Tuesday, September 24, 2013

The new Christian Moerlein Brewery

The Christian Moerlein Brewery on Moore Street in Over-The-Rhine

The new Christian Moerlein Brewery was founded in 2004 by Greg Hardman.  It is named after the Christian Moerlein Brewery that was established in 1818 and operated until prohibition.  The original brewery was the most successful brewery in Cincinnati.  Between the original and new brewery, Hudepohl reintroduced the Christian Moerlein name in 1981.  The Christian Moerlein brew was the first American beer to pass the Bavarian Purity Law (Reinheitsgebot).

One of the lagering tunnels under the Moore Street brewery

In 2012, the new Christian Moerlein Brewery opened on 1621 Moore Street in the former location of the Kaufmann Brewery and the Hudepohl-Schoenling Brewing Company.  This location is now the home of their brewery and operations.  Along with the Christian Moerlein ales and lagers, the brewery also makes some of the old Cincinnati favorites like Hudepohl, Burger, and Little Kings.  

The Moerlein Lager House at The Banks

Early in 2012, Christian Moerlein opened the Moerlein Lager House at The Banks in Smale Riverfront Park.  The Lager House is a restaurant serving some old style German favorites as well as a microbrewery, which produces the line of Moerlein craft beers.  The Lager House contains many historic photos, paintings, and artifacts from many of the Cincinnati breweries of the past and is the home of the Beer Barons Hall of Fame.