Be a part of Cincinnati’s brewing heritage

Christian Morlein Brewing Co.Saturday, Aug. 13, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Christian Moerlein Malt House Tap Room, Over-the-Rhine

For many, the label “Porkopolis” defines Cincinnati’s early history. Yet beer had a larger and  more lasting impact on the culture, institutions and identity of the city also known as “Zinzinnati.” The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County and Brewery District Community Urban Redevelopment Corp. are joining forces to preserve and celebrate Cincinnati’s brewing and drinking history, and they’d like you to help by sharing your family treasures.

Your personal stories and collectibles could become part of the Brewing Heritage Trail, a permanent urban walking trail that celebrates the region’s brewing history. Your items also may become part of the library’s online archive.

Items to be included are photographs of drinking in bars, neighborhoods, families, celebrations, and brewery plants; correspondence, especially on company letterhead; receipts and paycheck stubs; architectural drawings and blueprints; labels; posters, pennants; advertisements, especially early 20th century and post-Prohibition items; and other small- to medium-sized memorabilia.

Participants who take items to digitize will receive up to five free scans of their item, a Brewing Heritage Trail pint glass and a chance for their images to a be part of the Brewing Heritage Trail and the Public Library’s Brewing Heritage digital collection.

The event is free. All items remain the property of the collectors.

Have a lot of history? Email in advance to discuss options.

513-369-6905 or

1 comment for “Be a part of Cincinnati’s brewing heritage

  1. August 13, 2016 at 7:23 am

    This is all very exciting. When we moved here in 1990 it seemed Cincinnati had thrown it’s history away. Citizens had little knowledge of, or interest in city history.
    We love seeing revival of Cincinnati’s heritage re-emerge. Hats off to you and many others for bringing us back to our roots

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