Cincinnati has a great craft beer scene. That isn’t news to anyone paying attention. With 35 breweries already in the tri-state area it’s hard to choose a favorite at this point. You have great experimentation and funky combinations coming out of Braxton Labs and Listermans. Rhinegeist is keeping you hopped up with a plethora of IPA options (among others). Places like Fibonacci, Dogberry, and Nine Giant among others make it so you’ll never have to travel too far from your neighborhood for a great beer.
Opening a new brewery isnt’ easy. First you need a great product, then a ton of capital to fund the venture and opening a new place requires a lot of up front costs. Trust me, I’ve looked into it, extensively. Finally, you need to be prepared to invest all the sweat equity you physically can into making it happen.
The list of breweries in the area is growing. There are at least 6 new breweries in the works right now. Places like Northside, Mason/Fields Ertle, and the West side are all gaining new places to check out soon.
Here are the latest groups applying for a brewing license with the state:
– Happy 2 Brewing Co ( The same location of a current Mio’s Pizza) 8298 Clogh Pike, Cincinnati
– Humble Monk Brewing Co. 1641 Blue Rock Rd Cincinnati
– Off Track Brewing Co 227 Stark St. Cincinnati
– Rebel Mettle Brewing 246 W McMicken Ave. Cincinnati – www.rebelmettlebrewing.com
– Sounder Brewing 8584 Duke Blvd Mason – www.sounderbrewing.com
– The Common Beer Co 126 E Main St. Mason – www.commonbeercompany.com
The list doesn’t include already established breweries adding second locations or ones from other cities moving into town.
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…
- 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:
- 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.
- Mick & Mack Attack. A milk Stout with obvious branding.
- Ring of Red. A Red IPA and an honorable brew.
- 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.
- 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.
- Down the Drive. *chug* *chug* *chug* UC! A pale ale at 6% with 61 or 62 IBUs
- Lets Gose UC! A tart gose beer that starts with Ohh Ohh Ohh!
- 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.
- Kings of the Queen City. An Imperial porter 12%
- 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!
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