National Beer Lover's Day is celebrated annually on September 7. In honor of this holiday and our new Fermentation Science program we have compiled a list of some of our favorite brewery tours in Ohio.
Check them out and be sure to leave comments if you're favorite brewery isn't listed!
Rhinegeist Brewery tour
- Public Tours -- Monday - Thursday: Free; Friday - Sunday: $6
- Private Tours -- $100+
- VIP Tasting Tours -- $30 per person; $360 for private tour
- Specialty Tasting Tours -- $35 - $42
Distribution: Ohio, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Indiana, and Pittsburgh, PA.
Most Known For: IPAs
About: Rhinegeist Brewery opened in 2013 and is located in the Over The Rhine historical district in Cincinnati, Ohio. The 25,000 square foot facility was built inside the old Moerlein bottling plant (1895), providing the brewery with plenty of space to grow their team.
BrewDog Brewery Tour
Canal Winchester, Ohio
- Public Tours -- $10
Distribution: Europe, Asia, North America, and Australia
Most Known For: World record holder for the strongest beer in history (55% alcohol).
About: BrewDog a Scotland-based brewing company started in 2007 with just two employees and a dog. In 2017, they opened a 42-acre site in Canal Winchester that now features the first crowdfunded craft beer hotel.
North High Brewing
- Public Tours -- $20 (includes Tour, T-shirt, Pint Glass, and a Beer)
Distribution: Columbus, Cincinnati, Akron, Canton, Youngstown, Athens
Most Known For: Brew your own unique batch of beer at North High Brewing.
About: In 2011, North High Brewing was born as Columbus' first and only Brew on Premises establishment. In addition to allowing customers to brew their own, North High Brewing creates a variety of their own craft beers that are served in their taproom and several Ohio restaurants and bars.
Great Lakes Brewing Co.
- Public Tours -- $5 (includes four 5 oz. beer samples)
- Private Tours -- $100 (up to 15 people)
Distribution: Ohio, Kentucky, Illinois, New York, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Michigan, Virginia, Minnesota, West Virginia, New Jersey, and Wisconsin.
Most Known For: Being the first craft brewery in Ohio.
About: Started by two brothers in the early '80s, Great Lakes Brewing Co. (GLBC) is best known as the first craft brewery in Ohio. According to This is Cleveland, "Recently, GLBC was the only Ohio brewery to be included on The Daily Meal’s 'Top 25 American Craft Breweries.'"
Black Cloister Brewing Company
- Complimentary public tours offered when a brewer or manager is present
Distribution: Ohio and the Midwest
Most Known For: Helles Angel lager
About: Opened in 2015, Black Cloister Brewing Company was founded by four Lutherans with a love of great beer and a goal of building community in Toledo, and giving back. Their slogan (Brew good. Do good.) is their promise to use their success to help raise money for nonprofit groups and other worthy causes.
Warped Wing Brewing Company
- Public Tours -- $10 per person (full tour, draught beer of choice, and commemorative Warped Wing pint glass)
Distribution: Columbus, Cincinnati, Dayton, and Akron.
Most Known For: Creating Beer's that embrace the city's past (i.e. Ermal's Belgian Style Cream Ale, Flyin' Rye, and 10 Ton Oatmeal Stout)
About: Warped Wing Brewing Company opened its doors in 2014 and is located in downtown Dayton at the site of the old Buckeye Iron & Brass Works Foundry (1938).
If you're looking for a full-day experience, check out the half day tours offered across Ohio such as these:
- Cincinnati Brewery Tour
- Columbus Ale Trail
- Columbus Brew Adventures
- Cleveland Brew Bus
- Dayton Craft Connection Brewery Tours
Now go forth and celebrate. Cheers!