Tonight I made the second stop of my Cincy Beer Journey at the Ei8ht Ball Brewery. This new spot is located inside The Party Source—and in the same fashion that a grocery store places its essential items—its way back in the back. Right now Ei8ht Ball features only one in-house brew, an excellent coffee infused imperial stout they call “K-Hole.” It’s safe to say that if you like coffee you will be on board with this brew—rich, full bodied, with a nice balance of a coffee aroma, flavor, and bitterness. For you non-coffee beer people… well, you could try one of the other 49 brews on tap. Aside from all the locales I noticed taps for Mikkeller, Nogne O, and Three Floyds to name a few. Now if those 50 don’t get it done for you, well, you’re still in the middle of what has to be one of the largest beer stores in the Tri-state, so you shouldn’t have any trouble finding something else. All-in-all, it’s a fantastic upgrade to an already impressive store, and if you see something on tap you can always get a growler to go.
Beer: 8/10 (but really, this is TBD because there was only one of their brews on tap; the rest of their selection was quite impressive)
Passion: 8/10 (you could tell these guys were excited and knowledgeable about the Belgian tasting they were hosting that night with some hard to find brews)
Ambiance: 2/5 (not much going on here, just a few seats and tables--it's more of a growler station than anything else; I was disappointed that it wasn't larger)
Location: 2.5/5 (it's at the Party Source, which is great and all, but it's not really near anything; maybe when they open the distillery next door it will become more of a destination)