Rivertown’s crew hopped on Cincinnati’s brewing bandwagon pretty early when Jason Roeper and Randy Schiltz opened their Lockland taproom/brewery in 2009. The main motivation: a lack of craft beer options available in the area. Six years later, their German-influenced ales and lagers are a staple of the Queen City’s beer resurgence, and even helped spawn some of their local brethren, including 50 West’s Blake Horsburgh. The taproom space is definitely, uh, beer-centric (read: cramped and no-frills), but it’s worth it for the brews, with pints going for $5–$6 and roughly 10 to 12 options on tap, ranging from year-round selections (Helles Lager, Lil Sipa session IPA, and Hop Bomber rye pale ale) to seasonals, limited releases, and small batches. If you can—and if the weather cooperates—grab a seat at one of the sidewalk tables outside, or if it’s really crowded, order a growler to go. Remember, you’re there for the beer, not the decor.