This Week in Beer: Jan 25 – 31, 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.

Monday, Jan. 25th-Saturday, Jan. 30th – Chouffe Week at Taste of Belgium Clifton
Featuring La Chouffe, Mcchouffe, and Houblon Chouffe all on draft (while supplies last). They will be also giving away Achouffe Brewery merchandise.

Monday, Jan. 25th at 5:00 pm – Rare Keg Monday at Ei8ht Ball Brewing
This week, it’s Quaff Bros. Peppermint Stout, Grendel Mead, Under My Plum and Quaffanator. In addition, they are releasing bottles of Quaff Bros. Space Taxi Barrel #21 and Under My Plum.

Monday, Jan. 25th at 6:00 pm – Rhinegeist Appetizer Pairing at Holler Hops & Grill
First course: Rhinegeist semi-dry cider paired with an endive salad with fresh apples, walnuts, and a balsamic reduction; Second course: Spud with a tostada with a lime pico de gallo and a mango cream; Third course: Pure Fury paired with a bay scallop with a cilantro and chili lemon butter; Fourth course: Panther paired with a coffee rubbed steak on a bed of mixed greens. Reservations are required. Call Randi at 859-992-0673 or email dunny1101@me.com

Wednesday, Jan. 27th from 6:00-9:00 pm – Kona Beer Tasting at Marty’s Hops & Vines
Beers include Koko Brown (draft), Castaway IPA, Fire Rock Pale Ale, Longboard Lager and Pipeline Porter. There will be Hawaiian pizza bites and wear your favorite Hawaiian shirt to possibly win a prize.

Wednesday, Jan. 27th at 7:00 pm – Fifty West Beer Dinner at Bistro Grace
1st Course: Doom Pedal Belgian Wit with Grilled salad with oyster and a dried apricot vinaigrette; 2nd Course:One Way Street Columbus IPA with Hop Smoked Whitefish and Hash; 3rd Course: Going Plaid Scotch Ale with Venison Hot Brown with Pork Belly Gravy and a Poached Egg; Finale: Buckle Down Brown Ale with Bread Pudding with Brown Ale Caramel Glaze. Cost is $50. Reservations are available now via OpenTable.

Thursday, Jan. 28th 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, Jan. 28th at 7:00 pm – Great Lakes Pint Night at Hebron Brew Haus
Featuring Dortmunder Gold and Blackout Stout.

Friday, Jan. 29th from 4:00-7:00 pm – Victory Beer Tasting at Country Fresh Farm Market and Wine Depot

Friday, Jan. 29th at 5:00 pm – Fat Tire & Citradelic Kickoff Party & Pint Night at Keystone Hyde Park
Take home a pint glass with your purchase of Citradelic Tangerine IPA while supplies last. Take $2 off from 3-6 PM for Happy Hour.

Friday, Jan. 29th at 5:30 pm – January Firkin Friday at Braxton Brewing

Saturday, Jan. 30th from 10:00 am-11:00 pm – Cranium Bottle Release at Triple Digit (Listermann) Brewing

Saturday, Jan. 30th from 12:00 pm-2:00 am – MadTree Winter Bonanza 2016
More information available on their Facebook event page.

Saturday, Jan. 30th at 6:30 pm – Beefsteak Club Dinner
Tickets are $55.00 for this annual fundraiser and all proceeds go to keeping Bockfest and the Bockfest Parade free. Tickets available on the OTR Brewery District website.

Sunday, Jan. 31st at 10:00 am – Hopslam Brunch at Keystone Clifton and Hyde Park
In addition to Hopslam, they will have Bell’s Roundhouse IRA, Winter White Ale, Amber Ale, and Two-Hearted on draft at Clifton and Bell’s Smitten Golden Rye Ale and Bell’s Two-Hearted on draft at Hyde Park. Brunch will be served from 10:00 am-2:00 pm.

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Tastings and Growlers Report: Oct. 26, 2012

We frequently get updates for this post after our regular 9:00 am publishing time. Any edited listing will have UPDATE at the beginning of the listing.

TASTINGS

● Ludlow Wines’ regular Saturday beer tasting is from 5:00-8:00 pm.

● For tonight’s Friday Night Flights at Party Town in Florence will be pouring what they’re calling “evil beers” and saying that folks in costume could win some beer swag. The cost for the regular tasting is $2 for a full flight of beers and it goes from 6:00 – 7:00 pm.

GROWLERS AT BREWERIES AND BREW PUBS

● The growler station at Listermann Brewing Company and Triple Digit Brewing has Leopold Belgian Blonde, Wet Beagle (their Wet Hopped IPA with 10 EXTRA pounds of Citra and Simcoe wet hops), Pre-Prohibition Lager, Enter the Beagle IPA, Smoked Bock, Oktoberfest and Chickow (Hazelnut Double Brown Ale) New growlers are $3.

● Did you know that the Moerlein Lager House has growlers? Their current seasonals (Lager House Golden Helles, Barbarossa, OTR, Northern Liberties, 7 Weiss, Exposition Vienna Lager, Fifth & Vine Marzen and Hell town Rye-ot Brown. Growlers are $12.00 to refill or $16.00 if you need a growler. The specialty seasonals are $20.00 if you need a growler.

● The growler station at Mt. Carmel’s tap room has Nut Brown Ale, Blonde Ale, Amber Ale and Third Shift Imperial Coffee Stout. IPA will be replacing Amber at some point. The cost is $8.00 for year rounds & seasonals and $18.00 for Third Shift. It’s $4 for the purchase of a growler (new design).

● The growler station at Rivertown Brewing’s tasting room has their Helles, Dunkel, Unit 6, Hop Baron, Blueberry Lager, Roebling, Oatmeal Stout, Pumpkin Ale, Oktoberfest and Hop Bomber. Refills are $7.99 for everything but Hop Baron and Roebling, which are $11.99. If you need a growler, it’s $4 extra.

GROWLERS AT BETTER BEER STORES

● As of Oct. 24th, Country Fresh Farm Market and Wine Depot (8315 Beechmont Ave., Anderson, OH) has Dale’s Pale Ale, Anderson Valley Winter Solstice, Mt Carmel Coffee Stout, Houblon Chouffe, Anderson Valley Brother David’s Triple, Southern Tier Pumking, Ballast Point Sculpin IPA and Breckenridge Vanilla Porter.

● As of Oct. 3rd, the growler station at DEP’s in Covington had Avery White Rascal ($7.99), Green Flash Special ($18.99), New Holland Ichabod and Shiner Ruby Red ($6.59). At their Fort Thomas location, they had Southern Tier Pumking ($10.99), Sixpoint Brown Stone ($5.99), Stone 16th ($11.99), Sierra Nevada Summerfest ($5.99), Moerlein Octoberfest ($8.99), Dogfish Head Old School Barleywine ($19.99), North Coast Red Seal Ale ($8.99) and Peroni ($4.99). Add $3 if you need to purchase a growler.

● As of October 11th, the growler station offerings at the new Jungle Jim’s Eastgate included Yuengling Black & Tan ($7), Sam Adams Octoberfest ($11), Great Lakes Nosferatu ($13), Founders Breakfast Stout ($22), Dogfish Head Burton Baton ($25), 21st Amendment Zambo, Mt. Carmel 3rd Shift Imperial Coffee Stout ($16), Rivertown Pumpkin Ale ($16), Cellar Rats Field Rat Wheat ($11), Blue Moon Caramel Apple Spice ($13), Breckenridge Vanilla Porter and Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale ($13). Add $4 if you need to purchase a growler and we’re hearing that they will only fill their own growlers. (Thanks to Eric Dunaway of Jungle Jim’s for this information!)

● As of Oct. 25th, the growler station at the Liquor Cabinet (1990 N Bend Rd # A Hebron, KY) has Hudepohl Oktoberfest, Brooklyn Mary’s Maple Porter, Arcadia IPA, Brooklyn Pumpkin Ale.

● As of Oct. 19th, the growler station at Market Wines in Findlay Market has North Peak Hooligan Hoppy
Pumpkin Ale ($5.00/glass $12/ growler), Epic Sour Apple Saison ($6.00/glass $18.00/growler), Epic Hop Syndrome Lager
($4.00/glass $10.00/growler) and Tröegsbell “Java Head” Stout ($4.00/glass $12.00/ growler). Add $3 if you need to purchase a growler.

● On the growler station at One Stop Liquors (10 Donnermeyer Dr., Bellevue, KY), they currently have Southern Tier Harvest ($11.49), Sam Adams Fat Jack ($11.99) and Woodchuck ($6.99). All prices are for a refill. For a new growler, add $2.99. Also, receive $5 off your 6th refill.

● On the growler station at Party Source in Bellevue: Oskar Blues G’Knight ($18.99 64oz $9.50 32oz), Oskar Blues Dale’s Pale Ale ($10.99 64oz $5.50 32oz), Oskar Blues Old Chub ($10.99 64oz $5.50 32oz), Oskar Blues Deviant Dale’s IPA ($18.99 64oz $9.50 32oz), Heavy Seas Winter Storm ($10.99 64oz $5.50 32oz), To Ol Mine is Bigger Than Yours ($20.99 64oz $10.50 32oz), Sixpoint Bengali Tiger ($11.99 64oz $6.00 32oz) and Widmer Milk Stout Milk Stout ($12.99 64oz $6.50 32oz). All prices are for a refill. For a new growler, add $2.00.

● On the Growler Station at Party Town in Florence: Arcadia – Sky High Rye Pale Ale ($8.99), Bell’s Oberon Summer Wheat Ale ($9.99), Brooklyn – BLAST! Imperial IPA ($9.99), Dark Horse Black Bier Stout ($7.99), Dark Horse – Raspberry Ale ($6.99), Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald Porter ($7.99), Founders– Red’s Rye ($10.99), Green Flash Extra Pale Ale ($7.99), Mendocino Talon Barleywine ($13.99), New Albanian Elector Imperial Red IPA ($10.99), Oskar Blues – Ten Fidy Imperial Stout ($17.99), Schlafly Pumpkin Ale – ($10.99), Schlafly – Imperial Bourbon Barrel Stout ($11.99), Sierra Nevada – Summerfest Lager ($6.99), Southern Tier – Harvest Ale ESB ($10.99), Stone – Arrogant Bastard – ($10.99), Upland – Oktoberfest ($6.99) and Woodchuck – Pumpkin Cider ($9.99). All prices are for a refill. For a new half gallon (64 oz) growler, add $2.00. Pint (16 oz), quart (32 oz) and gallon size (128 oz) growlers are also available. $3 for a new gallon growler.

● As of October 25th, United Liquor in Florence has Southern Tier Pumpking, KY Bourbon Ale, Great Lakes Oktoberfest, Harpoon Rye IPA, Dogfish 60 min IPA, and Big Eddy Imperial IPA.

● As of Oct. 19th, Valley Wine & Spirits had Kentucky Ale, Leinenkugel Summer Shandy, Founders Centennial IPA, Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale, Great Lakes Burning River, Leinenkugel Big Eddy Baltic Porter, Southern Tier Pumking, Southern Tier 2X Stout, Goose Island Honkers and Founders Red Rye. They have Oskar Blues in package with draft coming.

● As of Oct. 23rd, Whole Foods Market Cincinnati growler station offerings are Sixpoint Autumnation, Green Flash Friendship, Hopfield & McCoy IPA, Ballast Point Sculpin IPA, Anderson Valley Brother David’s Triple and 21st Amendment Zambo Imperial Red Ale. Regular fill prices are $7.49 for the 32 oz growler and $14.99 for the 64 oz growler. They also have Happy Hour pricing on Monday through Thursday from 3:00 to 6:00 pm with $4.99 for the 32 oz growler and $9.99 for the 64 oz growler. For a new growler, add $3.99. [Thanks once again to Ed Paff for the update.]

● As of Sept. 7th, Whole Foods Market Mason growler station offerings are Southern Tier Creme Brulee Stout (32 oz. $12.50 and 64 oz. $25.00), Left Hand Oktoberfest (32 oz. $6.50 and 64 oz $12.50), Rivertown Jenneke (32 oz. $7.50 and 64 oz. $15.00), Bell’s Oberon (32 oz. $7.50 and 64 oz. $15.00), Founders Cerise (32 oz. $9.50 and 64 oz. $18.00) and Brooklyn Lager (32 oz. $8.00 and 64 oz. $15.00). In the past, they also have had Happy Hour every Monday through Thursday from 2:00 – 5:00 pm. You can get $2.99 select pints, $1 off 32oz growler fill and $2 off 64oz growler fill. For a new growler, add $3.99.

This Week in Beer: October 1 – 7, 2012

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, Oct. 1st – Monthly Tapping at Moerlein Lager House
This month’s beer is Helltown Rye-ot

6.2%ABV – A robust American Brown ale that has an added kick of spice from a generous addition of Rye Malt. To be exact 18% (a blend of rye and chocolate rye). A blend of Centennial and Pacific Jade Hops are used to add an assertive peppery and citrus twist to the nose of what is typically a malt forward beer. For good measure they are used in dry hopping as well. Named after the western portion of Northside where in the early 20th century most Downtowners would go to enjoy Honky Tonks and Saloons.

Monday, Oct. 1st – 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.

Monday, Oct. 1st at 7:00 pm – Oktoberfest Beer Tasting & Dinner at BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse
A special evening featuring a selection of Bavarian-style beers celebrating Oktoberfest paired with a five-course BJ’s dinner. Cost is $30 per person.

Monday, Oct. 1st – Monthly Tap Takeover at Market Wines
This month’s brewery is Epic Brewing.

Tuesday, Oct. 2nd at 7:30pm – Beer Dinner at Izzy’s (Florence)
Beers include Goose Island Harvest, O’Fallons Weach and one more. The cost per person is $20.00 and includes all three beers, appetizer, dinner and dessert.

Tuesday, Oct. 2nd – 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, Oct. 3rd – Pint Night at UC’s Catskeller
UPDATE This week’s brewery is Magic Hat.

Wednesday, Oct. 3rd from 5:00 to 8:00 pm – Take Home the Glass Night at Taste of Belgium
UPDATE This week’s beer is Piraat.

Wednesday, Oct. 3rd from 5:30 to 8:00 pm – $3 Drafts at Marty’s Hops and Vines

Thursday, Oct. 4th at 6:00-8:00 pm – Blank Slate Brewing Crawfish boil at Allyn’s Cafe
All BSBC beers will be on tap.

Thursday, Oct. 4th at 6:00-8:00 pm – Burgers & Beers at the Party Source
This week’s pairing is called A Taste of Belgium. Yep, there will be waffles from Taste of Belgium and Belgian style beers from Duval, Chouffe, Ommegang, Liefmans & Maredsous. The burger is goat cheese & bacon.

Thursday, Oct. 4th 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 – Kentucky Ale, Hyde Park – Dogfish Head Punkin, and Glendale – Spaten Oktoberfest.

Thursday, Oct. 4th at 6:00 pm – Firkin Tapping at Rock Bottom Brewery

Friday, Oct. 5th from 6:00-7:00 pm – Friday Night Flights Beer Tasting at Party Town in Florence

Friday, Oct. 5th – Firkin Friday at Cock & Bull Hyde Park

Saturday, Oct. 6th from 10:00am-11:00pm – Cincinnati’s Craft Beer Oktoberfest Celebration
See our earlier post for more information. Updates coming later this week.

Saturday, Oct. 6th from 5:00-8:00pm – Beer Tasting at Ludlow Wines

Sunday, Oct. 7th from 10:00am-4:00pm – Beer Garden for Rallye Porsche at Dilly Café
Dilly is hosting a German Beer Garden on their patio, with the help of Paulaner and Ayinger breweries. As well as beer, they’ll be featuring housemade grilled brats, metts and sauerkraut, as well as smoked pork chops, german potato salad, and more, along with desserts from their upstairs cupcakery The Sweeterie.

Tastings and Growlers Report: Sept. 28, 2012

We frequently get updates for this post after our regular 9:00 am publishing time. Any edited listing will have UPDATE at the beginning of the listing.

TASTINGS

● Ludlow Wines’ regular Saturday beer tasting is from 5:00-8:00 pm.

● For tonight’s Friday Night Flights at Party Town in Florence is a Three Floyds Backroom Brawl! They’re promising eight different kegs plus food from Izzy’s Deli. Someone is even going to try the Izzy’s 110 eating challenge (featured on The Travel Channel’s Man vs. Food Nation last season). The cost for the regular tasting is $2 for a full flight of beers and it goes from 6:00 – 7:00 pm.

GROWLERS AT BREWERIES AND BREW PUBS

● As of Sept. 8th, the growler station at Listermann Brewing Company and Triple Digit Brewing has Honey Pale ($6 32 oz, $10 64 oz), King Leopold Belgian Blonde ($6 32 oz, $10 64 oz), Triple Digit Decimation ($9 32 oz, $15 64 oz), Apricot Delight, Triple Digit Aftermath ($9 32 oz, $15 64 oz), Pre-Prohibition Lager ($6 32 oz, $10 64 oz), Smoked Bock, Enter the Beagle, Wiedemann’s Special Lager ($6 32 oz, $10 64 oz) and Double IPA ($9 32 oz, $15 64 oz). The pricing listed is a refill. New growlers are $3.

UPDATE – Did you know that the Moerlein Lager House has growlers? Their current seasonals (Lager House Golden Helles, Barbarossa, OTR, Northern Liberties, 7 Weiss, Exposition Vienna Lager, and Fifth & Vine Marzen. Hell town Rye-or Brown taps Monday, Oct. 1) are $12.00 to refill or $16.00 if you need a growler. The specialty seasonals are $20.00 if you need a growler.

● The growler station at Mt. Carmel’s tap room has Nut Brown Ale, Blonde Ale, Amber Ale and Third Shift Imperial Coffee Stout. IPA will be replacing Amber today or tomorrow. The cost is $8.00 for year rounds & seasonals and $18.00 for Third Shift. It’s $4 for the purchase of a growler (new design).

● The growler station at Rivertown Brewing’s tasting room has their Helles, Dunkel, Unit 6, Hop Baron, Blueberry Lager, Roebling, Oatmeal Stout, Pumpkin Ale, Oktoberfest and Hop Bomber. Refills are $7.99 for everything but Hop Baron and Roebling, which are $11.99. If you need a growler, it’s $4 extra.

GROWLERS AT BETTER BEER STORES

● Country Fresh Farm Market and Wine Depot (8315 Beechmont Ave., Anderson, OH) has Dogfish Burton Baton, Dogfish Punkin’, Mt. Carmel Coffee Stout, Houblon Chouffe, Sierra Nevada Tumbler, New Holland Ichabod, E.S. Bam Hoppy Farmhouse Ale and Sam Adams Old Kentucky Ale.

● The growler station at the Liquor Cabinet (1990 N Bend Rd # A Hebron, KY) has Lore Intergalactic IPA, Brooklyn Mary’s Maple Porter, Schlafly Pumpkin Ale and Brooklyn “Fiat Lux” (Let There Be Light).

UPDATE – The growler station at Market Wines in Findlay Market has Triple Digit “Decimation” Wheat Wine Ale ($6.00/glass $18.00 growler), Southern Tier 2XIPA ($4.00/glass $12.00/growler), Southern Tier Imperial Pumking Ale $6.00/glass $20.00/growler) and Dark Horse “Too” Cream Stout ($5.00/glass $16.00/growler). Add $3 if you need to purchase a growler.

● On the growler station at One Stop Liquors (10 Donnermeyer Dr., Bellevue, KY), they currently have Goose Island Pere Jacques ($11.99), Sam Adams Fat Jack ($11.99) and Great Lakes Oktoberfest ($9.99). All prices are for a refill. For a new growler, add $2.99. Also, receive $5 off your 6th refill.

● On the growler station at Party Source in Bellevue: Lore Girls Gone Mild ($8.99 64oz and $4.50 32oz), Founders Red’s Rye ($10.99 64oz $5.50 32oz), Schlafly Pumpkin Ale ($8.99 64oz $4.50 32oz), Laughing Dog Dogzilla ($17.99 64oz $9.00 32oz), Dark Horse Boffo ($12.99 64oz $6.50 32oz), 8 Wired Saison Sauvin ($20.99 64oz $10.50 32oz), Founders Breakfast Stout Breakfast Stout ($25.99 64oz $13.00 32oz) and Monk’s Cafe ($20.99 64oz and $10.50 32oz). All prices are for a refill. For a new growler, add $2.00.

● On the Growler Station at Party Town in Florence: Against The Grain O’tay Panky Brown Wheat Ale ($7.99), Against The Grain Rico Sauvin IPA ($6.99), Alltech Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale ($9.99), Anderson Valley Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout ($9.99), Brooklyn Mary’s Maple Porter ($6.99), Bell’s Oberon Summer Wheat Ale ($9.99), Dark Horse Crooked Tree IPA ($7.99), Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA ($9.99), Founders Breakfast Stout ($10.99), Founders Centennial IPA ($10.99), Great Lakes Dortmunder Gold Lager ($7.99), Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald Porter ($7.99), Lore Sausage Festival Marzen (Oktoberfest Style) ($6.99), New Holland Farmhouse Hatter ($10.99), New Holland Mad Hatter ($9.99), Schlafly Pumpkin ($10.99), Sierra Nevada Tumbler Brown Ale ($6.99) and Summit Red Ale ($7.99). All prices are for a refill. For a new half gallon (64 oz) growler, add $2.00. Pint (16 oz), quart (32 oz) and gallon size (128 oz) growlers are also available. $3 for a new gallon growler.

● As of August 3rd, United Liquor in Florence has added a growler station. Currently, they have Great Crescent Coconut Porter ($10.49), Summit Summer ($8.99), Leinenkugel’s Big Eddy IIPA ($11.99), Sixpoint Rightous Ale ($9.99), Great Lakes Oktoberfest ($8.99) and Harpoon Rye IPA ($9.49).

UPDATE – Valley Wine & Spirits had Great Lakes Nosferatu, Kentucky Ale, Leinenkugel’s Summer Shandy, Great Lakes Oktoberfest, Harpoon Leviathan, Sam Adams Octoberfest, Goose Island Harvest Ale, Sixpoint Bengali, Southern Tier Pumking and Leinenkugel’s Big Eddy Baltic Porter.

UPDATE – As of Sept. 27th, Whole Foods Market Cincinnati growler station offerings are Rivertown Pumpkin, Lost Coast Double Trouble IPA, Affligem Blonde, Fat Heads Goggle Fogger, Julian Hard Cider and Stone IPA. Regular fill prices are $7.49 for the 32 oz growler and $14.99 for the 64 oz growler. They also have Happy Hour pricing on Monday through Thursday from 3:00 to 6:00 pm with $4.99 for the 32 oz growler and $9.99 for the 64 oz growler. For a new growler, add $3.99. [Thanks once again to Ed Paff for the update.]

● As of Sept. 7th, Whole Foods Market Mason growler station offerings are Southern Tier Creme Brulee Stout (32 oz. $12.50 and 64 oz. $25.00), Left Hand Oktoberfest (32 oz. $6.50 and 64 oz $12.50), Rivertown Jenneke (32 oz. $7.50 and 64 oz. $15.00), Bell’s Oberon (32 oz. $7.50 and 64 oz. $15.00), Founders Cerise (32 oz. $9.50 and 64 oz. $18.00) and Brooklyn Lager (32 oz. $8.00 and 64 oz. $15.00). In the past, they also have had Happy Hour every Monday through Thursday from 2:00 – 5:00 pm. You can get $2.99 select pints, $1 off 32oz growler fill and $2 off 64oz growler fill. For a new growler, add $3.99.

Taste of Belgium Celebrates Gnome Week

From the Taste of Belgium email blast:

Instead of our traditional Abbey Wednesday, we will celebrate Gnomes all week long with some VERY SPECIAL BEERS!

You will find the program of festivities below!

What is it with those Belgians and gnomes you may ask? The legend says that it all started 6,666 years ago when gnomes started brewing beers in what became to be known as Belgium. They reproduced for milleniums by staring at a chicken egg for 666 days and the last gnome passed in 1982.

Thirty years ago. Before his passing, the story goes, he passed the secret beer recipe to two aspiring Belgian brewers. Chouffe was born.

Chouffe Brewery is now located at 6666 Houffalize in Belgium.

We will start the celebration tonight with a Chouffe tasting, a low five to the gnomes and a little cheer.

Here is the calendar of event for this short week (gnome weeks only have 4 days):

Wednesday, June 6th
Kick off of Gnome week with a Chouffe tasting: Chouffe, Mc Chouffe and Houblon (IPA). 3 tastes for $6. 5pm-8pm.

Thursday, June 7th
We will continue the week with a Bier du Soleil Tasting. This is a unique and rare Belgian Pale Ale made (of course) in small production with limited amounts available in the US.

Friday, June 8th
We will tap the first truly Belgo-gnome-American beer, the Gnommegang. Joint effort between the Brasserie D’Achouffe in Belgium and the Ommegang brewery in Copperstown, NY. It is a very distinct Belgian style strong blonde ale brewed by combining Chouffe and Ommegang yeasts.

Saturday, June 9th
The gnomes take on the Irish for the World’s smallest toast. We will raise a small glass together at 6:66pm gnome time (7:06pm human time) for the largest gnome toast in history.

Gnome Week at Taste of Belgium

Short Hops (Growlers and Tastings Edition): February 19, 2010

● At this week’s Friday Night Flights at Party Town in Florence, they will be opening a selection of barrel aged brews. On the growler station, they plan to add the Chicago Barrel Aging Festival Bronze Medal winner Bourbon Barrel Rye Porter from BBC. Remember that the cost for the regular tasting is $2 for a full flight of beers and it goes from 6:00 – 7:00 pm.

● At this week’s Cork ‘N Bottle beer tastings, they will feature at Covington: On the growler station: KY. Bourbon Barrel Ale, Rare Vos/Cork’n Brew Brown Ale, Goose Island IPA, Christian Moerlein Emancipator and in bottles on Friday Boulder Never Summer Ale, Mojo IPA, Hazed and Infused Pale Ale. At the Buttermilk Pike location, on the growler station, it’s Avery White Rascal, Goose Island IPA, Sierra Nevada Bigfoot, Bell’s Hopslam (hurry almost finished)/Anderson Valley Oatmeal Stout. And in bottles, it’s Anderson Valley Brother David Double, Anderson Valley Brother David Triple, Anderson Valley Hop’Ottin IPA. No tastings on Saturday at either location until spring. The tastings at both locations are from 4:00 – 7:00 pm on Fridays and from 2:00 – 5:00 pm on Saturdays. Cost is $1 for 6 to 8 beers.

● D.E.P.’s Fine Wine and Spirits beer tasting today at their Fort Thomas location is not known at time of publication. We’ll update if we get this information. The tasting usually goes from 4:00 to 6:00 pm.

● On the Growler Station at Party Town in Florence: Bourbon Barrel Smoked Stout ($12.99), Flying Dog Old Scratch ($6.99), Avery White Rascal ($8.99), Lindemans Framboise ($24.99), Founders Imperial Stout ($10.99), Rogue Hazelnut Nectar ($6.99), Rogue John John Dead Guy ($9.99), Great Divide Hoss Lager ($9.99), Rye 75 Cascade Dry Hopped ($7.99), Three Floyds Dreadnaught ($16.99), Unibroue Ephemere ($12.99), Sierra Nevada Pale Ale ($6.99), Great Lakes Ed Fitzgerald ($6.99), Unibroue Maudite ($12.99). All prices are for a refill. For a new growler add $2.00.

● On the Growler Station at Party Source in Bellevue: Quaff Bros Tripel Rot ($16.99), BBC Queen’s Knickers ($13.99) d’Achouffe La Chouffe ($21.99), Bell’s Cherry Stout ($14.99), Goose Island Bourbon County Stout ($29.99), Dogfish Head Red and White ($28.99), Left Coast Old Rasputin ($12.99), Founders Old Curmudgeon ($22.99). Prices include empty growler.

Short Hops (Growlers and Tastings edition): January 8, 2010

● At this week’s Cork ‘N Bottle beer tastings, they will feature at Covington: On the growler station: Cork ‘n Brew Brown Ale, Goose Island 312, Unibroue Trois Pistoles plus Founders Centenial IPA and in bottles Anderson Valley Winter Solstice, Schlafly Bourbon Barrell Ale. At the Buttermilk Pike location, on the growler station: Rogue Yellow Snow, Schlafly ESB, New Holland Cabin Fever plus Cork ‘n Brew Brown Ale and in bottles Chatoe Rogue Black Lager, Rogue Santa’s Private Reserve. The tastings at both locations are from 4:00 – 7:00 pm on Friday only this week. Cost is $1 for 6 to 8 beers.

● D.E.P.’s Fine Wine and Spirits beer tasting today at their Fort Thomas location features Three Floyds Brewing. The tasting goes from 4:00 to 6:00 pm.

● There’s no Friday Night Flights at Party Town in Florence this week. They will be back next Friday pouring Best of Europe.

● On the Growler Station at Party Town in Florence: Rye 75 Rye IPA, Great Lakes Nosferatu, Goose Island Bourbon County Stout, Three Floyds Robert the Bruce, Dogfish Olde School, BBC Brandy Barrel Queens Knickers.

● On the Growler Station at Party Source in Bellevue: Anderson Valley 20th Anniversary, d’Achoufe N’Ice Chouffe, Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale, Ommegang Rare Vos, Dogfish Head Red and White, Sierra Nevada Chico Estate, Brouwerij Bosteels Tripel Karmeliet, Goose Island Bourbon County Stout