Urban Artifact

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Brewery, Bar, Beer-to-go

1660 Blue Rock St
Cincinnati, Ohio, 45223-2554
United States

(513) 620-4729 | map
artifactbeer.com

Notes:
BEER STATS
Average:
4.01
Beers:
101
Reviews:
297
Ratings:
1,069
PLACE STATS
Average:
4.05
Reviews:
8
Ratings:
27
pDev:
6.91%
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Photo of Sabtos
4.26/5  rDev +5.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

In what's basically the basement of a large church, they have a nice, uniquely creative space that's kind of steampunky, a little rustic and a little modern, with a larger room for live entertainment.

The taplist varies between more juicy, slushy-like "Midwest Tart Fruit Ales" and more refined, old world oak aged sours, all of which are unique and thoughtful, most of which are quite worth your while.

The vibe is super chill and cool, and there's plenty of beer to go that you might otherwise have trouble finding in your local beer shop.

They work with some local businesses to promote BYOF, or ordering to go, and it works well.

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Sabtos from Ohio, Aug 07, 2019
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4.32/5  rDev +6.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

A lot going on here, sour beers, event space, music, community

The tasting room is in the bottom floor of a church, with a large area for events upstairs and a music performance area next to the bar area.

For beers the focus is on sours, gose, saison and sour IPA...all I tried and took home were quite tasty and enjoyable...cans, bottles, growlers and crowlers to go. super friendly staff is always a plus...funky, eclectic, different and well worth a try if you are from, visiting or passing thru the ‘natti

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Billolick from New York, Jan 28, 2019
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3.82/5  rDev -5.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

mixed fermentation beers. mixed vibes. until 10 pm on sunday laid back and better service. when music got loud all heck broke loose
high price point of si gle bottles like 16 to 20 a 500 ml. they havent proven their reputation of these things. interesting beers but so far no place in cincinatti worth a special trip.

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Sammy from Ontario (Canada), Jul 30, 2018
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4.28/5  rDev +5.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5

One of my favorite brewers and very easy to get to. Service is outstanding and the bartenders are extremely friendly. They are in the basement of an old Catholic church, so you can tell your significant other "I'm going to church" with no shame whatsoever. There is very little traffic in their neighborhood with ample street parking, so the brewery is very accessible. They only brew sour beers, so if you don't like sours, I'm afraid they're stuck drinking guest beers. But oh, what sours they brew! You might even find yourself being converted (to sours, not Catholicism). Unlike a lot of brewers, their sours do not all taste the same (are you reading this, Wicked Weed?). They use ridiculous amounts of fresh fruit in their beers so you can really smell and taste the fruit. Plus, their beers are very, very reasonably priced. There is no food at the brewery, but there will be a pizza place opening up next door soon, so that will be remedied. If you go there, try to visit on a Saturday. Every Saturday they have a "beer parfait" which is definitely worth trying. They take a barrel of their Flash Lamp beer, add a stupid amount of fruit, some sugar, whip it up and sell it. The fruit may vary from one Saturday to the next and because of the post-fermentation sugar added, they will not let these leave the brewery. It's worth visiting on a Saturday for this reason alone.

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Photo of wingedeel
4.23/5  rDev +4.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Located in an old church in the NW part of Cincinnati. Just a short drive off I74/75. The vibe is not really church-like, big open area. The mens room was huge.

We got there on a Friday around opening. Not too busy, save for the appreciation club folks picking up their bottles. Lots of sours, and their variants, and they were very well done. Around 12 taps if memory serves. No guest taps. Beers are served in 4 oz , 8 oz, and pint sizes. They also do growler fills and flights. Our server, while busy loading up others bottles, was nice, and efficient. No food served.

I would imagine the place is hopping in the evenings, large stage for a band.

Will return on my next Cincinnati visit.

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wingedeel from Indiana, Apr 24, 2017
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4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5

Located in the basement of a former Church. Tile floors and tile walls make for a fellowship hall / school cafeteria feel. Small bar area. The servers were very helpful and patient. They specialize in sours with many variants. Even though a band was not playing while I was there, they do have a separate area where one can perform. A cozy indoor space. They also have an outdoor area. Parking could be tricky if they are busy.

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RockRuler from Mississippi, Apr 16, 2017
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3.85/5  rDev -4.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4

Good selection of sour/funky beers. Love the fact that they have rasberry/blueberry syrups to add to cut the sourness if needed. Will definitely be back for the Blue Whisp jazz band, which was amazing. The beers were pretty darn good as well. As for the space, it looks like an old cafeteria.. which it probably was at one point. It needs a theme.

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Lukass from Ohio, Aug 20, 2015
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4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

My local sour brewery. The old church setting is probably the best out of the surprising number of breweries I've visited inside of old churches. They do some pretty crazy and wonderful things with styles you know and styles you don't. They do a lot of live music and community events. Not the best place to bring your friend that doesn't really like beer, but outstanding for the friend that appreciates the funky and tart side of things.

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Urban Artifact in Cincinnati, OH
Brewery rating: 4.01 out of 5 with 1069 ratings