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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.

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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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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. Start by filling out the tour form HERE and we will contact you. Please contact us at least two weeks prior to your tour to allow scheduling, minimum charges do apply and certain tours may not be available at certain times.

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

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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 Trail
A chilly hello on the Brewsday before Thanksgiving! Looking for something to do during the cold months ahead? Join the Brewing Heritage Trail on our new indoor seasonal tour called the Cincinnati Brewing & Distilling Tasting Tour to learn about modern and historic brewing and distilling. That’s not all, we’ll get to sample beverages and visit a 19th century underground lagering cellar along the way! No other tour in the city offers historic and modern brewing and distilling, with an underground cellar exploration, so don’t miss out on this unique seasonal tour offered only by the Brewing Heritage Trail!

Tours are offered on Saturday afternoons starting in December and for more information check out our website at: https://brewingheritagetrail.org
Brewing Heritage Trail
Brewing Heritage Trail
Happy Brewsday! Looking for something interesting to do with friends and family in town for the holidays? Well, you're in luck, the Brewing Heritage Trail is offering public tours on the days before and after Thanksgiving! All tours visit an underground lagering cellar from the 1850s and include a beer at local taproom. We offer several different experiences, so check out our website: https://brewingheritagetrail.org for all the details!
Brewing Heritage Trail
Brewing Heritage Trail
Happy Brewsday to you all! Cincinnati's Over-the-Rhine neighborhood has the largest collection of pre-Prohibition brewing structures in the country, but not all of those still in existence are above ground! Pictured here is the Walker Brewery, one of the city's earliest breweries, getting started in 1825. Its proprietor, John Walker, preferred to produce English and Scottish Ales for most of the time he was in charge of the facility. He resisted the production of lagers until his untimely death in 1853, when he was tragically run over by one of his own beer wagons outside of the brewery. His widow Marian took over operations for several years, along with their nephews, expanding production into the field of lagers, which included underground cellars.

Today, the above ground brewing structures are all gone and a modern parking garage sits on much of the site along Sycamore Street. However, the lagering cellars underneath remain! The pictures included in this post show the brewery as it was in 1885, a Sanborn insurance map detailing the layout in 1891, the modern parking garage, and an access passage inside the parking garage leading down into the Walker cellars! If you'd like to learn more, the Brewing Heritage Trail includes this stop on our Cellars, Saloons & Streetcars Tour, which runs on Saturdays at 11am! For more information, go to our website at: https://brewingheritagetrail.org
Brewing Heritage Trail
Brewing Heritage Trail
Join us on Wednesday, November 9 at 5:30pm for the monthly Brewery District Meeting at the Brewing Heritage Trail Tour Center, located at 1939 Race Street. Come to socialize, have a beer, and share information about things going on in the neighborhood! Interested in what is happening with the historic Sohn/Clyffside Brewery and the Jackson Brewery? How about Cin-Bev, who produce Hudepohl & Schoenling brand beers? Well you're in luck! The project supervisor and new Brewery District Board Member, Elliot Culter, will be in attendance to give us an update and answer questions. Don't miss out on this great opportunity learn more about the project and their future plans!
Brewing Heritage Trail
Brewing Heritage Trail
Greeting on another fantastic Brewsday! Pictured here is a brewery of several names. Originally known as the St. Louis Brewery in 1852, it saw limited success until the Schmidt brothers began running it in 1875. The brothers grew the business over many years and even though it was never a top level producer of beer in the city in terms of quantity, they had a loyal group of customers that kept them in business for more than 30 years. Eventually the brewery was sold to a group of investors in 1905, who changed the name to the Crown Brewing Company. This was the name of the Schmidt's flagship brand of beer and they hoped to capitalize on its longstanding relationship with the city.

Under the Schmidt brothers, the brewery expanded across the street and in order to more effectively move materials between the locations, they dug a tunnel underneath busy McMicken Avenue in 1885. This set up was typical of many breweries in the neighborhood, but most of these locations have long since been filled in or destroyed. Fortunately, this tunnel still exists today and is part of the Brewing Heritage Trail's Brewers & Barons Tour, which runs Saturday mornings at 10am! If you'd like to check it out for yourself, go to: https://brewingheritagetrail.org