As I pulled into the driveway last night, I heard this news on the radio. It made my night! After all, we love our wine, but we're equal opportunity beer and cocktail folks as well.
We love our German beer here in Zincinnnati (see Oktoberfest and Hofbrauhaus). So why not open a biergarten / brewpub featuring one of Cincinnati's original German brews? Christian Moerlein will be opening a 15,000 square foot restaurant and brewery, complete with outdoor biergarten, down on the Banks.
The new multi-story brewpub will be built on top of a parking garage across from the Great American Ball Park.
The restaurant, to be called the Moerlein Lager House, will seat 500
inside and 600 in the beer garden. It will span the block on Main Street between Mehring Way and Theodore M Berry Way, in stumbling distance from the ball park, really.
According to the Business Courier, "Preliminary designs for the two-story building include a green roof,
balconies and terraces with views of the river, Roebling Suspension
Bridge and the ballpark." I fell in love with green roofs in Vancouver, so I'm pretty excited about just that one small detail on its own.
The new restaurant will also offer brewery tours. It's slated to open in 2011.
I can't imagine the place being anything but packed all the time. When I lived in Maryland, my friends would go to the store looking for Moerlein beer, which just baffled me at the time. After all, I'd grown up with it. Moerlein is nationally known as a maker of craft brews and, combined with the ball park, will be a huge hit for tourists.
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