Sitting on the corner of 15th and Race Street in Over the Rhine, you will find Taft’s Ale House. It is a massive structure that dominates the intersection with its presence. I will spare your time and not ramble on about how awesome this place is. You will find out for yourself. Here are my 3 reasons to visit and some recommendations for Taft’s Ale House.
1. The beer is top notch
With 100% certainty, I will say that every single beer I sampled was terrific. The brewing team has pulled together a group of beers that are traditional, unique, and diverse. There is a style for every palate. While I enjoyed everything, my 3 must try beers are:
Rookwood Mosaic – India Pale Lager
I used to be an IPL skeptic and I have tried some pretty boring examples of this style. My mind was changed after trying this. If they told me this beer was hopped with 100 tons of Mosaic, I would believe it. Citrus, mango, and tropical aroma. It also tastes just like the aroma.
Maverick – Chocolate Brown Porter
Brewed with the Maverick Chocolate Company. I really do not need to elaborate any further. This beer tastes like a pint of fine liquid chocolate. I felt like Augustus Gloop when I noticed drool coming out of the corner of my mouth. Maverick is by far the best chocolate beer I have ever tried.
Culebra Cut – Coconut Brown
The aroma is super strong with coconut. It has an extremely coconut forward taste. If you do not like coconut, that is your warning. Here is a little hint: Order a Maverick and a Culebra. Mix them together. It tastes just like a Mounds candy bar.
2. The food menu is delicious and affordable
This was my first opportunity to enjoy tri-tip steak. To be honest, I had never heard of tri-tip until last year. I ordered “The Big Billy” sandwich which was served with caramelized onions and au jus for dipping. Au jus is just like bacon. It makes everything better. It was some of the most tender meat I’ve ever had. The steak was moist and extremely flavorful. Order it with sweet potato fries. Everything was affordable and the menu was diverse. My wife is a vegan and even found something that she enjoyed. They also have a kids menu and high chairs.
3. The architecture is breath taking
I will let the pictures do the talking…
Here are some photos from March 2014 and April 2015: