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The Crazy History of Bock Beer and Cincy’s Beloved “Bockfest”

What if we told you drinking beer during lent was a religious tradition?

Special thanks to Bockfest organizers for providing photos from the early days of Bockfest.

Cincinnatians know Bockfest as the annual party where people dress up like friars, celebrate goats and drink probably way too much beer. But behind this quirky festival is a crazy story of friars, goats, and one chill pope.

We chatted with the man most synonymous with the festival, Christian Moerlein Brewery owner Greg Hardman who explained why Bock beer is actually good for Lent. Yeah, get excited.

Do Bockfest 2019 like a pro by checking out a complete guide to all the festivities here. 

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