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.

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Mellowship

YEAR-ROUND | Now on Tap!

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 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.

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.

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.

NOW ON TAP – Try our Juicy Improv! Infused with grapefruit.

Peso In My Hand

2018 Ohio Craft Brewers Cup Gold Medal
Year Round

Mexican Lager

ABV

4.9%

IBU

12

Hop notes

Hallertauer Mittelfrüher

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.

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.

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.

Fugee

Seasonal

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.

Drummer Boy

Special Release

WINTER WARMER

ABV

8.0%

IBU

28

Hop notes

N/A

Description

The little drummer boy is all grown up and he’s got an ale fit for a King! Drummer Boy is an Imperial Red Ale brewed with 400 lbs of Don Popp’s Honey Farm local honey and infused with Saigon Cinnamon, Madagascar Vanilla Beans, Ginger Root and Orange Peel Bitter. Just in time for the holidays.

Fretboard Experience

Special Release

double ipa

ABV

9.2%

IBU

100

Hop notes

Idaho 7, Mosaic, Columbus

Description

Ever throw a record on so moving that when you close your eyes you enter a surreal state of happiness? That’s where the first (and last) sip of our Experience Double IPA will bring you. Brewed with Idaho 7, Mosaic, and Columbus hops; you’ll pick up tunes of passion fruit and pine.

JM3

Special Release

belgian tripel

ABV

9.0%

IBU

30

Description

An ode to Mr. Mojo, Joe Marcinek. This Belgian Tripel will knock you off your feet, look you right in the eyes and ask “What Cha Gonna Do”? A beautiful golden color, with slight notes of clove, coriander, and spice. A touch of sweetness on the front end is followed by a dry pale finish. Try it…. If You Want.

Coffee Shop Jazz

Special Release

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’.

Klosterman Rye Bier

Special Release

rye lager

ABV

5.2%

IBU

16

Hop notes

Czech Saaz

Description

Our limited release Rye Bier collaboration with the storied Cincinnati family bakery, Klosterman. This rye lager is brewed with caraway seed and Czech Saaz hops, giving this beer the proper nod of nostalgia and tradition associated with the Klosterman name.

Beermosa

Special Release

American lager

ABV

5.0%

IBU

12

Hop notes

N/A

Description

Half beer. Half Pear. All amazing. This American Lager blends juicy notes of Pear and Blood Orange to create a robust and refreshing splash of flavor. Best enjoyed with a fresh-cut orange wheel.