Beer is brewing in historic Over-the-Rhine once again

Beer is being brewed in historic Over-the-Rhine once again.  Christian Moerlein Brewing Company has returned its brewing operations to the neighborhood where it got its start.  It has been almost 100 years since Christian Moerlein ceased brewing operations in 1918, but the resurgence of the beer brand, neighborhood, and interest in craft beers Christian Moerlein owner Greg Hardman has put his focus squarely on the beer and its long-time neighborhood.

The first beer being produced at the Over-the-Rhine brewery is the Arnold’s 1861 Porter in honor of the 150th anniversary of Cincinnati’s oldest tavern.  Hardman is using a one-barrel pilot brewing system and says that the beer can be produced over the course of 12 days.  The first people to see the brewery in action included Arnold’s Bar & Grill owner Ronda Androski and others associated with Christian Moerlein.

Once fully operational in spring 2011, the new brewery will be able to produce 10,000 to 15,000 barrels of beer annually.  The new 1861 Porter will only be available at Arnold’s (map), and will reportedly first be served at the stroke of midnight on New Year’s Eve (make your plans now).  Those at Arnold’s on New Year’s Eve will be able to enjoy 12-ounce drafts of the new porter for just $1.50 in honor of the tavern’s 150th anniversary celebration.

Our friends at Arnold’s and Christian Moerlein were kind enough to provide UrbanCincy with the exclusive first photos taken inside the new brewery.  The photos capture Greg Hardman, Ronda Androski and others checking out the setup of the brewery located in the Northern Liberties section of Over-the-Rhine.  Cheers.

  • Kev


  • Aaron

    where is the brewery located?

  • Randy A. Simes
  • Aaron

    Awesome, I wanna go there!!

  • Joe Robb

    I cannot express how happy I am to see that Moerlein is brewing in OTR again. :)

  • Jason

    I’m very happy to see they are investing in the neighborhood for sure! I was quite disappointed the first time I learned that they were contract brewing far away from here, so its nice to see them putting their money where their mouth is with Cincinnati’s brewing history.

  • heidi

    Hip hip hooray. My German side is getting stoked up for the Return Of The BierMeister! How wonderful it is.
    Greg Hardman I SO wish you the best and am looking forward to doing business with you.
    I feel the history of the area, and know the spirits are all supporting Christian Moerlein!

  • Quimbob

    I heard Hardman discuss all the hoops he had to go through to get all the pieces in order to do this. I am surprised it is happening so soon, actually.
    PS The book “Over the Rhine, When Beer Was King” by Mike Morgan has a lotta great tidbits about the German brewing history in the neighborhood.