Once a year during Oktoberfest Zinzinnati, the Samuel Adams Brewery in Cincinnati opens their doors for friends and family to tour their facility as part of a larger Oktoberfest celebration. This year, we were lucky enough to be invited and see inside this historic brewery.
The main part of the brewery was originally built in 1933 as the Schoenling Brewery. It is because of the age of this part of the brewery, it is not really feasible for them to have public tours. There are just too many stairs, pipes to get around, etc. Plus, tours like this cannot happen when the brewery is active. They would have to literally stop brewing each time a tour went through.
Love the Sam Adams logo on this beautiful copper tank. It was one of two copper brew kettles.
The tours were led by brewery employees. You can tell from this shot that we were in the 1933 portion of the brewery,
Next, we went back down the stairs and outside to another part of the brewery. As you can see, lots of pipes and tanks full of Sam Adams beer.
Another view of the tanks
More stairs, back outside and then on to the kegging area. Definitely much larger than the kegging machinery than the other local breweries, but not as monstrous as a Bud/Miller/Coors brewery.
Having seen the barrel room at Samuel Adams Brewery in Boston, it was a very nice surprise to know they have an even larger version here in Cincinnati. The room held twelve barrels of this size.
Next, we were off to the warehouse where we saw pallet after pallet loaded up with all different kinds of Sam Adams beers.
We also saw some new names that we had just learned about earlier that day. Angel City Brewery is a new Boston Beer Company acquisition. We will tell you more about it and several others in a future post.
But, most of all, we were impressed with the emphasis on safety at the Sam Adams Cincinnati brewery. Every area had some kind of sign reminding employees to work safe.
Special thanks to Jim Koch and Allison Polack of the Samuel Adams Brewery plus Jill Hetterseimer of Stagnaro Distributing for inviting us. We had a blast and look forward to seeing you all again some time soon!
– Tom, Carla and Chris