Rivertown Brewery & Barrel House
An innovative, sour beer focused brewery embraces their rebellious spirit
Founded in 2009 by Jason Roeper, Rivertown Brewery and Barrel House is located in Cincinnati, Ohio and is best known for its sour beers. The brewery started out in a small 2,000 square foot facility in the village of Lockland, and has over the years, expanded to its current 20,000 square foot space. Plans are on the horizon to expand further with a move to a 31,000 square foot facility in Monroe, Ohio, a space that would allow for added production, a restaurant, and a bar. Such growth over the past seven years speaks to the incredible success Jason Roeper has had with his award-winning beers and his acceptance in the state's craft beer community.
Jason was first introduced to the art of brewing by his Uncle, who would spend his weekends brewing and then bring his handcrafted libations to family gatherings. Jason was fascinated by the process and the day he turned 21, he went to his Uncle’s house and brewed his first batch of beer. Over the years, Jason continued to persevere, experiment and hone in his craft and won many medals from a variety of National and Local Homebrew competitions.
In 2007, he became a finalist in the Sam Adams Longshot Competition with his unblended Lambic (sour ale), called “Straight Up.” It was after earning this honor that Jason put all of his efforts into opening his own brewery and Rivertown Brewery and Barrel House was born.
For the first few years, Rivertown offered a wide range of beers with a few seasonals and sours, but recently, Jason has made the smart move to focus on their strengths and niche - the sour beers, which is what makes them unique. Rivertown’s sour beers are created via a spontaneous fermentation process and then aged in wine, bourbon, and tequila barrels. Today, sours account for nearly half of Rivertown’s total production.
Plans are in motion to move to the larger Monroe facility in 2017. The new location has access to quality water, plenty of room to grown, and it offers the great opportunity to build a dream brewery from the ground up. We look forward to this brewery’s continued success and applaud their pioneering efforts in the world of sour beers. Cheers!