Brewery Guide

Cincinnatians love their beer, so I thought what better to do than list all in one place and include where they’re located, a short description, recommended beers, whether or not there is food on site, and if it’s dog-friendly? Below is an ever-evolving quick guide of local craft breweries with taprooms within a 30-mile radius of the city center:

13 Below Brewery (Sayler Park) – 2017
This Sayler Park brewery features plenty of parking, marina access, a dog-friendly patio, cornhole, giant Jenga, TVs, and a monthly mug club with half-price birthday beers! “13 nautical miles below downtown Cincinnati.”
Beer(s) of note: West Coast IPA, Confused 13 (brown ale)
Food: food trucks, bring your own, free popcorn

Dog-friendly: patio

16 Lots Brewing Co. (Mason) – 2017
The name of this brewery confounded me until I asked one of the co-founders what it meant. It turns out it’s a very conceptual brand with a fun backstory (thus resulting in related beer names). Nicely designed interior with dart boards, shuffleboard, and Mad Monks pizza onsite.

Beer(s) of note: Muddy Creek (oatmeal stout), Treaty (pale wheat ale)
Food: Mad Monks Pizza Co. pizza onsite

Dog-friendly: no

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Bad Tom Smith (East End) – 2013
I really like Bad Tom’s place and I especially like the outdoor patio area. It’s worth noting that, while there is technically a lot, parking is on the street.
Beer(s) of note: American Outlaw session IPA, Fink Red Rye
Food: food trucks on occasion

Dog-friendly: yes, inside and out

Bircus Brewing Company (Ludlow) – 2017
Beer(s) of note: TBD
Food: TBD
Dog-friendly: TBD

Braxton Brewing Company (Covington) – 2015
Braxton’s garage-like space is great for playing trivia and hanging out. They open early, serve coffee, and have wifi, so if you can work remotely, this might be a good place to do so.
Beer(s) of note: Storm (cream ale), Dead Blow brewed with Starter (stout), Revampled (IPA)
Food: available to be ordered and delivered directly to the taproom (see: Tom+Chee)

Dog-friendly: yes, inside and out

Braxton Labs (Bellevue) – 2017
Located in the former Ei8ht Ball space, Braxton Labs, the innovative spinoff of the original, features 40 taps (core/seasonal recipes, experimental beers, guest taps) and an outdoor patio.
Beer(s) of note: since this is an experimental location, I’ll keep this blank
Food: food trucks on occasion; soft pretzels with queso in the taproom

Dog-friendly: patio only

Brink Brewing Co. (College Hill) – 2017
Brink has a really cool spot with garage door windows that open to Hamilton Avenue. The beer is delicious, the overall branding is great, and there’s a dog-friendly patio that opens to the back (where there is a public parking lot). Located on the 17 bus line.
Beer(s) of note: Brink Brown, Fashionably Late session IPA
Food: food trucks on occasion

Dog-friendly: yes, inside and out

Christian Moerlein Brewing Co. (OTR) – 1981
Christian Moerlein is located in the historic brewery district of OTR and even has lagering tunnels to prove it. It also plays host to one of my favorite beer festivals, Super Firkin Saturday (February). Parking is located in three adjacent lots.
Beer(s) of note: Strawberry Pig (cream ale), Bay of Bengal (imperial IPA), and any experimental recipes they have on tap
Food: small menu onsite (think soft pretzels, wursts, etc.)

Dog-friendly: no

Darkness Brewing (Bellevue) – 2016
Darkness features a smaller indoor space with games (giant Connect Four!), plus a sizable front area for cornhole and outdoor picnic table seating during warmer months.
Beer(s) of note: Chocolate Heifer (imperial stout), Hop Head Nebula (black IPA)
Food: food trucks on occasion

Dog-friendly: yes, inside and out

DogBerry Brewing (West Chester) – 2015
DogBerry recently moved to a larger space south of their previous location in West Chester that includes air hockey, video games, space for 20 taps, and plenty of parking — a big improvement (no pun intended).
Beer(s) of note: Great 8 (imperial red), OB Plus (pilsner)
Food: food trucks on occasion

Dog-friendly: no

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Fibonacci Brewing Company (Mt. Healthy) – 2015
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. And those hop lights!
Beer(s) of note: Marty’s Hamilton Ave IPA, Estivus (blonde ale), and Tollhouse Caps (stout with reaper peppers)
Food: food trucks on occasion

Dog-friendly: patio only

Fifty West Brewing Company (Mariemont) – 2012
Fifty West is a restaurant and brewpub serving up good food and good beer, with plenty of outdoor seating and space for Fifty Fest, one of my favorite annual beer festivals.
Beer(s) of note: Punch You in the EyePA (double IPA), Doom Pedal (witbier), Tastee Whip ICA (cream ale)
Food: brewpub

Dog-friendly: patio only

Fifty West Production Works (Mariemont) – 2016
Fifty West has expanded their production facility into the former Hahana Beach space across the street. The atmosphere is more casual and there are volleyball courts where leagues often play, plus there are Trivia nights and running groups.
Beer(s) of note: Punch You in the EyePA (double IPA), Doom Pedal (witbier), Tastee Whip ICA (cream ale)
Food: food onsite (Roadside Grill) and ability to order pizza from next door, Pizzelii

Dog-friendly: yes

Fretboard Brewing (Blue Ash) – 2017
Cincinnati’s newest brewery is located on Creek Road in Blue Ash, and is currently in its soft opening stages until the grand opening on November 4.
Beers of note: Vlad the Impaler (Czech pilsner), El Jefe (hefeweizen)
Food: there will be food on site starting November 4
Dog-friendly: currently no, but a patio is in the works for spring 2018

Grainworks Brewing Company (West Chester) – 2017
Located conveniently off of I-75, Grainworks has a beautiful 1500 square foot dog-friendly patio with a large taproom featuring TVs and board games.
Beer(s) of note: Farmer’s Daughter (saison), Haybale (English bitter)
Food: food trucks, bring your own

Dog-friendly: patio only

Great Crescent Brewing (Aurora, IN) – 2008
One of the further breweries from the city center is also one of the oldest taprooms in the area, featuring about ten beers, plenty of space inside and out, and hand-crafted goods for purchase.
Beer(s) of note: Altered Space Monkey (American pale ale), Light of Aurora (Vienna lager), Coconut Porter
Food: brewpub

Dog-friendly: patio only

Listermann Brewing Company (Norwood) – 1991
Listermann has become quite a staple in the local beer scene, with its improved taproom and outdoor seating areas, plus its outdoor space to hold some of the city’s best beer festivals: Volksfest and Starkbierfest. Moonlights as a home-brewing supplies store.
Beer(s) of note: Shamrock Shake (stout), Lateral 562 (stout), Don’t Talk Sh!t About Norwood (pale ale), Nutcase (porter)
Food: Renegade Grille onsite

Dog-friendly: no

MadTree Brewing (Oakley) – 2013
MadTree was already massively popular in Cincinnati’s beer scene, but its move into a renovated 50,000 square foot space with an outdoor patio, garage windows, and large eatery onsite propelled it to juggernaut status. The parking situation is a bit better, too. Located on the 11/Madison Road bus line.
Beer(s) of note: Vernal Beckoning (Belgian pale ale), Shade (gose), PSA (session ale), Rubus Cacao (chocolate raspberry stout) and any limited releases (including Galaxy High and Citra High)
Food: Catch-A-Fire Pizza onsite

Dog-friendly: patio only

March First Brewing (Symmes Twp.) – 2017
A true gem in the suburban rough, March First has a great space with a number of good beers on tap. $7 will get you a flight of four and there is a private lot for parking.
Beer(s) of note: Denali IPA, Traditional Cider
Food: food trucks on occasion and snacks (chips) onsite, bring your own

Dog-friendly: yes, inside and out

Mt. Carmel Brewing Company (Mt. Carmel) – 2005
Brewery with a taproom located in an old farmhouse, featuring a large outdoor patio area (tent covered), small pond, and food trucks often onsite.
Beer(s) of note: Coffee Brown (brown ale), Hibiscus Blueberry
Food: food trucks on occasion, bring your own

Dog-friendly: patio only

Municipal Brew Works (Hamilton) – 2016
We sort of stumbled upon Municipal thinking we were going somewhere dog-friendly to get food after spending some time at Hueston Woods. It is nestled in the heart of Hamilton and the atmosphere — a building with large garage doors that open to a sizable patio with ample seating and cornhole — is great, especially in warmer weather.
Beer(s) of note: Station 2 (rye IPA)
Food: food trucks on occasion, bring your own

Dog-friendly: patio only

Narrow Path Brewing Co. (Loveland) – 2016
Narrow Path is a small brewery situated just off the Loveland Bike Trail, where there is plenty of outdoor space in the warmer months.
Beer(s) of note: Cream Ale, Cherry Tart
Food: food trucks, bring your own

Dog-friendly: patio only

Nine Giant Brewing (Pleasant Ridge) – 2016
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. 

Beer(s) of note: they always have new stuff on tap and it’s always good
Food: small menu onsite (think burgers, fries, apps, etc.)

Dog-friendly: no

Paradise Brewing Supplies (Anderson Twp.) – 2007
What Paradise lacks in ambience, it makes up for in some seriously good beer. This cozy taproom features couches, 12 taps, and an outdoor patio. Doubles as a home-brewing supplies store.
Beer(s) of note: Area 51 (pale ale), Hefeweizen, All-American IPA
Food: the occasional grill-out and food trucks, bring your own

Dog-friendly: yes, inside and out

The Queen City Brewery of Cincinnati (Blue Ash) – 2017
This Blue Ash bewery features outdoor seating, free popcorn, Ohio-shaped tables, flight boards that look like the Cincinnati skyline, and TouchTunes.
Beer(s) of note: The Dark Knigh.P.A. and Issue 27 Chocolate Coffee Stout
Food: food trucks on occasion, bring your own, free popcorn

Dog-friendly: patio only

Rhinegeist Brewery (OTR) – 2013
Rhinegeist is massive and it’s located in an old warehouse in the Brewery District, right on the streetcar line. It features cornhole boards, ping pong tables, wiffle ball leagues and tournaments, event space, and a rooftop deck with DJs on the weekend.
Beer(s) of note: Bubbles (cider)
Food: pop-up vendors (e.g. Mazunte and Gomez Salsa), soft pretzels sold onsite, bring your own

Dog-friendly: no

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Rivertown Brewery and Barrel House
(Lockland) – 2009
I love this taproom because it’s off the beaten path and completely unassuming. There is a game room with arcade games and an outside patio, too.
Beer(s) of note: Brett T-Shirt Contest (IPA), Nice Melons (Berliner Weisse), Blueberry Lager
Food: food trucks on occasion and snacks in the taproom, bring your own

Dog-friendly: yes in the bar area, but not the game room

Streetside Brewery (Columbia Tusculum) – 2016
Streetside features street parking, a patio with a handful of tables, plus seating for a couple dozen inside, which has a great view of brewing tanks and equipment visible from the taproom.

Beer(s) of note: Alpha (IPA), Tea Bags (blonde ale with green tea)
Food: small menu onsite, bring your own

Dog-friendly: patio only

Taft’s Ale House (OTR) – 2015
This renovated church is beautiful and everyone knows it. Even better, it’s a fantastic restaurant located right on the streetcar line. Seriously, it’s an incredible space, and street level Nellie’s Taproom is a great place to grab a beer and hang out, even if you don’t get food.
Beer(s) of note: Maverick Chocolate Porter, 27 Pils, Nellie’s Key Lime Carribean Ale
Food: brewpub

Dog-friendly: no

Taft’s Brewporium (Spring Grove Village) – 2017
Taft’s has expanded into the Brewing Company production facility on Spring Grove Avenue, featuring garage door windows, TVs, and coal-fired pizza by Apizza. A different, more laid back atmosphere than the Ale House. (Not a negative, just an observation.)
Beer(s) of note: Maverick Chocolate Porter, 27 Pils, Nellie’s Key Lime Carribean Ale
Food: Apizza pizza onsite
Dog-friendly: no, but patio to come in 2018

Tap & Screw Brewery (Madisonville) – 2014
Situated off the beaten path otherwise known as Red Bank Expressway in a decently sized renovated space, featuring tables made of maple and Purpleheart wood, plus a wall-sized mural.
Beer(s) of note: Irony (Belgian dubbel), Golden Mallet (Belgian strong), Cremerick (cream ale)
Food: food trucks on occasion, bring your own
Dog-friendly: yes

Urban Artifact (Northside) – 2015
Located in an old church, Urban Artifact features a taproom with live music (and a huge event calendar on the wall), full bar, a small outdoor patio, and an event space. Known for their “wild beers.”
Beer(s) of note: Finn (sour), Palmistry (Berliner pale ale)
Food: food trucks on occasion, bring your own

Dog-friendly: patio only

West Side Brewing (Westwood) – 2017
West Side Brewing calls Harrison Avenue in Westwood home, where there are TVs (to watch FC Cincinnati!), cornhole (it is the westside after all), and a small food menu.

Beer(s) of note: West Side Hefeweizen, West Side ESB
Food: Quick Bites menu, food trucks on occasion

Dog-friendly: every Wednesday

The Woodburn Brewery and Taproom (East Walnut Hills) – 2016
The space is gorgeous — perhaps the best atmosphere in the local brewery scene, with its garage door windows opening to Woodburn Avenue, beautiful brick, contemporary lighting, and outdoor patio. There are also TVs to watch whatever sporting event is on at the time.
Beer(s) of note: Steinpils, Belgian Wit, Pale Ale
Food: light bites by Mazunte, bring your own

Dog-friendly: yes, inside and out

Wooden Cask Brewing Company (Newport) – 2016
Large, open taproom featuring couches, games, free popcorn, and 12 beers on tap.
Beer(s) of note: Yorkshire Ale, Reformation, X IPA
Food: food trucks on occasion, bring your own

Dog-friendly: yes, inside and out

Coming Soon:
Little Miami Brewing (Old Milford) – December 19, 2017
Sonder Brewing (Mason) – Spring 2018
Alexandria Brewing (Alexandria, KY) – Spring 2018
Esoteric Brewing Company (Walnut Hills) – 2018
Swine City Brewing (Fairfield) – TBD

Breweries with taprooms just outside of the 30-mile radius but still in the greater Cincinnati area:

Cellar Dweller at Valley Vineyards (Morrow) – 2012
Cellar Dweller Craft Beers is a small space on the same site as Valley Vineyards winery in Morrow, which features 10 taps and a lot of outdoor seating.
Beer(s) of note: Jeremiah Morrow IPA, Eye Opener (stout), Corporal Khaos (pale ale)
Food: cheese trays and homemade pizzas; weekend cookouts

Dog-friendly: patio only

FigLeaf Brewing Company (Middletown) – 2016
FigLeaf’s location is interesting, as it is situated in and surrounded by industrial-type buildings between Monroe and Middletown. But I really liked the building. It was big, clean, and there was plenty of seating, inside and out.
Beer(s) of note: Basmati Cream Ale, Saison Rouge
Food: food trucks on occasion

Dog-friendly: no

Old Firehouse Brewery (Williamsburg) – 2014
Beer(s) of note: Code 3 (red ale), Flash Point IPA
Food: food trucks on occasion

Dog-friendly: yes, inside and out

Rivertown Brewery and Barrel House (Monroe) – 2017
Rivertown’s expansion brewpub in Monroe, Ohio.
Beer(s) of note: Brett T-Shirt Contest (IPA), Nice Melons (Berliner Weisse), Blueberry Lager
Food: full menu/restaurant onsite

Dog-friendly: no

Sons of Toil Brewing (Mt. Orab) – 2017
Beer(s) of note: TBD
Food: food trucks, bring your own

Dog-friendly: patio only

[Updated 12/12/17]

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