The Samuel Adams beer story actually started in Cincinnati. Founder Jim Koch was born in Cincy. His father had moved the family to the Buckeye State to take a job at a Cincinnati brewery. The recipe for Boston Lager was even stored in the attic over the garage at Koch’s parent’s house in Cin City where he retrieved it one day to begin his journey as one of the pioneers of the craft beer industry. The Boston Beer Co. launched in the ‘80s, and by 1997 Koch had returned to his hometown of Cincinnati to purchase the Hudepohl-Schoenling Brewery, where his father had roots. The Boston Beer Co. has brewed in Cincinnati ever since.
Now, across the street from Sam Adams Cincinnati Brewery sits the Samuel Adams Cincinnati Tap Room, located in the historic Over the Rhine neighborhood at the Urban Sites’ film center project at the entrance to the Findlay market. We were invited for the opening of this awesome venue in November, but we just couldn’t make it. Yes, we were fools. Just look at the majesty of this place.
Cincinnati Tap Room has a small brewery onsite and features an indoor fireplace lounge as well as outdoor patio space to enjoy during the warmer months. The Tap Room will serve as a meeting place for beer drinkers, local Cincinnatians, and visitors alike for a beer as well as special events. Guests will have a chance to enjoy a pint or flight of new and experimental styles brewed exclusively onsite and at the Cincinnati brewery as well as fan favorites such as Cincinnati-inspired lager 513, Boston Lager and seasonal brews like Summer Ale. Additionally, drinkers will be able to purchase growlers of beers that are on tap.
Capacity: At 9,000 square feet, the Samuel Adams Cincinnati Tap Room will hold about 350 drinkers between both the indoor and outdoor space.
Beers on Tap: Beers available on tap will continually rotate, but for the grand opening had: Boston Lager, Sam ’76, Winter Lager, Chocolate Bock, 513, New England IPA, White Christmas, Cream Stout, German Pils, Cherry Wheat, Old Fezziwig Ale, Boston Ale.
Cost of Pints, Flights and Growlers: Pints will be $6, flights will be $9 and growlers will be $15. Prices may vary depending on style.