Wednesdays are for Second Place.

We stopped at Second Place again for half-priced cheeseburgers tonight. Genifer ordered her burger with a side of fries…

And I got my burger…

With chicken wings…

Second Place Wednesdays are the best! 😀🍔🍟🐔❤️

Northside Distilling Company.

After work this evening, we finally stopped at Northside Distilling Company on Court Street in Central Business District…

But first we stopped to admire the Artworks Cincinnati Toy Heritage mural…

And back to Northside Distilling Company

When we first heard about the Northside Distilling Company, we thought it was weird that it was located in Central Business District and not well, in Northside. But after hearing about their story from our bartender, Luke it all made sense…

The Northside Distilling Company started in the way that any good distillery starts, with friends. Some friends began home brewing in the basement, which lead to an interest in distilling. After purchasing a 13 gallon still and two years of paperwork later, Northside Distilling Company was born!

They outgrew the old barn in Northside, and in April 2017, expanded to our current production facility and bar front on Race Street right in the heart of downtown Cincinnati.

 

Northside Distilling is such a great little place with some really fantastic drinks. 😀🥃❤️

Burgers at Second Place.

After work, we stopped at Second Place for a couple of their really delicious burgers. During their happy hour, their burgers are half-price until 7pm. That makes their 1/4 lb. American cheeseburger just $3. And the double is just $5. You can’t beat that. Their happy hour also includes dollar off all drafts, wells and slushes! We just got the 1/4 lb. burgers this time around…

Their burgers are nothing super fancy. They’re just really solid. And we enjoy them so much. They’re delicious. 😀🍔❤️

Queen City Exchange.

After work this evening, we stopped by Queen City Exchange on Court Street…

Queen City Exchange is Cincinnati’s first and only stock exchange-themed bar, featuring a whopping 41 beers on tap with prices that rise and fall depending on demand. From QCE’s website…

Located between Cincinnati’s Central Business District and Over the Rhine, QCE offers a drink concept unique to the city with craft beer offered anywhere from $3.50 to $9 solely dependent upon customer demand.

It’s such a fun concept. We always go to Kalamazoo Beer Exchange whenever we visit my parents up in Michigan, and it’s always a really good time. In fact, it’s probably one of our very favorite bars. We went in hoping QCE would bring a bit of the same KBE vibe to our backyard in downtown Cincinnati…

And they have a popcorn maker…

We love it when places have popcorn. It’s a really great space…

Time to get down to business…

QCE had a lot of great beers on tap. And they are a verified venue on Untappd! I think that’s great because I can always easily see what QCE has on tap via the Untappd app as well as receive updated on new beers they tap and any upcoming events. We had a couple of beers, a couple helpings of popcorn, and had a lot of fun watching the prices fluctuate while we tried to plan our next beer. We had a great time.  We’ll definitely be back very soon. And hopefully, next time we’re in the Queen City Exchange beer market will crash!

Woodburn + Che Empanadas.

After work this evening, I hopped on the Metro 11 bus…

I rode it up into East Walnut Hills to meet Genifer again at Woodburn Brewery

Their chocolate mint imperial stout is just out of this world…

And then the Che empanada truck pulled up right outside Woodburn’s front door…

We got three delicious Che empanadas and chips&salsa which turned out to be much more like nachos than chips&salsa…

And Cincinnati was bracing a big snopocolypse…

So we finished our empanadas and beers and headed for home before the white death began. 😀🍺❤️

Meet the Brewery: BrewDog.

Tonight, BrewDog USA was back at Higher Gravity. They were tapping a brewery only release single hop IPA from BrewDog called StrataHop. It was described as, “citrus and tropical with just a hint of weed.”

It wasn’t bad. We’re just not a huge fan of IPAs. The other BrewDog beer they had on tap was Choco Libre Nitro Mexican Hot Chocolate Stout. And it was pretty amazing…

It was a wonderful stout with the perfect amount of heat on the back end…

It’s become one of our new favorite beers. We love Higher Gravity. They always have something delicious on tap. 😀🇲🇽🍺❤️

Urban Artifact’s Ram Press.

On the way home from work this evening, we stopped at Urban Artifact

They were tapping a limited batch of their new Ram Press Spiced Apple Tart Ale

We thought it was really pretty amazing. It tasted just like a delicious cross between applesauce and an apple strudel especially with the sugar on the rim of the glass. We also tried a taster of their Wine Poached Pear. It was very good as well. They create such incredible tasting beers at Urban Artifact. Completely different than anything else around. No wonder they’re one of our favorite breweries. 😀🍏🍺❤️

Chocolate mint stout and empanadas.

After work this evening, I hopped the Cincinnati Metro 11 bus…

I rode the eleven up to East Walnut Hills…

I met her just around the corner from her work at Woodburn Brewery. Because we saw that Woodburn had their Chocolate Mint Imperial Stout back on tap. It’s the beer that tastes just like a Girl Scouts Thin Mint cookie…

There were also empanadas from Che. I really love empanadas…

We got the trio of empanadas. We tried the beef, Cuban and pepperoni empanadas…

All of them were very good but the traditional beef empanada is always my favorite.

I was a fun Friday evening with great empanadas and a pretty outstanding beer. We’ll have to do this again soon. 😀🍺❤️

My Favorite Year.

This evening our friend Jen was in a production of the classic musical comedy, My Favorite Year at the Aronoff Center presented by Cincinnati Music Theatre. We’ve never known anyone in an on-stage musical production so we had to go check it out. Genifer met me downtown before the performance, we got to check out the Cincy Holiday Pop-Shop and then we stopped for a drink before the performance at one of our favorite spots from when we still used to live downtown, Horse&Barrel

It’s one of Genifer’s favorite spots because she loves their Cold One & Old One…

It’s a draft beer and a little bourbon for just $5…

I don’t know why that photo is so fuzzy. I guess I should have cleaned my lens better. After our Cold One & Old One, we walked across the street to the Aronoff Center’s Jarson Kaplan Theater…

There’s our friend Jen…

We had really nice seats in one of the boxes overlooking the stage…

We sat in almost the same seats when we saw the Mersey Beatles in the same theater…

I snuck a couple of photos with my Polaroid CUBE+…

It was a good performance and our friend Jen was very, very good in her role…

On our way home from the performance, we stopped at Higher Gravity to try their latest special keg, Double Dunk by Prairie Ales, an Imperial Stout made with real Oreos!

It was a very good stout. I could have used about six or so more Oreos. They tasted so good when you dunked them in the stout. It made for a great nightcap to a really fun Friday evening. 😀🎭❤️

Thursday evening at Listermann.

After work this evening, we stopped at Listermann Brewing Company’s taproom across the street from Xavier’s campus…

We’ve been to Listermann before. We pre-gamed there before one of the very first FC|C preseason matches against Xavier, and we loved going to their Volksfest. Earlier in the week, we saw on their Instagram that they had a Mexican Chocolate Chickow on tap that sounded very intriguing. And then we saw that they also had a Mexican Chocolate Stout on tap as well called Pastel Con Amigos. But when we got to the taproom, they were both already gone. But there were a lot of other interesting sounding beers on tap…

We decided to start with a flight…

Our first flight…

Father Kyle’s Cinnamon Stout was really good. As was Satisfied? Their Cookie Wizard had glitter in it. You can sort of see it here…

There it is…

And here’s our second flight…

In my opinion, Nutcase is one of Listermann’s best beers. Sooo peanut buttery! Seen and noted that Thursday night is also Wing Night in the taproom…

We didn’t partake but we ordered some other stuff from Renegade Grille

We ordered some deep fried mac ‘n cheese balls, loaded cheese fries and a fried bologna sammich to share…

The fried bologna sammich and loaded fries were out of this world…

It was a fun Thursday evening. We can’t wait to come back for another fried bologna sammich and some more incredible beers. 😀🍺❤️