Bockfest & Prohibition Tour

On March 8-9, 2008, during the 16th annual Bockfest, you are invited to travel back to Nineteenth Century Cincinnati and explore the city’s rich brewing heritage, both above and below ground. The Brewery District, in conjunction with Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal and the John Hauck House Museum, will be presenting the Prohibition Resistance Tour.

Each tour will start at Museum Center, where the tour will include an admission voucher to the Cincinnati History Museum's Beer, Breweries and Barons: A History of Cincinnati’s Brewing Industry exhibit. Greg Hardman, the CEO of Christian Moerlein Brewing Company, will give a presentation on the amazing story of how Christian Moerlein left his native Germany and started one of the biggest breweries in the country, a story that mirrors the history of Cincinnati. The bus tour will include many of the remaining historic brewery buildings in Cincinnati, including the John Hauck Dayton Street Brewery, the Clyffside Brewery, the Jackson Brewery, and the Christian Moerlein Brewery. We will explore the life of another of Cincinnati's great brewers at the John Hauck House Museum, where this restored mansion on Cincinnati's original "Millionaire's Row" contains original antiques, furnishings and brewing memorabilia. Our final stop is at the Kauffmann Brewery on Vine Street, where we will journey through the sub-basements and tunnels of the brewery, spaces unused since Prohibition and never before opened to the public.

Go to www.bockfest.com for more details and to purchase tickets.


Cincinnati Needs a Bicycle Lift!

It's time for Cincinnati to consider a bike lift or a bike lift system. Cincinnati's Department of Transportation tells me they've heard an estimate of $1 million to complete a lift on Sycamore Street from Liberty Street to Walker Street.

Do you think a bike lift would be a success in Cincinnati?

Trampe is the system used in Norway


Q Blogger Tour

GetCincy.com is mentioned as a participant of the recent Q Blogger Tour of the Gateway Quarter in Over-the-Rhine. Unfortunately, the computer, internet connection and myself were moving from Downtown to OTR. I couldn't make it due to my move. Wish I could have attended and I look forward to attending future events. Check out local Blogger's sites who did participate HERE.

In place of a Q Tour posting, look for a post and photos of my new home at Vernon's Corner (Liberty & Main Streets) and the ever changing surrounding area.

Grammer's Rebirth in Over-the-Rhine

Grammer's joins an already dramatically changing northern OTR. N. OTR has experienced a great movement with Vernon's Corner near completion along with an incredible street scape starting in March. Other recent news includes a small group of citizens that saved historic Rothenberg School, which crowns Main Street's northern tip. Rumors include a new residential development behind Nicolas and another near Grammer's. Building by building, block by block, I cannot wait to see when all of these projects grow together as one.

From the B. Courier:

"Restaurant investors Martin and Marilyn Wade are preparing to reopen the former Grammer's Restaurant in Over-the-Rhine as an historic bar that could one day be the anchor of a revitalized district.

The 135-year-old restaurant, which has been closed since 1992, specialized in authentic German food. It is scheduled to reopen as a bar by early March, said co-manager Ryan Breen, and will remain true to its roots, though the menu will be limited to a few items - bratwursts and the like. And unlike the Wades' other endeavors, it will not be a vehicle for Chef Jean-Robert de Cavel, whose restaurants, including Pigall's and JeanRo's Bistro, are funded by the pair.

Rather, this venture by the Wades is broader - to revive the corner of Walnut and Liberty streets into a mixed-use development. Along with the restaurant, the couple in September purchased three contiguous properties for a combined $1 million.

"They are in it for the long haul," said former Vice Mayor Jim Tarbell, who had owned Grammer's since 1984 until its sale. "They have a very lofty vision about the future of the neighborhood."

Cincinnati's Streetcar Debate Starts Show Your Support!

The City of Cincinnati's Finance Committee has scheduled a hearing to consider the financial plan for the Cincinnati Streetcar.

February 25th @ 1:00p in City Council Chambers on the Third Floor of Cincinnati City Hall, 801 Plum Street, Downtown.

Sign up to testify find a friendly clerk at the Clerk's Desk at the right side of the room. You are allowed to speak for a maximum of two minutes.

If you cannot make it, please share your opinion with all council members on the Finance Committee.

Take 10 minutes to email them

John Cranley, Chair
Jeff Berding, Vice-Chair
Chris Bortz
Y. Laketa Cole
David Crowley
Leslie Ghiz
Roxanne Qualls
Cecil Thomas