Raging Hop’s Ultimate Bockfest Weekend Guide

Bockfest is back! The 3 day long party is a Cincinnati staple and Raging Hop has your guide for the entire weekend right here! Bockfest has a rich history dating back over a hundred years and it celebrates the community surrounded  by amazing Cincinnati Beer. This year is no different. The weekend is full of awesome events and great beers not only from Cincinnati, but from around the country as well. Below you will find your guide to the entire weekend!

Weekday Events

Wednesday March 2nd

Bockfest Beer Experience @ Arnold’s

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The Bockfest Parade begins in front of Arnold’s on Friday March 4th but they are officially kicking off Bockfest early this year and will be ceremoniously tapping 18 different Bocks at once. What could be the most Bock Beers tapped at that moment in… the… entire… world….. Disclaimer: We may be (probably are) lying. Besides the crazy number of Bock Beers on tap, Bockfest favorites Jake Speed and the Freddies are making a rare appearance and will be performing live on stage from 8P-10:30P.

The Bockfest Beer Experience Preview will take place at Arnold’s Bar and Grill, located at 210 East 8th Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202

The List:

– Christian Moerlein Emancipator Dopplebock
– Schoengling Bock
– Triple Digit Gravitator Dopplebock
– Weidemann Bohemian Bock
– 50 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
– Gennessee Bock
– Bell’s Consecrator Dopplebock
– Epic Double Skull Doppelbock
– Troeg’s Troegenator Double Bock

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Schoenling Bock Tapping

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Like past years, there will be a special Schoenling bock beer tapping during the lead up to Bockfest™. Every year, the Bloatarian Brewing League holds the Bockfest Homebrew Competition during Bockfest™. The winner of the professionally judged competition sees his or her bock recipe professionally brewed as the Schoenling Bock the following year. Schoenling Bock will only be available at the tapping and Bockfest venues during Bockfest. Join in the tapping of this Bockfest™ original. The Schoening Bock Tapping will take place at Mecklenburg Gardens, located at 302 East University Avenue, Cincinnati, OH

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Thursday March 3rd

Hudy Bock Beer Tapping @ Arnolds

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Join us at Arnold’s for the official first tapping of Hudepohl Bock. 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. Live Music will be provided by the ever popular New Orleans party band, The Hot Magnolias

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Kickoff Parade Friday March 4th 6pm

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Starting at Arnold’s – Cincinnati’s oldest saloon – the Bockfest™ parade is traditionally lead by a goat pulling a keg and the reigning Sausage Queen along with the official parade marshal. It travels up Sycamore Street to 12th Street to Main Street to Bockfest Hall and ends with the blessing of the bock beer. This officially marks the beginning of a weekend of festive celebration that might end in blaming a goat on your horizontal position. Goats, the German Renaissance, beer, irreverence and originality are all highly esteemed aspects of a parade entry. There are no fire trucks for the kids. In the past, entries have included faux-monks pulling a Trojan goat, futon queens, German beer bands, a four-poster bed pulled by slave labor, goats on Segways, a leather-clad whip wench with a huge whip, and patriotic chants of “drink more beer.” As usual, you can bring your favorite canine to walk with “The Bocking Dogs.”

The parade will start to form in front of Arnold’s Bar and Grill, located at 210 East 8th Street, at 5:00PM and steps off on at 6:00PM. The Bockfest™ Parade is Cincinnati’s funkiest and most entertaining parade. It can be watched from the street or from a number of participating venues along the route. Map of the route and venues can be seenHERE.

Bockfest Events

Friday March 4th

Bockfest Festival Tent

Drink a beer and let the parade to come to you! • Two stages all weekend long • 5PM-9PM Zinzinnati Bierband (Hall Stage) • 6P-8P Laignappe (Tent Stage) • 7PM-8P Blessing of the Bock with the St Francis friars & Jake Speed (Hall Stage) • 8:30P-10:30P Buffalo Wabs and the Price Hill Hustle (Tent Stage) • 9:30P-11:30P Chasing Amy (Hall Stage)

Arnold’s Bar and Grill • 1P Tapping of the Bocks with at least 18 bock beers on draft all weekend • 3P-6P Pre Parade Party on 8th Street • 4P Todd Hepburn • 6P 46 Long • 9P Cincy Brass
Christian Moerlein Malthouse Tap Room • The Malt House is where Cincinnati’s brewing history and present meet. Enjoy 12 taps of Christian Moerlein’s award winning lagers and ales in a room that was constructed in the mid 19th century. The Malt House is open year around, Wednesday-Sunday.
The Drinkery • Open 3P-2A Live music and parade watching
Dunlap Cafe • Open Open 8A-7P
Goodfellas Pizzeria • Open 11A-3A. The best view of the Parade.
Halfcut • Open 12P-2A, Happy Hour 12P-4P ($2 off draft, $2 off growler fills)
Japp’s • Open 4P-2A
Lachey’s • Open 11A-2:30A
The Lackman • Open 3P-2A
Low Spark • Open 4P-2:30A
Milton’s Prospect Hill Tavern • Open 4P-2:30A. Very loose standards for what constitutes “acceptable behavior.”
MOTR Pub • Open 11A-2A • 11:30P Bummers Eve Record Release show w/ Pujol
Mr. Pitiful’s • Open 4P-2A • 9P DJ
Nation Kitchen & Bar • Open 11A-2A
Neon’s • Open 4P-2A
Rhinehaus • Open 4P-2A
Taqueria Mercado • Open 11A-11P. Happy Hour 3P-6P with $2 pints and $4 large margaritas
Taste of Belgium • Open 7A-11P
Washington Platform • Bock Beer and Special Bockfest Menu Including Bockwurst Sandwiches & Dinners, Goat Tacos, and Goat Stew. Free tours of the Malt Ovens below the restaurant. 5:30P Brian Lovely, 9P-12A Live Jazz w/ Rusty Burge

Saturday March 5th

Bockfest Festival Tent

Bockfest™ 5K (starts at Bockfest Hall), 10AM • TheBockfest™ 5K, part of the Christian Moerlein Beer Series served up by the Flying Pig Marathon, takes you through the historic Brewery District and includes a t-shirt, unique medal, and a huge post-race party!
The Bockfest Beer Experience (at Bockfest Festival Tent). 1P to 6PM • The Bockfest™ Beer Experience is an event for people who are serious about brewing beer, as well as those who are just semi-serious about drinking it. Join local brewers, bloggers, and beer drinkers for a series of fun discussions, trivia, and more while enjoying local craft bock and seasonal beers. You can purchase atasting ticket that lets you sample all the beers on draft for only $25. You can get a free pint glass if you pre-purchase your ticket by Friday March 4! The Blotarian Brewing League’s 7th Annual Bock Homebrew Competition is a professionally judged competition held during Bockfest. The winner’s recipe is used to produce the limited-edition Schoenling Bock the following year, and the winner will be announced Saturday.
The Sausage Queen Competition Finals (at Bockfest Hall,) 7:30-9PM • The Bockfest™ Parade includes the “Sausage Queen” – Bockfest royalty who carries a ceremonial tray of bockwurst sausages, accompanied by a court of contestants chosen from six preliminary rounds. On Saturday at 7:30PM, at Bockfest Hall, Sausage Queen 2016 will be selected in a gender-neutral competition.

Bockfest Heritage Series at The Woodward Theater, 11A-5P • Enjoy lectures and presentations by some of Cincinnati’s favorite historians and authors. We’ll also have stein and breweriana displays and sales, quizzes, movies, and more including plenty of bock beer.

Arnold’s Bar and Grill • 11-4 Join Arnold’s and Tara Heilman for what has quickly became one of Cincinnati’s most popular Indie Craft shows of the year. The Craft Menagerie indie craft market kicks off in the courtyard and features 20+ amazing local artisans showing off their wares. Metal, paper, fabric, jewelry, vintage, prints, pottery, candles and more. • 5P Exclusive Tapping of Braxton Peach Ignitor Bock – Braxton’s Ignitor Bock with Peaches added • 6P Exclusive Tapping of Warped Wing Willet Rye Barrel Aged Abominator Bock – Warped Wings Abominator aged for seven months in a Willet Rye Barrel • 7P Exclusive Tapping of Listermann’s Bourbon Barrel Aged Maple Friar Bacon Smoked Bock – Listermann’s Friar Bacon with Maple added and aged in a spent Bourbon Barrel from Heaven Hill • 9P The Cincinnati Dancing Pigs
Christian Moerlein Malthouse Tap Room • The Malt House is where Cincinnati’s brewing history and present meet. Enjoy 12 taps of Christian Moerlein’s award winning lagers and ales in a room that was constructed in the mid 19th century. The Malt House is open year around, Wednesday-Sunday.
The Drinkery • Open 5P-2A. 10P Hott Suff 80’s & 90’s Show
Dunlap Cafe • Open Open 8A-7P
Goodfellas Pizzeria • Open 11A-3A.
Halfcut 11A-3A. 12P-4P Goat Rodeo scavenger hunt
Japp’s • Open 5P-2A
Lachey’s • Open 11A-2:30A
The Lackman • Open 12P-2A
Low Spark • Open 12P-2:30P
Milton’s Prospect Hill Tavern • Open 1P-2:30A. Bock beers on tap. Surly owner. Friendly regulars. Unpretentious, hipster-free environment. Indoor plumbing. Free bus tours by Claude.
MOTR Pub • Open 12P-2A • 11:30P Wax Fang and The Sundresses.
Mr. Pitiful’s • Open 12P-2A • 9P DJ
Nation Kitchen & Bar • Open 11A-2A
Rhinehaus • Open 4P-2A
Taqueria Mercado • Open 11A-11P. Happy Hour 3P-6P with $2 pints and $4 large margaritas. Live music by Ricky Nye.
Taste of Belgium • Open 7A-11P
Washington Platform • Bock Beer and Special Bockfest Menu Including Bockwurst Sandwiches & Dinners, Goat Tacos, and Goat Stew. Free tours of the Malt Ovens below the restaurant 2P The Less More Band 5P George Cunningham & Joe Lukasik 7P Brian Lovely Duo 9P Vocalist Lynn Scott w/ Jim Leslie Trio

Sunday March 6th

Bockfest Festival Tent

Continental Sunday (at Bockfest Hall), 1P-7P: Organized by the German-American Citizens League, March 9rd is Continental Sunday at Bockfest Hall. In the Over-the-Rhine of the 1800s, it was illegal to sell beer on Sundays, but that didn’t stop Cincinnati’s German-American community from filling the day with revelry and drink. This controversial approach to celebrating the Sabbath was known as “Continental Sunday” and we celebrate this history with a day of authentic German dancing, variety shows, and music, along with tours, authors, steins, and breweriana exhibits. Everyone wearing tracht (traditional German dress) get $1 off beer.

 

Continental Bockfeast (at Bockfest Hall), 12P-2P: Dinner includes fresh rotisserie roasted chicken by the pros atDonauschwaben, sausage sampler from Queen City Sausage, potato-caramelized onion pierogies from Babuska Pierogies, German Potato salad, Sauerkraut with apples, onions and bier from Grandma Debbie’s, and a Servatii strudel. Big enough to share! Get your tickets HERE.

 

Bock Bloody Mary Bar (at Bockfest Bar Tent): Breakfast in a Glass! Choose from a nice variety of fresh and pickled veggies, seasoned salts, plus bacon, hard boiled eggs, and cheese.

 

Bocklympics (at Bockfest Festival Tent), 12P-7P: Join us Sunday at the Bockfest Hall Festival Tent for the inaugural Bocklympics, presented by the Cincinnati Neighborhood Games and PlayCincy. The Bocklympics are a day to shake the cobwebs off from the Bockfest weekend, with head to head competition and friendly open gaming on fun games. Games include:

  • Basketball HORSE (on small kids sized hoops)
  • Big Wheel Race
  • Corn Hole
  • Hula Hoop Endurance
  • Limbo
  • Stein Holding
  • Supersize Jenga
  • Fowling

Arnold’s Bar and Grill • Open 11A-4P for lunch 12P The Tillers • 11A sharp – Arnold’s is honored to release to the public a special, extremely limited edition Bockfest 2016 only version of Christian Moerlein’s highly decorated Doppelbock. Arnold’s will be selling these as To Go retail and it will be more in line with what you would traditionally think of as a bottle release at a brewery. The beer will be released at the stroke of 11A and is first come first served with a two bottle limit. Here is the beers description from Christian Moerlein: Originally brewed to help monks get through their holy fasts, this medal-winning Christian Moerlein Doppelbock is brewed with locally-made coffee to help keep celebrants jubilant during Bockfest. Made in collaboration with the legendary Arnold’s Bar & Grill, this beer will only be released in a 300 bottle batch. Enjoy it now or proudly cellar it to explore a wealth of complex flavors.
Christian Moerlein Malthouse Tap Room • The Malt House is where Cincinnati’s brewing history and present meet. Enjoy 12 taps of Christian Moerlein’s award winning lagers and ales in a room that was constructed in the mid 19th century. The Malt House is open year around, Wednesday-Sunday.
The Drinkery • Open 12P-6P
Goodfellas Pizzeria • Open 11A-12A
Halfcut • Open 10A-8P $9 Mimosa & Brewmosa pitchers.
Lachey’s • Open 11A-12A
The Lackman • Open 12P-12A
Low Spark • Open 7P-12A
Milton’s Prospect Hill Tavern • Open 1P-2:30A Cheap drinks. Hung-over bartenders. Bad pick-up lines. Be with people who will not judge you for anything that you have done since Friday.
MOTR Pub • Open 10A-2A • Open for Brunch.
Mr. Pitiful’s • Open 12P-2A
Nation Kitchen & Bar • Open 11A-12A
Rhinehaus • Open early at 8:30A-2A.
Taqueria Mercado • Open 11A-9:30P. Happy Hour 3P-6P with $2 pints and $4 large margaritas.
Taste of Belgium • Open 9A-2P
Washington Platform • 12P-3P Bockfest Buffet includes music by the Dancing Pigs, assorted fresh Avril Bleh sausages, Roast Lamb, Fresh Oysters, Spent Grain Breads, and more for $25. Special Hangover Combo: “Hangover Relief” Walking Tour and Bockfest Buffet $40 Don’t fear the Wurst!!


 

Historic Brewery Tours

Prohibition Resistance: The Bock & Doppelbock Tours

Friday March 4, Saturday March 5, and Sunday March 6, 2016

We are excited to announce the return of the popular Prohibition Resistance: Bock Tour and DoppleBock Tour. These walking tours visit historic breweries and lagering cellars while telling the story of Cincinnati’s brewing heritage.

The Bock Tour is a 2 1/2 hour tour through three historic brewery structures in Over-the-Rine.

The Doppelbock Tour is a 1 hour condensed tour through the Kauffman Brewery lagering cellars.

Dr. Morgan’s Hangover Relief Tour

Saturday March 5 and Sunday March 6, 2016

This Bockfest-only walking tour through OTR combines the neighborhood’s pre-Prohibition past with stories about the more recent reclamation of Cincinnati’s brewing heritage and the birth and evolution of the city’s most bohemian beer festival.  Tour includes a trip through OTR, into Washington Platform’s lagering cellars, the Gerke lagering cellars (four stories below ground), and then a cold bock beer with Mike Morgan.

TICKETS

Tickets for all tours available now at: www.CincinnatiBreweryTours.com

 

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