This Week in Bockfest: March 4-7, 2021

It’s the most wonderful time of the year in Cincinnati: Bockfest! While things will be different this year, the great tradition of goats and bock beers will continue in the Queen City for the 29th time. Remember that reservations are highly recommended (if not required) for all of these events.

Here are some of the highlights of Bockfest 2021:

All weekend at Fibonacci Brewing – New Baby Goat!
Fibonacci has a new baby goat named Buttercup and two bock beers named for two of their goats. Buttercup’s namesake beer is a Dunkles Bock and the other beer is a New Riff rye whiskey barrel-aged Dopplebock named Honey after another resident goat.

Cue the Goats - Fibonacci Brewing

Thursday, March 4th at 5:30 pm at Alexandria Brewing: Blessing of the bock and tapping of Slayerator Doppelbock and Farmer Bock

Thursday, March 4th at 7:00 pm at Arnold’s Bar & Grill – The Tapping of the Bocks
Brother Tim Sucher, a Franciscan Monk from St. Francis Seraph Church, will bless all eleven bock beers on tap. Live music from Preston Charles from 6:00-8:00 pm.

Friday, March 5th at 11:00 am at Rebel Mettle Brewing – New Bock Beer Release
Colonel Copper Kupferdoppelbock joins Bock & Roll Bockbier in the taproom.

Friday, March 5th at 11:30 am at March First Brewing – Bock Beers Tapping
They include March First Heller Bock, Warped Wing Barrel-Aged Maple Abominator, Common Beer Co. Bock-A-Fella, and Grainworks Cincinnati Liars Lager Bock.

Friday, March 5th at 3:00 pm at Figleaf Brewing – Bock Beers Tapping
They include March First Heller Bock, Wooden Cask BA Oh Hell Yes Bock, HighGrain Ibex Weizenbock, and 16 Lots Kurve Bock.

Friday, March 5th at 5:30 pm at Big Ash Brewing – Ceremonial Tapping of Big Ash “Goat Rope” Bock Beer on the “Pour-Your-Own” Tapwall

Friday, March 5th at 6:00 pm at Mecklenburg Gardens – Keg Tapping of Paulaner Salvatore PLUS Bock And Doppelbock Tap Takeover
Special Guests: Schutzenfest Konig and Konigin – Randy and Katrina Brunsman

Saturday, March 6th from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm at Moerlein Lager House – Bockfest Book and Poster Signing with Jim Effler
Bockfest artist Jim Effler will be signing his new book 25 Years of Bockfest Posters and a variety of previous and current Bockfest posters.

There are (at last count) 36 different Bockfest venues this year both in the usual OTR and Downtown area plus more in the greater Cincinnati area. Check them all out on the official Bockfest website.

Tastings and Growlers Report: October 25, 2013

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

TASTINGS AND TAPPINGS

Country Fresh Farm Market and Wine Depot – Rhinegeist beer tasting and tap take over Saturday October 26 from 5:00-7:00 pm. Beers will include Truth, Cougar, Zen and Panther.

Everything’s d’ Vine – Just a wine tasting tonight, no beer.

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 (10/25) are Halloween themed. The featured pint is Three Floyds Zombie Dust. Cost is $4 and includes Three Floyds glassware.

GROWLERS AT BREWERIES

Christian Moerlein Craft Brewery (as of Oct. 24th) have Helltown Rye-ot American Brown Ale, Moerlein Coffee Porter, Zeppelin Bavarian Pale Ale, Barbarossa Dark Lager, Fifth & Vine Oktoberfest Marzen, OTR Over-the-Rhine Ale, Northern Liberties IPA, Lager House Golden Helles, Exposition Vienna Lager, Hudepohl Oktoberfest Bier, Hudepohl Classic Porter and Hudepohl Summer Pils. $7 for Growler refills every Friday, $10 Growler refills on Saturday & Sunday. New growlers are $5. Tap Room is located at 1621 Moore Street in Cincinnati’s Historic Over-The-Rhine Brewery District.

Listermann Brewing Company and Triple Digit Brewing (as of Sept. 19th) have Triple Digit Aftermath, Triple Digit Chickow!, Honey Beagle Don’t Care, Intergalactic IPA, Jungle Honey, Leopold Belgian Blonde, Serpentine Wheat, Pre-Prohition Lager and Big Kahuna (Bourbon Barrel Coconut Porter – No growler fills). New growlers are $3.

MadTree Brewing (as of June 27th) has PsycHOPathy ($10), Happy Amber ($10), Gnarly Brown ($10), Pleasant Wheat ($10), Wheat Eater ($10), Axis Mundi ($15), Flight of Simcoe ($10) and Identity Crisis ($12.50 – currently out, but back soon). New growlers are $5 and they will fill other growlers.

Mt. Carmel Brewing (as of Oct. 18th) has Blonde, Amber, IPA, Nut Brown, Dewey’s Pale Ale, Stout, Harvest Ale, and Winter Ale. The cost is $8.50 for year rounds and seasonals. Specialty beers (like Ardennes Belgian Quad in the past) are $18.00. It’s $4.50 for the purchase of a growler. [Thanks to Shayne Brammer for this update.]

Rhinegeist Brewery (as of Sept. 20th) has Cougar Gold, Truth West Coast IPA, Uncle British Mild, Spikelet Hoppy Wheat, Saber Tooth Tiger Imperial IPA and Fiction Belgian Pale Ale. New growlers are $5 for either the 32 or 64 oz.

Rivertown Brewing is offering a special price on their pumpkin ale until it runs out. It’s just $7.99 for a new growler and $5.99 for a refill. Their other beers (as of Sept. 19th) are Lawn Conqueror, Oktoberfest, Helles, Dunkel, Roebling, Lil SIPA, Blueberry, Hop Bomber and Hop Baron. 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.

GROWLERS AT BREW PUBS

Fifty West Brewing (as of Oct. 18th) has Alternate Route, Bobby’s Idea, ESB – Eastern Standard Bitter, Home Sweet Home, Hoppy When Wet, Paycheck’s Porter, Raspberry Sour Wagon, Robinson’s Circus and Speedbump Kolsch. Two different beer flights available. Flights are half off before 6:00 pm and all day on Sundays.

Moerlein Lager House (as of Sept. 19th) has Fifth & Vine, Helles, Nothern Liberties, OTR, Seven Hefeweizen, Zeppelin. 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. They only fill their own growlers.

Rock Bottom Cincinnati sells growlers of all their regular beers. Most growler fills are $13.50. They 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. As of August 20th, the beers include Breckenridge Avalanche, Hudepohl Amber, Mt. Carmel Amber, Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale, Yuengling Black and Tan, Angry Orchard, Original Sin Cider, Abita Purple Haze, Rivertown Blueberry Lager, St. Louis Framboise, Bell’s Two Hearted Ale, Boulder Mojo IPA Nitro, Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA, Founders Centennial IPA, Rhinegeist Truth, Stone IPA, Bud Light, Budweiser, Coors Light, Miller Lite, Pabst Blue Ribbon, Stella Artois, Yuengling Lager, Moerlein OTR, Breckenridge Vanilla Porter, Guinness, Left Hand Milk Stout, Blue Moon, Hoegaarden Wheat Beer and Weihenstephan Hefeweissen.

BrewRiver GastroPub is doing to go 64oz growler fills of all 23 of their draft beers. As of August 20th, those beers include Clipper City Heavy Seas Holy Sheet, MadTree Gnarly Brown Ale, MadTree Happy Amber, Rhinegeist Saber Tooth Tiger Imperial IPA, Rhinegeist Spikelet, Southern Tier Plum Noir, Listermann Beagle In the Rye IPA, Listermann Jungle Honey Pale Ale, Listermann Leopold Belgian Blonde, Listermann Losantiville Pre-Prohibition Lager, Listermann Nutcase Peanut Butter Porter, Triple Digit Chickow, Abita Lemon Wheat, Black Diamond Rampage Imperial IPA, Jolly Pumpkin Oro De Calabaza, Left Hand Milk Stout Nitro, Left Hand Safety Round Ale, Lexington Kentucky Kolsch, Liefmans Cuvee Brut, Lost Coast Tangerine Wheat, Original Sin Apple Cider, Three Floyds Robert The Bruce, Two Brothers Bitter End Pale Ale and Uinta Hop Notch IPA.

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 (all three locations) also does growler fills. At their Wooster Pike location, their permanent drafts are Bell’s Two Hearted, Breckenridge 471, Blue Moon, Weinenstephan Hefe Weissbier, Miller Lite, Stella Artois, Brooklyn Lager, Mt. Carmel Amber, Smithwick’s, Yuengling, KY Bourbon Barrel Ale, MadTree Gnarly Brown, Guinness and New Holland The Poet. Their Rotating Drafts (as of August 11th): Bell’s Oberon, Jackie O’s Waka Waka Waka, Leinenkugel’s Summer Shandy, Oskar Blues Deviant Dale’s, Crispin Cider, Great Lakes Lake Erie Monster, Southern Tier 2X Stout (nitro), Oskar Blues G’Knight, Oskar Blues Gubna, Boulder Mojo (nitro).

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 Oct. 24th) had Moerlein Elixir Extra Special Bitter ($8.99), Abita Purple Haze ($6.99), Schlafly Pumpkin Ale ($14.99), Brooklyn Scorcher Single Hop Pale Ale ($6.99), Schlafly Belgian Golden ($7.99), Cumberland Coconut Porter ($8.99), Rogue Dead Guy XS ($9.99) and Blank Slate Out & About ($11.99).

Cork ‘N Bottle Covington (as of Oct. 18th) had Three Floyds Robert the Bruce ($6.99), Bad Attitude Hippie Pilsner ($18.99), Bell’s Oarsman Berliner Weiss style ($5.99), Abita Mayhawk Belgian Golden style ($8.49), Breckinridge 72 imperial Chocolate Stout ($13.99), Southern Tier 2X Steam ($9.99), Country Boy Angry Amos ($14.99) and New Holland Icabod Pumpkin ($9.99).

Country Fresh Farm Market and Wine Depot in Anderson (as of Oct. 21st) has 21st Amendment Fireside Chat Winter Spiced Ale ($8.99), Widmer Brothers Old Emblamer ’12 Barleywine ($8.99), Dogfish Head Punkin ($8.99), Widmer Brothers Choc. Russian Imperial Stout ($8.99), Anderson Valley Winter Solstice ($8.99), Brooklyn Silver Aniversary Lager Doppelbock ($16.99), Widmer Brothers Raspberry Russian Imperial Stout ($8.99) and Goose Island Casimir ($8.99). (This list will likely change after their Rhinegeist tap take over on 10/16 – see above for more information.)

DEP’s Fine Wine and Spirits in Fort Thomas (as of June 20th) has Upland Campside ($6.99), Sixpoint Apollo ($7.99), Southern Tier IPA ($7.99), Rivertown Fat Happy Monk ($14.99), Founders Double Trouble ($13.99), Sierra Nevada Blonde Ale ($12.99), Great Lakes Oatmeal Stout ($11.99), New Holland Michigan Hatter ($11.99), Leinenkugel Big Eddy Imperial IPA ($11.99), Left Hand Ambidextrous ($16.99), Ommegang Flour De Houblon ($8.99), Apocalypse Fallout Dust ($7.99), Brooklyn Blast ($9.99), Goose Island Summer ($10.99), Oskar Blues Oskar de Grouch ($16.99), Estaminet Belgian Pilsner ($6.99), Schlafly Imperial Bourbon Barrel ($9.99), Arcadia 16th Anniversary ($12.99), Stone Imperial Espresso Stout ($16.99), Sam Adams Porch Rocker ($8.99), Atwater Voodoo Vator ($11.99), Rogue Dead Guy Ale ($8.99), Blank Slate Lesser Paths IPA ($9.99) and Crispin Original Cider ($10.99). Their growler price is $4 “with a credit of $2 if you return an old growler.”

Everything’s d’ Vine – The beers on tap (as of August 30th) are Unibroue La Fin Du Monde, Stone Levitation, Anderson Valley Hop Ottin’ IPA.

Jungle Jim’s Eastgate (as of c. August 3rd) has Great Lakes Wright Pils, Bell’s Oberon, Sam Adams Octoberfest, Lost Coast Tangerine Wheat, West Sixth IPA, Rivertown Pumpkin Ale, Blank Slate Ryesing Up, Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale, Sierra Nevada South Hemisphere Harvest, Jackie O’s Dark Apparition, Southern Tier Creme Brulee Stout and Fat Heads Headhunter IPA. Pints are $3 and growler fills vary by the beer. Add $4 if you need to purchase a growler and they will only fill their own growlers. Samples are 25 cents each. [Thanks to Ben Damon and Jessica Blank for providing this update.]

Jungle Jim’s Fairfield (as of Oct. 14th) has 21st Amendment Bitter American ($5.00), Unita Hopnotch ($8.00), Kona Longboard ($8), Sierra Nevada Torpedo ($9.00), Great Lakes Nosferatu ($9.00), Erdinger Oktoberfest ($9.00), Rivertown Pumpkin ($9.00), Sam Adams Octoberfest ($9.00), Rogue Dead Guy ($11.00), Rhinegeist Truth IPA ($11.00), Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale ($13.00), Fat Head’s Trail Head Pale Ale ($13.00), Green Flash Green Bullet Triple ($13.00), Stone Enjoy By 11/12/13 ($16.00), Founders Breakfast Stout ($16.00) and New Holland Dragons Milk ($17.00). Pints are $3 and growler fills vary by the beer. Add $4 if you need to purchase a growler and they will only fill their own growlers. Samples are 25 cents each. [Thanks to Tasting Buddies for this update.]

Liquor Cabinet in Hebron (as of Oct. 24th) has Paulaner Oktoberfest, Anchor Porter, Dogfish Head Punkin, Moerlein Zeppelin, New Holland White Hatter, West Sixth Amber, Smuttynose Vunderbar, Breckenridge Vanilla Porter.

Market Wines (as of Oct. 25th) has Brew Kettle Black Rajah ($5/pint), Vander Mill Apple Blueberry Cider ($5/pint), Clown Shoes Galactica IPA ($6/pint), Great Lakes Nostferatu ($6/pint), Dark Horse Peppermint Plead the 5th ($6/pint) and Clown Shoes Genghis Pecan Porter ($7/pint). They have empty growlers (64 oz) and growelettes (32 oz) for sale for $5 each.

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

Party Source in Bellevue (as of Oct. 17th) has To ol Goliat ($25.99), Founders Old Curmudgeon ($28.99), Brooklyn Scorcher #366 ($11.99), Sierra Nevada Imperial Red ($14.99), Hofbräu Oktoberfest ($8.99), West Sixth Amber ($9.99), New Holland Ichabod ($10.99), Abita Strawator ($9.99) and Southern Tier Warlock ($13.99). All prices are for a 64 oz. refill. For a new growler, add $2.00.

Party Town in Florence (as of Oct. 25th) has Abita French Connection Saison ($8.99), Arcadia 16th Anniversary ($7.99), Arcadia Jaw Jacker pumpkin ale ($7.99), Bell’s Oberon wheat ale ($6.99), Bell’s Wheat Love wheat wine ($10.99), Great Lakes Nosferatu imperial red ale ($10.99), Green Flash Barleywine ($17.99), Green Flash Green Bullet imperial IPA ($16.99), Left Hand Fade to Black stout ($7.99), Lore Intergalactic IPA ($10.99), New Holland Rye hatter ($9.99), ​Oskar Blues Ten Fidy impeial Stout ($17.99), Rogue Chatoe Good Chit Pilsner ($8.99), Shiner Wild Hare pale ale ($6.99), Sixpoint 3 Beans coffee stout ($12.99), Sierra Nevada Flipside Red IPA ($6.99), Widmer Pitch Black Black IPA ($12.99) and Woodchuck Amber ($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 Sept. 20th) has Rivertown Pumpkin Ale ($12.99), Madtree Happy Amber ($12.99), Madtree Gnarly Brown ($12.99), Madtree Pleasant Wheat ($12.99) and Madtree Identity Crisis ($16.99). New growlers are $5.99 each. [Thanks to Shannon S. for the update.]

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 July 19th) has Three Floyds Pride and Joy ($9.99), Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale ($11.99), Southern Tier Creme Brulee Stout ($18.99), Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA ($11.99), Founders Rubaeus ($18.49) and Three Floyds Robert the Bruce ($9.99).

Valley Wine & Spirits Edgewood NEW LOCATION 152 Barnwood Drive, Edgewood, KY (as of Oct. 24th) has Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale, Stone IPA, Great Lakes Nosferatu, Three Floyds Artic Panzer Wolf and Shock Top Pumpkin Wheat.

Valley Wine & Spirits Fort Wright (as of Oct. 24th) has Sweetwater 420 Extra Pale Ale, Founders Breakfast Stout, Green Flash Saison Diego, Southern Tier Pumking, Sierra Nevada Black IPA, Sierra Nevada Flipside, KY Bourbon Barrel Ale, Mission IPA and Abita Mayhawk.

Whole Foods Market Cincinnati growler station offerings (as of Oct. 3rd) are Weyerbacher Eighteen ($8 pint, $11.99 32 oz, $22.99 64 oz), Brooklyn Silver Anniversary Lager ($4 pint, $5.99 32 oz, $10.99 64 oz), Founders Dirty Bastard ($3 pint, $4.99 32 oz, $9.99 64 oz), 21st Amendment Imperial Jack ($4 pint, $6.99 32 oz, $12.99 64 oz), Madtree Galaxy High ($6 pint, $8.99 32 oz, $16.99 64 oz) and Highland Oatmeal Porter ($2 pint, $3.99 32 oz, $6.99 64 oz). [Thanks to Ed Paff for the update.]

Whole Foods Market Mason growler station offerings (as of Oct. 25th) are Christian Moerlein Helltown Rye-ot Brown Ale, Rivertown Pumpkin Ale, Great Lakes Engine 20 Smoked Pale Ale, MadTree Kolsch Experimental #1, Jackie O’s Barking Pumpkin and Anderson Valley Wild Turkey Bourbon Barrel Stout. For a new growler, add $3.99.

This Week in Beer: October 1 – 7, 2012

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

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

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

Monday, Oct. 1st – Beer of the Day Special at Rock Bottom Brewery
Each Monday, Mitch the brew master at Rock Bottom highlights a beer and you can enjoy it for just $3.25 all day.

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

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

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

Tuesday, Oct. 2nd – Pint Night at Rock Bottom Brewery
Purchase a logo pint glass filled with your favorite Rock Bottom beer for just $5.95, refills are only $3.00 and you keep the glass.

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

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

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

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

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

Thursday, Oct. 4th at 6:00-10:00 pm – Pint Night Thursdays at Cock & Bull (all three locations)
The beers for this week’s Pint Night Thursdays are: Covington – Kentucky Ale, Hyde Park – Dogfish Head Punkin, and Glendale – Spaten Oktoberfest.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Paulaner Brewmaster Guest at Next Moerlein Beer Barons Dinner

The next Beer Barons Dinner at the Moerlein Lager House is set for September 19th at 6:00 pm and will have a very special guest: Martin Zuber, the Brewmaster at Munich’s Paulaner Brewery. The beer will feature beers from Paulaner Braueri paired with a seven course meal. The cost is $55.00 per person. Contact Casey Gilmore at cgilmore@moerleinlh.com or by phone at (513) 378-1735 to make reservations. You can also call the Lager House at (513) 421-BEER.

Moerlein Lager House Paulaner Beer Barons Dinner

Growlers and Tastings Report: September 9, 2011

● For tonight’s Friday Night Flights at Party Town in Florence, they will once again be featuring beers they haven’t had on the tasting table before. If you’ve never been to a Party Town Friday Night Flights, we highly recommend it. You can meet lots of other believers in better beer. 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: Sierra Nevada Tumbler ($6.99), Flying Dog Doggie Style Pale Ale ($8.99), Schlafly Pumpkin ale ($8.99), Founders Dirty Bastard Scottish Ale ($10.99), Southern Tier Unearthly IPA ($11.99), Southern Tier Creme Brulee ($15.99), Appalachian Amber Ale ($6.99), Sam Adams East-West Kolsch ($7.99), Sam Adams Oktoberfest ($7.99), Great Lakes Doppelrock ($5.99), Great Lakes Commodore Perry ($7.99), Three Floyds Robert the Bruce ($6.99), Great Lakes Lake Erie Monster ($11.99), Three Floyds Dreadnaught ($17.99), Bell’s Oberon ($9.99), Rivertown Roebling Porter ($6.99), Rivertown Oatmeal Stout ($8.99) and Woodchuck Amber ($6.99). All prices are for a refill. For a new growler, add $2.00. Quart and pint size growlers are also available.

● At this week at Cork ‘N Bottle beer, they will be tasting Sam Adams Imperial White, Breckenridge Autumn and Southern Tier Back Burner Barley Wine at the Covington location. At Buttermilk Pike, they will be tasting Chimay Blue, O’Fallon Hemp Hop rye and Sam Adams Latitude IPA.

● On the Growler Stations at Cork ‘N Bottle: Covington has Goose Island 312 ($6.50 lg, $4.25 sm), Southern Tier Creme Brulee stout ($17.99 lg, $9.99 sm), Founders Centennial IPA ($8.99 lg, $5.50 sm) and Goose Island Harvest ale ($6.99 lg, $4.50 sm). Buttermilk Pike has Anchor Steam lager ($11.99 lg $6.99 sm), Hudepohl Oktoberfest ($7.99 lg, $4.99 sm), Harpoon IPA ($9.99 lg, $5.99 sm), Goose Island Harvest ale ($6.99 lg, $4.50 sm). Cork ‘N Bottle now has 1 liter (1/2 growler) ceramic top or Grolsch-style bottles available. For a new growler (either size), add $2.50.

● Main Street Wine and Spirits will be having a tasting tonight from 5:00 to 7:00 pm. The beers available are Paulaner Oktoberfest, Brew Kettle White Rajah, Gaffel Kolsch and Young’s Double Chocolate Stout. All tastes are fifty cents each.

● At the two tap growler station at Market Wines in Findlay Market, they have New Holland Dragons Milk ($18.00) and Bear Republic Mach 10 Double IPA ($15). Add $3 if you need to purchase a growler.

● Cincinnati Whole Foods’ growler station offerings as of September 5th are Ommegang Aphrodite* (This beer is $18.99 a growler and is not eligible for Happy Hour pricing), Anchor Summer Beer, Kentucky Appalachian Ale, Tommyknocker Maple Nut Brown Ale, North Peak Wanderer and North Coast Red Seal 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. They are currently out of the 32 oz growlers, but they will fill growlers that you bring in.

● Red Ear Brewing’s on site Beer tasting and growler sales are Saturday from 12:00 to 6:00 pm at 208 Pike Street in Covington, KY. The beers available are TBA. We will update here if we get their beer list. Growlers are $12.50 each (add $2.50 if you need to purchase a growler).

● On the Growler Station at the Liquor Cabinet (1990 N Bend Rd # A Hebron, KY), they have Unibroue Raftman ($10.99), Red Ear Cattail ($9.99), Avery Ellie’s Brown Ale ($8.99) and Rogue Dad’s Little Helper Black IPA ($7.99 on sale). For a new growler, add $2.00.

● On the Growler Station at One Stop Liquors (10 Donnermeyer Dr., Bellevue, KY), they currently have Leinenkugel Summer Shandy ($6.99), Lexington Brewing Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale ($10.99) and Samuel Adams Octoberfest ($7.99). 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: Sierra Nevada Tumbler Autumn Brown Ale ($7.99), Anderson Valley Hop Ottin IPA ($14.99), Cumberland Cream Ale ($6.99), Ommegang Aphrodite Ale ($22.99), Southern Tier Creme Brulee Stout ($15.99), Quaff Bros. Hop Flood ($13.99), Unibroue Raftman ($10.99) and Lexington Brewing’s Kentucky Bourbon Ale ($10.99). All prices are for a refill. For a new growler, add $2.00.

● The growler stations at DEP’s Fine Wine and Spirits in Covington had Red Ear Brown Ale ($10.99), Stone IPA ($6.99), North Coast Red Seal Ale ($6.49) and Bell’s Oberon ($5.99). The DEP’s in Fort Thomas has Arcadia Witsun ($8.49), Erdinger Hefeweissen $6.99), Bitburger Pils ($5.49), Great Lakes Lake Erie Monster ($8.49), Founders Red’s Rye Pale Ale ($6.49) and Dogfish Head Peche ($6.99). Three Floyds Gumball Head coming soon.

This Week in Beer: October 18 – 24, 2010

Monday, October 18th from 5:30 to 10:00 pm – Half Price Draft Night at The Bistro
Formerly JeanRo Bistro

Wednesday, October 20th from 5:30 to 8:00 pm – Beer Tasting at Marty’s Hops and Vines
Kim Rizzo from Ohio Valley Wine and Beer will be pouring six beers: Rogue Juniper Pale Ale, Brooklyn East India Pale Ale, Anchor Humming Ale, Belhaven Twisted Thistle IPA, Ayinger Celebrator Dopplebock and Paulaner Salvator Double Bock

Wednesday, October 20th at 6:00 pm – Pies and Pints at the Party Source
Tonight’s theme is Three Floyds.

Wednesday, October 20th at 6:00 pm – Pint Night at Catskeller (UC Campus)

Thursday, October 21st at 5:00-7:00 pm – Main Street Wine and Spirits: Beer Tasting
Alba Scots Pine Ale, Lion Stout, Green Flash Grand Cru, and Avery Ellie’s Brown

Thursday, October 21st at 6:00-10:00 pm – Cock & Bull: Pint Night (Covington) Thursdays
This week, it’s Hobgoblin.

Thursday, October 21st at 6:00 pm – Mug Club Tapping of Witches’ Brew Pumpkin Ale at Rock Bottom Brewery
Can’t wait to see what Mitch does with a pumpkin ale! If you are not a Rock Bottom Mug Club member yet, you can sign up on the spot.

Friday, October 22nd from 4:00-7:00 pm – Flowing Fridays Beer Tasting at Cork ‘N Bottle (Covington and Buttermilk Pike-Crescent Springs)

Friday, October 22nd from 4:00-6:00 pm – Beer Tasting at DEP’s Fine Wine and Spirits in Fort Thomas (formerly Liquor Direct)

Friday, October 22nd from 6:00-7:00 pm – Friday Night Flights Beer Tasting at Party Town in Florence

Friday, October 22nd from 7:00-9:00 pm – Merchant du Vin/Belgium Trappist Beers Tasting at Jungle Jim’s
Acclaimed importers Merchant du Vin will be sampling the Trappist breweries of Orval, Westmalle and Rochefort at this tasting along with Lambic for dessert. Merchant du Vin Regional Sales Manager, John Stauton, will be on hand to answer questions about all the beers. Cost: $25.00 per person

Saturday, October 23rd from 5:00-8:00pm – Beer Tasting at Ludlow Wines

Traveling Tuesday: Shotwell’s Bar – San Francisco, CA

With this week’s Traveling Tuesday post, we are proud to welcome Jen Rizzo as a new contributor to Hoperatives. You may already be familiar with Jen since she is the designer of our wonderful Hoperatives logo and it actually Hoperative #1 (Tom is null and Carla is zero). Jen just launched her own beer blog called “Pedals and Pints” and will also be sending us her “Missives from the Mission” from time to time and letting us know about the great beer city that is San Francisco. Oh, and Carla actually got to go with Jen to Shotwell’s about a year and can vouch for its awesomeness.

In every town I have ever loved, I have chosen a bar. This bar will always be my go-to, and it usually corresponds to wherever I am in my life at that time. In Cincinnati, my bar was Arlin’s. The beer selection was good enough, but most importantly, it was four blocks from my college, had a giant patio, and provided me copious amounts of beer for next to no money. These are your priorities between the ages of 21 and 23. In New York, my bar was St. Mark’s Ale House. In Kansas City, I have an awful little dive bar with bottles of my favorite local beer and excellent dart boards. Here in San Francisco, though I flirted with another bar with cheaper pool tables for a couple ofmonths, my bar will always be Shotwell’s.

Shotwell’s is owned by my two very good friends David Hall and Tom Madonna. They’ve owned it for about four years now. San Franciscans probably remember that bar as a lot of things. Before this, under the same ownership, it was Inner Mission Beer Parlor. Then it was Two Thieves, then Shotwell 59, and a whole list of other things before that. It’s existed as Shotwell’s for a little over a year now, and I’m pretty sure that’s what it will be for quite some time.

They have 12 taps and a lovely, lovely bottle selection. Probably between 20-30 at any given time, despite their very small cooler behind the bar. (David and Tom’s organization of that space never fails to baffle me.) The taps remain pretty constant, though there’s been some variation over the years. The type of beer assigned to any particular tap is usually quite similar – David recently rotated in Speakeasy’s Payback Porter in place of the Anchor Porter, for example.
Anchor Steam and Anchor Liberty are always featured, and now that Anchor Humming is back, it’s taken the place of Duvel Green. Speakeasy’s Big Daddy, Stella Artois and Speakeasy Payback Porter are featured on the next bank of taps, followed by Paulaner Hefe-Weisse, Monk’s Cafe sour, Maredsous 10, Young’s Double Chocolate, Kronenbourg
1664 and Kostritzer Black. And if those aren’t enough for you, the bottle selection is guaranteed to make you pleased.

The best part about Shotwell’s is that it’s a neighborhood bar. And while it’s my favorite place in the city, it’s rarely a hugely crowded destination. You can usually find a spare stool at the bar to snag to watch a Giants game, or chat with Tom and David, or do your daily crossword puzzle without getting strange looks. (I speak from experience.) If you’re looking for entertainment, there are two impeccably kept pool tables toward the back, as well as two excellent pinball machines. The two televisions are visible, but not intrusive – only during super major sporting events does this turn into a hardcore sports bar.

It is my “Cheers” bar to a level I didn’t think really existed. I’ve always been a regular at places, but that has usually meant knowing the bartenders, getting a friendly smile, and having my friends know where it is without me having to send them a map link. Walking into Shotwell’s, I am always going to know someone. The regulars usually congregate toward the end of the bar, by the pool tables. And for the most part, there’s nothing cliquey about us. David likes to draw me into conversations with new friends of the bar when I’m sitting by myself. I’ve met some absolutely amazing people through this little place, and that’s what they wanted to happen. I heard for the very first time this weekend that most of their friends weren’t supportive when they bought the bar, and it shocked me. Imagine if your friends
scooped up a sort of seedy little place in the middle of San Francisco and announced that they were going to turn it into a Belgian beer bar – I might be a little skeptical too.

Tom and David have built the type of bar that I’d really love to own one day. I beertended there last Thursday for a couple of hours and it really felt like I was just pouring beer for my friends for three hours. Who knew you could make any money this way? (I’ve been doing this job for free for years!)

So, Cincinnatians, if you ever make it out this way, give me a shout. I’ll take you away from the super downtown scene and bring you out to my neighborhood. I’ll buy you a pint, “let” you beat me at a game of pool, and you’ll get to make a few new friends. My bar will be excited to meet you.