Christian Moerlein and Arnold’s Bar and Grill will re-release Arnold’s 1861 Porter starting at 6 p.m. March 22. In honor of the occasion, the beer will sell for $1.52 -- one penny for every year Arnold’s has been in business -- from 6 to 7 p.m.
Arnold’s 1861 Porter was brewed on a small test pilot system in 2011, becoming the first beer made by Christian Moerlein in the Over-The-Rhine neighborhood in more than 90 years. "So it is fitting that after being unavailable for nearly two years, it will be the first beer to roll out of their facility now that it is fully operational," Arnold's said in a news release.
Warnick Art and Neltner Small Batch were commissioned to create a new identity for the beer. Keith Neltner and Rob Warnick have done work for music acts like Modest Mouse, Cake and Death Cab for Cutie, along with brands like the South by Southwest Music Festival, Coke-a-cola, and Wrigley’s Gum. They, along with writer Jeff Chambers, developed a new label and brand identity.
The March 22 event will feature a commemorative T-shirt and limited edition art print. They're also creating a sculpture/tap handle that will be carved from wood and laser etched. "Rob and I are huge advocates of beer, history preservation and art so this brings all of those elements together and we're thrilled." Neltner said in a prepared statement.