Wiedemann’s Ohio Beer Launch
Local favorite is back, by George, at Arnold’s!
The new Geo. Wiedemann Brewing Co. is very happy to announce the long-awaited Ohio launch of Wiedemann’s Special Lager at Arnold’s Bar and Grill on May 17th.
Wiedemann has been a mark of fine Bohemian-style brewing in Cincinnati since 1870 – almost as long as Arnold’s has been in business (1861) — so we’ re thrilled to reunite these treasured Bohemian-style institutions.
To mark the special occasion, Jim “Mr. Cincinnati” Tarbell will be delivering the ceremonial first keg of Wiedemann by horse-drawn beer wagon to Arnold’s Bar and Grill, past cheering throngs of thirsty beer drinkers along Eighth Street. The tapping will take place promptly at 6 p.m. or reasonably soon thereafter to accommodate media coverage. We’re honored to have Rick Wagner of East Walnut Hills — George Wiedemann’s great, great grandson – on hand to draw the first glass of cold, crisp Wiedemann beer. He and other members of the Wiedemann family have embraced the revival of Wiedemann beer, now once again under local ownership.
Wiedemann pints will be available at Arnold’s for $2 throughout the evening or as long as supplies last. Lively musical entertainment will be provided by Todd Hepburn in the bar and Crowshot in the courtyard.
The first 100 customers will receive a numbered, suitable-for-framing, embossed certificate hand signed by Jon and Betsy Newberry, owners of Wiedemann, and Ronda Breeden Androski, owner of Arnold’s Bar and Grill. The certificates will authenticate that they were among the first people to enjoy a fine Wiedemann beer upon its triumphant return to Cincinnati. The new Geo. Wiedemann Brewing Co. was founded by the Newberrys in 2012 to resurrect the legendary brand and reopen a Wiedemann Brewery in Newport. They developed a taste for flavorful Bohemian beer in the 1990s while living in Prague, where Jon was East European editor of Beer: The Magazine.
It’s now been 30 years since the original Wiedemann Brewery in Newport was shut down by out-of-state owners and demolished. The Newberrys acquired the abandoned Wiedemann trademark and, working with Listermann Brewing Co., a small craft brewery next to Xavier University, created a new and improved recipe.
Wiedemann’s Special Lager is our all-American version of the light-bodied Bohemian-style beers that the original Wiedemann Brewery made famous as Wiedemann’s Bohemian Special Brew. Crafted from a blend of three American barley malts and three generous doses of aromatic hops, it’s a refreshing, relatively low-alcohol beer in the Bohemian tradition. The Bohemian city of Plzen, at the time a German-speaking land, was the birthplace of golden lager beer when George Wiedemann was growing up nearby in the mid-1800s.
We’re thrilled to join with Arnold’s – a leading purveyor of local craft brews and an enthusiastic supporter of Cincinnati’s brewing culture — in this tribute to George Wiedemann’s legacy of fine beer and innovative brewing.
Tom and I finally made this event last year for the first time. I’m hoping to make it again this year too if at all possible. It’s great fun and really celebrated the day.
Arnold’s has become an Opening Day tradition in its own right. As always we have a ton of fun stuff going on for the big day. On Thursday, May 5th the parade starts a little later but we are still opening at 9am for breakfast. Here is a list of what we have going on….
-Arnold’s hosting a sing-a-long of sorts with piano man Todd Hepburn. Lyrics sheets will be provided for people who want to join in.
-Random drawing for a authentic Pete Rose autographed regulation Baseball Bat to be given away on site before the game.
-“Casey at the Bat” performed live by Jeremy Dubin of the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company
-Jim Tarbell dressed as Peanut Jim Shelton playing the Mouth Harp
-Prizes written on the bottom of random Hudy Delight cans. Tons of autographed Reds baseball cards, Hudy swag and more.
-Breakfast served from 9-11
-Free Hot Dogs from 1-4
Tuesday night, we were lucky enough to attend the North Coast Brewing beer dinner at Honey in Northside. Our table mates were John Bisson of North Coast and Adam Bankovich of Cavalier Distributing which made the great meal even better. After John told everyone the story behind North Coast’s Brother Thelonious Belgian Style Abbey Ale, the four of us had some fun with the idea of naming a beer after some of our local Cincinnati luminaries. Of course, the first name that came to mind was Bootsy Collins. We brainstormed a while and decided that maybe a lambic for Bootsy with an unusual fruit blend like black raspberry and acai. Then we started mulling which brewery would be the best fit for this very unique beer. Tom suggested the soon to open Incline Brewing since they are planning to specialize on Belgian style beers and they are local like Bootsy.
We had so much fun with this we wanted to open this up to all of you. Put your thinking caps and let us know…
…what’s your suggestion for a Bootsy Collins beer?
What about a Pete Rose beer?
A Jim Tarbell beer?
A Cincinnati Roller Girls beer?
Any other distinctly Cincinnati persons or places or things?
What about a Hoperatives beer?
Can’t wait to hear your suggestions and don’t forget to consider the possible brewery to make your suggested beer!