When Hudepohl released a 2022 commemorative Hu-Dey beer six-pack this week to celebrate the Bengals run to the Super Bowl, people lost their collective minds.
The cans hark back to the 1982 and 1989 Hu-Dey beer cans, which themselves celebrated the Bengals' Super Bowl berth in those years. And Cincinnati Beverage Company, which has owned Hudepohl, Burger, Little Kings and Christian Moerlein since 2020, only produced a few thousand of this year's iteration.
The beer went on sale at 1 p.m. Feb. 7, with a line from the brewery dock at 1621 Moore St. spreading across Over-the-Rhine. Hudepohl sold out of its six-packs, with just a very small amount being allocated to bar and brewery partners. Moerlein Lager House is one of those partners.
The interest came as a surprise to everyone, including Hudepohl. And Greg Hardman, managing member of the Moerlein Lager House, says in a release, "It was a frenzy like I've never seen before and a tribute to our great football team."
Hardman and Moerlein Lager House have now made a plan, offering three ways for fans to snag some of the last Hu-Dey cans left. They will be releasing single cans, not six packs, from their limited allotment and including them in "fan packs" with the beer, a Hu-Dey shirt and an order of Moerlein pretzel buns and beer cheese.
"We’re never going to be able to please everyone, as demand is much greater than supply, but we wanted to give as many people as possible an opportunity to share in the experience," Hardman says.
To try to get a can, you can either:
- Head to the Moerlein Lager House for hourly raffles, drawn by the Ken Anderson Alliance and the Brewery District CURC. Drawings will take place on the hour 3-10 p.m. Feb. 10; 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Feb. 11; 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Feb. 12; and 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Feb. 13. Tickets are $5 for one and $20 for five. Proceeds will benefit the aforementioned nonprofits. You must be present to claim your prize.
- Fans can follow, like, share and tag the Moerlein Lager House at @MoerleinLagerHouse on Facebook and @MoerleinLH on Instagram and Twitter. Winners will be selected at random.
- An advance purchase link went live at moerleinlagerhouse.com, but those are now sold out.
The Moerlein Lager House is located at 115 Joe Nuxhall Way, The Banks. More info: moerleinlagerhouse.com.