- posted 9 years ago
No word on whether Geraldo Rivera has been invited, but Christian Moerlein Brewery officials and Over-the-Rhine Brewery District advocates plan to break through what they say is a newly discovered tunnel connecting former breweries in the neighborhood that was once home to dozens of beer makers.
Greg Hardman, CEO of Christian Moerlein Brewing Co., says he?s discovered a new tunnel beneath the complex he recently purchased, where he plans to begin brewing beer again in Over-the-Rhine.
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On Thursday, he and others plan to break through a wall that connects the tunnel with others, part of a maze of tunnels where beer was stored and delivered before Prohibition.
Hardman recently purchased the former Husman?s potato chip plant in Over-the-Rhine, where he plans to begin making some versions of Christian Moerlein and Hudepohl beer by late next year.
Part of the purchase included some of the old Kaufmann brewery, a large pre-Prohibition Cincinnati brewer.
Hardman has invited the news media to attend as a crew breaks through an underground wall that is believed to connect to another underground passageway.
In the early 20th century, such tunnels were used both to store beer in cool places and to deliver it to nearby saloons.