Montgomery Chamber of Commerce

Business Spotlight April 2019

Posted on: April 1, 2019 10:00 am

Fretboard Brewery

Fretboard Brewery is a Cincinnati Microbrewery that blends quality beer with a passion for music. 


Owners: James Klosterman, Joseph Sierra, Bradley Plank, Kevin Moreland

Address: 5800 Creek Rd. Blue Ash, OH 45242

Phone: 513-914-4677



Get to know Owner, James Klosterman 

What was the inspiration behind the business?

The co-founders: Joe, Jim and Brad are all musicians. We believe that beer and music are inseparable. In our taproom, we’re looking to achieve that perfect harmony between great beer and great music.

If you could explain your business in the most simple way, how would you?

“We make beer and sell beer.” It’s something we say almost every day.

What is your favorite part of your job?

Every day brings a different challenge. I am never bored.

Do you or your business donate to any charities? Which ones? Why?

Behind the Badge and other various charities throughout the year. WCPO just did a great write up on our partnership with Behind the Badge and its history on why we donate.

Here is the link:

What is your favorite Fretboard Beer?

Mellowship India Session Pilsner and S23, Pale Ale.

What is your favorite non Fretboard Beer?

My favorite non-FB beer would have to be anything produced by Fatheads. 

What is your favorite hangout spot in Cincinnati?

Rhinegeist. Their taproom is the mecca of beer and I enjoy sitting next to large tanks of beer.

Best advice anyone has given you?

My dad said if you enjoy your work, you’ll never work a day in your life.

What is your favorite part about being a member of the Montgomery Chamber of Commerce?

I enjoy the opportunity to network. But most of all, I enjoy being a member of a business community where other businesses can come to meet and network. We have the perfect spot to come socialize.

What is your favorite Cincinnati Area Sports Team?

Cincinnati Reds!

What is one of your favorite quotes?

"Carpe Diem" – Dead Poets Society

If you could be talented at anything instantly, what would you choose?

I’d love to be a great painter or really learn how to draw. Bob Ross makes it looks so easy. As a musician, I’ve always admired artists.