About Our Tap House
Mudlick Tap House is where Germantown goes for craft beers, good food, and a cozy atmosphere to enjoy it in. Begun by craft beer enthusiast and owner of AleFest, Jennifer Dean, and her business partner Forrest Williams, they both saw the need for a place to stop for a quiet beer and conversation with friends in the city they called home. As luck would have it, the old bed and breakfast/Italian restaurant/bakery was available. They reached out to the community and local artisans to create an identity that tapped into the region’s past and celebrated the area they would serve.
Mudlick Tap House takes its name from a distillery that was started in the 1830’s near the mineral rich waters of Mudlick Springs. Throughout the 19th century, people came from far and wide to visit the area for the healing waters of the springs and the soothing whiskey of the distillery. The Dayton Journal wrote in 1869 that it was one of the “most extensive distilleries in the Midwest”. At its peak, the Mudlick Distillery held over 20,000 barrels of whiskey at a time for aging, employed dozens of people, and fed herds of cattle and pigs with the spent grains. The dawning of the 20th century delivered a one-two punch that destroyed the venerable distillery. The flood of 1913 did a great deal of damage, destroying most of the distillery with just the rising waters. What was not washed away by the river was burned away; gas leaks helped set buildings on fire and seal the fate of the distillery. Rebuilding was not an option for the owners. Prohibition was looming on the horizon, and competition was growing, especially from other southern Ohio and Kentucky distillers. The final structures of the one sprawling complex collapsed in 1920.
Our taproom today would be unrecognizable to anyone from the early 20th century. Our draft lines support many local microbreweries with six rotating taps mainly looking for local stalwarts like Fifth Street Brewing, Lucky Star, Warped Wing, and others. Cincinnati is not that far away and has a wonderful beer community as well that we support. Madtree has been here, as well as Mt. Carmel and Blank Slate. The beers we have on draft are supplemented by forty different bottles to select from around the country, from the Deep South to the peaks of Colorado. Find a beer you like? Take it home with you! We offer growler fills for all of our beers on tap (and we accept other brewery’s growlers, too!) and a bottle shop stocked with chilled and non-chilled beer options. We have food as well! Pretzels, dips, a board of meats and cheeses, and rotating specials mean there is always something new to try at the Mudlick Tap House.
For those of you who are not beer drinkers, we offer bottles of wine and pints of Jeni’s Ice Cream to take home as well!
Thank you for all the support you have given us so far. We look forward to being a part of the Germantown community for many years to come. Prost!