Queen City Underground Tour in Over the Rhine
I was looking for some present ideas for my best friend for his birthday when I came across the American Legacy Tours on Groupon. First of all, for two tickets it was only $20. That’s a pretty amazing deal for a tour! Second of all, my best friend and I love Over the Rhine (OTR). So it was a win, win. His birthday and my birthday fall around the end of November so buying stuff for his birthday and Christmas can be kind of challenging financially, so I’m spacing it out and taking a friend’s advice and giving people “experience gifts” instead of physical ones.
When we arrived at the destination we had already purchased some coffee from our beloved Coffee Emporium where I was delighted to have a scrumptious pumpkin spice latte (I’m all about fall). The weather was glorious and I was excited to get my learn on. It’s amazing how many things you miss when you walk past the same buildings everyday (The gallery of photos to the right of this post is in order of the tour). The first picture I took was of a building where the majority of our politicians made the big decisions that still are apart of our lives today. I had no idea that building was even there. I have probably passed it a dozen times and didn’t even know it existed. Sure, it’s beaten down and a bit worse for wear, but it’s history.
I won’t go into detail about each historic landmark we visited but I will say that this tour was very educational for me. My favorite part was going to the John Kauffman Brewery, which was where the underground part came into play. I love old buildings and houses. Apparently the brewery was built underground in 1856 so that the beer could reach a 45 degree fermentation level that it needed. Of course, refrigeration wasn’t around then, so underground was the only way to go. It definitely interested me, and well I love beer.
I have loved OTR for about three years now. John (Jon?), our tour guide, made a point of saying how we’re very lucky that OTR is now a place of growth and has seemed to appear on the radar on other countries. It’s been a great place to go to and it’s sad to say that it wasn’t always that way. In 2009 OTR was named the most dangerous city in America. That’s something I can hardly fathom since I have lived in the NKY area my entire life. Cincinnati has always been a short car ride away, and was a place of fear for some. I was never encouraged to visit downtown because in all honesty, it wasn’t that safe and if you’re not a city kid, suburbans like me do not know how to equip themselves. Now Over the Rhine is selling out tours and the tour we went on was rated one of the Top Five Underground Tours in the U.S. by National Geographic. It’s hard to believe that in a few years time, Over the Rhine is no longer on the most dangerous cities list. I’m so happy to be in a city where we’re growing and trying to better ourselves.
Get your ticket here! I think I’m going to be going to the haunted tour here soon!
Posted on September 15, 2014, in Past Entries and tagged american legacy tour, beer, brewery, CIncinnati, Coffee Emporium, fall, gift, groupon, history, john kauffman, national geographic, NKY, OTR, Over-The-Rhine, queen city, queen city underground tour, tour, tour guide, tourist. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.