Bockfest is an annual beer festival held in Cincinnati’s Over-the-Rhine, organized by the OTR Brewery District. Held the first weekend of March, it is the oldest and largest Bock beer festival in the United States. Celebrations begin with a parade that ends at Bockfest Hall, where the ceremonial first keg is tapped.
Bock beer was originally brewed in Einbeck, which is located in Northern Germany. The monks of the area created this heavy beer to drink during the Lenten fasting season before Easter, as beer consumptions was not restricted like food.