Rebel Mettle Brewery opens on West Fourth Street in Cincinnati

Posted at 8:55 AM, Sep 13, 2020

CINCINNATI — Fortune favors the daring -- that is the motto that drove the founders of Rebel Mettle Brewery as they opened their brewery on West Fourth Street, Downtown, on Saturday.

"We're taking a risk," said Michael Brown, a co-founder of the brewery. "It's a calculated risk, but at the same time it's a risk. Bring it. Bring it. Let's see what we can do. Let's see what we can do."

Brown was referring to opening a new small business during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

But after five years of growing a homebrewing hobby into a small business, Brown and fellow co-founders and friends Greg Goeke and Duane Donohoo are confident Rebel Mettle will succeed despite the challenge COVID-19 presents.

"We started in November of 2015," Brown said. "At the same time we were throwing around ideas like, 'What could we do together that we could do for the rest of our lives, come to work with a smile on your face and work together?'"

Over time, opening a brewery together became the obvious choice for the trio.

After years of looking for a place to open their brewery, developers announced a plan to revitalize a portion of historic West Fourth Street by bringing new businesses to the area.

"When we got together and saw this space, it just seemed to come together like Voltron," Brown said. "Essentially, we have turned a parking garage into a brewery. We've got all of Cincinnati right here and it's an awesome place to come celebrate and have fun."

And of course, there is the lineup of beer Rebel Mettle started serving this weekend.

"You'll see that a lot of craft breweries come to market heavy on ale production," Brown said. "We are actually the reverse of that. We are coming in hot and heavy with lagers, pilsners and traditional German pilsners."

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