The Cincinnati Craft Beer Oktoberfest is growing this year. Instead of one day, the festival -- which features Cincinnati craft beers, live music and food -- will be two days.
The event, hosted by Listermann Brewing Co. and the German-American Citizens League of Greater Cincinnati, will be 5 p.m. to midnight Oct. 18 and 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. Oct. 19 at Listermann. The festival is free to attend and you just pay for what you drink and eat.
"We have had such an overwhelming response to the previous festivals we have thrown that we have decided to make it a two-day event," Listermann/Triple Digit head brewer Kevin Moreland said in an email.
The participating breweries are: Blank Slate, Fifty West, Christian Morelein, Rock Bottom, Rivertown, Mt. Carmel, MadTree, Cellar Dweller, Wiedemann, Rhinegeist, Double Barrel, Triple Digit and Listermann.
Unlike most Oktoberfests, there will be only one Oktoberfest beer available -- Listermann Oktoberfest. The breweries are bringing their seasonal and regular lineups to provide a variety of styles, Moreland said.
Other highlights include:
-- Homebrewers will be on hand making beer in the LD Carlson Home Brew Tent.
-- Commemorative glass mugs will be provided by Boelter Beverage.
-- Friday is Free Food Friday (while supplies last) provided by Parkers Blue Ash Tavern and Gliers Meats. Parkers will roast a pig while Gliers will be serving brats and mets. There will also be vegetarian options, and more food to purchase once the free food runs out.
-- Rare Beer Saturday kicks off at 9 a.m. with free kegs and eggs, sponsored by Gliers. The Rare Beer Tap In begins at 10 a.m., with every brewery bringing a rare or special brew.
-- The German-American Citizens League of Greater Cincinnati will have booths, banners and parades.
-- The ceremonial keg tapping of the Listermann Oktoberfest will be held at 4 p.m. Saturday. (The beer will be available at the start of the event on Friday.)
-- The festival is family and dog friendly. "We had a record 26 dogs at Volksfest in July and we would like to break that record," Moreland said.