February 21, 2020

All the Breweries and Taprooms in Greater Cincinnati Every Beer Lover Should Visit

Look, we probably don’t need to do much to convince you to drink a beer (that is: if you do drink alcohol, don’t have a gluten intolerance, etc.). And our city is overflowing with local options. While it’s easy to toss back a six-pack at home, there’s nothing better than seeing where your beer was born with your own eyes and grabbing a fresh pint from the taproom bar. Here is an almost comprehensive list of Greater Cincinnati breweries and taprooms to try, many of which offer more than just hops. Look for expanded bar menus featuring everything from wine and spirits to non-alcoholic housemade sodas, plus a large amount of pizza and barbecue food options.  
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Brink Brewing Co.
5905 Hamilton Ave., College Hill
“Good beer is about the people, the stories and the experience,” according to Brink’s co-founders John and Sarah McGarry. That is something the McGarrys learned from family — specifically their Uncle Jack. It was his fridge, chock full of artisan beers, and his neighborly values that led Brink to open its doors in College Hill in February 2017. The taproom’s communal table sits 20 and a brick wall stands covered in framed photos of the customers and community.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger

Brink Brewing Co.

5905 Hamilton Ave., College Hill
“Good beer is about the people, the stories and the experience,” according to Brink’s co-founders John and Sarah McGarry. That is something the McGarrys learned from family — specifically their Uncle Jack. It was his fridge, chock full of artisan beers, and his neighborly values that led Brink to open its doors in College Hill in February 2017. The taproom’s communal table sits 20 and a brick wall stands covered in framed photos of the customers and community.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger
HighGrain Brewing Co.
6860 Plainfield Road, Silverton
Located in the former Silverton Memorial Municipal Building, HighGrain Brewing features “old-world styles with a modern twist,” like their Monarch IPA, with citra and Idaho gem hops. The food menu from their in-house chef includes options for vegetarians, meat-eaters and kids. With a focus on sustainability, the brewery’s electricity is also 100-percent powered by wind, and at least one beer is carbon neutral.
Photo: Emily Palm

HighGrain Brewing Co.

6860 Plainfield Road, Silverton
Located in the former Silverton Memorial Municipal Building, HighGrain Brewing features “old-world styles with a modern twist,” like their Monarch IPA, with citra and Idaho gem hops. The food menu from their in-house chef includes options for vegetarians, meat-eaters and kids. With a focus on sustainability, the brewery’s electricity is also 100-percent powered by wind, and at least one beer is carbon neutral.
Photo: Emily Palm
Bad Tom Smith Brewing
5900 Madison Road, Madisonville
It all started with the story of an infamous Kentucky outlaw: Bad Tom confessed to killing six men before meeting his maker at the scaffolds — “bad whiskey and bad women” were to blame, so he said. Today, Bad Tom Smith Brewing (founded by a distant relative) harkens back to that outlaw legacy with the motto of  “Bad ass in a glass.” The brewery, recently relocated to a former Madisonville bank (complete with a 120-year-old vault), offers an open, saloon vibe, 18 taps and Bad Tom Smith Bourbon.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger

Bad Tom Smith Brewing

5900 Madison Road, Madisonville
It all started with the story of an infamous Kentucky outlaw: Bad Tom confessed to killing six men before meeting his maker at the scaffolds — “bad whiskey and bad women” were to blame, so he said. Today, Bad Tom Smith Brewing (founded by a distant relative) harkens back to that outlaw legacy with the motto of “Bad ass in a glass.” The brewery, recently relocated to a former Madisonville bank (complete with a 120-year-old vault), offers an open, saloon vibe, 18 taps and Bad Tom Smith Bourbon.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger
Darkness Brewing
224 Fairfield Ave., Bellevue
The microbrewery focuses on the dark and unusual — stouts, porters and browns with ingredients like cacao nibs, lactose, coffee and roasted peppers. The Darkness Diner, a food truck parked in their front lot, prepares its own take on “fun comfort food recipes.” 
Photo: Hailey Bollinger

Darkness Brewing

224 Fairfield Ave., Bellevue
The microbrewery focuses on the dark and unusual — stouts, porters and browns with ingredients like cacao nibs, lactose, coffee and roasted peppers. The Darkness Diner, a food truck parked in their front lot, prepares its own take on “fun comfort food recipes.”
Photo: Hailey Bollinger
Taft’s Brewpourium
4831 Spring Grove Ave., Spring Grove Village
The Brewpourium is an extension of Over-the-Rhine’s Taft’s Ale House, fitted with all of Taft’s top beers, New Haven-style “apizza” and enough televisions to satisfy all of Cincinnati’s sports fans.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger

Taft’s Brewpourium

4831 Spring Grove Ave., Spring Grove Village
The Brewpourium is an extension of Over-the-Rhine’s Taft’s Ale House, fitted with all of Taft’s top beers, New Haven-style “apizza” and enough televisions to satisfy all of Cincinnati’s sports fans.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger
MadTree Brewing Co.
3301 Madison Road, Oakley
Founded in 2013, MadTree’s taproom features a giant indoor and outdoor space. The main attraction is the big-ass beer garden, with 32 MadTree-exclusive taps, ambient lighting and an industrial brick fa?ade leftover from the building’s factory days, where there’s more than enough space to accommodate all the beer-drinking, cornhole-playing, dog-loving humans that hang at the brewery on the regular. MadTree also donates 1 percent of sales to nonprofits that work toward environmental sustainability.
Photo: Provided by MadTree

MadTree Brewing Co.

3301 Madison Road, Oakley
Founded in 2013, MadTree’s taproom features a giant indoor and outdoor space. The main attraction is the big-ass beer garden, with 32 MadTree-exclusive taps, ambient lighting and an industrial brick fa?ade leftover from the building’s factory days, where there’s more than enough space to accommodate all the beer-drinking, cornhole-playing, dog-loving humans that hang at the brewery on the regular. MadTree also donates 1 percent of sales to nonprofits that work toward environmental sustainability.
Photo: Provided by MadTree
Municipal Brew Works
20 High St., Hamilton
You’ll enter Municipal Brew Works through the garage door of a municipal building in Hamilton. Bring your friends, your dog (follow @dogsofmbw) or your whole family; this brewery has a place for everyone. It also has a brew for everyone. Play some cornhole or hang on the patio with your favorite food trucks.
Photo: Khoi Nguyen

Municipal Brew Works

20 High St., Hamilton
You’ll enter Municipal Brew Works through the garage door of a municipal building in Hamilton. Bring your friends, your dog (follow @dogsofmbw) or your whole family; this brewery has a place for everyone. It also has a brew for everyone. Play some cornhole or hang on the patio with your favorite food trucks.
Photo: Khoi Nguyen
Rhinegeist
1910 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine
This large brewery and event space in historic Over-the-Rhine (housed in an old Moerlein bottling plant) produces hoppy and sessionable ales and Cidergeist, its line of crushable ciders. The seasonal deck is an excellent addition to the city’s rooftop bar scene. Climb on up for views of downtown, Mount Adams and the Elm Street streetcar line.
Photo: Kaitlyn Handel

Rhinegeist

1910 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine
This large brewery and event space in historic Over-the-Rhine (housed in an old Moerlein bottling plant) produces hoppy and sessionable ales and Cidergeist, its line of crushable ciders. The seasonal deck is an excellent addition to the city’s rooftop bar scene. Climb on up for views of downtown, Mount Adams and the Elm Street streetcar line.
Photo: Kaitlyn Handel
BrewDog
316 Reading Road, Pendleton
This Scotland-based brewery has expanded U.S. operations with a massive taproom in Pendleton. It’s the chain’s second-largest bar in America (with additional global spots in 60 countries including Germany, Spain, France and Finland, among others). The taproom features a large dining and bar area on the first floor, a game area on the loft-second floor and a rooftop patio.
Photo: Adam Doty

BrewDog

316 Reading Road, Pendleton
This Scotland-based brewery has expanded U.S. operations with a massive taproom in Pendleton. It’s the chain’s second-largest bar in America (with additional global spots in 60 countries including Germany, Spain, France and Finland, among others). The taproom features a large dining and bar area on the first floor, a game area on the loft-second floor and a rooftop patio.
Photo: Adam Doty
Streetside Brewery
4003 Eastern Ave., Columbia Tusculum
From their taproom/brewery along Eastern Avenue in Columbia Tusculum, Streetside Brewery blends craft and community with wittily named beers. There’s The Wurst sausage amber, the I Drink Your Milkshake! strawberry/blueberry milkshake IPA and the P.U.C. It pineapple upside down cake Berliner, among other sweet and unique options. The taproom frequently hosts food trucks and programmed events.
Photo: Scott Dittgen

Streetside Brewery

4003 Eastern Ave., Columbia Tusculum
From their taproom/brewery along Eastern Avenue in Columbia Tusculum, Streetside Brewery blends craft and community with wittily named beers. There’s The Wurst sausage amber, the I Drink Your Milkshake! strawberry/blueberry milkshake IPA and the P.U.C. It pineapple upside down cake Berliner, among other sweet and unique options. The taproom frequently hosts food trucks and programmed events.
Photo: Scott Dittgen