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The Bearcats were traveling to Orlando to try to win their first road game so I thought I should hit the road as well and go check out a new brewery. I figured I could catch the game while drinking some new brews. While braving some severe thunderstorms that hit the tri-state I found myself in a really cool taproom in a building that has a ton of history that the brewery is really proud of. Municipal Brew Works in Hamilton was the perfect spot to watch the game.
Municipal Brew Works is located at 20 High St. Hamilton, OH 45011. The brewery, of course, is housed in the former City of Hamilton municipal building and is right downtown. The place was easy enough find and has on and off street parking.
The tap room holds about 100 people and also features a pretty large patio right out front. The garage doors are the same ones that fire trucks used to respond to calls back in the day. The place is decorated with pictures of the building’s past letting guests know of the history behind the building and Hamilton.
Of course you can see the swag wall too, so you too can be decked out in shirts and hats of your favorite brewery. One thing I haven’t see a lot of places is Pac man. The old school video game was set up in the corner although I didn’t get close enough to see what system it was playing on, still who doesn’t love Pac man.
What I liked about the taproom is that it felt like a taproom. I walked in right as it opened so there wasn’t a ton of people there yet but it was intimate and set up to share conversation with your neighbors at the bar or at one of the tables.
It was very clean and the staff was helpful in picking out beers to try and answering any questions I had about the beers.
From what I could tell Municipal used a 15 Bbl brewhouse and has a collection of 30 bbl fermenters. The brewery has been around since the summer of 2016 and has established itself pretty well in the Cincinnati craft beer community. I’ve seen them on tap around the city at different bars as well as being represented at different beer events at other breweries.
Municipal doesn’t have a kitchen of its own but regularly has food trucks scheduled to be on sight. During my visit they had Sweet and Savory Express out front.
Municipal offers flights, pints, cans, growlers, and if you plan it right specialty bottles. On my visit they had 17 beers on draft. I had two flights while I was there and I was impressed. Here are the three that stood out the most.
3. Recovery Red – An Imperial Red ale. This one is 7.1% and 48 IBUs. It has a solid malt backbone with caramel flavors that comes off a little sweet and with just the slightest pinch of smoke. I’ve had this one multiple times and I’ll drink it again when I see it. 4/5
2. Bourbon Barrel Aged Natasha, an Imperial stout. This one has notes of chocolate, molasses and dark fruit coming through after the initial barrel flavor. It’s 10% and pretty delicious. 4/5.
1.Anniversary Series #3 This one is a Double IPA. I wasn’t paying close attention when I ordered this one but it was a great surprise. If you know me then you know I like my IPAs at 10% and 100 IBUs which is exactly where this beer registers. It’s brewed with locally sourced honey and has 6 different types of hops for a complex and oh so smooth finish. 4/5.
Although it might be a drive for some it’s definitely worth it. There are other beer establishments around to make a day out of a Hamilton visit. If you’re second guessing it know that this brewery is decorated, not just with pictures on the walls but with awards too. The Approachable Blonde won a silver medal at the 2018 Ohio Craft Brewer’s Cup and a bronze medal at the 2019 New York International Beer Competition. The Orange Agave Ale won a gold medal at the New York International Beer Competition and also earned “Ohio Fruit Brewery of the Year” honors.
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