What's the Hops: Happy Anniversary!

Rhinegeist has been pouring its suds for four years now, and the brewery is hosting a funky '70s-style party Saturday complete with limited-edition beer releases.

click to enlarge Flash Lamp is one of several new canned Urban Artifact brews. - Photo: Urban Artifact
Photo: Urban Artifact
Flash Lamp is one of several new canned Urban Artifact brews.
It’s hard to believe Rhinegeist has been pouring its suds for four years now, but on Saturday the brewery is hosting a funky ’70s-style fourth-anniversary party with limited-edition beer releases, “slick grooves and vintage mayhem,” a giant disco ball, DJs and a blowout party on the rooftop. 

Following in Rhinegeist’s footsteps (beersteps?), Fibonacci commemorates two years in Mount Healthy with a party on July 15. They’ll have music, beer and a barbecue food truck for partygoers. 

And if that’s not enough anniversary fun, Bellevue’s Darkness Brewing turns 1 on July 22. They’ll have new beers, guest taps, music, giveaways and games. 

Finally, the formerly Westwood-based Tap & Screw Brewery opened a new production facility and taproom on Red Bank Road in Madisonville. Stop by and try one their eight drafts, like Cremerick cream ale and Dr. Kool IPA.

New Beers

• Last weekend, Braxton Labs released its first four-pack of canned beer — a New England-style IPA named #002 — exclusively sold at the Labs location.

• Urban Artifact recently released new beers in cans: Key Punch, a key lime gose; Flash Lamp, a new perennial tart white ale; and four different versions of Fire Iron from their Midwest Fruit Tart series. One version was brewed with 1,500 pounds of guava and 500 pounds of banana, and other variations feature additions like tamarind, habanero and basil. 

• On Thursday, Wooden Cask will release Ruby, a barrel-aged Irish ale, exclusively at its taproom. The beer was aged for four and a half months in a whiskey barrel. Warning: Only three and a half barrels were made.

• Streetside’s latest can is Chillin’ with Bob Ross, a New England-style IPA, which will be released at the taproom on July 22. They’ll also introduce Rollin’ on Dubz, a double IPA that was brewed with nelson sauvin and hallertau blanc hops and blended with sauvignon blanc and pinot grigio grapes. 

Events

• Have you ever wanted to do Shakespeare in the Park? On Wednesday, the Washington Park deck and Cincinnati Shakespeare Company host a Shakespeare trivia night. MadTree, Rhinegeist, Moerlein and Taft’s will sell their beers, and winners of trivia will receive tickets to see a show at CSC. If you’re not Shakespeared out after trivia, stay for a screening of 10 Things I Hate About You on the lawn, which is based on Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew

• A new fest takes over Sawyer Point this weekend: Paradise on the Point. The party features live music from the likes of The Infamous Stringdusters, food trucks and beer from a ton of local breweries, including sponsor Taft’s Brewing Co. More info: paradiseonthepoint.com.

• On Saturday, the Cincinnati Zoo heads to Mt. Carmel Brewing Company to unveil their collaborative Queen Bee, a blackberry-honey blonde ale brewed especially for the zoo. The event will feature zoo animals, reps from Pollen Nation (the beekeepers who manage the zoo’s hives), LaRosa’s and a raffle. After the release, Queen Bee will be available at concession stands at the zoo.

• On July 8, Fifty West Production Works will transform their volleyball court into a boxing ring for Punch Out: Round 2, during which members of local breweries will pair up and beat the crap out of each other during eight boxing matches. Each brewery will also bring two types of beer to tap. Tickets cost $15 ($30 for ringside). 

• Cincinnati Nature Center’s popular Hoots and Hops event takes place on July 14. Drink some beers from Great Lakes, Bad Tom and Fifty West; snack on Holtman’s Donuts and Mazunte tacos; take a self-guided hike; listen to live music; watch birds from RAPTOR Inc.; or nap on an outdoor hammock. Tickets are $40. 

• For brunch on July 15, Darkness Brewing teams up with local bakery Mama C’s Buttercream & Sprinkles to offer sweet and savory cupcakes paired with Darkness’ beers. Tickets ($16) include four five-ounce pours, a full pint of beer and four cupcakes. 


CONTACT GARIN PIRNIA: [email protected]

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