On an unseasonably warm winter’s evening I decided it was time to check out one of the newer breweries around Cincinnati. This one took me down by the river and I mean right to the river to Dead Low Brewing.
Dead Low is located at 5959 Kellogg Ave. Cincinnati, Ohio 45230. Like most of my first trips to breweries I wasn’t sure what to expect when trying out Dead Low for the first time. When I pulled up to the place I could tell right away that this wasn’t some small pub. This place could crank out the beer. I found a parking spot in the lot easy enough and walked up to the side door.
The taproom is pretty big. A host/hostess will greet you upon your arrival. In this regard the taproom gives off more of a restaurant vibe than a taproom. That’s because you should come hungry to this place. They have an extensive food menu from wings to fried green tomatoes to baby back ribs. It’s not your typical bar food. I wasn’t aware of this for my first visit so I didn’t sample an of the offerings but everyone else around was ordering food and it looked and smelled delicious.
It was warm enough people were out on the patio this particular night. Beyond the patio you can see the brewhouse where the magic happens in pretty much an attached but completely separate building.
What’s up with the name Dead Low? In a nutshell…
“Dead Low” is the minimum depth a river is navigable. Navigating Dead Low is a story of life. It’s the story of charting uncertain and often challenging waters in service of your crew and the communities you meet along the way.
I pulled up a stool at the bar for the more intimate experience. The bartenders were extremely friendly and more than willing to explain how things worked and what beer was the latest and greatest one to be tapped. There are TVs everywhere and from time to time they’re known to throw on hard to find Bearcats games, which you know I’m all about.
As you can see from the picture above, Dead Low has plenty of taps available, 30 total. They had something for any palate and beer drinker on their menu during my visit. Ambers, browns, IPAs, Porters, Saison, almost anything.
Dead Low didn’t offer a traditional flight board. You could order as many flight glasses at a time as you wished. A unique concept to keep your samples cold. I sampled eight different beers on my visit. Here were the three that stood out the most.
3. Saugeye Smash Ale – This beer is 5% and 30 IBUs, nothing crazy just an easy drinking beer. It’s a light and refreshing traditional ale. Very crushable on any occasion. 3.75/5.
2. Gunnel Imperial Honey Lager – This beer is a bit bigger. It checks in at 8.1% and 21 IBUs. As soon as I saw Imperial and Lager in the name I knew I had to try it. It was smooth, sweet, and on the heavier side. Honey can bring a certain texture to the beer on your palate, I would definitely say this beer had it, add in that it’s a lager and you have a pretty unique beer. 3.75/5.
1.Outrigger Coconut Porter – Porters aren’t usually one of my favorite styles of beer. I used to think I liked porters more than stouts but I was a rookie way back then. This beer is 7.1% ABV and 32 IBUs. There was plenty of coconut on the nose and at first sip. With each additional sip this beer got better and better. 4/5.
Overall Dead Low is a nice spot to grab a bite to eat and drink a new brew. They have plenty of options of either food or beer and offer a nice setting for you to catch a game or just chill out in their taproom/restaurant. The staff is friendly and if you can’t find the style of beer that you like at Dead Low it might not exist.
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