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

Tastings and Tappings Report: April 14, 2017

Don’t forget to check out our This Week in Beer post from Monday for other better beer events happening this weekend.

SPECIAL EVENTS

KungFood Chu’s AmerAsia – Beer-Lingual Saturday starting at 2:00 pm. From their Facebook Event page: “We are hosting a block party in the parking lot next to AmerAsia at 521 Madison Ave. from 2:00-6:00. Breweries, including Madtree, Rhinegeist, Braxton, Urban Artifact, West Sixth, and New Belgium will be serving beer, with a few vendors represented as well as live music, a DJ, food, and games. We’re also holding a raffle for beer baskets. All proceeds from these tickets will be donated as well as 10% of the sales total for the night at the restaurant. After the outdoor event, we’ll be having a tap takeover at 4:00 inside with some really awesome beer by Three Floyds, Prairie Artisan Ales, and Evil Twin Brewing. We’ll be donating all proceeds from the event to the English Language Learning Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that’s been giving back to immigrants in Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky since 2006.”

New Riff Distilling – Holler: Celebrate Kentucky’s Finest Craft Beer and Spirits Saturday at 6:00 pm. For more information, check out their website at http://hollerfestival.com/.

Wooden Cask Brewery – Adult Easter Egg Hunt Sunday starting at 2:00 pm. From their Facebook page: “We will open a little bit later on Easter Sunday. To celebrate we will have an adult Easter egg “hunt”. Select an egg from our basket and see what surprise awaits you inside. It could be a $3 pint pour or a $5 flight! Maybe a free empty pint glass to take home! Must be 21 or over to partake. Limit 1 egg per person. We will also have another basket of eggs with candy for those with kiddos in tow. ”

TASTINGS, TOURS and DINNERS

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 beers from Alltech Lexington Brewing at Fairfield and from Old Firehouse at Eastgate.

OTR Biergarten – Featuring beers from Bad Tom Smith Brewing this weekend. They will be pouring Breathitt County Blonde Ale and Fink Red Rye. The April Biergarten hours are Saturday, 11am-6pm and Sunday, 11am-4 pm.

Party Source – $1 beer tastings on Saturday from 12:00-1:00 pm.

Party Town – For Friday Night Flights this week from 5:30-7:00 pm, they’re pouring from TBA. It’s $2.00 for the regular sample flights. 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.

TAPPINGS, PINT NIGHTS and RELEASES

BC’s Bottle Lodge – Fifty West Brewing Tap Takeover Friday at 6:00 pm.

Braxton Brewing – Kentucky Home Bottle Release and Tapping Saturday at noon. You can reserve your bottle (up to 3/person) online now: https://store.braxtonbrewing.com/products/kentuckyhome Bottles that are not reserved will be released to the public on Saturday, April 15th at noon. Limit 3 per person.

Cappy’s Wine and Spirits – Local Friday featuring Cellar Dweller starting at 5:00 pm. Beers include Grapefruit Jeremiah’s, Nitro Eye Opener, and BBA Vanilla Brown.

Wooden Cask – Adult Easter Egg Hunt Sunday at 2:00 pm. Select an egg from their basket and see what surprise awaits you inside. It could be a $3 pint pour or a $5 flight. It may be a free empty pint glass to take home. Must be 21 or over to partake. Limit 1 egg per person.

Have a better beer weekend, everyone!

— Carla and Tom

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Tastings and Tappings Report: March 24, 2017

Don’t forget to check out our This Week in Beer post from Monday for other better beer events happening this weekend.

SPECIAL EVENTS

Arthur’s Café Anderson – Rhinegeist Brewery and Fifty West Brewing Blind Flight Challenge and Raffle to benefit MDA Saturday from 11:00 am – 11:00 pm. From Facebook: “Think you know Cincinnati beer? Come out on March 25th and try to identifiy which beer belongs to which brewery. Get a flight of four, two from Rhinegeist Brewery and two from 50 West Brewing. You guess correctly on the ballot, you get entered to win merch from both breweries and from Arthur’s. $1 from each flight sold all day will go to benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association of Southern Ohio.”

Braxton Brewing – Second Anniversary Block Party Saturday starting at noon. Check out their Facebook event page for more information.

Ei8ht Ball Brewing – Final Beer Olympics Sunday from 1:00-3:00 pm. Go cheer on twenty teams of two as they complete in events like Tricycle Race, Beer Relay Race, Pin the Tail on the Keg, Beer Balloon Toss, Barrel-Roll, Flip Cup, and Can Jam.

TASTINGS, TOURS and DINNERS

Country Fresh Farm Market and Wine Depot

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 beers from Green Flash at Fairfield and from Boulevard at Eastgate.

Party Source – $1 beer tastings on Saturday from 12:00-1:00 pm.

Party Town – For Friday Night Flights this week from 5:30-7:00 pm, they’re pouring from Rivertown. It’s $2.00 for the regular sample flights. 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.

TAPPINGS, PINT NIGHTS and RELEASES

Cappy’s Wine and Spirits – Local Friday featuring Alltech today from 5:00-10:00 pm. Featured beers are Blackberry Porter and Vanilla Barrel Cream Ale.

Fifty West – Wee Heavy Bevvy Draft Beer Release today at 11:00 am. From Facebook: “We are excited to announce our collaboration with two 2016 Great American Beer Festival (GABF) winners, Revelry Brewing Co. from Charleston, South Carolina and Real Ale Brewing Company from Blanco, Texas to create “America’s greatest scotch ale”. The three breweries that placed bronze, silver, and gold, respectively, in the Scotch Ale category at GABF are joining forces to create ‘Wee Heavy Bevvy’ Scotch Ale, a never done before collaboration. ‘Wee Heavy Bevvy’ will be tapped on Friday, March 24th at each of the three breweries. Fifty West will have it on tap at their Production Works and Brewpub!”

Have a better beer weekend, everyone!

— Carla and Tom

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This Week in Beer: Sept. 26 – Oct. 2, 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, Sept. 26th-Saturday, Oct. 1st – Peanut Palooza at Eight Ball Brewing
From Facebook: “Join us all week long as we celebrate, say goodbye and good luck to the myth, the legend, Peanut Kahles. We’ll be dropping rare kegs like they’re hot, featuring a lineup of Peanut’s all time favorites accompanied with live music and food trucks. This and more lead up to the grand homage and final shift of the man of the hour. Hear the stories (maybe again), shake a big hand or grab a bear hug from our beloved tender of the bar one last time at Ei8ht Ball.”

Tuesday, Sept. 27th at 6:00 pm – Lovely Bunch Tappening at Rivertown Brewing
Lovely Bunch is their coconut Roebling.

Wednesday, Sept. 28th at 4:00 pm – Stone Brewing Throwback Tap Takeover at The Lackman
Beers include Vertical Epic 12-12-12, IRS 2015, Suede, and more.

Wednesday, Sept. 28th at 6:00 pm – Founders Beer Tasting at Marty’s Hops and Vines
Beers include Breakfast Stout (draft), PC Pils (draft), Mango Magnifo, All Day IPA and Porter.

Wednesday, Sept. 28th at 7:00 pm – Red Bike Beer Party at Taft’s Ale House
$4 Red Bike Beers all night long, and some free Red Bike Beer t-shirts.

Wednesday, Sept. 28th at 7:00 pm – Monthly Keg Tapping at Hofbräuhaus Newport
This month, it’s their Fest Bier.

Thursday, Sept. 29th from 5:00 pm – Deschutes Tap Takeover with Holtman’s Donuts at The Lackman

Thursday, Sept. 29th from 5:00-10:00 pm – Urban Artifact Pint Night at Cappy’s Wines and Spirits
Beers include Finn, Chariot, Vanilla Keypunch, Habanero Keypunch, Whirly Gig, Pickle Gose and Spicy Pickle Gose.

Thursday, Sept. 29th from 5:00-11:00 pm – MadTree Tap Takeover at Wild Mike’s Shady Lane
Beers include Blood Orange PsycHOPathy, PSA, Happy Amber, The Great Pumpcan, Expresso Self and “S’more Gratitude” milk stout.

Thursday, Sept. 29th 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 – Southern Tier Pumpking, Glendale – Bell’s Brown Ale & Oktoberfest and Hyde Park – Fat Head’s Spooky Tooth.

Thursday, Sept. 29th at 6:30 pm – Great Lakes Nosferatu Release and Screening at The Overlook Lodge

Thursday, Sept. 29th at 7:00 pm – Three Floyds Zombie Dust Alltech Kentucky Pint Night at Hebron Brew Haus

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Local Breweries Medal at 2016 Commonwealth Cup

This past weekend, we attended the third annual Alltech Craft Brews & Food Fest. Held at the Lexington Convention Center, this event gave us an opportunity to check out new breweries like Rooster Brewing in Paris, KY and new beers from breweries we’ve had before but can’t get in this area like the Weld Pear Beer from Tin Man Brewing in Evansville, IN. But the highlight of the day was the announcement of the results of the 2016 Commonwealth Cup. Several Cincinnati area breweries earned medals for their beers:

GOLD
Listermann Cincinnatus
Listermann BA Chickow!
MadTree Galaxy High
Rhinegeist Barrel Aged Gramps
Rhinegeist Uncle
Rhinegeist Double Oaked Mastodon
Samuel Adams Utopias
Valley Vineyards Sweet Honey Mead

SILVER
Braxton Twisted Bit
Braxton BA Lumber
Braxton Catalyst with Black Pepper
Listermann Planetary
Listermann Gravitatus
Listermann Friar Bacon Smoke
MadTree Bourbon Barrel Aged Axis Mundi
MadTree PSA
Rhinegeist Truth
Rhinegeist Peach Dodo
Rhinegeist Panther
Samuel Adams Stony Brook Red
Samuel Adams Tetravis
Samuel Adams Summer Ale
Samuel Adams Rebel Rouser
Urban Artifact Keypunch
Urban Artifact Phrenology
Urban Artifact Otso

BRONZE
Braxton Crank Shaft
Braxton Blown Gasket
Braxton Dead Blow with Starter
Braxton Haven
Cellar Dweller Eye Opener
Cellar Dweller Hopewells
Fifty West 10 & 2 Barleywine
Listermann Chickow!
MadTree PsyHOPathy
MadTree Mad Craft Nucleus
MadTree Treesearch #2357
MadTree Gnarly Brown
MadTree Happy Amber
Rhinegeist ExDIPA
Rhinegeist Cougar
Samuel Adams Nitro Coffee
Samuel Adams New World Tripel
Samuel Adams Chocolate Bock
Samuel Adams Nitro IPA
Samuel Adams 13th Hour Stout
Samuel Adams Nitro Wheat Ale
Samuel Adams Fat Jack
Samuel Adams Cinder Block
Urban Artifact Maize

Congratulations to all of the Cincinnati area winners!

Commonwealth Cup Medals

Tastings and Tappings Report: May 6, 2016

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

Country Fresh Farm Market and Wine Depot – Shorts Brewing Beer Tasting Friday from 4:00-7:00 pm.

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 beers from Jackie O’s at Fairfield and from Kentucky Ale/Alltech at 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 Source – $1 beer tastings on Saturday from 12:00-1:00 pm.

Party Town – For Friday Night Flights this week from 5:30-7:00 pm, it’s their Slaughtered Oaks Backroom Brawl. From their newsletter: “For those unfamiliar with this event, it’s an all draft salute to bourbon barrel aged deliciousness. This years lineup goes a little something this: GOOSE ISLAND Bourbon County Stout, FOUNDERS KBS, MASH CULT BA My Milk Stout Brings All The Boys To The Bar variants (Mexican Cinnamon Roll & Coffee/Vanilla Bean), COUNTRY BOY Infinite Sadness, Papaw’s Red & Sinkhole Stout, Sweetwater BA Imperial Stout, BOULEVARD Triple Julip, ABITA Bourbon Street Maple Pecan & BA Pale. Cost for this one will be $15.00.” 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 and RELEASES

Ei8ht Ball Brewing – Tonight is Free Bacon Night and they will be pouring beers from Rhinegeist including Peach Dodo, Vanilla Ink, Juicy Truth, Experimental #004, and Fool Saison.

Listermann Brewing – Chickow! Day starting Saturday at 10:00 am. From Facebook: “Lots of Chickow Variants on Draft. We will update the list as we have them ready. So far we have: Rye Whiskey Coffee Chickow!, Heaven Hill BA Chickow!, Pappy Chickow! (Last Keg!), Coconut Chocolate Chickow!, Chai Chickow!, Irish Cream Chickow!, Nuts on Nuts Chickow!, Maple Chickow!, Cinnamon Roll Chickow! and Red Hot Chickow! Not all of these will be tapped at once and some will have assigned times. Please stay tuned for updates! PLEASE BRING A MUFFIN TRAY WITH YOU IF YOU HAVE ONE!”

O’Neal’s Tavern – Rivertown Tap Takeover tonight from 4:30-7:30 pm featuring Nice Melons, Lil Sipa, Roebling, Jeanneke and Blueberry Lager.

OTHER

Braxton Brewing – Derby Party Saturday with Kentucky Home, their mint julep style beer AND Bagel Brunch & Beermosas on Sunday starting at 11:00 am for Mother’s Day.

Krohn Conservatory – Crafts and Crafts tonight from 5:30-7:30 pm. From Facebook: “Come see The Butterflies of the Caribbean AND enjoy sampling craft beers, music and time to shop at the Krohn Caribbean Straw Market. This is a special time for “grown-ups” only and a perfect relaxing time to see the show. (Regular Admission applies but unlimited admission pin not valid at this event. Purchase beer separately.) http://butterflyshow.com/event/crafts-and-crafts/

OTR Biergarten at Findlay Market – This weekend, they will have beers from Christian Moerlein (Christian Moerlein Purity Pils, Christian Moerlein OTR Pale Ale, Christian Moerlein Third Wave IPA, Christian Moerlein Strawberry Pig Cream Ale, Hudepohl Pure Lager 16oz can and Hudepohl Delight 12oz can) plus MadTree (MadTree PSA Pale Ale and MadTree Lift Kolsch).

Trinity Episcopal Church Covington – Trinity Sprouts and Stouts today from 5:00-9:00 pm. From Facebook: “Enjoy craft beer? Enjoy live music? Enjoy gardening? Then this is the event for you. Come enjoy local craft beer on tap, live music from School of Rock Mason (5-7pm) and The Turkeys (7-9pm), and browse plants and crafts for sale from local merchants.”

Have a better beer weekend, everyone!

— Carla and Tom

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This Week in Beer: April 11 – 17, 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.

Tuesday, April 12 at 4:00 pm – Insurrection DIPA Tappening at Rivertown Brewery and Barrel House

Wednesday, April 13th from 6:00-9:00 pm – Erie Brewing Beer Tasting at Marty’s Hops and Vines
Beers include Soleil Shandy Raspberry Lemon Shandy (draft), Derailed Ale Black Cherry Cream Ale (draft), Railbender Scottish Style Ale, Ol’ Red Cease & Desist Wee Heavy and Mad Anthony American Pale Ale.

Thursday, April 14th from 5:00-10:00 pm – Arbor Brewing Pint Night at Cappy’s Wine and Spirits
Beers include Strawberry Blonde, Mr. Delicious IPA, Phat Abbott, Sodibo BA Sour and Mafka Sour.

Thursday, April 14th from 5:00-11:00 pm – Fat Head’s Tap Takeover at Wild Mike’s Shady Lane

Thursday, April 14th at 6:00-8:30 pm – Thirsty Thursdays at Craft Pointe
This week, it’s beer from Tröegs.

Thursday, April 14th at 6:00-9:00 pm – MadTree Beer Dinner at Capital Grille
Cost is $100 per person. Call Laura Marsh for reservations at 513-340-5990. First course: Sauteed Mussels, Tomato-Lime Broth, Micro Cilantro paired with MadTree Lift; Second course: Hop-brined Smoked Trout, Fingerling Potatoes , Carrot Green Chimichurri, Hazelnuts paired with PSA Pale Ale; Third course: Spent Grain Tortellini, Braised Lamb Ragout paired with Rounding Third Red IPA; Fourth course: 45-Day Aged Bone In Sirloin, Steak Butter paired with Happy Amber; Fifth course: Buttermilk Panna Cotta, Strawberry-Rhubarb Compote, Biscotti Streusel paired with Stutze Belgian Blond Ale.

Thursday, April 14th 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 – KY Peach Barrel Wheat, Glendale – Rhinegeist Cougar and Hyde Park – Heavy Seas Cutlass.

UPDATE Thursday, April 14th at 7:00 pm – Falls City Beer Dinner at Izzy’s Fort Wright
Beers include Kentucky Common, Hipster Repellant and Pale Ale. Pairings include Loaded Potato Skins, The Izzy Burger with Cheese, and Chocolate Dipped Strawberries. Cost is $25 per person. For reservations: go to http://www.izzys.com/reservations.php, or email BeerDinner@izzys.com or call 859-331-4999.

Thursday, April 14th at 7:00 pm – Boulevard Pint Night at Hebron Brew Haus

Friday, April 15th and Saturday, April 16th – Cincinnati Craft Brewer’s Starkbierfest
More information available on their Facebook event page.

Friday, April 15th at 8:00-11:00 pm – BB Riverboats Beer Festival
From Facebook: “Join BB Riverboats as we ‘hop’ up the Spring season with our second Craft Beerfest onboard the Belle of Cincinnati. There will be over 15 craft breweries represented and more than 60 different beers available to sample on this 2 hour evening cruise. Each ticket includes 20 beer samples of your choice. VIP tickets are available which include a private deck space, appetizers, exclusive VIP beer sample options, and early boarding privileges. Local vendors of the Craft Beer industry will be onboard to answer any questions about home brewing, beer can collecting, and even tours about the history of brewing in our area. Join us in April for our biannual tradition. Must be 21.
General Admission $50.00*
VIP Admission $75.00*”

Saturday, April 16th at 12:00-3:00 pm – Strawberry Pig Returns to the OTR Biergarten at Findlay Market
More information available on their Facebook event page.

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This Week in Beer: March 14 – 20, 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 14th at 4:00 pm – Two Brothers Brewing Happy Hour at Northside Yacht Club
Beers include Domaine Dupage, Cane & Ebel, Prairie Path and one more surprise tap.

Monday, March 14th at 5:00 pm – Rare Keg Monday at Ei8ht Ball Brewing
This week, it’s TBA.

Wednesday, March 16th at 5:00 pm – Rhinegeist Saber Tooth Tiger Tapping at Buffalo Bob’s Mt. Zion
Cougar and Pure Fury will also be on tap.

Wednesday, March 16th at 6:00 pm – Jackie O’s Beer Dinner at Moerlein Lager House
The cost is $55 plus tax and gratuity. Seating is limited. Please make reservations in advance by contacting Jeff Geckle at privatedining@moerleinlh.com.

Thursday, March 17th – HAPPY ST. PATRICK’S DAY

Thursday, March 17th – St. Patrick’s Day Pint Day at Hebron Brew Haus
Featuring Great Lakes Conway’s Irish Ale and Flying Dog Lucky S.O.B. Swag to give away throughout the day.

Thursday, March 17th – St. Patrick’s Day at Marty’s Hops & Vines
Celtic music, Irish dinner and specials on Great Lakes Conway’s Irish Ale and Guinness Draft cans.

Thursday, March 17th at 9:00 am – St. Patrick’s Day Celebration at O’Bryan’s Wine & Spirits
Featuring Listermann’s Shamrock Shake.

Thursday, March 17th at 10:00 am – Barrel Aged and Coffee Barrel Aged Shamrock Shake Bottle Release at Listermann Brewing
See their Facebook event page for more information.

Thursday, March 17th at 12:00 pm – Firkin Madness at Braxton Brewing
Three “appropriately-themed” firkins for St. Patrick’s Day and March Madness.

Thursday, March 17th at 2:00 pm – Moerlein Third Wave IPA March Madness Watch Party at Shakey’s Pub and Grub

Thursday, March 17th at 4:00 pm – St. Paddy’s Day and Anniversary Celebration Kick-Off at Cappy’s Wine and Spirits

Saturday, March 19th at 11:00 am – Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale Brunch at Marty’s Hops & Vines
Beers include Kentucky Peach Barrel Wheat Ale, Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale and Bluegrass Sundown, a dark roasted coffee infused with Kentucky Bourbon and sugar. Pairing to be announced.

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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: Jan. 18 – 24, 2016

[Editor’s note: Our apologies for missing some beer events the last few weeks. Carla’s father has been having some health issues and we’ve been in Illinois helping him out. Hope to have things back to normal this week.
–Also, be sure to check out the two important fund raising events scheduled for Saturday this week.]

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, Jan. 18th at 5:00 pm – Rare Keg Monday at Ei8ht Ball Brewing
This week, it’s Mikkeller Black Imperial Stout. The cost is $9 for a ten ounce snifter.

Tuesday, Jan. 19th at 4:00 pm – Goose Island Tap Takeover at Halfcut
Beers include Lolita, Sofie, The Muddy and Four Star Pils.

Wednesday, Jan. 20th at 1:00 pm – Rhinegeist Tap Takeover at Dickmann’s
Twenty-six Rhinegeist beers on tap including Barrel Aged Ink, Barrel Aged Bertha, Blueberry Panther, Coffee Duncle, Stryker, Traction, Spud, Experimental IPA #2, Bubbly, Mosaic, Ink, Asterix, Workhorse, Victoria, Squirrel, Saison Blue, Dunk, Panda, Cidergeist Dry-Hopped, Cidergeist Semi Dry, Pure Fury, Panther, Uncle, Cougar, Zen and Truth.

Wednesday, Jan. 20th at 6:00 pm – Brewery Tour at Rock Bottom

Wednesday, Jan. 20th at 6:00 pm – Uinta Beer Dinner at Moerlein Lager House
They will be pairing beer from Uinta Brewing with a special dinner menu. Cost is $55 per person plus tax and gratuity. Seating is limited. You can make reservations in advance by contacting Jeff Geckle at privatedining@moerleinlh.com.

Thursday, Jan. 21st at 4:00 pm – Big Piney Release Party at Christian Moerlein Malt House

Thursday, Jan. 21st at 4:00 pm – Ballast Point Victory at Sea Variants at Firehouse Gril
Variants include Coconut, Peanut Butter, Peppermint and the original Victory at Sea.

Thursday, Jan. 21st at 4:30 pm – Highland IPA Launch at Habits Cafe
In addition to the IPA, they will also have Black Watch and Cold Mountain.

Thursday, Jan. 21st at 5:00 pm – Braxton Tap Takeover at BrewRiver GastroPub
Five Braxton beers on tap.

Thursday, Jan. 21st at 5:00 pm – Goose Island Tap Takeover at Market Wines
Beers include Fulton St Coffee Golden, Lolita Raspberry Wild Ale and Ogden Tripel.

Thursday, Jan. 21st at 6:00 pm – Kentucky Tap Takeover at Molly Malone’s Covington
Featuring Braxton Snow Shovel, Goodwood Walnut, Kentucky Ale 3-Year Stout and West Sixth Heller Heaven.

Thursday, Jan. 21st 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, Jan. 21st at 7:00 pm – Crazy Mountain Pint Night at Hebron Brew Haus
Featuring their Extra Special Bitter.

Saturday, Jan. 22nd at 11:00 am – Brunch featuring Goose Island at Marty’s Hops & Vines
First course: Grilled Brie Crostini with Mango Chutney paired with Sofie; Second course: Prosciutto and Vegetable Frittata paired with Matilda; Third course: Puff Pastry Mushroom Tart paired with Lolita. Cost is $25 per person and due to limited seating, reservations are required. Call (513) 681-4222 to reserve your spot.

Saturday, Jan. 23rd from 1:00-11:00 pm – Flint Disaster Relief Fundraiser at Blank Slate Brewing
From their Facebook event page: “Water is THE most important raw material we use as brewers. We are blessed with top notch drinking water here in Cincinnati and it just so happens to make great beer too. Imagine if the water you were drinking (and everything made from it) was rendered toxic due to cost cutting efforts by your friendly local government. Not cool. This is exactly what has happened in Flint Michigan. People in that community currently don’t have access to safe drinking water from their municipal system and to us that is a real shame. It has been bugging us so much that we decided we need to do something to help.
This Saturday, January 23rd, BLANK SLATE BREWING COMPANY will be donating 20% of all beverage sales to the Flint Child Health and Development Fund to aid in immediate disaster relief for those affected by the water crisis in Flint, Michigan. We will also be accepting cash donations as part of the contributions.”

Saturday, Jan. 23rd from 1:00-11:00 pm – Pints for a Purpose at The Pub at Rookwood Mews
Help The Pub in Rookwood raise money for the family of Firefighter Patrick Wolterman who was killed in the line of duty on December 28th, 2015 serving the City of Hamilton Fire Department. Great Lakes Brewery, Ohio Valley Wine & Spirits Distributing, and The Pub have all agreed to donate $1 for every Great Lakes Pint sold between 5pm and 11pm on January 23rd. That means a $3 donation for every pint purchased. They will also have some amazing silent auction items, donation boxes, split the pot, t-shirts available for purchase, and more.

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