With the first ever Cincinnati Beer Week starting today, I thought a breakdown of the events that caught my eye should be in order. This is by no means THE authoritative source (though, I think it’s a pretty darn good list), but it will at least give you a place to start if you’re late to the game.
Without further ado:
A great opening night event at a great bar that I bet a lot of folks haven’t been to. They will have Pannepot, Tsjeeses Reserva 2010, and Ignis Et Flamma on draft; with Pannepot and Pannepot Reserva in bottles. I haven’t had the other beers, but Pannepot and Pannepot Reserva are some of the best Belgian Quads I’ve ever had the pleasure of tasting. Top five, for sure. While you’re there, make sure you visit the storefront to take away from libations to hold you over for the weekend. They have a remarkable selection.
The best beer bar in the best neighborhood in Cincinnati. They will have an assortment of lambics, gueuzes, and other sour ales to try. Even if you don’t like sours, their beer fridge is full of anything else you could want. Not to mention, if you come for dinner or just need a late night snack, they have great burritos and nachos, with homemade salsas.
This is likely the only chance you’ll get to try the barrel aged version of the already limited 1861 Porter brewed by Moerlein for the oldest bar in Cincinnati. Bonus points for an awesome drinking environment and good food.
Brewers from Mt. Carmel, Rivertown, Red Ear, Listermann, and Moerlein will be on hand to sign bottles of the first ever official Beer Week brew. The beer, a barley wine, was definitely green and needs some age on it, but this would be the only time to start a complete vertical of the Cincinnati Beer Week beers, plus a great opportunity to meet the brewers local to our community. Bonus points: pick up some bottles from JJ’s amazing selection, and perhaps some cheese’s from an equally impressive assortment.
This one sounds really interesting. Not only do you get to learn how to grow hops yourself (a nice money-saving venture for homebrewers), but you get to bring home your own hop rhizome to get you started. Note that supplies are limited, so make sure to reserve your spot at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Listermann’s doesn’t just sell homebrew supplies. They also sell beer that they brew themselves, including this baltic porter which is lightly smoked and was aged in a bourbon barrel. Odds are you’ll never see this beer again, so go get you some. Note: it’s on cask, so you’ll get a nice, authentic experience here. Also, again, same Arnold’s bonus points listed above.
Go eat some delicious noms at the wonderful Dilly Cafe with Jason Roeper of Rivertown, where you’ll get the opportunity to try their upcoming Brewmaster’s Reserve Limited Release, Pestilence, a hibiscus sour ale. Afterwards, make sure to grab a few bottles from their small in space, yet big in variety selection. Or -gasp- check out their great wine selection. Note: at $45 per person & only 32 seats available, reservations are strongly recommended. Please call 513.561.5233 to reserve your seats.
You’ll get the first chance to try the session IPA being released in bottles by Founders. In addition kegs of, Breakfast Stout, Double Trouble, and Dirty Bastard will be tapped. Of course, at 10:00PM, the real reason folks should be there will occur: the tapping of the mythical Canadian Breakfast Stout will occur. 10:00 is past my bedtime, but if you missed out on the insanely hyped bottle release, this will be a great opportunity to try one of the best beers ever brewed. Bonus point: mac and cheese.
All of this greatness will culminate in the Cincinnati beer event of the year: the Winter Beerfest. Over 300 beers from 80+ breweries will fill the ENTIRE Duke Energy Convention Center. If you haven’t, for some crazy reason, bought tickets yet, I IMPLORE you to do so now. You’ll be missing out on some great fun if you don’t.
So, there we go. That’s my list. Take it, leave it, or write your own. Those are the events I am most excited about this week. If you like good beer, this week should be heaven for you. I thank everyone who was involved for all their hard work and wish them the best of luck this week!