One of the most exciting developments during Cincinnati's recent renaissance has been the return of its brewing heritage, and thankfully, it's not due to out-of-towners bottling up mass production runs to ship away from the city. Quality. Local. Genuine. Traits that are held in high regard with today's consumer no matter the product. By tapping into the city's German heritage, as well as the craft brewing culture at large, a growing number of brewers are bringing Cincinnati's beer-culture back to the city.
Like other lager-heads unhappy with the lack of choice in the market and inspired by their craft-brewing European brethren, Jason Roeper, co-owner of Rivertown Brewing Company, took matters into his own hands - and his own kitchen. While not at his day-job with the Ford Credit Company, he networked with the craft brewing community to improve his home-brewing recipes. When Ford relocated, he chose to stay in his hometown - and do what he loved. Teaming up with partner Randy Schiltz, the two formedRivertown
and recently celebrated the company's 3-year anniversary.
Jason gave me an inside peek at Rivertown's brewing facility and tap room. Originally, the partners expected to produce around 500 barrels per year, but this year, they expect to brew close to 5,300. A reality experienced by other quality craft breweries nationwide. In 2011, overall beer consumption in the US dropped by 1%; however, the craft brewing segment grew by 15% (Brewer's Association).
By focusing on quality ingredients, sourced from the proper region, each one of Rivertown's products is the real deal. A good example is their Helles Lager, a traditional bavarian-style lager. It's a german beer - so the ingredients are imported from Germany. Starting with pure well-water and bottled unpasteurized, the lager is easy to drink but doesn't compromise on flavor. One sip and I could taste the raw barley we had just sampled moments earlier. Not bitter or tinny. Just smooth with a soft head.
Article recommends stopping by their Lockland tap room to experience one of Rivertown's 7 year-round or 6 seasonal brews straight from the source. We're looking forward to tasting the Old Sour Cherry Porter - an Imperial Sour Porter aged in KY bourbon barrels with dark cherries. It should be aged and ready for February enjoyment.