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Breweries put free yoga classes on tap

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Posted at 7:30 AM, Mar 05, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-05 10:17:46-05

There’s something new on the lineup at local breweries: yoga.

Several breweries (and restaurants) with wide-open floor plans (and an interest in serving their communities) are offering free yoga classes. Suitable for all levels, each class allows beer and fitness enthusiasts to try a new yoga class in the comfort of their favorite brewery.

Classes take place during taproom off-hours, giving participants the opportunity to belly up to the bar after class for brews.

Rhinegeist Brewery

Address: 1910 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine. 
Class: 10:30-11:30 a.m. Sundays
Admission: Free, but a donation is suggested.
Yoga studio: Modo Yoga
Class limit: None
Equipment: Participants are encouraged to bring their own, but mats are available to borrow. Water stations are set up around the brewery.
Perks: Rhinegeist provides free bagels and coffee for those that participate in the classes. Yogis are welcome to start drinking at 11:30 a.m., but the taproom doesn’t open to the public until noon. 
Information: www.rhinegeist.com

The Gruff

Address: 129 E. Second St., Covington.
Class: 9-9:45 a.m. Saturdays
Admission: Free
Yoga studio: The Yoga Bar
Class limit: 25-30 people
Equipment: Bring your own mat and towel.
Perks: Each yogi gets 10 percent off brunch at the Gruff when you stay after class to dine in. (Brunch begins at 10 a.m.)
Information: www.atthegruff.com

Christian Moerlein’s BrewAsana Series  

Address: 1621 Moore St., Over-the-Rhine. 
Class: 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Sundays
Admission: Free
Yoga studio: Karma Hot Yoga
Class limit: None
Equipment: Bring your own mat and towel. (You can purchase bottled water in the tap room if needed.)
Perks: Get a $1 discount on pints after class. The taproom opens at 11:30 a.m. Bonus: Moerlein is offering a free Pure Barre class in the taproom at 4 p.m. March 12. Follow Moerlein on Facebook to stay up to date.
Information: www.christianmoerlein.com

If you’re more of an at-home yogi, you can still grab a brew after stretching it out in your living room. Local brewer Chris LaCoe is partnering with the Yoga Bar to create YogaBier, a lighter beer (Kolsch or American Blonde, with less than 4% ABV) with hints of turmeric, lemongrass and coconut. LaCoe Brewing is still perfecting the recipe, so follow LaCoe on Facebook for distribution details.

Prefer cycling to crow pose? Fifty West Brewing Co. is getting into the fitness game with a full-service cycling and fitness facility opening this spring.

50 West Brewing

7668 Wooster Pike, Mariemont

50 West’s expansion plans include renovating the former Hahana Beach Club into a full-service beer production and fitness facility.  Due to the proximity to the Loveland bike trail, 50 West Cycling aims to serve the crowds of cyclists and runners who use the trail. The proposed renovations will put the entrance to the trail literally steps from the taproom’s door. 50 West also will run volleyball and dodgeball games out of its facility, as well as offering canoe and kayak rentals in the summer.

50 West Cycling
Kickoff event: 5k run sponsored by the Flying Pig Marathon & Tri-State Running Group
Date: April 21
50 West Cycling is currently open for bike purchases and repairs.
Follow 50 West on Facebook to stay up to date on renovations and events.