Exploration Brewery: Narrow Path

Narrow Path Brewing Co


I recently visited Narrow Path Brewing in Loveland for the first time this past week. The are located at 106 Karl Brown Way, Loveland, OH 45140. If you’ve been to Cappy’s or know where it is then you’ve seen this place and never noticed. It’s almost directly across the street. 

The Place

Narrow Path features a 5 bbl brewhouse, a cozy taproom, and a large outdoor patio backing up right beside the bike trail that goes through downtown Loveland. There is on and off street parking available. They do not have a kitchen at this time but there’s plenty of food options just around the corner. The taproom seemed to be family friendly with board games stacked along the wall and the patio dog friendly with water bowls put out for your pooch.  Downtown Loveland has been a pretty cool for sometime now. The addition of this brewery just solidifies Loveland as a great hangout spot. The brewhouse is right in the middle of the taproom so you know exactly what’s happening with the beer. When I was there they had all 12 taps going plus a couple of set up outside on the patio. The staff was personable and more than willing to tell you about the beers on tap and their role within the brewery. Overall, it was an A+ atmosphere.

The Beer

When I was there they had all 12 taps filled and ready to go. The styles ranged from cream ale to a coconut porter. I tried 9 different beers on my visit, 2 flights plus 1, all of which exceed my expectations completely. They only had their beer on tap, no guest taps. I’m not sure if that is the norm or not but I liked it. It’s always a good sign when the brewery has the taps filled with their own beer. I would normally pick one beer to highlight here and tell you about it but there were several that I couldn’t decide on so I’ll tell you about each of them.

First, the Coconut Porter, ABV 6.2%, the beertender said this is the beer they are known for and I can see why. It hits you with chocolate, coconut, and a smooth milky finish. People would compare it to an Almonds bar, but its better.

Second, the Tire Patch IPA, ABV 6.5%, now I’m a big IPA guy, hop head to the fullest and I really liked this one. It’s not a trendy NEIPA. A style I’m not too fond of, which could be a blog post itself. It’s a tropical, hoppy, crushable IPA. It was like 100 degrees the day I was there so the heat made it that much better. It features mosaic and simcoe hops and I highly recommend it.

Finally, the Blackberry Bourbon Brown, ABV 6.25%. It’s lighter than you would expect but I don’t think it was aged in a bourbon barrel. I picked up some hints of vanilla but nothing from the barrel if it was aged in one. The blackberry really comes through on this one and its on the sweeter side.

Narrow Path has something for anyone, light pale ales to dark stouts and everything in between. Most of the beers have a low to mid ABV percentage so the alcohol content of any one beer won’t knock your socks off. They go for bigger flavor as opposed to higher ABV.

Overall

The atmosphere, amazing staff, and list of impressive beers will have me coming back again soon. I’m in Loveland a lot and with the discovery of this brewery plus Cappy’s across the street I’ll be there more now. That also gives you 2 awesome reasons to venture out there this weekend! You’ll be glad you did.

They are opened daily (except Monday) and you can find out more about Narrow Path Brewing Company on their website and their social media accounts.

www.narrowpathbrewing.com 

Twitter: @narrowpathbeer

FB: Narrow Path Brewing

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