January 03, 2019

These 17 Suburban Cincinnati Breweries are Worth the Drive — And the Uber/Lyft Back Home

The Queen City is home to dozens of breweries — some small in size and others which produce on a much larger scale. Stretching from downtown all the way out to the suburbs, there's a brewery for everyone, everywhere it seems. Here's a few sure-shot destinations for local craft brew enthusiasts who'd rather avoid the hustle and bustle of the city center.

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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
Fifty West
7668 Wooster Pike, Columbia Township
Located in a historic home, this craft brewery and taproom doubles as a restaurant with a focus on beer pairings to match dishes like pork chops, blackened mahi mahi and a wide array of meaty and veg-friendly sandwiches. Just down the street, you'll find the brewery has turned the corridor into a veritable outdoor activity destination with a nearby Fifty West Production Works with sand volleyball courts, as well as an adjacent bike rental and canoe rental facility to tackle the Little Miami River and bike trail.
Photo: Scott Dittgen

Fifty West

7668 Wooster Pike, Columbia Township
Located in a historic home, this craft brewery and taproom doubles as a restaurant with a focus on beer pairings to match dishes like pork chops, blackened mahi mahi and a wide array of meaty and veg-friendly sandwiches. Just down the street, you'll find the brewery has turned the corridor into a veritable outdoor activity destination with a nearby Fifty West Production Works with sand volleyball courts, as well as an adjacent bike rental and canoe rental facility to tackle the Little Miami River and bike trail.
Photo: Scott Dittgen
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 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. Pair your brew with eats from trucks like Caravasos Mexican Fusion, Packhouse and NonStop Flavor. 
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 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. Pair your brew with eats from trucks like Caravasos Mexican Fusion, Packhouse and NonStop Flavor.
Photo: Khoi Nguyen
DogBerry Brewing
9964 Crescent Park Drive, West Chester
Founded in 2015 by brewers Tony Meyer and Chris Frede, two science professionals turned stay-at-home dads, DogBerry was built on a search for happiness and a passion for sharing good beer. With fresh ingredients from local and regional producers, DogBerry’s menu, which includes almost 20 beers on tap, provides truly local flavors. After the opening of an all-new expanded taproom and brewhouse in 2017 — complete with picnic tables, couches and skee-ball — DogBerry is ready to serve craft beer to more patrons and host more local food trucks than ever.
Photo: Khoi Nguyen

DogBerry Brewing

9964 Crescent Park Drive, West Chester
Founded in 2015 by brewers Tony Meyer and Chris Frede, two science professionals turned stay-at-home dads, DogBerry was built on a search for happiness and a passion for sharing good beer. With fresh ingredients from local and regional producers, DogBerry’s menu, which includes almost 20 beers on tap, provides truly local flavors. After the opening of an all-new expanded taproom and brewhouse in 2017 — complete with picnic tables, couches and skee-ball — DogBerry is ready to serve craft beer to more patrons and host more local food trucks than ever.
Photo: Khoi Nguyen
Fretboard Brewing
5800 Creek Road, Blue Ash
Bradley Plank, Jim Klosterman and Joe Sierra, the trio behind Blue Ash-based Fretboard Brewing Company, seek the perfect marriage of their two passions — music and beer — by providing creation spaces for local musicians to rattle off riffs while grabbing brews at the taproom. 
Photo: Brittany Thornton

Fretboard Brewing

5800 Creek Road, Blue Ash
Bradley Plank, Jim Klosterman and Joe Sierra, the trio behind Blue Ash-based Fretboard Brewing Company, seek the perfect marriage of their two passions — music and beer — by providing creation spaces for local musicians to rattle off riffs while grabbing brews at the taproom.
Photo: Brittany Thornton
Little Miami Brewing Company
208 Mill Street,
Milford
Founded by brothers-in-law Dan Lynch and Joe Brenner, Milford’s Little Miami Brewing Company sits on the banks of its namesake river, pouring 11 beers alongside a selection of brick-oven pizzas. The RJ Express is the menu’s most inventive offering: it’s topped with pepperoni, sausage, banana peppers and toasted almonds. Ponder what to order over a glass of Bike Path, a European-style lager with spicy, noble hops, or Blackbird Fly, unfiltered American wheat blended with real blackberries. 
Photo: Megan Waddel

Little Miami Brewing Company

208 Mill Street, Milford
Founded by brothers-in-law Dan Lynch and Joe Brenner, Milford’s Little Miami Brewing Company sits on the banks of its namesake river, pouring 11 beers alongside a selection of brick-oven pizzas. The RJ Express is the menu’s most inventive offering: it’s topped with pepperoni, sausage, banana peppers and toasted almonds. Ponder what to order over a glass of Bike Path, a European-style lager with spicy, noble hops, or Blackbird Fly, unfiltered American wheat blended with real blackberries.
Photo: Megan Waddel
March First Brewing
7885 E. Kemper Road, Blue Ash
Named for the first day our home was recognized as a state, March First Brewing is an ode to Ohio. It crafted its inaugural batch on March 1, 2017 and now produces “Ohio’s most drinkable craft beer.” With a taproom that opens directly to the brewery, guests get a front-row seat to the brewery’s daily operations. Brewers are always ready to interact and answer questions. “All in all, we want our customers to feel like part of our family when they visit us,” says Lauren Haney, director of marketing.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger

March First Brewing

7885 E. Kemper Road, Blue Ash
Named for the first day our home was recognized as a state, March First Brewing is an ode to Ohio. It crafted its inaugural batch on March 1, 2017 and now produces “Ohio’s most drinkable craft beer.” With a taproom that opens directly to the brewery, guests get a front-row seat to the brewery’s daily operations. Brewers are always ready to interact and answer questions. “All in all, we want our customers to feel like part of our family when they visit us,” says Lauren Haney, director of marketing.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger
FigLeaf Brewing Co.
3387 Cincinnati-Dayton Road, Middletown
Thousands of years ago, the Buddha achieved Nirvana under the Bodhi Tree, a large and sacred fig. But FigLeaf Brewing Co. seeks a different kind of enlightenment: one in the world of craft beer. To the brewery’s founders, the fig leaf is a symbol of learning and improvement. “It’s about seeking enlightened options,” says Tasha Brown, brewery owner and marketing head. FigLeaf opened its doors in October 2016. The 20-barrel brewhouse boasts a large taproom and patio — a comfortable place to experience enlightenment for yourself. 
Photo: Khoi Nguyen

FigLeaf Brewing Co.

3387 Cincinnati-Dayton Road, Middletown
Thousands of years ago, the Buddha achieved Nirvana under the Bodhi Tree, a large and sacred fig. But FigLeaf Brewing Co. seeks a different kind of enlightenment: one in the world of craft beer. To the brewery’s founders, the fig leaf is a symbol of learning and improvement. “It’s about seeking enlightened options,” says Tasha Brown, brewery owner and marketing head. FigLeaf opened its doors in October 2016. The 20-barrel brewhouse boasts a large taproom and patio — a comfortable place to experience enlightenment for yourself.
Photo: Khoi Nguyen
Common Beer Company
126 E. Main St., Mason
The Common Beer Company opened its doors in downtown Mason on Oct. 5, 2018. Owned by Amy and Mark Lortz, the nano-brewery’s beer is only available in the taproom at present, which means you’ll get to enjoy the family’s hospitality if you want to sample their fresh drinks. 
Photo: Sean M. Peters

Common Beer Company

126 E. Main St., Mason
The Common Beer Company opened its doors in downtown Mason on Oct. 5, 2018. Owned by Amy and Mark Lortz, the nano-brewery’s beer is only available in the taproom at present, which means you’ll get to enjoy the family’s hospitality if you want to sample their fresh drinks.
Photo: Sean M. Peters
16 Lots Brewing Co.
753 Reading Road, Mason
The brewery’s name is taken from a historic land purchase by Revolutionary War officer Major William Mason, who bought the sixteen lots of land that later developed into modern day Mason. Just as their beer is steeped in historic tradition, their name also pays homage to the history of the city where they brew. 
The taproom also houses Mad Monks Pizza Co., operated by the owner of Habanero in Clifton.
Photo: Sean M. Peters

16 Lots Brewing Co.

753 Reading Road, Mason
The brewery’s name is taken from a historic land purchase by Revolutionary War officer Major William Mason, who bought the sixteen lots of land that later developed into modern day Mason. Just as their beer is steeped in historic tradition, their name also pays homage to the history of the city where they brew. The taproom also houses Mad Monks Pizza Co., operated by the owner of Habanero in Clifton.
Photo: Sean M. Peters