Craft Beer Guide

There are so many good breweries and delicious beers in the greater Cincinnati area and, as a result, I decided to draft a local craft beer list with beer recommendations in collaboration with my husband.

I can hear it now: “What do you know about beer? Why should we listen to you?” I am no cicerone and I’m happy to admit that. I only really started drinking beer within the past few years, and have really taken to the local beer scene especially. I may not know a ton about beer itself, but I have had more than 500 local beers (via Untappd) and I know plenty about what I’ve had and what I like. I think that qualifies me for some kind of opinion — educated or not.

There are dozens of beer styles, but I narrowed it down into broader categories, which then list what I consider to be some of the best local beers within each (in alphabetical order).

Amber/Red Ale
Bad Tom Smith Fink Red Rye
Dogberry Great 8 (imperial red ale)

Hudepohl Pure Lager (American amber)
Fifty West One Way Street Exp #07270 (hoppy red ale)
Old Firehouse Code 3
Paradise Red Headed Stepchild (Irish red)

Belgian
Listermann Leopold (Belgian blonde)
MadTree Stütze (Belgian blonde)
MadTree Vernal Beckoning (Belgian pale ale)
Tap & Screw Golden Mallet (Belgian strong)
The Woodburn Belgian Quad
(quadrupel)
The Woodburn Belgian Wit (witbier)

Blonde/Kölsch
Fibonacci Estivus 
MadTree Lift
MadTree Lemon Basil (herbed/spiced blonde)
Mt. Carmel Hibiscus Blueberry
Streetside Tea Bags (blonde with green tea)
Woodburn Han Solo (with Coffee Emporium’s pumpkin spice coffee blend)

Brown Ale
Brink Brown Ale

MadTree Espressoself (coffee brown ale)
Mt. Carmel Coffee Brown (coffee brown ale)
Taft’s Culebra Cut (coconut brown)

Triple Digit Chickow! (hazelnut double brown ale)

Cream Ale
Braxton Brewing Storm
Christian Moerlein Strawberry Pig (strawberry cream ale)
Fifty West Carson City Cream Ale (brewed with flaked maize)
Fifty West Tastee Whip (ice cream ale)
FigLeaf Basmati Cream Ale
Hudepohl-Schoenling Little Kings
Narrow Path Cream Ale
Tap & Screw Cremerick

Gose
MadTree Shade
Streetside Goseface Killah
Urban Artifact Chariot (infused with Montmorency sour cherries)
Urban Artifact Key Punch (key lime gose)

Hefeweizen
Braxton Haven
Christian Moerlein Se7en
Paradise Hefeweizen
West Side Hefeweizen

IPA
Braxton Revamp
Cellar Dweller Jeremiah Morrow IPA
Fibonacci Marty’s Hamilton Ave IPA
Listermann Brewer’s Delight
Listermann Sabotage

MadTree PsycHOPathy 

Nine Giant Trigger Cut
Rivertown Brett T-Shirt Contest 

Streetside Alpha
Urban Artifact Phrenology 

Woodburn Lactose Loves Pawpaws (pale wheat ale)

Imperial/Triple IPA
Christian Moerlein Bay of Bengal (imperial/double IPA)
Fifty West Punch You in the EyePA (imperial/double IPA)
Listermann Elusive Double IPA (imperial/double IPA)

MadTree Citra High (imperial/double IPA)
MadTree Galaxy High (imperial/double IPA)
Rhinegeist Saber Tooth Tiger (imperial/double IPA)

Session IPA
Brink Fashionably Late (session IPA)
Fifty West Rainbow Road (session IPA)
Woodburn Hammer Session IPA

Pale Ale
Cellar Dweller Corporal Khaos
Christian Moerlein Altered
Christian Moerlein Zeppelin
Listermann Don’t Talk Sh*t About Norwood
MadTree PSA (session pale ale)
Nine Giant Mistadobalina
Old Firehouse 50 Dalmatians (collaboration with Fifty West)
Paradise Area 51
Taft’s Ale House Nellie’s Key Lime Carribean Ale (pale wheat ale)

Pilsner
Braxton Catalyst: Dry Hopped (Czech pilsner)
Christian Moerlein Purity Pils (German pilsner)
Christian Moerlein Push Reel
DogBerry OB Plus
Taft’s Ale House 27 Pils
Woodburn Steinpils (German pilsner)

Porter
Listermann Nutcase (peanut butter porter; also brewed with various jams) 
MadTree Identity Crisis (hoppy porter)
Taft’s Ale House Maverick Chocolate Porter
Woodburn Irish Porter 

Rye
MadTree Sprye
Municipal Brew Works Station 2
Nine Giant OSHY Battles the Pink Robots
Rhinegeist Hustle (rye pale ale)

Saison/Farmhouse Ale
FigLeaf Saison Rouge
Taft’s Ale House Skin Off The Mango (infused with fresh mango)

Woodburn Pineapple Saison (infused with pineapple)

Sour
Braxton Summertrip (Berliner Weisse)
Braxton Yesterday’s Headlines: Kiwi (Berliner Weisse)
Narrow Path Cherry Tart
Rivertown Nice Melons (Berliner Weisse)
Rivertown Ojos Negros (blackberry lambic)
Urban Artifact Finn

Stout
Braxton Dead Blow brewed with Starter (coffee stout)
Cellar Dweller Eye Opener (coffee stout)
Darkness Chocolate Heifer (imperial milk stout)
Fifty West Coffee Please (coffee stout)
Listermann 562 Lateral (oatmeal stout)
Listermann Shamrock Shake (milk stout)
MadTree Rubus Cacao (chocolate raspberry stout)
The Queen City Brewery of Cincinnati Issue 27 (chocolate coffee stout)
Rhinegeist Ink (Russian imperial stout)
Taft’s Ale House Wooly Mooly (milk stout)
Woodburn Chocolate Cherry Stout
Wooden Cask Reformation (foreign stout)

Other
Christian Moerlein Fifth & Vine Oktoberfest (Märzen)
Darkness Pineapple Fire (Kentucky Common with pineapple and chipotle chilies)
March First Traditional Cider (cider)

Streetside Raspberry Beret (Berliner Weisse)
Urban Artifact Palmistry (“Berliner pale ale”)
West Side ESB (extra strong bitter)
Wooden Cask Yorkshire Ale (English ordinary ale)

So you say you “don’t like beer?” I call your bluff. I just gave more than 100 ideas in the Cincinnati area alone of different beers to try; many of them don’t “taste like beer.”

You’re welcome. Now get exploring.

Cheers!

Note: This list does not include beers from breweries I’ve personally not yet had — either I’ve not been or they aren’t distributed. Some of these beers are seasonal, so whether or not they are currently on tap is to be determined. It’s also worth noting that I’ve had many more beers from some breweries than others, and the number of recommendations may reflect that.

[Updated 8/22/17]