Three brewing legends to be inducted into Cincinnati Beer Baron Hall of Fame

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vent a 'family reunion' for brewery descendants

CINCINNATI – Think of it as Cincinnati’s Beer Family Reunion.

On Saturday afternoon the Brewery District Community Urban
Redevelopment Corporation will induct three more brewing legends into
the Cincinnati Beer Barons’ Hall of Fame.

The event will be held from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday in the Tap Room of
the Christian Moerlein Brewery on Moore Street in Over-the-Rhine.

But the induction is about more than recognizing the brewing
accomplishments of John Kauffman, Friedrich Schmidt and Heinrich
Schmidt, said Steve Hampton, executive director of the redevelopment
corporation.

The goal is to celebrate Cincinnati’s brewing heritage and help the
city reconnect with the brewery owners and their employees, he said.

The hall of fame inductions are designed “to be a family reunion, not
just for the descendants of these brewers but for the families who all
worked in these breweries, too,” added Michael Morgan, a trustee for
the Brewery District organization and author of the book
“Over-the-Rhine: When Beer Was King.”

“It’s kind of a perilous thing to try to throw a family reunion for
somebody else’s family,” Morgan said. “But that’s what we’re doing.”

This marks the second year for Beer Baron Hall of Fame inductions,
Hampton said. Prior events related to the hall of fame have been held
at the Moerlein Lager House on Cincinnati’s riverfront, where the hall
of fame is located, he said.

But Saturday’s event will be held near the Schmidt Brothers Brewery
and the Kaufman Brewery, and tours of those buildings will be offered
as part of the festivities, Morgan said.

Admission to the event is $25 and includes lunch. Money raised will go
toward the Cincinnati Brewing Heritage Trail, which will have historic
markers through downtown, Over-the-Rhine, Clifton Heights and other
Cincinnati neighborhoods to tell the story of the city’s brewing
history and the German-Americans who helped define Cincinnati’s
culture.

“These brewers were very important to the city, obviously making beer
one of the main exports and symbols of the city and making good beer,”
Hampton said. “But most of them also were good members of the
community, good stewards of the community and gave back in a good
way.”

Go to http://www.otrbrewerydistrict.org/history_beer_barons.php for
more information and a link to purchase tickets.


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