Christian Moerlein, a Bavarian immigrant and blacksmith born in 1853 in Cincinnati’s Over-the-Rhine neighborhood, loved brewing hearty European beers. His craftsmanship was rewarded with top honors wherever they were exhibited – not only in Cincinnati. They were commonly exported to Europe and South America.

Though the Christian Moerlein Brewing Company continued operating after his death in 1897, Prohibition forced most breweries to close. But in 1981, the Moerlein brand was reintroduced to Cincinnati. The updated beer was on the leading edge of the Craft Beer Revolution. It became the first beer to certifiably pass the strict Reinheitsgebot Purity Law of 1516. (See bottom of front page.) True to the law since Christian himself was brewmaster, the beer contains only four ingredients: malted barley, hops, water and yeast.

In 2004, the brewery was purchased by Cincinnati resident and beer baron Gregory Hardman, who follows the same guidelines of true quality and great taste set by the brewery’s founder. This commitment to excellence makes Moerlein quite simply a better beer.

Over-The-Rhine Ale sets the standard for today’s craft Ambers. Dating back to German neighborhoods in the 1800’s, it is reminiscent of early settlers’ ales brewed by Over-The-Rhine residents. A medium malt body with subtle hops give OTR a perfect balance.

Dedicated to friendships of the mid-1800’s, Friend of an Irishman Brewer’s Stout salutes the Irish and German immigrants who overcame cultural differences to forge a lasting alliance. Mild coffee-like aroma introduces the dark appearance. Oats enhance the complex yet smooth flavor with subtle sweetness.

Featured Beer from Christian Moerlein Brewery: OTR Over the Rhine Ale & Friend of an Irishman Brewer’s Stout

ALE — Christian Moerlein’s OTR Over-the-Rhine Ale: Expressively complex with a pleasing fruitiness, ales are made with bottom-fermenting ale yeast. Lengthy aging is not critical as it is in lagers. Ales come in a wide range of styles and flavors. This crisp, quaffable selection bodes well with whatever fits your mood and satisfies your craving!

STOUT — Christian Moerlein’s Friend of an Irishman Stout:  A close cousin to the Porter, most Stouts have a roasted coffee-like flavor not found in Porters. This is the brew most recommended by doctors for nursing mothers — really!  With its subtle sweetness, this top-fermented brew is a ringer for pairing with French Vanilla ice cream or anything chocolate. Hint: Be sure the stout is as sweet or sweeter than the food you are serving it with.

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