It was St. Patrick’s Day and I was feeling froggy, the Bearcats didn’t play till 3:15 and I had some time to spare. I had previously hit 2 of the 3 breweries in Mason, I was super impressed with one of them, the other, not so much. That left The Common Beer Company, a relatively new brewery to the Cincinnati area. They opened in October of 2018. I knew little about them other than some beer friends telling me they enjoyed their experience. I had to find out for myself.
You can find the Common Beer Co at 126 E Main St. Mason, OH 45040. It’s easy enough to find being a tall brick building. Your best bet is to go for hr public parking behind the brewery. From there you’ll find a sidewalk leading you directly to the back patio. The large patio area is big enough for a fire pit, picnic tables, cornhole, and green space to spare. It was just warm enough to sit by the fire and chat with some new friends about beer.
Directly inside from the patio is where the magic happens, the brew house. It’s a smaller set up but it gets the job done for what they aim to do. I didn’t ask want they had in those barrels, sometimes it’s more fun to guess.
Down the hall you’ll find the taproom.
The taproom was a friendly environment and that’s an understatement. I got the feeling that it wasn’t just because it was St. Patrick’s Day. People sitting next to me quickly struck up a conversation as others dressed in varying holiday attire trickled in two or three at a time. One of the guys working that day was making his way around the taproom talking to guests and taking orders as needed. Not a table server, just a guy who wanted to meet everyone in the room. It was pretty cool.
The taproom itself has roll up windows for warm spring days and plenty of seating either at the bar or at individual tables. Two TVs are on the walls for your viewing pleasure as well as a giant Connect 4 board to keep you entertained.
They don’t have a kitchen but do schedule food trucks.
The Common Beer Co offered 12 beers on tap this day. Which was impressive on its own. They offer flights so of course that’s what I ordered. I love checking out all the different offerings. You can order either four or six per flight. I got the six. Of course they offer pints and growlers as well as spirits and mixed drinks. From my flight here’s the top 3 that stood out:
3. The Lortz Prayer, their flagship IPA. It’s an approachable 5.5% ABV that’s hop forward with an earthy finish. This one is easy drinking and an IPA you can drink multiple of in one sitting.
2. Effin’ and Blindin’, an Irish red ale. Had I mentioned it was St. Patrick’s Day? They also offered a dry Irish stout, but to be honest, I’m not a big fan of the style, anywhere. I went for the red and it didn’t disappoint. It’s 6% ABV and not your average Irish red. It’s rich and kind of hoppy.
1.The Habit Former, a common ale, checking in at a crisp 5.6% ABV. This one was herbal, smooth, and had a malty backbone. I’d definitely call this one crushable by the growler. I make it a point to try the common style whenever I see it. This one was pretty damn good.
As I was finishing my flight I looked over at the bar and saw a previous acquaintance. A guy my friend Kat introduced to my at Fibonacci, Justin. It turns out he’s now head brewer at The Common Beer Co. So of course I sat down with him on the patio and picked his brain a little bit about the business and how things were going. Justin is a super nice guy and was more than willing to talk beer with me.
He told me the brewery’s story and how the owners, started out throwing block parties and wanted to take that idea of a neighborhood coming together and hanging out and thought that a brewery was a good transition into that. They call it the Common Beer Co not because they’re basic, but because they aim to be the go to place for those in the neighborhood. A common place where you go to hang out.
I took this opportunity to ask him how he comes up with what to brew next, a question I’ll seek to ask any brewer I meet in the future. He said he likes to pick out some random beer styles at Jungle Jim’s to see what’s out there to help inspire him. Beyond that it’s on the fly. The brewers and “intern” will brainstorm and sort of do it live and see what happens.
To me this means you have to come back to see what they’ve come up with next.
The Common Beer Co. is a place you want to be. The people are chill and super friendly. The taproom is is cozy and the patio is made for relaxing and entertaining. For being open for a short amount of time they look to be on the right path. I look for big things to come out of this place in Mason. Don’t just take my word for it, venture out and try it out yourself.
Like I mentioned above they don’t have a kitchen but do schedule food trucks. Historic BBQ was delicious. More about them here.
The brewery is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays and hours vary the other days of the week. Connect and find out more about The Common Beer Co. below
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