Washington Park to Host Mittenfest Feb. 20th and 21st

Described as an event where you can “Get yourself some winter brews to fight the winter blues”, the inaugural Mittenfest Cincinnati is scheduled for February 20 & 21, 2021 at Cincinnati’s Washington Park. According to the organizers, Mittenfest will feature craft beers, a DJ, food trucks, and other surprises.

A $25 ticket includes the following:

• Three 12 oz draft beers from our Mittenfest beer booths

• One Coca-Cola product or water from the Washington Park concessions on the day of the event

• One draft beer at a participating taproom. Valid from 02/20/21 thru 03/28/21. Beer offering subject to brewery discretion. See a physical ticket for a list of participating locations.

Participating breweries are Rhinegeist, Fifty West, Taft’s, Platform, Sam Adams, Christian Moerlein, Rebel Mettle, and MadTree. This list is subject to change.

For more information or to purchase tickets, go to their EventBrite page at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/mittenfest-2021-at-washington-park-tickets-136703199951.

Mittenfest 2021

This Week in Beer: January 18-24, 2021

A quick reminder: To be included on our This Week in Beer listing, the event must be beer-focused. For example, a yoga session that just happens to be held in the brewery is not beer-focused. But a yoga session bundled with a pint of beer at a brewery is beer-focused. Many locations are still doing trivia, live music, and the like so check out their websites for more information on those types of events. While in the past, we only listed events here that are unique for this coming week in beer, we will be listing weekly or monthly events until further notice.

Monday, January 18th from 3:00-10:00 pm – All Day Happy Hour and Pizza Special at Darkness Brewing: $4 and $5 (normally $5 and $6) on all Darkness draft beers; starting at 5:00 pm, $10 for any 12″ specialty pizza from Newport Pizza Company delivered for free right to your seat.

Wednesday, January 20th from 5:00-8:00 pm – Beer and Donut Pairing at Taft’s Brewporium: Tickets are $12 for a flight of four different beers paired with four donuts from Peace, Love + Little Donuts. Ticketholders also get a wristband for $1 off pints for the day of the event. Each ticket is good for a one-hour time slot to comply with social distancing. Pairings are S’mores Donut + Cherrywood Amber Ale, Powdered Sugar Donut + Maverick Chocolate Porter, Blueberry Pancake Donut + Nellie’s Lemon Frosty Ale, and Coffee & Cream Donut + Beautiful Harmony English Mild Ale. Tickets are $12. For more information and to purchase tickets, go to the event’s EventBrite page.

Wednesday, January 20th from 6:30-8:00 pm – Humble Hounds at Humble Monk Brewing: A weekly canine week-up with Cincinnati Animal Care to find permanent homes for rescues introduced each Wednesday. Bring your own pup or find out how you can foster a rescue. Pet items like treats and toys can be donated in the taproom collection box. $1 of every draft pint consumed at Humble Monk on Humble Hounds night is donated to Cincinnati Animal Care.

Thursday, January 21st from 5:00-10:00 pm – Beer-It-Forward Thursday at Dead Low Brewing: Pre-purchase a pint or growler for a future guest who is active military or a veteran or who is a first responder, healthcare worker, teacher, or service industry worker.

Thursday, January 21st through Saturday, January 23rd – Local Local Local 21 at Arnold’s Bar and Grill: Enjoy $3.50 pints from local breweries all three days. Breweries include Christian Moerlein, Listermann, Fifty West, Braxton, Little Kings, Urban Artifact, Rhinegeist, MadTree, Darkness, 16 Lots, Bircus, Sam Adams, and more. There will be two solo acts each night playing from 4-9 on Thursday and 5-10 on Friday and Saturday. For more information, check out their Facebook event listing.

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This Week in Beer: July 3 – 9, 2017

Check out our Better Beer Happy Hours, Etc. page for regularly scheduled events and specials. We are only list events here that are unique for this coming week in beer. Remember to check our Events Calendar throughout the week to see events that are added after our Monday morning publication time.


Tuesday, July 4th at noon – NSYC 4th Of July USA Beer & Burger Party Rhinegeist Tap Takeover at North Side Yacht Club

Thursday, July 6th from 3:00-11:00 pm – Tap & Screw Madisonville Grand Opening Party

Thursday, July 6th from 5:00-10:00 pm – Tröegs Pint Night at Cappy’s Wines and Spirits

Thursday, July 6th at 6:00-9:00 pm – Victory Brewing Tasting at BC’s Bottle Lodge

Thursday, July 6th at 6:00-10:00 pm – Pint Night at Cock & Bull Main Strasse

Thursday, July 6th at 6:00-10:00 pm – Pint Night at Cock & Bull Glendale

Thursday, July 6th at 6:00-10:00 pm – Pint Night at Cock & Bull Main Hyde Park

Thursday, July 6th at 7:00 pm – Sam Adams Pint Night at Hebron Brew Haus

Friday, July 7th from 5:00-9:00 pm – MadTree Pint Night at Jungle Jim’s Eastgate

Friday, July 7th from 5:00-9:00 pm – MadTree Pint Night at Jungle Jim’s Fairfield

Friday, July 7th from 5:30-7:00 pm – Friday Night Flights at Party Town

Saturday, July 8th at 10:00 am – Barrel-Aged Bottle Release at the Woodburn Brewery

Saturday, July 8th at 10:00 am – Team Fiona #2 NE IPA Release at Listermann Brewing

Saturday, July 8th from 2:00-10:00 pm – Weyerbacher/North High Collaboration Tapping at Cappy’s Wine and Spirits

Saturday, July 8th at 5:00 pm – Schutzenfest Kolsch Release Party at the Lucky Turtle

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Samuel Adams Tap Takeover

From Facebook: “Samuel Adams will be taking over the taps on May 12th, 2017 from 5-8pm. There will be live music, food and even wine! Stop by for a fun evening with great people!”

Tastings and Tappings Report: Sept. 16, 2016

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



Jungle Jim’s (Eastgate) – Meet and Greet with Jim Koch of Samuel Adams from 12:00-2:00 pm at their Tasting Bar.

Malts in Ault – Tonight from 6:30-10:30 pm at Ault Park. Beers include B Nektar – Kill All the Golfers, Death Unicorn, Necromangocon and Zombie Ziller; Boulevard – Tank 7, Ginger Lemon Radler, Funky Pumpkin and Tell Tale Tart; Dogfish Head – Midas Touch, Seaquench, Sixty Minute and Namaste; Fat Head’s – Bumbleberry, Head Hunter, Spooky Tooth, Sunshine Daydream; Heavy Seas – Barrel Aged Greater Pumpkin, Pounder Pils, Double Cannon and Peg Leg Imperial Stout; Jackie O’s – Razz Wheat, Hop Ryot, Ohio Pale Ale and Chomolungma; Left Hand – Milk Stout, Sawtooth, Polestar Pils and Oktoberfest; MadTree – Lift, Happy Amber, Psychopathy and PSA; Ommegang – Tripel Perfection, Rosetta, Grains of Truth and Great Beyond; Revolution – Oktoberfest, Anti Hero, Eugene Porter and Bottom Up Wit; Sixpoint – Resin, Bengali Tiger, Sweet Action and Crisp; Stone – Who you callin a Wussie, Arrogant Bastard, Citrusy Wit and Delicious IPA.


Country Fresh Farm Market and Wine Depot – Southern Tier Beer Tasting today from 4:00-7:00 pm.

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

Party Source – $1 beer tastings on Saturday from 12:00-1:00 pm.

Party Town – For Friday Night Flights this week from 5:30-7:00 pm, they’re pouring from Stone. It’s $2.00 for the regular sample flights. Only adults age 21 or more are admitted for Friday Night Flights. Limit of one sample per person. No shopping carts in the back room please.


BC’s Bottle Lodge – Northwest Fifty West Saturday at 11:00 am. Beers include 50 West TRIPA, Main Street Amber, One Way Street Citra SMaSH, One Way Street Mosaic SMaSH and Echo Summit.

Cappy’s Wine and Spirits – Ballast Point Tap Takeover Saturday 11:00 am to 10:00 pm. Beers include Sculpin, Grapefruit Sculpin, Pineapple Sculpin, Grunion, Mango Even Keel, Watermelon Dorado, The Commodore, California Kolsch, California Amber, Calm Before the Storm, Copper Ale on Nitro, American Wheat with Cherries, Belgian Tripel Ale, Biere De Garde, Schwarzbier and Double IPA.

Casual Pint-Oakley – MadTree Tap Takeover Saturday at 4:00 pm

Ei8ht Ball Brewing – Tonight is Free Bacon Night. They will be tapping Stillwater I Miss the Old Kanye. Cost is $7 for a thirteen ounce tulip.

Findlay Market Bier Market – This weekend, they will have beers from Taft’s Ale House including Masskrug Oktoberfest Marzen and Preservationist Pale Ale.


BB Riverboats – For September, the featured brewery for their Craft Beer and BBQ Cruises is Braxton. You can get more information and purchase your tickets at http://www.bbriverboats.com/CraftBeer-BBQ-Cruise.html

Have a better beer weekend, everyone!

— Carla and Tom

Hoperatives Tastings and Tappings Report

This Week in Beer: June 13 – 19, 2016

Check out our Better Beer Happy Hours, Etc. page for regularly scheduled specials on better beer. We are only list events here that are unique for this coming week in beer. As always, any edited listing will have UPDATE at the beginning of the listing.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thursday, June 16th from 6:00-10:00 pm – Pint Night Thursdays at Cock & Bull (all three locations)
The beers for this week’s Pint Night Thursdays are: Main Strasse Covington – Dogfish Head Namaste Randall, Glendale – North High Hefe and Hyde Park – Goodwood Louisville Lager.

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

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

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


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

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Local Breweries Medal at 2016 Commonwealth Cup

This past weekend, we attended the third annual Alltech Craft Brews & Food Fest. Held at the Lexington Convention Center, this event gave us an opportunity to check out new breweries like Rooster Brewing in Paris, KY and new beers from breweries we’ve had before but can’t get in this area like the Weld Pear Beer from Tin Man Brewing in Evansville, IN. But the highlight of the day was the announcement of the results of the 2016 Commonwealth Cup. Several Cincinnati area breweries earned medals for their beers:

Listermann Cincinnatus
Listermann BA Chickow!
MadTree Galaxy High
Rhinegeist Barrel Aged Gramps
Rhinegeist Uncle
Rhinegeist Double Oaked Mastodon
Samuel Adams Utopias
Valley Vineyards Sweet Honey Mead

Braxton Twisted Bit
Braxton BA Lumber
Braxton Catalyst with Black Pepper
Listermann Planetary
Listermann Gravitatus
Listermann Friar Bacon Smoke
MadTree Bourbon Barrel Aged Axis Mundi
MadTree PSA
Rhinegeist Truth
Rhinegeist Peach Dodo
Rhinegeist Panther
Samuel Adams Stony Brook Red
Samuel Adams Tetravis
Samuel Adams Summer Ale
Samuel Adams Rebel Rouser
Urban Artifact Keypunch
Urban Artifact Phrenology
Urban Artifact Otso

Braxton Crank Shaft
Braxton Blown Gasket
Braxton Dead Blow with Starter
Braxton Haven
Cellar Dweller Eye Opener
Cellar Dweller Hopewells
Fifty West 10 & 2 Barleywine
Listermann Chickow!
MadTree PsyHOPathy
MadTree Mad Craft Nucleus
MadTree Treesearch #2357
MadTree Gnarly Brown
MadTree Happy Amber
Rhinegeist ExDIPA
Rhinegeist Cougar
Samuel Adams Nitro Coffee
Samuel Adams New World Tripel
Samuel Adams Chocolate Bock
Samuel Adams Nitro IPA
Samuel Adams 13th Hour Stout
Samuel Adams Nitro Wheat Ale
Samuel Adams Fat Jack
Samuel Adams Cinder Block
Urban Artifact Maize

Congratulations to all of the Cincinnati area winners!

Commonwealth Cup Medals

This Week in Beer: Oct. 19 – 25, 2015

Check out our Better Beer Happy Hours, Etc. page for regularly scheduled specials on better beer. We are only list events here that are unique for this coming week in beer. As always, any edited listing will have UPDATE at the beginning of the listing.

Monday, Oct. 19th at 5:00 pm – Heavy Seas Tap Takeover and Cask Tap at Northside Yacht Club
Hugh Sisson, the founder of Heavy Seas, will be in attendance.

Tuesday, Oct. 20th – Three Floyds Pint Night and Bottle Realease at Liquor City Uncorked
4:00 pm drafts – Alpha King, Dreadnaught, Gumball Head
6:00 pm bottle release – Zombie Dust, Alpha King, Gumball Head, Yum Yum, Robert the Bruce, Dreadnaught, Broo Doo, Space Station Middle Finger, Deesko, Backmasking

Tuesday, Oct. 20th at 4:00 pm – Three Floyds Tap Takeover at AmerAsia
Beers include Dreadnaught, Gumball Head, Alpha Klaus and Zombie Dust.

Tuesday, Oct. 20th – Trivia Night featuring DuClaw Brewing at the Growler House
With a “special keg tapping of Sweet Baby Jesus Chocolate Peanut Butter Porter, and DuClaw Brewing prizes and drink specials”.

Tuesday, Oct. 20th – Sam Adams “Keep The Glass” night at Barleycorn’s (all three locations

Wednesday, Oct. 21st from 4:00-8:00 pm – Happy Hour with Woody at the Pub at Rookwood
Woody is the Deschutes Traveling Party Keg and mobile tavern (see below). This is the first stop of several stops this week.
Deschutes Woody

Wednesday, Oct. 21st at – Wiedemann Oktoberfest Tapping at Mecklenburg Gardens
This German Heritage Night will also feature a book signing for Don Heinrich Tolzmann’s latest book, George Wiedemann–Northern Kentucky’s Beer Baron: The Man and His Brewery.

Thursday, Oct. 22nd Wednesday, Oct. 21st at 6:00 pm – Fat Head’s Beer Dinner at Moerlein Lager House
Cost is $55 per person plus tax and gratuity. Make reservations in advance by contacting Jeff Geckle at privatedining@moerleinlh.com. The menu will be posted on their Facebook event page soon.

Thursday, Oct. 22nd-Friday, Oct. 23rd from 5:00-9:00 pm – Deschutes Woody at Jungle Jim’s Eastgate
Friday session will feature an opportunity to buy vintage bottles of previous Deschutes releases as well as some specialty draft items.

Thursday, Oct. 22nd at 5:00 pm – Charitable Suds at Rhinegeist
A portion of all bar proceeds will benefit Tender Mercies. Special brewery tours plus prizes to be raffled off.

Thursday, Oct. 22nd at 7:00 pm – Founders Pint Night at Hebron Brew Haus

Thursday, Oct. 22nd at 6:00 pm – Gerry’s Beer Tapping at Rock Bottom
In honor of National Nut Day, it’s a peanut butter brown.

Friday, Oct. 23rd at 6:30 pm – Third Annual Beer Baron Ball at Horseshoe Casino
This event “features an evening of dining, dancing, silent auction items and delicious craft beer. Sponsorships and tickets are available at www.beerbaronball.org. Individual tickets are $125 per person. An After Party for with DJ ETrayn has been added this year and begins at 9:30 p.m.; tickets are $40 per person.”

Saturday, Oct. 24th from 12:00-8:00 pm – Deschutes Woody at Jungle Jim’s Fall Smash in Fairfield

Sunday, Oct. 25th at 11:00 am – Explorer’s Brunch at Fifty West
“Three-course beer brunch featuring a menu inspired by foods found spanning the journey from Ohio to Utah with beer pairings from Uinta Brewing Co. and Fifty West Brewing Co.” Cost is $25 a person. Purchase tickets at fiftywest.com/explorersbrunch

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Tastings and Tappings Report: July 31, 2015

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


Marty’s Hops & Vines – Hosting Third Annual Made in Cincy Beerfest tomorrow (8/1) from 5:00-11:00 pm. Featuring sixteen taps of local beers, Camp Washington Chili and Hop Water. Tickets are $36 in advance; $46 at the door (pricing includes tax and gratuity). Call (513) 681-4222 or stop in at Marty’s to get your tickets. Beer list is available on their Facebook event page.

Taste of Belgium Clifton – Hops for Hippos: The Final Chapter is going on all day today (7/31). Featuring special beers from West Sixth and raising money for a new hippo exhibit at the Cincinnati Zoo.

Thirsty’s Oasis – Hosting Just Another Beer Festival Sunday, August 2nd from 2:00-6:00 pm. General admission presale tickets are $45 and include 10 five ounce beer sample tickets and a pig roast meal ticket. The first 100 attendees also receive a swag bag. VIP presale tickets are $55 and include all of the general admission benefits and also early entry at 1:00 pm plus some limited edition and rarity samples. Beer list is available on their web site.


Cincinnati Art Museum – Art After Dark: Beer and Baseball – Featuring beers from Blank Slate, Fifty West, MadTree, Moerlein Lager House, Rhinegeist and Sam Adams. For more information, check out their Facebook event page.

Everything’s d’ Vine – Tasting is at 5:30 pm each week and costs $10 for beer and wine tastings. You can get just beer or just wine for $5.00. The beers for this week’s tasting (7/31) are Blue Point Blueberry Ale, Epic Hop Syndrome, Revolution Anti-Hero IPA and Small Town Not Your Father’s Root Beer.

Jungle Jim’s Eastgate – Friday night tasting from 5:00 to 9:00 pm. For this week’s tasting (7/31), it’s Rhinegeist. Pints are usually $3.

Jungle Jim’s Fairfield – Friday night tasting from 5:00 to 9:00 pm. For this week’s tasting (7/31), it’s Arcadia Ales. Pints are usually $3.

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

Party Town – For Friday Night Flights this week (7/31) from 5:30-7:00 pm, it’s beers from Sam Smith, Lindeman’s and Traquair plus Trappist ales from Westmalle, Orval and Rochefort 6, 8, 10. Ayinger Celebrator will be on tap for $3.00 a 9 ounce draft pour. The cost for the flight is $2.00 per person. Only adults age 21 or more are admitted for Friday Night Flights.

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


Braxton Brewing – Tonight (7/31), they are tapping their first lager – Twisted Bit Dortmunder. Food from Wunderbar will be available.

Ei8ht Ball Brewing – Tonight (7/31) is Free Bacon Night AND they will be tapping Lerwig Bourbon Barrel-Aged Barleywine. Cost is $10 for a ten ounce snifter.

Have a better beer weekend, everyone!

— Carla and Tom

Hoperatives Tastings and Tappings Report