What's on Tap: When the next round of craft breweries will open their doors

Over the past year or so, the Development section has provided the lowdown on new craft breweries that are planning to open in the Greater Cincinnati area. A few have come to fruition — sometimes even ahead of schedule — while others, it seems, have kept us waiting for beer for way too long.
We’ve rounded up the updates and opening dates for breweries closing in on the finish line.
Darkness Brewing, 224 Fairfield Ave., Bellevue
Darkness opened to the public for the first time on June 10, but its grand opening won’t be until mid-July, when its first batch of beer will be tapped and ready for drinking. Darkness plans to open with a Kentucky common ale, a black IPA and a milk stout. Until then, the taproom will be open 4-11 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and 1-8 p.m. on Sundays. So head on over to NKY to check out the space and have a pint from Darkness’ curated list of guest taps.
Nine Giant Brewing, 6095 Montgomery Road, Pleasant Ridge
Opening day is June 25 at 12 noon. Nine Giant will have a number of beers on tap as well as guest taps from local breweries, plus wine for those who don’t love beer. The brewery’s kitchen, The Snackery, will be serving upscale bar eats, and there will be special events throughout the day featuring unique one-off beers from Nine Giant and other breweries. Be there!
The Woodburn Brewery, 2800 Woodburn Ave., Walnut Hills
You may have visited Woodburn Brewery during a Walk on Woodburn or gotten a sneak peek during the Flying Pig Marathon, but it won’t be officially open and pouring its own beer until later this year. The 4,000-square-foot space will have 36 taps, and beehives for Queen City Bee Co. were just added to its roof.
Bircus Brewing Company, Ludlow
Bircus took a unique angle to fund its venture, utilizing the crowdsourcing platform Seed Invest, and was approved last week to officially produce beer at the Ludlow Theatre. Head brewer Alex Clemens will begin brewing soon using Belgian-inspired recipes. Bircus is also dedicating sales from 26 Mondays to community organizations and the other 26 Mondays to the Circus Mojo Foundation to help fund innovative circus programs and scholarships. (The Ludlow Theatre is owned by Paul Miller, founder of Circus Mojo, and is also a shared practice space for the circus and the brewery.)

Brink Brewing, 5905 Hamilton Ave., College Hill
Announced in February, Brink began the remodeling of its 3,200-square-foot taproom and brewery last week. It’s currently under construction and is slated to open in September.

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Caitlin Koenig is a Cincinnati transplant and 2012 grad of the School of Journalism at the University of Missouri. She's the department editor for Soapbox Media and currently lives in Northside with her husband, Andrew, and their three furry children. Follow Caitlin on Twitter at @caite_13.