Fifty West Brewing Co

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Fifty West Brewing CoFifty West Brewing Co
BEER AVG
3.8/5
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49 Beers
267 Ratings
Place Score: 93
Ratings: 52
Reviews: 14
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: n/a
Taps: --
Bottles: --
Cask: Y
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

7668 Wooster Pike
Cincinnati, Ohio, 45227-3926
United States
phone: (513) 834-8789

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @fiftywestbrew

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Ratings: 52 | Reviews: 14
Photo of buschbeer
4.16/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I visited Fifty West recently with some friends. It was the first stop of four brewpubs that day. We rolled in around one o'clock in the afternoon. We had the unfortunate timing of pulling in right in front of a Cincinnati beer tour bus. The place looks like a home converted into a brewpub. We entered and bellied up to the bar.

The drunken idiots from the bus tour piled into the next room right behind us. They were loud, obnoxious, and very annoying. I tried to focus on my tasting experience. I ordered the sampler that gives a good variety and range of the beers they make. The Little Miami Weisee, a pineapple berliner weisse, and the Coffee Please, a coffee stout, were the standouts of the lineup.

I ordered the bratwurst bites which are bratwurst balls served on a bed of braised red cabbage and topped with stone ground mustard. They are very good and have left me with a need to try and replicate it in my kitchen.

The bartenders were very friendly and knowledgeable. The taproom was enjoyable once the drunken beer bus patrons left, and I could carry on a conversation without shouting. I think I will definitely be checking this place out again.

Photo of KSOZE
4.54/5  rDev +8.9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

I love this place. Cool old school vibe, with seating in the taproom, by an old fireplace or outside in the courtyard. Service has always been excellent, food has always been excellent (if not a little pricey for what you get), and beer is among my favorite in the Cincinnati area. They do dark beers better than anyone in Cincy, and their IPAs hit the right notes from time to time. Their lighter styles miss the mark for me as they can be thin and one-dimensional, but overall my favorite beer place in Cincinnati.

Photo of Brutaltruth
4.24/5  rDev +1.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

A fine brewery with a solid rotating selection of in house ale ranging from American pale ales to Russian imperial stout, Belgian style quads, and superb barley wine. Also in the rotation are nice barrel aged offerings as well as limited release bottles. Good service, friendly and attentive. Knowledgeable staff on the suds, and pretty unique food with local ingredients. Only down side is the selections are rather limited but all pretty good from the various meals me and the little lady have enjoyed there. Interior of the one time Heritage House, where Marge Schott would often eat dinners, is rustic with lots of wood and decently comfortable seating. Bartenders keep a decent mood flowing besides the suds with a turntable spinning some great classic vinyl.

Decently priced growlers to go, good unique food, and good staff.

Not much more one can ask for from a brewery/eatery.

Photo of LeeEvolved
4.69/5  rDev +12.5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Stopped by on Tuesday 2/24/15. The place was absolutely packed (we'd find out why quickly). There was no room at the bar so we were seated in the restaurant side of the brewery. It's located in the Bavarian style village of Mariemont, a suburb of Cincinnati. The brewery continues the Bavarian look and feel just like the town. It's pretty cool.

After being seated we found out why the place was packed, it was penny flip pint night. Basically, pick the pint of beer you'd like and your server flips a penny and if you guess heads or tails correctly then your pint costs a penny. What an aweome promotion. After four pints I decided I couldn't keep this pace up and decided on a flight to finish trying all the interesting beers on the tap list.

With that, all the beers I tried were very good to flat out fantastic. Their DIPA, Punch You In The EyePA, was hands down the star of the night. So juicy and citrusy. They also had a couple barrel aged beers on tap that were very good. Service was fine. Our server stopped by enough to let you know he was watching but not too many times to be bothersome.

Overall, a fantastic brewery and restaurant that is pumping out great beer along with very tasty food. Looking forward to my next Cincy trip later this summer. I'll definitely hit up Fifty West for some more great beer.

Photo of UrbanCaveman
3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

While the atmosphere is nice, with hardwood, exposed rafters, and stone everywhere you look, the service is anything but attentive - and that's sitting at the bar itself. It seems as though they're pushing the food menu more than the beer list.

Photo of jsurfs82
4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Had to re-review this place. They have really stepped up their game since they've opened. The vibe is awesome the place is dimly lit and has a cozy cottage feel to it. The quality is really what has impressed me. I've been back a few times lately for special Bourbon Barrel releases and they are top notch. The best I've had in the city hands down. The only competition in the category in the state that I can think of is Jackie-O's. Service seems pretty good the wait staff is friendly and the bar staff seem cool. The selection is better than average but the only knock I give them is I believe they only serve mostly if not all their beers. The food has been hit or miss for me but I have some friends that swear on certain items.

Definitely a must stop place for any craft drinkers that want the full craft experience in Cincinnati and even for those that may not be huge fans of your more rugged industrial style brewery or brewpub. This place has the nicest and coziest taproom in the city.

Photo of rodney4130
3.68/5  rDev -11.8%
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.

4/16/2014
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.

Photo of drdiesel9483
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Love the atmosphere. Food is pretty good. Beer is up and down.

Photo of edfish
4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
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

Photo of Yetiman420
4.36/5  rDev +4.6%
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!

Photo of AnotherBeerGeek
3.48/5  rDev -16.5%
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.

Photo of BeerTwigs
4.14/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

Photo of dccoor
4.85/5  rDev +16.3%
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.

Photo of TheBierBand
5/5  rDev +19.9%
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.

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Fifty West Brewing Co in Cincinnati, OH
93 out of 100 based on 52 ratings.