Monday, April 30, 2012

More on The Christian Moerlein Brewing Company

Well, it's finals week at Xavier University, where I am taking classes to finish my bachelor degree. In order to have time to study, this week's post is a continuation of last week. I had so much information on the Christian Moerlein Company and the buildings I couldn't fit it into one post!

Before the "barrel" bottling house was built between 1891 and 1905, there once stood a bath house, next door to the Elm Street Club House.

1891 Sanborn Insurance - Source
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Well it appears from this ad that Christian Moerlein had an interest in the bath house, where sulpho-saline water was promoted. In Robert J. Wimberg's book, Cincinnati Breweries, he says:
Moerlein had a well 2480 feet deep which produced 300 gallons of water per minute. It was the deepest artesian  boring in the city. The water was strongly impregnated with sulphur. It was used for washing bottles and equipment and for cooling purposes. Moerlein also had an 800 foot well which produced water that was potable and less odoriferous.
I also came across this advertisement from 1912, which was after the new bottling plant was built at the southeast corner of Elm and Henry Streets.
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You can see the bottling plant next to the "barrel" house.

This next advertisement is from 1920, when Prohibition caused The Christian Moerlein Brewing Company to close and sell off the equipment:
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The following are a series of images taken from the CAGIS maps, to show the changes in the barrel house building from the fire in 2010.
2009 CAGIS

2010 CAGIS

2011 CAGIS
What appears to be "louvers" on the roofs are sawtooth skylights.
1904-1930 Sanborn Insurance - Source
I hope you have enjoyed a bit more Moerlein history. I will be back next week with another "dig".

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