Urban Artifact Brewery
Urban Artifact Brewery
As the region reconnects with its past, craft breweries in the Cincinnati region abound where you can drink in our storied brewing heritage through local craft beer. Below is a sampling of breweries from around the region. Click here for a complete list of the nearly 50 local breweries.

Bad Tom Smith Brewing

Bad Tom Smith Brewing
Bad Tom Smith Brewing

Bad Tom Smith, named for an infamous outlaw, offers a laid back tap room and beer garden with 12 beers on tap served by passionate bartenders who will share the story of both the outlaw and their brewery. Stay for a few and enjoy a board game or catch a sporting event on the big screen. Open Wednesday through Sunday.

In the neighborhood: Watch small planes land while walking or biking the 5-mile trail along Lunken Airport. Extend your journey another two to three miles on the path at Otto Armleder Memorial Park.

Braxton Brewing

Braxton Brewing
Braxton Brewing
Run by a family of passionate brewers, Braxton Brewing is a must-see on any local brewery excursion. Their vast tap room feels like an upscale garage with leather couches and flat screen TVs all around. In the warmer months enjoy a cold brew in their outdoor seating area. Open Tuesday - Sunday.
 
In the neighborhood: Catch the latest show or art exhibit at The Carnegie. Then head toward the river to explore the seven historical figures that make up the Riverside Drive Statue Tour.
 

Christian Moerlein Brewing Company's Malt House Tap Room

Christian Moerlein Brewing Company tap room
Christian Moerlein Brewing Company tap room


Located in the Over-the-Rhine brewery district. Step into this 19th century tap room to sample several varieties of craft brews, then tour the brewing facility and learn about the history of the building and the brewery district. Open Wednesday-Sunday.

In the neighborhood: Washington Park offers fun for the whole family, so bring the kids and the dog! Just a short drive away is the William Howard Taft National Historic Site - the childhood home of the 27th President of the United States.

Fifty West Brewing Company

Fifty West Production Works
Fifty West Production Works

Fifty West has an entire campus of options to explore that include a brew pub serving lunch, dinner, and Sunday brunch, plus their Production Works tap room with adjacent volleyball courts, bike and canoe rental. Open daily.

In the neighborhood: Explore the historic buildings and telescopes at Cincinnati Observatory Center. Then explore the trails and enjoy the scenic overlook at nearby Ault Park.

Hofbrauhaus Newport

Hofbrauhaus
Hofbrauhaus
Hofbräuhaus is modeled after the legendary 400+ year-old Hofbräuhaus in Munich, Germany. Visit any day of the week to enjoy a traditional German meal paired with Bavarian beer in the lively Bier Hall or in the Bier Garden overlooking Newport on the Levee and the Cincinnati Skyline. 

In the neighborhood: Be surrounded by penguins, octopus, and stingrays at Newport Aquarium. Then take a selfie at nearby World Peace Bell: the largest, free-swinging bell in the world.

MadTree Brewing Company

MadTree
MadTree

Sip on a freshly brewed beer while enjoying pizza from Catch-A-Fire Cafe at MadTree's massive indoor taproom and outdoor beer garden. Open daily.

In the neighborhood: Shop till you drop, or at least until it's time for happy hour, at Rookwood Commons. Plus, do some star-gazing at nearby Drake Planetarium & Science Center.

Rhinegeist

Aug 2014 Press Trip Rhinegeist Brewery
Aug 2014 Press Trip Rhinegeist Brewery

Rhinegeist is a popular local brewery with a large tap room and outdoor rooftop deck. Occupying an historic building, the taproom is well-lit by skylights during the day, has 2-story tall columns and interesting artwork adorning the walls. There's also ample space for ping pong, cornhole, and special events. Sip a pint while enjoying the 360 degree views from the rooftop deck (weather permitting). 

In the neighborhood: Grad some food and local goods at nearby Findlay Market, and be sure to leave time for a visit to Betts House: Ohio’s oldest brick house featuring ongoing history and architecture exhibits.

Rivertown Brewing Company 

Rivertown Brewery (photo: Austin Coop)
Rivertown Brewery (photo: Austin Coop)
The Barrel House offers 30+ beers on draft and handcrafted, slow-smoked barbecue. Bring the whole family to enjoy a tour and arcade games. Open daily.

In the neighborhood: Find designer goods for less at Cincinnati Premium Outlets. Plus, try your luck at the slot machines at nearby Miami Valley Gaming.

Urban Artifact

Urban Artifact Brewery
Urban Artifact Brewery
Located in the basement of a former church in Cincinnati's eclectic Northside neighborhood, Urban Artifact brews sour and wild beers plus offers live entertainment most evenings. Open seven days a week.

In the neighborhood: Explore scenic Spring Grove Cemetery by bike, foot or tram. Then pick up some vinyl at Shake It Records.

West Side Brewing

West Side Brewing
West Side Brewing

Appropriately named, this popular westside hangout is fun for the whole family with games, TVs, ample tables, and a dozen or more beers and ciders. Open daily.

In the Neighborhood: Explore the trails, green spaces, and arboretum at the nearly 1500-acre Mt. Airy Forest. Lace up your shoes and knock down some pins at S&S Western Bowl.

Cool Cocktails

Sundry and Vice
Sundry and Vice
Not in a beer mood? Check out one of these hot spots for cool cocktails around the region:

  • Sundry and Vice – Try a mezcal and root beer high ball or a house cocktail like Spin the Bottle with bonded bourbon, amaretto, lemon, ginger and egg white at this apothecary-themed bar in Over-the-Rhine. 
  • Bar at Palm Court – Relax with a glass of hand-selected Four Roses Bourbon in Art Deco style.
  • Coppin's – South of the river in Covington, try a Open the Roebling made with bourbon, blueberry Champagne shrub, ginger, lemon and Jamaican #1 bitters.
  • Somm Wine Bar – Sip on Somm sangria while on the vacation-like patio; or try something new like Sage Against the Machine, a cocktail comprised of gin, sage simple syrup and fever tree tonic.
  • Myrtle's Punch House – Gather with friends over a bowl of handcrafted punch. There are always four unique punches made with fresh ingredients and available by the bowl, glass or flight.
  • The Overlook Lodge – Named after the hotel in Stephen King's "The Shining," the cocktail menu continues the theme with drinks like Writer's Block (bourbon and apple-berry sweet tea) and Redrum Returns (cruzan dark rum, strawberry clove puree, citrus, soda and cranberry bitters).