I love flying Southwest – and I do whenever I have the chance. On June 4th they launced nonstop flights from Baltimore and Chicago to Cincinnati. To celebrate this milestone, Southwest invited me and a few other bloggers from Baltimore and Chicago to Cincy for the day to take a tour of what the city has to offer.
We ate so much great food – the Cincy food scene is legit. But, the snack and beer scene is where it’s at. Our first snack stop of the day was at Holtman’s Donuts (1332 Vine Street | Cincinnati, OH 45202).
These fluffy beauties were calling our name. The group got two dozen donuts to share and that was a blessing. I didn’t get to try them all but I can’t resist anything with sprinkles. This airy donut was a great mid-morning treat.
Instead of eating the donuts in the shop, we got them to go and enjoyed them at the Rhinegeist Brewery (1910 Elm St | Cincinnati, OH 45202). The name, Rhinegeist, translates to “Ghost of the Rhine” and refers to their place in the historic Over-the-Rhine Brewery District in Cincinnati. The brewery is built within the skeleton of the old Moerlein bottling plant.
The space was amazing, the taproom was a huge open space with some games like ping pong and corn hole. There was also a rooftop deck and I was really digging that vibe. The weather was in the upper 80’s – outside was the place to be! In order to get the most out of our brewery visit, we each opted to get a flight of beer. We tried Bubbles – a rose ale, Puma – a pilsner, Hustle- a red lager, and Truth – an IPA. My favorite of the beers was Bubbles. It was sweet and lightly fruity, perfect for a warm summer day. Hey, Rhinegeist – can you ship some of these to Baltimore?
Last on our dessert tour of Cincy was Graeter’s Ice Cream (2939 Terminal Drive | Hebron, KY 41048). This ice cream spot handcrafts their treats in 2 1/2 gallon batches at a time. They sell their ice cream at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Airport so we picked up a little bit to go before our flight.
Hello plane snacks! I tried the vanilla bean and the chocolate, chocolate chunk. Both were amazing but I was really digging the vanilla bean. It turns out, I can get Graeter’s in the Baltimore region so I will be picking up pints at my local grocery store to give all of their flavors a fair chance.
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Categories: American Food, Cheap Eats, Dessert, Ohio, Travels
Yum! It all looks so good!
mmm Definitely down with those Holtman’s photos!
They were so light! Definitely a must visit!
BLACK RASPBERRY CHOCOLATE CHIP from Graeter’s is The Best!
This looked like an awesome day trip! I must make my way there this Summer!
xo Anna Elizabeth
FYI Rhinegeist does distribute to Baltimore, check their website or local big craft beer shops to pick up their staples!
I checked, according to their site they only distribute in Ohio, Kentucky and Massachusetts.
I have had all these things this week!
Sounds like you’ve had a great week then!
Graeter’s Ice Cream is to die for. AFTER a trip to Eli’s legendary barbecue……
Def going to Eli’s on my next trip to Cincy! Thanks!