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Brewed in Ohio: A visit to Rhinegeist Brewery in Cincinnati

October 02, 2014 By: mike Category: Breweries, Craft beer, Travelin'

Rhinegeist Brewery - signIn the cavernous shell of the old Moerlein bottling plant in Cincinnati’s Over the Rhine neighborhood, a new brewery has been born.

Rhinegeist Brewery is making 20bbl batches of beer in this historic Ohio building, built in 1895, that features a brewery, canning line and a unique taproom with long wooden tables and games for kids and adults alike.

Rhinegeist, which means “ghost of the Rhine,” brewed its first batch on June 8th, 2013, and has quickly become a big part of Cincinnati’s resurgent craft beer scene.

Rhinegeist’s year-round beers range from Uncle, a British Mild that registers just 3.8% ABV, to the Truth, a 7.2% ABV IPA with Centennial, Citra, Amarillo and Simcoe hops.

“The yin/yang of our brewing philosophy is hoppy/sessionable and we aim to brew beers where ‘the first sip calls for the third,'” according to Rhinegeist’s website. “We’re a small team with big dreams and tend to smile while we sweat. We brew those styles which are most compelling to our thirst and we certainly hope you enjoy our brews as much as we do.”

Rhinegeist’s beers are available on draft and in cans only in the Cincinnati area. The brewery’s taproom is open seven days a week, so check it out if you’re ever in town. It’s worth stopping in.

Here are some photos from my recent visit to Rhinegeist:

Rhinegeist Brewery - fermenters

Rhinegeist Brewery - inside

Rhinegeist Brewery - bar

Rhinegeist Brewery pint

Rhinegeist Brewery - seating

Rhinegeist Brewery - more seating

Rhinegeist Brewery canning

Rhinegeist Brewery - canning

Rhinegeist Brewery - kegs