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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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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.

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?

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

 

Where Do I Park?
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. 
 
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 Cellars & Saloons Brunch Tour and the Cincinnati Brewing & Distilling 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.

historic brewery tour blog

Brewing Heritage Trail
Brewing Heritage Trail4 hours ago
It's Brewsday, so let's talk a little brewing history! Before railroads took hold during the middle and late 19th century, canals were one of the best solutions to move goods and people from place to place. Cincinnati was founded in large part due to it's location along the Ohio River, but if you wanted to go somewhere the river didn't, it meant utilizing a series of poorly maintained dirt roads, that quickly turned slick mud pits during the rainier parts of the year. In 1825, a canal was undertaken with the goal of connecting the Ohio River at Cincinnati to Lake Erie near Toledo. This 274 mile thoroughfare, known as the Miami-Erie Canal, took twenty years to complete and was a great improvement to move raw materials into Cincinnati and finished products out.

Many local breweries took full advantage of the canal, setting up along its path both inside and outside the developing Over-the-Rhine neighborhood. Pictured here are the Lion Brewery, the Banner Brewery, The Eagle Brewery, and the Hauck Brewery. The Lion and Hauck breweries both grew to dominate the local brewery scene, each producing at their peaks more than a quarter million barrels of beer annually. The canal wasn't solely responsible for their success, but it definitely played a part.

The Brewing Heritage Trail offers a tour called Over & Under the Rhine that takes guests to the site of the Miami-Erie Canal, sharing the history of its development, use, and demise. It also takes guests into an underground lagering cellar used by the Eagle Brewery during the late 19th century. For more details and tickets, go to: https://brewingheritagetrail.org and hopefully we'll see you soon along the Brewing Heritage Trail!

#cincinnatibeer #brewinghistory #brewingheritagetrail #overtherhine
Brewing Heritage Trail
Brewing Heritage Trail3 days ago
Our pig pal Brewster is on the move again! He's heard great things about the Urban Artifact Brewery, so thought he'd check it out for himself! Brewster is hanging out in their taproom for the month of May, so stop by and have a beer with him! In other related news, he's attending a super great fundraiser event for our non-profit at the Urban Artifact Taproom on Thursday, May 30, from 4-7pm, so mark your calendars and more info is to come!

#beerpig #brewingheritagetrail #urbanartifact #cincinnatibeer
Brewing Heritage Trail
Brewing Heritage Trail5 days ago
The Brewing Heritage Trail's new membership program has some great events coming in up May! Are you a member? It's easy to join and annual membership start at just $25! Here's what we have on tap in the coming weeks:

Hops Cultivation at Valley View Foundation Nature Preserve

On Saturday, May 11, meet with the head cultivator of the hops program from the Valley View Foundation to learn and participate in the production of their hops at this FREE event for Brewing Heritage Trail Members.

Sam Adams Utopias Presentation & Tasting

Join us for a member exclusive event on Thursday, May 22, where we’ll learn about how Sam Adams produce’s their Utopias beer! This 28% ABV beer is on most beer drinkers bucket list and this is your opportunity to try it! There will be a short presentation, followed by a Utopias tasting and we’ll also have a drawing where we’ll give away the super cool Utopias bottles to lucky members!

We have several other member events planned for later in the year such as a guided Beer Barons Tour of Spring Grove Cemetery, a hops harvest event at Valley View, and an opportunity where five of our members will get to be "Brewer for a Day" at the Little Miami Brewery and work with their brewing team to brew a batch of beer using hops harvest from Valley View!

To become a member, go to: https://brewingheritagetrail.org/membership and hopefully we'll see you at one or more of these great events in 2024!

#brewingheritagetrail #brewinghistory #cincinnatibeer
Brewing Heritage Trail
Brewing Heritage Trail1 week ago
It's Brewsday, so let's talk about some Cincinnati Brewing history!! When most people hear the name John Walker, they think about the scotch whisky company by the same name, but for Cincinnati beer drinkers in the 19th century, that name meant high quality porters! The brewery stood on the northwest corner of Reading & Sycamore Road and was the oldest to remain in operation into the 20th century. The identity of the brewery’s original owner is not known, but records indicate that it was started in 1825. By 1826, the brewery came into the possession of John Walker, as payment for a debt he was owed by the unknown proprietor.

Walker was born in Scotland in 1799 and was trained as a machinist, not a brewer. He tried to sell the brewery to recuperate his money, but was unsuccessful. He began brewing small amounts of light ales and porters, which were traditional beverages in his homeland. This was prior to large numbers of Germans moving to Cincinnati and the predominant background in the city was that of English heritage, who preferred these types of malt beverages. The brewery slowly grew over the nearly 30 years in which John Walker ran it, but it never was one of the city’s top producers during this time, as he avoided making lager beer which was in high demand by the 1850s.

Today, the former Alms & Doepke Department Store Building and a city parking garage occupy the previous site of the brewery. Our Cellars & Saloons Brunch Tour takes guests by this site once a month, so if you're interested in checking it out and having some delicious food and beverages along the way, join us on a Brewing Heritage Trail tour! For schedules and info, go to: https://brewingheritagetrail.org and hopefully we'll see you soon!

#cincinnatibeer #brewinghistory #brewingheritagetrail #brunchtour
Brewing Heritage Trail
Brewing Heritage Trail1 week ago
Our non-profit's mission is to celebrate, preserve, and promote the brewing culture, heritage, and economy of the historic Brewery District and Cincinnati region.
Brewing Heritage Trail
Brewing Heritage Trail1 week ago
It’s Asian Food Fest on Court Street in downtown Cincy!! Come on down for all the great food and events, but most importantly, stop by the Brewing Heritage Trail Beer Booth, located between Walnut & Vine Streets. Do it!!