Little Kings Draftstravaganza

From Facebook:

Little Kings Draftstravaganza!!!!!!
The moment you have all been waiting for has finally arrived. After a 10+ year hiatus…. Thirsty Cincinnatians can finally get the legendary Little Kings on draft. That’s right, no longer will the masses have to be tethered to the tiny 7 ounce bottles that Little Kings normally come in. They will now be able to be contained to a tiny 8oz glass that Arnold’s will serve them in. You can always order a double if you would like a full pint. For the first few months, Christian Moerlein has chosen Arnold’s to be the exclusive place to get Little Kings on draft and we couldn’t be more honored. Arnold’s is celebrating the momentous occasion on Friday July 28th at 6pm and will be featuring 1.25 8oz drafts and 4.00 Boilermakers all night long. See you there!

This Week in Beer: Feb. 29 – Mar. 6, 2016

Check out our Better Beer Happy Hours, Etc. page for regularly scheduled specials on better beer. We are only list events here that are unique for this coming week in beer. As always, any edited listing will have UPDATE at the beginning of the listing.

Monday, Feb. 29th at 5:00 pm – Great Lakes Beer Dinner at Dilly.
Five beers, a happy hour and four courses for $39 per person, all inclusive. Check out their Facebook event page for more information.

Monday, Feb. 29th at 5:00 pm – Rare Keg Monday at Ei8ht Ball Brewing
This week, it’s Evil Twin / Lervig Big Ass Money Stout. The cost is $12 for a ten ounce tulip.

Monday, Feb. 29th at 6:30 pm – 2016 CBW Brewery Collaboration Beer Draft at Rhinegeist
See our earlier post for more information.

Tuesday, March 1st at 4:00 pm – Nice Melons Tapping at Rivertown Brewing

Tuesday, March 1st at 4:00 pm – Gnarly Gno More At Firehouse Grill
Four variants: Black Currant, Coffee and Vanilla, Mexican Hot Chocolate and regular Gnarly Brown available.

Wednesday, March 2nd at 5:00 pm – Meet the Goebel Goats at Braxton Brewing
Meet the goat that Braxton sponsored as well as several other Goebel Goats. A dollar from each beer will be donated to the Goebel Goats.

Wednesday, March 2nd at 6:00 pm – Schoenling Bock Beer Tapping at Mecklenburg Gardens

Wednesday, March 2nd at 8:00 pm – Bock Beer Experience Preview at Arnold’s Bar & Grill
Eighteen bock beers on tap including Christian Moerlein Emancipator Dopplebock, Schoenling Bock, Triple Digit Gravitator Dopplebock, Wiedemann Bohemian Bock, Fifty West Road Bock, MadTree Bockaveli, Cellar Dweller Bock, Listermann’s Friar Bacon Smoked Bock, Braxton Ignitor Maibock, Blank Slate Tank Bottoms Weizenbock, Old Firehouse Bock Drop and Roll, Warped Wing The Abominator Doppelbock, Genessee Bock, Bell’s Consecrator Dopplebock, Epic Double Skull Doppelbock and Tröegs Troegenator Double Bock. Plus Jake Speed & The Freddies performing live.

Thursday, March 3rd at 4:00 pm – Goose Island Tap Takeover at The Lackman
Beers include Green Line Pale Ale, Four Star Pils and Lolita 2015.

Thursday, March 3rd at 5:00 pm – Karneval of Bock Beer at Taft’s Ale House
What they are calling “Food, Music & Foolishness”, it’s too much to cover in a few lines here. Check out their Facebook event page for all the details.

Thursday, March 3rd at 5:00 pm – Upland Pint Night at Cappy’s Wine and Spirits
Beers include Dantalion, Champagne Velvet, Barrel Chested and Stoaked.

Thursday, March 3rd at 7:00 pm – Books on Tap at Braxton Brewing
More information available on their Facebook event page.

Thursday, March 3rd at 7:00 pm – Highland Brewing Pint Night at Hebron Brew Haus

Thursday, March 3rd at 7:00 pm – Hudy Bock Tapping at Arnold’s Bar & Grill
From Facebook: “Hudy Bock will be featured for just $3.00 all night. Hudepohl reps will be in the building all night handing out free swag including a limited edition of 60 T-shirts commemorating Hudepohl Bock 2016. The T-shirts will only be for this event and will never be made again.”

Friday, March 4th-Sunday, March 6th – Bockfest
Check out the Bockfest website for information on events throughout the weekend.

Sunday, March 6th at 11:00 am – Christian Moerlein Emancipator Coffee Bock Bottle Release at Arnold’s Bar & Grill
Check out their Facebook event page for more information.

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This Week in Beer: Nov. 23 – 29, 2015

Check out our Better Beer Happy Hours, Etc. page for regularly scheduled specials on better beer. We are only list events here that are unique for this coming week in beer. As always, any edited listing will have UPDATE at the beginning of the listing.
NOTE: With Thanksgiving Eve being the busiest night of the year from most better beer locations, this is especially true this week.

Monday, Nov. 23rd at 5:00 pm – Rare Keg Monday at Ei8ht Ball Brewing
This week, it’s Dogfish Head Higher Math. The cost is $10 for a ten ounce snifter.

Monday, Nov. 23rd from 6:00-7:00 pm – Crazy Craisin Hour at Rock Bottom Cincinnati
Try their Cranberry Pumpkin Ale for $3 a pint.

UPDATE Tuesday, Nov. 24th at 6:00 pm – Celebratory Beer Tapping for the Cincinnati Street Car at Moerlein Lager House
“To celebrate the arrival of Cincinnati’s second streetcar, the Moerlein Lager House will be releasing its newest beer—a hoppy red ale named ‘Desire’. Streetcar supporters are invited to celebrate the tapping of Desire at 6pm at the Moerlein Lager House. Moerlein’s Desire is the second of five beers in the streetcar series.”

Wednesday, Nov. 5th from 4:00-8:00 pm – MadTree Pint Night at Jungle Jim’s Fairfield

Wednesday, Nov. 25th from 5:00-10:00 pm – First Ever TAPSgiving at the Growler House
From their Facebook page: “Join us for a festive sampling of all 30 taps! Buy a collectible “Tapsgiving” bencher glass and recieve $1.50 bencher pours and $7.50 flights of anything on tap all night long! We’ll also have a 2 for $20 growler fill special going for all of your Thanksgiving needs!”

Wednesday, Nov. 25th at 6:00 pm – Belukus Import Beer Tasting at Marty’s Hops & Vines
Five imported beers from the Belukus portfolio: C Wells Banana Bread Beer, C Wells Sticky Toffee Pudding Ale, Youngs Double Chocolate Stout, Blanche de Bruxelles and McEwan’s Scotch Ale. They will also be pouring blends of these beers.

Wednesday, Nov. 25th at 6:00 pm – Barrel Aged Code 3 Tapping at Old Firehouse Brewery
Plus they will be auctioning off four of their tankard hooks. One per hour starting at 7:00 pm.

Wednesday, Nov. 25th from 6:00-10:00 pm – Mecklenburg’s Multi Brew Event at Mecklenburg’s Garden
From Facebook: “Mecklenburg’s is celebrating their 150th Anniversary – 5 Local Breweries, 5 Keg Tappings, 5 Food Tastings. Featured Breweries: Wiedemann’s, Bell’s, Listermann, MadTree and Rhinegeist. Entertainment by the Alpen Echos”

Wednesday, Nov. 25th from 9:00 pm – Hudepohl Downtown Hoedown at Arnold’s Bar & Grill
In addition to live old-time music and professional square dancers, Arnold’s will have “$2 Drafts of Hudepohl Pure Lager all night. Hudy reps will also be in the building handing out tons of free swag including Pint Glasses and T-shirts. Also at 9pm they will be tapping two extremely hard to get a hold of Kegs from Christian Moerlein. The first is their famed 11/162 Bourbon Barrel Ale. Possibly the last of it available anywhere in the city. The second is a Keg of their Shiver Chai Porter, to which only an extremely limited number of barrels were made.”

Wednesday, Nov. 25th from 9:00 pm-1:00 am – Alumni Club at Moerlein Lager House
$3 Hudepohl Pure Lager, $10 five-bottle buckets of Little Kings

Thursday, Nov. 26th – HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

CHECK TOMORROW FOR OUR BLACK FRIDAY AND BEYOND BETTER BEER CALENDAR!

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This Week in Beer: March 2 – 8, 2015

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. NEW – Check out our new Better Beer Happy Hours, Etc. page for regularly scheduled specials on better beer.

Monday, March 2nd – Mug Night Monday at Flipdaddy’s Union

Monday, March 2nd – 1/3 off craft beer bottles at Moerlein Lager House

Monday, March 2nd – Randall Monday at the Brass Tap U Square

Monday, March 2nd at 5:00 pm – Rare Keg Monday at Ei8ht Ball Brewing

Monday, March 2nd at 6:00 pm – Beer of the Month Tapping at Moerlein Lager House
This month, it’s their Lab Lager #3 and it’s benefiting the Over-The-Rhine Brewery District.

Monday, March 2nd at 7:00 pm – Rogue Beer Tasting & Dinner at BJ’s Restaurant and Brew House Florence
Eight beers (six from Rogue and two from BJ’s), four courses for $30 for prepaid reservations, $35 day of event. Reserve online at their web site.

Monday, March 2nd from 8:00 pm to close – Pint Night at Incline Public House

Tuesday, March 3rd – Penny Flips at Fifty West

Tuesday, March 3rd – Tappa Keg Tuesday at Dingle House

Tuesday, March 3rd – $8 Growler Fills at Moerlein Lager House

Tuesday, March 3rd – Infusion Special at the Brass Tap U Square

Tuesday, March 3rd from 5:00-7:00 pm – Meet the Brewer at Barleycorn’s
This week, it’s TBA at their Lakeside Park location and TBA at their Florence location.

Tuesday, March 3rd from 6:00-10:00 pm – Widmer Tap Takeover at HalfCut

Tuesday, March 3rd at 6:00 pm – BOGO Craft Beer Special at Hebron Brew Haus
Special applies to select rotating draft beers.

Tuesday, March 3rd at 6:00 pm – Tuesdays on Tap at Whole Foods Mason
Six drafts, six bites, $6.

Wednesday, March 4th – Select Craft Beers for $2 at Molly Malone’s Covington

Wednesday, March 4th – Local Wednesday at Buckhead Mountain Grill Bellevue
All local beer served in a 16 oz pint glass are $3.99.

Wednesday, March 4th – Pint Night at UC’s Catskeller
This week, it’s Bell’s Brewery.

Wednesday, March 4th from 5:30 to 8:00 pm – Beer Tasting at Marty’s Hops and Vines

Thursday, March 5th – Firkin Thursday at Fifty West

Thursday, March 5th – Tap That Thursday at BrewRiver GastroPub

Thursday, March 5th at 4:00 pm – Oskar Blues Pinner Tapping at The Lackman
Pinner is a session IPA.

Thursday, March 5th from 4:00 pm to close – Take Home the Glass Night at Taste of Belgium Clifton

Thursday, March 5th at 6:00 pm – Schoenling Bock Tapping at Mecklenburg’s Gardens
This brew is the winner of the previous year’s Bockfest homebrew competition put on by the Bloatarian Brewing League. Special dinner buffet will be available as well.

Thursday, March 5th 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 – Kentucky Bourbon Aged IPA, Glendale – Smithwick’s and Hyde Park – TBA.

Friday, March 6th-Sunday, March 8th – Bockfest 2015
As we always do, we’ll be posting the events for each day.

Friday, March 6th – $8 Growler Fills at Christian Moerlein Brewery

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

Saturday, March 7th at 12:00 pm – The Return of the Tiger (Saber Tooth Tiger) at Rhinegeist
Available in 22oz bombers that are limited to two per person. They will not be filling growlers, howlers, or crowlers.

Saturday, March 7th from 5:00-8:00pm – Beer Tasting at Ludlow Wines
The cost to taste four beers is $6.00 per person.

This Week in Beer: March 3 – 9, 2014

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, March 3rd – Mug Night Monday at Flipdaddy’s Union

Monday, March 3rd – 1/3 off Craft beer bottles at Moerlein Lager House

Monday, March 3rd – Beer of the Day Special at Rock Bottom Brewery
Each Monday, the beer of the day is $3.25 all day.

Monday, March 3rd from 4:00-7:30 pm – Craft Beer Night at Market Wines

Monday, March 3rd at 5:00 pm – Rare Keg Monday at Ei8ht Ball Brewing
This week’s keg is Prairie Bomb!.

Monday, March 3rd from 8:00 pm to close – Pint Night at Incline Public House

Tuesday, March 4th – Tappa Keg Tuesday at Dingle House

Tuesday, March 4th – $8 Growler Fills at Moerlein Lager House

Tuesday, March 4th – Pint Night at Rock Bottom Brewery
Buy a logo pint glass with your favorite Rock Bottom beer for $5.95, get it refilled for $3.00 and you keep the glass.

Tuesday, March 4th at 5:00 pm – Beer School at Whole Foods Mason
This month’s beer school is examining Craft Lagers and the various subsets of the style with special guests from Samuel Adams’ Cincinnati brewery located in Over-The-Rhine.

UPDATE Tuesday, March 4th at 6:00 pm – Tuesdays on Tap at Whole Foods Mason
Six drafts, six bites, $6. For Mardi Gras, all of this week’s beers are from Abita: Mardi Gras Bock, TurboDog, Andygator, Restoration, Grapefruit Harvest and Purple Haze.

Wednesday, March 5th – Select Craft Beers for $2 at Molly Malone’s Covington

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

Wednesday, March 5th – Wiede Wednesday at Pompilio’s
Every Wednesday is Wiede Wednesday at Pompilio’s in Newport with $3 Wiedemann pints all day.

Wednesday, March 5th – Pint Night at UC’s Catskeller

Wednesday, March 5th from 5:00 to 8:00 pm – Take Home the Glass Night at Taste of Belgium
This week’s featured beer is TBA.

Wednesday, March 5th from 5:30 to 8:00 pm – $3 Drafts at Marty’s Hops and Vines

Wednesday, March 5th at 6:00 pm – Schoenling Bock Tapping at Mecklenburg Gardens
Happy Hour beer prices on bock beers and a delicious German buffet available.

Thursday, March 6th from 4:00 pm to close – Take Home the Glass Night at Taste of Belgium Short Vine

Thursday, March 6th 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 – Thirsty Dog Twisted Kilt, Glendale – Smithwick’s & Harp and Hyde Park – Stone To Go IPA.

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

Friday, March 7th through Sunday, March 9th – BOCKFEST
A separate post covering each day’s events will be published on Tuesday.

Friday, March 7th – $8 Growler Fills at Moerlein Lager House

Friday, March 7th at 5:00 pm – MadTree Tap Takeover and Meet the Brewer at Back Porch Saloon
Go to their Facebook event page for more information.

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

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

Bockfest Bash and Arnold’s Bockfest Lineup

So now that Cincinnati Beer Week and Cincy Winter Beerfest are done for 2014, we look ahead to the next big beer event in Cincinnati – Bockfest! While Bockfest itself isn’t until March 7-9, the Sausage Queen preliminaries have been going for a while now and more events are starting to take place.

This Friday (Feb. 21st), Queen City Glass Arts and Brazee Street Studios in collaboration with Arnold’s Bar and Grill will present the annual Bockfest Bash. Each year, the Bockfest trophy is created out of molten glass and is presented to the winning float in the Bockfest parade. Food and drink will be provided by Arnold’s. The event is held 6-9 pm in the Hot Shop at the Brazee Box building, located at 3235 Enyart Ave.

Bockfest 2014

If you are starting to make your Bockfest plans, here is some information from Arnold’s to help you start planning your weekend.

Everything you need to know about Bockfest 2014 at Arnold’s

Friday
1pm – 15 Bock Beers Tapped
6pm – Parade kicks off
4-7pm – Todd Hepburn playing live saloon piano music in the bar
6-8pm – Live Blues from 46 Long in The Courtyard
9-12:30 Live music from The Cincy Brass in the courtyard

Saturday
11-4 The Craft Menagerie indie craft market in the courtyard – 20+ amazing local artisans showing off their wares. Metal, paper, fabric, jewelry, vintage, prints, pottery, candles and more.
12 noon – Exclusive Tapping – Triple Digit Bourbon Barrel Gravitator Dopplebock – Only one 1/6 barrel of it in existence
1pm – Exclusive Tapping – Cask Conditioned Chardonnay Barrel Oaked Rivertown Bock – Only one 1/6 barrel of it in existence
2pm – Exclusive Tapping – 50 West’s Bocklava – Bock Beer infused with honey and nuts – Only one 1/6 barrel of it in existence
3pm – Exclusive Tapping – Moerlein Emmancipator Doppelbock Specialty Keg – Only one 1/6 barrel of it in existence
9pm – Live music from Lagniappe

Sunday
11-6 The Bockfest Tent Revival to benefit the Cincinnati USA Music Heritage Fund – Lunch with old time Gospel music from some of Cincinnati’s best Old-time, Bluegrass, Country and Folk bands – The Hayseed Tabernacle Choir, Mark Utley and Renee Frye of Magnolia Mountain, Rattlesnakin Daddies, Mudpies, Buffalo Wabs and the Price Hill Hustle, The Part time Gentlemen, My Brother The Bear, Patrick Ewing, The Dishes, Jim Casto and Allen Talbott and more

Bock Beer Tap List
Christian Moerlein – Emancipator Doppelbock
Schoenling – Bock
Hudepohl – Bock
Wiedemann’s – Bohemian Bock
Triple Digit – Gravitator Dopplebock
Rivertown – Bock
Fifty West – Bock
Mt Carmel – Maplebock
Victory – Moonglow Weizenbock
Dark Horse – Perkulator Coffee Dopplebock
Bell’s – Consecrator Dopplebock
Tröegs – Cultivator Helles Bock
Horny Goat Brewing Company – Baby Got Bock
Southern Tier – Goat Boy Imperial Weizenbock
Triple Digit Bourbon Barrel Gravitator Dopplebock – Only one 1/6 barrel of it in existence
Rivertown Cask Conditioned Chardonnay Barrel Oaked Bock – Only one 1/6 barrel of it in existence
Fifty West Bocklava – Bock Beer infused with honey and nuts – Only one 1/6 barrel of it in existence
Moerlein Emmancipator Doppelbock Specialty Keg – Only one 1/6 barrel of it in existence

Touring the Cincinnati Samuel Adams Brewery

Samuel Adams Brewery Sign

Once a year during Oktoberfest Zinzinnati, the Samuel Adams Brewery in Cincinnati opens their doors for friends and family to tour their facility as part of a larger Oktoberfest celebration. This year, we were lucky enough to be invited and see inside this historic brewery.

Sam Adams Schoenling 1933

The main part of the brewery was originally built in 1933 as the Schoenling Brewery. It is because of the age of this part of the brewery, it is not really feasible for them to have public tours. There are just too many stairs, pipes to get around, etc. Plus, tours like this cannot happen when the brewery is active. They would have to literally stop brewing each time a tour went through.

Sam Adams Copper Tanks

Love the Sam Adams logo on this beautiful copper tank. It was one of two copper brew kettles.

Sam Adams Tour

The tours were led by brewery employees. You can tell from this shot that we were in the 1933 portion of the brewery,

Sam Adams Pipes

Next, we went back down the stairs and outside to another part of the brewery. As you can see, lots of pipes and tanks full of Sam Adams beer.

Sam Adams Tanks

Another view of the tanks

Sam Adams Kegging

More stairs, back outside and then on to the kegging area. Definitely much larger than the kegging machinery than the other local breweries, but not as monstrous as a Bud/Miller/Coors brewery.

Sam Adams Barrel Room

Having seen the barrel room at Samuel Adams Brewery in Boston, it was a very nice surprise to know they have an even larger version here in Cincinnati. The room held twelve barrels of this size.

Sam Adams Packaging

Next, we were off to the warehouse where we saw pallet after pallet loaded up with all different kinds of Sam Adams beers.

Sam Adams Angel City

We also saw some new names that we had just learned about earlier that day. Angel City Brewery is a new Boston Beer Company acquisition. We will tell you more about it and several others in a future post.

Sam Adams Safety

But, most of all, we were impressed with the emphasis on safety at the Sam Adams Cincinnati brewery. Every area had some kind of sign reminding employees to work safe.

Special thanks to Jim Koch and Allison Polack of the Samuel Adams Brewery plus Jill Hetterseimer of Stagnaro Distributing for inviting us. We had a blast and look forward to seeing you all again some time soon!

— Tom, Carla and Chris

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

The (Nearly) Complete Guide to Bockfest 2010

Thanks to Bockfest.com, Chris Breeden at Arnold’s, Jean-Francois Flehet at Taste of Belgium, Micah Paldino and many other folks for providing this information. Any additions or corrections are welcomed!

Wednesday, March 3rd
• 5:00 p.m. – Keg Tapping of Schoenling Bock and Hudepohl Bock at Mecklenburg Gardens
Spaten Maibock and a German buffet also available

Thursday, March 4th
• 5:00 p.m. – Bockfest Happy Hour at Senate Restaurant
$2 Moerleins, $5 Hot dogs on the grill and Schoenling Bock on tap

Friday, March 5th
• 11:00 a.m. – Arnold’s opens
Six Bock beers on tap for the weekend, Special wild game menu
• 11:00 a.m. – Washington Platform opens
Hudepohl & Schoenling Bocks on tap. Bockwurst sandwiches, ruebens, fresh shucked oysters and a Spring Clambake on Friday evening, which is a one night all-you-care-to-eat “boil” of shrimp, crawfish, clams, mussels, corn & potatoes.
• 11:00 a.m. – Iris Book Cafe opens (closes at 6:00 p.m.)
Dopplebock brownies!
• 3:30 p.m. – Courtyard Cafe opens
Menu for Bockfest includes Aunt Gertie’s Famous Bockwurst Sandwich, Smoked Turkey Legs, Mock Turtle Soup, Soft Pretzels with Beer Cheese, and Hot Slaw. Lots of Bock Beers On Tap.
• 4:00 p.m. – Bockfest Hall opens
Food at Bockfest Hall this year is from Mecklenburg Garden and Taste of Belgium. Jean-Francois at Taste of Belgium promises traditional savory crêpes (egg, ham, gruyere) and their twist on a Reuben: buckwheat batter with sauerkraut, corned been and 1000 island dressing. The crêpes are made with Christian Moerlein beer.
• 4:00 p.m. – Todd Hepburn live at Arnold’s Beer Garden
• 4:00 p.m. – Grammer’s opens
Live music and a special sausage menu for Bockfest
• 4:00 p.m. – Milton’s Prospect Hill Tavern opens
• 5:00 p.m. – Mr. Pitiful’s opens
Grilled Brats and Metts
• 5:00 p.m. – Jack Potts Tavern opens
• 6:00 p.m. – Bockfest parade
The parade starts to form in front of Arnold’s at 5:30 and then moves up Main Street at 6:00 p.m.
• 6:00 p.m. – 46 Long live at Arnold’s courtyard
• 6:30 p.m. – Blessing of the Bock at Bockfest Hall (the historic Kauffman Brewery at 1621 Moore St)
• 7:00 p.m. – The Bier Band live at Bockfest Hall
• 7:00 p.m. – Continuous free shuttle to all Bockfest Venues starts running (stops at 1:00 a.m.)
• 9:00 p.m. – Jake Speed and the Freddies live at Bockfest Hall
• 9:00 p.m. – Lagniappe live at Arnold’s courtyard and throughout the bar
• 9:00 p.m. – The Goshorn Brothers Band live at Mr. Pitiful’s
• 9:00 p.m. – Stays in Vegas live at Jack Potts Tavern
• 10:00 p.m. – Lucy Blue Pizza opens

Saturday, March 6th
• 10:00 a.m. – Bockfest Hall opens
Sarah Stephens, author of Cincinnati’s Brewing History and Dr. Don Heinrich Tolzmann, author of German-Americana: Selected Essays author and President of German-American Citizens League of Greater Cincinnati, will be on hand both Saturday and Sunday to talk about Over-the-Rhine history and sign copies of their books.
• 10:00 a.m. – Continuous free shuttle to all Bockfest Venues starts running (stops at 1:00 a.m.)
• 10:00 a.m. – Prohibition Resistance Tours begin
SOLD OUT!
• 11:00 a.m. – Arnold’s opens
Try a sampler of the six Bock Beers on tap
• 11:00 a.m. – Jack Potts Tavern opens
• 11:00 a.m. – Iris Book Cafe opens (closes at 6:00 p.m.)
• 11:00 a.m. – Washington Platform opens
• 12:00 noon – Blotarian Brewing League Second Annual Hudepohl Bock Brewing Competition begins
• 12:00 noon – Courtyard Cafe opens
• 1:00 p.m. – Milton’s Prospect Hill Tavern opens
• 2:00 p.m. – Lagniappe at Milton’s Prospect Hill Tavern
• 3:00 p.m. – Mr. Pitiful’s opens
• 4:00 p.m. – Todd Hepburn live on the piano at Arnold’s
• 4:00 p.m. – Grammer’s opens
• 6:00 p.m. – Cheryl Renee sings the Blues live in Arnold’s courtyard
• 8:00 p.m. – “Little Kings” Sausage Queen Competition Finals at Bockfest Hall
Expect the unexpected at this event!
• 9:00 p.m. – Cincinnati Dancing Pigs live at Arnold’s
• 9:00 p.m. – Laika live at Jack Potts Tavern
• 9:00 p.m. – Special live at Mr. Pitiful’s
• 9:30 p.m. – Straw Boss live at Bockfest Hall
• 10:00 p.m. – DJ Dirty C (aka Carl) live at Milton’s Prospect Hill Tavern

Sunday, March 7th
• 10:00 a.m. – Arnold’s opens
Special Bock Brunch with live music from classical guitarist Brian Deyo
• 11:00 a.m. – Bockfest Hall opens
German Day with music by the Polka Dots Band and German dancing by the Enzian Tanzgruppe dancers and the Donauschwaben Schuhplattler dancers
• 11:00 a.m. – Prohibition Resistance Tours begin
• 11:00 a.m. – Continuous free shuttle to all Bockfest Venues starts running (stops at 7:00 p.m.)
• 11:00 a.m. – Iris Book Cafe opens (closes at 10:00 p.m.)
• 12:00 noon – Courtyard Cafe opens
• 12:00 noon – Jack Potts Tavern opens
• 1:00 p.m. – Milton’s Prospect Hill Tavern opens
• 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. – Over-the-Rhine Historic Church Tour
This walking tour includes stops at Old St. Mary’s, Nast Trinity, First Lutheran and St. Frances Sereph. Tickets are $20 per person and benefit the Over-the-Rhine Foundation.
• 4:00 p.m. – Grammer’s opens
• 4:00 p.m. – Washington Platform opens
• 7:00 p.m. – Friar Tuck live at Jack Potts Tavern

This Week in Beer: March 1 – 7, 2010

Monday, March 1st at 6:00 pm – Half Price Pint Night at JeanRo Bistro

Wednesday, March 3rd at 5:00 pm – Founders Happy Hour at Tellers
Tellers will be doing a happy hour with John Host from Founders and their Kentucky Breakfast Stout (KBS). No reservations are required but supplies are limited.

Wednesday, March 3rd at 6:00 pm – Keg Tapping at Meckenburg Gardens

Mecklenburg Gardens will be hosting a sneak preview of three 2010 Bocks on the Wednesday before Bockfest officially begins. Get a special bock preview in a Cincinnati landmark. Mecklenburg Gardens, Cincinnati’s oldest restaurant, will be hosting the first tapping of this year’s Hudepohl Bock and Schoenling Bock. Last year, we started an annual tradition: The winning recipe in the Bockfest Bock Homebrew Competition is used to brew the following year’s Hudepohl Bock. The professionally judged 2009 award winning recipe, brewed by Michael Carver of Florence, Ky., will be tapped for the first time in a Bockfest preview. The Hudepohl-Schoenling Brewing Company is bringing back Schoenling Bock after almost a quarter-century’s absence. Hudepohl Bock and Schoenling Bock will only be available at Mecklenburg Gardens and Bockfest venues during Bockfest. Spaten Brewery will also have available seasonal Spaten Maibock. Mecklenburg Gardens will have a German buffet to complement the sneak preview of this year’s 2010 bocks.

Wednesday, March 3rd at 6:00 pm – Pint Night Wednesday at Catskeller (UC Campus)

Thursday, March 4th at 6:00-10:00 pm – Cock & Bull: Pint Night (Covington) Thursdays
This week, it’s Christian Moerlein Dopplebock

Thursday, March 4th at 6:00 pm – Firkin Tapping at Rock Bottom Brewery

Thursday, March 4th at 6:30 pm – Elite Eight Beer Tournament at the Party Source
From the Party Source website:

The most talked about beer shootout is back! Tonight we taste eight brews and vote bracket-style with the best brews advancing to the next round. Come taste, chat, and vote on the top beers from the best selection around. Will Delirium repeat as Champion? Or will an underdog pull off a buzzer beater? Cost: $20 per person

Friday, March 5th from 4:00-7:00 pm – Flowing Fridays Beer Tasting at Cork ‘N Bottle (Covington and Buttermilk Pike-Crescent Springs)

Friday, March 5th from 4:00-6:00 pm – Beer Tasting at D.E.P.’s Fine Wine and Spirits in Fort Thomas (formerly Liquor Direct)

Friday, March 5th from 6:00 pm – Bockfest parade
The parade starts to form in front of Arnold’s at 5:30 and then moves up Main Street at 6:00 p.m. Expect goats, friars, German beer bands, “bocking dogs”, and lots of irreverent fun!

Friday, March 5th from 6:00-7:00 pm – Friday Night Flights Beer Tasting at Party Town in Florence

Saturday, March 6th – Bockfest 2010
The events start at 10:00 a.m. and go until the wee hours of the morning. Go to http://www.bockfest.com/ for more information and the complete schedule.

Saturday, March 6th from 5:00-8:00pm – Ludlow Wines: Beer Tasting