Local Breweries Get Spooky This Autumn with Seasonal Releases and Themed Events

Prepare for haunted brewery tours, pub crawls and more brewery anniversaries

click to enlarge Braxton and Graeter's collaboration pumpkin pie ale - Photo: Provided
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Braxton and Graeter's collaboration pumpkin pie ale

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.

New Beers

• 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.

Events

• 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.

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