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New Rhinegeist brewery opens its doors in Over-the-Rhine

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CINCINNATI - A new brewery has made Over-the-Rhine its home, bringing with it a respect for the history of the area and a taste of the West Coast.

Rhinegeist will open its doors Saturday at 2 p.m. in the old Christian Moerlein bottling facility on Vine Street.

Rhinegeist means "ghost of the Rhine" and its owners said they are proud to be opening a business in the historic Over-the-Rhine neighborhood.

"This is sort of the creative epicenter of what's coming to Cincinnati," said head brewer Jim Matt.

Company president Bob Bonder and vice-president of marketing Bryant Goulding said the idea behind Rhinegeist started in 2007 when the pair was hanging out in San Francisco.

At the time, Goulding was working on his own homebrew beers and Bonder was roasting coffees.

While Goulding went on to work for several breweries, Bonder brought his coffee to Cincinnati and opened up the Tazza Mia coffee house in 2008.

Fast forward to 2012 and after a couple visits and many talks, Bonder and Goulding decided to open up a brewery in Cincinnati.

Once the pair fully decided on the plan, they went about trying to find funding for the project. Bonder and Goulding said they secured $1.2 million in private equity and about half of that money has gone to equipment already.

Goulding said he was actually sold on the idea of opening up the brewery in the old Christian Moerlein bottling facility after just his second visit to the Queen City.

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