10 Best Cincinnati Breweries – Ranked by a Local!

If you’re searching for “craft beer near me” with plans to visit a few local Cincinnati breweries, you’re in luck as Cincinnati has more than 50 breweries to choose from!

Cincinnati was raised on beer… and the sheer number of breweries that currently dot the map of the Queen City just goes to prove it!

From hoppy to sour and everything in between, we have 50+ spots that are all brewing in the local area!

Cincinnati craft beer in a taproom

We live in Cincinnati and have been trying out all the beers and taprooms like it’s our job (which, technically, it is!).

We’ve been to every taproom on our ultimate list and we’ve narrowed the long list down to….

(in alphabetical order): 

the lawn and farm at Fibonacci Brewing

Fibonacci Brewing Company

Fibonacci Brewing is a micro brewery producing what they call “hybrid” beers appealing to all beer enthusiasts. They have an expansive outdoor beer garden with firepits, farm animals, and they even have an AirBNB rental! They do offer some wines for the non-beer drinker.

Why is it on our favorites list?

They make some very interesting beers. In fact, they make one of my favorite beers in town – their “Horapha” (Cream Ale w/ Thai Basil, Honey, and Lemons; seasonal availability). They source local ingredients in at least 80% of their beers by partnering with local farms, foraging, or producing their own.

Their outdoor beer garden makes it a favorite for us. They have a large outdoor biergarten, complete with firepits (that they’ll keep full of wood for you for a low price), lots of tables and chairs, and a small farm on one end that’s complete with goats, chickens, and a few other surprises. It’s a very casual space – basically like hanging out at in your friend’s back yard… if your friend had a brewery and farm animals.

Location: 1445 Compton Rd, Mount Healthy, Ohio 45231

Fibonacci Brewing Company | Website

outdoor patio along the Little Miami River

Little Miami Brewing Company

This family run craft brewery sits on the edge of the Little Miami River. Little Miami Brewing offers a great selection of beers for all tastes.

Why is it on our list of the best? There’s lots to love about this spot! You’re are literally right on the banks of the Little Miami. If you’re lucky enough to get a chair, you can hang out for hours as you supply yourself with cold brew from their multiple bars. They have lots of indoor space too. It’s a brewery in the heart of old Milford, allowing you to walk the main street and visit a few great eateries and shops. Have a canoe or kayak of your own? Lots of people paddle right up to the brewery to enjoy a cold one (know you have to climb a hill after embarking).

Location: 208 Mill St, Milford, Ohio 45150


taproom at madtree brewing

MadTree Brewing

MadTree Brewing is a must do in our opinion. The large expansive taproom and outdoor area allow for mingling with friends or meeting new ones. Their beer selection is impressive. And don’t miss Catch a Fire Pizza located in the taproom. They have a large parking lot behind the building.

Why is it on our favorites list? They serve up a wide variety of beer styles and they have some of the best taproom / beer garden spaces in town. They have a large indoor space with loads of seating and tables. If you’d like to go outside, they have a big bar out front along with heated tents in the winter and sun in the summer. They have a BIG parking lot too.

Location: 3301 Madison Rd, Oakley, Ohio 45209

MadTree Brewing | Website

March First Brewing Taproom

March First Brewing

March First Brewing is unique in that it is both a brewery and a distillery and they are know for their ciders. The taproom addition is expansive with large projection TV’s to watch live sports. Food is available from their in-house kitchen.

Why do we count this as a favorite? March First is another one with a great taproom space. They have a great selection of beer brewed on-site and they often have a few selections from their “sister” breweries, Woodburn and Figleaf. They have board games you can play as well as shuffleboard. You can choose from numerous tables with chairs inside plus they have a few more private rooms you can reserve. They have a long patio along the front that has umbrella tables and a few fire pits. 

Location: 7885 East Kemper Road, Sharonville, Ohio 45249

March First Brewing | Website

Moerlein Lager House front

Moerlein Lager House

Moerlein Lager House is the micro-brewery produces a full line of Christian Moerlein brews. The Lager House restaurant offers a large menu of main entrees, outdoor seating, and an expansive side porch area.

What do we love about it? This one is about the beer and the location! The Lager House is located downtown and adjacent to the wonderful Smale Riverfront Park. It sits between the Reds and Bengals stadium along the banks of the Ohio River. If you’re looking for a brewery with beautiful views and more to do after you leave, this is the one to visit! It’s part micro-brew and part restaurant so you can get a GREAT meal and a cold one. They have a huge selection of beer styles, something for everyone. They often use the adjacent park space to put on lots of special events. They have an outdoor patio (with a bar) for your warmer weather visits and a “Moer To Go” window outside as well. They’re right on the riverfront and along a paved path you can follow for a nice long walk along the Ohio.

Location: 115 Joe Nuxhall Way, Cincinnati, OH 45202


Municipal Brew Works

Municipal Brew Works

Municipal Brew Works re-purposed the old City of Hamilton municipal building into an expansive kid-friendly taproom with a large outdoor seating area. The 20 taps offer a brew for everyone in your crew. 

Why do we love this spot? This is often our go-to brewery when we want to go out for the day. The taproom area is on the smaller side but it’s nice. They have a spacious outdoor seating area out from. MBW is right next to Marcum Park if you want to go for a walk while you’re there and this is a DORA district so be sure to get a DORA cup if you’d like to explore the area. There are also some good restaurants close by. 

Location: 20 High Street, Hamilton, Ohio 45011

Municipal Brew Works | Website

The outdoor seating space at Narrow Path Brewing

Narrow Path Brewing Co.

Located on the Loveland bike trail, Narrow Path Brewing has ample space inside and out to enjoy a beer. The draft list boasts many different varieties along with some experimental brews. A great local hangout.

Why is this one a favorite? It’s all about the space and the location for us on this one (don’t misunderstand though – the beer is good too). Loveland is such a fun little town and this place is right in the middle of it all. The taproom is great (but on the smaller side) and they have a fun lawn area with tables for warmer weather. Located just off the Loveland Bike Trail, you can add this as a stop as you roll by. Or park and walk into this great area for outdoor fun.

Location: 106 Karl Brown Way, Loveland, OH 45140


People seated at the Rhinegeist taproom

Rhinegeist Brewery

Known for their beer AND cider, Rhinegeist Brewery is located in Over the Rhine. Enjoy a beer in the taproom or on the rooftop (adults only and in season). 

Why is it on our favorites list? The taproom is one of the largest in the city. In addition to lots and lots of tables, they have corn hole set up there, shuffleboard, and they will add other games as space allows. They have a rooftop (21+) that has some great views of the surrounding area. They’re located right on the streetcar route with a station right out front. And it’s within walking distance of Findlay Market. What’s not to love?!

Location: 1910 Elm St, Cincinnati, OH 45202

Rhinegeist Brewery | Website

outdoor seating at Sam Adams Tap Room

Samuel Adams Cincinnati Taproom

Samuel Adams has been brewing beer in Cincinnati for 21 years and you can now you can visit the Sam Adams Cincinnati Taproom. They pour some traditional Sam Adams selections as well as some taproom exclusive beers.

Why is it on our favorites list? They offer bar seating, table seating, and if you’re lucky you can snag a seat in the lounge area in the back that includes leather club chairs. They have a large outdoor area as well with tables that is great when it’s warmer. The beer selection is plentiful with lots of styles. Don’t miss their soft pretzel if you’re hungry!  And you’re right next to Findlay Market with this one (and close to a streetcar stop).

Location: 1632 Central Parkway, Cincinnati, Ohio 45214


Wiedemann Brewery's bar

Wiedemann Brewery

“After decades of changing ownership and jumping from one out-of-town brewery to another, we’ve brought back the authentic Bohemian recipe — light-bodied, flavorful and refreshing – and returned Wiedemann’s to local ownership and management. ” The new Wiedemann Brewery is located in St. Bernard. They have a great wrap around bar and a full service restaurant.

Why do we love this place? From a nice selection of beer to a fun, casual atmosphere, this one is one we frequent. There’s nothing fancy about it but it’s a great space. They have a lot of space indoors plus a large deck-type pation with umbrella tables. Part of the parking lot has been turned into outdoor event space and they often host live music in the warmer months. The building used to be a funeral home and while you can’t really see it in much of the taproom, you want to be sure to check out the spaces that still have some art deco charm. Ladies – don’t miss the bathroom!

Location: 481 Vine St, Saint Bernard, Ohio 45217

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13 Below Brewery has lots of tables and ample seating. Located on west side of town, it has a great neighborhood feel. Enjoy the drive as you snake along the Ohio River on your way there. The beer menu is broad and will appeal to most everyone’s taste and this place is BIG so bring your friends!

Popular Beers: Confused 13 (Brown Ale), West Coast IPA, Lock and Dam #37 (Scottish Ale)

Location: 7391 Forbes Road, Sayler Park, Ohio 45233

13 Below Brewery | Website

Enjoy the first craft brewery in Mason. 16 Lots has large selection of core and seasonal beers and guest ciders. The taproom is large with an in-house pizza kitchen. They have a long L-shaped bar with lots of seating. And tables galore! Bonus: wine available.

Popular Beers: The Major (German Pilsner), Pike Street (IPA), Treaty (Wheat)

Location: 753 Reading Rd, Mason, Ohio 45040

16 Lots Brewing Company | Website

Alexandria Brewing Company started with a successful Kickstarter campaign. Andy, the head brewer, grew his first hops on their farm in Alexandria. They have a large tap selection with something for everyone including ABC’s own non-alcoholic ginger beer.

Location: 7926 Alexandria Pike, Alexandria, KY 41001


Bad Tom Smith Brewing tap room and brewery is supported with craft beers brewed in their Cincinnati brewery along with collaboration brews produced on-site in their Stout 2-barrel brewing systems. The tap room seats over a 100 with their bar seating 20 and the lounge includes comfortable group seating, a dart board and a variety of games.

Location: 5900 Madison Rd, Cincinnati, Ohio 45227


Big Ash Brewing Co. brings its unique concept to the Anderson area. You can pour your own glass of beer – any size pour you’d like! They have 28 pour your own taps (22 craft beers, 4 wines, and 2 ciders) and you pay by the ounce. They have a great covered front porch area and food as well.

Location: 5230 Beechmont Ave, Cincinnati, Ohio 45230

Popular Beers: Tall Ship (IPA), Backbeat Coffee Blonde, Passion Fruit Gose

Big Ash Brewing Company | Website

Bircus Brewing Company, as the name implies, is a melding of craft brewing + circus. Performers will juggle clubs, breathe fire, hula hoop, walk on kegs and amaze on the trapeze and aerial silks at the Ludlow Theatre. The performances are as exciting as the beers! Over 7000 sq ft of space provides an experience for everyone. NOTE: Be sure to check their website or call ahead for performance schedules.

Location: 322 Elm St, Ludlow, KY 41016


The Braxton Barrel House is dedicated to the craft of barrel-aged beer. A taproom, brewery and barrel-aging center.

Location: 5 Orphanage Road, Fort Mitchell KY, 41017


Braxton Brewing – Cincinnati has taken over the space from the former 3 Points Urban Brewery in the Pendleton area of downtown.

Location: 331 E 13th St, Cincinnati, Ohio 45202


Braxton Brewing Co. is a local favorite and is on the list of popular breweries to visit in Cincinnati. The beer selections are flavorful and there are plenty of them. The Braxton taproom is spacious and casual and they have a great rooftop bar (as seen above). In the winter the rooftop transforms into an igloobar.

Location: 27 W 7th St, Covington, KY 41011


They’re on a mission at BrewDog – to make other people as passionate about great craft beer as they are. They’re all about brewing world class craft beer; extraordinary beers that blow people’s minds and kick start a revolution.

Location: 316 Reading Road, Cincinnati, Ohio 45202


At Brink Brewing it is about more than just beer, it is about community. Their website boasts, “Good beer is about the people, the stories and the experience”. They do craft beer well – Brink Brewing has won medals at the Great American Brewery Festival. When the weather is warm, there’s a porch out back.

Popular Beers: Libbynade (fruit beer), Business Meeting (oatmeal stout)


Cartridge brewing is nestled along the Little Miami River Scenic Bike Trail in the old Peters Cartridge factory. They serve up classic German lagers and American pilsners, but with a modern twist which include sours, stouts, coffee beers and ciders. The Cartridge kitchen has a full menu for both lunch and dinner.

Location: 1411 Grandin Rd, Maineville, OH 45039


Celler Dweller is the craft brewing arm of Valley Vineyards. Yes, this is a vineyard and they make wines but they also craft beers. You can get it all here – food, wine and beer.

Location: 2276 East US 22 & 3, Morrow, Ohio 45152


The Common Beer Company is a neighborhood based nano-brewery creating beer in a space that welcomes the gathering of friends and family. Common doesn’t mean boring and it certainly doesn’t stand for plain at this brewery. They have a bar, tables with seating, and an outdoor patio around back (seasonal and dog-friendly).

Location: 126 E. Main Street, Mason, Ohio 45040


Darkness Brewing is a nano-brewery located in Bellevue, Ky. They focus on dark and unusual styled beers but they also have some great choices for those who like something lighter (like my choice of Bellevue Common). A successful crowdfunding campaign allowed these home brewers to open a brewery and taproom to hone their craft…and for you to enjoy.

Location: 224 Fairfield Ave, Bellevue, KY 41073

Darkness Brewing | Website

Dead Low is a craft brewery located along the Ohio River in California, the easternmost neighborhood of Cincinnati. Dead Low has a large-capacity taproom and a proper restaurant, rentable private event space, a performance stage, and a large outdoor beer garden.

Location: 5959 Kellogg Avenue, Cincinnati, Ohio 45230


DogBerry Brewing is nestled in an industrial park… so it may not be on your radar. But put this one on your list as they have a large casual taproom that offers something for everyone. The beers are often crafted from local ingredients, giving them a true local flavor.

Location: 9964 Crescent Park Dr., West Chester, Ohio 45069


Esoteric Brewing Company, located in Walnut Hills, is one of the more swanky taprooms in town! They do, in fact, call themselves a “Brew Lounge” and we think it’s perfectly fitting! They brew their traditional style craft beers on-site. Enjoy in-house food from Decibel Korean Fried Chicken.

Location: 918 East McMillan St., Cincinnati, Ohio 45206


50 West Brewing is a destination. One side of the street is the microbrewery with a full restaurant. On the other side, the large 50 West Production Works crafts great brews along with offering sand volleyball, a canoe/kayak portage, and an outdoor grille where you can get a burger and a few other selections. Bike rentals are available as well, making it a favorite stop for bike enthusiasts.

Location: 7668 Wooster Pike, Cincinnati, Ohio 45227

Fifty West Brewing Company | Website

FigLeaf Brewing is in a stand alone building located in a industrial park, providing lots of space for patrons. They craft many styles of beer so it is easy to find one to fit your tastes. Soda and coffee are on hand for those who are not drinking.

Owned by the same folks who own March First Brewing and Woodburn Brewing, you’re likely to find a small selection of those brews on tap here too.

They have an in-house kitchen that has lots of choices – from starter to pizza to sandwiches.

Location: 3387 Cincinnati-Dayton Rd., Middletown, Ohio 45044


Fretboard Brewing is all about beer and music! From composing craft beer, rock-n-rolling with friends, or listening to great live music every weekend, this place is a music lover’s spot. The taproom is large and open with a stage on one end, a large bar, lots of tables, some cornhole sets, and lots more. They do have food onsite.

Location: 5800 Creek Road, Blue Ash, Ohio 45242


Grainworks Brewing is a favorite stop for those north of Cincinnati. They offer many different types and varieties of beer. They have a large indoor and outdoor space along with some live music.

Enjoy in-house food from MamaBear’s Mac. The menu includes a variety of mac and cheese dishes, appetizers, grilled sandwiches, burgers, salads, and desserts, as well as kids meals.

Location: 7790 Service Center Dr Suite B, West Chester, Ohio 45069


Great Crescent Brewery is located on the Ohio River in Aurora, Indiana and just a short drive west of Cincinnati. Located in an old distillery, they specialize in traditional brewing methods…no filtering or chemical clarifies. Don’t miss your chance to have a meal here – all food is made in house and is DELICIOUS!

Location: 315 Importing St, Aurora, Indiana 47001

Great Crescent Brewery | Website

Happy 2 Brewing is a nano brewery located inside Mio’s pizza in Anderson.
The vision of H2BC is focused on beer education, charitable involvement, and community gathering.

Location: 8298 Clough Pike, Cincinnati, Ohio 45244


HighGrain Brewing Company strives for high quality and sustainability. From the quality of their beer, tastefulness of their full menu, or decrease in carbon footprint from geo-thermal and wind energy…this brewery is made to last.

Location: 6860 Plainfield Road Cincinnati,Ohio 45236

HighGrain Brewing Co. | Website

Just across the river in Newport, KY you’ll find Hofbrauhaus, the first one located in the US. Fun for all ages, Hofbrauhaus has traditional German beers, a full food menu, large outdoor seating, and live German music.

Location: 200 E 3rd St, Newport, KY 41071


Humble Monk Brewing Co., located in Northside, is a homegrown brewery that specializes in high quality craft beer with a Belgian influence.

Location: 1641 Blue Rock Rd, Cincinnati, Ohio 45223


What started out as a love for home brewing turned into a passion. Listermann Brewing is not only an iconic brewery in Cincinnati, its owner first began the business designing parts for home brewers. The beers are edgy, flavorful, and have won several awards at the Great American Brewery Festival.

Location: 1621 Dana Ave, Cincinnati, Ohio 45207


MPH Brewing (aka Montgomery Public House) is located in the heart of Montgomery. They brew and serve their own beer from a space that’s akin to a euro-style pub and biergarten. Enjoy your beer indoors or in their outdoor seating area. The in-house kitchen offers pub-style food and wood fired pizza.

Location: 7880 Remington Rd., Cincinnati, Ohio 45242


From what we can tell, this nano brewery it located inside Party Town. They specialize in different takes of old and new style beers.

Location: 6823 Burlington Pike, Florence, KY 41042


Mt. Carmel Brewing started in an old farmhouse on the east side of town. The beautiful grounds and taproom have been remodeled and expanded. The drink list is just as grand with beer, wine, spirits and beer cocktails. They have a full menu and take reservations (as of Feb., 2023). We suggest trying one of the rocking chairs on the back porch or taking a stroll around the pond.

Location: 4362 Mt Carmel Tobasco Rd, Mt. Carmel, Ohio 45244


Located in the heart of Pleasant Ridge, Nine Giant Brewing serves up beer that’s brewed onsite plus wine, and cider. This taproom has a kitchen and a large menu… and they’re now open for lunch!

Location: 6095 Montgomery Rd, Cincinnati, Ohio 45213

Nine Giant Brewing | Website

Located in the historic Over-the-Rhine Brewery District, Northern Row Brewery and Distillery is in a historic pre-prohibition building constructed in 1895. Northern Row is a craft brewery and distillery located in the original Christian Moerlein Lager house in the heart of OTR in Cincinnati, OH.

Location: 111 West McMicken Avenue, Cincinnati, Ohio 45202


Offering craft beer plus the supplies you might need as a home brewer, Paradise Brewing is located in Anderson.

Location: 7766 Beechmont Avenue, Anderson, OH 45255


Located in Mason, Sonder Brewing is a 30-barrel brew house with a 2,000 square foot taproom. BrewRiver Kitchen (located in the taproom) serves food daily. They have a covered side patio and some outdoor space as well.

Location: 8584 Duke Blvd, Mason, Ohio 45040

Sonder Brewing | Website

Using ingredients sourced locally (when possible), Sons of Toil takes pride in the hand crafted beers they brew on site. Enjoy live bands in their taproom or sit for a while in the large outdoor areas.

Location: 14090 Klein Rd, Mt Orab, Ohio 45154

Sons of Toil | Website

Built on the former site of the East End Cafe, Streetside Brewery‘s taproom serves up their own craft beer as well as some guest taps and wine. They have a food truck and some parking around back.

Location: 4003 Eastern Ave, Cincinnati, Ohio 45226

Streetside Brewery | Website

Located in Fairfield, Swine City Brewing keeps cold beer in the walk-in for you. Drink it at the bar or take it to-go. Pints available in bar, also.

Location: 4614 Industry Dr, Fairfield, Ohio 45014


Taft’s Ale House is located in Over The Rhine, just north of Washington Park and Music Hall. In addition to brewing beers on-site, they have a full service restaurant too.

Location: 1429 Race St., Cincinnati, Ohio 45202


An off-shoot of Taft’s Ale House, this separate location also brews beer. This is a more casual taproom (as compared to Taft’s Ale House in OTR) with a large bar and lots of seating. It’s a great place to go if you have little ones with you – lots of room to run. They have in-house pizza, salads, wings, and various “starters” if you’re hungry.

Location: 4831 Spring Grove Ave., Cincinnati, Ohio 45232


Third Eye Brewing Company is Sharonville’s first brewery. They have a large open taproom and lots of outdoor space including a covered patio that can be used all year long.

Location: 11276 Chester Road, Sharonville, Ohio 45246

Third Eye Brewing Company | Website

Known for their sours, Urban Artifact‘s taproom is built in the lower level of St. Patrick’s Church in Northside. The brewery is in the old gym. Enjoy a cold one in the brewery or in the courtyard.

Location: 1660 Blue Rock St, Cincinnati, Ohio 45223


Now part of the Cincinnati brewery scene, Warped Wing calls Dayton, Ohio home. Their Mason location has their beers on tap plus guest taps on occasion. They offer an impressive menu with daily specials, wine and cocktails too!

Location: 5650 Tylersville Road, Mason, OH


Cincinnati’s first west side brewery, West Side Brewery actually started with a KickStarter campaign. They have a family-friendly taproom where they serve craft beer, wine, cider, and soft drinks.

Location: 3044 Harrison Ave, Westwood, Ohio 45211


Wiedemann Brewery | Website

Woodburn Brewing is a great brewery surrounded by a walkable business district in Walnut Hills. They specialize in great craft beers, good in-house food, and spirits from Cincinnati Distilling.

They now have a full kitchen! Selections include great sharables, sandwiches, apps, and more.

Location: 2800 Woodburn Ave, Walnut Hills, Ohio 45206


Take a short trip across the river to enjoy a beer at Wooden Cask in Newport, Ky. 18 craft beers are always on tap plus their featured small-batch brews.

Location: 629 York St, Newport, KY 41071


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Bridgett Raffenberg
My name is Bridgett Raffenberg and I am the creator of 365Cincinnati. I've been uncovering and sharing all of the best things to do in Cincinnati since 2010. I enjoy exploring new spots, discovering local events, and meeting the people who call Cincinnati home!