Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Creation of Cincinnati Brewing Heritage Trail

Cincinnati City Councilmembers and leaders of the Over-the-Rhine Brewery District Community Urban Redevelopment Corporation will hold a press conference tomorrow morning at 11AM outside the original Hudepohl Brewing Company site from the 1800s to announce the beginning steps in the establishment of Cincinnati's first-ever Brewing Heritage Trail.

"Cincinnati has such a rich history, especially when it comes to brewing," said Greg Hardman, CEO of the Christian Moerlein Brewing Company and President of the Brewery District Board. "It's time we leveraged our history to help add to a positive, marketable image for our city, and to create a unique experience for both residents and visitors."

A motion by Councilman P.G. Sittenfeld directing the City to begin working with the Brewery District on implementation of the trail has super-majority support among Councilmembers, including Democrats, Republicans, and Charterites.

"Cincinnati is the once-and-future king of beer brewing in North America," said Sittenfeld. "Similar in spirit to Boston’s Freedom Trail and Kentucky’s Bourbon Trail, our Brewing Heritage Trail will support the ongoing revitalization of the city’s core and create new jobs and commerce through increased heritage tourism."

Stops on the Brewing Heritage Trail will include original brewing sites, ice houses, bottling plants, homes of the great brewers of the 19th century - and, of course, plenty of sampling of tasty, locally brewed beer.

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