CINCINNATI -- Not many places in Cincinnati are large enough to hold a nearly 50-foot dinosaur.
Rhinegeist's taproom is one of them.
You can get a preview of the rare Galeamopus specimen -- its first time on public display -- from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday when Rhinegeist hosts Jurassic Geist. The event benefits the Cincinnati Museum Center, where the skeleton will be the centerpiece of a new dinosaur gallery opening in November.
Rhinegeist even brewed a special Belgian-style golden ale for the event: It's called Brittlebrain, and it clocks in at 8.6 percent ABV. Jurassic Geist is free and open to the public. Shirts, pint glasses and more will be available for purchase, and a portion of Brittlebrain and merchandise sales will benefit the Museum Center.
Dr. Glenn Storrs led a team that unearthed the Galeamopus fossil in Montana between 2000 and 2004. It's one a very few known specimens and is the most complete, with almost 85 percent of its original bones preserved. Galeamopus was an herbivorous -- plant-eating -- sauropod that roamed the Earth 150 million years ago.
Elizabeth Pierce, Museum Center president and CEO, said everyone is anxious to get back to their home at Union Terminal after a yearslong construction project to fix the structure's deteriorating shell.
"It's really fun to be able to show off just a taste of what is about to happen inside Union Terminal over the next several years," she said.
At Tuesday's Jurassic Geist event, guests can enter a raffle for prizes like a Museum Center membership, special exhibition tickets, Cincinnati Heritage Program tours, Brittlebrain merchandise and more. People can also pick the brains of the Museum Center's two paleontologists, participate in programs to learn more about how dinosaurs ate, walked and lived.
For more information visit cincymuseum.org/Jurassic-geist.