SOAPBOX CINCINNATI By Kevin LeMaster
March 4, 2008
This weekend's Prohibition Resistance Tour is an opportunity for the Brewery District Community Urban Redevelopment Corporation (CURC) to show off its many hidden gems and to celebrate the area's rich brewing history.
The bus tour will include stops at the John Hauck Dayton Street Brewery, the Clyffside Brewery, the Jackson Brewery, the Christian Moerlein Brewery, and the never-before-seen sub-basements and tunnels of the Kauffmann Brewery on Vine Street.
The tour is one of the main fundraisers for the CURC, which will help the all-volunteer organization finance new office space, as well as provide capital to leverage matching grants for new development.
Brewery District CURC Executive Director Steven Hampton says that the Prohibition Resistance Tour is a great way to open peoples' eyes to what the area has to offer.
"The brewing history is such a unique hook to bring people into Over-the-Rhine who would normally never step foot into the neighborhood," he said.
Hampton would like to see the Over-the-Rhine subdistrict become a unique collection of residential, commercial and industrial buildings, offering different types of jobs and growing the city's tax base.
"I'd like to see a true mixed-use neighborhood," he said. "I see us having number of larger, unique projects. It will be a business, but it will also be an attraction."
The $30 tour is being presented in conjunction with the Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal and the John Hauck House Museum. Tickets can be purchased at www.bockfest.com.