by Jessica Baltzersen
Posted In: Beer
at 03:17 PM | Permalink
Two weeks of craft brewing goodness just in time for Valentine's Day
are swooning this February and no, not over candy hearts, roses and
candlelit dinners for two, but for our utmost affection for beer. Cupid struck beer-lovers’
hearts this season, causing us to fall head-over-heels (literally) for craft beer
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
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.
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
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.
by Jac Kern
The Cincinnati International Wine Festival opens tonight at Duke Energy Convention Center. More than 600 varieties from 100 wineries will be at your disposal during the grand tastings tonight, tomorrow afternoon and tomorrow evening. There will also be live music, a silent auction and plenty of food to soak up that alcohol. This is a pricey event, but it's a chance to taste wines from across the globe. Go here for tickets.Is beer more your style? The folks who brought us Cincy Winter Beerfest just a couple weeks ago present All About Stout Fest Saturday at Molly Malone's Irish Pub in Covington. For $15, guests get five tastings, one full pint of choice and a souvenir pint glass. There are 25 stouts to choose from, plus Molly's 18 draft beers on tap. With live Irish music to keep you movin', consider this your dress rehearsal for St. Patrick's Day. Find a full beer list and ticket information here.Though we live in a city with limited access to independent, art house and foreign films (the Esquire can only do so much!) Cincy World Cinema brings us some much-needed film opportunities, like this weekend's Oscar Shorts. Saturday and Sunday, CWC hosts an exclusive screening of Academy Award nominated live-action and animated short films. Enjoy cocktails, hors d'oeuvres and the rare opportunity to see these films on the big screen, in one day. Many screenings have sold out, so go here to purchase yours. Final Fridays are to OTR as Second Saturdays are to Northside. As usual, all are encouraged to explore the neighborhood's bars, restaurants, galleries and businesses for extended hours, later happy hours, art openings and sales starting at 6 p.m. Find a full list of participating venues here.Springtime brings the start of everyone's favorite spectator sport. No, not baseball, roller derby! The Cincinnati Rollergirls open their seventh season with a double-header against the Arch Rival Roller Girls of St. Louis Saturday. Head down to the Cincinnati Gardens early for free parking and tailgating, then enjoy $1 happy hour beers beginning at 6 p.m., when the doors open. The Cincinnati Junior Rollergirls, featuring mini badasses age 8-17 (isn't that kind of a crazy age range?) make their debut during halftime. General admission is $10 in advance, $12 at the door ($15/$17 for trackside seats). If you haven't been to a roller derby since the '90s, it's exciting, cheap and the sport is really fun to get into. You'll be getting rowdy in no time! Go here for tickets.Tickets to Radiohead's June concert at Riverbend go on sale at 10 a.m. tomorrow. If you're planning on snagging a pair, you should probably camp out tonight.Of course, there's also tons of live music, theater, art shows and more events going on this weekend. Find all our To Do recommendations here.
by Jac Kern
Posted In: Events
at 01:43 PM | Permalink
Tips for a Successful Beerfest
There are plenty of beer festivals year-round in Cincinnati, but Cincy Winter Beerfest is the queen mother of them all. Duke Energy Convention Center downtown transforms into a beer haven this weekend, offering more than 300 craft brews.