The area of Over-the-Rhine is one of the most historical, unique, and diverse neighborhoods in Cincinnati.

During the 19th century, Over-the-Rhine was one of the most densely populated neighborhoods in the Midwest, if not the most densely populated. As the center of German life in Cincinnati, there were more than 50 breweries in the neighborhood alone.

Recent attempts have been made to revitalize Over-the-Rhine, starting with 12th and Vine Streets immediately outside downtown. The redevelopment project, called the Gateway Quarter, has been largely successful in its attempts to attract empty-nesters and young professionals into the neighborhood. The Over-the-Rhine Foundation works to protect OTR’s endangered historic fabric as well as promote this redevelopment and growth.

“OTR” is a short film about this neighborhood and it’s unique history. The film tells the history of the area and what makes it unique through interviews with residents and supporters.

Gateway Expansion Tour this weekend

Mayor Mallory will be there to kick things off at 10am at the corner of 13th and Republic. The tour, which is free and open to the public, takes place tomorrow (5/30) and will last from noon to 4pm.

Those going will be able to tour the six new buildings being celebrated. The new units range in price from $140,000 to $350,000 with many boasting rooftop decks/patios that have spectacular city views.

So far the nearly $84 million of investment that has occurred, in the Gateway Quarter, has created 86 new condos (66 sold) and some 50,000 square feet of street-level retail space. This latest phase will bring an additional 106 new units to the neighborhood. Roughly 12% of these are already under contract.

Burger Beer back in the ‘Nati

The Hudepohl-Schoenling Brewing Co. is on a roll lately. Hot off of their Little Kings re-branding, they are now about the bring back one of Cincinnati’s most fabled beers.

On Friday, May 29th Burger Beer will be relaunched at the Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame and Museum. The event will go from 6pm to 11pm (short presentation at 7pm) with the first 600 paid admissions ($10) will receive a FREE commemorative Burger Classic Beer Relaunch Celebration/Crosley Field Remembered retro t-shirt.

At the event fans will be able to visit the “Crosley Field Remembered” special exhibit as well as the other permanent exhibits throughout the Reds Hall of Fame and Museum, enjoy some Burger Beer and watch the away Reds game (vs. Milwaukee) in the Palace of the Fans Theater beginning at 7pm.

The relaunching will bring back both Burger Classic Beer and Burger Light Beer. The beers will be available throughout Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana for around $5.99 per twelve pack of cans and are considered full-flavored yet light-bodied American styled pilsner beers.

Greg Hardman, president of Hudepohl-Schoenling Brewing Company, has been working aggressively to restore the great Cincinnati beer brands that once made the area known world-wide for its brewing heritage.

Part of that heritage is Burger Beer which was first established in 1880 with the Burger family’s malting business. The family began brewing their own beers in 1934 following the repeal of prohibition and was one of the first brewers in the nation, and first in Cincinnati, to can its beer. Then during World War II, Burger was one of only a handful of brewers selected by the government to supply camouflaged cans of Burger beer to military personnel throughout the world.

Burger Beer was also famous for its marketing slogan, “Vas You Efer in Zinzinnati?” that played off the fondness for Cincinnati’s German Heritage, and was a nationwide hit.

One of the most significant parts of Burger’s past is its relationship with the Reds organization. During the days of Crosley Field legendary Reds broadcaster, Waite Hoyt, during the nearly quarter century that Burger Beer sponsored the Reds radio broadcasts. Hoyt would frequently plug the local beer and would refer to home runs, hit as Crosley, as being destined for the outer reaches of “Burgerville.”

DAAP Works Dance Party at Baba Budan’s

On Thursday, May 28th you can come out and support the graduating DAAP students at the DAAP Works Dance Party (9:30pm to 2:30am) being held at Baba Budan’s in Clifton Heights.

DAAP Works is the annual, end-of-year exhibition from graduating students at the College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning. The exhibition regularly draws attendees from around the country and illustrates the final works of that year’s graduating class.

Works from the fields of Architecture, Art Education, Community Planning, Digital Design, Fashion Design, Fine Arts, Graphic Design, Industrial Design, Interior Design and Urban Planning are all on display. Many of the programs are highly ranked nationally and internationally acclaimed.

The DAAP Works Dance Party will raise money for the graduating Urban Planning students’ (including me!) DAAP Works displays.

The Sleeping Sea will be performing, at the party, at 10pm with DJ music the rest of the night. Drink specials include $3 Long Islands, $3 Coronas, $1 PBR, $2.25 Dos Equis and $3.25 Rome’s Homemade Sangria plus the regular assortment of drinks available at Baba Budan’s (GoogleMap).

Summer Music Series on Fountain Square returns

Fountain Square will host the second annual PNC Summer Music Series that brings live music to the Square five nights and one afternoon per week.

The summer music series starts tomorrow night with a new music genre for this summer. World Wide Wednesdays will feature music from around the world, and tonight’s concert is a “Journey to India” featuring music by Mohenjo Daro and The Cultural Center of India from 7pm to 9pm.

Back this year will be the very popular Salsa on the Square on Thursdays (7pm to 10pm) that include the best salsa bands in town along with dance instructors to help teach those in attendance the latest salsa moves.

Indie nights were another popular pick last year and will be back again this year on Fridays from 7pm to midnight. For the Indie Summer & Singer Songwriter nights there will be three local bands playing alternative and indie rock, followed by an open mic session for aspiring musicians hosted by some of Cincinnati’s best singer-songwriters.

Thursday afternoons, from noon to 1pm, will feature acoustic performances in the genres of folk, blues and Americana. Also back from last year will be the popular Smooth Sundays that feature Soul and R&B music from 7pm to 9pm.

For a full listing of all the nightly lineups visit the PNC Summer Music Series page.

Photo courtesy of Joe Lamb on Flickr