Adventures of Gus and Kim: Moerlein Lager House - Cincinnati, Ohio


Gus and I love a good restaurant. If we can find one that has delicious food as well as great craft beer, we're there. If you throw in a great view - it's on our "favorites" list. Christian Moerlein Lager House in Cincinnati is one such place.

Photo of the outside of Moerlein Lager House in Cincinnati, Ohio
Moerlein Lager House, Cincinnati, OH (courtesy of moerleinlagerhouse.com)

The location? The Banks in downtown Cincinnati - right along the riverfront, next to Great American Ballpark, and overlooking Smale Riverfront Park. There is a convenient parking garage underneath The Banks with several exits so you can be near wherever you're headed. It's such a cool area to hang out, whether you're coming/going to a Reds game, Bengals game, a concert, or just looking for something to do.

tables and chairs inside Moerlein Lager House
inside the upper level of Moerlein Lager House

Now let's talk food...

warm pretzel sticks with beer cheese and spicy mustard on a plate
warm pretzels with beer cheese and spicy mustard

Gus and Buddy can't resist warm pretzels with beer cheese and spicy mustard! They gobbled them down in record time, so I think they could be considered a winner.

short ribs with tomato chutney, cheddar mashed potatoes, and green beans on a white plate
short ribs with cheddar mashed potatoes and green beans

My favorite dish is hands down the short ribs. If we go to a restaurant and they have short ribs on the menu, I pretty much just stop looking at everything else and get the ribs. The short ribs here are some of the best I've ever tasted. They're served with a barbarossa (one of their beers) demi-glace, cheddar mashed potatoes, green beans, and tomato chutney. Melt-in-your-mouth deliciousness!

pork shank with tomato chutney, cheddar mashed potatoes, and green beans on a white plate
pork shank with cheddar mashed potatoes and green beans

Gus likes the barbarossa-braised pork shank. Like the short ribs, it's served with a barbarossa demi-glace, smoked cheddar mashed potatoes, green beans, and tomato chutney. What's not to like?

pork belly with brussel sprouts and braised red cabbage on a white plate
pork belly with brussel sprouts and red cabbage

Buddy likes the hops-smoked pork belly served with balsamic brussel sprouts and braised red cabbage. Another excellent choice!

And of course, dessert...

crème brûlée in a white dish with whipped cream on top
crème brûlée

Gus loves their crème brûlée (it is tasty)...

blueberry cobbler topped with vanilla ice cream in a white ramekin
blueberry cobbler with ice cream

The last time I was there (Mother's Day), they had a blueberry cobbler that was divine. I think it was a seasonal dessert because I don't remember seeing it on the menu prior to then.

Naturally, you can't mention Christian Moerlein without talking about beer, right? When we visit breweries, usually a couple of us will like several of the brews, and the rest (usually Gus) will like one or two. But this is one of the breweries that has a lot of beer we all like.

eight 4 oz. glasses of different types of Christian Moerlein beer sitting on a table
beer flights

My favorites* (both were soooooo good!):
  • Barbarossa (lager/Munich dunkel - malt)
  • Strawberry Pig (cream ale)
  • Piggy Weiss (Hefeweizen - this is Strawberry Pig and Se7en mixed together)
Gus' favorites*:
  • Se7en (Hefewiezen - south-German-style wheat beer, banana, clove)
Buddy's favorites*:
  • Currant Trend (fruit beer collab with Against the Grain Brewery - fruity Kolsh with black currant)
  • Se7en
  • Emancipator (Doppelbock - malt, caramel)
  • The Great One (American IPA - denali hops, pine, citrus, pineapple, and mango)

I'm also going to mention a couple of other favorites. I didn't have them during this visit, but they're still worth a mention!

  • Plum Street Wheat (fruit beer) - fall seasonal 
  • '77 Winter (winter warmer) - love this one!


infographic showing a plate of shorts ribs and a flight of beer with the words "Adventures of Gus & Kim - where to eat/drink in Cincinnati, Ohio: Moerlein Lager House"

So if you're ever in the Cincinnati area and you're looking for great restaurant with an excellent beer selection (they have over 80 choices!) AND a great view, check out Moerlein Lager House!

Moerlein Lager House
115 Joe Nuxhall Way
Cincinnati, Ohio 45202
513-421-2337

Hours:
Monday - Thursday 11am - 12am
Friday and Saturday 11am - 1am
Sunday 11am - 11pm

*A note about our beer preferences:
Me: witbier, Hefeweizen, fruit beer, Berliner Weisse, Gose, blonde ale, white ale, non-coffee-flavored stouts, Kentucky common ale, ginger beer, some saisons, and some Scotch ales
Gus: witbier, Hefeweizen, blonde ale, red ale, Belgian tripel, Kentucky common ale
Buddy: IPA, fruit beer, Berliner Weisse, Gose, blonde ale, red ale, stouts (especially coffee-flavored), porter, Belgian tripel, Belgian quad, saison

Kim A.
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