Two Historic Beer Tours Announced for This Summer

Michael D. Morgan, President of Queen City History & Education Ltd. announces two historic walking tours that will depart from Arnold’s Bar & Grill and the Moerlein Lagerhouse throughout the summer.

The “Saloons, Cellars & Sin Tour” departs from Arnold’s Bar & Grill, 210 E. 8th St. at 1PM, beginning on Saturday, May 19th. Thereafter, the tour will be offered at the same time and place on most Saturdays throughout the summer. Attendees will hear about the inside history of Cincinnati’s oldest saloon, the crime and corruption that helped shape Cincinnati, the Courthouse Riot that left city streets strewn with dead, and travel forty feet below the street into a huge sub-basement cellar that once stored beer and perishable goods shipped in on the Miami & Erie Canal. Ticket price is $20. Walk- ups are welcome, but attendance is limited. Advance purchases are highly recommended and can be made at www.queencityhistory.com

The “Over-the-Rhine: When Beer Was King Tour” departs from the Moerlein Lagerhouse, 115 Joe Nuxhall Way at 1PM, beginning on Saturday, May 26th. Thereafter, the tour will be offered at the same time and place on most Saturdays and Sundays throughout the summer. The tour begins with the stories of Cincinnati’s nefarious origins, the commercial brewery and notorious Irish “Rat Town” that once inhabited the ground where the Lagerhouse now resides, and the ground-breaking construction of the Roebling Bridge. Attendees then take a brief bus ride to historic Over-the-Rhine where they will hear how German immigration, breweries, and Cincinnatians’ long love-affair with good beer helped shape and define the city. The tour includes a trip into a sub-basement lagering cellar owned by the Gerke Brewery. Ticket price is $20. Walk-ups are welcome, but attendance is limited. Advance purchases are highly recommended and can be made at www.queencityhistory.com.

Morgan states: “Walking tours can be the best way to learn about a city that you are visiting for the first time or to change the way you see a place that you have lived all your life. What makes great tours are the time and knowledge put into creating them as well as the knowledge and personality of the guides. We have followed this principle to put together the best possible tour experiences.”

Morgan is the author of Over-the-Rhine: When Beer Was King, a book that chronicles the impact of German immigration and beer production on Cincinnati; and he is currently working on a book about Arnold’s Bar & Grill. As a board member of the Brewery District CURC, Morgan spearheaded the first large-scale heritage tours in Cincinnati in 2006. He also initiated the Biergarten at Findlay Market and serves as a primary organizer of Bockfest. Now, through Queen City History & Education Ltd., Morgan is expanding the heritage tours available to both visitors and life-long Cincinnatians. A portion of the proceeds of all tours support the non-profit Brewery District Community Urban Redevelopment Corp.

Some weekend dates are not available due to conflict with other events and additional dates and times will be added throughout the summer. Please refer to www.queencityhistory.com for specific dates and times, general notices, and terms and conditions.