- posted 9 years ago
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 two years.