As we launch headlong into fall, the Oktoberfests keep coming — and so do the autumnal craft beers — as area breweries use football, fall and Halloween as excuses to serve and brew more beer.
• Rhinegeist recently tapped Gummybomb, a reddish pale ale containing peach and grapefruit notes with Amarillo and Mosaic hops. The brewery also released cans of Crash, a hoppy pale ale with inklings of tangelo and papaya.
• Braxton has a new can on the market. Blown Gasket — a once homebrewed robust porter — will be available for purchase in the taproom starting Oct. 4, but won’t be available on draft until Oct. 14, the date homebrew was legalized in 1978.
• Mt. Carmel will pour their fancy Belgian Quad beer, The Ardennes, exclusively every Thursday night at their taproom in fall and winter.
• The Cincinnati Donauschwaben Society throws its 24th-annual Oktoberfest Sept. 30-Oct. 2 at their hall in Colerain. The fest will feature a feast of spit-roasted chicken and pig, beer and live German bands.
• From 6-9 p.m. Sept. 30, Fibonacci Brewing toasts fall with Taps & Tarot, featuring tarot card readings and a tapping of their seasonal Tollhouse Caps² ghost reaper beer. Ena’s Jerkmania food truck will also be on hand to dish out Caribbean eats.
• Patrick Swayze passed away in 2009, but from 5-11 p.m. on Sept. 30, Ei8ht Ball will recognize his drag efforts in the 1995 movie, To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar. The brewery celebrates Swayze Day with a tapping of To Wong Brew, a sour brown ale brewed with tamarind.
• The city of Hamilton turns 225 this month, and the city is celebrating with a weeklong party Sept. 30-Oct. 7. Hamilton-based brewery Municipal Brew Works has brewed a special beer for the occasion called 1791, the year Hamilton was founded. The beer will be on hand at events like a birthday party at the brewery on Sept. 30 (free dessert!).
• Darkness Brewing gets into the fall spirit when they tap their latest beer, Blumpkin, a black pumpkin ale brewed with actual pumpkin and Colonel De spices. Drink it at the Horror Art Show 6-10 p.m. Oct. 1, featuring artists creating live horror-themed pieces and henna tattoos.
• Put a bird on it at Listermann’s Crafts & Drafts workshop 4-7 p.m. Oct. 2. Knock on Wood DIY Crafts, which hosts the workshop, will be offering two crafts for participants to create with a Halloween or fall theme, and Listermann will be offering the beers. The workshop costs $35 and includes supplies.
• The Covington Crawl 2: The Cov Abides is a Big Lebowski-themed scavenger hunt that takes participants through area bars, starting in MainStrasse and ending at Braxton. From 7-9 p.m. Oct. 8, teams of six have two hours to complete challenges such as taking a photo of someone with a mullet or drinking white Russians in a bathtub. Winners are tallied at the after party, complete with live music, food trucks and bowling. It’s $69 for team registration; proceeds benefit Covington’s fire and police departments.
• Listermann hosts the fifth-annual Cincinnati Craft Brewers’ Oktoberfest 5 p.m.-midnight Oct. 14 and noon-11 p.m. Oct. 15. Only one German Oktoberfest beer will be poured at the event, and the rest are autumnal beers from local breweries, including MadTree, Cellar Dweller, Blank Slate, Fifty West, Taft’s Ale House and more.
• Cincinnati Girls Pint Out is a local organization that encourages females to have a night out and drink craft beers. On Oct. 14, they team up with Ei8ht Ball for an event called Amelia (Beer)Hart, which entails imbibing local beers. Men can participate, too, but only women receive special deals.
Other Beer News
• Rhinegeist has solidified its now-national domination after it started serving its beers in Boston. Finally, Bostonians get to sample Truth, Cougar, Crash and Franz and realize how much Ohio rules.
• Alexandria Brewing Company is in the midst of a Kickstarter campaign to raise $20,000 by Oct. 30 — so far they’ve raised almost $10,000. They aim to be the first brewery in Alexandria, Ky. since the 1880s.
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