Sunday Fundays can’t stop wont stop, and I’m alright with that so this past Sunday I went out seeking a new brewery to check out and I landed at Brink Brewing in College Hill. Brink is a place that has a great reputation around Cincinnati and a developing reputation on a more national level, but more on that later. You can find their beer at a lot of different places around town which is awesome if you can’t always venture over to their taproom. I thought it was high time I gave them a visit so here we go. Spoiler alert, they did not disappoint.
Brink is located in what I’d call downtown College Hill. From the outside it looks like another storefront along the sidewalk. I didn’t see off street parking but most of you probably Uber everywhere so that doesn’t matter too much.
When you walk in you’re immediately in the taproom and the bar is to the right. Seating is available all around and to the left it looks like they have a little barrel project going on. Just past the bar you’ll find the fermenters and brew house. It looks very busy in there, which is a good thing because Brink is putting out some great beers. If you walk straight back past the brewing section you’ll find a patio setup. With the snow coming down I didn’t have an opportunity to check it out. I like having that option, it just wasn’t one that day due to the weather.
In the middle of the taproom they have a long table. Like a long table you’d put out for your family at Thanksgiving, except longer. I think they’re trying to say Brink beer is family, I might be way off on that but that’s the vibe I got. I sat there with some friends to enjoy my flight. They offer board games to play as well as a giant scrabble board on the wall.
Brink had a nice beer lineup on my visit. They had everything from a California Common to an English Mild to a Double IPA. I’m trying to say it was diverse. The beertender was very helpful and they had little beer menus to give you a better description of what each beer is and its description. Like I mentioned before I got flight so I could try a variety of different options that they offer. Brink also offers half pours, full pours, and crowler cans to go. At times they also offer specialty bottles to go, they had two different barrel aged beers during my visit. I took home a Street Corner Karate. It’s a Russian Imperial stout aged in Knob Creek barrels. I’m saving that for later this week. Flights at Brink come with your pick of 5 different beers. My top 3 were as follows:
3. Schmidion Dubbel Down. This one was a Belgian dubbel brewed by a homebrewer and friend of the brewery. I didn’t get the whole story behind the beer from the beertender but she said it’s basically named after the guy who brewed it. I’m guessing his last name is Schmidt or something to the effect. This beer checks in around 8% ABV and is sweet, malty, and definitely has that unique flavor from the belgian yeast.
2. Impact IPA. I’ve had some hazy beers, milkshake beers, and even some DIPA’s from Brink. All of them were top notch and very well done so I had high expectations for the IPA offerings in the taproom. Impact was exactly what I need in an IPA. It had a dank bite at first taste that sets the tone for the rest of the experience. It’s hoppy throughout and at 7% ABV it’s so smooth after that first dank punch. This beer was going to be my #1 of the visit, until I had the next one.
1.Moozie Milk Stout. It’s 5.2% ABV. A lot of the time milk stouts are very generic. Not a lot of separation between one from one brewery to the next. Not this one. This one is different. It’s a little smoky at first taste followed by chocolate and hints of coffee. The coffee doesn’t bully out the other flavors, they all work as a team. The lactose gives you that soft mouthfeel that leaves your palate in a very different place from where you started. Maybe you think I’m full of crap and I don’t know what I’m talking about. Usually you’d be right but Brink has a gold medal for this one so I can’t be that far off.
Brink has a nice taproom with a very chill, all is welcome vibe. It’s certainly a neighborhood brewery but with a growing national reputation. The patio and garage doors in the front of the taproom would easily make this a spot where a lot of people will find themselves come the warmer months. It’s safe to say this is a gem here in the Queen City.
Brink has racked up quite the variety of medals for their beer. Most of them are on display behind the bar, pictured below. As late as September 2018 they won the Gold Medal for Moozie at the Great American Beer Fest, the Super Bowl of beer competitions. Brink is also currently in the running for the USA Today best new brewery award. This competition uses a people’s choice style of voting to determine the winner. As of this post they were in 5th place so go vote for Brink in the USA Today best new Brewery category HERE!!!
Brink Brewing is located in College Hill in Cincinnati, OH. They’re open daily but hours vary. You can find them at 5905 Hamilton Ave. Cincinnati, OH 45224. They’re on twitter, instagram, and facebook @brinkbrewing . Check out more about them on their website here.