Tastings and Tappings Report: March 3, 2017

Don’t forget to check out our This Week in Beer post from Monday for other better beer events happening this weekend.

SPECIAL EVENTS

Bockfest – Friday, March 3rd-Sunday, March 5th. More information available at their web site. The Bock bier lineup and tapping schedule are available on their Facebook event page.

TASTINGS, TOURS and DINNERS

Coppin’s at Hotel Covington – Sunday Supper with Rhinegeist Sunday at 7:00 pm. “$35 per person gets you 4 courses of food paired with beer, plus a special welcome beer. There will be special guests from Rhinegeist, as well as Chef Brendan Haren. Call 859.905.6800 now to reserve your seat, space is limited.”

Jungle Jim’s – Friday night tasting from 5:00 to 9:00 pm at both locations. Pints are usually $3. This week, they are pouring beers from Blank Slate at Fairfield and from Ballast Point at Eastgate.

Party Town – For Friday Night Flights this week from 5:30-7:00 pm, they’re pouring from Great Flood Brewing. The beers include Black Sunday Milk Stout, Irish Hill Red, ’37 Porter, Cinnamon Toasted Brown, Defiant Double IPA and Barrel Aged ’37 Imperial Porter. It’s $2.00 for the regular sample flights. Only adults age 21 or more are admitted for Friday Night Flights. Limit of one sample per person. No shopping carts in the back room please.

TAPPINGS, PINT NIGHTS and RELEASES

BC’s Bottle Lodge – BC’s First Anniversary Saturday from 11:00 am to midnight. Beer list includes BA Narwhal (Sierra Nevada), BA Bigfoot (Sierra Nevada), BA Java Man Cometh (Dayton BC), Hop Juju (Fat Head’s), Noble Cuvee Dry Hop Saison (Blackberry Farms), Gentleman Caller (Urban Family), BA Ten Fidy (Oskar Blues), BA Vanilla/Cinnamon Chickow (Listermann Brewing), Hammer Session (The Woodburn Brewery), Maple BA Abominator (Warped Wing), BA Coffee/Vanilla Dark, Apparition (Jackie O’s), Yellow Belly (Omnipollo/Buxton), Mango Wit (Homestead Beer), Coffee/Cayenne Axis Mundi (Madtree Brewing), Coconut Panther (Rhinegeist Brewery), Quad Pro Quo (Fifty West Brewing), BBA Old Rasputin (North Coast Brewing), Vietnamese Speedway (Alesmith Brewing), Mokasida Speedway (Alesmith Brewing), BA Bison (Homestead Beer), Snakes in a Barrel (West Sixth), How Do You Like Them Apples (Moonlight Meadery), Juicy Truth (Rhinegeist Brewery), and The Gadget (Urban Artifact).

Braxton Brewing – Haven Can Release Friday at 5:00 pm.

Cappy’s Wine and Spirits – Local Friday featuring MadTree at 5:00 pm. They’ll have Citra High and MadTree’s Experimental Pale Ale on tap.

Dickmann’s Sports Cafe – Narragansett KY Launch Friday at 4:00 pm.

Ei8ht Ball Brewing – Mini Amelia Beerhart Saturday from noon to 11:00 pm. From Facebook: “Since we’re getting close to our closing date- we’re getting a little sentimental about our favorite events over the past 3 years. One of the events that we are most proud of is Amelia Beerhart, an event we hosted in 2016 which celebrated women in the craft beer industry. All day March 4th we will be jamming to the Girl Power radio station, watching strong women in film and givin’ it up for the ladies in the house! Think of it like ladies night but with free stickers, Ei8ht Ball swag and raffles!”

Have a better beer weekend, everyone!

— Carla and Tom

Hoperatives: Tastings and Tappings Report

Bockfest 2015 Schedule

All of this information came from Bockfest.com. We just combined the information there into one hour-by-hour schedule of the beer related events. Unless otherwise indicated, all Bockfest 2015 events are free and open to the public (no cover). Don’t forget the free Bockfest shuttle is available all weekend (See map).

For the first time, Bockfest 2015 is offering a variety of special packages this year. There is one for the beer lover, the food lover and the history lover plus the Bockfest Experience and the Bockfest Booster Pass. Be sure to check them out at Bockfest.com.

Friday, March 6th

3:00-4:00 pm – 1/2 off all drafts at The Lackman
3:00-6:00 pm – Arnold’s Pre Parade Party
3:00-6:00 pm – Happy Hour at Taqueria Mercado with $5 Bock beer liters and $5 goat soup
4:00-8:00 pm – Happy Hour at The Famous Neons Unplugged
4:00 pm – Specials at Japps – $6 MadTree Bock, $4 Hudy Bock, $7 Wiestenphaner Bock
5:00 pm – Bockfest Hall opens
– Special Bockfest menu with Avril Bleh Bockwurst and tours of the Malt Ovens below the restaurant at Washington Platform
5:00-9:00 pm – Fish Fry at Old Saint Mary’s
6:00 pm – Bockfest parade steps off from Arnold’s
7:00 pm (approximately) – Bockfest Parade ends.
— The Blessing of the Bock with the St Francis friars & Jake Speed
1:00 am – Bockfest Hall Closes

Saturday, March 7th

8:30 am – Bockfest Hall Opens
10:00 am – 3rd Annual Bockfest 5K – Go to http://www.flyingpigmarathon.com/beer-series/index.shtml for more information
11:00 am-3:00 pm – #GoatRodeo at Halfcut – Described as “a team-based bar crawl and scavenger hunt designed to celebrate Over-the-Rhine and spread Bockfest cheer.” Be sure to register your team in advance.
11:00 am-5:00 pm – Bockfest Heritage Series at The Woodward Theater
12:00 pm – Afternoon history lunches at Washington Platform (includes a presentation, 3-course lunch, and a tour of the sub-basement malting cellars under Washington Platform-only open to the public during Bockfest for $35 – Buy your tickets in advance through this link.)
1:00-6:00 pm – The Bock Beer Experience: Brewers Summit & Tasting – See our earlier post for more information.
3:00-6:00 pm – Happy Hour at Taqueria Mercado with $5 Bock beer liters and $5 goat soup
6:00 pm – Listermann’s Bourbon Barrel Friar Bacon Smoked Bock tapping at Arnold’s
7:30-9:00 pm – Sausage Queen Competition Finals at Bockfest Hall
1:00 am – Bockfest Hall Closes

Sunday, March 8th

10:00 am – Bockfest Hall Opens
11:00 am – Annual Cincinnati Bockfest Mass at Old Saint Mary’s Church
11:00 am – 4:00 pm – “The Bockfest Tent Revival” at Arnold’s presented by The Good People Music Festival
12:00–3:00PM – Bockfest Brunch at Washington Platform with the Cincinnati Dancing Pigs.
12:00-2:00 pm – Continental Bockfeast – “A special dinner only available Sunday in Bockfest Hall, including ½ fresh rotisserie roasted Amish chicken from Revolution Rotisserie, sausage sampler from Queen City Sausage, potato-caramelized onion pierogies from Babushka Pierogies, German-American Potato salad and Hot Bacon Sauerkraut Slaw from Grandma Debbie’s, and a Servatii dessert.” Tickets are pre-sale only. Go to Bockfest.com to buy them.
1:30 – 7:00 pm – Continental Sunday, including live music, dancers and performances at Bockfest Hall
7:00 pm – Bockfest Hall Closes

Bockfest 2015

Bockfest Participating Venues
All of these locations have special beers, food and/or events for Bockfest weekend.

Arnold’s Bar and Grill
Cafe Martin (Garfield Suites) – “Bockfest breakfast, lunch and dinner specials and bock beer all weekend long.”
Christian Moerlein Malthouse Tap Room
Cincy by the Slice -Tapping 6 bock beers
The Drinkery
Goodfellas Pizzeria – “Offering a fully array of bock beer.”
Halfcut – “Multiple bocks on draft”
Japps Since 1879 – “Specials $6 MadTree Bock, $4 Hudy Bock, $7 Wiestenphaner Bock.”
The Lackman – “Wide selection of bocks among one of the city’s best selections of craft brews.”
Liberty’s Bar & Bottle
Lucy Blue Pizza – Bock beer on draft.
Milton’s Prospect Hill Tavern – “Bock beers on tap. Surly owner. Friendly regulars. Unpretentious, hipster-free environment. Indoor plumbing. Free bus tours by Claude.”
MOTR Pub
Mr. Pitiful’s – “Plenty of bocks on tap”
The Famous Neons Unplugged
rhinehaus – “Great selection of bock beers on tap”
Tacqueria Mercado
Taste of Belgium
Washington Platform – Special Bockfest menu with Avril Bleh Bockwurst & tours of the Malt Ovens below the restaurant
The Woodward Theater

A Love Letter to Bockfest

Bockfest 2015Bockfest is the best weekend of the year for Cincinnati to celebrate itself. There are other great events in town, to be sure, but it’s impossible to name another like Bockfest. It blends the city’s unique heritage, its sense of fun and, most importantly, what it’s becoming. It’s held to celebrate a seasonal style of beer, but it’s been nurtured by its organizers to become one of the best urban festival weekends in the country that no one outside the region knows about.

It’s been well-covered elsewhere that longtime “Bockfest Czar” Mike Morgan is stepping down after this year, He has guided the event from near-oblivion to what it is today.  And one time he helped guide the parade through a blizzard. A decade of playing ringmaster to a 15-ring, sometimes inebriated, circus is enough for anyone, so his decision to hang up his porkpie is perfectly understandable. There’s precedent.  A pope stepped down, after all. “Czar Emeritus” has a ring to it, doesn’t it? Brewery District Executive Director Steve Hampton is poised to take the reins as Czar, so the transition should be smooth.

The parade is a true spectacle. The way it’s been embraced by the community is something truly special. There’s a good argument that the Opening Day Parade is even more embedded in the city’s DNA,  but the Bockfest Parade is a People’s Parade. Fake monks.  Real monks.  Fake goats.  Real goats. A motorized bathtub. What else could you possibly require in a parade? It steps off from Arnold’s at 6pm on Friday and makes its way up Main Street, crossing Liberty and eventually finding its way to Bockfest Hall, adjacent to the Christian Moerlein brewery and Malt House taproom.

There are practical reasons the parade starts at Arnold’s and ends near Christian Moerlein, but there’s a symbolism there as well. No one in the city is more responsible for the survival of Bockfest than Arnold’s owner Ronda Breeden. If Mike Morgan has been the czar, Ronda is the Queen Mother (because no one puts the Sausage Queen in the corner). On the other end of the route you have Christian Moerlein owner Greg Hardman.  Bockfest started as a promotional effort of the Hudepohl-Shoenling Brewing Company to help promote its then-new Christian Moerlein line of beers, especially its Bock. Barrelhouse Brewing took over the reins for a few years when the venerable Hudy brands wandered in the wilderness, but Bockfest gained an enthusiastic ally the day Greg brought the Moerlein name back under local ownership and made it his flagship.  His efforts have led to a place for Bockfest Hall to call home from year-to-year, a development that has helped solidify the event in the civic consciousness. Call him the Bockfest Grand Master. What about longtime Sausage Queen emcee (and Milton’s Prospect Hill Tavern owner) Kevin Feldman?  What royal court would be complete without a Jester?

The number of events and venues have grown so much in the last decade. There was a time the Prohibition Resistance Tours didn’t exist. When there were just a handful of venues (as opposed to the twenty there are this year). Heck, there was a time when you had to explain what a Sausage Queen was.  OK, so you still have to explain that, but that’s what makes Bockfest … Bockfest. This year there will fun (and even informative) programs Saturday afternoon at both the newly-restored Woodward Theater and at Bockfest Hall itself.  There will be the first Cincinnati Superfowl (the finals of the Christian Moerlein Fowling League). And, of course, the Sausage Queen Finals.  Sunday sees the rebirth of “Continental Sundays,” a tradition going back to the days when beer legally couldn’t be sold on Sundays (but was anyway).

Hovering over the entire event — like Gambrinus overseeing his happy subjects —  is Bock beer. It may be the ultimate seasonal style. It’s why good German monks didn’t give up beer for Lent. They gave up eating pretty much everything else and lived on Bock. Bock beer.  It’s not the reason for the season, but it’s a pretty good #2. So tomorrow we’ll make our way to Arnold’s and Bockfest Hall and spend the weekend at Cincinnati’s own festival. It looks like good weather this year.  Come out and join us.

Beer Trivia and More Saturday Afternoon at Bockfest

Good news! If you missed our beer trivia during Cincinnati Beer Week, you have another chance AND it’s part of a great new event at Bockfest this year. Join brewers and representatives from Bad Tom Smith, Blank Slate, Christian Moerlein, Ei8ht Ball, Fifty West, Hudepohl, Listermann, MadTree, Rhinegeist, Rivertown, Schoenling, Triple Digit and Wiedemann plus beer bloggers like Jesse Folk from WCPO and us for the first ever Bockfest Bock Beer Experience / Bock Beer Tasting on Saturday, March 7th from 1:00-6:00 pm.

Saturday, March 7th

1 – 2:00pm
Opening of event – casual socializing

2:00 – 2:45pm – Panel 1
(Blank Slate, Cellar Dweller, Ei8ht Ball, MadTree, Listermann/Triple Digit, Fifty West)
• Introduction of guests
• General discussion amongst panel participants
o Questions/debate items/beer stories • Audience Q/A

2:45 – 3:00pm
BEER BREAK

3:00 – 3:45pm – Panel 2
(Bad Tom Smith, Christian Moerlein/Hudepohl, Rhinegeist, Rivertown, Wiedemann)
• Introduction of guests
• General discussion amongst panel participants
o Questions/debate items/beer stories • Audience Q/A

3:45 – 4:00pm
BEER BREAK

4:00 – 4:45pm
Beer Trivia with audience – Hosted by Carla and Tom from Hoperatives

4:45 – 5:00pm
BEER BREAK

5:00 – 5:30pm
Bockfest 2015 Homebrew winner announcement — Bloatarian Brewing League

The event is free to attend, individual 3oz drink tickets are $2 and it’s $25 for 15 3oz tickets and that includes a Bockfest pint glass. Tickets are now available at: http://www.bockfest.com/bock-beer-tasting/

Hope to see many of you there!

Bockfest 2015

This Week in Beer: Feb. 23 – Mar. 1, 2015

We frequently get updates for our This Week in Beer post after our regular 9:00 am publishing time. Any edited listing will have UPDATE at the beginning of the listing. Check out our new Better Beer Happy Hours, Etc. page for regularly scheduled specials on better beer.

Monday, Feb. 23rd – Mug Night Monday at Flipdaddy’s Union

Monday, Feb. 23rd – 1/3 off craft beer bottles at Moerlein Lager House

Monday, Feb. 23rd – Randall Monday at the Brass Tap U Square

Monday, Feb. 23rd at 5:00 pm – Rare Keg Monday at Ei8ht Ball Brewing
Postponed from last Monday – “How it will work… Showing up before 4pm does not guarantee anyone a pour of Cantillon Classic Gueuze. A line will start at Danny Gold’s desk at 4pm just outside of the tap room, and tickets will be handed out. This keg is 20 liters, and we are only handing out 80 tickets. We will be using special glassware for this beer (6oz Tulip). A smaller glass will help us insure more of this beer to more fans of Cantillon. The cost will be $7. After we hand out the first 40 tickets, those 40 will start a line 1-20 on the right side of the bar, and 21-40 on the left side of the bar. After the first 40 patrons are served, we move into the next round of 40. There is a strict limit of one glass per person. If less than 80 customers show up for a glass of Cantillon, the Ei8ht Ball team reserves the right to make a decision on if a second glass per customer will be offered.”

Monday, Feb. 23rd from 6:00 to 7:00 pm – Craft Your Own Mix at Firehouse Grill
Postponed from last Monday – Samuel Adams Stout on Nitro to mix with your favorite craft beer. Angry Orchard also goes well with this stout if you like snakebites.

Monday, Feb. 23rd at 7:00 pm – Artists and Beer at Arnold’s
Postponed from last Monday – Tapping a cask conditioned, heavy hopped version of Warped Wing’s Hop Smuggler. Artist: Tom Post

Monday, Feb. 23rd at 7:00 pm – Rogue Beer Tasting & Dinner at BJ’s Restaurant and Brew House Tri-County Mall
Eight beers (six from Rogue and two from BJ’s), four courses for $30 for prepaid reservations, $35 day of event. Reserve online at their web site. This same dinner will be held at the Florence location on Monday, March 2nd.

Monday, Feb. 23rd from 8:00 pm to close – Pint Night at Incline Public House

Tuesday, Feb. 24th – Penny Flips at Fifty West

Tuesday, Feb. 24th – Tappa Keg Tuesday at Dingle House

Tuesday, Feb. 24th – $8 Growler Fills at Moerlein Lager House

Tuesday, Feb. 24th – Infusion Special at the Brass Tap U Square

Tuesday, Feb. 24th from 5:00-7:00 pm – Meet the Brewer at Barleycorn’s
This week, it’s MadTree at their Lakeside Park location and Rhinegeist at their Florence location.

Tuesday, Feb. 24th at 6:00 pm – BOGO Craft Beer Special at Hebron Brew Haus
Special applies to select rotating draft beers.

Tuesday, Feb. 24th at 6:00 pm – Tuesdays on Tap at Whole Foods Mason
Six drafts, six bites, $6.

Tuesday, Feb. 24th from 6:00-10:00 pm – Rivertown/Upland Tap Takeover at HalfCut

Wednesday, Feb. 25th – Select Craft Beers for $2 at Molly Malone’s Covington

Wednesday, Feb. 25th – Local Wednesday at Buckhead Mountain Grill Bellevue
All local beer served in a 16 oz pint glass are $3.99.

Wednesday, Feb. 25th – Pint Night at UC’s Catskeller
This week, it’s their Belgian Fest.

Wednesday, Feb. 25th from 5:30-8:00 pm – Beer Tasting at Marty’s Hops and Vines

Wednesday, Feb. 25th from 6:00-7:00 pm – Meet the Brewer (Old Firehouse) at Firehouse Grill
Postponed from last Saturday.

Wednesday, Feb. 25th at 7:00 pm – Monthly Keg Tapping at Hofbräuhaus Newport
This month, it’s their Doppelbock AND, as of last week, smoking is prohibited indoors at Hofbräuhaus Newport. It’s allowed in their beer garden now.

Thursday, Feb. 26th – Firkin Thursday at Fifty West

Thursday, Feb. 26th – Tap That Thursday at BrewRiver GastroPub

Thursday, Feb. 26th from 4:00 pm to close – Take Home the Glass Night at Taste of Belgium Clifton

Thursday, Feb. 26th from 6:00-7:00 pm – Ei8ht Ball Fight or Flight at Firehouse Grill
Postponed from last Saturday – “We will have the Rock’em Sock’em game on the bar for everyone to enjoy! Come and show your skills with the game and try a flight of their 3 most popular beers!”

Thursday, Feb. 26th from 6:00-10:00 pm – New Belgium Lips of Faith Tap Takeover at HalfCut

Thursday, Feb. 26th at 6:00-10:00 pm – Pint Night Thursdays at Cock & Bull (all three locations)
The beers for this week’s Pint Night Thursdays are: Main Strasse Covington – Kentucky Bourbon Barrel IPA, Glendale – Listermann NutCase and Hyde Park – Revolution A Little Crazy.

Thursday, Feb. 26th at 6:30 pm – I Survived DEATH 2015 at Holler Hops & Grill
Rescheduled from 2/16 — An unique eating competition – 10 wings drenched in Holler’s death sauce and a glass of Rivertown Death. All participants will receive a t-shirt and the first person to finish will win a private tour at Rivertown.

Friday, Feb. 27th – $8 Growler Fills at Christian Moerlein Brewery

Friday, Feb. 27th at 5:30 pm – Precipitation Retaliation Happy Hour at Milton’s The Prospect Hill Tavern
One of our favorite pre-Bockfest events. From the Facebook event page:
“In 2008, Bockfest was almost entirely shut down by the largest snowfall in 20 years. A motley band of hardcore Bockfest fans took to the streets to parade through the snow, and hunkered down at Bockfest Hall to enjoy their delicious Bock beer. Unfortunately, everyone else was not so lucky and couldn’t make it to Over-the-Rhine. In 2009, we felt a little retaliation was in order. A snowman effigy was acquired, and set alight at Grammer’s amid much celebration. The gods were thus put on notice, and provided us with a beautiful Bockfest™ weekend. With similar results in 2010 after burning another snowman at Milton’s, a tradition was born. We cannot conclusively guarantee that we have acquired the power to control the weather in Cincinnati, but it has worked for the past three years. In 2012, in fact, we attribute this ritual to why a tornado that was supposed to hit downtown Cincinnati was substituted with clearing skies in time for the parade. As importantly, burning a snowman is a lot more fun than watching a groundhog stick its head out of a hole. Join us as we make our ritual sacrifice for 2015. Watch as we burn this year’s victim at the stake at 8PM and toast to a beautiful Bockfest weekend.”

Friday, Feb. 27th at 5:30 pm – Beer and Wine Tasting at Everything’s d’ Vine
$10 per person to taste five beers and four wines. $5 to taste just beer or just wine.

Friday, Feb. 27th from 6:00-7:00 pm – Friday Night Flights Beer Tasting at Party Town in Florence

Saturday, Feb. 28th at 9:00 am – White Death by Chickow! Release at Triple Digit/Listermann Brewing

Saturday, Feb. 28th-Sunday, March 1st – Moerlein Lager House Weekend at the Reds Hall of Fame and Museum
From their Facebook event page, “Moerlein Lager House will give away 500 tickets each day for free admission to the Reds Hall of Fame & Museum. The Moerlein Lager House is a supporter of the Reds Hall of Fame & Museum and sponsors the Fan Cave on the Museum’s second floor. Fans pick up the ticket from the Hall of Fame on each day beginning at 10 a.m. Also on this weekend, the Moerlein Lager House will offer a FREE pint glass for each purchase of a beer or soda. The collectible pint glass features the logo of the Moerlein Lager House and the Reds Hall of Fame.” Each day from “2-3 pm, Brewers from the Moerlein Lager House will tap a special keg of Handlebar Stout at Moerlein Lager House with tasting samples available.”

Saturday, Feb. 28th at 5:00 pm – Wiedemann’s Bock Keg Tapping at Mecklenburg Gardens

Saturday, Feb. 28th from 5:00-8:00pm – Beer Tasting at Ludlow Wines
The cost to taste four beers is $6.00 per person.

Saturday, Feb. 28th at 6:00pm – Eleven/162 Anniversary Party & Bottle Release at the Christian Moerlein Malt House
From the Facebook event page: “The annual celebration will be centered on the release of the brewery’s first ever 22-ounce “bomber” style bottle of a limited-release beer name Eleven/162. Eleven/162 is a smooth, malt-driven Scottish Wee Heavy Ale, meticulously aged for three months in Smooth Ambler Bourbon Barrels.” Limited quantities of wax-dipped, hand-numbered bottles of Eleven/162 will be released for purchase at 6:00 pm. Eleven/162 will be on tap alongside the last keg from last year’s anniversary limited release, Ten/161. There are also plans for numerous specialty infused kegs and casks to be on tap throughout the evening.

Saturday, Feb. 28th at 7:00 pm – Know Your Brewer’s Name! Beer Week with Blue Caboose at Listermann Brewing
Postponed from last Saturday – More information available on their Facebook event page.

Sunday, March 1st at 12:00 noon – Bock Glass Get Down at Christian Moerlein Malt House
More information available at their Facebook event page.

Sunday, March 1st from 2:00-8:00 pm – Bell’s Hop Slam event at HalfCut

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Last Minute Better Beer Gifts

No matter how hard we try or how many lists we keep, there always seems to be that one person that slipped off your list somehow. Or maybe you’re just a big old slacker who likes to wait until the last minute and you haven’t even started your holiday shopping yet. Either way, this list is for you. Everything listed here is digital so you don’t have to even drive anywhere to pick them up. And if your family celebrates later on and you still have some time, there’s also our other holiday gift guide.

1. Tickets for the Cincy Winter Beerfest – This event is consistently one of the best run beer festivals you will ever attend. Every year, they just keep getting better than the year before. If you buy by Christmas Day, you can get an early admission ticket for the price of a general admission. If you want to make it the best Valentines Day weekend you ever had, spring for the Connoisseurs Package and add on the hotel package at the recently renovated Hyatt Regency Cincinnati – Downtown. Most importantly, remember that crowds are smaller on Friday compared to Saturday.

2. Cincinnati Beer Week Tap Room Trolley – For the third year, Cincinnati Beer Week is offering their Tap Room Trolley once again. Scheduled for January 10th and 11th, there are three tours to choose from. Tour A leaves the Moerlein Lager House at 11:00 am and then heads to Old Firehouse, Mt. Carmel, Fifty West, Bad Tom and Blank Slate. Tour B leaves the Moerlein Lager House at 12:00 noon and heads to Cellar Dweller, MadTree, Listermann, Triple Digit and Rhinegeist. Tour C leaves the Moerlein Lager House at 1:00 pm and heads to Tap & Screw, Rivertown, Rock Bottom, Ei8ht Ball and the Christian Moerlein Tap Room. All three tours finish up at the Moerlein Lager House. The cost of $30 includes your bus transportation, brewery tours and a swag bag. Your beer is NOT included for these tours.

3. Craft Connection Brewery Tours Craft Cash – Want to give someone a local Cincinnati breweries tour, but not sure when they want to go or which breweries they want to visit? Here’s your answer. Just choose from either $45 (3 stop tour) or $55 (4 stop tour) options. You may purchase as many seats as you’d like. After you’ve made your purchase, they will email you a Craft Cash voucher with a unique code that can be used during checkout when booking a tour. Put it in a envelope or gift bag and you’re good to go.

4. Prohibition Resistance Tour Tickets – Once 2015 arrives, Bockfest will not be far behind. If the better beer fan on your list is into the history of beer in Cincinnati, a Prohibition Resistance Tour may be just the thing. If you want tours actually over Bockfest weekend, book the Bock or Doppelbock tours on March 6-8, 2015. The Lager and Industrious tours start being offered in April.

5. eBooks on Beer – If the better beer lover that you are buying for has a Kindle or a tablet with the Kindle app, you can get them a Kindle version of a better book on beer. You can even schedule it to arrive on Christmas Day. Here are some of our suggestions:

Ambitious Brew: The Story of American Beer by Maureen Ogle

The Oxford Companion to Beer

Tasting Beer: An Insider’s Guide to the World’s Greatest Drink by Randy Mosher

Yeast: The Practical Guide to Beer Fermentation by Chris White and Jamil Zainasheff

Bockfest 2014 Schedule

All of this information came from Bockfest.com. We just combined the information there into one hour-by-hour schedule of the beer related events. All Bockfest events are free and open to the public (no cover). Don’t forget the free Bockfest shuttle is available all weekend (See map).

Wednesday, March 5th

6:00 – 9:00 pm – Schoenling Bock Beer Tapping at Mecklenburg Gardens
Admission is free with Happy Hour beer prices on the bock beers and a German buffet available. No reservations will be accepted for the buffet or the tapping, but they are recommended if you want to order off the menu in the main restaurant. Call (513) 221-5353.

Friday, March 7th

4:00-8:00 pm – Arnold’s Parade Biergarten – 15 bock beers on tap
5:00 pm – Bockfest Hall opens
5:00-9:00 pm – Fish Fry at Old Saint Mary’s
6:00 pm – Tapping of Ayinger Celebrator at Grammer’s
6:00 pm – Bockfest parade steps off from Arnold’s
7:00 pm (approximately) – Bockfest Parade ends.
— The Blessing of the Beer takes place with live music by The Bier Band and Jake Speed
1:00 am – Bockfest Hall Closes

Saturday, March 8th

8:30 am – Bockfest Hall Opens
9:40 am – 3:30 pm – Brewery and Church Tours leave from Hall
10:00 am – 2nd Annual Bockfest 5K – Go to http://www.flyingpigmarathon.com/beer-series/index.shtml for more information
12:00 pm – Triple Digit Bourbon Barrel Gravitator Dopplebock Tapping at Arnold’s
12:00 & 3:00 pm – Afternoon history lunches at Washington Platform (includes a presentation, 3-course lunch, and a tour of the sub-basement malting cellars under Washington Platform-only open to the public during Bockfest for $35)
12:00 pm – “How Beer Built Cincinnati” presentation by Michael D. Morgan
3:00 pm – “Cincinnati Brewing History” presentation by Jim Bruckmann
12:00-4:00 pm – Live WNKU remote at Bockfest Hall (Hall stage)
12:00-4:00 pm – Bockfest Brewers’ Summit & Home Brewing Competition at Bockfest Hall Sponsored by Bloatarian Brewing League
12:00-6:00 pm – Steins and Breweriana Displays, along with authors at Bockfest Hall
1:00 pm – Cask Conditioned Chardonnay Barrel Oaked Rivertown Bock Tapping at Arnold’s
2:00 pm – 50 West Bocklava (Bock Beer infused with honey and nuts) Tapping at Arnold’s
3:00 pm – Moerlein Emancipator Doppelbock Specialty Keg Tapping at Arnold’s
7:30-9:00 pm – Sausage Queen Competition Finals at Bockfest Hall
1:00 am – Bockfest Hall Closes

Sunday, March 9th

10:00 am – Bockfest Hall Opens
10:40 am – 3:30 pm – Brewery Tours leave from Bockfest Hall
11:00 am – Bockfest Mass at Old Saint Mary’s
11:00 am – 4:00 pm – The Bockfest Tent Revival to benefit the Cincinnati Music Heritage Fund at Arnold’s – “Brunch with old time Gospel music from some of Cincinnati’s best Old-time , Bluegrass, Country and Folk bands”
12:00-7:00 pm – Steins and Breweriana Displays, along with authors at Bockfest Hall
12:00–3:00PM – Bockfest Brunch at Washington Platform with the Cincinnati Dancing Pigs.
1:30 – 7:00 pm – Continental Sunday, including live music, dancer, and performances at Bockfest Hall
7:00 pm – Bockfest Hall Closes

Bockfest 2014

Bockfest Participating Venues
All of these locations have special beers, food and/or events for Bockfest weekend.

Arnold’s Bar and Grill
Cafe Martin (Garfield Suites) – “Bockfest breakfast, lunch and dinner specials and bock beer all weekend long.”
Cincy by the Slice – “Bock Market beer specials all weekend long. Beer prices fluctuate by market demand in the bar. Buy low and invest your beer money wisely. Go bullish on beer and pickle pizzas.”
The Drinkery
Grammer’s – “Historic Grammer’s open for Bockfest. Bock beers on tap. Special Bockfest menu”
Halfcut
Japps Since 1879
Kaze – “Special Bock-Feast menu all weekend. Bocks on tap.”
The Lackman – “Wide selection of bocks among one of the city’s best selections of craft brews.”
Lavomatic – “Special Bockfest menu all weekend. Bocks on tap, as well as a collection of local non-bocks (to mix it up).”
Lucy Blue Pizza – “Beer and pizza. Sometimes it’s all that you need.”
Milton’s Prospect Hill Tavern – “Open all weekend. Very loose standards for what constitutes ‘acceptable behavior.'” AND “Bock beers on tap. Surly owner. Friendly regulars. Unpretentious, hipster-free environment. Indoor plumbing. Free bus tours by Claude.”
MOTR Pub
Mr. Pitiful’s
The Famous Neons Unplugged – “Large selection of bocks on tap.”
rhinehaus – “Great selection of bock beers on tap”
Washington Platform

This Week in Beer: March 3 – 9, 2014

We frequently get updates for our This Week in Beer post after our regular 9:00 am publishing time. Any edited listing will have UPDATE at the beginning of the listing.

Monday, March 3rd – Mug Night Monday at Flipdaddy’s Union

Monday, March 3rd – 1/3 off Craft beer bottles at Moerlein Lager House

Monday, March 3rd – Beer of the Day Special at Rock Bottom Brewery
Each Monday, the beer of the day is $3.25 all day.

Monday, March 3rd from 4:00-7:30 pm – Craft Beer Night at Market Wines

Monday, March 3rd at 5:00 pm – Rare Keg Monday at Ei8ht Ball Brewing
This week’s keg is Prairie Bomb!.

Monday, March 3rd from 8:00 pm to close – Pint Night at Incline Public House

Tuesday, March 4th – Tappa Keg Tuesday at Dingle House

Tuesday, March 4th – $8 Growler Fills at Moerlein Lager House

Tuesday, March 4th – Pint Night at Rock Bottom Brewery
Buy a logo pint glass with your favorite Rock Bottom beer for $5.95, get it refilled for $3.00 and you keep the glass.

Tuesday, March 4th at 5:00 pm – Beer School at Whole Foods Mason
This month’s beer school is examining Craft Lagers and the various subsets of the style with special guests from Samuel Adams’ Cincinnati brewery located in Over-The-Rhine.

UPDATE Tuesday, March 4th at 6:00 pm – Tuesdays on Tap at Whole Foods Mason
Six drafts, six bites, $6. For Mardi Gras, all of this week’s beers are from Abita: Mardi Gras Bock, TurboDog, Andygator, Restoration, Grapefruit Harvest and Purple Haze.

Wednesday, March 5th – Select Craft Beers for $2 at Molly Malone’s Covington

Wednesday, March 5th – Bell’s Pint Night at Rail House
First pint is $5 – Keep the glass and get refills for only $3.

Wednesday, March 5th – Wiede Wednesday at Pompilio’s
Every Wednesday is Wiede Wednesday at Pompilio’s in Newport with $3 Wiedemann pints all day.

Wednesday, March 5th – Pint Night at UC’s Catskeller

Wednesday, March 5th from 5:00 to 8:00 pm – Take Home the Glass Night at Taste of Belgium
This week’s featured beer is TBA.

Wednesday, March 5th from 5:30 to 8:00 pm – $3 Drafts at Marty’s Hops and Vines

Wednesday, March 5th at 6:00 pm – Schoenling Bock Tapping at Mecklenburg Gardens
Happy Hour beer prices on bock beers and a delicious German buffet available.

Thursday, March 6th from 4:00 pm to close – Take Home the Glass Night at Taste of Belgium Short Vine

Thursday, March 6th at 6:00-10:00 pm – Pint Night Thursdays at Cock & Bull (all three locations)
The beers for this week’s Pint Night Thursdays are: Main Strasse Covington – Thirsty Dog Twisted Kilt, Glendale – Smithwick’s & Harp and Hyde Park – Stone To Go IPA.

Thursday, March 6th at 6:00 pm – Firkin Tapping at Rock Bottom Brewery

Friday, March 7th through Sunday, March 9th – BOCKFEST
A separate post covering each day’s events will be published on Tuesday.

Friday, March 7th – $8 Growler Fills at Moerlein Lager House

Friday, March 7th at 5:00 pm – MadTree Tap Takeover and Meet the Brewer at Back Porch Saloon
Go to their Facebook event page for more information.

Friday, March 7th at 5:30 pm – Beer and Wine Tasting at Everything’s d’ Vine
$10 per person to taste five beers and four wines. $5 to taste just beer or just wine.

Friday, March 7th from 6:00-7:00 pm – Friday Night Flights Beer Tasting at Party Town in Florence

Saturday, March 8th from 5:00-8:00pm – Beer Tasting at Ludlow Wines
The cost to taste four beers is $6.00 per person.

Bockfest Bash and Arnold’s Bockfest Lineup

So now that Cincinnati Beer Week and Cincy Winter Beerfest are done for 2014, we look ahead to the next big beer event in Cincinnati – Bockfest! While Bockfest itself isn’t until March 7-9, the Sausage Queen preliminaries have been going for a while now and more events are starting to take place.

This Friday (Feb. 21st), Queen City Glass Arts and Brazee Street Studios in collaboration with Arnold’s Bar and Grill will present the annual Bockfest Bash. Each year, the Bockfest trophy is created out of molten glass and is presented to the winning float in the Bockfest parade. Food and drink will be provided by Arnold’s. The event is held 6-9 pm in the Hot Shop at the Brazee Box building, located at 3235 Enyart Ave.

Bockfest 2014

If you are starting to make your Bockfest plans, here is some information from Arnold’s to help you start planning your weekend.

Everything you need to know about Bockfest 2014 at Arnold’s

Friday
1pm – 15 Bock Beers Tapped
6pm – Parade kicks off
4-7pm – Todd Hepburn playing live saloon piano music in the bar
6-8pm – Live Blues from 46 Long in The Courtyard
9-12:30 Live music from The Cincy Brass in the courtyard

Saturday
11-4 The Craft Menagerie indie craft market in the courtyard – 20+ amazing local artisans showing off their wares. Metal, paper, fabric, jewelry, vintage, prints, pottery, candles and more.
12 noon – Exclusive Tapping – Triple Digit Bourbon Barrel Gravitator Dopplebock – Only one 1/6 barrel of it in existence
1pm – Exclusive Tapping – Cask Conditioned Chardonnay Barrel Oaked Rivertown Bock – Only one 1/6 barrel of it in existence
2pm – Exclusive Tapping – 50 West’s Bocklava – Bock Beer infused with honey and nuts – Only one 1/6 barrel of it in existence
3pm – Exclusive Tapping – Moerlein Emmancipator Doppelbock Specialty Keg – Only one 1/6 barrel of it in existence
9pm – Live music from Lagniappe

Sunday
11-6 The Bockfest Tent Revival to benefit the Cincinnati USA Music Heritage Fund – Lunch with old time Gospel music from some of Cincinnati’s best Old-time, Bluegrass, Country and Folk bands – The Hayseed Tabernacle Choir, Mark Utley and Renee Frye of Magnolia Mountain, Rattlesnakin Daddies, Mudpies, Buffalo Wabs and the Price Hill Hustle, The Part time Gentlemen, My Brother The Bear, Patrick Ewing, The Dishes, Jim Casto and Allen Talbott and more

Bock Beer Tap List
Christian Moerlein – Emancipator Doppelbock
Schoenling – Bock
Hudepohl – Bock
Wiedemann’s – Bohemian Bock
Triple Digit – Gravitator Dopplebock
Rivertown – Bock
Fifty West – Bock
Mt Carmel – Maplebock
Victory – Moonglow Weizenbock
Dark Horse – Perkulator Coffee Dopplebock
Bell’s – Consecrator Dopplebock
Tröegs – Cultivator Helles Bock
Horny Goat Brewing Company – Baby Got Bock
Southern Tier – Goat Boy Imperial Weizenbock
Triple Digit Bourbon Barrel Gravitator Dopplebock – Only one 1/6 barrel of it in existence
Rivertown Cask Conditioned Chardonnay Barrel Oaked Bock – Only one 1/6 barrel of it in existence
Fifty West Bocklava – Bock Beer infused with honey and nuts – Only one 1/6 barrel of it in existence
Moerlein Emmancipator Doppelbock Specialty Keg – Only one 1/6 barrel of it in existence