What's the Hops: Cincinnati Oktoberfests, Goat Yoga, New Beers and Brewery Anniversaries

Summer might be winding down, but the next month will be filled with anniversary parties, Oktoberfests (including Oktoberfest Zinzinnati Sept. 20-22) and a few goat yogas

click to enlarge Goat Yoga at Fifty West - Photo: Provided by Fifty West
Photo: Provided by Fifty West
Goat Yoga at Fifty West

Summer might be winding down, but the next month will be filled with anniversary parties, Oktoberfests (including Oktoberfest Zinzinnati Sept. 20-22) and a few goat yogas. 

First up, goats. (Note: These events always sell out.) On Sept. 8, Fifty West will host goat yoga at their Production Works. Tickets are $25 and include a complimentary beer. Then on Sept. 15, 16 Lots will host two goat yoga sessions as part of their second anniversary party weekend. Yoga tickets cost $25 and include your choice of a mimosa or a pint of Lulu Blonde Ale. 

Taft’s Brewpourium is getting in on the animal craze with two separate events. There’s goat yoga on Sept. 17 and then on Friday the 13, the Brewpourium partners with the League for Animal Welfare and BodyMind Balance to bring Black Cat Pilates to the taproom aka Pilates with roaming black cats. Tickets are $18 and attendees receive $1 off pints, plus a percentage of sales goes toward the animal charity.

Oktoberfest season starts as early as August in Zinzinnati. The party continues on Sept. 14 as Little Miami Brewing Co. throws the inaugural Old Milford Oktoberfest with live music; a stein-holding competition; food from Lehr’s, Pickles & Bones and Padrino; beers from Little Miami; and games. On the same day, celebrate “Oaktoberfest” in Oakley Square. The free event features performances from School of Rock and a Polka band, Aglamesis Bro.’s ice cream, a chicken dance, kid’s entertainment and brews from MadTree. Also on Sept. 14, West Side Brewing begins their Oktoberfest celebration. Until Sept. 19, they’ll have various German-inspired food and events and entertainment like a stein-holding competition and a live performance from Bidinger Musikanten, a 16-piece band from Germany. 

Or on Sept. 14, avoid Oktoberfests completely and get some real exercise (sorry, stein-holders) with Bikes and Beers. Start at Rhinegeist’s distribution facility on Spring Grove Avenue in Camp Washington and take a 15- or 30-mile ride around town. After the ride, bikers receive a pint glass, a koozie, a raffle ticket and two free pints. Tickets cost $25-$60 and proceeds go toward the Cincinnati Cycle Club. 

Sonder is hosting Mason Deerfield Oktoberfest Sept. 27-28, featuring German beer, “festive” food from BrewRiver, a German homebrew competition, live music, a costume parade and contest and, of course, a stein-holding competition.

New Beer

•  Rhinegeist has released three new beers. Mushhushshu is a dark beer that sat in New Riff barrels for 10 months and it’s Rhinegeist’s first barrel-aged beer of the year; find it in bottles at the taproom. While you’re there, try Y’all Peachy, a hoppy wheat ale collaboration with Atlanta brewery New Realm Brewing. Roar, another new beer, is a “regal Imperial IPA” and is available on draft and in four-packs — with a sleek black and gold lion design — at the brewery. 

•  Wooden Cask recently released The Peach Truck, an American wheat brewed with peaches from Nashville’s The Peach Truck. Try it on tap at the brewery. They also tapped their spiced pumpkin ale beer, because Starbucks also started selling its PSL. Yes, it’s too early for pumpkin anything, but whatever. 

•  A couple of weeks ago, The Common Beer Company released Burdicks Brown, a brown ale brewed with Cocoa Puffs and named after bartender/assistant brewer Nicholas Burdick. 

•  Urban Artifact has released Centerpiece, their latest Midwest Fruit Tart. It was brewed with 1,500 pounds of pineapple and 1,500 pounds of strawberries. 

Events

•  On Aug. 29, come to the Samuel Adams Cincinnati Taproom for flights of OTR Candy Bar treats paired with exclusive Sam Adams beers. The cost is $20. 

•  On Sept. 5, Bircus Brewing hosts the second annual Pies for Pride Fundraiser. Bid on a silent auction and throw pies at people’s faces. Proceeds support Children’s Hospital’s Transgender Health Clinic, which gives psycho-social support to young patients and their families. 

•  Grainworks’ second anniversary bash takes place Sept. 6-8. The weekend-long party includes live music, food, 25 beers on tap and a special can release. 

•  The second annual 12th Street Shuffle — 12 bars on 12th street in OTR and Pendleton — takes place Sept. 7. Stop at 3 Points, Nation Kitchen and Bar, Boomtown Biscuits, rhinehaus and Cobblestone for $4 beers from 3 Points, MadTree, Streetside and West Side Brewing. Tickets are $12 and proceeds benefit Give Back Cincinnati.

•  On Sept. 7, the Williamsburg Honor Fest — which also coincides with Old Firehouse Brewery’s fifth anniversary — takes places in downtown Williamsburg. The event honors fallen officers, firefighters and military service members. 

•  On Sept. 20, millions of people are supposedly going to storm Area 51, located in the Nevada desert. Participants are going to livestream the event, so Swine City has called their bluff and will host an Area 51 raid watch party. They will have alien-themed drinks, a tinfoil hat contest and give $1 off to anyone dressed as an alien. The truth is out there. 

• On Sept. 21, head to Listermann for their XI Anniversary party. Expect rare and one-off beers on draft and in bottles, including a special XI variant sold to VIPs. Listermann is offering three different sessions and each comes with drink tickets, anniversary bottles pre-sale and a commemorative tasting glass. 

•  On Sept. 22, Braxton and Queen City Bulldog Rescue host Brews + Bulldogs: 3 at the brewery. Tickets cost $20-$25 and include a pint glass, a koozie and five raffle tickets. They’ll have a dog kissing booth, raffle baskets and baby pools (for the dogs).

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