There have been a handful of new breweries to open in our great city since I’ve been on hiatus. While I’m still relatively new to the beer scene, I’m continually impressed with how great of a beer city Cincinnati is (and I’m not the only one). With new breweries popping up seemingly every few weeks, it’s always fun to see how they — their beer, locations, spaces, and offerings — differ from one another.
Fibonacci Brewing Company
I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I was pleasantly surprised by both the space and the beer. The interior is sort of small, but bright and welcoming. We got two flights to split so we could try all eight beers on tap. I was super impressed by The Tollhouse Caps, a stout with reaper peppers. It was very spicy, but delicious. Very well done. Also really liked the Marty’s Hamilton Ave IPA and Estivus (blonde ale).
FigLeaf Brewing Company
I’ve not yet been, but Cincinnati’s newest (for now) brewery is on the to-do list!
Municipal Brew Works
We sort of stumbled upon Municipal Brew Works thinking we were going somewhere dog-friendly to get food after spending some time at Hueston Woods. It ended up being the opening weekend of a brewery, which is one of the happiest of accidents. MBW is nestled in the heart of Hamilton, on the back of the Municipal building, and next to the Great Miami River. The atmosphere, including a building with large garage doors that open to a sizable patio with ample seating and cornhole, is great. The beer was pretty good, too. Of the four we tried, my favorite was Station 2, a rye IPA.
Nine Giant Brewing
The space itself is a bit smaller than I expected it to be, though I love the layout and overall design — the teal tile is gorgeous, and there is plenty of seating and standing room throughout. I particularly love the garage-style windows that open to the street (Montgomery Road), and the atmosphere in the place is great. There is currently a small menu (think burger, fries, fried pickles, and cookies), which I understand will expand after some time.
Overall, the beer is solid (Trigger Cut, an IPA, is probably my favorite), the food looks delicious, the atmosphere is pretty great, and the service was good — despite being pretty crowded, the wait in line for beer was reasonable.
Streetside features street parking, a patio with a handful of tables, plus seating for a couple dozen inside. The interior isn’t all that big, but I especially love that the building itself is much bigger than it appears, and the brewing tanks and equipment are visible from the taproom. It’s worth noting that dogs are not allowed inside, as they intend to start serving food in the future (as told to me by someone who works there).
The beer itself is pretty good. Got a flight of Alpha (IPA), Raspberry Beret (Berliner Weisse), Tea Bags (blonde ale with green tea), and Super Simple (pale ale). I loved the Alpha and Tea Bags.
The Woodburn Brewery and Taproom
The fact that it’s less than four blocks away helps, but The Woodburn is one of our new favorite places to go, especially since it is dog-friendly. The beer is really good, though my personal favorites are the Pale Ale, Steinpils, and Belgian Wit. I also really like the Cedar IPA and Belgian Quad, though all of the beers are pretty dang good.
Other highlights worth mentioning: they have partnered with Mazunte and serve light bites; there is plenty of street and lot parking, plus TVs and a back patio.
If you’re interested in checking out Cincinnati’s ever-expanding beer scene — or interested in giving a beer-related gift for the holidays — see below for a comprehensive list of breweries to visit. Or check out Cincy Brew Bus, Craft Connection, Cincinnati Brewery Tours, or Queen City Underground tours for more.
Bad Tom Smith (East End)
Blank Slate Brewing Company (East End)
Braxton Brewing Company (Covington)
Cellar Dweller at Valley Vineyards (Morrow)
Christian Moerlein Brewing Co. (OTR)
Darkness Brewing (Bellevue)
Dogberry Brewing (West Chester)
Ei8ht Ball Brewing (Bellevue)
Fibonacci Brewing Company (Mt. Healthy)
Fifty West Brewing Company (Mariemont)
FigLeaf Brewing Company (Middletown)
Great Crescent Brewery (Aurora, IN)
Listermann Brewing Company (Norwood)
MadTree Brewing (Kennedy Hts)
Mash Cult at Party Town (Florence)
Mt. Carmel Brewing Company (Mt. Carmel)
Municipal Brew Works (Hamilton)
Nine Giant Brewing (Pleasant Ridge)
Old Firehouse Brewery (Williamsburg)
Paradise Brewing Supplies (Anderson Twp)
Rhinegeist Brewery (OTR)
Rivertown Brewery and Barrel House (Lockland)
Streetside Brewery (Columbia Tusculum)
Taft’s Ale House (OTR)
Tap & Screw Brewery (Western Hills)
Urban Artifact (Northside)
The Woodburn Brewery and Taproom (East Walnut Hills)