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

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

Bockfest 2013 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, February 27th

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 for $11.

Friday, March 1st

4:00 – 8:00 pm – Arnold’s Parade Biergarten – 7 bock beers on tap
5:00 pm – Bockfest Hall opens
5:00 pm Special tapping of Bell’s Consecrator Bock at Mayberry Gastropub
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 Beer takes place with live music by The Bier Band and Jake Speed
1:00 am – Bockfest Hall Closes

Saturday, March 2nd

8:30 am – Bockfest Hall Opens
9:40 am – 3:30 pm – Brewery and Church Tours leave from Hall
10:00 am – Bockfest 5K – Go to http://www.bockfest.com/inaugural-bockfest-5k/ for more information
12:00 – 4:00 pm – The Bockfest Brewers’ Summit & Bloatarian Brewing League Home Brewing Competition at Bockfest Hall
12:00 – 4:00 pm – Live Remote with WNKU’s The Real Mary Peale
12:00 – 6:00 pm – Steins and Breweriana Displays, along with authors at Bockfest Hall
12:00 – 8:00 pm – Happy Hour pricing on bock pints and free Queen City Sausage Buffet at City Cellars
5:00 pm – Tapping of limited Moerlein Blockhead Bock with Richard Dube, Head Brewmaster of the Christian Moerlein Brewery at Café Martin
5:00 – 8:00 pm – Bockfest Brewmaster Dinner at Café Martin
7:30 – 9:00 pm – Sausage Queen Competition Finals at Bockfest Hall
1:00 am – Bockfest Hall Closes

Sunday, March 3rd

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 – 3:00 pm – Bock lunch at Arnold’s
12:00 – 7:00 pm – Steins and Breweriana Displays, along with authors at Bockfest Hall
12:00 – 3:00PM – The Bockfest Buffet at Washington Platform

A new Bockfest tradition, features assorted fresh Avril Bleh sausages, roast lamb, fresh oysters, much, much more food and LIVE MUSIC with the infamous Cincinnati Dancing Pigs. Built in the 1800s by the Hauck Brewing Company, Washington Platform has sub-basement malt ovens. Throughout Sunday afternoon, visitors to the W.P. will get FREE guided tours of these subterranean relics of nineteenth century brewing.

1:30 – 7:00 pm – Continental Sunday, including live music, dancer, and performances at Bockfest Hall
7:00 pm – Bockfest Hall Closes

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

Arnold’s Bar and Grill
Cafe Martin
City Cellars
The Drinkery
Grammer’s
Japps Since 1879
The Lackman
Mayberry Gastropub
Milton’s Prospect Hill Tavern
MOTR Pub
Mr. Pitiful’s
The Famous Neons Unplugged
rhinehaus
Washington Platform

Bockfest 2012 Schedule

All of this information came from Bockfest.com. We just organized it into one hour-by-hour schedule. 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).

Friday, March 2nd

4:00 – 8:00 pm – Arnold’s Parade Biergarten – 7 bock beers on tap
4:00 pm – Neon’s opens with Zinzinnati Bier Band all night plus German food
4:00 – 7:00 pm Todd Hepburn at Arnold’s (Bar)
5:00 pm – Bockfest Hall opens
5:30 – 8:00 pm – Live music by Mike Sharfe Trio at Washington Platform
6:00 pm – Bockfest parade steps off from Arnold’s
6:00 – 8:00 pm – 46 Long at Arnold’s (Courtyard)
6:00 – 9:00 pm – Second Annual Bockfest Veenie Roast at Park & Vine
6:00 pm – 2:00 am – Do Do Dance Party w/ Narv-a-nator & Casey Coston, with Cin City Burlesque Girls at Japp’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
7:00 – 10:00 pm KingFish at Mayberry
8:00 – 11:00 pm – Live music by Jake Speed and the Freddies
9:00 – 12:30P The Cincy Brass at Arnold’s
1:00 am – Bockfest Hall Closes

Saturday, March 3rd

9:00 am – Bockfest Hall Opens
9:00 am – 3:00 pm – Brewery and Church Tours leave from Hall
11:00 am – 4:00 pm – “Craft Menagerie” Indie craft mall at Arnold’s
12:00 noon – Bells Consecrator Dopplebock Tapping at Arnold’s
12:00 – 4:00 pm – Live Remote with WNKU’s The Real Mary Peale at Bockfest Hall
12:00 – 3:00 pm – Todd Hepburn at Arnold’s
12:00 – 5:00 pm – Bloatarian Brewing League Home Brewing Competition at Bockfest Hall
12:00 – 6:00 pm – Steins and Breweriana Displays, along with authors at Bockfest Hall
2:00 – 4:00 pm – Bock Beer Tasting w/ Mike Carver, Christian Moerlein brewmaster at Café Martin
3:00 pm – Bockwurst eating contest at Mayberry
4:00 – 7:00 pm – Live music by Laignappe at Bockfest Hall
4:00 pm – Neon’s opens with Bock beer on tap and in bottles, plus German food
5:30 – 7:30 pm – Noah Wotherspoon Blues at Arnold’s
7:00 – 8:30 pm – Sausage Queen Final (We’ll be part of the judging team!)
7:00 – 10:00 pm KingFish at Mayberry
8:00 – 11:00 pm – Live music by the Faux Frenchman at Washington Platform
9:00 pm – 12:00 midnight – Live music by My Sister Sarah at Bockfest Hall
9:00 pm – 2:00 am – Do Do Dance Party w/ Narv-a-nator & Casey Coston at Japp’s
9:00 pm – 1:00 am – The Cincinnati Dancing Pigs at Arnold’s
1:00 am – Bockfest Hall Closes

Sunday, March 4th – Continental Sunday

10:00 am – Bockfest Hall Opens
10:00 am – 2:00 pm – Bockfest Brunch at Arnold’s
10:00 am – 2:00 pm – Brunch at MOTR
10:40 am – 3:20 pm – Brewery Tours leave from Bockfest Hall
11:00 am – German Mass at Old Saint Mary’s Catholic Church (123 East 13th Street), followed by a beer or two in the Rathskellar
11:00 am – 1:00 pm – Rich Landrum Jazz at Arnold’s
12:00 – 7:00 pm – Steins and Breweriana Displays, along with authors at Bockfest Hall
12:00 – 4:00 pm – Bockfest Brunch with live music by the Cincinnati Dancing Pigs, including fresh Avril Bleh sausage, roast lamb, fresh oysters, spent grain breads, and more at Washington Platform
1:30 – 7:00 pm – Continental Sunday, including live music, dancer, and performances at Bockfest Hall
1:30 – 2:30 pm – Polka Dots at Bockfest Hall
2:30 – 3:00 pm – Enzian Tanzgruppe at Bockfest Hall
3:00 – 3:30 pm – Germania Jagdhorn Group at Bockfest Hall
3:30 – 4:30 pm – Polka Dots at Bockfest Hall
4:30 – 5:00 pm – Donauschwaben Schuhplattlers at Bockfest Hall
5:00 – 7:00 pm – Vereins Musikanten at Bockfest Hall
7:00 pm – Bockfest Hall Closes

Over-the-Rhine Pretzel Fest (Bockfest 2011 fundraiser) – Jan. 21st

Over-the-Rhine Pretzel Fest will take place from 5 P.M. – 10 P.M. on Friday January 21, 2011, at Venue 222 (222 E 14th St). The event is a fundraiser to cover a portion of costs of the nineteenth annual Bockfest. It will be the first, official, pre-Bockfest event. Bockfest 2011 will take place from March 4 – 6, 2011.

The legendary “Cincinnati Dancing Pigs” will perform live; and local bakeries and restaurants will showcase unique pretzel creations. Admission is $35 and includes a unique sampling of freshly baked pretzels from local restaurants and bakeries, two drink tickets, a brat, and a chance to win the Ultimate Bockfest Weekend. (Additional food and beverage will also be available.) All proceeds go toward the costs of Bockfest 2011. Tickets can be purchased at www.bockfest.com.

Bockfest organizers are dedicated both to growing the size and scope of the festival as well as to keeping it local and authentically Cincinnati. Bockfest depends on local sponsors and grass-roots fundraising. Pretzelfest is an example. Bockfest is also raising funds necessary through two raffles, the Arnold’s Bathtub Raffle and the Ultimate Bockfest Weekend Raffle.

Arnold’s Bathtub Raffle: Arnold’s Bar & Grill is Cincinnati’s oldest saloon, founded in 1861 and celebrating its 150 year anniversary in 2011. The bar legendarily remained open through Prohibition, and stories about bathtub gin make the bathtub that remains in a second floor dining room a symbol of Arnold’s and its history. The bar owns a motorized bathtub that is always near the front of the Bockfest Parade, to be held on March 4, 2011 at 5:30PM. Driving the tub has traditionally been a rare honor. This year, Arnold’s is letting the privilege be raffled to help support parade costs. Chances are $5 each. Tickets can be purchased online at www.bockfest.com or by contacting Bockfest organizers at Bockfest@otrbrewerydistrict.org. Arnold’s is located at 210 East 8th Street Cincinnati, OH 45202.

Ultimate Bockfest Weekend Raffle: The Ultimate Bockfest Weekend Raffle offers ticket holders two chances to win luxury Bockfest accommodations. The Grand Prize winner will spend Friday, March 4, 2011 and Saturday, March 5, 2011 in a two-bed, two-bath penthouse in the Garfield Suites Hotel; and will receive $250 in food and drink voucher to be used at Café Martin within the hotel. The secondary prize includes Bockfest accommodations in a standard (but still spacious) suite and $100 in food and drink. Tickets can be purchased online at www.bockfest.com or by contacting Bockfest organizers at Bockfest@otrbrewerydistrict.org.

ABOUT Bockfest 2011
Bockfest will be held March, 4 – 6, 2011, beginning with the Bockfest Parade, at 5:30PM, March 4th. The parade will begin, as usual, in front of Arnold’s Bar & Grill, 210 E. 8th St., travel up Main St., cross Central Parkway, cross Liberty, and follow McMicken Ave to Walnut, ending at Bockfest Hall. Bockfest Hall is adjacent to the new Christian Moerlein Brewery, 1619 Moore St. More information about Bockfest can be found at www.bockfest.com or by contacting Bockfest organizers, Mike Morgan or Steve Hampton at Bockfest@otrbrewerydistrict.org.