Xavier Ups Its Beer Game

Xavier University opened the new D’Artagnan’s Deck at Tuesday night’s men’s basketball game versus IUPUI at the Cintas Center.  The concession stand is located in the upper level of the arena and features a wide line-up of craft beers.  Although the Cintas Center has offered a handful of craft, “crafty”, and import beers in the past few years, there wasn’t a wide variety.  (Rivertown Hop Bomber has been my saving grace at games) That’s all changed now as they seriously up their beer game.

Last night’s offerings at D’Artagnan’s Deck were mostly local:

  • Mad Tree Psychopathy
  • Blank Slate Fork in the Road
  • Rivertown Lil’ Sipa
  • Listermann 652 Lateral
  • Redhook Audible Ale
  • Rhinegeist Cougar
  • Listermann Pre-Prohibition Lager
  • Old Firehouse Hoser Gose
  • Miller Lite
  • Coors Light
  • Plus bottled water, peanuts, and bagged snacks.

Hats off to Xavier and the Cintas Center for expanding craft beer options and thinking/drinking local!  Here are a few shots from the opening night.

Xavier Bar

 Listermann and Triple Digit well represented! (as were other local breweries)

Xavier Menu Board

TVs display the current selection, including the ABV and IBU for each. Prices range from $7-8.50 for a pint.

Xavier Distance Shot

View of the new bar from a distance.  It is located at the top of the arena in the “end zone” section 200.

Xavier Court Shot

Despite a lackluster performance in the first half, Xavier beat IUPUI Tuesday night 66-43. The view from the top while you get your beer is pretty nice!

-John

Area Satanists Plan Craft Brewery

Beelzebub Brewery
Proposed Branding

Encouraged by the historical success of religious orders brewing beer, a Northern Kentucky Satanist congregation is planning to open a craft brewery to support its outreach missions. The Second Primitive Church of Satan (Reformed) in Campbell County has begun the permitting process with State and Federal officials. Beelzebub Brewing Company expects to release its first beers to the public later this calendar year.

“Monks have been brewing beer for centuries.” said Anton Deplume, Grand Potentate of Evil and church spokesman, “It’s really kind of embarrassing we hadn’t thought of this sooner.”

Deplume says that he and many members of his congregation are home brewers and this is the next logical step for his congregation.

“The effort it takes to start a brewery is really hellish,” said Deplume. “That means it’s right up our alley. The permits, the distribution negotiations, the equipment suppliers, really the whole process is a nightmare. It was clearly designed by the Dark One himself. It’s easy to see His hand in all of this.”

“It’s really lucky that our church appeals to lawyers,” he added with a smile, “It’s saved us a ton of money on legal fees.”

The church has tapped Anton Spargewater to be its head brewer. Spargewater says he has been a brewer at a number of different breweries, but declined to name them. “Hang around a brewery long enough and you’ll meet people willing to sell their soul to work there. That’s pretty much how I broke into the business,” he said.

Spargewater says all their beers will feature three six-row malts. “We’re really excited that the Brewer’s Association has loosened the standards on the use of adjunct ingredients,” he said, “we feel like there’s a lot to be done with sulpher and bitter herbs.” He added that their flagship will be very accessible. “We’re calling it ‘Cast Thee Into Helles’,” he said. “We want it to be very easy to start drinking our beer,” he added, “because if we do our job right you’ll be with us … well … eternally.”

According to Anton Decoction, General Manager and parishioner, area craft beer lovers shouldn’t expect to see over-the-top packaging from them. “I’m really afraid we’d run into some trademark issues with Three Floyds and Stone if we went in that direction,” he said with wry grin. “And I want to underplay the relationship between our beers and The Source of All Evil anyway. I think the greatest trick would be to convince people that there’s no real connection between the brewery and The Prince of Darkness.”

Decoction says that profits from the brewery will go Snakes Unhandled, the church’s charity that works with snakes traumatized from being handled by members of other faith communities.

“People don’t appreciate the pressure the snakes are under in that situation, he said, “Sometimes you just don’t feel bite-y no matter how much the guy deserves it. Other times it’s early on Sunday and you’re dragged from sunning on top of a perfectly good rock and waved around in front of a bunch of strangers. It doesn’t matter how Godly you are at that point. Someone’s getting bit.”

“It’s really all for the snakes,” he said emphatically.

When asked if he expected any resistance in the marketplace, Deplume shrugged and said “People don’t have any trouble buying stuff from AB-InBev or MillerCoors. You think they didn’t cut a deal with the Master of Darkness years ago?”

Satan could not be reached for comment.

Holler Hops & Grill to Host Benefit for the Shelton Family Today

Christian Shelton

Just two days before Matt Shelton was scheduled to be sworn in as a Hamilton Township Firefighter, Matt’s five year old son Christian, already stricken with Cerebral Palsy, died in a tragic accident at home. Because Matt had not yet been sworn in, the family was without health insurance at the time of Christian’s death. A fund has been established for the family to help with all needs. Donations can be made at any 5/3 bank to the IAFF 4055 fund for the benefit of the Shelton Family. The bank has started the fund with a generous donation of their own.

To help out, from 6:00 pm until 2:00 am today, Holler Hops & Grill will be hosting a benefit for Shelton Family with 20% of all sales going to the Shelton Family Fund. This is also an unofficial CHIVE meet up and a Firefighters Night Out.

Fringe Gift Basket Shelton Family

In addition, there will be a raffle with lots of gift baskets available including the one donated by The Fringe Salon valued at $170.00, $100 gift certificate to Love thy Neighbor tattoo. There will also be special event t-shirts and hat for sale with the proceeds going to the Shelton Family fund.

And, for you Hoperatives, there’s better beer swag available including some from the (newly available in Kentucky) Sweetwater Brewing Company. Beers on draft will include Sweetwater 420, Great Lakes Black and Gold, Founder on nitro

They also plan to have a photo booth to save your memories, an emergency margarita ambulance, a visit from the Miller Lite girls and bourbon tastings.

Entertainment:
6:00-8:00 pm – Sami Riggs and Aaron Mahoney
8:00-10:00 pm – Ashley Peacock
10:00 pm-2:00 am DJ Julie Jamison

If you can’t attend, you can still help out the Shelton Family by buying one of the event t-shirts at http://chiveonnky.storenvy.com/ or donating directly to the family at the Hamilton Township Firefighters web site.

[Much of the information (and some of the wording) for this post comes from the Hamilton Township Firefighters web site and the Facebook event for this fundraiser.]

Tastings and Growlers Report: May 31, 2013

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

Everything’s d’ Vine – They recently reduced their tasting prices to $10 on their regular Friday night beer and wine tastings. You can get just beer or just wine for $5.00. The tasting is at 5:30 pm each week. This week’s beers are Anderson Valley Summer Solstice, Brooklyn Summer Ale, Moerlein 7 Weiss and Uinta Dubhe Black IPA.

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 – Friday Night Flights features six to eight beers each week. The cost for the regular tasting is $2 for a full flight of beers and it goes from 6:00 – 7:00 pm. This week’s beers are from Sierra Nevada, Abita, Arcadia, Evil Twin Brewing Co. and Mission Brewing Company of San Diego.

Valley Wine & Spirits – Upland tasting tonight from 5:00 to 8:00 pm.

GROWLERS AT BREWERIES

Listermann Brewing Company and Triple Digit Brewing (as of April 4th) have Lateral Oatmeal Sweet Stout, Triple Digit Aftermath, Triple Digit Gravitator, Friar Bacon Smoked Bock, Jungle Honey, Leopold Belgian Blonde, Triple Digit Chickow!, Nutcase Peanut Butter Porter, Pre-Prohibition Lager and a brand new beer: Serpentine Wheat. New growlers are $3.

Mt. Carmel Brewing (as of April 26th) has Ardennes Belgian Quad, Amber, Blonde, Nut Brown, IPA, Stout, Summer Wheat and Dewey’s Scotsman Ale. The cost is $8.00 for year rounds & seasonals and $18.00 for Ardennes Belgian Quad. It’s $4 for the purchase of a growler.

Rivertown Brewing (as of May 25th) has Jenneke Belgian Golden Ale, Helles Lager, Blueberry Lager, Unit 6 American Hefeweizen, Hop Bomber Pale Ale, Hop Baron Double IPA, Dunkel Lager, Roebling Vanilla Espresso Porter and Lil’ Sipa. Growler fills are $8.50 for most beers and high gravity beers are $11.70 (both prices are with tax). If you need a growler, it’s $4 extra. Sour Cherry Porter Bottles are $13.99 plus tax (limited two).

GROWLERS AT BREW PUBS

Fifty West Brewing (as of April 4th) has Alternate Route, Armadillo Crossing, Coast to Coast, Coffee Please, Gaddy’s Irish Red, Interstate Ryeway, Main Street Amber, Robinson’s Circus, Shifting Gears, Speedbump Kolsch and Thirty-37. Two different beer flights available. Flights are half off before 6:00 pm and all day on Sundays.

Moerlein Lager House (as of April 26th) has the following beers available for growler fills: Exposition, Friend of the Irishman Stout, Helles Lager, Northern Liberties IPA, Over-The-Rhine Ale, Porter, Saengerfest and Seven Hefeweizen. Growlers are $12.00 to refill or $16.00 if you need a growler. Growler refills are $7 on Tuesdays and Fridays. The specialty seasonals are $20.00 if you need a growler. Like all brew pubs in Ohio, they can only fill their own growlers.

Rock Bottom Cincinnati sells growlers of all their regular beers. Most growler fills are $13.50. Like all brew pubs in Ohio, they can only fill their own growlers.

GROWLERS AT RESTAURANTS

Adriatico’s now does growler fills. An empty growler is $5 and it sounds like they only fill their own. Pricing varies by beer. Unfortunately, we do not have a current draft beer listing for them, but a representative listing is available on their Facebook menu page.

Buckhead Mountain Grill does growler fills. As of April 18th, they had Falls City, West Sixth IPA, Upland Wheat, Angry Orchard Crisp, KY Bourbon Barrel Ale, Rivertown Blueberry Lager, Mt. Carmel Amber, Mt. Carmel Nut Brown, Southern Tier 2X IPA, Blue Moon, Leinenkugel’s Summer Shandy, Samuel Adams Summer Ale, Third Shift Amber Lager, Bell’s Oberon, Franziskaner Hefe, Guinness, Stella Artois, Great Lakes Conway’s Irish Ale, Miller Lite and Bud Light. The cost is $16 for a “fill of any craft or import beer offered in a 16oz serving size” (add $5 for a new Buckhead growler).

Flipdaddy’s (both locations) also does growler fills. We’re still tracking down more information on their program.

Incline Public House has growlers available for all 12 of their beers on tap. Growlers are $5 and fills are 3 times pint price that are currently $5, $6 and $7.

GROWLERS AT BETTER BEER STORES

Cork ‘N Bottle Buttermilk Pike (as of April 19th) had Breckenridge Pandora’s Bock, Flying Dog Wildman, Green Flash Le Freak, Weihenstephaner, Bell’s Oberon, Sierra Nevada Ovila Quad with Plums, Great Lakes Ohio Stout and Hudy Bock.

Cork ‘N Bottle Covington (as of April 19th) had Blue Moon Juniper Ale, Anderson Valley Bourbon, Cincy Beer Week Porter, Hudy Bock, Left Hand Scrimsaw, Bell’s Smitten, Dark Horse Amber and Breckenridge Pandora’s Bock.

Country Fresh Farm Market and Wine Depot in Anderson (as of May 26th) Lost Coast Tangerine Wheat ($8.99), Great Lakes Lake Erie Monster Imperial IPA ($13.99), Founders Double Trouble ($15.99), Tröegs Sunshine Pils ($10.99), Full Pint Night of The Living Stout ($12.99), Oskar Blues Gubna Imperial IPA ($16.99), Uinta Dubhe Imperial Black IPA ($9.99) and 21st Amendment Imperial Jack Imperial ESB ($11.99).

DEP’s Fine Wine and Spirits in Fort Thomas (as of May 20th) has Fort Collins Brewery Hoptitude ($10.99), Sierra Nevada Harvest Ale ($16.99), Great Lakes Lake Erie Monster ($10.99), Upland Ard Ri ($12.99), O’Fallon Hemp Hop Rye ($11.99), Point Pale Ale ($6.99), Great Lakes Oatmeal Stout ($11.99), Dogfish Head Noble Rot ($21.99), Leinenkugel Big Eddy Wee Heavy Scotch Ale ($11.99), Dogfish Head Olde School ($19.99), Sam Adams Grumpy Monk ($12.99), Apocalypse Fallout Dust ($7.99), Lore Girls Gone Mild ($5.99), Sixpoint Harbinger Saison ($10.99), Oskar Blues Oskar the Grouch ($16.99), Estaminet Belgian Pilsner ($6.99), Bell’s Oberon ($6.99), Arcadia 16th Anny ($12.99), Stone Oak Smoked Old Guardian ($17.99), Dogfish Head 61 Minute IPA ($11.99), Heavy Seas Siren Noire ($19.99), Ciderboys First Press ($5.99), Leinenkugel Summer Shandy ($9.99) and Crispin Original Cider ($10.99). Their growler price is $4 “with a credit of $2 if you return an old growler.”

Jungle Jim’s Eastgate (as of Feb. 21st) has Bell’s Smitten, Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale, Uinta Hop Notch IPA, Yuengling Bock, Kona Koko Brown, Kona Longboard Island Lager, Goose Island 312, Stone Arrogant Bastard, Sierra Nevada Ovila Quad with Sugar Plums, Rivertown Bock, 21st Amendment Sneak Attack and Mt. Carmel Springtime Ale. Add $4 if you need to purchase a growler and they are now filling non-Jungle Jim’s growlers back to only filling their own growlers. As always, samples are 25 cents each.

Jungle Jim’s Fairfield (as of May 23rd) has Rivertown Blueberry ($8.00), Uinta Hop Notch ($8.00), Samuel Adams Double Agent ($9.00), Great Lakes Erie Monster ($9.00), Leinenkugel Summer Shandy ($9.00), Bell’s Oberon ($9.00), Kona Longboard ($11.00), Lost Coast Tangerine ($11.00), Ommegang Fleur de Houblon ($11.00), MadTree Identity Crisis ($13.00), Ballast Point Sculpin IPA ($13.00), Kentucky Ale Bourbon Barrel Ale ($13.00), Breckenridge Vanilla Porter ($13.00), Thirsty Dog Citra Dog ($13.00) and Southern Tier Compass ($16.00). [Thanks to Ben Damon for this update.]

Liquor Cabinet (as of May 31st) has Point Black Ale, Abita Wheat Seasonal, Great Lakes Oatmeal Stout, Point Cascade Ale, Left Hand JuJu Ginger, Founder’s All Day IPA, Great Lakes Dortmunder Gold, Black Cannon IPA, Breckenridge Avalanche Amber.

Market Wines (as of May 31st) has Tröegs Sunshine Pils ($4.00/glass $14.00/growler), Smuttynose Summer Weizen Ale ($5.00/glass $16.00/growler), 21st Amendment Imperial Jack E.S.B. ($6.00/glass $18.00/growler), Southern Tier Compass Sparkling Ale ($6.00/glass $18.00/ growler), Uinta Hopnotch ($4.00/glass $12.00/growler) and Greenflash Barleywine ($6.00/glass $18.00/growler). Add $3 if you need to purchase a growler.

One Stop Liquors in Bellevue has Bell’s Oberon ($10.99), Woodchuck Cider and Lexington Brewing Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale ($11.99). All prices are for a refill. For a new growler, add $2.99. Also, receive $5 off your 6th refill.

Party Source in Bellevue has La Trappe Witte ($18.99), Quaff Bros. Savage Blank ($14.99), Ska / Oskar Blues Oskar the G’rauch ($18.99), Schlafly Belgian Golden ($10.99), Against the Grain Golden Sower ($12.99), Mikkeller / Against the Grain Bloody Show ($12.99), Great Lakes Oatmeal Stout ($10.99), Rivertown Fat Happy Monk ($16.99), Founders All Day IPA ($11.99) and Bell’s Oberon ($10.99). All prices are for a 64 oz. refill. For a new growler, add $2.00.

Party Town in Florence has Bell’s Pale Ale ($6.99), Cider Boys Magic Apple Cider ($6.99), Founders All Day IPA ($7.99), Green Flash Imperial Red Rye ($9.99), Goose Island Night Stalker ($19.99), Heavy Seas Big DIPA ($27.99), Left Hand Juju ($8.99), Lore Intergalactic IPA ($9.99), New Holland Hopivore Wet-hopped Ale ($13.99), Point Whole Hog DIPA ($9.99), Stone Ruination ($11.99), Stone Old Guardian Barleywine ($11.99), Stone Arrogant Bastard ($10.99), Stone Espresso Russian Imperial Stout ($11.99), Southern Tier 2X Steam ($17.99), Three Floyds Gumballhead ($8.99), Three Floyds Pride & Joy ($6.99) and Three Floyds Robert The Bruce ($6.99). 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.

Remke Hyde Park (as of Feb. 20th) has Blank Slate Shroominous, Blank Slate The Lesser Path, Blank Slate Movin’ On, Blank Slate Out and About and Red Hook Audible.

Remke Skytop (as of April 26th) has Blue Moon Brewing Co Pine in the Neck, Blank Slate Movin On, Leinenkugel Canoe Paddler, Redd’s Apple Ale and Triple Digit Chickow.

United Liquor in Florence (as of May 20th) has Three Floyds Pride and Joy, Southern Tier 2X IPA, Bell’s Oberon, Big Eddy Imperial Stout, Dogfish 60 Minute and Three Floyds Robert the Bruce.

Valley Wine & Spirits (as of May 2nd) has Upland Ard Ri Imperial Red Ale, Abita Andygator, Stone Arrogant Bastard, Great Lakes Rally Drum Red Ale, Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale, Blank Slate Fork in the Road, Blank Slate Movin’ On, Goose Island Summertime, Bell’s Oberon and Oskar Blues Gubna.

UPDATEWhole Foods Market Cincinnati growler station offerings (as of May 27th) are Tröegs Sunshine Pils, Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock, Uinta Sea Legs Baltic Porter, Southern Tier 2X Steam, Madtree Identity Crisis and Triple Digit Chickow!. 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 to Ed Paff for the update.]

UPDATEWhole Foods Market Mason growler station offerings (as of May 28th) are Upland Dragonfly IPA ($4.00 pint / $7.00 32 oz. / $13.00 64 oz.), Left Hand Good Juju Ginger Ale ($4.00 pint / $7.00 32 oz. / $13.00 64 oz.), Southern Tier Compass Belgian Style Ale with Rose Hips ($4.99 pint / $8.00 32 oz. / $12.00 64 oz.), Breckenridge Vanilla Porter ($4.50 pint / $8.00 32 oz. / $16.00 64 oz.), Boulder Mojo Rising Imperial IPA ($5.50 pint / $10.00 32 oz. / $18.00 64 oz.) and Goose Island Sofie ($5 pint / $9.00 32 oz. / $15.00 64 oz.). For a new growler, add $3.99. [Thanks to Ben Damon for this update.]

Tastings and Growlers Report: May 17, 2013

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

UPDATE Everything’s d’ Vine – Friday night beer and wine tastings at 5:30 pm. Try six beers and six wines for $15 per person. Or you can just do wine only or beer only for $10 per person. Tonight’s beers are Shiner Ruby Redbird, 21st Amendment Watermelon Wheat, La Trappe Isid’or, La Trappe Quadrupel, Anderson Valley IPA and Heavy Seas Riptide.

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 – Friday Night Flights features six to eight beers each week. The cost for the regular tasting is $2 for a full flight of beers and it goes from 6:00 – 7:00 pm.

Valley Wine & Spirits – Oskar Blues Tap Takeover at 4:30 pm Friday. Beers include Gubna, Old Chub, Mama’s Little Yella Pils and Dale’s Pale Ale.

GROWLERS AT BREWERIES

Listermann Brewing Company and Triple Digit Brewing (as of April 4th) have Lateral Oatmeal Sweet Stout, Triple Digit Aftermath, Triple Digit Gravitator, Friar Bacon Smoked Bock, Jungle Honey, Leopold Belgian Blonde, Triple Digit Chickow!, Nutcase Peanut Butter Porter, Pre-Prohibition Lager and a brand new beer: Serpentine Wheat. New growlers are $3.

Mt. Carmel Brewing (as of April 26th) has Ardennes Belgian Quad, Amber, Blonde, Nut Brown, IPA, Stout, Summer Wheat and Dewey’s Scotsman Ale. The cost is $8.00 for year rounds & seasonals and $18.00 for Ardennes Belgian Quad. It’s $4 for the purchase of a growler.

Rivertown Brewing (as of April 25th) has Belgian Wit, Fat Happy Monk Belgian Quad, Jenneke Belgian Golden Ale, Helles Lager, Blueberry Lager, Unit 6 American Hefeweizen, Hop Bomber Pale Ale, Hop Baron Double IPA, Dunkel Lager and Roebling Vanilla Espresso Porter. Growler fills are $8.50 for most beers and high gravity beers are $11.70 (both prices are with tax). If you need a growler, it’s $4 extra. Sour Cherry Porter Bottles are $13.99 plus tax (limited two).

GROWLERS AT BREW PUBS

Fifty West Brewing (as of April 4th) has Alternate Route, Armadillo Crossing, Coast to Coast, Coffee Please, Gaddy’s Irish Red, Interstate Ryeway (new), Main Street Amber, Robinson’s Circus, Shifting Gears, Speedbump Kolsch and Thirty-37. Two different beer flights available. Flights are half off before 6:00 pm and all day on Sundays.

Moerlein Lager House (as of April 26th) has the following beers available for growler fills: Exposition, Friend of the Irishman Stout, Helles Lager, Northern Liberties IPA, Over-The-Rhine Ale, Porter, Saengerfest and Seven Hefeweizen. Growlers are $12.00 to refill or $16.00 if you need a growler. Growler refills are $7 on Tuesdays and Fridays. The specialty seasonals are $20.00 if you need a growler. Like all brew pubs in Ohio, they can only fill their own growlers.

Rock Bottom Cincinnati sells growlers of all their regular beers. Most growler fills are $13.50. Like all brew pubs in Ohio, they can only fill their own growlers.

GROWLERS AT RESTAURANTS

Adriatico’s now does growler fills. An empty growler is $5 and it sounds like they only fill their own. Pricing varies by beer. Unfortunately, we do not have a current draft beer listing for them, but a representative listing is available on their Facebook menu page.

Buckhead Mountain Grill does growler fills. As of April 18th, they had Falls City, West Sixth IPA, Upland Wheat, Angry Orchard Crisp, KY Bourbon Barrel Ale, Rivertown Blueberry Lager, Mt. Carmel Amber, Mt. Carmel Nut Brown, Southern Tier 2X IPA, Blue Moon, Leinenkugel’s Summer Shandy, Samuel Adams Summer Ale, Third Shift Amber Lager, Bell’s Oberon, Franziskaner Hefe, Guinness, Stella Artois, Great Lakes Conway’s Irish Ale, Miller Lite and Bud Light. The cost is $16 for a “fill of any craft or import beer offered in a 16oz serving size” (add $5 for a new Buckhead growler).

Flipdaddy’s (both locations) also does growler fills. We’re still tracking down more information on their program.

Incline Public House has growlers available for all 12 of their beers on tap. Growlers are $5 and fills are 3 times pint price that are currently $5, $6 and $7.

GROWLERS AT BETTER BEER STORES

Cork ‘N Bottle Buttermilk Pike (as of April 19th) had Breckenridge Pandora’s Bock, Flying Dog Wildman, Green Flash Le Freak, Weihenstephaner, Bell’s Oberon, Sierra Nevada Ovila Quad with Plums, Great Lakes Ohio Stout and Hudy Bock.

Cork ‘N Bottle Covington (as of April 19th) had Blue Moon Juniper Ale, Anderson Valley Bourbon, Cincy Beer Week Porter, Hudy Bock, Left Hand Scrimsaw, Bell’s Smitten, Dark Horse Amber and Breckenridge Pandora’s Bock.

Country Fresh Farm Market and Wine Depot in Anderson (as of May 11th) Lost Coast Tangerine Wheat ($8.99), Revolution Anti-Hero IPA ($9.99), Founders Double Trouble ($15.99), Dogfish Head Aprihop ($11.99), Full Pint Night of The Living Stout ($12.99), Bell’s Oberon ($9.99), Great Lakes Ohio City Oatmeal Stout ($8.99) and Finch’s Fascist Pig Ale ($11.99).

DEP’s Fine Wine and Spirits in Fort Thomas (as of May 1st) has Three Floyds Robert the Bruce ($9.99), Sierra Nevada Harvest Ale ($16.99), Blank Slate The Awakening ($8.99), Blue Moon Pine in the Neck ($11.99), Goose Island Sofie ($15.99), Green Flash Friendship Ale ($14.99), Great Lakes Oatmeal Stout ($11.99), Dogfish Head Noble Rot ($21.99), Laughing Dog Anubis Coffee Porter ($16.99), Dogfish Head Olde School ($19.99), Oskar Blues Gubna ($16.99), Three Floyds Pride and Joy ($9.99), Lore Girls Gone Mild ($5.99), Rivertown Wit ($8.99), Sam Adams Alpine Spring ($8.99), Steen Brugge Tripel ($13.99), Harpoon Buck IPA ($9.99), Arcadia 16th Anniversary ($12.99), Stone Oak Smoked Old Guardian ($17.99), Three Floyds Jinx Proof ($9.99), Heavy Seas Siren Noire ($19.99), Angry Orchard Crisp ($9.99), Sierra Nevada Blindfold ($12.99) and Sierra Nevada Ovila Quad with Plum ($12.99). Their growler price is $4 “with a credit of $2 if you return an old growler.”

Jungle Jim’s Eastgate (as of Feb. 21st) has Bell’s Smitten, Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale, Uinta Hop Notch IPA, Yuengling Bock, Kona Koko Brown, Kona Longboard Island Lager, Goose Island 312, Stone Arrogant Bastard, Sierra Nevada Ovila Quad with Sugar Plums, Rivertown Bock, 21st Amendment Sneak Attack and Mt. Carmel Springtime Ale. Add $4 if you need to purchase a growler and they are now filling non-Jungle Jim’s growlers back to only filling their own growlers. As always, samples are 25 cents each.

Liquor Cabinet (as of May 16th) has Point Black Ale, Abita Wheat Seasonal, Schlafly American IPA, Point Cascade Ale, Left Hand JuJu Ginger, Founder’s All Day IPA, Great Lakes Dortmunder Gold, Black Cannon IPA, Breckenridge Avalanche Amber.

UPDATE Market Wines (as of May 10th) has Founders Kentucky Breakfast Stout ($8.00/glass $40.00/growler), Dark Horse Double Crooked Tree ($7.00/glass $30.00/growler), Flying Dog Citra Hop Imperial IPA ($6.00/glass $17.00/growler) and Ommegang Fleur de Houblon ($4.00/glass $12.00/ growler). Add $3 if you need to purchase a growler.

One Stop Liquors in Bellevue has Leinenkugel’s Snowdrift Vanilla Porter ($9.99), Rivertown Winter Ale ($9.99) and Lexington Brewing Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale ($10.99). All prices are for a refill. For a new growler, add $2.99. Also, receive $5 off your 6th refill.

Party Source in Bellevue has Trois Dames Bise Noire a la Menthe ($18.99), Quaff Bros. Savage Blank ($14.99), Arcadia Hopmouth ($17.99), Sierra Nevada Belgian Blonde IPA ($14.99), Against the Grain Golden Sower ($12.99), Mikkeller / Against the Grain Bloody Show ($12.99), Great Lakes Oatmeal Stout ($10.99), Tripel Karmeliet ($21.99), Great Lakes Rye of the Tiger ($11.99) and Bell’s Oberon ($10.99). All prices are for a 64 oz. refill. For a new growler, add $2.00.

Party Town in Florence has Abita Andygator ($10.99), Avery Maharaja ($10.99), Anderson Valley Wild Turkey Barrel Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout ($12.99), Apocalypse Brew works Fallout Dust Peppercorn Ale ($7.99), Bell’s Pale Ale ($6.99), Bell’s Two Hearted Ale ($9.99), Cider Boys 1st Press Cider ($6.99), Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA ($12.99), Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald ($7.99), Green Flash Imperial IPA ($14.99), Leinenkugel’s Summer Shandy ($6.99), Lore Intergalactic IPA ($9.99), Moerlien Northern Liberties IPA ($7.99), New Holland Hopivore Wet-hopped Ale ($13.99), New Holland Night Tripper Stout ($10.99), North Coast Bourbon Barrel Old Rasputin ($48.99), Oskar Blues oSKAr the G’Rauch ($19.99) and Rivertown Infinite Shilling ($15.99). 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.

Remke Hyde Park (as of Feb. 20th) has Blank Slate Shroominous, Blank Slate The Lesser Path, Blank Slate Movin’ On, Blank Slate Out and About and Red Hook Audible.

Remke Skytop (as of April 26th) has Blue Moon Brewing Co Pine in the Neck, Blank Slate Movin On, Leinenkugel Canoe Paddler, Redd’s Apple Ale and Triple Digit Chickow.

United Liquor in Florence (as of May 18th) has Three Floyds Pride and Joy, Southern Tier 2X IPA, Bell’s Oberon, Big Eddy Imperial Stout, Dogfish 60 Minute and Three Floyds Robert the Bruce.

Valley Wine & Spirits (as of May 2nd) has Upland Ard Ri Imperial Red Ale, Abita Andygator, Stone Arrogant Bastard, Great Lakes Rally Drum Red Ale, Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale, Blank Slate Fork in the Road, Blank Slate Movin’ On, Goose Island Summertime, Bell’s Oberon and Oskar Blues Gubna.

Whole Foods Market Cincinnati growler station offerings (as of April 29th) are Blank Slate Out and About, Ayinger Celebrator, Uinta Dubhe Imperial Black IPA, MadTree Sprye and Brooklyn Dry Irish Stout. 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.]

Whole Foods Market Mason growler station offerings (as of April 7th) are Mt. Carmel Ardennes Belgian Quad, Founders Imperial Stout, MadTree Identity Crisis Black IPA, Bell’s Two Hearted, Dark Horse Double Crooked Tree IPA and Left Hand Good Juju Ginger Ale. For a new growler, add $3.99. [Thanks to Ed Paff for this update as well.]

Tastings and Growlers Report – November 30, 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

● Newly opened Everything’s d’ Vine will be having beer tastings on Friday nights starting at 5:00 pm including tonight!

● 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 new seasonal beers including a limited release bourbon barrel-aged barley wine from Heavy Seas. 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, BREW PUBS AND RESTAURANTS

● As we told you last week, Buckhead Mountain Grill now does growler fills. The cost is $16 for a “fill of any craft or import beer offered in a 16oz serving size” (add $5 for a new Buckhead growler). On draft as of Nov. 16th: Great Lakes Eliot Ness, Great Lakes Christmas, Founders Harvest, Bell’s Winter White, Southern Tier 2x IPA, Oskar Blues Old Chub, Mt. Carmel Amber, Rivertown Helles, BBC Nut Brown Ale, KY Bourbon Barrel Ale, PALM, Stella Artois, Blue Moon, Upland Wheat, Franziskaner Hefeweizen, Guinness, Leinenkugel’s Big Eddy, Sam Adams Winter Lager, Thirsty Dog Irish Setter Red and Leinenkugel Snow Drift Vanilla Porter. We hear that Sierra Nevada Celebration will return when the Eliot Ness blows.

● The growler station at Listermann Brewing Company and Triple Digit Brewing has Leopold Belgian Blonde, Friar Bacon Smoked Bock, Aftermath Scottish Wee Heavy, Losantiville Pre Pro Lager, Run Like Hell Red, Enter the Beagle IPA, Oktoberfest, Wiedemann’s. Both Oatmeal Sweet Stout and Chickow are coming soon. New growlers are $3.

● Did you know that the Moerlein Lager House has growlers? The following beers are currently available for growler fills: 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. Like all brew pubs in Ohio, they can only fill their own growlers.

● As of Nov. 21st, the growler station at Mt. Carmel’s tap room has Dewey’s Porter, Winter, Blonde, Amber, IPA, Nut Brown, Stout and 3rd Shift Imperial Coffee Stout on their new eight tap system. 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, Hop Bomber, Jenneke, Hop Baron, Blueberry Lager, Roebling, Unit 6, Wit, Pumpkin Ale and hopefully their Winter ale. Growler fills are $7.99. If you need a growler, it’s $4 extra.

● At Rock Bottom Cincinnati, you can take home growlers of all their regular beers plus Mocha Imperial Stout ($65 for a growler), the Buffalo Gold (not the bourbon barrel version) and Pumpkin Ale. As of this past Tuesday, they also have their Winter Tartan (a malty Scottish ale with a hint of vanilla). Most growler fills are $13.50. Like all brew pubs in Ohio, they can only fill their own growlers.

GROWLERS AT BETTER BEER STORES

● As of Nov. 28th, Country Fresh Farm Market and Wine Depot (8315 Beechmont Ave., Anderson, OH) has Ballast Point Big Eye IPA, Sixpoint Resin Ale, Dogfish Chicory Stout, Chouffe Houblon, Great Lakes Christmas Ale, Mt. Carmel Winter, Brooklyn Blast! Ale and Great Divide Oak Aged Yeti.

● As of Nov. 23rd, the growler station at DEP’s in Covington had Lion Stout ($8.99), Green Flash Special ($18.99), Sam Adams Fat Jack and Shiner Ruby Red ($6.59). At their Fort Thomas location, the new 24-tap growler station has Upland Wheat ($5.99), Batch 19 ($5.99), Oskar Blues Mama’s Yella Pils ($5.99), Oskar Blues Dale’s Pale Ale ($6.99), Oskar Blues Old Chub Scotch Ale ($8.99), Oskar Blues G’Knight Imperial Red ($10.99), Oskar Blues TenFidy Stout ($14.99), Oskar Blues Deviant Dale IPA ($10.99), Blue Moon Spiced Caramel Apple ($7.99), Henry Weinhards IPA ($5.99), Flying Dog Raging Bitch ($11.99), Leinenkugel Big Eddy Baltic Porter ($8.99), Upland Octoberfest ($5.99), New Albanian Hoptimus ($10.99), Abita Fallfest ($7.99), Widmer Brothers Milk Stout ($16.99), Cumberland Smoked Pumpkin ($7.99), Founders Breakfast Stout ($16.99), Lore Brown Ale ($6.99), Sierra Nevada Summerfest ($5.99), Dogfish Head Olde School Barleywine ($15.99), Stone Oaked Bastard ($11.99), DogFish Head Namaste ($10.99) and Great Lakes Christmas Ale ($13.99). Add $3 if you need to purchase a growler.

● As of November 3rd, the growler station offerings at the new Jungle Jim’s Eastgate included Yuengling Black & Tan ($7), Founders Breakfast Stout ($22), Cellar Rats Field Rat Wheat ($11), Oskar Blues Dale’s Pale Ale ($11), Upland Dragonfly IPA ($11), Great Lakes Christmas Ale ($12), Thirsty Dog 12 Dogs of Christmas ($13), Breckenridge Christmas Ale ($13), Southern Tier 2XMAS ($15), Brooklyn Blast ($16), 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. As always, samples are 25 cents each. (Thanks to Eric Dunaway of Jungle Jim’s for this information!)

● As of November 16th, the growler station at the Liquor Cabinet (1990 N Bend Rd # A Hebron, KY) has Brooklyn Mary’s Maple Porter, Arcadia IPA, New Holland Poet Oatmeal Stout, Anderson Valley Winter Solstice.

● As of November 17th, the growler station at Market Wines in Findlay Market has Bell’s Winter White Ale ($4.00/glass $12/ growler*), Bell’s Double Cream Stout ($5.00/glass $14.00/growler), Ommegang Scythe and Sickle ($5.00/glass $14.00/growler) and Brooklyn Lager ($4.00/glass $12.00/ growler). Add $3 if you need to purchase a growler.

● As of November 16th, on the growler station at One Stop Liquors (10 Donnermeyer Dr., Bellevue, KY), they currently have Leinenkugel’s Snowdrift Vanilla Porter ($9.99), Founders Breakfast Stout ($15.99) and Lexington Brewing Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale ($10.99). 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: Beer Here SoD ($20.99 64oz $10.50 32oz), Oskar Blues Dale’s Pale Ale ($10.99 64oz $5.50 32oz), Oskar Blues Deviant Dale’s IPA ($18.99 64oz $9.50 32oz), Quaff Bros. Joseph ($17.99 64oz $9.00 32oz), Huvila Arctic Circle Ale ($20.99 64oz $10.50 32oz), Southern Tier Pumpking ($14.99 64oz $7.50 32oz) and Widmer Milk Stout Milk Stout ($9.99 64oz $5.00 32oz). All prices are for a refill. For a new growler, add $2.00.

● On the growler station at Party Town in Florence: Anderson Valley Mendo Mello Fresh Hop Pale Ale ($9.99), Anderson Valley El Stienber Dark Lager ($7.99), Belhaven Twisted Thistle IPA ($11.99), Cumberland Roasted Pumpkin Ale ($6.99), Dark Horse Scotty Karate Scotch Ale ($7.99), Dogfish Head Miles Davis Bitch’s Brew Imperial Stout ($24.99), Great Lakes Black Out Stout ($11.99), Great Lakes Eliot Ness Amber Lager ($7.99), Green Flash Double Stout ($9.99), Founders Red’s Rye PA ($10.99), Founders Breakfast Stout ($10.99), New Holland Ichabod Pumpkin Ale ($9.99), New Holland Dragon’s Milk Stout ($12.99), Sixpoint Bengali Tiger IPA ($9.99), Sixpoint Mad Scientist Sour ($14.99), Upland Harvest IPA ($9.99), Widmer Brothers Milk Stout ($11.99), Woodchuck Winter Cider ($6.99). 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.

● Valley Wine & Spirits has Upland Dragonfly Imperial IPA, Thirsty Dog Siberian Imperial Stout, Stone Arrogant Bastard, Leinenkugel’s Vanilla Porter, Widmer’s Brrr, Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale, Sam Adams Winter Lager, Southern Tier 2XMAS, Sam Adams Merry Mischief and Bell’s Amber Ale.

● 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 Nov. 18th, Whole Foods Market Mason growler station offerings are Sam Adams Merry Mischief, Smuttynose Big A IPA, Heavy Seas Winter Storm Imperial ESB, Breckenridge Agave Wheat, Breckenridge Vanilla Porter, & Kentucky Bourbon Ale. For a new growler, add $3.99.

Election 2012: Craft beer and the candidates

Since we’re knee-deep in the muck and mire of election season here in the US (and doubly lucky since Ohio is not only vital, but a swing state), I figured I should maybe take a look at a topic that’s been shockingly, utterly ignored by not only both campaigns, but the media too.  Namely, where does each ticket stand, respectively, on craft beer?

Paul Ryan – As both a Catholic and a resident of Wisconsin, you kind of expect Mr. Ryan to be a beer guy.  Oh, sure, he’s got to live up the squeaky clean image the Romney/Ryan campaign is trying to project and as an apparent P90X fitness nut, you don’t figure he goes for a couple of pints with the boys too terribly often.  Still, in a speech in Wisconsin shortly after nabbing the GOP Vice Presidential nod, he said, "My veins run with cheese, bratwurst, and a little Spotted Cow, Leiney’s, and some Miller."  Like him or not, you have to give the man props for putting New Glarus at the top of his list.

Mitt Romney – If you ask me, Mitt Romney doesn’t look much like a beer drinker.  I’d wager some 25 year-old scotch or a shaken-not-stirred Gibson is the more appropriate drink for the big cats he hobnobs with.  Wait, what?  Mormon, you say?  What do you mean?  You’re kidding!  At all?  Not AT ALL?  Ahem.  So, um, I guess Mr. Romney’s a teetotaler.  I’m suppose then that maybe homebrewing rights aren’t going to be a key tenet of his administration.  Sorry, Alabama.

Joe Biden – Now, just looking at Mr. Biden, you almost have to think of him as a party dude.  At least, I did.  I’m mean, he’s got a boisterous, all-smiles personality that’s largely reminiscent of a lifetime member of Animal House.  And not only that, but he’s Catholic too.  Everybody knows what we’re like, right?  In other words, can’t you see the Veep at a summer church festival with a tall souvenir mug, throwing money down on the Big 6 wheel and giving everyone that walks by a "thumbs up"?  Or is that just me?  Regardless, it’s way off the mark.  Our sitting Vice President also abstains from the evils spirits, and even enjoyed a "non-alcoholic" (less than 0.5% ABV) Buckler during the famous Beer Summit of 2009.  Something to keep in mind when he fires up his own, inevitable Presidential campaign in 2016.

Barack Obama – When it comes to our current Commander-In-Chief, one can see both pros and cons in his assumed beer preferences.  On the one hand, he seems positively jovial at the opportunity to engage in sharing a beer or two with his constituents.  Then again, given a choice of pretty much any beer in American to consume at the aforementioned 2009 "Beer Summit", Mr. President picked Bud Light.  All I can say for that is, well, at least at the time it was still an American company.  Either way, that’s not exactly the kind of response those of us who believe in better beer are looking from of the White House.  Then again, so what if he enjoys himself an American Light lager from time to time?  It’s not like a crime or anything.  Besides, what’s more important is that he’s turned the White House into a home brewery.  When you stop to think about White House Honey Ale and White House Honey Porter, it’s not hard to say that homebrewers, for sure, and craft beer drinkers, as well, probably haven’t enjoyed such a craft brew-friendly resident of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue since Thomas Jefferson or one of the post-Revolutionary Presidents.

So, is any of this really going to factor into your decision when your time comes in the voting booth this November?  Admittedly, probably not.  There are certainly bigger fish to fry in this election.  But, then again, when you consider that craft brewing has been a incredibly strong growth industry over the past for years, an bright spot in a sluggish economy that’s been providing solid jobs for Americans, perhaps the candidates should look at craft beer with a slightly more analytical eye.

Obviously, the US economy is the Big Issue in this year’s election, giving us contentious debates of tax policy and deficit spending.  But if you look past all that, I’m pretty sure that there’s a lesson to be learned from the humble, thriving, craft brewing industry.

Of course, I’m not a economist.  But I did drink a craft beer drink last night.

Pud’n

Local and Regional 2012 GABF Winners

If you want to see the complete list of Great American Beer Festival (GABF) winners, check out the winners page on the GABF web site. Below we have listed winners that are either a local brewery, a regional brewery or beer available that is available locally or regionally. Congratulations to the winners!

Category: 4 Fruit Wheat Beer, 38 Entries
Gold: Ruby Raspberry Wheat, Mad Anthony Brewing Co., Fort Wayne, IN
Silver: Leinenkugel’s Summer Shandy, Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Co., Chippewa Falls, WI Bronze: 5 Lizard Latin-Style Witbier, 5 Rabbit Cerveceria, Bedford Park, IL

Category: 5 Field Beer or Pumpkin Beer, 63 Entries
Gold: Whole Hog Pumpkin Ale, Stevens Point Brewery, Stevens Point, WI
Silver: Anaheim IPA, RAM Restaurant and Brewery – Indianapolis, Indianapolis, IN

Category: 9 Specialty Beer, 35 Entries
Gold: Hazelnut Brown Nectar, Rogue Brewery, Newport, OR

Category: 12 Session Beer, 67 Entries
Bronze: Bitter American, 21st Amendment Brewery, San Francisco, CA

Category: 15 Fresh Hop Ale, 34 Entries
Bronze: Colorado IPA Nouveau, Tommyknocker Brewery, Idaho Springs, CO

Category: 17 Gluten-Free Beer, 20 Entries
Silver: Brown, New Planet Beer Co., Boulder, CO

Category: 18 American-Belgo-Style Ale, 71 Entries
Gold: Le Freak, Green Flash Brewing Co., San Diego, CA

Category: 22 Wood- and Barrel-Aged Strong Beer, 103 Entries
Silver: Pappy Van Muckle, Sun King Brewing Co., Indianapolis, IN

Category: 23 Wood- and Barrel-Aged Strong Stout, 65 Entries
Silver: Silva Stout, Green Flash Brewing Co., San Diego, CA
Bronze: Barrel Aged Russian Imperial Stout, AC Golden Brewing Co., Golden, CO

Category: 27 Smoke Beer, 50 Entries
Gold: Bambastic, Fort Collins Brewery, Fort Collins, CO

Category: 29 German-Style Pilsener, 52 Entries
Gold: Sunshine Pils, Tröegs Brewing Co., Hershey, PA

Category: 30 Bohemian-Style Pilsener, 53 Entries
Silver: Summit Pilsener, Summit Brewing Co., St. Paul, MN

Category: 31 Munich-Style Helles, 42 Entries
Bronze: Longboard Island Lager, Kona Brewing Co., Kailua-Kona, HI

Category: 33 American-Style Lager, Light Lager or Premium Lager, 51 Entries
Gold: Pabst Blue Ribbon, Pabst Brewing Co., Los Angeles, CA
Silver: Miller Lite, Miller Brewing Co., Milwaukee, WI
Bronze: Keystone Light, Coors Brewing Co., Golden, CO

Category: 34 American-Style Specialty Lager or Cream Ale or Lager, 34 Entries
Silver: Old Style, Pabst Brewing Co., Los Angeles, CA
Bronze: Mickey’s Malt Liquor, Miller Brewing Co., Milwaukee, WI

Category: 36 German-Style Märzen, 69 Entries
Gold: Shiner Oktoberfest, Spoetzl Brewery, Shiner, TX

Category: 37 American-Style Amber Lager, 45 Entries
Gold: Point Oktoberfest, Stevens Point Brewery, Stevens Point, WI

Category: 39 American-Style Dark Lager, 12 Entries
Gold: Shiner Bock, Spoetzl Brewery, Shiner, TX
Bronze: Session Black Premium Dark Lager, Full Sail Brewing Co., Hood River, OR

Category: 40 German-Style Schwarzbier, 32 Entries
Gold: Shiner Bohemian Black Lager, Spoetzl Brewery, Shiner, TX

Category: 41 Bock, 33 Entries
Gold: Butt Head Bock, Tommyknocker Brewery, Idaho Springs, CO

Category: 42 German-Style Doppelbock or Eisbock, 19 Entries
Silver: Samuel Adams Double Bock, Boston Beer Co. – Samuel Adams, Cincinnati Brewery, Cincinnati, OH

Category: 48 English-Style India Pale Ale, 54 Entries
Gold: India Pale Ale, Goose Island Beer Co., Chicago, IL

Category: 50 American-Style Pale Ale, 109 Entries
Bronze: Zombie Dust, Three Floyds Brewing Co., Munster, IN

Category: 53 Imperial India Pale Ale, 128 Entries
Silver: Café Racer 15, Bear Republic Brewing Co. – Healdsburg, Healdsburg, CA

Category: 54 American-Style Amber/Red Ale, 87 Entries
Gold: Hopback Amber Ale, Tröegs Brewing Co., Hershey, PA

Category: 57 Ordinary or Special Bitter, 37 Entries
Bronze: Sawtooth Ale, Left Hand Brewing Co., Longmont, CO

Category: 65 German-Style Sour Ale, 29 Entries
Bronze: NBB Love Felix, New Belgium Brewing Co., Fort Collins, CO

Category: 66 South German-Style Hefeweizen, 70 Entries
Gold: DreamWeaver Wheat, Tröegs Brewing Co., Hershey, PA

Category: 68 Belgian-Style Witbier, 50 Entries
Silver: White Rascal, Avery Brewing Co., Boulder, CO

Category: 71 Belgian-Style Lambic or Sour Ale, 42 Entries
Gold: Sour Reserve, Upland Brewing Co., Bloomington, IN

Category: 72 Belgian-Style Abbey Ale, 86 Entries
Silver: Sanitarium, Bier Brewery, Indianapolis, IN

Category: 75 Robust Porter, 62 Entries
Bronze: Black Sand Porter, Kona Brewing Co., Kailua-Kona, HI

Category: 81 Imperial Stout, 58 Entries
Gold: Anastasia Russian Imperial Stout, Weasel Boy Brewing Co., Zanesville, OH

Category: 84 Barley Wine-Style Ale, 51 Entries
Gold: Johan the Barleywine, Sun King Brewing Co., Indianapolis, IN

2012 Great American Beer Festival Pro-Am Competition
Gold: More Fun Blonde, New Belgium Brewing Co., Fort Collins, CO Brewmaster: New Belgium Brewing Company, AHA Member: Jay Shambo

Mid-Size Brewing Company and Mid-Size Brewing Company Brewer of the Year
Troegs Brewing Company, Hershey, PA
John Trogner

Large Brewing Company and Large Brewing Company Brewer of the Year
Pabst Brewing Company, Los Angeles, CA
Gregory Deuhs

Tastings and Growlers Report: July 27, 2012

As you can see, our weekly Friday post has a slightly new name and we’re also giving it a new format. Tastings will grouped together and then we’ll have the listings of what’s on all the local growler stations. Locations will be alphabetized within the two groups. Hopefully, this will make it easier for you to find the information you’re looking for each week.

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 their listing.

TASTINGS

● The Buttermilk Pike location of Cork ‘N Bottle is having their weekly beer tasting from 6:00-8:00 pm on Friday. Taste five beers for 25 cents.

● Main Street Wine and Spirits will be having a beer tasting tonight from 5:00 to 7:00 pm. The features beers will be RJ Rockers Son of a Peach, RJ Rockers Bell Ringer, Lagerheads Bed Head Red (Medina OH brewery) and Weyerbacher Last Chance IPA . All tastes are fifty cents each.

● For tonight’s Friday Night Flights at Party Town in Florence, they will be sampling eight “very different beer styles”. And, on the growler station, they will be pushing River Town Roebling Vanilla Espresso Porter through bourbon-soaked oak chips and vanilla beans. The cost for the regular tasting is $2 for a full flight of beers and it goes from 6:00 – 7:00 pm.

● Beer tasting at Valley Vine and Spirits from 5:00-8:00 pm tonight. Try eight beers for $1.

GROWLERS

● As of July 18th, Country Fresh Farm Market and Wine Depot (8315 Beechmont Ave., Anderson, OH) has Great Lakes Lake Erie Monster, Breckenridge Agave Wheat, Southern Tier Unearthly Oak Aged IPA, Southern Tier Creme Bruleé Stout, Rivertown Blueberry Lager, 21st Amendment Back in Black and Konig Ludwig Weisbie. [Thanks, Kevin, for the update!]

● As of July 26th, the growler station at the Liquor Cabinet (1990 N Bend Rd # A Hebron, KY) has Hudepohl Amber Bock, Avery Ellie’s Brown Ale, New Holland White Hatter and Moerlein Exposition Vienna Style Lager. For a new growler, add $2.00. [Thanks to Dan Lunnemann for the update!]

● As of July 23rd, the growler station at Listermann Brewing Company and Triple Digit Brewing has Triple Digit Aftermath, Triple Digit Decimation, Experimental Batch White Death, Experimental Batch Honey IPA, Enter the Beagle IPA, Losantiville Pre-Prohibition Lager and… Wiedemann’s Special Lager! Yep, it’s back! The cost is $13 for new growler and fill, $10 for a refill. [Thanks to Jason Haap for the update!]

UPDATE The growler station at Market Wines in Findlay Market has Brouwerij Boon Frambois ($7.00/glass $22.00/growler), Rodenbach Grand Cru ($7.00/glass $22.00/growler), Brew Kettle Ruddy Rye ($4.00/glass $12.00/growler) and Tröegs Sunshine Pilsner ($4.00/glass $12.00/growler). Add $3 if you need to purchase a growler.

● Did you know that the Moerlein Lager House has growlers? Their current seasonals (Lager House Golden Helles, Barbarossa, OTR, Northern Liberties, 7 Weiss, Exposition Viena Lager, Rhapsody Bohemian Pilsner, Philippus Kirche Kolsch) are $12.00 to refill or $16.00 if you need a growler. The specialty seasonals (Dubbel or next month’s Saison) are $20.00 if you need a growler.

● The growler station at Mt. Carmel’s tap room has Nut Brown Ale, Summer Wheat, IPA Amber and Third Shift Imperial Coffee Stout will be available for growlers. The cost is $8.00 for Nut Brown or Summer and $18.00 for Third Shift. It’s $3.50 for the purchase of a growler.

● On the growler station at One Stop Liquors (10 Donnermeyer Dr., Bellevue, KY), they currently have Woodchuck Cider ($6.99), Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale ($10.99) and Batch 19 ($7.99 – growler included). 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: Breckenridge Imperial 72 ($15.99 64oz and $9.00 32oz), Bell’s Oberon ($8.99 64oz and $4.50 32oz), Flying Dog Snake Dog IPA ($11.99 64oz and $9.00 32oz), Great Lakes Wright Pils ($8.99 64oz and $4.50 32oz), New Holland Dragon’s Milk ($17.99 64oz and $9.00 32oz), Mikkeller Belgian Tripel ($22.99 64oz and $11.50 32oz), Nogne O Sunturn Brew ($22.99 64oz and $10.50 32oz) and Saint Somewhere Pays du Soleil ($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 Citrass Down ($6.99), Arcadia Coco-loco ($12.99), Arcadia Sky High Rye ($8.99), Bell’s Oberon ($9.99), Bluegrass Brewing Common California Lager ($6.99), Breckenridge Imperial 72 Stout ($11.99), Brooklyn Mary’s Maple Porter ($6.99), Leinenkugel’s Big Eddy Imperial IPA ($10.99), Leinenkugel’s Summer Shandy ($6.99), New Holland Black Hatter Black IPA ($12.99), New Holland Oak Aged Hatter ($12.99), New Holland White Hatter Belgian Wit Style IPA ($12.99), Rivertown Jenneke Belgian Ale ($8.99), Rivertown War Smoked Irish Red Ale ($15.99), New Holland Dragon’s Milk ($12.99), Woodchuck Amber ($6.99), Sierra Nevada Torpedo ($6.99) and Southern Tier Creme Brulee ($15.99). 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.

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

● Valley Wine & Spirits has Southern Tier Creme Bruleé Stout, Great Crescent Cherry Ale, Bell’s Oberon, Sierra Nevada Summerfest, Sam Adams Summer Ale, Founders Double Trouble, Palm Belgian Ale, Summit Saga IPA, Widmer Shaddock IPA and Leinenkugel’s Summer Shandy.

● As of July 10th, Whole Foods Market Cincinnati growler station offerings are Triple Digit Aftermath, Brooklyn Brewery Gold Standard Export Kellerbier, Heavy Seas & Devil’s Backbone Land Ho!, Victory Summer Love Ale, North Peak Nomad Dry Hard Cider and Green Flash Brewing Company West Coast I.P.A.. 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.]

● Whole Foods Market Mason growler station offerings (as of June 29th) are Dogfish Head Festina Peche (32 oz. $8.00 and 64 oz. $15.00), Breckenridge Brewing Summerbright (32 oz. $7.00 and 64 oz $13.00), Great Lakes Brewing The Doppelrock (32 oz. $7.50 and 64 oz. $14.00), Anderson Valley Brewing Company Imperial IPA (32 oz. $7.50 and 64 oz. $14.00), Rivertown Brewing Co. Helles Lager (32 oz. $7.00 and 64 oz. $13.00) and Heavy Seas & Devil’s Backbone Land Ho! (32 oz. $7.50 and 64 oz. $14.00). 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.

Growlers and Tastings Report: July 13, 2012

● Country Fresh Farm Market and Wine Depot (8315 Beechmont Ave., Anderson, OH) has Three Floyds Apocalypse Cow, Breckenridge Agave Wheat, Blank Slate Summer Wheat Ale, Southern Tier Creme Brulee Stout, Fat Heads Sorcerer, 21st Amendment Back In Black, Konig Ludwig Weisbier and Great Lakes Wright Pils.

● Valley Wine & Spirits has Southern Tier Creme Brulee Stout, Great Crescent Cherry Ale, Bell’s Oberon, Sierra Nevada Summerfest, Sam Adams Summer Ale, Harpoon Rye IPA, Great Lakes Commodore Perry, Summit Saga IPA, Widmer Citra Blonde and Leinenkugel’s Summer Shandy.

● For tonight’s Friday Night Flights at Party Town in Florence, they will be sampling new arrivals including the much anticipated Rogue/Voodoo Doughnut Maple Bacon Brown Ale. The cost for the regular tasting is $2 for a full flight of beers and it goes from 6:00 – 7:00 pm.

● On the Growler Station at Party Town in Florence: Arcadia B-Craft black double IPA ($8.99), Arcadia Sky High Rye ($8.99), Breckenridge Imperial 72 Stout ($11.99), Brooklyn Gold Standard Kellerbier ($6.99), Bell’s Oberon ($9.99), Cumberland IPA ($6.99), Founders Centennial ($9.99), New Holland Black Hatter Black IPA ($12.99), New Holland Oak Aged Hatter ($12.99), New Holland White Hatter Wit Style IPA ($12.99), Rivertown Jenneke ($8.99), Rivertown War Smoked Irish Red Ale ($15.99), Sam Adams Summer Ale ($7.99), Sixpoint Resin IPA ($8.99), Shiner Ruby Red Bird ($6.99), Southern Tier Creme Brulee ($15.99), Stone Arrogant Bastard American Strong Ale ($10.99) and Woodchuck Summer ($6.99). 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.

● On the growler station at Party Source in Bellevue: Breckenridge Imperial 72 ($15.99 64oz and $9.00 32oz), Bell’s Oberon ($8.99 64oz and $4.50 32oz), Dogfish Head 90 minute IPA ($18.99 64oz and $8.50 32oz), Great Lakes Wright Pils ($8.99 64oz and $4.50 32oz), Left Hand Widdershins ($20.99 64oz and $10.50 32oz), Mikkeller Funky Star ($21.99 64oz and $11.00 32oz), Nogne O Sunturn Brew ($22.99 64oz and $10.50 32oz) and Saint Somewhere Pays du Soleil ($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 One Stop Liquors (10 Donnermeyer Dr., Bellevue, KY), they currently have Woodchuck Cider ($6.99), Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale ($10.99) and Batch 19 ($7.99 – growler included). All prices are for a refill. For a new growler, add $2.99. Also, receive $5 off your 6th refill.

● The Buttermilk Pike location of Cork ‘N Bottle is having their weekly beer tasting from 6:00-8:00 pm on Friday. Taste five beers for 25 cents.

● UPDATED – The growler station at Market Wines in Findlay Market has Southern Tier Mokah Stout ($6.00/glass $18.00/growler), Rodenbach Grand Cru ($7.00/glass $22.00/growler), Brew Kettle Erie Gold ($4.00/glass $12.00/growler) and Southern Tier 422 Pale Wheat Ale ($4.00/glass $12.00/growler). Add $3 if you need to purchase a growler.

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

● The growler station at Mt. Carmel’s tap room has Nut Brown Ale, Summer Wheat, IPA Amber and Third Shift Imperial Coffee Stout will be available for growlers. The cost is $8.00 for Nut Brown or Summer and $18.00 for Third Shift. It’s $3.50 for the purchase of a growler.

● The growler station at Listermann Brewing Company has Experimental Batch Belgium Blonde, Aftermath, Enter the Beagle IPA and Pre-Prohibition Lager. The cost is $13 for new growler and fill, $10 for a refill.

● As of July 10th, Whole Foods Market Cincinnati growler station offerings are Triple Digit Aftermath, Brooklyn Brewery Gold Standard Export Kellerbier, Heavy Seas & Devil’s Backbone Land Ho!, Victory Summer Love Ale, North Peak Nomad Dry Hard Cider and Green Flash Brewing Company West Coast I.P.A.. 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 July 6th, Valley Wine & Spirits (3485 Valley Plaza Pkwy, Ft Wright, KY) has Summit Southern Tier Creme Brulee Stout, Great Crescent Cherry Ale, Bell’s Oberon, Sierra Nevada Summerfest, Sam Adams Summer Ale, Harpoon Rye IPA, Great Lakes Commodore Perry, Founders Double Trouble, Widmer Citra Blonde and Leinenkugel’s Summer Shandy.

● Whole Foods Market Mason growler station offerings (as of June 29th) are Dogfish Head Festina Peche (32 oz. $8.00 and 64 oz. $15.00), Breckenridge Brewing Summerbright (32 oz. $7.00 and 64 oz $13.00), Great Lakes Brewing The Doppelrock (32 oz. $7.50 and 64 oz. $14.00), Anderson Valley Brewing Company Imperial IPA (32 oz. $7.50 and 64 oz. $14.00), Rivertown Brewing Co. Helles Lager (32 oz. $7.00 and 64 oz. $13.00) and Heavy Seas & Devil’s Backbone Land Ho! (32 oz. $7.50 and 64 oz. $14.00). 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.

● As of June 1st, the growler stations at DEP’s Fine Wine and Spirits in Covington have Rogue Hazelnut Brown ($7.99), Kentucky Coffee Stout ($7.99), Ft.Collins Red Banshee Ale ($5.99) and Bell’s Oberon ($6.99). They have Founders Pale Ale ($5.99) and Schafly A-IPA ($7.49) on deck. The DEP’s in Fort Thomas has Schlafly Underdog Lager ($5.99), Schlafly Raspberry Hefe ($5.99), Sixpoint Resin ($10.99), Rogue Double Mocha ($9.99), Great Cresent Blonde Ale ($6.99), Schlafly Yakima Rye ($7.99) and NABC Red Elector ($7.99). On deck there is Southern Tier Hopsun ($6.99) and Great Lakes Lake Erie Monster ($8.99).

● As of May 31st, the growler station at the Liquor Cabinet (1990 N Bend Rd # A Hebron, KY) has Monty Python’s Holy Grail Ale, New Holland El Mole’ Ocho, Schlafly Hefeweizen and Hudepohl Bock. For a new growler, add $2.00.