Nine Giant Brewing to Open in Heart of Pleasant Ridge Business District

Nine Giant Brewing has signed a lease at the corner of Montgomery Road and Ridge Avenue in the heart of the Pleasant Ridge neighborhood business district. The announcement comes years after community leaders celebrated the formal establishment of a Community Entertainment District for the area.

According to Urban Fast Forward, the agency in charge of leasing at the site, the signing is part of a larger redevelopment effort called Sixty99, which is being spearheaded by Gene Levental, and will eventually include more than $350,000 worth of upgrades to the 87-year-old building.

According to Blake Bartley, Urban Fast Forward’s leasing agent for the project, Sixty99 includes several yet-to-be-leased commercial spaces. In addition to Nine Giant Brewing, however, A Salon Named Desire is currently located on the building’s second floor.

The Nine Giant Brewing micro-brewpub, Bartley says, will take up 3,413 square feet of space along Montgomery Road and is being spearheaded by Brandon Hughes and Michael Albarella.

Perhaps surprisingly, the announcement comes years after the CED was announced for Pleasant Ridge; but with increasing investment throughout a variety of Cincinnati’s neighborhood business districts, this deal appears to be capitalizing on growing momentum in the city. As a result, community leaders in Pleasant Ridge believe this might spark more business openings in the future – something that would be buoyed by the fact that several liquor licenses remain as part of the Pleasant Ridge CED.

“Nine Giant is a great addition to Pleasant Ridge and the Sixty99 development and provides the neighborhood with a true entertainment destination,” Bartley told UrbanCincy. “This is a huge first step for what is going to be a thriving entertainment district at Sixty99.”

  • Doug Owen

    This is fantastic news. These storefronts have been vacant for years. A new brewpub will be a great compliment to the neighborhood, and will do well with the foot traffic in the area. Stop into Queen City Comics, run across the street to Everybody’s Records, and finish up at Nine Giant! Can’t wait!

  • Jay Bee

    This is awesome news for that area.

  • Eric House

    This is so exciting for the area. I believe Pleasant Ridge and Silverton are sleepy hubs that have been overlooked so far, but that offer the chance to become special destinations for unique and personal companies.

  • matimal

    How much beer can people drink? Isn’t this contributing to our obesity problem?

    • QuitHatingtheNation

      Sitting on your computer posting questions like this is causing obesity.

    • matimal

      I am individually responsible for others obesity? What a strange comment. I’m just wondering about a ‘beer bubble’ and what might be a more sustainable business model than beer. No need for the personal insults. Drink what you like. I certainly won’t stand in your way.

    • QuitHatingtheNation

      Sorry. It was more a joke than anything else. As far as the establishment is concerned I guarantee you that if will outlast any business that has gone into that location. I’m also in the business and pay attention to what’s hot and trending. This beer bubble you ate talking about doesn’t exist now. Craft beer has been on the rise since the early 90’s. This past year small batch beers finally unseated the big three for the first time. In other words small brewery business isn’t going anywhere in the foreseeable future. If you are worried about obesity than I’m sure you understand that eating or drinking anything in excess is bad for you. Not sure why you are specifically worried about a couple beers. Cheers

    • matimal

      For the sake of Pleasant Ridge and Cincinnati overall, I hope you’re right.

    • EDG

      Obesity as a reason against a project, what a gem of a comment!

      Why don’t you start with McDonald’s, Burger King, White Castle………?

    • matimal

      I suggested that I was against this project!? Where?! I’m not against it at all. Get a grip on yourself.

    • I’ve been hearing a lot of people saying “craft beer is just a fad” recently. I disagree and think that it’s here to stay. Of course not all of the new breweries will be successful and there will be turnover…but that’s no different than restaurants or any type of retail.

    • EDG

      Mad Tree and Rhinegeist both have expansions underway that will nearly double capacity. Marginal brewers like 50W and Rivertown, who may or may not be around in 5 years. Then there’s Moerlein, who seems to be losing popularity as the other breweries grow. There’s clearly growth in the craft beer market locally and nationally simply for the fact that the megabrewers have been dominant for so long, and they will buy the small guy if it gets to that point like Goose Island and nearly Bells.

    • What evidence is there that Moerlein is losing popularity? Their tap room has never been as popular as Rhinegeist or MadTree, but I still see Moerlein in stores and on tap just about everywhere.

    • EDG

      I don’t know the Moerlein and Rhinegeist numbers and I’m sure CM is still way ahead, but Mad Tree has increased capacity from 105,000 gallons in 2013 to 1 million gallons in two years. Trendiness seems to be canned IPAs. The Bengali brew or whatever CM just put out seems like a desperate attempt to win some of those IPA drinkers back. No doubt Rhinegeist having the best taproom in otr is a key reason for their growth.

    • David Thomas

      50W is brewpub, they’ll be fine. Plus lots room for little micro brews like Bad Tom. The city of Portland, Oregon has 52 breweries in the city limits and total of 69 in the metro area. I think we’ll be okay. This should put us around 18 breweries in the metro area.

    • EDG

      I’m still confused if they are fine with just being a brewpub or truly have their aim set at being a moerlein/mad tree

    • Christian Moerlien has 1% of the Cincinnati beer market. We are a long way away from a beer bubble or any local breweries closing.

    • EDG

      I disagree. Rivertown is not doing as well as some may think.

    • Guest

      TROLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL

    • matimal

      I had no idea beer inspired such rapid passions. If you’re an investor in this or other such businesses you’re going have to learn how to handle questions and criticism. Attaching people anonymously won’t help your cause.

    • EDG

      Is that really your comment?? That’s giving Cincinnati.com facebook commenting a bad name…

    • matimal

      You ARE stalking me. That’s sad.

    • EDG

      See how the adults turned your comment into something that’s actually reasonable?

    • matimal

      What’s that got to do with your comments? Adults can handle differences of opinion, EDG.

    • I’ve heard that nationally craft beer only makes up 10% of the beer people drink. Bud and Miller are contributing to obesity a lot more than a few new brew-pubs will.

    • matimal

      I don’t know the first thing about beer, I’m just wondering out loud about whether this is a fad that might ‘peak’ as the kids say these days.

    • Guest

      Christian Moerlien has 1% of the Cincinnati beer market. We are a long way away from a beer bubble.

    • matimal

      I mean a bubble in beer-themed restaurants in Cincinnati, not in the overall commercial production of beer in the U.S. This forum is about Cincinnati.

  • David Thomas

    Glorious news, especially since I’m looking at houses in P Ridge. Be able to walk to something like this.

    • Jay Bee

      And crawl home, lol.

  • Mahyar Arefi

    Exciting news for Pleasant Ridge indeed. This will definitely stimulate economic growth for the entire community!

  • Molly Blenk

    This is fantastic news. More business=thriving community for all!

  • EDG

    Brewing is booming on the east side

  • PapaBear

    I love a micro-brew/pub, but I question the location. Traffic at Montgomery/Ridge is already horrible. It’s barely a lane and a half….

    • MsRed

      That was my thought too. It’s a pretty congested intersection as it is. Really exciting news for the neighborhood though and just up the road from me in Norwood.

  • Ben Davis

    Very exciting news. I live in kennedy heights and walk down to everybodys records and loving hut a few times a year. Glad to have another neighborhood destination. I agree about pleasant ridge, kennedy heights and silverton. Its a nice little corridor waiting for more investment.