October 02, 2020

Inside Downtown's Veteran-Owned and Lager-Focused Rebel Mettle Brewery

Cincinnati's Central Business District recently welcomed its first craft brewery in almost two decades. Rebel Mettle opened its doors on Sept. 12 in downtown's Historic West Fourth District at 412 Central Ave. The lager-focused brewery was founded by U.S. Air Force veteran Michael Brown, who shares a passion for brews and his community. “Rebel Mettle is focused on our love of lager and love of community,” says Brown in a press release. "Above our doors, you will find signs that read, ‘Everyone is Welcome.’ We’ve created a warm, authentic and hospitable environment that celebrates opportunity, justice and freedom.” The brewery's offerings are centered around lagers, an approachable style of beer that "can be slightly malty while having a light taste."  About 75% of their beers fall into that category, says the release, including their light lager, Indian Pale lager and a strong Schwarzbier dark lager. The brewery's non-lager beers include a chocolate milk stout, North-German-style pilsner and Bockbier, among others. Visitors wishing to dine while they sip can order dishes via their cell phones from local eatery E+O New Asian, which delivers to the brewery. The brewery is adorned with several vintage arcade-style games like Skee-ball and pinball. Rebel Mettle is open 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and is located at 412 Central Ave., Downtown. More info: rebelmettlebrewery.com.
Photos by Hailey Bollinger and Grace Lawler
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Exterior of brewery looking from Central Avenue
Hailey Bollinger and Grace Lawler
Exterior of brewery looking from Central Avenue
Central Avenue entrance
Hailey Bollinger and Grace Lawler
Central Avenue entrance
Central Avenue entrance
Hailey Bollinger and Grace Lawler
Central Avenue entrance
Rebel Mettle bar
Hailey Bollinger and Grace Lawler
Rebel Mettle bar
Taps
Hailey Bollinger and Grace Lawler
Taps
First floor seating and games
Hailey Bollinger and Grace Lawler
First floor seating and games
CEO Mike Brown and VP of Operations (and longtime friend of Brown) Greg Goeke
Hailey Bollinger and Grace Lawler
CEO Mike Brown and VP of Operations (and longtime friend of Brown) Greg Goeke
CEO Mike Brown pouring beers
Hailey Bollinger and Grace Lawler
CEO Mike Brown pouring beers
Inside Downtown's Veteran-Owned and Lager-Focused Rebel Mettle Brewery
Hailey Bollinger and Grace Lawler
First floor seating and games
Hailey Bollinger and Grace Lawler
First floor seating and games