Brewery District Community Urban Redevelopment Corporation
Steven Hampton, Executive Director
Frank Foster, Tour Manager
(please use email to ask questions prior to calling, due to volume of inquiries)
(PLEASE NOTE NO TOURS START AT THIS LOCATION, SEE HERE FOR START LOCATIONS)
1619 Moore Street
Cincinnati, Ohio 45202
Volunteers are critical to the success of our events and tours. If you are interested in being a tour guide or volunteering in other ways please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also sign up for our email list or Facebook page to find out the latest opportunities to get involved in the resurgence of the Brewery District.
Tickets are non-refundable with less than 48 hours notice (via phone or email) prior to the tour/event starting. Tickets may be substituted for future credit or a different tour at the discretion of management. Tickets purchased through a discount site like Living Social or Groupon are also bound by the details of those deals.
Once your transaction is complete, your emailed ticket will serve as your record of purchase. Please print and bring with you to the tour. No physical tickets are sent out.
Purchasing a gift certificate will give you a code to redeem for a tour at your choosing. Please note purchasing a Gift Certificate does not guarantee availability on any specific date and time. Gift Certificates must be redeemed online. Gift Certificates do not expire.
Tours involve walking outside about 8 blocks, include up and down steep stairs. Comfortable shoes (no open toes or heels) and clothing is recommended. Participants will be required to sign waivers prior to beginning the tour. Photography is allowed, however we ask you be respectful of other participants. Tours are not recommended for young children (under 18 requires parental approval). Tours will run rain or shine. No alcohol is allowed on the tour.
Entering an email address while purchasing tickets will enter you on our email list. We do not sell or share this list or any other contact information with any other organizations or businesses. You may unsubscribe from these emails at any time.
Residents and business owners formed the Brewery District in 2003. In 2005, the Brewery District Community Urban Redevelopment Corporation (BDCURC) became a 501(c)3 non-profit to assist furthering the group’s mission: make the Brewery District a healthy, balanced and supportive neighborhood economy by preserving, restoring and redeveloping our unique brewing history and historic urban fabric.
The BDCURC’s efforts have taken multiple avenues. For most of the last decade, they have helped carry on the annual Bockfest festival, a neighborhood celebration of beer and history. For six years, they have operated the popular Biergarten at Findlay Market. In 2006, they started the first large scale heritage tours of Over-the-Rhine, taking thousands of visitors a year through the streets, historic buildings, and underground brewery spaces of the neighborhood.
The BDURC also has a serious side. It led an unprecedented neighborhood-driven review of zoning regulations. This produced Urban Mix zoning, Cincinnati’s first use of zoning to encourage redevelopment of the city’s historic building stock in ways that are consistent with its original mixed-use construction and function. In 2006, the BDCURC drafted a Master Plan for its broad vision for the redevelopment of the district. This guided the group to 2011 while they grew their volunteer base and developed their organization, becoming a leader in preserving and promoting Cincinnati’s brewing heritage.
In early 2011, the BDCURC revised this Master Plan. The professionally driven process sought targeted input from key stakeholders, and people with expertise in a wide range of fields. The BDCURC gathered ideas openly and vetted those ideas rigorously. The resulting plan and its Initiatives are based on those ideas, what is known about the neighborhood, and what is known about proven, successful urban planning practices.
The City of Cincinnati had demonstrated its approval for this work by making the Brewery District Master Plan an official city planning document, and by City Council passing a motion that formally entrusts the BDCURC to lead development of the Cincinnati Brewing Heritage Trail. We continue to work to implement the initiatives of the Master Plan to repopulate the Brewery District with residents, businesses, and visitors like you. You can found out more about the Brewery District at our website.
All proceeds from tours stay in the neighborhood and go directly to preserving the historic brewery buildings you visit as well as supporting our mission.
Thank you for your support.