An empty storefront on DeSales corner is now filled with one of our most favorite things: beer, y’all. Lots of beer. Thirty taps of it.
You already know that beer is good and Cincinnatians drink a lot of it. So rather than remind you of that (I doubt I need to), I will tell you some things that make The Growler House a great place to drink the stuff:
1. The beer. Anticipate an exceptional line-up of brews, both local and craft-from-beyond. MadTree, Blank Slate, 50 West, Mt. Carmel, Listermann, Moerlein, Rhinegeist, and Rivertown were all represented, with appearances from non-locals like The Brew Kettle, Lagunitas, Warped Wing, and more.
2. Sampling. Try ordering by the “bencher,” not the pint. Basically a deconstructed, one-at-a-time flight, the bencher system eliminates any risk of warm beer. For $2.50 to $3 per 5-ounce pour, try the spectrum. (And ask for a sip first if you’re unsure.)
3. Lack of pretension. No so-much-more-craft-than-thou vibes here, at all. The large chalkboard menus are color-coordinated by beer name and type (let your OCD rejoice!) with one board devoted to descriptions of the different styles—so you know exactly what you’re getting into, sans the being intimidated to ask (or being overwhelmed by so many options) part. Not that you would be intimidated here, anyways (see: lack of pretension).
4. Fireside Pizza delivers. Yeah, I don’t think this one needs more explanation. (And kudos to Walnut Hills businesses for being such good neighbors.)
5. Beer. Lots of beer.
The Growler House, 1526 Madison Rd., Walnut Hills, (513) 580-8277