30 Breweries in Cincinnati: A Guide to Local Craft Beers

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Welcome to Cincinnati! If you’re looking for a city with rich history, plenty of activities to do, and delicious food, you’ve come to the right place. Cincinnati is home to some of the best breweries in Ohio, and this guide is here to help you find them.

Greater Cincinnati Breweries

Here are the top 30 breweries in Cincinnati and northern Kentucky. If you want to explore more, here is a list of breweries in Dayton too.

1) Rhinegeist Brewery

The rooftop at Rhinegeist Brewery has an excellent view of the cityscape and even a bar. There are put-put, cornhole, and ping-pong tables on the main floor for guests’ enjoyment. The selection of beers and swag makes this a great place to meet friends and relax.

Notable Craft Beers: Truth (IPA – American), Cougar (Blonde Ale), Dad (Red Ale – American Amber)

Address: 1910 Elm St, Cincinnati, OH 45202

2) Urban Artifact

Urban Artifact is excellent for finding sour, tart, or gose craft beers. With almost everything on tap being one of these styles, including some low-calorie options, there is sure to be a perfect drink for everyone. The location is also perfect for live music lovers, as it is an old church.

Notable Craft Beers: The Gadget (Fruit Tart)

Address: 1660 Blue Rock St, Cincinnati, OH 45223

3) Humble Monk Brewing Co.

Humble Monk Brewing Company is an industrial building filled with mismatched wood furniture and plants. Lovely owners – couldn’t be more friendly. This place also has trivia and quizbowl, and donates to local shelters and charities.

Notable Craft Beers: Haze Goggles (IPA – New England / Hazy), Pancake Porter, Rapture (Stout – Imperial / Double)

Address: 1641 Blue Rock St, Cincinnati, OH 45223

4) March First Brewing and Distilling

March First Brewing offers a wide range of ciders, making it an ideal venue for casual get-togethers and corporate events. It has plenty of seating and private party and meeting rooms.

Notable Craft Beers: Astra Red Cream Soda Hard Seltzer, Orange Cream (Cream Ale), Swiss Chocolate Stout

Address: 7885 E Kemper Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45249

5) Brink Brewing Co.

If you find yourself in Cincinnati, be sure to check out Brink Brewing Company. It’s a great spot for any craft beer lover. Brink Brewing Co. has an award-winning beer selection has something for everyone, from those who prefer a less hoppy beer to those who enjoy a hoppier flavor. The taproom has a great atmosphere with its wood bar, tables, walls, and bourbon barrels.

Notable Craft Beers: Moozie (Stout – Milk / Sweet), Hold the Reins (Mild – Other), Damocles (Black IPA)

Address: 5905 Hamilton Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45224

6) Listermann Brewing

Listermann Brewing is worth checking out, especially if you enjoy stouts. The bartenders are knowledgeable about the offerings and quick to suggest something based on your beer preferences.

Notable Craft Beers: Chickow! (Brown Ale – Imperial / Double), Nutcase (American Porter), Shamrock Shake (Milk Stout)

Address: 1621 Dana Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45207

7) Streetside Brewery

Streetside Brewery is a hidden gem in Cincinnati! They have a great selection of craft beer styles and make them delicious. There is always a food truck and they are working on expanding their outdoor seating. There were many different types of IPA or sour brews and other choices such as brown ale, stout, Kolsch, and blonde ale.

Notable Craft Beers: Suh, Brah? (New England IPA), Return of the Mac (Blonde Ale), Raspberry Beret (Sour)

Address: 4003 Eastern Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45226

8) Third Eye Brewing Company

Third Eye Brewery is a fantastic spot located just outside of Cincinnati. With a rooftop patio and a lower outdoor patio complete with a fire pit, it’s the perfect place to relax and enjoy a cold one. The standard beer styles here are quite good, but don’t miss out on their milkshake IPAs – they’re creamy and delicious.

Notable Craft Beers: Nirvana Or Bust (New England IPA), Third Eye P.A. (American IPA), Higher Purpose (Milk Stout)

Address: 11276 Chester Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45246

9) Esoteric Brewing Co.

Esoteric Brewing Co. is a brewery and lounge with a classy feel. It has an elegant and comfortable environment with a selection of beers that are among the most well-crafted you’ll ever find. Not a place for someone who only drinks IPA but if you are a beer connoisseur, this is your brewery.

Notable Craft Beers: Lotus IPA, Kallima Coffee Cream Ale, Celestial Pale Ale

Address: 918 E McMillan St, Cincinnati, OH 45206

10) Fibonacci Brewing Company

Fibonacci has become one of my favorite breweries over the past year. I am always amazed at how friendly every employee is. They make the environment so welcoming and are always happy to talk to anyone who enters their doors. They have a variety of beers, all of which are phenomenal. They boast a cool beer garden and goats and chickens in a pen nearby.

Notable Craft Beers: Tollhouse (American Stout), Earth Daisy (Imperial IPA), Hoy Tripel (Belgian Tripel)

Address: 1445 Compton Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45231

11) Big Ash Brewing Company

The atmosphere at this brewery is welcoming and relaxed, with dogs allowed and food served. The self-pour setup is exciting and allows customers to pour their own beer, charged by the ounce. This makes trying all the brews on offer much easier, as customers can order small glasses.

Notable Craft Beers: Backbeat Coffee Blonde (Blonde Ale), Vanilla Cream (Cream Ale), Schooner NEIPA (New England IPA)

Address: 5230 Beechmont Ave, Cincinnati, Ohio 45230

12) Fifty West Brewing Company

Fifty West Brewing Company has plenty of sand volleyball courts, pickleball courts, and a sand pit for the kids. Dogs are welcome too! They have a great selection of beer that will have something for everyone. This restaurant is known for its excellent beer selection, burgers, and milkshakes.

Notable Craft Beers: Coast to Coast (American IPA)

Address: 7605 Wooster Pike, Cincinnati, OH 45227

13) Fretboard Brewing Company

Fretboard Brewing Company is a classic brewery with open seating and a stage for live music and “in-house” food from Smoked Out, a local BBQ restaurant. This is an overall fun place to hang out!

Notable Craft Beers: Improv (American IPA), Reba (Blonde Ale), Vlad (German Pilsner)

Address: 5800 Creek Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45242

14) BrewDog Cincinnati

BrewDog is on a mission to make other people as passionate about great craft beer as they are. They brew world-class craft beer, extraordinary beers that blow people’s minds and kick start a revolution. BrewDog’s food menu is extensive, and there is something for everyone.

Notable Craft Beers: Punk IPA (American IPA), Elvis Juice (American IPA), Lost Lager (Pilsner)

Address: 316 Reading Road, Cincinnati, Ohio 45202

15) Taft’s Ale House

Taft’s Ale House is located in an old church that has been renovated into a place where people can get food and delicious beer. They have dining areas, bar seating, and lounges. It is huge and connected to Nellies. The decor is reminiscent of another era and provides a great environment.

Notable Craft Beers: Gavel Banger (American IPA), Nellie’s Key Lime Ale (American Pale Wheat), Maverick Chocolate Porter

Address: 1429 Race St, Cincinnati, OH 45202

16) Northern Row Brewery & Distillery

For a different experience in Cincinnati, head on to Northern Row, which has a different vibe from the other craft breweries listed here. Imagine a brick building covered in vines in the middle of the city, where you can taste some unique liquor in addition to beer. The building has been updated and has lots of history, making it a fun place to hang out and enjoy drinks.

Notable Craft Beers: Heckler (New England IPA), Preacher (Fruit Beer), Hustler – Helles Lager

Address: 111 W McMicken Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45202

17) Samuel Adams Cincinnati Taproom

Many people are unaware that the owner and founder of Sam Adams is from Cincinnati. The company offers some excellent beers, and the Samuel Adams Cincinnati Taproom has a distinct and appealing atmosphere.

Notable Craft Beers: Samuel Adams Boston Brick Red, Samuel Adams Summer’s Twilight, Washed Out Stout

Address: 1727 Logan St, Cincinnati, OH 45202

18) Braxton Brewing Company Cincinnati

Cincinnati is home to many outstanding breweries, including Braxton Brewing. They offer a diverse selection of craft beer styles, making them an excellent choice for any beer lover. Additionally, their brewery is located in a very cool Pendleton neighborhood.

Notable Craft Beers: Tropic Flare (New England IPA), Storm (Cream Ale), Graeter’s Black Raspberry Chocolate Chip Milk Stout

Address: 331 E 13th St, Cincinnati, OH 45202

19) Moerlein Lager House

The Moerlein Lager House is a downtown Cincinnati restaurant next to Smale Riverfront Park. It is situated between the Reds and Bengals stadiums along the Ohio River. The restaurant offers a variety of main dishes, outdoor seating, and a large side porch. Overall, this lager house is in a great location by the river and the ballpark with great views. The staff is friendly, and there is an excellent selection of food and drink.

Notable Craft Beers: Helltown Rye-Ot (Brown Ale), Rivet (American IPA), Spring Train Altbier

Address: 115 Joe Nuxhall Way, Cincinnati, OH 45202

20) 13 Below Brewery

Located along the Ohio River, 13 Below has a great selection of high-quality craft beer, a friendly staff, and a great facility. There are picnic tables out front and a fenced-in backyard where kiddos and pups can play.

Notable Craft Beers: West Coast (American IPA), Gravensteen (Traditional Ale), Lock & Dam #37 (Scotch Ale)

Address: 7391 Forbes Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45233

21) Dead Low Brewing

Dead Low is a craft brewery located in California, the easternmost neighborhood of Cincinnati. Dead Low has a taproom, restaurant, private event space, performance stage, and outdoor beer garden.

Notable Craft Beers: First of All Session IPA, Lagom Scandinavian Farmhouse Ale, Schwarzbier

Address: 5959 Kellogg Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45230

22) 16 Lots Brewing Company

The 16 Lots Brewing Company has a family atmosphere, great beer, and a nice upscale feel. The Mad Monks pizzas and salads sold in the tap room are good. The selection of craft beer was decent, as was the selection of bourbon and liquor. The establishment also offers great happy hour specials, themed trivia, and exclusive mug clubs.

Notable Craft Beers: Soak City (New England IPA), The Major (German Pilsner), Pike Street (American IPA)

Address: 753 Reading Rd, Mason, OH 45040

23) Sonder Brewing

Sonder Brewing offers a great selection of beers that satisfy any craving. With a spacious and accommodating taproom, you won’t want to leave. They have a variety of beers on tap, including root beer float IPAs and carrot cake ale. It’s a great place to take your family on the weekend, have a couple of nice beers, and enjoy some delicious food by Brew River Kitchen. The chicken sandwich and the house-made ketchup are awesome!

Notable Craft Beers: You Betcha! (New England IPA), Kato (Blonde Ale), Voss (Kölsch)

Address: 8584 Duke Blvd, Mason, OH 45040

24) DogBerry Brewing

This local brewery is fantastic. The staff is friendly, and the vibe is chill. They care about the beer being brewed and served here. The passion shines through every drink!

Notable Craft Beers: Zestic (American IPA), On the Black (Black IPA), Bray’s On Target (American Brown Ale)

Address: 9964 Crescent Park Dr., West Chester, Ohio 45069

25) Little Miami Brewing Company

Little Miami Brewing Company‘s superb location has a great river view and easy access to downtown Milford. You can take your canoe or kayak directly along the river and dock at the stairs for a drink. The roof has a great view of the river and bike trail. The atmosphere at this establishment is excellent, and I love that it is dog-friendly.

Notable Craft Beers: Grateful IPA (American IPA), Earth Cookie (American Brown Ale), Pterodactyl (Hefeweizen)

Address: 208 Mill St, Milford, OH 45150

26) Swine City Brewing

Swine City offers a variety of delicious beers and seltzers, as well as fantastic pizza. There’s always something new and exciting to try, but some old favorites are always available. There aren’t enough good things about Swine City – it’s a great place to eat, drink, and have a good time. They make it easy to support a local business!

Notable Craft Beers: This Is the New Stuff (IPA – New England / Hazy), We Been Dancin (Brown Ale – American), Girl Got Reasons (Sour – Traditional Gose)

Address: 4614 Industry Dr, Fairfield, OH 45014

27) Sons of Toil Brewing

Sons of Toil Brewing is a breath of fresh air to the area bringing wonderful craft beer and ciders into Mount Orab. They have live music and food trucks on the weekends.  Have their own kitchen open other days. Seating inside or out. Under cover or out in the sun. Beautiful setup!

Notable Craft Beers: Mango Milkshake IPA, Mango Habenaro IPA, Spiced Apple Cider

Address: 14090 Klein Rd, Mt Orab, OH 45154

Breweries in Northern Kentucky

28) Darkness Brewing

The beer selection at Darkness Brewing is both refreshing and diverse in flavor. This brewery has indoor and outdoor spaces, allowing visitors to enjoy their beer in different settings. The staff is incredibly knowledgeable and passionate about their craft, making it easy for visitors to sample different beers before making a purchase.

Notable Craft Beers: Hop Head Nebula Black IPA, Mayan Sacrifice Golden Stout

Address: 224 Fairfield Ave, Bellevue, KY 41073

29) Bircus Brewing Company

Bircus Brewing is probably the most unique brewery you’ll ever go to! They have people performing circus acts, giving this place an enjoyable vibe. It’s like Las Vegas’ Circus Circus, but at a brewery.

Notable Craft Beers: Lud-Lite Lager (American Light), Kilpatrick’s One Legged (Dry Irish Stout), and Smaschlager (Vienna Style Lager)

Address: 322 Elm St, Ludlow, KY 41016

30) Wooden Cask Brewing Company

This establishment offers an impressive selection of drinks and food, from burgers to ribs. They also have plenty of board games for you to play if you’re feeling competitive (or just want to take your mind off things). Parking is never a problem either, as there’s always free parking available onsite.

Notable Craft Beers: Reformation (Nitro) (Stout), Levee Lager (Lager), Girl Next Door (Blonde Ale)

Address: 629 York St, Newport, KY 41071

Bottom Line

As you can see, the Cincinnati area is filled with craft breweries! Whether you’re a fan of craft beer or just looking to branch out, there’s sure to be a brewery in Cincinnati that will fit your taste. Not only are they great places to drink, but many also offer tours, live music, and entertainment. So if you’re ever in the Cincinnati area, don’t miss out on a chance to check out one of these fantastic breweries!

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