The new Brewing Heritage Trail will host a ribbon cutting at 3 p.m. Friday (April 26) in Grant Park in Cincinnati.

The event, kicking off the first phase of the trail, will feature Brewery District representatives, design team members, city and county officials, and donors and friends of the path.

The Brewing Heritage Trail is designed to preserve and celebrate the community’s brewing past. It will consist of a 2.1-mile walking trail with permanent signage, inlaid bronze medallion wayfinding in the sidewalks, public art installations, guided walking tours, and a smartphone app with self-guided tours and augmented reality experiences.

The following officials will speak at the ribbon cutting:

• Steve Hampton, executive director of the Brewery District

• Greg Hardman, president and CEO, Christian Moerlein Brewing Co.

• Bill Weyand, a donor

• Albert Vontz IV, a donor

• Eric Gehl of Samuel Adams

• Tamara Harkavy of Artworks

• David Mann, Cincinnati City Council member

A reception will follow at the Christian Moerlein Malthouse. It's free and open to the public.

The Brewing Heritage Trail will offer a free immersive tour from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. There will be costumed actors, beer brewing demonstrations, breweriana displays and kids activities.

A special VIP ticket for $25 will offer access to a historic saloon, the Hudepohl brewery and bar in the bowels of the Schmidt Bros./Crown Brewery cellars and tunnels. Tickets can be purchased by clicking here.

For more details on the trail, click here.