On Tap

One More Time, On Three.

At Fretboard, we aspire to create something new, that inspires and excites. The beer we create start with a carefully perfected recipe, but then Fretboard pushes a little further. We finish each batch in a drum that hums at just the right frequency to tease out the crisp flavor of the hops and balance the warmth of toasted grains. Then we serve it at a perfect 38º so you can taste every note.

We are musicians and craftsman of fine malted and hopped beverages. Why does that matter? Because we pour every ounce of our passion and dedication into the craft of making beer. We know the difference between a good beer and a great beer is ‘one more time’.

One more rehearsal, one more intimate show in front of your closest friends and biggest critics to tease out the real potential. And all that hard work pays off when you finally debut in front of a crowded room.

So please, come join us for what is sure to be a good show. If you happen to overhear a conversation in our brewery and you can’t tell whether we’re talking about the beer or the music, then you’re in the right place.

Now serving a limited wine menu for non-beer drinkers and as a gluten-free option. Please ask our wonderful bartenders when you arrive in the taproom.

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Mellowship

YEAR-ROUND

INDIA SESSION PILSNER

ABV

4.9%

IBU

14

Hop notes

Noble

Description

This sessionable pilsner celebrates the fellowship of Cincy beer with traditional grains and blend of American and noble hops. We call it the gateway beer around here: an easy drinking lager full of floral flavors with a smooth finish.

Available in six-pack cans to go, Mellowship is a great companion for just about any hangout event.

Fretboard Vlad

2018 SILVER AWARD, WORLD BEER CUP, INTERNATIONAL STYLE PILSNER
2018 Silver Medal Winner, US Open Beer Championship

Pilsner

ABV

5.3%

IBU

17

Hop notes

Saaz

Description

When you brew a serious Pilsner it deserves a serious name. Vlad is no compromise. This guy slays it! If you get stuck on this beer, we won’t be surprised. And if you ever read a book about Vlad the Impaler, Whoa! Look out. Grab a glass of Vlad. He was serious too.

Fretboard TREY

Year Round

AMBER

ABV

5.7%

IBU

19

Hop notes

Ahtanum

Description

Trey loves to scale all 24 frets with this beautiful blend of red and brownish overtones throughout every sip. Truly a unique and rich amber ale that is supplied with earthy notes of the Ahtanum hop, so don’t be surprised if you end up checking out Trey more than once. Let’s just say, thank you Mr. Miner because this one has got serious chops!

Reba

Year Round

STRAWBERRY Blonde Ale

ABV

5.3%

IBU

10

Hop notes

Nugget

Description

Light, effervescent bubbles come to mind when you sip on this beauty. This light ale has an awesome pink rosé color with a big strawberry nose and taste! Reba will take you out of your winter blues, or be a great companion by the pool.  Here’s a beer tip: it mixes well with other fruit style beers. Give it a try!

Improv

Year Round

India Pale Ale

ABV

7.1%

IBU

67

Hop notes

Mosaic, Citra

Description

Improv IPA will lead you on an epic hop journey winding you through the sweet twists and turns of a complex yet subtle beer. Improv is brewed to release a sweeter malt flavor that balances the gigantic hop additions. The result, a taste that is smooth, full of a huge hop nose with burst of bursts of grapefruit & melon. We believe Improv is best consumed while listening to the sounds of what else… jam bands! Grateful Dead, Phish and Pink Floyd are a few of our favorites.

Crazy Train

2018 Silver Medal Winner, U.S. Open Beer Championship
2019 Silver Medal Winner, Ohio Craft Brewer’s Cup
2019 Gold Medal Winner, U.S. Open Beer Championship
Year Round

Belgian Pale Ale

ABV

5.5%

IBU

16

Hop notes

Hallertauer Mittelfrüher, Saaz

Description

Get ready to ride a crazy train with this copper ale. With bubble gum and fruity esters, there’s some epic solos that accompany this easy drinking beer. Crazy Train to date is our most award winning beer now garnering medals two years in a row at the U.S. Beer Open Championship and one medal for the Ohio Craft Brewer’s Cup. We’re pretty sure that you’ll enjoy this one.

Coffee Shop Jazz

Year Round

coffee stout

ABV

5.8%

IBU

44

Description

Brewed with Seven Hills Coffee Roasters in Blue Ash, OH. This stout delivers a bold coffee note with a smooth creamy finish. It’s smooth and distinct…like Dexter Gordon playing ‘Cheesecake’.

El Jefe

Year Round

hefeweizen

ABV

4.9%

IBU

13

Description

“Master of metaphors”, this traditional German style “hefe” is a full-flavored boss man with plenty of banana overtones thanks to the European style of yeast. Not into those hoppy ones or want something more flavorful than a light beer? Well, then this one is clutch. Riff on a pint of El Jefe, because he’s come to take you away.

Soundcheck (vol. 2)

Seasonal

light ipa

ABV

4.0%

CALORIES

99

Hop notes

Citra & Vic Secret

Description

The second iteration of our evolving Soundcheck IPA series is here with a brand new twist! An explosion of bright and tangy hops peruse your palate on this incredibly light IPA. Registering at a low-low 4.0% ABV and packing only 99 calories, this is the ultimate sessionable summer sipper for big hop lovers.

Bootsy

2019 Gold Medal Winner, U.S. Open Beer Championship
Seasonal

India Pale Ale

ABV

7.0%

IBU

21

Hop notes

N/A

Description

In collaboration with Bootsy Collins Foundation – what started as an experimental brut style IPA took gold at the 2019 US Open Beer Championship. This IPA is front loaded with bright funky citrus and finishes crisp and dry and is approved by the grand funkmaster himself. A portion of all proceeds benefits the Bootsy Collins foundation.

Also available in six-packs so be sure to take some of the funk home with you!

SAPPHIRE HAZE

Seasonal

HAZY IPA

ABV

6.7%

IBU

23

Hop notes

Lotus & Citra

Description

Join the caravan of bold flavor and cosmic hops. Sapphire Haze is loaded with notes of pineapple and citrus. It’s as hazy and mysterious as Ozzy’s voice through a Leslie speaker.

Now available in 6-packs and on draft for a limited time!

ISLAND STYLE

Seasonal

TROPICAL RED ALE

ABV

5.0%

Hop notes

N/A

Description

A full-bodied red ale infused with Lime, Island Style is a unique taproom only offering. Served with a slice of lime, this fruity style beer is not your typical light beer offering. Its got body, its got fruit and its got a feeling from the mountain to the ocean from the windward to the leeward side. We do it Island Style!

 

Juicy Improv

Seasonal

Grapefruit IPA

ABV

7.1%

IBU

69

Hop notes

Mosaic, Citra & Grapefruit

Description

Cheers to having our flagship IPA infused with intense flavors of Grapefruit. Juicy Improv is out of this world but make sure to take home a six pack to go and spend a little time in the great beyond in your own spaceship.

 

FUGEE

Seasonal

BREAKFAST ALE

ABV

4.9%

Hop notes

N/A

Description

What is a Breakfast Ale? For starters, this ale truly tastes like breakfast in a glass! While most breakfast style beers are stouts, our breakfast ale is an easy drinking nut brown ale infused with breakfast flavors that include maple, vanilla, cinnamon and other secret ingredients to make this a one of a kind experience.

Check out some Fugee as this is a “must-try” beer! Everyday starts with a good breakfast and Fugee is no exception.

 

Klosterman Rye Lager – Coming Soon!

Seasonal

Rye Lager Beer brewed with caraway

ABV

5.2%

IBU

16

Hop notes

N/A

Description

Our Rye Lager is back with a big bready taste and the perfect blend of caraway. In collaboration with the legendary Klosterman Baking Company, this unique lager is crafted with rye grains and just the right flavors of a Cincinnati staple, Klosterman Rye Bread. Hey Foodies!… you’ll love this beer! It’s the perfect pairing for just about any dish. Our special brew is scheduled for release on Tuesday, October 15th. Be sure to make it out and enjoy some unique cuisine from Smoked Out Cincy and mingle with our friends at the bakery.

After all, what could be better than beer & bread?! This seasonal offering will be available in six-packs to go.