Cincinnati - Complete Bockfest 2011 planner

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Bockfest is a weekend chockfull of parades and parties and history
lessons - and yes, it's inspired by a beer. Hardy, sudsy, filling bock
beer.

How many other cities throw a big bash to celebrate beer?

"It's very unique to Cincinnati," said Steve Hampton, executive
director of the OTR Brewery District.

But there's more than just drinking going on at this party. Bockfest
kicks off with a parade of misfits led by a goat and someone called
the Sausage Queen, rolls into a pub crawl, then gives way to
underground brewery tours and something called Continental Sunday, a
celebration packed with German music and dancing. (Dressing in
traditional German clothing gets you $1 off a beer during Continental
Sunday, by the way.)

The point of Bockfest is to throw back a few, sure, but it's also to
soak in some history, Hampton said. For instance: Bock beers were
traditionally released near winter's end to celebrate the coming
spring, Hampton, and German monks drank the stronger, more alcoholic
beer as a food replacement during their Lenten fasts. Also, by holding
Bockfest primarily in Over-the-Rhine, organizers celebrate that
region's brewing history as well as its role in forming Cincinnati as
a whole.

"Over-the-Rhine?s history is the region's history," Hampton said. "The
city started down here."

Hampton would recommend any of the weekend's events to a Bockfest
novice, of course, but his don't-miss suggestion is the Bockfest
parade. Entrants can jump in line up to half an hour before the parade
starts, and in the past participants have included German beer bands,
goats on Segways and a woman in leather brandishing a huge whip. They
stroll from Arnold's Downtown to the Bockfest Hall in Over-the-Rhine,
delighting and baffling the crowd.

"It's definitely the number one most eclectic parade," he said. "For
sure."

 Bockfest Bathtub Raffle Drawing Happy Hour
Arnold's Bar & Grill - 210 E. Eighth St. - Downtown
March 3 : 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Winner drives Arnold's bathtub at Bockfest Parade March 4 at 6 p.m.

 Bockfest Parade
Arnold's Bar & Grill - 210 E. Eighth St. - Downtown
March 4 : 6 p.m.
Goat pulling keg of bock beer and reigning Sausage Queen. Continues up
Main Street to Bockfest Hall/Christian Moerlein Brewery Event Hall,
with blessing and tapping of ceremonial keg of bock beer. Winners for
best entry in parade announced. Party follows at various venues.
Shuttle available.

 Bockfest Hall
Christian Moerlein Brewery Event Hall - 1619 Moore St. -
Over-the-Rhine & Pendleton
March 4 : 5 p.m. - 12 a.m. Music by Jake Speed and the Freddies at 8
p.m.
Temporarily named Bockfest Hall, Christian Moerlein Brewery Event Hall
is center of Bockfest event. Renaissance celebration of bock beer and
the coming of spring. Includes food, bock beer and music. Free shuttle
available. Times for other participating locations TBA.

 Bockfest Sausage Queen Competition
Christian Moerlein Brewery Event Hall - 1619 Moore St. -
Over-the-Rhine & Pendleton
March 5 : 7 p.m. Finals.
Gender-neutral competition. Participants judged on personality,
presence and talent. Ages 21 and up.

 Prohibition Resistance Tours
Christian Moerlein Brewery Event Hall - 1619 Moore St. -
Over-the-Rhine & Pendleton
March 5 : 9:40 a.m.
Two-and-half hour guided bus and walking tour of breweries through
Over-the-Rhine. Refreshment available. Part of Bockfest.

 Bockfest
Arnold's Bar & Grill - 210 E. Eighth St. - Downtown
March 4 : 4 p.m. - 1 a.m. Music by Todd Hepburn 4-6 p.m., 46 Long 6-8
p.m. and Lagniappe 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Biergarten open 4-7 p.m. with German
Brass band.
Six bock beers on tap with tasting menus. Special wild game menu
available.

 Bockfest
Courtyard Cafe - 1211 Main St. - Over-the-Rhine & Pendleton
March 4 : 3 p.m. - 2 a.m.
Special Bockfest menu includes: Aunt Gertie's Famous Bockwurst
Sandwich, smoked turkey legs, Mock Turtle Soup, soft pretzels with
beer cheese and hot slaw. Selection of bock beers on tap.

 
 Bockfest Veenie Roast
Park + Vine - 1204 Main St. - Downtown
March 4 : 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Takes place along Bockfest Parade route. Try grilled vegan sausages
and hot dogs on pretzel buns with local kraut and relish. Sponsored by
Fab Ferments, Mayday and other local businesses.
 Bockfest
Milton's Prospect Hill Tavern - 301 Milton St. - Mount Auburn
March 4 : 4 p.m.
Grilled brats and metts available. Bock beers on tap.

 Bockfest Continental Sunday
Old St. Mary's Church - 123 E. 13th St. - Downtown
March 6 : 2 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Celebration of city?s German-American heritage. German Mass followed
by beer in rathskellar and bus to Bockfest Hall for Bockfest
activities.

 Bockfest Bach to Bock Brunch
Memorial Hall - 1225 Elm St. - Downtown
March 6 : 12 p.m. - 2 p.m.
Brunch catered by Mecklenburg Gardens. Includes music and overview of
findings from Washington Park excavations from Gray and Pape. Part of
Bockfest.

 Bockfest
Know Theatre of Cincinnati - 1120 Jackson St. - Over-the-Rhine &
Pendleton
March 4 : 4 p.m. - 1 a.m. Bock-A-Oke.
Renaissance celebration of bock beer and the coming of spring. Free
shuttle available.


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