Bockfest 2014 Schedule

All of this information came from 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 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”
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.”
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: Dec. 9 – 15, 2013

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, December 9th – 1/3 off Craft beer bottles at Moerlein Lager House

Monday, December 9th – Beer of the Day Special at Rock Bottom Brewery
Beer of the day is $3.25 all day.

Monday, December 9th from 4:00-7:30 pm – Craft Beer Night at Market Wines

Monday, December 9th from 8:00 pm to close – Pint Night at Incline Public House

Tuesday, December 10th – Tappa Keg Tuesday at Dingle House

Tuesday, December 10th – $7 Growler Fills at Moerlein Lager House

Tuesday, December 10th – Pint Night at Rock Bottom Brewery
Purchase a logo pint glass filled with your favorite Rock Bottom beer for just $5.95, refills are only $3.00 and you keep the glass.

Tuesday, December 10th at 6:00 pm – Saigon Sap Tapping at Moerlein Lager House
This collaborative beer by Triple Digit Brewing and Moerlein Lager House is “infused” with Saigon cinnamon and locally sourced apple cider.

UPDATE Tuesday, December 10th at 6:00 pm – Tuesdays on Tap at Whole Foods Mason
Six drafts, six bites, $6. This week’s beers include Anderson Valley Highway 128 APA, Dogfish Head Hellhound Ale (brewed with Lemons), Fat Head’s Brewery Holly Jolly, Ithaca Flower Power, Oskar Blues G’Knight and Kona Pipeline Porter.

Wednesday, December 11th – Second Annual Dark Days of December at Zip’s
On tap will be: From Great Lakes Brewing – 2012 Black Out Stout, 2013 Black Out Stout, Edmund Fitzgerald, Engine 20 (smoked pale ale) and Christmas Ale. From Fifty West – Coffee Please and Christmas Cookie (on nitro. And both breweries – their Ale of Two Cities (their collaboration beer).

Wednesday, December 11th – Select Craft Beers for $2 at Molly Malone’s Covington

Wednesday, December 11th – Bell’s Pint Night at Rail House
First pint is $5 – Keep the glass and get refills for only $3.

Wednesday, December 11th – Pint Night at UC’s Catskeller

Wednesday, December 11th from 5:00 to 8:00 pm – Take Home the Glass Night at Taste of Belgium OTR

Wednesday, December 11th from 5:30 to 8:00 pm – Bell’s Stout Tasting at Marty’s Hops and Vines
Five different Bell’s stouts paired with stout braised pork tender loin.

Thursday, December 12th from 4:00 pm to close – Take Home the Glass Night at Taste of Belgium Short Vine
This week’s beer is Troubadour Imperial Stout on Nitro.

Thursday, December 12th from 5:00 to close – CannonBLOG at Fifty West Brewing
See our earlier post for more information.

Thursday, December 12th from 5:00-11:00 pm – Thirsty Thursday at Kingsgate Marriott
Food pairings: Pork Belly Slider with Cranberry Relish; Puff Pastry with Brie Cheese, Apple Gastrique, Craisins and Spiced nuts; Assorted Cheese Platter and Sticky Toffee Pudding. Beers (5 oz pours): Angry Orchard Cinnfull Cider, Rivertown Winter Ale, Mt. Carmel Amber Ale & Great Lakes Christmas Ale. Cost is $12 per person. Free parking for attendees.

Thursday, December 12th at 5:00 pm – Special Olympics Benefit at Rivertown Brewing Co.
See the Facebook event page for more information.

Thursday, December 12th 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 – Breckenridge Christmas, Glendale – Rivertown Winter and Hyde Park – Breckenridge Christmas.

Thursday, December 12th at 6:00 pm – Firkin Tapping at Rock Bottom Brewery

Thursday, December 12th at 7:00 pm – Founders Beer Dinner at Lavomatic
$40 per person for four courses with beer parings. Space is limited and reservations required. Call (513) 621-1999 to make reservations. Check their Facebook event page for more information.

Thursday, December 12th at 7:00 pm – Beer Dinner at Izzy’s Fort Wright
Beers include Redhook Winterhook, Widmer Brothers Brrr and Kona Pipeline Porter. Price includes one of each beer, appetizer, dinner and dessert for $19.99 per person. Pint glass available for an additional $2.50. Call 859-331-4999 to make a reservation.

Friday, December 13th – $7 Growler Fills at Moerlein Lager House

UPDATE Friday, December 13th at 5:00 pm – Saigon Sap Tapping at Moerlein Tap Room

Friday, December 13th 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, December 13th from 6:00-7:00 pm – Against The Grain Back Room Brawl at Party Town in Florence
An all draft event with several rare and one time only beers including 70k Bourbon barrel double milk stout, Ky. Ryed Chiquen, Double Ryed Chiquen, Citra Ass Down, Citra Wet Ass Down, Santa Came Early (Randalled through candy canes), and Bo & Luke plus a one time only Bo & Luke variant (TBD). Holler Hops & Grill will be bringing their beer brined wings. Regular flight is $2. Additional charge for by-the-glass beers (Bo & Luke and B & L variant – 9 oz. pour).

Friday, December 13th from 7:00-9:00 pm – The Twelve Beers of Christmas Beer Tasting at Jungle Jim’s
The cost is $25.00 per person.

Saturday, December 14th – Gramps Barleywine “Ugly Sweater” Party at Rhinegeist
From Facebook:

We’ll be releasing our big old grandaddy barleywine “Gramps” and to celebrate we’ll be donning our favorite/ugliest sweaters and hoisting goblets in the direction of a jolly Holiday Season…

Saturday, December 14th from 5:00-8:00pm – Beer Tasting at Ludlow Wines
The cost to taste four beers is $6.00 per person.

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”