Great Crescent Brewery

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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 10/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 5/10
  • OVERALL 15/20
phaleslu  (541) Cincinnati, Ohio | June 17, 2016
Visited on a rainy Saturday afternoon in May. Itís out in Aurora, just over the border from Ohio but somehow still a surprisingly long drive from Cincinnati. Itís in a really old brick building in the sleepy downtown, and the space is big and comfortable, with a lot of character. The bar itself is big and long and old and seems to have a steampunk sort of vibe. There was one guy working, the owner, and he was friendly and helpful. But they donít do flights, just pints, half pints, and samples in little plastic cups that youíd get ketchup in at a restaurant. So that was annoying. The few beers I had ranged from decent to terrible. People seem to like the food here, but I didnít have any. The prices were a little high for the beers, but fair. Overall, itís okay and theyíre a grizzled veteran in the Cincy region, but the beer quality leaves a lot to be desired. Given the range in what Iíve had from them, maybe I just picked the wrong ones that day.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 9/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 14/20
rondphoto  (195) Lakeside Park, Kentucky | April 24, 2016
Neat rivertown storefront location, several of their own beers on tap, friendly service. The room is authentic, but a little sparse (a little too much open space). Their best brews (IPA, Coconut Porter) can match or top anybody out there, but their less successful offerings are sub-par. Overall, an operation that began to expand, canning their best stuff, kegs showing up in area establishments, but something went wrong, and they have drawn in on themselves to survive. Personally, I feel that their black cans and ornate old gold labels werenít attention grabbers on the shelf, and that may have hurt marketing and sales. They offer enough solid brews that I have to believe they can make a go of it.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 7/15
  • FOOD 5/10
  • VALUE 6/10
  • OVERALL 14/20
Patrickctenchi  (33) Coxís Knob, columbus, Indiana | May 11, 2015
Open, airy, simple, slightly distressed old building in old downtown....comfy and a little dumpy by design.....a slight steampunk influence.....the owner was friendly, even offered a sample before I selected a pint....food was ok, a little limited on choices, and falls prey to the hipster/hippy menu too many brewpubs have embraced......just sell me a cheeseburger......or a plain ham sandwich....beers are up and down, the good ones are great, and the rest are a little plain, but good quality and cleanly made......worth a stop.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 4/10
  • SELECTION 7/15
  • FOOD 4/10
  • VALUE 4/10
  • OVERALL 9/20
Drjohnrock  (38) Cincinnati, Ohio | September 28, 2013
Tap room now serves food some days of the week but the selection is rather limited, no table service, and if you want water you have to buy it bottled--Ripoff City. But the real problem is the beer. I got a sampler of four of their mainline beers and I can honestly say it was the worst sampler Iíve had at any brewpub or tap room, even including Gordon Biersch in Columbus. Ambiance is OK--cool beer can collection in two glass towers, local arts, crafts and nonperishable food items for sale. But to me the main factor is the beer and this place falls far short. Not worth a visit even if you happen to be in the area--go to one of the locations of Whiteyís bottle shop instead.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 9/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 14/20
ContemplateBeer  (145) Louisville, Kentucky | September 21, 2013
Another update. PROS: Now serving food Thu-Sat, so beer can be purchased and consumed on premises, even without purchasing food (on those nights). They have actually hired a few folks now, so thatís a plus. Their warehouse space now has a small area for local arts and crafts for sale, and thereís a good amount of GCB merchandise available as well. Food seemed well priced (still have not tried it personally) but have heard that it is solid pub grub. They always seem to have at least four of their beers on tap, and theyíll let you try a small sample if youíre not sure. You can get sample sizes of their beer (my guess is about 4 oz.) as well. CONS: Beer on premises was served in tumblers, and a chilled tumbler is the default serving vessel; wish they would serve food throughout the week. OVERALL: Worth your time if in the area, especially now that they can serve on premises three days of the week. Some good things continuing to happen, and happily some solid growth for them as well. I look forward to drinking GCB for the foreseeable future. Ample street parking in the area, and very close to Third and Main, which has a selection of state and regional beers.
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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 11/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
Kco  (10) | January 26, 2012
Very friendly service, they will set you up with a tasting of all the fine beers on tap. Although not all at the beer were to my taste, they of the highest quality. Well worth checking out.
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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 8/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 9/10
  • OVERALL 18/20
chaz01  (17) Miamisburg, Ohio | July 7, 2010
Iíve been meaning to make a trip to this place ever since their Coconut Porter was featured in Cincinnati magazine as one of the best beer brewed in the area and decided to make the trip when I saw they are now open on Sunday. I was actually their first Sunday customer and Lani took my picture with Dan! Unfortunately, the place is doing so well they were sold out of many of their beers, so check their website. I did get a couple of samples, a growler of their IPA and Coconut Porter and a very friendly tour from Lani who showed me their plans to build a nice little brewpub. I got to talk to Dan who told me about their mini-kegs -- no special equipment needed and the beer stays fresh in the refirigerator for months due to the collapsing liner that squeezed any oxygen out -- a novel concept yet they were sold out of those as well. Very very friendly and nice folks who I think/hope will make it big. Definitely worth the trip even if they were short on some of their normal selections.
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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 10/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 9/10
  • OVERALL 16/20
clarkybsu  (10) Cicero, Indiana | April 7, 2010
Such a great find! I stopped by this brewery on my way to Cincinnati and was overly impressed. They had just moved from their old location and still have a lot of work to do to get the establishment fully completed. Even though they are not able to sell by the glass until they get everything done, I was able to sample four beers while there. Each of these beers offered were perfect. The owners were very kind and courteous and knowledgeable. I bought a growler and it was a great souvenir of my visit and held up well. I highly recommend stopping by if you are in the area as this place is only going to get better when their expansion is complete.
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  • AMBIANCE 2/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 13/20
Braudog  (839) Yorktown, Virginia | November 8, 2009| Updated January 16, 2010
November 2009 - GCB resides amidst a quaint middle-American main street, with a small counter and free samples of their offered beers, growlers or party-pigs to go. Nice selection of beer -- from a wit, to a cherry ale, to a damn-good coconut porter, and all the beers are quite good, and the owners are friendly beer geeks. Definitely worth a 20 minute detour if you find yourself on the Cincy Tri-State beltway.

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