Review: Taft's Ale House

On Thursday night, my husband Ryan and I were invited to an event at Taft’s Ale House, a relatively new brewery in Cincinnati. Taft’s Ale House is located on Race Street in the Over-The-Rhine (OTR) neighborhood of Cincinnati, and is in the beautifully renovated St. Paul’s Evangelical Church that was built in the 1850s.

Although Ryan and I love wine, he isn’t a big beer drinker, so although I’ve been to Madtree many times with friends, it’s rare for us to head to a bar together – especially a brewery. We instantly fell in love with the character of Taft’s Ale House’s building, and ordered what the bartender recommended: their Cherrywood ale. I’d highly recommend it too – beer aficionados and novices alike seemed to enjoy this particular brew. Apparently, their most popular is the Nellie’s Keylime Caribbean Ale, so if you’re really into craft beer, you probably want to check that one out. If you’re not a beer drinker at all, you’re still in luck – there is wine available and also some incredible cocktails, created with lots of care – in beakers!

After hanging out by the downstairs bar for a bit, we ventured upstairs to the main bar and restaurant. After checking out the incredible detail of the building – look for the beautiful original mural behind the bar, where the altar would have been – we grabbed ourselves a couple of seats at one of the communal tables. We scoped out the menu, and while it was simple, we were excited about the selection. Taft’s Ale House is well-known for its tri-tip steak sandwiches, and we understand why. I highly recommend the Ale House sandwich, with melt in your mouth tri-tip and onion straws (what more could you want with a beer?) We also ordered a side of tater tots, which were literally a dream! Who doesn’t love tots, especially after a couple of drinks?

If you’re looking for a fun night out in downtown Cincinnati, definitely consider stopping by Taft’s Ale House for an unbeatable atmosphere, fantastic food, and awesome brews. This place may have Ryan and I becoming craft beer aficionados, after all.

Until next time,