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Winter Tour Hours:

Sat. & Sun. 12pm-4pm

Most Tours Include a Visit to a 19th Century Underground Lagering Cellar!

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Cincy Brew Bus & Brewing History Tour

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

Price: $80 Drinking/ $65 Non-Drinking

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Private Tours

​Guided Tours Customized

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Private Custom Tours

Avoid The Crowd
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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. Most tours begin at either the Please check your ticket to ensure the correct starting location. Most tours begin at either the Brewing Heritage Trail Tour Center, located at 1939 Race Street, or at the Moerlein Lager House, located at 115 Joe Nuxhall Way.

Please arrive 15 minutes prior to the start time in order to check in and fill out a liability waiver. Tours involve walking outside up to 8 blocks, and most include going up and down steep stairs. Comfortable shoes (no open toes or heels) and clothing is recommended.

Photography is allowed, however we ask you be respectful of other participants. Tours are not recommended for very young children (under 18 requires parental approval). 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.

booking & tour info

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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Where Does The Tour Start?

All tours, except those noted, start and end at the Brewing Heritage Trail Tour Center located at 1939 Race Street in Over-the-Rhine.  Public parking is available next door to the Tour Center via a paid lot on the corner of McMicken Ave. & Race Street and in other paid lots near Findlay Market, as the Tour Center is located just two blocks north of the market. Additionally, free parking can often be found along McMicken Ave.


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. A full menu of scratch made food and beer brewed onsite is available.

Where Do I Park?
Public parking is available next door to the Tour Center (1939 Race St.) via a paid lot on the corner of McMicken Ave. & Race Street and in other paid lots near Findlay Market, as the Tour Center is located just two blocks north of the market. Additionally, free parking can sometimes be found along McMicken Ave.
 
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.
 
How Do I Book A Tour?

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.

Are Children Allowed On The Tour??

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

What If I Have Difficulty Walking Long Distances?

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.

Do You Offer Private, Custom, Or Group Tours?

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!

Do You Offer Donated Tickets For Non-Profits?

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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Donation Request Form

Is the requesting organization a 501(c)(3) non-profit, school, or religious organization
How is the donation being utilized?
How Do I Book With A Gift Card?

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.

Are Group Discounts Available

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.

What Is Your Email Policy?

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.

Disclaimers & Policies

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 Trail
Brewing Heritage Trail2 days ago
It's the Brewsday before our Tour Center's Brewstravaganza Sale on February 17 & 18! As you can see, our pal Brewster is super excited and working on his shopping list. We'll have $5 Bockfest t-shirts and posters, all pint glasses are just $2, not to mention many one-off items related to Bockfest from year's past, like hall banners and signage. Oh yeah, did I mention that we're featuring beer from Dayton's Warped Wing Brewing Company?

Have you taken a tour with the Brewing Heritage Trail recently? We have tickets available for several of our tours this weekend, so come grab some merch, a local craft beer, and experience some brewing history! For tour tickets, go to: https://brewingheritagetrail.org and we'll see you this weekend at the tour center, located at 1939 Race Street, 10am-5pm on Saturday and 11am-5pm on Sunday. Do it!

#cincinnatibeer #brewingheritagetrail #brewinghistory #bockfest
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Brewing Heritage Trail1 week ago
It's Brewsday and we're less than a month away from the 32nd Annual Bockfest, taking place March 1-3! Many of you are probably aware of the weirdness that kicks off the event, which is the Bockfest Parade! Attendees (marcher or otherwise) dress up in all kinds of ways, so with that in mind, I thought I'd post something to inspire you to get extra weird this year.

I'm not sure how much marching this guy could accomplish between his footwear selection and the amount of beverages he's certainly consumed, but best of all, he's able to supply his primate pal with a quick beverage, so he doesn't have to stop partying! Hopefully, that's beer coming out of the tap!

With that in mind, do you have a great Bockfest parade pick to share? Post it here for everyone to see and hopefully we'll see you at this year's parade! For all things Bockfest, go to the recently updated https://www.bockfest.com for more details about what is on tap!

#bockfest #cincinnatibeer #brewingheritagetrail
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Brewing Heritage Trail2 weeks ago
It's Brewsday, and we have something special to share today! 2024 Bockfest is coming up soon (March 1-3) and we're offering a special tour just for that weekend! The Hamilton Brewery originally opened on this site in 1846 and after Prohibition, it became the Clyffside Brewery. We'll explore their former 1937 packaging/shipping facility, operated today by the modern Cincinnati Beverage Company. They brew and package Hudepohl, Christian Moerlein, and Little Kings brand beers there. Upon arriving we'll grab a bock beer (included with the tour ticket), then check out their modern brewery production line, learn some history about the site and plans for future use.

This historic & modern brewing site is not normally open to the public and this tour during Bockfest weekend is the only way to see it! Go to: https://brewingheritagetrail.org and hopefully we'll see you soon along the Brewing Heritage Trail!

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Brewing Heritage Trail3 weeks ago
It's Brewsday, so let's check out some Cincinnati Beer Art! All along the Brewing Heritage Trail there are some really great beer themed art installations by many local artists. From large murals like "Grain to Glass" by Jim Effler and "Revival" by Keith Neltner to smaller pieces like "Billy & Schnitzel" by Yetti Frenkel's studio and the "OTR Beermaid" by Koverman Mosaic, they all help tell the story of the city's brewing history.

If you'd like to check some of them out in person, the Brewing Heritage Trail offers a guided tour of our neighborhood trail called the Brewers & Barons Trail Tour. Go to https://brewingheritagetrail.org for all the details!

#cincinnatiart #cincinnatibeer #brewingheritagetrail #brewinghistory
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Brewing Heritage Trail4 weeks ago
It's Brewsday, so let's talk some brewing history! National Prohibition begins in 1920, but before that sad time came about, individual states had begun to enact laws to restrict alcohol sales. In 1908, a change in state law enabled Ohio counties to vote themselves “dry.” Hundreds of small town saloons were forced out of business, but breweries could ship cases of beer directly to consumers in “dry” areas. This also got many breweries thinking about producing non-alcoholic beverages. Some of them were soft drinks, such as root beer and ginger ale, others were known as cereal beverages, but they were essentially non-alcoholic beer.

One of the more interesting examples of cereal beverages comes from the Crown Brewing Company, which was located along McMicken Ave. in Cincinnati's Over-the-Rhine neighborhood. It was called "Tang" and one of their selling points was to let potential buyers know that it had "A peculiar taste unto its own." Mmmm, sounds delicious! Well, as you can imagine, most of these products sold about as well as non-alcoholic beers sell today. There was a small market for them, but profits were few, forcing many breweries to eventually close before Prohibition was repealed in 1933.

Many of the Crown Brewery's structures still exist today and the Brewing Heritage Trail has access to their underground lagering cellars. So if you'd like to learn more and check them out for yourself, go to our website at: https://brewingheritagetrail.org and look for the Brewers & Barons Trail Tour!

#cincinnatibeer #brewinghistory #brewingheritagetrail
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Brewing Heritage Trail1 month ago
Did you know the Brewing Heritage Trail has a membership program? By becoming a member, you can help preserve local brewing history and participate in some great activities throughout the year! The Brewing Heritage Trail is a non-profit organization that celebrates, protects, and promotes Cincinnati’s unique brewing heritage and by becoming member, you can help support our mission, but that’s not all, your annual membership comes with exclusive benefits such as discounts on BHT Tours and Merchandise, discounts at local taprooms, and exclusive access to special events throughout the year!

Here are some of the great things our members got to do in 2023:
- Experienced a Utopias tasting and presentation at Sam Adams taproom.
- Visited Valley View, a local hop farm, during harvest time and got to see the whole process in action, while sipping on some delicious beverages from the Little Miami Brewing Company!
- Five lucky members were chosen to be "Brewer for a Day" at the Little Miami Brewing Company, where they helped brew a batch of Harvest Moon Pale Ale!
- Our Members also get to go behind the scenes at special events, like when we were invited into the lower levels of Northern Row Brewery & Distillery to learn about some hidden history of the building, in addition to their bonded spirit processes!

We've got some great events planned for 2024 and more to come! Go to: https://brewingheritagetrail.org/membership for all the details or contact us at info@brewingheritagetrail.org or 513-604-9812 if you have questions about our memberships, tours, or anything else that involves our organization!

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