Taft's, Braxton make list of top new breweries

Posted at 11:06 AM, Jan 06, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-06 13:28:50-05

CINCINNATI – Three cheers for Braxton Brewing Company and Taft's Ale House. Both breweries were recently named two of the best new craft beer makers to open in 2015 by the magazine BeerAdvocate.

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.


What a way to end 2015! We're honored and flattered to be named one of BeerAdvocate's 33 Best New Breweries of 2015. Thank you all for making it possible!

Posted by Braxton Brewing Company on Monday, January 4, 2016



Honored & excited to be a part of some great company on BeerAdvocate's Class of 2015: one of the 33 Best New Breweries!...

Posted by Taft's Ale House on Tuesday, January 5, 2016