This Week in Beer: May 11 – 17, 2009

May 11-17, 2009 – American Craft Beer week
The Great Crescent Brewery in Aurora, IN is celebrating American Craft Beer Week, May 11-17. The brewery will be open all that week – Monday through Saturday as part of the celebration.

Tuesday, May 12th from 5:00 – 9:00 pm – Beer Tasting Fundraiser to benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society at Dilly Cafe
Presented by the Barrel House Brewing Company and hosted by Dilly Café, this beer tasting will also benefit Channel 12’s Tara Pachmayer Leukemia Woman of the Year Campaign. The event will be an informal walk-around, hopefully out on the patio under the stars, featuring five food and beer stations. Each station will feature a delicious dish prepared by Sous Chef Patrick Hague and Executive Chef Eric Vice, paired with a hand-crafted beer from Cincinnati’s own Barrel House Brewery. Call 513-561-5233 to make reservations.

Tuesday, May 12th from 6:00 – 8:00 pm – Magic Hat Beer Tasting with Food Pairings at 20 Brix
Lee Martin “Alebassador” for Magic Hat Brewing Co. will be on hand as you sample brews and 20Brix menu items. Call (513) 831-2749 to make reservations.

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

Thursday, May 14th at 6:00-10:00 pm – Cock & Bull: Pint Night Thursdays
Featured beer: Spaten Maibock

Thursday, May 14th at 6:00-8:00 pm – Burgers and Beers “Thirstday” at the Party Source (on the Patio)
Sample five beers and get a great burger with themed toppings for just $15. Magic Hat Brewery is featured this week.

Friday, May 15th from 5:00 pm-12:00 am – Christian Moerlein Tapping: Lager House Original Golden Helles Tapping at Germania Park
Tapping ceremony is at 7:00 pm and includes a brief presentation commemorating the contributions and anniversary of Cincinnati’s greatest Beer Baron Mr. Christian Moerlein’s birth and death (May 13, 1818 and May 14, 1897 respectively) conducted by the German-American Citizens League of Greater Cincinnati. The tapping also celebrates the first television commercial for its Moerlein Lagers & Ales brand in almost 20 years.

Friday, May 15th from 5:00-7:00 pm – Beer Tasting at Liquor Direct (Fort Thomas)

Friday, May 15th from 6:00-7:00 pm – Friday Night Flights at Party Town in Florence
We’ll let you know what the featured brewery is as soon as we hear!

Saturday, May 16th from 10:00am-4:00pm – The Bloatarian Open at Terraqua Club in Sharonville
This BJCP/AHA sanctioned club-only home-brew competition is hosted by the Bloatarian Brewing League. This year’s competition will take place at Terraqua Club (7713 Dimmick Rd). Check out the Bloatarian’s web site for more information. (We’re working as stewards this year!)

Saturday, May 16th from 5:00-8:00pm – Ludlow Wines: Beer Tasting

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