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Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Over-the-Rhine-based Christian Moerlein Brewing Co. will tap the first keg of its latest year-round brew, the Moerlein Barbarossa Double Dark Lager, Thursday night at Arnold’s Bar and Grill downtown. First brewed for German Emperor Frederick I – aka Barbarossa – during the 12th century, the Moerlein Barbarossa was first produced in the mid-1800s. It’s a deep reddish-brown German-style dunkel. The first tapping ceremony will happen at 5:30 p.m., but the party is from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., according to a news release. Robert L. Pohl, the last president and chief executive officer of the original Hudepohl Brewing Co., will tap the first keg. Arnold’s is located at 210 E. Eighth St., and the event is free to the public. Free, limited-edition posters of the label will be given away during the event. For more information, go to www.christianmoerlein.com.


at 7:44 PM Anonymous Truth In Advertising said...

A few points:

-It's not brewed in Cincinnati nor is it actually made by Moerlein.

-It is brewed by The Lion Brewery in Wilkes-Barre, PA.

-It's recipe is not the same, or even based on, the orginal namesale Barbarossa beer, which was brewed in Cincinnati by the original Moerlein as well as The Red Top Brewery.

-This is a stock recipe that The Lion Brewery makes for a number of Beer Marketing Companies (which is what Moerlein is, they are not a brewing company) that they make beer for.


at 9:48 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Was that the same Barbarossa who wore a see-through space suit?

at 4:10 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

As far as the earlier comment, this isn't a stock recipe by the Lion Brewery, it's recipe based on the original Moerlein Dunkel with some changes made by the owner of Moerlein. Also, you're wrong - Moerlein is a brewer of beer, and also, you're right, not in Cincinnati... yet. However, this is common practice with upstart breweries. As the brand gets off the ground look for exciting things from this locally owned and operated beer company.

at 1:08 AM Anonymous Lothar, of the Hill People said...

"Moerlein is a brewer of beer"

No, Anon, it is not. Moerlein is a marketing company that has another brewery make beer for them, otherwise known as contract brewing. Pabst is another such company, as they no longer own any breweries and have Miller contract brew for them.

"not in Cincinnati... yet"

Nir will they be anytime in the near future, unless Greg Hardman wins a couple of million in the lottery.

Opening up a bar and calling it a 'brewpub' with a fake kettle for decoration will not make CM a brewer of beer either.

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