Best Of 2019

Best Unexpected Event Space: Taft’s Brewpourium

Opened in 2017, Taft’s Brewpourium is the laid-back little brother to Taft’s Ale House in Over-the-Rhine. While the latter is housed in a renovated church with lots of dark wood and chandeliers, the Brewpourium is a proper taproom with a more industrial look, darts, cornhole and shufflepuck in the front and a full brewing facility in the back. And if you find yourself attending a special event at the Brewpourium, you might get a peek at the production area. At a show last year featuring comedian and podcaster Stavros Halkias, attendees were whisked back to a small room lined with walls of beer cans on pallets. Definitely not a traditional environment for entertainment, yet it was weirdly perfect for a small audience. FYI: There’s no food or glass allowed back there (ask your bartender for a plastic cup), but there are plenty of eats to enjoy before or after the show from a menu of tasty New Haven-style thin-crust pizzas and sandwiches, plus, of course, a full bar with lots of Taft’s beers. Taft’s Brewpourium, 4831 Spring Grove Ave., Spring Grove Village, taftsalehouse.com/brewpourium.