The newest addition to Arcadia Publishing’s popular Images of America series is Cincinnati’s Brewing History by local author Sarah Stephens. The book offers a concise overview of the history of brewing and beer culture in the region through more than 200 vintage and contemporary images, as well as brewing collectibles.
Dating all the way back to 1812, the history of brewing in Cincinnati is a long and illustrious narrative. In the mid-19th century, the Queen City's rapidly expanding German population definitively transformed the industry, making Cincinnati one of the nation's foremost brewing centers.
Principally based in the vibrant Over-the-Rhine district, the golden age of brewing in Cincinnati saw the creation of architecturally spectacular brewery structures, a proliferation of related industries, as well as an abundance of saloons and beer gardens. The enactment of Prohibition crippled this formerly booming industry however, and although local brewers returned to revive their trade following the repeal of Prohibition, the industry would never regain its former prominence.
These days, Cincinnati's brewing culture is experiencing a multifaceted renaissance with a promising outlook.
Highlights of Cincinnati’s Brewing History:
• Nearly all the images used in this book have been donated from private collections.
• In the 1800s and early 1900s, Cincinnati was one of the largest producers and consumers of beer per capita in the nation.
• A labyrinth of caves and tunnels created by the breweries and used for cold storage and transportation still exist beneath the streets of the Over-the-Rhine district.
• In the early 1970s, Cincinnati’s Riverfront Stadium was the only stadium in the world within a two mile radius of four major breweries.
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