The Brewing Heritage Trail invites the world to explore Cincinnati's brewing heritage through an unrivaled urban walking trail. Iconic signage and public art and an app that provides additional stories, self guided audio tours, photos, and visual experiences can be accessed at any time, but the best way to experience the Trail is a guided tour or any of our special events.
The non-profit Brewery District CURC began giving the first walking tours of brewery sites in Cincinnati in 2006. In the years since, the Brewery District has been expanding its tour offerings and transforming heritage tourism in Cincinnati by building an unrivaled urban walking trail. With the opening of The Brewing Heritage Trail in 2017, the Brewery District CURC has revisited, improved and in some cases reinvented everything about its tours in order to offer Cincinnati's best tour experiences. While some guided tours take visitors on portions of the Brewing Heritage Trail with special access to locations that are not typically open to the public, other tours are completely independent of the Trail. Tours are available all year long.
Starting at the OTR Biergarten, we open with the history of Findlay Market. Beginning with the humble breweries of the 1840s, we witness the evolution of the brewing industry through the size, complexity, & architectural grandeur of our historic breweries. We pass the Lafayette and Sohn Breweries, enter the subterranean lagering cellars of the Jackson Brewery, and trek past the extensive Moerlein Brewery. Along the way we share the stories of those who built or doomed these brewing empires during beer’s industrial revolution.
Starting at the Christian Moerlein Brewery & Malthouse Tap Room, this tour combines Cincinnati’s past & present brewing traditions. We begin with the men who built & worked in 19th century breweries, exploring dangerous working conditions, grueling hours, & the growing divide between the workers who made the beer & the “Beer Barons” who built fortunes by producing America’s best brews. This journey passes through the re-birth of Cincinnati beer and into the Christian Moerlein production brewery.
Starting at the Christian Moerlein Brewery & Malthouse Tap Room, we share the stories of Cincinnati breweries & the controversial role that Cincinnati’s beer industry played in filling the city with 1,000s of saloons. We envision daily life in Over-the-Rhine when it was one of America’s most crowded neighborhoods & explore the multiple roles that saloons played in 19th century life. Guests emerge from a trip into the subterranean lagering cellars of the Schmidt Brothers Brewery with an understanding of how technology changed the way we drank.
Starting at the Rhinegeist Brewery, this tour combines Cincinnati’s past & present brewing traditions. Utilizing the backdrop of the pre-Prohibition Christian Moerlein brewing complex, we walk through the commercial brewing process in the 19th century. After exploring the challenges of making malt, controlling temperatures with ice, fermenting beer in wooden casks, using unfiltered city water, & the challenges of getting good hops, guests end in the modern world with a trip through Rhinegeist’s working brewery.
Starting at Arnold's Bar & Grill, Cincinnati’s oldest saloon. Guests get the inside scoop on Arnold’s from its brothel origins to its more recent history. A walking route explores a time when Cincinnati was notorious for inebriation and mayhem, including the story of its most infamous bootlegger. Guests enter subterranean cellars that were part of the Gerke Brewery complex, then return to Arnold’s with more tales of crime and corruption on the way.
Starting at Washington Platform, opened as a beer hall and saloon in 1871. Guests begin the tour with the insider’s history of Washington Platform, travel “over the Rhine” and take a vivid trip through OTR’s immigrant origins, ethnic conflicts, industrial triumphs, and notorious intoxication. The tour features some of Cincinnati’s most spectacular and iconic architecture, andends with a trip into thelagering cellars of the Gerke Brewery as well as the cellars two stories below Washington Platform.
This collaboration tour with Cincy Brew Bus spans
two centuries of Cincinnati beer. Starting at the Christian Moerlein Brewery & Malthouse Tap Room (1621 Moore St) visitors will walk along the Trail and visit into the historic Jackson
Brewery lagering cellars and learn about what made those breweries such an important part of our
heritage. The tour continues on the Cincy Brew Bus with visits to 3 local craft breweries with a behind the
scenes tour and 16-20 ounces of fresh, locally made beer.
Purchase a gift certificate and pick from any of our tours! Great for gifts for your friends and family who love beer and history. Certificates not valid for "Heritage & Hops" tours.