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CINCINNATI - The Christian Moerlein Brewing Company is bringing beer brewing back to the Queen City. The beer company opened its new brewery Wednesday in a 125,000 square foot building that used to be the Husman Potato Chip plant.

The opening of the new craft brewing facility is part of a four-phase plan owner Greg Hardman has for the company. The plan included making local beer brands relevant in Cincinnati again, opening the Christian Moerlein Lager House and producing brands locally in Over-the-Rhine.

"We are proud to become one of the building blocks for the renewal of Cincinnati's Historic Brewery District," Hardman said. "When beer was king in Cincinnati, Over-the-Rhine was the hub of the industry, and we are honored to revive the proud heritage of brewing in this great brewing city."

By summer of 2013, the brewery is expected to add 20 jobs to the area and will have an initial capacity of 750,000 gallons of beer. There are future plans for construction that would add to the brewery's capacity.

Hardman says the company has also been working on the development of many new styles of Moerlein craft beers that will be introduced next year.

The Christian Moerlein brewing facility also will join the Cincinnati Brewery Heritage Trail now being developed through the Over-the-Rhine Brewery District and Downtown. Tours are planned to begin in the fall of 2013.

Stops on the Brewery Heritage Trail will include original brewing sites, ice houses, bottling plants and homes of the great brewers of the 19th century. The trail will follow the original path that beer traveled in Cincinnati during the brewing stage in OTR to the transportation stage along the Ohio River.

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