If you’ve drank Ohio craft beer for 30 seconds you’ve heard about Yellow Springs Brewery. You can find their cans spread out all over the place in Ohio, albeit not that many places in Cincinnati. On a long weekend I decided that it was high time to go check out the taproom and see what I was missing out on. Unfortunately for me I missed the year 6 anniversary celebration by one weekend. The party was still going though as the brewery had the beer flowing like the Little Miami Falls just minutes up the road.
YSB is located at 305 N Walnut St. Yellow Springs, OH 45387 just a couple blocks away from downtown Yellow Springs. There is plenty of parking in the front and it leads right up to the taproom.
You’ll see the customary roll up door and entry way but the building isn’t anything to write home about. Once inside it’s much of the same, though colorful there’s definitely a shortage of windows. You can cure that on nice days with the patio outback or at the food trucks outside in the front. There’s seats at the bar, community tables and standing room too. I walked in on a Friday evening, there was no shortage of thirsty people.
The bartenders held their own and didn’t seem to be overwhelmed at all. They were awesome matter of fact, super friendly, and more than willing to answer any questions you could think to ask.
Here the beer is king. I’ve been to other breweries that didn’t feature a stellar taproom because they let the beer do the talking for them. I’d put YSB in that category too. The beer is the show and the reason people all over the state know YSB. I’ve gotten my hands on a couple different six packs over the past couple of years and after trying beers like Boat Show and Captain Stardust I wanted to try more. After checking out their social media pages it looked like they had all kinds of options in the taproom I was missing out on.
On my weekend visit I had a lot of YSB beers. Here are my top 3.
3. Zoetic is a pale ale and a year round canned beer for YSB. I’ve seen it before but passed thinking, well it’s just a pale ale I’m not missing anything so I decided to try it in my flight. I’ve been missing out. It’s light but full of hop flavor. To send it over the top its citrusy with a very clean finish making it an easy drinker especially at 5.2% ABV. 4/5
2. Boat Show in my opinion should be named Boat Show Stopper. It’s their flagship IPA and I’d guess their flagship beer and for good reason. I’ve had this one in cans before but theirs nothing like trying it fresh from the tap right at the source. It’s a solid 7% chuck full of hops and a sweet malty backbone. I went back to the brewery before we left Yellow Springs to buy a 6 pack and no, I’m not sharing. 4.5/5
1. Barrel Aged Maxxdout Stout – Is a big beer and not for the weak. It’s a bully at 11.2% ABV. You can quickly tell that it’s a BA beer because it hits you right on the nose. Once on your palate it’s dark, boozy, and chewy. 4.5/5
Yellow Springs Brewery produces some great beer and the scenic earthworks around the village makes Yellow Springs a very relaxing weekend get away.
Between my Airbnb host leaving me some flight glasses and my haul from the brewery I have plenty of YSB to keep me occupied for a while. I’m looking forward to cracking each of these open very soon.
Luckily for me, my wife loved Yellow Springs so we’ll be back soon to check it out again.
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