Rhinegeist -- Cincinnati, OH

When we were invited to this wedding we knew we wanted to check out Rhinegeist. Rhinegeist is the largest craft brewery in Cincinnati and their beers and ciders are sold by Giant Eagle (and Market District) which is why we've been able to try them. I brought their "Bubbles" Rose Cider for everyone to try on our recent family vacation. The Rhinegeist Brewery is 25,000 square feet and features multiple spaces for large groups, while we were there Rhinegeist was hosting both a rehearsal dinner and a wedding. Rhinegeist directly translates to "Ghost of the Rhine" and is located in the old Moerlein bottling plant (1895). Moerlein was the heart of the Over-The-Rhine Brewery District in the 19th century. In 2013, Rhinegeist brewed its first batch of beer.

As soon as you enter Rhinegeist you can smell the brewing. You head upstairs into the main floor of the brewery which is full of cornhole, games, and picnic tables. We toyed with the idea of staying on the main floor, but decided to explore the rooftop patio first.

The rooftop patio was expansive, and while we weren't able to get tasting flights upstairs the views and the weather were both too great to miss. 

Dave likened the views and the signage to the Guinness Brewery in Dublin, Ireland. From all vantage points you could find out what you were looking at in the Over-The-Rhine neighborhood.

We started off with Streaker IPA and the Lemongrass Ginger Cider. Dave thought Streaker was a well-balanced IPA and we both enjoyed the Lemongrass Ginger Cider, I don't think it's something we've seen in the stores but we would definitely order it again. The lemongrass and ginger flavors were both light and made for a refreshing cider.

We ended the night by splitting a Semi-Dry Cider since that was the only one we haven't tried. It was both sweeter and drier than the Lemongrass Ginger Cider, but truthfully I enjoy all three (including Bubbles, the rose cider which we've had before). We ended up staying at Rhinegeist for about an hour and a half, Dave didn't want more beer so we headed back to West Chester. I would recommend dinner at Abigail Street before going to Rhinegeist (they do not serve food). You are able to bring your own food, our friend Kayla recommends Gomez at 107 E. 12th Street as a great option for food to bring to the brewery. 


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