Local Brews & Blues

From Facebook:

Local Brews & Blues is a craft beer tasting featuring all local breweries from the Tri-State! Enjoy an afternoon filled with craft beer, live music, food, and games!

This local craft beer tasting event will take place on June 10, 2017 from 2pm – 8pm on Newport on the Levee’s plaza.

Tickets are on sale now!
$30 in advance and $35 at the door.
-You will receive 18 tasting tickets and a 4oz. souvenier tasting mug. (Must be 21 or older; ID is required)

A portion of ticket sales will benefit The Brighton Center.

Entertainment Schedule:

2 – 3:15 p.m.: Cheryl Renee
3:30 – 4:45: Jay Jesse Johnson band
5:00 – 6:15: The Magic Lightnin’ Boys
6:30 – 8:00: The Fabulous Blues Brothers (This show recreates the music and comedic genius of “Jake & Elwood Blues” )

Featured Breweries:

Bad Tom Smith
Blank Slate
Braxton
Christian Moerlein
Country Boy
Darkness Brewing
Kentucky Ale
MadTree
Mt. Carmel
Rhinegeist
Rivertown
Thirsty Dog
Urban Artifact
West Sixth
Wooden Cask

This Week in Beer: December 5 – 11, 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. 5th at 5:00 pm – Rare Keg Monday at Ei8ht Ball Brewing
This week, it’s Brooklyn Black Ops. Price is $7 for a ten ounce snifter.

Tuesday, Dec. 6th at 6:00 pm – Drunken Winter Ale Tappening at Rivertown Brewing

Wednesday, Dec. 7th at 5:00 pm – Great Lakes Christmas Ale Pint Night at The Casual Pint – Oakley

Thursday, Dec. 8th from 5:00-10:00 pm – Tröegs Pint Night at Cappy’s Wines and Spirits

Thursday, Dec. 8th 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 – Thirsty DOg Twelve Dogs of Christmas, Glendale – Bell’s Christmas and Hyde Park – Urban Artifact Kick Sled.

Thursday, Dec. 8th at 7:00 pm – Blank Slate Pint Night at Hebron Brew Haus

Friday, Dec. 9th at 4:00 pm – Urban Artifact CAN Release Party at Urban Artifact
The initial launch will include Finn (Berliner Pale Ale) and Sliderule (Chocolate Raspberry Gose).

Friday, Dec. 9th at 4:00 pm – Final Friday Night Flights of 2016 at Party Town
Featuring beers from Against the Grain, this annual event is not to be missed.

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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: 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: Nov. 30 – Dec. 6, 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. 30th at 5:00 pm – Rare Keg Monday at Ei8ht Ball Brewing
This week, it’s Founders Backstage Series: Project PAM. The cost is $8 for a ten ounce snifter.

Wednesday, Dec. 2nd at 6:00 pm – December Tapping at Rock Bottom
This month, they are tapping their Wicked Elf.

Thursday, Dec. 3rd at 6:00 pm – Urban Artifact Nitro Tap Takeover at the Brass Tap U Square
Beers include Hearth, Cauldron, Coffee Cauldron, Kicksled and Finn.

Thursday, Dec. 3rd from 6:00-8:00 pm – Fifty West Beer Tasting at Craft Pointe

Thursday, Dec. 3rd at 7:00 pm – Rhinegeist Dad Pint Night at Hebron Brew Haus

Friday, Dec. 4th at 4:00 pm – Schlafly Beer Tasting at Country Fresh Farm Market and Wine Depot

Friday, Dec. 4th at 4:00 pm-Saturday, Dec. 5th at 11:00 pm – Eighth Annual Hopnosis at The Comet
30 kegs of small batch beers tapped on an hourly basis over two days. Partial keg list: Brothers Drake Rising Star Coffee, Sierra Nevada Estate, Founders Backwoods Bastard, Epic Big Bad Baptist, Bell’s Roundhouse IRA, MadTree Dewhop, Deschutes Chasin Freshies, Anderson Valley Wild Turkey, Great Lakes and Fifty West Collaboration Walking Sticke, Smuttynose Big A IPA, Bell’s Hell Hath No Fury, Ballast Point Coffee Vanilla Imperial Porter, Deschutes Black Butte XXVII Birthday Reserve, Brooklyn Lord Sirachi, Maine Beer Company Peeper Ale, To Øl Black Maria, Great Lakes Kentucky Common, MadTree Pilgrim, Stone 2014 Old Guardian, Urban Artifact Kicksled, Moerlein Incline IPA, Mikkeller Say Sun, Anderson Valley Briny Melon, Bell’s L’Appel du Vide, Saskatoon Berry, Thirsty Dog 12 Dogs, Moerlein Sunnyvale, Blank Slate Vanilla Cherry Opera Cream, Taft Ale House TBA and more.

Saturday, Dec. 5th – Happy Sixth Anniversary to Marty’s Hops & Vines
They will be tapping Marty’s Hamilton Ave. IPA from Fibonacci Brewing and by the bottle for in-house and to take home a special brewed variation of Brew Kettle’s 4 C’s just for Marty’s Sixth Anniversary.

Saturday, Dec. 5th – Braxton Block Party
Release of their first bottled beer, Dark Charge in four variations: Dark Charge Imperial Stout, Dark Charge Bourbon Barrel-Aged, Dark Charge Bourbon Barrel-Aged with Vanilla and Dark Charge Bourbon Barrel-Aged with Starter Coffee. In addition, special tappings throughout the day: Available All Day – Storm, Sparky, Crank Shaft, Dead Blow, Trophy: Galaxy, Shop Talk, Garage Series, Nitro Series; Tapped at Noon – Braxton Brewing Co. Dark Charge, Christian Moerlein Brewing Co. 11/162, New Belgium Brewing Barrel Aged Blackberry Barleywine, Upland Brewing Company Dantalion; Tapped at 2pm: Braxton Brewing Co. Dark Charge Bourbon Barrel Aged, Rhinegeist Double Barrel-Aged Gramps Barleywine, Ei8ht Ball Brewing Reintarnation Barrel Aged Golden Ale, Widmer Brothers Brewing Angel’s Reign Imperial Rye Stout, Central State Brewing Totes McOaks Brett IPA; Tapped at 4pm – Braxton Brewing Co. Dark Charge Bourbon Barrel Aged with Vanilla, Blank Slate Brewing Company Barrel Aged Shroominous, Quaff Bros 2014 Flying Pig Pumpkin Ale, Rivertown Brewery and Barrel House Triumvirate; Tapped at 6pm – Braxton Brewing Co. Dark Charge Bourbon Barrel Aged with Starter Coffee, MadTree Brewing Axis Mundi with Coffee and Vanilla, Jackie O’s Pub & Brewery Brick Kiln Barleywine and West Sixth Brewing Slap Happy Barrel Aged Brown Ale. Food trucks and live music too.

Saturday, Dec. 5th at 6:00-10:00 pm – Happy First Birthday to The Growler House
They will be celebrating with with a wide range of beers, including some special, hard-to-find seasonals, purchase VIP party pass for $35 to get 25 bencher tickets to sample all our taps have to offer plus a free pint glass to take home, $11.11 growler fills all day.

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Better Beer Black Friday and Beyond

Check out our Better Beer Happy Hours, Etc. page for regularly scheduled specials on better beer. And check out our This Week in Beer post from yesterday for the better beer events through Thanksgiving. This special posting covers Black Friday through the Sunday after Thanksgiving. As always, any edited listing will have UPDATE at the beginning of the listing.

Friday, Nov. 27th at 8:00 am – Black Friday Bottle Releases at Listermann/Triple Digit
Bottles available include: Chai Chickow!, $12.80, 657 Bottles; Batch 300 aged in Triple Smoked Whiskey Barrels, $15, 369 Bottles; Batch 300 aged in Buffalo Trace barrels, $15, 450 bottles; Batch 300 aged in Smooth Ambler barrels $15, 204 bottles; Blackberry Nutcase, $12.80, 648 bottles; and possibly more to come. All prices tax included. Tap list: Chai Chickow, Batch 300, Batch 300 aged in Triple Smoked Whiskey Barrels, Batch 300 aged in Buffalo Trace barrels, Batch 300 aged in Buffalo Trace barrels, Bourbon Barrel Aged Chickow! (FOBAB Silver medal winner), Nutcase with Blackberries, and more to come.

Friday, Nov. 27th at 10:00 am – Black Friday at MadTree Brewing
Discounted gift packs available online and at their taproom. Limited quantities of Trunk Series Gift Box available.

Friday, Nov. 27th – Free Bacon Night PLUS Barleywine Takeover at Ei8ht Ball
The barleywines are all day long, but the bacon isn’t until 5:00 pm. Beers include Ei8ht Ball Your Mom, Rhinegesit Gramps, Lagunitas Gnarleywine, Pretty Things Our Finest Regards, De Molen Barley Bomb, Upland Barrel Chested and four more yet to be named. Prices will vary by beer.

Friday, Nov. 27th at 12:00 noon – Black Friday and the Inaugural Fuge Friday at Fibonacci Brewing
Spin the centrifuge and you could land on free glassware, $1 off pints, buy someone a drink and more.

Friday, Nov. 27th at 5:30 pm – Black Friday Firkin Friday at Braxton Brewing

Friday, Nov. 27th at 9:00 pm – Arnold’s 12 Beers of Christmas and Festivus at Arnold’s Bar & Grill
Beers include Full Pint Festivus Ale, Listermann’s 2014 Vintage Bourbon Barrel Aged White Death, Urban Artifact’s Spice Cake Christmas Stout, Delirium Noel, St. Bernardus Christmas Ale, Evil Twin Christmas Eve At A New York City Hotel Room, Great Lakes Christmas Ale, Christian Moerlein Christkindl, Thirsty Dog 12 Dogs of Christmas, Bell’s Christmas Ale, Revolution Fistmas Ale, Southern Tier 2Xmas Ale and Anchor Christmas Ale.

Saturday, Nov. 28th – Fifty West’s Hoppy Third Beerthday Party
They will be tapping Death Valley Shootout Stout.

Sunday, Nov. 29th from 8:00 am-1:00 pm – Sunday After Thanksgiving Breweriana Show at Moerlein Malt House
From Facebook: “Breweriana galore available at this buy, sell, trade event. Plenty of nice old Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky items usually show up. More details available at http://queencitychapter.com/2015thanksgivingshowposter.htm

Tastings and Tappings Report: Nov. 13, 2015

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

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 a variety of beers in Fairfield and beers from Thirsty Dog 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 Rhinegeist including Deuce, Hustle, Plow plus the entire line of Rhinegeist cans. Bourbon barrel aged Knuckle Head will be available for $3.00 a 9 ounce pour (no samples available of this beer). 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 – Shareable Saturday — Trophy: Galaxy tapping 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 New Belgium / Ben & Jerry’s Salted Caramel Brown-ie Ale. Pints for $5 and ice cream to pair.

Have a better beer weekend, everyone!

— Carla and Tom

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This Week in Beer: Nov. 2 – 8, 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. 2nd from 4:00-10:00 pm – MadTree Takes Movember: Barbers vs. Brewers
The brewers at MadTree are known for their beards. This Movember, they are raising money for Movember Cincinnati, a local group that creates awareness for men’s health issues and raises vital funds to combat prostate and testicular cancers. The more money they raise, the more beards that are shaved live at this event. You can donate at the YouCaring website and then watch the beards get shaved off.

Monday, Nov. 2nd at 5:00 pm – Rare Keg Monday at Ei8ht Ball Brewing
This week, it’s Avery Pumpkin. The cost is $12 for a ten ounce snifter (limit of one per person).

Monday, Nov. 2nd at 6:00 pm – Beer of the Month Tapping at Moerlein Lager House
This month, it’s King Pin Classic cream ale. A dollar from every Beer of the Month sold will be donated to the DAV 5K along with 100% of the proceeds from the ceremonial keg.

Wednesday, Nov. 4th at 6:00 pm – Moerlein T-Bird Hop Harvest Ale Can Launch and Firkin Tapping at Christian Moerlein Malt House
Tap Lineup Additions include Eleven/162 – Bourbon Barrel Aged Scotch Wee Heavy; Shiver – Chai Spiced Porter; Lime-Bird: T-Bird Infused with fresh Lime; and Stuffed-Bird: T-Bird infused with Cranberries, Rosemary, and Sage.

Wednesday, Nov. 4th at 6:30 pm – New Belgium Beer Dinner at the Celestial
Seven course meal with beer pairings. This is the Celestial’s first ever beer dinner. Cost is $75 per person. The menu is available on their Facebook Event Page. Make your reservations on OpenTable.

Thursday, Nov. 5th 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 – Great Lakes Christmas Ale, Glendale – Rivertown Roebling and Hyde Park – TBA.

Thursday, Nov. 5th at 7:00 pm – Sixpoint Pint Night at Hebron Brew Haus
Sixpoint Bengali Tiger is the featured beer. This is a keep the glass event.

Friday, Nov. 6th at 5:00 pm – Free Bacon Friday at Ei8ht Ball
This week, along with the free bacon, they are tapping several beers from Founders including Backwoods Bastard, Mosaic Promise, Porter and All Day IPA.

Saturday, Nov. 7th at 10:00 am – National Learn to Homebrew Day at Osborn Brewing
Check out their Facebook Event Page for more information.

Saturday, Nov. 7th from 11:00 am-3:00 pm – Holiday Beer Extravaganza at Moerlein Lager House
More than 20 seasonal craft beers will be featured, including: Special Barrel Aged Thirsty Dog 12 Dogs of Christmas, DuClaw For Pete’s Sake Imperial Sweet Baby Jesus, Rogue Santa’s Little Helper, Schlafly Christmas Ale, Lost Coast Winterbraun, St. Bernardus Christmas Ale, Great Lakes Christmas Ale, Deschutes Jubel 2015, West Sixth Christmas Ale, Brew Kettle Winter Warmer, a special keg of Moerlein Christkindl Holiday Spiced Ale on tap designed by the brewers of the Moerlein Lager House, plus many more.

Saturday, Nov. 7th at 4:00 pm – The Great Ohio Brew and ‘Que 2015 at Fifty West
Barbecue and beer? Possibly the best pairing ever. This annual event with Great Lakes is not to be missed for more information and to purchase your tickets, check out their Facebook Event Page.

Saturday, Nov. 7th at 6:00 pm – HOLLER: A Celebration of Kentucky Craft Beer and Whiskey at New Riff Distilling
Participants Include Ei8ht Ball Brewing, Copper And Kings, Blue Stallion Brewing Company, Second Sight Spirits, Country Boy Brewing, Corsair Artisan Distillery, Barrel House Distilling Company, West Sixth Brewing, RoosterBrew, Goodwood Brewing, Against The Grain Brewery, Old Pogue Bourbon, Braxton Brewing Company, Monnik Beer Co., Wilderness Trail Distillery, Willett Distillery, Limestone Branch Distillery, Alltech’s Lexington Brewing Company, MB Roland Distillery, The Gentleman Distillery. For more information and to purchase tickets, go to hollerfestival.com.

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Jim Hennessey’s Farewell Tour at The Woodward Theater Tomorrow Night

Cincinnati beer pioneer Jim Hennessey passed away in early February and his friends (many of whom happen to be his colleagues) have come up with a perfect tribute to him. Tomorrow night at the Woodward Theater in OTR there will be a benefit concert and beer festival from 6:00 to 10:00 PM. The cost is $20 cash at the door and proceeds benefit the Hennessey family.

This is the way the event is described on its Facebook page:

On February 2, 2015 the Heidelberg family and local craft community lost a legend. Jim Hennessey was a 12 year Associate at Ohio Valley Wine and Beer Company and a trailblazer in the world of craft beer. Over the course of his many years in the business, he touched the lives of countless individuals, both personally and professionally.

Jim passed away unexpectedly, two weeks after he received a diagnosis of advanced-staged cancer. He was 59 years old. He is survived by his beloved wife Maryanne and two daughters, Alyson and Kat.

On April 8, a benefit concert and craft beer festival to aid Jim’s family will be held at The Woodward Theater. Tickets are $20 cash at the door. Please join us as we remember the life and legacy of a great man!

http://www.gofundme.com/ny53vo Visit our GoFundMe page to donate.

Jim Hennessey's Farewell Tour Graphic

Ryan Horan from OVC was kind enough to share the event tap list. Some of these are single 1/6 bbls and when they’re gone, they’re gone:

Tap #1: Rogue 7 Hop IPA
Tap #2: Victory Abby 5 Belgian Single
Tap #3: Brooklyn Brewery Ama Bruna Belgian Dubbel
Tap #4: Schlafly American IPA
Tap #5: Rogue Anniversary Barleywine
Tap #6: Great Lakes Barrel Aged Blackout Stout
Tap #7: Thirsty Dog Barrel Aged Cerberus Tripel
Tap #8: Anderson ValleyBlood Orange Gose
Tap #9: Uinta Brewing Detour Double IPA
Tap #10: Great Lakes Dortmunder Gold Lager
Tap #11: 21st Amendment Down to Earth session IPA
Tap #12: Deschutes Brewery Fresh Squeezed IPA
Tap #13: Sierra Nevada Hop Hunter IPA
Tap #14: Uinta Brewing Hop Nosh IPA
Tap #15: Victory Hop Ranch Double IPA
Tap #16: Sam Adams Kosmic Mother Funk
Tap #17: Moerlein Lab Lager Dry-hopped Pilsner
Tap #18: Ayinger Maibock
Tap #19: Sierra Nevada Nooner Pilsner
Tap #20: Anchor Saaremaa Island Ale
Tap #21: Lost Coast Sharkinator IPA
Tap #22: Mt. Carmel Snapshot Imperial IPA
Tap #23: Lost Coast Tangerine Wheat
Tap #24: Smuttynose Vunderbar Pilsner

His family. Music. Beer. Those are pretty much the three things that were most important to Jim. You couldn’t keep us away from this event with a big stick. If you knew Jim we know you’ll be there if you can. If you didn’t know Jim you should come out anyway because it’s just not possible to overstate what he meant to the growth of better beer in Cincinnati.

See you tomorrow night.

This Week in Beer: March 23 – 29, 2015

We frequently get updates for our This Week in Beer post after our regular 9:00 am publishing time. Any edited listing will have UPDATE at the beginning of the listing. NEW – Check out our new Better Beer Happy Hours, Etc. page for regularly scheduled specials on better beer.

Monday, March 23rd – Mug Night Monday at Flipdaddy’s Union

Monday, March 23rd – 1/3 off craft beer bottles at Moerlein Lager House

Monday, March 23rd – Randall Monday at the Brass Tap U Square

Monday, March 23rd at 11:00 am – Bell’s Oberon Tapping at Keystone Hyde Park

Monday, March 23rd at 5:00 pm – Rare Keg Monday at Ei8ht Ball Brewing
This week, it’s Hoppin’ Frog Barrel-Aged B.O.R.I.S. Cost is $12 for a 10 ounce snifter.

Tuesday, March 24th – Penny Flips at Fifty West

Tuesday, March 24th – $8 Growler Fills at Moerlein Lager House

Tuesday, March 24th – Infusion Special at the Brass Tap U Square

Tuesday, March 24th from 5:00-7:00 pm – Meet the Brewer at Barleycorn’s

Tuesday, March 24th at 6:00 pm – BOGO Craft Beer Special at Hebron Brew Haus
Special applies to select rotating draft beers.

Tuesday, March 24th at 6:00 pm – Tuesdays on Tap at Whole Foods Mason
Six drafts, six bites, $6.

Wednesday, March 25th – Select Craft Beers for $2 at Molly Malone’s Covington

Wednesday, March 25th – Flight Night at The Growler House

Wednesday, March 25th – Pint Night at UC’s Catskeller
For this week, it’s Thirsty Dog Brewery.

Wednesday, March 25th from 6:00 to 9:00 pm – Blind IPA Tasting at Marty’s Hops and Vines
Six IPAs on tap with blank tap handles, you get to taste and rank all six. Names revealed after they’ve all been ranked. Cost is $15 a person.

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

Thursday, March 26th – Firkin Thursday at Fifty West

Thursday, March 26th – Tap That Thursday at BrewRiver GastroPub

Thursday, March 26th from 4:00 pm to close – Take Home the Glass Night at Taste of Belgium Clifton

Thursday, March 26th 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 – Bell’s Oberon, Glendale – Oskar Blues Dale’s Pale Ale and Hyde Park – Fat Head’s Goggle Fogger.

Thursday, March 26th at 6:30 pm – Cincinnati Brewing History: Presented by Rhinegeist Brewery
From Facebook: “Come to Rhinegeist Brewery to enjoy an evening all about beer! Rhinegeist is proud to host Cincinnati Brewing History, and lecture by local experts, Steve Hampton, architect and executive director of the Over-the-Rhine Brewery District and Brewery Heritage Trail and Mike Morgan, local historian and author of “Over-the-Rhine: When Beer Was King”. The lecture will be preceded by a brewery tour, happy hour and an opportunity to buy raffle tickets to win Rhinegeist swag!! For beer and history lovers, it doesn’t get any better than this!” Hosted by Betts House, the cost is $11.54 for the lecture only. The tour option is sold out. You can purchase your tickets on their Eventbrite page.

Friday, March 27th – $8 Growler Fills at Christian Moerlein Brewery

Friday, March 27th at 5:00 pm – Free Bacon Night at Ei8ht Ball Brewing
Also tapping Dark Horse Double Crooked Tree.

Friday, March 27th at 5:00 pm – Braxton Brewing Company Grand Opening
From their Facebook Event Page: “Join us as we officially “Lift One to Life” for the very first time. We’re excited to invite you into “The Garage” for a night of delicious beer, the Neltner Small Batch mural unveiling, live bands, brewery tours, a photo booth, and much more. Schedule:
– Doors Open: 5:00pm
– Bands in MadLot at 6:00pm
– Toast/Mural Unveiling: 7:00pm
– and much more…
*subject to change, check this page for updates
Food Trucks will provide the food, we’ll provide the beer. We look forward to pouring pints and, as always, Lift One to Life..”

Friday, March 27th at 5:30 pm – Beer and Wine Tasting at Everything’s d’ Vine
$10 per person to taste five beers and four wines. $5 to taste just beer or just wine.

Friday, March 27th from 6:00-7:00 pm – Friday Night Flights Beer Tasting at Party Town in Florence

Saturday, March 28th from 7:00-10:00 pm – The Art of Funk feat. Sours, Artswave, DJ Soulstep & Pones, Inc! at Rivertown Brewing
From their Facebook event page: “Join us for our Artswave Toast to the Arts Campaign Kick Off Party starting at 7p focused on the Art of Funk! We will be joined by DJ Soulstep spinning nothing but funky vinyl goodness til close, a special performance by Pones, Inc from 7p-8p (an interactive, funk filled dance troop) and, of course, our House Funk feature on tap beginning with Kriek and followed by Pomegranate Lambic along with Gueze and Triumvirate featured in bottle. Come discover and embrace your funk and all its art forms with us on the 28th!”

Sunday, March 29th at 11:00 am – Brewers Brunch with Weasel Boy at Fifty West
Three course beer paired brunch. Cost is $27.37 per person. Make your reservation on their Eventbrite page.