In its fourth year, the Beer Baron Ball has already become a fixture of the Cincinnati social scene. And for good reason: It's the marquee celebration of Cincinnati's rich brewing past, and all proceeds go to the continuing development of the Brewery District CURC's Brewing Heritage Trail.
I know that's a lot to unpack, and we'll get to it shortly, but first the all important details:
What: The Beer Baron Ball
Where: JACK Casino
When: Saturday, October 22 starting at 6 p.m.
Tickets: Tickets are $150 per person and $1,350 per table of ten. Tickets available for purchase here.
The Ball will feature an evening of dining, drinking, dancing, and delicious craft beer. A silent auction of original art work and beer-related experiences will take place during the Ball.
And a small word to the wise for those new to silent auctions: Bid first, drink second, and do NOT reverse those.
THE BREWING HERITAGE TRAIL
The Brewing Heritage Trail is the result of a Brewery District CURC initiative to highlight Cincinnati's preeminent brewing history. In the next year, the Brewery District will unveil the first segment of an eventual two-mile trail through Pendleton and Over-the-Rhine with bronze medallions imbedded in the sidewalks and industrial themed signage with photos and stories. The signage will complement the half dozen already installed public art projects interpreting our brewing heritage.
Still, the most exciting feature of the Trail figures to be the virtual element, i.e. smartphone apps. The first app is being launched by the Brewery District at the Beer Baron Ball. It will allow guests to engage with the trail through guided audio tours as well as augmented and virtual reality experiences. (So many delicious millennial buzzwords! But seriously, that sounds fantastic.)
By going to the Beer Baron Ball, you're supporting the development of these game-changing apps as well as the creation of physical structures throughout the Trail. But more (oh look, a soapbox) you'll be supporting a vision of Cincinnati that builds towards its future by honoring its past.
Isn't that a vision we can all get behind?
The Beer Baron Ball is served up by Samuel Adams and is presented by the Vontz Family Fund through the Greater Cincinnati Foundation. Other sponsors include Ultimate Air Shuttle, Business Courier, Christian Moerlein Brewing Company, Cincinnati Park Foundation, Dalton Roofing, Decal Impressions, Finit Solutions, Fox 19, Gameday Communications, Glaserworks, Government Strategies, Hixson Architecture Engineering Interiors, JACK Casino, Moerlein Lager House, TAMZ Construction, Woodburn Brewery, WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff/FRCH Design Worldwide, and AFCO.