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With so many new breweries, you’d think there wouldn’t be a single spot in the city that wasn’t covered. Brink Brewing Company thinks otherwise. After tasting a couple of their brews and checking out the spot, we think they’re right. Located on the bustling main road in College Hill, the next closest brewery, Urban Artifact, isn’t within walking distance. Considering the fact that people want a local, neighborhood bar that they can walk to, this brewery is in the ideal area of this up-and-coming neighborhood.

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Not only is the location ideal, but the space inside is exactly what the neighborhood needed. Knowing that they wanted to be able to have a brewery where families and the community could gather, they created a space that’s perfect for bringing the kids along. They even have games set up and a long, wooden “community” table for people to gather around. Whether you’re looking for a space to stop by with a few friends or hoping to bring the whole family along, this spot is ideal for that. The soft lighting and earth tones make it feel comfortable and home-like, which makes sense because the people behind the scenes want you to feel at home when you’re there.

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Don’t fool yourself just because they’re “new” to the game, either. While the brewery is officially open for business this Sunday, the Master Brewer has been brewing home brews for quite some time. This isn’t amateur hour, and the proof is in the taste. Where sometimes it feels like recipes are rushed to get as much product out as possible, we could tell with every sip that there was a lot of love in these brews, and that the effort had been put in to perfect them in every way possible.

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Looking for a beer recommendation? Well, we’re here to tell you that you have to try all of them. We loved the light, refreshing taste of the Debbie Jean Blonde, which is perfect for all seasons with its smooth finish. But good things are coming your way if you go for the J-Boy IPA, too. Crafted with oatmeal, these one is ideal for the hop heads out there who love a little bit of a bite at the end. Unlike many generic, over-processed brews, these beers are pure and fresh. That’s part of the deal with Brink: It’s all about appreciating the smaller scale.

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The most exciting thing, though, is that this brewery is going to grow with the community it’s in. While there will only be a couple of beers on tap for opening day, they’re made with quality. You won’t find guest taps at this spot, but you will find an ever-expanding assortment of beers from all backgrounds. Pulling influence from Colorado’s beer scene, they want to get away from the industrial feel and get back to the core of what makes beer and the craft beer community so great: dedicated quality and a space that’s both welcoming and fosters conversations with neighbors. We love that.

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A lot of that is dedicated to the fact that the owners tie so many fond memories with family that included bonding over their love for beer. As crazy as it sounds, the bathroom ended up being one of our favorite parts of the visit. Plastered all over the wall, you’ll notice an extraordinary amount of beer labels. This is a tradition tied back to one of the owner’s uncles who shares a love for craft beer. Although terminally ill, he got to come in and try a beer the other day; bringing everything full-circle in a family’s love for beer. Looking at the wall, we couldn’t help but think of memories we’d shared with friends and family over beers with the same names.

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At the end of the day, we truly believe that Brink is going to become one of our most loved spots to visit in the city. We appreciate the overall effect of the interior layout, the dedication to the craft, and the overall warmth of the space. It’s not hard to tell that a lot of love is behind this neighborhood brewery. You won’t want to miss out stopping in to see why this place is on the brink of great things.

Matt Teaford is a meatatarian, craft beer enthusiast, and follower of his spirit animal, which he believes to be a Kodiak Bear. He can often be found hiking in the backwoods of Kentucky or bragging about both his hometown of Cincinnati and expansive knowledge of music. Except Polka. He knows nothing about Polka.

Matt founded CityNova because he wants people to experience life for all that it’s worth. He also thinks that nap time should be offered by all employers. Since he found no such opportunity, he thought a startup might be his best chance.

He’s also a political Independent who vies for true transparency and accountability in government, but that’s neither here nor there…

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