Brewery business continues growing in Cincinnati area

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Brewery business continues growing in Cincinnati area

Two new breweries open this weekend


Updated: 8:05 AM EDT Oct 9, 2016

CINCINNATI — Beer business appears to be booming in Cincinnati.  Two
new breweries opened just this weekend and there’s no slowdown in
sight.

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FigLeaf Brewing Co. opened in Middletown Saturday.  Streetside Brewery
opened Friday, excited to be the latest local brewer to join the craft
brewing scene in Cincinnati.

“What we are focused on is creating community in the tap room and
brewing beers that you don't see a lot of in Cincinnati,” said
Streetside Brewery co-owner Garrett Hickey.  

Streetside is the latest up-and-comer to join the around 30 others in
and around the Queen City.

On tap in Columbia Tusculum are six new brews, including a Raspberry
Beret.
Well-known and anonymous beer blogger The Gnarly Gnome tells WLWT he
only sees the beer scene growing.

“I think it's almost limitless from what we can see right now. There's
still so many pockets around town of people that don't have that
neighborhood place that they can go to and sit and drink,” said Gnarly
Gnome.

Brewers are scattered all over the city, including in the Banks and
Over-the-Rhine.  All operations vary in size.

MadTree’s Brewing now has outgrown its tap room and is expanding its
facility to meet demand.

“The beer industry within the U.S. is actually larger than the wine
industry, but there's almost twice as many wineries within the U.S. It
just shows there's definitely capacity for the market,” said MadTree
sales director Adam Lane.

So just what is driving demand for local brewers?  The Gnome has his
theories.

“You can see the excitement and hear where that beer came from and the
story behind it, and you don't get that from big beer,” said Gnarly
Gnome.

Streetside Brewery owners say Cincinnati is a thirsty city and there’s
plenty of beer mugs to fill.

“There's room for everybody,” said Hickey.

Beer enthusiasts doubt Cincinnati will be tapped out from too many
breweries any time soon.  

http://www.wlwt.com/article/brewery-business-continues-growing-in-cincinnati-area/5092886


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