Oktoberfest Season 2013 is Here!

Cincinnati’s Oktoberfest Season 2013 is almost here and it’s time for our annual listing of local celebration. Please let us know if we are missing any.

August 23-25Germania Society

  • 8/23/2013 6:00 PM – 12:00 AM
  • 8/24/2013 2:00 PM – 12:00 AM
  • 8/25/2013 12:00 PM – 10:00 PM
  • Germania Park
    3529 West Kemper Road
    Cincinnati, Ohio 45251

August 30 – September 2Liberty Home Association

  • 8/30/2013 6:00 PM – 11:00 PM
  • 9/1/2013 2:00 PM – 11:00 PM
  • 9/2/2013 1:00 PM – 10:00 PM
  • 2361 Hamilton Cleves Rd
    Hamilton, OH 45013

September 6-8Mainstrasse Village

  • 9/6/2013 5 PM – 11:30 PM
  • 9/7/2013 12 PM – 11:30 PM
  • 9/8/2013 12 PM – 10:00 PM
  • Mainstrasse Village
    6th Street between Goebels Park and Johnson Street
    Covington, KY

September 13-15Hofbräuhaus Newport

  • 9/13/2013 11:00 AM – 2:00 AM
  • 9/14/2013 11:00 AM – 2:00 AM
  • 9/15/2013 11:00 AM – 11:00 PM
  • 200 E. 3rd St.
    Newport, KY 41071

September 18 – Mt. Adams Oktoberfest

  • 9/18/2013 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM
  • Participating bars: Longworths, aliveOne, Mt. Adam Pavilion, and Tavern on the Hill.
  • Pavilion Street (will be closed to traffic)
    Mt. Adams
    Cincinnati, OH

September 20-22Oktoberfest Zinzinnati

  • 9/20/2013 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM — Annual Running of the Wieners
  • 9/20/2013 5:00 PM — Gemuetlichkeit Games
  • 9/21/2013 11:00 AM – 12:00 AM
  • 9/22/2013 11:00 AM – 10:00 PM
  • Downtown
    Fifth Street between Race Street and Broadway
    Cincinnati, OH

September 27-29Newport

  • 9/27/2013 5:00 PM – 11:00 PM
  • 9/28/2013 12:00 PM – 11:00 PM
  • 9/29/2013 12:00 PM – 9:00 PM
  • Riverboat Row
    at Newport on the Levee
    Newport, KY

September 28-29St. Jude Bridgetown Oktoberfest

  • 9/28/2013 4:00 PM – 12:30 AM
  • 9/29/2013 12:00 PM – 9:30 PM
  • St. Jude Bridgetown
    5924 Bridgetown Road
    Cincinnati, OH 45248

October 4-6Donauschwaben

  • 10/4/2013 6:00 PM – 12:30 AM
  • 10/5/2013 1:00 PM – 12:30 AM
  • 10/6/2013 12:00 AM – 8:00 PM
  • Cincinnati Donauschwaben Society
    4290 Dry Ridge Road
    Cincinnati, OH 45252

October 18 & 192nd Annual Cincinnati Craft Breweries’ Oktoberfest

  • 10/18/2013 5:00 PM – 12:00 Midnight
  • 10/19/2013 9:00 AM – 11:00 PM
  • Listermann Brewing Company
    1621 Dana Avenue
    Cincinnati, OH 45207

Recap: My First Oktoberfest Zinzinnati

So, being a 29 year old adult that has lived in Greater Cincinnati for more than twenty years, I am somewhat embarrassed to say that this year’s Oktoberfest Zinzinnati was my first.  I make no excuses, let’s just say that I have righted my wrong and intend to make my attendance at Zinzinnati a regular tradition.  For people who may not be from Cincinnati, you may not know that we have a huge German population.  You might also be unaware that Oktoberfest Zinzinnati is the second largest Oktoberfest celebration in the world and the largest in the United States.  Cincinnati started its Oktoberfest back in 1976 on Fountain Square.  It is held every year the same weekend as the original Oktoberfest celebration in Munich Germany (the third full weekend in September) and continues to draw people from around the world year after year to downtown.  This year, the Christian Moerlein Lager House joined the celebration by erecting a gigantic white tent dubbed “The Überdrome”.  The Überdrome covered the entire Schmidlapp event lawn which is adjacent to the Christian Moerlein Lager House on the Cincinnati riverbank.  Being that the Lager House is one of my favorite better beer places in town, I purchased my VIP tickets to the Überdrome the day after they went on sale and, well, let’s just say I was really excited.  Überdrome was open to the public but you could purchase VIP tickets which included a commemorative Paulaner stein full of the same beer served at the Munich Oktoberfest, and a buffet style dinner for only $40.  And to make things even better, Hoperatives and Wine Me Dine Me co-hosted a Grub Crawl just up the street where they lead a tour featuring the best Oktoberfest food and beer that Cincinnati had to offer.

I am having trouble coming up with words to describe my first Oktoberfest, other than to say it was an excellent party.  The atmosphere was jovial, the weather was beautiful (other than the gusty winds) and the food and beer were just what I had hoped for, delicious!  What a great way to spend a weekend in Cincinnati!  And being the first Oktoberfest for The Lager House, in my humble opinion, I think they knocked it out of the park.  Now that I have sobered up, I am already looking forward to next year.

If you missed Oktoberfest Zinzinnati this year, I highly recommend you mark it on your calendar for next year.  It was an awesome event featuring great food, entertainment, and of course beer.  And though I am not German, as you can probably tell by the “Mc” in my last name, this Irishman had an amazing time celebrating with great people, under the giant Uberdrome.  If you want to learn more about Oktoberfest Zinzinnati, check out the official website at www.oktoberfestzinzinnati.com.  You can learn more about The Christian Moerlein Lager House at www.moerleinlagerhouse.com.  I’d love to hear from all those who attended to see what you thought.

Hope to see you all next year.  Cheers!

Chris (#212)
@cmcgnky

Hudepohl 14K Brewery Run Commemorative Poster Unveiling And Signing At Mt. Adams Oktoberfest

Please note that the Mt. Adams Oktoberfest is tomorrow night (Wednesday, October September 14th).

Local artist Jim Effler joins the festivities at Mt. Adams Oktoberfest with an unveiling and signing of the commemorative poster for the Hudepohl 14K Brewery Run.

After a ten-year hiatus, the Hudepohl 14K Brewery Run returns this Saturday with an 8:00AM start time to kick off Oktoberfest Zinzinnati. The event includes a 14K run, 7K run, two tethered runs (runners tethered together for the entire distance) and the WEBN Bier Laufen – a soapbox derby race.

Jim Effler, known for his Bockfest art and Christian Moerlein beer labels, was commissioned by Christian Moerlein Brewing Co. to create the run’s commemorative poster. The posters will be offered for sale at Mt. Adams Oktoberfest for $10 each and Mr. Effler will be signing posters, all beginning at 7:00PM. The Mt. Adams Oktoberfest runs from 6:00PM to 10:00PM on Pavilion St.

For more information on the race, visit: http://www.hudepohl14kbreweryrun.com.

This Week in Beer: September 5 – 11, 2011

Monday, Sept. 5th – Half Price Drafts at Local 127

Wednesday, Sept. 7th from 5:30 to 8:00 pm – $3 Drafts at Marty’s Hops and Vines
Some high gravity beers are excluded.

Thursday, Sept. 8th at 6:00-10:00 pm – Burgers and Beers at the Party Source
This week’s theme is “California (beer) Dreaming” including Stone, Anderson Valley, Sierra Nevada, North Coast, Anchor and Mad River.

Thursday, Sept. 8th 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: Covington – Spaten Oktoberfest, Glendale – Rivertown Dunkel, and Hyde Park – Spaten Oktoberfest.

Thursday, Sept. 8th at 6:00 pm – Firkin Tapping at Rock Bottom Brewery

Friday, Sept. 9th from 4:00-7:00 pm – Flowing Fridays Beer Tasting at Cork ‘N Bottle (Covington and Buttermilk Pike-Crescent Springs)

Friday, Sept. 9th from 5:00-11:30 pm – MainStrasse Village’s Oktoberfest in Covington
Go to http://www.mainstrasse.org/2011/08/mainstrasse-33rd-oktoberfest/ for more information.

Friday, Sept. 9th from 5:00-10:00 pm – Cincinnati Beer Fest at Fountain Square
Go to http://myfountainsquare.wordpress.com/events/cincinnati-beer-fest/ for more information.

Friday, Sept. 9th from 6:00-7:00 pm – Friday Night Flights Beer Tasting at Party Town in Florence

Saturday, Sept. 10th from 12:00noon-11:30 pm – MainStrasse Village’s Oktoberfest in Covington
Go to http://www.mainstrasse.org/2011/08/mainstrasse-33rd-oktoberfest/ for more information.

Saturday, Sept. 10th from 12:00noon–10:00 pm – Cincinnati Beer Fest at Fountain Square
Go to http://myfountainsquare.wordpress.com/events/cincinnati-beer-fest/ for more information.

Saturday, Sept. 10th – Beer Tasting at DEP’s Fine Wine and Spirits in Fort Thomas

Saturday, Sept. 10th from 5:00-8:00pm – Beer Tasting at Ludlow Wines

Sunday, Sept. 11th from 12:00noon-9:00 pm – MainStrasse Village’s Oktoberfest in Covington
Go to http://www.mainstrasse.org/2011/08/mainstrasse-33rd-oktoberfest/ for more information.

Sunday, Sept. 11th from 12:00noon–10:00 pm – Cincinnati Beer Fest at Fountain Square
Go to http://myfountainsquare.wordpress.com/events/cincinnati-beer-fest/ for more information.

There’s A Beer For That Weather

We live in a state with weather that is certainly never boring (and rarely comfortable).  With the ever-changing weather comes an ever-changing perfect beer style to pair with the climate.  The start of football season is my official start of Autumn, so I figured now would be a good time to write about the beer styles I believe pair perfectly with each season.  Note: these are MY personal suggestions, nothing more.

I know that this is nowhere near a comprehensive list, but hopefully it will introduce you to some new styles to try as the seasons change.  Also, this is not meant to discourage you from drinking what you what to drink when you want to drink it!

Autumn:

This is Cincinnati, so if I didn’t say Oktoberfest here, I might get shot.  Luckily, I love the style and think the maltiness (and accompanying drunken celebrations) pairs perfectly with autumn.  If you are looking for a malt-forward beer this fall and want to try something different, try an English Bitter (on cask!) or American Amber.

Fresh autumn crops also pave the way for another type of beer; harvest ales.  To be fair, this is not an official style, but refers to a group of beers that utilize freshly picked “wet” hops instead of traditional dried hops.  These fresh hops contribute complex grassy, earthy, and somewhat spicy tones to the beer.

Winter:

I like my winter beers to be warming and complex.  This means they need to be big bodied, higher alcohol, and generally darker.  In the winter, there is nothing better than a Stout or Porter.  Except for when you add Imperial to their names and age them in bourbon barrels. These beers bring huge levels of complexity, with notes of chocolate, coffee, and roastiness that perfectly complement the vanilla, oak, and spicy bourbon flavors.

When you are looking for something different than a Stout/Porter in the winter, look no further than a Belgian Dubbel.  These beers have a bigger body and dark fruity esters that do well in the winter and provide quite a bit of alcohol warmth for the cold nights.

Spring:

Spring means one thing for my beer consumption: bring on the hops, and bring them on heavily.  The citrusy and piney hop flavors of an American IPA (or Double IPA) lend themselves perfectly to the spring weather.  These beers still have the body to stand up to the cold, but their thirst quenching abilities show that summer is just around the corner.

If you have not completely burned your tongue off from all the IPA’s in the spring, then try a German Bock.  These beers bring the malt backbone more typical of a winter beer, but still have the thirst quenching characteristics of a lager.  Bockfest in Cincinnati is one of the better places to enjoy one.

Summer:

Summer brings refreshing, lighter bodied, and lower alcohol beers.  There are two beer styles that are by far my favorite during the summertime: Pilsners and Saisons.  Pilsners are beers that never quite get a fair shake with most craft beer drinkers and (I believe) this is mostly due to their connotation with American macro beers.  Maybe it’s the Czech in me, but I’m convinced these beers are destined to grow here, especially during summer.  When done correctly, they are balanced, clean and refreshing, yet have an assertive hop bite that works perfectly in the heat.

Saisons are a style that may not be your favorite upon first try, but keep coming back to them and they’ll become a staple in your fridge.  They are perfect for when you want some strong punches of flavor in a summer beer without the accompanying big body and high alcohol.  The style can range from subtle and subdued to outright funky, and rarely do two breweries’ renditions taste the same.

Like I said, this list is not meant to be comprehensive, but rather highlight a few of my favorites in each season.  Many will disagree (as everyone has different tastes), so please give your suggestions in the comments below!

Prost!

Steve

This Week in Beer: August 30 – September 5, 2010

Monday, August 30th from 5:30 to 10:00 pm – Half Price Draft Night at The Bistro
Formerly JeanRo Bistro

Wednesday, September 1st from 5:30 to 8:00 pm – Beer Tasting at Marty’s Hops and Vines

Wednesday, September 1st at 6:00 pm – Burgers and Beers at the Party Source
Tonight’s theme is BBC.

Thursday, September 2nd at 6:00-10:00 pm – Cock & Bull: Pint Night (Covington) Thursdays
This week, it’s Great Lakes Oktoberfest.

Thursday, September 2nd at 6:00 pm – Firkin Tapping at Rock Bottom Brewery

Friday, September 3rd from 4:00-7:00 pm – Flowing Fridays Beer Tasting at Cork ‘N Bottle (Covington and Buttermilk Pike-Crescent Springs)

Friday, September 3rd from 4:00-6:00 pm – Beer Tasting at DEP’s Fine Wine and Spirits in Fort Thomas (formerly Liquor Direct)

Friday, September 3rd from 6:00-7:00 pm – Friday Night Flights Beer Tasting at Party Town in Florence

Friday, September 3rd from 6:00-11:00 pm – Liberty Home Association Oktoberfest
2361 Hamilton Cleves Rd, Hamilton, OH

Saturday, September 4th from 2:00-11:00 pm – Liberty Home Association Oktoberfest in Hamilton

Saturday, September 4th from 5:00-8:00pm – Beer Tasting at Ludlow Wines

Sunday, September 5th from 1:00-10:00 pm – Liberty Home Association Oktoberfest in Hamilton

2010 Mt. Adams Oktoberfest – September 15th

2010 Mt. Adams Oktoberfest
Features Beer, Food and Authentic German Music.

Pavilion Street Hosts Mt. Adams Annual Festival Celebrating Great German Heritage And Traditions In One of Cincinnati’s Most Celebrated Neighborhoods.
_____________________________________________________________________

CINCINNATI, OHIO – August 25th , 2010 – Cincinnati’s beloved Oktoberfest traditions continue this year in Mt. Adams as Pavilion street will host the 2010 Mt. Adams Oktoberfest. The sounds and flavors of Bavaria come alive on the hill during the street festival featuring live music from an authentic German band. Blasskapelle Ebenhofe from the village of Allgaeu brings the traditional sounds of Bavaria, including an Alphorn serenade. Presented by Moerlein Lagers & Ales, the 2010 Mt. Adams Oktoberfest is an outdoor celebration of beer, food and music carrying on the Mt. Adams tradition of Oktoberfest with an event reflecting on Cincinnati’s rich German heritage. Pavilion Street in Mt. Adams will be transformed into a street festival venue with a live Bavarian band and food vendors and only open to pedestrian traffic. Onsite adult beverages will be featuring Moerlein Lagers & Ales. Admission is Free.

The 2010 Mt. Adams Oktoberfest features Moerlein Lagers & Ales and their seasonal Fifth & Vine Oktoberfest Marzen, a traditional, seasonal ale. Mt. Adams Oktoberfest is also an opportunity for all those who enjoyed attending Party in the Park this summer to enjoy another wonderful outdoor event on a Wednesday evening.

The 2010 Mt. Adams Oktoberfest is presented by Christian Moerlein, with support from the Mt. Adams Tavern Guild.

WHAT: 2010 Mt. Adams Oktoberfest
presented by Christian Moerlein
With: Blasskapelle Ebenhofe from Bavaria, food and
Moerlein Lagers & Ales

WHEN: Wednesday, September 15th, 2010
6:00 – 10:00 p.m

WHERE: Pavilion Street (closed to traffic)

COST: FREE. Participating bars Aliveone, Blind Lemon, Crowley’s, Longworth’s, Monk’s Cove, Mt. Adams Pavilion, Tavern On The Hill, and Yesterday’s Old Time Saloon.

PARKING: All Mt. Adams garages and parking lots will be open to the public.

Our Interview with Jim Koch of Sam Adams

There was be no way Jim Koch would miss his hometown’s Oktoberfest, especially when Sam Adams is the main sponsor. We knew that, and tried — to no avail — to arrange an interview with him through Sam Adam’s PR folks. Nothing came from that (I don’t want to think about how many requests he must get), so when Carla saw him out on Fountain Square just before he was to speak at the opening ceremonies, she walked over to him, handed him one of our cards and asked him if we could interview him. He graciously agreed, and as soon as the ceremony was over he came right over to us.

Any reports you’ve heard about him being a really nice guy are utterly true. We thank him for taking a couple of minutes and speaking to us. Even if we talked too much.

Oktoberfest Season is Here!

A colleague1 e-mailed me yesterday with a simple question:

“Do you ever list all the Oktoberfest events on your blog?”

To which I replied with some mumbling about “what a great idea!” when inside I was thinking “how on earth did we forget to do this?”

Let’s call it first-year jitters. Either that or we’ve fallen into the dreaded “but everyone knows about that!” trap for the first time.

That being said, here’s a first attempt at a list of all the Oktoberfests I could locate quickly on Google know about, listed by date.

Three notes:

  • The Germania Society Oktoberfest started last night and is celebrating its 39th year. Many people call this the most authentic of all of them, though I’m not sure that’s a controversy I want to wade into. Whatever the case, 39 years is an incredible accomplishment. Congratulations to them!
  • We’ve seen references to the Mt. Adams Oktoberfest on September 16, but can’t confirm the information. If anyone can confirm the hours and such, let us know and we’ll update this post and other event listings.
  • If you’re associated with any of these events, or if we’ve missed an event you know about, let us know! We don’t want to leave anyone out. (More about this topic will be coming tomorrow. Stay tuned.)
August 28-30
Germania Society

  • 8/29/2009 2:00 PM – 12:00 AM
  • 8/30/2009 12:00 PM – 10:00 PM
  • Germania Park
    3529 West Kemper Road
    Cincinnati, Ohio 45251
September 4-6
Liberty Home Association

  • 9/4/2009 6:00 PM – 11:00 PM
  • 9/5/2009 2:00 PM – 11:00 PM
  • 9/6/2009 1:00 PM – 10:00 PM
  • 2361 Hamilton Cleves Rd
    Hamilton, OH 45013
September 11-13
Mainstrasse Village

  • 9/11/2009 5 PM – 11:30 PM
  • 9/12/2009 12 PM – 11:30 PM
  • 9/13/2009 12 PM – 10:00 PM
  • Mainstrasse Village
    6th Street between Goebels Park and Johnson Street
    Covington, KY
September 16-18
Oktoberfest Zinzinnati
Gemuetlichkeit Games

  • 9/16/2009 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
  • 9/17/2009 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
  • 9/18/2009 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
  • Fountain Square
    Fifth & Vine Streets
    Cincinnati, OH
September 19-20
Oktoberfest Zinzinnati

  • 9/19/2009 11:00 AM – 12:00 AM
  • 9/20/2009 11:00 AM – 10:00 PM
  • Downtown
    Fifth Street between Race Street and Broadway
    Cincinnati, OH
September 25-27
Newport

  • 9/25/2009 5:00 PM – 11:00 PM
  • 9/26/2009 12:00 PM – 11:00 PM
  • 9/27/2009 12:00 PM – 9:00 PM
  • Riverboat Row
    at Newport on the Levee
    Newport, KY
St. Jude Parish

  • 9/26/2009 4:00 PM – 12:30 AM
  • 9/27/2009 12:00 PM – 9:00 PM
  • St. Jude Catholic Church
    5924 Bridgetown Rd.
    Cincinnati, OH 45248
October 2-4
Donauschwaben

  • 10/2/2009 6:00 PM – 12:30 AM
  • 10/3/2009 1:00 PM – 12:30 AM
  • 10/4/2009 12:00 AM – 8:00 PM
  • Cincinnati Donauschwaben Society
    4290 Dry Ridge Road
    Cincinnati, OH 45252

1Who’s also requested a Hoperatives number. What? You don’t have one? Then you should, too!