This Week in Beer: February 20 – 26, 2012

Monday, February 20th – 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, February 21st – Tröegs Nugget Nectar and Tröegenator at Arthur’s Café
Special Tröegs Brewing Co. glassware available.

Tuesday, February 21st – 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, February 22nd – Quaff Bros. What the Wheat? Release
The latest Quaff Bros. beer brewed by Listermann’s Brewing is a wheat wine recipe aged in Bernheim wheated whiskey barrel (10% abv).

Wednesday, February 22nd from 5:30 to 10:00 pm – Bockfest Precipitation Retaliation Happy Hour at Grammer’s
Enjoy a beer & a brat, burn a snowman in effigy and keep the snow and/or rain away from Bockfest 2012. See the Bockfest website for more information.

Wednesday, February 22nd – Pint Night at UC’s Catskeller

Wednesday, February 22nd from 5:30 to 8:00 pm – Beer Tasting at Marty’s Hops and Vines

Thursday, February 23rd 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 – Left Hand 400 Pound Monkey, Glendale – Bell’s Consecrator, and Hyde Park – Great Divide Nomad.

Thursday, February 23rd at 6:00 pm – Firkin Tapping at Rock Bottom Brewery

Friday, February 24th from 4:00-7:00 pm – Flowing Fridays Beer Tasting at Cork ‘N Bottle (Covington and Buttermilk Pike-Crescent Springs)

Friday, February 24th from 6:00-7:00 pm – Friday Night Flights Beer Tasting at Party Town in Florence

Friday, February 24th – Firkin Friday at Cock & Bull Hyde Park

Saturday, February 25th at 3:00 pm – Rare Keg Tapping 2009 Vintage Gulden Draak Belgian Strong Dark Ale at Party Source
Cost: $12 for a half growler

Saturday, February 25th from 5:00-8:00pm – Beer Tasting at Ludlow Wines

Decisions, Decisions…

As Hoperative #43 5chw4r7z pointed out, this Thursday has a plethora of choices for the tri-state beer lover. Luckily, they’re not all at the same time (just most of them).

At 6:00 pm, you have three beer events to choose from: Cock & Bull: Pint Night Thursday which is featuring Delerium Tremens this week, Rock Bottom’s Mug Club Tapping of Catcher in the Rye IPA and Party Source’s inaugural Burgers and Beers “Thirstday” featuring Bluegrass Brewing Company out on the Patio. This is a really tough choice so you may just want to go with your beer preference on this one. Unfortunately, we will be out of town, but some of our intrepid Hoperatives are going to be taking one for the team and covering these events for us.

Catcher in the Rye

We rarely miss a Rock Bottom tapping. You get a sample of the beer just tapped and there’s an appetizer to try too. Be sure to ask to sit in the bar area and watch for Mitch (the brewmaster) to jump up on the bar to announce the tapping. We were lucky enough to get to taste the Catcher in the Rye IPA this past weekend and it’s really nice (full review to follow). Also, as you enter, look to the left up above the corner booth. It’s one of our favorite Rock Bottom logos.

If you remember, we told you about the new Burgers and Beers “Thirstday” event at Party Source back in February when Danny Gold announced it at the “Won’t You Beer My Valentine?” event we attended. The idea is to match the burger toppings to somewhat about the beer. With BBC, there was some discussion of a Kentucky hot brown burger. Hoperative #39 AmyInOhio has offered to cover this for Hoperatives. Can’t wait to see what she finds out!

If you’ve never experienced the Cock & Bull English Pub on Covington’s Main Strasse, you really need to check it out some time soon. During their Pint Night Thursdays, you buy a pint of the featured beer and keep the logo glass and then get discounted refills all night. But get there early! We tried to go a couple weeks ago and it was packed.

The main event of Thursday night is at 8:00 pm — Beer Wars LIVE! with Ben Stein. This is a screening of the new documentary Beer Wars: Brewed in America, followed by a live discussion with some of America’s leading independent brewers and experts. It is showing at Showcase Cinemas De Lux Florence, Regal / Deerfield Town Center in Mason, OH and National Amusements / Springdale Showcase Cinemas in Springdale, OH. Hoperative #14 Jared and a group of fellow beer lovers are covering the Florence showing for Hoperatives.

It’s been interesting that in the last few days, there has been a bit of backlash from various beer bloggers in regards to this movie. Check out A Good Beer Blog and The Mad Fermentationist.

So whatever you decide to do tomorrow night, have fun and enjoy better beer!

–Carla and Tom

Quickie Review: Kelly’s Public House

It’s always fun finding something unexpected.  Because Carla and I did the tasting at Party Source on Friday night and the Midwinter Beer Festival on Saturday afternoon, we decided that staying at the Radisson might just be the way to go.  We got back from Party Source and wanted food, and — go figure — one more beer for the night.  With Mainstrasse just a couple of blocks away, there’s no shortage of great places to go.  Carla had noticed, however, that the Radisson has a place that does a Pint Night on Thursdays.  Sure, we were there on Friday, but if they have a Pint Night, they must have something on draft.

Did they ever.

I’ve been in lots of just-off-the-lobby hotel pubs, but I have to say Kelly’s Public House is one of the best I’ve seen. Here’s what they have on tap:

  • Guiness
  • Smithwick’s
  • Sierra Nevada Brown Ale
  • Fuller’s ESB
  • Bitburger
  • Rogue Dead Guy Ale

I was told the lineup hasn’t changed in about a year.

In bottles:

  • Blue Moon
  • Kentucky Ale
  • Dos Equis
  • New Holland Mad Hatter
  • Sam Adams Boston Ale
  • Shiner Bock
  • Sierra Nevada Pale Ale
  • Amstel Light
  • Heineken
  • Bass
  • Beck’s
  • Strongbow
  • Bellhaven Scotch Ale
  • Corona
  • Newcastle

They had Bud, a couple of Michelobs, Coors Light and Miller Genuine Draft in bottles, but not on draft.

The food menu was pretty straightforward pub fare, but with one nice twist.  There were several dishes that are regional favorites elsewhere ( a Walleye sandwich, the original Club sandwich as made at the Saratoga Club in Saratoga Springs, NY) .  The one that caught my eye was “Beef on Weck,” a favorite in Buffalo and all of Western New York.  I fell in love with them in another lifetime, but it’s never gotten the love the Buffalo-style chicken wing has gotten.  It’s a roast beef sandwich served a jus on a Kimmelweck roll.  That’s basically a crusty kasier-roll with caraway and very coarse salt sprinkled on top.  The version at Kelly’s was more of a soft bun with caraway and a bit finer salt.  Not quite the same effect, but it’s better than no Beef on Weck at all.

Kelly’s Public House is a couple of cuts above your typical hotel lobby pub.  The staff is quick and friendly, and our server seemed to know her stuff.  My bet is that it doesn’t get too crowded (and it’s a good-sized space).  I think it would be a good choice on a night when you just want something good in a hurry, but for whatever reason don’t want to deal with Mainstrasse.  It’s no Cock & Bull, but Kelly’s Public House is a pretty nice little pub.