About the Experience:

When author Charles Dickens visited Cincinnati in 1842 he created a famous cocktail. The Dickens Holiday Cocktail Experience is a one-of-kind cocktail master class. You will discover how to customize to your taste preferences and create your own Dickens cocktail.

It’s a low stress experience of learning, laughs and fun.  Beyond learning the history of how and why Dickens wrote The Christmas Carol, you’ll learn about how cocktails were invented in America around the same time. 

You learn how to customize the Dickens Smash and other cocktails to your personal taste preferences. You also taste and learn how to make three other holiday cocktails – Dickens Wassail, Dickens Holiday Punch and Dickens Milk Punch

Dickens Cocktail Experience

From: $35.00

Join us at 7PM on Thursdays from Nov. 10 – Dec. 29th to create your own Dickens Smash cocktail and customize it to your taste preferences!


If you are wanting to book more than 8 people for an experience, please give us a call at (513) 271-9911 and ask for Peter Lusher


This is such a unique experience! Get to make your own bottle of bourbon based on what you like! The barn is full of wonderful one of a kind pieces and Knick knacks to explore. This is such a good deal for only $35 to taste 6 nationally ranked bourbons, make your own custom flavor and try and 3 tier whiskey or cocktail flight. $45 to order a custom bottle and it gets made right in front of you. The best part is trying to name your new flavor. This is a great family owned business to support.
Marissa C.
06:07 05 Feb 23
Very cool experience. A really fun place with a super kind staff. Definitely check it out!
Milan D.
23:30 04 Feb 23
Watching my son and spouse blend their custom bourbon has been fascinating. Such fun watching them create… and evaluate their creations. Great experience.

Shout out to the EXCELLENT BBCW host.
Katrina Stipe B.
23:07 14 Oct 22
We had a great experience. Might possibly have found my new favorite brand of bourbon! I love high end expensive bourbons, and this place goes head to head with the big brand names for a much better value. Most importantly, my wife only drinks seltzers, and this experience converted her to really enjoy whiskey. Big win for me, thank you!!!
Joe F.
14:19 23 Jul 22
So much fun to make our own craft bottle! Great experience!
Amber P.
00:37 10 Apr 22
Had a great experience make my own custom whiskey. Staff was friendly and very helpful.
David V.
21:01 01 Apr 22
What a fantastic experience!! Ryan was absolutely outstanding. It was my second time doing this. I had my daughter and her friend (both very novice to the whiskey world) and they LOVED it. Highly recommend!!
Steve M.
15:51 14 Feb 22
Awesome experience. Great staff. Lots of fun.
Dwayne E.
02:28 12 Feb 22
Went for our first time. We’ve done bourbon blending experiences before at other distilleries. This was very laid back, low stress, self-paced. If you’re looking for constant feedback and host interactions, this is not for you. If you have at least the basics down about bourbon, are independent and want to focus on just the experience and those you are with, this is for you. Very efficient and Ryan AND Ryan were very helpful and courteous along the way. Definitely recommend!
Dustin O.
01:30 11 Dec 21
Great experience! We will be back!
Debbie Norris B.
00:03 22 Aug 21
Best gift ever!!Nephew's 60th Birthday! 1for him and 3 more to share!Everyone loved it. Planning a visit to Brain Brew to let everyone experiencethe fun and Whiskey made for each person.Thanks!
Steph H.
18:58 29 Jun 21
We did the online questionnaire to create a custom blend of whiskey. it tastes fantastic. Exactly as described. We are looking forward to do the experience in person!
Jeanne S.
22:38 27 Jun 21
Loved the experience, something totally different from the regular distillery tour and a neat way to craft your own!!
Garald A.
19:18 26 Jun 21
Very cool craft bourbon concept - definitely worth checking out. The bourbon blending experience is novel & very fun and the base bourbon they use in the process is absolutely delicious. Just picked up my bottle of Dexter and it is very tasty.
Joe P.
13:53 19 Jun 21
The Brain Brew experience is one of the best I’ve ever had with whiskey. They not only treat you well from the first step in the door, they tear you like an old friend that they glad came to see them! We are like long customers! Oh did I mention the whiskeys are AMAZING!! I’m of huge fan of Dexter and my wife love Tall Stacks! Go visit, have a sip or take home a tasting package to find out what you like (because you will like some or all of their offerings)!
Ray L.
20:48 18 Jun 21
What an awesome, unique experience!! If you like whiskey this is a “can’t miss!” must-do experience!
Eric L.
21:40 15 May 21
It was a great experience
Joe K.
22:01 17 Apr 21
awesome experience created my own online when I picked up had the pleasure of talking to one of the owners, and learned a lot can't wait to go back and do a tasting with friends.
James D.
00:10 06 Apr 21
This was a very fun and interesting experience. Very intriguing how they create the flavors and it was really an experience blending your own personal taste. Highly recommended.
Michael D.
22:49 03 Apr 21
OM GOODNESS!! I had the experience of my life blending my own custom whiskey, and OH, BOY is it good!! The best whiskey in Cincinnati!!
Timothy S.
21:32 21 Mar 21
This was a great experience and the staff was amazing and friendly. I will definitely do this again and highly recommend it to everyone I know.
James H.
14:27 07 Mar 21
We had an awesome time here. Ryan was an amazing host for our table and was so knowledgeable about the different bourbons. We will be back for another fun evening
Stephanie H.
02:42 07 Mar 21
Brain Brew Custom Whiskey . Newton Ohio . Don’t miss this fun experience of testing and mixing your own Bourbon . We took my nephew there for a graduation present . It was a fun and unique experience .
Judy T.
23:08 27 Feb 21
The testing and blending of the bourbons was so much fun. It was packed with a bit of history too. Very much enjoyed myself and I am not a bourbon drinker. I think whether you drink bourbon or not, this is an exceptional experience to have.
Barbara B.
19:29 24 Feb 21
Great time. learned a lot. Ryan was a great host! Will definitely be back!
Colleen Nance B.
23:50 16 Jan 21
Great experience. I have done many Bourbon tastings with master distillers. All were good. But this one, even when using a video guide, was fun. It was interesting to play with flavors and mix them. Can’t wait to drink the custom crafted bottle. Unlike anything I had done previously.
Matt S
14:41 10 Jan 21
great experience allowing you to personalize your "brew".... and their house brands are great too!
Theresa Meiser O.
22:55 26 Dec 20
What an amazing experience!! Learning more information on blending and the process was very well designed!! I will be back!!
Rich K.
11:39 25 Dec 20
Super cool experience! We had top notch service with Ryan too. We were able to customize our own bottle of bourbon and was even able to name it! This was a surprise Christmas present to my other half and he LOVED it. We will be back!
Danielle P.
16:05 20 Dec 20
Fun learning experience. Very educational and coaching tasting with one of their best employees!
Sue G.
07:44 14 Dec 20
very good experience, teaches you a new way, like distillery masters, on how to custom blend your tasre.
Jeff B.
22:45 12 Dec 20
What a great experience to hear the history of whiskey making, while sipping cocktails and whiskeys from different barrel types and making your own blends at the end. Awesome local place in Newtown.
Eddie E.
14:23 06 Dec 20
Great experience! Loved learning about, sampling and creating our bourbon! Highly recommend to any bourbon enthusiasts or first timers. Staff was excellent and atmosphere was inviting!
Dennis Michael H.
00:29 22 Nov 20
had a party of 7 tonight and the experience was amazing. So much effort put in by Ryan and Peter to make sure we had a memorable experience. We had a great time and learned so much! looking forward to creating our own bottles again!
Ben R.
04:05 08 Nov 20
What a fantastic way to celebrate a birthday!

We loved the accommodations! We had a high top table next to the window overlooking the pond - gorgeous view! There’s also so much to look at inside the lodge; what a cool place!

The video was very informative even to those in our group who were more experienced with bourbon. The cocktails were yummy, the sampling was fun, and the instructions to customize your own bottle were very clear and easy!

We’ll be back!
Nancy L.
17:04 19 Oct 20
Awesome experience. Ryan was friendly, helpful and made our experience over the top.
Brandy Watson M.
23:58 10 Oct 20
We went in today to see what Brain was all about! My husband wanted to customize a bottle for our 24 th wedding anniversary! The guys were amazing! They set us up with a tasting and answered all our questions right on the spot. I would recommend this to anyone! Thank you very much for a great experience!!!
Christina H.
20:40 19 Sep 20