It’s a new year and a new decade, which means a lot of new beers, anniversary parties and winter holiday celebrations, including February Galentine’s Day events.
Galentine’s Day — a celebration of female friendship inspired by an episode of Parks and Recreation — traditionally takes place on Feb. 13, but any day is a good day to hang out with your buds. On Feb. 8, head to Streetside Brewery for a cupcake bar and brunch. 3 Sweet Girls Cakery will provide the desserts and Daisy Jane’s Flower Truck will help you make your own flower bouquet. Street Chef Brigade will provide brunch alongside a new Streetside Galentine’s beer, beermosas, bloody marys and mimosas. It costs $9 to participate in the cupcake bar.
Also on Feb. 8, Braxton gets into the Galentine’s Day spirit when they host a ladies’ brunch. For $50, you get Taste of Belgium’s waffle and crepe bar, bottomless mimosas and bloody marys and Braxton beer.
• Fifty West’s new 100-calorie beer Quencher is different than most beers. Quencher is a naturally-flavored watermelon and lime “activated ale” with added electrolytes, reduced gluten and no added sugars. The brew is 4.1 percent alcohol and has 5 grams of carbs and was “crafted specifically for people pursuing a balanced and active lifestyle,” says the brewery. Get it in cans at Kroger, and try it on draft at the brewpub.
• Earlier in January, Rhinegeist released Night Whale, a two-year barrel-aged bottled imperial stout. Rhinegeist says it “bellows with waves of espresso, chocolate-covered-cherry and light vanilla from the barrel.” The 16.2 percent ABV stout can be found at the taproom (limit one bottle per person). Also new is Rhinegiest’s recently canned Uncle, a British mild ale.
• MadTree has released two new beers. A Little Salty, a stout, takes inspiration from Aglamesis Brothers’ salted caramels and is only available in cans at the taproom. Wheat, Pray, Love contains wheat flavors balanced with citrus punch and can be found on draft and in cans.
• The Common Beer Company has released Chapeau Gris, a fruity saison, and Muzz, a “creamy, full-bodied, fruity pale ale,” on draft.
• Sonder’s latest beer, Midwest Haze, is brewed with Midwest ingredients, including Ohio hops. The beer contains “notes of citrus with melon and vanilla undertones.” Get it on draft and in cans at Sonder’s taproom.
• Big Ash Brewing just released El Rancho in cans and on draft. It’s a light jalapeño and habañero-spiced Scandinavian farmhouse ale named after former brewery building tenants the El Rancho Rankin Motel and El Rancho Grande Mexican restaurant.
• Bircus’ new beer Juggleoats is an oatmeal IPA that pays homage to Juggalos and the Insane Clown Posse.
• In the new year, Brink has already released a Baby Yoda NE IPA, Buffalo Trace bourbon-barrel-aged Baltic porter and Flying Peanut, a peanut butter chocolate porter that supposedly takes like a liquid Nutter Butter.
• A couple of weeks ago, Urban Artifact welcomed back Woodbreaker, a black cherry lemonade Midwest Fruit Tart. It’s available on draft and in cans.
• Fiona’s third birthday is coming up, so on Jan. 24 Listermann will release a new NE IPA Fiona beer in cans called Team Fiona 3rd Birthday. On the same day, they’ll also release Orange Mocha Frappuccinos!!!, a milkshake IPA, in cans.
• On Jan. 25, come to Fretboard for ‘Nati Dread BBA Stout release. The day will be filled with tappings of all four of their 2019 Reggae Series beers — in cans and on draft — with a live performance from Columbus band the Quasi Kings.
• On Jan. 25, Swine City Brewing celebrates two years in business. They’ll have food and new beers.
• West Side Brewing asks: “Do you have an award-winning chili recipe?” If you do, enter the third-annual chili cook off, which takes place Feb. 1 (you must enter by Jan. 25). Entry is $10, but you could win a $50 brewery gift card, a private tour and tasting, a set of pint glasses and the feeling that you’ve accomplished something in life.
• If you’re a fan of The Bachelor, beer, roses and rosé, stop by 3 Points Urban Brewery every Monday for a viewing party. The next party takes place Jan. 27.
• On Jan. 30, Braxton teams up with Quaintrelle Confections for a s’mores and beer pairing at the taproom. The $30 ticket includes a pint of beer and pairings of four more beers with s’mores, like lemon lavender marshmallow and snickerdoodle.
• On Jan. 31, MOVE returns to Rhinegeist. Expect an evening of aerial acrobatics from the Cincinnati Circus Company and performances from the Q-Kidz Dance Team, the Cincinnati Ballet and DJ Smokeface. Some of the taproom sales will benefit chronic stress prevention group Mission2Move.
• On Jan. 31 Northside’s Humble Monk turns one and to commemorate the milestone, they’ll have live music from Don’t Fret Quintet and food from Watson’s Catering.
• On Feb. 1, Middletown’s Rolling Mill Brewing Co. will partner with Gluten-Free Cincinnati to raise awareness for celiac disease. For a $5 donation, sample gluten-free beers and gluten-free treats from Ella Bella, Tina’s Sweet Treats and First Watch.
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