by Jac Kern
5 days ago
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
6 days ago
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.
0 Comments · Wednesday, September 12, 2012
I’m more inclined to pop open a bottle from the experts,
but, hey, I don’t have the White House staff on hand to fix what “ales”
me. So I asked a home brewing friend, Matt Canale, a video game
developer in L.A., to fill me in on his experience and give our readers
some tips on how to get started.
by Hannah McCartney
Posted In: Drinking
at 09:40 AM | Permalink
Today is IPA Day!
Today is a damn good holiday.
It’s IPA Day. Or, in the world of Twitterati and Instagrammers, #IPADay.
IPA Day started last year as a grassroots social media movement meant to rally beer nerds worldwide in a grand, joyful and bottle-filled celebration of a craft beer rich with history, hops and happiness. According to the event’s website, “IPA Day is not the brainchild of a corporate marketing machine, nor is it meant to serve any particular beer brand. IPA Day is opportunity for all breweries, bloggers, businesses and consumers to connect and share their love of craft beer.” Last year, enough drinkers got excited about the concept to get the hashtag trending on Twitter with around 10,000 tweets, and now some bars and restaurants are even holding events to celebrate. If you can't find an official event around you, you can at least be a good Samaritan by visiting your favorite watering hole and convincing someone to swap out their normal watered-down brew for something far more satisfying.
The origin of the traditional India Pale Ale is a contentious subject: Popular legend has it that the brew gained popularity in the late 1700s and early 1800s when some genius British guy decided that extra hops needed to be added to the beer Brit soldiers and sailors took on their long voyages to India. Other beer nerds say the idea of adding hops to beer dates back as far as the 1760s, when there was a general consensus that it was “absolutely necessary” to add hops to beer intended to be consumed in hot climates. And while Americans may have totally fucked up the taco and every Asian chicken dish (I swear General Tso's chicken is just a bunch of McNuggets doused in bastardized barbeque sauce), we kind of hit it head (pun) on with our Americanization of the IPA, which has enveloped into a beautiful beer subculture rich with variations like double and triple IPAs and crazy flavor profiles, adding fruit and herb undertones and dark, smoky accents. While some certain brands and styles of beer like mainstream pilsners and lagers might be more ubiquitous in the American drinking landscape, the IPA represents, truly, a craft beer art form that continues to be innovated and explored. If you're not sure where to start, check out alehead.com's list of some of the best IPAs available today before you head to the store. Bell's Two Hearted Ale will forever have my heart, but I think we might have to see other people today.
Bar/restaurant mural captured the ’80s — bad styles and good times
0 Comments · Tuesday, May 22, 2012
Before Burger Madness, there was mural madness at Arthur’s, the Hyde Park restaurant/bar. From 1981 to 1992, Jerry Dowling painted
caricatures of 142 regulars on a 44-foot wall. The characters are still
there — on the mural, anyway — but the character has changed.
0 Comments · Wednesday, April 4, 2012
We at CityBeat try hard to
maintain high journalistic standards, as evidenced by last week’s
internal editing debate over whether a freelancer who used the word
“shit” was literally referencing “feces” or “stuff” (turns out it was