Brewing heritage expert and author Mike Morgan has been offering tours this year that include a look at Cincinnati's sometimes sordid past when it comes to alcohol. This month (August), he and Arnold's Bar and Grill, the city's oldest continuously operating saloon, have added special tastings, too.
The walking tours begin at 11 a.m. each Saturday at Arnold's and then conclude at Arnold's with a tasting. The tastings, conducted by brewmasters and master distillers, already have featured Christian Moerlein and Listermann. The remaining tastings are: Middle West Spirits (Aug. 17), Rhinegeist Brewing (Aug. 24) and Blank Slate (Aug. 31).
One of the highlights of the walking tour is going into the subterranean cellars that were once used by the Gerke Brewery.
Morgan added that he's working on a book related to Arnold's, which was built in 1838 as a brothel and became a saloon in 1861. There's also evidence that Arnold's stayed open through Prohibition, he said.
Tickets for the tours and tastings are $30. For more details or to buy tickets, click here.