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. And just like the song, it’s a beer you’ll adore  – bad 4$$ like a bison.

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

Centennial, Cascade

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
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 is a silver medal winner of the 2018, U.S. Beer Open Championship.

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.

Micro Brass

Seasonal

CINCINNATI LAGER

ABV

4.8%

IBU

16

Hop notes

N/A

Description

Our annual, and highly trumpeted, collaboration with Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra. A true Vienna style lager with an amber-hue, crisp body, and a subtle caramel-like sweetness. Served in a stein, this beer will take you ‘up a step’ like Hank Mobley playing the sax!

Bootsy

Seasonal

gold medal winning brut ipa

ABV

7.0%

IBU

21

Hop notes

N/A

Description

In collaboration with Bootsy Collins Foundation – this experimental brut IPA won gold at the 2019 US Open Beer Championship. A true Brut style IPA front loaded with bright funky citrus and finishing crisp and dry.

FRETBOARD EXPERIENCE

Seasonal

BRUT DOUBLE IPA

ABV

9.2%

IBU

30

Hop Notes

Citra & Vic Secret

Description

Back for the third time, this evolving Double IPA series now features a Brut style. Front loaded with a tropical aroma and abundance of hops on the front of the palate, Experience finishes light and dry. At 9.2% ABV, you’ll enjoy the ride before you know it.

 

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

Red Ale infused with Key Lime