Our Story

Prominently situated in the dynamic Smale Riverfront Park, the Moerlein Lager House offers a guest experience unlike any other - a working microbrewery producing a full line of Moerlein craft brews, and delectable fare featuring grain spent breads, hand carved sandwiches and smoked rotisserie meats… foods reminiscent of those served in the city’s celebrated 19th century beer gardens.
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The Christian Moerlein Brewing Company was born in 1853, in Cincinnati's over-the-rhine neighborhood. Christian Moerlein-A Bavarian immigrant and blacksmith- loved brewing hearty, European beers, and his craftsmanship was rewarded with top honors wherever his beers were exhibited. Moerlein's beers were not only popular in Cincinnati, but they were commonly expored to Europe and South America.

Though the Christian Moerlein Brewing Company continued operating after Moerlein's death in 1897, America's prohibition period forced the country's breweries to close. But in 1981, when the Moerlein brand was reintroduced to Cincinnati, the updated beer was on the leading edge of the craft beer revolution. Soon, it became the first beer to certifiable pass the strict Reinheitsgebot Bavarian Purity Law of 1516. True to the law since Christian was the brewmaster, the beer contains only four ingredients: Malted Barley, Hops, Water and Yeast.

In 2004, Christian Moerlein was purchased by Greated Cincinnati Resident and Beer Baron Gregory Hardman, who follows the same guidelines of true quality and great taste set by the brewery's founder: Christian Moerlein. This commitment to excellence makes Moerlein quite simply a better beer.

Our Awards

Best Waterfront Dining
New Restaurant
Beer Selection
Selection On Tap
New Bar
Diner's Choice 2016
Diner's Choice 2015
Best of the City
Bar with Beer on Tap