Goodman, whose micro-brewery has been operating about 2 1/2 years, told the audience, “The craft-brewing industry as a whole has increased nationwide, double-digit percentages for the past five or six years.”
Before 2012, there were about 40 craft breweries in Ohio, compared with more than 200 now.
Unlike the large breweries in the country, the craft-brewing industry “embraces a culture of this buy local, drink local, shop local, using the platform of a tap room or a tasting room to bring people together,” Goodman said. “It becomes more than just about the beer. That was something that was very important to us.”
One thing people like about the micro-brewing industry is they are able to speak with the people who create the beer, he said. Another is that the beers often have specific purposes, such as charity and fundraising, or nods to an area’s history.
There are more than 53 craft breweries in the Greater Cincinnati area, he said, and soon will probably be 65. Micro-brewing follows a “hyper-localization” trend, he added.
Another reason micro-breweries have been successful, he added: “They are there for the community. It’s not just about the beer.”
Such breweries also experiment with various styles and tastes. On Friday, for example, “We have a new peanut butter Porter coming out,” he said. “It’s basically like a melted Reese’s Cup — it’s a great, great beer. But we’re releasing it on National Peanut Butter Lovers’ Day.”
Municipal Brew Works is located in the former Hamilton Municipal Building at 20 High St. The brewery’s boiler is in what used to be the police department’s basement firing range. “There’s a half-inch-thick piece of solid steel mounted to the wall with 10,000 bullet points in it,” he said.
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