I’ve written about Fifty West Brewing Company a lot. The Cincinnati campus is awesome, the annual Fifty West Punch Out which is the greatest beer event in the history of beer events, and in 2019 when they announced plans to expand into my home town of Chillicothe I was beyond excited. Anticipation for the grand opening has been high for quite a while now for everyone involved. Finally, small, soft opening events were posted to Facebook. I knew I had to be one of the firsts in the new taproom.
The soft opening week events are all pretty cool, ranging from beer stein painting with local pottery store Nellie Dog, to Yoga with the local yoga studio, Rainbow Yoga. The Tuesday night event “Beers & Cameras” looked to be the most intriguing for me though. It gave about 40 people the opportunity to bring their camera (or iPhone), look over the new taproom, take some pictures, and of course, have a beer or two. I was quick to RSVP and looked forward to the road trip I’ve made at least 100 times.
Fifty West Brewing – Chillicothe is located at 1 N. Paint St. Chillicothe, OH 45601. You’ll know you’re in the right place when you see the painted mural on the side of the building, the historic Carlisle Building right across Main St., and the court house right across Paint St.
The building the taproom now occupies had previously been a bank and offered some unique touches that make this location one of a kind. For instance, you can use the drive thru to pick up your to-go orders from the burger bar. A nice touch if I do say so myself.
Something I didn’t except to see there was an outdoor area but sure enough they found space for it. A small area on the other side of the drive thru offers a cool hideaway from the downtown streets.
Inside I found a very clean, sleek, and welcoming taproom. On the first floor you have seating areas with picnic tables, the bar, and the brewhouse all in the main area. In the back corner is where you can find the bank vault. With the safety deposit boxes still in the wall the room has been converted to a merch showroom. Apparel, glassware, stickers, and more can be found in the vault. I couldn’t leave without grabbing a new hat.
In the middle of the room is a staircase, at the first landing you’ll find the restrooms. At the very top you’ll find another seating area, a second bar, and a huge window with a great view of the street below. Pictures didn’t do the window and the view justice. Throughout the taproom you’ll find ordering stations where you can order from the burger bar where the hardest thing about it is trying to decide what to order first. (I recommend the Ohio or West Virginia burger)
Flights, pints, crowlers, 6 packs and growlers are all available for you. The main bar has 16 taps filled with core beers and some favorites you can find at the Cincinnati brewery. If you’ve never been to the brewery I’d highly recommend the Punch You in the EyePA, Coffee Please, and Doom Pedal.
The Head Brewer Jenny does have some Chillicothe exclusives already with more coming. I’ve had a lot of Fifty West beers so I was excited to try these exclusives. They had three at the time.
3. Only in Chilli Maple Ale – This ale checks in at 5.5% ABV. It drinks like an amber but is loaded with maple from nose to finish. It’s not heavy at all which is something I’ve come to expect from maple beers. This one was a nice surprise. 3.75/5.
2. Paint Street Posse IPA – This is a beer made in collaboration with Old Capital Brewing, a second brewery coming to the downtown area soon. This west coast IPA is light, hoppy, smooth, and was very fresh. At 6.5% ABV and 30 IBUs its very approachable. 4/5.
1. 1st & 3rd Hazy IPA – This beer gets its name from Chillicothe being Ohio’s first and third capital (It hasn’t always been Columbus). This New England IPA comes in at 7% ABV and is sneaky good. It was the first beer I had and before I knew it, it was gone. That’s a sign of a good beer. It’s citrusy and hoppy with a nice mouthfeel. 4/5.
Whether your a Cincy native looking for a road trip, a Chillicothe local, or someone randomly passing through, Fifty West – Chillicothe is now the spot in town. A multi-level taproom, picnic area, and great beers all highlight this new spot that was well worth the wait.
The soft opening continues all week with the events posted on the Facebook page, which is a different page from the main campus. Everything goes live 1/2/21.
What better way to celebrate the end of 2020 than with a new beer in a brand new taproom?
Before you go check them out online