On a beautiful Saturday afternoon in January, after an embarrassing Bearcats basketball loss to ECU I decided to get out of the house and take a trip to an new brewery. I sat my sights on 3 Points Urban Brewery in downtown Cincinnati. I had heard good things about this place from friends so I was excited to finally go. Living way out in the suburbs I don’t make it past Clifton that often but trust me this place was worth it. In my attempt to visit each Cincinnati area brewery in due time this taproom might be my favorite so far.
3 Points is located at 331 E 13th St. Cincinnati, OH 45202. It was very easy to find and although in the middle of a very urban setting close enough to the highway it would be had to get lost. There are plenty of options for parking including a lot right next door with varying prices depending on the day. On street parking is an option as well. The building is right on the corner of the street making it even easier to find.
Upon walking into the taproom you get the sense that this place is a little different. The bar is right in front of you as you walk through the door. (picture above) From there you’ll find ample seating available in a very open concept and unique floor plan. With what looked like roll up windows lining the outer walls of the taproom and brick backsplashes demanding your attention the TVs on the wall are an afterthought. Throw in the blueish gold ambiance that the lighting gives off and you find yourself in a very comfortable, approachable setting. Toward the back of the floor you’ll find the brew house. I’m always a fan of breweries putting these within sight of the taproom floor. It makes me feel closer to where the magic happens. The stainless steal, empty kegs, and sacks of malt remind you that a lot of work goes into making the delicious brews in your pint glass.
On top of everything they highlight local artists through their beer. Something I’m a big fan of and something you can look more into here.
3 points is pretty cool in that they don’t limit the number of beers in your flight. They have a flat rate for each 4oz pour, its up to you to pick any and all of them that you want. When I went they had 11 different beers on draft, all their own. I had 6 while I was there, which I think is the correct number because all of the glasses fit perfectly into the rack. The beer was super fresh and not your typical styles, everything seemed to have a twist. Out of the flight I had my three favorite were Thoughts in Morse Code. Magic Wand, and Origami.
Thoughts in Morse Code is a sour ale that 3 Points calls Nu American Gard. It’s sort of a farmhouse and it sort of isn’t. I picked up notes of apple and thought it was just tart enough without being out of control. Very well done and not as traditional as you would think. It checks in at 6 % abv. 3.75/5
Next up is Magic Wand. A beer my wife made sure I ordered in my flight because she liked the name and is into such enchanted things. This one was a kettle sour with light notes of coconut, lime, and pineapple. It was very refreshing and one I’d like to revisit again in the spring. Its a very manageable 4.6%. 3.75/5
Finally, Origami. A very tropical IPA that comes in at 6.5% abv. This IPA is citrusy, fruity, and smooth. It was cold, fresh, and crisp. I couldn’t ask for more. 4/5.
3 Points Urban Brewery has an great location in the city, a very unique and awesome taproom. Follow that up with fresh unique, design first beers and you have yourself a winner of a brewery. If you’re in the ‘burbs its worth the trip to try this place out.
You can find out more information on 3 Points on their website 3pointsbeer.com. Find them on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram @3pointsbeer