Brewery Guide

Cincinnatians love their beer, so I thought what better to do than list them 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 and their taprooms in the greater Cincinnati area (within about a 30-mile radius):

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Flight of beer on the patio at Bad Tom

Bad Tom Smith (East End)
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

Blank Slate Brewing Company (East End)
Blank Slate’s taproom — smaller and pretty unassuming — is one of my favorites in the area. The beer is tops, too. Parking is available in a private lot and across the street.
Beer(s) of note: Opera Cream (stout), RYEsing Up (Belgian farmhouse), Shroominous (brown ale), Fork in the Road (India amber ale)
Food: food trucks and pop-up shops on occasion

Dog-friendly: patio only

Braxton Brewing Company (Covington)
Braxton’s garage-like space is great for playing trivia and hanging out, while the outdoor lot adjacent to the building lends well to larger events (like anniversary parties). 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)
Food: available to be ordered and delivered directly to the taproom (see: Tom+Chee)

Dog-friendly: yes, inside and out

Brink Brewing Co. (College Hill)
Brink has a really cool spot with garage door windows that open to Hamilton Avenue. 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: patio only

Cellar Dweller at Valley Vineyards (Morrow)
Cellar Dweller shares a space with Valley Vineyards winery in Morrow, and has a lot of outdoor seating. I’ve yet to go to the brewery, but have been to Valley Vineyards and enjoyed it.
Beer(s) of note: Jeremiah Morrow IPA
Food: grill-your-own fare

Dog-friendly: patio only

Christian Moerlein Brewing Co. (OTR)
Another one of my favorite taprooms in town, 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)
Newer to the scene, Darkness features a smaller indoor space with games, 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

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Flight From DogBerry

DogBerry Brewing (West Chester)
The building itself was interesting — small and pretty crowded on a Friday night. The parking situation was not ideal, as there were only a half dozen spots right outside. It appears they will be moving soon to a much larger facility with outdoor space.
Beer(s) of note: Great 8 (imperial red)
Food: food trucks on occasion

Dog-friendly: no

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Hop light fixture at Fibonacci

Fibonacci Brewing Company (Mt. Healthy)
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

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Taproom at Fifty West

Fifty West Brewing Company (Mariemont)
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: full menu/restaurant onsite

Dog-friendly: patio only

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Decor at Fifty West Production Works

Fifty West Production Works (Mariemont)
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.
Beer(s) of note: Punch You in the EyePA (double IPA), Doom Pedal (witbier), Tastee Whip ICA (cream ale)
Food: food onsite and ability to order pizza from next door, Pizelii

Dog-friendly: yes

FigLeaf Brewing Company (Middletown)
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

Great Crescent Brewing (Aurora, IN)
I have not yet been but it’s on the docket!
Beer(s) of note: TBD
Food: full menu onsite

Dog-friendly: patio only

Listermann Brewing Company (Norwood)
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 StarkBier Fest.
Beer(s) of note: Shamrock Shake (stout), Lateral 562 (stout), Don’t Talk Sh!t About Norwood (pale ale), Nutcase (porter)
Food: food trucks on occasion (Renegade Street Eats) and Renegade Grille opening a permanent space inside the taproom in Spring 2017

Dog-friendly: yes, inside and out (for now)

MadTree Brewing (Oakley)
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

Mash Cult at Party Town (Florence)
I have not yet been but it’s on the docket!
Beer(s) of note: TBD
Food: N/A

Dog-friendly: no

Mt. Carmel Brewing Company (Mt. Carmel)
I thought it was much further away than it actually was, and I really liked the place. Though it stormed when we were there, there was a tent covering the outdoor patio and Renegade Street Eats was onsite.
Beer(s) of note: Coffee Brown (brown ale), Hibiscus Blueberry
Food: food trucks on occasion

Dog-friendly: patio only

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Municipal Brew Works

Municipal Brew Works (Hamilton)
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

Dog-friendly: patio only

Narrow Path Brewing Co. (Loveland)
Narrow Path is a small brewery situated just off the Loveland Bike Trail, where there will be plenty of outdoor space in the warmer months.
Beer(s) of note: Cream Ale, Cherry Tart
Food: expecting to serve light bites by Mazunte starting this summer

Dog-friendly: patio only

Nine Giant Brewing (Pleasant Ridge)
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: Trigger Cut (IPA)
Food: small menu onsite (think burgers, fries, apps, etc.)

Dog-friendly: no

Old Firehouse Brewery (Williamsburg)
I have not yet been but it’s on the docket!
Beer(s) of note: Code 3 (red ale), Flash Point IPA
Food: food trucks on occasion

Dog-friendly: yes, inside and out

Paradise Brewing Supplies (Anderson Twp)
I have not yet been but it’s on the docket!
Beer(s) of note: All-American IPA
Food: the occasional grill-out

Dog-friendly: yes, inside and out

The Queen City Brewery of Cincinnati (Blue Ash)
I have not yet been but it’s on the docket!
Beer(s) of note: TBD
Food: food trucks on occasion

Dog-friendly: no

Rhinegeist Brewery (OTR)
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

Dog-friendly: no

Rivertown Brewery and Barrel House (Lockland)
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

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

Rivertown Brewery and Barrel House (Monroe)
I have not yet been but it’s on the docket!
Beer(s) of note: Brett T-Shirt Contest (IPA), Nice Melons (Berliner Weisse), Blueberry Lager
Food: full menu/restaurant onsite

Dog-friendly: no

Streetside Brewery (Columbia Tusculum)
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 

Dog-friendly: patio only

Taft’s Ale House (OTR)
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: restaurant

Dog-friendly: no

Tap & Screw Brewery (moving to Madisonville)
They are currently closed as they make their move from Westwood to Madisonville.
Beer(s) of note: Irony (Belgian dubbel)
Food: TBD

Dog-friendly: TBD

Urban Artifact (Northside)
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. Know for their “wild beers.”
Beer(s) of note: Finn (sour), Palmistry (Berliner pale ale)
Food: food trucks on occasion

Dog-friendly: patio only

The Woodburn Brewery and Taproom (East Walnut Hills)
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

Dog-friendly: yes, inside and out

Wooden Cask Brewing Company (Newport)
I have not yet been but it’s on the docket!
Beer(s) of note: TBD
Food: food trucks on occasion

Dog-friendly: yes, inside and out


Coming Soon:
Alexandria Brewing Co. (Alexandria) – late Spring 2017
Swine City Brewing Co. (Fairfield) – Spring 2017
West Side Brewing (Westwood) – Spring 2017

[Updated 4/11/17]