This Week in Beer: Feb. 23 – Mar. 1, 2015

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. Check out our new Better Beer Happy Hours, Etc. page for regularly scheduled specials on better beer.

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

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

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

Monday, Feb. 23rd at 5:00 pm – Rare Keg Monday at Ei8ht Ball Brewing
Postponed from last Monday – “How it will work… Showing up before 4pm does not guarantee anyone a pour of Cantillon Classic Gueuze. A line will start at Danny Gold’s desk at 4pm just outside of the tap room, and tickets will be handed out. This keg is 20 liters, and we are only handing out 80 tickets. We will be using special glassware for this beer (6oz Tulip). A smaller glass will help us insure more of this beer to more fans of Cantillon. The cost will be $7. After we hand out the first 40 tickets, those 40 will start a line 1-20 on the right side of the bar, and 21-40 on the left side of the bar. After the first 40 patrons are served, we move into the next round of 40. There is a strict limit of one glass per person. If less than 80 customers show up for a glass of Cantillon, the Ei8ht Ball team reserves the right to make a decision on if a second glass per customer will be offered.”

Monday, Feb. 23rd from 6:00 to 7:00 pm – Craft Your Own Mix at Firehouse Grill
Postponed from last Monday – Samuel Adams Stout on Nitro to mix with your favorite craft beer. Angry Orchard also goes well with this stout if you like snakebites.

Monday, Feb. 23rd at 7:00 pm – Artists and Beer at Arnold’s
Postponed from last Monday – Tapping a cask conditioned, heavy hopped version of Warped Wing’s Hop Smuggler. Artist: Tom Post

Monday, Feb. 23rd at 7:00 pm – Rogue Beer Tasting & Dinner at BJ’s Restaurant and Brew House Tri-County Mall
Eight beers (six from Rogue and two from BJ’s), four courses for $30 for prepaid reservations, $35 day of event. Reserve online at their web site. This same dinner will be held at the Florence location on Monday, March 2nd.

Monday, Feb. 23rd from 8:00 pm to close – Pint Night at Incline Public House

Tuesday, Feb. 24th – Penny Flips at Fifty West

Tuesday, Feb. 24th – Tappa Keg Tuesday at Dingle House

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

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

Tuesday, Feb. 24th from 5:00-7:00 pm – Meet the Brewer at Barleycorn’s
This week, it’s MadTree at their Lakeside Park location and Rhinegeist at their Florence location.

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

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

Tuesday, Feb. 24th from 6:00-10:00 pm – Rivertown/Upland Tap Takeover at HalfCut

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

Wednesday, Feb. 25th – Local Wednesday at Buckhead Mountain Grill Bellevue
All local beer served in a 16 oz pint glass are $3.99.

Wednesday, Feb. 25th – Pint Night at UC’s Catskeller
This week, it’s their Belgian Fest.

Wednesday, Feb. 25th from 5:30-8:00 pm – Beer Tasting at Marty’s Hops and Vines

Wednesday, Feb. 25th from 6:00-7:00 pm – Meet the Brewer (Old Firehouse) at Firehouse Grill
Postponed from last Saturday.

Wednesday, Feb. 25th at 7:00 pm – Monthly Keg Tapping at Hofbräuhaus Newport
This month, it’s their Doppelbock AND, as of last week, smoking is prohibited indoors at Hofbräuhaus Newport. It’s allowed in their beer garden now.

Thursday, Feb. 26th – Firkin Thursday at Fifty West

Thursday, Feb. 26th – Tap That Thursday at BrewRiver GastroPub

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

Thursday, Feb. 26th from 6:00-7:00 pm – Ei8ht Ball Fight or Flight at Firehouse Grill
Postponed from last Saturday – “We will have the Rock’em Sock’em game on the bar for everyone to enjoy! Come and show your skills with the game and try a flight of their 3 most popular beers!”

Thursday, Feb. 26th from 6:00-10:00 pm – New Belgium Lips of Faith Tap Takeover at HalfCut

Thursday, Feb. 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 – Kentucky Bourbon Barrel IPA, Glendale – Listermann NutCase and Hyde Park – Revolution A Little Crazy.

Thursday, Feb. 26th at 6:30 pm – I Survived DEATH 2015 at Holler Hops & Grill
Rescheduled from 2/16 — An unique eating competition – 10 wings drenched in Holler’s death sauce and a glass of Rivertown Death. All participants will receive a t-shirt and the first person to finish will win a private tour at Rivertown.

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

Friday, Feb. 27th at 5:30 pm – Precipitation Retaliation Happy Hour at Milton’s The Prospect Hill Tavern
One of our favorite pre-Bockfest events. From the Facebook event page:
“In 2008, Bockfest was almost entirely shut down by the largest snowfall in 20 years. A motley band of hardcore Bockfest fans took to the streets to parade through the snow, and hunkered down at Bockfest Hall to enjoy their delicious Bock beer. Unfortunately, everyone else was not so lucky and couldn’t make it to Over-the-Rhine. In 2009, we felt a little retaliation was in order. A snowman effigy was acquired, and set alight at Grammer’s amid much celebration. The gods were thus put on notice, and provided us with a beautiful Bockfest™ weekend. With similar results in 2010 after burning another snowman at Milton’s, a tradition was born. We cannot conclusively guarantee that we have acquired the power to control the weather in Cincinnati, but it has worked for the past three years. In 2012, in fact, we attribute this ritual to why a tornado that was supposed to hit downtown Cincinnati was substituted with clearing skies in time for the parade. As importantly, burning a snowman is a lot more fun than watching a groundhog stick its head out of a hole. Join us as we make our ritual sacrifice for 2015. Watch as we burn this year’s victim at the stake at 8PM and toast to a beautiful Bockfest weekend.”

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

Saturday, Feb. 28th at 9:00 am – White Death by Chickow! Release at Triple Digit/Listermann Brewing

Saturday, Feb. 28th-Sunday, March 1st – Moerlein Lager House Weekend at the Reds Hall of Fame and Museum
From their Facebook event page, “Moerlein Lager House will give away 500 tickets each day for free admission to the Reds Hall of Fame & Museum. The Moerlein Lager House is a supporter of the Reds Hall of Fame & Museum and sponsors the Fan Cave on the Museum’s second floor. Fans pick up the ticket from the Hall of Fame on each day beginning at 10 a.m. Also on this weekend, the Moerlein Lager House will offer a FREE pint glass for each purchase of a beer or soda. The collectible pint glass features the logo of the Moerlein Lager House and the Reds Hall of Fame.” Each day from “2-3 pm, Brewers from the Moerlein Lager House will tap a special keg of Handlebar Stout at Moerlein Lager House with tasting samples available.”

Saturday, Feb. 28th at 5:00 pm – Wiedemann’s Bock Keg Tapping at Mecklenburg Gardens

Saturday, Feb. 28th from 5:00-8:00pm – Beer Tasting at Ludlow Wines
The cost to taste four beers is $6.00 per person.

Saturday, Feb. 28th at 6:00pm – Eleven/162 Anniversary Party & Bottle Release at the Christian Moerlein Malt House
From the Facebook event page: “The annual celebration will be centered on the release of the brewery’s first ever 22-ounce “bomber” style bottle of a limited-release beer name Eleven/162. Eleven/162 is a smooth, malt-driven Scottish Wee Heavy Ale, meticulously aged for three months in Smooth Ambler Bourbon Barrels.” Limited quantities of wax-dipped, hand-numbered bottles of Eleven/162 will be released for purchase at 6:00 pm. Eleven/162 will be on tap alongside the last keg from last year’s anniversary limited release, Ten/161. There are also plans for numerous specialty infused kegs and casks to be on tap throughout the evening.

Saturday, Feb. 28th at 7:00 pm – Know Your Brewer’s Name! Beer Week with Blue Caboose at Listermann Brewing
Postponed from last Saturday – More information available on their Facebook event page.

Sunday, March 1st at 12:00 noon – Bock Glass Get Down at Christian Moerlein Malt House
More information available at their Facebook event page.

Sunday, March 1st from 2:00-8:00 pm – Bell’s Hop Slam event at HalfCut

Cincinnati Beer Week Events/Closings for Monday, Feb. 16, 2015

See Friday’s Cincinnati Beer Week Events post for the listing of events happening all through Cincinnati Beer Week.

PLEASE NOTE: The following better beer locations have announced that they are closed today:
All three Flipdaddy’s locations, Mellow Mushroom – Wilder, KY, Incline Public House, Virgils

Closing early:
Ei8ht Ball Brewing – last call at 4:30 pm; Cock & Bull Mainstrasse Village – closing at 4:00 pm; Country Fresh Farm Market and Wine Depot (Anderson) – closing at 5:00 pm, Zip Café – closing at 4:00 pm

OPEN: Holler Hops & Grill, Neon’s Unplugged, Hebron Brew Haus, Arnold’s – “The bar is open and we have live music tonight. The kitchen is however closed and the Warped Wing Tapping is canceled until next week”, KungFood Chu’s AmerAsia


Cincinnati Beer Week Events for Monday, Feb. 16, 2015

Monday, February 16th from 10:00 am to 8:00 pm – Triple Digit Coffee Chickow! Tapping at Listermann Brewing
Available for pints or samples only.

Monday, February 16th from 11:00 am to 9:00 pm – Rivertown Keep the Glass at Cock & Bull Glendale Village
Buy a pint of Rivertown Dunkel and keep the glass.

Monday, February 16th starting at 11:00 am – Celebrate Unique Cincinnati Brews at Cock & Bull Hyde Park
15 local brews featured on draft include: MadTree PsycHOPathy, MadTree Axis Mundi, MadTree Born to Be Mild, Rhinegeist Truth, Rhinegeist Steve, Rhinegeist Cougar, Rhinegeist Knucklehead, Blank Slate Movin’ On, MadTree/Listermann Madmann Cranberry Gose, Mt. Carmel Amber, Mt. Carmel Winter, Bad Tom Brother Clement, Fifty West Dipstick, Fifty West Jalopy Nose and Rivertown Lil Sipa. Plus half price wings from 5:00-10:00 pm.

Monday, February 16th from 4:00 to 11:00 pm – Peanut Butter Chickow! Tapping at Incline Public House
Rescheduled for tomorrow night (Tuesday, Feb. 17th).

Monday, February 16th from 5:00 to 7:00 pm – #RareKegMonday featuring Cantillon at Ei8ht Ball
Postponed until next Monday, February 23rd

Monday, February 16th from 5:00 to 9:00 pm – New Belgium One Year Anniversary Pint Night at Jungle Jim’s Fairfield
New Belgium pints for $3.

Monday, February 16th from 5:00 to 11:00 pm – Ten Fidy Vertical at The Lackman
Oskar Blues Ten Fidy ’12, ’13 & ’14 as well as Blank Slate/Oskar Blues 3 Way Porter plus Blank Slate Bonbonerie Opera Cream Stout.

Monday, February 16th from 5:00 to 11:55 pm – Return of the Randall at Brass Tap
Thai-PA — A yet-to-be-named IPA run through a Randall full of Thai ingredients (Thai basil, ginger, peppers, etc.)

Monday, February 16th from 6:00 to 7:00 pm – Craft Your Own Mix at Firehouse Grill
Postponed until next Monday, February 23rd

Monday, February 16th from 6:00 to 8:00 pm – MadTree Beer Dinner And Beer Class at Lucky Dog Grille
Join MadTree co-owner Brady Duncan as Lucky Dog pours Sprye, Rubus Cacao, Barrel Aged Olde Battering Ram, Gnarly Brown. Pairing: First Course – Gnarly Brown and Bourbon Meat Balls, Second Course – Pulled Pork Sandwich with Coleslaw, Third Course- Bread Pudding with Rubus Cacao Caramel Sauce. Call 513-204-5825 for reservations.

Monday, February 16th from 6:00 to 8:00 pm – Rubus Cacao with MadTree at Dean’s Hops & Vines
Rubus Cacao, along with Spyre, Happy Amber, Psychopathy, Gnarly Brown & Lift.

Monday, February 16th from 6:00 to 9:00 pm – I Survived DEATH 2015 at Holler Hops & Grill
Rescheduled for Thursday, February 26th at 6:30 pm.

Monday, February 16th at 7:00 pm – Artists and Beer at Arnold’s
Postponed until next Monday, February 23rd

Monday, February 16th at 7:00 pm – Deschutes Tap Takeover & Video Shoot at Bogart’s
This event has been cancelled and will be rescheduled for a later date.

Monday, February 16th from 7:00-8:00 pm – MadTree Tasting and Tap Takeover at the Crazy Fox Saloon
Postponed until Thursday, February 19th

Monday, February 16th from 8:00-11:55 pm – Pint Night and Live Band Karaoke Contest at Bourbon and Broad
Featuring Alltech’s KY Bourbon Barrel Ale and Ei8ht Ball Brewing. Winner of the live band karaoke contest gets 10% of day’s proceeds donated to the charity of their choice.

Monday, February 16th from 8:00-10:00 pm – Tapping MadTree Mo’Coe at Fogarty’s Irish Pub
They will also have MadTree Spyre, Happy Amber, Psychopathy, Gnarly Brown and Lift.

Cincinnati Beer Week 2015

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Field Trip: Liberty’s Bar & Bottle – Opening Today!

Today marks the official opening of Liberty’s Bar & Bottle at 1427 Main in Cincinnati. We took a Hoperatives Field Trip to check it out during their soft open. This newest better beer location takes it name both from a previous bar at this same location and from its proximity to Liberty Street.

Liberty's Bar & Bottle - Pigs

You’ll know you’ve found the right place when you see the pigs out front. The pig theme continues inside where Pass the Pigs (also known as Pig Mania) is the official game of Liberty’s Bar & Bottle.

Liberty's Bar & Bottle - Doors

Doors open at 2:00 pm today and, yes, on gorgeous weather days like today, they have their tall doors wide open. Liberty’s Bar & Bottle have some great tappings planned to celebrate their grand opening:

3:00 pm – Three Floyds War Mullet
4:00 pm – BFM (Brasserie des Franches-Montagnes) Square Root of 225
4:30 pm – Rooie Dop Double Oatmeal Stout
5:00 pm – Fathead’s Cascadian Dark Ale
5:30 pm – Mikkeller SpontanGooseberry
6:00 pm – Cantillon Gueuze

In the mean time, check out this great space!

Liberty's Bar & Bottle - Bar

The bar at Liberty’s Bar & Bottle is just awesome. It’s been in this space for quite a while. It’s over 100 years old and is thought to have been made locally. The only thing that had to be done to prepare it for the new establishment was put a coat of polyurethane on the foot rail and use Murphy’s Oil Soap on the rest of the wood. (That’s one of the owners, Jeremy Moore, that you see to the left.)

Liberty's Bar & Bottle - Beers

These were just some of the beers that were available during their soft open. Not to worry, all of the taps will be occupied today for their grand opening.

Liberty's Bar & Bottle - Cooler

As their name suggests, you can have a pint (or glass of wine) there or get a bottle to go.

Liberty's Bar & Bottle - Interior

Liberty's Bar & Bottle - Mural

Alex Scherra painted this incredible mural of the Greek god Bacchus with hops and grapes that takes up most of the north wall. As you can see in the close up below, there is a three dimensional element to the mural.

Liberty's Bar & Bottle - Mural Close

Cincinnati Beer Week: Events at Party Source

Thursday, February 7th from 5:30-8:00 pm – Sours, Ciders & Sliders

As we kick off Cincy Beer Week 2013, The Party Source Beer Department has decided to use this opportunity to showcase some of the most unique Sour and Wild Ales, as well as an array of Ciders, all from the biggest and best producers. Join us for an evening of tastes from the likes of Cantillon, Quaff Bros., Rivertown, Drie Fontenien, Tilquin, Angry Orchard, Mikkeller, Crispin, Woodchuck, Oliver and plenty more alongside three different gourmet sliders. Spots are limited, sign up today!
COST: $25

Saturday, February 9th at 2:00 pm – Three Floyds Zombie Dust Tapping!

Continuing with our celebration for Cincy Winter Beer Week, we are tapping a keg of the astonishing brew Zombie Dust from Three Floyds. With a score of 100 points on both RateBeer and BeerAdvocate, this promises to be a big turnout. We are also making this a “keep the glass” offering, as you will receive your Zombie Dust in a limited edition 2013 Cincy Winter Beer Fest snifter. This is an opportunity to taste on draft one of the most talked about beers in the world from your own CWBF glassware. The tapping will start at 2:00 pm promptly. Enjoy Zombie Dust while you shop the store. Cost is $8 for each snifter full (limit two) and the price includes the glass.
COST: $8

Tuesday, February 12th at 5:00 pm – Goose Island Bourbon County Stout Pint Night!

For just $10 you can be one of the lucky patrons to get a pint of the hard to find and super rare Goose Island Bourbon County Stout! To find this beer on tap is even more impossible than the bottles (which we have been sold out of for weeks). So come one come all for a pint of this elusive 100 point beer. Also you keep the glass. A Goose Island glass will be filled to the brim for you to keep. The tapping starts promptly at 5:00pm. Again, the cost is $10 and you keep the glass. Limit 1 and don’t be late!
COST: $10

Saturday, February 15th at 1:00 pm – Aisle Tasting with Upland Brewing Co.

Stop by and meet the team from Bloomington based brewer Upland in Indiana. All we ask for is a 50 cent donation (to keep things legal) and sip on some Upland brews while you shop the TPS shelves.
COST: 50 cents

Saturday, February 15th at 2:00 pm – Jolly Pumpkin Aisle Tasting

The Artisanal Ales of Jolly Pumpkin are among the elite in the world. With the gang from Jolly Pumpkin making an appearance at CWBF they are kind enough to stop by and pop a few brews. All we ask for is a 50 cent donation (to keep things legal) and sip on some jolly old brews from the Dexter, Michigan based brewery
COST: 50 cents