These guys have been on my radar for a while, but as a busy guy I hadn’t had the time to trek down to Bellevue, KY and check out their new digs. Over the past weeks or so they’ve been in a soft opening stage, but as of this weekend they are officially open for business!
I had July 23rd marked on my calendar for their grand opening since the original announcement and as I awoke in the morning I was super excited to make my way over the river to dive into yet another awesome Cincinnati area brewery!
As we arrived to Darkness we were met with an impressive crowd along with some of the crew from Bircus Brewing Co. putting on a show! It totally threw me off at first, but what better way to celebrate your grand opening with a circus show!
The inside of the brewery felt quite cozy with a darker feel, warm lighting, wood accents and cool wall decorations brought the whole spot together. It almost felt like a brewery club house. We were in the middle of a heat eave on Saturday so it was super hot, but that didn’t stop people from coming in to grab some great beer!
They had 6 beers on tap of their own creation and an Ace Pineapple Cider for all to enjoy. I will say I haven’t been to many brewery openings, but I will say for a first day their beer was on point. I enjoyed each and every one of them.
Here’s what they had (and will continue to have this week depending on supplies!)
Man on the Moo (Milk Stout) – This one was probably my favorite hands down. Nice and creamy mouthfeel with some delicious chocolate notes. I like a milk stout with some weight to it.
Bellevue Uncommon (KY Common Ale) – The corn and rye notes shine in this one. It almost has a sweeter taste to it. Tis an easy drinker for sure.
Hop Head Nebula (American IBA) – This one rocked citra, simcoe and chinook hops and the bitterness shone through. I was definitely a fan of this one.
Galaxy Anomaly (Black Session) – A black session? Sign me up. This one was probably the one I was looking forward to the most and it didn’t disappoint! Goes down smooth with awesome hoppy notes.
Christothor (The Blonde) – A delicious standard blonde that isn’t boring like some blondes are. This was a tie with Galaxy Anomaly for my second favorite beer of the evening!
Stonebreaker (Smoked Porter) – The only one I didn’t get to try that day, but I wish I had 🙁 But oh well guess that means I just have to get back in there soon!
I am super excited to have Darkness Brewing join the Cincinnati brewing community and I will definitely be hanging out there a lot in the future!