5 Scenic Spots to Sip a Beer in Ohio
Breweries in Ohio are plentiful these days, and hooray for that! But breweries that merge with nature, taking full advantage of open spaces, fresh air and beautiful scenery—those aren’t quite as easy to find. We’ve put together a list of five scenic breweries throughout the state, from the southern reaches of the Little Miami River to the northern coast of Lake Erie, with plenty of farmland in between.
Rockmill Brewery, Lancaster. One of the best Belgian-style breweries in Ohio is also one of the most picturesque. Rockmill Brewery, located in the rolling countryside 30 minutes from Columbus, has turned a former horse farm and its lush woodlands acreage into a haven for beer and nature lovers. The rough-hewn farmhouse with stone fireplaces and wooden rafters houses the tasting room. But it’s the outdoor patio and adjacent grounds that make this a special place to savor one of the core Belgian-style, barn-brewed beers—the witbier, saison, dubbel or tripel. Wander down to the pond, cross the stream on a swinging bridge or just get lost, with your beer of course, in the woodsy serenity. A small menu offers wood-fired pizzas, sandwiches and a cheese & charcuterie plate. Open Thursday to Sunday.
Little Miami Brewing Co., Milford. Lounging alongside the Little Miami River with a cold pale ale on a warm autumn day…life doesn’t get much better. Little Miami Brewing, just outside Cincinnati, takes full advantage of its riverside setting with a second-story deck and a ground-level patio, both positioned to offer scenic views. Brick-oven pizza is the specialty of the house, but the recent addition of the Taco Trailer expands the food offerings to include build-your-own tacos and burritos. Whatever your choice, wash it down with the signature Bike Path, a Bohemian pilsner named for the Little Miami Scenic Trail that runs adjacent to the brewery. Open 7 days.
Wooly Pig Farm Brewery, Fresno. A brewery at a 150-year-old working farm complete with crops and animals is the unique concept at Wooly Pig Farm Brewery on the eastern edge of Ohio’s Amish country. Horses and sheep greet guests and wander the pastures, but the main attraction is the Bavarian-bred Mangalitsa pigs—the friendly, curly-haired “wooly pigs” that give the farm its name. Fittingly, the beer styles brewed here trend Bavarian as well, from a pilsner to a helles and dunkel. The tasting room in a converted barn expands to a large outdoor patio with views of the farm and, in the distance, the Tuscarawas River. Enjoy a beer and a bite from a rotating crop of food trucks. Open Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Twin Oast Brewing, Port Clinton. For those unfamiliar with brewing jargon, an oast is a round building with a peaked roof designed to dry hops. The two that grace the expansive grounds at Twin Oast Brewing, not far from Lake Erie, are replicas of the ancient English design, but they lend the “farm-to-fermenter” complex an air of authentic brewing cred nonetheless. The 60-acre setting includes a working farm, caves and stone fruit orchards whose cherries, apricots and peaches are destined for warm weather seasonal beers. Wide swaths of lawn encourage recreational activities and nature immersion. An on-site kitchen produces snacks (the jumbo pretzels are popular), stone-oven pizzas and Lake Erie perch in both sandwich and taco form. Firepits, including one in an oast, ease the challenge of sipping your Ship Burner Porter outdoors on a chilly day. Open every day except Monday.
Granville Brewing Company, Granville. Since 2011, this microbrewery has been handcrafting exceptional Belgian-style beers in an off-the-beaten-path former horse barn in the farmlands of central Ohio. Panoramic views across fields and hills provide a serene backdrop to enjoy one of a rotating roster of beers. While the brewers offer an array of styles on tap, it’s the Belgian styles like The Reaper saison or The Betrayer tripel that garner accolades. The recent addition of the “barnyard” provides a designated open-air space to enjoy your beer amidst the sights and sounds of nature. No food is available at the brewery but the charming, New England-esque village of Granville is just down the road. Open Thursday, Friday and Saturday.