By Paige Malott | 04.28.2014
Legend has it that a new beer-related venue opens up every Friday in Cincinnati. This time it's no different, with OTR's latest addition, HalfCut Beer Cafe, welcoming its first guests on April 18. The much-anticipated drinkery, located at 1128 Walnut Street, will serve 16 different kinds of brew from across the country. Best of all, these beers were all hand-picked by owners Jack Heekin and Tom O'Brian.
The pair took a cross-country roadtrip in December 2012 to visit America's breweries, bars, and distributors. Heekin and O'Brian headed straight west from Cincinnati to Colorado, looped around the Pacific Coast through California, then traveled east via Route 66 through the Southwest. In addition to tasting the beers, they developed a business model to bring back to Cincinnati.
HalfCut will sell beer by the pint, in 22-ounce bombers, and 32 or 64-ounce growlers. Customers can also build their own six pack from a wall of bottles from around the country. With a hearty selection of cans and bottles to choose from, sturdy growlers to fill, and knowledgeable “beeristas,” customers will experience more than just a place to drink a great beer. And for those in a real hurry, get a grab-n-go bottle of booze from the takeaway window on 12th Street.
HalfCut gets its namesake from the 1920s slang term meaning the state of mind after a few beers. After walking through the doors, customers will be welcomed by walls that pay homage to beer. A mural, stretching over 20 feet of raw brick wall, greets you upon entrance. This larger than life depiction of the beer making process was created by local artist Keith Neltner and shows the story of how your beer got from the farm to your hand. Giant images portray how “nature and harvest,” “ferment and love,” and “explore and deliver” are all crucial steps to satisfying your taste buds.
Standing in line, visitors will shift their gaze to the opposing wall space. Neighboring OTR business, Frameshop, has carefully adorned the walls with all things symbolic of the original brewtastic roadtrip. Walls are quenched with memories of adventure — a sensation in which HalfCut aspires to awaken in each of its customers. These hand crafted works of art are intended to inspire one to go out and explore and discover. Looking around the room, you can’t miss the HalfCut goat, which symbolizes trying new things. What HalfCut finds beyond the mountains is what they bring back to the people of Over-the-Rhine.
Take your pallet on an unforgettable journey and quench your wanderlust with America's best beers from the comfort and convenience of the Queen City.
Want more information on HalfCut? Well then, head to the website: http://www.halfcut.com/.