Downtown Cincinnati Breweries
If a Cincinnati Craft Connection Brewery Tour is not available, we have tips so you can discover downtown Cincinnati Breweries on your own!
Cincinnati Craft Connection public brewery tours run with a minimum of six guests. The maximum is 14. In the rare and unfortunate instance there are not enough bookings, we have to cancel the tour and, of course, issue full refunds. This notification is given to guests 4-5 days in advance. For the guests who are not from Cincinnati, they have no idea what to do in Downtown Cincinnati! As anyone who is unfamiliar with a city, you google “Things to Do Cincinnati” which provides fun sightseeing activities, along with concerts, festivals, dining, and sporting events going on that particular weekend. CityBeat is always a good resource as well. It’s almost too much to choose from so we’ve compiled a list of things to do around the city if you’re into beer and over 21. Keep in mind, all these breweries are a $15-$20 TOTAL uber ride to get around and visit. You can also ride the Cincinnati Streetcar!
Staying in Downtown Cincinnati
Hit up OTR; an old German and Irish neighborhood, formerly known to be quite the shady place. The urban renaissance in this neighborhood is unlike anything you’ve ever seen – it’s like travelling back in time! Visitors can simply stroll around and admire the architecture. There are too many delicious restaurants and eclectic bars to name. However, since this is a beer-centric post, here is a solid 3-4 hour routine:
1. Taft’s Ale House for dinner, beer, and craft cocktails. You don’t want to miss this stunning brewpub, housed in one of Cincinnati’s oldest churches. Not only is their food downright delicious, their beer is even better! Hard to believe this place only opened in 2015. They do not take reservations so sit back, relax, and enjoy the fine architecture and all the delicious craft beers and cocktails you can handle. For food, they are known for their tri-tip steak which is amazing, but be bold and order the wings, you won’t regret it!
2. Christian Moerlein Malt House for drinks. Travel back in time to a brewery formerly housed in the John Kauffman Brewing Company. In 2015, this brewery was featured in National Geographic. It’s always great to see pre-prohibition breweries become new, modern breweries. When you’re in the taproom, it’s hard to tell you haven’t traveled back to 1910. Enjoy games like cornhole and giant jenga. They also have a store attached that sells German attire. If you want to check out the underground lagering tunnels of these old breweries, refer to the Queen City Underground They are very educational and fun!
3. Rhinegeist for more drinks and rooftop magic (rooftop not open in the winter). Located just two blocks from Christian Moerlein’s brewery, Rhinegiest is housed in Christian Moerlein’s former bottling facility (pre-prohibition of course). This place alone is the reason people visit Cincinnati. It’s historical, eclectic, and downright breathtaking when you see the size! This is Cincinnati’s largest brewery and the fastest growing brewery in American history – pretty cool stuff! They offer their own delicious beers and hard ciders for the non-beer, gluten-free folks. Weather permitting, they also have an amazing rooftop where you look into the hills of Cincy and back into the downtown skyline. Don’t want to miss this spot! They offer daily tours as well!