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Over-the-Rhine:: When Beer Was King (American Palate) Paperback – September 17, 2010
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Based mostly on primary sources, Morgan tells the story of how German immigrants settled in this enclave north of the Miami and Erie Canal (the "Rhine") in the 1840s and 1850s. They brought a gift which we cherish still to this day: lager beer. Many brewers grew wealthy and built brewhouses that were Romanesque Revival palaces. OTR flourished with thousands of beer gardens, saloons, and entertainment venues.
However, there were nativist forces at work to undermine German society and its beer-soaked culture. Morgan writes, "Before gay marriage, abortion rights, civil rights or the Vietnam War, beer became the focal point of a much broader social debate." That was temperance, the social reform movement that gave us Prohibition.
Prohibition devastated Cincinnati's rich brewing tradition. A handful of breweries reopened after 1933, but the industry - and OTR - never recovered. The last brewery closed in the 1950s; the local brewers found they couldn't compete with the emerging national brands. There are today only two active breweries in OTR: the Schoenling Brewery, where the Boston Beer Company makes Sam Adams, and the Christian Moerlein Brewing Company, which in 2010 took over the former Kauffman Brewery (a building that was, even more recently, the Husman Potato Chip Factory).Read more ›
This book is mostly about the history of OTR. It talks about the German heritage of the neighborhood.
This book discusses the living conditions of OTR.
Most of the book is about all of the politics and laws back in the day.
If you want to learn about the history of OTR, this is the book for you. If you want to learn about the old breweries, then this is not the book for you.
I highly recommend anyone interested in Cincinnati, German-American Heritage, Prohibition, or cultural biggotry and predjudice to read this book. There are many themes that help even see today's news headlines and culture wars in a new light.
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Much better than I expected, a great history of beer, Cincinnati, and Germany in the 1800'sPublished 3 months ago by John A. Frank
Not so much a detailed history of individual breweries in Cincinnati as a history of the beer history of Cincinnati and the people and neighborhoods that made Cincinnati a... Read morePublished on May 31, 2014 by Terry R. Hall
Perfect condition and it made a great gift! The recipient was so excited to receive it, as he works in the beer industry over the Rhine. Read morePublished on December 2, 2013 by Heather D.
This was well written and documented. I read the book after taking a tour of Over the Rhine, the breweries, tunnels and caverns. My only complaint is that Mr. Read morePublished on October 23, 2013 by ZSK
Well edited and it tells an interesting story, but the author's politics bleed through a couple of times too many for my tastes. Read morePublished on August 13, 2013 by Troy Brumley
This was easily one of the better written local history books I've read. So many of them are badly written - simple sentences seem beyond them. Read morePublished on April 3, 2013 by Howard McEwen
I appreciate the level of detail the author provided in the text. My only complaint is his efforts to push his own political agenda comparing the anti-German sentiment to Sarah... Read morePublished on March 11, 2013 by Historybuff
I thought something else when I purchased this book. I did not know how much political involvement was involved in making beer. Read morePublished on October 23, 2012 by Katrina Fetherolf
For anyone who wonders why or how Cincinnati grew into the what it is today I would highly recommend this book. Read morePublished on September 25, 2011 by Karl Kramer