This Week in Beer: August 7 – 13, 2017

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Monday, August 7th at 5:00 pm – Rare Beer Monday at Braxton Labs

Tuesday, August 8th at 7:00 pm – Tennessee Brew Works Trivia at Hebron Brew Haus

Wednesday, August 9th at 6:00 pm – Braxton Tap Takeover at Goodfella’s OTR

Thursday, August 10th at 6:30 pm – Braxton Tap Takeover at Crafts and Vines

Thursday, August 10th at 7:00 pm – Golden Road Pint Night at Hebron Brew Haus

Friday, August 11th from 5:00-9:00 pm – Weyerbacher Pint Night at Jungle Jim’s Eastgate

Friday, August 11th from 5:00-9:00 pm – Erie Brewing Pint Night at Jungle Jim’s Fairfield

Friday, August 11th at 5:00 pm – Braxton Patio Takeover at Strong’s Brick Oven Pizzeria (Newport)

Friday, August 11th from 5:30-7:00 pm – Friday Night Flights at Party Town

Friday, August 11th at 7:00 pm – Hoots and Hops at Cincinnati Nature Center

Saturday, August 12th at 10:00 am – Team Fiona #3 and Team Bifi Release at Listermann Brewing

Saturday, August 12th at 12:00 noon – Get Funked Up! at Cappy’s Wines and Spirits

Saturday, August 12th at 1:00 pm – Anniversary Party at Darkness Brewing

Saturday, August 12th at 2:00 pm – Rhinegeist Astro Dwarf at Lucky Turtle

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Braxton Brewing and NKY Homebrewers Guild to Host Hammerdown Brew Cup

Hammerdown Brew CupBraxton Brewing Company has teamed up with the Northern Kentucky Homebrewers Guild to host a new homebrew competition this April.  The Hammerdown Brew Cup will be Saturday, April 23 2016 at Braxton in Covington.

The Hammerdown Brew Cup will be the second competition run by the NKY Homebrewers, but the first with Braxton as sponsor.  Braxton Head Brewer, Evan Rouse and COO, Greg Rouse have been members of the Guild since its inception in 2012 and remain highly involved in the club, despite their busy commercial brewing responsibilities.

Hammerdown Brew Cup is a BJCP sanctioned competition limited to 350 entries with a 10 entry limit per brewer.  Braxton Head Brewer Evan Rouse will serve as Head Judge and Brewing Team Member Mike Roszkowski will be Competition Coordinator.  The Best of Show winning beer may be eligible to be brewed on Braxton’s professional system if it is within a qualifying category. The winner will be invited to brew their beer with the Braxton team on their 20 BBL brewhouse. The winning beer will be released in the Braxton tap room and may be distributed locally. In the event that the BOS beer is not from an eligible category the runner up beers will be considered.


Entry registration for the competition opened Saturday, February 20, 2016 at the competition website  The Guild is also seeking volunteers to judge and steward the competition.  Judging will begin at 9:00 a.m. April 23rd, at Braxton Brewing, 27 W. 7th St., Covington KY.


This Week in Beer: June 8 – 14, 2015

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. As always, any edited listing will have UPDATE at the beginning of the listing.

Monday, June 8th at 5:00 pm – Rare Keg Monday at Ei8ht Ball Brewing
This week, it’s Ei8ht Ball Cankle (English Pale Ale brewed with Pecans and Lactose) on nitro. Cost is $5 for a ten ounce snifter.

Tuesday, June 9th – Meatball and Ei8ht Ball Beer Dinner at Packhouse
Four beers, three courses for $25.

Tuesday, June 9th at 6:00-9:00 pm – Rivertown Divergent Tasting at Marty’s Hops and Vines

Thursday, June 11th – Tap-N-Tapas at Mt. Carmel Brewery
Tapping their Maple Wood Bourbon Amber Ale. Argentine Choripan sandwiches and Spicy Pork-belly Empanadas will be served on the Porch all evening.

Thursday, June 11th at 6:00 pm – Urban Artifact Tap Takeover at Wild Mike’s Shady Lane

Thursday, June 11th at 6:00 pm – Mike Czech Release and Mural Dedication at Ei8ht Ball
From Facebook: “The pilsner-style beer will be available throughout the night along with other Ei8ht Ball selections, with 50 cents of every beer sold going to the Amann Family Benefit Fund.” Plus, they’ll “unveil six new murals including some of our favorites like Rock em Sock em Abe, LoGoetta Lynn and Colonel Kiss to name a few. Texas Joe food truck will be vending treats in the name of sustenance and we’ll have posters too to quell your collecting habits.”

Thursday, June 11th 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 – Country Boy Cougar Bait, Glendale – Uinta and Hyde Park – Bell’s Oberon.

Thursday, June 11th at 7:00 pm – Widmer Beer Dinner at Izzy’s Ft. Wright
Beers include Hefeweizen, Hefe Shandy and Hopside Down IPL. Food offerings are Crostini Sampler, Pesto Turkey BST and Brownie Sundae. Cost is $25 per person. For reservations, call Brian Ramey at (859) 331-4999 or email him at These beer dinners frequently fill up so reservations are highly recommended.

Thursday, June 11th at 7:00 pm – Curious Traveler Tap Takeover at Hebron Brew Haus

Friday, June 12th starting at 3:00 pm – Patio Pours at Keystone Bar & Grill (all three locations)
The beers for this week’s Patio Pours are from these breweries: Covington – Braxton, Hyde Park – Rhinegeist and Clifton – MadTree.

Friday, June 12th and Saturday, June 13th – Kings Island Banshee Brew Fest
More than twenty breweries and 100 beers. Runs from 4:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. each day, with the last pour at 9:00 p.m. Go to their web site for pricing and to purchase tickets.

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Better Beer Options for Opening Day

Start the 2015 baseball season off right by celebrating Opening Day at the better beer location in Cincinnati. As usual, we will update this list if we hear of any more.

Arnold’s Bar and Grill – See our earlier post for more information.

Braxton Brewing – Open from 1:00-11:30 pm specially for Opening Day. At 1:00 pm, Steffen’s Rentals will have popcorn and cotton candy. If you are going to the game, Craft Connection Brewery Tours will have free shuttles departing at 2:00, 2:30, 3:00, 3:30 pm to GABP. You must sign-up on-site and it’s first come, first served. Chicago Don’s Hot Dawgs will open up at 3:00 pm.

Cellar Dweller – Try their new Red Rye IPA called Gapper. It’s 6.5% ABV, 60 IBU and available now in their Tasting Room.

Fifty West – Their Wire to Wire Wheat was brewed specially for GABP and honors the Reds’ 1990 season when they lead the National League West division for the entire season.

HalfCut – Their bar and to-go window will be open from 10:00 am to 10:00 pm. From opening until noon, you can save 20.15% OFF growlers. From 4:00-6:00 pm, Happy Hour Special – 1/2 off draft and 25% off flights plus they’ll be pouring MadTree Rounding Third draft.

MadTree Brewing – MadTree is part of the 2015 Rally on the Square at Fountain Square. Goes from 11:00 am until 5:30 pm.

Moerlein Lager House – Opening at 10:00 am with “special hosts ‘Mister Perfect’ baseball legend Tom Browning, DJ Etrayn, and Holly Morgan and Jon Jon from Q102.”

Rhinegeist – Opening at 11:00 am. They will “be slingin’ 6-packs of Hustle (Only Hustle will be available & for one day only).” Look for them in the Opening Day Parade too.

Tap & Screw – Opening Day Special – “two pints of Tap & Screw brew, 2 Texas chili dogs, and a Tap & Screw Brewery t-shirt for $25 dollars.”

First Look: Braxton Brewing Company

Well, the big day has arrived for Braxton Brewing. They officially open the doors at 5 PM today. It’s been a very long road for the Rouse family and all of the people who’ve made it happen. There’s no purpose in trying to present ourselves as impartial on this. We’ve known many of the people involved for a very long time. We couldn’t be happier for them.

Back around the time they found their building, Tom pitched the idea of capturing a time lapse of the construction. We came up with three GoPros between Braxton, Dave Dixon and Tom and picked out the spots to hang them. There wound up being some unexpected technical issues, but the video below is the result and definitely shows what kind of effort goes into building a brewery from scratch.

There was just under a month of construction left when we stopped the cameras. The transformation in that month has been nothing short of amazing. Wednesday night we attended a preview/soft-opening event and got to experience the space in the way it was intended.

There are four beers available, but two of them are available on either CO2 or Nitro. All four beers are dead-on solid (as you would expect from this group of brewers). Our belief is that the Storm Golden Cream Ale may be a beer that blows up for them in the marketplace. It’s accessible to the casual beer drinker but complex enough to bear repeated (and yes, even critical) drinking. At 4.8 ABV it’s close to that session range we’re really digging lately. The Blown Gasket Robust Porter is a roasty, inky-black brew that’s perfect for this time of year when the weather can’t decide whether to be warm or cold. Sparky Hoppy Wheat Ale will really come into its own as the weather warms up. It’s a hop-forward wheat that avoids the trap of trying to be an IPA. That’s because they also have Crank Shaft IPA. They have to have an IPA or the Brewer’s Association would call in airstrikes. There are a lot of great IPAs in town, and now there’s another one. Let the religious wars begin! The Storm and Blown Gasket are the two available on CO2 or nitro. Do yourself a favor, try them both ways.

Braxton Brewing pint glass

If you’re planning to go to the opening tonight, don’t be surprised if you don’t see the idyllic scene below. Last time we looked there were more than 1800 Facebook RSVPs to the event invitation. Some percentage won’t show up, of course, but there are also people who aren’t on Facebook either. The taproom is rated for 300 people from what I was told, so there’s a good chance you’ll be outside. That’s OK. There will be food trucks and nearly 2000 of your closest friends. Get there early. Plan to be patient. Tomorrow probably won’t be as bad. Next week will be better. They’re not going anywhere. There’s plenty of time to check them out.

Braxton Brewing - Tap Room

Now that they’re opening, Tom can quit referring to the taproom as the “Taproom in the Future” instead of the “Taproom of the Future.” Part of the future is apparently to be able to use a card embedded with an RFID chip to pour your own beer from one of four special taps. The flow is metered and you’re charged by the ounce. It’s pretty cool to see operate. An app has been submitted to Apple that will allow you to order food in from local restaurants and even order beers. It’s an iOS app for now with Android to follow.

Braxton Brewing - taps in private meeting room

There are video games because … brewery tap room.

Braxton Brewing Golden Tee

The mural behind the bar is really something. It’s done by the folks at the omnipresent Neltner Small Batch company, and it’s really a sight to behold. It represents the history of the brewery from the days when Greg and Evan brewed in their garage on Braxton Street to the opening of the brewery. The pictures below show some of the detail, but taking it in all at once is the best way to see it. There is a time lapse video of the painting of the mural that Neltner Small Batch put together and we’ll link to it as soon as it’s online.

Braxton Brewing Mural - Greg and Evan Rouse

Braxton Brewing Mural - mailbox

Braxton - mural center

Braxton Brewing Mural - Roebling

So there’s our first look at Braxton Brewing. Get down there to see it for yourself. They’ve done a heck of a job.

This Week in Beer: March 23 – 29, 2015

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Monday, March 23rd – Mug Night Monday at Flipdaddy’s Union

Monday, March 23rd – 1/3 off craft beer bottles at Moerlein Lager House

Monday, March 23rd – Randall Monday at the Brass Tap U Square

Monday, March 23rd at 11:00 am – Bell’s Oberon Tapping at Keystone Hyde Park

Monday, March 23rd at 5:00 pm – Rare Keg Monday at Ei8ht Ball Brewing
This week, it’s Hoppin’ Frog Barrel-Aged B.O.R.I.S. Cost is $12 for a 10 ounce snifter.

Tuesday, March 24th – Penny Flips at Fifty West

Tuesday, March 24th – $8 Growler Fills at Moerlein Lager House

Tuesday, March 24th – Infusion Special at the Brass Tap U Square

Tuesday, March 24th from 5:00-7:00 pm – Meet the Brewer at Barleycorn’s

Tuesday, March 24th at 6:00 pm – BOGO Craft Beer Special at Hebron Brew Haus
Special applies to select rotating draft beers.

Tuesday, March 24th at 6:00 pm – Tuesdays on Tap at Whole Foods Mason
Six drafts, six bites, $6.

Wednesday, March 25th – Select Craft Beers for $2 at Molly Malone’s Covington

Wednesday, March 25th – Flight Night at The Growler House

Wednesday, March 25th – Pint Night at UC’s Catskeller
For this week, it’s Thirsty Dog Brewery.

Wednesday, March 25th from 6:00 to 9:00 pm – Blind IPA Tasting at Marty’s Hops and Vines
Six IPAs on tap with blank tap handles, you get to taste and rank all six. Names revealed after they’ve all been ranked. Cost is $15 a person.

Wednesday, March 25th at 7:00 pm – Monthly Keg Tapping at Hofbräuhaus Newport
This month, it’s their Hopfen Spezial.

Thursday, March 26th – Firkin Thursday at Fifty West

Thursday, March 26th – Tap That Thursday at BrewRiver GastroPub

Thursday, March 26th from 4:00 pm to close – Take Home the Glass Night at Taste of Belgium Clifton

Thursday, March 26th 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 – Bell’s Oberon, Glendale – Oskar Blues Dale’s Pale Ale and Hyde Park – Fat Head’s Goggle Fogger.

Thursday, March 26th at 6:30 pm – Cincinnati Brewing History: Presented by Rhinegeist Brewery
From Facebook: “Come to Rhinegeist Brewery to enjoy an evening all about beer! Rhinegeist is proud to host Cincinnati Brewing History, and lecture by local experts, Steve Hampton, architect and executive director of the Over-the-Rhine Brewery District and Brewery Heritage Trail and Mike Morgan, local historian and author of “Over-the-Rhine: When Beer Was King”. The lecture will be preceded by a brewery tour, happy hour and an opportunity to buy raffle tickets to win Rhinegeist swag!! For beer and history lovers, it doesn’t get any better than this!” Hosted by Betts House, the cost is $11.54 for the lecture only. The tour option is sold out. You can purchase your tickets on their Eventbrite page.

Friday, March 27th – $8 Growler Fills at Christian Moerlein Brewery

Friday, March 27th at 5:00 pm – Free Bacon Night at Ei8ht Ball Brewing
Also tapping Dark Horse Double Crooked Tree.

Friday, March 27th at 5:00 pm – Braxton Brewing Company Grand Opening
From their Facebook Event Page: “Join us as we officially “Lift One to Life” for the very first time. We’re excited to invite you into “The Garage” for a night of delicious beer, the Neltner Small Batch mural unveiling, live bands, brewery tours, a photo booth, and much more. Schedule:
– Doors Open: 5:00pm
– Bands in MadLot at 6:00pm
– Toast/Mural Unveiling: 7:00pm
– and much more…
*subject to change, check this page for updates
Food Trucks will provide the food, we’ll provide the beer. We look forward to pouring pints and, as always, Lift One to Life..”

Friday, March 27th at 5:30 pm – Beer and Wine Tasting at Everything’s d’ Vine
$10 per person to taste five beers and four wines. $5 to taste just beer or just wine.

Friday, March 27th from 6:00-7:00 pm – Friday Night Flights Beer Tasting at Party Town in Florence

Saturday, March 28th from 7:00-10:00 pm – The Art of Funk feat. Sours, Artswave, DJ Soulstep & Pones, Inc! at Rivertown Brewing
From their Facebook event page: “Join us for our Artswave Toast to the Arts Campaign Kick Off Party starting at 7p focused on the Art of Funk! We will be joined by DJ Soulstep spinning nothing but funky vinyl goodness til close, a special performance by Pones, Inc from 7p-8p (an interactive, funk filled dance troop) and, of course, our House Funk feature on tap beginning with Kriek and followed by Pomegranate Lambic along with Gueze and Triumvirate featured in bottle. Come discover and embrace your funk and all its art forms with us on the 28th!”

Sunday, March 29th at 11:00 am – Brewers Brunch with Weasel Boy at Fifty West
Three course beer paired brunch. Cost is $27.37 per person. Make your reservation on their Eventbrite page.

Braxton Chooses Stagnaro for Distribution

A bit of much-anticipated news this morning as Braxton Brewing today announced that they have decided to partner with Stagnaro Distributing. Here’s the press release from Braxton stating the reasons they decided to go with Stagnaro.

You will soon be able to “Lift One to Life” in Northern Kentucky and the greater Cincinnati area. After extensive research and evaluation, Braxton Brewing Company is thrilled to announce a partnership with Stagnaro Distributing of Cincinnati, Ohio. This exclusive partnership will allow Braxton Brewing Company to be distributed and sold in Kentucky and Ohio.

“Choosing a distributor is hands down one of the most important decisions we’ll make as a company,” said Braxton Brewing Company CEO Jake Rouse. “We evaluated the market interviewing several suppliers and it was clear that Stagnaro’s commitment to customer service, understanding the craft beer category, involvement in the community, and appetite for innovation directly align with our goals at Braxton Brewing Company.”

The partnership will begin distribution upon the brewery being opened. Initial distribution will be 1/2-Barrel and 1/6-Barrel kegs for draft accounts.

“We’re beyond thrilled to partner with a distributor with such a long standing history of excellence,” said Rouse. “We can’t wait to get beer in your hands!”

Stagnaro Distributing is a leading craft and import beer distributor servicing more than 3,000 retailers in 25 counties in Southwest Ohio and Northern Kentucky.

“We are proud and excited to be partnering with the Braxton Brewing Company. They are an incredibly talented family and team who are brewing some really amazing beers” said Stagnaro Distributing CEO Mike Stagnaro. “It is great to see a local, craft brewery open up that Northern Kentucky can finally call its own.”

To keep up-to-speed on Braxton Brewing Company’s launch, follow their Facebook page at or on Twitter at @BraxtonBrewCo. To learn more about Braxton Brewing Company, visit

Braxton Brewing Co.