Exploration Brewery: March First

March First Brewing


I recently visited March First Brewing for the first time and the experience did not disapoint. Since I had not been to the taproom yet but was cheering them on in the Fifty West Punch Out this year, something you can read more on here, I thought I better stop by before the event. Their address is 7885 E Kemper Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45249 – look for the red “M” flags out front.

The Place

To start off March First has plenty of parking. I went on a Saturday afternoon on a beautiful day and I didn’t have any trouble finding a spot. I know that’s important to some of you. The building is a little hard to spot but they have several promotional vehichles parked out front to go along the line of little red flags waiving you to the parking lot. The building kind of looks like an old set of offices. The parking lot is off to the side of the building and once you get out the taproom is around the back of the building. They have arrows and signs pointing you in the right direction. There are two huge roll up garage doors that let you know you’re in the right place. Outside they have tables and a patio area set up. Inside the bar is right there when you walk in. They have tv’s to behind the bar. When I was there the World Cup and the Reds were on.

March First is no one trick pony. They have a kitchen with a variety of pizzas and other food options. They also have more than beer. They also do ciders and spirits. I’m talking spirits they distill themselves! Basically, they have something for everyone.

The Beer

March First has a lot going on in terms of what’s avabliable to drink in their taproom. Like I said earlier, they’re a triple threat with the beer, cider, and spirits. While I was there I had a flight plus a pint so I tried five beers in all. This was my first stop of the day so I stuck to the lighter side of things so I could keep going. I had the session IPA, Ohio pilsner, Denali IPA, the Irish Red, and their newly released Tropical Blonde.

They have plenty of swag avaliable, growlers, and bottles to go too.

It was the Tropical Blonde that I really enjoyed. At 5% ABV and 15 IBUs this one is a drinker. I picked up a lot of mango at first taste and pineapples notes on the backend.  It’s light, refreshing, and delicious.

Overall

March First is about to embark on an agressive expansion soon so you’ll probably see more of them around town. Until then, go check them out in Blue Ash. They have a cool taproom with plenty of options for you no matter what kind of drinker you are. I’ll be back to try the darker/heavier side of their beers soon and some ciders soon.

They are open daily, check out their website for the hours. They also have a large event space to rent out.

marchfirstbrewing.comTwitter: @Marchfirstbrew

Exploration Brewery: Narrow Path

Narrow Path Brewing Co


I recently visited Narrow Path Brewing in Loveland for the first time this past week. The are located at 106 Karl Brown Way, Loveland, OH 45140. If you’ve been to Cappy’s or know where it is then you’ve seen this place and never noticed. It’s almost directly across the street. 

The Place

Narrow Path features a 5 bbl brewhouse, a cozy taproom, and a large outdoor patio backing up right beside the bike trail that goes through downtown Loveland. There is on and off street parking available. They do not have a kitchen at this time but there’s plenty of food options just around the corner. The taproom seemed to be family friendly with board games stacked along the wall and the patio dog friendly with water bowls put out for your pooch.  Downtown Loveland has been a pretty cool for sometime now. The addition of this brewery just solidifies Loveland as a great hangout spot. The brewhouse is right in the middle of the taproom so you know exactly what’s happening with the beer. When I was there they had all 12 taps going plus a couple of set up outside on the patio. The staff was personable and more than willing to tell you about the beers on tap and their role within the brewery. Overall, it was an A+ atmosphere.

The Beer

When I was there they had all 12 taps filled and ready to go. The styles ranged from cream ale to a coconut porter. I tried 9 different beers on my visit, 2 flights plus 1, all of which exceed my expectations completely. They only had their beer on tap, no guest taps. I’m not sure if that is the norm or not but I liked it. It’s always a good sign when the brewery has the taps filled with their own beer. I would normally pick one beer to highlight here and tell you about it but there were several that I couldn’t decide on so I’ll tell you about each of them.

First, the Coconut Porter, ABV 6.2%, the beertender said this is the beer they are known for and I can see why. It hits you with chocolate, coconut, and a smooth milky finish. People would compare it to an Almonds bar, but its better.

Second, the Tire Patch IPA, ABV 6.5%, now I’m a big IPA guy, hop head to the fullest and I really liked this one. It’s not a trendy NEIPA. A style I’m not too fond of, which could be a blog post itself. It’s a tropical, hoppy, crushable IPA. It was like 100 degrees the day I was there so the heat made it that much better. It features mosaic and simcoe hops and I highly recommend it.

Finally, the Blackberry Bourbon Brown, ABV 6.25%. It’s lighter than you would expect but I don’t think it was aged in a bourbon barrel. I picked up some hints of vanilla but nothing from the barrel if it was aged in one. The blackberry really comes through on this one and its on the sweeter side.

Narrow Path has something for anyone, light pale ales to dark stouts and everything in between. Most of the beers have a low to mid ABV percentage so the alcohol content of any one beer won’t knock your socks off. They go for bigger flavor as opposed to higher ABV.

Overall

The atmosphere, amazing staff, and list of impressive beers will have me coming back again soon. I’m in Loveland a lot and with the discovery of this brewery plus Cappy’s across the street I’ll be there more now. That also gives you 2 awesome reasons to venture out there this weekend! You’ll be glad you did.

They are opened daily (except Monday) and you can find out more about Narrow Path Brewing Company on their website and their social media accounts.

www.narrowpathbrewing.com 

Twitter: @narrowpathbeer

FB: Narrow Path Brewing

Beers Across America pt 2

Beers Across America pt 2


Here is the next installment of the 10 beers that made it onto my US beer cap map! I have to say there was some extra special beers in this edition.

Beer 11 of 177.

New Holland Brewery did an excellent job making the cherry flavor stand out from the Dragon’s Mild Reserve. Bourbon barrel beers are my favorite and I give it 4.75 out of 5. Purchased at Jungle Jim’s in East Gate. Thanks to my brother for asking for it from the back.

 

Beer 12 of 177.

Purchased at Old Canal Smoke House.   After a long day of work stopped by for something to take home this was a nice end to my day and the heat from the pepper made it even better. Ryan comes through with another good beer.

Beer 13 of 177.

Shared and enjoyed with Erick a good friend from work. This beer came all the way from a Wisconsin brewery called New Glarus Brewing Company. Spotted Cow saison/farm house ale was light and fruity that got me geared up for vacation. Thanks Erik and thank you to New Glarus.

Beer 14 of 177.

Brought to you all the way from Tampa Florida’s own Copper Tail Brewery. This was a great porter that brought back the memory of actually being at the brewery in March and look forward to going back again someday. The other remarkable thing is the art work the brewery does on their labels and their brewery.

Beer 15 of 177.

Sierra Nevada’s 2018 Edition of Hoptimum triple IPA and boy is it hoppy. I enjoyed this one on my back deck after long day at work, mowing the yard, and 6 mile bike ride. Well deserved after today if I do say so myself. Brandon thanks again for beer. Cheers!

Beer 16 of 177.

From all the way Nantucket, MA from the wife’s trip to Salem, MA. Grey lady was a nice fruity, hoppy beer. 3.75 out of 5. Enjoyable and worthy of the beer cap map.

Beer 17 of 177.

Another beer wife purchased on a tour of Salem, Ma. Monks’ Reserve Ale is a 10.2% abv that comes Spencer’s Brewery the Belgian Quad packs a punch and is fitting for the last beer of the evening.

Beer 18 of 177.

Enjoyed on front porch of buddy’s house after work. 2XLP from Warpedwing brewery in Dayton, Ohio was a double IPA that hit the spot but the companionship of couple friends was even better than the 10.5 abv. Cheers Brandon and Erik.

Beer 19 of 177

Vanilla Oak Aged Yeti from Great Divide Brewing Company. This imperial stout was packed full of coffee and full of good 9.5% abv.  Was enjoyed with few buddies Nate and Hanas while playing pool on a Friday evening.

Beer 20 of 177

Jackieo’s Bourbon Barrel Oil of Aphrodite a stout that packed a 12.1% abv was the final beer that I enjoyed from Ryan at Old Canal.  He had made the place a home away from home.  Cheers to Jackieo’s and cheers to Ryan.

Cincinnati Gets Untappd


If you’re a craft beer drinker odds are you’ve at least heard of Untappd. It’s an app for your mobile device that lets you keep tract of, rate, and share the beer you’re drinking as well as the place you’re drinking it. It’s great for beer drinkers everywhere. I’ve had it since 2014 you can find me there under @TheBeercat1 and I love it. For me it’s the best way to keep tract of the beer I’ve and and the beer I liked and the beer I wan to try. I mean what did we do before this, keep a spreadsheet? No thanks.

Recently Untappd decided to throw a party in 7 different cities that had the most check ins at an Untappd verified venue.

You would guess that cities like New York, LA, or Denver would dominate this type of contest and you’d be pretty pleasantly surprised by the Top 7 cities that won.

1. New York, NY

2. Chicago, IL

3. Tampa, FL

4. Anaheim, CA

5. Charlotte, NC

6. Cincinnati, OH

7. Portland, OR

You read that right. Cincinnati, the Queen City herself, made the cut with over 14,000 check ins. That’s pretty awesome when you think about how much the beer culture has grown around Cincinnati.

Some other cities that jumped out to me were Tampa coming in at #3 and Charlotte and #5. I’ve heard good things about the breweries in Tampa, and will get a better look at some up close later in April at a Bottle Share that I’m attending, and will be writing about later as well. So now I’m even more excited to check those out.

It’s been a little while since I’ve been to Charlotte but I might have to check it out soon.

The details for the Untappd event coming to Cincinnati has not been released yet, they just announced the winners today but it looks like Madtree Brewing is one of the most popular check in spots in the city so I’d guess they’re the early favorite. The only other detail that we know for sure right now is that Untappd Co-Founder Greg Avola will be at each event.

In light of recent events I can say Cincinnati doesn’t win a whole lot of things so I’ll take whatever W I can at this point.

Cheers!

Brewery Review: Little Miami Brewing Co.


This past weekend I visited Little Miami Brewing Company for the first time. They are located at 208 Mill St. in Milford, OH. LMBC (I don’t know if they’re using that acronym) has been open for just over one month and is already a very popular spot on the weekends.

The Place

To start they have plenty of parking behind the building, which is a plus considering the crowd you can expect inside the taproom. I was there on a Friday night and the lot was almost full, still there was parking. The building is hard to miss and really sticks out in the part of town locals call “Old Milford.” Just to the left of it is a huge grain silo. You can’t miss it. You walk in and the setting is that of many breweries today. This one separates itself though with it’s extras. Each window in the front is like a mini roll up cargo door which is something I had not seen before. Tanks and fermenters are placed behind a half wall behind the taps and a large patio is on the far side. With it being January they have the patio door open and a large tent covering it for overflow seating. According to their twitter you can reserve this space for private events. They also have a small open kitchen that serves pizza (which I heard was delicious), pretzels, and an assortment of other things. Above the taps behind the bar they have a giant canoe and other decorations. The canoe and wall is littered with arrows, which I thought was a really cool touch.

The Beer

When I visited, LMBC had 8 of their own beers on tap. The styles ranged from a blackberry witbier to a red IPA. The beer was certainly fresh and the service was great. Of the 8 beers they had on tap of their own I had 6. They also had 4 beers on tap from other local breweries. In addition to that they offer, wine, and spirits as well. The highlight of their beer list were Bike Path a pilsner and Ruby in the Dust a red IPA. I was really impressed with Bike Path. I didn’t expect much since it was a pilsner, they’re not my favorite, but this one was very well done. At 4.8 % ABV and 20 IBUs it’s very crushable. A close second for me was the Ruby in the Dust Red IPA. There is some balance with this one with the hops and malts but I picked up a lot more of the malt. At 7.9% ABV and 50 IBUs it’s a solid red IPA. That night the Ruby was popular, the keg was blown pretty early.

The one criticism I have of the beer line up was that the darkest beer they had on tap that night was a brown ale. If you’re a craft beer drinker looking for dark beer you know a brown ale isn’t really what you’re looking for. According to Untappd they do have a porter they call Smoke on the Water, I’m guessing that just wasn’t available that night.

Overall

LMBC has a lot of potential and with the crowd I saw this past Friday night it looks like they’re going to do very well. I really have no reason to visit Old Milford so if bringing new people into the area was one of their goals they’re certainly accomplishing it. I’ll definitely be back soon, I’m anxious to see what other beers they have lined up in the near future.

They are opened daily and you can find out more about Little Miami Brewing Company on their website and their social media accounts. ( www.littlemiamibrewing.com or @littlemiamibrew on twitter )

Naming the Bearcats Beer

Our Top 9 names for the Bearcats beer that May Never Be


The University of Cincinnati needs to partner with a local brewery to put out a Bearcats brew stat. We know the craft beer scene in this city is top notch and there are several breweries in town with the ability to make this happen.  Will the University ever come out of its shell of sobriety and partner with a local craft brewery to give UC it’s own beer? A lot of people think this will never happen but we certainly hope UC comes around. There are already a number of universities leading the way on this. Here’s what I found so far…

*Updated List*

  • LSU – Bayou Bengal Lager brewed by Tin Roof Brewing
  • Tulane – Green Wave Wheat by NOLA brewing
  • U of Louisiana – Lafayette – Ragin’ Cajuns Genuine Louisiana Ale, from Bayou Teche Brewing
  • Colorado State – Old Aggie Lager by New Belgium Brewing
  • New Mexico State – Pistol Pete’s 1888 Ale by Bosque Brewing Co.
  • University of Montana –Griz Montana Lager by Big Sky Brewing
  • Purdue – Boiler Golden-American Golden Ale by People’s Brewing Co.
  • *New* Northern Kentucky University- Norse Pale Ale by Braxton Brewing Co. 

If you want to know more about these beers you can check out the wishlist on our Untappd profile (@GoBeercats) under college beers.

We know that at least one major brewery in town (Madtree) has reached out to UC and was shot down.

That’s really too bad because the possibilities are almost endless and here are some of our ideas here at GoBeercats:

  1. Five More Yards to go then Hop. Breweries love the hop puns. I think this one works well. Make it an IPA around 6% and throw the Jimmy Nippert stiff arm pose on the label.
  2. Mick & Mack Attack. A milk Stout with obvious branding.
  3. Ring of Red. A Red IPA and an honorable brew.
  4. The Grid Gang. We tailgate at the grid, make a beer out of it with the Sigma Sigma landmarks. Make it a session IPA 4.5% sounds about right and lets crush them on game day.
  5. Back-to-Back. A throwback beer of the 2 National Championships. Obviously it would need to be a double IPA because once wasn’t good enough when it came to titles, the same for hops. Somewhere on the can it would need to throw shade at the useless nuts up north. 10% and 100 IBUs.
  6. Down the Drive. *chug* *chug* *chug* UC! A pale ale at 6% with 61 or 62 IBUs
  7. Lets Gose UC! A tart gose beer that starts with Ohh Ohh Ohh!
  8. Bearcat. A bock beer. It would fit in nicely with a certain OTR brewery’s line up of other cat themed beers. (Saber Tooth Tiger, Cougar, Panther, and Puma) Just throw red and black stripes on the can.
  9. Kings of the Queen City. An Imperial porter 12%

Honorable Mention

  • Huggy (Brown) Bear Ale. A brown ale
  • Cronin’s  Crushable Kolsh. A nice starter beer before making your way to the Shoemaker Center.
  • The Fight of Fickell. A Helles Lager  that brings the pain.

Lets get this done UC!

Have a beer name we should add to the list? Comment or tweet us to let us know what’s up.