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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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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 Trail10 hours ago
It's Brewsday, so let's talk about some local brewing history! Cincinnati in the late 19th century was definitely a city built on beer. More than a dozen breweries operated in the Over-the-Rhine neighborhood and the Emmert Saloon, at the corner of Vine & Clifton, served their beer to thirsty patrons. Some of the saloon’s best customers were local brewers, and after a few beers, many shared their frustration about farmers not showing up on time to pick up spent grains from the brewing process. This gave saloon owners Fredrick Louis Emmert and his father-in-law, Savior Maier, an idea.

In 1881, they began the F.L. Emmert Company and soon established contracts with local brewers to pick up spent grains, transporting and selling them to local farmers for their livestock. This was profitable, but difficult work, as the grains were wet and heavy from the brewing process. In 1907, the company incorporated and built a drying facility (green building pictured), so the grains could be more easily stored and shipped. During Prohibition, spent grains were less available, but the company continued to collect what they could, and shipped them around the country. They also developed a process of adding wet molasses to the grain called “Molasso-Malt” which was used as a ration for dairy cows during the 1930s & 1940s.

Today, the company still operates out of this Dunlap Street facility, but they no longer use spent grains from local breweries. Instead, they now process a liquid yeast co-product from breweries that is used in animal feed and food. The dried yeast powder is a nutritious additive and flavor enhancer that animals, especially dogs, really enjoy. If you see a bag of pet food that lists “Brewers Dried Yeast” on the label, there is a good chance that it came from this facility.

Wanna learn more super interesting brewing history? Well then, join us on a Brewing Heritage Trail tour this spring! For all the details, go to: https://brewingheritagetrail.org and hopefully we'll see you soon!

#cincinnatibeer #brewinghistory #brewingheritagetrail
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Brewing Heritage Trail2 days ago
Our pig pal Brewster has got a taste for adventure and after his most recent appearances in the Bockfest and Reds Opening Day Parades with the Brewing Heritage Trail, he's decided to do a bit of traveling. He's planning to visit taprooms around the Cincinnati area where he can meet new people, share his love of brewing history, and most importantly try some new beers! For the month of April he's hanging out at the Samuel Adams Cincinnati Taproom, located near Findlay Market, at 1727 Logan Street. He'd love for you to stop by for a beer and a picture with him, to help document his journey around the city! If you do, please post them and tag the Brewing Heritage Trail, so we can collect and share! Thanks and hopefully Brewster will see you soon!

#beerpig #brewingheritagetrail #cincinnatibeer #samadamscincy
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Brewing Heritage Trail5 days 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!

Here are some great upcoming events our members get to do in 2024:
- Utopias tasting and production presentation at Sam Adams taproom in May. This is Sam Adams exclusive barrel aged brew that is on most beer drinkers bucket list.
- Visit Valley View, a local hop farm, during harvest time to see the whole process in action, while sipping on some delicious beverages from the Little Miami Brewing Company!
- Five lucky members will be chosen to be "Brewer for a Day" at the Little Miami Brewing Company, where they will work with their team of brewers to brew a batch of beer using professional equipment!

We've got some other great events in the works for 2024, not to mention our Tier 2 and 3 Memberships come with discounts on Brewing Heritage Trail Tours and discounts at local taprooms! Memberships start at just $25 and are good for one year from the date of purchase, so anytime is great time to sign-up! Go to: https://brewingheritagetrail.org/membership for all the details!

#brewinghistory #cincinnatibeer #brewingheritagetrail
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Brewing Heritage Trail1 week ago
It's the Brewsday after Reds Opening Day, so let's talk a little brewing and baseball! Did you know that the Cincinnati Reds were owned by two different local brewers during the 1880s? In 1884, the team began playing at League Park (first image), with home plate near the corner of Findlay and Western Avenue. New ownership came the same year, with local brewery owner George Herancourt purchasing the team. His brewery was located just a few blocks from League Park, near the west side of the Western Hills Viaduct (second image). Herancourt might have been good at making beer, but he was poor at managing finances. This unfortunate fact was not realized before he was elected treasurer for the City of Cincinnati in 1881. At the end of his term, he was in default of $74,000 and his cousin and successful local brewer, John Hauck, came to his assistance.

Hauck loaned Herancourt the money to get him out of his financial predicament and in the process, also became the new owner of the Cincinnati Red Stockings at the beginning of the 1886 season. It is not known if Hauck was much of a baseball fan, but he definitely was a fan of success. He operated one of the most profitable breweries in the city (third image), rivaled only by Christian Moerlein. Hauck made arrangements with local distributors to the ballpark to only sell his brands of beer for the next several seasons. Hauck’s ownership was relatively brief and by the end of the 1888 season he had sold off all of his interests in the team, however, his brewing distribution contracts remained in place for several more seasons.

Several components of his brewery still stand today and as luck would have it, the Brewing Heritage Trail has a new tour call Ballparks & Breweries, that takes guests via bus to this site, as well as every location the Reds have played baseball! Union Grounds, Avenue Grounds, Crosley Field, and Riverfront Stadium, we go to them all! for more info go to: https://brewingheritagetrail.org and hopefully we'll see you soon along the Brewing Heritage Trail!

#redsbaseball #cincinnatibeer #brewinghistory #baseballhistory #brewingheritagetrail
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Brewing Heritage Trail2 weeks ago
Happy Brewsday and it doesn't get much more brewsy (that's a word, right?) than Louis Hudepohl Jr., who is frequently called Cincinnati’s first American-born beer baron. His father was a German immigrant, but Louis was born in the Central Business District of Cincinnati and raised in Over-the-Rhine. Almost all of Cincinnati’s beer barons were from Germanic states or the Alsace-Lorraine region of France. A few came with some family money, but the vast majority of them arrived here penniless, started small breweries in the 1850s, produced good beer, and rode the wave of industrialization in the 1870s through 1890s that transformed breweries from small businesses to large-scaled industries.

Hudepohl is the exception to this standard biography. In addition to being American born, he also inherited a successful wholesale liquor business from his father, but he did turn an abandoned brewery into an undeniable success story, and became quite wealthy in the process. He remained a very humble and gregarious man. He loved to sing and continued to perform throughout the rest of his life with The Hudepohl Combination, an acapella group that he founded in 1861. He also sang in church choirs, spoke at Democratic political rallies, and belonged to several organizations that were dedicated to keeping German culture alive in Cincinnati.

Ultimately, the gregarious and kind-hearted Louis Hudepohl II succumbed to one of the many risks of brewery work that even the boss brewers were susceptible to, dying of liver disease in 1902 at the age of 60. Life in the beer and liquor business was good to him, but it probably also killed him. The brewery survived Hudepohl’s death and continued to grow under the supervision of his widow Maria Hudepohl for more than two decades.

The original Hudepohl Brewery and Bottling Facility are part of our Brewers & Barons Trail Tour, running Saturday mornings at 10am. For more information about this tour and other great events, go to: https://brewingheritagetrail.org

#cincinnatibeer #brewinghistory #brewingheritagetrail
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Brewing Heritage Trail4 weeks ago
Happy Brewsday! The Kauffman Brewery moved their brewing operations to Over-the-Rhine on Vine Street in 1859. Prior to building this malt production facility in 1869, the brewery had to purchase their brewing grain from a separate malt company. By building this malthouse they could save money, control exactly how the malt was produced, and also sell excess malt to other breweries at a profit.

Almost all 19th century malt rooms have arched columns that taper down to small columns and this is true of the Kauffman Malthouse. The design helped provide consistent temperatures and the small, tapered columns maximized the amount of useable floor space. Converting the seeds of barley to malt was very time consuming and tedious in the 1800s. The grain was steeped in water both to clean and moisten it. Then the moist grains were laid out on a malt room floor.

After the moist malt was laid out on the floor, it began to germinate. The barley did this naturally, but what it did not do naturally was to keep itself at the same pace in the process as all of the other barley grains around it. To ensure that the barley was germinating consistently, malt room workers needed to watch it, tend it, and rake it almost constantly. Different levels of moisture and different germination conditions are also part of what produces different types of malt from the same grain, so workers also needed to know when it was time to start bringing the grain off the floor to produce the malt that was desired. Modern maltsters still follow these same basic steps, but they rake the grain with large, automated pieces of equipment, and they monitor its moisture and germination levels with computers.

If you'd like to learn more about the Kauffman Brewery, it is part of our Brewers & Barons Trail Tour, which runs on Saturday mornings at 10am, beginning in April! It features not only several buildings that were part of the historic Kauffman Brewery, but also takes guests into the 19th century underground lagering cellars of the nearby Schmidt-Crown Brewery. For more info and tickets go to: https://brewingheritagetrail.org

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