Christian Moerlein Lager House Debuts at The Great American Beer Festival

By CraftBeer.com October 16, 2012

Christian Moerlein Lager House brews are heading to Denver, CO today to compete and exhibit for the first time at the Great American Beer Festival (GABF). Owner Greg Hardman, Brewmaster Richard Dubé and Brewer Jim Matt, will be representing Cincinnati’s newest and grandest brewpub.

Christian Moerlein, one of the pioneer brands of today’s craft beer movement first began selling “better beer”, a precursor of the craft category, in 1981 through the Hudepohl Brewing Company of Cincinnati. Last year, Christian Moerlein was invited to partake in the 30th anniversary of the Great American Beer Festival as one of the original beers that participated in the inaugural event. “This year marks the first time Christian Moerlein beers are all brewed by Christian Moerlein Lager House and its brewmaster Richard Dubé making the renaissance of Christian Moerlein at the GABF even that more special”, continued Hardman.

The Christian Moerlein Lager House located the new Smale Riverfront Park, is a 10+ million dollar addition to Cincinnati riverfront. The newly built 28,000 square foot, 2-story structure opened its doors in February of this year and has become an instant destination for beer connoisseurs and is a tribute to Cincinnati’s grand brewing traditions and its famed 19th century brewer, Mr. Christian Moerlein.  

The Christian Moerlein Lager House has a functioning 5,000 barrel capacity brewery, over 800 seats for diners, has two beer gardens that can handle an additional 600 guests (total capacity with beer gardens over 1,400), can produce 4,000 meals a day and boasts 360-degree views of the Cincinnati skyline including the Ohio River, Roebling Suspension Bridge, Great American Ballpark (home to the Cincinnati Reds) and Paul Brown Stadium (home to the Cincinnati Bengals). Visitors find many thoughtful additions within the Moerlein Lager House such as a Stammtisch table with self-serve direct draw taps from the brewery’s serving vessels, merchandise store, geothermal and green certified construction*, private beer lockers, two exclusive beer clubs, monthly Beer Baron Dinners and weekly heritage tours featuring a timeline of Cincinnati brewing traditions. A 365 day beer garden with retractable glass windows overlooks the Schmidlapp Event Lawn/Concert Venue where the Moerlein Lager House hosts events such as the Überdrome; a Munich style fest tent that caters up to an additional 4,000 beer lovers on the same scale and scope of an original Munich fest tent. Another unique element to the building is the Hudepohl Gastropub with between 20-30 guest taps and up to 200 guest bottle beers at any given time. Gastropub guests will also find a Cincinnati Heritage collection of beers such as Hudepohl Amber Lager, Hudy Delight, Hudy 14-K, Burger Classic and Little Kings Cream Ale, all owned and still brewed by Christian Moerlein Brewing Company Owner Greg Hardman.

Richard Dubé, Brewmaster of the Moerlein Lager House, has been a key player in reviving Cincinnati’s historic brewing tradition by producing full bodied beers and establishing an apprentice brewer program.  Dubé’s team consistently brews 24 different styles of Moerlein beers, 6 year-round brews and two rotating seasonal/specialty beers at any given time; giving beer lovers many flavor options and the freshest beer in the City.

“Our vision continues to be to return Cincinnati as a brewing mecca and to build one of the greatest Brewpubs/Gastropubs in the world on the banks of the Ohio River in downtown Cincinnati” said Greg Hardman.

*The Moerlein Lager House is LEED registered and with pending certification by the end of 2012

Contact Info

Company: Christian Moerlein Lager House
Contact: Greg Hardman
E-mail: ghardman@christianmoerlein.com