by Nick Swartsell
7 days ago
Posted In: News
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A Kentucky beer battle is brewing; NAACP could tap Cincinnati for 2016 convention; Miami students protest conservative columnist over sexual assault remarks
All right. Let’s talk about this news stuff, shall we?In just 12 days, voters will decide whether or not to back a plan put forward by Republican Hamilton County Commissioners Greg Hartmann and Chris Monzel for fixing Union Terminal. But the details still haven’t been worked out completely, as this Business Courier article discusses. The tax increase proposal, an alternative to another scheme drawn up over a number of months by a cadre of the city’s business leaders that also included Music Hall, has been a kind of plan-as-you-go effort by the commissioners. The 5-year, .25-percent sales tax increase won’t provide all the money needed for the project, and it’s still a bit up in the air where the rest will come from. The structure of the deal will hold Cincinnati Museum Center, which occupies the building, accountable for cost overruns or revenue shortfalls, which they’ll need to make up with private financing or donations. A new nonprofit entity might also need to be created to officially lease the building from the city in order to qualify for state and federal tax credits, a possible stumbling block that will require city-county coordination. All of which is to say there’s a long way to go before the landmark is on its way to renovation.• The NAACP is ready to tap Cincinnati for its 2016 national convention pending a site visit in November. That’s a bit of a surprise, as many assumed Baltimore, where the organization is headquartered, would get the nod for its presidential election year convention. Cincinnati also hosted the NAACP convention in 2008. Big political players, including presidential candidates, often speak at the convention during election years. The 2016 election is shaping up to be huge for Ohio, with Cleveland hosting the GOP national convention and Columbus in the running for the Democrat’s big national event.• A talk by award-winning conservative Washington Post columnist George Will at Miami University last night drew a number of protesters unhappy that the school invited him to speak. Will has caused controversy over remarks he made in a column in June criticizing new sexual assault rules on many college campuses. Will has blasted the “progressivism” of the rules, saying they place men accused of assault in a “guilty until proven innocent” situation. Specifically, Will criticized measures that stipulate a person who is considerably inebriated is unable to give sexual consent. Students and faculty who opposed Will’s talk say they collected more than 1,000 signatures from members of the Miami University community asking the school to cancel the event. Will has gained a reputation for his controversial, sometimes outlandish remarks. He has dismissed climate change science, for instance. Most recently, he claimed on Fox News that Ebola could be spread through the air via coughs and sneezes, an assertion contradicted by nearly all scientists who study the disease. • Former Juvenile Court Judge Tracie Hunter’s attorney Clyde Bennett has filed a motion for a retrial, saying that two of the 12 jurors on the case did not vote to find Hunter guilty on a felony charge earlier this month. Hunter was on trial for nine felony counts. The jury hung on the other eight but allegedly agreed that she was guilty of improperly intervening in a case involving her brother, a court employee who allegedly punched a juvenile inmate. Hunter’s sentencing is scheduled for Dec. 8, though a Nov. 13 hearing on Bennett’s retrial motion could change that.• If you live in Kentucky and are hoping Yuengling comes to your neck of the woods soon, you may be disappointed. There’s a battle brewing (haha) over beer distribution in the state as giant Anheuser-Busch seeks to buy a distributor in the Kentucky that could give the company a quarter of the beer market there. That has mid-sized independent companies like Yuengling and some wholesalers saying there may not be room for them. Generally, beer brewers aren’t allowed to own distributors or stores under anti-trust laws, but Anheuser-Busch won the right to own one in Louisville after suing the state in 1978. • In international news, four former employees of Blackwater, the private security firm that the U.S. contracted during the Iraq war, have been convicted for the 2007 shooting deaths of 17 Iraqis. The incident, which happened at a public square in Baghdad, became notorious as an example of U.S. contractors’ misconduct during the Iraq war. A judge in the case ruled that the killings were not an act of war, but a crime. One defendant, sniper Nicholas Slatten, faces life in prison for murder. Three others face 30 year minimum sentences for charges including committing a using a machine gun to carry out a violent crime and voluntary manslaughter.
by Nick Swartsell
49 days ago
Posted In: News
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New streetcar funding plan; Red Bike launches Monday; to sag, or not to sag?
Good morning Cincy! Here’s what’s going on around the city and other, less cool places in the world.There’s a new proposal to help fund operating costs for Cincinnati’s streetcar. The Haile Foundation, which has pledged donations to help cover some of the project’s funding gap, has suggested that a special improvement tax district covering downtown, Over-the-Rhine and Pendleton could help cover the streetcar’s $3 million operating shortfall. Downtown already has a similar district, which raises about $2.5 million. That district would expire if property owners in all three districts approve the new plan, which is expected to raise about $5 million a year. About half that money would be used for the streetcar. It’s unclear at this point how much that would raise the cost of owning property in the districts, but Haile VP Eric Avner says the increase wouldn’t be large or burdensome. Some nonprofits in the neighborhoods have questions about how the plan would affect their operating costs but have not said they oppose the measure.• Starting Monday, you’ll be able to borrow a bike from one of 30 bike racks around the city, ride around uptown, downtown, and Over-the-Rhine, and then drop the bike off at any other rack and be on your way. Red Bike, the nonprofit running the bike share, has announced that the cost for borrowing a bike will be $8 a day or $80 for a yearly membership. Each ride is limited to 60 minutes, but riders can check their bike in and start over with another as many times as they like. The bike share is intended to provide commuters and visitors with a quick, easy and environmentally friendly alternative to driving around the city’s core and uptown neighborhoods. Earlier this summer, Cincinnati City Council approved a proposal by Mayor John Cranley providing $1 million in start up funds for the project. • The University of Cincinnati has more students enrolled for the fall semester than it has ever had before, the school says. Total enrollment at all UC campuses is 43,691 students. That includes a record 6,651 freshmen. The university says it has also increased the diversity of its student body. U.S. News and World Report ranks UC 129th among U.S. universities, a six-spot increase from last year.• Testimony began today in the case against Hamilton County Juvenile Court Judge Tracie Hunter. As we’ve talked about before here at the morning news, this is a complicated and highly contentious court battle. Hunter faces nine felony charges, including forging records and improper use of a court credit card. She claims the charges are false and that she’s the victim of politics. But there are a number of subplots beyond that basic argument — the trial looks to be one for the ages and is worth following. • Ohio’s beer industry is providing more state residents with jobs, according to a report released by the industry group the Beer Institute. The institute, which sounds like a fabulous place to work, ranks Ohio sixth in the nation for brewing jobs. Breweries employ about 83,000 people across the state, the study says, and puts about $10 billion into the state’s economy. Christian Moerlein here in Cincinnati has been a part of that great news. The company employs about 325 people in the city and says it’s looking to hire more. “We were the original brewing city outside of Germany," said Mike Wayne, general manager of Moerlein’s brewery in OTR. "We were the best once, we can be the best again."I’ll toast to that.• Here’s a pretty interesting article about the always-controversial intersection of fashion and politics. It seems a number of places around the country have taken to instituting laws against wearing your pants too low on your hips, which inspired NPR to take a long historical odyssey into the roots of that trend and the ramifications of legislating fashion. Warning: This article contains the phrase “the murky genesis of saggy pants,” which is maybe the best/worst subhead I’ve ever seen in a news article.• Thirteen years ago today, the U.S. experienced one of the most terrifying events in its history when hijackers flew airliners into the World Trade Center buildings and the Pentagon. A number of memorial services, moments of silence and other events have been taking place across the country. Meanwhile, the U.S. is still wrestling with how to navigate the post-9-11 world, as evidenced by the recent struggle to respond to newly powerful terrorist groups like ISIS.• Finally, I would be remiss in my job of telling you what you need to know for the day if I didn’t link you to this epic high school yearbook photo a Schenectady, New York student is fighting to use as his senior picture. It’s incredible.
0 Comments · Tuesday, July 29, 2014
Dayton, Ohio’s Fifth Street Brewpub co-op served its own
beers to patrons for the first time on July 16. While the doors to the
brewery, taproom and restaurant opened last year — and beer from other
brewers has been pouring from their taps ever since — the brewery just
received all of the necessary legal approval to be able to serve beer
brewed on premises at 1600 E. Fifth St.
by Jac Kern
Posted In: Alcohol
at 10:50 AM | Permalink
Over-the-Rhine Brewery's "session pale ale" on its way to local retailers
Rhinegeist Brewery yesterday released its third canned beer, Zen Session Pale Ale. The brew is described as "like walking barefoot through a citrus grove in the morning. Earthy and orange zest hop character permeates this Session Pale."The dry hopped brew promises to be a perfect summer companion with notes of grapefruit and pine. Zen features Golden Promise malt and Citra, Mosaic and Cascade hops with a 4.8 percent ABV, all making for a bright and drinkable ale.You can find canned Zen, along with Cougar Golden Ale and Truth IPA (released in cans earlier this year), at several area retailers. Find one close to you here. Zen and other core and rotating beers are also available on tap at the Rhinegeist Brewery on Elm Street.Rhinegeist brewed its first batch just under one year ago.
by Jac Kern
Posted In: Eats
at 12:03 PM | Permalink
Father’s Day is June 16, so make sure you get
out there and show Dad (or the Dad-like guy in your life) a good time this
weekend. There’s lots going on the next few days: stuff to do with Pops, and
plenty to check out on your own once Dad starts talking about how wrecked the
government is and how tough he had it when he was a kid (sorry, Dad, but it
Newport’s Italianfest runs Friday-Sunday on
the Levee. Food is obviously a highlight at this annual fest; expect plenty of
pizza, pasta, cannoli and gelato from area restaurants. There will also be live
music, cooking and eating contests, rides and games and a photo exhibit of
Italians that settled in Newport generations ago. Admission is free; go here for
hours and more info.Cincinnati Opera’s summer season kicks off with Mozart’s
comic drama, Don Giovanni. The opener’s
second showing is Saturday. Read our full Opera season preview here.
Jungle Jim’s is known for being the go-to
grocery store for exotic types of meats, fancy cheeses, rare candy and
produce from around the world, but it also has an extensive beer selection.
Friday and Saturday, Jim’s hosts an International Beer Fest featuring 350 beers from 100 breweries across the globe. Tickets are $40 for
Friday, $45 for Saturday, $15 for designated drivers and can be purchased at
the store’s beer and wine department while they last (online sales have
The City Flea takes over
Washington Park Saturday. Browse furniture, clothing, housewares, accessories
and other vintage, antique, local and handmade goodies, plus food from local
vendors and food trucks from 10 a.m.- 4 p.m.
Does your father love pork? Of course he
does, this is America! Bring Dad to Covington for MainStrasse Village’s “Original” Goettafest Friday-Sunday. Find
ample versions of the sausagey Cincinnati stable along with plenty of beer,
music, shopping and other festival favorites. Go here
For more stuff to do this weekend, check out
our To Do
picks full calendar
and Rick Pender’s Stage
for weekend theater offerings.More to look forward to: Peep our Summer Guide, tucked into this week's issue, for all sorts of seasonal goodness to keep you busy all summer long. And be sure to get tickets to next Wednesday's Margarita Madness celebration at Newport on the Levee. Admission is $20 in advance ($25 at the Levee, if there are still tickets available) and includes ample tequila and margarita samples, summery bites from area restaurants and live music and DJs, all from 5:30-9 p.m. June 19. Get tickets and more info here.
by Chelsea Spata
Posted In: Drinking
at 10:27 AM | Permalink
After such success during the Taste of
Cincinnati weekend, the Christian Moerlein Brewing Company will continue to
offer weekend tours of their brewery on Moore Street in Over-the-Rhine.The
brewery was open for public tours for the Taste, but not
everyone was able to make it in for a look into the new brewing facility and
tap room. The free tours will lead patrons through the production brewery and
the underground Malt House from the pre-prohibition Kauffman Brewery. Tours
conclude with a craft beer tasting and plenty of food from local food trucks.Tours
will include information about the various Moerlein beers sold in the area as
well as the process by which they are crafted. Visitors will also enjoy a
lesson in Moerlein food pairing that features dining selections from local
Moerlein Brewing Company, opened in 1853 after high demand from German
immigrants, has exported beers throughout Cincinnati and to Europe and South
America. After the fall of the brewery during the “dark age” of prohibition,
the Moerlein name was restored in 1981. Christian Moerlein Select Lager, the
first American beer to pass the Reinheitsgebot Bavarian Purity Law, was known
for its taste and simplicity, containing only malted barley, hops, water and
Hardman, a Cincinnati “beer baron,” purchased Christian Moerlein in 2004. Still
committed to crafting quality, great-tasting beers, the Moerlein Brewing
Company is reaching out to the Cincinnati community and offering residents and
visitors an opportunity to engage themselves with one of Cincinnati’s most
well-known traditions.“We were
thrilled with the public’s response to our tours during ‘Taste’ weekend,” said Hardman in a press release. “We are extending our tours through the weekends to give
everyone a chance to visit our new brewing facility.” Tours will explore modern
craft brewing processes as well as brewing techniques specific to the
Moerlein now boasts a variety of beers and lagers including Moerlein OTR Ale,
Moerlein Lager House, Moerlein Barbarossa Double Dark, Moerlein Northern
Liberties IPA, Moerlein Seven Hefeweizen, and Moerlein Seasonal Selections.
Moerlein beers and lagers are available on tap at a number of local pubs and
restaurants and in bottles at retail stores.
brewery will be open every Friday through Sunday for tours. Tours will begin at
the following times: Fridays at 5 and 7 p.m.; Saturdays at 1, 3, 5 and 7 p.m.;
Sundays at 1, 3 and 5 p.m. The Christian Moerlein Craft Brewery, Tap Room and
Tour Center is located in the Kaufman Pre-Prohibition Brewery Complex, 1621
Moore Street. Ample parking is available in adjacent lots. For more
information, visit christianmoerlein.com.
0 Comments · Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Best news we already knew: Science has confirmed that just
the taste of a single sip of beer can make you happier by jump-starting
dopamine levels in your brain. WORLD +2
0 Comments · Wednesday, February 6, 2013
As Rivertown Brewing Company CEO and
brewmaster, Jason Roeper spends most of his time on the road in the
company’s four main sales territories, but home is where his heart is.
Three restaurants passionate about beer and cuisine
0 Comments · Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Any brewer worth his or her noble hops will tell you the
world of beer is rich with variety and complexity,
worthy of thoughtful pairings to both complement and elevate delicious
cuisine. And for beer fans, Cincinnati couldn’t be a more perfect venue
for exploring those pairings.
0 Comments · Wednesday, September 26, 2012
Hamilton Avenue in Northside is home to a
slew of eclectic storefronts like Melt and Shake It Records, and, since
April, Northsiders have enjoyed The Listing Loon as a place to swing by
and load up on bottles of hand-selected microbrews by a couple of
Cincinnati’s tenured bartenders.