Brew Minds heads to Fifty West Brewing Company once more to talk with owner Bobby Slattery, as well as new hires Scott LaFollette (formerly of Blank Slate) and Chris Seigman, (formerly of Mt. Carmel Brewing.) We discuss their new roles, Fifty Fest and so much more.
Jesse and I sat down with Fifty West owner Bobby Slattery to get the details on this weekend’s Punch Out: Round 2 event. We also get treated to early info on cans and bottles coming from Fifty West later this year!
I always ask for a deluge of books for Christmas. I love giving and receiving books for birthdays or the holidays. They’re little bundles of knowledge that enrich the life of the giftee. Which is to say get ready for a couple book reviews over the next few weeks. Farmhouse Ales and Wild Brews have both been on my must read homebrewing list for a few years so I was stoked to receive them both as gifts. Farmhouse Ales ended up on the top of the pile of books so we’re tackling that first, look forward to Wild Brews soon!
To start us off here’s the publisher’s description:
Farmhouse Ales defines the results of years of evolution, refinement, of simple rustic ales in modern and historical terms, while guiding today’s brewers toward credible—and enjoyable—reproductions of these old world classics.
The industry of local brewery tours has exploded in the past year. Just under 1 year ago Tonic Tours became the first in the city. Today we have a total of 5 companies offering tours of various breweries. Fellow Cincy Beer Blogger Jesse Folk wrote a post introducing all 5. Last week the owners invited me to join a group for a tour on the new Craft Connection Brewery Tours. Continue reading “Craft Connection Brewery Tours”
Come on out to 50 West (7668 Wooster Pike, Cincinnati, OH 45227) this Thursday night to support a local brewery AND your local bloggers!! The guys at 50 West were cool enough to invite some of the local beer bloggers out to take part in their Cannonball event.
When I went to San Diego for a bachelor party earlier this year we were able to sign up for a local brewery tour which provided a bus, a driver, some water, and tours at each of 3 breweries of our choice (we picked Stone, Green Flash, and Lost Abbey). As soon as we were done with that tour my friends and I began debating and plotting away to do that same thing in Cincinnati.
Luckily someone else has already done that for us making Tonic Tours are the first local tour of breweries that I’m aware of. I’ll let you read Tonic Tours description of the event before we dive into my thoughts:
Tonic Tours is launching public microbrewery tours in Cincinnati. We start at Everything’s d’Vine for an introduction to beer tasting before we drive the van to Rivertown Brewing, Fifty West, and Mad Tree before ending back up downtown at Everything’s d’Vine. Food will be available at Fifty West and water and snacks will be provided along the way. You will learn a little about the past, present, and future of making beer in Cincinnati as well as getting to try some amazing local beer at each stop.
For $90 you get a van ride from Everything D’Vine to Rivertown to 50 West to Madtree and back to Everything D’Vine, a tour and tasting at each brewery, water and snacks in the van, a commemorative glass, and some light food at Fifty West as well. If you want dinner at 50 West (I suggest the C.A.B. sandwich) or more beer at any of the stops then that is extra. Just getting tasting and a tour at Rivertown, 50 West, and MadTree is pretty sweet in itself. If you’ve already been to those then hang tight as the schedule will rotate up every few months.
If you’ve lived here your entire live or are only in town for the weekend this is a great way to discover, or re-discover, Cincinnati’s local breweries! These tours will be running the 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month for $90 a head, you can book your spot over on www.TonicTours.com.
Full Disclosure: I was invited on this tour by Ginny Tonic who comped the tour and all beer, I still paid for my own food. Ginny Tonic is a writer for this blog and I gave her some advice and suggestions to help plan this tour. I will not say that this has in no way impacted my review of the tour since it very well may have. However, I have done my best to be objective and non-biased in the above review. If anyone wants to provide me with things to review I only promise that I will review them and I will write a blog post about them. I do not, under any circumstance, promise a positive review.
Below are some details on this weekend’s Oktoberfest celebration at Listermann. This looks like an absolute blast, which I of course will be missing since I’ll be out of town. Hopefully QCD will be represented in some form there, though. Regardless, head over there and celebrate Cincinnati’s up and coming craft beer scene and show them your support!
With every one of the Cincinnati Brewers expanding as fast as they can because we cannot meet demand, we have decided to throw a party to celebrate. We are having a Cincinnati brewers ONLY Oktoberfest on October 6th. Mt. Carmel, Rivertown, Blank Slate, Triple Digit, Christian Moerlein, Rock Bottom, Cellar Dweller, Wiedemann, 50 West and Quaff Bros. will all be pouring beer. It will be more like a Cincinnati Craft beer party, in an Oktoberfest setting. Each brewery is bringing a different beer with Listermann’s providing the Oktoberfest. We will also be having the Bloatarian Brewing League of Cincinnati on hand brewing beer all day. If you want to learn to brew, they will be more than happy to show you.
Everything Cincinnati loves: Beer, sauerkraut, pretzels, live music at the Party Source/Quaff Bros. Stage and more beer.
Remember to Drink. Local. Beer!
Schedule of Events (More to be announced soon so stay tuned):
8:30 a.m. Kegs and Eggs (With Friar Bacon Smoked Bock of course) begins at the tasting room.
10:30 – 11:15 am This is a Knife kicks off the Party Source/Quaff Bros. Stage
11:45 am – 2:45 pm Zinzinnati Bier Band at the Party Source/Quaff Bros. Stage
3:30 – 6:00 pm Cincinnati Side Cars at the Party Source/Quaff Bros. Stage
6:30 – 10:30 pm Scotty Anderson Band at the Party Source/Quaff Bros. Stage
For special accommodations or questions/comments, please email email@example.com or call 513-731-1130. Thank you!
Event map below (click on it to be able to see the full size map):