Monday, July 29, 2013

Cincinnati's newest brewery!

The following is my very belated post regarding Cincinnati's most recent addition to our ever blossoming craft beer scene... Welcome Rhinegeist!!

Located at 1910 Elm in OTR, Rhinegeist officially opened their doors on June 29. I wasn't able to make the opening day festivities as I was returning from vacation that day but, I'm told it was a grand old time!

Located on the 3rd floor of the old Chrisitan Moerlien bottling facility, you wouldn't know they were there if you weren't looking for it (if you're heading there for your first visit, keep your eyes peeled for a parking lot featuring the Rhinegeist logo directly across the street). Up 3 flights of stairs, you'll enter the absolutely gigantic space. 250,000 square feet I'm told. However, don't quote me on that!

The expansive space features picnic table style seating, corn hole, and ping pong. Tucked against the north wall is the brewery itself.
And in the back corner, the bar/taproom. The bar is very nicely done, looks to be made of nice reclaimed wood. Behind the bar, are the many taps against some very pretty black subway tile. The walls feature one flat screen tv that usually has the Reds game on and across from that for some reason, a giant buffalo head! Above the taproom area there's a great hand painted mural featuring a hop with a fish emerging from it, spitting out a ferocious Bengal tiger? I'm not sure either but, it's awesome either way!

On to the beer!!

Rhinegeist has 4 regular year round beers on tap everyday. 

Couger: a 4.82% ABV Golden ale with 25 IBU
Uncle: a 3.82% English Mild ale at 18 IBU

Spikelet: a 5.3 % ABV at 40 IBU

Truth: a 7.2% ABV at 75 IBU 

I recommend ordering a flight first, then pick your favorite. Or do what I did and go down the list... Twice. All four beers are really solid and very tasty! Pints are $6, you can also fill your growler for $10. In addition to standard growler fills, Rhinegeist also offers sweet 32 oz. growlers for $6! 

Rhinegeist will also be brewing seasonal or, "rarities" with the first of which available August 3rd. The first rarity batch is an imperial IPA called Saber Tooth Tiger. Tickets for the release day are available here

I've been told, that this fall there are also plans for an Oktoberfest type celebration as well as another rarity release. 

I understand there are also plans in the works to can their beers for market. In the meantime, the beer can be found at the brewery and all over OTR!

Rhinegeist is another great addition to the growing Cincinnati beer scene!