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OBC Field Trip No. 10 (Bad Tom Smith Brewing)

Bad Tom Smith Brewing has an interesting story and a somewhat complicated past just like its namesake, "Bad" Tom Smith, an outlaw in the 1890s from Eastern Kentucky.  Established in 2013 as Double Barrel Brewery, Bad Tom Smith Brewing has already undergone name and ownership changes.

The past however does not represent the present and is not the plan for the future.  New owners have brought new life, new energy and new resources to Bad Tom Smith Brewing.  OBC recently had the opportunity to visit the brewery and with new owner John Vojtush.  We feel good things are on the horizon for Bad Tom Smith.

Nestled near the corner of Beechmont and Eastern Avenues on Cincinnati's East Side, Bad Tom Smith's tap room is small yet inviting.  Quite simply, that's the plan.  According to its website, "we want the focus to be on our beers and a simple, nice atmosphere to get away and enjoy time relaxing with friends and beer."  A nice atmosphere indeed as the tap room quickly filled during our visit with a nice mix of young, after-business and family patrons.

Notwithstanding its past, the beer remains Bad Tom Smith's focus. It's goal - to serve "Bad Ass in a Glass."  Bold motto - but more importantly - an accurate motto.  We enjoyed ourselves through a few flights and determined the American Brown Ale to be our favorite.  With a new head brewer and new equipment, Bad Tom Smith has a solid plan in place to continue to deliver on its motto.

Cincinnati is home to many great craft breweries and Bad Tom Smith has found its place among them.  Cheers to #BadAssInAGlass!