Cincinnati has seen a craft beer resurgence over the past few years. With about 20 breweries operating in the area now, it’s hard to imagine there’s room for more, though it can still be hard sometimes to find local craft beer favorites around town other than at their taproom.
Craft beer bars are filling that niche, and another one plans to open at the end of May. Casual Pint
will be located at 3200 Vandercar Way in Oakley by the new Kroger, with the goal of becoming “where beer lovers meet.”
“Casual Pint wants to be the local spot where people who love beer meet up to have a glass of beer and talk about beer,” says Jillian King, who franchised the Oakley location along with her parents and her husband Matthew.
The first location outside of Tennessee opened at Loveland Station
earlier this year.
Casual Pint is a craft beer market that first opened in 2011 in Knoxville’s Bearden neighborhood, with another location following in 2012 in downtown Knoxville. There are currently 10 Casual Pint locations in Tennessee and Ohio, with 10 more coming online soon.
“Matt and I were customers at the original Casual Pint, and we grew to love craft beer,” King says. “We got my parents into it, and we thought Cincinnati would be a great market for Casual Pint.”
Customers can sit down and order a pint or two of beer or get a growler to take home. There’s also the Pick 6 option, where customers can choose six different bottles from the cooler or shelves to take home.
The Oakley location will have 36 ever-rotating taps featuring a number of local beers as well as regional and national favorites. There will also be a small food menu so customers can grab a bite to eat.