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  • CityBeat - Drink
    glass of a good red wine and heâ s always willing to sip straight whiskey so it was the perfect place for us to sample a selection of both The first thing you notice when walking into Second Sight Spirits artisan distillery in Ludlow Kentucky is the smell rum Like two renegade pirates founders Rick Couch and Carus Waggoner have staked their claim in this little town since their grand opening in April Things move fast in the Queen City and summertime means a raft of new beers flooding the market both locally and regionally As they say when it rains it pours â beer Summertime and the drinkinâ is easy All around town bars and restaurants have lightened up their cocktail offerings to fit the season R emember last summer when everybody was drinking cold brew coffee including us Well cold brew is now considered somewhat passà If success is defined by passion and mindfulness the owners and operators of Pearlâ s Columbia Tusculumâ s newest bar are already set with a home run on their hands Walk into any yurt in Mongolia and you will most likely be presented with fermented mareâ s milk a traditional drink given as a form of hospitality In the Philippines they drink fermented These days itâ s pretty easy for foodies wine oâ s and hop heads to delve into an appreciation of food wine and craft beer It becomes somewhat of a quest as we seek out better examples and interesting variations from the farthest reaches of the world The family owned and operated Braxton Brewing Company held its grand opening on March 27 and invited the community into the 11 000 square foot space which features a brewhouse and taproom In 2015 it seems that opening a craft brewery is

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  • Local Couple Makes Artisan Drinking Shrubs
    of other local brands that ferment food and drink like Fab Ferments and The Pickled Pig husband and wife team Mercy Mabalot and Arie Vandenberg started Chimera Shrubs in June Shrubs are typically unpasteurized unfiltered fruity vinegars dating back to 17th century England before refrigeration was invented It comes from England when they had a shortage of lemons and limes so when they were making jams and jellies they couldn t make it with lemons and limes Mabalot says Instead they used vinegar To distinguish it from jam they called it shrubs And in the 1800s shrubs found their way to America and bartenders started using them in cocktails Mabalot discovered shrubs on a trip to San Francisco and realized it would be cheaper to make them than to pay to have them shipped to her in Cincinnati Concocting shrubs is right up her alley she studied psychology and biology at Xavier This is more like biology and chemistry she says A chemistry background has helped me here because vinegar even though it s a very old thing it s not the easiest thing to do well Chimera which takes its name from a mythical Greek beast works out of Savor Catering and Events shared kitchen in Newport where they split the space with Tiger Dumpling Cuban Pete Street Chef Brigade and The Canteen To make a good vinegar you must make a decent fermented alcohol which is then converted by acetic fermentation into vinegar utilizing the sugars Mabalot says Tweet SHARE PRINT COMMENT FONT SIZE RATE Related content Revolution Rotiss Calle Cantina Re Dirt A Modern Ma Preserving the Ha Farming in a Stri Related to Cincinnati Eats Chimera Shrubs Mercy Mabalot Arie Vanderberg First fruit and sugar are converted into ethanol using yeast Then the ethanol needs to be converted into acetic acid or vinegar But because that process can take up to a year after the substance becomes ethanol Chimera mixes raw unfiltered organic apple cider vinegar Bragg s or Spectrum brand with a starter also known as the mother to expedite the vinegar making process It takes two to four months for the alcohol content to reduce to 0 5 percent the legal limit Once it reaches that level they bottle the shrubs Currently they have a couple of flavors but will add new ones seasonally The sweet Hibiscus Honey tastes like cranberries and is made with basil cardamom cinnamon habañero pepper raw honey cane sugar lemon and vanilla They use Colorado peaches for Peachy Keen prepared with peaches lime raw honey dehydrated cane juice vanilla bean and for an added kick hatch chiles and shishito peppers Besides the shrubs they re also working on a line of bitters including one made with chocolate black walnuts and Kentucky bourbon Because the shrubs don t have preservatives they have a shelf life of 18 months unopened and six months refrigerated and all of their vinegars are tested for safety under FDA regulations Like most fermented foods shrubs

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  • of food wine and craft beer It becomes somewhat of a quest as we seek out better examples and interesting variations from the farthest reaches of the world Diner Crave Review New Banks eatery has something for everyone Brian Cross 0 Comments Wednesday July 4 2012 Crave offers everything from sushi to steaks and ribs to seafood and even pizza To do all these things well you d think they would need a decked out kitchen a fully staffed sushi bar and a dedicated pizza oven maybe even wood burning Check check and check Diner WhackBurger Review Unique Ingredients Comic Books Inspire New Burger Joint Brian Cross 1 Comments Tuesday June 26 2012 What do ground beef onomatopoeia and a slew of fresh ingredients have in common Well nothing really unless you re at the new gourmet burger restaurant WhackBurger in Covington The small restaurant has been open for about a month now serving big juicy burgers with creative toppings right across the street from Madison Theater The Nook Bellevue Bistro Brunch Review Brian Cross 1 Comments Wednesday June 15 2011 Bellevue Bistro is a quaint unassuming café that blends in with the independent shops along historic Fairfield Avenue in Bellevue Ky Or at least that s what I thought before going there The small breakfast and lunch restaurant 313 Fairfield Ave Bellevue 859 581 5600 packs a big menu big flavors and a big ego Look Who s Eating Biagio Lamassa Biagio s Bistro Brian Cross 0 Comments Wednesday June 1 2011 Anyone who s spent much time in the Clifton area knows Biagio s Bistro 308 Ludlow Ave Clifton 513 861 4777 Since opening in 1999 Biagio s scooter almost always parked in front of the restaurant has become as much of a Ludlow Avenue fixture as the bistro itself Diner Meals on Wheels Local food trucks feed hungry hordes Brian Cross 0 Comments Thursday May 19 2011 Food trends usually arrive in this town long after they sweep other cities Blame Cincinnatians tendency to be skeptical and critical But every now and then amongst all the bust there is a boom Sometimes the perfect storm of an ailing economy creativity and a helpful public servant come together What the hell are we talking about Food Trucks Diner Island Frydays Review Trying something new at an authentic Jamaican restaurant Brian Cross 1 Comments Monday May 9 2011 Though I had a couple bones to pick Island Frydays is full of that cool Jamaican spirit With good service good food and good people it s a great place to go and try something different Where else in Cincinnati can you find a full menu of Caribbean classics Diner Blinkers Tavern Review Offering casual American tavern fare with creative upscale twist Brian Cross 0 Comments Wednesday April 20 2011 When it was announced that Chalk Food Wine in Covington was closing its doors this year it left an empty spot in our stomachs or hearts for you sentimental types Sandy

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  • Drink - Articles and News
    Café Italian Espresso from a Vintage Vespa Garin Pirnia 0 Comments Wednesday December 17 2014 Noguera who is of Italian descent now sells espresso from the back of a vintage Vespa utility motorcycle under the moniker Urbana Café Drink Top Cincinnati Hot Chocolate Hotspots Kristen Franke 0 Comments Wednesday December 3 2014 Since we aren t elitist we went to a handful of eateries that offer hot chocolate as a menu item trying both powdered and melted versions to find the best Drink Drinking Destinations of the Future Garin Pirnia 0 Comments Wednesday November 19 2014 Winter is coming which means it s time to hunker down at your local watering hole Drink New Juice Bar to Open in OTR Garin Pirnia 0 Comments Wednesday September 24 2014 Over the Rhine offers everything from a donut shop to a walk up taco window and soon it will be getting its first juice bar We re not talking smoothies we re talking nutrient dense cold pressed juice funneled into a pint sized glass container Drink Dayton s Brewery Co op Builds Community Jeremy Fultz 0 Comments Tuesday July 29 2014 Dayton Ohio s Fifth Street Brewpub co op served its own beers to patrons for the first time on July 16 While the doors to the brewery taproom and restaurant opened last year and beer from other brewers has been pouring from their taps ever since the brewery just received all of the necessary legal approval to be able to serve beer brewed on premises at 1600 E Fifth St Drink Northside s Bourbon Nation Garin Pirnia 0 Comments Tuesday July 1 2014 A collection of Northside residents and art lovers are taking a stab at creating Cincinnati s first bourbon bar and restaurant the neighborhood s soon to open The Littlefield Drink Secrets from Sommeliers Ilene Ross 0 Comments Tuesday June 3 2014 If the thought of being presented with a multi page wine list literally drives you to drink with its scary sounding words like appellation biodynamic and decantation have no fear you re not alone Drink Negroni Week Local bars prepare specialty Negroni cocktails and raise money for charity Anne Mitchell 0 Comments Wednesday May 28 2014 The Negroni has been called an indispensable cocktail by Esquire magazine cocktail expert David Wondrich and is frequently referred to as the perfect dinner cocktail because its bitterness acts as an apéritif Drink Chill Brew Garin Pirnia 0 Comments Tuesday May 6 2014 As the edict goes once you go cold brew you ll never go back to drinking regular iced coffee again Here are some local coffee shops that sell the stuff mostly year round Starbucks doesn t have cold brew so don t even bother Drink Spring Cocktails Brenna Smith 0 Comments Wednesday April 9 2014 Spring is officially here and Old Man Winter the guest who overstayed his welcome has left the building Cincinnati can finally relish the warm weather with a few celebratory drinks Drink Crafting a

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  • Drink - Articles and News
    m opening night Drink 50 Ways To Love Your Growler Fifty West Brewing ties craft brews to Cincinnati s beer past Michael Taylor 0 Comments Wednesday June 19 2013 You ever have those moments where you just get really excited in life and you can t sleep asks Bobby Slattery co owner of Fifty West Brewing Company Drink Ice Ice Baby Anne Mitchell 0 Comments Wednesday June 19 2013 I had an epiphany recently when I stopped to order my favorite iced coffee from BLOC Coffee Company in Price Hill and their ice machine was on the fritz Try it cold without ice the barista suggested Some of our customers like it better that way Drink Bourbon Ball Forget the wine Tips on throwing a bourbon tasting party Ilene Ross 0 Comments Wednesday May 29 2013 Over the years I ve entertained in my home with just about as many different types of parties as I could find in books or online and I thought I d pretty much run the gamut until I came across the idea of hosting a bourbon tasting while attending last month s Bourbon Classic in Louisville Ky led by John Shutt of Blanton s Bourbon Drink Beer Pairing Dinners Anne Mitchell 0 Comments Tuesday May 21 2013 I ve been to wine pairing and cocktail pairing dinners but I just hit my first beer pairing dinner I guess I d never considered that with the variety of styles and flavor profiles available in beers now there are enough subtle nuances to intrigue chefs and to bring out the best in their dishes Drink Spring Tonic Anne Mitchell 2 Comments Tuesday April 23 2013 A spring tonic used to be a home remedy that was supposed to cleanse your system As grannies would say it was good for what ails you This spring I think I ll take my tonic the tasty way with gin Drink Local Symbiosis MadTree Brewing and Napoleon Ridge Farm Anne Mitchell 1 Comment Tuesday March 26 2013 Add this to your list of local beers MadTree They ve been up and running since the end of January filling kegs and growlers and are about to start canning for broader distribution Drink Maker s Mark Promotes Honest Bourbon Anne Mitchell 0 Comments Tuesday February 26 2013 Why would Maker s announce that they were reducing the percentage of alcohol in their bourbon from 45 percent to 42 percent 90 proof to 84 proof cause an uproar and then reverse the decision within days Drink Tea Time Get your Downton Abbey on with Churchill s Fine Teas Anne Mitchell 0 Comments Wednesday January 30 2013 One of the very first things I had to learn when I became British by marriage was how to brew tea properly It was soon apparent that English tea with milk is one of those things you mess with at your peril Drink New Year New Drink Anne Mitchell 0 Comments Wednesday January 2 2013 Drinking is

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  • Drink - Articles and News
    Cincinnati Party 20th Anniversary All Star Weekend The Beer Issue Menu Title Annual Manual Best of Cincinnati Camp Guide CEAs Cool Issue Dining Guide Drinking Issue Election Coverage Fall Arts Preview Focus On Education FotoFocus Fringe Festival Green Issue Hibernation Guide Holidays Love List MidPoint Music Fest MPMF Visitors Pride ScaryBeat Summer Guide Year in Review Sign up for E mails WHAT SHOULD I BE DOING INSTEAD OF THIS SEE ALL CALENDAR Home Articles Food Drink Drink Top Articles from Drink Local Couple Makes Artisan Drinking Shrubs Local Couple Makes Artisan Drinking Shrubs Drink Former Bartenders Bring Craft Beer Retail to Northside Brenna Smith 0 Comments Wednesday September 26 2012 Hamilton Avenue in Northside is home to a slew of eclectic storefronts like Melt and Shake It Records and since April Northsiders have enjoyed The Listing Loon as a place to swing by and load up on bottles of hand selected microbrews by a couple of Cincinnati s tenured bartenders Drink Fall Beer Brewing Anne Mitchell 0 Comments Wednesday September 12 2012 I m more inclined to pop open a bottle from the experts but hey I don t have the White House staff on hand to fix what ales me So I asked a home brewing friend Matt Canale a video game developer in L A to fill me in on his experience and give our readers some tips on how to get started Drink Drink Til You Don t Drop Anne Mitchell 0 Comments Wednesday August 15 2012 I just returned from my third annual visit to Tales of the Cocktail an almost week long event that for mixologists and the media who cover them is what the Cannes International Film Festival is to movie critics a little bit glamorous a lot of information to drink in and

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  • Bigger and Better Breweries, Plus New Beers
    force it s a good time to huddle inside with some local brews or leave home for a beer event or two Brewery Expansions In early January MadTree announced a plan to open a new 18 million brewery and taproom in Oakley They will have 64 taps a 10 000 square foot beer garden 100 barrel brewhouse a larger Catch a Fire Pizza café and private event spaces Apparently they ve been struggling to keep up with high demand and the expansion will allow them to distribute their beer to more locations across the U S With the expansion they hope to brew up to 100 000 barrels per year The new brewery probably won t be ready until 2018 though On a smaller scale but equally as important East End s Blank Slate upgraded this year They are tripling production and plan on bottling and canning some of their beer versus just having it on tap in their PourHouse More like an addition than an expansion Lockland s Rivertown Brewery recently opened Barrel House BBQ a barbecue joint inside the brewery The menu consists of meats marinated with their brews such as Soulless brined pulled pork shoulder and collard greens infused with Lil Sipa Session IPA Pair the food with one of their beers like their spiced winter ale Tweet SHARE PRINT COMMENT FONT SIZE RATE Related content Rhinegeist Taps I Cincinnati s Brew The Art of Beer Mad House Vinegar Oktoberfest Already Cocktails for a C Related to Tafts Ale House Braxton Brewing Company BeerAdvocate MadTree Blank Slate The Barrel House is open 4 8 p m Wednesday Friday and noon 8 p m Saturday Rivertown is also planning on opening a new location in Monroe this year New Beers Orchids at Palm Court and Blank Slate s ongoing seasonal collaboration continues with the recently released Orchid s Repose a cranberry stout It can be found exclusively at Orchids in the Hilton Netherland Plaza and at Blank Slate s taproom Moerlein also just released a new beer It s called Big Piney IPA and is described as a bold hop forward IPA straight from the forests of the Pacific Northwest Brewed with Chinook hops and coming in at a 7 percent ABV it has a pine scent and a picture of a Bigfoot like creature on the can Taft Ale House s latest offering Louisa s Dark Side is a stout aged in American white oak casks and fermented with brettanomyces a type of yeast lactobacillus and pediococcus lactic acid bacteria Events MadTree turns three this month with a big beer y birthday party The MadTree Winter Bonanza on Jan 30 will have timed tappings of special brews like a barrel aged Levanto Peach and a barrel aged Wild Turkey Lift They ll also have guest taps from local and regional breweries Besides the beer the Bonanza will have food trucks live bands and DJs Admission is free and beer tickets cost 5 Listermann wants to teach you

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  • What's the Hops? - Articles and News
    Weekend The Beer Issue Menu Title Annual Manual Best of Cincinnati Camp Guide CEAs Cool Issue Dining Guide Drinking Issue Election Coverage Fall Arts Preview Focus On Education FotoFocus Fringe Festival Green Issue Hibernation Guide Holidays Love List MidPoint Music Fest MPMF Visitors Pride ScaryBeat Summer Guide Year in Review Sign up for E mails WHAT SHOULD I BE DOING INSTEAD OF THIS SEE ALL CALENDAR Home Articles Food What s the Hops What s the Hops Top Articles from What s the Hops Bigger and Better Breweries Plus New Beers Bigger and Better Breweries Plus New Beers What s the Hops Bigger and Better Breweries Plus New Beers Garin Pirnia 0 Comments Wednesday January 27 2016 Cincinnati area breweries are poised to make 2016 bigger and better and the accolades keep coming BeerAdvocate s January issue named Taft s Ale House and Braxton Brewing Company as two of the 33 best new breweries from 2015 What s the Hops Beer to Help You Through the Holidays Garin Pirnia 0 Comments Wednesday December 2 2015 You ve survived Black Friday and Thanksgiving and now you just need to get through the rest of the year Thankfully beer especially holiday ales and warming stouts can help with that What s the Hops Winter Warmers and Belgian Brews Garin Pirnia 0 Comments Wednesday October 28 2015 Starting next month winter ales will hit the market including MadTree s popular Thundersnow But before we all huddle inside for the long cold ahead there are still more fun fall activities to be had What s the Hops New Fall Brews Local breweries embrace autumn with pumpkin ales and hard ciders Garin Pirnia 0 Comments Wednesday September 30 2015 It s officially fall so prepare for ciders more pumpkin beers and hopefully some seasonals that

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