Cincinnati looks to capitalize on alcohol tourism

Associated Press

CINCINNATI (AP) - Kentucky has its bourbon distilleries, St. Louis its Budweiser factory, and cities from San Diego to Philadelphia have turned into meccas for beer lovers looking for local craft brews.

Now business owners and history buffs in Cincinnati want Ohio's third-largest city to carve out its own niche in alcohol tourism by revitalizing a brewery district that hasn't thrived since before Prohibition.

The brewery district is in a bedraggled, crime-prone section of the Over-the-Rhine Historic District just north of downtown.

A plan approved by the City Council last week identifies the area's problems and ways to begin solving them.

The ultimate goal is to restore some of the former glory of the district's brewing and warehouse buildings, weed out drugs and prostitution, inject new residents and businesses, and create some buzz.

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