We strive to be a company not only respected for producing quality craft beer that competes at a national level but also a top employer and pillar of the community. We feel that our charitable involvements, giving back to our community, are part of the recipe for success. We're more than a brewery. We're MadTree.
From our humble beginnings in 1996—armed with only a few hundred dollars, a five-barrel Frankenstein wok-burner-fired brew kettle, repurposed open Swiss cheese fermenters (Hammond Squares) and an old Canfield’s Cola tank—”It’s Not Normal” ales and lagers were born.
Our name, Rhinegeist, translates to "Ghost of the Rhine" and refers to our place in the historic Over-the-Rhine Brewery District in Cincinnati. Built within the skeleton of the old Moerlein bottling plant ( 1895), we brew 20bbl batches of beer that sing with flavor.
The Christian Moerlein Brewing company was born in 1853, in Cincinnati's Over-The-Rhine neighborhood. Christian Moerlein- a Bavarian immigrant and blacksmith- loved brewing hearty, European beers, and his craftsmanship was rewarded with top honors wherever his beers were exhibited. Moerlein's beers were not only popular in Cincinnati, but they were commonly exported to Europe and South America.