See how a passion for beer and Cincinnati inspired one local entrepreneur to pair them together in a recently-opened taproom.
The Queen City Brewery of Cincinnati was founded in 2014 and their Blue Ash-based taproom opened its doors in December 2016.
Jason Surniak, The Queen City Brewery’s COO and Head Brewer, shares how the company began: “Everything started when Co-Owner, Mike Wofford, took a trip out to Colorado to visit his brother. While in town, they took their time and visited multiple breweries when it dawned on him: He was tired of working in a field that he wasn’t passionate about. He knew he loved beer and Cincinnati. It seemed like a no brainer!”
There’s a lot that goes into transforming an idea into a business, but the team at The Queen City Brewery was ready to turn it into a reality. “It took networking — finding the brewer, Jason — who had been home-brewing for seven years. Then of course it took a lot of R&D, drinking, and talking with other brewery owners to understand the industry, equipment, and financials,” shares Surniak. “During this process, we put a business plan together, created a name, which was then LLC’d, and started scaling recipes from the five gallon home-brew level to the three barrel manufacturing level. It took us about a year to scout locations. We looked all over the city until we ended up at our location in Blue Ash.”
Some of their more popular beers on tap include:
- Cincinnati Famous IPA
- Rings of Satum IPA
- Bengal Bee Honey Orange Wheat
- The Dark Knight
The Queen City Brewery of Cincinnati Hours:
Wednesday: 3-9 pm
Thursday: 3-9 pm
Friday: 3-12 am
Saturday: 12 pm 12 am
The Queen City Brewery of Cincinnati mission statement is “Because Beer,” Surniak says, adding that, “Customers can expect a laid-back atmosphere, with great beer on tap, where everyone is treated like family. We believe and embrace the philosophy that every customer should be treated as an interaction and not a transaction.”
Surniak gives advice to fellow entrepreneurs. “You will be faced with adversity. People will criticize you without getting to know you; without even trying your product. There will always be people against you, but just remember, it’s all noise. Tune it out. Believe it or not, no one in this industry or any industry’s an expert, unless you are Elon Musk,” he adds. “Focus on your goals. Build your success by overcoming challenges and making mistakes. Be humble.”