CINCINNATI -- The modern Over-the-Rhine is a mix of many things, especially the very old and the very new.
An addition to the community will pay homage to both thanks to a new mural from the Brewery District Community Urban Redevelopment Corporate and Artworks.
The groups selected local artist Keith Neltner and his company, Neltner Small Batch, to erect the mural.
Neltner described the mural by saying, “After combing through the incredible history of Cincinnati’s brewing heritage I wanted to create an image that had a huge sense of strength. The format is so large I wanted something simple and optimistic to represent the resurgence and hard working mentality of our city historically and looking forward.
"The crowning of the beer glass represents that pride in creating something from nothing which is the foundation of Cincinnati. Additionally there are hints of The Crown Brewery from the 1800s, which resided in the very structure where the mural will be painted.”
Organizers said the mural combines the district’s rich brewing history with area’s modern, innovative culture.
The mural will be the first of three installations to compliment the Brewing Heritage Trail.
The first mural will go up at the site of the historic Schmidt Brothers/Crown Brewery building at 131 E. McMicken Ave.
The building currently houses local tech start-up RoadTrippers. The building was used as a brewery from the 1850s before closing in 1929.
The first mural will signify a stop along the Brewing History trail and serve as a symbol to locals and visiting tourists.
Organizers said the Brewery District is home the largest collection of pre-Prohibition brewery architecture in the country.
Sources told WCPO that work on the mural should start in July and will take several months.
Neltner has previously done work for Halfcut OTR and for the new Braxton Brewing Company. He’s also collaborated with Bitter Old Fecker Rustic Ales.
The Brewery District CURC is a non-profit group dedicated to restoring and preserving the urban brewing history of Cincinnati.
In addition to other events and services, the group also provides walking tours of the historic Brewery District.
The Brewing Heritage Trail is a signature initiative of the group. Members said it will be a “world-class” heritage trail that will bring visitors to Cincinnati and celebrate the city’s history.