Beer Baron Hall of Fame Induction at the Moerlein Tap Room

On Saturday, November 16, 2013, from noon to 3PM, in the Tap Room of the Christian Moerlein Brewery, at 1621 Moore Street, in Over-the-Rhine, the Brewery District Community Urban Redevelopment Corporation will celebrate the induction of John Kauffman, Friedrich Schmidt, and Heinrich Schmidt into the Cincinnati Beer Barons’ Hall of Fame.

Beer Baron Hall of Fame inductions celebrate Cincinnati’s brewing heritage by highlighting the accomplishments and history of particular brewers and breweries. The events are intended to reach out to the descendents of the brewers themselves, as well as the descendents of people who ran, worked in, or were affiliated with the breweries. This release serves as an open invitation to everyone with any relationship to John Kauffman, Friedrich Schmidt, or Heinrich Schmidt, and the families of people affiliated with the breweries that they ran. The Beer Baron Hall of Fame is housed at the Moerlein Lager House.

The Kauffman Brewery was located in the 1600 block of Vine and Moore streets. It was founded in 1844, and grew to be the fourth largest brewery in Cincinnati. Kauffman was shuttered during Prohibition, but the malt house of the nineteenth century brewery has been reborn as the Tap Room of the Christian Moerlein production brewery where the event will be held.
The Schmidt Brothers Brewery was founded in 1852 as the St. Louis Brewery. The Schmidt’s owned the Box Brewery in the West End before purchasing this brewery in the 100 block of East McMicken (then Hamilton Road) in 1875. Later their brewery was known as the Crown Brewery.

John Kauffman

Heinrich Schmidt & Friedrich Schmidt

Members of the Brewery District's Beer Barons Selection Committee include:

  • Michael D. Morgan - An attorney and a Trustee of the Brewery District Community Urban Redevelopment Corp. Also, Morgan is author of the book, "Over-the-Rhine: When Beer Was King".
  • Kevin Grace - University Archivist, author, historian and the head of the Archives & Rare Books Library at the University of Cincinnati.
  • Dr. Don Heinrich Tolzmann - Author, local historian of German-American history, President of the German-American Citizens League, and Curator of the German Heritage Museum.
  • Christopher Smith - Genealogy and local history reference librarian at the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.
  • Phil Nuxhall - Historian, author and Docent Trainer for the Spring Grove Cemetery Heritage Foundation.

The selection committee developed the following as criteria for making the nominations:

  • Role in Cincinnati Heritage: All "barons" will have been prominent in the Greater Cincinnati region, from the founding of the city to present day.
  • Success in their Time: A brewery (or breweries) will have had significant success or innovation under their direction.
  • Legacy on Cincinnati: They will be individuals who leave a legacy on both brewing and the City of Cincinnati.
  • Leaders: "Barons" will be captains of the brewing industry with big personalities and/or a significant impact on the brewing business and broader Cincinnati society.

Admission to the event is $25 and includes lunch. Beer Baron Hall of Fame induction ceremonies are also a fundraiser for the Cincinnati Brewing Heritage Trail. Once complete, the Cincinnati Brewing Heritage Trail will be a world class urban heritage trail, consist of interactive, historically marked routes through downtown, Over-the-Rhine, Clifton Heights and other Cincinnati neighborhoods that will tell the story of Cincinnati’s rich brewing history and the German-Americans who helped define the culture and image of Zinzinnati. Proceeds from the admission fee and a percentage of proceeds of beer sales go to the Brewery District CURC specifically for the Cincinnati Heritage Trail.

Attendees can also donate directly to help build the Trail through a matching grant opportunity via Power2Give. Power2Give empowers you to give directly to local arts, science and history projects you are passionate about. Thanks to the generosity of The Johnson Foundation and The Carol Ann and Ralph V. Haile, Jr./U.S. Bank Foundation, each $1 donated will be matched by $2 from the foundations. Information on donation levels and gifts can be found at www.power2give.org

To donate, go directly to the Power2Give site.