Listermann Brewing Company

Listermann Brewing CompanyListermann Brewing Company
Listermann Brewing CompanyListermann Brewing Company
Brewery, Homebrew

1621 Dana Ave
Cincinnati, Ohio, 45207
United States

(513) 731-1130 | map

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Photo of Troopintj
4.57/5  rDev +5.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

Best craft in Cincinnati. Great for pre-Xavier U. Basketball game lubricant. 16 taps, all brewed in house. Pub chow made in house, as well as home brewing supplies on hand.

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Photo of Sabtos
4.4/5  rDev +1.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

I don't know what I was expecting, but I just wasn't expecting this brewery to be a hip little one-ish story building covered in graffiti inside and out, with a cozy skinny bar right at the entrance.

The taplist is pretty varied and long, including all sorts of different styles, from clean, to barrel aged, and even some seltzers and actual frozen slushies.

Once you get your beer you can hang in the rather warm taproom, or go up into the larger communal space that is full of more hard, cooler surfaces. There is a lot of space to spread your legs, two huge lines of picnic tables, and there's also a window at which to order some tasty homemade style food options.

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Photo of Sludgeman
4.25/5  rDev -2.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Visited on a Tuesday afternoon before dinner on the way to the airport. Sat in the bar, which was full.

I will definitely visit again.

V - Right near Xavier University. Parking might a challenge at times. Definitely a beer vibe, but rather low rent style of décor, etc. 4.25

Q - Excellent beers. 4.25

Ser - Sat at a table in the bar area. No table service there, but the bartender was nice and helpful. 4.0

Sel - A standard chalkboard of beers but not standard beers. I had four different styles and all were good regardless of my preferences. Something for everyone when I visited. 4.5

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Photo of DieselDave54
3.26/5  rDev -25.1%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 4

Went on a weeknight. Was wearing a UC hoodie; they're across the street from XU, which may explain why the bartender sold me one beer and never came back. Also I'm in my 60's so I suppose I didnt look 'cool'. I really did like my bear (562) and would have liked another, but damn, us old guys want to be taken care of too! The locals had dogs there, which made me wish I brought mine.

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Photo of VeganUndead
4.41/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Definitely a popular spot for locals, as I'm pretty sure everyone knew everyone. Service was great, portfolio is fantastic, definitely a major highlight from the trip

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Photo of Vczk2t15
3.95/5  rDev -9.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3

This brewery is right across the street from a university, so i am SURE they get a lot of business that way. However, they also have fundraisers, the ones i love include dogs/cats. LOL. I can usually find one or 2 beers I like. And the fact that they have a food truck company that will have a permanent kitchen on site makes it even better.

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Photo of Ohiou84
4.43/5  rDev +1.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4

Had a great, inexpensive flight of beers. Service was fantastic. Only downside was no food, but you can bring it in with you. Decent selection of their own beers on tap. One or two special variants. Bottles for sale. Will stop again when in town.

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Photo of IMFletcher
4.07/5  rDev -6.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

There's a lot of room here for drinking, but there is currently no food on site (nor food trucks). Tap list was about 10-12 Listermann/Triple Digit brews. Bartender was friendly and personable.

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Photo of buschbeer
3.97/5  rDev -8.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75

I made my second voyage to Listermann/Triple Digit last weekend to meet up with some friends. We went there last year even though my buddy said he heard it wasn't good. I wanted to try the Nutcase and Chickow! I talked him into it, and it happened to be the release day for barrel aged Chickow! Now it is my buddy's favorite greater Cincinnati area brewery. But I digress.

We met around noon on Friday. The taproom wasn't busy, which is how I like it. The bar has four stools, and there are two or three large picnic tables as far as seating goes. It is a small tasting room. There is a homebrew supply area in the back. I ordered a flight of four beers. The Chickow! on nitro was great. The IPA's were okay. Sometimes a small sample is hard to judge.

Talking with my friends from the area and the bartender I learned that they are in the process of expanding the taproom which is much needed. Twenty people would make this place feel crowded as is.

I do really like the dark beers this place puts out. I am new to the lighter beers from them and will definitely revisit. It will be worth another visit after the renovation is done.

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Photo of Zonian1
4.08/5  rDev -6.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Stopped by Listermann's during a Cincy beer visit. The place did not match my expectations. I'd had some really good beers, like Chickow, and was expecting a decent facility. Unfortunately, the quality of the facility does not match the quality of the beers. Good beers in a run down looking place. Parking lot was pure mud on the day I visited. Be sure to wear your boots. Inside was small and bare. Good service, but a really small selection. Not really worth going out of your way to visit.

Edit Nov 2017: Listermann has really done a lot of work to improve their facility. Kudos to the team.

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Photo of Enochase04
4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

Small taproom but very nice atmosphere. Good beers on tap and you can buy bottles and growlers to go. Super friendly staff who sit and chat with you while you drink. Very impressed with listermanns.

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Photo of West_Chester_Ale_Tester
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75

I'm local and this is my favorite Cincinnati brewery by far. In the early days, it was mostly homebrew supplies and a small bar with almost no seating. Plastic cups and one small TV. It's grown a ton and fast, mostly to the fact that they are lined around the block for their special IPA releases on the first Saturday of the month. Cincy has completely lost their minds over these IPA's. They are great, no doubt, but I like a lot of their regular, staple beers. The new look bar and real glassware has really made the drinking experience that much better. The servers are always cool and they throw some of the coolest beer festivals in town. Don't overlook this place on a Cincinnati trip.

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Photo of bigkingken
4.64/5  rDev +6.7%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

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.

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Photo of UcDru
4.37/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

Cincinnati staple for home brewers and have a tasting room attached. Their beer I have always enjoyed especially the Nutcase/Chickow + variants. They aim to please and service is some of the best in the city. Some days they supplement the tasting room with a food truck which makes it a great place to spend an evening.

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Photo of Lukass
4.26/5  rDev -2.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 5 | selection: 3.75

Go to this place all the time to pick up home brew supplies. They are always very helpful when it comes to brewing concerns/what to do. Sell some pretty damn good beer kits as well - still enjoying a barleywine that i brewed from them a year or so ago. They teach some great all-grain classes. had a blast at their starck bier fest (celebration of strong ales) a few months ago. They've got a decent selection of brews, with a tap room sampling triple digit beers as well. They're brewing up a few experimental batches of chickow right now, or so I hear, so if you're in Cincinnati get there!

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Photo of quaybr
4.31/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

Good old world renowned Listermann's. Great selection of ingredients - lots of malts, lots of hops, lots of different yeast strains. They've got all the necessary hardware - both to get started and to put a substantial homebrew setup together.

The staff really knows their stuff and, collectively, have a great deal of experience.

Be that as it may, they've got everything you need and at a reasonable price.

Edit (1/17/2012): After voicing some issues with customer service, I was quickly and respectfully contacted by the store. I have great appreciation for an establishment that takes customer feedback seriously and acts in a manner affirming to that customer. Thank you.

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Photo of brown2cu
4.86/5  rDev +11.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

A: From the outside it looks seedy, however, the inside is a different story. Right when you enter the scent of malted barley hits your nostrils and makes your mouth water. When you enter the store the first thing that hits your eye is shelves and shelves of products and ingredients.

Q: Every piece of equipment I have bought from this place is durable. I have never run into an issue with anything bought from here. Their kits are exemplary; they come with everything except the bottles.

Serv: Everyone here is extremely helpful. When I first entered the store me and my friend were given a mini crash course on what we would need to begin brewing. They provided helpful answers to questions that to them were proably obvious and were extremely patient with us. I got lucky once and was allowed to see their brewing facility and get a run down on how to do all grain brewing. They also offer classes for a cheap price ($20) and you get the money you paid back in the form of a gift card. Flat out awesome.

Sel: Wide range of products and ingredients. My only complaint is I wish they had more mash and lauter tuns in stock on the premise. This is not a huge problem because they re stock quickly.

V: Slightly pricey, however, every dollar you spend is money well spent.

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Photo of jonandhisflask
4.64/5  rDev +6.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

This place is my home away from home! i can spend a few hours just talking to everyone there. great selection of malt extracts, speacialty grains, brewers grains...and some adjuncts. they have pretty much everything to get started with extract stove top, they offer out side burners, 10 gallon pots...keggle converter, draft systems, wort chillers... you name it. also they are a nano brewery with some good beers. the location isnt the best but it is very close to me(greater cincy/nky)if you are a homebrewer within 20-30 miles i suggest you get out there. i prefer to take the trip spend 10 in gas rather than spend 15-20 on shipping and waiting a week for my grains. they also have on site grain crushing for those who do not have a mill.

all in all this place is an a in my book.
great people great supplies.

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Photo of phiberoptik
4.28/5  rDev -1.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Ok so it looks like Listermann's is on BA in three different places, but from the point of view of homebrewing, these guys are the local standouts. The only way I wouldnt go to them for supplies is if they didnt have something I needed and couldnt wait for them to get it in.

Word to the wise, do not base their inventory off their website. They carry more yeasts, hops, grains, etc. in house than the website/online store lists.

Dan and the crew are happy to help you through any recipe, technique, or answer general questions. They respond by email quickly as well.

Prices are great and very comparable to the online shops plus no shipping fees. Self-serve grain makes it nice to get exactly what you want and be able to mill it on the spot.

Listermann's is a no frills place, located in an old manufacturing plant, where you walk into what looks like an empty old class room, up a couple stairs, past some offices, into the main store. I love that it smells like bourbon barrels when you walk in which turns to more of a grain smell when you get into the store.

Plus they brew good beers themselves!

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Photo of BeerAndBourbon
4.36/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5

I can't believe I've never reviewed this place; I was even featured as homebrewer of the month in the past. This place has everything a homebrewer could home for:

plenty of hop varieties in a temperature controlled room. Many types of dry and liquid suspension yeast. Most any grain with a grain mill for cracking the grain. Bottles, fermentation vessels, kits if you're interested, and even their own brand of beer that's great for trading.

They've also got hop rhizomes in the spring for planting.

In short, this place has everything you need to get into brewing and to continue to do so for many years.

Prices are a bit high on some items (compared to online prices), but it's so damn convenient (10 min.s from my house) that price never factors into my decision.

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Photo of BeerBelcher
4.44/5  rDev +2.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

So I'm relatively new to homebrewing, have done most of my shopping on-line, haven't visited that many brewshops, and the one's I have been to aren't legends of the hobby...for example I haven't driven up to St. Paul to go to the Northern Brewer store. With those qualifications, I will say that this is the single most impressive homebrew shop I've yet seen!

This shop (like all homebrew shops) is in a low-rent part of town. This one is in an old warehouse in the process of remodeling. There is a seating area downstairs...looks like the local homebrew club meets here.

Upstairs is a shop entirely dedicated to homebrewing. A very good selection of yeast and hops (each in their own cooler) and a few beers in a cooler (but selling other people's beer obviously isn't their focus). The really bright spots here are equipment (they've got quite a bit) and grain...they have a very good selection.

Like beer, homebrew supplies are perishable, and this place seemed to get a lot of traffic...makes you feel good about buying stuff from here.

I chatted with the sales staff...the owner gave me a card and offered to order stuff for me. I emailed him yesterday to see what kind of deal I could get on bulk extract, but I haven't heard back yet.

A very cool place - I am impressed.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.15/5  rDev -4.6%

Now I was none to sure I had the right place here, and actually passed it up twice before I finally saw the sign on the roof (see picture). Not the greatest part of the city that I saw on my trip, but that’s fine, no worries. I pulled into the little parking lot across the street by the railroad tracks and walked across to go in. This has got to be one of the most expansive stores I have seen. Now I am relatively new to the whole homebrew scene, but this place seemed to have it all. The stores by me have no where near the ingredients they had here, and I just was amazed and did not even know where to begin. I browsed through their kits and was equally amazed. The staff was beyond friendly and easy to deal with. I spent a good 30 mins there just getting tips and tricks for what I was going to start doing when I get home. Overall this was definitely a quality stop, but you need to know what you are looking for. The place honestly looks abandoned from the road. Just look for the sign on the roof, and if you get to Xavier College, you went way too far.

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Photo of telefrog
4.85/5  rDev +11.5%

I've been brewing for about three years now, and have always found what i've needed here. The staff isn't overly attentive but will gladly help out with any questions you may have. I started out with their extract brews. I've just started all-grain brewing, and there is quite the selection in the self-serve grain area. I've had no problem finding the yeast strains and hops I've needed. Their prices seem very reasonable, and its always a fun trip. It's in a rough neighborhood, but who needs a great location when you've got such a great store? They've got a wine tasting / selling area as well, but I've never made my way in there.

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Photo of TheBierBand
5/5  rDev +14.9%

WOW! I was like a kid in a candy store! I LOVE Listermann's. I wasn't quite sure that I had the right place. The building is an old (early 1900's)... looks like an old garage with an warehouse attached. Kind of a cool old building! I walked in the door and it looked like I was in the break room... actually a place where they hold meetings for beer enthusiasts!

The staff was VERY helpful... as I am a complete NEWBIE. I was just looking to score the basic starter kit so that I could brew my first batch of beer. Everything was right there at my fingertips. They gave me all the time I wanted to just browse around and take it all in.

The prices were very reasonable. I will be using Listermann's for virtually ALL my homebrewing needs. GREAT PLACE... I feel fortunate to live in an area with such a great resource!

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Photo of becktone
5/5  rDev +14.9%

This is by far the best and greatest homebrew store I have ever been in. The selection of good there is simply amazing. This store has everything you could possibly need to brew beer. They had a wide variey of malt extract in both syrup and dry form, they also had the largest selection of grain I have ever seen. I was surprised with the way they handled the grain. At other stores I visit I usually see the grain stored in plastic containers with flip open lids. At Listerman the grain was sealed inside of buckets. It made me feel more secure about the quality of the ingredients. Hops and Yeast were also properly stored. The service was very friendly and helpful. This is a store that should not be passed up if you're a homebrewer.

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Listermann Brewing Company in Cincinnati, OH
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