A long time ago a band of giants roamed the hills of Cincinnati. Today a small one has set up shop in Pleasant Ridge. It’s known as Nine Giant, and its dealing out delicious craft beer and top notch food out of its kitchen.
I’ve been to Nine Giant before but not since I started this blog so I thought it was high time to go back and see their latest offerings. Yet again, it didn’t disappoint. Giants might be mythical creatures but this brewery is for real.
To start things off, I’m a huge fan of this brewery’s branding/marketing. The legend of the mythical creatures that roamed the hills of Cincinnati looking for great beer is very unique and fun to imagine. Their giant is named Nine, hence the name and the logo.
Nine Giant is located at 6095 Montgomery Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45213 in Pleasant Ridge of Cincinnati. On street parking is available but it comes at a premium, around the corner you can find public parking, I recommend it. The taproom is clean, colorful, and a very lively place. I was there on a Friday afternoon and the guests we’re already starting to fill in the taproom that I would guess holds about 80. Behind the bar through a the windows you can see the brewhouse, which is where the magic happens.
The teal backsplash behind the bar highlights the entire taproom.
Nine Giant has the beer and not just any beer. It’s the kind of beer that would stand out in any lineup. It would be hard to do that though since they don’t distribute, can, or even release specialty bottles. You have to come to the brewery to get this beer, which is part of its mystic.
They don’t offer flights but they do offer 1/2 pours of any of their beers at a very reasonable price. Depending on the beer as little as $3.
3. Pass the Mic: Spruce tips & Pomelo – Every Thursday they tap something from their beer sorcery line. Which is basically brewer’s choice beer that they brew in very small batches. This one was from the day before. You missed out on this one. If an IPA has spruce tips then I’m drinking it no questions asked, I’ve yet to have a bad one. The streak continues with this one. 3.75/5
2. Doppelganger – a farmhouse/saison checking in at 6.8% ABV and 7 IBUs. This one is great for spring and a beer I’d describe as pretty true to style. 4/5.
1.Breezeblocks – a Grisette style. It checks in at 5.1 ABV and 25 IBUs. Its not a style of beer I see around a lot so I had to make sure I tried Nine Giant’s take on it. It didn’t disappoint. If you don’t know its a Belgian beer and holds similar characteristics to a saison. Prefect for spring and sunshine. 4.25/5.
Nine Giant is a smaller brewery making a big impact. Don’t expect American bar fare when you check out their food menu. It’s so much more than that and so is the beer.
At the end of this month, May, they usually celebrate their anniversary. In the past they’ve taken 6 days to properly celebrate and it looks like a blast. This year’s event has been pretty tight lipped so far but expect some news soon.
Before you go check them out online…
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