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Kauffman Brewery Lagering Tunnels
Prohibition Resistance Tour
Downtown, Cincinnati, Ohio

Located deep under the Cincinnati's Over-The-Rhine district, 140 years ago these lagering tunnels were used for storing and cooling beer, but after the tunnels became obsolete with the invention of artificial refrigeration they became a dumping ground. This massive pile of dirt/garbage reaches to the ceiling and spills into two adjoining tunnels.

Two Sundays ago I got the pleasure of getting to go on what I consider the coolest thing you can do in Cincinnati, the Bockfest Brewery Tour aka Prohibition Resistance Tour. The tour takes you deep into Cincinnati’s rich brewing history both verbally and physically as you hear of how the city at one time was the country’s leading producer of beer and you walk though lagering tunnels that had been long forgotten for a century. What are lagering tunnels? They are tunnels constructed deep under ground or into hillsides that were used refrigerate and store beer after it was manufactured. The arched tunnels were constructed of fieldstone during the mid to late 1800’s and hanging from the ceiling were pipes that cold water flowed through to keep the beer cold. Over the years many of the tunnels were sealed off or used as a dump and then forgotten. It is unknown how many of these still exist in Cincinnati, but at one time there were nearly 100 breweries.

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