February 16, 2022

Cincinnati’s Top 25 Breweries According to Yelp

Once one of the largest brewing boomtowns in 19th-century America, the Queen City was home to major pre-Prohibition beer kingpins and, in recent years, has bolstered an ever-expanding craft brewing scene. Here in Cincinnati, good beer is more than just a rising trend — it's a centuries-old tradition that lives on through the many craft breweries the city has to offer. To share in that tradition, here are the top 25 best breweries in Cincinnati according to Yelp.

*All quotes are taken from Yelp reviews.
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25. Rebel Mettle Brewery
412 Central Ave., Downtown
"Super cool brewery! Industrial atmosphere. Good beer. Gearheads and veterans welcome.." — Kay J.
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25. Rebel Mettle Brewery

412 Central Ave., Downtown
"Super cool brewery! Industrial atmosphere. Good beer. Gearheads and veterans welcome.." — Kay J.
24. Fretboard Brewing
5800 Creek Road, Blue Ash
"Great place with fun live entertainment. Typical brewery with lots of people and a little chaos." — Terry L.
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24. Fretboard Brewing

5800 Creek Road, Blue Ash
"Great place with fun live entertainment. Typical brewery with lots of people and a little chaos." — Terry L.
23. Dead Low Brewing
5959 Kellogg Ave., California
"My daughter and grandson and I stopped in to Dedlow last week for dinner. We love sitting outside around the fire. We also loved the chicken pot pie Poutine. Perfect comfort food for a chilly evening." — Debra H.
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23. Dead Low Brewing

5959 Kellogg Ave., California
"My daughter and grandson and I stopped in to Dedlow last week for dinner. We love sitting outside around the fire. We also loved the chicken pot pie Poutine. Perfect comfort food for a chilly evening." — Debra H.
22. Streetside Brewery
4003 Eastern Ave., East End
"Great variety and unique bears.  Didn't try any food. But the flights are a great way to try a lot of different beers." — Kara T.
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22. Streetside Brewery

4003 Eastern Ave., East End
"Great variety and unique bears. Didn't try any food. But the flights are a great way to try a lot of different beers." — Kara T.
21. Cartridge Brewing
1411 Grandin Road, Kings Mills
"A busy place, but great combo of amazing food and beer and they have options for the non beer drinkers! The boisterous atmosphere was perfect for a fun date night with a toddler in tow! The staff was super friendly and helpful. When our daughter fell in love with and devoured the pineapple beer garnish, they brought her a few more! So thoughtful!" — Andrea T.
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21. Cartridge Brewing

1411 Grandin Road, Kings Mills
"A busy place, but great combo of amazing food and beer and they have options for the non beer drinkers! The boisterous atmosphere was perfect for a fun date night with a toddler in tow! The staff was super friendly and helpful. When our daughter fell in love with and devoured the pineapple beer garnish, they brought her a few more! So thoughtful!" — Andrea T.
20. Locoba by Platform
1201 Main St., Over-the-Rhine
"Excellent place for caffeine and craft beer. Never too packed for a stop in. Great choices and offerings." — Kelsey O.
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20. Locoba by Platform

1201 Main St., Over-the-Rhine
"Excellent place for caffeine and craft beer. Never too packed for a stop in. Great choices and offerings." — Kelsey O.
19. Esoteric Brewing
918 E. McMillan St., Walnut Hills
"This brewery is stunning! It has a more sophisticated feel, which is a nice change from the many warehouse type breweries in town. The beer is delicious too! I highly recommend Kallima or Ethereal. Definitely check out Esoteric. You won't regret it!!" — Kim B.
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19. Esoteric Brewing

918 E. McMillan St., Walnut Hills
"This brewery is stunning! It has a more sophisticated feel, which is a nice change from the many warehouse type breweries in town. The beer is delicious too! I highly recommend Kallima or Ethereal. Definitely check out Esoteric. You won't regret it!!" — Kim B.
18. West Side Brewing
3044 Harrison Ave., Westwood
"Really good brews, great space and super nice staff. We live pretty close so we'll be back for sure!" — Scott N.
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18. West Side Brewing

3044 Harrison Ave., Westwood
"Really good brews, great space and super nice staff. We live pretty close so we'll be back for sure!" — Scott N.
17. Wiedemann’s Fine Beer
4811 Vine St., St. Bernard
"The food here is better than you would expect at a brewery restaurant. I recommend the fish sandwich or the burger. Excellent selection of draft beers brewed on-site." — Ed R.
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17. Wiedemann’s Fine Beer

4811 Vine St., St. Bernard
"The food here is better than you would expect at a brewery restaurant. I recommend the fish sandwich or the burger. Excellent selection of draft beers brewed on-site." — Ed R.
16. Northern Row Brewery & Distillery
111 W. McMicken Ave., Over-the-Rhine
"The staff here are all rockstars! The service is excellent and of course the beer is phenomenal! The food is also amazing." — Jae B.
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16. Northern Row Brewery & Distillery

111 W. McMicken Ave., Over-the-Rhine
"The staff here are all rockstars! The service is excellent and of course the beer is phenomenal! The food is also amazing." — Jae B.