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Craft Beer Spot: Jeff’s Marathon

All of the #CincyBeerBloggers have posted about their favorite place to buy craft beer in the greater Cincinnati area.  I have chosen to highlight Jeff’s Marathon in the Bridgetown area on the west side of town.  Check out the links below to learn about other great stores!

Jeff’s Marathon is a completely unassuming gas station nestled away on the west side of Cincinnati that has a fantastic selection of great beer at all times.  This is my go-to place whenever there are limited bottle releases or if I just need my fix.  It’s hard to believe this simple gas station rivals many bottle shops and liquor stores when it comes to the selection of beers available, but one foot in the door will make you a believer.

I admit that I’m a bit hesitant to share this information out of a fear that the popularity will increase and beers will start to go more quickly, but I can’t, in good conscience, hold back this information any longer!

When you walk in you are immediately greeted by a display of bombers and individual 12oz bottles for make-your-own-six-packs.[pullquote-right]On any given day there are 30+ different bombers available in a large variety of styles.[/pullquote-right]  There is often 5-6 cases of other bombers sitting in front of the display featuring the beer du jour.   Immediately behind this display are shelves of other six packs and a couple of vertical bomber racks.  But the fun doesn’t stop there.

If you walk down the aisle at the front of the store, you find six packs of no fewer than 30 different varieties stretching the length of the store.  There have been countless times where I strolled down this aisle to find six packs of Three Floyds Alpha King, Gumballhead, Pride and Joy, Robert the Bruce, and more.  At the end of the aisle is the entrance to the beer cave where MORE great beer awaits.

Entering the beer cave, you will find case of the standard light beers stacked to the ceiling but turning to your right and going the length of the cooler is nothing but MORE six/four packs of craft beer.  It run’s the gamut from Sculpin to Breakfast Stout to PsycHOPathy to Golden Monkey.[pullquote-left]Lots of styles, lots of locals, and lots to choose from.[/pullquote-left]  It has to be one of the city’s largest cold craft beer selections.  Check out this video for a walk-through of the beer cave.

The pricing is always reasonable (state minimum) and I don’t find that they mark up more limited releases.  The beer purchaser is always bringing in the latest and greatest, so it pays to stop in often.  Whenever there is some sort of big limited release, I can nearly always find it there (i.e. Founders backstage series).

They also have plans to install a pretty slick growler station in the near future.  This will certainly make my wallet lighter and my stomach happier!

Jeff’s Marathon
6094 Bridgetown Rd
Cincinnati, OH 45248-3021
Phone: 513-598-3350

Mike Stuart

Craft beer enthusiast and hombrew dabbler. Part-time writer, sometimes funny.

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