Cincinnati Craft Brewers' New Brews and Beer Events in November

Brewery birthday parties, seasonal ales and Veterans Day specials

click to enlarge Fretboard Brewing - Photo: Brittany Thornton
Photo: Brittany Thornton
Fretboard Brewing

There are a couple of brewery and brewery-related anniversaries coming up. Blue Ash’s Fretboard celebrates its one-year anniversary Nov. 2-4 with a party called Jam Session 18. Expect all-day live bands and the release of Fretboard’s collaboration with Klosterman Bread, Rye Bier. Some of the proceeds from the event will go toward local nonprofit ArtsWave.

On Nov. 2, Radio Artifact — Urban Artifact’s indie radio station — celebrates their one-year anniversary on the internet and airwaves. (Find them on 1660 AM.) Some of the radio personalities will be on hand to discuss their programs and play tunes.

Recently, Mason has become a brewery epicenter: In early October, nano-brewery Common Beer Company quietly opened in downtown Mason, and on Oct. 27, Sonder Brewing also opened, joining the nearby one-year-old 16 Lots.

New Beers

MadTree recently released the seasonal bourbon-barrel-aged imperial stout Are You Ready For Some Darkness in bottles. Find it at the taproom. Dorado High is MadTree’s latest in the High Series. It’s brewed with El Dorado, Azacca and Mosaic hops. Find it on tap.

• Just in time for Halloween, Little Miami Brewing has released Godzilla, a double IPA. It’s their hoppiest beer to date. Find it on draft at the taproom.

Narrow Path Brewing just brought back Salted Caramel Amber Ale and Coconut Porter. Try them in the taproom.

Urban Artifact’s Operation Plowshare, a blackberry jelly donut Midwest Fruit Tart that’s brewed with 2,600 pounds of blackberries and 60 grams of vanilla beans, is back in cans and on draft at the taproom.

Nine Giant recently released two new beers: a farmhouse saison named Bloom, and a tweaked version of a NE IPA named Magical Colors, which has “a little woodsy pine on the backend.”

• For the first time, Old Firehouse Brewery canned Probie Porter, a robust and chocolate-y dark ale. Find the six packs at their taproom and in various stores.

Grainworks knows how much basic bitches, er, witches, love pumpkin-spiced everything, so they brewed Basic Witch Pumpkin Ale — a “witchy orange delight that perfectly walks the line between pumpkin and spice.” And then they took the pumpkin ale and infused it with coffee from local roaster Resurgam to create Basic Witch’s PSL. It’s basically a PSL in beer form. Drink both at the taproom.

• On Nov. 2, 16 breweries throughout Kentucky — including Braxton and Wooden Cask — will release Kentucky Proud beers. Each brewery used ingredients like hemp seeds, pecans, corn and blackberries to create their own style. The first 100 people at the breweries will receive a custom poster and Kentucky Proud/Kentucky Guild of Brewers glass.

Events

• On Nov. 3, Fifty West and Great Lakes team up for the fourth-annual Great Ohio Brew N’ Que. Tickets are $40 and include all-you-can-eat wings, beef brisket, pulled pork, pork belly, corn pudding, collard greens, coleslaw, mac and cheese, Fifty West brownies and Great Lakes bread pudding. You also get eight beer tickets, including access to a collaboration beer. If you just want to pig out and not drink, designated driver tickets are $20.

The Breeders’ Cup takes place on Nov. 3 at Churchill Downs, and Braxton is the official beer sponsor. If you can’t make it to the race, hang out at Braxton and watch it live while drinking their Breeders’ Cup Golden Ale. Braxton will also have Kentucky Home Mint Julep Ale on draft and in bottles, and a Maker’s Mark cocktail.

Braxton also has several other events coming up. On Nov. 7, swing by the taproom to support fishing cat conservation at Drink Like a Fishing Cat. Participate in raffles, buy a T-shirt and sip on some beer. Then, on Nov. 9, Braxton pays homage to Covington firefighters and Veterans Day with the release of the beer Strike the Bock, brewed in collaboration with the Covington Professional Firefighters Local 38. And on Nov. 13, OCD Cakes’ James Avant IV will pair four of his pies with four Braxton beers. For $30, you get a welcome beer, pie and more beer.

• On Nov. 10, support Veterans Day at Rhinegeist. They’ll tap Valor, a coconut porter, brewed by their veterans on staff. Fifty percent of beer sales will go toward The Barracks Project, Inc., which combats veteran homelessness. 

DogBerry wants home brewers to participate in their two-part Brew Out, held at the taproom. On Nov. 17, pick up wort from the brewery and see what you can come up with. On Dec. 15, bring your concoction back to the taproom for a sampling. Sign up by Nov. 10.

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