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Trying Something New – Lodge Celebrates Cincinnati’s Rich Brewing History

On March 6, Cincinnati-Lafayette Lodge No. 483 held their annual inspection in the Master Mason Degree at Rhinegeist Brewery, in the historic Over-the-Rhine Brewery District of downtown Cincinnati. This iconic location was built in 1895, and was the original home of the Christian Moerlein bottling plant.

Prior to the Degree, dinner was served in their beautifully renovated event hall, with the Degree itself being held in a former bottling warehouse. Much effort and planning by the Lodge transformed the industrial room into a beautiful Lodge setting.

After the closing of the Lodge, Worshipful Master Cameron A. Shandersky invited his more than 100 friends to join him for “Harmony” (a term he learned from his Black Watch Brethren while on a Masonic trip to Scotland) back in the event hall. The Brethren of Cincinnati-Lafayette were honored to host Douglas N. Kaylor, Grand Master of Ohio, and P. Todd Jones, Grand Master of Kentucky, as well as several of their Grand Lodge Officers.

Brethren traveled from as far as Toledo to enjoy this momentous event. Worshipful Master Shandersky was quoted, “I will say, personally, the greatest satisfaction of the entire night was the opportunity for comradeship we were able to foster. Smiles and enthusiastic conversation were everywhere...ON A MONDAY NIGHT!”

In the days following the event, e-mails and Facebook posts exploded with congratulations and excitement from those in attendance. Worshipful Master Shandersky also shared that the motivation for such an undertaking was to inspire young Worshipful Masters to try something new, while remaining true to and respectful of our time-honored traditions.

Note: Though held in an historic brewery, alcohol was not consumed prior to or during the Lodge’s inspection.

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