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The Best Small Town Breweries in Ohio

If there’s one thing we know how to do in Ohio, it’s brew beer. Breweries have had an almost meteoric rise here in the Buckeye State over the last two decades, and it’s for good reason. We have some truly incredible breweries, especially in our three largest cities.

But small town breweries are nothing to sneeze at. Some of our most delicious brews come to us from charming, small Ohio towns, and they make the perfect day trip from Columbus.

Jackie O’s | Athens

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Located in the lively college town of Athens, home to Ohio University, Jackie O’s has grown from a humble brewpub opened in 2005 to a craft beer beacon in Southeast Ohio. Known for its innovative brews like the Mystic Mama IPA and the Dark Apparition Russian Imperial Stout, Jackie O’s also emphasizes sustainability and local sourcing. The Public House and Brewery offer cozy taprooms and a friendly atmosphere where you can sample a wide array of beers.

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While in Athens, don’t miss out on hiking in nearby Hocking Hills, a lake day at the iconic Strouds Run, or enjoy the local art scene and the bustling Athens Farmers Market, especially vibrant during the school year.

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Yellow Springs Brewery | Yellow Springs

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Nestled in the artsy village of Yellow Springs, this brewery is a must-visit for beer lovers and nature enthusiasts alike. Yellow Springs Brewery is celebrated for its Captain Stardust Saison and the Zoetic American Pale Ale. The taproom, overlooking the scenic Little Miami Scenic Trail, provides a perfect pit stop for cyclists and walkers exploring the area.

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Yellow Springs itself is a hub for artists and activists, offering eclectic shops, galleries, and cafes. Explore Glen Helen Nature Preserve or take a bike ride through John Bryan State Park.

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Marietta Brewing Company | Marietta

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Situated on the banks of the Ohio River, Marietta Brewing Company taps into the rich history of Marietta, Ohio’s oldest city, with beers like the Copperhead Red Ale and the Estella’s Raspberry Wheat. The brewery is housed in a historic building, with a taproom that reflects the area’s riverboat heritage.

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Marietta’s charming downtown is full of history, showcased in its museums and riverboat tours. Take a stroll on the picturesque river trail or explore the ancient Adena Burial Mounds.

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Hoof Hearted Brewing | Marengo

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A little off the beaten path in Marengo, Hoof Hearted Brewing offers a quirky and vibrant atmosphere alongside some standout beers, such as the Musk of the Minotaur IPA and Roller Blabe Double IPA. Their brewery and kitchen feature bold, colorful murals and a modern, lively vibe.

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While Marengo itself is quieter, you can’t visit without planning a stop at Groovy Plants Ranch. It’s a fantastic garden center with beautiful plants you can purchase and vibes for days.

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Ill Mannered Brewing Co. | Powell

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Powell’s Ill Mannered Brewing Co. packs a punch with its small-batch beers, brewed right on site. With a rotating selection of beers like the Powell Right in the Kisser IPA, this nano-brewery has a cozy taproom that invites locals and visitors to linger over a pint.

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Powell offers a delightful mix of small-town charm and upscale dining, plus it’s just a short drive from the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, making it a great family getaway spot.

Twin Oast Brewing | Port Clinton

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On the shores of Lake Erie in Port Clinton, Twin Oast Brewing is known for its farm-to-fermenter beers, such as Quarryman Tangerine Pale Ale and Catawba Peach. The oast houses, historic barns, and scenic orchard on the property create a rustic, relaxing environment to enjoy a beer.

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Port Clinton is the gateway to Put-in-Bay and the Lake Erie Islands, where outdoor activities abound. Don’t miss a chance to visit the nearby Marblehead Lighthouse or enjoy a day on the lake.

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From historic river towns to artistic enclaves, Ohio’s small-town breweries offer so much more than just beer. They’re the perfect places to dip your toes into small town Ohio.