Christian Moerlein Releasing Two Beers Brewed With Germany’s Maisel & Friends

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Collaboration beers commemorate each brewery’s German-American connection.

Cincinnati craft brewery Christian Moerlein is digging into its rich German history by collaborating with Bavarian brewery Maisel & Friends, creating two exciting new beers with the first to launch in late July.


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Christian Moerlein and Maisel & Friends are both pioneer brands of today’s craft beer movement. Christian Moerlein himself was a Bavarian immigrant who came to Cincinnati and established his brewery in 1853. The original Moerlein Brewery ceased operation in 1919 at the start of prohibition. In 1981, Christian Moerlein was brought back as one of the first craft beers sold commercially east of the Mississippi River and is the first American beer to pass the German Purity Law of 1516 known as the Reinheitsgebot, which states beer can be made only with hops, malt, yeast and water.

craft beer christian moerlein space wheat german collaboThe Maisel Brewery was founded in 1887 and Jeff Maisel runs the family company now in its fourth generation. Maisel is most famous in Germany and abroad for its Bavarian wheat beer specialties and Jeff Maisel was one of the first German brewers founding a craft beer brand with Maisel & Friends. Exceptionally creative and skilled, the brewers at Maisel impressively demonstrate what is possible to brew with just four basic ingredients: hops, malt, yeast and water. All beers are brewed according to the Reinheitsgebot.

On June 21, the Maisel & Friends brewmaster Marc Goebel and beer sommelier Michael Koenig will travel to Cincinnati to brew the first collaborative beer of the series, Spacetime. Spacetime will be a Hoppy Wheat Ale with a unique hop-forward twist to traditional German Weiss Beer. It uses German malts and American varietal hops that give a pineapple, pine, citrus and tropical aromas that are more kin to American IPA’s.

“We are excited to brew with Maisel & Friends and to offer these truly unique brews commemorating our German-American friendship and cultural connection,” said Greg Hardman, owner of Christian Moerlein Brewing Co..

Moerlein Spacetime will be available in limited quantities of 4-pack 16 oz. cans and draft beginning in late July. The name Spacetime comes from a mathematical model that combines space and time into a single interwoven continuum. The interwoven continuum legacy of Cincinnati Beer Baron Christian Moerlein is celebrated from 19th century beginning as a brewer in Germany to this 21st century craft collaboration brew from the Brewing Teams of Christian Moerlein Brewing Co. of Cincinnati, Ohio USA and Maisel & Friends of Bayreuth, Bavaria, Germany.


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Three opportunities to meet the brewers of Moerlein and Maisel

Maisel & Friends Welcome Reception and Keg Tapping — Wednesday, June 21st, 7 to 9PM

Featuring a zested lemon, lime orange Pacer Citra Pale Ale

Moerlein Lager House, 115 Joe Nuxhall Way, Cincinnati, Ohio

Bauer Farm Kitchen Beer Dinner — Thursday June 22nd , 6 to 9PM

A 4-Course elevated dinner paired with Christian Moerlein beer.

Bauer Farm Kitchen, 435 Elm Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202

Tickets can be purchased for $55

Moerlein & Friends Beer Tasting with the Maisel Brewers — Friday June 23rd 7-10PM (Free Admission)

  • Christian Moerlein Brewing Co. Malt House Taproom, 1621 Moore St., Cincinnati, OH
  • Beer tasting of Maisel & Friends and Moerlein beers.
  • Beer Hall Music with the Zinzinnati Bier Band;
  • Book release and signing of John Hauck, Cincinnati’s West End Beer Baron by author Don Tolzmann
  • Optional BBQ Buffet (with pulled pork, mac and cheese, cole slaw, collard greens, and corn bread for $15 plus tax); Tickets for the buffet can be purchased in advance.

To continue the collaboration, the Christian Moerlein brewing team will be heading to Bavaria, Germany to brew the second beer, Teleporter. Teleporter will be an Imperial Porter and it will be launched September 14th and 15th at the Maisel & Friends Craft Brewer Festival in Bayreuth, Germany.

About Christian Moerlein Brewing Company

The brewery established in 1853 by Christian Moerlein, a German immigrant that prospered as a world renowned master brewer was located in the Brewery District of Over-The-Rhine, Cincinnati, USA. Today Christian Moerlein Brewing Company brews a wide range of craft beers and was the first American beer to pass the German Purity Law of 1516 known as the Reinheitsgebot, which states only malt, hops, yeast and water can be used in the brewing of beer. Christian Moerlein is also one of the pioneer brands of today’s craft beer movement and first began selling “better beer”, a precursor of the craft category, in 1981 through the Hudepohl Brewing Company of Cincinnati. Since 2004, Christian Moerlein Brewing Co. has been owned by Gregory Hardman; a greater Cincinnati resident that has been credited with reviving Cincinnati’s grand brewing traditions and current craft beer movement. Christian Moerlein beer is brewed in Cincinnati at both the Moerlein Lager House and its craft beer production brewery in Cincinnati’s Over-the-Rhine Brewery District.

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