Kicking off the prequel to Beerfest, organizers of Cincinnati Beer Week hosted the Tap Room Trolley, in which guests spent Saturday afternoon sampling some of the best craft beers in town. Participants were divided into groups and shuttled around to six local breweries in charter buses. Each brewery had six to twelve of their beers on tap, offered tastes or pints, and some served us food upon arrival. Several of the breweries also gave tours of their facilities.

Patrick of Mt. Carmel Brewing Company leads a tour of the facility.

Our group was Bus #1, led by Chris Nascimento of Brew Monkeys, a homebrew supply store in Bridgetown. Patient and fun, Chris did a fabulous job of wrangling the group and making sure we hit each brewery on time (which probably grew to be a challenge as they day went on.)

Chris chatting with those of us who boarded early.
En route to brewery #3!
Photo by Chris Nascimento

The tour began at Moerlein Lager House, where guests checked in and had time to grab a quick bite before boarding the Tap Room Trolley. Then for the next six hours, our bus transported us around to the following breweries: 50 West, Mt. Carmel, Listermann, Rivertown, and Rock Bottom.

50 West

Mt. Carmel



In addition to being toted around on the buses, our admission snagged us a stylish Tap Room Trolley tee shirt and sampling glass. Later on, we picked up a Rivertown Brewery Pumpkin Ale glass filled with the beer of our choice, plus an exclusive tour of the Rivertown brewing room, all courtesy of Hoperatives.

With over 250 people in attendance, Tap Room Trolley definitely built the excitement for all of the Cincinnati beer festivities taking place in February.