August Art After Dark: Beer Bash

From Facebook:

Join us at our annual Beer Bash in our Alice Bimel Courtyard for beer tastings from local breweries, live music by DJ Soul Step, food for purchase and exclusive evening access to the entire museum.

::B R E W E R I E S::
Braxton Brewing Company
Fibonacci Brewing Company
Fifty West Brewing Company
Listermann Brewing Company
Rivertown Brewery and Barrel House
The Woodburn Brewery
Urban Artifact

Buy ONLINE and SAVE!
NEW VIP Wristband (Limited quantity available)
$20 pre-sale (online only)
$30 day of event

Includes:
– Wristband with 10 beer tasting ticket
– Appetizers
– Skip the line with VIP check-in
– Exclusive VIP area in the Fountain Room
Purchase your wristband here: http://bit.ly/VIPbeerbash

Beer Tasting Tickets Available During the Event
-1 ticket = 2 ounce tasting
-3 tickets = 10 ounce pour
-$2 for 1 ticket OR $10 for 6 tickets

VIP Wristbands and tickets are non-refundable and are only valid on 8/25/17. Guests must be 21 or older to drink and must present a valid ID to purchase tickets and wristbands. VIP wristbands and beer tickets are only valid for the beer tasting and may not be used at other bars. There is a $5 minimum on credit card purchases.

VIP Wristbands must be redeemed at the Cincinnati Art Museum on event day with valid ID. The individual who purchased the wristband must be present at the redemption location.

Guests must be 21 or older with a valid ID in order to drink. Free admission and free parking. No RSVP required. Please arrive early or consider using Uber/Lfyt for the best parking options. #artafterdarkcincy

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The Woodburn Brewery’s One Year Anniversary Party

From Facebook:

It’s officially been a year since we opened our doors to the public and man, how a year flies by! We want to extend an official invite to everyone who has supported us this past year to our first year anniversary party! Bring your friends and families to celebrate with us! We will have live music, suprise tappings all day of our best selling beer (to be announced soon) and some pretty incredible food to keep things going! Bring your appetites!

ROASTED PIG’S HEAD & TROTTERS

Appetizers:
*Beer Braised Mussels – beer + leeks + tomato + grilled bread
*Nachos – queso + black bean pico de gallo + pickles red onion + spicy sour cream + tortilla
*Street Corn – spicy sour cream + cotija

Sandwiches:
*Braised Shoulder, Ham & Bacon – arugula + beer BBQ + pickles + challah + (choose a side)
*Burger – american cheese + tomato + arugula + bacon + shaved onion + challah bun (choose a side)

Sides:
*Mac & Cheese – breadcrumb + gruyere + fussili
*Slaw – napa cabbage + yellow onion + carrot + red wine vinegar
*BBQ Grippos

Woodburn Beer Dinner

From Facebook:

Join us for our August Beer Dinner with The Woodburn Brewery!

Discover and indulge to a 5-course meal perfectly paired with beers from our friends at The Woodburn Brewery on August 16! Enjoy a brew during our beer reception where you’ll be able to choose a brew from The Woodburn Brewery or Moerlein Lager House. Then sit down to hear from the brewers and chefs on how the beer and food came to be. Each course will be paired with a Woodburn brew. Even the dessert!

Dinner is $60 + tax and gratuity. Seating is limited.

This Week in Beer: August 14 – 20, 2017

Check out our Better Beer Happy Hours, Etc. page for regularly scheduled events and specials. We are only list events here that are unique for this coming week in beer. Remember to check our Events Calendar throughout the week to see events that are added after our Monday morning publication time.

Monday, August 14th from 5:00-8:00 pm – Rare Beer Monday at Braxton Labs

Wednesday, August 16th at 6:00 pm – Woodburn Beer Dinner at Moerlein Lager House

Thursday, August 17th from 5:00-9:00 pm – 3rd Annual Stein Hoisting Competition at Taft’s Ale House

Thursday, August 17th at 7:00 pm – Elysian Pint Night at Hebron Brew Haus

Friday, August 18th from 5:00-9:00 pm – Belgian Blonde Tapping at Braxton Labs

Friday, August 18th from 5:00-9:00 pm – Rhinegeist Pint Night at Jungle Jim’s Eastgate

Friday, August 18th from 5:00-9:00 pm – Christian Moerlein Pint Night at Jungle Jim’s Fairfield

Friday, August 18th from 5:00-10:00 pm – Founders Birthday Celebration/Green Zebra Release at Cappy’s Wine and Spirits

Friday, August 18th from 5:30-7:00 pm – Friday Night Flights at Party Town

Friday, August 18th at 8:00 pm – Molly’s 10 Year Anniversary Party at Molly Malone’s Covington

Saturday, August 19th from 11:00 am-5:00 pm – Bacon, Beer, Bourbon and Blues Fest at Mecklenburg Gardens

Saturday, August 19th from noon to midnight – One Year Anniversary Party at The Woodburn Brewery

Saturday, August 19th from noon to midnight – Oktoberfest Biergarten in the Taproom at Braxton Brewing

Saturday, August 19th from 7:00-11:00 pm – Buckeye Beer Bash at Jungle Jim’s

Saturday, August 19th from 7:00-11:30 pm – Newport Baseball Bar Crawl

Sunday, August 20th from noon to 8:00 pm – New England IPA #001 Taproom Release at Braxton Brewing

Hoperatives: This Week In Beer

Barrel-Aged Bottle Release

From Facebook:

Don’t miss the first chance to take home Woodburn’s barrel-aged Imperial Stouts! We have been aging these for 7 months in Buffalo Trace Bourbon barrels and they go on sale July 8th at 10am. Please join us for our first ever bottle release party!

Also available will be a tapping of a special variation of the Barrel-aged stout at 10am.

There will food, music at noon, and of course lots of beer.

$15.00 (tax included) per bottle
**Limit two bottles of each style per person

This Week in Beer: July 3 – 9, 2017

Check out our Better Beer Happy Hours, Etc. page for regularly scheduled events and specials. We are only list events here that are unique for this coming week in beer. Remember to check our Events Calendar throughout the week to see events that are added after our Monday morning publication time.

Tuesday, July 4th – HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY!

Tuesday, July 4th at noon – NSYC 4th Of July USA Beer & Burger Party Rhinegeist Tap Takeover at North Side Yacht Club

Thursday, July 6th from 3:00-11:00 pm – Tap & Screw Madisonville Grand Opening Party

Thursday, July 6th from 5:00-10:00 pm – Tröegs Pint Night at Cappy’s Wines and Spirits

Thursday, July 6th at 6:00-9:00 pm – Victory Brewing Tasting at BC’s Bottle Lodge

Thursday, July 6th at 6:00-10:00 pm – Pint Night at Cock & Bull Main Strasse

Thursday, July 6th at 6:00-10:00 pm – Pint Night at Cock & Bull Glendale

Thursday, July 6th at 6:00-10:00 pm – Pint Night at Cock & Bull Main Hyde Park

Thursday, July 6th at 7:00 pm – Sam Adams Pint Night at Hebron Brew Haus

Friday, July 7th from 5:00-9:00 pm – MadTree Pint Night at Jungle Jim’s Eastgate

Friday, July 7th from 5:00-9:00 pm – MadTree Pint Night at Jungle Jim’s Fairfield

Friday, July 7th from 5:30-7:00 pm – Friday Night Flights at Party Town

Saturday, July 8th at 10:00 am – Barrel-Aged Bottle Release at the Woodburn Brewery

Saturday, July 8th at 10:00 am – Team Fiona #2 NE IPA Release at Listermann Brewing

Saturday, July 8th from 2:00-10:00 pm – Weyerbacher/North High Collaboration Tapping at Cappy’s Wine and Spirits

Saturday, July 8th at 5:00 pm – Schutzenfest Kolsch Release Party at the Lucky Turtle

Hoperatives: This Week In Beer

The Woodburn Pint Night

From Facebook:

Join us Thursday, June 22nd for a Pint Night with the guys and gals from The Woodburn. They’re making some really delicious beers, and we are so excited to share more of them with you! The lineup will be posted soon, but it’s going to be a great time!

This Week in Beer: April 3 – 9, 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.

HAPPY OPENING DAY! LET’S PLAY BALL!

Monday, April 3rd at 8:00 am – 3rd Annual Season Opener at Taft’s Ale House
See their Facebook event page for more information.

Monday, April 3rd at 9:00 am – Opening Day Festivities at Arnold’s Bar & Grill
See their Facebook event page for more information.

Monday, April 3rd at 9:00 am – Opening Day Kegs and Eggs at Rhinegeist
See their Facebook event page for more information.

Monday, April 3rd at 10:00 am – Celebrate Opening Day at MadTree
See their Facebook event page for more information.

Monday, April 3rd at 10:00 am – Rally on the Square with MadTree Beer
See their Facebook event page for more information.

Monday, April 3rd at 11:00 am – Braxton & Baseball
See their Facebook event page for more information.

Monday, April 3rd at 12:00 pm – Opening Day Parade and After Party at MOTR
See their Facebook event page for more information.

Monday, April 3rd at 12:00 pm – Opening Day at Darkness Brewing
See their Facebook event page for more information.

Thursday, Month Day from 5:00-10:00 pm – Woodburn Pint Night at Cappy’s Wines and Spirits
Beers include Hammer Session IPA, Cedar IPA, Double IPA, Berliner, Steinpils, Han Solo, Amber, Breakfast Porter, Chocolate Mint Stout, and Barleywine.

Thursday, Month Day at 6:00-9:00 pm – Crooked Handle Pint Night at BC’s Bottle Lodge
Beers include Crickey! English Mild, Matchstick Amber, Bomb’s Away, and BA Roadside PB Porter.

Thursday, Month Day at 6:00-10:00 pm – Pint Night Thursdays at Cock & Bull (all three locations)
The beers for this week’s Pint Night Thursdays are: Main Strasse Covington – TBA, Glendale – TBA and Hyde Park – TBA.

Thursday, Month Day at 7:00 pm – Highland Pint Night at Hebron Brew Haus

Hoperatives: This Week In Beer

Better Beer St. Patrick’s Day Events 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

St. Patrick's Day

Behind the Scenes: The Woodburn Brewery and Taproom

We are happy to welcome a new contributor to Hoperatives. Brad Horak is currently taking Carla’s Beverage Tourism and Tasting Management class this spring and is working towards his Brewing Sales and Marketing certificate. This is the first of a series of articles he is going to be writing on new local breweries.

From the moment you step into The Woodburn Brewery, you will notice that there is just something special about this brewery. Unlike many other breweries, the taproom at The Woodburn is designed to be more than just a brewery that also happens to have a taproom. At The Woodburn, a lot of thought and planning has gone into the design for both the brewery and the taproom. The taproom experience is elegantly refined by its industrial modern decor, friendly and knowledgeable staff and a wide selection of high quality craft beers brewed by one of Cincinnati’s finest brewers, Chris Mitchell.

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Chris has been brewing beer for over 17 years. His career in brewing first started at Listermann Brewing Company in 2000. At that time, he was primarily working with customers on the retail side of the business. It was also while he was working at Listermann that he met Dennis Chacón. Dennis was a customer that shared the same goal as Chris to one day open his own brewery. The two decided to join forces and they began working on a business plan, found their desired location, and designed the brewery’s building. Their hard work finally paid off last year on August 26th when they opened the doors for the grand opening.

I recently met up with Chris to get a behind the scenes look at the brewery. He gave me a personal tour and I was able to observe him and his two brewing assistants at work. I was especially fortunate, because on this particular day they were brewing a batch of beer from their smaller 3 barrel pilot system for the upcoming Bockfest. Normally, they use the much larger 20 barrel system. This particular batch of beer will be available for a limited time for Bockfest at Arnold’s Bar and Grill and at the Christian Moerlein Malt House.

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During my tour, Chris explained in detail many of the decisions that he and Dennis made during the early stages of their planning. Perhaps the most important decision they made was choosing the brewery’s location. The Woodburn is located in the heart of East Walnut Hills. They liked the area because Dennis lives nearby and they saw a lot of potential in the neighborhood. At the time, several new businesses were opening. Today the neighborhood is abound with restaurants, bars, shops and salons. Chris also mentioned, “There is a lot of foot traffic. The flying pig runs by. The marathon people train along this route, so there’s always people jogging in front. They have the walk on Woodburn and the parking just behind us is nice.” The Woodburn Lot, a free public parking lot, is conveniently located adjacent to the brewery.

The building is designated as an historical building. It was originally built in 1909 as a movie theater. During the building’s renovation, Chris and Dennis made some fascinating discoveries. They found an orchestra pit that was used to play music during the films, since at that time motion pictures had no sound. There was a false wall that would have had a screen adhered to it. They also discovered that along the walls there were joist pockets where they could see how the floor had been slanted down for the theater’s seating. During the 30s and 40s it was used as a bank. In fact, before the renovations, there were still bars on the windows and a vault in the back. In the 70s, it was used as a dry cleaners. In more recent years, it was as a used for neighborhood storage. It was full of items that had been left over years. Chris and Dennis purchased the property in late 2014 and did much of the restoration themselves.

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The taproom has a modern industrial design. The walls are exposed brick and the bar’s counter top is made of concrete. The back bar is enshrined in copper. Even the lights on the walls and the hanging fixtures espouse this industrial theme. It may have an industrial theme, but that does not mean it feels cold. The wood accents on the bar, furniture and the ceiling’s cross beams soften the steel, copper and concrete. Seating has also been carefully considered. There are several stools at the bar. There are high tops, tables and benches. They even have four small tables affixed to walls, perfect for resting a pint while either sitting or standing. They have done a remarkable job branding the taproom. Their logo is prominently displayed on the glass doors, glassware and even on the signs for the restrooms. The logo’s design is the Phoenix. The Phoenix represents rebirth, and for The Woodburn it symbolically represents the rebirth of Cincinnati’s brewing heritage, an ideal that Dennis and Chris have embraced. The taproom features a modest amount of merchandise. T-shirts, growlers, hats and glassware are available for purchase.

Staffing has also been an important consideration for the management. When asked what they look for in a taproom employee, Chris responded, “You have to have a perfect blend of, you know, be friendly, be social, interact with customers and know enough about the beer.” Whenever Chris has a chance he will bring a bartender into the back and teach them about the brewing system. They periodically have employee meetings where they train the staff and have tastings. The end result is a well informed and friendly taproom employee.

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The taproom currently has 17 beers on tap. They carry four core beers on tap: the Steinpils, the Cedar IPA, the Berliner Weisse, and my personal favorite, the Chocolate Cherry Stout. Having the 3 barrel pilot system, mentioned earlier, has allowed them to more easily fill in the taps to offer 16 to 17 beers. Chris added, “I think, there’s not a lot of places in town that have that many of their own beers on tap like that.” Another very popular beer that could move up the ranks to a core beer is the Hans Solo, a coffee infused pale ale. I asked Chris about his most unique beer. He said it would probably have to be the Anchor Oyster Stout. It is brewed with oyster shells and oysters. This stout was specially made for The Anchor restaurant, a local seafood restaurant. It is also currently available in the taproom as a seasonal.

The taproom does not have a kitchen; however, Mazunte rents a space next door and provides some light food, such as chips and salsa, on Tuesday through Sunday. Customers can bring their own food or they will often order food to be delivered. Dog lovers will be happy to know that their dogs are welcome!

The Woodburn Brewery is located at 2800 Woodburn Ave and is open Monday through Friday, 4pm to 12pm; and Saturday through Sunday, 12pm to 12am.

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