Municipal Brew Works is recharging and revitalizing the entire city of Hamilton one beer at a time…
The art deco Frederick G. Mueller Municipal Building in the heart of Hamilton, OH’s downtown has served a lot of purposes over the years from a fire station to police station to city council chambers. It’s current anchor tenant, however, is probably the most fun: Municipal Brew Works.
Founded just a few years ago by a collection of home brewers, Municipal Brew Works has turned the beautiful building into a “civic” gathering place for Hamilton folks once again. Instead of arguing over zoning restrictions and parking tickets, however, patrons bond and catch up over some of the finest beers in the state.
The beer at Municipal Brew Works
When beer nerds unite, the results are typically pretty great, and Municipal Brew Work’s lineup of beer is proof. From their “Approachable Blonde,” an easy-drinking beer for the “I don’t know if I’ll like craft beer” person to their more adventurous ales, stouts, and porters, it’s all great. With 15-20 beers in rotation at any given time, there’s bound to be a beer you’ll like.
Not sure what you like? Municipal Brew Works’ staff is trained to help you pick the perfect beer with several certified beer servers through the “Cicerone” program which is the beer equivalent of wine sommelier training.
The vibe at Municipal Brew Works
With its large glass doors and massive outdoor space, Municipal Brew Works is great anytime of year but really shines on a nice day or night. It’s industrial vibe is somehow still warm and inviting, and their lineup of special events really make this place the social hub of the city.
Why this place matters
We tour a lot of breweries. A lot. Most are pretty wonderful, but just 10 minutes with one of the founders, Jim Goodman, and we knew this place was special. It’s not just about the beer at Municipal Brew Works. It’s about the community.
If you catch Jim or any of the other founders, they’ll tell you all about the space… How it used to be a fire station. How there’s errant bullet holes in the old police firing range underneath. How the building is just too important to Hamilton to not be put to good use. It’s an endearing story far beyond the fact they brew good beer. (They’ll tell you some spooky ghost stories too.)
When the brewery opened its doors, they also made it clear they wanted it to be a source of pride for the city, and they wanted to give back. Case in point: their Woltermelon Blonde Ale. The limited-release ale is named after fallen Hamilton firefighter Patrick Wolterman and released annually in honor of his life and legacy. A portion of the proceeds always go to a charity of his family’s choosing, most recently the Companions on a Journey Grief Support in West Chester.
Put simply, Municipal Brew Works serves the community in more ways than one.
Now on tap throughout the area, Municipal Brew Works is starting to become a household name, but if you haven’t been to the tap room, it should be high on your list of things to do.
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