Tastings and Tappings Report: Nov. 18, 2016

Don’t forget to check out our This Week in Beer post from Monday for other better beer events happening this weekend.

SPECIAL EVENTS

Blank Slate Brewing – Birthday Week continues through Sunday. See the complete list of events on their Facebook event page.

TASTINGS

Ludlow Wines – Saturday beer tasting is from 5:00-8:00 pm. The cost to taste four beers is $6.00 per person.

Party Town – For Friday Night Flights this week from 5:30-7:00 pm, they’re pouring from Goodwood. Beers include their flagship beers & special drafts, including Rum Barrel aged Amber Lager, an oak aged IPA, an Barrel aged Imperial Stout and a Coffee variant of that Imperial Stout. It’s $2.00 for the regular sample flights. Only adults age 21 or more are admitted for Friday Night Flights. Limit of one sample per person. No shopping carts in the back room please.

Whole Foods Cincinnati – Cask & Cork: Beer and Wine every Friday from 5:00 to 7:00 pm. For $5, you get five sips and six bites. Tickets sold until 6:30 pm.

TAPPINGS and RELEASES

BC’s Bottle Lodge – Evil Twin Tap Takeover tonight at 6:00 pm. Beers include Molotov Lite, Liquid Double Fudge, Imperial Biscotti Break, Aun Mas A Jesus and Aun Mas Cafe Jesus.

Braxton Brewing – Superfecta Tapping Party tonight at 5:00 pm. Superfecta is a dry-hopped rye saison brewed with Kentucky hops. This beer was brewed in collaboration with Great Flood Brewing Company in Louisville and Ethereal Brewing in Lexington.

Ei8ht Ball Brewing – Free Bacon Friday plus they’re pouring Green Flash Cosmic Retro Baltic Porter. Cost is $7 for a ten ounce snifter.

Party Source – Bottle release of Quaff Bros. Even S’more Of What? on Saturday at 12:00 pm. Price is $7.99 for a twelve ounce bottle. No limits.

Have a better beer weekend, everyone!

— Carla and Tom

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This Week in Beer: Nov. 14 – 20, 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. Most events for the weekend will be on our Friday Tastings and Tappings Report post.

Monday, Nov. 14th at 5:00 pm – Rare Keg Monday at Ei8ht Ball Brewing
This week, it’s Founders Backwoods Bastard. Cost is $7 for a ten ounce snifter.

Tuesday, Nov. 15th at 6:30 pm – Wicked Elf Tapping Party at Rock Bottom Cincinnati

Wednesday, Nov. 16th-Sunday, Nov. 20th – Blank Slate Birthday Week
Something special each day. Go to their Facebook event page to find out more.

Wednesday, Nov. 16th at 6:00 pm – Great Lakes Beer Dinner at Moerlein Lager House
Cost is $55 per person plus tax and gratuity. Email Jeff Geckle at privatedining@moerleinlh.com to make reservations. The menu is available on their Facebook event page.

Wednesday, Nov. 16th at 6:30 pm – Beer Tasting and Dinner at Streetside Brewery
From Facebook: “The Jaded Fork and Streetside Brewery have teamed up to bring you a beer-centered eight course dinner and beer tasting. You will get a backstage pass to this new local brewery. Come for a tour, drink and great food! $50 per person Call to purchase tickets: (513) 302-5171 (Annie) Space is limited. Must be 21 or older.”

Wednesday, Nov. 16th at 7:00 pm – Warped Wing Tap Takeover at Brew House Cincinnati
Join the Cincinnati chapter of Girls Pint Out for this event open to everyone. Beers include Esther’s Little Secret, Gamma Bomb IPA, and Trotwood Lager. All Warped Wing cans are $5 for the event. In addition, they will also be collecting canned food for Shelterhouse.

Thursday, Nov. 17th from 6:00 pm – FCC Imperial Blood Orange IPA Launch Party at Christian Moerlein Malt House

Thursday, Nov. 17th from 6:00 pm – Ballast Point Tap Takeover at Gypsys
Beers include Pineapple Sculpin, Barmy, Pumpkin Down, Sculpin and Victory at Sea.

Thursday, Month Day 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 – Lagunitas Stoopid Wit, Glendale – Great Lakes Christmas and Hyde Park – Goodwood Bourbon Barrel Ale.

Thursday, Nov. 17th at 7:00 pm – Mt. Carmel Beer Dinner at Bistro Grace
Follow their Facebook event page for pricing and menu.

Friday, Nov. 18th at 6:00 pm – Barrel Age K Hole Release Party and Waxing at Ei8ht Ball

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This Week in Beer: Sept. 12 – 18, 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.

Monday, Sept. 12th at 5:00 pm – Rare Keg Monday at Ei8ht Ball Brewing
This week, it’s Mikkeller Black. The cost is $8 for a ten ounce snifter.

Monday, Sept. 12th at 9:00 pm – Three Floyds Zombie Dust Tapping at North Side Yacht Club
Cost is $6 a pint. Also free bacon and industry night.

Tuesday, Sept. 13th at 6:00 pm – Dunkel Tappening at Rivertown Brewing

Tuesday, Sept. 13th at 6:00 pm – Braxton Beer Dinner at Packhouse Meats
MENU: First Course: Oktober Fuel Oktoberfest Lager paired with crepes with camembert and chives; Second Course: Haven Hefeweizen paired with bavarian radish salad with banana and orange vinaigrette; Third Course: Beta 1.0 Experimental IPA paired with Ruhr Valley meatball with wakefire mushroom jagerschnitzel sauce. Tickets are $25 per person and can be reserved by calling 859-415-2312.

Tuesday, Sept. 13th at 6:00 pm – Braxton Beer Garden at Mecklenburg’s Gardens
From Facebook: “Join us for a Stein Slide and three Braxton beers being featured: Oktober Fuel Oktoberfest Lager, Twisted Bit Dortmunder Lager and Level Saison.”

Wednesday, Sept. 14th at 5:30 pm – Brewery District CURC Monthly Meeting
See their Facebook event page for more information.

Wednesday, Sept. 14th at 6:00 pm – Southern Tier Beer Tasting at Marty’s Hops and Vines
Beers include Pumking Imperial Pumpkin Ale (draft), Warlock Imperial Stout, Salted Caramel Imperial Stout, 2X Tangier Imperial IPA and Harvest ESB.

Thursday, Sept. 15th from 11:00am-11:00 pm – Taft’s Birthday Bash and Bottle Release at Taft’s Ale House
Food specials, release of a new barrel-aged beer in bottles and tapping of the first keg of the Independent; an exciting limited release ale! Brewed and barrel-aged in Remus bourbon barrels for over a year, the Independent includes fresh vanilla beans, cacao nibs and Columbian coffee.

Thursday, Sept. 15th from 5:00-8:00 pm – Saved By The Bell’s Takeover at Keystone Clifton
Beers include The Oracle, Two-Hearted Ale, Best Brown, and Oberon.

Thursday, Sept. 15th at 6:00 pm – Sierra Nevada Oktoberfest Pub Crawl in Mainstrasse Covington
Participating bars are Mac’s Pizza & Pub, Zola, Goodfellas (Wiseguy Lounge) and Gypsy’s.

Thursday, Sept. 15th at 6:00-9:00 pm – MadTree Beer Tasting at Craft Pointe
Beers include PsycHOPathy, Seasonal Pumpcan and PSA plus Galaxy High, Blood Orange PsycHOPathy, and Red Feather on draft.

Thursday, Sept. 15th 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 – Goodwood Bourbon Ale, Glendale – Goodwood Bourbon Ale plus Braxton Dead Blow & Fuel and Hyde Park – Goodwood Bourbon Ale.

Thursday, Sept. 15th at 7:00 pm – West Sixth Pint Night at Hebron Brew Haus

Thursday, Sept. 15th at 7:00 pm – Oktoberfest Kick Off Party at Listermann Brewing

Thursday, Sept. 15th-Sunday, Sept. 18th – Wunderbar Oktoberfest
They’ll have Sierra Nevada Oktoberfest, Great Lakes Oktoberfest, Ayinger, and Erdinger all on draft plus karoke, live music, Oktoberfest food specials and more.

Friday, Sept. 16th at 1:00 pm – Streetcar Brewery Tasting Tour
Join Cincy Brew Bus on a “a guided tour of Cincinnati’s Downtown and Over The Rhine Craft Brewery Scene we will go to Taft’s Ale House at 1pm do a tasting and a tour, head over to Moerlein Lager House for a Tasting, and then finish up at Rhinegeist for a Tour and a Tasting. Beer is included in the price as well as your day pass for the streetcar, you get to keep. Stops 8, 1 and 11 on the Streetcar Route.” Tickets are $35 for drinkers and $20 for non-drinkers. Click on the link above to purchase your tickets.

Friday, Sept. 16th at 6:30 pm – Malts in Ault at Ault Park
Tickets for twenty tastes are $25 through September 13th, $30 thereafter. Buy them now at the Ault Park Advisory Council web site. We will have the complete beer list for you on our Friday Tastings and Tappings Report.

Friday, Sept. 16th-Sunday, Sept. 18th – Überdrome next to Moerlein Lager House
Check out their Facebook event page for more information.

Friday, Sept. 16th-Sunday, Sept. 18th – Oktoberfest Zinzinnati

Saturday, Sept. 17th – Fifty Fest 2016 at Fifty West
More info available at http://fiftyfest.fiftywestbrew.com/

Saturday, Sept. 17th at 12:00 noon – Old Firehouse 2nd Anniversary Street Party

Saturday, Sept. 17th-Sunday, Sept. 18th – 4th Annual Franztoberfest at Rhinegeist
From Facebook: “We’ll kick things off at 10 AM with some Kegs ‘n Eggs, featuring delectable breakfast sandwiches and Franz pumpkin bread courtesy of The Presidents Room. Then, we’ll unveil our ususal array of debauchery. There will be live music, hourly speciality beer releases and — of course — our infamous inflatable joust arena. And, if you’re feeling extra Franzy, hop into our Franz Look-a-Like contest starting at 4 PM. The hairier, the better.”

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This Week in Beer: June 13 – 19, 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.

EDITORS’ NOTE: Happy week before Cincinnati Beer Week! Technically, it begins this coming Sunday, though many locations are having kick-off events before then. While we have sent out daily event listings for Cincinnati Beer Week in the past, that’s not going to be possible this year. We will list as many as we can on our “This Week in Beer” and “Tastings and Tapping Report” posts.

Monday, June 13th at 5:00 pm – Rare Keg Monday at Ei8ht Ball Brewing
This week, it’s Cigar City and Amager’s collaboration beer Orange Crush. Cost is $10 for a sixteen ounce pint.

Monday, June 13th at 7:00 pm – Beer 101 at Washington Park
From Facebook: “For our first installment of the Beer 101 series, we will be hearing from Jim Matt, the Head Brewer at Rhinegeist, about Quality Control and Sensory Training.” Future sessions will MadTree, Taft’s Ale House and Christian Moerlein Brewing.

Wednesday, June 15th at 6:00 pm – Samuel Adams Beer Dinner at Moerlein Lager House
MENU: Reception beer – Downtime Pilsner; First course: New World Order paired with Red Snapper Ceviche-Plantains-Pineapple-Tomato Confit-Cilantro; Second course: Boston Lager paired with Roasted Pork Loin-Romaine Kimchi-Pomegranate Mango Molasses-Wasabi Peas; Third course: Tetravis paired with Lamb Lollipop-Fig BBQ Demi-Lavender Honey-Goat Cheese Mousse-Grilled Sweet Potatoes; Fourth course: Stoney Brook Red paired with Crispy Potato Gnocchi-Smoked Gouda Fondue-Chives-Black Pepper; Dessert: Thirteenth Hour paired with Italian Donut Holes-Mascarpone- Rum, Coffee, and Hazelnut Dipping Sauces.

Thursday, June 16th from 5:00-7:00 pm – Moerlein Tap Takeover at Lehr’s Prime Market
Beer include Strawberry Pig Cream Ale, Plum St Wheat Ale, Third Wave IPA and Twelve/163 Belgian Quad aged in Brandy barrels.

Thursday, June 16th from 5:00-10:00 pm – Revolution Pint Night at Cappy’s Wine and Spirits
Beers include Anti-Hero, Galaxy Hero, Crystal Hero, Fist City, Bottoms Up Wit, Eugene Porter, Cross of Gold, Rosa, Blue Gene, Bean Gene, Very Mad Cow, Deths Tar, Illinois Gold, Pils, Mandarina Pale Ale, Mean Gene 2013 and Civil Unrest. This event is their official kick off of Cincinnati Beer Week.

Thursday, June 16th from 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 – Dogfish Head Namaste Randall, Glendale – North High Hefe and Hyde Park – Goodwood Louisville Lager.

Thursday, June 16th at 6:00-10:00 pm – Burgers and Beers at the Party Source
Beers: Prairie including Bomb!, Barrel-Aged Bomb, Pirate Bomb and Okie Coffee
Burger: Greek

Thursday, June 16th at 7:00 pm – Goose Island Pint Night at Hebron Brew Haus

Saturday, June 17th from 12:00-11:00 pm – Summer Block Party: Big Green Eggfest at Braxton Brewing
Lots of food (Flipdaddy’s Burgers sliders, The Oak Tavern wings, and Wunderbar sausages will be available to sample plus samples from the Big Green Egg national team), beer (Braxton and guest taps) and live music. Check out their Facebook event page for more information.

CINCINNATI BEER WEEK BEGINS!

Sunday, June 19th – New Belgium Beer Dinner at Taste of Belgium Rookwood
Old Belgium Meets New Belgium Father’s Day Beer Dinner with Brew Master Peter Bouckaert. Four courses with four beer pairings and a social beer with complimentary glass and amuse bouche. 1st Seating: 6:30pm, 2nd Seating: 7:30pm. Early Bird Special: First 40 tickets purchased include a signed copy of Peter’s new book, “Wood & Beer, A Brewer’s Guide” and may join Peter and the New Belgium Cincinnati team at 6pm for an intimate meet & greet. Cost is $75 per person or $50 without beers. For tickets and more information, go to http://www.eventbrite.com/e/old-belgium-meets-new-belgium-beer-dinner-special-guest-peter-bouckaert-tickets-25897290493

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This Week in Beer: May 9 – 15, 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, May 9th at 5:00 pm – Rare Keg Monday at Ei8ht Ball Brewing
This week, it’s Founders KBS. The cost is $8 for a ten ounce snifter.

Wednesday, May 11th at 6:00 pm – April Showers Bring May Sours: Rodenbach Tasting at Marty’s Hops and Vines
They will have Rodenbach Vintage 2010 and Vintage 2012 bottles, Rodenbach Vintage on tap and Rodenbach Classic. The cost is $15 and includes plus a souvenir glass (while supplies).

Wednesday, May 11th at 7:00 pm – Blank Slate Beer Tasting and Food Pairing at Ferrari’s Little Italy
Out on the patio if weather permits. Make a reservation to save your spot. This is the 1st of many tastings to come.

Thursday, May 12th at 6:00-10:00 pm – Tröegs Beer Tastings at BC’s Bottle Lodge
Donato’s pizza will be included in the tasting. Beers included not yet announced.

Thursday, May 12th 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 – Rhinegeist, Glendale – Great Lakes Chillwave and Hyde Park – Goodwood.

Thursday, May 12th at 6:30 pm – Braxton Beer Dinner at Presidents Inn (in Burlington)
Menu: First course – Storm paired with battered onion rings; Second course – Crank Shaft IPA paired with scalloped ceviche; Third course – Dead Blow paired with coffee crusted filet with creamed spinach and onion straws; Fourth course – Dead Blow Starter Reduction over raspberry ice cream. Cost is $37.92 per person. Purchase tickets in advance at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/presidents-inn-braxton-dinner-tickets-25073497506

Thursday, May 12th at 6:30 pm – Sun King Beer Dinner at Hops House 99
Check out their Facebook event page for more information.

Thursday, May 12th at 7:00 pm – Falls City Pint Night at Hebron Brew Haus

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This Week in Beer: March 21 – 27, 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. As always, any edited listing will have UPDATE at the beginning of the listing.

Monday, March 21st at 5:00 pm – Rare Keg Monday at Ei8ht Ball Brewing
This week, it’s Anderson Valley Horse Tongue Tribble-Currant. The cost is $8 for a thirteen ounce tulip.

Tuesday, March 22nd at 6:00 pm – Rhinegeist Tap & Dine at The Littlefield
Four beers and four pairings. You can check out the menu on their Facebook event page. Cost is $65 per person plus a $4.57 fee. Reserve your space at http://www.eventbrite.com/e/rhinegeist-tap-dine-the-littlefield-tickets-21282144467

Wednesday, March 23rd from 6:00-9:00 pm – Dayton Beer Company Beer Tasting at Marty’s Hops and Vines
Beers include Broken Trolley Blonde (draft), Oregon Alley Imperial IPA, Java Man Cometh, Mad Wolf Hoppy Pale Ale (draft) and Riverside Rye IPA (draft).

Thursday, March 24th at 4:00 pm – Short’s Brewing Bar Premiere at the Famous Neons Unplugged
Beers include Huma Lupa Licious, Soft Parade, ControversiALE, Space Rock, Bellaire Brown, Good Humans, and Twisted Cain. Ciders include Octorock, Pulsar and Squishy.

Thursday, March 24th at 5:00 pm – Third Annual Preach Release Party at Ei8ht Ball

Thursday, March 24th from 5:00-9:00 pm – Hustle Home Run Derby at Rhinegeist
From their Facebook event page:
“A $5 donation gets you 10 swings and the chance to win 1st, 2nd, or 3rd place. All proceeds benefit Bow Tie Cause and Butler County Challenger Baseball, a baseball league designed to meet the needs of children and young adults from 5 to 22 years of age with special needs…. Take home your Hustle pint glass for only $1 with the purchase of a Hustle Rye Pale Ale (while supplies last).”

Thursday, March 24th at 6:00-9:00 pm – North High Stardust to Stardust Tapping at Marty’s Hops and Vines

Thursday, March 24th 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 – Dogfish Head Romantic Chemistry, Glendale – Goodwood Red Wine Saison and Hyde Park – Goodwood Red Wine Saison.

Thursday, March 24th at 7:00 pm – New Belgium Pint Night at Hebron Brew Haus
Featuring the Citradelic Tangerine IPA.

Saturday, March 26th – Braxton’s 1-Year Anniversary
So much going on for this celebration that we couldn’t begin to cover it here. Check out their Facebook event page for all the particulars.

Saturday, March 26th – BC’s Bottle Lodge Grand Opening Bash
They are starting off Saturday by tapping Warped Wing Whiskey Rebellion, Urban Artifact Abacus, Three Floyds Alpha King, Alesmith Hammerhead Speedway Stout, and a special cask of Heavy Seas Winter Storm. CHeck out their Facebook event page for listing of more beers to be tapped including Listermann/Triple Digit Cranium, Evil Twin Even More Jesus, Clown Shoes Coffee Blaecorn Unidragon and more.

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This Week in Beer: Jan. 18 – 24, 2016

[Editor’s note: Our apologies for missing some beer events the last few weeks. Carla’s father has been having some health issues and we’ve been in Illinois helping him out. Hope to have things back to normal this week.
–Also, be sure to check out the two important fund raising events scheduled for Saturday this week.]

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. 18th at 5:00 pm – Rare Keg Monday at Ei8ht Ball Brewing
This week, it’s Mikkeller Black Imperial Stout. The cost is $9 for a ten ounce snifter.

Tuesday, Jan. 19th at 4:00 pm – Goose Island Tap Takeover at Halfcut
Beers include Lolita, Sofie, The Muddy and Four Star Pils.

Wednesday, Jan. 20th at 1:00 pm – Rhinegeist Tap Takeover at Dickmann’s
Twenty-six Rhinegeist beers on tap including Barrel Aged Ink, Barrel Aged Bertha, Blueberry Panther, Coffee Duncle, Stryker, Traction, Spud, Experimental IPA #2, Bubbly, Mosaic, Ink, Asterix, Workhorse, Victoria, Squirrel, Saison Blue, Dunk, Panda, Cidergeist Dry-Hopped, Cidergeist Semi Dry, Pure Fury, Panther, Uncle, Cougar, Zen and Truth.

Wednesday, Jan. 20th at 6:00 pm – Brewery Tour at Rock Bottom

Wednesday, Jan. 20th at 6:00 pm – Uinta Beer Dinner at Moerlein Lager House
They will be pairing beer from Uinta Brewing with a special dinner menu. Cost is $55 per person plus tax and gratuity. Seating is limited. You can make reservations in advance by contacting Jeff Geckle at privatedining@moerleinlh.com.

Thursday, Jan. 21st at 4:00 pm – Big Piney Release Party at Christian Moerlein Malt House

Thursday, Jan. 21st at 4:00 pm – Ballast Point Victory at Sea Variants at Firehouse Gril
Variants include Coconut, Peanut Butter, Peppermint and the original Victory at Sea.

Thursday, Jan. 21st at 4:30 pm – Highland IPA Launch at Habits Cafe
In addition to the IPA, they will also have Black Watch and Cold Mountain.

Thursday, Jan. 21st at 5:00 pm – Braxton Tap Takeover at BrewRiver GastroPub
Five Braxton beers on tap.

Thursday, Jan. 21st at 5:00 pm – Goose Island Tap Takeover at Market Wines
Beers include Fulton St Coffee Golden, Lolita Raspberry Wild Ale and Ogden Tripel.

Thursday, Jan. 21st at 6:00 pm – Kentucky Tap Takeover at Molly Malone’s Covington
Featuring Braxton Snow Shovel, Goodwood Walnut, Kentucky Ale 3-Year Stout and West Sixth Heller Heaven.

Thursday, Jan. 21st 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. 21st at 7:00 pm – Crazy Mountain Pint Night at Hebron Brew Haus
Featuring their Extra Special Bitter.

Saturday, Jan. 22nd at 11:00 am – Brunch featuring Goose Island at Marty’s Hops & Vines
First course: Grilled Brie Crostini with Mango Chutney paired with Sofie; Second course: Prosciutto and Vegetable Frittata paired with Matilda; Third course: Puff Pastry Mushroom Tart paired with Lolita. Cost is $25 per person and due to limited seating, reservations are required. Call (513) 681-4222 to reserve your spot.

Saturday, Jan. 23rd from 1:00-11:00 pm – Flint Disaster Relief Fundraiser at Blank Slate Brewing
From their Facebook event page: “Water is THE most important raw material we use as brewers. We are blessed with top notch drinking water here in Cincinnati and it just so happens to make great beer too. Imagine if the water you were drinking (and everything made from it) was rendered toxic due to cost cutting efforts by your friendly local government. Not cool. This is exactly what has happened in Flint Michigan. People in that community currently don’t have access to safe drinking water from their municipal system and to us that is a real shame. It has been bugging us so much that we decided we need to do something to help.
This Saturday, January 23rd, BLANK SLATE BREWING COMPANY will be donating 20% of all beverage sales to the Flint Child Health and Development Fund to aid in immediate disaster relief for those affected by the water crisis in Flint, Michigan. We will also be accepting cash donations as part of the contributions.”

Saturday, Jan. 23rd from 1:00-11:00 pm – Pints for a Purpose at The Pub at Rookwood Mews
Help The Pub in Rookwood raise money for the family of Firefighter Patrick Wolterman who was killed in the line of duty on December 28th, 2015 serving the City of Hamilton Fire Department. Great Lakes Brewery, Ohio Valley Wine & Spirits Distributing, and The Pub have all agreed to donate $1 for every Great Lakes Pint sold between 5pm and 11pm on January 23rd. That means a $3 donation for every pint purchased. They will also have some amazing silent auction items, donation boxes, split the pot, t-shirts available for purchase, and more.

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Tastings and Tappings Report: Jan. 8, 2016

We frequently get updates for our Tastings and Tappings Report after our regular publishing time. Any edited listing will have UPDATE at the beginning of the listing. Don’t forget to check out our This Week in Beer post from Monday for other better beer events happening this weekend.

TASTINGS

Country Fresh Farm Market and Wine Depot – Bell’s tasting Friday from 4:00-7:00 pm featuring Smitten Golden Rye Ale, Amber Ale, Two Hearted Ale, Special Double Creme and Oarsman Ale.

Jungle Jim’s – Friday night tasting from 5:00 to 9:00 pm at both locations. Pints are usually $3. This week, they are pouring beers from Listermann in Fairfield and beers from West Sixth in Eastgate.

Ludlow Wines – Saturday beer tasting is from 5:00-8:00 pm. The cost to taste four beers is $6.00 per person.

Party Source – $1 beer tastings on Saturday from 12:00-1:00 pm. This week, they are pouring beers from 450 North including Galaxy Hopped IPA, Barn Yeti and more.

Party Town – For Friday Night Flights this week from 5:30-7:00 pm, they are pouring beers from Goodwood Brewing. The draft by the glass pour will be Triple Oaked Walnut Brown Ale for $3.00. The cost for the flight is $2.00 per person. Only adults age 21 or more are admitted for Friday Night Flights. Limit of one sample per person. No shopping carts in the back room please.

Whole Foods Cincinnati – Cask & Cork: Beer and Wine every Friday from 5:00 to 7:00 pm. For $5, you get five sips and six bites. Tickets sold until 6:30 pm.

TAPPINGS

Braxton Brewing – Saturday at 6:00 pm – From their Facebook event page: “As part of their Kickstarter campaign, Braxton Brewing invited 20 individuals to each brew a batch of beer with them on their Test Batch System. This Saturday is the release of “Peel Out”, a Belgian Witbier infused with coriander & orange peel, brewed by Tony Catanzaro, Dave Dixon, Jon Covey & Mike Roszkowski.”

Ei8ht Ball Brewing – Tonight is Free Bacon Night AND they will be tapping Chimay Blue. Cost is $10 for a ten ounce snifter.

PINT NIGHT

The Pub at Crestview Hills – Christian Moerlein Bay of Bengal pint night Friday from 6:00-8:00 pm.

Have a better beer weekend, everyone!

— Carla and Tom

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This Week in Beer: Dec. 7 – 13, 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 in beer. As always, any edited listing will have UPDATE at the beginning of the listing.

Monday, Dec. 7th at 5:00 pm – Rare Keg Monday at Ei8ht Ball Brewing
This week, it’s Prairie Xmas Bomb! Cost is $10 for a ten ounce snifter.

Monday, Dec. 7th at 6:00 pm – Monthly Tapping at Moerlein Lager House
For December, it’s a sneak peek of the BREW 100: Curve Ball Black IPA that was designed by the night class section of Carla’s Introduction to Craft Beer class at Cincinnati State and benefits United Way of America. Former Reds pitching great Tom Browning will be on hand too. (The official tapping benefiting Brewing Science Education at Cincinnati State is listed below.)

Monday, Dec. 7th at 7:00 pm – Hudepohl Pure Lager Pint Night at the Crazy Fox Saloon

Wednesday, Dec. 9th at 6:00 pm – Brewery Tour at Rock Bottom

Wednesday, Dec. 9th from 6:00-9:00 pm – Goodwood Beer Tasting at Marty’s Hops & Vines
Beers include Brandy Barrel Honey Ale (on draft), Louisville Lager, Walnut Brown Ale, Goodwood Pale Ale and Bourbon Barrel Stout.

Wednesday, Dec. 9th at 6:00 pm – Moerlein / Hudepohl Pint Night and Trivia at Skyline Tavern

Thursday, Dec. 10th at 4:00 pm – Cannonball 6 at Fifty West
$20 gets you 6 staff brewed beers + 6 staff designed foods.

UPDATE Wednesday, Dec. 9th Thursday, Dec. 10th at 5:00 pm – Tapping BREW 100: Sweater Weather at Rhinegeist
The afternoon section of Carla’s Introduction to Craft Beer class at Cincinnati State came up with this dessert beer which also goes by the name BREW 100: Gramma’s Cookies or just Gramma. It’s an oatmeal chocolate chip cookie stout and we can’t wait to get our hands on it!

Thursday, Dec. 10th at 6:00-8:30 pm – Thirsty Thursday at Craft Pointe
This week, it’s Rhinegeist.

Thursday, Dec. 10th at 7:00 pm – Goose Island Bourbon County Stout Tapping at Hebron Brew Haus
Free glassware while it lasts.

Friday, Dec. 11th at 4:00-7:00 pm – Stone and Sierra Nevada Collaboration Tapping at The Lackman
From Facebook: “Doors open at 3 PM. Enjoy 1/2 off drafts from 3-4 PM! On tap: 1 special Stone/Sierra Nevada collaboration brew, Stone Vertical Epic 08-08-08, Stone Hifi – Lofi Mixtape, Sierra Pale, Sierra Celebration”

Friday, Dec. 11th at 4:00-7:00 pm – Southern Tier Beer Tasting at Country Fresh Farm Market and Wine Depot
Tentative Beers are Porter (On Tap), 2X Mas, Old Man Winter Ale and another beer to be determined.

Friday, Dec. 11th at 6:00 pm – BREW 100: Curve Ball Tapping at Moerlein Lager House
This official tapping of the BREW 100: Curve Ball Black IPA benefits Brewing Science Education at Cincinnati State. So order a pint or two and help expand the brewing science offerings at Cincinnati State! BREW 100: Curve Ball will also be available at the Moerlein Malt House starting Dec. 9th.

Friday, Dec. 11th at 8:00 pm – Moerlein Tap Takeover and Pajamas Party at Midway Café
Six beers on tap including “a few rare ones”.

Hoperatives This Week in Beer

This Week in Beer: Nov. 2 – 8, 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 in beer. As always, any edited listing will have UPDATE at the beginning of the listing.

Monday, Nov. 2nd from 4:00-10:00 pm – MadTree Takes Movember: Barbers vs. Brewers
The brewers at MadTree are known for their beards. This Movember, they are raising money for Movember Cincinnati, a local group that creates awareness for men’s health issues and raises vital funds to combat prostate and testicular cancers. The more money they raise, the more beards that are shaved live at this event. You can donate at the YouCaring website and then watch the beards get shaved off.

Monday, Nov. 2nd at 5:00 pm – Rare Keg Monday at Ei8ht Ball Brewing
This week, it’s Avery Pumpkin. The cost is $12 for a ten ounce snifter (limit of one per person).

Monday, Nov. 2nd at 6:00 pm – Beer of the Month Tapping at Moerlein Lager House
This month, it’s King Pin Classic cream ale. A dollar from every Beer of the Month sold will be donated to the DAV 5K along with 100% of the proceeds from the ceremonial keg.

Wednesday, Nov. 4th at 6:00 pm – Moerlein T-Bird Hop Harvest Ale Can Launch and Firkin Tapping at Christian Moerlein Malt House
Tap Lineup Additions include Eleven/162 – Bourbon Barrel Aged Scotch Wee Heavy; Shiver – Chai Spiced Porter; Lime-Bird: T-Bird Infused with fresh Lime; and Stuffed-Bird: T-Bird infused with Cranberries, Rosemary, and Sage.

Wednesday, Nov. 4th at 6:30 pm – New Belgium Beer Dinner at the Celestial
Seven course meal with beer pairings. This is the Celestial’s first ever beer dinner. Cost is $75 per person. The menu is available on their Facebook Event Page. Make your reservations on OpenTable.

Thursday, Nov. 5th 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 – Great Lakes Christmas Ale, Glendale – Rivertown Roebling and Hyde Park – TBA.

Thursday, Nov. 5th at 7:00 pm – Sixpoint Pint Night at Hebron Brew Haus
Sixpoint Bengali Tiger is the featured beer. This is a keep the glass event.

Friday, Nov. 6th at 5:00 pm – Free Bacon Friday at Ei8ht Ball
This week, along with the free bacon, they are tapping several beers from Founders including Backwoods Bastard, Mosaic Promise, Porter and All Day IPA.

Saturday, Nov. 7th at 10:00 am – National Learn to Homebrew Day at Osborn Brewing
Check out their Facebook Event Page for more information.

Saturday, Nov. 7th from 11:00 am-3:00 pm – Holiday Beer Extravaganza at Moerlein Lager House
More than 20 seasonal craft beers will be featured, including: Special Barrel Aged Thirsty Dog 12 Dogs of Christmas, DuClaw For Pete’s Sake Imperial Sweet Baby Jesus, Rogue Santa’s Little Helper, Schlafly Christmas Ale, Lost Coast Winterbraun, St. Bernardus Christmas Ale, Great Lakes Christmas Ale, Deschutes Jubel 2015, West Sixth Christmas Ale, Brew Kettle Winter Warmer, a special keg of Moerlein Christkindl Holiday Spiced Ale on tap designed by the brewers of the Moerlein Lager House, plus many more.

Saturday, Nov. 7th at 4:00 pm – The Great Ohio Brew and ‘Que 2015 at Fifty West
Barbecue and beer? Possibly the best pairing ever. This annual event with Great Lakes is not to be missed for more information and to purchase your tickets, check out their Facebook Event Page.

Saturday, Nov. 7th at 6:00 pm – HOLLER: A Celebration of Kentucky Craft Beer and Whiskey at New Riff Distilling
Participants Include Ei8ht Ball Brewing, Copper And Kings, Blue Stallion Brewing Company, Second Sight Spirits, Country Boy Brewing, Corsair Artisan Distillery, Barrel House Distilling Company, West Sixth Brewing, RoosterBrew, Goodwood Brewing, Against The Grain Brewery, Old Pogue Bourbon, Braxton Brewing Company, Monnik Beer Co., Wilderness Trail Distillery, Willett Distillery, Limestone Branch Distillery, Alltech’s Lexington Brewing Company, MB Roland Distillery, The Gentleman Distillery. For more information and to purchase tickets, go to hollerfestival.com.

Hoperatives This Week in Beer