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.
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.
by Jac Kern
Posted In: Arts
at 10:18 AM | Permalink
On this first day of Bike to Work Week, Park + Vine and
Queen City Bike want to reward all those who swapped their cars for two wheels
with a kombucha keg party
tonight. Fab Ferments’ brew will be tapped at 4:30 and the fermented goodness
will be served 'til 6 p.m. alongside tasty vegan snacks. P+V continues to
celebrate bike month with lots of other events and promotions this month (find
for our full Bike Month calendar.
Today is also the kick-off of American Craft Beer Week.
That’s a thing! Cincinnati has a rich brewing history, so it’s no surprise that
local watering holes are celebrating the creation and consumption of delicious
craft beer. Tonight, Arnold’s taps Bell’s Third Coast Ale — one of two
fifth-barrels in the entire city. Find Arnold’s full ACBW schedule here.
The Crazy Fox in Newport
hosts open mic and all-night happy hour every Monday. All musicians are welcome
to perform in a friendly atmosphere, beginning at 8:30 p.m. The Seedy Seeds’
Margaret Darling guest hosts this week.
It's Only A Day AwayTomorrow, Northside Tavern hosts a fundraiser for End
Slavery Cincinnati. Help raise awareness
about human trafficking in the country and right here in Cincinnati from 5-10 p.m. There
will be live music from The Flavor Junkies and Wild Mountain Berries, door
prizes and more, for $5 at the door.
This American Life presented a live cinema event last
Thursday that featured its standard true storytelling format, but with ample
visual elements. In addition to anecdotes from David Sedaris, Tig Notaro and
others, there were also dance performances, a hilarious short film from Mike
Birbiglia and an interactive performance by OK GO. The theater in Newport where
I watched the show was far too empty — I found the show more entertaining than
any movie in theaters right now! Those who missed out have another chance to
check out the program in theaters Tuesday. Sure, it will be a recording of the
live show, but the charm and excitement of the live format will surely shine
through. Without spoiling anything, the stories they were able to assemble were
killer: laugh-out-loud, misty-eyed, thought-provoking TAL goodness.
Be sure to download this free app
before you go — the TAL crew pulled some strings to allow audiences to use
their phones at one point in the performance. Go here to find nearby theaters
screening the show tomorrow at 7:30 p.m. Can I gush any more? No. It’s worth
the $20 ticket. Please go.
Ricky, Julian and Bubbles bring the trailer park to town for
a night tomorrow! For those unfamiliar, Trailer Park Boys is a Canadian
mockumentary-style comedy series and movies that has developed a
cult following over the past decade. It’s white trash hilarity at its finest.
If last year’s live show was any indication, Tuesday’s “Community Service Variety
Show” is sure to bring the LOLs. Buy tickets 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.