BrewProf: Ei8ht Ball Brewery and Bar Set To Open on Nov. 23

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The much-anticipated Ei8ht Ball Brewing is set to open its doors to
the general public on November 23 at 11 a.m.  However, this isn’t your
run of the mill local craft beer brewery.  As we are quickly
realizing, they do things a little differently across the river -- in
a very cool way.

Bar? Brewery? Both!

What stands out as “unusual” is that the brewery is coupled with an
extensive craft beer bar – oh, and it’s housed in a liquor store. True
to form, Ei8ht Ball was the first to lure a local, well-respected,
head brewer from an established brewery to head up their operation
(then there was this, this past week).

At this point they have a rock star head brewer, a bunch of shiny new
brewing equipment, and a tap room bar with 42 taps. But out of the
gate they only have two beers from Ei8ht Ball (more on this later).

So, what do you do with the rest of the vacant taps? Hook them up with
a beer nerd’s fantasy draft lineup.

While most tap rooms almost exclusively carry their own product they
have decided to transform the bar into a beer education center. Like
their brewmaster, they pulled a coup and hired on local sud-slinging
legend Peanut Kahles (formerly of Mariemont’s Dilly Deli). He and his
staff aim to teach patrons about the world of beer through flights,
pints, and growlers.

While different from the norm, it certainly supports the business
model of the bar’s surroundings. It also fits in well with the spirit
of craft beer brewing where there is a place for every beer and
something to please every palate.

This isn’t a realm of hyper-marketing trying to cram brand loyalty
down consumers throats. This is the brotherhood/sisterhood of craft
beer in action.

First Beers

As I mentioned before, they have two brews prepared for their launch.
K-Hole, an imperial stout, and The Wheel: Prodigal Son, an American
pale ale. Here are the details:

K-Hole (9.1% ABV): Our first brew ever. This big bold Imperial Mocha
Stout will sneak up on you. It's just too tasty, brewed with coffee,
cocoa and lactose.
The Wheel: Prodigal Son (6.3% ABV): Our first go on the Wheel:
Prodigal Son is malty sweet with a bunch of floral goodness. This is
one fine American Pale Ale.
Initial Tap List

You have to do something with those 40 other shiny taps, so why not
load it up with a who’s who lineup of beers?  The styles range from
West Coast IPA to Barrel Aged Strong Ale to Sour Stout to Hefeweizen –
enough to please any palate and expand others. The breweries
represented include Mikkeller, Rivertown, Three Floyds, Bosteels,
Quaff Brothers, Oscar Blues, Dark Horse, and many more. Check out
their website for a complete listing so you can start making your
tasting list.

I think this is going to be a pretty exciting place with the beers
they produce on-premise as well as the commercially made friends they
serve in the taproom.  Stay tuned to the Cincinnati Beer Events
calendar for more info on special events.

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