OTR’s Samuel Adams Taproom Is Uniquely Cincinnati

Across from the brewery, the taproom has a spacious outdoor patio and exclusive beers.
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Photograph by Emma Jenkins

Just a few blocks west of the West Elder Street entrance to Findlay Market, the 3,600-square-foot outdoor patio of the Samuel Adams taproom welcomes a crowd of local shoppers and beer lovers. Globe string lights drape over rows of picnic tables, lounge chairs, and brick fireplaces, and when the weather gets warm, food trucks will line the perimeter of the recently built taproom. 

Photograph by Emma Jenkins

Photograph by Emma Jenkins

Jim Koch, Boston Beer Company founder and Cincinnati native, opened the taproom in November, strategically placing it across the street from the company’s local brewery. As inviting as the outside, the taproom inside features 12 Samuel Adams beers brewed on site. Some of the beers, like the Oaked Dunkel (4.9 percent ABV) and the Coffee Pale Ale (5.6 percent ABV) are taproom exclusives with a local twist. The latter is aged with natural Guji Ethiopian coffee beans from Deeper Roots Coffee. Visitors can purchase growlers or crowlers of the on-tap beers while enjoying the rustic-industrial decor inspired by Cincinnati’s brewing history. 

Beyond the beer, on select nights, Samuel Adams hosts a variety of events, including live music on Thursdays, food trucks on Fridays, and a monthly “sip and spell,” where guests over 21 can enjoy their favorite craft beer while taking part in a spelling bee. First and second place teams are invited to an end-of-the-year finale face off.

Photograph by Emma Jenkins

The taproom is open 3–10 pm Monday–Thursday and 11 am–11 pm Friday and Saturday. Some upcoming events include a Harry Potter Trivia night on March 6, a St. Patrick’s Day celebration on March 16, and the Findlay Market Opening Day Parade celebration on March 28.

Samuel Adams Cincinnati Taproom, 1727 Logan St., Over-the-Rhine, (513) 312-3300, facebook.com/samadamscincy

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