Sweat dripped from his brow, down his nose, and onto his thoroughly saturated t-shirt. He wore dark denim jeans that were held snug under his round belly by a utility belt. Armed with a Maglite, janitor-esque key ring, backpack and boonie hat, our brewery history guide was ready to drop some knowledge. When he said “The City Opposite the Mouth of the Licking River” I was sure the 90+ degree weather and poor choice of attire had given him a stroke. Fortunately, he was only describing the origin of the city we call Cincinnati.
If I remember correctly, Cincinnati was originally named Losantiville by John Filson. Using four different languages this translates into The City Opposite The Mouth of the Licking River. Then another guy was like “you’re drunk John. We’re renaming the city Cincinnati because the Roman general Cincinnatus was way cool” And there you have it.
The Brewery District tour was pretty interesting and gave some insight as to why there were so many unique bars and breweries. These people love their beer!..and so do we : )
The real reason we were in Cincinnati was to visit my friend Brandon and his lovely girlfriend Jenn. Brandon and I were best friends as kids and hadn’t seen each other in 15+ years until the magic of facebook brought him out to D.C. a couple years ago. Once we decided to drive from D.C. to Argentina, adding Cincinnati to the destination list was a no-brainer. From the moment we arrived, they treated us like family…and I mean that in a good way for you dysfunctionals. Below is a small sample of the good times put on by our awesome Cincy ambassadors…
Vinoklet Winery – Wine, views, and you grill your own food. Love it.
Findlay Market in Over-The-Rhine (OTR) – An open air market with everything that is good. Music, BBQ, wine, beer, chocolate, beef jerkey, etc.
Wiseguy Lounge – Kentucky whisky bar serving great cocktails above a solid pizza joint.
Rhinegeist Brewery – A turn of the century bottling plant turned into a modern day brewery. Gotta see this one in person.
Taft Alehouse – This place pays attention to detail. The beer, the construction, and the tri-tip steak sandwiches! Hell, we even spent 20 minutes trying to get the recipe for their magic ketchup.
Family Dinner – Brandon’s mom put together an amazing dinner for the crew. Drinks, laughs, and some interesting dancing…good times were had.
Brandon and Jenn blew us away with their hospitality…these two are gems! On our last day they made us a huge breakfast with our first taste of goetta, and gave us the perfect “taste of Cincinnati” basket. Buckeyes, Cincy beer, Skyline Chili, etc. We will be back!
Josh n Jenna – love you guys! It was an absolute pleasure having you in Cincinnati! You are welcome back anytime! Hopefully we can do a South American visit in the near future! Be safe & enjoy the ride!
Thanks Brandon! We look forward to the S.A visit in the near future! 🙂
My hometown!! Findlay Market is the best – too bad you didn’t have space to load up at the German deli. Best homemade bratwurst ever. Glad you had an awesome time.
Looked like a cool place to visit…and drink beer!
Really glad you got to link up with Brandon and see his mom.
Well I don’t think you will go hungry on this trip all that food and drink looks awesome