Tastings and Tappings Report: Nov. 11, 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

Great Crescent Brewing – 8th Anniversary celebration starting at noon on Saturday.

Rhinegeist – From Facebook: “Join us in our taproom this Veterans Day to celebrate the men and women who have served bravely in our Armed Forces. We’ll be donating a portion of the evening’s proceeds to Battle Buddy, a nonprofit dedicated to serving our brothers and sisters in arms struggling with PTSD and other combat related injuries. We’ll also be holding a raffle and tapping Valor, a Kentucky Common beer brewed specially for the holiday. Cheers!”

Wooden Cask Brewing – Grand Opening Celebration starting at 11:00 am on Saturday.

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 Braxton Brewing. Beers include their flagship beers and special drafts like a coffee variant of Dead Blow, a new edition of Trophy and a Rum Barrel variant of Snow Shovel. 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 – Founders Tap Takeover today starting at 6:00 pm. Beers include PC Pils, Rubaeus, All Day, Breakfast Stout, Backwoods Bastard and Imperial Stout.

Party Source and Ei8ht Ball Brewing – Hits From The Bung event today at 5:00 pm featuring Quaff Bros. and other barrel-aged beers. For the complete listing, check out their Facebook event page.

Have a better beer weekend, everyone!

— Carla and Tom

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This Week in Beer: Nov. 7 – 13, 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. 7th at 5:00 pm – Rare Keg Monday at Ei8ht Ball Brewing
This week, it’s Oskar Blues Barrel Aged Ten Fidy.

Wednesday, Nov. 9th at 5:30 pm – Brewery District CURC Monthly Meeting at Christian Moerlein Malt House
See their Facebook event page for more information.

Thursday, Nov. 10th from 5:00-10:00 pm – Oskar Blues Pint Night at Cappy’s Wines and Spirits
Beers include Dale’s Pale Ale, Pinner, Mama’s Little Yella Pils, Simcoe IPA, Cascade Dry Hopped DPA, Death By Coconut, Old Juicy Bastard, Hot Box and Barrel Aged Ten Fidy.

Thursday, Nov. 10th at 6:00-9:00 pm – Rivertown Pint Night at BC’s Bottle Lodge
They will be posting the beers on their Facebook event page.

Thursday, Nov. 10th 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 – Ei8ht Ball Home Alone, Glendale – Rivertown Porter and Hyde Park – Sixpoint Resin.

Thursday, Nov. 10th at 7:00 pm – DuClaw Pint Night at Hebron Brew Haus

Saturday, Nov. 12th at 12:00 noon – Grand Opening Celebration at Wooden Cask Brewing Company

Saturday, Nov. 12th at 12:00 noon – Great Crescent Brewing Eighth Anniversary Celebration
Some exclusive beers on tap including Old School Barleywine and Indiana Brown (made with all Indiana ingredients).

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Holiday Hours for Better Beer Locations

As usual, we will continue to update this list of holiday hours as more information comes in.

BREWERIES

Blank Slate Brewing:
Closed from Dec. 20th until Jan. 7th

UPDATE Christian Moerlein Brewing:
Dec. 23rd: Open 4:00 – 10:00 pm
Christmas Eve: Closed
Christmas Day: Closed
Dec. 26th: Open Noon – 12:00 am
Dec. 27th: Open Noon – 7:00 pm
Dec. 30th: Open 4:00 – 10:00 Ppm
New Year’s Eve: Open 4:00 – 10:00 pm
New Year’s Day: Closed
Jan. 2nd: Open Noon – 12:00 am
Jan. 3rd: Open Noon – 7:00 pm

Dogberry Brewing:
Dec. 23rd: 3:00-7:00 pm
Christmas Eve: Closed
Christmas Day: Closed
Dec. 26th: Open

UPDATE Ei8ht Ball Brewing:
Christmas Eve: 12:00-8:00 pm
Christmas Day: Closed

Fibonacci Brewing:
Closed from Dec. 20th until Jan. 7th

UPDATE Great Crescent Brewing:
Dec. 22nd: 1:00-7:00 pm for shopping and carry-out beer
Dec. 23rd: 1:00-7:00 pm for shopping and carry-out beer
Christmas Eve: 1:00-7:00 pm for shopping and carry-out beer
Christmas Day: Closed

MadTree Brewing:
Dec. 22nd: Open early at noon
Christmas Eve: Closing early at 6:00 pm
Christmas Day: Closed
New Year’s Day: Closed

Mt. Carmel Brewing:
Dec. 23rd: 4:00-9:00 pm
Christmas Eve: Closed
Christmas Day: Closed
Dec. 26th: 12:00-9:00 pm
New Year’s Eve: 4:00-7:00 pm
New Year’s Day: Closed

Old Firehouse Brewery:
Dec. 23rd: 3:00-9:00 pm
Christmas Eve: 12:00-4:00 pm
Christmas Day: Closed
Dec. 26th: 12:00-11:30 pm
Dec. 27th: 1:00-7:00 pm

Rhinegeist:
Christmas Eve: 12pm-6pm
Christmas Day: Closed

Rivertown Brewing:
Christmas Eve: Open from 2:00-7:00 pm
Christmas Day: Closed

UPDATE Tap & Screw Brewing:
Christmas Eve: 11:00 am until ?
Christmas Day: Closed
New Year’s Eve: 11:00 am – 2:30 am
New Year’s Day: 11:00 am – 2:30 am

BREW PUBS

UPDATE Fifty West:
Christmas Eve: 12:00-4:00 pm (bar service only)
Christmas Day: Closed
New Year’s Eve: Private, ticketed beer dinner from 6pm-9pm. Tickets can be purchased at http://fiftywestbrew.com/brightnewyear2015/. Open to the public starting at 9:00 pm with a taster special where patrons can get 5 tasters for $10; 10 tasters for $15; or 15 tasters for $20.
New Year’s Day: Closed

UPDATE Hofbräuhaus Newport:
Christmas Eve: Closing at 5:00 pm
Christmas Day: Closed

UPDATE Moerlein Lager House:
Christmas Eve: 11:00 am-9:00 pm
Christmas Day: Closed
New Year’s Eve: 11:00 am – Dinner menu served until midnight

BETTER BEER STORES

The Party Source:
Dec. 22nd: 8:00 am – Midnight
Dec. 23rd: 8:00 am – Midnight
Christmas Eve: 8:00 am – 9:00 pm
Christmas Day: 11:00 am – 6:00 pm
Dec. 27th: 11:00 am – 10:00 pm
Dec. 28th: 8:00 am – 11:00 pm
Dec. 29th: 8:00 am – 11:00 pm
Dec. 30th: 8:00 am – Midnight
New Year’s Eve: 8:00 am – 11:30 pm
New Year’s Day: 11:00 am – 7:00 pm

RESTAURANTS/BARS/PUBS

Liberty’s Bar and Bottle:
Christmas Eve: 2:00 pm – 2:00 am
Christmas Day: 8:00 pm – 2:00 am

Marty’s Hops & Vines:
Christmas Eve – Open 11:00 am to 3:00 pm
Christmas Day – Closed
New Year’s Eve – Open 11:00 am to 3:00 pm
New Year’s Day – Closed

Mellow Mushroom Wilder:
Christmas Eve – Closing at 4:00 pm
Christmas Day – Closed
New Years Eve – Closed at 8:00 pm
New Years Day – Normal Hours

UPDATE Taste of Belgium:
Christmas Eve: Open until 3:00 pm
Christmas Day: Closed
New Year’s Eve – OTR and Rookwood open regular hours, Clifton closed
New Year’s Day – Serving brunch until 5:00 pm

Christmas Beer - Holiday Hours

Thanksgiving Hours for Better Beer Locations

As usual, we will continue to update this list of Thanksgiving hours for better beer locations as more information comes in.

Blank Slate Brewing:
Wednesday, Nov. 25th – 3:00-7:00 pm

Fibonacci Brewing:
Closed on Thanksgiving
Friday, Nov. 27th – Open 12:00-10:00 pm

Flipdaddy’s (All locations):
Closed on Thanksgiving

Great Crescent Brewery:
Wednesday, Nov. 25th – 11:00 am-9:00 pm

Marty’s Hops & Vines:
Closed on Thanksgiving

Mellow Mushroom Wilder:
Closed on Thanksgiving

Party Source:
Wednesday, Nov. 25th – 8:00 am-Midnight
Thanksgiving – 8:00 am-6:00 pm

UPDATE Tap & Screw Brewing:
Open at 5:00 pm on Thanksgiving

UPDATE Urban Artifact:
Open on Thanksgiving

Valley Wine & Spirits:
Open 10:00 am – 5:00 pm on Thanksgiving

Craft Beer at RiverRoots Music & Folk Arts Festival

It’s been quite the day for better beer information here at Hoperatives. It must be spring or something. Though we cover Ohio and Kentucky events all of the time, it’s really nice to be able to tell you about something going on in Indiana next month.

The Craft Beer division of the RiverRoots Music and Folk Arts Festival has been given a boost due to a beer tent sponsorship from the Brewers of Indiana Guild. The popular festival is perfectly timed to craft beer activities because it falls on National American Craft Beer Week, May 12 through 18.

“American Craft Beer Week is the mother of all beer weeks,” said RiverRoots Craft Beer Coordinator Don Clapham. “American Craft Beer Week is the annual celebration of small and independent craft brewers, their craft and the American beer culture. We are proud to proclaim our own local, ‘Madison Craft Beer Week’.”

There will be several craft beer related activities during the week before the RiverRoots festival. Each will allow the RiverRoots Craft Beer Committee to highlight one of the feature beers from the festival at local restaurants. Special Madison Craft Beer Week events will be:

· Tuesday, May 13, Key West Shrimp House will feature a beer and food pairing with the Great Crescent Brewery.
· Wednesday, May 14, The 605 Grille, offers a beer and food pairing with Power House Brewery.
· Thursday, May 16, The Bone Yard Grill will host the RiverRoots kickoff event with live music with a beer and food pairing with New Albanian Brewery.
· Friday May 17 & Saturday May 18 is the RiverRoots Music and Folk Arts Festival.

Another Craft Beer feature of RiverRoots will be the Tap Room Only Kegs. There will be periodic announcements from the stage concerning the tapping of limited quantity special “Tap Room Only Kegs” in the Craft Beer Tent. This will allow our festival goers to experiences beers normally reserved only for those that visit the breweries themselves.

Five Indiana micro breweries with 15 different brews will be at the festival this year. The list of craft brewers includes Sun King from Indianapolis, Upland from Bloomington, and Power House from Columbus, New Albanian from New Albany, and Great Crescent from the Aurora / Cincinnati area.

There is also an event for makers of craft beer. This will be the 3rd year for the RiverRoots Brew-Off competition for home brewers. The style chosen for this year’s competition is American Ale with three sub categories; American Pale Ale, American Amber Ale and American Brown Ale. Detailed information is available on the RiverRoots web site.

The 9th Annual RiverRoots Music and Folk and Art Festival will be held on the riverfront in Madison, Indiana, on Friday and Saturday, May 17-18. For tickets and a full list of performers, activities and show times go to www.RiverRoots.org, or call 800-559-2956.

This Week in Beer: Dec. 2 – 8, 2013

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.

SPECIAL NEWS: MadTree Brewing will be available in Northern Kentucky starting this week with their three flagship beers (Happy Amber, PsycHOPathy, and Gnarly Brown). More beers will be added soon.

Monday, December 2nd – 1/3 off Craft beer bottles at Moerlein Lager House

Monday, December 2nd – Beer of the Day Special at Rock Bottom Brewery
Beer of the day is $3.25 all day.

Monday, December 2nd from 4:00-7:30 pm – Craft Beer Night at Market Wines

Monday, December 2nd from 8:00 pm to close – Pint Night at Incline Public House

Tuesday, December 3rd – Tappa Keg Tuesday at Dingle House

Tuesday, December 3rd – $7 Growler Fills at Moerlein Lager House

Tuesday, December 3rd – 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.

Tuesday, December 3rd at 6:00 pm – Triple Digit Cranium Tapping at Arthur’s Cafe

Tuesday, December 3rd at 6:00 pm – Tuesdays on Tap at Whole Foods Mason
Six drafts, six bites, $6. This week’s beers include Christian Moerlein Zeppelin, Ommegang Three Philsophers, Brooklyn Cuvee La Boite, Ballast Point Sculpin, Great Lakes Nosferatu and Upland Teddy Bear Kisses.

Wednesday, December 4th – Select Craft Beers for $2 at Molly Malone’s Covington

Wednesday, December 4th – Bell’s Pint Night at Rail House
First pint is $5 – Keep the glass and get refills for only $3.

Wednesday, December 4th – Wiede Wednesday at Pompilio’s
$3 Wiedemann pints all day

UPDATE Wednesday, December 4th at 5:00 pm – New Holland Incorrigible Tapping at Market Wines
They will also have New Holland Kolsch, the Hopivore Wet-Hopped Ale and Dragons Milk.

Wednesday, December 4th at 5:00 pm – Holiday Beerfest at UC’s Catskeller
Beers will include Great Lakes Christmas Ale, Ommegang Adoration, Tröegs Mad Elf, Bell’s Winter White, New Holland Cabin Fever, MadTree Thundersnow, Great Divide Hibernation and Heavy Seas Winter Storm. Flights will be available.

Wednesday, December 4th from 5:00 to 8:00 pm – Take Home the Glass Night at Taste of Belgium OTR

Wednesday, December 4th from 5:30 to 8:00 pm – $3 Drafts at Marty’s Hops and Vines

Wednesday, December 4th at 7:00 pm – Monthly Tapping at Hofbräuhaus Newport
The November beer is their “Christmasbier” (Weihnachts) (5.5% ABV).

Thursday, December 5th from 4:00 pm to close – Take Home the Glass Night at Taste of Belgium Short Vine

UPDATE Thursday, December 5th at 6:00 pm – Repeal Day Party at Cellar Dweller Brewery

Thursday, December 5th at 6:00-9:00 pm – Dogfish Head American Beauty Pint Night at Holler Hops & Grill

Thursday, December 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 – Great Lakes Christmas Ale and Hyde Park – Great Lakes Christmas Ale.

Thursday, December 5th at 6:00 pm – Firkin Tapping at Rock Bottom Brewery

Thursday, December 5th at 6:30 pm – Pints & Pencils at Great Crescent Brewery
Check out their Facebook event page for more information.

Thursday, December 5th at 7:00 pm – Repeal Day Party at Arnold’s
Check out their Facebook event page for more information.

Friday, December 6th – $7 Growler Fills at Moerlein Lager House

Friday, December 6th at 4:00 pm – Sixth Annual Hopnosis at The Comet
Thirty kegs in two days. Beer list TBA.

Friday, December 6th 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.

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

Saturday, December 7th from 1:00-5:00 pm – #CincyBeerBloggers Bottle Share Party at Firehouse Grill
Check out the post on BrewProf’s blog for more information. We’ll be there!

Saturday, December 7th – Sixth Annual Hopnosis at The Comet

Saturday, December 7th from 5:00-8:00pm – Beer Tasting at Ludlow Wines
The cost to taste four beers is $6.00 per person.

This Week in Beer: Nov. 11 – 17, 2013

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, November 11th – 1/3 off Craft beer bottles at Moerlein Lager House

Monday, November 11th – Beer of the Day Special at Rock Bottom Brewery
Each Monday, Gerry the brew master at Rock Bottom highlights a beer and you can enjoy it for just $3.25 all day.

Monday, November 11th from 4:00-7:30 pm – Craft Beer Night at Market Wines

Monday, November 11th at 6:00 pm – Listermann Beer Dinner at Firehouse Grill
Four courses, each paired with a 5 oz pour. Cost is $35 per person and includes tax and gratuity. Call 513-733-3473 for reservations.

Monday, November 11th from 8:00 pm to close – Pint Night at Incline Public House
This week’s featured beer is TBA.

Tuesday, November 12th – Tappa Keg Tuesday at Dingle House
This week’s keg hasn’t been announced yet.

Tuesday, November 12th – $7 Growler Fills at Moerlein Lager House

Tuesday, November 12th – Dogfish Head Pint Night at Drake’s Florence
Dogfish Head American Beauty and a Dogfish Head snifter for $8.

Tuesday, November 12th – 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.

Tuesday, November 12th at 5:00 pm – Pint Night at Drake’s Florence
It’s Dogfish Head’s American Beauty. Only 42 pints available. Tickets can be purchased starting at 4:00 pm.

Tuesday, November 12th at 6:00 pm – Tuesdays on Tap at Whole Foods Mason
Six drafts, six bites, $6.

Tuesday, November 12th at 6:30 pm – “Rare Finds” Beer Dinner at 20 Brix
$55 per person. Call (513) 831-2749 to make reservations.

Wednesday, November 13th – Select Craft Beers for $2 at Molly Malone’s Covington

Wednesday, November 13th – Bell’s Pint Night at Rail House
First pint is $5 – Keep the glass and get refills for only $3.

Wednesday, November 13th – Wiede Wednesday at Pompilio’s
Every Wednesday is Wiede Wednesday at Pompilio’s in Newport with $3 Wiedemann pints all day.

Wednesday, November 13th – Pint Night at UC’s Catskeller

Wednesday, November 13th – Founders Tap Takeover at Drake’s Florence
Beers will include Founders Breakfast Stout, Founders Backwoods Bastard, Founders Centennial IPA and Founders Mango Magnifico! The first 48 people to take part in this takeover will buy a pint glass with any of the four beers and get a discounted price to refill that pint glass with any of the four takeover beers.

Wednesday, November 13th from 5:00 to 8:00 pm – Take Home the Glass Night at Taste of Belgium
This week’s beer is TBA.

Wednesday, November 13th from 5:30 to 8:00 pm – Beer Tasting at Marty’s Hops and Vines

Thursday, November 14th – 5th Anniversary Weekend at Great Crescent Brewery
See their Facebook event for more information.

Thursday, November 14th from 4:00 pm to close – Take Home the Glass Night at Taste of Belgium Short Vine
This week’s featured beer is Rhinegeist Cougar.

Thursday, November 14th 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, November 14th at 6:00 pm – Firkin Tapping at Rock Bottom Brewery

Thursday, November 14th at 7:00 pm – Beer Dinner at Izzy’s Fort Wright
Beers include Bell’s Winter Warmer, Ommegang Adoration Ale and Bison Organic Gingerbread Ale. Call 859-331-4999 to make your reservation.

Friday, November 15th – $7 Growler Fills at Moerlein Lager House

Friday, November 15th 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.

Friday, November 15th from 6:00-7:00 pm – Friday Night Flights Beer Tasting at Party Town in Florence

Saturday, November 16th – Great Ohio Brew and ‘Que at Fifty West
Ten beers each from Fifty West and Great Lakes Brewing plus one collaboration beer. BBQ prepared by the executive chefs from each of the breweries’ brewpubs. Cost is $40 per person and tickets are available at http://fiftywestbrew.com/the-great-ohio-brew-and-que-festival/

Saturday, November 16th at 12:00 noon – Beer Baron Hall of Fame Induction at Moerlein Tap Room
See our earlier post for more information.

Saturday, November 16th from 5:00-8:00pm – Beer Tasting at Ludlow Wines
The cost to taste four beers is $6.00 per person.

This Week in Beer: Sept. 30 – Oct. 6, 2013

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, Sept. 30th – Beer of the Day Special at Rock Bottom Brewery

Monday, Sept. 30th from 8:00 pm to close – Pint Night at Incline Public House

Tuesday, Oct. 1st – Tappa Keg Tuesday at Dingle House

Tuesday, Oct. 1st – $7 Growler Fills at Moerlein Lager House

Tuesday, Oct. 1st – Pint Night at Rock Bottom Brewery

UPDATE Tuesday, Oct. 1st at 6:00 pm – Tuesdays on Tap at Whole Foods Mason
Six drafts, six bites, $6. This week’s beers are Kona Longboard Lager, MadTree psychopathy, Dogfish Head Punkin’ Pumpkin Ale, Anchor Brewing Big Leaf Maple Autumn Ale, Jackie O’s Brewery Mystic Mama IPA and Brewery Ommegang Game of Thrones Take the Black Stout.

Wednesday, Oct. 2nd – Select Craft Beers for $2 at Molly Malone’s Covington

Wednesday, Oct. 2nd – Bell’s Pint Night at Rail House
First pint is $5 – Keep the glass and get refills for only $3.

Wednesday, Oct. 2nd – Pint Night at UC’s Catskeller

Wednesday, Oct. 2nd from 5:00 to 8:00 pm – Take Home the Glass Night OR Abbey Wednesday at Taste of Belgium
And sometimes, it’s a tapping! We’ll let you know which one it is this week as soon as we find out.

Wednesday, Oct. 2nd from 5:30 to 8:00 pm – $3 Drafts at Marty’s Hops and Vines

Thursday, Oct. 3rd through Saturday, Oct. 5th – Red Solo Cup Weekend at Great Crescent Brewery
Check their Facebook event for more information.

UPDATE Thursday, Oct. 3rd at 4:00 pm – Panther Porter Release at Rhinegeist

Thursday, Oct. 3rd at 6:00-8:00 pm – Burgers & Beers at the Party Source
This week’s pairing is a “Kentucky Frenchmen” burger with Brie cheese topped w/ Bourbon caramelized onions paired with Mikkeller Single Hop project, Southern Tier 2XIPA, Evil Twin Falco IPA and Three Floyds Zombie Dust.

Thursday, Oct. 3rd 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 Punkin, Glendale – Southern Tier Pumking & Rivertown Pumpkin and Hyde Park – Three Floyds Munsterfest.

Thursday, Oct. 3rd at 6:00 pm – Firkin Tapping at Rock Bottom Brewery

Friday, Oct. 4th – $7 Growler Fills at Moerlein Lager House

Friday, Oct. 4th 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.

Friday, Oct. 4th from 6:00-7:00 pm – Friday Night Flights Beer Tasting at Party Town in Florence

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

UPDATE Saturday, Oct. 5th from 6:00-9:00pm – Brews & Blues at Civic Garden Center
Cost is $25.00 in advance or $30.00 at the door. Beers from 50 West, MadTree Brewing, Listermann’s and Christian Moerlein. For more information or to register, go to www.civicgardencenter.org or call 513-221-0981 if you have any questions.

Giveaway: Sun King to host CANvitational – Sept. 28th

What’s better than a Hoperatives Traveling Tuesday post? A Hoperatives Traveling Tuesday post that’s also a giveaway! Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know that canning beer is big in craft beer right now and one of the first breweries to can in the Midwest was Indianapolis’ Sun King Brewing Company. The fine folks at Sun King are taking their love of canned craft beer one step further by hosting the inaugural CANvitational, the Midwest’s first-ever canned craft beer festival, on Saturday, September 28th.

CANvitational

The Sun King CANvitational will be held in downtown Indianapolis on Georgia Street and Pan Am Plaza from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. More than 30 craft breweries representing 16 states are participating including Great Crescent Brewery of Aurora, IN and West 6th Brewing Company of Lexington, KY. (As of now, MadTree Brewing is not listed as participating. We will check on that.) Tickets are $50 for general admission and $75 for early entry. You can purchase them at www.canvitational.com and check out the complete brewery list. You can also reserve a room at CANvitational’s partner hotel the Omni Severin Hotel. We’ve stayed there many times and it truly is a wonderful hotel.

In addition to great, canned craft beer, attendees will have plenty of food options for purchase from food trucks that will line Georgia Street, as well as a tent with options from the Omni on Pan Am Plaza. Music will be provided throughout the event by DJ Helicon and DJ Action Jackson.

“We’re incredibly excited to share the beers from these breweries with attendees, especially considering that most of the breweries’ beers aren’t available in Indiana or in many cases outside of their home markets,” said Sun King owner Clay Robinson. “We’ve assembled an all-star lineup of canning breweries from all over the country and our goal is to showcase the great craft beer that is driving the canned craft beer revolution!”

Thanks to our friends at Hoosier Beer Geek, we have two tickets for CANvitational to giveaway to a lucky Hoperatives reader. To enter, answer this question in a comment to this post: What is your favorite craft beer available in a can? Be sure to enter your name and email address when you post so we know how to contact you. Also, comments on Twitter or Facebook will not count. You have to comment here on the web site. This giveaway will end Sunday, September 15th at 11:59 pm. and we will use Random.org to choose the winning comment. If we do not hear back from the winner within 24 hours of notification, we will pick another winner.

Holiday Hours for Independence Day Weekend

This is just a partial list that we expect to grow as we hear from more better beer locations. Let us know if you have information on locations we don’t have listed here.

20 Brix
Thursday, July 4th: 11:00 am – 2:00 pm, 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Friday, July 5th: 11:00 am – 2:00 pm, 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Saturday, July 6th: 11:00 am – 2:00 pm, 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Sunday, July 7th: Closed

UPDATE Bakersfield OTR
Thursday, July 4th: Closed
Friday, July 5th: 11:00 am – 2:00 am
Saturday, July 6th: 11:00 am – 2:00 am
Sunday, July 7th: 11:00 am – 10:00 m

Christian Moerlein Brewing Tap Room
Thursday, July 4th: Closed
Friday, July 5th: 4:00 – 9:00 pm
Saturday, July 6th: 12:00 – 9:00 pm
Sunday, July 7th: 12:00 – 6:00 pm

Dilly Café, Wines & Gourmet
Thursday, July 4th: Closed
Friday, July 5th: 11:00 am – 11:00 pm
Saturday, July 6th: 11:00 am – 11:00 pm
Sunday, July 7th: 11:00 am – 9:00 pm

Everything’s d’Vine
Thursday, July 4th: Closed
Friday, July 5th: 11:00 am – 2:00 pm NO TASTING
Saturday, July 6th: 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Sunday, July 7th: Closed

UPDATE Fifty West Brewing
Thursday, July 4th: Closed
Friday, July 5th: 4:00 pm – 2:00 am
Saturday, July 6th: 12:00 noon – 2:00 am
Sunday, July 7th: 11:00 am – 12:00 midnight

UPDATE Flipdaddy’s (both locations)
Thursday, July 4th: Closed
Friday, July 5th: 11:00 am – 12:00 midnight
Saturday, July 6th: 11:00 am – 12:00 midnight
Sunday, July 7th: 11:00 am – 9:00 pm

Great Crescent Brewery Tap Room
Thursday, July 4th: Closed
Friday, July 5th: 11:30 am – 9:00 pm
Saturday, July 6th: 11:30 am – 9:00 pm
Sunday, July 7th: Closed

Holler Hops & Grill
Thursday, July 4th: Closed
Friday, July 5th: 12:00 noon – 2:00 am
Saturday, July 6th: 12:00 noon – 2:00 am
Sunday, July 7th: 12:00 noon – 1:00 am

UPDATE Listermann Brewing / Triple Digit Tasting Room
Thursday, July 4th: Closed
Friday, July 5th: 10:00 am – 10:00 pm
Saturday, July 6th: 10:00 am – 10:00 pm
Sunday, July 7th: Closed

UPDATE MadTree Brewing Tap Room
Thursday, July 4th: 4:00 pm – 12:00 midnight
Friday, July 5th: 4:00 pm – 1:00 am
Saturday, July 6th: 12:00 pm – 1:00 am
Sunday, July 7th: Closed

Market Wines
Thursday, July 4th: 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Friday, July 5th: 9:00 am – 7:30 pm
Saturday, July 6th: 8:00 am – 6:00 pm
Sunday, July 7th: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Moerlein Lager House
Thursday, July 4th: 11:00 am – 12:00 Midnight
Friday, July 5th: 11:00 am – 1:00 am
Saturday, July 6th: 11:00 am – 1:00 am
Sunday, July 7th: 11:00 am – 11:00 pm

The Party Source
Thursday, July 4th: 8:00 am – 11:00 pm
Friday, July 5th: 8:00 am – 12:00 am
Saturday, July 6th: 8:00 am – 12:00 am
Sunday, July 7th: 11:00 am – 8:00 pm

UPDATE Rhinegeist Tap Room
Thursday, July 4th: 12:00 noon – 12:00 midnight
Friday, July 5th: 12:00 noon – 12:00 midnight
Saturday, July 6th: 12:00 noon – 12:00 midnight
Sunday, July 7th: 12:00 noon – 8:00 pm

Rivertown Brewing Tap Room
Thursday, July 4th: 12:00 noon – 10:00 pm
Friday, July 5th: 5:00 – 10:00 pm
Saturday, July 6th: 12:00 noon – 10:00 pm
Sunday, July 7th: Closed

UPDATE Virgils Café
Thursday, July 4th: Closed
Friday, July 5th: 11:00 am – 11:00 pm
Saturday, July 6th: 11:00 am – 11:00 pm
Sunday, July 7th: 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

Whole Foods Mason
Thursday, July 4th: 8:00 am – 10:00 pm; Mason Jar Pub 8:00 am – 9:00 pm
Friday, July 5th: 8:00 am – 10:00 pm; Mason Jar Pub 8:00 am – 9:00 pm
Saturday, July 6th: 8:00 am – 10:00 pm; Mason Jar Pub 8:00 am – 9:00 pm
Sunday, July 7th: 8:00 am – 10:00 pm; Mason Jar Pub 11:00 am – 9:00 pm