Food is fun. Food is nourishing. Food makes me happy. But don’t get me wrong, I am not a glutton. It’s just that I appreciate a good culinary treat. Whenever we visit a new city, most of my friends enjoy visiting museums and going sightseeing. My idea of fun has always been sampling the local cuisine. I like visiting local restaurants and checking out their flavors. And I also enjoy sampling local brews for an authentic feel of the new city. I have visited many cities in the United States over the years and I always follow this routine. But I must say that one city really impressed me. It’s the Midwestern city of Cincinnati, OH. As you can expect, I really enjoyed the world-famous Cincinnati chili. But that was not the climax of my culinary experiences in this amazing city. The food and brewery tours blew me away. Let me relate my experiences and what I discovered about Cincinnati.
Cincinnati Food Tours
You can actually book and go on a food tour in Cincinnati, OH. There are several companies offering this service in the city and I decided to go with the most established one. I booked a food tour with an award winning company called Cincinnati Food Tours. Operated by Barb and her husband Barry Cooper, the company offers 90-minute walking guided tours in the historic Findlay Market. In addition to sampling local cuisine, you will learn a great deal about the history of the oldest public market in Ohio. The Original Findlay Market Tour is the most popular booking but you can also book the Beyond the Market Tour, the Cincinnati Street Food Tour, the Signature Over-the-Rhine Tour, The All-American Food Tour, and many more. Charges vary but the experience is awesome.
Brewery Bus Tours
Like the food tours, there are several companies offering brewery tours in the city. You can join a group tour or book a private brewery tour. I booked a tour with a company called Cincy Brew Bus, which claimed to be “Cincinnati’s Original Brewery, Winery and Distillery Tasting and Tour Experience.” The company operates three types of tours, namely the Cincy Brew Bus, Cincy Wine Wagon, and Cincy Bourbon Bus. You will hit some of the finest local breweries, distilleries, and wineries in the city on this tour. The company has tour buses and guides who will narrate the history of the Cincinnati brewery industry. You will be amazed to learn that there are over 30 craft breweries in the region and many wineries and distilleries.
Sampling Local Cuisine And Brews
The food tours are incredibly fun because they include all kinds of bitings and culinary delights. During the Original Findlay Market Tour we tasted samples and small bites from many different specialty kitchens including the Gramma Debbie’s Kitchen, Dean’s Mediterranean Imports, Taste of Belgium, Em’s Sourdough Bread, and Churchill’s Fine Teas among many others. The Signature Over-the-Rhine Tour features foods from popular local establishments including Brezel, Revolution Rotisserie, Sweet Petit Desserts, Gomez Salsa etc. The brewery tours took us to some fantastic breweries and wineries including the Rhinegeist, the MadTree, the Urban Artifact, and the Christian Moerlein. We were taught about the history of brewing in the city. We also received some free beer in every brewery, free wine in every winery, and bourbon tastings in every distillery.