A guide to Oktoberfests in Cincinnati

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Aug. 24-26: Germania Society Oktoberfest

 6 p.m.-midnight Friday, Aug. 24, 2 p.m.-midnight Saturday, Aug. 25,
noon-10 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 26. Germania Society of Cincinnati, 3529 W.
Kemper Road, Colerain Township.

Wine, schnapps and more than 60 taps of beer. Homemade German foods,
including sauerbraten, Oktoberfest chicken, pastries, pretzels, brats,
metts, potato salad, coleslaw, cream puffs and sauerkraut balls.

Entertainment for all ages, games of skill and gambling.

$3, free ages 11 and under. 513-742-0060; www.germaniasociety.com.

Sept. 7-9: MainStrasse Village Oktoberfest

 5-11:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 7, noon-11:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 8, noon-9
p.m. Sunday, Sept. 9. MainStrasse Village, Main Street, Covington.

 Mix of German and international foods, music and arts and crafts.
Kinderplatz area with rides for children.

Free. 859-491-0458; www.mainstrasse.org.
Sept. 14-16: St. Timothy's Oktoberfest

 6-11 p.m. (Music by Ryan Broshear.) Friday, Sept. 14, 6 p.m.-midnight
(Oldies and modern rock music by by Route 8. 5K race at 6:15 p.m.)
Saturday, Sept. 15, 12:30 p.m.-7 p.m. (Grand raffle drawing at 6 p.m.)
Sunday, Sept. 16. St. Timothy Parish, 10272 U.S. 42, Union.

German and American food, drinks, midway rides, games, music, TV and cash
raffles. Free on-site parking.

Free. 859-384-1100; www.sttimsoktoberfest.org
Sept. 14-16: Septemberfest

 6:30-11 p.m. (Texas Hold 'em, Red Solo Cup Party and JD Hughes, WGRR DJ)
Friday, Sept. 14, 5:30-11 p.m. (Music by the Modulators) Saturday, Sept.
15, noon-9 p.m. (Family Day with chicken dinners; Still Play'n entertains)
Sunday, Sept. 16. Sts. Peter & Paul Church, 330 W. Vine St., Reading.

Children's rides, food, games for all ages, raffle, music and more.

513-554-1010; www.facebook.com/StsPeterPaulSeptemberfest2012
Sept. 14-16: Hofbräuhaus Newport Oktoberfest

 11 a.m.-2 a.m. Friday-Saturday, Sept. 14-15, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Sunday,
Sept. 16. Hofbräuhaus Newport, 200 E. 3rd St., Newport.

 Contests, live entertainment, German bands, circus acts, traditional
Bavarian fare and Oktoberfest beer -- the same beer that is served at
Oktoberfest in Munich.

 859-491-7200, www.hofbrauhausnewport.com.
Sept. 21-23: Moerlein Lager House Oktoberfest

 4-11 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Sept. 21-22, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 23.
Moerlein Lager House, 115 Joe Nuxhall Way, Downtown.

Celebrate German pride in the Uberdrome. Taking place inside tent
featuring German bands, dancing, food, beer and more.

Free. 513-421-2337; bit.ly/N93Y2l.
Sept. 22-23: Oktoberfest-Zinzinnati USA

 11 a.m.-midnight Saturday, Sept. 22, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 23,
Downtown Cincinnati.

Sneak peek noon-midnight Friday, Sept. 21: Special preview at Fountain
Square only. German-style music, food and beer. Running of the Wieners at
noon and German Games at 1 p.m.

On six blocks of Fifth Street from Race to Broadway. German-style music,
food and beer. Parking available in Fountain Square Garage, $5.

Free. 513-579-3111; www.oktoberfestzinzinnati.com.
Sept. 28-30: Newport Oktoberfest

 5-11 p.m. Friday, Sept. 28, noon-11 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29, noon-9 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 30. Festival Park Newport, Riverboat Row.

 Large festival tents. Munich Oktoberfest style of German food, beer and

 Free. 513-477-3320; bit.ly/LyDrt3.
Sept. 28-29: Wilmington Oktoberfest

 7-11 p.m. Friday, Sept. 28, noon-11 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29. St.
Columbkille Catholic Church, 73 N. Mulberry St., Wilmington.

Traditional German festival polka and other styles of music, variety of
authentic German or traditional festival foods and games. Benefits
Community Care Hospice.
Sept. 29-30: St. Jude Oktoberfest

 4 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 29, noon-8 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 30. St.
Jude Church, 5924 Bridgetown Road, Bridgetown.

Authentic German Oktoberfest including live entertainment, booths, games,
rides for children, German-American food and beer.

Held in conjunction with Sophie's Angel Run, a 5K run to benefit pediatric
brain cancer research.

 Free. 513-574-1230; www.stjudebridgetown.org.
Oct. 5-7: Donauschwaben Oktoberfest

 6 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Friday, Oct. 5, 1 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, 10
a.m.-8 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 7. Donauschwaben Park, 4290 Dry Ridge Road,
Colerain Township.

German music, dance group performances and Trachten Parade. Wide selection
of food and drink with 20-plus German and domestic beers and wines.
Pit-roasted Bavarian pork and chicken, sausage and goulash dinners. Car
show on Sunday.

$3. 513-385-2098; www.donauschwaben.com.
Oct. 12-14: Annunciation Church Oktoberfest

 7 p.m.-midnight Friday, Oct. 12, 6-11 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, 1-6 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 14. Annunciation Church, 3547 Clifton Ave., Clifton.

Games, food, raffle and music. Alcohol with ID and tickets.

513-221-1230; www.annunciationbvparish.org.


Re: A guide to Oktoberfests in Cincinnati - DRINK LOCAL
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Raise a stein to local Oktoberfest beers
Story by Polly Campbell, photos by Amanda Davidson

As the beer barrels are rolled out again for Greater Cincinnati's
Oktoberfest season, beer drinkers in Greater Cincinnati have an
unprecedented number of locally produced beers to try.

It's a good bet that by this time next year they'll have even more.
Cincinnati is several years into a micro-brewing explosion, with small
craft breweries growing and new ones planned or about to start producing.

You'll see a hint of this growth at Oktoberfest Zinzinnati, where they'll
be pulling Rivertown beers, which are brewed in Lockland; Sam Adams
Oktoberfest, brewed in Sam Adams' Cincinnati brewery; and beer from
Moerlein/Hudepohl, a Cincinnati-based company that brews some beers at the
Lager House Downtown.

But that's just a small percentage of the hometown beer you can try this
fall. It keeps getting easier to keep your beer money local. Depending on
how you count, there are about a dozen breweries making beer in the
Greater Cincinnati area, from the first, Mt. Carmel, to tiny new Triple
Digit. They turn out a wide variety of styles, including quite a few
Oktoberfest and other beers suitable for this time of year. Read Polly
Campbell's full story.

A pumpkin ale, from Rivertown Brewery, is seen among barrels of barreled
beer at the brewery's warehouse on September 5. / The Enquirer/Amanda


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