Saturdays Suds: Baseball & Beer #46 – Moerlein Christkindl Winter Warmer Ale

11 01 2014

Again, like all of these Moerlein products but the first few, I’m reaching on this “beer with the baseball” connection.  It’s the brewery that has the connection, not necessarily this specific beer.  I’ve tried Moerlein Barbarossa and Moerlein OTR previously, but this was the Christmas ale I had this year.

Moerlein Christkindl 6 pack

Christian Moerlein has a brewpub in downtown Cincinnati.  It’s in the area in between Great American Ballpark and Paul Brown Stadium.  Five years ago there was basically nothing there.  Today it’s a great place to visit to hang out before a football or baseball game.

I tried this particular beer over Christmas when I was back at my folks’ house.  I got sent out to get beer for the Christmas Eve meal, and this was one of 4 brews I brought back from Kroger.   I still haven’t gotten to the Moerlein Lager House, but hopefully in 2014 I will do so before a Reds game!

Brewery: Christian Moerlein Brewing Company in Cincinnati, OH

Beer:  Moerlein Christkindl Winter Warmer Ale

Description:  Here’s how the Moerlein website and the label on the bottles describe the beer:

“You’ve discovered Moerlein Christkindl – a Winter Warmer inspired by the German spirit of Holiday gift-giving.  Unwrap this large malt-bodied ale with the essence of chocolate sweetness.  The balanced hop finish creates a suble spice flavor sure to excite your taste buds and bring you that cozy, warm feeling for those crisp wintry nights.  Share the warmth and enjoy the perfect brew for the season with the gift of Moerlein Chriskindl Winter Ale.”

It pours a dark chocolate color – and is a very good beer.  This is a classic winter beer or Christmas ale, this would not be your typical summer baseball beer!  But it’s got a nice taste of malty nuttiness along with the chocolate and spice – but it’s not bitter and is a good beer like most of the Moerlein family.

Medium:  I bought a 6-pack of 12 ounce bottles.  You can get 6-packs all over Cincinnati and find it on tap at the Moerlein Lager House.

How it’s related to baseball:

The story behind the Christian Moerlein Brewery and the Cincinnati local beers is pretty interesting.  The brewery traces its roots back to 1853 in Cincinnati, when the founder created the brewery in his name.  The company was the largest brewery in Cincinnati shortly after founded, but it went out of business when prohibition came into effect.

Fast forward a half-century to the early 1980’s, when Hudepohl reintroduced a brand of Moerlein beer.  But Hudepohl eventually went out of business itself, so fast forward again about 20 years.  A local Cincinnati resident purchased the brand and many other Cincinnati beer brands.  He used Moerlein as his flagship brand and company name, and seems to have done very well – from a financial success standpoint and from a brewing standpoint!

How does baseball come in?  Well, there are a number of other beers that had ads at Crosley Field and are now under the Moerlein umbrella.  For this beer, the aforementioned lager house in the Banks project in downtown Cincinnati is the only connection I know of.  The brewpub – between Great American Ballpark and Paul Brown Stadium – opened in 2012 and serve this beer and quite a few other Cincinnati classics.  So you can certainly hit the lager house up before or after a Reds (or Bengals) game.  I can’t tell you how cool this is as someone who grew up in Cincinnati.  Even 10 years ago there really wasn’t any option near GABP or near Riverfront Stadium before it.  Some good options came up when I was in college across the Ohio River – but now there are some good options right next door.




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1 08 2014
Saturdays Suds: Pubs near the Park #5 – Moerlein Lager House | Lifetime Topps project

[…] could find at the lager house (depending on the season): Moerlein Barbarossa, Moerlein OTR Ale, Moerlein Christkindl, Hudy Delight, Hudepohl Classic Porter, Hudepohl 14-K, Burger […]

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