Friday, February 1, 2013

Beer Week, Beerfest and the TTB

The second annual Cincinnati Beer Week is almost upon us.  If you are unfamiliar with the concept, it is a week long celebration of all things beer.  Several establishments around town will be hosting special beer events, tappings, dinners and what-not from February 7th through the 14th.  The week culminates in the 6th Annual Cincy Winter Beerfest on the 15th and 16th at the Duke Energy Center.  I wanted to take a moment to let everyone know where BSBC will be during the week in case anyone wants to come out and say hello (hopefully you will!).  So, here's the list of where I'll be and when:

Friday Feb 8 - Valley Wine and Spirits in Ft. Wright from 4:30-7:30.  Several BSBC beers on the growler station.

Friday Feb 8 - Arthurs in Hyde Park from ~8:30 until ???.  Arthur's is donating part of each sale to different local charities of the Breweries' choice.  BSBC is donating to the Freestore Foodbank.  Whichever brewery sells the most, Arthur's will match the donation.

Saturday Feb 9 - Jungle Jim's bottle signing of the collaboration Embree's Baltic Porter.  From 12-1 in Fairfield and from 2-3 in Eastgate.

Sunday Feb 10 - Lagerhouse downtown meet and greet with other collaboration brewers from 12-3.

Monday Feb 11 - Firehouse Grill in Blue Ash.  Sandwich specials and Q and A session with me.  Q and A starts at 7:00.

Tuesday Feb 12 - Cock and Bull Mainstrasse.  Meet and Greet.  I should be there around 7.
Wednesday Feb 13 - Buckhead Mountain Grill in Newport.  Meet and Greet with other collaboration brewers from 6-8.

Thursday Feb 14 - Olive's in Clifton.  Pseudo tap takeover with Triple Digit/Listermann.  I should be there around 6 or 7.

Friday and Saturday the 15th and 16th look for us at Beerfest!  Also, I will be taking part in a panel discussion on Saturday as part of the 5B bloggers conference.

So you ask, will we be putting out anything new/rare/interesting at any of these events?  Well, maybe.  I actually have a few different things that I WANTED to debut during beer week, but alas the TTB is being very slow in approving formulas right now.  I have the Beer and Sweat winning Saison ready to go.  I have our new beer called Shroominous ready to go.  The Quaff Brothers Sauvignon BLANK will be ready to go in a few days.  Unfortunately due to national budgetary issues the TTB has downsized the formulation review department down to 1 person.  Yes.  One.  For the whole country.  Until that gets taken care of the beer must sit here in the brewery.  At this point it is pretty much too late to hope that any of this will get approved in time for Beer Week.  I am cautiously optimistic that we may get a few of them ready in time for BeerFest.  If this sounds familiar, that's because it is.  I've complained about it before in another post.  So who knows.  Maybe we'll have some surprises during BeerFest, maybe not...