Why not: Spend National Beer Lover's Day in Cincinnati, Ohio

Cincinnati, Ohio might seem like an unusual place to plan a trip to, but the city landed comfortably on the New York Times’ list of top destinations in 2018, coming in at number eight on the list of 52 locales.

Home to a number of farm-to-table restaurants and a convenient streetcar line, Cincinnati is also home to a number of microbreweries, making the Ohio city an ideal place to head for National Beer Lover’s Day, on September 7.

Fortunately, there are plenty of flights between Fresno and Cincinnati on travel site Skyscanner, allowing you to start thinking ahead to all of the quality local brews you’re going to drink in that not-to-distant future.

Here’s a list of flights, hotels and breweries to get the wheels turning.

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Currently, the cheapest flights are if you leave on September 6 and return from Ohio on September 11. Frontier Airlines currently has roundtrip flights for $306. 

There's also an option for $325 roundtrip tickets, also with Frontier. That's if you fly out on September 6 and return back from Cincinnati on September 9. 


Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza (35 West Fifth St.)

Set in the heart of Cincinnati, the Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza is close to Fountain Square, Carew Tower, as well as the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center. Additional attractions include Paul Brown Stadium. Currently, rooms are listed for $109/night.

Cincinnati Hotel (601 Vine St.)

This Cincinnati luxury hotel is near Fountain Square, Carew Tower, and the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, as well as Paul Brown Stadium. Rooms are currently going for $169/night.

The Westin Cincinnati (21 East 5th St.)

With rooms at $129/night, the Westin Cincinnati is close to Fountain Square, Carew Tower, as well as the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center and the Great American Ball Park.

Beer Destinations

Nicholson's Tavern & Pub (625 Walnut St.)

“I've always had good service, food is always great, and the choices of craft beer and scotch are pretty top notch,” wrote Jesse A. on Yelp.

“A broad range of top-notch craft beers,” added Matt B.

Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery (10 Fountain Sq.)

“[The beer is] brewed in small batches in house,” wrote Yelper Shannah H. “Tasty and lots of options. We loved the IPA. It was refreshing and not overly obnoxiously hoppy.”

“I always enjoy getting a flight of beers so we can try them all out,” added Gerri C.

Christian Moerlein Brewery (1621 Moore St.)

“This place has an old-school beer hall feel to it,” wrote Brian M. “Overall I enjoyed the atmosphere and the beer.”

“Cincinnati's finest craft beers done right,” added Sandra F.

“It has to be the absolute coolest beer garden I have every been in,” wrote Barry F.

The Beer Sellar (301 Riverboat Row)

“This place is so fun, right on the Ohio river,” wrote Kay K. “They have an amazing beer selection. They have a bunch of games and a great patio.”

“Decent prices on beers and a huge selection of craft beers,” added Brandon G.

Avenue Brew (310 Fairfield Ave.)

“Craft beers for the later crowd are always rotating, and if you haven't made it down for a night of music you are missing out,” wrote Jill J.