Friday, April 12, 2013

Our New Weekly Stop: Mt Carmel Brewing Company

Following our fabulous time on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, Larry and I decided we needed to find something similar a little closer to home - so we found that Cincinnati has a number of microbreweries just waiting to be discovered! 

First up for us was the Mt. Carmel Brewing Company in Anderson Township. Blink and you'll miss this white house with an unassuming sign in the front yard - but you'll quickly turn back and grab your spot at the bar!

The brewery has a tap room which allows them to sell the beers that they brew on site - but not sell any food. They sell a variety of beers on tap - which you can also take home in a growler.

These were actually how they started out - selling growlers at Kroger and nearby gas stations. It's great to see them keep this tradition going. The growler will cost you $4, then $8 to fill it and it has about 5 beers in it.

Larry tried a little glass of the amber ale and it was done. He found his new beer. We now visit every Saturday to fill that growler! 

The beer list is quite nice and they even have a couple of selections made especially for Dewey's Pizza.

What they also have is a tour! The tours are Saturdays at 1pm and 230pm - you can call and reserve a spot or just show up and they'll probably make room for you.

They have some pretty impressive kettles and are building more so they can up production. It was interesting seeing the differences and similarities from the bourbon tour. 

Our guide was so knowledgeable - and a great guy. He's definitely a beer guy - it was a great time.

While I didn't get to see bottles being labeled - he showed us where the magic happens. I love that part. They hate it - I think I'll have to volunteer for them one day!

Then it was back to the tap room to fill our growler and get on the road. 

But not without a picture for the road - of course!

Last week when we went - we came across fellow foodie CincyHound! He had brought some of his famous and amazing barbecued pork for a friend's birthday. I have to say - this was DELICIOUS! He said it was better than Eli's and I have to say - for the pork - he might be right. It was juicy and melt in your mouth! He's a regular - so if you come on a Saturday - you might be lucky enough to run into him and coax him out of some of this amazing meat treat!

And there's Larry's baby - tucked in safely - ready for the ride home. 

If you're looking for something fun to do on a weekend (adult's only guys) - check out Mt. Carmel. We're such area travelers - it cracks us up - whenever we go - the regulars exclaim "THEY CAME ALL THE WAY FROM MT HEALTHY!!!" And we'll keep coming...for sure! 

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