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Rhinegeist Brewery

1910 Elm St.
Cincinnati  Ohio  45202
United States
(513) 381-1356
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Midwest Living Review

Sarah Routh
Cincinnati’s Rhinegeist Brewery serves boldly flavored, highly drinkable craft beers with a nod to the city’s proud brewing heritage.

"Rhinegeist" is German, or maybe just Cincinnatian, for “ghost of the Rhine,” which is a perfect name for this craft brewery housed in a former Moerlein bottling plant in the Over-the-Rhine neighborhood. Finding the brewery is a little like a ghost hunt; it’s just north of Findlay Market on Elm in a slightly rough-and-tumble section of OTR. Once you locate the entrance, you head up a couple of flights of stairs into the vast brewery and biergarten.

This 1895-built bottling plant is big enough to accommodate the entire brewing operation, several corn hole games, Ping-Pong tables, plenty of community tables, a tasting room and even a stage for live music. Look up to get a glimpse of the building’s original architectural details and also to check out the lush (and trippy) murals celebrating the inspiration for the brews.

Rhinegeist turns out a full slate of beers, with four standards and a few rotating rarity brews, like the popular Saber Tooth Tiger Double IPA. We liked the Cougar blonde ale and the Truth, a well-rounded IPA. The brewery prides itself on its “sessionable” beers, meaning you don’t really have to worry about any of these knocking you over after just a few sips. Pints are $6; growlers are $15 ($10 for refills). Can’t decide what to drink? Samplers ($8) are a great place to start.

Go here if craft beer is your thing—you’ll feel like you’re in on a secret that’s too good not to share. You can park for free in the lot across the street. 

September 28, 2013

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