This Week in Beer: April 4, 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.

HAPPY OPENING DAY!

Monday, April 4th at 9:00 am – The Season Opener at Taft’s Ale House
Too many things happening to list them all here. Check out their Facebook event page instead.

Monday, April 4th at 10:00 am – Opening Day Kegs ‘N’ Eggs + Game Day Shuttle at Rhinegeist
Once again, check out their Facebook event page for more information.

Monday, April 4th at 10:00 am – Opening Day at Braxton
For $10, you get a beer, a bag of Cracker Jacks and a limited edition Braxton baseball glass. Chicago Don’s Hot Dawgs on site.

Monday, April 4th at 11:00 am – Reds Opening Day at The Lackman
On tap: Rhinegeist Hustle and MadTree Rounding Third. Happy Hour from 4-8pm features $2 off drafts, $2.50 domestics and $3.50 imports.

Tuesday, April 5th at 11:00 am – Kickoff Arbor Brewing Month at BrewRiver GastroPub
From Facebook: “Come meet Matt Greff, the owner/head brewer of Arbor Brewing Company and Corner Brewery. We will be featuring 4 Arbor Brewing beers, including one of their rare sours! Our three course tasting menu will feature Arbor through the entire month of April!”

Thursday, April 7th from 5:00-7:00 pm – Rivertown Tasting at Kroger Austin Pike

Thursday, April 7th from 6:00-10:00 pm – Uinta Thirsty Thursday at Craft Pointe

Thursday, April 7th from 6:00-10:00 pm – Pint Night Thursdays at Cock & Bull (all three locations)

Thursday, April 7th at 7:00 pm – Books on Tap at Braxton Brewing
This month’s book is Ambitious Brew: The Story of American Beer by Maureen Ogle.

Thursday, April 7th at 7:00-10:00 pm – Local Brew Party at Midway Café Fort Thomas

Don’t forget to check back on Friday for the weekend’s tastings and tappings!

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This Week in Beer: July 13 – 19, 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.

Continuing through Wednesday, July 15th – The Bell’s Brewing All-Star Music Festival at Arnold’s Bar & Grill
For more information, check out their Facebook event page.

Continuing through Wednesday, July 15th – All-Star Week Brewery Tours from Craft Connection
Tours run early afternoon every day of All-Star Week. Tickets are $50 and includes transportation, tours and beer. Book online now at www.craftconnectiontours.com.

Monday, July 13th at 5:00 pm – Rare Keg Monday at Ei8ht Ball Brewing
This week, it’s Three Floyds Alpha King. The cost is $5 for a sixteen ounce pint.

Monday, July 13th at 7:00 pm – MadTree Joon Tapping at Liberty’s Bar & Bottle

Monday, July 13th at 7:00 pm – Moerlein Tasting at Flipdaddy’s Symmes Township
Beers include Cherry Belgian Blonde, Strawberry Pig Cream Ale and Altered Pale Ale.

Tuesday, July 14th at 5:00 pm – Pint Night and All Star Viewing Party at Braxton
For $10, you’ll get a pint of 1957 and get to keep the baseball-themed pint glass.

Tuesday, July 14th at 5:00 pm – Founders Tap Takeover at Igby’s
Beers include Mosaic Promise, Blushing Monk, Devil Dancer Triple IPA, All Day IPA, Nitro Oatmeal Stout, Centennial IPA, Dirty Bastard and Red’s Rye IPA.

Thursday, July 16th at 5:00 pm – Orchids Flourish Beer Debut at Blank Slate
This next collaboration beer between Blank Slate and Orchids is a copper-colored agave-lime altbier.

Thursday, July 16th from 5:00-8:00 pm – Cincy Blues Fest Ale Tapping at Urban Artifact

Thursday, July 16th at 6:00-10:00 pm – Burgers and Beers at the Party Source
Beers: Sours, Lambics, Gose. Gueuze and more
Burger: Topped with sautéed Duck fat potatoes
Music: Heather Turner

Thursday, July 16th at 6:00 pm – Corporal Khaos Beer Tapping at Cellar Dweller
You may remember the story behind this beer from last year. This year, Corporal Khaos will be available in both draft sales and 22oz bombers. A portion of all sales goes towards the Steven Kohus Memorial Scholarship Fund.
Corporal Khaos Label

Thursday, July 16th 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, July 16th at 7:00 pm – Goodwood Brewing Pint Night at Hebron Brew Haus

Friday, July 16th at 4:00 pm – Fifty West Tasting at Country Fresh Farm Market and Wine Depot

Friday, July 16th from 4:00-9:00 pm – Beer Baron Happy Hour at Moerlein Malt House

Saturday, July 19th at 1:00 pm – 1st Annual Beer Olympics at Ei8ht Ball
From Facebook: “The clever minds at Ei8ht Ball Brewing, Deschutes Brewery and New Belgium Brewing have joined forces to bring you the first ever Beer Olympics to greater Cincy. 40 people, 20 teams of two can now register online to take part in something unusual, unforgettable and unlike anything we’ve seen with craft beer. Dunk Tank…check! Fowling…check! Pin the Tap on the Keg…check and almost a dozen other games will be played with prizes to be won. The cost is $5 per person and includes your first pint.” Register at http://shop.newriffdistilling.com/beer-olympics-july-18th/dp/334

Saturday, July 19th from 5:00 pm-2:00 am – Summer Beer Fest at Stanley’s Pub
Beers from MadTree, Blank Slate, Rivertown, Old Firehouse and Ei8ht Ball.

Saturday, July 19th at 6:00 pm – Death by Sour at Brass Tap U Square
Beers include Old Sour Cherry Porter, Lambic, Kriek and Death. Flight of all 4 available for $10.

Hoperatives This Week in Beer

Last Minute Better Beer Gifts

No matter how hard we try or how many lists we keep, there always seems to be that one person that slipped off your list somehow. Or maybe you’re just a big old slacker who likes to wait until the last minute and you haven’t even started your holiday shopping yet. Either way, this list is for you. Everything listed here is digital so you don’t have to even drive anywhere to pick them up. And if your family celebrates later on and you still have some time, there’s also our other holiday gift guide.

1. Tickets for the Cincy Winter Beerfest – This event is consistently one of the best run beer festivals you will ever attend. Every year, they just keep getting better than the year before. If you buy by Christmas Day, you can get an early admission ticket for the price of a general admission. If you want to make it the best Valentines Day weekend you ever had, spring for the Connoisseurs Package and add on the hotel package at the recently renovated Hyatt Regency Cincinnati – Downtown. Most importantly, remember that crowds are smaller on Friday compared to Saturday.

2. Cincinnati Beer Week Tap Room Trolley – For the third year, Cincinnati Beer Week is offering their Tap Room Trolley once again. Scheduled for January 10th and 11th, there are three tours to choose from. Tour A leaves the Moerlein Lager House at 11:00 am and then heads to Old Firehouse, Mt. Carmel, Fifty West, Bad Tom and Blank Slate. Tour B leaves the Moerlein Lager House at 12:00 noon and heads to Cellar Dweller, MadTree, Listermann, Triple Digit and Rhinegeist. Tour C leaves the Moerlein Lager House at 1:00 pm and heads to Tap & Screw, Rivertown, Rock Bottom, Ei8ht Ball and the Christian Moerlein Tap Room. All three tours finish up at the Moerlein Lager House. The cost of $30 includes your bus transportation, brewery tours and a swag bag. Your beer is NOT included for these tours.

3. Craft Connection Brewery Tours Craft Cash – Want to give someone a local Cincinnati breweries tour, but not sure when they want to go or which breweries they want to visit? Here’s your answer. Just choose from either $45 (3 stop tour) or $55 (4 stop tour) options. You may purchase as many seats as you’d like. After you’ve made your purchase, they will email you a Craft Cash voucher with a unique code that can be used during checkout when booking a tour. Put it in a envelope or gift bag and you’re good to go.

4. Prohibition Resistance Tour Tickets – Once 2015 arrives, Bockfest will not be far behind. If the better beer fan on your list is into the history of beer in Cincinnati, a Prohibition Resistance Tour may be just the thing. If you want tours actually over Bockfest weekend, book the Bock or Doppelbock tours on March 6-8, 2015. The Lager and Industrious tours start being offered in April.

5. eBooks on Beer – If the better beer lover that you are buying for has a Kindle or a tablet with the Kindle app, you can get them a Kindle version of a better book on beer. You can even schedule it to arrive on Christmas Day. Here are some of our suggestions:

Ambitious Brew: The Story of American Beer by Maureen Ogle

The Oxford Companion to Beer

Tasting Beer: An Insider’s Guide to the World’s Greatest Drink by Randy Mosher

Yeast: The Practical Guide to Beer Fermentation by Chris White and Jamil Zainasheff

Repost: Hoperatives Beer Gift Guide

From December 4, 2013 with some updates for this year:

As Tom pointed out in his post “On Beer Culture and Beer Subcultures”, there seems to be at least four main subcultures within the overall craft beer culture. We decided to do our Hoperatives Beer Gift Guide by subculture so you can really target the better beer lover on your shopping list this year. There is also a category for gifts that all better beer fans would probably like (since the subcategories aren’t ironclad or you may not be sure what might work for your beer fan). Some links listed below go to our affiliate links on Amazon.com. You’re not obligated to use those links, of course, but look at it this way: it’s like buying two gifts at once!

For the home brewer on your list:

Sparge Arm

So this is how you pick up some serious credibility if the home brewer in your life doesn’t think you’ve been paying attention to the work they put in to make beer. There’s a point in the brewing process where you need to circulate water through the cooked grains to get all the sugars and other yummy goodness out of the grain. This is called ‘sparging.’ It can be tedious. A dedicated sparge arm can make the process less tedious. Which means more beer gets made more often. This is a good thing. This is something that you give when you know for a fact that the brewer in your life does all-grain brewing. It’s not necessary for what’s called extract brewing.

Homebrew Immersion Wort Chiller

We’ve actually given this as a wedding gift, and we found out that a gift certificate we gave as a wedding gift (see below) went to get one of these. Both couples are still married, so this is a good gift. Yeast is a living organism and it doesn’t like burning hot water any more than you do. There’s a point in the brewing process that the wort — the sugar water that’s been boiling for an hour or more with hops and such — needs to be cooled quickly before the yeast is added. Yes, it looks like a big copper tube coil because that’s what it is. But to a homebrewer it’s the best thing ever.

Listermann Brewing Supply Gift Certificate

We once gave a Listermann gift certificate for a wedding gift and it was such a big hit we had to include this by name and location. Listermann is the grande dame of Cincinnati home brewing supply and has earned its outstanding reputation. The Cincinnati metro area is blessed with several home brew supply locations that will be happy to sell you a gift certificate so your in-house brewer can pick and choose the perfect gift. Here are other the fine home brew supply shops around town:

For the beer trader/swapper on your list:

The Rare Beer Club

We met the folks who run this company at the Beer Blogger’s Conference in Boston this past summer. The Rare Beer Club will ship you 2, 4 or 6 bottles of a hard-to-get beer each month. They work through distributors with the proper licensing, so they are are legally able to ship to Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana (which is refreshing, to say the least). If rare beer isn’t quite what you’re looking for, take a look at other craft-beer-each-month selections they offer (the site lists all past offerings so you can see what goes out). It’s even possible to mix and match offers to create your own personal beer of the month club.

Jet Bag Reusable Padded Absorbent Bottle Bags, Bio-Degradable Travel Accessory, Set of 3

It’s amazing to us every time we travel to discover how many people haven’t heard that it’s NOT ok to take liquids on planes. Or that beer is a liquid, apparently. If the beer lover in your live travels AND likes to bring back beer, these bottle bags are the best way to stash bottles of beer in checked luggage. Sure, they can be wrapped in an old shirt or some socks but, well, ewww. These can also be used in shipping beer (or any glass bottle, really). Just make sure you can get them back.

For the beer rater/evaluator on your list:

33 Bottles of Beer Tasting Notebook and 33 Mugs of Cider

Yeah there are smartphone apps that allow you to rate beers, but these clever little notebooks are designed to help you think about what you’re drinking rather than just collecting some arbitrary number of stars or mugs or some other ratings icon. We’ve heard tell of folks using these to keep tasting notes while going through BJCP or Cicerone training. Each page in the notebook allows you to record a wealth of information about beers and ciders you try. The design is extremely well-thought out and these notebooks are essential equipment for the serious beer reviewer.

Field Notes “Drink Local” Edition

The little notebooks made by Field Notes are almost a cult item. I got hooked on them a few years ago. I used to be terrible about writing things on random scraps of paper. Now I write notes to myself in these and can usually find the notes later — a definite change from the past. Unlike the ’33’ notebooks listed above, these contain nothing but pages of grid-lined paper between heavy-duty fiber covers. You can record information about beer in them if you like, but they’re really just general purpose notebooks with a fun beer theme. The covers themselves are meant to suggest the colors of various kinds of beers and they Field Notes folks throw in some beer coasters that share some of the same design elements of the notebooks.

For the local beer fan on your list:

Local Brewery Tours

One of the best ways to check out the many great local breweries in the Cincinnati/NKY area is to leave the driving to someone else. The link above takes you to our listing of the various tours available now. Different tours go to different breweries so pick out the itinerary that works out best for you or your gift recipient. Cincy Brew Bus has a deal where you can get 20% off a room at the newly renovated Hyatt Regency Cincinnati and Craft Connection Brewery Tours just started offering Craft Cash which lets you easily give a brewery tour.

Hydro Flask Insulated Stainless Steel Wide Mouth Beer Growler (64-Ounce)

We were given samples of these at the 2013 Beer Blogger’s conference and they’re fantastic. They’re a little taller and bit narrower than their glass counterparts, but they seal tightly and hold temperature for quite a while. It’s made of a heavy-weight metal so there’s some sturdiness to it. We’ve used these for all sorts of uses other than beer, but they work as advertised for that.

Moerlein Lager House Beer Tokens

Pretty much any better beer location will be happy to sell you a gift certificate, but the Moerlein Lager House Beer tokens are unique. It’s the sort of stocking stuffer that will elicit a confused look at first, but joy upon realizing what they’re for. One token, one beer. How cool is that? The only downside is that they’re so cool, you don’t want to turn them in. In the end you do, of course, because … beer.

For any better beer fan on your list:

Ambitious Brew: The Story of American Beer by Maureen Ogle

This is one of the best books on the history of beer in America. We both love it so much that we own both the paperback and Kindle versions of it. Maureen Ogle is a professional historian who researches obsessively but writes accessibly. Her work is partly responsible for spreading the word about Jack McAuliffe’s early contributions to craft brewing. It’s book that cover a lot of ground in an easy-to-access volume and when you’ve finished it you’ll be even more impressed with what the craft brewers are pulling off with today’s small-brewery revolution.

EdgeStar Full Size Kegerator and Keg Beer Cooler

A few years ago, a newly married friend of ours bought her new husband a kegerator for Christmas. They both loved it so much that when they moved to the west coast and were only taking what they could fit into a POD with them, they made room for the kegerator. We treated ourselves to a two-tap kegerator a few years later and have never regretted it. It may be one of the ultimate gifts for a better beer fan.

The Oxford Companion to Beer

Brooklyn Brewing’s Garrett Oliver edited this volume that’s equal part reference book and lightning rod. You don’t have to do much Googling to find people who have nits to pick with the book, but when you dig into a given issue yourself you’ll generally find that the OCB is reporting a consensus view of topics that are difficult to summarize. In one volume you’ll find discussions of technical issues pertaining to brewing, extensive descriptions of styles, the histories of important beers and breweries and a lot more. I carry a Kindle version with me on my phone so I can look something up that I half-remember about one topic or another. And sometimes when I’m bored I just randomly pick an article and read it. Then another. I can kill a whole afternoon that way. The serious beer fan will find this book impossible to put down.

Hoperatives Holiday Gift Guide

This Week in Beer: Dec. 8 – 14, 2014

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.

Monday, Dec. 8th – Mug Night Monday at Flipdaddy’s Union

Monday, Dec. 8th – 1/3 off Craft beer bottles at Moerlein Lager House

Monday, Dec. 8th – Randall Monday at the Brass Tap U Square

Monday, Dec. 8th from 4:00-7:30 pm – Craft Beer Night at Market Wines

Monday, Dec. 8th at 5:00 pm – Moerlein Bay of Bengal event at Tap House Grill

Monday, Dec. 8th at 5:00 pm – Rare Keg Monday at Ei8ht Ball Brewing
This week, it’s Goose Island Bourbon County Barleywine. Cost is $12 a snifter.

Monday, Dec. 8th from 6:00-8:00 pm – Moerlein Bay of Bengal Official draft release party at The Eagle OTR

Monday, Dec. 8th from 8:00 pm to close – Pint Night at Incline Public House

Tuesday, Dec. 9th – Penny Flips at Fifty West

Tuesday, Dec. 9th – Tappa Keg Tuesday at Dingle House

Tuesday, Dec. 9th – $8 Growler Fills at Moerlein Lager House

Tuesday, Dec. 9th – Infusion Special at the Brass Tap U Square

Tuesday, Dec. 9th at 4:00 pm – Moerlein Bay of Bengal event at Jungle Jim’s Eastgate

Tuesday, Dec. 9th at 6:00 pm – BOGO Craft Beer Special at Hebron Brew Haus
Special applies to select rotating draft beers.

Tuesday, Dec. 9th at 6:00 pm – Tuesdays on Tap at Whole Foods Mason
Six drafts, six bites, $6.

Wednesday, Dec. 10th – Select Craft Beers for $2 at Molly Malone’s Covington

Wednesday, Dec. 10th – Craft Beer Series at Habits Café
This week, it’s Oskar Blues.

Wednesday, Dec. 10th – Local Wednesday at Buckhead Mountain Grill Bellevue
All local beer served in a 16oz pint glass are only $3.99

Wednesday, Dec. 10th at 5:00 pm – Moerlein Bay of Bengal event at Tom & Jerry’s

Wednesday, Dec. 10th from 5:30 to 8:00 pm – Beer Tasting at Marty’s Hops and Vines

Thursday, Dec. 11th – Firkin Thursday at Fifty West

Thursday, Dec. 11th from 4:00 pm to close – Take Home the Glass Night at Taste of Belgium Clifton

Thursday, Dec. 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 – Bell’s Christmas Ale, Glendale – Breckenridge Christmas and Hyde Park – MadTree Thundersnow.

Thursday, Dec. 11th at 6:30 pm – Eat Local Drink Local at Sprout
From their Facebook event page:
“Enjoy a unique tasting experience with Craft Connection Brewery Tours and Sprout Market & Eatery. Start your evening in Over-the-Rhine, Cincinnati where you will receive a behind the scenes tour of Rhinegeist
The evening continues as you ride in style to Mt. Adams to enjoy a private dinner paired with more craft beer. Park once and enjoy two different hometown destinations. You’re going to eat out anyway. Why not make it a truly unique experience with locally sources food and beer? $55/per includes dinner and beer. Reservations required for this VIP evening.” Go to http://www.cincycraftconnection.com/book-an-appointment/ to make your reservations.

Friday, Dec. 12th – $8 Growler Fills at Christian Moerlein Brewery

Friday, Dec. 12th at 5:00 pm – Moerlein Bay of Bengal event at Cock & Bull Glendale

Friday, Dec. 12th 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.

Saturday, Dec. 13th – All crafts $3 at Louie’s Taphouse & Grill (Mason)

Saturday, Dec. 13th from 5:00-8:00pm – Beer Tasting at Ludlow Wines
The cost to taste four beers is $6.00 per person.

Hoperatives Father’s Day Gift Guide

One of our great joys since starting Hoperatives in 2009 has been helping Carla’s dad on his journey learning to enjoy better beers. He wasn’t a Bud Light/Coors Light/Miller Lite only beer drinker, but he was stuck in a Dundee Honey Brown and Killian’s rut. Then he tasted his first bourbon barrel beer (Listermann Cincinnatus to be exact) and as a Maker’s Mark drinker, he was hooked. So this gift guide is honor of Carla’s dad, but for all dads no matter where they are on their better beer journey.

Technically, we probably should have done this gift guide for Mother’s Day too. But, let’s be honest… we didn’t think of doing it in time. Some links listed below go to our affiliate links on Amazon.com. You’re not obligated to use those links, of course, but look at it this way: it’s like buying two gifts at once!

1. Craft Connection Brewery Tour

A colleague of Carla’s at Cincinnati State has gotten two different brewery tours from his daughter as gifts the last few years. The two of them have a great time together and both get to enjoy better beer. It’s a definite win-win. And the tours from Craft Connection are some of the best. (And, yes, they are an advertiser with us, but doesn’t diminish their awesomeness.)
2. Home Brew Classes

Maybe your dad is ready to start making his own beer. There are several great home brew shops in the area that offer classes. There’s probably one near where your dad (if he’s local) lives. If he already home brews, any one of these shops would be happy to sell you a gift certificate.

3. The Rare Beer Club

We met the folks who run this company at the Beer Blogger’s Conference in Boston this past summer. The Rare Beer Club will ship you 2, 4 or 6 bottles of a hard-to-get beer each month. They work through distributors with the proper licensing, so they are are legally able to ship to Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana (which is refreshing, to say the least). If rare beer isn’t quite what you’re looking for, take a look at other craft-beer-each-month selections they offer (the site lists all past offerings so you can see what goes out). It’s even possible to mix and match offers to create your own personal beer of the month club.

Father's Day Gift Guide
4. Jet Bag Reusable Padded Absorbent Bottle Bags, Bio-Degradable Travel Accessory, Set of 3

It’s amazing to us every time we travel to discover how many people haven’t heard that it’s NOT ok to take liquids on planes. Or that beer is a liquid, apparently. If the beer lover in your live travels AND likes to bring back beer, these bottle bags are the best way to stash bottles of beer in checked luggage. Sure, they can be wrapped in an old shirt or some socks but, well, ewww. These can also be used in shipping beer (or any glass bottle, really). Just make sure you can get them back.

5. 33 Bottles of Beer Tasting Notebook and 33 Mugs of Cider

Yeah, there are smartphone apps that allow you to rate beers, but these clever little notebooks are designed to help you think about what you’re drinking rather than just collecting some arbitrary number of stars or mugs or some other ratings icon. We’ve heard tell of folks using these to keep tasting notes while going through BJCP or Cicerone training. Each page in the notebook allows you to record a wealth of information about beers and ciders you try. The design is extremely well-thought out and these notebooks are essential equipment for the serious beer reviewer.

6. Field Notes “Drink Local” Edition

The little notebooks made by Field Notes are almost a cult item. Unlike the ’33’ notebooks listed above, these contain nothing but pages of grid-lined paper between heavy-duty fiber covers. You can record information about beer in them if you like, but they’re really just general purpose notebooks with a fun beer theme. The covers themselves are meant to suggest the colors of various kinds of beers and the Field Notes folks throw in some beer coasters that share some of the same design elements of the notebooks.

7. Hydro Flask Insulated Stainless Steel Wide Mouth Beer Growler (64-Ounce)

We were given samples of these at the 2013 Beer Blogger’s conference and they’re fantastic. They’re a little taller and bit narrower than their glass counterparts, but they seal tightly and hold temperature for quite a while. It’s made of a heavy-weight metal so there’s some sturdiness to it. We’ve used these for all sorts of uses other than beer, but they work as advertised for that.

8. Moerlein Lager House Beer Tokens

Pretty much any better beer location will be happy to sell you a gift certificate, but the Moerlein Lager House Beer tokens are unique. It’s the sort of gift that will elicit a confused look at first, but joy upon realizing what they’re for. One token, one beer. How cool is that? The only downside is that they’re so cool, you don’t want to turn them in. In the end you do, of course, because … beer.

9. Ambitious Brew: The Story of American Beer by Maureen Ogle

This is one of the best books on the history of beer in America. We both love it so much that we own both the paperback and Kindle versions of it. Maureen Ogle is a professional historian who researches obsessively but writes accessibly. Her work is partly responsible for spreading the word about Jack McAuliffe’s early contributions to craft brewing. It’s a book that cover a lot of ground in an easy-to-access volume and when you’ve finished it you’ll be even more impressed with what the craft brewers are pulling off with today’s small-brewery revolution.

10. The Oxford Companion to Beer

Brooklyn Brewing’s Garrett Oliver edited this volume that’s equal part reference book and lightning rod. You don’t have to do much Googling to find people who have nits to pick with the book, but when you dig into a given issue yourself you’ll generally find that the OCB is reporting a consensus view of topics that are difficult to summarize. In one volume you’ll find discussions of technical issues pertaining to brewing, extensive descriptions of styles, the histories of important beers and breweries and a lot more.

Happy Father’s Day to all the better beer loving Dads out there!

Welcome Craft Connection Brewery Tours!

We are proud today to welcome Craft Connection Brewery Tours as a Hoperatives advertiser. We met with them about a month ago and were impressed with their plans for the tours. They began offering their tours at the beginning of this month and have been sold out many of those weekends since then.

The regular hours for the Craft Connection Brewery Tours at Thursday and Friday evenings from 6:00 to 10:00 pm and Saturday afternoons from 1:00 to 5:00 pm. The meeting place for the tours is the newly opened HalfCut in OTR.

The $55 per person cost covers your tour and beers. But, if you book online and use promo code CINCYCRAFT10, you can save 10% off your booking. Hurry though!

The Craft Connection Brewery Tour fourteen-passenger shuttle bus is also available for charters like private tours, company outings, birthday parties and more.

Craft Connection Brewery Tours

For more information, check out their website at http://www.cincycraftconnection.com/ or like them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/cincinnaticraftconnection. They are also on Twitter at https://twitter.com/cincybeertour, at Instagram at http://instagram.com/craft_connection and on Google+ too.

So, once again, welcome to Craft Connection Brewery Tours! We’re proud to have you as part of the Hoperatives family!