New Brew Pub Promotes Cincinnati’s Riverfront, Beer History

Written by Leigh Taylor for and The Cincinnati Enquirer

Richard Dube is brewmaster at the Moerlein Lager House, which opens on Monday beside Great American Ball Park, home of the Cincinnati Reds.

When it opens to the public on Monday, the Moerlein Lager House will be a fine place to enjoy good beer and good food on the Cincinnati riverfront. • But that’s only half the story. • The rest of it is the long-awaited redemption of sorts for downtown Cincinnati, where development of more than 50 valuable acres along the Ohio River had been frustrated for years. Now, the new brew pub and restaurant has potential to be the destination for the between-the-sports-stadiums development that includes The Banks. At the same time, it provides a vital link to Cincinnati’s rich, but once-endangered, brewing heritage.

With all that on the line, this brew pub has a lot to live up to.

Previous reports have the Lager House as a $4 million project.

The true cost is more than double that: $10 million-plus, said Greg Hardman, the managing partner and beer entrepreneur whose vision created the Lager House.

“There was no cheapin’ out here,” Hardman said.
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