First Look at the 50 West Brewing Co. Tap Room

After releasing beers at several local establishments over the past few months, the 50 West Brewing Company officially opened their on-site tap room.  The announcement was made on Facebook and Twitter around noon on Friday, and judging by the hearty crowd it made a stir.  50 West is located on [duh] US-50 (aka Wooster Pike) in Columbia Township, just east of Mariemont, west of Terrace Park/Old Milford, and north of Newtown.

I snapped a few photos last night, which are posted below.  We generally don’t review local establishments and beers at Hoperatives, but I’ll just say that the space is impressive and the beer is great.  It’s a fantastic addition to the great tap rooms that other local breweries are operating. And I certainly don’t mind that I live less than a mile down the road.

Their website is still under construction, but they have been communicating through their Facebook and Twitter accounts:
Facebook: www.facebook.com/FiftyWestBrewingCompany
Twitter: @FiftyWestBrew

According to the Facebook page, their operating hours are:
Thursday: 5pm-midnight
Friday: 5pm-2am
Saturday: noon-2am
Sunday: noon-midnight

 

 You can tell the space (the old Heritage Restaurant) has been given a lot of love.  Also, the Cafe de Wheels foodtruck was outside feeding hungry revelers.


The available beers are posted on chalkboards, complete with descriptions and stats.  There were about 15 different ones available.


There’s nothing like a shiny new line of taps. They do individual pints, sampler flights, and growler fills.


All the glassware is branded, and they have a mix of style-appropriate glasses such as pints, goblets, and snifters.


The etching (is that the right word?) on the sampler paddles is an especially nice touch.


There is a bar area with 4-toppers, and adjacent area with booth seating (pictured), and an outdoor area. There’s also a shuffleboard table, an unfortunate rarity in this part of the country. Complimentary soft pretzels and cheese were set out on each table.


Looking for the bathroom?  Just past the tanks.

Congrats to everyone at 50 West on the opening!
-John (#13)

This Week in Beer: October 22 – 28, 2012

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.

PLEASE NOTE: There are so many Oskar Blues events this week that we will have another post listing nothing but those at noon today.

Monday, Oct. 22nd – Beer of the Day Special at Rock Bottom Brewery
Each Monday, Mitch the brew master at Rock Bottom highlights a beer and you can enjoy it for just $3.25 all day.

Tuesday, Oct. 23rd – All Local Draft Kickoff Celebration at Arthur’s Café
From Facebook:

Join us as we celebrate the completion of our all Cincy, all the time draft beer selection. We will be featuring beers from Rivertown, Mt. Carmel, Blank Slate, 50 West, Triple Digit, and Christian Moerlein. There will be a representative from each brewery at the event ready to answer any questions you might have. These breweries have worked incredibly hard to bring Cincinnati back to its rich brewing heritage. Now its our turn to do our part. Arthur’s is proud to support our local brewers. Please join us Tuesday, Oct. 23rd to show them that you are proud to support them as well! The beers will be tapped all day, the Brewers are being asked to arrive by 6:00 PM. There may be some glassware and other goodies to give away, as well!

Tuesday, Oct. 23rd at 6:30 pm – Bell’s Beer Dinner at Dilly Café
MENU – Welcome beer – Bells Amber; 1st) Endive Salad w/Saga Blue Brie and Dried Blueberries – Bells Two Hearted Ale; 2nd) Fresh Oysters and Smoked Sea Salt – Bells Oarsman, served up by Randall the Enamel Animal; 3rd) Bison Chili – Bells Kalamazoo Porter; 4th) Grilled Duck with Foie Gras Torchon – Bells Old Ale and 5th) Chocolate & Dried Cherry Lava Cake – Bells Cherry Stout. Cost is $50 per person. Call 513-561-5233 for reservations.

Tuesday, Oct. 23rd – Pint Night at Rock Bottom Brewery
Purchase a logo pint glass filled with your favorite Rock Bottom beer for just $5.95, refills are only $3.00 and you keep the glass.

Wednesday, Oct. 24th – Pint Night at UC’s Catskeller

Wednesday, Oct. 24th from 5:00 to 8:00 pm – Abbey Wednesday at Taste of Belgium
Every other Wednesday, Taste of Belgium will pick one abbey and offer a flights of the different beers they offer. The cost is $6 per flight, only one flight per person. This week’s abbey hasn’t been announced yet.

Wednesday, Oct. 24th from 5:30 to 8:00 pm – Beer Tasting at Marty’s Hops and Vines

Thursday, Oct. 25th 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: Covington – Great Lakes Nosferatu, Hyde Park – Rogue Dead Guy, and Glendale – Wychwood Hobgoblin.

Thursday, Oct. 25th at 6:00 pm – Firkin Tapping at Rock Bottom Brewery

Friday, Oct. 26th from 6:00-7:00 pm – Friday Night Flights Beer Tasting at Party Town in Florence

Friday, Oct. 26th – Firkin Friday at Cock & Bull Hyde Park

Saturday, Oct. 27th from 5:00-8:00pm – Beer Tasting at Ludlow Wines

More Beer Events for This Week – Oct. 17 & 18

Founder of Oskar Blues Brewery to be at Dutch’s Bar & Bottle Shop TONIGHT starting at 5:00 pm

From their Facebook event:

So we’re sure you know by now… Oskar Blues is coming to Ohio!

Founder Dale Katechis is coming to town with Farmer Geoff from the OB Hops and Heifers Farm. When we saw them during GABF, they asked us where in Cincy to have a drink, we told them of just the right place.

Best part? THEY’RE BRINGIN’ BEER WITH ‘EM! As a preview of what’s to come next week, come check out Dale’s Pale Ale, Mama’s Little Yella Pils, G’Knight Imperial Red Ale, Old Chub Scotch Ale, and Ten Fidy Imperial Stout.

Also, stay tuned for next week when we welcome OB properly and roll out a ground breaking partnership with OB’s Hops and Heifers Farm!!!!!

Sour Night at The Famous Neons Unplugged – Thursday starting at 5:00 pm

They will have six sours in draft: Weizen Bam, ES Bam, Liefman’s Goudenband, Brew Kettle Sour (they use local cherries), Leipzinger made with coriander and salt and Duchessa de Bourgogne. They also plan to have in bottles: Mikkeller Monks Brew aged in white wine barrels, Mikkeller Spontaneous strawberry, Juliet and Duchessa de Bourgogne.

Neons is planning to have special events on Thursday nights now.. After the sour night this week, they will be doing a lager, bock and Oktoberfest night next Thursday (Oct. 25th).


We told you about this event earlier and it’s really next week, but wanted to remind you since it comes early in the week:

All Local Draft Kickoff Celebration at Arthur’s Café – Tuesday, October 23rd starting at 6:00 pm

From their Facebook event:

Join us as we celebrate the completion of our all Cincy, all the time draft beer selection. We will be featuring beers from Rivertown, Mt. Carmel, Blank Slate, 50 West, Triple Digit, and Christian Moerlein. There will be a representative from each brewery at the event ready to answer any questions you might have. These breweries have worked incredibly hard to bring Cincinnati back to its rich brewing heritage. Now its our turn to do our part. Arthur’s is proud to support our local brewers. Please join us Tuesday, Oct. 23rd to show them that you are proud to support them as well! The beers will be tapped all day, the Brewers are being asked to arrive by 6:00 PM. There may be some glassware and other goodies to give away, as well!

More Craft Beer Oktoberfest Info

We are getting a bit more information on the first ever Craft Beer Oktoberfest to be held this Saturday at Listermann’s. The Cincinnati area brewers participating include Blank Slate, Cellar Dweller, Christian Moerlein, 50 West, Mt. Carmel, Quaff Bros., Rivertown, Rock Bottom, Triple Digit and Wiedemann. Each brewery is bringing a different beer with Listermann’s providing the Oktoberfest. In addition, the Bloatarian Brewing League of Cincinnati will be on hand brewing beer all day. The map below will give you a better idea on how things will be laid out Saturday.

Food offerings will include beer (of course!), sauerkraut and pretzels. And there will be Kegs and Eggs (with Friar Bacon Smoked Bock) at 8:30 am in the tasting room. The live music at the Party Source/Quaff Bros. Stage will be:

10:30 – 11:15 am This is a Knife
11:45 am – 2:45 pm Zinzinnati Bier Band
3:30 – 6:00 pm Cincinnati Side Cars
6:30 – 10:30 pm Scotty Anderson Band

If you have any questions, comments or if you need special accommodations, just email jason@listermann.com or call 513-731-1130.

 

Craft Beer Oktoberfes map (small)