On a nice Friday in January I decided to head out to a brewery I hadn’t been to yet. My wife wanted to stop in to a shop in Milford and from there we set our sights on Mr. Carmel Brewing Co. MCBC is located at 4362 Mt. Carmel-Tobasco Rd. Cincinnati, Ohio 45244. It was easy enough to find even at night and in a steady rain. Look for the small water tower with their logo on it out front.
Like I said we went on a Friday evening, about 6pm. They have a lot of parking space available but even then the lot was getting full. We found one with relative ease though and headed inside. We walked straight into the downstairs taproom and they were busy. Having never been there before I felt a little bit like a deer in headlights as I stood there looking and trying to decided which direction to turn. Luckily a nice staffer guided us to the stairway that led upstairs to a second taproom equipped with a full bar.
Mt. Carmel is unique in that the building itself looks much like a regular old turn of the century farm house. Inside, you quickly notice that there’s much more to it than that. They have a nice patio, that we didn’t get to explore because of the heavy rain and cold temperatures and what looked like several different buildings on the property. It’s not your typical brewery. How could it be though, its the OG of craft breweries in Cincinnati. The taproom was warm and cozy, not like some of the warehouse feelings you get at production facilities. Not that there’s anything wrong with those places, Mt. Carmel just has a warmer feel to it.
Mt. Carmel does offer a variety of food from their kitchen. A full menu can be found here. That night we decided on the truffle fries and they were amazing and I’d definitely order them again.
I look forward to going back, bringing my dog, and sitting out back on the patio in the spring/summer.
At the upstairs bar I found 2 bartenders who where more than helpful answering any questions I had about the beer and the food. As you can see from the first picture I ordered a flight for my first visit. I liked that they offer 5 beers in a flight as compared to the conventional 4. My top 3 for the visit was the Mango IPA, PB & Jam, and Chocolate Strawberry.
The Mango IPA checks in at 5.3% ABV and 55 IBUs. It’s packed with mango flavor and a dry finish. I can see this beer being popular in the spring time or during warmer weather. I’m a hophead and had to try at least one IPA during my visit. This one didn’t disappoint.
Next up, the Peanut Butter & Jam brown ale. It checks in at 6% ABV. IBUs were not available. I’ve had a PB&J beer or two before but hadn’t had one done as well as this one. You get a subtle hint of peanut butter at first sip but from there it finishes with a sweet jam flavor. Very well done and a perfect beer or a dark rainy evening.
Finally, the Chocolate strawberry. This is one I had to ask the bartender about before I ordered it in my flight. If you’re like me you might see the name and think stout or dark heavy beer. Not this one. It’s a lager. More specifically a variant of a strawberry lager they had on tap as well. Again, the chocolate was very subtle and faint just at first sip and from there the strawberry really popped. I had not had a beer like this one before. It was my highest rated beer of the evening on untappd.
Mt. Carmel Brewing Co has a very nice atmosphere that offers a much needed change of pace from the standard bar or brewery feel. The bartenders, at least the ones upstairs were super helpful and knowledgeable of the products they offered. The beer was cold, fresh, new, and of course delicious. Don’t take my word for it though go check them out for yourself.
Mt. Carmel is open Tuesday – Saturday starting at 4pm with kitchen hours varying. You can find them online here.
They are also on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram with the handle @mtcarmelbrewing