Sunday, September 10, 2006

The Over-the-Rhine Brewery District presents the Prohibition Resistence Tour


"Inhabitants were deluged with beer and wine, principally beer; old Vine Street sparkled like a huge Brazilian yellow diamond by night; sumptuous beer gardens were as plentiful as freckles on a small boy's face," a reporter wrote in 1924.

"Wielert's was the most famous beer garden, near 15th and Vine," said Robert Wimberg, who writes about such things. "At the top you can still see the letters HW, for Heinrich Wielert. The Cincinnati Symphony got its start there.--excerpted from Randy McNutt's A toast to pottery, beer (Cincinnati Enquirer, December 16, 2003)

Well, venture back in time this Saturday, September 16, when my pals at the Over-the-Rhine Brewery District will host a two-hour bus and walking tour of some of Over-the-Rhine's most historic brewery buildings in an effort to to make the Brewery District more visible and to help play a role in the revitalization of Over-The-Rhine. Tickets are $20 each and may be purchased in advance from either of these establishments or by contacting Steve Hampton at the numbers below. Tours will leave from Arnold's Bar & Grille, 210 East Eight Street (departing at 11 am and 2:30 pm) and Milton's Tavern, 301 Milton Street (departing at 11:30 am and 3:10 pm).

There will be a special presentation on the history of Cincinnati's own Christian Moerlein beer. Feautured buildings will include the former homes of the Clyffside Brewery; Christian Moerlein Brewery; Jackson Brewery; Hudepohl Brewery; Schmitt Brothers Brewery; Kauffman Brewery; Lafayette Brewery; and Grammer's Restaurant; as well as the subterranean tunnels beneath the breweries; Cincinnati's world-famous beer halls lost to time; and an examination of the city's proud German Resistance to Prohibition.

Thanks to the hard work of a number of its members, the Over-the-Rhine Brewery District Prohibition Resistance Tour is almost sold out. There are only about 16 tickets remaining for the tour, so if you know someone who would like to participate, please have them contact Steve Hampton today at (513)784-0352 or by email.

Volunteers are still needed for both the cleanup and to staff the tour (even if only for a few hours), including serving refreshments, staying with the groups, and staying at the tour sites. All volunteers are invited to a cookout at Denny Dellinger's Metal Blast Building--formerly the Jackson Brewery-- at 208 Mohawk Street, after the tour.

Please do your part to help the Brewery District make this event a success. For this Saturday's cleanup just show up. For the tour, please contact Steve Hampton.

And on a personal note: In researching a little on the side about Cincinnati's illustrious brewery history, I came across a site which provided me with several reasons why the streets in my neighborhood of Clifton Heights are peppered with so many formerly well-known names, including Klotter, Sohn, and, of course, Moerlein. For more information, please see Robert J. Wimberg’s book "Cincinnati Breweries", available at the Ohio Book Store and selected other retail outlets.

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