Cincinnati was built on beer. But to the rest of the country, we're newcomers to the craft

What do we have to do to win respect?
Liz Engel, WCPO contributor 7:37 AM, Jun 30, 2016
CINCINNATI — When it comes to craft beer, Cincinnatians sure think they know their stuff. It's a city built upon brewing, they say. It's our l egacy, they say.
But on a national level, we're arguably still a fly-over city, even though in recent years our cups — or, in this case, growlers — ove rfloweth.
The greater metropolitan area now includes nearly three dozen craft beer ma kers. Nine Giant Brewing recently opened in Pleasant Ridge, and two others — Woodburn Brewery (East Walnut Hills) and Queen City Brewery (Blue Ash) — are coming online soon. Others are pouring — pun in tended — millions into expansions that promise more — and b etter-tasting — brew.
So exactly when will the rest of the country will take notice?
Who's to say it hasn't?
SmartAsset named Cincinnati the No. 10 "best city for beer drinkers" in a M arch poll. Fortune’s recent list, "10 under-the-radar cities" in th e craft world, gave the Queen City a nod based on the fact the number of br eweries in Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky has "tripled" over the last fiv e years. Rhinegeist, arguably one of the fastest-growing craft breweries in the entire country, was second in a USA Today poll of "best new breweries" nationwide. The Over-the-Rhine beermaker, mind you, celebrated only its th ird anniversary this past Saturday.
But that logic only goes so far. Most lists have a common theme. We're "new ." "Under the radar." "Up-and-coming." In other words, far from unseating t op picks like Portland, San Diego and Denver.
Bobby Slattery, founding partner and director of operations at 50 West, sai d he pays no mind to such lists. He's busy concocting events like July 9's Punch Out festival. (More on that later.)
Maybe that's a good thing. Many polls, including this 2015 Thrillist articl e from writer Andy Kryza, don't include Cincinnati at all. That's not all t hat unusual — nor all that offensive — minus the fact that Cleveland, our arch-nemesis to the north, made this list. WCPO reached out to Andy and — short of questioning his allegiance to the Browns ? ?? asked, "Why?!"
Kryza said Cincinnati is "definitely" on his radar as a "growing city" for beer, but it also seems — at least in his West Coast opinion (he li ves in Portland) — "to be pretty self-contained."
It's tough to find our beer outside of Buckeye borders, he lamented.
WCPO Insiders can read on to find out why our craft beer has such a small f ootprint outside of Ohio and what one local brewery has planned next month that is sure to draw attention to our corner of the world.
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