The Flying Pig Marathon and Christian Moerlein Brewing
Company are kicking off their three-event Beer Series with the first-ever
Bockfest 5K, and you're invited to be part of the party! The Bockfest 5K
is at 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 2, and headlines a day of celebration
for the 21st annual Bockfest.
The run begins and ends at Bockfest Hall at the Christian
Moerlein Brewery, 1619 Moore Street, just north of downtown Cincinnati.
The 5K course takes you through the historic Over-the-Rhine Brewery
District and you get a t-shirt, medal and a huge post-race party!
And remember, you can't be a part of the three-event Beer
Series if you aren't registered for the Bockfest 5K! Officially called
the Christian Moerlein Beer Series served up by the Flying Pig Marathon,
it will include the Bockfest 5K, Little Kings Mile on Flying Pig weekend,
and Hudepohl 14K & 7K Brewery Run on Oktoberfest weekend with all
races supporting local charities.
Those who complete the Beer Series or all three races during
the calendar year will receive a special commemorative gift from the
Flying Pig Marathon, as well as discounts and events through the
Christian Moerlein Lager House. (registration for the complete series
will be limited to the first 3,000 participants)
Registration for the Bockfest 5K is $30 in advance and $40
on race day, and the event benefits the Brewery District Community Urban
Redevelopment Corporation and the Cincinnati Brewery Heritage Trail. Sign
What is Bockfest?
The 21st annual Bockfest
Cincinnati is a celebration of Cincinnati's brewing heritage and the
coming of spring. It's a weekend filled with parades, parties, food, and
of course, beer, March 1-3 throughout downtown Cincinnati and the
The celebration begins with a parade Friday evening that
starts at Arnold's Bar and Grill, Cincinnati's oldest saloon, and ends at
Bockfest Hall in Over-the-Rhine, where the ceremonial first keg is
blessed. Saturday starts with the new Bockfest 5K, part of the Christian
Moerlein Beer Series served up by the Flying Pig Marathon. Bockfest Hall
is open throughout the weekend with live entertainment, food, brewery
tours, and Saturday night is the finals of the Sausage Queen contest.
Sunday is Continental Sunday, where Bockfest Hall will be the site for
dancing, music, a German buffet and $1 off beer for anyone in traditional
Besides the activities in and around Bockfest Hall, several
participating venues in Over-the-Rhine and the central business district
will join in the Bockfest celebration, usually for no admission fee. In
addition, a free shuttle bus runs a continuous loop among the Bockfest
Bock beer traditionally is brewed for a limited time in late
winter. The word "bock" means goat in German. Bock typically
has a higher nutritional content and alcohol content than other beers and
is 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 weekend of
March because of this historic association with Lent.
The Brewery District Community Urban Redevelopment
Corporation, along with Hudepohl-Schoenling Brewing Company and the
Christian Moerlein Brewing Company, are the organizers of Bockfest