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Brewery District CURC and Queen City History Announce Partnership & 2014 Tours

I’m a bit of a history nerd, so I was excited to learn about the Brewery District Community Urban Redevelopment Corp (CURC) and Queen City History combining forces to organize and execute on their Prohibition Resistance and Saloon tours in Over the Rhine.  These tours provider an insiders look at vivid life once contained within many of the old buildings downtown.

The Brewery District CURC is a non-profit dedicated to making the Brewery District a healthy, balanced and supportive neighborhood economy by preserving, restoring and redeveloping our unique brewing history and historic urban fabric. They do this with heritage tourism events like Bockfest and operating the OTR Biergarten at Findlay Market. They also have a serious side, guided by their city-approved master plan, with multiple initiatives to repopulate the neighborhood with residents, businesses, and visitors.

All tours given through the Brewery District CURC and Queen City History partnership are not simply the best tours in Cincinnati.  They also help keep the history that we celebrate alive.  Proceeds of all tours benefit the non-profit Brewery District CURC with a portion of all funds being used directly in the maintenance and restoration of historic (and sometimes endangered) Cincinnati brewery buildings.


Take A Tour

Together, the Brewery District CURC and Queen City History will be adding tour offerings, dates and times throughout the season.  Initial offerings include:

Arnold’s Brothels, Bootleggers and Booze Tour
Saturdays, May 10-September 27
Begins at 1:00 PM at Arnold’s, 210 E. 8th Street
Price: $20

Arnold’s is Cincinnati’s oldest continuously operating saloon. Built in 1838 as a brothel, 210 E. 8th Street became Simon Arnold’s Saloon in 1861 and has served libations to generations of Cincinnatians ever since, including during Prohibition.  Tourists get the inside scoop and a colorful history of the saloon, then take a walking route that explores the days when Cincinnati’s dozens of breweries and distilleries and over 2,000 saloons  made the city notorious for inebriation and mayhem. A highlight of this tour is entrance into the subterranean cellars that were once part of the Gerke Brewery complex.  The tour ends with the details of the 1884 courthouse riot and a return to Arnold’s.
Prohibition Resistance Lager Tour

Saturdays and Sundays, May 3-October 12
Begins at 1:00 PM at the OTR Biergarten at Findlay Market, West Elder Street and Elm Street
Price: $20

Tour guests will learn how German immigrants’ quest for a good beer on American soil shaped Over-the-Rhine. Walking past the original Christian Moerlein brewery complex, guests will learn about this historic pre-Prohibition brewery that once was one of the largest in the country. Guests continue to the Sohn/Clyffside brewhouse, one of the most stellar examples of brewery architecture in the city, where they will see the ornate high-bay brewing spaces inside. The final stop is deep under the Jackson brewery, venturing through to the massive network of lagering cellars in the Clifton hillside. We return to the Biergarten to end the tour, where a cold beer is included in your ticket price, to quench your thirst like the Germans of old.
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Mike Stuart

Craft beer enthusiast and hombrew dabbler. Part-time writer, sometimes funny.

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