Jmble wrote:In Cincinnati - Christian Moerlein, Rivertown, and Mt Carmel are all good. If you are including the entire state of Ohio, Great Lakes up in Cleveland is very good.
That's about it for me on local brews. We have a lot of beer festivals down here, and I always taste stuff I like from the smaller local breweries, but there aren't any others that I seek out.
An outsider would be surprised how much beer history there is in Cincinnati.
This is a pretty good summary. I love the Great Lakes beers, as does the wife. She caught on after trying a Christmas Ale a could years ago then scouring the city to find the last remaining six packs at a mom and pop wine shop. Now they've upped the production, so we don't have to horde them.
I like what the new owners have done with the Moerlein brand to tip the hat to our brewing history. But part of me misses the time when they were kind of forgotten and you could get a six pack of their lager for a couple bucks less than you can now. It was a craft beer at a discount price.
A lot of Sam Adams is actually brewed here now. I worked nearby for a couple years. Man, it smelled good passing that brewery.
Mad Tree is another one to throw in. They are the new guy on the local brewing scene, but they are pretty good. They actually sell in cans, which I don't prefer, but it gives you a craft brew option when you need cans.