The Brewery District is proud to partner with the Christian Moerlein Brewing Company and the Moerlein Lager House to research and select the members of Cincinnati's "Beer Barons Hall of Fame".
Committee chairperson Mike Morgan announced that Christian Moerlein — an immigrant from Bavaria who came to America in 1841 and established the Christian Moerlein Brewing Company in 1853 in Cincinnati—will be the only inductee in the first class of Beer Barons named to the Hall of Fame. The induction ceremony took place at the Moerlein Lager House on May 12 2012 at 12PM.
Greg Hardman, CEO of the Christian Moerlein Brewing Company and Moerlein Lager House Managing Member, says the Cincinnati Beer Barons Hall of Fame will pay homage to the numerous beer barons throughout Cincinnati's history who have had an impact on Cincinnati's brewing industry and on the city in which they prospered. "The Beer Barons Hall of Fame will reconnect Cincinnati to its illustrious brewing heritage in a direct way," said Hardman. "We have a downtown that is basically divided into two parts—the central business district and Over-the-Rhine. With the Beer Barons Hall of Fame coming to the Moerlein Lager House in Smale Riverfront Park, we are tying those districts together and reconnecting the city to a vital part of its iconic history."
Members of the Brewery District's Beer Barons Selection Committee include:
The selection committee developed the following as criteria for making the nominations:
"After the initial induction of Christian Moerlein, there will be two ceremonies a year, typically inducting two beer barons at each one," explained Morgan. "The committee will be engaging with descendants of inductees to help tell the personal stories behind Cincinnati's brewing heritage; and family members will be asked to accept a brass plaque honoring the inductee that will permanently hang at the Moerlein Lager House. A temporary display of memorabilia will follow each induction."
Though initial criteria will focus on Cincinnati Brewing Heritage, Moerlein Lager House officials announced that future developments of the Beer Barons Hall of Fame will expand and include Beer Barons and brewers from across the United States and the world as part of their beer appreciation and development programs.
We encourage everyone related to the brewers to take part, whether you are a direct relation, someone who worked for the brewer, or even someone who has a unique piece of that brewers' heritage. Share your piece of Cincinnati's Brewing Heritage!
ABOUT THE MOERLEIN LAGER HOUSE
The history and heritage of Cincinnati's storied brewing history will come alive once more along the banks of the Ohio River with the opening of the Moerlein Lager House Restaurant and Brewery. Located in the Smale Riverfront Park at the corner of Main Street and Mehring Way, the Moerlein Lager House will offer a guest experience unlike any other—a working microbrewery producing a full line of Moerlein craft brews, and delectable fare featuring grain spent breads, hand carved sandwiches and smoked rotisserie meats...foods reminiscent of those served in the city's celebrated 19th century beer gardens. The design of the Moerlein Lager House was created to greatly enliven the dining experience by offering sweeping views of the park, the Ohio River, the Roebling Suspension Bridge and Great American Ballpark from both its indoor dining spaces and its expansive outdoor 'biergartens'. In a city that cherishes its beloved brewing legacies, the Moerlein Lager House will become an enduring tribute to its history and culture in a welcoming, casual modern-day environment.