Here’s the disclaimer…the bad news. Not all these brewery idea will ever actually become a real brewery with beer flowing from their taps. As a project moves to a point where it’s a strong possibility in my mind that it’s going to exist, I’ll add it here to coming “soon” for you to read about…but that doesn’t mean it will happen. Even once a project is considered dead to many people, I might even leave it here for you to read about what could have been.
I’m not sure how the determination of what is here and what isn’t is come up with… I think that’s the moral. If you aren’t aware, I usually make things up as I go along in creating this website… and this page might be a prime example of that.
Coming “Soon”… Maybe?
Sayler park is getting a brewery (hopefully this year) that will bring a brewery front and center to all the boaters that hit the river every summer. They’re looking to not only have a taproom that is designed for people to hang out for a while and have a couple pints, but to also offer up a quick fill station for growlers to go. They’re part of a new wave of businesses opening up in Sayler Park, and should be able to kickstart even more business in the area.
This project has a space on Reading Rd in Mason – in the former Mason Pub space. They’re hoping to get their doors open while it’s still warm outside in the summer of 2017. They’re looking at a 10bbl system from Portland Kettle Works
Alexandria Brewing Company
This one has been a work in progress for quite some time, but is still making headway and progress. Located down in Alexandria Kentucky, it might be situated a bit away from the “Hustle and Bustle” of the Cincinnati beer scene, but that could also be the very reason that this project could see a major run away success. Keep your eyes here on the blog for progress from this up and coming brewery, after their successful recent Kickstarter, things are moving along much quicker now!
This project is taking a slightly different approach. They’re currently using some other local breweries to contract brew some of their traditional German beers to start getting their name out there in the market, with the hope that they’ll be able to open a taproom of their own one day.
The circus and a brewery might not seem like things that belong together when you first hear them, but Ludlow’s Bircus is hoping to change the way people think about both. The idea for the venture comes all the way from Ghent, Belgium where circus owners use the profits from brewing beer to operate their circus. It’s a neat concept, and made even neater when you hear that they plan on using 10% of all their profits to also support the Social Circus Fund, which helps underwrite programs for children, nursing homes and hospitals… giving back, with beer! They have been working to get their space worked out, get a brewer and equipment – no timeframe yet!
Mixing beer and music in ways that haven’t been really imagined yet in Cincinnati, Fretboard Brewing Company has a really unique vision for what they’re going to bring to their Blue Ash location (as well as to the Cincinnati Craft Beer scene in general). They have their space, and are on their way to getting the ball rolling on the taproom and brewery. Stay tuned for this one, it looks like it’s going to be something pretty unique.
Grainworks is looking to open up their doors in 2017, with a location planned in West Chester, off of Tylersville. They’ll fill a much needed void in the North, helping to tie the locations closer to Cincinnati together with those in Butler County, and then Dayton.
Happy 2 Brewing
Located inside Mao’s in Anderson, this brewery will be small, but hopefully delicious. A nano brewery designed to serve people hand crafted beer with their dinner, they are getting extremely close to their “grand opening”. Test batches are well under way and they are just waiting on some final details, like license approval to come through. A great addition to the east side of town, I can’t wait to see what they do for their customers.
Humble Monk Brewing
Located in Northside, near Urban Artifact, this brewery is moving along steadily, installing equipment as quick as they can.They are on track to be pouring beer this year. They were known as Rabbit Hash Brewing Company for a while, but changed their name due to some community backlash about them using it, without being located in Rabbit Hash.
Little Miami Brewing Company
They are pretty far off still, but Little Miami Brewing Company has a location selected in Old Milford. The brewery will be close to the bike trail, and close to the little Miami River. A great example of a neighborhood brewery for a part of town desperate for one. As more information starts to get set in stone, I promise that you’ll read about it here.
Miami-Erie Brewing Collaborative
Offering a take on a brewery that is different than anything being done around town, and very rarely around the country, Miami-Erie is looking to become Cincinnati’s very first brewery co-op when they open their doors. Located in Middletown, although a space hasn’t been announced yet, they are hoping to bring a brewery to an area of the Cincinnati market that is currently lacking, and desperate for a place to call their own. The brewery will be owned by the members that buy shares of the co-op, making it a brewery you really can call your own! They seem to have stalled out on the project – so it remains to be seen if this one will happen or not.
Rebel Mettle Brewing
Taking place in the old Felsenbrau building, this brewery looks to embrace the history of Cincinnati’s brewing culture with a modern operation. They hope to provide jobs for vets as well. Work is being done on the space, and equipment is slowly starting to come in as we speak.
You’ll be hearing a lot about this place in 2017, with a good sized, no, massive brewpub planned, with lots of outdoor space, they look to make a big splash in the Northeastern part of Cincinnati’s suburbs. You’ll find a two story outdoor patio with sand volleyball and other outdoor games sitting amongst more than 6 acres of space. I think destination is the right word to use for a place like this!
Sons of Toil
Out in Mt. Orab, this brewery is still in the construction phase. Regardless of where you draw your lines for a “Cincy” Brewery, I consider this just inside the lines for what our community contains. As the weather warms up in 2017, you’ll see a lot more progress happening with this project, and of course you’ll read about it here.
In planning for a while in Fairfield, Ohio, they’ve really started making some good headway in 2016 and 2017. This is another one that you should be keeping your eye on for sure – they’ve got equipment, they’ve got space (a TON of it) and should do really great things for their area when they finally get those doors open.
Tap and Screw
I hate putting them back on this list, but Tap and Screw hasn’t been operating a taproom or brewery in Cincinnati since they announced that they’d be closing what was their current location in preparation for the opening of their two new locations in the city. They hope to have their doors open again this year, and as soon as an announcement is made, I’ll be sure to let you know!
West Side Brewing
Billing itself an approachable place for beer drinkers of all kinds, this brewery is looking to open their doors in 2017. The west side of this city is a beer desert, and desperate for a brewery to save them from the lack of good beer, and I can see this being a wonderfully successful project if it all comes together well. They are just wrapping up a successful kickstarter campaign, and I anticipate that with that, you’ll see progress kicking into high gear in their taproom and brewery on Harrison Ave.