Four Barbecue Spots Where Spirits and Smoke Mix


Photograph by Chris Von Holle

Need a drink with your barbecue? These breweries can hook you up.

[Editor’s Note: The print version of this piece included Smoke & Water BBQ at Robert James Distillery; while that issue was on press, the distillery announced that its Highland Avenue taproom would no longer be open to the public. A new taproom/theater, RJ Cinema, is set to open June 21, 2019.]

Rivertown Brewery & Barrel House
This 26,000-square-foot brewing facility and restaurant opened in 2017 and serves a full menu of slow-smoked barbecue, from pork to jackfruit. Come on Fridays for the very good ribs (and come early, as they do sell out).
6550 Hamilton Lebanon Rd., Monroe, (513) 360-7839

Big Dogg’s BBQ at West Side Brewing
A rotating crew of food trucks park in front of this Westwood mainstay, but Big Dogg’s holds down Thursday. Their pulled pork parfait stacks pork, mac and cheese, baked beans (with pineapple!), and slaw for a dessert-inspired meal that goes great with a Hefeweizen.
3044 Harrison Ave., Westwood, (513) 661-2337

Smoked Out Cincy at Fretboard Brewing Company
The menu offers handy beer pairings for your sandwich, but we’re fond of the BBQ pork fries. Lightly battered fries get a generous topping of white queso, pulled pork, barbecue sauce, and green onions. Don’t be afraid to share—there’s plenty.
5800 Creek Rd., Blue Ash, (513) 914-4677

Four Mile Pig at Alexandria Brewing Company
Try the three-meat platter, and make one of the meats burnt ends. The sweet, meaty, fatty chunks of brisket are popular in Kansas City, but rare in this neck of the woods. Eat your greens in the form of crispy fried Brussels sprouts.
7926 Alexandria Pike, #1, Alexandria, (859) 694-6999

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