Fifty West Brewing Co
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Active Beers: 12
Beer Ratings: 31
Beer Avg: 3.59
Taps: - / Bottles: -
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 14 | Reviews: 7 | Show All Ratings:
3.68/5 rDev -8.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Place is set up kind of like a lodge. Very cozy. 12 taps covering most all of your basic styles. All very solid, but nothing particularly mind blowing. The coffee stout was the best that we had, and to be honest, it was a truly exceptional example of the style. The owners seem to be young guys, but they are friendly and clearly giving this an honest effort. A free shuffleboard table is always a nice touch too. Servers were very pleasant and knew their product. Free pretzels and beer cheese from a local bakery chain are a super nice touch, and there is a food truck outside. A welcome addition to our growing beer scene in Cincinnati.
Have visited a few times since my original review, and it gets a little worse each time I go. The beer is always a little watery for the style. The service is usually nice, but as they seem to transition into a tapas bar, the stuff that made this place cool at first is continuing to go away. For the neighborhood, it's still good, and if this were five years ago, it would be a total destination in town. But the craft scene is changing a lot in Cincinnati, and this place isn't at the top of the pack.
04-16-2014 13:59:26 | More by rodney4130
4.3/5 rDev +7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
RUSTIC bed and breakfast look to the place
even more old pub looking on the inside, watch your head for the huge ole beams overhead!!!
Sat at the bar, fantastic caring service with an out of this world chex/pretzle/spicy mix of goodness to munch on!!
They brew their own and have a selecton to satisfy your sour/hoppy/malty/ what you need side!
Happy Hour is a great value
02-09-2014 00:42:43 | More by edfish
4.36/5 rDev +8.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $
Stop #411 on my world brewery tour.
It's about time. I live less than 10 minutes from Fifty West and it's taken me the better part of a year to visit.
Really well done job with rehabbing an old house that never could find its business groove. Low ceilings and mood lighting create a cozy atmosphere. Lots of beers on tap and if you get there..I think it's before six, you can get a flight of beers for $5.
I did two of those and went with a full pour of the cask citra dry hop punch you in the eyIPA which was a very nice beer. Can't help but mention the Phish-inspired beer names. Also had a Slave to the Traffic Light Amber.
All the beers from top two bottom were very well done and there was enough experimentation with (seasonal) ingredients to keep me wanting to make periodic visits.
The two ladies behind the bar were friendly and did a well above average job in describing the beers to those with questions.
I'll be back!
12-10-2013 18:46:16 | More by Yetiman420
3.48/5 rDev -13.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
I checked out this local (to me) microbrewery last week after seeing a reference to it on Yelp. Loved the feel of the place -- big open public room with a huge bar along one wall that was lined end to end with taps. High rise tables with tall stools. Dark wood décor, lodge style, semi-low lighting. Created a very cozy atmosphere. Moderately busy for a Saturday afternoon.
There's a back room down a half-flight of steps with some more tables and booths, and a big wood-burning hearth that wasn't being used at the time (middle of July, you know). There is also an outdoor patio area, but it likewise was not in use.
As you walk in the door there's a neon chalkboard announcing (very colorfully) the brewery's offerings, about a dozen home-grown styles ranging from wheat to pilsner to Belgian to IPA to stout. Your table will include a cheap-looking paper menu/listing of those same dozen beers with brief descriptions and basic vitals (IBUs and ABV), along with a shortish food menu, mainly appetizer and sandwichy stuff. There are no other beers available except their own wares.
I had the good fortune to get in during happy hour, and decide to try a 6-beer flight for only $5 (instead of the normal $9). We also ordered several food items: a green tomato soup with spicy sriracha sauce (a little different, but reasonably good); fried green tomatoes done up gourmet style, which were superb but there were only two on the plate (disappointing since we down a mess of fried tomatoes); and a Mediterranean-ish flatbread.
As to the six beers I sampled, I thought their pilsner was respectable but nearly everything else was badly over-hopped. The Belgian would have been good except that the spiciness lingered and intensified uncomfortably on the finish -- reminded me of the after-effect of eating so-called cinnamon candy that leaves your tongue burning for several minutes afterwards.
Overall, I would say it's worth trying for yourself, although for my own part I would give it a hearty "meh". Service was friendly but a bit lackluster. Nevertheless, on the way out I couldn't resist the urge to buy a logo pint glass for $5. It definitely has some potential if they can refine their brew recipes a bit.
07-28-2013 22:21:00 | More by AnotherBeerGeek
4.14/5 rDev +3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4 | $$
Stopped at this brewery for Sunday Brunch while visiting Cincinnati. The brewery/restaurant has a nice look, feel and flow. There is a decent size bar area with about 10 beers on tap and we ate outside in a nice patio area.
The place as a nice set up, shuffleboard, nice dining area and plenty of room. Good decor and definitely child friendly although they did not have a high chair available.
The food was pretty good, always nice to get brunch at a brewery.
The beer was good, they had a nice selection for the start of summer. They offered a kolsch, 2 weisses, pale ale, stout, 2 IPA's and some others. They offer half price flights on Sunday ($10), otherwise I don't think I would have gotten a flight for the full price. I really enjoy their Belgian IPA, Kust Naar Kust and Coast to Coast IPA.
Overall I would definitely recommend trying this place, I would have liked to experience the bar area, but that just means I will definitely try and revisit.
07-01-2013 16:52:32 | More by BeerTwigs
District of Columbia
4.85/5 rDev +20.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | $
This is a great new brewery in Cincinnati. The beers are all very tasty and well made and the atmosphere of the tasting room is cozy and inviting. There is a shuffle board table and a record player pumping out classic rock. The bar offers a selection of about 12-15 house beers. The Hoppy When Wet IPA is a great fresh hop IPA and had a great bitterness I don't usually find in a fresh hop beer.
02-24-2013 16:55:26 | More by dccoor
5/5 rDev +24.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
I have been to Fifty West Brewing Co. several times since it opened to the public in late November 2012. It is located in an old historical location just east of Mariemont, OH formerly called the Heritage House. The tap-room is rather small and has a woody, cozy feel to it. Lot's of dark wood trim.... but it also has a distinctly modern feel to it. The tap-room is a bi-level room; one main level with the bar extending one whole side then, you take a few steps down into a cozy lower level with a stone fireplace. There is another adjacent room with a suffleboard table. The atmosphere is really nice. You can tell that the craft-beer appreciating public has been thirsty for a place like this, because it's always got a good crowd.
Their whole theme is about America's adventuresome spirit. The name "Fifty West" pays homage to US Route 50 that extends from coast to coast (and the brewery happens to be planted right on US 50!). There is a classic vintage VW Van parked under the front canopy all painted with the Fifty West logo and earthtone colors. Many of their beer selections are named with travel and adventure in mind (Lonliest Road Stout, Speedbump Kolsch, Coast to Coast IPA, etc.). The music that plays in the tap-room is from vinyl records on a turntable. The staff is friendly and knowledgeable and they seem genuinely happy and up-beat. The brew crew is always smiling with the satisfaction of seeing the public enjoy their creations.
They usually have about 15 beers on tap at any one time, all of their own creation. Every beer I have tried has been terrific and a fine representation of the style. I believe that this place has something for everybody. If you are new to the craft beer scene, there are a few safe choices, and if you are looking to test your own adventursome spirit, they've got that covered too.
In my humble opinion, they have done everything right. I have to give them a perfect score of 5 (out of 5) on everything... Atmosphere - check; Quality - check; Service - check; Selection - check.... by way of Food, they serve up homebaked soft pretzels and cheese for now. But I believe that in late February or early March they will also be offering food (which I would assume will be just great as well).
The bottom line: If you are in or near Cincinnati, if you appreciate a well-crafted beer.... ya gotta check this place out.
02-05-2013 15:51:00 | More by TheBierBand
Fifty West Brewing Co in Cincinnati, OH
90 out of 100 based on 14 ratings.