As a recent article on SoapBox Cincinnati pointed out, we have entered Beer Season in Cincinnati. While the late August to mid-October local Oktoberfest season is also full of beer events, the combination of Cincy Winter Beerfest, Cincinnati Beer Week and Bockfest make February and early March pretty damn awesome.
To get you ready for all of the beer events ahead, we’ve created this list for you to use starting with Feb. 9th. While we will refer back to these events on our usual This Week in Beer posts each Monday, we wanted you to be able to let you plan your strategy for the weeks ahead.
Friday, February 13th and Saturday, February 14th – Cincinnati Winter Beerfest
It’s the big granddaddy of beer events in Cincinnati. Take our advice and buy your tickets for Friday night (to avoid much larger crowds). Also, buy them NOW especially if you want the Connoisseurs Package. Those tickets always sell out.
Friday, February 13th – Hops vs Vines Showdown at Marty’s Hops & Vines
Goose Island Vintage Series including Sofie (aged in Chardonnay barrels), Halia (aged in White Wine barrels) and Lolita (aged in Cabernet Sauvignon barrels) versus Gerard Bertrand Chardonnay, LaClape and Picpoul. Cost is $20 per person and includes specially prepared food pairings. Call 513-681-4222 for reservations.
Friday, February 13th through Sunday, February 22nd – Cincinnati Beer Week
As we’ve mentioned before, this year the Cincy Winter Beerfest kicks off the Cincinnati Beer Week rather than wrapping it up. Just like last year, we will be posting each day’s with a special Cincinnati Beer Week Events post each day. To have them emailed to you the night before, just sign up for our Beer Events newsletter.
Saturday, February 14th at 1:00 pm – Splinterfest at Moerlein Lager House
The Lager House hosts their 3rd annual celebration of barrel aged beers and as usual, flights will be available. Some of the beers to be included are Christian Moerlein Fredrick’s Reserve, Innis & Gunn Rum Oak Aged Beer, New Holland Oak Aged Hatter, Listermann Cranium, Dogfish Head Burton Baton, Wyders Reposado Aged Pear and beers from Rivertown, Flat 12 and New Belgium.
Sunday, February 15th – Beer & Babes Event and Brew Day at Fifty West
It “starts at 11:30 with a brunch buffet and then is followed with a special collaboration brew among the women involved.”
Monday, February 16th-Saturday, February 21st – Artists and Beer at Arnold’s
Leave it to Arnold’s to mix the world of better beer with the world of art. They asked six breweries to hire an artist to create a gig poster for one of their beers. One beer and poster will be featured each night at 7:00 pm:
2/16 – Tapping a cask conditioned, heavy hopped version of Warped Wing’s Hop Smuggler. Artist: Tom Post
2/17 – Tapping a limited edition version of West Sixth’s Pay it Forward Cocoa Porter aged in a bourbon barrel. Artist: Brian Methe
2/18 – Fifty West tap takeover with 6 different brews and brewers in attendance to individually walk people through each of their beers. – Artist: James Billiter creating a print for Coast to Coast IPA
2/19 – Tapping two Jackie O’s beers – Dark Apparition Stout and Waka Waka Waka Double IPA. Artist: Tommy Sheehan creating a print for Dark Apparition
2/20 – Tapping Hop Henge Experimental IPA 2015 tapping as part of a Deschutes tap takeover – Artist: Rob Warnick creating a print for Hop Henge
2/21 – Tapping Triple Digit Cranium Tapping and Listermann’s Coffee Nutcase Peanut butter Porter – Artist: Keith Neltner creating a print for Nutcase Peanut Butter Porter
Wednesday, February 18th at 6:00 pm – Trappist Ale Tasting at Marty’s Hops and Vine
Beers include Orval Trappist Ale, Westmalle Trappist Ale Dubbel, Chimay Peres Trappistes Ale Tripel (on draft), and Trappistes Rochefort Belgian Ale #10. Cost is $15.00 per person.
Wednesday, February 18th – Crosstown Showdown Round Two with Listermann at Fifty West
Thursday, February 19th at 6:00 pm – Ei8ht Ball Brewing Beer Dinner at Moerlein Lager House
Beer Reception; First Course – Tarnished Golden Ale ABV paired with scallops, Mediterranean beet salad, peach salsa, tangerine lace; Second Course – Reintarnation Golden Ale paired with pate faux gras, fennel gelee, sour onion relish; Third Course – Red Drink Imperial Red Ale paired with petite BBQ, smoked cornish hen, baby kale, baby corn, couscous, macaroni and cheese; Fourth Course – 4Some Belgian Quad paired with cold smoked buffalo tenderloin, sweet potato risotto cake, pomegranate sauce, 4Some jelly, heirloom spinach; Dessert – Home Alone Milk Stout paired with hazelnut mousse, chocolate cup, almond milk chocolate sauce.
Saturday, February 21st at 4:00 pm – Know Your Brewer’s Name! Beer Week with Blue Caboose
More information available on their Facebook event page.
Tuesday, February 24th – Ghost of Imogene Release at Fifty West
Friday, February 27th at 5:30 pm – Precipitation Retaliation Happy Hour at Milton’s The Prospect Hill Tavern
A highlight of Bockfest preliminaries since 2009, this event includes the burning of a snowman in order to prevent another blizzard curtailed 2008’s Bockfest. (While the city announced that the Bockfest parade was cancelled, the parade went on in spite of the snow.) So stop by, enjoy a bock beer and watch Frosty go up in smoke at 8:00 pm.