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May 06

Quick Bite: Barleycorn’s is Back

Barleycorn’s in Lakeside Park reopens today at 6 pm. Yay! Ye Olde Barleycorn’s (as it was housed in the Drawbridge Inn temporarily) is gone and we’ve returned to normal.

Here’s the article from the Business Courier Online:

Barleycorn’s Inc., the local eatery chain popular for its casual
menu and neighborhood-like bar, is reopening its Lakeside Park location
following renovations.

The restaurant, at 2642 Dixie Highway, reopens Tuesday at 6 p.m.
after about three months of work. It had been operating in the
Gatehouse Tavern at the Drawbridge Inn in Fort Mitchell since late

Barleycorn’s, based in Cold Spring, was founded downtown in 1976
and at one point operated 10 restaurants. Now it counts the two
restaurants in Lakeside Park and Cold Spring, as well as a new location
in Dayton at Sugarcreek Plaza.

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May 06

Micro-Brew Merger

The announced acquisition of Pyramid brewery of Seattle by
Vermont-based Magic Hat seems like a good idea for all involved.
Reading the press release,
it appears that Pyramid will return to the privately owed sector and
lower the number of publicly traded breweries to 9, only 3 of which
appear to be American Micro-Breweries.

The Yahoo! Stock screen
shows a very rough last year for most of the publicly traded brewers
and I find that interesting in comparison to the increased popularity
and availability of small craft beers in this area.


As a fan of
both Magic Hat and Pyramid, I’m happy for anything that will help
either continue to produce well crafted and styled beers. I look
forward to seeing if the two portfolios will be combined or if the two
breweries will operate independently of each other.

– Kevin Gerl

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May 05


I can’t decide if it sounds like an airline or a cruise ship from the turn of the last century. Doesn’t matter of course, because it’s neither. It’s a new restaurant set to open June 2 across from Nada (where Havana Martini Club used to be). It’s another large & classy chain, by the way, like McCormick & Schmick’s. Of course, I like M&S, but  I also hate that there is nothing overly Cincinnati about the place. The curse of the chain restaurant, I suppose.

Here’s the clip from Friday’s online Business Courier:

Downtown Cincinnati’s latest restaurant, Oceanaire Seafood Room, announced Thursday it will open its doors June 2.

The restaurant, which serves fresh seafood in a 1930s-era setting,
will be located in the 580 Building at Sixth and Walnut streets. Its
menu will feature 25 varieties of fish and shellfish, including crab
cakes, shrimp scampi, cioppino and Hawaiian swordfish.

Minneapolis-based Oceanaire operates 15 restaurants nationwide, with a Phoenix site also set to open this year.

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May 02

Derby Days

At some point I posted my mint julep recipe. But I can’t find it – nor
can I find it in my house. It was a classic mint julep recipe. So
instead I offer you Jason Falls, a friend from Louisville who has the
world’s coolest job title (Social Media Explorer), and a fun twist on the classic mint julep. I’d like to add something to his steps though – use good bourbon. I recommend any of the Good Stuff (single barrel, small batch, or small scale), starting with Maker’s Mark, but you can certainly work your way through the hallowed bourbon halls of Woodford Reserve, Blanton’s, Basil Hayden, Booker’s, Knob Creek and others. Maker’s Mark, by the way, has a pre-mixed bottle of Mint Julep that avoids all the sugar water fuss in the kitchen. Just pour over ice, add a sprig of MINT, and voila! (Look for the bottle with the green wax.)

If you just can’t bring yourself to enjoy a mint julep, then how about some bourbon slush? It’s an icee, really, sweetened with lemonade, peach tea, 7Up, and Bourbon. Peach tea is really what gives it the great flavor.

I got my tried-and-true bourbon slush recipe from my friend Kate. I posted it about two years ago I think, and it’s time for a re-post of the recipe, after the jump. For the slush, you don’t need to use a really high-end bourbon – Old Crow will do. Remember, you’re just sort of destroying it by mixing it in with all that other stuff, sort of like a Bourbon Sangria.


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May 02

Cincinnati Wine Events 5/2 – 5/8

395229324_837fed3e3d_m In case you didn’t know, tomorrow is Kentucky Derby Day. For me, this is a day of pretty hats, gorgeous thoroughbreds, bourbon, mint juleps, and Derby parties. I love the Derby. It’s on NBC tomorrow afternoon – don’t miss the prettiest 2 minutes in sports.

While all the normal events are happening this week, we are low on special events. I do want to point out the Cheers for the Cure! on Wednesday at the Pub in Crestview Hills. The event is to raise funds and awareness for the Northern Kentucky Women’s Cancer Coalition.

For the complete and constantly updated list of Cincinnati tastings, refer to our Google Calendar on this page.  For
information on what’s going on in Dayton, you can
refer to Mark’s blog at Uncorked.

Tell the retailers we sent you, and happy tasting!

The Friday image is licensed thru Creative Commons and taken by Kyle Kesslering.

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Featured Events

Saturday, May 3
Taste of Rose
Middletown Lyric Theatre
1530 Central Ave.
Middletown, OH 45044
Kentucky Derby-themed wine tasting. Includes local cuisine and prizes. Benefits the Art Central Foundation and Middletown Lyric Theater.
RSVP, $25

Wednesday, May 7
Cheers for the Cure!
The Pub @ Crestview Hills
2853 Dixie Hwy
Crestview Hills, KY
A “Girl’s Night Out” benefit to raise funds and awareness for the Northern Kentucky Women’s Cancer Coalition. Ticket include appetizers, beer and wine, live music by Tupelo Honey, raffles and silent auction.
$35, 5-9 pm
RSVP to www.cheersforthecure.com, or call Shannon Purkiss at 513.518-5631.

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