Beer Barons Weekend Planned in West Chester




CINCINNATI, OHIO - April 22, 2008 - Christian Moerlein Brewing Company and the Over-the-Rhine Foundation announced plans for a Beer Barons Weekend May 16th through May 18th at the historic Muhlhauser Barn in West Chester, Ohio. The event will focus on Cincinnati's grand brewing history and the direct connection West Chester has with this history, which included the summer homes and farms of Cincinnati's greatest pre-prohibition Beer Barons Moerlein, Windisch, Muhlhauser and Hauck. The weekend event will feature the kick-off of the Over-the-Rhine Foundation Memory Project, numerous beer-related speakers, beer stein and breweriana exhibits and sales, original Moerlein Lagers and Ales Beer Label paintings, music, food and the Christian Moerlein Brewing Company Beer Garden.

"Beer Barons Weekend" will take place at the historic Muhlhauser Barn located at 8558 Beckett Rd. West Chester, Ohio 45069 on May 16th from 5PM-11PM, May 17th from 11AM- 11PM and May 18th from 12PM-7PM. Admission is free.

"It's a proud moment in Greater Cincinnati beer history when you can recapture and showcase the direct connection between West Chester and Over-the-Rhine's grand brewing heritage" said Gregory Hardman Owner of Christian Moerlein Brewing Company. "It shows the sense of community that existed between the Great Cincinnati Beer Baron's as their farms and summer homes where next to each other in the Union Centre Boulevard area."

As part of the weekend events, Cincinnati's Wegman Farm will showcase the Christian Moerlein Brewing Company Draft Horse Team and authentic beer delivery carriage. The farm land at the Union Centre Boulevard exit was once used as a resting ground for the Moerlein, Windisch-Muhlhauser and Hauck Brewing Company's draft horses. "Our family is very pleased to be a part of this historic event and share the experiences of an authentic draft horse delivery team found in the area beginning from the middle 1800's," said Mark Wegman of Wegman Farms.

The Over-the-Rhine Foundation Memory Project will be capturing the oral and visual history of Over-the-Rhine through first person accounts, photographs, and memorabilia,. At this kick-off event, the Memory Project seeks to capture personal recollections as well as photographs and items of interest through trained volunteers. The Project will continue for  one year after the kick-off. "The direct connection that West Chester history has to Over-the-Rhine brewing history and Findlay Market makes the OTR Memory Project's West Chester stop crucial in capturing the oral and visual history suburban residence can provide," said Mike Morgan Executive Director of the Over-the-Rhine Foundation. Photos and oral histories collected will be displayed at a later date in The Cincinnati Museum Center and deposited where appropriate in collections throughout Greater Cincinnati. "We're at a critical juncture where we are losing many of the neighborhood's original residents, and their institutional memory will be lost forever" explained Sean Rhiney, Vice President of the Over-the-Rhine Foundation and committee chairman of the OTR Memory Project.

The West Chester event will feature lectures from most of Greater Cincinnati's most knowledgeable brewery speakers including the author of the popular "Over The Barrel" Volume One and Volume Two, Timothy J. Holian, whose books featured the history and culture of Cincinnati brewing. Also on hand will be Robert J. Wimberg the author of Cincinnati Breweries. Other featured speakers will be Jim Bruckmann, a direct descendant of the Bruckmann Brewery; Don Tolzmann, author of numerous books on Over-the-Rhine and German-Americans in Cincinnati; Local Radio and Television personalities "The Beer Guys", Paul Abrams and Dave Gausepohl.

Robert L. Pohl President and CEO Emeritus of the original Hudepohl Brewing Company will also be on hand.  During his tenure at the Hudepohl Brewing Company, Robert L. Pohl is credited with the idea of bringing back the original Christian Moerlein beer from the pre-prohibition era when it was the largest selling beer in the City of Cincinnati and the largest brewer in the state of Ohio. He is also credited for having the 1st American beer to ever pass the "Reinheitsgebot" German Purity Law of 1516 as noted by the German Government and one of the first commercially sold craft beers on the east coast.

A Beer Stein and Breweriana exhibit will be held throughout the weekend. Beer stein expert George Hibben and other breweriana (brewery memorabilia) experts will also be available to offer free consultations. Steins and Cincinnati brewery items will also be on display and for sale.

Local artist Jim Effler, who was commissioned by Christian Moerlein Brewing Company to paint the label artwork of Moerlein Lagers and Ales including Moerlein OTR Ale, Barbarossa, Fifth & Vine, Christkindl, Emancipator, and a new Moerlein to be unveiled at the event, will be on hand with the original paintings and to sign commemorative prints.

A Christian Moerlein Beer Garden tent will feature the popular Moerlein OTR Ale, Moerlein Barbarossa Double Dark Lager and a new Moerlein to be unveiled at the event along with Hudy Delight. A full slate of musical entertainment will be provided in the Moerlein Beer Garden throughout the evenings including Jake Speed and The Freddies whose music is inspired by Cincinnati folklore history.

Food will be available for sale onsite at the event by the new Savannah Center at Chappel Crossing with a menu relating to the era and also including more traditional Brats and Metts.

Overflow parking will be available at the new Savannah Center located directly across the street from the Muhlhauser Barn at 5533 Chappel Crossing Boulevard with a continuous shuttle running.

A portion of proceeds will benefit The Over-The-Rhine Foundation. The Over-The-Rhine Foundation is a nonprofit organization focused on preserving, enhancing and carrying forward the rich history and culture of Over-the-Rhine through collaboration and partnerships.

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