The Brass Tap - U Square

Mayor: phaleslu (10) | Taps: 80 | Bottles: 250+
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Bison Whiskey Thief9.2%2/1/2016
Upland Syrupticious Maple Breakfast Stout7%1/29/2016
Ei8ht Ball Doppio7%1/29/2016
Breckenridge Holidale8.8%1/20/2016
Goose Island Fulton St. Blend Coffee Ale5.5%1/19/2016
New Belgium Hop Kitchen #10 - Hop Stout8.3%1/18/2016
Four String Solo Series #24: Troika Belgian Tripel9.4%1/18/2016
Tap & Screw Squinty Eye6%1/15/2016
Warped Wing CreepShow6.66%1/15/2016
West Sixth Sister Sue Stout5.5%1/15/2016
Four String Payback Pilsner5.1%1/15/2016
Fifty West Buckle Down Brown5.7%1/15/2016
Fifty West Trees Of Tahoe6%1/15/2016
Toxic Til Death Do Us Tart4.8%1/15/2016
Oskar Blues / Shamrock Death By Coconut6.5%1/15/2016
Goose Island Four Star Pils5.1%1/15/2016
Rhinegeist Bubbly5.5%1/6/2016
Old Firehouse Code 3 B.A.6.2%1/4/2016
Urban Artifact Coffee Cauldron4.1%12/15/2015
Victory 2015 Hop Ticket #2 Dry Hopped Saison6%10/19/2015
Sierra Nevada Harvest Newly Developed Hop IPA6.5%10/19/2015
Ei8ht Ball Peppered Mike Czech5.2%10/5/2015
Ei8ht Ball Sold Out10%10/5/2015
Urban Artifact Citrus Finn5.4%10/5/2015
MadTree Main Street Pale Ale4.8%10/5/2015
MadTree Fresh 154.4%10/4/2015
Rhinegeist Barrel Aged Knucklehead10%10/4/2015
Lagunitas Censored (Kronik)6.75%8/13/2015
Cellar Dweller Can I Get A Witness?4.4%7/21/2015
Flying Dog Dead Rise5.6%7/21/2015
Moerlein Push Reel5%7/21/2015
Ei8ht Ball Hammock5.7%7/11/2015
Clown Shoes Billionaire (Pierre Ferrand)12%7/9/2015
Bad Tom Smith Breathitt County Blonde Ale5.6%7/9/2015
Sweetwater Hop Hash Double IPA7.8%7/9/2015
Celis White4.25%7/9/2015
Crafted Maple Harvest6%7/9/2015
Revolution Citra Hero IPA7.5%7/9/2015
Old Firehouse Burning Bush5%7/9/2015
Rhinegeist Blanc5.5%7/8/2015
Toxic Night Ender11.9%5/18/2015
La Caracole Nostradamus9%5/18/2015
AleSmith Nut Brown English-Style Ale (Bottle and Draft)5%5/18/2015
Sweetwater Dank Tank 420 IPA8.5%5/18/2015
Lagunitas Waldoís Special Ale9.2%5/18/2015
Coronado Sock Knocker IIPA8.5%5/18/2015
Southern Tier Tangier4.6%5/18/2015
Clown Shoes Undead Party Crasher10%4/25/2015
Clown Shoes Hoppy Feet 2.010%4/25/2015
Mc Chouffe8%4/25/2015
Evil Twin I Love You With My Stout 12%4/25/2015
5 Rabbit / Cigar City El Bizarrůn8.8%4/25/2015
Ballast Point Wahoo White4.5%4/25/2015
Cellar Dweller Jeremiah Morrow7%4/25/2015
Ommegang Spiced Saison7.3%4/25/2015
The Brew Kettle / Full Pint Full Kettle Dead Canary4%4/25/2015
Fifty West / Blank Slate April Foolís Gold6%4/25/2015
Sweetwater Take Two Pils5.5%3/25/2015
Upland Letís Get Weird6%3/25/2015
MadTree Radicle Equinox4.3%3/25/2015
Ei8ht Ball Reintarnation8.5%2/27/2015
Triple Digit Vanilla Chickow!10%2/27/2015
Listermann Nutcase Peanut Butter & Blackberry Jam Porter6.7%2/27/2015
Triple Digit Cranium11.5%2/27/2015
Revolution Gravedigger Billy10.4%2/27/2015
Fat Headís / Fifty West Head West7.5%2/27/2015
Rivertown Divergent4%2/24/2015
MadTree FŁnke Blue4.2%2/20/2015
Rivertown Soulless6%2/20/2015
Rivertown Pomegranate Lambic6.3%2/20/2015
Rivertown Kriek7%2/20/2015
West Sixth Smithtown Brown5.5%2/20/2015
West Sixth Bryan Avenue Blonde6%2/20/2015
Fat Headís Bone Head Imperial Red Ale9.7%2/20/2015
Seventh Son Humulus Nimbus Super Pale Ale6%2/20/2015
Weyerbacher Tarte Nouveau3.9%2/20/2015
  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD 9/10
  • VALUE 9/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
jrallen34  (508) Chicago, Illinois | November 23, 2015
This place is awesome, probably my favorite bar in Cincy. They have about 60 taps, with a huge focus on local beers. The beers arenít only local but they are rare. They had more BA beers on tap the source of Rhinegeist just right down the street. They do flights which tops it off. There is a sports bar feel with tons of tv. They have pretzel crust pizza which just pushes this place over the top. A must stop.
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 16/20
UDBeernut  (221) Between JAX and SGJ, Florida | October 19, 2015
came in here for a few beers. Cool little place with a large number of taps and bottles. Happy hour (3-7) means $3 local drafts which is a nice plus. Thought about dinner but the menu was limited and no one was eating so I went else where.
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
Dogbrick  (807) Columbus, Ohio | March 16, 2015
(Visited 02/2015 during Cincinnati Beer Week): Brass Tap is located on Calhoun Street practically on campus at UC. Street parking is available in the surrounding area.

The inside opens to a long and narrow bar area, with the bar running the length of the left side. Beyond the bar is a more open space for seating. Red painted walls with wood panel accents, and breweriana. The impressive array of taps is behind the bar, with a large logo mirror behind them and a row of TVs above. There is also a large chalkboard highlighting the beers.

Brass Tap has around 80 beers on tap, and during CBW they featured many from Listermann/Triple Digit including Cranium, Vanilla Chickow!, and Nutcase PB&J. Other breweries like Revolution, Rivertown, and Ei8ht Ball Brewing are represented, and there are a couple hundred bottled options too.

Service on a busy Saturday evening at the bar was good. the bartender was very accommodating and knowledgeable.

I did not have any food on this visit.

Overall this place does a good job of infusing character into a chain-type campus bar, and I would definitely visit again.
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 15/15
  • FOOD 4/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 18/20
schultenr1  (1) Florence, Kentucky | November 10, 2014
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 18/20
Caterwaul  (2) Cincinnati, Ohio | October 1, 2014
I like this place a lot. The staff is friendly and knowledgeable, they have 80 taps, hundreds of bottles, and most of their beer is very good. They also have íinfusersí (french presses) that you can use to customize your beer. Itís pretty fun. They have tasty food, too.
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 15/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 9/10
  • OVERALL 19/20
Tmoney99  (526) Cincinnati, Ohio | November 28, 2013| Updated December 4, 2014
Easy to find location on UC campus with street and garage parking. New clean location with large long bar in center with 80 taps in the middle with 4 coolers with 2 on each side of taps. Good selection, and I had 2 new beers for me with one being the house signature beer from Epic. No food but allow carry in from local vendors. Freindly staff and owner (Mike) with good knowledge and timely service. Loyalty Club Card and promotions. Someplace I will go regularly when in the area.
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
alexsdad06  (42) Ohio | November 26, 2013
Decent selection, quite a few local beers, Founderís tap take over when I went with the Imperial stout and Mango Magnifico for $2 off per glass. Not bad for being on a college campus.
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
JCW  (135) Cincinnati, Ohio | November 3, 2013
Located right across the street from campus on Calhoun Street. This bar has the best tap selection that Iíve seen in Cincinnati. Few local micros on tap and other taps. Decent selection of bottles, had Rockforte, Westmalle, St Bernardus, bombers etc. They are soon to have food. Well worth a stop.
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 6/10
  • OVERALL 15/20
b3shine  (312) Indiana | October 17, 2013
A beer by right bar UC that opened up recently, the place has a nice (albeit snug) atmosphere with solid service. Lots of beers on draft, but outside of the nice local selection, theyíre pretty predictable. No food, and the value is alright. Decent for pregaming, but not a tickerís bar (unless youíre a newbie).
  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 11/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 6/10
  • OVERALL 13/20
DrSilverworm  (119) Cincinnati, Ohio | October 17, 2013| Updated July 6, 2015
Long bar, with a long row of taps behind. Comfortable stools. Opposite of the bar is a giant chalkboard with the list of beers and ABVs, pretty nice. Happy hour prices were reasonable, I think I paid $4.25 for my snifter of DIPA. A lot of students working here it seems, but the bartender I talked to was very knowledgeable and clearly enthusiastic about the craft beer scene. A couple tables, I didnít really look around. Besides the exclusive Epic beer, not too many rarities or one-offs, but a solid selection. If Iím in the area and trying to get a casual beer with friends, this is a place Iíd gravitate towards. 4/8/10/n/7/14

UPDATE 5/18/15: I donít know if the prices went up or what, but flights of 4 are $10, and individual 4oz pours are $3. Yikes. Also 2 of the 4 DIPAs were pretty gross and old. I did find 7 beers new to me, though (upped Selection score a point). This place is good for trying new beers I guess, but as with any mega taphouse: beware of the condition of the brews you try. Also, be aware that the WIFI is spotty here -- I had better luck with the keystone WIFI next door, after my Brass Tap connection was abruptly cut. 3/7/11/n/5/13

Update, 7/6/15: Gotta love the happy hour. Flights may be steep, but many pints are $5, and the happy hour is local beer for $3 a pint. +1 for value

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