty West and Hyde Park – MadTree Sol Drifter.

Thursday, June 23rd at 6:00 pm – Beer Dinner at Stadium Sports Bar (Belterra Park)
MENU – First Course: Fried Green Tomatoes, Peppered Greens, Fire Grilled Corn Succotash, Spiced Mayonnaise paired with Rheingeist Truth IPA; Second Course: Slow Cooked Pork Belly, Orange Marmalade, Cider Honey Reduction, BBQ Spiced Pork Cracklings paired with Stadium Lager; Third Course: Ale Braised Short Ribs, Boursin Smashers paired with Christian Moerlein OTR; Final Course: Guinness Float with Coffee Ice Cream, Praline Sauce. Cost is $35 per person. Call 513-232-8000 to make your reservations.

Thursday, June 23rd at 6:00 pm – Moerlein Cask Takeover at The Pub Crestview Hills
Featuring casks of Coconut Seven Hefeweizen, Lemon Purity Pils and cask-conditioned Thousand Weiss Imperial Hefeweizen with blackberries. Pints are $5.

Thursday, June 23rd from 6:00-10:00 pm – Thirsty Thursdays at Craft Pointe
This week, they have beers from Christian Moerlein.

Thursday, June 23rd from 7:00 pm – New Holland Pint Night at Hebron Brew Haus

Friday, June 24th from 3:00-9:00 pm – Revolution Brewing Miami Vice Theme Party at The Lackman
Featuring two beer cocktails and two beers on tap from Revolution.

Friday, June 24th at 6:00 pm – Braxton Storm Tapping and Poster Release at Arnold’s Bar & Grill
For more inforamtion, check out www.arnoldsbeerposters.com.

Friday, June 24th – Blank Slate Night at The Growler House
Blank Slate owner, Scott LaFollette, will be on hand to discuss their expansion, upcoming can release, and more. Beers include Saison d’ 513, Pinango, There She Gose, Orchid’s Repose and Fork-in-the-Road.

Friday, June 24th and Saturday, June 25th – OTR Beerfest at Washington Park
This year, it’s on two nights and there will be draft as well as canned beer. Get your VIP tickets for extra perks at http://otrbeerfest.com/buy-tickets/

Saturday, June 25th from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm – Rivertown Beers and Brunch at Marty’s Hops & Vines
Menu: 1st course – “Enhanced Melons” Nice Melons Watermelon Berliner weiss with mint, berries, and a salted rim paired with Spicy watermelon gazpacho; 2nd course – Death Bloody Mary featuring Death Russian Imperial Stout brewed with ghost peppers in a house-made mixer paired with Italian frittata with sausage, goat cheese, onion, and spinach; 3rd course – Brennan’s BuckNut Brew, a Chocolate Peanut Butter stout paired with Bananas Foster French Toast. Cost is $25 per person and reservations are required. Call 513-681-4222 for reservations.

Saturday, June 25th at 6:00 pm – Blank Slate Pinango Pineapple Mango Hefeweizen Tapping and Fork in the Road Poster Release at Arnold’s Bar & Grill
For more inforamtion, check out www.arnoldsbeerposters.com.

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This Week in Beer: Feb. 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, Feb. 15th at 5:00 pm – Rare Keg Monday at Ei8ht Ball Brewing
This week, it’s MadTree The Death of Gnarly Brown featuring several variants including Hot Chocolate Gnarly, Black Currant Gnarly, Barrel-Aged Gnarly and Unhappy Amber.

Tuesday, Feb. 16th at 5:00 pm – Crank Shaft Can Release at Braxton Brewing
Braxton’s IPA will be packaged in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans and available in the taproom for $10.50. To celebrate, they’re throwing a party and serving Crank Shaft Cans all night.

Wednesday, Feb. 17th at 5:00 pm – Bell’s Hopslam at Zip’s Café
On Tap: Hopslam, Expedition Stout, Two Hearted and Smitten Golden Rye Ale. Glassware, including Hopslam snifters, available with purchase while supplies last.

Thursday, Feb. 18th at 6:00 pm – Thirsty Thursday at Craft Pointe
This week, it’s Warped Wing.

Thursday, Feb. 18th at 6:00 pm – Cellar Dweller Beer Dinner at Izzy’s Fort Wright
Beers include Hopewell’s Milk Stout, Jeremiah Morrow and Cellar Blues. Food pairings are Goetta Balls, The Suzzy (also known as ‘Thanksgiving on a Roll’) and Valentines Sugar Cookies. The cost is $25 per person. For reservations, go to www.izzys.com/reservations.php, email BeerDinner@izzys.com or call 859-331-4999.

Thursday, Feb. 18th at 7:00 pm – Bell’s Pint Night at Hebron Brew Haus

Saturday, Feb. 20th at 11:00 am – Brunch at Marty’s Hops & Vines
Featuring Deeper Roots Coffee and Mt. Carmel Brewing Company Coffee Brown Ale paired with three courses. Cost is $25 per person and you can make reservations by calling 513-681-4222.

Sunday, Feb. 21st at 11:30 am – BrewAsana: Yoga and Beer at Christian Moerlein Malt House
This is a complimentary 60 minute yoga class provided by instructors from Karma Hot Yoga and will be followed with a pint of beer after class. For more information, check out their Facebook event page at https://www.facebook.com/events/562896667222057/

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This Week in Beer: Feb. 8 – 14, 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. 8th at 5:00 pm – Rare Keg Monday at Ei8ht Ball Brewing
This week, it’s Bell’s HopSlam. Cost is $7 for a ten ounce snifter.

Tuesday, Feb. 9th at 6:00 pm – Kentucky Ale Beer Dinner at Packhouse Meats
For $25, you get two glasses of Kentucky Ale and a Kentucky bourbon barrel liqueur served with a four course meal. Call (859) 415-2312 to make your reservations.

Tuesday, Feb. 9th at 6:00 pm – Pint Night/Trivia Night at The Growler House
Featuring Moerlein Big Piney IPA for $4 a pint.

Thursday, Feb. 11th – Maple Dopplebock Farewell Tapping at Mt. Carmel Brewing

Thursday, Feb. 11th at 4:00 pm – Moerlein Tap Takeover at HalfCut
Beers include Big Piney IPA, Wild Hunt Black IPA, T-Bird Hop Harvest Ale and Hudepohl Pure Lager.

Thursday, Feb. 11th at 5:00 pm – Ale Smith Tap Take Over at Market Wines
Featured beers are Vintage Wee Heavy, Vintage Speedway Stout and Vietnamese Speedway Stout.

Thursday, Feb. 11th at 6:00 pm – First Squeeze Nugget Nectar at Firehouse Grill

Thursday, Feb. 11th at 6:30 pm – Upland Brewing Beer Dinner at Otto’s
MENU — Greeter: Champagne Velvet Pilsner; First Course: Carpet Burn Oyster Stout paired with Tempura battered oyster sliders with housemade remolaude served on 16 Bricks challah rolls; Second Course: Dragon Fly IPA paired with Pork tenderloin with apple chutney over arugula with an apple cider vinaigrette, topped with cilantro micro greens; Third Course: Cherry Lambic Belgian Ale paired with Housemade Burrata with flat beignets coated in local honey cinnamon and cayenne, topped with poached pears. Cost is $43.19 per person. You can get your tickets at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ottos-upland-brewing-beer-dinner-tickets-20834978983

Thursday, Feb. 11th at 7:00 pm – Sweetwater Pint Night at Hebron Brew Haus

Friday, Feb. 12th – 9th Annual Cincy Winter Beerfest
The grand daddy of all Cincinnati beer festivals. Get your tickets at http://www.cincybeerfest.com/buy-tickets/. As always, we recommend going Friday night. The Connoisseur tickets and hotel package for Saturday night are already sold out.

Saturday, Feb. 13th starting at 11:00 am – 4th Annual Splinterfest at Moerlein Lager House
This event celebrates barrel aged beers in pints and crafted flights. Beer list includes Braxton Dark Charge, Uinta Brewing Port O’ Call, Thirsty Dog Siberian Nights, Upland Barrel Chested Barleywine, Blank Slate Barrel Aged Shroomious Brown Ale, New Holland Dragon Milk, New Belgium Transatlantique Kriek, Christian Moerlein Eleven/162, Rhinegeist Mushhushshu, Stone 2013 Old Guardian Oak Smoked Barley Wine, MadTree Gnarly Brown Bourbon Barrel, Old Firehouse Barrel Aged Old Flame, Kentucky Bourbon Barrel 3 year Coffee Stout.

Saturday, Feb. 13th at 4:00 pm – Westwood Works Winter Pop-Up Beer Garden at St. James Episcopal Church
Featuring beers from MadTree.

Saturday, Feb. 13th – 9th Annual Cincy Winter Beerfest
See above.

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This Week in Beer: Dec. 28th, 2015 – Jan. 3rd, 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, Dec. 28th at 5:00 pm – King of the Hill – The Dark Side of the Brews at Incline Public House
Local Beer Competition, featuring MadTree Brewing, Christian Moerlein Brewing, Rhinegeist Brewery, Fifty West Brewing, Ei8ht Ball, Braxton Brewing, Blank Slate Brewing, Mt. Carmel Brewing, Listermann Brewing.

Tuesday, Dec. 29th at 7:00 pm – Bines on Vine at The Lackman
West Sixth tap takeover including taproom exclusives like Heller Heaven Double IPA, Second Fiddle Simcoe, Castlewood Black IPA.

Wednesday, Dec. 30th-Sunday, Jan. 3rd – Flights for a Cause at Bad Tom Brewing
With a minimum donation of $.10, you will get four 5oz samples of their beers. All proceeds will go towards the adoption and medical care for Alex from PawPrints Animal Rescue.

Wednesday, Dec. 30th at 6:00 pm – Brewery Tour at Rock Bottom

Thursday, Dec. 31st from 4:00 pm-1:00 am – New Year’s Eve at Braxton Brewing
At 4:00 pm, they will be tapping the next beer in their Garage Series. Then they will have special Firkins (infusions) tapping at 6:00, 8:00, and 10:00.

Thursday, Dec. 31st from 5:00 pm-12:00 am – BrewRiver’s New Year’s Eve Celebration
New Year’s Eve four course dinner menu, with music by a special trio, Todd Hepburn and Yvan Vesserbelt and Chico Converse of Lagniappe. $45 per person or $65 with a bottle of bubbly. Call for reservations 513-861-2484.

Thursday, Dec. 31st from 9:00 pm-1:00 am – Rhinegeist NYE 2016
From their Facebook event page: “Let the countdown to 2016 begin! Join us at the brewery as we celebrate all the good that’s happened this past year and look ahead to 2016! Hit the dance floor with SearchParty – Featuring: Astropat, Druskii, and Voidstar in the Tap Room, or experience something a little different in our Special Event Space with BBG & Company, a Jazz Trio featuring Jake Ball, Philip Tipton, and Brian Batchelor-Gladerin!” Advance tickets are sold out. Day of tickets are $15 and will be available when the doors open at 9:00 pm.

Friday, Jan. 1st – Happy New Year AND Happy 7th Anniversary to Hoperatives!

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Holiday Hours for Better Beer Locations

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

BREWERIES

Blank Slate Brewing:
Closed from Dec. 20th until Jan. 7th

UPDATE Christian Moerlein Brewing:
Dec. 23rd: Open 4:00 – 10:00 pm
Christmas Eve: Closed
Christmas Day: Closed
Dec. 26th: Open Noon – 12:00 am
Dec. 27th: Open Noon – 7:00 pm
Dec. 30th: Open 4:00 – 10:00 Ppm
New Year’s Eve: Open 4:00 – 10:00 pm
New Year’s Day: Closed
Jan. 2nd: Open Noon – 12:00 am
Jan. 3rd: Open Noon – 7:00 pm

Dogberry Brewing:
Dec. 23rd: 3:00-7:00 pm
Christmas Eve: Closed
Christmas Day: Closed
Dec. 26th: Open

UPDATE Ei8ht Ball Brewing:
Christmas Eve: 12:00-8:00 pm
Christmas Day: Closed

Fibonacci Brewing:
Closed from Dec. 20th until Jan. 7th

UPDATE Great Crescent Brewing:
Dec. 22nd: 1:00-7:00 pm for shopping and carry-out beer
Dec. 23rd: 1:00-7:00 pm for shopping and carry-out beer
Christmas Eve: 1:00-7:00 pm for shopping and carry-out beer
Christmas Day: Closed

MadTree Brewing:
Dec. 22nd: Open early at noon
Christmas Eve: Closing early at 6:00 pm
Christmas Day: Closed
New Year’s Day: Closed

Mt. Carmel Brewing:
Dec. 23rd: 4:00-9:00 pm
Christmas Eve: Closed
Christmas Day: Closed
Dec. 26th: 12:00-9:00 pm
New Year’s Eve: 4:00-7:00 pm
New Year’s Day: Closed

Old Firehouse Brewery:
Dec. 23rd: 3:00-9:00 pm
Christmas Eve: 12:00-4:00 pm
Christmas Day: Closed
Dec. 26th: 12:00-11:30 pm
Dec. 27th: 1:00-7:00 pm

Rhinegeist:
Christmas Eve: 12pm-6pm
Christmas Day: Closed

Rivertown Brewing:
Christmas Eve: Open from 2:00-7:00 pm
Christmas Day: Closed

UPDATE Tap & Screw Brewing:
Christmas Eve: 11:00 am until ?
Christmas Day: Closed
New Year’s Eve: 11:00 am – 2:30 am
New Year’s Day: 11:00 am – 2:30 am

BREW PUBS

UPDATE Fifty West:
Christmas Eve: 12:00-4:00 pm (bar service only)
Christmas Day: Closed
New Year’s Eve: Private, ticketed beer dinner from 6pm-9pm. Tickets can be purchased at http://fiftywestbrew.com/brightnewyear2015/. Open to the public starting at 9:00 pm with a taster special where patrons can get 5 tasters for $10; 10 tasters for $15; or 15 tasters for $20.
New Year’s Day: Closed

UPDATE Hofbräuhaus Newport:
Christmas Eve: Closing at 5:00 pm
Christmas Day: Closed

UPDATE Moerlein Lager House:
Christmas Eve: 11:00 am-9:00 pm
Christmas Day: Closed
New Year’s Eve: 11:00 am – Dinner menu served until midnight

BETTER BEER STORES

The Party Source:
Dec. 22nd: 8:00 am – Midnight
Dec. 23rd: 8:00 am – Midnight
Christmas Eve: 8:00 am – 9:00 pm
Christmas Day: 11:00 am – 6:00 pm
Dec. 27th: 11:00 am – 10:00 pm
Dec. 28th: 8:00 am – 11:00 pm
Dec. 29th: 8:00 am – 11:00 pm
Dec. 30th: 8:00 am – Midnight
New Year’s Eve: 8:00 am – 11:30 pm
New Year’s Day: 11:00 am – 7:00 pm

RESTAURANTS/BARS/PUBS

Liberty’s Bar and Bottle:
Christmas Eve: 2:00 pm – 2:00 am
Christmas Day: 8:00 pm – 2:00 am

Marty’s Hops & Vines:
Christmas Eve – Open 11:00 am to 3:00 pm
Christmas Day – Closed
New Year’s Eve – Open 11:00 am to 3:00 pm
New Year’s Day – Closed

Mellow Mushroom Wilder:
Christmas Eve – Closing at 4:00 pm
Christmas Day – Closed
New Years Eve – Closed at 8:00 pm
New Years Day – Normal Hours

UPDATE Taste of Belgium:
Christmas Eve: Open until 3:00 pm
Christmas Day: Closed
New Year’s Eve – OTR and Rookwood open regular hours, Clifton closed
New Year’s Day – Serving brunch until 5:00 pm

Christmas Beer - Holiday Hours

Tastings and Tappings Report: Dec. 18, 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.

BOTTLE RELEASE

Arnold’s Bar & Grill – MadTree bottle release and tap takeover Saturday from 11:00 am until 4:00 pm. See our earlier post for more information.

Listermann Brewing – Barrel Aged White Death Bottle Release, Growler Sale and Canned Food Drive on Saturday from 12:00 noon until 8:00 pm. This year’s version of White Death has been aged in Willet Rye Whiskey Barrels and the cost is $15 a bottle. You can get a $1 off (up to $3) each bottle with canned food item. So, if you want to buy three bottles, you can bring in nine canned goods and get each bottle for $12. You can also get $1 off per each canned good you bring in on growlers, up to $3 each. Regular White Death will be an $8 growler fill all day.

Mt. Carmel Brewing – Releasing their Ice Cream Stout in 22 ounce bombers on Saturday at 1:00 pm.

TASTINGS

Dean’s Hops and Vines – Goose Island Tap Take Over from 4:00-9:00 pm tonight. Beers on draft include Four Star Pils, Lolita, Fulton St. Blend, Winter, The Muddy, Goose IPA and Odgen.

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 no specific brewery’s beers in Fairfield and beers from Alltech in Eastgate.

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 from 5:30-7:00 pm, it’s their annual Against The Grain Backroom Brawl. Beers include Bo & Luke, 70K, Bourbon Barrel Aged Big Brown, Massage a Mystic: Earth, Gogi Berry Sour, Chocolate Truffle and more including a mystery “Randalled” beer. Draft by the glass will be $4.00. The cost for the flight is $2.00 per person. 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.

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 – Snow Shovel Winter Warmer tapping tonight at 5:00 pm. Then it’s their monthly Firkin Friday at 5:30 pm. The firkin is Blown Gasket Robust Porter with candy canes.

Ei8ht Ball Brewing – Tonight is Free Bacon Night AND they will be tapping Against the Grain Raucho Man Brandy Savage. Pints for $5 for a ten ounce snifter.

Liberty’s Bar and Bottle – Tapping Three Floyds Zombie Dust at 2:00 pm today.

Old Firehouse Brewery – Tapping their Stand Pipe Stout tonight at 6:00 pm.

Have a better beer weekend, everyone!

— Carla and Tom

Hoperatives Tastings and Tappings Report

Beers for 2015 Northside Rock & Roll Carnival

The annual event that is the Northside Rock & Roll Carnival is almost upon us. Both MadTree Brewing and Cavalier Distributing are Star Sponsors while Mt. Carmel Brewing is a Red Sponsor and will be bringing their beer ambulance.

BEER LIST
Bourbon Barrel Kentucky Ale
Eight Ball Brewing Prodigal Son APA
MadTree Lift
MadTree Happy Amber
MadTree Psychopathy
MadTree Boysenthehood
MadTree Del Sol
MadTree Gnarly Brown Ale
MadTree DoublePlusGood IPA (special tapping at Keg’s ‘n Eggs 8:30am with the brewers of MadTree)
MadTree Saison Ridge
Mt. Carmel Brewing Coffee Brown Ale brewed w/ Deeper Roots Coffee
Mt. Carmel Brewing Imperial IPA
Mt. Carmel Brewing Summer Wheat Ale
Mt. Carmel Brewing Nut Brown Ale
Mt. Carmel Brewing Stout
Mt. Carmel Brewing Blonde Ale
Old Firehouse Hoser Gose
Urban Artifact Hippodome IPA (only sold in Northside, made for the Rock ‘n Roll Carnival)
Original Sin Cider
B. Necktar Zombie Killer

FOOD OPTIONS
Barrio Tequileria
Cuban Pete’s
Dojo Gelato
Lyric Food Truck
Meatball Kitchen
NYPD Pizza
Red Sesame Korean BBQ
Street Pops
Waffo
Wake & Bake

MUSIC SCHEDULE
Thursday, July 2nd
6:00 The Stealth Pastille
7:00 Ohio Knife
8:00 Soul Tribe (Carnival Act)
8:00 Mason School Of Rock
9:00 Jeremy Pinnell And The 55s
10:00 The Harlequins
11:00 Nude Beach (New York)
12:00 Wussy

Friday, July 3rd
6:00 Comet Bluegrass Allstars
7:00 Old City
8:00 Pickled Brothers (Carnival Act)
8:00 R. Ring
9:00 Nomad
10:00 Beat Awfuls (Lexington)
11:00 Cave (Chicago)
12:00 Saintseneca

Saturday, July 4th
6:00 Daniel Wayne and The Silver Linings
7:00 Thee Tsunamis (Bloomington)
8:00 TBA (Carnival Act)
8:05 Wildhoney (Baltimore)
9:00 Daap Girls
10:00 Flesh Panthers (Chicago)
11:00 The Gotobeds (Pittsburgh)
12:00 Those Darlins

Northside Rock n' Roll Carnival

This Week in Beer: June 29 – July 5, 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.

Monday, June 29th at 5:00 pm – Rare Keg Monday at Ei8ht Ball Brewing
This week, it’s Lagunitas CitruSinensis Pale Ale. Cost is $7 for a ten ounce snifter.

Monday, June 29th at 7:00 pm – Christian Moerlein Beer Dinner at the Green Derby
From Facebook: “Unveiling the Repeater IV American Pale Ale w/ Citra and Galaxy hops, and pairing it with one of two entrees from the Green Derby. $20 for dinner, a pint of Repeater IV, and you keep the logo pint glass! Great craft beer specials the rest of the night as well. Come try a VERY exclusive beer and enjoy a great meal! **Please call Green Derby at 859-431-8740 to RSVP!!**”

Tuesday, June 30th at 5:00 pm – Tap Takeover at Washington Park
From their Facebook event: “Join us on the last Tuesday of the month as four local breweries take over the taps on ‘The Deck’. Starting at 5pm, enjoy special drafts from Taft’s Ale House, Rhinegeist, MadTree, and Christian Moerlein while representatives from each brewery answer your questions about their brew. This month we will be featuring: Taft’s Ale House: LOTUS fruit beer collaboration with Off The Vine; MadTree Brewing: Rounding Third – 6.5% Red IPA; Christian Moerlein Brewing Co.: Cherry Belgian Blonde and Rhinegeist: Azacca Pale Ale with starfruit green tea”

Thursday, July 2nd at 5:00 pm – Independence Day Weekend Kickoff Party at Mt. Carmel Brewery
In addition to bluegrass music and smoked BBQ ribs & brisket, they will be tapping their last kegs of Irish RED ale, and Unfiltered WHITE IPA to go along with their Hibiscus BLUE Ale! RED, WHITE and BLUE. Flights of all three for $5 all night.

Thursday, July 2nd 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.

Friday, July 3rd at 4:00-7:00 pm – Brooklyn Brewing Tasting at Country Fresh Farm Market and Wine Depot

Friday, July 3rd at 5:30 pm – Free Bacon Friday and Tapping at Ei8ht Ball
This Friday, it’s Against the Grain 70K (13+% ABV Bourbon Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout). Cost is $7 for a ten ounce snifter.

Saturday, July 4th – Happy Independence Day!

Hoperatives This Week in Beer