I’ve heard a lot of good things about Grainworks Brewing but had never been to or tried any of their beers before. Last week I decided to change that fact and go visit the taproom. I wasn’t sure what to expect in terms of beer or the brewery. Any doubt that I might have had was instantly washed away upon arrival.
Grainworks is located at 7790 Service Center Dr. West Chester Township, OH 45069. The brewery seemed to be tucked away in a sea of warehouses. In actuality it is in a prime location in the midst of all types of different businesses in the area. When you pull up to the brewery though you’ll know you’re in the right place right away. The banners and patio are a dead giveaway. There’s plenty of parking too.
Grainworks has one of the best patios I’ve seen for a brewery. It looks like something you’d see downtown along the river. First, the patio is huge and features plush red cushioned seats for relaxing or high tops and again, plenty of space. You could easily spend a sunny afternoon or cool evening on the patio drinking the latest offerings. The patio is dog friendly too so your best friend can join you.
Walking into the taproom you’ll notice that it’s pretty big as well. Plenty of seats at community tables as well as seats at the bar. Of course you’ll find the token roll up doors that are opened on nice days too. I would describe the vibe or theme of the taproom as “rustic farmhouse.” The secondary logo, the owl, is featured on one wall, shown above, and the bar area is decked out to look like a farmhouse as well. The distressed wood back splash behind the barn and mini red silo is a nice touch. On top of that they serve their pints out of mason jars.
They currently don’t have a kitchen but have food trucks are regularly scheduled. Beer is their main priority so you won’t find ciders or hard seltzers there (yet).
To the left of the taproom you’ll find the brewhouse. A couple rows of fermenters and in all likelihood the head brewer Brian working hard to bring you what’s in your glass.
Grainworks has about 24 taps. They offer a wide variety of beer styles from Belgian blondes to NE IPAs to scotch ales. I was hoping to try their famous Bagpipes of Bardstown, a barrel aged scottish ale but wasn’t that lucky. I’ll get eventually.
In addition to flights and pints, Grainworks offers Owlers and Growlers to go. During my first visit I had a flight plus a pint. Here are the three that stood out.
3. Aurora Coriolis v2 – is a solid NE IPA in their revolving series of New Englands. It’s a smooth 6/5% abv. It’s citrusy from nose to finish. 3.75/5
2. Mo Pils Mo Problems – this one is an IPL (India Pale Lager) a style you don’t see very often but is fantastic. Grainworks’ take on the style is no exception. Hoppy, crisp, and a clean lager finish with great balance. 4.25/5.
1. Overfruited PLS – Grainworks does a “one off Wednesday’s” beer each week. When I went they had modified one of their beers, Pink Lemonade Stand, a berliner weisse. This version was wayyyy overfruited with cherry and pineapple and it was delicious. 4.25/5
Grainworks has been open since September of 2017 and are now well established in the Cincinnati beer community. They offer a great place for anyone to the north of Cincinnati to get a solid beer, in almost any style you may prefer. For anyone else, in either direction, they are worth the trip to experience the taproom, AMAZING customer service, and of course beer. The taproom experience here is worth the visit although their beer will soon be more readily available to all us of. They are now canning their beer, so be on the look out!
Grainworks is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays. Hours vary for the other days of the week.
Before you go check them out online