This Week in Beer: Feb. 20 – 26, 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. 20th at 12:00 pm – Quaff Bros. Wild Stallion “Nail Pull” at Ei8ht Ball Brewing
See their Facebook event page for more information.

Tuesday, Feb. 21st at 6:00 pm – Fire Chief Ale Tapping at Rock Bottom Cincinnati

Tuesday, Feb. 21st at 7:00 pm – Louisiana Creole Beer Dinner at Darkness Brewery
Tickets available at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2843095

Tuesday, Feb. 21st at 9:00 pm – Braxton Pint Night at Brothers (Newport at the Levee)
Keep the glass when you order a Graeter’s Black Raspberry Chocolate Chip Milk Stout, Dead Blow Tropical Stout, or Storm Golden Cream Ale.

Wednesday, Feb. 22nd at 6:00 pm – Blank Slate Beer & Burgers Night at Habits Café
Three combos: Knife In the Highway paired with Classic Habits Style Burger, Fume paired with The Bacon Bleu Style Burger, and Shroominous paired with The Texas Style Burger.

Wednesday, Feb. 22nd at 6:00 pm – Jolly Pumpkin Beer Dinner at Moerlein Lager House
For more information, go to their Facebook event page.

Wednesday, Feb. 22nd at 6:00 pm – Brewery Tour at Rock Bottom Cincinnati

Wednesday, Feb. 22nd at 6:30 pm – Slow Food Beer Supper at Streetside Brewery
From Facebook: “Streetside Brewery and Tēla Bar + Kitchen collaborate for a casual 4-course Beer Supper to benefit Slow Food Cincinnati, Cincinnati’s grassroots chapter of an international non-profit that champions local/sustainable farms, food artisans, restaurants, craft beverages, and initiatives in support of good, clean, and fair food for all.
Everyone is welcome! Food: $20/member, $25/non-member. Streetside will also offer a Slow Food Flight of 4 beers ($7) designed by Tela chefs Nathan Mantia and Norman Tchorz to pair with the 4-course supper. Vegetarian options, wine, local kombucha, and Smooth Cincy Coffee available too. A portion of ticket and beer sales go to Slow Food Cincinnati.”

Wednesday, Feb. 22nd at 6:30 pm – Braxton Food Pairing at The Globe
Cost is $25/person, pairings include Storm paired with Asian Shrimp; Dead Blow paired with Bacon Wrapped Date; Spotlight paired with Mango Salsa; Haven Hefeweizen paired with Toasted Baguette with Goat Cheese, Honey Drizzle and Candied Pecans; Jumpstart Brown Ale Brewed with Bourbon Barrel-Aged Starter Coffee paired with Beef Brisket Sliders; and Graeter’s Black Raspberry Chocolate Chip Milk Stout Ice Cream Floats.

Wednesday, Feb. 22nd at 7:00 pm – Monthly Keg Tapping at Hofbräuhaus Newport

Thursday, Feb. 23rd from 5:00-10:00 pm – Holland Pint Night at Cappy’s Wines and Spirits
Beers include HopTronix, Dragon’s Milk, Dragon’s Milk Reserve, Chocolate Coffee Dragon’s Milk, Raspberry Lemon Dragon’s Milk, Rum Coconut Dragon’s Milk, and Triple Mash Dragon’s Milk.

Thursday, Feb. 23rd at 6:00-9:00 pm – Long Trail Pint Night at BC’s Bottle Lodge

Thursday, Feb. 23rd at 6:00 pm – Braxton/Graeter’s Pint Night at 27 Bar+Kitchen

Thursday, Feb. 23rd 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 – Country Boy Cliff Jumper, Glendale – Oskar Blues and Hyde Park – New Belgium Whizbang.

Thursday, Feb. 23rd at 7:00 pm – Sam Adams Pint Night at Hebron Brew Haus

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This Week in Beer: Jan. 23 – 29, 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. 23rd at 5:00 pm – Three Floyds Progressive Tap Takeover at The Pub at Rookwood Mews
For Monday, it’s Gumballhead American Wheat.

Monday, Jan. 23rd at 5:00 pm – Rare Keg Monday at Ei8ht Ball Brewing
This week, it’s New Holland Coconut Rum Barrel-Aged Dragon’s Milk. The cost $7 for a ten ounce snifter.

Monday, Jan. 23rd from 5:00-7:00 pm – Anderson Valley Beer Tasting at Country Fresh Farm Market and Wine Depot
Beers include Winter Solstice, Hop Ottin IPA, Blood Orange Gose, and Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout.

Tuesday, Jan. 24th at 5:00 pm – Three Floyds Progressive Tap Takeover at The Pub at Rookwood Mews
For Tuesday, it’s Alpha King American Pale Ale.

Tuesday, Jan. 24th at 6:00 pm – Brennan’s BuckNut Brew Tappening at Rivertown Brewing (both locations)
In honor of National Peanut Butter Day.

Tuesday, Jan. 24th at 6:00 pm – Ei8ht Ball Beer Dinner at Packhouse Meats
Three course meal (salad, entree meatballs with a side, and dessert) for $25. Call (859) 415-2312 to make reservations.

Tuesday, Jan. 24th at 8:00 pm – Beat the Beer Guy at 16 Bits Bar
From Facebook: “Play a Side-by-Side game against the Sierra Nevada rep for a chance to win free Sierra Nevada beer and/or Sierra Nevada swag. Featuring the brand new Sidecar Pale Ale with Orange and the always classic Sierra Nevada Pale Ale.”

Wednesday, Jan. 25th at 5:00 pm – Three Floyds Progressive Tap Takeover at The Pub at Rookwood Mews
For Wednesday, it’s Robert the Bruce Scotch Ale.

Wednesday, Jan. 25th at 7:00 pm – Monthly Keg Tapping at Hofbräuhaus Newport
This month, it’s their doppelbock.

Thursday, Jan. 26th from 4:30-11:00 pm – Hopslam Release Party at Lisse Rooftop Lounge
“Happy Hour drink specials, complimentary appetizers, UC vs Xavier Basketball game on all 6 TVs and of course…..Hopslam on tap!”

Thursday, Jan. 26th from 5:00-10:00 pm – Sam Adams Utopias Night at Cappy’s Wines and Spirits
Beers on tap from Sam Adams, and one ounce pour of Utopias for $20 (limit 1 per person, while supplies last).

Thursday, Jan. 26th at 5:00 pm – Three Floyds Progressive Tap Takeover at The Pub at Rookwood Mews
For Thursday, it’s Zombie Dust.

Thursday, Jan. 26th at 6:00-9:00 pm – Cincinnati Girls Pint Out Meetup at O’Bryan’s Wine and Spirits
Check out their Facebook event page for more information.

Thursday, Jan. 26th at 6:00-9:00 pm – Listermann Tasting at BC’s Bottle Lodge
Beers include Cincinnatus, Cherry Cincinnatus, BA Stuff, Chocolate/Raspberry Lateral, and Coffee Lateral.

Thursday, Jan. 26th at 6:00-10:00 pm – Crosstown Tap Takeover at The Oak Tavern
Beers from Braxton on tap include Twisted Bit Dortmunder Lager, Spotlight White IPA, Bluff White Mocha Stout, and Tropic Flair Imperial IPA.

Thursday, Jan. 26th at 7:00 pm – Oskar Blues Pint Night at Hebron Brew Haus

Thursday, Jan. 26th at 7:00 pm – Braxton Pint Night at Longnecks (Hebron)

Saturday, Jan. 28th at 6:30 pm – Beefsteak Club Dinner at Christian Moerlein Malt House
Tickets are $55.00 and all proceeds go to supporting Bockfest and the Bockfest Parade. Your ticket includes dinner, drinks, and a signed copy of this year’s Bockfest poster. Purchase your tickets at the OTR Brewery District web site.

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Tastings and Tappings Report: Jan. 6, 2017

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

SPECIAL EVENTS

Rock Bottom – From Facebook: “In honor of next month being the 10th Anniversary Cincy Winter Beerfest we’ve brewed 5 unique beers with 5 great Cincinnati breweries. First up, and being tapped this Friday night, is “JUBILEE IPA” with longtime Beerfest sponsor Rockbottom Brewery. Matthew Utter with Cincy Beerfest and Gerry O’Connel of Rockbottom designed a unique recipe using Equinox hops. The beer will be tapped this Friday at 6pm sharp, and be available for sale at Rockbottom while supplies last. GET A FREE CINCY BEERFEST 10TH ANNIVERSARY/ROCKBOTTOM LOGO COMMEMORATIVE PINT GLASS WITH EVERY PINT PURCHASE! Collect a different pint glass at each of the 5 brewery’s First Tapping Night parties, and after while supplies last! Free admission, and reasonable pint prices.”

TASTINGS

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 New Holland at Fairfield.

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 a brewery yet to be named. 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 – Bear Republic Launch Party Saturday at 4:00 pm. Beers include Short Shifter Hoppy Lager, Double Aught Pils, Rogue Red Sour, Racer 5 and The Grizz.

Braxton Brewing – Spotlight Tapping and Can Release at Braxton Brewing Friday at 5:00 pm.

Ei8ht Ball Brewing – Tonight is Free Bacon Night and they will be pouring from partial kegs from the Shelton Brothers Festival in Louisville. Beers include 7venth Sun Yuzu Lager, 7venth Sun Barrel-Aged La Fete, Nogne O Chaga Stout, Pasteur Street Barleywine, Boneyard RPM IPA, and Boneyard Hu Tong Clan.

Listermann Brewing – Barrel Aged Stuff Release Saturday at 10:00 am.
Beers available for the release include BA Stuff, Stuff, Stuff Nitro, BA German Cake Aftermath and possibly one or two more.

Urban Artifact – Thoroughbred Variant Bottle Release Saturday at noon. They will be releasing the first 5 of 7 total cocktail variants of Thoroughbred. The bottles will retail for $15.99 plus tax and the 5 variants are: The Deveraux – Lemon zest and elderflowers; Corpse Reviver – Juniper berries, lemon zest, orange zest and grape must; King Cake Old Fashioned – Pecans, walnuts, cinnamon and vanilla beans; Kentucky Mule – Lime and ginger; and Mint Julep – Spearmint and vanilla beans.

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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Tastings and Tappings Report: March 18, 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.

NEW BREWERY TO THE AREA

Jungle Jim’s (both locations) – Short’s Brewing Release Party Sunday from 1:00 to 5:00 pm. Just an FYI – Short’s will only be available on draft for the first few weeks. Bottles will be available starting April 4th.

TASTINGS

Country Fresh Farm Market and Wine Depot – Beer Tasting Friday from 4:00-7:00 pm.

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 New Holland at Fairfield PLUS a Rhinegeist tap takeover in the Oscar Event Center in Fairfield. Enjoy a post-St. Patrick’s Day event with Irish beers like Guinness, Harp, Smithwicks at 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 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 will be pouring beers from TBA. 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 and RELEASES

BC’s Bottle Lodge – Fat Head’s Tap Takeover Friday at 6:00 pm. At least five Fat Head’s beers will be tapped. BC’s is located at 7121 Liberty Centre Dr.

Cappy’s Wine and Spirits – Listermann/Triple Digit Tap Takeover – Saturday at 1:00 pm. More information available on their web site.

Ei8ht Ball Brewing – 1,000 Kegs party starting at 12:00 noon on Friday. Check out their beer list and more information on their Facebook event page.

Lucky Turtle – Sunday Funday Keg Release of Stillwater Gose Gone Wild.

Northside Yacht Club – Tapping their collaborative beer with Rhinegeist – Dinghy, a sessionable, tropical pale ale – Saturday at noon.

Have a better beer weekend, everyone!

— Carla and Tom

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Tastings and Tappings Report: March 11, 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

Country Fresh Farm Market and Wine Depot – New Holland Beer Tasting Friday from 4:00-7:00 pm. Tentative beers for tasting include Dragon’s Milk, Mad Hatter, Night Tripper and Poet.

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 Southern Tier at Fairfield and beers from Rhinegeist at 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 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 will be pouring beers from TBA. 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 and RELEASES

Cappy’s Wine and Spirits – Weekend of Darkness runs through Sunday at 10:00 pm. For more information, check out their page at http://lovelandcappys.com/event/weekend-of-darkness/?instance_id=342

Ei8ht Ball Brewing – Tonight is Free Bacon Night and they will be pouring MadTree Vernal Beckoning. Cost is $$5 for a 16 ounce pint.

Have a better beer weekend, everyone!

— Carla and Tom

Hoperatives Tastings and Tappings Report

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.

Hoperatives This Week in Beer

This Week in Beer: Dec. 14 – 20, 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, Dec. 14th at 4:00 pm – Flight Night Tap Takeover at Incline Public House
Beers from SweetWater Brewing Company paired with sliders.

Monday, Dec. 14th at 5:00 pm – Rare Keg Monday at Ei8ht Ball Brewing
This week, it’s Three Floyds Dreadnaught. The cost is $7 for a ten ounce snifter.

Wednesday, Dec. 16th at 6:00 pm – Brewer’s Happy Hour at Rock Bottom

UPDATE Thursday, Dec. 17th at 5:00-8:00 pm – Get Inked at Cork ‘N Bottle
Rhinegeist Ink: Imperial Stout Release in collaboration with artwork by Anthony “Tank” Mansfield. Buy your tickets in advance at their EventBrite link.

Thursday, Dec. 17th from 6:00-8:00 pm – Thirsty Thursday at Craft Pointe
This week, it’s beers from New Holland.

Thursday, Dec. 17th at 6:00-10:00 pm – Goose Island Bourbon County Stout Vertical Tasting at Wiseguys Lounge (Covington)
An aged 2014 Stout and this year’s 2015 Stout on tap. Cost is $17 includes “a generous tasting pour of each so you can try them side-by-side.”

Thursday, Dec. 17th 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 – West Sixth Christmas and Hyde Park – Stone Coffee Milk Stout.

Thursday, Dec. 17th at 7:00-9:00 pm – Holiday Beer Dinner at Izzy’s Fort Wright
Beers include Bell’s Winter White, Sierra Nevada Celebration and Great Lakes Christmas. Pairings include Hanky Pankies, The Izzy’s Combo and Pineapple Upside Down Cupcakes. Cost is $25 per person. For reservations, go to http://www.izzys.com/reservations.php, email BeerDinner@izzys.com or call 859-331-4999.

Thursday, Dec. 17th at 7:00-9:00 pm – Moerlein Tap Takeover at Mellow Mushroom Wilder
Beers include Christkindl, Bay of Bengal, Shiver Chai Porter and Helles Lager on tap.

Friday, Dec. 18th from 4:00-7:00 pm – Rhinegeist Beer Tasting at Country Fresh Farm Market and Wine Depot

Friday, Dec. 18th at 5:30 pm – Firkin Friday at Braxton Brewing

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Tastings and Tappings Report: Dec. 11, 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.

SPECIAL TAPPING – A cask of Brew School 100 Curve Ball Black IPA infused with vanilla and lavender at the Moerlein Lager House. A portion of the proceeds of this beer will go towards the brewing science courses at Cincinnati State. The regular version will be available on draft at both the Moerlein Lager House and the Moerlein Malt House.

TASTINGS

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 Dogfish Head in Fairfield and beers from MadTree 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, they’re pouring beers from new beers from Ballast Point, Flying Dog and Four String Brewing. For the draft by the glass pours, they’ll have Blue Stallion Resting Bitter Face Imperial IPA and New Holland Pilgram’s Dole Bourbon Barrel Aged Wheat Wine. Both will be $3.00 for a nine ounce pour. 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 – Shoptalk Double IPA tapping (Collaboration with Widmer Bros.) at 7:00 pm this Saturday along with local band Wilder and Tom + Chee will be in the taproom passing out samples of Braxton’s exclusive taproom menu.

Ei8ht Ball Brewing – Tonight is Free Bacon Night AND they will be tapping Rhinegeist Stryker. Pints for $5 for a ten ounce snifter.

Have a better beer weekend, everyone!

— Carla and Tom

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This Week in Beer: Nov. 16 – 22, 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, Nov. 16th-Thursday, Nov. 19th – Fork + Bottle: MadTree Brewing at Metropole
Special tasting menu paired with MadTree beers. Cost is $55 per person. Call 513-578-6660 for reservations.

Monday, Nov. 16th at 5:00 pm – Rare Keg Monday at Ei8ht Ball Brewing
This week, it’s New Holland Dragon’s Milk variants including regular Dragon’s Milk, Coffee and Chocolate Dragon’s Milk Reserve and Dragon’s Milk Triple Mash Reserve. Cost is $5 for a ten ounce snifter.

Tuesday, Nov. 17th – Taproom Storm Can Launch at Braxton
While they will be available in better beer locations on Monday, this is the first day that the Storm cans will be available at the Braxton tap room.

Tuesday, Nov. 17th – Liquid Advent Tapping at Taft’s Ale House
Liquid Advent Chocolate Brown Porter is brewed with cinnamon, chilies, cacao nibs & roasted cacao husks from Maverick Chocolate Co. According to the Taft’s Ale House Facebook page, “This special beer is canned in Holiday Edition 16oz 4-packs and sells for $11.99.” Liquid Advent will be available on draft at Taft’s one time only, starting at 5:30 pm Tuesday

Tuesday, Nov. 17th at 6:00 pm – Country Boy Beer Dinner at Packhouse Meats
Three beers (Cougar Bait, Cliff Jumper, Shotgun Wedding), four courses (baked jalapeños, argula & fruit salad, smokey pulled pork with fried okra and Mexican-style apple pie), and a pint glass to keep. Cost is $25 per person. Call 859-415-2312 for reservations.

Tuesday, Nov. 17th at 6:30 pm – Ei8ht Ball Beer Dinner at 20 Brix
Cost is $55 per person. Call 513-831-2749 for reservations.

Wednesday, Nov. 18th at 6:30 pm – Rogue Ales Beer Dinner at Moerlein Lager House
Beer Reception: Rogue Brewing Santa’s Private Reserve, Moerlein Lager House Brew of choice; First Course: Dead Guy Ale paired with Goat Cheese Fritter with a Poached Pear Spiced Chili Sauce; Second Course: Chipotle Ale paired with Seared Prawns with Candied Pork belly/bacon; Third Course: Yellow Snow IPA paired with Sea Bass with a Blood Orange Glaze and Julienned Root Vegetable; Fourth Course: Chocolate Stout paired with Beef Short Rib with Coffee Demi, Scallop Potato and Turnip; Dessert: Hazelnut Brown Nectar paired with Hazelnut Bread Pudding with Caramelized Bananas. Cost is $55 per person plus tax and gratuity. For reservations, contact Jeff Geckle at privatedining@moerleinlh.com

Thursday, Nov. 19th at 6:00-8:30 pm – Thirsty Thursdays at Craft Pointe
Six samples from Revolution Brewing and Jet’s Pizza.

Thursday, Nov. 19th at 6:00-10:00 pm – Pint Night Thursdays at Cock & Bull (all three locations)
The beers for this week’s Pint Night Thursdays are: Main Strasse Covington – Kentucky Bourbon Winter Seasonal, Glendale – Great Lakes Christmas and Hyde Park – Stone Coffee Milk Stout.

Thursday, Nov. 19th at 7:00-10:00 pm – Hudepohl Pure Lager Homecoming Party at the Transept
From their Facebook event page: “Join us in celebrating the triumphant homecoming of Hudepohl Pure Lager Beer. After decades of being a beer of choice for Cincinnatians, we are proud to restore the heritage and bring a classic beer brand back home. Come and share some drinks, have some food and enjoy a special live set from Young Heirlooms on 11/19/15! The event is free but please RSVP here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/hudepohl-pure-lager-party-tickets-19481535798

Saturday, Nov. 21st at 12:00-11:00 pm – Blank Slate Pourhouse One Year Anniversary and Opera Cream Stout Tapping
In honor of the first anniversary of their tap room, Blank Slate is not only tapping their wonderful Opera Cream Stout, but plan to have up to 24 different beers available throughout the day. Here’s the list: Available all day (pending supply): Movin’ On, Out and About, The Lesser Path, Fork In The Road, Long Way Home, MosaWit, Fume, Shroominous, Ryesing Up, Opera Cream – Bonbonerie Coffee Cream Stout and Orchids Bounty; New Release (All Day): On Top of All This My Wife’s Pregnant Rye Session Stout; Opera Cream Variants (Limited Quantity – Tap Times TBA): Opera Cream Nitro, Opera Cream Chocolate, Opera Cream Vanilla, Opera Cream Cherry, Opera Cream Mixed Berry; Other Variants/Specials (Limited Quantity – Tap Times TBA): The Lesser Path Pineapple Habanero, Fumar Chile Chili Pepper Smoked Porter, Fume Chai Tea, Out and About Cranberry, Orchids Bounty Vanilla, Ryesing Up Peach and Pineapple Sage and Shroominous Bourbon Barrel Aged.

Saturday, Nov. 21st at 3:00-8:00 pm – New Belgium Sour & Hop Tap Takeover at the Listing Loon
Beers include Eric’s Ale, Le Terroir, and Accumulation.

Saturday, Nov. 21st at 4:00 pm to close – Caturday Fundraiser at the Brass Tap U Square
From their Facebook event page: “Join us in partnership with Brass Tap and Rhinegeist for an evening of craft beer and cute cats to benefit OAR’s life-saving programs. You’ll enjoy specialty Rhinegeist keg tappings, beer- and cat-related door prizes, cat videos, a live photo booth, and for the true beer aficionado, the opportunity to go home with some extremely rare bottles when the party is over! From 4:00 pm until close, a portion of all draft beer and food sales will benefit Ohio Alleycat Resource and its mission to improve the lives of owned and free-roaming cats in the Cincinnati area. Raffle tickets will be on sale from 4 until prize drawings at 9:00 PM, and OAR volunteers will be on hand all night to talk up our fabulous adoptable cats and rewarding involvement opportunities. Don’t miss this opportunity to combine two of the best things known to humanity: beer and cats! (And some pretty awesome cat people, too.)”

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