August 07, 2020

25 Greater Cincinnati Breweries Boasting Beautiful Patios for Outdoor Drinking

The Queen City is well-equipped when it comes to our craft brewery options. And in the age of COVID-19, finding a patio where you can sip a frosty brew is common desire. Lucky for us, most breweries in the Greater Cincinnati area are synonymous with socially distant outdoor spaces. From rooftop spots to beer gardens or breezy breweries overlooking the river, here's where to head when you want to enjoy your beer al fresco. *Note: Obviously, check each brewery's COVID guidelines and policies regarding things like mask use and party size before heading out.
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Braxton Brewing Company
27 W. Seventh St., Covington
Braxton Brewing Co.'s 5,000-plus-square-foot seasonal patio features a living wall and some pretty neat views of Covington and downtown Cincinnati. Guests can head to the rooftop to enjoy an entirely new experience when visiting the brewery, with plenty of seating, shady umbrellas and a full bar. To ensure proper social distancing, the rooftop will only offer limited seating and hosts will only be seating parties of up to eight people on a first-come, first-served basis. Entire party must be present to be seated.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger

Braxton Brewing Company

27 W. Seventh St., Covington
Braxton Brewing Co.'s 5,000-plus-square-foot seasonal patio features a living wall and some pretty neat views of Covington and downtown Cincinnati. Guests can head to the rooftop to enjoy an entirely new experience when visiting the brewery, with plenty of seating, shady umbrellas and a full bar. To ensure proper social distancing, the rooftop will only offer limited seating and hosts will only be seating parties of up to eight people on a first-come, first-served basis. Entire party must be present to be seated.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger
Urban Artifact
1660 Blue Rock St., Northside
Located in Northside’s historic St. Patrick’s church, Urban Artifact has plenty of room to enjoy one of their uniquely sour or fruity brews in the breezy courtyard. They themselves say that it is “one of the best places in the city to sit outside with a beer,” with umbrella-ed picnic tables and huge trees to provide shade. 
Photo via Facebook.com/urbanartifactbrewing

Urban Artifact

1660 Blue Rock St., Northside
Located in Northside’s historic St. Patrick’s church, Urban Artifact has plenty of room to enjoy one of their uniquely sour or fruity brews in the breezy courtyard. They themselves say that it is “one of the best places in the city to sit outside with a beer,” with umbrella-ed picnic tables and huge trees to provide shade.
Photo via Facebook.com/urbanartifactbrewing
Moerlein Lager House
115 Joe Nuxhall Way, Downtown
Moerlein Lager House created their Backyard Beer Garden this summer to adhere to social distancing guidelines. With the new beer garden came Moerlein’s MOER-to-Go window where you can grab your favorite brew or mixed drink and a brat, hot pretzel and other options without stepping inside. Cozy couch seating and chairs are scattered all along the grassy area behind Moerlein, giving that backyard cookout feel to go with your cold drink. Dogs are welcome.
Photo via Facebook.com/moerleinlagerhouse

Moerlein Lager House

115 Joe Nuxhall Way, Downtown
Moerlein Lager House created their Backyard Beer Garden this summer to adhere to social distancing guidelines. With the new beer garden came Moerlein’s MOER-to-Go window where you can grab your favorite brew or mixed drink and a brat, hot pretzel and other options without stepping inside. Cozy couch seating and chairs are scattered all along the grassy area behind Moerlein, giving that backyard cookout feel to go with your cold drink. Dogs are welcome.
Photo via Facebook.com/moerleinlagerhouse
MadTree Brewing Co.
3301 Madison Road, Oakley 
MadTree’s massive 10,000-square-foot beer garden is a fun family hangout. With 32 MadTree-exclusive taps, ambient lighting and an industrial brick façade leftover from the building’s factory days, there’s more than enough space to accommodate all the beer-drinking, cornhole-playing, dog-loving humans that hang at MadTree on the regular. The taproom is first-come, first-served and is using the Yelp Waitlist app for when they reach capacity. Parties of up to eight are allowed and all members must be present for you to be seated.
Photo via Facebook.com/MadTree

MadTree Brewing Co.

3301 Madison Road, Oakley
MadTree’s massive 10,000-square-foot beer garden is a fun family hangout. With 32 MadTree-exclusive taps, ambient lighting and an industrial brick façade leftover from the building’s factory days, there’s more than enough space to accommodate all the beer-drinking, cornhole-playing, dog-loving humans that hang at MadTree on the regular. The taproom is first-come, first-served and is using the Yelp Waitlist app for when they reach capacity. Parties of up to eight are allowed and all members must be present for you to be seated.
Photo via Facebook.com/MadTree
Little Miami Brewing Co.
208 Mill St., Milford
Little Miami Brewing Co. began construction on their new patio in the winter and is now ready for guests. Stop by the popular Milford brewery to enjoy craft beer and pizza while overlooking the scenic namesake river.
Photo via Facebook.com/littlemiamibrewing

Little Miami Brewing Co.

208 Mill St., Milford
Little Miami Brewing Co. began construction on their new patio in the winter and is now ready for guests. Stop by the popular Milford brewery to enjoy craft beer and pizza while overlooking the scenic namesake river.
Photo via Facebook.com/littlemiamibrewing
Rhinegeist Brewery
1910 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine
Rhinegeist’s 25,000 square-foot brewing facility is arguably the most notable in the city, drawing guests from all over the tri-state and beyond. You can catch a neat view of the Cincinnati skyline from their rooftop while sipping on a Rhinegeist brew straight from the tap or in a can. Check the website to verify the rooftop is open; it's weather dependent and social distancing is enforced.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger

Rhinegeist Brewery

1910 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine
Rhinegeist’s 25,000 square-foot brewing facility is arguably the most notable in the city, drawing guests from all over the tri-state and beyond. You can catch a neat view of the Cincinnati skyline from their rooftop while sipping on a Rhinegeist brew straight from the tap or in a can. Check the website to verify the rooftop is open; it's weather dependent and social distancing is enforced.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger
Narrow Path Brewing
106 Karl Brown Way, Loveland
Narrow Path is a beer garden-meets-bike trail. Bike or skate down the Loveland Bike Trail to have a seat at picnic tables in the yard. The brewery also takes pride in supporting nonprofits — it wants to make the world a better place; a portion of sales are shared with charities.
Photo: Savana Willhoite

Narrow Path Brewing

106 Karl Brown Way, Loveland
Narrow Path is a beer garden-meets-bike trail. Bike or skate down the Loveland Bike Trail to have a seat at picnic tables in the yard. The brewery also takes pride in supporting nonprofits — it wants to make the world a better place; a portion of sales are shared with charities.
Photo: Savana Willhoite
Big Ash Brewing
5230 Beechmont Ave., Anderson Township
Big Ash Brewing is known for their expansive beirgarten — socially distanced patio seating in what used to be part of the parking lot. They’ve turned this part of the lot into an outdoor drinking destination, complete with live music in the evenings and bratwurst and metts fired up on the grill, plus beer of course. Their newest creation is Pineapple Guava Gose, a traditional German sour with a tropical taste. Brewed with Himalayan sea salt, coriander and a hint of pineapple and guava, the 4.8% ABV brew is a perfect drink for summer sipping. 
Photo via Facebook.com/BigAshBrewing

Big Ash Brewing

5230 Beechmont Ave., Anderson Township
Big Ash Brewing is known for their expansive beirgarten — socially distanced patio seating in what used to be part of the parking lot. They’ve turned this part of the lot into an outdoor drinking destination, complete with live music in the evenings and bratwurst and metts fired up on the grill, plus beer of course. Their newest creation is Pineapple Guava Gose, a traditional German sour with a tropical taste. Brewed with Himalayan sea salt, coriander and a hint of pineapple and guava, the 4.8% ABV brew is a perfect drink for summer sipping.
Photo via Facebook.com/BigAshBrewing
13 Below Brewery
7391 Forbes Road, Addyston
Cool off with a flight on 13 Below’s large covered patio. If it’s hump day, bring your pup for dog-friendly “Waggin’ Wednesdays.” Go classic with a Submerged witbier, or mix it up a little with Lock & Dam #37, a Scotch ale. 
Photo via Facebook.com/13belowbrewery

13 Below Brewery

7391 Forbes Road, Addyston
Cool off with a flight on 13 Below’s large covered patio. If it’s hump day, bring your pup for dog-friendly “Waggin’ Wednesdays.” Go classic with a Submerged witbier, or mix it up a little with Lock & Dam #37, a Scotch ale.
Photo via Facebook.com/13belowbrewery
Darkness Brewing
224 Fairfield Ave., Bellevue
This Bellevue Brewery has a unique, garage-lounge vibe and a recently revamped patio with indoor-outdoor capabilities. The brewery, which specializes in dark brews but offers a little bit of everything, sports a range of aesthetics pertaining to their design as well as their brews from the mythical and science fiction to humorous. Try their Man on the Moo milk stout, a crowd favorite, or the Mayan Sacrifice, a golden imperial stout.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger

Darkness Brewing

224 Fairfield Ave., Bellevue
This Bellevue Brewery has a unique, garage-lounge vibe and a recently revamped patio with indoor-outdoor capabilities. The brewery, which specializes in dark brews but offers a little bit of everything, sports a range of aesthetics pertaining to their design as well as their brews from the mythical and science fiction to humorous. Try their Man on the Moo milk stout, a crowd favorite, or the Mayan Sacrifice, a golden imperial stout.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger