The history of craft beer in Ohio dates back to the early 19th century, with the establishment of a number of local breweries by German immigrants throughout the state’s major cities of Cincinnati, Columbus, and Cleveland, Ohio. The state’s brewing scene is thriving due to the revival of independent craft beer, with many breweries offering community taprooms, creative bar fare menus, and regular brewery operations tours and public special events.
© Lockport Brewery
Lockport Brewery was Tuscarawas County’s first modern brewery in more than 65 years at its November 2016 opening. The brewery, which was founded by Andrew and Lauren Marburger, offers locally-made brews and strives to foster a sense of community and culture throughout the Bolivar region. Flagship brews include the brewery’s Lockporter American Porter, Big Debbie Imperial Milk Stout, Ruckus IPA, and Four Laurens Amber Ale, while seasonal offerings include its Twisted Stem Pumpkin Ale and Cheer Beer Winter Ale. Build-your-own flights are served at the brewery’s taproom, along with bar appetizers and craft paninis. Regular public special events include live music performances and a monthly Brewery Cruise-In, which brings oldies DJs and classic cars to the brewery for a throwback evening.
10891 OH-212, Bolivar, OH 4461, Phone: 330-874-6037
2.Hoppin' Frog Brewery
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Hoppin' Frog Brewery has been rated as one of the world’s top 100 breweries by RateBeer.com for the past decade, offering high-quality beers out of its Akron microbrewery and taproom. The brewery was established in 2006 by champion brewmaster Fred Karm, the mastermind responsible for more than 20 award-winning brews honored by the Great American Beer Festival. Its new taproom facility opened to the public in 2013, offering seasonal dishes and and 24 taps, along with a specialty rare beer list. Year-round brews include the brewery’s Gangster Frog IPA, Karminator Imperial Dopplebock, Silk Porter, and Infusion A Coffee Porter. A wide variety of seasonal and specialty brews are also offered, including imperial and barred-aged styles.
1680 E Waterloo Rd, Akron, OH 44306, Phone: 330-352-4578
3.Brick And Barrel
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Brick and Barrel is a Cleveland-based brewery that strives to reflect the city’s working-class history and ethic by creating exceptional handcrafted brews. Founder and head brewer Karl Spiesman brings extensive experience in the Ohio winemaking industry to his operations at the nanobrewery, which specializes in cask ales, barrel-aged brews, and old-world brewing styles. Regular beers on tap at the brewery’s taproom include its Bitter Chief IPA, British Strong Ale, Noble Saison, McTavish Wee Heavy, and Smoke On the Water Porter, while rotating specialty beers emphasize cask and barrel variants. Guest drafts from other local and regional craft breweries are also tapped, along with several hand-selected local wine offerings.
1844 Columbus Road, Cleveland, Ohio 44113, Phone: 216-331-3308
© DogBerry Brewing
DogBerry Brewing was the vision of West Chester homebrewers and stay-at-home fathers Chris Frede and Tony Meyer. The pair envisioned the brewery, which opened to the public in 2015, to be a neighborhood gathering place utilizing locally-sourced ingredients in its brews whenever possible, in order to give visitors a true taste of the region’s unique flavor profile. Though a wide variety of beer styles are available within the brewery’s offerings, many of its beers focus on West Coast styles, including IPAs and American Pale Ales with citrus and tropical fruit notes. The family-friendly brewery offers taps and to-go sales and encourages visitors to bring their own food or order from a number of nearby restaurants.
9964 Crescent Park Dr, West Chester Township, OH 45069, Phone: 513-847-8208
© Father John's
Father John's is a Bryan microbrewery and restaurant that was established in 2013, housed within a former renovated 1895 Methodist church within the town’s central downtown district. The brewery utilizes eight acres of its own growing space and also partners with nearby Wild Winds Bison Preserve to bring the freshest possible locally-sourced ingredients to all of its brews and dishes. Brews on tap include the brewery’s Sacrificial Goat Red Ale, Proverbial Porter, Eye For an EyePA, Dark Night of the Soul Stout, and St. Michael’s Pale Ale. The restaurant’s full-service menu offers creative tapas, unique sandwiches, and entrees such as its signature slow-smoked bison rib dinner.
301 W Butler St, Bryan, OH 43506, Phone: 419-633-1313
6.Fibonacci Brewing Company
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Fibonacci Brewing Company is a nanobrewery operating out of Mt. Healthy, founded by Betty and Bob Bollas, whose background in mathematics, computer science, and horticulture led them to name the brewery after the famed mathematical sequence found throughout nature, including within the hop plant itself. Onsite tastings and to-go growler sales are offered at the brewery’s laid-back Cincinnati taproom, which is open to the public Wednesdays through Sundays. Year-round brews include the brewery’s Tollhouse American Stout, Earth Daisy Double IPA, Dummy Tripel, and Oberhausen Kolsch, while seasonal brews focus on unique fruit and produce ingredients. Public special events include live music performances by local and regional musicians.
1445 Compton Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45231, Phone: 513-832-1422
7.Fifth Street Brewpub
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Fifth Street Brewpub was opened in 2014 by Joe Dierkers, Jeff Young, and Brian Young, located within a renovated timber house in downtown Dayton. The pub’s building was renovated with the help of a neighborhood organization and operates under a co-op brewpub structure, modeled after the Black Star Co-op, the nation’s first co-op brewery. Today, the brewery’s biergarten serves drafts of core brews such as the year-round Deluge Pale Ale and Icebreaker IPA, along with seasonal favorites such as Cure All Cream Ale, 1600 Kolsch, 85 Shilling Scottish Ale, and Jo Jo’s Midnight Stout. A full food menu is also available at brunch, lunch, and dinner, with shareable plates and pub fare entrees emphasizing healthy, fresh locally-sourced ingredients.
Address: 1600 E 5th St, Dayton, OH 45403, Phone: 937-443-0919
8.Forest City Brewery
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Forest City Brewery offers a 40-seat tasting room, historic beer garden, and 5,000-square-foot rental hall facility in Cleveland, constructed within a historic turn-of-the-century timber frame space. The brewery, which was opened in 2016 by Jay Demagall, stands in the shadow of Ohio’s tallest mulberry tree and offers year-round brews such as its Atlantic Beer Garden Pale Ale, Black Betsy Black IPA, Duck Island Amber Ale, Hayduke Saison, and St. Wendelin Wheat Beer. Pub bites are available for purchase, and visitors are welcome to bring their own food from several nearby restaurants, including the neighboring West Side Market and Sainato’s. A full beverage experience is also offered within the brewery’s historic storefront from neighboring businesses such as Duck Rabbit Coffee Roastery and Western Reserve Meadery.
2135 Columbus Rd, Cleveland, OH 44113, Phone: 216-228-9116
9.Actual Brewing Co.
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Actual Brewing Co. serves up eclectic brews at its 2,200-square-foot Clintonville brewpub, which is managed by owner Fred Lee and features a 10-barrel brewing system. Standard brews available on draft include its Photon light lager, Magnon India pale ale, Luxon golden saison, and Conductor imperial rye IPA, while specialty seasonal beers emphasize Brett hops, fruit flavors, and European brewing styles. Local food trucks and periodic special events are hosted at the brewery’s tap room, and American-style gastropub fare is offered at its brewpub restaurant. The brewery is also known for its unique screenprinting designs, which are available on a variety of beer-related merchandise.
655 N. James Rd. Columbus, OH 43219, Phone: 614-636-3825
10.Ill Mannered Brewing Company
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Ill Mannered Brewing Company was opened by homebrewers Tom Ayers, Greg Dannemiller, Brian Mathias, and Ryan Romer-Jordan, who combined their experience to create a unique nanobrewery for the suburban Columbus region. The brewery utilizes a three-barrel system to create small batches at a maximum volume of 93 gallons, translating to a continually-rotating brew experience for visitors. Popular past brews have included its Ill Manna Shanda Lemonade Shandy, Risky Ending Cream Ale, Bringer of Joy Saison, Bitter Ex Double IPA, and award-winning Malt Tank Scottish Ale. Its intimate taproom showcases repurposed cedar and pallet wood, with all tables and tasting paddles crafted by hand by Mathias. Food trucks are offered on Fridays and Saturdays, and guests are welcome to bring their own food to the brewery or order from a number of nearby restaurants.
30 Grace Dr, Powell, OH 43065, Phone: 614-859-6819
© Jackie O's
Jackie O's is a longtime Athens favorite that has expanded over the past decade with the addition of barrel-aged beers and liquors, a new public house facility, and a partnership with local Barrel Ridge Farm to create a locally-sourced taproom menu showcasing burgers, pizzas, and other craft bar food. 16 taps of the brewery’s core and seasonal beers are offered at the pub, including its flagship Firefly Amber Ale, Mystic Mama IPA, Chomolungma Honey Nut Brown Ale, Hop Ryot IPA, and Razz Wheat beers. Seasonal offerings showcase creations such as New Groth Summer Spruce Tip IPA and Java the Stout, while barrel-aged offerings focus on Belgian styles and flavor notes such as vanilla and coffee.
22-24 W Union St, Athens, OH 45701, Phone: 740-592-968
12.Land-Grant Brewing Company
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Land-Grant Brewing Company is a production craft brewery in Columbus, opened in 2014 following a Kickstarter campaign by a group of Ohio State alumni. Its brewers bring their diverse backgrounds in business, design, photography, and pharmacology to the company, which is committed to the production of championship-quality brews. Core beers available at the brewery’s 3,000-square-foot taproom include its 1862 Kolsch, Green Keepers Session IPA, Son of a Mudder Brown Ale, and Stiff Arm IPA, while limited releases focus on seasonal ingredients and experimental brewing styles, including regional style variants. The taproom also showcases a patio with fire pits, rotating food truck pop-ups, and a full selection of wines, liquors, ciders, and custom beer cocktails.
424 W Town St, Columbus, OH 43215, Phone: 614-427-3946
13.Listermann Brewing Company
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Listermann Brewing Company was founded in 1995 by Sue and Dan Listerman and began brewing at its current 12,800-square-foot Cincinnati location in 2008. Its beers have been the recipient of several medals at the Great American Beer Festival and the Festival of Wood and Barrel-Aged Beers. Recent favorites include the brewery’s Planet Hop New England-style IPA, Losantville pre-Prohibition Lager, Rosemary Sage Brown Ale, and Cinci 75 Citra Brut. A full-service menu is offered at the Renegade Grille, including creative bar appetizers, hot and cold sandwiches, and chicken wings tossed in a variety of unique sauces. Wines and ciders are also crafted in small batches at the brewery’s fermatorium, including the brewery’s signature House Cider.
1621 Dana Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45207, Phone: 513-731-1130
14.Black Cloister Brewing Company
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Black Cloister Brewing Company was the vision of Toledo homebrewer Tom Schaeffer, the founder of the city’s Glass City Mashers homebrewing club. The brewery is located in a renovated historic building within Toledo’s Warehouse District and is affiliated with local Lutheran churches, giving a percentage of profits back to the ministry. Year-round beer offerings include the Casilda of Toledo Vienna lager, the Chained Dog Belgian strong golden ale, the Helles Angel lager, the Pale Rider IPA, and the Finn McCool Irish dry stout. Limited-release seasonal beers and one-off specialty beers are also released periodically. In addition to taps, the brewery also offers a pizza kitchen serving a variety of oven-baked specialty pizzas.
619 Monroe St, Toledo, OH 43604, Phone: 419-214-1500
© MadTree Brewing
MadTree Brewing is one of Cincinnati’s largest craft breweries, opened in 2013 and massively expanded in 2017 to accommodate production of more than 50,000 barrels of beer annually. The brewery offers a 4,500-square-foot taproom offering 64 taps of its core and seasonal brews, including its Psychopathy IPA, Happy Amber Ale, Sol Drifter Blonde Ale, and Rubus Cacao Chocolate Raspberry Stout, along with a variety of guest taps from local and regional breweries. A full taproom menu offers wood-fired pizzas by Catch-a-Fire Pizza, and a 10,000-square-foot heated beer garden patio welcomes pets year-round. Brewery tours are available, highlighting the brewery’s operational history and production process.
3301 Madison Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45209, Phone: 513-836-8733
16.Numbers Brewing Company
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Numbers Brewing Company opened to the public in 2016, offering a wide variety of creative brews to suit every beer drinker’s tastes. The Lisbon brewery was founded by friends Brock Beatty and Jeramy DeBord and offers a taproom serving draft beers, bottles, and cans of the brewery’s ales, along with a variety of wine and liquor selections. Its full-service kitchen menu features creative bar appetizers and customizable flatbreads. Core brews include the brewery’s 330 Blonde Ale, 1450 Pale Ale, Rational Session IPA, 12 Church Stout, and 304 Honey Wheat. A dog-friendly patio and outdoor bar also hosts live acoustic performances regularly.
127 N Beaver St, Lisbon, OH 44432, Phone: 330-870-5305
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© Paladin Brewing
Paladin Brewing is an independently-owned Youngstown brewery named for a heroic class of historical knights. The brewery was opened to the public in 2015 and offers a Medieval-themed tasting tavern showcasing 16 of the brewery’s core and seasonal craft beers. Selections include its Sir Kenneth American Blonde Ale, Taverns Best IPA, Hunter’s Pale Ale, Champions Breakfast Stout, and Paladin the Brown Ale. Specialty brews are also offered periodically, with some supporting local and national charities. Visitors are encouraged to bring their own food to the taproom or order from a variety of local restaurants. Tours are available upon request most operating days, and a variety of public special events are hosted at the tavern, including live music performances and weekly Ladies’ Nights.
520 Mahoning Ave #300, Youngstown, OH 44515, Phone: 330-550-6338
18.R. Shea Brewing
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R. Shea Brewing is a down-to-earth Akron brewery featuring unique concoctions by owner and brewmaster Ron Shea, who also operates the brewery’s taproom. Specialty and flagship brews include the brewery’s Harvest Ale Fruit Beer, Blueberry German Hefeweizen, Polymer Caramel Espresso Stout, and Towpath’n American Pale Ale. Seasonal beers also highlight holiday-themed ingredients, unique hops, and imperial styles. Bar fare is served at the taproom, including wrap sandwiches, loaded nachos and chips, burgers, and quesadillas. Keg sales of the brewery’s beers are offered for personal sales and commercial distribution by contacting Shea directly.
1662 Merriman Rd, Akron, OH 44313, Phone: 330-794-5654
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© Rhinegeist Brewery
Rhinegeist Brewery is housed within the renovated 1895 Moerlein bottling plant, with its name roughly translating as “Ghost of the Rhine,” a reference to its place within Cincinnati’s Over-the-Rhine Brewery District. It was founded by former Tazza Mia coffee shop owner Bob Bonder and offers a 25,000-square-foot taproom and rooftop beer garden serving year-round and seasonal brews such as the brewery’s Truth IPA, Knowledge Imperial IPA, and Cougar Blonde Ale. Cornhole, ping-pong, and large screen televisions are offered at the taproom, which features a takeaway food stand by neighboring restaurant Sartre OTR serving short-order fare via pneumatic tube. Visitors may also bring their own food in from neighboring establishments, including the nearby Findlay Market.
1910 Elm St, Cincinnati, OH 45202, Phone: 513-381-1367
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20.Seventh Son Brewing Co.
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Seventh Son Brewing Co. is located within Columbus’ historic Italian Village neighborhood and was opened in 2014 by Jen Burton, Collin Castore, Travis Spencer, and Colin Vent. More than 3,000 bbl of beer is brewed at the company annually, which offers a rustic-style tasting room that is open to the public six days a week. The brewery’s flagship beers focus on ale and IPA styles, including its Seventh Son American Strong Ale, The Scientist IPA, Humulus Nimbus Strong Pale Ale, and Stone Fort Oat Brown Ale. Rotating local food truck pop-ups are showcased throughout the week, highlighting international fare.
1101 N 4th St, Columbus, OH 43201, Phone: 614-421-2337
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© Sideswipe Brewing
Sideswipe Brewing is a Columbus brewery dedicated to creating high-quality, dynamic beers within its renovated industrial facility. Though the brewery’s taproom does not offer a kitchen menu, visitors are welcome to bring their own food or order from nearby restaurants. A foosball table, pinball machines, and board games are offered, along with a weather-permitting patio accessible from the Camp Chase Trail and Scioto Connector bike paths. Year-round brews include the brewery’s Elegant Hoodlum Smoked Stout, Fisticuffs IPA, Coop Looter Saison, Journeyman Brown Ale, and Punch Out Pale Ale. Limited release brews focus on imperial styles and seasonal styles, including the Squashing Pumpkins Ale and Defaced Imperial Red Ale.
2419 Scioto Harper Dr, Columbus, OH 43204, Phone: 614-719-9654
22.Tailspin Brewing Company
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Tailspin Brewing Company is housed within a renovated Coldwater dairy barn that operated since 1933 as a major local food source. Today, it carries on the community tradition as a craft brewery and gathering place, modeled after small-town German breweries. Flagship brews include the brewery’s Guernsey Gold Cream Ale, Whirling Wit, Berry Bomber Ale, and Uncle Gus Milk Stout, while rotating seasonal and limited-release brews include a Summer Suds small-batch series. The brewery also hosts a variety of special events in its loft, including live music performance and artisan markets.
626 S 2nd St, Coldwater, OH 45828, Phone: 419-763-4222
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23.The Phoenix Brewing Company
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The Phoenix Brewing Company aims to bring a craft beer revival to Mansfield, operated out of the former century-old Schroer Funeral Home and Mortuary. The brewery was opened in 2014 and today offers an authentic pub experience, offering 16 taps and hosting a variety of live music performances on weekend evenings. Flagship brews include the brewery’s Redemption IPA, Danger City Brown Ale, Pale Ale 419, Ferryman Oat Stout, and Melinoe Blood Orange Blonde. Taps also highlight a number of other guest Ohio craft brews, ciders, wines, and distillery liquors. Food truck pop-ups are offered seasonally, along with two outdoor weather-permitting patios.
131 N Diamond St, Mansfield, OH 44902, Phone: 419-522-2552
24.Warped Wing Brewing Company
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Warped Wing Brewing Company is a Dayton brewery offering a taproom and adjacent full kitchen at the Spent Grain Grill, which serves a variety of specialty pizzas, tacos, and appetizers. Its tapped brews include its Space Food IPA, Trotwood Lager, Golden Glow Kellerbier, Magic Melon Sour, and Ermal’s Belgian-style Cream Ale. Unique beer cocktails are also served, along with several house-made non-alcoholic sodas, including root and ginger beers. Tours are offered on Sunday afternoons with advance reservations, offering all participants a commemorative pint glass. A variety of merchandise is sold at the brewery, including t-shirts and branded tap handles.
26 Wyandot St, Dayton, OH 45402, Phone: 937-222-7003
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25.Yellow Springs Brewery
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Yellow Springs Brewery was founded in 2013 by Yellow Springs residents Lisa Wolters and Nate Cornett. Its artistic taproom is housed within a renovated 19th-century industrial building and is located along the Little Miami Bike Trail for convenient biking access. Core brews served at the taproom and a number of local restaurants include the brewery’s Boat Show IPA, Captain Stardust Saison, Handsome American Brown Ale, Springer Golden Ale, and Zoetic American Pale Ale. Seasonal styles emphasize Belgian styles and fruit ingredients and include ales such as Smokin’ Handsome, a smoked variant on the brewery’s flagship beer that received a silver medal from the Great American Beer Festival. Brewhouse tours are offered each Saturday, lasting approximately 45 minutes.
305 Walnut St, Yellow Springs, OH 45387, Phone: 937-767-0222
25 Best Ohio Breweries
- Lockport Brewery, Photo: Lockport Brewery
- Hoppin' Frog Brewery, Photo: Hoppin' Frog Brewery
- Brick And Barrel, Photo: Brick And Barrel
- DogBerry Brewing, Photo: DogBerry Brewing
- Father John's, Photo: Father John's
- Fibonacci Brewing Company, Photo: Fibonacci Brewing Company
- Fifth Street Brewpub, Photo: Fifth Street Brewpub
- Forest City Brewery, Photo: Forest City Brewery
- Actual Brewing Co., Photo: Actual Brewing Co.
- Ill Mannered Brewing Company, Photo: Ill Mannered Brewing Company
- Jackie O's, Photo: Jackie O's
- Land-Grant Brewing Company, Photo: Land-Grant Brewing Company
- Listermann Brewing Company, Photo: Listermann Brewing Company
- Black Cloister Brewing Company, Photo: Black Cloister Brewing Company
- MadTree Brewing, Photo: MadTree Brewing
- Numbers Brewing Company, Photo: Numbers Brewing Company
- Paladin Brewing, Photo: Paladin Brewing
- R. Shea Brewing, Photo: R. Shea Brewing
- Rhinegeist Brewery, Photo: Rhinegeist Brewery
- Seventh Son Brewing Co., Photo: Seventh Son Brewing Co.
- Sideswipe Brewing, Photo: Sideswipe Brewing
- Tailspin Brewing Company, Photo: Tailspin Brewing Company
- The Phoenix Brewing Company, Photo: The Phoenix Brewing Company
- Warped Wing Brewing Company, Photo: Warped Wing Brewing Company
- Yellow Springs Brewery, Photo: Yellow Springs Brewery
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