April 25 - 29, 2007 and August 16-19, 2007
The Brewery District renovated and opened the former Elder Café as the Ale Haus for five days to celebrate the introduction of the Christian Moerlein Brewing Company’s new “Over-the-Rhine Ale”, which was named to honor both the history of Over-the-Rhine's brewing heritage as well as the efforts of the people working toward the neighborhood's rebirth. For the past two years, the Christian Moerlein Brewing Company had been handcrafting Moerlein Over-the-Rhine Ale to replicate beers brewed in Over-the-Rhine’s Brewery District during the mid-1800's.
On Wednesday, a large crowd saw Vice-Mayor Jim Tarbell tap the first ever keg of “Over-the-Rhine Ale” in front of the historic Findlay Market house. After the keg was ceremoniously delivered, Mr. Tarbell pounded the tap home (after only one errant swing!) and the beer flowed into one of the limited edition Rookwood Pottery Moerlein steins.
For the next five days, the Ale Haus was the only place to get the new Over-the-Rhine Ale, and Cincinnati beer lovers turned out in force. Findlay market vendors provide delicious food and entertainment, and the beer continued to flow. Over a thousand people attended over the course of the week, contributing to the historic signage program and getting a glimpse of what a great neighborhood Over-the-Rhine and the Brewery District was and will be again.