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

What Are Your Plans for Tonight?

As most of us know, tonight (Thanksgiving Eve) is the busiest bar night of year. Lots of places are having events tonight and we wanted to provide you with a list of all of the better beer related ones we could find. If you know of more of them, leave a comment. And let us know where you decided to spend the night before Turkey Day!


12:00 to 11:00 pm – Keep-The-Pint Night at Mt. Carmel Brewing
Get a pint, keep the glass. As well as all of the regular Mt. Carmel brews, they will also have the last of the cask-conditioned Wet-Hopped IPA.

4:00 to 8:00 pm – Christian Moerlein Over-the-Rhine Brewery Open House

5:00 to 10:00 pm – Rivertown Tap Room open for Thanksgiving Eve
Dino’s Gorilla Grill will be on hand.

5:00 to 9:00 pm – Empty Growler “Between the Bookends” Event at MOTR Pub
Beers available for growler fills (including the “Bookends” taps are: Hudepohl Amber Lager ($8), Christian Moerlein OTR ($10), Breckenridge Vanilla Porter ($10), Fat Heads Sunshine Daydream (Wet Hopped) Session IPA ($12), SixPoint Spice Of Life ($12), Bell’s Two Hearted ($12), Guinness ($12), Stone Double Bastard ($20), Oskar Blues Ten Fidy ($30) and Dogfish Head Burton Baton ($35)

Starting at 5:00 pm – Thanksgiving Eve at The Lackman
Specials include $3.50 Stone IPA, $3.50 Avery White Rascal, $2 Hudy Amber bottles and there’s a Half Price Happy Hour from 4pm-8pm!

5:00 to 8:00 pm – Special Beer Tasting – Kasteel Cuvée du Chateau, Aged 10 years at Taste of Belgium

Oskar Blues sampling at Findlay Market

8:00 pm to 2:30 am – Third Annual Hudepohl Thanksgiving Eve Turkey Trot
Participating locations include Arnold’s Bar & Grill, The Famous Neon’s Unplugged, The Drinkery, MOTR Pub, Japps Since 1879, Mr. Pitiful’s, Milton’s Prospect Hill Tavern, Bakersfield OTR, A Tavola Pizza, Mayberry, The Lackman, Taste of Belgium and Lavomatic.

8:00 to 11:00 pm – 50% Off Draft Beers at Mellow Mushroom Wilder
As they put it on Facebook, all 39 drafts are half off. Even Great Lakes Christmas Ale, Southern Tier Oatmeal Stout and Dogfish Head 90 Minute.

8:00 to 10:30 pm – Trivia and Mystery Beer Night with Question Anything Trivia at Keystone Bar & Grill Grill Hyde Park
Win at trivia and/or try some “$2 Mystery Beers all night! Listen for hints throughout the night and guess by ordering what beer you think it is! At the end of the night, if you were right they will be only $2”

Upcoming Bockfest Events

Bockfest is coming! Bockfest is coming! Check out these upcoming Bockfest events. For more information, go to the Bockfest website at http://www.bockfest.com/ where we got much of this information. We’ll do another post with the events for Bockfest weekend later this month.

Bockfest Poster Signing – Feb. 11th

On Thursday February 11, 2010, Mr Pitiful’s will host the the Bockfest 2010 Poster Signing Happy Hour. Mr Pitiful’s is located at 1323 Main Street Cincinnati, Ohio 45202. From 6:00PM to 10:00PM, Bockfest 2010 posters signed by artist Jim Effler will be available for $10.00. Original Bockfest oil paintings as well as previous year’s Bockfest posters will also be available.

Bockfest Blow – Feb. 12th

The Fifth Annual BockFest Blow will take place at 6:30PM on Friday February 12, 2010 at the River City Works, 532 East 12th Street, in Over-the-Rhine’s Pendleton Art District. Blowers from the Art Academy will create a glass stein trophy, which will be the grand prize for the best parade entry. Arnold’s Bar and Grill will be providing food.

Bockfest Precipitation Retaliation Happy Hour – Feb. 28th

On Sunday February 28 from 4:00PM to 7:00PM, Miltons Prospect Hill Tavern at 301 Milton Street, will host a happy hour showcasing our unique response to 2008’s blizzard. If you remember, Old Man Winter decided to snow on our parade in 2008. We held it anyway, but the copius amounts of snow that fell rivaled the copius amounts of Bock Beer we had ready to drink. We felt a little retaliation was in order, so last year we set alight a snowman as a warning to the snow gods and were blessed with fantastic weather. So if it worked one year, we figured we’d do it again, so join us at 6:30PM as we set alight a snowman as a warning to the weather gods. Beer will always triumph over snow!

Sausage Queen Competition

On Saturday March 6 at 8:00 PM, Bockfest Hall will host the “Little Kings” Sausage Queen Finals. The competion will include the top two finalists from each of the preliminary rounds, held at the following locations:
Friday, February 12, 2010 at 9:00PM, held at The Comet, 4579 Hamilton Avenue, Cincinnati, Ohio
Thursday, February 18, 2010 at 9:00PM, held at Arnold’s Bar and Grill, 210 East 8th Street, Cincinnati, Ohio 45202
Friday, February 26, 2010 at 9:00PM, held at the Blue Bar, 266 Pike Street, Covington, Kentucky 41011
Saturday, February 27, 2010 at 9:00PM, held at Milton’s Prospect Hill Tavern, 301 Milton Street, Cincinnati, Ohio 45202