Cincinnati will celebrate its beer history with the inaugural Beer Baron Ball at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 12 at the Horseshoe Casino in downtown Cincinnati. All proceeds benefit the Brewery District Urban Redevelopment Corp.’s effort to create and support the city's Brewing Heritage Trail.
The black-tie optional event, featuring an 1800s theme, will include street merchant artisans, pretzel makers and others who will offer food tastings, the tapping of Gambrinus Stock Lager, live music, cigar tastings and a silent auction of original brewery heritage themed artwork.
"The late 1800s was the Golden Era for Cincinnati’s brewing heritage," Greg Hardman, president of the board of trustees for the Brewery District and CEO of Christian Moerlein Brewing Co., said in a prepared statement. "We hope to bring back the excitement of that time with the Beer Baron Ball while raising money for a great cause to launch the Brewing Heritage Trail in Over-the-Rhine and downtown Cincinnati."
In the 1800s, Cincinnati was one of America’s most prolific brewing cities, the Brewery District said. Cincinnati residents drank more beer per capita than any city in the country (two-and-a-half times the national average), and the Over-the-Rhine neighborhood was the epicenter of beer production and consumption. By 1890, the neighborhood was home to roughly 300 saloons and had over a dozen-and-a-half breweries within or adjacent to its boundaries.
Individual tickets are $100 or $150, with tables going for $2,500 and $1,350. For tickets and more details about the event, click here.