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 2012.
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.