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Christian Moerlein beer returns to Cincinnati

Karen Bells

Courier staff reporter

 

Fans of Cincinnati's long beer-brewing history have some good news on tap: The Christian Moerlein brand is under local ownership once again.

 

Entrepreneur Gregory Hardman bought the popular brand from Cleveland-based Snyder International Brewing Group for an undisclosed amount, effective March 1. Snyder had purchased Cincinnati's historic Hudepohl-Schoenling Brewing Co., maker of Christian Moerlein as well as Little Kings and Hudy Delight beers, in 1999.

 

http://www.christianmoerlein.com/

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I remember hearing about this a few weeks ago. I just wish they'd brew it here' date=' though. How cool would that be?[/quote']

 

I emailed him and got this response:

 

 

Dear Jayson:

 

Thanks for your email and kind words. We really appreciate the support.

 

Please keep supporting our beer and possibly a dream can come true as outlined below.

 

Kindest regards,

 

Greg

 

Greg Hardman

President

Christian Moerlein Brewing Company

 

 

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From: xxxxx xxxxx[mailto:xxxxx xxxxxx]

Sent: Thursday, June 10, 2004 9:08 AM

To: 'info@christianmoerlein.com'

Subject: Bring it back to Cincy.

 

To whom it may concern,

 

I recently discovered Christian Moerlein beer at "Taste of Cincinnati" and love it. My family and I recently moved to Cincinnati from St. Louis and love Cincinnati. When I moved here I was surprised by the lack of breweries or a local beer. When I heard that a group bought Christian Moerlein and was bringing it home I was excited.

 

Have you guys thought about opening a restaurant/brewery in downtown? I can't think of too many ideas better than bringing one of Cincinnati's historic beer company's downtown. I really hope this company has big plans in the city. If you ventured over to Hofbrauhaus you will see the success and that success can be duplicated in downtown Cincinnati with a local brew like Christian Moerlein. Rock Bottom Restaurant while nice isn't a local beer. It is a chain restaurant and something local and historic would be a huge success. The 5th and Race surface lot next to all the hotels is calling for something big like a Brew Factory.

 

Jayson

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I sent an e-mail to the prez of Montgomery Inn as well as the Christian Moerlein address to bring up that idea. I'll let you guys know if I get a response.

 

(I may have to send it to someone farther down the M.I. chain if I don't get a response--I realize that the president of a company can be busy.)

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Outstanding!

 

BTW, I just bought a 12 pack of Christian Moerlein at the Clifton IGA this weekend. After we left Northside and headed down to Italianfest on Saturday we stopped at the IGA in Clifton since I knew they sold it.

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Grasscat: did you ever get a response from the Montgomery Inn people?

 

I was in the Boathouse last week (First time I had ever been inside a Montgomery Inn restaurant, always got carryout) and noticed that they had Christian Moerlein on tap. Did they just add it or have they always had it on tap?

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Heres a beer tray from before the Prohbition from Christian Morlien, courtesy of the "The Trayman.net" website

 

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I like that slogan.."crowned wherever exhibited"....

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From the 3/9/06 Cincinnati Post:

 

 

PHOTO: Sam Adams Brewery unveiled their renovated brew house Wednesday. Assistant Brewing Manager and brewer Steve Simonin, Fort Mitchell, gave the brew tanks some last minute attention before the public arrived.  JOE MUNSON/The Post

 

Sam Adams eyes expansion

West End brewery could grow again

By Jon Newberry

Post staff reporter

 

Boston Beer Co., owner of the Sam Adams Brewery in Cincinnati, said it might further expand the West End brewery or possibly build another one elsewhere.

 

The company invested more than $11 million in the former Hudepohl-Schoenling brewery in 2005. The Central Parkway facility is expected to produce about two-thirds of the company's total volume this year, it said.

 

http://news.cincypost.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060309/BIZ/603090342/1001/RSS04

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From the 5/20/06 Cincinnati Post:

 

 

Hudy, Burger beers on tap

By Jon Newberry

Post staff reporter

 

Hudepohl, Burger and some other old-time Cincinnati beers are coming back to town.

 

A group led by Greg Hardman, president of Cincinnati-based Christian Moerlein Brewing Co., is acquiring some of the former Hudepohl-Schoenling Brewing Co. brands, most of which are well known here but have been increasingly hard to find.

 

http://news.cincypost.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060520/NEWS01/605200364/1010/RSS01

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^The last time I had a Burger was either in 2003 or in early 2004 at The Leaf on North Bend Rd.  They had redesigned the can at some point since around 2001, the last time I saw them for sale at a store.  I bought some Hudy Delight in bottles at this time last year from Party Source and haven't seen it since, and then Little Kings and Wiedemann have been pretty consistantly availible.  I bought a case of Little Kings and a 6-pack of Wiedemann just last month.  I hear even the BP on Stimson Ave. in Athens stocks Little Kings.  Hudy Gold and Hudy 5K are I believe extinct, they were last availible in keg form only in the late 90's at the Hudy deg dock.

 

What's funny to me about all this is that if any of these crappy old Cincinnati beers like Red Top or Top Hat had survived to present day they would have had a chance to become a PBR-like phenomenon.  Why PBR has managed to become the hipster sensation that it has is beyond me while Iron City and other blue collar beers like Shaefer and Olde Style have festered in obscurity.  One time I took a case of Hudy cans down to Knoxville about 7 years ago and people were going nuts over it.     

   

 

 

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No, were they like Red Stripe bottles? 

 

I just remembered Little Kings old motto, "Little Kings: Because life is meant to be wild".  And at 5.5%, it gets wild a little quicker than most of what else is out there.   

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this is good news. about time for a revival. hoodys ruled.

 

the reason pbr rules over iron city and schaefer is because those are truly awful beers vs pabst.

 

speaking of truly awful, now lets bring erin brew, p.o.c. and black label back in clevo - ha!

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This would be incredible. I ran into Greg at Kaldi's during Bockfest. He seemed pretty set on returning Moerlein brewing to Cincinnati. If the other brands come back as well, more the merrier.

 

Hudy Gold was available at the keg dock until at least 2001.

 

PBR has been able to make it's move on a cost basis mainly. Also, with the decline of blue-collar work, many young people (no matter their income) want to connect with that sort of lifestlye, which they view as more "authentic." Thus the rise of PBR and High Life among hipsters and their ilk. One may be relatively corporate, but one doesn't drink some yuppie crap like Amstel Light. It's sort of a silent, mainly misguided, protest against mass-corporatism, one drink at a time.

 

I just blew my own mind.

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High life is nothing like PBR. I don't think you should be concerned. Plus, I read that Milller is trying to take High Life upmarket a bit, so that will undermine any hipster-cred it's developed. I have seen no price increase, but this article (can't find it) said that it's imminent. I dunno if you've seen the latest marketing strategy with HL -- gone are the monotone voiceover High Life man ads, replaced by some sentimental stuff about memories voiced by "the Girl in the Moon."

 

So I guess High Life is now a beer for slightly more affluent women. You may still need to downgrade.

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I saw those commercials and I thought to myself I've had probably /A THOUSAND/ of those and I never noticed the moon girl.  Yes, I know the taste and lingering effects of PBR is quite different, more specifically, not good.  High Life is still the only kind of beer that for unknown reasons EXPLOADS nearly every time you open one. 

 

Oh yeah, and an obscure beer that has as-yet gone unmentioned was Goebel.  Nobody seems to remember it but it was what was perpetually stacked up in the garage in our house.  I think it was out of Milwaukee.   

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Who is the king looking guy holding the beer mug and what does it have to do with? He appeared to me in a dream last night and i'd like to be able to maek some sense out of it. Thanks.

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Who is the king looking guy holding the beer mug and what does it have to do with? He appeared to me in a dream last night and i'd like to be able to maek some sense out of it. Thanks.

 

Sounds to me like you were having a craving for Burger King... that guy creeps me out!

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I remember Wiedeman beer.  Also something called Erlanger, but, despite the name, it was from Philly.

 

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Then some breweriana for the others mentioned

 

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...and I like this promo poster for Burger beer.....

 

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Its Happy Hudy Time!

 

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(from the Sign Museum.  Hudepohl beer signs where around in the old neighborhoods of Lexington, too, as they drank all the Cincy beers down there)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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From the 8/13/06 Enquirer:

 

Beer lovers hail Hudy's return

From The Top

BY JON NEWBERRY | ENQUIRER STAFF WRITER

 

Providence, R.I. native Greg Hardman's appreciation for local beer may be an acquired taste, but he's as passionate about Hudepohl-Schoenling as any born-and-bred Cincinnatian.

 

The president and majority owner of Christian Moerlein Brewing Co. recently relaunched a retro version of Hudy Delight after buying it and the other Hudepohl brands in May. Cleveland-based Snyder International Brewing Group had allowed the brands to fall into further disrepair after acquiring Hudepohl-Schoenling in the 1999.

 

http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060813/BIZ01/608130366/1076/rss01

 

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Boston Brewing taps land for possible expansion

Sam Adams maker buys extra acre as demand rises

Cincinnati Business Courier - November 24, 2006

by Lisa Biank Fasig

Staff Reporter

 

At Boston Brewing, overflowing barrels could translate to a glass half full in Cincinnati.

 

The maker of Sam Adams has acquired an additional acre of land here for possible expansion of its downtown brewery. That follows a $6.7 million expansion at the former Hudepohl-Schoenling plant, completed in early 2006, that boosted output here to 800,000 barrels a year from 600,000 barrels.

 

http://cincinnati.bizjournals.com/cincinnati/stories/2006/11/27/story5.html

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^ I read that story, and here's the gist of it:

 

Boston Brewing has been land banking, most recently acquiring 1664 Providence St, which is located next to their current plant.  The site is about 1 acre.

 

Because their partnership with Miller to contract brew ends in October 2008, and because similar agreements with smaller brewers also may run out soon, they are exploring the option of expanding their Cincinnati site.

 

Any expansion is estimated to cost $150M-$200M and take 18 to 24 months to complete.

 

Industry analysts don't believe there's much likelihood that this will happen.  They believe that it would make more financial sense for Boston Brewing to contract brew either with existing partners or at another existing facility.

 

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New Moerlein brew celebrates Prohibition's repeal

BY JON NEWBERRY | CINCINNATI BUSINESS COURIER

January 24, 2008

 

CINCINNATI - Cincinnati's Christian Moerlein Brewing Co. will introduce its latest seasonal beer next week with a ceremonial tapping of the first keg in Mount Adams.

 

The beer is a strong dark lager, dubbed Moerlein Emancipator Doppelbock to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the repeal of Prohibition in 1933, according to Moerlein owner and CEO Greg Hardman.

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I love what Hardman is doing here, but after sampling many of them, I must insist that they focus on improving the taste/quality.  None of the beers they have made equal "Burning River", Bells or even Bass.  Morelien is good, but not great.

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There is only one thing that could make me like Christian Moerlein more...that is when they open up a brewery and/or brew pub in OTR.

 

As for the quality, I tend to like Mt. Carmel's taste a little better...but they aren't from OTR so that is their downfall.

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Behind the brew

BY LOGAN CONNER | DOWNTOWNER

February 5, 2008

 

Can you describe the Doppelbock brew?

The Moerlein Emancipator Doppelbock is a deep, dark brown color with a uniquely blended mix of six different malts, creating a robust lager. Its taste has hints of toffee and caramel, and it is brewed just for the bock beer season.

 

What is the history behind the Doppelbock brew?

Doppelbock lager was first brewed by monks in Bavaria. It is also a type of beer that would have been originally brewed in Over-the-Rhine. We created Moerlein Emancipator Doppelbock to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the end of Prohibition, and the label shows the celebration of a very large keg of beer being rolled out of Over-the-Rhine, accompanied by the traditional goats (editor's note: bock means goat or ram in German). It's our idea that this is the beer that Christian Moerlein would have had in Over-the-Rhine at the end of Prohibition.

 

When exactly is the Bock Beer Season?

Traditionally it starts Feb. 1 and goes through the end of Lent.

 

The proceeds from the Keg Tapping Ceremony are going to Give Back Cincinnati. Can you tell me a little bit about the nonprofit and how Christian Moerlein is intertwined with the local community? We are a supporter of Give Back Cincinnati and their mission to enhance Cincinnati's communities through activities of volunteerism, while fostering the development of young leadership through participation.

 

So were you the one who tapped the first keg? Absolutely.

 

Where can I get a six-pack or half-litre? The Moerlein Emancipator Doppelbock will be available at selection locations and at Bockfest on March 7-9, as well as at local grocery and party stores.

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Pardon my ignorance, but where is the "Queen City Kroger" that I have heard about a couple times within this site?

 

OTR, Clifton, Harrison & McHenry -  I'm curious!  There isn't anything on Queen City Ave.

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