On an absolute scorcher of a day in the Queen City I had to find relief from the heat. Looking to set out to a new place I put on a Hawaiian shirt and set sail for Paradise. The closest paradise I could find was on the east side of Cincinnati, Paradise Brewing Supplies and Taproom. It turns out Paradise was just what I was looking for that day.
What makes this place unique is that it doubles as a home brewing supply store. It’s actually how the business started out, the taproom is the newest part.
Paradise Brewing Supplies and Taproom is located at 7788 Beechmont Ave. Cincinnati, OH 45255. The place was easy enough to find and has off street parking. In the front of the space you’ll find the home brewing supply store. This part of the business has been open for more than 12 years. A walk to the back of the space is where you’ll find the taproom. It also has a rear entrance if you’re just looking for the taproom. This part of the business, the brewery part, has been open just over 5 years.
If Paradise is anything it’s a family affair. For 40 years the Graff family operated an electronics store in the space and 2 generations later it now features Paradise along with some other shops and a karate dojo upstairs, which I thought was kind of cool.
The taproom itself is small but clean and intimate. It’s decorated with Bengals and other Cincinnati flair. You’ll find about 15 seats at the bar and another 20 at tables around the room. There’s also a patio outback but it was too hot for that on this day.
Paradise brews on a 5bbl system and features 13 taps of their own beer. Paradise has taken the “expand with organic growth” approach. The first two years of the taproom they only had 5 taps served out of a cooler with party taps. The place is much more complete now.
During my visit they had 12 beers on tap so I got two flights to try as many as possible. The beer list is ever changing but will satisfy any type of beer drinker in that they brew a lot of different styles of beer.
My three favorites from my flights:
3. Blueberry Kolsch, a variant of their Killer Kolsch this beer is fruity, crisp, and perfect for an incredibly hot day. It checks in at smooth 4.5% ABV. If you look closely in picture below you can see that it’s actually served with blueberries in the glass. A nice touch. 3.75/5
2. Night at the Opera, sweet stout, a mild ABV of 6.6% lets you drink a couple of these. It’s brewed with Opera cream beans from Jungle Jims. It has hints of coffee, vanilla, and comes off creamy and sweet. 4/5
1.Gaivs Plinivs Secvdvs, Double IPA, This is a big beer. The 8.7% ABV and 100 IBUs highlight this west coast DIPA. It has everything I love in an IPA, big hop aroma, piney, bitter, and just a hint of boozy. No hazy here. 4.25/5
Paradise brewing is an easy place to become a regular because everyone is treated like family. It only makes sense for a place that’s been a family business for so long.
They’re currently doing a little renovating to improve the customer experience and has some new brews on the way shortly. Look out for the timely Area 51 Pale Ale brewed with galaxy hops, a new BA Barely wine, and an Oktoerfest right around the corner.
The taproom at Paradise is opened Wednesday through Saturday from Noon to 10pm.
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