Meet the Brewery: Jackie O.

We stopped at Higher Gravity for another one of their Meet the Brewery nights. Tonight’s brewery was Jackie O’s Brewery from Athens, Ohio. HG had Jackie O’s Les Deux Silos on draft…

And they were pouring samples of several of Jackie O’s mixed fermentation bottles…

All of the beers were very good. The Les Deux Silos was outstanding. It was almost more of a wine than a beer. The Meet the Brewery events at Higher Gravity are always tasty and fun. 😀🍺🍻❤

Happy hour in Pendleton.

Just to the north of Jack Casino and just to the east of Over-the-Rhine lies the Pendleton neighborhood of downtown Cincinnati. Genifer noticed on Instagram that the relatively new 3-Point Brewery in Pendleton was having a Pop-Up Happy Hour Wednesday with $2 beers from 5-7pm. So after work this evening, we stopped in Pendleton to finally check out a couple places that were new to us.

We haven’t been to Pendleton since we moved to Northside. Back then all that was there was Nation. Now there are all sorts of new places like Luquis Q barbeque

Across the street is Boomtown Biscuits & Whiskey

And next door to Boomtown is CHX

And next to CHX is 3-Points Urban Brewery…

3-Points is absolutely beautiful inside…

I started with a Sinking Orca Oatmeal Stout

And Genifer tried their Shoal Cincy Stout

Both beers were really good. That little CHX guy kept staring at us…

He reminded us of Oscar with his beady little eyes.

We ordered a small original breaded banty with fries from the bar and just a little while later, we received a text that our banty was ready to be picked up…

And there’s our order…

Our CHX was so good! There were so many fries in that bag. It was like a neverending bag of fries. They just kept regenerating themselves no matter how many we ate. And their dipping sauces were legit too. But the star of the show for me was the hushpuppies. Then again, I love hushpuppies. I also tried their Magic Wand Kettle Sour

And Genifer tried one of their spicy margarita draft cocktails…

Both 3-Point and CHX were awesome. It was a great way to celebrate our anniversary

We can’t wait to come back to 3-Point and CHX. And we also can’t wait to check out Lucius Q and Boomtown. And eat at Nation again. It’s been way too long. Geez… Pendleton is really on the serious upswing! 😀🍺🐔🤫🐶❤️

Delirium Night at HG.

Tonight at Higher Gravity, it was Delirium Night featuring both Delirium Tremens and Delerium Red. Delerium is that beer with the pink elephant that is really good. In fact, Delirium Tremens is one of the best beers I’ve ever had in my life. So we were pretty excited to also get to try Red as well…

Tremens was every bit as good as we remember it. Red would have been really good but it paled in comparison next to Tremens. (Ha. Because it’s also lighter than Tremens🤪). But Tremens is just plain amazing. It’s ridiculous just how good it is. Oh, and we got the keep these cool Delerium glasses…

After trying both beers, we stopped at Chameleon for a slice of pizza. It was a pretty fun Thursday. We haven’t been to HG in a quick second. It was great to hang out for a bit. 😀🍺🐘❤️

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. 😀🍏🍺❤️