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Moerlein Emancipator Bock Tapping

To be announced

Come out and celebrate with Christian Moerlein as the GABF Silver Medal Winning Emancipator Dopplebock is tapped to kick off the Bockfest Season!

Bockfest Blow

To be announced

The Bockfest™ Blow returns, courtesy of Queen City Glass Arts 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 Studios is located at 4426 Brazee St, Cincinnati, OH 45209.

Bockfest Beefsteak Club Dinner

Friday January 31, 2015 6:30P

The Beefsteak Club returns to support Bockfest 2015! 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 special giveaways along with a delicious meal by Ronda Breeden and Arnold's Bar & Grill and cold beer by Christian Moerlein Brewing Company. (more...)

Little Kings Sausage Queen

Finals held Saturday, March 7, 2015 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 2014 “Little Kings” Sausage Queen, an honor to both themselves and their sponsoring saloon. (more...)

Precipitation Retaliation Happy Hour

Friday, February 27, 2015 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 Beer Tapping

Wednesday, March 4, 2015 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. Admission is free, with Happy Hour beer prices on the bock beers and a delicious German buffet available. Festivities will take place at Mecklenburg Gardens, 302 East University Avenue | directions. No reservations will be accepted for the buffet or the tapping, but they are recommended if you want to order off the menu in the main restaurant (513) 221-5353