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Yes! Friends! It is here again! No, we’re not talking about the tea party convention yet, but I have decided to subject you to my ramblings on fermented beverages yet again!

Goats with a hat, man.

Silly goat, hats are for humans affecting to be richer than they really are. Unless it's a baseball cap, which usually means you're a) up to no good, or b) a complete tool bag.

Yes! Friends! It’s here again! No, not goats wearing silly hats and still not the tea party convention, but Bockfest 2010! The annual Cincinnati festival celebrating sausage, spring and getting so drunk that urinating on a police horse seems like a totally rad idea.

Back in the olden days when people rode dinosaurs to school, the monks would brew hearty bock beer for sustenance during their lenten fasts. While the modern Catholic church may see this as cheating, God is probably too wasted on heavy beer to care.

Bock beer is a dark, rich lager with a much higher nutritional and alcoholic content than traditional lagers. So while Guinness is usually viewed as the classic meal in a bottle, it has nothing on bock beer. It was also brewed to celebrate the coming of spring, when a young man’s fancy turns to love, or to keep the monks too drunk to realize how lonely masturbation is.

Bockfest in Cincinnati celebrated by drinking copious amounts of beer, free shuttles to take your drunk ass home, and parading through Over the Rhine led by the sausage queen, because Cincinnati likes to celebrate thick meaty things stuffed into tight casing.

This guy wants to be sausage queen.

No, you don’t have to be female to be a sausage queen.

According to Bockfest’s Web site, “A panel of “expert” judges (i.e. easily bribed) will determine the best applicant based on the following criteria:

1. Personality: Good traits will include a love of bock beer, a sense of humor, and a taste for meat. The personality round will involve a series of questions posed to the contestants by the judges.
2. Presence: The contestant must look good carrying a sausage and have diva tendencies. The presence round will involve a very short catwalk turn while sporting a string of bockwurst.
3. Talent: Whatever “talent” you think a Sausage Queen should possess is good enough for us.”

So in short, if you want to celebrate Cincinnati’s German brewing heritage, or just get sloshed in public, come down to Over the Rhine this weekend (March 5, 6 & 7).

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I love Cincinnati. I love our chili, our zoo, the way the fall air smells in my neighborhood, our wacky ineffectual city council and the endless debates over street cars. I can even pretend to love our sports teams if the need arises. I spent this weekend in my home city, so it’s only fitting that the beer of the week be a Cincinnati beer.

Christian Moerlein was a Bavarian immigrant who moved to the dominantly German Cincinnati in 1841. He made some horse shoes, brewed some beers, but the brewery was shut down by prohibition. Sixty years later, his brand was revived again when the craft beer movement hit America. Christian Moerlein became the first American beer to certifiably pass the strict Reinheitsgebot Bavarian Purity Law of 1516. Now, Christian Moerlein’s Fifth and Vine Oktoberfest is my beer of the week.

Modeled after the "Genius of Water" fountain in downtown Cincinnati. Except instead of water there's beer and cute little pigs in lederhosen.

Modeled after the "Genius of Water" fountain in downtown Cincinnati. Except instead of water there's beer and cute little pigs in lederhosen.

CM’s Oktoberfest is a Marzen-style beer, which were traditionally brewed in March and kept in storage to ferment slowly until late summer. Bottles were kept to be served at Oktoberfest, an annual festival celebrating getting drunk in the month of October. This is appropriately Cincinnatian, because a) Cincinnatians love drinking, and 2) Cincinnati has one of the largest Oktoberfests west of Munich.

12 oz. of Cincinnati goodness.

12 oz. of Cincinnati goodness.

This beer has a nice light copper and amber color in the glass. It’s a little thin on the head side, but it smells like toasted sweet caramel with a small hint of grassy hops. I’ve had other Oktoberfests that are very sweet, but this one is a bit more subdued. It tastes nutty and of caramel and the hops come out a bit stronger in the flavor than the smell. There’s a very faint hint of fruitiness too that complements the floral hops. It goes down smooth, drinks easily and finishes a bit dry. It isn’t a very adventurous Oktoberfest, but it’s very accessible, and I would highly recommend it to someone interested in trying out a good Oktoberfest that won’t overwhelm you. I’d recommend eating it with spicy German food, or really any kind of pork dish. At 5.4 percent ABV, it isn’t too heavy and is good for casual drinking or for before going out.

Overall Grade: B+

Do you have a favorite hometown beers or a favorite Oktoberfest?

Don’t forget to submit names for my homebrew to win yourself a six pack!

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