The exterior is pretty awesome, right?
It seems many of you think so. I guess that’s why last week’s article on the best breweries for outdoor drinking in Cincinnati was so popular with readers. So what do you think: do you want five more?
Of course you do. I have you, my friend.
I made no secret of how excited I was when OTR StillHouse opened late last year. My expectations were sky high, and the anticipation only grew when the grand opening was pushed back due to building permit issues.
Unfortunately for all of us, the grand opening didn’t happen until December. And while we had a streak of unusually hot weather in the weeks immediately following, it wasn’t until much more recently that the OTR StillHouse had some good days in the sun.
The OTR StillHouse’s outdoor space comfortably accommodates hundreds of guests, and the buildings surrounding the courtyard provide a pleasant amount of shade for guests to enjoy. Although the grass-covered outdoor area is not dog-friendly for sanitary reasons, there is plenty of space for the children to play while the adults enjoy the perfectly crafted beers and spirits, all made on site.
While the game day crowds will keep head brewer Chris Mitchell busy crafting IPAs and lagers, the premium craft beer is sure to create its own following.
“Craft brewers are interpreting historic styles with unique twists and developing unprecedented new styles,” according to the Brewers Association’s website.
By definition, no, the Hofbrauhaus is not a craft brewery. It’s a German brewery, which takes its roots very seriously. Hofbrau meticulously observes Reinheitsgebot, the German beer purity law of 1516.
You won’t find much innovation at the Hofbrauhaus. But that doesn’t mean the Hofbrauhaus isn’t a place craft beer lovers can enjoy. Far from there. The beers are fantastic and can all be flavored with Hofbrauhaus Newport’s house syrups. Imagine a black cherry schwarzbier or a blood orange hefeweizen. So, in a sense, yes, you can get craft beer at this non-craft brewery.
What you’ll find is a celebration of centuries of beer culture done right. And you’ll find one of the oldest and best beer gardens in Greater Cincinnati.
Two OTR spots on one roster? It’s a hard yes.
I love what Rhinegeist has done with the 19th century lager house she now calls home. The taproom really puts the space in the space, and private party rooms are something to look forward to whenever the opportunity arises.
But I think one of the best moves Rhinegeist has made with this place is when he opened up the rooftop patio. The outdoor space is exactly what the brewery needed: a change of scenery from the industrial grays of the interior.
If you like great views and a cool breeze, the roof top Rhinegeist is hard to beat.
The last time I wrote a Greater Cincinnati Craft Brewery Power Rankings column — and every time before that — Streetside was in the Hot Five.
I didn’t hide my love for Streetside. The beer is second to none here. But I was a little surprised to see it land near the top of the informal terrace poll I conducted a few weeks ago in the Cincinnati Craft Beer Club Facebook group.
Streetside has a small patio in front of its Eastern Avenue location, but it only seats about 40 people. The brewery had a large canopy tent erected in its parking lot for guests last year, but it’s no longer there.
Well, turns out the tiny Streetside patio won’t be so small anytime soon. The brewery is in the process of modernizing its outdoor space. We’re talking at least double the capacity, plus an outdoor bar and more restrooms. Just when I thought I couldn’t love this place more.
Did you know that the Mt. Carmel Brewing Company has been in continuous operation longer than any other craft brewery in Greater Cincinnati? Yeah, they’re the last of a dying breed of OGs.
They also happen to have a pretty amazing exterior layout, which should come as no surprise to anyone familiar with this part of the region. It’s a long drive for most of us, but it’s hard to name a brewery that has a more breathtaking outdoor space.
Barrel Aged Beer Alert
If you love barrel-aged stouts, there are two releases taking place this Saturday that you’ll want to check out.
Third eye brew in Sharonville is set to hold its biggest barrel-aged beer and bottle launch event this Saturday, April 30, with the release of Double Astral Chocolate Oatmeal Imperial Stout.
Double Astral is a deliciously cloudy stout brewed with copious amounts of Maverick chocolate and aged in Heaven Hill bourbon casks. The beer will be sold in 12-ounce wax-dipped bottles for $13.99 each, with a limit of two per customer. I got to try Double Astral last Friday and oh my god is it still good.
Additionally, Third Eye will be offering three fantastic barrel-aged beers: Astral Barrel-Aged Chocolate Maple Vanilla Stout, Total Debockery Barrel-Aged Doppelbock, and Kelly’s Private Stash Barrel-Aged Barleywine.
Also Saturday, 16 brew batches in Mason will release three bottles:
- Philosophical Illuminations Blend No. 1, ChocoBanana Barrel-Aged Stout.
- Philosophical Illuminations Blend No. 2, Fluffernutter Barrel-Aged Stout.
- Eye of Providence Stout upside-down cake with blond pineapple.
The brewery sells bombers individually for $15 each, or you can get a bottle of each in a set for $40. Mixing beers is “strongly encouraged” by the folks at 16 Lots. Interesting!