This past Monday I was able to venture out of suburbia and down around where the hipsters roam. At least that’s what I assumed but I’m usually wrong, just ask my wife. I was on my own for the evening so I thought I might as well check out a place I’ve never been. Woodburn popped up as the closest place so I headed for East Walnut Hills. I found myself in an area of town I’d never been before, even though it’s very close to Clifton.
Regardless, I’ve been anxious to check out Woodburn. For reasons that aren’t completely clear to me, some in the Cincinnati craft beer community have issues with this place. I can’t speak to that but I know some people are stuck in the mud over it. I find it best to explore a place for yourself and form your own opinion. (Hopefully this blog makes you want to get out and do just that.) Either way, it made me curious enough to want to go check them out. I have to say, I’ll definitely be back soon.
Like I mentioned above The Woodburn Brewery in located in the East Walnut Hills neighborhood of Cincinnati. It’s tucked in nicely right off of Madison Rd right before it turns into MLK Jr Dr. The neighborhood looked very nice and the brewery is easy to spot with on street parking and metered off street parking available.
The first thing I took notice of was the huge see through door with the Woodburn logo on it. Behind it laid where the magic happens, the brewhouse and tanks for fermentation. The unique shape of the taproom and bar was what I took in next. The taproom and bar is in the shape of an “L”. The taproom also has skylights, which I almost missed but noticed on my way out. It was still pretty chili outside at this point but I saw a patio through the back of the taproom as well. I missed the nice weather by one day or I would have been checking out the outside drinking option as well.
Somehow I managed to never have had any beers from Woodburn before this taproom visit. It’s kind of impressive if you think about it. My good friend Pat has been a big fan of their beers for a while now and I trust his beer takes. You can actually watch his beer reviews on his new youtube channel linked here, The Average Joe Beer Connoisseur. (more coming in collaboration with him at a later date) You should go check him out. Anyway, I didn’t know what I was missing out on because the three beers that I had there were marvelous.
Really my only knock against the whole place is their flights. I’m all about the flights and tasting every beer a brewery has to offer. Woodburn kind of limits your ability to do that because their flights are only 3 beers. You get 7oz. which is more than your average flight, but I’m all about diversity. The presentation though is topnotch because the beers come in a flight tree which is very unique and shown below.
I’ll put these beers in order of how much I liked them from 3 to 1.
3. First up the Oak Aged Double IPA. It checks in at 9.3% ABV and 135 IBUs. Woah Buddy. It’s a big beer and very unique. I haven’t seen a lot of BA IPAs, let alone BA DIPAs. The time it spent in the oak barrels gave it a vanilla characteristic which was subtle but stood out at the same time. It was complex and because of that I loved it.
2. Next up the Double IPA that checked in at 8.2% and 45 IBUs. It’s everything you need in a double IPA. It’s smooth and dangerously crushable at over 8%. I’d keep a 6 pack of this in my beer fridge. Doubles are my go to because I’m a hop head so when a brewery has two variants of DIPA on tap and neither made the top of my list you know whatever beer did must be serious.
1.Finally, my favorite beer of the evening was their Chocolate Cherry Stout. They knocked it out of the park. At 9% you have to pace yourself. It’s creamy, with a solid cherry presence and the slightest hint of coffee. Its a dessert beer that you can enjoy anytime you want because it’s not too heavy and leaves you wanting more.
The beer far exceeded expectations. I have to go back to see if all of their other beers are as good as the three I had that night. (spoiler alert – they are, I’ve since tried their Han Solo, a coffee blonde ale, it was spot on too) You will catch me here often after UC football games this fall now that I know where it is and can easily navigate there post sporting events.
The Woodburn Brewery is located at 2800 Woodburn Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45206. They are open daily but hours do vary. You can find them online at woodburnbrewery.com.
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