Brewing Heritage Trail officially opens this weekend

It’s our Bourbon Trail or Freedom Trail and it celebrates Cincinnati brewing history.

The Brewing Heritage Trail officially opens this weekend with a series of events tonight through Saturday.

The occasion will be feted with the “Toast to the Trail” dinner and program on Thursday, April 25 at the Woodward Theater. This ticketed event will include dinner, drinks, silent auction, and a program of speakers emceed by Dan Hurley sharing the story of why and how we built the Trail. Tickets are $100 and include dinner, two drink tickets, and special limited edition souvenir and can be purchased at https://otrbrewerydistrict.thundertix.com/events/128081.

The ribbon cutting of the first phase of Trail will be on Friday April 26, 3 p.m. in Grant Playground, 65 E McMicken Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45202 with Brewery District representatives, design team members, city and county officials and staff, and donors and friends of the Trail. The ribbon cutting will be followed by a reception in the Christian Moerlein Malthouse taproom located next door at 1621 Moore Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202. The event is free and open to the public.

The Trail will come to life on Saturday, April 27 from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. with a free immersive tour. Follow the newly installed Trail signage as it comes alive with costumed reenactors, beer brewing demonstrations, breweriana displays, kids activities, and more. The event is free, but a special VIP ticket at $25 offers bonus access to a historic saloon, the historic Hudepohl brewery, and a bar in the bowels of the Schmidt Bros./Crown Brewery Cellars and tunnels along with a special limited edition souvenir. Tickets can be purchased at https://otrbrewerydistrict.thundertix.com/events/126719.

The Brewing Heritage Trail is an urban walking trail that brings history to life over the course of a two-mile route that winds through historic buildings and sites in Cincinnati’s Brewery District and downtown Cincinnati. The Trail will share this history with signage and wayfinding along city streets, public art installations, digital experiences, and guided tours. The project is more than just the Trail, it also includes ongoing programming of publications, speakers, gallery exhibits, research, and promotion of the brewing history, families, and historic art throughout the city all to be an economic engine to draw visitors both locally and globally to Cincinnati.

Visit www.brewingheritagetrail.org for additional details.

The first phase of the Trail was built with support from The Carol Ann and Ralph V. Haile, Jr./U.S. Bank Foundation, Boston Beer Company, City of Cincinnati, State of Ohio, Christian Moerlein Brewing Company, The Charles Moerlein Foundation, Fifth Third Bank, Trustee, The Vontz Family Fund through The Greater Cincinnati Foundation, Bill Weyand, Western & Southern Financial Fund, The John Hauck Foundation, The Oliver Family Foundation, Cynthia & Rick Muhlhauser, JACK Casino, The Johnson Foundation, the Flying Pig Marathon, and individual donors who have given over $2.2 million to date for the project.

The non-profit Brewery District Community Urban Redevelopment Corporation is the creator and developer of the Brewing Heritage Trail as part of its mission to preserve, promote, and redevelop Cincinnati’s brewing heritage.

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