What's the Hops: Pumpkin Beers, More Okto'beer'fests, Craft Beer Bowling Leagues and Scary Movie Screenings

Cincinnati craft brewing news and new beer releases

click to enlarge Rivertown's Pumpkin Ale + Roebling Vanilla Porter = Black Pumpkin - Photo: facebook.com/RivertownBrew
Photo: facebook.com/RivertownBrew
Rivertown's Pumpkin Ale + Roebling Vanilla Porter = Black Pumpkin

It’s officially fall, which means it’s time for pumpkin beers, more Oktoberfests, scary movie nights, bowling, anniversary parties and the last glimpse of summer beers.

Braxton has re-released its popular Pumpkin Pie ale, a collaboration with Graeter’s that offers “rich, warm notes of pumpkin reminiscent of Graeter’s classic seasonal Pumpkin Ice Cream,” according to the brewery. 

And Rivertown’s Pumpkin Ale is back on tap. If you head to the Monroe brewery and Barrel House, you can also order a special Black Pumpkin: a half-and-half blend of their Pumpkin Ale and their Roebling Vanilla Espresso Porter, brewed with La Terza espresso beans and vanilla. 

New Beers

• In September, Urban Artifact released several new brews including Gramophone, their latest Midwest Fruit Tart, brewed with 3,000 pounds of nectarines. It is available in cans and on draft. Syrah, a brut fruit tart made with syrah grapes, is also available on tap and in cans. And a Bloody Mary Gose, brewed with tomato purée, black peppercorns, horseradish, vegan Worcestershire sauce, celery seed, lemon, lime and salt, is available on tap.

March First released their final summery beer of the season, Lemonade Cider. Try it at the taproom. 

Rhinegeist released Penguin, a barrel-aged blonde stout made with coffee and cacao nibs, which is available in bottles at the taproom. And on Sept. 20 they released the fruity IPA Lynx. It is available in cans at the taproom.  


• On Sept. 28, Urban Artifact will host The Extinction Event: Natural Wine & Spontaneous Beer Fest. The two-part fest features a non-ticketed morning bottle release and a ticketed natural wine and beer fest in the evening. Sample 18 wines and 45 beers, including Dimetrodon, a beer aged in oak with red raspberries, and Iguanodon, a beer aged in oak with black currants. Tickets are $85 for early access and $75 for general admission. 

• On Sept. 28, Streetside will throw an all-day third anniversary bash. They’ll release new bottled beer J00S3Y, a double New England IPA which they describe as having “a light pop of dorm-room dank.” They’ll also bring out some cellared beers and have food trucks. 

• As part of Brinktoberfest, Brink Brewing Co. will host a stein-holding contest on Sept. 28 during which contestants must hold a one-liter beer stein. It costs $15, but contestants get to drink the beer and take home the stein; the winner gets a gift card. Also, kids get their own competition: a juice box hoisting contest. 

• On Oct. 4 and 5, Paradise Brewing will host their first Oktoberfest with games, music and the release of Leapin’ Lederhosen Oktoberfest Lager. 

• On Oct. 5, head to Alexandria Brewing Company for OctoBEERfest. They’ll have three beer releases, a special bratwurst from Four Mile Pig and live Polka music.

• Every Tuesday in October, Taft’s Brewpourium will screen a free horror movie. They’ll provide unlimited candy and popcorn. On October 1, watch Split, followed by The Purge: Election Year (Oct. 8), Get Out (Oct. 15), Saw (Oct. 22), and IT (Oct. 29). 

• Do you like to bowl? Do you like craft beer? Then Hops and Strikes: Craft Beer League is for you. On Oct. 12, Gilmore Lanes in Fairfield will be the site for a weekly bowling league. Each week a different local craft beer will be served. It costs $20 per person, and bowlers will receive up to two beers per week, which is included in the fee. 

• On Oct. 12, the Samuel Adams Cincinnati Taproom hosts Puppies & Pints with HART Animal Rescue. HART will have adoptable dogs on the patio and the taproom will be giving $1 from every pint sold to the rescue. 

• On Oct. 19, compete in Brink’s annual chili-cook off. Make Cincinnati-style chili or a vegetarian one. All entrants are required to use Brink beer in their chili. If you don’t want to compete, stop by and taste some chili.

• On Oct. 26, Sonder will throw Sonderween with Halloween-costume yoga, Halloween-themed beer pong, a photo booth, Halloween trivia, a special drink, Halloween movies and a costume contest.

Contact Garin Pirnia: [email protected] 

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