Passages into the Past: Photographing Cincinnati’s First Brewing Era

The buildings that remain from Cincinnati’s brewing heritage have faced hard times along the way.  Luckily investors and concerned citizens of Cincinnati have realized the importance and potential of these former brewing facilities

The former Christian Moerlein bottling facility is one example, having been struck by a four alarm fire in 2010. There were fears that the historic building may have met its fate.   With the damages repaired, there have been talks over the past several years of converting the building into anything from condominiums to the maintenance garage of the future street car.  As reported in the last few weeks, however, this former brewery building is returning to its beer roots and will soon be home to the Rhinegeist brewery.

Door leading to the former Christian Moerlein Bottling Company which will be home to Rhinegeist, returning the building to its brewing heritage.
Door leading to the former Christian Moerlein Bottling Company which will be home to Rhinegiest, returning the building to its brewing heritage.
The bottling facility was once home to K-D Lamp Company.
The bottling facility was once home to K-D Lamp Company.

 

A shot of the Moerlein building from the alley leaves you feeling as if the building has been left nearly untouched from its heyday though the building was struck by a four alarm fire in 2010.
A shot of the Moerlein building from the alley leaves you feeling as if the building has been left nearly untouched from its heyday though the building was struck by a four alarm fire in 2010.

The resurgence in brewing in Cincinnati and interest in revitalizing the city’s city center, especially the Over the Rhine section, has given the homes of our city’s brewing heritage a new lease on life.  This will hopefully allow for us to proudly showcase our past while growing into an exciting future.