This Week in Bockfest: March 4-7, 2021

It’s the most wonderful time of the year in Cincinnati: Bockfest! While things will be different this year, the great tradition of goats and bock beers will continue in the Queen City for the 29th time. Remember that reservations are highly recommended (if not required) for all of these events.

Here are some of the highlights of Bockfest 2021:

All weekend at Fibonacci Brewing – New Baby Goat!
Fibonacci has a new baby goat named Buttercup and two bock beers named for two of their goats. Buttercup’s namesake beer is a Dunkles Bock and the other beer is a New Riff rye whiskey barrel-aged Dopplebock named Honey after another resident goat.

Cue the Goats - Fibonacci Brewing

Thursday, March 4th at 5:30 pm at Alexandria Brewing: Blessing of the bock and tapping of Slayerator Doppelbock and Farmer Bock

Thursday, March 4th at 7:00 pm at Arnold’s Bar & Grill – The Tapping of the Bocks
Brother Tim Sucher, a Franciscan Monk from St. Francis Seraph Church, will bless all eleven bock beers on tap. Live music from Preston Charles from 6:00-8:00 pm.

Friday, March 5th at 11:00 am at Rebel Mettle Brewing – New Bock Beer Release
Colonel Copper Kupferdoppelbock joins Bock & Roll Bockbier in the taproom.

Friday, March 5th at 11:30 am at March First Brewing – Bock Beers Tapping
They include March First Heller Bock, Warped Wing Barrel-Aged Maple Abominator, Common Beer Co. Bock-A-Fella, and Grainworks Cincinnati Liars Lager Bock.

Friday, March 5th at 3:00 pm at Figleaf Brewing – Bock Beers Tapping
They include March First Heller Bock, Wooden Cask BA Oh Hell Yes Bock, HighGrain Ibex Weizenbock, and 16 Lots Kurve Bock.

Friday, March 5th at 5:30 pm at Big Ash Brewing – Ceremonial Tapping of Big Ash “Goat Rope” Bock Beer on the “Pour-Your-Own” Tapwall

Friday, March 5th at 6:00 pm at Mecklenburg Gardens – Keg Tapping of Paulaner Salvatore PLUS Bock And Doppelbock Tap Takeover
Special Guests: Schutzenfest Konig and Konigin – Randy and Katrina Brunsman

Saturday, March 6th from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm at Moerlein Lager House – Bockfest Book and Poster Signing with Jim Effler
Bockfest artist Jim Effler will be signing his new book 25 Years of Bockfest Posters and a variety of previous and current Bockfest posters.

There are (at last count) 36 different Bockfest venues this year both in the usual OTR and Downtown area plus more in the greater Cincinnati area. Check them all out on the official Bockfest website.

Moerlein to Can Award-Winning Red Hop Mess Red IPA

More canned local beer coming soon. And better yet, more Jim Effler artwork. Seriously love his work.

UPDATE: Greg Hardman just emailed to say that Christian Moerlein Red Hop Mess won the bronze at the New York International Beer Competition in the Imperial India Pale Ale category. Congratulations!

The Christian Moerlein Brewing Co. announces the expansion of their popular craft beer can lineup with one of their most successful new brands, Red Hop Mess Red IPA. Red Hop Mess was originally launched in November 2014 in six-pack bottles and draft and quickly gained popularity after being listed as one of the top craft beers in the State of Ohio. The beer will be available beginning February 27th throughout greater Cincinnati, Dayton, Columbus, Cleveland, Lexington and Louisville in 12 ounce cans featuring artwork from Cincinnati artist, Jim Effler.

Moerlein Red Hop Mess Red IPA fits into the India Pale Ale category and is a well-balanced hop forward beer with a citrusy aroma and a sweet malt grain bill. The recipe for Red Hop Mess came from a collaboration of the Christian Moerlein brewing team, striving for a unique and innovation IPA. Vital Stats include: OG: 15.9, ABV 7.2%, SRM 11 and IBUs of 83. Christian Moerlein Head Brewer, Tom Hull, explains that flavor and aroma as, “Sweet lightly toasted malt with a blast of citrus hops that has a hint of pine in the finish.”

The Jim Effler artwork featured on the can depicts a team of mad scientists working in the lab of the brewery, reveling in the glory of the hoppy wonder they have created. The Cans description states:

Just like the creations of a mad scientist, brewing an exceptional beer requires the dynamic blend of art, science, and a touch of crazy innovation. Our team of craft brewers collaborated on this unique red IPA with a recipe bearing the perfect fusion of malt and a mad dose of Amarillo hops. The result, Red Hop Mess – a stroke of pure genius with just the right amount of madness.

Christian Moerlein’s Red Hop Mess has seen overwhelmingly positive feedback from the market in the first three months of the brand’s existence.

Moerlein Red Hop Mess Red IPA