The ever-popular LUMENOCITY returns for a final year Aug. 5-7, but this time the glowing orchestral light show will be held inside the Taft Theatre instead of on the exterior of Music Hall because of the hall’s ongoing renovations. To commemorate the occasion, Rhinegeist has once again released GLOW, a collaborative pale ale made with Hüell Melon. The beer is available at the brewery and will be served at LUMENOCITY’s block party at Fifth and Sycamore. Get more info at cincinnatisymphony.org.
• The newest beer in Braxton Brewing Company’s Trophy series is Dr. Rudi, a single-hopped pale ale made with Dr. Rudi hops from New Zealand, featuring notes of citrus, pine and lemongrass. Braxton donates five percent of Trophy series sales back to the community through its Trophy Grant, awarded once a year to a deserving community partner. This year it’s Brewhaus Dog Bones, a local nonprofit that uses grains from breweries like Braxton to create baked dog treats, made by young adults with disabilities. Dr. Rudi will be available in Braxton’s taproom, local bars and restaurants and in 22-ounce bombers.
• OTR beer garden Queen City Radio is set to open sometime this summer, so the bar has teamed up with Taft’s Ale House to create Queen City Common, a brew with notes of pine, cedar and mint — perfect for imbibing outside. It’s currently available at Taft’s taproom.
• “It’s the fucking Catalina Wine Mixer!” If you’ve seen the Will Ferrell movie Step Brothers, you understand the reference. Quaff Bros. and Against the Grain collaborated on a beer called — you guessed it — Catalina Wine Mixer, and bottles will be released Thursday at Party Source’s Burgers and Beers event. The beer is a bourbon barrel-aged imperial stout, soaked with red wine and oak chips. It will be available for purchase after the event exclusively at Party Source. The 750 ml bottles cost $20, and there will be a three-bottles-per-person limit.
• Mt. Healthy brewery Fibonacci celebrates its one-year anniversary Saturday. Starting at noon, they will have special beers on tap, including Tollhouse Caps-Stout, made with Carolina Reaper peppers and local Deeper Roots coffee.
• Thirsty 4 History takes place Saturday at Milford’s historic Promont House Museum and features brews from Ei8ht Ball, Fat Head’s and Old Firehouse. The Promont, an 1860s Victorian mansion, is operated by the Greater Milford Area Historical Society and features period furnishings, changing exhibits and a reference library. Take a docent-led tour of the Promont and then learn about Cincinnati’s beer history. Tickets are $20-$25 and available at thirsty4history.eventbrite.com.
• Jungle Jim’s throws the inaugural Buckeye Beer Bash Saturday, focused solely on Ohio beers. Taft’s Ale House, Great Lakes, The Dayton Beer Company, Brew Kettle and Jackie O’s will be pouring beers starting at 6 p.m. Tickets are $25 pre-sale ($30 at the door) and available at junglejims.com.
• On Monday, help fight cancer and eat some good food paired with Rivertown beers at Wyoming’s Tela Bar and Kitchen’s charitable beer dinner. Rivertown will pair its Brennan’s Bucknut Stout with Tela’s creations. Tickets are $50, and a portion of sales will be donated to The Cure Starts Now, a local cancer research organization. Call Tela at 513-821-8352 to make reservations.
• Listermann Brewing Company’s Volksfest will take place Aug. 5-6 at the brewery. The fest is designed for local beers with lower alcohol content — beers you can session — and will include live music and food vendors. Activities go from 5 p.m. to midnight on Friday and start at noon Saturday.
• Have you ever wanted to drink beers in a cemetery, legally? Spring Grove Cemetery’s third-annual An Afternoon with the Beer Barons commences on Aug. 20 in the Rose Garden Courtyard. Braxton, Dayton’s Toxic Brewing, Mt. Carmel and other local breweries will be pouring samples of their beers while Heritage Foundation docents lead a discussion on the beer barons buried in the cemetery. It costs $40 to attend, and you must make a reservation. More info at springgrove.org.
• East Walnut Hills’ new Woodburn Brewery is slated to open on Aug. 26. Beers on tap for opening night include a pineapple saison, a chocolate cherry stout, a cedar IPA and a breakfast IPA. ©