Originally posted by Wallyum
Originally posted by mabk34
Originally posted by Wallyum
Originally posted by Tristan Indiana
Is Christian Moerlein still available? My understanding was that they went bankrupt, that they had product but it was held due to finanicial litigation. But I have heard commercials recently on 700 for CM.
Yes, Christian Moerlein is back. We saw it for sale at the Florence Sam's on Saturday when we weren't digging out from the 8 inches of snow we failed to get. It had a website on the bottom of the carton and it said it was brewed by the Christian Moerlein Brewing Company. I couldn't get the website to work, so I guess I missed a small detail.
Here's a link to an Enquirer story about Moerlein: http://www.enquirer.com/editions/2004/04/01/biz_moerlein01.html
I've seen it at Kroger, but haven't tasted the "new" stuff.
I've had several occasions to try Christian Moerlein since its return, and it seems to be Samuel Adams product relabeled for the Cincinnati market. That's not a bad thing. It's excellent beer and who doesn't like seeing a little local history preserved, even if it is in name only.
Here's an interesting story:
When Hudepohl reintroduced the Moerlein brand in the 1980s (1970s?), a friend of mine did the creative work for the ad campaign, so most of us who knew him drank a lot of free Moerlein. As a joke, my mom bought me three old original stoneware Moerlein bottles (two pints, one quart) on an antique shop expedition with her mother in Illinois. Great gift, nice to have, and after Mom died, looking at the bottles brought back very fond memories of her sense of humor.
Cut to a few years ago. The Cincinnati Art Museum opened the Cincinnati Wing, a terrific exhibit on the city's rich and varied art history. Our family loved it, but when my son, Ian, and I were ooohing and aaahing over the Rookwood Pottery exhibit, my wife, Vickie, tugged on my sleeve and said, "C'mere a minute."
On the other side of the Rookwood room was an exhibit of more "utilitarian" pottery, stuff people would use in everyday life--including the twin of one of my pint Moerlein bottles. The provenance card said it was on loan from the Cincinnati Historical Society.
We went home, talked it over, and decided to offer the Art Museum two of the bottles. So we contacted the appropriate curator, and lo and behold, they were due to return the one on display to the Historical Society very soon. They were delighted with our offer.
So now, in the Cincinnati Wing, there are two Moerlein bottles from the 1880s, one pint and one quart. And the provenance card identifies them as a gift of Jack, Vickie, and Ian McKee in memory of my mother, Darlene M. McKee. Mom's reaction would be in character: "They put the name of a dumb li'l ol' country girl with an 8th grade education in the Art Museum