Mark Your Calendars: Bockfest is March 6-8, 2009

The finest sign of spring in Cincinnati is Bockfest (not taking anything away from Opening Day, but this is a beer blog). Sure, the weather is often more winter-like than spring-like, but it means spring is coming. And there’s beer.  And a goat.  And a Sausage Queen.  What’s not to love?

The Bockfest website ( has been updated with this year’s information:

Cincinnati is the home to the world’s oldest Bock festival, but many Cincinnatians are unaware of this tradition. If you are one of the unfortunate who have never attended a Bockfest (or who have but can’t really remember that weekend) here’s a quick primer. In the 1800s, Cincinnati was one of America’s most prolific brewing cities. Cincinnatians drank more beer per capita than any city in the country, and Over-the-Rhine was at one point home to more than 40 breweries. A tradition developed among the breweries to release all of their bock beer on the same day. Bock beer is a rich, complex, robust lager that marks the end of the Winter brewing season and the beginning of Spring.

Under 50 days to go.  I can’t wait.

This Week in Beer: January 19 – 25, 2009

Tuesday, January 20, 2009 from 6:00pm-10:00pm – Stone Levitation & 11th Anniversary Keg Tapping at UC’s Catskeller
Beers on tap that night will include Stone Levitation Ale, Stone 11th Anniversary Ale,Stone Imperial Russian Stout and Stone Double Bastard. Stone Bottled includes Stone Cali-Belgique Belgian IPA, Stone/Jolly Pumpkin/Nogne-O Holiday Ale and Stone/Mikkeller/Alesmith Tripel

Wednesday, January 21st at 6:30pm – Winter Harvest Brewer’s Dinner at Rock Bottom
Appetizer: Hearth Roasted Cedar Planked Salmon with a Honey and Rosemary Glaze – Paired with Cincinnati American Light Lager
Salad: Whole Grain Harvest Salad with Spinach tossed in a Cherry Balsamic Dressing – Paired with White Tiger Hefeweitzen
Entrée: Bacon and Blue Cheese Crusted Filet Mignon served with Horseradish Whipped Potatoes and a Wild Mushroom and Green Bean Ragout – Paired with Brown Bear Brown Ale
Dessert: Carmel Pecan Bread Pudding with Homemade Carmel Sauce – Paired with Old Curmudgeon Scotch Ale
$35.00 a person – Call 513-621-1588 for reservations.
Alas, a previous commitment prevents us from making this one, but the ones we’ve attended in the past have been mighty tasty!

Thursday, January 22nd 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm: Rock Bottom Firkin Tapping
We’ve heard that this could be a rather special firkin tapping. More information on this on Thursday.

Friday, January 23rd 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm: Party Town: Beer Tasting
If you missed last week’s Rogue tasting, you really missed something!

Saturday, January 24, 2009 – Brewers of Indiana Guild Winterfest, Indianapolis
We aren’t going to be able to make it to this one either and it’s killing us! Any Hoperatives going to be able to check this premier event out and let us know what we missed?

Oregon’s Rogue Brewery to be Featured at tonight’s “Friday Night Flights”

Big news about tonight’s 2nd “Friday Night Flights” at Party Town:

Hello. First we would like to thank you all for coming out last Friday. We truly appreciate your support and your enthusiasm for great beer. Now we would like to invite you all over again to try out some incredible beers from the Rogue Brewery of Oregon. Rogue opened its doors as a brewpub in october of 1988. They have gone on to become a world class brewery with an astounding number of truly unique beers, and a clear mission of making each beer a highly personal work of art. We are going to start at the top of the line with three from the XS line: Imperial India Pale Ale, Old Crustacean Barleywine Style Ale, and Imperial Red Ale. We will also open the very rare Ten Thousand Brew Ale. The beer was brewed two years ago and we have carefully aged it since then. This beer will be something incredible, I am not even joking. Please join us and Eugene Platinum on Friday, from 6pm to 7pm.

Party Town – Florence
Location: 6823 Burlington Pike, Florence, KY 41042 (Between Office Depot and Big Lots)
Phone: (859) 371-4466

Prohibition Resistance Tour 2009 is on!

Steve Hampton of the Over-the-Rhine Brewery District Community Urban Redevelopment Corporation (OTR Brewery District CURC for the short-of-breath) dropped us a line to let us know that the 2009 Prohibition Resistance Tour is being planned March 7 & 8 during Bockfest.  Carla and I tried to go last year, but the weather didn’t cooperate.  It was rescheduled (the event, not the weather), but, alas, the rescheduled date conflicted with another commitment.

This year we are so there.

You can get specific details about the here, but I’d encourage you to take a look around the site.  Better yet, get involved!  Cincinnati has always been a home for believers in better beer, and this organization is all about preserving that heritage and moving it forward.

New Beer Tasting Added at Party Town

Just received this message from Party Town in Florence:

The party people at Party Town would like to invite YOU to a special new thing we came up with a few minutes ago. Introducing: FRIDAY NIGHT FLIGHT with Eugene Platinum. That means this Friday, and the following ones too, we would like very much if you and any 21 or over friends you may have would come in and try some beer with us from 6pm-7pm. This week we will be spotlighting the Great Divide Brewery, winners of twelve G.A.B.F. medals, four World Beer Cup awards, and current seventh highest rated brewery worldwide by Beer Advocate. So please come in and see us or Eugene will get bored. Thanks and good day.

Party Town – Florence
Location: 6823 Burlington Pike, Florence, KY 41042 (Between Office Depot and Big Lots)
Phone: (859) 371-4466

A Brand New Bouncing Baby Blog

Welcome to Hoperatives, a place for believers in better beer.

What’s better beer?  It’s not just the beer you like, it’s the beer you love.  It’s the beer you’ll search for far and wide, the one you’ll drive long distances to sample and buy, the one you’ll  hoard for yourself or grudgingly share, but only with friends who get it.

That’s what this site is about.  It’s about the beer, the places that make the beer, the places that sell the beer, and the places that serve the beer.  Most importantly, it’s about the people.  The people who make the beer, and the people who love the beer.

This blog is centered on Cincinnati, Ohio, one of the world’s great beer towns. We’ll focus on the people, places, and events that make it great.  We’ll also look at happenings in the region, which we’re defining as anything within a five-hour driving range.  That takes us from the shores of Lake Erie to the north to the Tennessee River to the south, from somewhere in the middle of Illinois to the west, to somewhere in West Virginia to the east.

Hey, it’s about beer, not geography.

Finally, because the proprietors of this establishment like to take their love of beer on the road, we’ll venture beyond regional and national borders and report back on what we find.

There’s a reason a good beer bar is noisy.  It’s because people are talking.  That’s what this place is about.  It’s a place for believers in better beer to congregate and have a conversation.

It’s going to be fun.

Happy New Year!