In the 1890s, Cincinnati was the third largest producer of beer in the U.S., and Cincinnatians drank two and a half times more beer than the national average, earning us the nickname “Beer Capital of the World.” Today, this region is still home to the largest collection of Pre-Prohibition breweries in the country. Take time to kick back and relax with a locally-brewed beer - we've got some fun facts and popular brews for you to try.
Most Popular Brew: Truth IPA
The Draw: In the former Moerlein bottling plant, which was built in 1895, Rhinegeist has kept its warehouse-style interior open and expansive, so there’s plenty of room for big group activities— indoor corn hole, anyone? Plus, it does all of its brewing and canning in-house. The brewery doesn’t have a menu, but guests are welcome to bring their own food.
Fun Fact: Name means “Ghost of the Rhine.” The brewery was also named one of the top 10 new breweries in the world by national publication RateBeer.com.
Most Popular Brew: PsycHOPathy IPA
The Draw: MadTree began as the basement home-brew hobby of founders Kenny McNutt, Jeff Hunt and Brady Duncan, but quickly evolved into a craft brewery that offers it all: a taproom, restaurant, growler fills and keg sales.
Fun Fact: In 2013, MadTree became the first Ohio brewery to put its own craft beer in a can.
Where: Newport, Kentucky
Most Popular Brew: Hofbrau Premium Lager
The Draw: All the lagers you could dream of—not to mention plenty of German fare for the choosing—in an authentic Munichstyle setting. Prost!
Fun Fact: It was the first Hofbräuhaus in the United States (in fact, outside of Germany at all). It’s still one of only a handful in the country.
Where: Columbia Township
Most Popular Brew: Fork in the Road
The Draw: Head brewer and founder Scott LaFollette likes to experiment outside the range of “standard German styles,” so expect some funky brew choices (think brown ale with shiitake mushroom or imperial chocolate IBA). He’s also a Certified Cicerone, or certified beer connoisseur, and one of only 41 in Ohio. Nearby, there are bike paths and trails aplenty, as well as the Airport Bike Rental shop, so you can work up a sweat before swinging by for a freshly chilled brew.
Fun Fact: Its Fork in the Road brew was the 2013 champion of the Ohio Beer Fantasy Leagues.
Most Popular Brew: Punch You in the EyePA
The Draw: Housed in a renovated 1827 farmhouse, Fifty West is the perfect traveler’s jaunt—each brew is named with some sort of witty take on road trip lingo—though it’s popular among the locals, too. The brewery’s extensive menu, which varies seasonally but can include everything from smoked Gouda grits to Moroccan meatballs, is not your typical bar fare, either.
Fun Fact: All beer is distributed in a 1972 orange Volkswagen van.
Written by Baihley Grandison