The Brass Tap - U Square | Cincinnati, Ohio
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The Brass Tap - U Square
Excellent based on 9 ratings
Type: Bar

251 Calhoun St
Cincinnati, Ohio United States 45219 [ print map ]
51 242 2337 | facebook

Hours: Mon - Fri 3:00 PM - 2:00 AM; Sat - Sun 11:00 AM - 2:00 AM

Mayor: phaleslu (12) | Taps: 80 | Bottles: 250+

The Brass Tap - U Square

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Moerlein Push Reel , Toxic Night Ender , La Caracole Nostradamus 96, AleSmith Nut Brown English-Style Ale (Bottle and Draft) 96, Sweetwater Dank Tank 420 IPA 95, Lagunitas Waldoís Special Ale 99, Coronado Sock Knocker IIPA 97, Southern Tier Tangier 88, Clown Shoes Undead Party Crasher 99, Clown Shoes Hoppy Feet 2.0 97, Mc Chouffe 96, Evil Twin I Love You With My Stout 99, 5 Rabbit / Cigar City El Bizarrůn 87, Ballast Point Wahoo White 48, Cellar Dweller Jeremiah , Ommegang Spiced Saison 94, The Brew Kettle / Full Pint Full Kettle Dead Canary , Fifty West / Blank Slate April Fools Gold , Sweetwater Take Two Pils 76, Upland Letís Get Weird
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9 reviews for The Brass Tap - U Square
 Ambiance  82%
 Service  81%
 Selection  87%
 Food  60%
 Value  72%
 Overall  84%
 Rating  85%

  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 17/20
Dogbrick  (796) 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  (498) 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  (41) 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  (115) 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  (292) 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  (114) 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
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 17/20
phaleslu  (443) Cincinnati, Ohio | October 13, 2013
New bar in the U Square development right off the UC campus. Shotgun-style bar, so itís narrow. A few high tables in front, and more in the back. Low-lit, dark wood; reminded me of the International Tap House or World of Beer chains, a little bit. There are 80 taps with a ton of local and regional and national crafts, as well as a few macros and some Belgians. The fridges had some interesting stuff, but I didnít check out bottle prices. Good seasonal selections and they seem to be turning over taps quickly. The service was fine, typical bar service. Itís next to a college so youíre not going to get world class knowledge, but youíre also not going to get high prices. No food, but you can bring in your own from anywhere in the area. So many options. Great place to watch a game. Iíll be back plenty.

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