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UberDrome Is Taking Oktoberfest To New Beer-Tastic Heights

When we say "Moerlein Lager House," you say, "UBERDROME!"

When you say "What the heck is that?," we say "Moerlein Lager House's seriously rad Oktoberfest party!"

Well, that was fun. Chances are, though, you've still got a few questions. Continue reading for all the answers you could ever want. And seriously don't miss UberDrome. It's going to be pretty freaking cool.

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Beer is in the fiber of our city. So much so that we have numerous celebrations dedicated to it. And the undisputed king of Cincy's beer-themed festivals? Oktoberfest Zinzinnati.

Modeled after the original Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany, Oktoberfest Zinzinnati offers your best bet at experiencing German heritage and beer authenticity. Moerlein Lager House's UberDrome, just four blocks away on the riverfront, takes all that's great about the event and ups the ante.

But what IS an "UberDrome?"

"The name 'UberDrome' loosely means 'over-the-top, large, specially-prepared place'," says Greg Hardman, owner of Christian Moerlein Brewing Co. and Managing Director of the Moerlein Lager House. "And it has a secondary meaning of 'race course' (drome)."

Hardman says that it's "a huge, Munich-style Fest Tent" where everybody goes to party like whoa. And it's got room for 3,000 people. That's a serious tent.

Sweet! What HAPPENS at the UberDrome?

The UberDrome will feature games, songs, a master of ceremonies, food, and, of course, BEER. Kicking off on Friday, September 18, the festival tent is Moerlein's way of hosting the tons (make that "TONS") of tourists and Cincinnatians alike that pour onto Downtown's 5th Street for Oktoberfest Zinzinnati.

The opening ceremony for the UberDrome will feature a bevy of only-at-Oktoberfest activities. Highlights include Cincinnati's German societies in authentic dress (dust off your dirndls and lederhosen, folks!), a parade, and the official keg tapping of the event.

DAS BOOT Happy Hours are on Friday and Saturday from 4pm to 7pm, and Sunday from 10am to 1pm (just before the Bengals game kicks off). Grab a one-liter DAS BOOT filled with freshly brewed Moerlein beer for just $10. Talk about "only at Oktoberfest!"

What's your favorite thing about the Uberdrome?

"By far, it's the awesome setting in which the UberDrome exists. It's the perfect environment to have a great, freshly-brewed Moerlein draft beer," says Hardman. "Drinking a great beer in a world-class park on the banks of the Ohio River, under an authentic Munich-style Fest Tent in Cincinnati... Does it get any better than that?!"

What beer will Moerlein be offering?

"We'll have a special beer brewed by the Moerlein Lager House, called Das Uber Lager. It's a well-hopped lager beer for the occasion -- more 'craft-brewer-meets-Oktoberfest' style," says Hardman.

"We will also have freshly-brewed Moerlein Fifth & Vine Oktoberfest Marzen, Hudepohl Oktoberfest, Paulaner Oktoberfest Marzen, and Paulaner Oktoberfest Wiesn (the beer served at the Oktoberfest in Munich), plus a host of other brews."

Why is the UberDrome a can't-miss?

"Because it's Cincinnati's most authentic, Munich-style Fest Tent on the banks of the Ohio River. There's great music, food, beer, and fun. ... And it's only four blocks from the downtown Oktoberfest!"

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UberDrome is going down Friday through Sunday (Sept. 18-20) at Moerlein Lager House, during Oktoberfest Zinzinnati.

Want to learn more? Head over to the event's Facebook page and dive in.