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Bockfest Heritage Series

Saturday March 7 11A-5P at The Woodward Theater


The recently reopened Woodward Theater located at 1404 Main Street will host the first ever Bockfest Heritage Series on Saturday March 7 from 11A-5P. We already celebrate and share Cincinnati’s brewing  with the Bock and Dopplebock Tours of historic breweries, this event gives us a chance to celebrate even more of Cincinnati’s history.

The Woodward will open its doors to speakers, presentations, displays, authors, stein and breweriana collections, and of course plenty of cold bock beer. The Series is free and open to the public all day!


Confirmed guests:

11:30A Dr. Don Heinrich Tolzmann: “Over-the-Rhine: Cincinnati’s Historic German District and Environs
12:15P Dann Woellert: “Cincinnati neighborhood Turner societies and their connections to the local brewery
1:00P Art + Craft video
1:45P Greg Hand: “Beer for Babies! Beer for Heath! Beer for America!”
2:30P Kevin Grace: “Bards and Brews”
3:15P “Beer” Dave Gausepohl: “Cincinnati Beer”
4:00P TBA

Displays include:

- A portion of the current Betts House exhibit: “Bricks, Barrel Vaults, & Beer: The Architectural Legacy of Cincinnati Breweries”
- The Cincinnati Brewing Heritage Trail
- Steins, bottles, advertising signs, and other breweriana including many historic Cincinnati brands

Activities include:

- Opportunity to buy select steins and breweriana pieces
- FREE appraisals of your steins and breweriana pieces
- Triva contests
- Author meet and greets

Presenter details:

Dr. Don Heinrich Tolzmann: Don Heinrich Tolzmann is president of the German-American Citizens League and Curator of the German Heritage Museum. He is the retired Curator of the German-Americana Collection and Director of German-American Studies at the University of Cincinnati and is the author of numerous books on German heritage, including: Over-the-Rhine Tour Guide: Cincinnati’s Historic German District & Environs.
Dann Woellert:
Art + Craft video
Greg Hand: Greg Hand, proprietor of the “Cincinnati Curiosities” blog, is the retired associate vice president for public relations and spokesman for the University of Cincinnati. Before joining the UC staff, Hand was a reporter and editor for the Western Hills Press. He is co-author, with Kevin Grace, of “The University of Cincinnati”, a pictorial history of the university, and “Bearcats! The Story of Basketball at the University of Cincinnati”.
Kevin Grace: Kevin Grace is head of the Archives & Rare Books Library at the University of Cincinnati, hanging out there since 1979 with occasional travels to Dublin where poetry and beer are a way of life.  In addition to teaching courses on urban matters, historical complications, and the global culture of books & reading, he reads a fair amount of poetry, especially on epic Irish failures so there’s a lot to plow through.  And while this is not the first time he has talked about poetry while under the influence, it is the first time in an upright position.
Beer” Dave Gausepohl: Throughout his life his passion has been beer. He has studied beer and brewing history extensively, and has amassed a personal collection of over 500,000 beer-related artifacts. He has traveled to over 2800 different brewing facilities in the US alone, as well as numerous throughout Europe and Canada. His knowledge of beer would be comparable to a Ph.D., Master’s, or Law Degree if offered, in beer knowledge. He has hands on experience in all three tiers (Production, Wholesale, Retail) of the brewing industry and carries with him at all times an infectious passion for the betterment of beer the world over. Currently He is employed as the Kentucky Specialty Beer Manager for Heidelberg Distributing Company of Kentucky. He has written for numerous beer publications including All About Beer, Brewing News, and the Celebrator. While not being a descendent of the Mayflower or one of the Daughters of the American Revolution his dry wit and punny sense of humor make him a great guest at your party. It is best to limit the hours of your party as he was once referred to as the “Cliff Claven of Beer”.

 Author Details

Jim DeBrosse: Jim is a veteran journalist and author of four books, including three novels in the Rick Decker mystery series set in Cincinnati, and a work of historical non-fiction, “The Secret in Building 26,” about U.S. efforts to break the Enigma code during World War II. He is currently a visiting assistant professor of journalism at Miami University of Ohio.

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.

Dinner will be served in Bockfest Hall from 12P-2P on Sunday March 8, 2015.

3rd Annual Bockfest 5K

5kYou’ll run for beer? Then we have the perfect event for you! The Third Annual Bockfest 5K happens Saturday morning at 10A, March 7, right in the middle of Bockfest Weekend! Run (or walk) past many of the historic brewery sites throughout OTR, then celebrate your finish with a cold one at Bockfest Hall as the Bockfest party gets started early with food, music and lots of fun!

Proceeds support the Brewery District and the Cincinnati Brewing Heritage Trail!

Remember, the Bockfest 5K is part of the Christian Moerlein Beer Series, so if you want to be a Brew Hog, you need to do all three events (Bockfest 5K, Little Kings Mile, Hudepohl 14K or 7K). Get your series started at the Bockfest 5K! Sign up today at www.runbeerseries.com.


The #GoatRodeo is a team-based bar crawl and scavenger hunt designed to celebrate Over-the-Rhine and spread Bockfest cheer.

Before you start:

  • Register your team of 3-5 people using this form *your personal information will not be shared with any outside parties, and will not be used for the delivery of SPAM – we promise!
  • Get costumes for your team, make sure you have an Instagram account, and study the map of participating venues and plan your attack
  • Meet at Halfcut between 11AM and Noon on March 7, 2015

During the #GoatRodeo: Look at the map for a complete list of participating venues, photograph your team at as many or as few of the venues as you see fit, post your pictures to Instagram along the way using the hashtag #GoatRodeo & #Bockfest, and return to Halfcut at 3PM for the award ceremony

The Awards: Over $1000 worth of prizes will be awarded for a variety of categories immediately following the #GoatRodeo at 3PM at Halfcut.

Remember – creativity and connecting with others are more important than hitting all the stops, so make sure to post early and often!

Bockfest at Old Saint Mary’s

Fish Fry

Old St. Mary’s will have a fish fry fundraiser on Friday, March 6, in its Main St. Parking lot from 5-9 p.m. If you are planning to attend the festivities, please stop by beforehand and get something to eat while watching the parade!

Bockfest Mass

You are invited to the annual Cincinnati Bockfest Mass, which will be held at Old St. Mary’s Church on Sunday, March 8, at 11 a.m.  The Mass will begin and end with a procession of all German society flags and banners, so please be sure to arrive by 10:45 to line up.  Music for this very special event will be provided by Cincinnati’s own Vereinsmusikanten, and fellowship will follow after the Mass in the Ratskeller.

Started in 1992, Bockfest celebrates the centuries-old German custom of Bock, a vitamin-fortified beer that was brewed in times of fasting, most notably in Lent.  Cincinnati’s Bockfest has come to symbolize Cincinnati’s great German and brewing heritages, and Old St. Mary’s Church is proud to play a role in the festivities!

Shop Bock: Visit local independent stores for Bockfest specials

Celebrate Bockfest™ at Shop Bock, a shopping event at the local, independent stores of historic Over-the-Rhine during Bockfest. Commemorative 2015 Bockfest™ buttons are available for purchase for $2.00 at Bockfest™ Hall and these locally and independently owned Over-the-Rhine merchants. Plus, many of the merchants are offering specials to those wearing the Bockfest™ button. See below for details. Continue the celebrations with a stop at the one-of-a-kind restaurants or bars in the area! You can catch the FREE Shuttle all weekend between all of the Bockfest™ venues.

Another Part of the Forest 1313 Main Street: 10% off vinyl purchases, 2-for-1 German composer classical albums with Bockfest button. Independent used record store offering an eclectic selection of LPs, including jazz, rock, soul, classical, folk, bluegrass, international, spoken word, and miscellaneous odds and ends. All this plus 12″ singles, 45s, 78s, and a vast opera section. Specializing in comic books, pulp fiction.

Brezel 6 West 14th Street: We’re teaming up with Rhinegeist & Christian Moerlein breweries to use their spent grains in our pretzels for the weekend of Bockfest. Special Bockfest Temporary Tattoos will be given to customers spending $5 or more!

Cincy Shirts 1435 Main Street: 20% off with Bockfest button. Classic Cincinnati vintage T shirts.

The Hoop and Needle 1415 Main Street: Gallery Show with a Bockfest theme! Opening Reception: March 6th 5pm-8pm

Iris BookCafe 1331 Main Street: 10% off used books with Bockfest button. Complimentary Iris housemade chaider with purchase of Iris Bockfest Platter (Avril sausage sampler, sauerkraut, German potato salad, Shadeau bread); 10% off used book purchases. Main Street’s all natural cafe serving house-made vegan soups and pastries and the best smoothies in town. Also featuring salads and sandwiches with locally sourced meats, cheeses and breads, Aglamesis ice creams, teas and every coffee drink. Great prices on our eclectic collection of used books and vinyl. Free wi-fi.

Libby 1420 Main Street: 15% off with Bockfest button. A brand new contemporary clothing and accessory boutique in OTR. The selection is on pulse with the newest fashion found in other major cities. Inspired largely by ten years spent in New York City, the owner aims to provide a similar boutique experience to her customers in Cincinnati.

The Little Mahatma 1205 Vine Street: 10% off with Bockfest button. Exquisite jewelry, folk art & artifacts from many exotic lands.

Macaron Bar 1206 Main Street: 1 free macaron with every purchase of a 12-piece box with Bockfest button. Only bakery in Cincinnati dedicated exclusively to French macarons.

MiCA 12/v 1201 Vine Street: 10% off with Bockfest button. A boutique gift shop and gallery featuring fine craft and art by local artists, design-based gifts by international, independent designers.

Original Thought Required 1307 Main Street: 25% off with Bockfest button. Men’s and women’s contemporary streetwear shop, including their own aTYPICALsOLE brand.

Park+Vine 1202 Main Street: 10% off with Bockfest button. Described as the “General Store of the Future” by CityBeat, Park + Vine offers a wide variety of eco-friendly merchandise that minimizes the use of natural resources and animal byproducts, a growing selection of foodstuff, vegan lunch and brunch counter, beer for carry-out purchase, and lots more.

Rock Paper Scissors 1301 Main Street: 20% off non-consignment with Bockfest button. An art supply and local music retail store that hosts workshops and programs events for the creative community in Cincinnati, OH.

Urban Eden 1313 Main Street: 10% off local history books; 20% off vintage unframed Bockfest posters with Bockfest buttons. Contemporary craft and fine art by local and regional artists, local history books, recent releases signed by their authors, all previous Bockfest posters, hand crafted jewelry, soaps, jams and mustards.


Veenie Roast

Bockfest Veenie Roast returns 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, March 7 to Park + Vine, 1202 Main Street.

Just like past years, we’re grilling Field Roast sausages and hot dogs on buns with Fab Ferments kraut and relish along the lively Bockfest parade route. Enjoy bubbly kombucha on tap too

The Craft Menagerie

4th Annual Craft Menagerie March 7 from 11-4 at Arnold’s Bar and Grill. It’s the biggest little craft show at Bockfest!Featuring local artisans with metal works, pottery, screen printing, fabric and textiles, jewelry, mosaics, paper goods and more! Come share a pint and shop local!