The magazine named Braxton and Taft's among a list of 33 new breweries in its January issue.
Owner Greg Rouse, along with his sons, Evan and Jake, opened Braxton’s taproom in March. Rouse also hired former head Moerlein brewer Richard Dube to guide Braxton's beer-making process after a record-setting Kickstarter campaign to fund the venture.
Taft's opened in April inside of a former church at the corner of 15th and Race streets in Over-the-Rhine. Co-founder and head brewer Kevin Moreland pushed to open the location just in time for Reds' Opening Day.
Both brewers plan to build on the momentum created in 2015. Braxton will expand its line of canned beer offerings this year. It started selling cans of Storm, a golden crème ale, in late November. Taft's will continue partnerships with local businesses and other brewers, such as Blank Slate Brewing, to bring unique brews such as a chocolate banana beer to the region.
Both brewers made the BeerAdvocate’s list, in part, because of online voting. The companies thanked their fans for the support when announcing their spots as best new places to grab a pint in the country.