Hogshead Union is an exclusive Beer Club for the person who loves beer. Members receive personal invitations from the brewer to all monthly seasonal beer tappings, which take place on the first Monday of every month and the opportunity to enjoy organized beer trips to other cities with fellow Hogshead members.
The $10 one-time membership fee includes the following benefits:
Use of the Hogshead drinking vessel - a 23oz mug at a value price to members.
Exclusive ability to purchase Hogshead Union merchandise and apparel, including Hogshead drinking vessel.
20% discount on all Moerlein Store merchandise and apparel. (Does not include Beer Tokens or discounted merchandise)
Social Media Contact with Moerlein Lager House for advance notification of new beers and all events and discounts prior to public announcements.
Hogshead memberships are available at the Moerlein Lager House
The Old Jug Society is a prestigious Beer Society for the absolute beer enthusiast. Beer Baron dinners are held bimonthly. These events - each featuring a renowned brewer and their beers - will begin with a beer reception followed by a multi-course dinner and brewer presentation. The dinner fare will be specially paired with brewers' beers by Moerlein Lager House Executive Chef Nate Whittington.
The annual $400 membership fee includes the following benefits:
Yearly collector Moerlein Lager House Beer Stein (Retail Value: $349. Current addition produced by Rookwood Pottery Co.)
Personalized Beer Storage Locker. (Retail Value $120)
Membership into the Hogshead Union Beer Club (Use of specialty sized 23oz drinking vessel)
Exclusive monthly Beer Baron Dinners sign up available for member and guest. (Additional fee required per dinner. Prices vary.)
20% discounts on all Moerlein Store merchandise and apparel. (Does not include Beer Tokens or discounted merchandise)
Special membership signature charges privileges by interested members.
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 EXPORTED 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 CERTIFIABLY 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 GREATER 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.