Three brewing legends to be inducted into Cincinnati Beer Baron Hall of Fame

Event a 'family reunion' for brewery descendants

CINCINNATI – Think of it as Cincinnati’s Beer Family Reunion.

On Saturday afternoon the Brewery District Community Urban Redevelopment Corporation will induct three more brewing legends into the Cincinnati Beer Barons’ Hall of Fame.

The event will be held from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday in the Tap Room of the Christian Moerlein Brewery on Moore Street in Over-the-Rhine.

But the induction is about more than recognizing the brewing accomplishments of John Kauffman, Friedrich Schmidt and Heinrich Schmidt, said Steve Hampton, executive director of the redevelopment corporation.

The goal is to celebrate Cincinnati’s brewing heritage and help the city reconnect with the brewery owners and their employees, he said.

The hall of fame inductions are designed “to be a family reunion, not just for the descendants of these brewers but for the families who all worked in these breweries, too,” added Michael Morgan, a trustee for the Brewery District organization and author of the book “Over-the-Rhine: When Beer Was King.”

“It’s kind of a perilous thing to try to throw a family reunion for somebody else’s family,” Morgan said. “But that’s what we’re doing.”

This marks the second year for Beer Baron Hall of Fame inductions, Hampton said. Prior events related to the hall of fame have been held at the Moerlein Lager House on Cincinnati’s riverfront, where the hall of fame is located, he said.

But Saturday’s event will be held near the Schmidt Brothers Brewery and the Kaufman Brewery, and tours of those buildings will be offered as part of the festivities, Morgan said.

Admission to the event is $25 and includes lunch. Money raised will go toward the Cincinnati Brewing Heritage Trail, which will have historic markers through downtown, Over-the-Rhine, Clifton Heights and other Cincinnati neighborhoods to tell the story of the city’s brewing history and the German-Americans who helped define Cincinnati’s culture.

“These brewers were very important to the city, obviously making beer one of the main exports and symbols of the city and making good beer,” Hampton said. “But most of them also were good members of the community, good stewards of the community and gave back in a good way.”

Go to http://www.otrbrewerydistrict.org/history_beer_barons.php for more information and a link to purchase tickets.

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