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 (perfect it). 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.

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Rider

Year Round

Blonde Ale

ABV

4.3%

IBU

23

Hop notes

Centennial, Cascade

Description

Ride along with this classic style, light ale any day of the week. Brewed using small additions of Centennial and Cascade, this beer is sessionable and easy to drink. Rider contains hints of floral and boasts a lemony taste thanks to the flavor of the late additions. You’ll be singing “You’re gonna miss me when I’m gone” as you finish your first glass and ask for another.

Improv

Year Round

India Pale Ale

ABV

7.1%

IBU

69

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.

Jazz

Year Round

AMERICAN STOUT

ABV

6.8%

IBU

44

Hop notes

Columbus

Description

Jazz not only plays a unique role in American history but Jazz plays a peerless role in our craft beer lineup. This stout plays a rich song on the taste buds. While first enriched with the obvious notes of chocolate and coffee, the middle is more complex. This dark melody allows the boldness to take form after first sips and ends finishing dry with you thirsty for more.

S23

Year Round

Session IPA

ABV

4.9%

IBU

49

Hop notes

Simcoe, Centennial, Amarillo, Citra

Description

In honor of Eric Sierra, former Cincinnati Police Sergeant, 50¢ of every pint of S23 is donated to Behind the Badge, a non-profit community based organization formed to raise awareness and money for charities in the local Tri-State area.

This Session IPA features mango and resiny notes with a finish that will leave you wanting more. S23 is not your average session light beer with just a bunch of hops. Our head brewer spent extra time crafting a session beer tastes like a true, full bodied IPA but without the big ABV punch so you can enjoy more without sacrificing flavor. This beer is best enjoyed among friends or family and ideally over a long discussion with any type of music.

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Fretboard Trey – 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!

El Jefe 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.

Fretboard VLAD –  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.

Peso In My Hand – Mexican Lager

ABV

4.9%

IBU

12

Hop notes

Hallertau, Muttlefruh

Description

We got a case of the Mexicali Blues when we came up with this delicious treat. Just add a slice of lime and this beer will take your winter blues away. It’s easy drinking, light and tropical, just like a Mexican Lager should taste. Best served with a side of island music and visions of sandy beaches, Peso In My Hand is sure to be a hit any time of the year.

ZickZack – Dunkelweizen

ABV

5.8%

IBU

12

Hop notes

Nugget

Description

Dunkelweizen is the perfect blend of a traditional Dunkel and a Hefeweizen that boasts a sweet maltiness and chocolate-like character but still incorporates the banana and clove esters thanks to our weizen ale yeast. The independence of this brew shines through as a truly unique fusion of styles. Just like the bands off Zick Zack, be a little rebellious and try a style that’s not so common anymore yet celebrates our unique and historic, Cincinnati German culture.

Reverberator – Doppelbock

ABV

8%

IBU

17

Hop notes

Low hop amount allows for malty and crisp aroma. 

Description

Traditional German Double Bock Beer crafted for Bock season in Cincinnati.

Reba – Strawberry Blonde Ale

ABV

5.3%

IBU

10

Notes

Notes of strawberry and honey

Description

Light, effervescent bubbles come to mind when you sip on this beauty but not light on taste. Our
strawberry blonde is the bomb! Take this in a growler to go and share with friends on a boat, in the
country or at your pool this summer. Tis the season for warmer weather and light sipping beers. The
Colonel couldn’t be prouder.

Crazy Train – Belgian Pale Ale

ABV

5.5%

IBU

16

Hop notes

Hallertau, Saaz

Description

Add some Belgian yeast to any style and get ready to ride a crazy train. With bubble gum and fruity esters, there are some epic solos that happen in this Belgian Pale Ale. Shed no more tears with this Belgian Pale Ale and enjoy a few trips around on the crazy train and take the “Rhodes” less traveled.

City Life – India Session Pilsner

ABV

4.9%

IBU

14

Hop notes

Noble Hops

Description

Coming Soon – Thursday May 24th

Fugee – Breakfast Ale

ABV

6.1%

IBU

15

Hop notes

N/A

Description

It’s like breakfast in a glass! Infused with french toast, vanilla, and cinnamon flavors, this one is undeniably delectable. The best days start with a good breakfast.

Shimmy Shimmy Cocoa Pop – Chocolate Red Ale

ABV

6.5%

IBU

14

Hop notes

N/A

Description

Kiss me and I’ll kiss you back – with chocolate. Shimmy Shimmy Cocoa Pop – it’s new school, it’s old school and it smells delicious. If you like chocolate, treat yourself to a little something something with a Shimmy Shimmy. This beer pairs well with smooth jazz, soft or chill music and good conversation with your significant other.

Fretboard Experience – DIPA

ABV

9.2%

IBU

90

Hop notes

Mosaic, Simcoe, Centennial and Columbus

Description

Hop Heads get ready for Fretboard Experience Double IPA. Hopped up with generous editions of Mosaic, Simcoe, Centennial and Columbus, the Experience will be dank and jamming with complex flavors and hop aromas. Best enjoyed while listening to some Jimi.

Coltrane – Belgian Strong Ale

ABV

8.7%

IBU

28

Hop notes

N/A

Description

We turn a Belgian beer on its head just like Coltrane turned the jazz world upside down with this Belgian Strong Ale aged on cherry and fig. Served in a 12 ounce snifter, enjoy the unique experience of Coltrane and while listening to innovative and virtuosity of John Coltrane. The sounds of jazz will never be sweeter while having a Coltrane in hand.

Leggo Beast – Russian Imperial Stout

ABV

10%

IBU

40

Hop notes

N/A

Description

A beer of easy virtue, we expect you’ll cheat on your traditional stout and come back for more. Infused with coffee and maple, Leggo Beast is a sexy, tall glass of heaven in every sip.

S23 Infused with Pineapple – Session IPA

ABV

4.9%

IBU

49

Hop notes

Simcoe, Amarillo, Citra, Centennial

Description

In honor of Eric Sierra, former Cincinnati Police Sergeant, 50¢ of every pint of S23 is donated to Behind the Badge, a non-profit community based organization formed to raise awareness and money for charities in the local Tri-State area.

This Session IPA features mango and resiny notes with a finish that will leave you wanting more. S23 is not your average session light beer with just a bunch of hops. Our head brewer spent extra time crafting a session beer tastes like a true, full bodied IPA but without the big ABV punch so you can enjoy more without sacrificing flavor. This beer is best enjoyed among friends or family and ideally over a long discussion with any type of music.

Powerslave – Russian Imperial Stout

ABV

8.5%

IBU

41

Hop notes

N/A

Description

OK – Iron Maiden.. Need I say more?