CINCINNATI - The newest attraction on Ohio's riverfront is getting attention from around the world.
The Moerlein Lager House located next to the Great American Ball Park opens to customers Monday and is already taking reservations from international customers.
"We've had people from Germany, Canada, Asia, South America that have given us calls trying to make reservations and what to see what the Moerlein Lager House is all about," said Moerlein Lager House CEO and President Greg Hardman.
Hardman worked closely with a team of advisors so the Moerlein Lager House, located at 115 Joe Nuxhall Way, captures Cincinnati's rich brewing history.
"I've worked over a decade to return Cincinnati's grand brewing heritage and it's been a lot of fun, a lot of hard work, a lot of blood sweat and tears," said Hardman. "We really look to bring Cincinnati's brewing back and I knew it would come."
Hardman made sure the building design showcases the connections between Cincinnati's brewing history and today's culture.
"From the Beer Baron Hall of Fame, you can look to the north and see into Over-the-Rhine where Cincinnati's brewing heritage started in the Over-the-Rhine brewery district and this was the exact route the beer traveled in the late 1800's from Over-the-Rhine down Main Street to the Port of Cincinnati to bring Cincinnati beer to the world," Hardman said.
The restaurant holds 500 people inside and the outside beer gardens hold another 600 people. There will be six Christian Moerlein brands brewed on site and two seasonal beers every month.
"Right here, I brew it and I serve it from my serving tanks, I can walk around and talk to the customers and have a direct feedback and that's what is so exciting about it is to be so close to that feedback," said Richard Dube, Brewmaster for Moerlein Lager House.
The Moerlein Lager House also features artwork from Jim Efler, a local artist.
"The beer baron mural faces to the west which is to our outdoor beer garden and Christian Moerlein is to the east and he is welcoming you to his beer garden back in the 1800s while he is looking out in the future of Cincinnati's brewing over the western beer garden," Hardman said.
The microbrewery is celebrating its grand opening to the public on Monday morning at 11 a.m. A ceremonial ribbon cutting will also take place at 3 p.m.
For photos of an inside look of the new Moerlein Lager House, go to http://www.wcpo.com/gallery/news/news_photo_gallery/inside-look-at-moerlein-lager-house.