There’s a new beer house in town and this one happens to be just down the street from me! The Cincinnati craft beer scene is exploding (well, it has been for years now) and it’s nice to see a piece of that progress in my own neighborhood. And, it’s not just a bar, it’s a restaurant and gathering place.
What makes Big Ash Brewing super unique is its approach to serving craft beer. Everything is on tap and self-serve. At Big Ash, you go in, get a card, and use that card (vending-machine-style) to taste as many beers as you’d like. Each time you insert your card and make a pour, it adds to your tab. Pretty clever because you can try as much or as little as you’d like. If you know you love a particular dark stout, fill a tall glass. If you want to try many different options, go for the smaller tasting glasses. On two of our visits, we actually spent less money and yet tried more drinks.
Big Ash also has hard cider and wine on tap plus a nice lineup of beers brewed on site. They have an impressive selection such as a Coffee Blonde, Pineapple Cherry Sour, New England IPA, American Amber, and a Vanilla Cream Ale. Their Baltic Porter was delicious and my husband really enjoyed their Milk Stout.
If you’re hungry, you can grab pizza and pretzels inside. Think flatbread pizza — thin, light, and crispy. Big Ash dishes up signature pies and build-your-own creations. Again, there are not servers per se. You place your own order when ready. There are experts around to provide direction or input if needed.
Now, full disclosure, I do not really drink. I’m actually alcohol intolerant. Super similar to an allergy. But, I still love breweries and distilleries. I like trying sips (lots of small sips) of various drinks, especially those made locally. I enjoy a bit of hard cider now and then as well. If you like cider, you have to try Blackberry Wild by Cider Boys! What I really like about breweries is the atmosphere. I like gathering and talking. I like the casual vibe and the ability to just show up and stay as long or as little as wanted. On our last visit, we sat for awhile and played Gin Rummy!
Big Ash Brewery MerchCheck out this locally owned and operated Cincinnati business. Take a break. Have a seat. Grab a drink. Meet a friend. You deserve it.
GO THERE (Big Ash)! TRY THAT (a tap of this and a tap of that )!