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Bockfest Heritage Series

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


The Woodward Theater located at 1404 Main Street will host the Bockfest™ Heritage Series on Saturday March 5 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 (lineups subject to change):

11:00A Art + Craft video
11:30A Dr. Don Heinrich Tolzmann “Christian Moerlein: The Man and His Brewery”
12:00P George Hibben “Steins: From Historical Cincinnati Pieces to Modern Rookwood Brewery Steins”
12:30P Chris Smith & Brian Powers “The Black Beer Parking Lot of the West End”
1:00P Dann Woellert “The Local History of Bockwurst and Other Sausages That Go Well With Beer”
1:30P Break
2:00P Kevin Grace “Shakesbeer, or A Brew, A Brew! My Kingdom for a Brew!”
2:30P Greg Hand “Titanic Teutonic Tipplers: The Queen City’s Legendary Guzzling Prodigies”
3:00P Paul Abrams
3:30P Dave Gausepohl
4:00P Trivia with Last Call Trivia: Celebrate Over-the-Rhine’s brewing heritage by participating in Last Call Production’s live trivia show all about beer history. Last Call Productions offers a fun and competitive live show where the questions aren’t too easy and aren’t too hard. It’s free to play and participating teams have the chance to win prizes!

Displays include:

- The Cincinnati Brewing Heritage Trail
- The German Heritage Museum
- 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


Continental Bockfeast

A special dinner only available Sunday in Bockfest Hall.

Your dinner starts off with roasted chicken by the experienced crew from Donauschwaben and grilled bockwurst and bierwurst from Queen City sausage. Side dishes will include sauerkraut with apples, onions and bier and cheddar smashed potatoes from Findlay Market’s own Grandma Debbie’s as well as pierogies from Babushka Pierogies. Dessert will be Servatii’s delicious strudel. All this plus a drink for ony $20!

Get your tickets HERE.

Dinner will be served in Bockfest Hall from 12P-2P on Sunday March 6, 2016.

4th Annual Bockfest 5K

5kYou’ll run for beer? Then we have the perfect event for you! The Fourth Annual Bockfest 5K happens Saturday morning at 10A, March 5, 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.

Please note the special shuttle Saturday morning. Regular shuttles will begin running after 11AM.

Bockfest at Old Saint Mary’s

Fish Fry

Everyone needs to eat, so please stop by the Old St. Mary’s fish fry, which is right along the route of the Bockfest Parade.  Sandwiches, sides, and drinks (pop, water, and beer) will be available starting at about 5PM until they are gone.  Because the parade will be on Main Street, please plan to park on Clay Street or in the Clay Street lots.  All proceeds go to Old St. Mary’s Church, so it’s good food for a good cause!

Bockfest Mass

Old St. Mary’s is once again proud to host the Bockfest Mass, which will begin at 11AM with a procession of all Society flags.  All participants are asked to arrive by 10:45AM and wear Tracht, if possible, to add to the pageantry and solemnity of the mass.  Music for the Mass will be provided by Cincinnati’s own Vereinsmusikanten.  Thereafter, everyone is invited to fellowship before heading out to the other local Bockfest venues.

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 2016 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.

Details to be announced soon!


Veenie Roast

Bockfest Veenie Roast returns 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, March 4 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

5th Annual Craft Menagerie March 5 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!