2017 Winter Block Party: FAQ’s

JOIN THE 2017 WINTER BLOCK PARTY & DARK CHARGE RELEASE

Before Saturday’s Block Party, we wanted to answer any questions you might have. It will be a great day for a bottle release, barrel-aged beers, guest taps, live music, local food and more. We can’t wait to celebrate with you. But before that, you’ve had a few questions. We’ve done our best to answer those below! More questions, join the party and comment there.

  • I’m a diehard Xavier fan. Will you be showing the Xavier game?
    • Yes! We wouldn’t miss it. It will be on our TV’s in the taproom with audio. Just be nice to the Cincinnati fans.
  • I’m a diehard Cincinnati fan. Will you be showing the Cincinnati game?
    • Yes! We wouldn’t miss it. It will be on our TV’s in the taproom with audio. Just be nice to the Xavier fans.
  • I can’t wait to get my Dark Charge bottles. What are the prices of each? How many of each bottle can I purchase?
    • Dark Charge Bourbon Barrel-Aged: $13, Limit 2
    • Dark Charge Bourbon Barrel-Aged Tiramisu: $15, Limit 2
    • Dark Charge Bourbon Barrel-Aged S’mores: $15, Limit 2
    • Dark Charge Bourbon Barrel-Aged Molé: $15, Limit 2
    • Dark Charge Bourbon Barrel-Aged Cherry & Vanilla: $15, Limit 1
    • Dark Charge Labs Variant (re-fermented with Pinot Noir grapes and Pinot Noir barrel-aged): $15, Limit 1
    • Dark Charge 23 Year Old Bourbon Maple Barrel, Aged 2 years: $30, Limit 1
  • How many of each bottle are available?
    • Dark Charge Bourbon Barrel-Aged: 587
    • Dark Charge Bourbon Barrel-Aged Tiramisu: 563
    • Dark Charge Bourbon Barrel-Aged S’mores: 572
    • Dark Charge Bourbon Barrel-Aged Molé: 560
    • Dark Charge Bourbon Barrel-Aged Cherry & Vanilla: 142
    • Dark Charge Labs Variant (re-fermented with Pinot Noir grapes and Pinot Noir barrel-aged): 80
    • Dark Charge 23 Year Old Bourbon Maple Barrel, Aged 2 years: 251
  • Will growler fills be available?
    • You will not be able to get growler or crowler fills of any of the beers on tap at the Winter Block Party.
  • What about tasters and flights?
    • We will not be doing flights to ensure that service is efficient and effective. However, there is a special Dark Charge Taster glass this year. For only $20, you receive a 5 oz. Dark Charge taster and three drink tickets. Once you’re out of tickets, refills are only $4.
  • What is the process for purchasing bottles?
    • The bottle release will happen in the taproom. At 12pm, the doors will open. We had a line last year and expect one again this year. Once in the taproom, you will be able to purchase tickets for your bottles. The number of tickets will match the number of bottles available…exactly. You will then proceed into the garage area of the taproom where you will exchange your tickets for your bottles. We will keep you posted on the number of bottles remaining in the Facebook event and via twitter.
  • Do I have to carry all my bottles around while I enjoy all the delicious beers on draft?
    • Nope, not this year! We’re introducing a “Bottle Check.” It will work just like a coat check. Drop off your bottles, we’ll gather just a little bit of information and you can come back with your ID to get your bottles anytime before the event ends.
  • Sounds great, where do I park?
    • Great question. Like all of our events, we recommend using a designated driver to ensure you get to and from the event safely. If you are driving, please reference the map below for best parking options.

  • What time is the event?
    • Both the Block Party and Bottle Release open at 12p. The Bottle Release will run until the bottles are sold out. The Block Party will take place outside in a heated tent from 12p-11p. The taproom is open until 1am.
  • Is the outdoor tent heated?
    • Yes, we have more than enough heat to keep everyone warm throughout the day and evening. Not to mention the awesome tap lineup that will help with that.
  • Is this a ticketed event?
    • It isn’t! Admission is free. Beer prices will range from $6 to $7.
  • Is this event kid friendly?
    • Yes, until 9pm. However, we do expect it to be a crowded event and ask that you use your best judgment when deciding whether or not to bring your under-21 guests.
  • Is this event dog friendly?
    • Yes, until 9pm as long as your dog is on a leash. Again, we do expect this to be a crowded environment. Please use your best judgment in deciding whether or not your furry friend will do well in a crowd.
  • Is there food?
    • Can’t have great beer without great food. We have 7 local food vendors this year serving up Dark Charge infused or inspired menu items. You can see the full menu here.

  • Is the event in the taproom or outside?
    • The bottle release is in the taproom. The Winter Block Party featuring live music, 18 guest taps, special Braxton Barrel-Aged beers, the straight-from-the barrel experience, food vendors, and coffee booth are all in the lot adjacent to the taproom. You can see the layout of the outdoor tent below. Plan accordingly!

  • What guest taps do you have and when are they being tapped? How much do they cost?

  • Will you run out of bottles?
    • Likely, but we don’t know for sure. We would not recommend waiting until after Saturday to get your 2017 Dark Charge bottles. They will not be available outside of Braxton Brewing Co.
  • Can I reserve bottles online?
    • You cannot. Unlike our other bottle releases, you will not be able to reserve Dark Charge online.
  • Is it a bottle release or party?
    • It’s both! It’s a party celebrating the bottle release and our craft beer community. The bottle release is inside the taproom while the party is in a heated tent outside, directly adjacent to the brewery.
  • What happens once you’re out of bottles?
    • Party on. While the bottle release in the taproom will be over, the party will still be bumping outside. You can try the variants on tap, listen to live music, get food, try our 18 guest taps, taste bourbon barrel-aged coffee and…more!
  • Will all of my favorite Braxton beers be on tap?
    • Yes, the standard Braxton core styles will be on tap. In addition to the 2016 and 2017 Dark Charge variants, we’ll have some beers from the garage series and a couple of specialty beers! Those are listed here:
      • Braxton Brewing Company 2017 Union Rouge Red Wine Barrel-Aged Saison (6.2%, 10 oz., $6)
      • Braxton Brewing Company 66 Pearl Bourbon Barrel-Aged Strong Ale (15.7%, 10 oz., $6.50)
      • Braxton Brewing Company City Batch Bourbon Barrel Aged Baltic Porter (11.6%, 10 oz., $6.50)
      • Braxton Brewing Company & SweetWater Brewing Company Moving to the Country Peach Pale Ale (5.5%, 16 oz., $6.50)
      • Braxton Brewing Company Blown Gasket Robust Porter (7.5%, 16 oz., $6)
      • Braxton Brewing Company Dead Blow brewed with Starter Coffee (7.2%, 16 oz., $6.50)
      • Braxton Brewing Company Claus Peppermint Sweet Stout (5.5%, 16 oz., $6.50)
      • Braxton Brewing Company Graeter’s Blueberry Pie Brown Ale (7%, 16 oz., $6.50)
      • Braxton Labs Oatmeal Stout with Tart Cherries & Cocoa Nibs (7%, 16 oz., $6.50)
      • Braxton Labs Dry Hopped Rye Grisette (4.3%, 16 oz., $6)
      • Braxton Labs Dry Hopped Saison (5.3%, 16 oz., $6)
      • Braxton Labs Matcha Blonde (7.1%, 16 oz., $6)
      • Braxton Labs New England Imperial IPA (8.9%, 16 oz., $6.50)
      • Braxton Labs Semi-Sweet Hard Apple Cider (5%, 16 oz., $6)
      • Braxton Labs Rosé Cherry Apple Hard Cider (5%, 16 oz., $6)
      • Braxton Labs Sweet Potato Casserole Imperial Brown Ale (7.5%, 16 oz., $6.50)
  • You’ve referenced a coffee booth a couple of times. What’s up with that?
    • Yes! We’ll have a coffee booth at this year’s Winter Block Party! We’ll be pouring Bourbon Barrel-Aged Nicaraguan Coffee. Even better, for $10 you can keep the awesome, limited edition mug! Bourbon Barrel-Aged Nicaraguan Coffee Beans will also be available to purchase and take home if you wish.
  • Are there drink options for non-beer drinkers?
    • Yes, there are. We will have a full lineup of soda in the taproom. We also have Starter Coffee hot, iced and on nitro. In addition, our outdoor coffee booth will have a delicious Bourbon Barrel Aged Nicaraguan coffee.
  • I’m a Dark Charge superfan. How should I celebrate?
    • Us too. This year, we’re selling the Bourbon barrels that aged Dark Charge! We have 25 barrels that will be available to purchase for $125 at the Merch booth in the tent on 7th street. At the time of purchase, you will be given an instruction sheet on how to pick up your barrel.

We can’t wait to lift one to life with you this weekend. If you still have questions, reach out via Facebook and Twitter and we’ll do our best to respond as quickly as possible.

JOIN THE 2017 WINTER BLOCK PARTY & DARK CHARGE RELEASE

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