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Wally_in_Cincy
10-14-2004, 06:36 AM
http://www.wcpo.com/news/2004/local/10/13/beerhall.html

Cincinnati's The Winner As Site For "Beer Hall Of Fame"


Grab a cold one and celebrate because if you like beer you'll probably like this news.

Cincinnati has beat out 60 other cities around the country to host "The Beer Hall of Fame", a project that's expected to breathe new life into downtown.

<font color="blue">Yeah right /ccboard/images/graemlins/smile.gif

How about getting rid of the thugs and panhandlers to "breathe new life" into downtown? </font color>

For nearly 150 years the Tri-state has been home to dozens of breweries.
"You can still get the Christian Morlein, Hudy Delight, Burger products and Little Kings," said Paul Abrams, a beer historian.

Abrams is also a former employee of the Hudepohl Brewing Company and says when the Germans came to Cincinnati back in the mid to late 1800s they were thirsty.

"The per capita beer consumption in Cincinnati was higher than any other place in the country people here just drank a lot of beer."

<font color="blue">Good Germans /ccboard/images/graemlins/smile.gif </font color>

With the history of breweries and the annual Oktoberfest celebration, <font color="blue">(the largest Oktoberfest outside of Germany BTW) </font color> Abrams says he can't think of a better place for the future Beer Hall of Fame that will house 75,000 square feet of history, entertainment, education and testing.

The desired site? The Tower Place Mall downtown.
"It's close to to 71, 75, 74 and the convergence of those highways," said Randall Herbst, a developer, "and you can actually fit this project into Tower Place? Yes, absolutely."

The project is expected to include international restaurants, an on-site micro brewery and home brewing classes.
"It's close, this is not a museum," said Herbst. "This is an interactive franchise."

Mike Cromer, beer taster and owner of the Barrel House Brewing Company in Over-The-Rhine welcomes the competition.

"The more breweries the better off we all are," said Cromer. "Cincinnati is a beer town. It's very important."
And even Margaritas at Tower Place hopes the millions the Hall of Fame could pump into the local economy will spill over into the stores and restaurants in the ailing mall.
"A lot of business sales have been down," said Rebecca Hall, of Margaritas. "We definitely need something to uprise the downtown area, period -- to help with finances and help with jobs."

Developers plan to pay for the Beer Hall of Fame through private financing and loans.

They hope to have it open by September 2006.

Deeman2
10-14-2004, 11:07 AM
Wally,

I have already received a request of a framed photo of me for the museum.

Deeman
been to the Oktoberfest 6 times....Ich liebe Pils gern.

Wally_in_Cincy
10-14-2004, 11:15 AM
The building where I am now sits on what formerly was the Windisch Farm in the 1800's. It was the biggest hops farm in the area, supplying the Cincy Breweries.

I don't remember the exact number but there were once over 100 breweries in Cincy. Prohibition wiped out most of them.

There were also hundreds of bars obviously. Most were stag bars and some had troughs running along the bottom of the bar so you could just stand up and relieve yourself without leaving the bar.

Wally &lt;~~ whose picture will be displayed alongside Deeman's