Fall is in session, and that means autumn flavors are back, including MadTree’s Pilgrim, Blood Orange PsycHOPathy and the Great PumpCan (on draft). Braxton also just released a collaboration with Graeter’s: a pumpkin pie ale with flavors from the shop’s pumpkin pie ice cream.
On Sept. 28, Brink Brewing will release their Oktoberfest beer, Brinktoberfest. They will host a stein-holding contest in which the winner gets to keep the stein. For non-contest participants, pay $10 for a stein and a pour of Brinktoberfest.
Every Wednesday night in October, Taft’s Brewpourium will host free screenings of horror films (because of the R-rated nature, only those 18 and older will be allowed). The list is solid: Se7en, The Strangers, Children of the Corn, The Sixth Sense and The Conjuring. Unlimited candy and popcorn will be offered, and it’s encouraged for patrons to dress up: the best costume each week will win a gift card.
October seems like a good time to get in touch with the spiritual world. During select Fridays in October — Oct. 12, 19 and 26 — Fibonnaci will host Taps and Tarots from 6-10:30 p.m. And every Friday and Saturday in October, Christian Moerlein will host Haunted Brewery Tours. Brave people will meet dead characters from Cincinnati’s brewing history and have a chance to solve a mystery. Tickets are $25.
• A couple weeks ago, Fibonacci tapped Ober Verde, a savory salsa verde-inspired kölsch beer containing organic tomatillos. Try it at their taproom.
• Mason’s 16 Lots brewed a beer named The Beast after the Kings Island roller coaster. It’s a double IPA and clocks in at 130 IBUs, hence it’s “a beast.”
• Rivertown replicated lemon bars in their Lemon Bar Berliner Weisse. It’s a sour ale brewed with lemon and orange peels, English caster sugar, vanilla and fresh lemon juice. Try it at their taproom.
• Urban Artifact’s latest Midwest Fruit Tart, Yellow Mombin, is flavored with a Brazilian fruit called a mombin, which tastes like a mango. It’s available on draft at the taproom.
• On Sept. 27, 3 Points Urban Brewery brings back Drag Bingo, hosted by RuPaul’s Drag Race’s contestant and local drag queen, Miss Penny Tration.
• On Sept. 29, Alexandria Brewing Company invites people to drink beer at their taproom and consider adopting a pet from Campbell County Animal Shelter. They’ll have adoptable animals on hand, a keg of Easy-Going Pup and special deals.
• On Sept. 29, Streetside will throw a two-year anniversary bash. They’ll have live music, specialty releases throughout the day, a chance to dunk a bartender and a brewer, and they’ll pop open some beers from their cellar such as Demogorgon and Tequila Mockingbird.
• From Oct. 5-7, Wooden Cask will host the Rhythm Brew Art and Music Fest. The event highlights 39 bands — Richie Ramone (as in the Ramones), The Tillers, 500 Miles to Memphis, the Cliftones, Moonbeau, etc. — on two stages. Tickets cost $15-$30. While you’re there, seek out their brewery cats, Sully and Spencer.
• FigLeaf turns two on Oct. 6 with an anniversary party. They’ll have 24 beers on tap, a bottle release of the 24-month-aged Barrel Aged Black Solstice (with notes of dark chocolate, raisins and molasses), a dunk tank, live music and food.
• On Oct. 13, Brink hosts their second-annual chili cook-off and homebrew competition. Chili makers must use Brink beer in their concoctions, and homebrewers must use chili peppers. The folks who really bring the heat will be awarded with a People’s Choice award.
• Oct. 19-21, Wiedemann gets into fall with Falling for Wiedemann Fall Festival at their brewery in Saint Bernard. They’ll sell Monmouth Street Blonde Ale for $3 a pint and $12 a pitcher. Expect live music and all kinds of autumnal fun.
• Rhinegeist’s Rare Beer Fest takes place all day on Oct. 20. Sample rare beer from across the country in two sessions: noon-4 p.m. or 6-10 p.m. Tickets cost $40 (10 five-ounce samples) or $65 VIP (four additional tastings and food pairings).
• On Oct. 20, participate in The Cov Abides Adult Scavenger Hunt/Bar Crawl. Wear a bathrobe or a fishing vest to venture through several of Covington’s bars while taking on challenges and drinking Braxton beers. Prizes will be awarded to the best costumes; tickets are $5.