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  1. Jason

    Jason Founder (1,365) Massachusetts Aug 23, 1996 Staff Member

    CINCINNATI, OH (November 2012) – Cincinnati beer brewing returns to its historical roots today as the Christian Moerlein Brewing Company opens its new brewery in a 125,000 square foot revitalized space formerly known as the former Husman Potato Chip plant and pre-Prohibition Kaufmann Brewery facility in the heart of the historic Over-the-Rhine Brewery District.

    The craft brewing facility completes the four-phase vision for the Christian Moerlein Brewing Company and its owner Greg Hardman, which includes returning local ownership of Cincinnati’s beer brands, repositioning the brands to build a base of sales, opening of the Christian Moerlein Lager House on Cincinnati’s Riverfront and producing the brands locally in in the historic Over-the-Rhine Brewery District.

    “We are proud to become one of the building blocks for the renewal of Cincinnati’s Historic Brewery District,” said Greg Hardman, president and CEO of Christian Moerlein Brewing Company. “When beer was king in Cincinnati, Over-the-Rhine was the hub of the industry, and we are honored to revive the proud heritage of brewing in this great brewing city.”

    The new craft brewery, expected to add up to 20 jobs by summer 2013, will have initial capacity of 750,000 gallons of beer or 15,000 barrels in its first year, with additional capacity to be added throughout the year. The Christian Moerlein brands will be brewed and distributed from the new facility. Previously, the location served as a pilot brewery for Moerlein test brews.

    Future construction phases of the brewery will include additional brewing capacity and an Event and Tour Center to serve as destination and economic driver for Over-the-Rhine and downtown Cincinnati.

    “Our goals with the new Christian Moerlein Brewery are to accelerate the regional expansion of Moerlein lagers and ales craft beers, one of the pioneer brands of today’s craft beer movement, create continued tourism for Over-the-Rhine and Cincinnati, and most importantly, brew the best beer with our great brewing team,” said Hardman.

    The Company also announced it has been working on the development of many new styles of Moerlein craft beers that will be introduced from the new brewery facility in 2013.

    The Christian Moerlein brewing facility also will join the Cincinnati Brewery Heritage Trail now being developed through the Over-the-Rhine Brewery District and Downtown. Tours are planned to begin in the fall of 2013.

    Stops on the Brewery Heritage Trail will include original brewing sites, ice houses, bottling plants and homes of the great brewers of the 19th century. The trail will follow the original path that beer traveled in Cincinnati during the brewing stage in Over-the-Rhine to the transportation stage along the Ohio River.

    Christian Moerlein Brewing Company is the brewer of handcrafted Moerlein Lagers & Ales including Moerlein Over-the-Rhine Ale, Moerlein Lager House, Moerlein Barbarossa Double Dark Lager, Moerlein Northern Liberties IPA, Moerlein Fifth & Vine Oktoberfest Marzen, Moerlein Christkindl Winter Warmer Ale, Moerlein Friend of the Irishman Stout and Moerlein Emancipator Doppelbock. More information on Moerlein Lagers & Ales can be obtained at www.christianmoerlein.com.

    Hudepohl-Schoenling Brewing Co. is the brewer of Hudepohl Amber Lager, Hudy Delight, Hudy 14-K, Burger Classic and Little Kings Cream Ale and is a wholly owned subsidiary of Christian Moerlein Brewing Co. More information on Hudepohl-Schoenling Brewing Company beers can be obtained at each brands website at www.hudepohlbeer.com, www.hudydelight.com, www.hudy14-K.com, www.burgerbeer.com and www.littlekingsbeer.com

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  2. Bitterbill

    Bitterbill Poobah (1,245) Wyoming Sep 14, 2002

    Cool!
     
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  3. dowab

    dowab Aficionado (170) Ohio Nov 24, 2005

    Saw the Christian Moerlein Lager House and brewpub after a concert, it was packed I wish them the best of success.
     
  4. rangerred

    rangerred Savant (430) Tennessee Dec 20, 2006

    Really great to see this happening in my hometown. Cincinnati has such a great brewing history. How many people know that Jim Koch's father was a brewer in Cincinnati and that Sam Adams Boston Lager is an old Cincinnati beer recipe? I would love to see Hudepohl and Burger being brewed in Cincinnati once again as well.
     
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