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Moerlein brings beer back to Cincinnati's Over-the-Rhine brewery district
Business Courier of Cincinnati - by Jon Newberry Staff Reporter
Christian Moerlein Brewing Co. will start making beer by early next year in the
former Husman potato chip plant in Over-the-Rhine.
Greg Hardman, Moerlein’s owner and CEO, said he intends to initially shift
production of some specialty beers from out-of-state breweries where he’s been
making his beer under contract. He also has got some new labels in the pipeline
in addition to Northern Liberties India Pale Ale, the latest of his Moerlein
lagers and ales set for release next month.
The new brewery near Liberty and Vine streets will employ 20 to 25 people when
initial production begins, Hardman said. That includes jobs Moerlein will move
from existing facilities in Middletown to the new site, “in the heart of the
historic Over-the-Rhine Brewery District,” Hardman said.
For at least a while, Moerlein and its Hudepohl-Schoenling Brewing Co.
subsidiary will continue to make beer at contract breweries in Wisconsin and
Pennsylvania. Hardman characterized the move to Over-the-Rhine as an “expansion”
of his brewing operations and said full production there will be phased in over
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