→We’re awash in enough new breweries to float a coal barge. Narrowing the field to our favorites was tough, but we tackled the hard work of hoisting a few so you won’t have to wonder.
March First Brewing in Sycamore Township, named for the date Ohio became a state, hopes to appeal to beer fans who find the usual craft offerings too heavy or too bitter. The stars in their lineup are lagers and ciders, including the Apple Fritter Cider, a collaboration with Holtman’s Donuts.
March First Brewing, 7885 E Kemper Rd., (513) 718-9173, marchfirstbrewing.com
What used to be the Jockey Club in Newport is now Wooden Cask Brewing Company, started by Randy Schiltz, a cofounder of Rivertown. The focus here is on ales, stouts, and porters, plus a barrel aged program.
Wooden Cask Brewing Company, 629 York St., Newport, (859) 261-2172, woodencask.com
Mixing music and beer was a no-brainer for three friends from La Salle, and their dream turned into Fretboard Brewing Company in Blue Ash, where live bands play all weekend. The beer lineup is anchored by two IPAs, the 7.1 percent ABV Improv and the S23, a sessionable 4.9 percent ABV.
Fretboard Brewing Company, 5800 Creed Rd., (513) 914-4677, fretboardbrewing.com