We walked around the streets and learned the history of breweries in the area. We did not actually tour any breweries.
No doubt the tour guides know their core facts when talking about Cincinnati's brewing history, but often they would discuss people or places relevant to this history, but only in a vague manner because they could not remember details. This tour is portrayed as an underground tour, but most of our time was spent standing in the streets of Over the Rhine in the rain. I had hoped to learn a little about the brewing process, but this tour is more about the worker and their living conditions. I would not take this particular tour again.
The tour guide seemed to have a strange republican agenda, spending alot of time complaining about the govt and regulations The actual tour showed us a beer cave still filled with trash that had been dumped years ago There were even little plastic dolls stuck in some of the crevices in the walls Seemed like we were trespassing someones private dump The people serving beer were not friendly, I asked questions and they couldn't give me any answers about the place they worked in Way too many people on the tour Kind of awkward, because we had invited a couple to come with us, and we were all pretty unimpressed by the end
Nice tour, very interesting facts regarding the OTR district.
Be sure to wear comfortable walking shoes.
The tour guides were great--very informative and interesting. Our tour actually lasted closer to 2 hours. Wear comfortable walking shoes. You should plan on eating lunch at Findlay Market after the tour. It's a great experience and there are dozens of choices.
Excellent tour with excellent guides! Highly recommended!
The Saturday before the tour I walked to the Tap Room from from Mainstrasse - part adventure and part "wanting to make sure where it was). I think locating the spot ahead of time was valuable for me. I don't think most will be impressed by the tour itself, but the combination of a good guide, great Tap Room made for a really nice experience.
From Our Editors
The nearly 50 brewery buildings that make up Cincinnati's Brewery District range from Romanesque works of art to impressive brick industrial spaces. Many have stood on the same spots since long before Prohibition, outlasting neighboring structures that fell to the wrecking ball. If those buildings had faces, they'd use them to thank the Brewery District's redevelopment group. The band of residents, business owners, and developers helps protect and promote the rich history of this former German cultural hub and epicenter of the Cincinnati brewing industry.
As part of a long-term plan to redevelop the area, the organization welcomes visitors into diverse events such as seasonal beer festivals. But the most popular gatherings are the brewery tours that stop at pre-Prohibition breweries and explore the historic, secret barrel-transportation tunnels that run 40 feet below street level and directly into local refrigerators.
The nonprofit organization's key initiative is to create a world-class urban heritage trail in the district. The 2.3-mile Brewing Heritage Trail opens in 2018 and will lead visitors through the Over The Rhine, Pendleton, and Downtown neighborhoods and will feature both physical and virtual installations, as well as guided tours.
OTR Brewery District