It‘s time for Oktoberfest Zinzinnati, so
who better to check in with than Cincinnati’s premier brewmaster, Greg
Hardman. Hardman, since purchasing the historic Christian Moerlein
Brewing Co. in 2004, has reinstated Cincinnati’s great brewing tradition
by restoring many classic brands and crafting new beers, like my
favorite, the Moerlein OTR Ale.
Hardman currently is consumed with
overseeing the construction of his new Moerlein Lager House at The
Banks, which he promises will be “the best brew house in the world.”
Greg remains hopeful that it will be open later this year or in early
For Oktoberfest, Hardman is excited about
the events that he has planned for Saturday at the new Christian
Moerlein brewery on Moore Street in Over-the-Rhine.
The Hudepohl 14K
Brewery Run will kick off with 2000 participants at 8 a.m., followed by
the Hudepohl/WEBN Bier Laufen, where the first heat of 17 teams
(including squads of six from local bars such as Neon’s, The Drinkery
and Arnold’s) will propel homemade carts through a specially designed
course at 11 a.m. (the finals scheduled for 12:30 p.m.). Bleachers will
be erected for spectators at this free event; food vendors will be
present, bands will perform on stage all day and, of course, beer will
be plentiful. (Bill Hatfield)
CityBeat: What was the last great meal you ate and where did you eat it?
Greg Hardman: I’ve been on a diet for the
last eight weeks and have dropped over 30 pounds, but the last great
meal I had was at the University Club. I had a Caesar Salad with baked
salmon and it was spectacular.
CB: What do you predict for the future of brewing in Cincinnati?
GH: Cincinnati is going to be a world-class brewing center featuring a world-class brew pub at The Banks.