historic tours in Cincinnati

BUILT ON BEER

2 Hour Historical Brewery Architecture Tour Above Ground & Below

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BUILT ON BEER/BUS

1 Hour Historical Brewery Architecture Tour Above Ground & Below + 3 Hours of Beer Tasting with the Bus

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BREWERS & BARONS

2 Hour Historical Beer Making Tour Above Ground & Below

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OVER & UNDER THE RHINE TOUR

2 Hour Historical Cincy Neighborhood Tour Above Ground & Below

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CELLARS, SALOONS, & STREETCARS

2 Hour Hidden Brewing History Tour Above Ground & Below

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BRUNCH, BEERS, & BREWERIES

4 Hour Brunch & Beer Tasting Tour Starting At The Moerlein Lager House

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PRIVATE, CUSTOM TOURS

Avoid The Crowd
​Guided Tour Customized For Your Group

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THE DARK SIDE OF BREWING TOUR

1.5 Hour Haunted History Tour Above Ground & Below

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Built on Beer Tour

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Tour Duration: 2 Hours

Price: $39

• Our Most Accessible Tour!
• Historic Brewery Architecture Tour Above Ground & Below

What To Bring

We suggest dressing for the weather and wearing comfortable shoes to walk in. On sunny days, sunglasses and a hat are suggested.

Step into the past and explore the westside of the Brewery District!

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Brewing high quality beer was an art form to many Cincinnati breweries and the buildings that housed their operations needed to be an extension of this passion. Come and witness the evolution of the brewing industry through the size, complexity, and architectural grandeur of the city’s historic breweries.

Beginning at the Trail Tour Center on Race Street, we follow the Brewing Heritage Trail along the western portion of the Brewery District and marvel at the many remaining 19th and early 20th century structures, while sharing stories of those who built or doomed these brewing empires during beer’s industrial revolution.

Tours include a visit into the vast subterranean lager cellars of the historic (non-operating) Jackson Brewery, as well as outdoor visitation to the Sohn/Mohawk Brewery, several Christian Moerlein sites, and the location of the Bellevue Incline. The Jackson Brewery cellars were excavated from the hillside under the brewery, so we enter from street level and there are no stairs to climb going in or out, making these cellars very accessible and the total walking distance for this tour is less than half a mile.

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At the conclusion of each tour, the group will stop in at a neighborhood taproom for a pint of local beer, which is included with each ticket. Soft drinks are also available for anyone who prefers this option.

Brewers & Barons Tour

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Tour Duration: 2 Hours

Price: $39

•Historic Beer Making & Brewery Worker Tour Above Ground & Below

What To Bring

We suggest dressing for the weather and wearing comfortable shoes to walk in. On sunny days, sunglasses and a hat are suggested.

Step into the past and explore the eastside of the Brewery District!

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Discover the people and techniques that made brewing a cornerstone of the Queen City’s history. Beginning at the Tour Center on Race Street, we follow the Brewing Heritage Trail along the eastern portion of the Brewery District, sharing stories of the workers, brewmasters and beer barons from the 19th and early 20th century. Experience the places they worked, learn the dangers they faced, and the empires they built by producing America’s best brews.

Tours include a visit into the subterranean lagering cellars and tunnels of the historic (non-operating) Schmidt Brothers / Crown Brewery, as well as outdoor visitation to historic Lafayette, Hudepohl and Kauffman Brewery structures. Those joining us in the underground cellar will need to be able to traverse a series of stairs leading in and out, but all guests have the option to remain topside.

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At the conclusion of each tour, the group will stop in at a neighborhood taproom for a pint of local beer, which is included with each ticket, and soft drinks are also available for anyone who prefers this option. Afterward, we’ll hop on the streetcar and ride it back to the Brewing Heritage Trail Tour Center.

Over & Under the Rhine Tour

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Tour Duration: 2 Hours

Price: $39

•Over-the-Rhine Neighborhood Walking & Streetcar Tour Above Ground & Below

What To Bring

We suggest dressing for the weather and wearing comfortable shoes to walk in. On sunny days, sunglasses and a hat are suggested.

Explore the Over-the-Rhine Historic Neighborhood and Its Landmarks!

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Over-the-Rhine is a historic neighborhood comprised of amazing structures both above and below the ground. Come and explore with us as we walk and ride the streetcar to major topside landmarks such as Findlay Market, Music Hall, Washington Park, and the location of the Miam-Erie Canal. We’ll also learn about its underground history as we stop by several places from above, including the pre-Prohibition lagering facility of the Lafayette Brewery and Cincinnati’s abandoned subway system below Central Parkway. Then we’ll go underground, where the Gerke Brewery fermented and cold-stored their beer dating back to the 1850s.

Our journey concludes at a local taproom, where we’ll have a pint or a soft drink, included with the tour.

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This tour is not recommended for young children due to the steep steps leading in and out of the Gerke Lagering Cellar, required for guests who choose to explore the underground section of this tour. However, guests have the option to remain topside.

Cellars, Saloons, & Streetcars Tour

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Tour Duration: 2.5 Hours

Price: $39

•Hidden Relics of Brewing History Walking & Streetcar Tour Above Ground & Below

What To Bring

We suggest dressing for the weather and wearing comfortable shoes to walk in. On sunny days, sunglasses and a hat are suggested.

Explore Cincinnati from the Moerlein Lager House!

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Cincinnati is a city full of history and none greater than its brewing past. Walker, Bavarian, Gambrinus, Klinckhammer, these are brewery names thought lost to time, but if you know where to look, glimpses of their legacy can be found all around the city.

Join us as we go Over-the-Rhine, looking for relics of the neighborhood’s brewing past, both large and small, often hidden in plain sight. We’ll share stories of not only the breweries that helped to build the Queen City, but also the saloons where thirsty citizens gathered every day. Our exploration begins at the Moerlein Lager House at the Banks, where we catch a streetcar to Cincinnati’s the Over-the-Rhine neighborhood, containing the largest collection of pre-Prohibition brewing structures in the country. As we walk through the southern portion of the neighborhood, we’ll learn how beer permeated many aspects of life on our way to visit the historic underground lagering cellars of the the Gerke Brewery, once located along the Miami-Erie Canal.

We’ll then take the streetcar back to the Moerlein Lager House, where we’ll enjoy a pint of their refreshing beer, brewed onsite and included with the tour!

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This tour is not recommended for young children due to the steep steps leading in and out of the Gerke Lagering Cellar, required for guests who choose to explore the underground section of this tour. However, guests have the option to remain topside

Brunch, Beer, and Breweries Tour

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Tour Duration: 4 Hours

Price: $39

•Brunch, Beer Tasting & Brewing History Tour Above Ground & Below

What To Bring

We suggest dressing for the weather and wearing comfortable shoes to walk in. On sunny days, sunglasses and a hat are suggested.

Delicious food and beer, accompanied by a modern and historic brewery tour!

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Our fun begins at the Banks in the Moerlein Lager House where we will have our first beer tasting and take a tour of the brewpub and the rich history showcased there. After brunch, we catch a street car to the historic Over-the-Rhine neighborhood, learning about Cincinnati’s grand brewing history, complete with a visit into a subterranean lagering cellar. We then proceed to a neighborhood taproom for our next round of beer tastings before riding the street car back to the Moerlein Lager House.

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This tour is an expanded version of the Cellars, Saloons & Streetcars Tour, going to all of the same historic locations and includes two beer tastings and brunch.

Underground Tunnel Brewery District And Craft Beer Tasting

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Tour Duration: 5 Hours

Price: $75

•Where Hollywood Movies Have Been Filmed!

What To Bring

We suggest dressing for the weather and wearing comfortable shoes to walk in. On sunny days, sunglasses and a hat are suggested.

the brewery district tour

Two tours, one day. Take a visit along the Brewing Heritage Trail to see historic breweries and underground lagering cellars and afterward hit up three local craft breweries. Celebrate and experience Cincinnati’s amazing beer tradition! Receive a Souvenir Cincy Brew Bus Taster Glass!

See Cincinnati’s Largest Underground Cellar where Cincinnati Beer Tradition began. Go back in history with us and celebrate local beer afterward with a Craft Brewery Tasting Tour (16-20 oz of beer at 3 different locations).

We will start and finish at the BRAND NEW Brewing Heritage Trail Visitor Center Over-the-Rhine (1939 Race Street, 45202) directly next to Northern Row Brewing Company. Parking is next to and across from the Visitor Center and on McMicken and Race Street.

Plan on Walking, comfy shoes, dress for the being outside in the elements.

We are going do a one hour tour along a portion of the Brewing Heritage Trail and then explore the historic (non-operating) Jackson Brewery. We will explore the lagering cellars deep under the brewery and talk about what made those breweries such an important part of our heritage.

Then you will hop on the Cincy Brew Bus and head out to 3 local craft breweries where you will be treated to a behind the scenes tour, 16-18 ounces of fresh locally made beer and proper tasting techniques.

We will span two centuries of Cincinnati Beer and celebrate our past and our incredible future.

Tickets are limited to 14 people per tour unless you have a larger party, and then you can inquire about a private event.

Walkup’s are Welcome but try and book online first, we sell out frequently.

Private Custom Brewery Tour

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Tour Duration: TBD

Price: $TBD

•Private tour customized just for you!

What To Bring

We suggest dressing for the weather and wearing comfortable shoes to walk in. On sunny days, sunglasses and a hat are suggested.

see what you want to see, go where you want to go

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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 at the bottom of this page 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.

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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.

Darkside Of Brewing Tour

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Tour Duration: 1.5 Hours

Price: $29

*Sep 9th – Nov 5th

•Tales of Cincinnati’s Haunted and Gruesome Past

What To Bring

Tours run rain or shine, so please dress appropriately for the weather and wear comfortable footwear, as the tour route covers a variety of paved and unpaved surfaces. All guests will be provided with a flashlight for exploration of darkened streets and the underground cellar portion of the tour.

hear cincinnati's haunted and gruesome past

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Join the Brewing Heritage Trail on this limited edition seasonal tour and learn about gruesome and macabre events from Cincinnati’s past. Grave robbing, a serial killing saloonist, and other murderous and deadly mayhem is explored on this new tour, which also includes a visit to an abandoned city street, overtaken by nature, as well as a flashlight tour of the underground cellar complex of the historic Jackson Brewery!

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This is an outdoor walking tour of less than one mile, beginning from the Brewing Heritage Trail Tour Center at 1939 Race St. in Cincinnati, concluding at the same location. Beer is not included with this tour.