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 editions. 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

This Session IPA features mango and resiny notes with a finish that will leave you wanting one 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 taste 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.

Lyric

Year Round

EXTRA PALE ALE

ABV

4.4%

IBU

26

Hop notes

Mosaic

Description

Tastes of this melodic ale will open a new world of American-style wheat ales. With roots from the West, our style of wheat is infused with a fresh boot of Mosaic hops and a honey taste that rides waves of grain through every sip. The words of this beautifully crafted beer will get stuck in your head. Don’t be surprised if you drink it over and over again.

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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

Hop notes

East Kent Goldings

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.

VLAD the Impaler Czech 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.

Simple – IIPA

ABV

8.5%

IBU

101

Hop notes

Columbus, Cascade, Centennial, Simcoe, Amarillo and Citra

Description

We’ve got it Simple because we’ve got a brewery and we’ve got Simcoe in the brand!  While we call it “Simple”, this IIPA is a complex live one with a bountiful boost of Columbus, Cascade, Centennial, Simcoe, Amarillo and Citra hops. Then we added some Rye malt to really mess things up. It’s pretty simple though, if you like a mouthful of hops (but balanced) like we do, you’ll love Simple.

Drummer Boy – Winter Warmer

ABV

8.5%

IBU

28

Hop notes

Centennial

Description

The Little Drummer Boy is all grown up and pa rum pum pum pum, he’s got an ale fit for a King! Drummer Boy is an Imperial Red Ale brewed with 200 lbs of Don Popp’s Honey Farm local honey and infused with Saigon Cinnamon, Madagascar Vanilla Beans, Ginger root and Orange Peel Bitters. A true Winter Warmer just in time for the holidays.

Dunkel – Munich Dunkel

ABV

5.5%

IBU

14

Hop notes

Noble Variety

Description

Our traditional Munich Dunkel is the latest edition to our line of lagers. Joining it’s friend Vlad the Impaler, Fretboard wanted to release a beer that’s light but rich with flavor for the onset of the cold Midwest winter months. True to our Cincinnati German heritage, Dunkel boasts a mild caramel and malty flavor and shows of dark copper and ruby highlights, perfect for a winter’s eve.

Experimental IPA – IPA

ABV

6.9%

IBU

90

Hop notes

Columbus, Cascade, Centennial, Simcoe

Description

The best part about microbreweries are the experimental beers. Well, that’s how we feel! We hope you feel the same because this IPA turned out really well. As the basis of our IIPA, this rye IPA with a huge addition of Centennial during the dry hop provided a nice floral boast before you even get the glass to your lips. Just like some of the best written songs, we stumbled on this tune before we got to the one we really wanted to rehearse! Enjoy!

Janis – Blackberry Wheat

ABV

5.25%

IBU

23

Hop notes

Goldings

Description

“Take another little piece of my heart now, baby” and please add some blackberries!  That’s exactly what we did.  This fruited German wheat ale is mild, tame and slightly tart.  A great ‘anytime’ beer.