Rhinegeist Brewery was born out of the rich local and cultural history of Cincinnati’s Over-the-Rhine (“OTR”) neighborhood — once the city’s brewing district. At the heart of OTR’s vibrant renewal, Rhinegeist resides in a 100,000 sq. ft. complex built in 1895 to house the Christian Moerlein Brewing Co. bottling plant. Their current space, in the complex’s west building, maintains many of the original features, including a stunning massive concrete roof structure over the tasting room and production space.
Creating a destination that strikes a balance between old and new is pivotal to our design strategy for the brewery's expansion throughout the complex - with a second production facility, event spaces, a new roof deck and offices.
In the east building we are restoring and making use of existing attributes—like exposed window openings between the brick and concrete buildings, and staff spaces open to the sawtooth factory roof above. In other areas we're instigating dramatic transformations—like opening the second floor of the east building to create a mezzanine and viewing platform over the new brewing tanks.
When complete, the south building’s third floor will house private events and part of the west building’s rooftop will be open to the public. Both spaces feature a custom 24’ wood and steel bar for event beverage service, as well as built-in seating and planters. A trellis structure atop the new 4,000 SF roof deck frames stellar views of the OTR, the city of Cincinnati, and beyond.