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1 Hour Historical Brewery Tour Above Ground & Below + 3 Hours of Beer Tasting with Cincy Brew Bus. ​

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Christina HairChristina Hair
01:36 09 May 22
We did the "Over and Under the Rhine" Tour with Bill. Bill is awesome and so knowledgeable. He grew up in the town and the brewery industry. We plan to look Bill up again when we come back in Oct. for Blink festival.
Megan PorterMegan Porter
12:46 18 Apr 22
I bought tickets for a tour back in January but was late and missed it; however, Aaron (director) gave me credit for another tour which I highly appreciated. We - my father and I - went on the Cellars, Saloons & Streetcars Tour and had a fantastic time. Our guide, Aaron, was extremely knowledgeable and personable. If you're in Cincinnati looking for an interesting activity to do, then I highly recommend purchasing tickets to a tour!
Byron JohnsonByron Johnson
23:12 12 Apr 22
We tend to do a lot of tours when we travel and have done numerous beer and booze related tours over the years. The best compliment I can think of is that on this tour I learned several really interesting things. After thinking these tours were all the same this one threw me for a loop. The guide was really knowledgeable and seemed to enjoy the subject matter a lot.
Nicholas DidierNicholas Didier
01:17 19 Mar 22
Aaron our tour guide was very informative and knowledgeable. Highly recommend to take one of there multiple tours. We will be back!
joe Meimanjoe Meiman
13:38 21 Feb 22
I retired from 30 years in the National Park Service. I consider the NPS to be the standard for interpretation. Our guide, Aaron, is among the top three guides I’ve experienced. His knowledge of Cincinnati’s brewing history was expected, but Aaron’s enthusiasm and ability to describe these long-shuttered breweries in historic and modern context was outstanding. We will certainly return to experience other tours.
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TAKING YOUR HISTORIC BREWERY TOUR IN CINCINNATI

Please check your ticket to ensure the correct starting location, as different tours begin at different locations. Plan to arrive 15 minutes prior to the tour start time in order to check in and fill out a liability waiver. Allow enough time for parking, especially on the weekends, as your tour guide typically cannot wait for late arrivals. Tours involve walking outside and many include going up and down steep stairs. Comfortable shoes (no open toes or heels) are recommended. 

Photography is allowed, however we ask you be respectful of other participants. Some tours are not recommended for young children (under 18 requires parental approval), so please keep this in mind when booking. Tours run rain or shine. No alcohol is allowed on the tour when on public streets and private buildings, and no outside alcohol is allowed.

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The information below covers many of our more frequently asked questions, however if you would like additional information regarding topics such as parking, directions, or things to do before and after the tour, please call us at 513-604-9812 or email at tours@brewingheritagetrail.org, thanks!

 

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We offer a variety of tours throughout the year and they start at different locations. Below is a list of the tours and their starting locations:

Brewing Heritage Trail Sign at Findlay Market (101 West Elder St.): 

Built on Beer Tour

Brewers & Barons Tour

Over & Under the Rhine Tour

 

Northern Row Brewery & Distillery (111 West McMicken Ave.):

Cincinnati Brewing & Distilling Tour

Partner Tour with the Cincy Brew Bus

Darkside of Brewing Tour

 

Moerlein Lager House (115 Joe Nuxhall Way):

Cellars & Saloons Brunch Tour

Ballparks & Breweries Bus Tour

 

Public parking is available at Findlay Market or in the new parking garage located on the west side of the market and accessible from Langston Street off Central Parkway. Additionally, free parking can sometimes be found along McMicken Ave. and Race Street.
 
Select tours begin and end at the Moerlein Lager House, located at 115 Joe Nuxhall Way, near Smale Riverfront Park at the Banks. Public parking is available in the Central Riverfront Garage.
 
For tours beginning at Northern Row Brewery & Distillery, there is a public lot located next door to the taproom. 
 

CLICK HERE to see a full list of tours. Select your desired tour and follow the instructions including entering your credit card information. Once your transaction is complete, you will receive an emailed ticket that will serve as your record of the purchase.

Sometimes tickets are sent to your “Spam” or “Promotions” folders, so please check there first if you do not see them. No physical tickets are sent out so please print and bring this ticket with you to the tour (either printed out or on your phone). If you have problems booking please contact us at tours@brewingheritagetrail.org or (513) 604-9812.

Yes, children are welcome to come on most tours and discounted tickets are available. However, the Cellars & Saloons Brunch Tour and the Cincinnati Brewing & Distilling Tour is 18 & up and the Built on Beer Brew Bus Tour is 21 & up.

Mobility Concerns: If you would like to take a tour with us, but you or a member of your group has difficulty walking long distances, traversing stairs or uneven surfaces, we can make arrangements to potentially suit your needs. Please contact us at tours@brewingheritagetrail.org or (513) 604-9812 for details.

We welcome private tours outside of our normal tour schedule. You can choose one of our standard tours or we can customize one for you. Tours are great for business outings, bachelor and bachelorette parties, family outings, and more! We can also assist with partners at local breweries and restaurants for tastings, food, and more. Click HERE for more info!

We offer qualified non-profits and fundraisers a pair of tour tickets to be used for fundraising events. Start by filling out the tour form below and we will contact you.

Please contact us at least four weeks prior to your event to allow enough processing time.

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Gift Certificates and discounts MUST be redeemed online, and are NOT valid in person. Select your desired tour and number of tickets either from either the list of tours or the calendar. Write your coupon code, gift certificate code, or other discount code in the discount box after selecting your tickets and hit “apply” and the discount should be applied prior to entering your credit card information. Once your transaction is complete, you will receive an emailed ticket that will serve as your record of the purchase.

Sometimes tickets are sent to your “Spam” or “Promotions” folders, so please check there first if you do not see them. No physical tickets are sent out, so please either print and bring this ticket with you or make sure you can pull it up on your phone or another device as a backup. If you have problems booking please contact us at tours@brewingheritagetrail.org or (513) 604-9812.

Discounts on regularly scheduled tours are available for groups of 8 and larger. Discounts are automatically applied to your order. Current discounts are 15% off for groups of 8-19 and 20% off for groups of 20-40. Please contact us for groups large than 40.

Entering an email address while purchasing tickets will enter you on our email list. We do not sell or share this list or any other contact information with any other organizations or businesses. You may unsubscribe from these emails at any time.

Tickets are non-refundable with less than 48 hours notice (via phone or email) prior to the tour/event starting. Tickets may be substituted for future credit or a different tour at the discretion of management. Please do not purchase tickets through a discount site like Groupon or CincySavers, as we currently do not have a relationship with any of these companies and we do not accept their coupons.

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Brewing Heritage Trail2 days ago
Happy Brewsday, so that means it's time to talk about some brewing history! Beer has been part of human societies going back many thousands of years, but during most of that time people consumed what we would call an ale today. These were brews fermented at warmed temperatures at a time before mechanical refrigeration existed. In the early 19th century a new type of cold fermented beer began to be produced in greater quantities across Europe and this technique eventually made its way to the Americas by mid century. It was called lager beer.

At this time, mechanical refrigeration was not yet available, so the only way to produce this beer was to build deep underground cellars and use ice harvested in the winter to cool them enough to produce this new type of beer that everyone in Cincinnati wanted to drink. From the 1840s through the 1880s, many dozens of these underground cellars were excavated around the city, and quite a few still exist today, especially in the Over-the-Rhine neighborhood. By the 1890s, mechanical refrigeration had become available, reliable, and affordable, so breweries began to build insulated buildings, rather than underground cellars, for producing their lager beer. A great example of this was the Christian Moerlein Stockhouse (pictured). It still stands today along McMicken Avenue and is the headquarters for Northern Row Brewery & Distillery.

As luck would have it, Northern Row is hosting a great event, called Lagerfest on August 3 & 4 to celebrate the greatness of lager beer! They will have lagers from many local breweries available and your friends at the Brewing Heritage Trail will be leading some short tours to the underground lagering cellars of the Jackson Brewery (pictured) at 1pm and 1:30pm each day. For more information and event tickets, go to: https://www.northernrow.com and hopefully we'll see you at this great event next month!

#cincinnatibeer #brewinghistory #LAGERFEST #brewingheritagetrail
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Brewing Heritage Trail1 week ago
It's Brewsday, so let's check out some historic images of local breweries who built facilities along the Miami-Erie Canal, which formed the southern and western boarders of Over-the-Rhine in Cincinnati. Construction began on the canal in 1825 and by 1845 it had achieved its mission to connect the Ohio River with Lake Erie at Toledo. The Miami-Erie Canal was part of a series of state funded canals connecting different parts of Ohio during the mid-19th century. However, by the late 19th century they had long been overtaken by the speed of railroads, rendering them functionally obsolete.

Pictured here is the Banner Brewery (b&w), the Eagle Brewery, a map of brewery locations in northern OTR, and the Lion Brewery. Many other breweries such as the John Hauck and Christian Moerlein Breweries, were located just a block away from the canal, which was helpful in bringing in raw materials and exporting finished products, such as Cincinnati beer.

If you'd like to learn more about the Miami-Erie Canal, it's featured on the Brewing Heritage Trail's Over & Under the Rhine Tour, along with some of the underground lagering cellars that belonged to the Eagle Brewery. Go to: https://brewingheritagetrail.org for all the details and hopefully we'll see you soon along the Brewing Heritage Trail!

#cincinnatibeer #brewinghistory #brewingheritagetrail
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Brewing Heritage Trail2 weeks ago
It's Brewsday and our pig pal Brewster is on the move again! During the month of July you can find him inside Northern Row Brewery & Distillery's taproom (111 W. McMicken Avenue). Josh and Justin from their brewing & distilling team were nice enough to show him around and hook him up with a refreshing pint of beer after the tour.

For those of you unaware, Northern Row's facility is located in the former stock house of the Christian Moerlein Brewery. It was constructed in 1895 and its primary purpose was for fermenting and aging Christian Moerlein beers. Internally, the modern taproom features exposed Carnegie steel beams and an array of fascinating history objects from both Cincinnati's past and other locations around the country. So, if you haven't yet had the pleasure of a visit, stop on by their taproom, take in the brewing history it has to offer, while having a pint with our pal Brewster.

This location is also included on the Brewing Heritage Trail's Built on Beer Tour, so if you want to super nerd-out on the history at this site and other locations nearby, go to: https://brewingheritagetrail.org and hopefully we'll see you soon along the Brewing Heritage Trail!

#cincinnatibeer #northernrowbrewery #brewinghistory #beerpig #brewingheritagetrail
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Brewing Heritage Trail2 weeks ago
Check out this great video about the development of the "Revival" mural on the Schmidt-Crown Brewery building in OTR!
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Brewing Heritage Trail3 weeks ago
It's Brewsday, so let's talk about some brewing history! In 1851, temperance advocates successfully backed an ammendment to the state constitution that prohibited Ohio from issuing saloon licenses. The result was not what they wanted. Although it became illegal to run a saloon anywhere in the state, it was ignored in urban areas. Without a licensing process, there was no way to control the number of saloons or collect license fees. Widespread disregard for the law also bred corruption and helped foster other vices.

Breweries were blamed for exacerbating the problem by supplying start-up capital and perks that made operating a bar relatively easy. Breweries recognized that their relationship with saloons was bad for their image and often bad for their bottom-line. This is partly why brewers joined forces with liquor dealers and moral reformers to support a 1912 change in the Ohio constitution that restored the license system and restricted the number of saloons to 1 for every 500 residents. The change forced 3,300 bars out of business across the state, 539 of them were in Cincinnati.

If you'd like to learn more super awesome brewing history then you should get the new FREE Brewing Heritage Trail app which is available in the App Store and Google Play! Below are the links to download it and hopefully we'll see you soon (virtually or in person) along the Brewing Heritage Trail!

App Store: https://apps.apple.com/us/app/brewing-heritage-trail/id6477798650
Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.mytoursapp.android.app3457&pli=1

#cincinnatibeer #brewinghistory #brewingheritagetrail
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Brewing Heritage Trail4 weeks ago
It's Brewsday, so let's talk about our new brewing history app! As many of you may know, the Brewery District CURC launched the first phase of the physical portion of the Brewing Heritage Trail in 2019, which stretches 3/4 of a mile along Vine, McMicken, and Moore Streets. It contains informational signage, historic images, and brewing themed art installations. We have now expanded the trail with the launch of the first phase of our brewing history app, now available for FREE in the App Store and Google Play! It contains all the great images and information of the existing physical trail, plus a whole lot more.

The app can be used in person as you walk through the neighborhood or from the comfort of your couch! It can also be use to augment guest experiences on our guided tours with historic and contemporary images related to the locations where our tour guides take guests. We also have an events tab that lists fun upcoming events with our organization. There's so much brewing history in the neighborhood that more is planned for the app and your participation will help facilitate its future development! Here's the links to download it for Apple and Android devices:

App Store: https://apps.apple.com/us/app/brewing-heritage-trail/id6477798650

Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.mytoursapp.android.app3457&pli=1

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