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

The Ever Growing Beer Scene

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.

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!

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