This Week in Beer: Nov. 23 – 29, 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.
NOTE: With Thanksgiving Eve being the busiest night of the year from most better beer locations, this is especially true this week.

Monday, Nov. 23rd at 5:00 pm – Rare Keg Monday at Ei8ht Ball Brewing
This week, it’s Dogfish Head Higher Math. The cost is $10 for a ten ounce snifter.

Monday, Nov. 23rd from 6:00-7:00 pm – Crazy Craisin Hour at Rock Bottom Cincinnati
Try their Cranberry Pumpkin Ale for $3 a pint.

UPDATE Tuesday, Nov. 24th at 6:00 pm – Celebratory Beer Tapping for the Cincinnati Street Car at Moerlein Lager House
“To celebrate the arrival of Cincinnati’s second streetcar, the Moerlein Lager House will be releasing its newest beer—a hoppy red ale named ‘Desire’. Streetcar supporters are invited to celebrate the tapping of Desire at 6pm at the Moerlein Lager House. Moerlein’s Desire is the second of five beers in the streetcar series.”

Wednesday, Nov. 5th from 4:00-8:00 pm – MadTree Pint Night at Jungle Jim’s Fairfield

Wednesday, Nov. 25th from 5:00-10:00 pm – First Ever TAPSgiving at the Growler House
From their Facebook page: “Join us for a festive sampling of all 30 taps! Buy a collectible “Tapsgiving” bencher glass and recieve $1.50 bencher pours and $7.50 flights of anything on tap all night long! We’ll also have a 2 for $20 growler fill special going for all of your Thanksgiving needs!”

Wednesday, Nov. 25th at 6:00 pm – Belukus Import Beer Tasting at Marty’s Hops & Vines
Five imported beers from the Belukus portfolio: C Wells Banana Bread Beer, C Wells Sticky Toffee Pudding Ale, Youngs Double Chocolate Stout, Blanche de Bruxelles and McEwan’s Scotch Ale. They will also be pouring blends of these beers.

Wednesday, Nov. 25th at 6:00 pm – Barrel Aged Code 3 Tapping at Old Firehouse Brewery
Plus they will be auctioning off four of their tankard hooks. One per hour starting at 7:00 pm.

Wednesday, Nov. 25th from 6:00-10:00 pm – Mecklenburg’s Multi Brew Event at Mecklenburg’s Garden
From Facebook: “Mecklenburg’s is celebrating their 150th Anniversary – 5 Local Breweries, 5 Keg Tappings, 5 Food Tastings. Featured Breweries: Wiedemann’s, Bell’s, Listermann, MadTree and Rhinegeist. Entertainment by the Alpen Echos”

Wednesday, Nov. 25th from 9:00 pm – Hudepohl Downtown Hoedown at Arnold’s Bar & Grill
In addition to live old-time music and professional square dancers, Arnold’s will have “$2 Drafts of Hudepohl Pure Lager all night. Hudy reps will also be in the building handing out tons of free swag including Pint Glasses and T-shirts. Also at 9pm they will be tapping two extremely hard to get a hold of Kegs from Christian Moerlein. The first is their famed 11/162 Bourbon Barrel Ale. Possibly the last of it available anywhere in the city. The second is a Keg of their Shiver Chai Porter, to which only an extremely limited number of barrels were made.”

Wednesday, Nov. 25th from 9:00 pm-1:00 am – Alumni Club at Moerlein Lager House
$3 Hudepohl Pure Lager, $10 five-bottle buckets of Little Kings

Thursday, Nov. 26th – HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

CHECK TOMORROW FOR OUR BLACK FRIDAY AND BEYOND BETTER BEER CALENDAR!

Hoperatives This Week in Beer

Trying Weird Beers

You may remember that we announced back this spring that I would be teaching an Introduction to Craft Beer class this fall at Cincinnati State. The first section filled within 72 hours and we ended up adding a second section that was full almost two months before the semester started.

It has been great to see the wide range of students enrolled in the two sections. Ages range from those who recently turned 21 to several in their 60s and 70s. The gender split is about two-thirds male and one-third female. And there is a wide range of ethnic backgrounds too.

Their experience in beer is also varied. We have several folks who admit their beer of choice is Bud Light all the way up to someone who hosts beer tastings at a local bottle shop and another student who works in the beer section of a local grocery store.

While the class includes the usual tests, quizzes and reports that you would expect in a college class, we occasionally have assignments that are unique to this class. During the first week of the semester, I was sharing a story about how, when a restaurant didn’t have a written list of their beers and made their servers recite them, I would just ask for the weirdest beer they had on draft. That worked for many years until I ended up with a beer from Brooklyn Brewery called The Concoction. Not being a fan of peat, this was not a good choice for me and broke me of the habit of asking for the weird beer.

After some discussion, this experience turned into an assignment for the class. They needed to try a beer that they thought was weird or that they normally wouldn’t order. With the wide range of beer experience in the class, the list of what weird beers they tried was also varied. We also had some great discussions about the various beers. The first one (Turn for the Wurst) was my weird beer and I loved it. The Dogfish Head choice grew out of our discussion of their Ancient Ale series when we were covering the ancient history of brewing. This assignment went so well that their next assignment is to try someone else’s weird beer and report back in a few weeks.

Blank Slate Turn for the Wurst (with “relish”),
Rivertowne Pourhouse Hala Kahiki Pineapple Beer,
Rhinegeist Gramps,
Revolution 1ZENUFF,
Well’s Sticky Toffee Pudding,
Oskar Blues Mama’s Lil Yella Pils,
Brasserie des Franches-Montagnes Square Root 225,
Yuengling Light,
Bell’s Neptune,
Blank Slate Lesser Path,
Left Hand Milk Stout Nitro,
Bad Tom Smith Old Abe,
Rivertown Divergent,
Great Divide Collette,
Lagunitas Sucks,
Urban Artifact Key Punch,
West Sixth Lemongrass,
Dogfish Head Chateau Jiahu,
Bell’s Kalamazoo Stout,
Hopknife Harvest Ale,
Left Hand Oktoberfest,
Brew Kettle Dark Helmet,
Not Your Father’s Root Beer,
Sixpoint Four Beans Porter,
Alltech Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale,
Leinenkugel’s Fall Shandy,
Sapporo,
Spiteful Klutzy Buffoon,
Ballast Point Calm Before the Storm and
Three Floyds Battle Priest

So try a weird beer some time soon. It’s definitely great for your better beer education!

This Week in Beer: Aug. 26 – Sept. 1, 2013

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

Monday, August 26th – 1/3 off Craft beer bottles at Moerlein Lager House

Monday, August 26th – Beer of the Day Special at Rock Bottom Brewery
Each Monday, Gerry the brew master at Rock Bottom highlights a beer and you can enjoy it for just $3.25 all day.

Monday, August 26th from 4:00-7:30 pm – Craft Beer Night at Market Wines

Monday, August 26th from 4:00-close – La Fin du Mondays at The Lackman
Every Monday in August enjoy $6 drafts of Unibroue’s La Fin du Monde.

Monday, August 26th from 6:00 pm – One Night One Craft: Beer Crafting! at the Contemporary Art Center
Go to their Facebook event page for more information. After Party at Arnold’s Bar & Grill.

Monday, August 26th from 8:00 pm to close – Pint Night at Incline Public House
This week’s featured beer is TBA.

Tuesday, August 27th-Monday, September 2nd – First Anniversary Celebration at BrewRiver GastroPub
See our earlier post for more information.

Tuesday, August 27th – Wells Bombardier Ale’ Keep the Pint Night at The Pub at Rookwood Mews and Crestview Hills

Tuesday, August 27th – Tappa Keg Tuesday at Dingle House
This week’s keg hasn’t been announced yet.

Tuesday, August 27th – $7 Growler Fills at Moerlein Lager House

Tuesday, August 27th – 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.

UPDATE Tuesday, August 27th at 6:00 pm – Tuesdays on Tap at Whole Foods Mason
Six drafts, six bites, $6. This week’s beers are Fat Head’s Wits Doctor, Blank Slate Ryesing Up, Harpoon IPA, Great Lakes Oktoberfest, Southern Tier 2XRye and Murphy’s Irish Stout.

Wednesday, August 28th – Bell’s Pint Night at Rail House
First pint is $5 – Keep the glass and get refills for only $3.

Wednesday, August 28th – Wiede Wednesday at Pompilio’s
Every Wednesday is Wiede Wednesday at Pompilio’s in Newport with $3 Wiedemann pints all day.

Wednesday, August 28th – Pint Night at UC’s Catskeller

Wednesday, August 28th from 5:00 to 8:00 pm – Take Home the Glass Night OR Abbey Wednesday at Taste of Belgium
And sometimes, it’s a tapping! We’ll let you know which one it is this week as soon as we find out.

Wednesday, August 28th from 5:30 to 8:00 pm – Beer Tasting at Marty’s Hops and Vines

Thursday, August 29th at 5:00 pm – Founders Tapping at The Lackman
Beers will include Devil Dancer Triple IPA, Mango Magnifico, Rubaeus Pure Raspberry Ale, Curmudgeon Old Ale and Oatmeal Stout Nitro.

Thursday, August 29th at 6:00-10:00 pm – Pint Night Thursdays at Cock & Bull (all three locations)
The beers for this week’s Pint Night Thursdays are: Main Strasse Covington – Boulder Mojo Rising on nitro, Glendale – Breckinridge 471 IPA and Hyde Park – Great Lakes Oktoberfest.

Thursday, August 29th at 6:00 pm – Firkin Tapping at Rock Bottom Brewery

Thursday, August 29th from 9:00 pm to close – $3 Thursdays at Roebling Point Bars (Molly Malone’s Covington, Keystone Covington, Blinkers)
All of the bars have their own list of their selected appetizers and beers (taps change weekly).

Friday, August 30th – $7 Growler Fills at Moerlein Lager House

Friday, August 30th at 5:30 pm – Beer and Wine Tasting at Everything’s d’ Vine
$10 per person to taste five beers and four wines. $5 to taste just beer or just wine.

Friday, August 30th from 6:00-7:00 pm – Friday Night Flights Beer Tasting at Party Town in Florence

Friday, August 30th at 6:30 pm – Christian Moerlein Beer & BBQ Cruise on BB Riverboats
From Facebook:

Christian Moerlein Brewery and BB Riverboats have teamed up for a great cruise every Friday this summer. Cruise the beautiful Ohio River on one while tasting Moerlein’s handcrafted lagers & ales with a member of the Christian Moerlein team. Paired with the beers is a wonderful buffet featuring BBQ Brisket, BBQ Chicken and Pulled Pork BBQ. Music will be provided by a local area band for your entertainment. Cost is $55.00 for adults and $38.00 for children. Go to http://www.bbriverboats.com/moerlein_cruise.html to purchase tickets.

Saturday, August 31st from 5:00-8:00pm – Beer Tasting at Ludlow Wines
The cost to taste four beers is $6.00 per person.

Sunday, Sept. 1st – 4th Annual Fireworks Party on the Bridge
See our post for more information.

Cooking with Beer: Portabello Trattoria’s Biramisu

If you are looking for a really unique dessert for this holiday weekend, check out the recipe for Portobello Trattoria’s biramisu that’s made with Orlando Brewing Company’s Black Water Porter. I’d love to try this one myself with Christian Moerlein’s Friend of an Irish Man Stout, Young’s Double Chocolate Stout or Southern Tier’s Cremé Brulee Stout.

http://www.portobellorestaurant.com/recipe_biramisu

You can read a review of this dessert over at the Disney Food Blog:

http://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2012/04/06/biramisu-review-and-recipe-portobello-trattoria/

Enjoy!

Carla

Inaugural All About Stout Fest Set for Sat., March 10th

They’re at it again! The great folks who bring you the Cincy Beer Fests have something new up their sleeves — The inaugural All About Stout Fest: 25 Stouts in one place. Set for next Saturday (March 10th) from 2:00 to 10:00 pm, the All About Stout Fest is going to be at Molly Malone’s Irish Pub in Covington. For $15, you get a souvenir pint glass, five tasting tickets (each good for a five ounce pour of any of the stouts) and one full pint (excluding the 3 “Hourly Release” beers). So what stouts will be available, you ask?

Kentucky Ale Coffee Stout
Bluegrass Brewing Company Bourbon Barrel Stout
Great Crescent Stout
Thirsty Dog Siberian Night Bourbon Barrel Stout
Rivertown Brewing Co. Oatmeal Stout (On NITRO!)
Rivertown Helles Lager (to make the Official “Local Half n Half”!)
Left Hand Nitro Milk Stout (On NITRO!)
Schlafly Irish Extra Stout
Schlafly Oatmeal Stout
Leinenkugel Big Eddy Russian Imperial Stout
George Killian’s Stout
Bell’s Kalamazoo Stout
Bell’s Double Cream Stout
Founders Breakfast Stout
Founders Russian Imperial Stout
Dogfish Head Worldwide Stout
Dogfish Head Chicory Stout
North Coast Russian Imperial Stout (On NITRO!)
Young’s Double Chocolate Stout (On NITRO!)
Rogue Chocolate Stout
Anderson Valley Barney Flast Oatmeal Stout
New Holland “The Poet” Oatmeal Stout
Southern Tier Jahva Stout
Southern Tier Mokah Stout
Sierra Nevada Stout
Guinness Foreign Extra
Mt. Carmel Stout

Tickets are available online at BeerfestTickets.com or, if you want to save the online fees, you can buy them at Molly Malone’s Irish Pub starting today (Saturday, March 3rd).

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.

Growlers and Tastings Report: July 29, 2011

● For tonight’s Friday Night Flights at Party Town in Florence, they are featuring beers from Colorado. There will be samplings from Fort Collins Brewing, Breckenridge, Left Hand, and Avery. 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: Founders Red’s Rye P.A. ($8.99), Unibroue Trois Pistoles ($17.99), Unibroue Chambly Noire ($6.99), Southern Tier 2xIPA ($7.99), Southern Tier Unearthly ($11.99), Southern Tier Jah-va Coffee Stout ($15.99), Southern Tier IPA ($6.99), Great Lakes Eliot Ness ($7.99), Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald ($7.99), Great Lakes Doppelrock ($5.99), Bell’s Oberon ($9.99), ImperialMysteryIpaStout Smoked Saison Porter… Thing ($9.99), Leinenkugel Summer Shandy ($6.99), Shiner Bock ($5.99), Thirsty Dog Siberian Night ($24.99), ImperialMysteryIpaStout Call It What You Want ($5.99), Flying Dog Double Dog Double IPA ($9.99) and Schlafly American IPA ($8.99). All prices are for a refill. For a new growler, add $2.00.

● At this week at Cork ‘N Bottle beer, they will be tasting O’Fallon 5-Day IPA, Fort Collins “Tomegranate Wheat” and Well’s Banana Bread Beer at the Covington location. At Buttermilk Pike, they will be tasting Full Sail IPA, BBC American Pale Ale and Schlafly Tripel.

● On the Growler Stations at Cork ‘N Bottle: Covington has Bell’s Two Hearted Ale ($8.99 64oz, $4.99 1L), Goose Island Matilda ($13.99 64oz, $7.99 1L), Brooklyn The Concoction ($8.99 64oz, $5.50 1L) and Widmer Bros. Pitch Black IPA ($14.99 64oz, $8.50 1L). Buttermilk Pike has Goose Island Sofie ($13.99 64oz, $7.99 1L), Great Lakes Lake Erie Monster IPA ($8.99 64oz, $5.50 1L), Sierra Nevada Southern Hemisphere Harvest Ale ($8.50 64oz, $4.50 1L) and Flying Dog Raging Bitch ($12.99 64oz, $6.99 1L). Cork ‘N Bottle now has 1 liter (1/2 growler) ceramic top or Grolsch-style bottles available. All prices are for a refill. 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 Avery DuganA, New Holland Dragon’s Milk, Ommegang Hennepin and Founders Double Trouble. All tastes are fifty cents each.

● 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 when we get their beer list. Growlers are $12.50 each (add $2.50 if you need to purchase a growler).

● At the two tap growler station at Market Wines in Findlay Market, they have Avery New World Porter ($10) and Green Flash Brewing Co. Imperial IPA ($15). Add $3 if you need to purchase a growler.

● Cincinnati Whole Foods’ growler station offerings as of July 26th are Unibroue Ephemere Apple, Boonville Wee Geesh Imperial Pale, Founders Pale Ale, Stoudt’s Scarlet Lady Ale, Lost Coast Tangerine ale and Sierra Nevada Ovilia Saison. 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.

● On the Growler Station at the Liquor Cabinet (1990 N Bend Rd # A Hebron, KY), they have Arcadia Sky High ($7.99), Unibroue Chambly Noire ($8.99), Schlafly Bourbon Ale ($9.99) and Rogue Dad’s Little Helper Black IPA ($10.99). 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 Bourbon Barrel Ale ($10.99) and Goose Island Summertime ($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: Southern Tier Farmer’s Tan ($16.99), Brooklyn Lager ($7.99), Flying Dog Gonzo Imperial Porter ($10.99), Unibroue Raftman ($10.99), Quaff Bros. Planked Porter ($13.99), Sierra Nevada Pale Ale ($6.99), Kentucky Bourbon Ale ($10.99) and Leinenkugel Summer Shandy ($7.99). 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: November 15 – 21, 2010

Monday, November 15th from 5:30 to 10:00 pm – Half Price Draft Night at The Bistro

Monday, November 15th at 6:00 pm – Goose Island Beer Tasting at Paxton’s Grill (Loveland, OH)

Join Goose Island’s Lindsey Shafer & sample 312, Honkers, IPA, Seasonal & Matilda. Please call Paxton’s for details… 513.583.1717

Tuesday, November 16th at 6:00 pm – Belgian Beer Dinner at Otto’s
For more information, see our earlier post on this event.

Tuesday, November 16th at 7:00 pm – Author and Brewer Dinner at Stone Creek Montgomery

Christian Moerlein CEO and President Greg Hardman plus Michael Morgan – Author of Over-the-Rhine: When Beer Was King host an evening of Cincinnati Beer History, Cincinnati beer and great food pairings. Be sure and reserve your spot today as seating will be limited. Price is $45 per person. Limited space available. For reservations, please call (513) 489-1444.

Wednesday, November 17th from 5:00 to 8:00 pm – Big Beers, Small Bites: the Bistro Beerfest
Enjoy some of the great food from the Bistro paired with these amazing beers: Dupont Avec les Bons Vouex, Dogfish Head Palo Santo Marron, Bell’s Third Coast Old Ale, Sierra Nevada Estate Harvest, Brooklyn Detonation, Flying Dog Gonzo Imperial Porter and more.

Wednesday, November 17th at 5:30 pm – Arnold’s Presents: A Journey to 1861 – Food, Beer, and Tours
Tour nineteenth century brewery cellars 30 ft. below ground, eat great food at Arnold’s and hear about Cincinnati’s brewing history all while you help fundraise for next year’s Bock fest and you could win too! See our earlier post for more information.

Wednesday, November 17th from 5:30 to 8:00 pm – Beer Tasting at Marty’s Hops and Vines
This week’s offerings are Smuttynose Winter Ale, Rogue Yellow Snow IPA, Brooklyn Local 2, Samuel Smith Winter Welcome Ale, Well’s Bombardier and Brooklyn Chocolate Stout. Cost is $8 and beers are subject to change.

Wednesday, November 17th at 6:00 pm – Pint Night at Catskeller (UC Campus)

Wednesday, November 17th at 6:00 pm – Pies and Pints at the Party Source
Tonight’s theme is A Taste of Schlafly.

Wednesday, November 17th at 6:30 pm – Stone Vertical Epic Brewer’s Dinner at Teller’s of Hyde Park
For more information, see our earlier post on this event.

Thursday, November 18th – Saturday, November 20th – No Crap On Tap Holiday World Tour at Catskeller

Join us for our 3rd annual celebration of beer independence. We will be featuring the following beers on Nov. 18 and Nov. 19: Dogfish Head Theobroma: USA, Chile Beer, Stone Emperial IPA: California, Imperial IPA, Troegs Med Ele: Pennsylvania, Belgian Strong Ale, Scaldis Noel: Brasserie Dubisson, Belgian Spiced Strong Ale, Ridgeway Bad Elf: England, English IPA, Nöel Des Géants: Belgium, Herbed Spiced Beer Duyck Jenlain Nöel: France, Bire de Garde, Kulmbacher Eisbock: Germany, Bock. Flights will be available also.

Thursday, November 18th at 6:00-10:00 pm – Cock & Bull: Pint Night (Covington) Thursdays
This week, it’s Mt. Carmel Nut Brown.

Thursday, November 18th at 6:00 pm – Mug Club Tapping of Rockin’ Dopplebock at Rock Bottom Brewery
If you are not a Rock Bottom Mug Club member yet, you can sign up on the spot.

Thursday, November 18th at 6:30 pm – Author and Brewer Dinner at McCormick & Schmicks Downtown

Christian Moerlein CEO and President Greg Hardman plus Michael Morgan – Author of Over-the-Rhine: When Beer Was King host an evening of Cincinnati Beer History, Cincinnati beer and great food pairings. Be sure and reserve your spot today as seating will be limited. Price is $55 per person. Limited space available. For reservations, please call (513) 721-9339.

Thursday, November 18th at 7:00 pm – Beer Dinner at Vito’s Cafe
For more information, see our earlier post on this event.

Friday, November 19th from 4:00-7:00 pm – Flowing Fridays Beer Tasting at Cork ‘N Bottle (Covington and Buttermilk Pike-Crescent Springs)

Friday, November 19th from 4:00-6:00 pm – Beer Tasting at DEP’s Fine Wine and Spirits in Fort Thomas (formerly Liquor Direct)

Friday, November 19th from 6:00-7:00 pm – Friday Night Flights Beer Tasting at Party Town in Florence

Friday, December 3rd from 7:00-9:00 pm – Sierra Nevada 30 Year Anniversary Tasting at Jungle Jim’s
Beers include all four of the special 30th Anniversary collaboration beers side by side, along with Big Foot and Celebration. The cost is $25.00 per person. Call 513-674-6008 to make reservations.

Saturday, November 20th 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.

Traveling Tuesday: Bodega Cafe (Columbus, OH)

This past weekend, we attended WordCamp Columbus / PodCamp Ohio where we gave a session on building an online community. Being us, we also did some beer research while we were there. Our time was limited so we couldn’t go everywhere we wanted. Our first stop turned out to be a not-so-good choice so we were determined to make a better second choice. When we mentioned beer in Columbus, one place was recommended over and over: Bodega Cafe and Carryout. Located at 1044 N. High St in the Short North area, their menu features items like tandoori chicken pizza, a smoked salmon panini, grilled cheese Mondays and, oh yeah, lots of very fine beer. As usual, we chose to sit at the bar. It’s the best way to talk beer with the bartenders and Bodega has some great ones like Jeff!


Sign for Bodega
This must be the place!

Taps for Bodega
Bodega has 50, yes, 50 taps. The majority of them are mounted low below the bar.

Bar at Bodega
Notice that the TVs are projected on the wall instead of a screen. It really made them less obtrusive and almost like a piece of art.

Inside seating for Bodega
Of course, you can choose to sit at a table.

Outside seating for Bodega
Outside seating for Bodega

Boulder Mojo on Nitro
Of course, what we came for was the beer. This is Boulder Beer Company’s Mojo Rising on nitro. And, yes, it was as good as it looks. Another winner was the Bodega chocolate stout float, a devilish good combination of Young’s Double Chocolate Stout and a scoop of salty caramel ice cream from Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams.