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 2018, 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 Christian Moerlein Malthouse Tap Room, we share the stories of the men who built and worked in 19th century breweries, exploring dangerous working conditions, grueling hours, and the growing divide between the workers who made the beer and the “Beer Barons” who built fortunes by producing America’s best brews. Tours include a trip deep into the subterranean lagering cellars of the Schmidt Brothers / Crown Brewery.
Starting at the Christian Moerlein 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. Tours include a visit into the subterranean lagering cellars of the Schmidt Brothers / Crown Brewery.
Starting at the Findlay Market Biergarten, we witness the evolution of the brewing industry through the size, complexity, & architectural grandeur of our historic breweries. Along the way we share the stories of those who built or doomed these brewing empires during beer’s industrial revolution. Tours include a visit into the vast subterranean lagering cellars of the Jackson Brewery
Starting at the Moerlein Lager House, on this 60 minute tour we learn the roots of Cincinnati’s grand brewing heritage from the first breweries on the riverfront to shipping beer worldwide from Public Landing. The tour then returns to modern day with a tour of the award winning brewery in the Moerlein Lager House, and ends with a complementary beer.
Starting at the Christian Moerlein MalthouseTap Room (1621 Moore St), we hop on the streetcar to the Moerlein Lager House. With our first beer tasting, we take a behind-the-scenes tour of the brewpub and the rich history showcased there. After brunch, we head back to the Brewery District on the streetcar, learning about our grand brewing heritage still there. Back at the Moerlein Brewery, we grab our next round of beer for a tour of the brewery and historic malt cellars, before finishing our day at the bar.
Experience the first phase of the Brewing Heritage Trail, as
the newly installed signage comes alive with costumed reenactors, beer brewing
demonstrations, breweriana displays, kids activities, and more. The event is
free, but a special VIP ticket gets you bonus access to a historic saloon, the
historic Hudepohl brewery, and a bar in the bowels of the Schmidt Bros/Crown
brewery cellars and tunnels along with a special limited edition souvenir.
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 card and pick from any of our tours and select merchandise! Great for gifts for your friends and family who love beer and history. Gift cards not valid for "Heritage & Hops" tours.