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Sausage Queen

Finals held Saturday, March 5, 2016 at 7:30PM, Preliminary rounds held throughout February

The renowned (and sometimes notorious) Sausage Queen helps lead the Bockfest™ Parade by carrying a symbolic tray of Bockwurst sausage. The Sausage Queen is Bockfest™ royalty who is anointed in the least aristocratic manner we could create: a gender-neutral pageant that has multiple preliminary rounds in local bars. Winning contestants receive prizes, but are mostly vying for the honor and prestige of being the 2016 Sausage Queen, an honor to both themselves and their sponsoring saloon. (more...)

Findlay Market Bockfest Dinner

Thursday February 25 6P-8P at Findlay Market

Findlay Market is partnering with the Bockfest™ team to host a dinner filled with Bockfest™ foods in preparation for the big festival.  The event will be held at the Crown OTR Building (1739 Elm Street Cincinnati, Ohio 45202), across from the OTR Biergarten at Findlay Market.  Tickets are $25/person and include your meal and 1 bock beer.  Food will be prepared and served by the following Findlay Market Merchants: Babushka Pierogies, Gramma Debbie's Kitchen, Madisono's, Maverick Chocolate.  Beer will also be available for purchase. (more...)

Precipitation Retaliation Happy Hour

Friday, February 26, 2016 from 5:30PM to 10PM

In 2008, Bockfest™ was almost entirely shut down by the largest snowfall in 20 years. A motley band of hardcore Bockfest™ fans took to the streets to parade through the snow, and hunkered down at Bockfest Hall to enjoy their delicious Bock beer. Unfortunately, everyone else was not so lucky and couldn't make it to Over-the-Rhine. (more...)

Schoenling Bock Tapping

Wednesday, March 2, 2016 from 6PM to 9PM

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 45219 [fsg_gallery id="8"]

Bockfest Beer Experience Preview

Wednesday, March 2, 8P

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: (more...)

Hudy Bock Tapping

Thursday, March 3, 7P

Join Arnold's at 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. Most importantly though the reps will be handing out 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. The Hudy Bock Tapping will take place at Arnold's Bar and Grill, located at 210 East 8th Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202

Beefsteak Club Dinner

Saturday January 30, 2016 6:30P

The Beefsteak Club returns to support Bockfest 2016! As the name suggests, the event includes dinner, but the experience does not involve steak. In the spring of 1896, the Windisch-Muhlhauser Brewery hosted some of the most prominent Cincinnatians. Guests enjoyed an elegant meal with beer pairings in the unlikely ambiance of the brewery. Cincinnati’s political and social elite enjoyed the experience so much that it became a regular occurrence, and the standard guest list called themselves members of the Beefsteak Club. We carry on this tradition to help support Bockfest, the most unique and fun neighborhood festival in the region. This year's dinner will be held on the third floor of the historic Hudepohl Brewery bottling building, located on East McMicken in Over-the-Rhine. In addition to the unveiling of this year's Bockfest artwork by artist Jim Effler, we'll have live music, tours of the building and lagering cellars, and special giveaways along with a delicious meal by Ronda Breeden and Arnold's Bar & Grill and cold beer by the Christian Moerlein Brewing Company. (more...)

Bockfest Blow

Friday, January 29, 2016 6:30PM

The Bockfest™ Blow returns, courtesy of Brazee Street Studios and Arnold's Bar and Grill. Queen City Glass Arts is excited to be working with Arnold's on a Bockfest™ themed Friday Night Blow as their team of talented artists create the Bockfest parade trophy out of molten glass. The trophy will be presented to the winning float in the Bockfest™ Parade. Food and drink will be provided by Arnold's. Brazee Street Studios is located at 4426 Brazee St, Cincinnati, OH 45209. The Blow will take place in the Hot Shop portion of the complex.