These Are Cincinnati's 10 Best Breweries, as Voted by CityBeat Readers

CityBeat has been in the business of curating the Best Of Cincinnati® for more than two decades, highlighting the city’s most outstanding selections in Eats, Arts & Culture, Shops & Services, Music & Nightlife, Sports & Recreation and City Life. And the responsibility of selecting these exceptional entities is divided between our readers and staff. This year, readers logged on to the ballot site in droves to vote for their favorites in broad categories, including Best Brewery. Here are the winners.
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10. Brink Brewing Co.
5905 Hamilton Ave., College Hill
This award-winning, community-driven College Hill staple offers live music, outdoor seating and dog-friendly accommodations. The neighborhood gathering space is loaded with interactive features including a large community table, reclaimed-wood bar and a gigantic Scrabble board that’s very popular with patrons after a few pints from the brewery’s wide-reaching tap list. Head to the bathroom to see more than three decades’ worth of collected beer labels. The brewery has earned the title of Very Small Brewing Company of the Year at the Great American Beer Fest multiple times.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger

10. Brink Brewing Co.

5905 Hamilton Ave., College Hill
This award-winning, community-driven College Hill staple offers live music, outdoor seating and dog-friendly accommodations. The neighborhood gathering space is loaded with interactive features including a large community table, reclaimed-wood bar and a gigantic Scrabble board that’s very popular with patrons after a few pints from the brewery’s wide-reaching tap list. Head to the bathroom to see more than three decades’ worth of collected beer labels. The brewery has earned the title of Very Small Brewing Company of the Year at the Great American Beer Fest multiple times.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger
10. Brink Brewing Co.
5905 Hamilton Ave., College Hill
This award-winning, community-driven College Hill staple offers live music, outdoor seating and dog-friendly accommodations. The neighborhood gathering space is loaded with interactive features including a large community table, reclaimed-wood bar and a gigantic Scrabble board that’s very popular with patrons after a few pints from the brewery’s wide-reaching tap list. Head to the bathroom to see more than three decades’ worth of collected beer labels. The brewery has earned the title of Very Small Brewing Company of the Year at the Great American Beer Fest multiple times.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger

10. Brink Brewing Co.

5905 Hamilton Ave., College Hill
This award-winning, community-driven College Hill staple offers live music, outdoor seating and dog-friendly accommodations. The neighborhood gathering space is loaded with interactive features including a large community table, reclaimed-wood bar and a gigantic Scrabble board that’s very popular with patrons after a few pints from the brewery’s wide-reaching tap list. Head to the bathroom to see more than three decades’ worth of collected beer labels. The brewery has earned the title of Very Small Brewing Company of the Year at the Great American Beer Fest multiple times.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger
9. Braxton Brewing Company
27 W. Seventh St., Covington
Rooted in the ethos and innovation forged in a Midwestern garage, founder Evan Rouse started homebrewing when he was just 16 — before he could even taste his creations. Now, with locations in Covington, Over-the-Rhine, Ft. Mitchell and Newport, Braxton Brewing Co. has puts its stamp on the Cincinnati area. The flagship Covington taproom, boasting a 5,000-square-foot rooftop patio, serves 30 plus Braxton creations and house brand VIVE hard seltzers. 
Photo: Hailey Bollinger

9. Braxton Brewing Company

27 W. Seventh St., Covington
Rooted in the ethos and innovation forged in a Midwestern garage, founder Evan Rouse started homebrewing when he was just 16 — before he could even taste his creations. Now, with locations in Covington, Over-the-Rhine, Ft. Mitchell and Newport, Braxton Brewing Co. has puts its stamp on the Cincinnati area. The flagship Covington taproom, boasting a 5,000-square-foot rooftop patio, serves 30 plus Braxton creations and house brand VIVE hard seltzers.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger
9. Braxton Brewing Company
27 W. Seventh St., Covington
Rooted in the ethos and innovation forged in a Midwestern garage, founder Evan Rouse started homebrewing when he was just 16 — before he could even taste his creations. Now, with locations in Covington, Over-the-Rhine, Ft. Mitchell and Newport, Braxton Brewing Co. has puts its stamp on the Cincinnati area. The flagship Covington taproom, boasting a 5,000-square-foot rooftop patio, serves 30 plus Braxton creations and house brand VIVE hard seltzers. 
Photo: Hailey Bollinger

9. Braxton Brewing Company

27 W. Seventh St., Covington
Rooted in the ethos and innovation forged in a Midwestern garage, founder Evan Rouse started homebrewing when he was just 16 — before he could even taste his creations. Now, with locations in Covington, Over-the-Rhine, Ft. Mitchell and Newport, Braxton Brewing Co. has puts its stamp on the Cincinnati area. The flagship Covington taproom, boasting a 5,000-square-foot rooftop patio, serves 30 plus Braxton creations and house brand VIVE hard seltzers.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger
8. West Side Brewing
3044 Harrison Ave., Westwood
This sleek, rustic brewery in the heart of Westwood has been creating fresh craft beers in their taproom and partnering with local food trucks since 2017. They offer more than 20 traditional beers, each boasting a straightforward name so drinkers know exactly what to expect. There’s the Amber Ale, Hefeweizen, Gose and plenty more, including cider, wine, soda. Additionally, West Side Brewing has expanded to selling their products in liquor stores and grocery stores in Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky, so whether you're at home or in their spacious taproom, you can enjoy a taste of West Side.
Photo: Megan Waddel

8. West Side Brewing

3044 Harrison Ave., Westwood
This sleek, rustic brewery in the heart of Westwood has been creating fresh craft beers in their taproom and partnering with local food trucks since 2017. They offer more than 20 traditional beers, each boasting a straightforward name so drinkers know exactly what to expect. There’s the Amber Ale, Hefeweizen, Gose and plenty more, including cider, wine, soda. Additionally, West Side Brewing has expanded to selling their products in liquor stores and grocery stores in Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky, so whether you're at home or in their spacious taproom, you can enjoy a taste of West Side.
Photo: Megan Waddel
8. West Side Brewing
3044 Harrison Ave., Westwood
This sleek, rustic brewery in the heart of Westwood has been creating fresh craft beers in their taproom and partnering with local food trucks since 2017. They offer more than 20 traditional beers, each boasting a straightforward name so drinkers know exactly what to expect. There’s the Amber Ale, Hefeweizen, Gose and plenty more, including cider, wine, soda. Additionally, West Side Brewing has expanded to selling their products in liquor stores and grocery stores in Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky, so whether you're at home or in their spacious taproom, you can enjoy a taste of West Side.
Photo: Megan Waddel

8. West Side Brewing

3044 Harrison Ave., Westwood
This sleek, rustic brewery in the heart of Westwood has been creating fresh craft beers in their taproom and partnering with local food trucks since 2017. They offer more than 20 traditional beers, each boasting a straightforward name so drinkers know exactly what to expect. There’s the Amber Ale, Hefeweizen, Gose and plenty more, including cider, wine, soda. Additionally, West Side Brewing has expanded to selling their products in liquor stores and grocery stores in Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky, so whether you're at home or in their spacious taproom, you can enjoy a taste of West Side.
Photo: Megan Waddel
7. Dead Low Brewing
5959 Kellogg Ave., California
Within walking distance of Coney Island and Riverbend Music Center, this brewery features a taproom, beer garden and kitchen. Dead Low Brewing serves up more than a dozen beers, seltzers, sour, and stouts. And be sure to come hungry. Along with a wine and spirit menu, the brewery also offers an extensive food menu; many dishes utilize Dead Low brews, like the beer-battered haddock sandwich and the beer cheesecake.
Photo: Kaitlyn Handel

7. Dead Low Brewing

5959 Kellogg Ave., California
Within walking distance of Coney Island and Riverbend Music Center, this brewery features a taproom, beer garden and kitchen. Dead Low Brewing serves up more than a dozen beers, seltzers, sour, and stouts. And be sure to come hungry. Along with a wine and spirit menu, the brewery also offers an extensive food menu; many dishes utilize Dead Low brews, like the beer-battered haddock sandwich and the beer cheesecake.
Photo: Kaitlyn Handel
7. Dead Low Brewing
5959 Kellogg Ave., California
Within walking distance of Coney Island and Riverbend Music Center, this brewery features a taproom, beer garden and kitchen. Dead Low Brewing serves up more than a dozen beers, seltzers, sour, and stouts. And be sure to come hungry. Along with a wine and spirit menu, the brewery also offers an extensive food menu; many dishes utilize Dead Low brews, like the beer-battered haddock sandwich and the beer cheesecake.
Photo: Kaitlyn Handel

7. Dead Low Brewing

5959 Kellogg Ave., California
Within walking distance of Coney Island and Riverbend Music Center, this brewery features a taproom, beer garden and kitchen. Dead Low Brewing serves up more than a dozen beers, seltzers, sour, and stouts. And be sure to come hungry. Along with a wine and spirit menu, the brewery also offers an extensive food menu; many dishes utilize Dead Low brews, like the beer-battered haddock sandwich and the beer cheesecake.
Photo: Kaitlyn Handel
6. Sons Of Toil Brewing
14090 Klein Road, Mount Orab
With a dedication to hard work and helping out local farmers, Sons of Toil Brewing donates every scrap of leftover grain from their brewery to help farms feed their livestock, instead of letting it go to a landfill. A hidden gem in the heart of Mount Orab, Sons of Toil offers a great patio space with cornhole and other outdoor games. Beers run the gamut from a 9.2 percent ABV chocolate raspberry imperial stout to a light German Kolsch.
Photo: facebook.com/sonsoftoilllc

6. Sons Of Toil Brewing

14090 Klein Road, Mount Orab
With a dedication to hard work and helping out local farmers, Sons of Toil Brewing donates every scrap of leftover grain from their brewery to help farms feed their livestock, instead of letting it go to a landfill. A hidden gem in the heart of Mount Orab, Sons of Toil offers a great patio space with cornhole and other outdoor games. Beers run the gamut from a 9.2 percent ABV chocolate raspberry imperial stout to a light German Kolsch.
Photo: facebook.com/sonsoftoilllc
6. Sons Of Toil Brewing
14090 Klein Road, Mount Orab
With a dedication to hard work and helping out local farmers, Sons of Toil Brewing donates every scrap of leftover grain from their brewery to help farms feed their livestock, instead of letting it go to a landfill. A hidden gem in the heart of Mount Orab, Sons of Toil offers a great patio space with cornhole and other outdoor games. Beers run the gamut from a 9.2 percent ABV chocolate raspberry imperial stout to a light German Kolsch.
Photo: facebook.com/sonsoftoilllc

6. Sons Of Toil Brewing

14090 Klein Road, Mount Orab
With a dedication to hard work and helping out local farmers, Sons of Toil Brewing donates every scrap of leftover grain from their brewery to help farms feed their livestock, instead of letting it go to a landfill. A hidden gem in the heart of Mount Orab, Sons of Toil offers a great patio space with cornhole and other outdoor games. Beers run the gamut from a 9.2 percent ABV chocolate raspberry imperial stout to a light German Kolsch.
Photo: facebook.com/sonsoftoilllc