New Brews and Halloween Events

Local bars are getting spooky for All Hallows' Eve.

click to enlarge The local Baked & Brewed event features donut-themed beer. - Photo: Urban Artifact
Photo: Urban Artifact
The local Baked & Brewed event features donut-themed beer.
Halloween parties take place this weekend, during which a few breweries will try to spook you with costume contests and haunted mazes. And apparently donut beers are now a thing — in fact, there’s an entire local event dedicated to them.

On Nov. 3, Yelp gifts Cincinnatians with the best pairing ever — donuts in beer — at the Baked & Brewed event, happening at Urban Artifact. It’s a celebration to close out Yelp and Holtman’s Donuts National Donut Month events, during which breweries released donut-infused beers throughout October. Special donut beers available at the event include Urban Artifact’s Operation Plowshare, a black raspberry jelly donut ale; Braxton’s Toaster, a Cinnamon Toast Crunch beer; and Listermann’s Lateral Gone Nuts, a barrel-aged oatmeal sweet stout brewed with Holtman’s chocolate and toasted coconut donuts. Event admission is free. 

New Beers

• Rhinegeist just released two new beers: Loral, a pale ale named for a prominent hop in the beer, and Workhouse, an American lager that is “accented with late additions of Hallertau Blanc hops, giving a bright and pleasant finish to a traditional American beer.” Both are available on draft in the taproom. 

• At Blank Slate, Opera Cream Stout is back on tap, both the regular and nitro versions. While at the taproom, make sure you try a pint of their Keep the Doctor Away, a brown ale made with Holtman’s Donuts’ caramel apple fritters. 

• Rivertown’s latest is called Tequilana, an apple agave hard cider with a “gentle kick” of tequila available at the taproom. 

• Ei8ht Ball paired up with Kentucky Proud and brewed a collaborative English pecan pale with Kight’s Pecan Orchard and Louisville’s Great Flood Brewing Company. Now available on draft at Ei8ht Ball. 

• Bad Tom’s taproom-only Trial By Jury is a throwback Kentucky Common brewed with rye, flaked corn and acidulated malt. 


• Every Wednesday, Pleasant Ridge’s Nine Giant hosts a Plinko game night, the venerable Price Is Right game in much smaller form. Just order a beer and get a Plinko chip. 

• Back by popular demand, Fibonacci hosts a second installment of Taps & Tarot on Oct. 28. The brewery opens at 4 p.m. and will offer $15 tarot readings from 6-10:30 p.m.

• They don’t call themselves Darkness Brewing for nothing. From 6 p.m.-midnight on Oct. 28 and 29, the Bellevue brewery hosts a haunted maze through their front lounge, with food trucks, tarot readings, live music and pours of their new beer, Witch Head, a red IPA. Costumes welcome. 

• On Oct. 28, Rhinegeist gets in the spirit with a party featuring DJs Kenneth Wright and Matt Joy spinning creepy tunes, food from Gomez Salsa and seasonal brews. At 10 p.m., those in costume (Ken Bone? Barb from Stranger Things?) get to strut their stuff down the runway for a costume contest.   

• The Great Ohio Brew N’ ’Que returns to Fifty West on Nov. 5. The annual event teams Fifty West and Great Lakes beers with barbecued meats and sides. Both breweries will have at least 10 beers on tap, including a special collaboration beer. Tickets are $40 and include all-you-can-eat food (including a vegetarian option) and eight beer tickets. 

• On Nov. 11, gypsy brewery Quaff Bros. puts on a barrel-aged event at Party Source called Hits from the Bung (a bung is the stopper used to close a barrel). They’ll have tastings in the store’s aisles and at Ei8ht Ball’s taproom, along with bottle sales of previously retired beers. Tickets are $10 and included three-ounce tastes of all their beers. 

New Breweries

• Columbia-Tusculum’s Streetside opened a couple weeks ago. Current house brews include Raspberry Beret, a Berliner Weisse with raspberry; Tea Bags, a honey green tea blonde ale; and Sofa King, an India red ale. They also serve steamed sandwiches. 

• Save the date: Newport will unveil Wooden Cask Brewing Company on Nov. 12. The York Street brewery focuses on traditional English, Irish and Scottish brews. 

CONTACT GARIN PIRNIA: [email protected]

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