With our rich German brewing history alive in Over-the-Rhine and beyond, it’s no surprise that we’re a recognized beer-drinking city. In 1890, as our drinking claim to fame, Cincinnati was the third-largest beer producer per capita in the U.S. After taking a hit from Prohibition, we have since lost that title, but over the past few years the city has revived its list of growing local micobreweries
One thing we do know for certain is that our fine Cincinnati residents sure can sip, chug and guzzle. The city is embracing its drinking title the first two weeks in February, by celebrating some of the most exciting beer events this year: Cincinnati Beer Week, Cincy Winter Beerfest, Hops Against Cancer.
So come thirsty, pick straws for designated driver now and let beer warm your heart this winter (in case you get dumped before Valentines day).
Hops Against Cancer
To kick off the beer festivities, Tap House Grill will be serving 20 Cincinnati-brewed craft beers Feb. 2-15. The event will support not only local breweries but a charitable cause as well (and they say drinking too much is a bad thing.) One dollar for every beer sold will go toward The Jimmy V. Foundation for Cancer Research. Starting things off this Sunday, Tap House will host a Super Bowl Party with four styles of chili — Cincinnati style, vegetarian, venison and Tap House Stout — complimentary with each $10 purchase of food or beverages per person. During the dates of Cincinnati Beer Week (Feb. 6-13,) a variety of local brewers will be on hand to talk about their creations.
All donations to The Jimmy V. Foundation go toward cancer research, so don’t miss your chance for craft beers, food and charitable giving. More info: taphousecincy.com/events.
Cincinnati Beer Week
will unite for one week as our love for beer bonds us together. A variety of bars,
restaurants and stores all over the city will participate in Cincinnati Beer
Week. For eight consecutive days (because, let’s face it, seven just isn’t
enough) select venues will hold special events like beer tasting, beer-pairing
dinner and brewery nights. Celebrate well-crafted beer and try this year’s
Cincinnati Beer Week feature collaboration beer, Hostivit, brewed at Christian
Moerlein’s OTR production facility with 12 other local breweries. The festivities
run Feb 6-13. Check for a full list of venues and events at cincinnatibeerweek.com.
Cincy Winter Beerfest
Pace yourselves these coming weeks, because no hangover is going to be worth missing the champion of beer events. As one of the top 10 craft-beer festivals in the nation, Cincy Winter Beerfest is the Holy Grail of beer selections. With more than 350 craft beers, this two-day event packs thousands of beer fanatics, satisfying food, live band performances and good ole’ drinking fun into Duke Energy Center. Cincy Winter Beerfest runs Feb. 14-15; regular, VIP and connoisseur packages available online. Non-drinking tickets are also available and special designated drivers tickets will be sold with an included $5 food and soda voucher (because we reward those who put up with our drunken foolishness while being responsible). Doors open at 7:30 p.m., early entry 6:30 p.m. for those with VIP and connoisseur tickets. Tickets and details: cincybeerfest.com.
The Betts House, located in the Betts-Longworth Historic District in the West End, is the oldest surviving brick building in Cincinnati. Built in 1804, it opened to the public as a museum in 1996. And their current exhibit, Bricks, Barrel Vaults & Beer: The Architectural Legacy of Cincinnati Breweries, examines the tunnels, breweries, buildings and people that made Cincinnati one of the leaders of the 19th century brewing industry through photos, charts, narratives, technology and more. The show has been extended until March 27, and the house is featuring several beer-related events to close out its run.
On Saturday, Jan. 25, the Betts House will host a cooking class, Cooking with Beer! Join chef Stefan Skirtz from Findlay Market's S&J Bakery and Cafe as he demonstrates how to utilize beer in your cooking, particularly Christian Moerlein brews. 1:30-2:30 p.m. Free with museum entry ($2). The Betts House, 416 Clark St., West End, thebettshouse.org.
And then from 5-10 p.m. Feb. 7 and noon-8 p.m. Feb. 8, take a tour of the Listermann Brewing Company in Evanston (1621 Dana Ave., Evanston, listermannbrewing.com) to support the Betts House. Explore the inner-workings of the brewery, see some panels from the Bricks, Barrel Vaults & Beer display and support the mission of the house. Tour is $5 per person with proceeds going to the Betts House. More details here.
Learn more about Triple Digit and Listermann, plus get taproom hours and what's currently pouring at the brewery, here.
Locals Rivertown Brewing Company and the Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza have come together to create The Netherland Plaza Ale (NPA), a private label beer for the hotel. According to the press release, the NPA is an approachable pale ale session beer with 4.8 percent alcohol and features fresh hops picked in northern Cincinnati and a clean finish.This exclusive beer will only be served at the Palm Court restaurants — the bar, the grille and Orchids — and Netherland events.
"We wanted to add something special to our beverage program," writes Todd Kelly, executive chef and director of food and beverage, in a recent release. "Seeing the request we get for local craft beers, we sought out a local brewer who we felt was doing well in our city. We decided on Rivertown Brewing Company to create a custom beer for us."
Jason Roeper, CEO and brewer of Rivertown Brewing Company adds, "We are very excited and pleased to introduce, in collaboration with one of Cincinnati's most pristine hotels, Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza, the locally inspired American pale ale, which utilizes locally grown hops for an original and wonderful flavor. We look forward to many future projects with Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza!"