Traveling Tuesday: Dayton Alefest Set for August 16th

While we concentrate on local beer events and news, we also like to let you know about regional beer events like this one.

16th annual AleFest Dayton returns to the Miami Valley on Saturday, August 23, 2014 showcasing over 400 unique beers and ciders from more than 180 craft breweries around the world with a special focus on Dayton area breweries. This year’s event offers exciting changes starting with a new venue, Wegerzyn Gardens, to be held from 2-5PM. Beer aficionados will enjoy live music and a variety of food from some of the Miami Valley’s favorite local restaurants. A portion of the proceeds from this year’s event will benefit selected local non-profit agencies.

The week will kick off with Dayton Beer Week beginning Saturday, August 16th featuring a golf outing benefitting Breast Cancer Foundation, followed by the annual Dayton Beer Pride Parade on Sunday, August 17th. Dayton Beer Week features numerous craft beer-centric events throughout the entire week leading up to Saturday’s AleFest Dayton celebration.

“This is the perfect opportunity for craft beer fans and those new to craft beer to discover a new favorite,” said Joe Waizmann. “In the last year, we have witnessed first-hand just how popular craft beer is here in the Dayton area with 9 local participating breweries. Whether you’ve been enjoying craft beers for years or are brand new to the category, you’ll be impressed with the diversity of aromas & flavors as well as the culture. AleFest is the longest running craft beer festival in Ohio, offering a brew for every palate, and a unique perspective on craft beer.”

Exciting additions to the AleFest family are local beer enthusiasts and event and marketing professionals, Jennifer Dean and Amanda Pond. They will be working as Event Managing Partners alongside Joe Waizmann, AleFest Founder.

Although AleFest has called Carillon Park home for 11 years, recent cost prohibitive rental policy changes beyond our control lead to the move to the new home at Wegerzyn Gardens. Wegerzyn offers a beautiful park setting, allowing AleFest to continue to grow, bringing guests from throughout the region to the Dayton community. With the support of The City of Dayton, AleFest drives tourism and showcases Dayton’s vital role in craft beer appreciation & brewing throughout the Miami Valley.
General admission tickets, $40 at the door or $35 in advance, include 20 tasting tickets, a commemorative glass, and program guide.

Tickets can be purchased online ( or at select locations throughout the Miami Valley. Visit our Facebook page, for advance ticket locations. (Designated drivers will be admitted for $15 and will receive a commemorative tasting glass as well as complimentary soda and water. No one under 21 will be admitted).

A new feature this year, AleFest Dayton will also offer a limited number of V.I.P. admission tickets, allowing early access to the event. 500 tickets will be available offering beer enthusiasts the opportunity to enter at 1PM to mingle in a relaxed environment with brewery representatives and industry experts. V.I.P. tickets are $50 and only available for purchase online by visiting or by clicking here!

To learn more visit and join the conversation on Facebook to stay up to date on Dayton Beer Week events and AleFest Dayton.

Dayton Alefest

Traveling Tuesday: Alltech Craft Brews and Food Fest This Saturday

If you are a regular Hoperatives reader (or active fan of craft beer), you know that we are currently in the middle of American Craft Beer Week. But, as luck would have it, this week is also the 2nd Annual Lexington Beer Week.

KY Bourbon Barrel Maibock

Three new beers (including two collaborations) have been brewed in honor of the event:

  1. Lexington Brewing is releasing the third in their barrel-aged series. Kentucky Peach Barrel Wheat is described as “a light, crisp ale perfect for lazy summer days” and comes in at 8% ABV. This one will be available on tap and in four-packs in the existing areas where Lexington is distributed.
  2. The second beer is Kentucky Stallion Bourbon Barrel Maibock, a collaboration between Lexing Brewing and Blue Stallion Brewing. The idea was “to serve up a beer that brings together the two breweries’ strengths – Alltech’s barrel-aging specialty and Blue Stallion’s traditional European brews expertise.” The beer will be available at the Blue Stallion tap room and select Lexington bars and restaurants.
  3. The final beer is from Lexington and Country Boy. Kentucky Boy is “a unique brew that blends a two-year-aged special Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Stout™ and Country Boy’s Black Gold Porter and barrel ages every drop of the blend.” It will be available at Country Boy’s tap room in very limited quantities. But there is one more place you can get it…

New to Lexington Beer week this year is the Alltech Craft Brews and Food Fest scheduled for this Saturday, May 17th from 12:00 to 8:00 pm at the Lexington Convention Center. In addition to Kentucky breweries like Against the Grain, Apocalypse, BBC, Blue Stallion, Country Boy, Cumberland, Falls City, Lexington, Sterling and West Sixth, there will also be beers from Abita, Avery, Bell’s, Brooklyn, Dark Horse, Deschutes, Dogfish Head, Evil Twin, Goose Island, Great Lakes, Green Flash, Hammerheart, Highlands, Lagunitas, Left Hand, New Holland, North Coast, Oskar Blues, Schlafly, Sierra Nevada, Sixpoint, Smuttynose, Southern Tier, StillWater, Stone, Sweetwater, Three FLoyds, Victory and Cincinnati’s own Rivertown.

Advance tickets are $30 or you can wait and buy them at the door for $35. Designated driver and group tickets (six tickets for the price of five) are also available. Your ticket gets you fifteen sample tokens. “Each sample token is good for a 3 oz beer sample or a 1/4 ounce spirits sample. Each ticket holder will also receive a commemorative sample glass to use and take home.”

To purchase tickets for Alltech Craft Brews and Food Fest, go to For more information, go to their web site at

We are looking forward to covering the Alltech Craft Brews and Food Fest as press this weekend. We will be sure to share news on our favorites later on.

Craft Beer at RiverRoots Music & Folk Arts Festival

It’s been quite the day for better beer information here at Hoperatives. It must be spring or something. Though we cover Ohio and Kentucky events all of the time, it’s really nice to be able to tell you about something going on in Indiana next month.

The Craft Beer division of the RiverRoots Music and Folk Arts Festival has been given a boost due to a beer tent sponsorship from the Brewers of Indiana Guild. The popular festival is perfectly timed to craft beer activities because it falls on National American Craft Beer Week, May 12 through 18.

“American Craft Beer Week is the mother of all beer weeks,” said RiverRoots Craft Beer Coordinator Don Clapham. “American Craft Beer Week is the annual celebration of small and independent craft brewers, their craft and the American beer culture. We are proud to proclaim our own local, ‘Madison Craft Beer Week’.”

There will be several craft beer related activities during the week before the RiverRoots festival. Each will allow the RiverRoots Craft Beer Committee to highlight one of the feature beers from the festival at local restaurants. Special Madison Craft Beer Week events will be:

· Tuesday, May 13, Key West Shrimp House will feature a beer and food pairing with the Great Crescent Brewery.
· Wednesday, May 14, The 605 Grille, offers a beer and food pairing with Power House Brewery.
· Thursday, May 16, The Bone Yard Grill will host the RiverRoots kickoff event with live music with a beer and food pairing with New Albanian Brewery.
· Friday May 17 & Saturday May 18 is the RiverRoots Music and Folk Arts Festival.

Another Craft Beer feature of RiverRoots will be the Tap Room Only Kegs. There will be periodic announcements from the stage concerning the tapping of limited quantity special “Tap Room Only Kegs” in the Craft Beer Tent. This will allow our festival goers to experiences beers normally reserved only for those that visit the breweries themselves.

Five Indiana micro breweries with 15 different brews will be at the festival this year. The list of craft brewers includes Sun King from Indianapolis, Upland from Bloomington, and Power House from Columbus, New Albanian from New Albany, and Great Crescent from the Aurora / Cincinnati area.

There is also an event for makers of craft beer. This will be the 3rd year for the RiverRoots Brew-Off competition for home brewers. The style chosen for this year’s competition is American Ale with three sub categories; American Pale Ale, American Amber Ale and American Brown Ale. Detailed information is available on the RiverRoots web site.

The 9th Annual RiverRoots Music and Folk and Art Festival will be held on the riverfront in Madison, Indiana, on Friday and Saturday, May 17-18. For tickets and a full list of performers, activities and show times go to, or call 800-559-2956.

Traveling Tuesday: Sun King CANvitational — Indianapolis, IN

We were fortunate to attend the first Sun King Brewing CANvitational in Indy this past weekend.  Jason from Hoosier Beer Geek graciously invited us to come over and, better yet, gave us a couple of tickets to give away. Jenny Hilgefort was the lucky winner chosen at random from those who commented on the post announcing the giveaway. We ran into her and her honey at the festival. We were all having such a good time we forgot that a picture of our winners would have been nice. 

It was a beautiful day and a great location. Georgia St. in downtown Indy has been renovated so it’s easy to turn into a pedestrian plaza. Here you can see the tents set up on the left side. There were some tents in the center, but there was a lot of space off to the right if you wanted to bypass the crowds to get from one end to the other.

Location Overview

Here’s another view a little later with setup well underway. We go to a lot of these things and it’s hard to imagine one that’s easier to access during setup and tear down.


As is the case for most events, there was a VIP tasting hour that was much less crowded than later in the day. It did get crowded later, but it was never overbearing by any means.

Early Crowd

One thing that was nice is that the portions being poured were definitely tasting portions. Even if you asked for your “mug” to be filled, it was just a small pour.  You could try a lot of different beers and still be OK. The event was also a good length.  It ran from noon to 5PM. The phrase that kept going through Tom’s head all day was “human-sized.” There was a lot of variety, but it wasn’t overwhelming.

tasting portion

The point of the event was to celebrate craft beer in cans. Sun King was one of the pioneers of the practice that’s becoming more and more common among craft brewers all the time. Here are offerings from Tin Man Brewing Company in Evansville, IN.  They’ve been open since last November and are starting to be distributed around the state. There were several breweries (Tallgrass from Kansas, Marble from New Mexico, Baxter from Maine, Cigar City from Florida, SanTan from Arizona) that aren’t distributed in Indiana, much less Ohio or Kentucky, so it was a real treat being able to sample stuff we normally can’t get.

Tin Man beers

You never know what the last weekend of September is going to be like.  The weather was nice, but it got warm if you were out in the direct sun. Not to worry, there were plenty of cans — of course — of water on ice free for the taking.


Another nice touch the organizers came up with was leaving a large area for mingling and socializing at the west end of the festival area. It was shady for much of the day and there was a stiff breeze.


All in all this was a well-organized festival that we hope will become an annual fixture. You never know how things are going to go the first year and Sun King seems to have done everything they could to make sure the first year was a success. Next year we hope things work out for  MadTree, Rhinegesist and other Cincinnati breweries to be represented.


[Obligatory disclosure: we attended the festival using free media passes. They were given to us with no conditions attached.]

CANvitational Giveaway Winner

Congratulations to Jenny Hilgefort who won our CANvitational tickets giveaway. In her entry, she let us know that her favorite beer in a can is Oskar Blues’ Ten Fidy.

Congratulations again to Jenny!

Carla and Tom

Giveaway: Sun King to host CANvitational – Sept. 28th

What’s better than a Hoperatives Traveling Tuesday post? A Hoperatives Traveling Tuesday post that’s also a giveaway! Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know that canning beer is big in craft beer right now and one of the first breweries to can in the Midwest was Indianapolis’ Sun King Brewing Company. The fine folks at Sun King are taking their love of canned craft beer one step further by hosting the inaugural CANvitational, the Midwest’s first-ever canned craft beer festival, on Saturday, September 28th.


The Sun King CANvitational will be held in downtown Indianapolis on Georgia Street and Pan Am Plaza from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. More than 30 craft breweries representing 16 states are participating including Great Crescent Brewery of Aurora, IN and West 6th Brewing Company of Lexington, KY. (As of now, MadTree Brewing is not listed as participating. We will check on that.) Tickets are $50 for general admission and $75 for early entry. You can purchase them at and check out the complete brewery list. You can also reserve a room at CANvitational’s partner hotel the Omni Severin Hotel. We’ve stayed there many times and it truly is a wonderful hotel.

In addition to great, canned craft beer, attendees will have plenty of food options for purchase from food trucks that will line Georgia Street, as well as a tent with options from the Omni on Pan Am Plaza. Music will be provided throughout the event by DJ Helicon and DJ Action Jackson.

“We’re incredibly excited to share the beers from these breweries with attendees, especially considering that most of the breweries’ beers aren’t available in Indiana or in many cases outside of their home markets,” said Sun King owner Clay Robinson. “We’ve assembled an all-star lineup of canning breweries from all over the country and our goal is to showcase the great craft beer that is driving the canned craft beer revolution!”

Thanks to our friends at Hoosier Beer Geek, we have two tickets for CANvitational to giveaway to a lucky Hoperatives reader. To enter, answer this question in a comment to this post: What is your favorite craft beer available in a can? Be sure to enter your name and email address when you post so we know how to contact you. Also, comments on Twitter or Facebook will not count. You have to comment here on the web site. This giveaway will end Sunday, September 15th at 11:59 pm. and we will use to choose the winning comment. If we do not hear back from the winner within 24 hours of notification, we will pick another winner.

Assorted Local Beer News for July 11th

• Rhinegeist Brewery will be having brewery tours today (7/11) at 6:30 pm.

• Rivertown Brewing is having the release party for this year’s edition of their “Ojos Negros” Blackberry Sour Ale tomorrow (Friday, July 12th) at 5:00 pm at their tap room. It’s first come first serve and there is a limit of 2 bottles per customer. They will also have a limited quantity of a bundle pack of Rivertown sours featuring “a one of a kind Belgian glass giveaway.”

• Keystone Bar and Grill opened their third location in Clifton at 249 Calhoun St. (Cincinnati). As of July 7th, they had the following beers on tap: Bell’s Two Hearted, Bell’s Oberon, Bell’s Amber, Bell’s Expedition Stout, Bell’s Q Falls, Stella Artois, Guinness, Founders Double Trouble, Lost Coast Tangerine Wheat, Avery 3.5 Ale, Brew Kettle White Rajah IPA, Left Hand Milk Stout on Nitro, Brooklyn Blast IPA, Crispin, Leinenkugel’s Summer Shandy, and Widmer Marionberry Hibiscus.

• We don’t usually cover events out of the Cincinnati metro area, but if you feel like getting out of town on Saturday, you can head up to the Dayton’s 2nd Annual Belgian Ale & Food Festival. There’s more information on their Facebook page at

Traveling Tuesday: Ohio Brew Week (Athens, OH)

For most of our Traveling Tuesday posts, we tell you about better beer locations that we’ve been to and thought you might like to travel to yourself. This week, we’re going to tell you about an event we haven’t had a chance to attend yet ourselves, but hope to make this year.

Dan Gates of Ohio Brew Week

At last month’s Old Jug Society dinner at the Moerlein Lager House, we had the pleasure of talking with Dan Gates, Executive Director of Ohio Brew Week before the event. In his speech during the beer dinner, Dan shared the history of this celebration of beer.

In its seventh year, the Ohio Brew Week has grown to one of the largest (and longest) events in the area. This year’s Brew Week is a month earlier than past years due to the July dates conflicting with Ohio University’s New Student Orientation. The keynote speaker for 2012 is Cincinnati’s own Greg Hardman of Christian Moerlein, an Ohio University alumnus. The keynote is scheduled for Sunday, June 24th at 8:00 pm at Casa Cantina (6 West State St.).

Several other Cincinnati breweries will also be participating. Mt. Carmel Brewing, Rivertown and Christian Moerlein all have multiple events on the schedule. Other Ohio breweries participating include Elevator, Great Lakes, Jackie O’s, Maumee Bay, Buckeye, Weasel Boy and The Brew Kettle.

Other events include baseball, home brew, barbecue, roller derby, bands and lots & lots of beer dinners, tastings and tappings.

If you are planning to attend, you probably want to plan on going the first weekend. Hotels are pretty booked up for the second weekend. You’re even better off if you take some vacation days and go during the week instead.

For more information, check out the Ohio Brew Week website at

Ohio Brew Week 2012

[Please note: Although we do have an Old Jug Society membership, we were the guests of Greg Hardman at the dinner that night.]

Last-second call for Columbus Beerfest volunteers (this weekend!)

Facing a holiday weekend of chores or staring at the walls? You have a chance to make a quick trip to Columbus, OH to sample some beers, get a couple free nights in a nice hotel and (most importantly) help out with a great cause.

Craig Johnson, organizer of the most-excellent Cincy Winter Beerfest, has taken his show up I-71 for the first-ever Columbus Beerfest. The event benefits the Big Joe Duskin Music Education Foundation, just like his Cincy events, but this one is targeted at expanding the organization’s regional reach. Something happened and some Columbus-area volunteers didn’t come through, so the scramble is on to find 15 volunteers to work Friday and Saturday. Chris Nascimento of the Cincinnati Malt Infusers and has graciously volunteered to get some folks together, and he called just a little while ago to extend an invitation to any and all Hoperatives. There are really just a few things you need to know that we can tell you:

  • The event is being held at the Columbus Convention Center May 28 & 29.
  • You will get a T-Shirt, a pint glass, and tasting privileges.
  • You will get a room at the adjoining Crown Plaza hotel for each night you work
  • You’ll share that room with someone else. The only way to choose your roommate is to provide another volunteer you don’t mind sleeping in the same room with.
  • You need to make up your mind really, really soon.

Because time is of the essence, contact Chris Nascimento directly. Contacting us will just slow things down because all we’ll do is give you this information:

Chris Nascimento
Send him a message through the interwebs: “cmnase at”
Call him: (513)-304-4763

Volksfest in Louisville – October 17th

If you’re going to be in Louisville next weekend, we have the perfect beer event for you!

2nd Annual “Peoples Fest”
Presented by
BBC and The Taprooom and O’Shea’s

Saturday, October 17 2009

Saturday, October 17 –Breweries of Kentuckiana come together to present a fest of the people-“VOLKSFEST” 2009! 2008 marked the FIRST VOLKSFEST, which was such a Das Good Time, that it is only fit to keep the tradition for years to come!

Festivities are from 2:00pm-midnight and will include over 10 different Oktoberfest Beers from Local, Regional and International breweries, German food provide by O’Sheas, German Wine provided by Liquor Barn PLUS The Red Hot Rascal Bavarian Experience and live local rock n roll including Brigid Kaelin! Local artists and activists will be showcased.

BBC Taproom will be blocking off the corner of Clay Street between East Market & Main and will be spicing up a usual sleepy Saturday downtown scene. This event is Open to the Public and is FREE with proceeds from food and beer to benefit charity of choice-TBA.

All ages are welcomed so everyone will want to be Downtown for a Fest of the people…VOLKSFEST 2009!

For further info on the VOLKSFEST call BBC 502-419-2412 or 502-584-2739