The “Journey to 1861” will start at historic Arnold’s Bar and Grill, the oldest continuously operated bar in Cincinnati. Attendees will take a guided tour to Over-the-Rhine that includes nineteenth century brewery cellars 30 ft. below ground and will travel underneath the street through the recently opened tunnel to the cellars of the future Christian Moerlein Brewing Company. The tour will include portions of the historic Kauffman Brewery not seen before by the public. On the rooftop of the brewery, attendees will partake in some traditional hot mulled wine while looking over the Over-the-Rhine roofscape and hearing about how German-Americans celebrated the holidays in the 1800s.
Following the tour, participants will return to Arnold’s for a five-course dinner in the courtyard. A special gourmet menu is being created for the event to replicate holiday meals when Arnold’s first opened for business in 1861 – 149 years ago. Each course will be paired with a different Moerlein or Hudepohl beer. Special guest speakers will talk about Cincinnati history and beer, including Michael Morgan (author of “Over-the-Rhine: When Beer was King), Bret Androski (proprietor of Arnold’s), Tom Streeter (Hoperatives) and Greg Hardman (Owner of Christian Moerlein Brewing Company).
Admission to the event includes a ticket to win the Arnold’s New Years’ Eve Package for Two. Winners will receive dinner and drinks at Arnold’s very special 150 year anniversary New Year’s Eve gala and luxury accommodations at the Garfield Suites. The drawing will be held at this event. All attendees will also be entered to win the privilege to drive the Arnold’s bathtub in the Bockfest parade. (That drawing will be held in February.)
Tickets are $95, are limited to the first 80 people, and are available in person at Arnold’s Bar and Grill and online at www.bockfest.com