Continental Sunday is family-friendly entertainment that celebrates Sundays in Over-the-Rhine in the 1800s. The day features a variety of authentic German entertainment provided by participating German-American societies, German food, and beer specials. Sunday also brings the return of the steins, breweriana, authors, exhibitions, and tours.
Lots of great tours all Bockfest long, including brand new tours along the forthcoming Brewing Heritage Trail!
Join us for this all new 90 minute walking tour that celebrates how beer was made and consumed in pre-Prohibition Over-the-Rhine. Your tour starts at Bockfest Hall, and visits multiple sites within the neighborhood including a visit with costumed reenactors at the Lafayette Brewery, before descending deep in the lagering cellars of the Kauffman Brewery. Along the way, you’ll learn how the long ago beer drinkers, beer makers, and beer barons made this neighborhood. Upon your return to Bockfest Hall, you will be treated to a complimentary beer (21+ please) and all the fantastic fun of Bockfest. Offered Saturday March 4 and Sunday March 5, get your tickets HERE.
Join us for this all new 90 minute walking tour that celebrates the people of Over-the-Rhine and how they lived, worked, and played. Your tour starts at Bockfest Hall, and visits multiple sites within the neighborhood including a visit with costumed reenactors, before descending deep in the lagering cellars of the Schmidt Brothers/Crown Brewery. Along the way, you’ll learn how the long ago beer drinkers, beer makers, and beer barons lived. Upon your return to Bockfest Hall, you will be treated to a complimentary beer (21+ please) and all the fantastic fun of Bockfest. Offered Saturday March 4 and Sunday March 5, get your tickets HERE.
DR. MORGAN'S HANGOVER RELIEF TOUR
Join the man that Cincinnati Magazine declared “The God of Bockfest” and the author of “Over-the-Rhine: When Beer Was King” for a personal, behind-the-scenes journey. 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. Your tour includes a trip through Over-the-Rhine, into Washington Platform’s lagering cellars, the Gerke lagering cellars (four stories below ground), and then a complimentary bock beer (21+ please) with Mike Morgan. The unlicensed and irresponsible medical advice for how to walk off some of the previous night’s revelry and begin drinking your way back into the Bockfest spirit is worth the price of admission alone. Over-the-Rhine history that you can’t get anywhere else, two lagering cellars, one beer, and questionable wisdom all begin at Washington Platform, corner of Court and Elm. Offered Saturday March 4 and Sunday March 5, get your tickets HERE.
Tickets available HERE.
Music by The Polka Dots, Verein Musikanten, and Germania Jadghorn Gruppe.
Dancing by Enzian Tanzgruppe and Donauschwaben Dancers.
Bock beer is a rich, complex, malty, low-hop style of lager. There are many varieties of bock that can be very different. Bock typically has a higher nutritional content and alcohol content than other beers. It is traditionally brewed for celebrations and holidays. Because of the higher nutritional content, bock was used by German monks during Lenten fast – a liquid substitute for food. We celebrate Bockfest on the first full weekend of March because of this historic association with Lent.
Featured Bock Beers include:
Christian Moerlein Emancipator Doppelbock
Christian Moerlein’s Emancipator Doppelbock is a German-style Doppelbock featuring six varieties of uniquely blended malts creating a robust dark lager with a toasted character and complex hints of caramel and toffee. Brewed in celebration of the repeal of prohibition in Ohio, Moerlein Emancipator continues to be a celebrated seasonal brew leading in to Bockfest™ in Cincinnati, and was recently awarded a Silver Medal at the 2013 Great American Beer Festival.
This year’s Schoenling Bock recipe was the winner of the 2016 Bloatarian Brewing League Home Brew Competition. Schoenling Bock is a full flavored, dark lager.
Hudepohl Festival Bock
The brewers used generous amounts of Munich and Vienna malts to achieve a rich caramel flavor with just enough German hops to balance the malt.
GUEST BOCK BEERS
Bock beers from local breweries will be tapped on a special schedule all weekend long. Check back soon for a full listing of beers and times!
There are lots of great food options at Bockfest Hall, plus you can get a full Bockfeast meal (suitable for sharing) at a special price as well!
bockfeast brunch and dinner
A hearty meal of herb roasted chicken, bockwurst and sauerkraut, german potato salad, salad, sides, and caramel cinnamon bread pudding. The brunch option includes goetta and cheese strata and you can take a trip to the Bock Bloody Mary bar. Brunch is available 11:30A-1:30P and Dinner available 3P-5P. Pre-purchase of tickets is recommended, get your tickets HERE.
arnold's bar & grill
is the oldest saloon in the City of Cincinnati , founded in 1861 and in continuous operation ever since – straight through Prohibition. Specializing in above-par American comfort food, their booth brings a delicious taste to Bockfest Hall.
A restored restaurant, built in 1860, originally established as The Johan Armleder Wine and Lager Beer Saloon. Their booth showcases the inventive and often playful takes on crab, lobster, paste, meats they are known for.
taste of belgium
is a restaurant group of Belgian-inspired eateries. They take traditional Belgian recipes and twist them; they take American classics and Belgianize them. Their booth will serve the famous waffle n'chicken among other specialties.
Wilhelm Gottenbusch, a German immigrant, came to the United States after traveling around the world and in 1963 opened his first bakery in Hyde Park. Servatii has enjoyed creating special memories for the Cincinnati area for the last 50 years and is looking forward to creating many more over the years to come. Their booth will feature their authentic pretzels and beer cheese.