Kool Cellar to be home of Cincinnati’s next brewery?
Today I received a random follow from a place called “Kool Cellar” and I had to see what this was about. The named sounded a little cheesy but the description immediately intrigued me.
— Brew Professor (@BrewProf) July 23, 2013
See? I’m intrigued. Anyways.
A little more reading on their webpage reveals this is a solicitation for a local brewery to set up shop in a historic downtown building (132 W. Court St – just south of the famous “Rhine” canal that separated Over The Rhine brewery district from the city proper). The building itself is the original home of the Gerke Brewery storage facility; a holding location and not an actual brewhouse. Brewing took place nearby, maybe across the street. Perhaps most interesting is the site’s two levels of lagering tunnels! The lagering tunnels were used ferment and refine the brewed beers. While the upper cellar is susceptible to temperature changes, the lower cellar is deep enough underground to maintain a year-round 58.6ºF temperature. A pretty ideal temperature if you want to lager traditionally. Above ground you have some retail space and apartments, yawn.
The owner is apparently an New Yorker who has fallen in love with Cincinnati’s brewing and urban renaissance. Significant capital will be required to restore and retrofit the space but it affords an extremely unique opportunity to bring brewing heritage back to the brewery district area. Bring your own cash or consider a joint venture with the building owner to bring your dream to life.
This certainly seems like a prime opportunity for someone looking to resurrect a historic brewing space a la Rhinegeist. Seriously, name another mid to large sized metropolitan area with a stock of 19th century brewery buildings.
If you’re not in the market for a 150 year old building, I would suggest you at least take a few minutes to peruse the gorgeous photos and floor plans. As a beer and history nerd, this is right in my wheelhouse and I’m hopeful the right person can restore this space to its former glory. Perhaps they will offer tours at some point?? Prost!