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Mashing For Mammaries at Osborn Brewing

In honor of breast cancer awareness month a local homebrew supply store, Osborn Brewing, is hosting Mashing for Mammaries. The event will feature homebrewers from the local Middletown Area Society of Homebrewers (M*A*S*H) and the Cincinnati Malt Infusers (CMI) brewing beer throughout the day. If you have an interest in making your own beer this is a great time to stop by the store and see the variety of setups and methods available to you. Knowing homebrewers there will likely be a fair deal of drinking going on while brewing too.10-17-2013 2-20-54 PM

Besides the brewing there will also be a topless car wash and if plans come together then there will be raffles throughout the day and a cornhole tournament. If you’re available to judge the tournament or have things to donate for the raffle please contact Brent Osborn at (513) 360-0076. All proceeds will from these activities will go to Save the Ta-Tas. The events officially start at noon but some brewers, like myself, will likely be getting there around 10:30 to get setup.

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Medley Brothers Bourbon Relaunch

Medley Brothers Bourbon was a classic bourbon that has been off the market for about fifty years, ever since the rights to the brand were sold by the family in 1958. Now thanks to Charles Medley and his son Sam, the family is bringing it back.

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Having already resurrected two of the other family brands, Wathen’s Kentucky Bourbon – Single Barrel and Old Medley 12 Yr Bourbon, the Medley family now brining back their Medley Brother’s Bourbon with almost exactly the same label and, according to them, a very similar recipe. I was lucky enough to be at the Old Kentucky Bourbon Bar for the launch party last Thursday, tasting it in the first week it was available in Kentucky and got to talk with Sam and Charles Medley as well. It really was exciting to be able to talk a little bit about bourbon with a family that has been making it for eight generations. Charles and Sam were both gracious as well as passionate about their family business.

Charles and Sam Medley

Charles and Sam Medley

Unlike the Wathren’s Single Barrel and the Old Medley, this bourbon is meant less for sipping alone and more for use in craft cocktails. At 102 proof this bourbon is meant to stand up to other ingredients in a classic cocktail. While I didn’t get to try it in a mixed drink I imagine that the stronger flavor of this bourbon, especially in the cocoa and oak flavor, would lend itself well to both mixing and sipping. Medley Brother’s Bourbon retails for about $25 a bottle and is currently only available in Kentucky but should soon be available in Georgia,  South Carolina, New York, Massachusetts, Illinois, Connecticut, and Rhode Island. As for Ohio, well it will probably be a bit longer before you can get a bottle without driving across the river.

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New local beer alert: Listermann Colonel Plug (Kentucky Style Common Ale)

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I had noticed the label approval for this one a little while back, but now we have the details concerning the beer and its release. From Jason at Listermann:

Listermann Brewing Company will be releasing its first beer in its new Ohio Riverboat Pirate series, Colonel Plug, a collaboration with 1987 Home Brewer of the Year and the founder of the Bloatarian Brewing League in Cincinnati, Ray Spangler. Ray and head brewer Kevin Moreland decided to revive one of the three beer styles that originated in the United States: Kentucky Common.  The Kentucky Common is a sour mash beer that had an 18 hour mash before it was boiled to naturally sour the beer.  The beer was then aged in an American oak cask.

Colonel Plug will be a brewery only release on Friday September 27th at 5 pm. It will be available for draft and bottle purchase. Listermann Brewing Company is located at 1621 Dana AveCincinnati, OH45207

Appearance – Bourbon Hue

Malt – Corn, 2-Row, Honey Malt

Hops – Sterling

Yeast – American Ale

O.G. – 15.5 Plato

IBU- 20

ABV- 6%

Edit: These are $13.99 a bottle with a limit of two bottles per person.

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Who Dey think gonna raise more money?

Football season is back and MadTree is teaming up with the Northern Kentucky Home Brewers guild to raise money for the Alzheimer Association of greater Cincinnati PLUS watch the Bengal’s (hopefully) kick the Bear’s ass!

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Handcrafted Cocktails Cincinnati Book Launch

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After months of buzz and anticipation Cincinnati was finally able get their hands on Handcrafted Cocktails: The Mixologist’s Guide to Classic Drinks for Morning, Noon & Night by mixologist and local alcohol-celebrity Molly Wellmann. The book’s Cincinnati launch was held last Thursday at Molly’s bar Japp’s Since 1879 so of course I was there to get my autographed copy and to check out a few of the cocktails that Molly was demonstrating from the book. Here are some of the highlights of the evening.

Molly Wellmann

Molly signing books and looking fabulous.

 

She likes us. She really likes us!

She likes us, she really likes us!

 

Molly Wellmann making a "sweet heat" cocktail.

Molly making a “sweet heat” cocktail.

I haven’t gotten a chance to dig into the book too much yet but it looks great so far. I really like that she divided the chapters into times of day, “Drinks for the Morning” and so on, and then in each chapter categorized them by the main spirit used in the cocktail. The recipes are a mix of classic cocktails with the stories to go along with them, as well as original creations. We tried two of the original recipe cocktails featured in the book, Little Boy Blue and the Sweet Heat.

Bourbon, blueberry simple syrup, and a stout floater

Little Boy Blue: bourbon, blueberry simple syrup, and a stout floater.

 

Sweet Heat: vodka, jalapeno simple syrup, and salt & pepper.

Sweet Heat: vodka, jalapeno simple syrup, and salt & pepper.

It was a great night out. Charlie and I really enjoyed the food, drinks, and atmosphere of the event as well as running into other local writers like Sharon Rudd and Anne Mitchell who were checking out the books as well. Of course the dangerous thing about starting to drink in Over the Rhine is that there are so many places to continue drinking once you’ve gotten a few under your belt. We ended up at friend’s birthday party being held at Neon’s once we were done and the next thing you know we are having a drink at Arnold’s with a guy dressed up like Marie Antoinette.

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Yeah, it was that kind of night.

 

 

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Bunbury Beer Bonanza

OK, 19 may not be a “bonanza” but I love to alliterate and 19 standard craft beers + 1 specially brewed craft beer is pretty damn good for a place with a “Bud Light Stage.” Here’s the list of the standard craft beers:

Mt. Carmel Amber Ale
Great Lakes Dortmunder Gold
Great Lakes Wright Pils
Great Lakes Commodore Perry
Great Lakes Burning River
Angry Orchard Crisp Apple
Unita Hop Notch IPA
Unita Wyld Organic Pale Ale
Magic Hat #9
Pyramid Heffe-Weisse
Highland Gaelic Ale
Lost Coast Tangerine Wheat
Sierra Nevada Torpedo
Sierra Nevada Summerfest
21st Amendment Hell or High Watermelon
Brooklyn Brewery Summer Ale
Victory Summer Love
Victory Prima Pils
Anchor California Lager

Cincinnati’s own Christian Moerlein is also brewing a special beer just for this event, the Bunbury Bavarian Pale Ale. Here is Moerlein’s blurb on this beer:

A new star is being discovered this summer – Christian Moerlein’s Bunbury Bavarian Pale Ale is ready to take center stage at Cincinnati’s greatest summer concert. Bunbury Bavarian Pale Ale showcases the unique characteristics of a traditional Ale, while boasting the flavors and aromas of German noble hops. The malty backbone imparted by Pilsner and Munich malts is accented by delicate floral and fruity notes thanks to a generous late kettle hop addition and dry-hopping. The crisp, refreshing result makes Christian Moerlein’s Bunbury Bavarian Pale Ale a headliner at every venue.

ABV: 5%
IBUs: 40

I haven’t had the Bunbury Bavarian Pale Ale yet but look forward to having it as soon as I hit Bunbury on Friday. Follow me on Twitter @Tom_Aguero as I’ll be tweeting my thoughts on the brews, the music, the food, and the whole Bunbury experience in general. Finally I’m no music blogger so check out Each Note Secure for great info on the bands at Bunbury but personally I’m psyched about the following less well known bands:

Night Terrors of 1927

The Features

WALK THE MOON (from Cincinnati)

Vacationer

Black Joe Lewis

Of course it’s likely needless to say I also can’t wait to see FUN., Cake, MGMT, and The National.

FULL DISCLOSURE: We were contacted by the PR firm working with Bunbury and were given the opportunity to apply for media passes which, to my pure amazement, they gave me! To our readers, and any companies interested in sending me stuff, giving me free stuff impacts the review in only 2 ways. That I WILL review it and that and I WILL write a blog post about it. Giving me free stuff does not guarantee you a favorable review or that I will tell everyone to go buy it.

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Ohio Girls Pint Out Inaugural Meeting

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Girls just want to have beer!

Look out Cincinnati! Lock up your husbands’ and sons’ beer taps because Ohio women have a new drinking club and we are officially open for business. Girls Pint Out is a loosely organized national group with many local chapters but they are all dedicated to bringing together women who love craft beer.

Girls Pint Out originated in Indianapolis, Indiana in early 2010. The Girls Pint Out movement quickly spread to Arizona and Texas with charter chapters. Today, Girls Pint Out has more than 15 chapters nationwide giving women the opportunity to socialize and learn more about craft beer. While educational events are planned with women in mind, our social events are co-ed to encourage craft beer drinkers both male and female to further their journey into the craft beer community.

I was so happy to be able to attend the first meeting of the newly formed Ohio chapter of Girls Pint Out. Terri Houston, the Ohio coordinator of the group, did a fabulous job setting up the event held at Tap House Grill. We had one of the distributors from Mt. Carmel Brewing company there to talk us through a flight of their beer and to answer our questions. We started with a pitcher of the Blonde Ale and I have to say I was very impressed by that one. It was a perfect summer ale; light, refreshing, mildly sweet with a hint of citrus and easy on the hops. I could have drank that all day.

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We had a nice selection of appetizers to share and of course we also had to have at least one other pint as well. The Tap House does have a pretty decent selection of beers on tap as you might expect from the name. The conversation was great. I got to finally meet Lindsey from Love Beer Love Food as well as hang out with several other good friends. We discussed our favorite types of beer and breweries, and shared the story of how we got into craft beer. A common comment I heard was basically, “I tried beer in college and it was gross so I never really bothered with it. Then one day I tried good beer and a whole new world opened up.” This experience fits nicely into my own theory of why it is that fewer women drink beer. I believe that a great many women and men try the gross stuff when they are new drinkers and think it is disgusting. But since women aren’t expected to like beer anyway and there are alternatives, they head over to Arbor Mist or Mike’s Hard Lemonade and never give beer another thought. Men, on the other hand, probably grew up seeing their dads and other men drinking beer and their friends give them a hard time if they drink something ‘girly’ so they keep chugging the gross beer until they develop a taste for it. But I digress. The point is that this was a super fun event and I hope to see more women at the next Girls Pint Out. The next meet up is July 15th at the Moerlein Lager House. It will include a beer tasting and talk by Brewmaster Richard Dube. The cost is $15 and includes taster samples and some light appetizers. Space is limited for this event, so please reserve your spot today by emailing terri@girlspintout.com or RSVP on the facebook event page. I plan on being there and I hope to see you there too.

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Listermann Brewing Company presents Volksfest July 27th, 2013

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Some news from our friends at Listermann:

Introducing, the newest festival hosted by Listermann Brewing Company: Volksfest! Volksfest is a festival for the people of Cincinnati, brought to you by your favorite local craft breweries. Held July 27th at Listermann Brewing Company in Norwood, Ohio, Volksfest will feature beers only from local breweries. The word Volk in German means people, and Cincy’s brewers have decided to come together once again to show our customers just how much they mean to us. There will be live music all day, performed by local musicians (Bands yet to be announced). Several different food vendors will be on hand to serve a wide range of food. The idea behind Volksfest is lower ABV and session beers for the hot summer days in July. There is no cost to attend Volksfest, just pay for whatever you eat and drink! The celebration begins with kegs and eggs in the tasting room at 9 am and ends once the music stops playing at 11 pm.

The breweries involved are: Blank Slate, Fifty West, Christian Morelein, Rock Bottom, Rivertown, Mt. Carmel, Mad Tree, Cellar Dweller, Wiedemann, Quaff Bros, Rhinegeist, Triple Digit, and Listermann. Some of these breweries are making beers JUST for this event!

Listermann Brewing Company has teamed up with the German-American Citizens League of Greater Cincinnati to host the event. They will be bringing an authentic German feel to the festival, as well as booths, banners and parades to talk about their respective clubs. The ceremonial keg tapping of the Listermann Volksfest Lager will be held at 4 p.m.

Like the Oktoberfest and Starkbier Fest previously held at LBC, this event will be family and dog friendly. More info on the music and food vendors will be provided later. The event will start at 9 a.m. with Kegs and Eggs in the tasting room.

We have a new Facebook page, Volksfest Cincinnati , and twitter account, VolksfestCincy, so join the conversation on those for the most up to date information.

For special accommodations or questions, call Listermann’s at 513-731-1130 or email Jason at Jason@listermannbrewing.com or Kevin at Kmoreland@tripledigitbrewing.com. We look forward to seeing you July 27th! Prost/Cheers!

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Queen City Drinks One Year Anniversary Party

Reserved for Queen City Drinks.

Reserved for Queen City Drinks.

I just wanted to post a few pictures that Charlie and I took at the Queen City Drinks one-year anniversary party. I don’t know how the other writers feel, but for me it’s been a great experience writing occasionally for this site. My writing has improved as I have tried to make my posts more descriptive and useful to all types of readers, and I have learned so much both through researching stories and from reading everyone else’s posts. Especially about beer and beer related events in Cincinnati. Thanks so much to Josh for getting this website started and for his continued leadership and to Tom for keeping it updated and relevant on a day-to-day basis. And a huge thank you to Fifty West Brewing for hosting this party and for allowing us to bring in our own beer to share. There aren’t many places in Cincinnati that would let you do something like that.  And of course the biggest thank you of all goes to all you readers and brewers reading this who make up the community. It was great getting to finally meet many of you in person Thursday. Now that we know each other in real life and not just on twitter I hope to be seeing a lot more of you. So here are just a few pictures of the night. It was a great time and I had my fair share of beer so they might not all be the best quality but I think that is a sign of a really great evening. Cheers everyone and here is to another great year ahead for Queen City Drinks.

madtree kenny and tom

Looks like an intense discussion

The Brew Professor schools us.

The Brew Professor schools us.

Ginny and Beach bum

Finally meeting the Cincy Beach Bum

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Really nice C.A.B. sliders. So good we ordered them twice.

This was the most sour beer I've ever had.

This was the most sour beer I’ve ever had.

"In the Name of Suffering" sounds more like a hot sauce than a beer.

“In the Name of Suffering” sounds more like a hot sauce than a beer.

Josh at the head of the table. Sort of.

Josh at the head of the table. Sort of.

Triple digit was well represented.

Triple digit was well represented.

Josh and one of the brewer's from Rhinegeist.

Josh and one of the brewer’s from Rhinegeist.

Doesn't have anything to do with beer but on the way home we drove by Horseshoe and stopped to get half of The Killers concert for free by standing outside the gates. Better seats than I've ever had at Riverbend.

Doesn’t have anything to do with beer but on the way home we drove by Horseshoe and stopped to see part of The Killers concert for free by standing outside the gates. Better seats than I’ve ever had at Riverbend.

 

 

 

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Listermann Beer Dinner, May 15 during National Craft Beer Week at Parkers Blue Ash

I just received information on a beer dinner featuring Listermann beers at Parkers Blue Ash. I really hope to make this one, as Listermann/Triple Digit have been cranking out some solid beers and the food pairings sound fantastic.

[Note: I just got an email stating that this dinner will take place at 7:00PM.]

Parkers Blue Ash Tavern Executive Chef Josh House is hosting a Craft Beer Dinner in partnership with Listermann and Triple Digit Breweries on May 15, 2013. The dinner will take place during National Craft Beer Week, which runs May 13-19, 2013. This celebration, coordinated by the Craft Beer Program, is an opportunity for craft brewers to commemorate their art and tradition with enthusiasts across the country.

Courses will include First Course: Tuna Tacos (Cucumber Salsa, Jalapeno Crema, Cilantro) with Serpentine Wheat; Second Course: Fish and Chips (Battered Pacific Cod, Crispy Plantain, Napa Cabbage) with Leopold; Third Course: Beer Belly and Pork Rinds (Smoked Pork Belly, Spicy Pork Rinds, Avocado) with Jungle Honey; Entrée Course: Ohio Steak and Potatoes (Ribeye Two Ways, Asparagus, Roasted Beef Jus) with Aftermath; Dessert Course: “Nutty Bars” (Fresh Peanut Butter, Wafers, Chocolate) with Nutcase.

Reservations can be secured by calling Parkers at (513) 891-8300; limited space with capacity at 40. Tickets are $40 apiece. Additionally, Parkers is currently featuring one newly offered craft beer per week as the “Brew of the Week,” intended to encourage new and returning guests to broaden their horizons and try something different. Parkers Head Chef Josh House plans to keep each “Brew of the Week” in mind as he crafts specials each week to be paired with the wide range in craft beers available. The first “Brew of the Week” was the Triple Digit Chickow Hazelnut Double Brown Ale, only available locally by the Triple Digit Brewing Company on Dana Avenue.

About Parkers Blue Ash Tavern’s Chef Josh House: Chef House hails from Miamisburg, Ohio where he began his culinary journey making pizza and washing dishes. He brings with him an extensive background of fine dining, banquet, and hotel experience from Louisville, Phoenix, and Cincinnati. Prior to joining the Parkers team, House was the Executive Chef at the Cincinnati Marriott Northeast where he helped design and implement new menus for the hotels’ restaurant and banquet departments. Before leading the culinary department at the Marriott, House worked at The Oakroom at The Seelbach Hilton Hotel in Louisville, Kentucky’s only AAA 5 Diamond Award winning restaurant, helping design a seasonal menu reflecting the desire of the team to push the boundaries of the local dining scene. While at Kai Restaurant at The Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort and Spa in Phoenix, AAA 5 Diamond and Forbes 5 Star Award winning restaurant, House began his education in southwestern cuisine with a focus on Native American ingredients indigenous to the area. House also spent time during culinary school working at The Seelbach Hilton Hotel as a banquet cook learning how to execute high volume banquets and writing the weekly brunch menu for The Oakroom before heading off to Arizona to help broaden his culinary knowledge. House looks to seasonal and locally sourced products when creating menu items or specials for Parkers and its award winning brunch, wine and beer dinners, and holiday menu offerings.

About Parkers Blue Ash Tavern: Parkers Blue Ash Tavern is located at 4200 Cooper Road in Blue Ash. They specialize in All-American Fare with a wide selection of beef and seafood dishes, as well as a critically-acclaimed Best of Cincinnati Sunday brunch. Additionally, they recently remodeled their Tap Room and patio and also offer a main dining room or private dining. The restaurant is known for its wood-burning fireplaces and charming equestrian theme.

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