Listermann Brewing Company
1621 Dana Ave
Visited on June 28, 2014
After an exhaustive investigation into which brewery/breweries I should visit on a recent night in Cincinnati, I settled on the two that were closest to the house I was sleeping in. Seemed to make sense, plus at least one of them had excellent reviews. Neither disappointed.
After a long nine-hourish drive all the way from Chapel Hill, my wife pulled into the tiny side gravel parking lot that provides barely enough room for patrons of Listermann Brewing Company, located right next to the campus of Xavier University. I bet they make a killing during the school year. Hell, I bet they make a killing year-round, because the beers were surprisingly exceptional.
I don’t expect much going into a location that used to be primarily a homebrew store. Most of the time some of the local homebrewers have taken up residence and make their own concoctions that taste very much like homebrew. Not so here. Whoever is running the show behind the fermentation tanks really know their shit.
There’s a very good selection of varieties, which I would expect from a small and nimble brewpub that doesn’t have to satisfy quotas for flagships or mass distribution. The surprising part was the quality across the board. There wasn’t a single beer I did not like, and very few of them were uninteresting. Plus, there were three in the double digits ABV-wise, which always makes me smile.
So what was the best of the bunch? Hands down, the peanut butter porter is the way to go. I’ve had many “peanut butter” beers in my day, and until Listermann, none of them tasted a thing like peanut butter. Not so here, my friend. The taste is so spot-on, I wanted to go ask the bartender for a shot of jelly and a piece of bread. I’d go through some of the other exceptional brews, like an on-point giant Belgian, IPA and others, but I’d end up writing an entire essay.
The only thing this place is missing is a bit more, well, place. There isn’t a ton of seating and none of it is very comfortable. They would do well with some outdoor seating, a few cushy chairs or couches, and a bit more of a refined atmosphere. As it is, it would not stop me from coming by on a regular basis. So maybe it doesn’t matter in the end.
Total: 74 (of 80)