I had the awesome opportunity of spending my lunch break inside of a forgotten (soon to be revitalized) Cincinnati landmark. If you have not heard about Grayscale Cincinnati and the amazing endevour that Scott Hand and Dominic Marino have taken on, you are seriously missing out on some amazing news and inspiration.
Dominic Marino and Scott Hand
Since I am a history nerd, I think it would only be prudent to start off with some historical information and pictures to get you in the mood. So what is the brewery history of this building? I found this information about the brewing history:
- Sehmeltzer circa 1829-18??
- Andrew Jackson Brewery (owned by Meinrad & Fridolin Kleiner) 1832-1855
- Kleiner Brothers (M. & F.). The Jackson Brewery (282 Hamilton Road) 1855-1873
- George Weber, Jackson Brewery 1873-1877
- George Weber, Jackson Brewery
- Addressed to 284 McMicken Avenue (Hamilton renamed) & Elm St 1877-1884
- George Weber Brewing Co. 1884-1887
- Jackson Brewing Co. 1887-1919
- Brewery operations shut down by National Prohibition in 1919-1933
- Squibb-Pattison Breweries, Inc. 1933-1934
- Aka: Old Jackson Brewery 1933-1934
- Jackson Brewing Corp. 1934-1942
- Closed in 1942 and has been various businesses since. Last used in the 1980’s
Grayscale will house a brewery bringing back what this amazing building was originally built to do. Brew beer! Apparently, it will primarily be gravity fed and your beer will literally come fresh from the bright (brite) tanks. Who will the brewmaster be? I’ll just say Cincinnati will not be disappointed.
The building many know as Metal Blast used to be home of the Jackson Brewery and is now home to Grayscale
A lot of brick restoration underway!
View from the taproom outside to where a possible deck will be built
Looking in from the taproom to the fermentation room. Amazing character. The fermentation room will be gravity fed from upstairs.
Fermentation room. The picture below from 1885 was taken in this room.
Third floor hole in the ceiling to the roof
This room will eventually be available for private parties. The view looks straight down Elm into Downtown. It is beautiful!
Scary! that is all…
Entrance to the lagering tunnels. There are two levels of tunnels underneath this building!
Stairs to the lower lagering tunnels
This is the old dumbwaiter
These are old barrel guides. They would roll the barrels of beer down these to be loaded into a cart. The barrels of beer would either be brought to the bottling plant or distributed to local taverns all the way down to the river and outskirts. To the left is an old archway that opened up to the Mcmicken streen level. Its very amazing. There are even sealed off rooms that have not been opened or accessed since the 1800’s.