Maple on Tap

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Saturday February 22

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2:00 PM  –  7:00 PM

Limited tickets are available for purchase at the event. Tickets are no longer for sale online. 

Enjoy the best of maple season during this family-friendly event featuring maple beer crafted by HighGrain Brewing Company using Cincinnati Nature Center’s own maple syrup. Discover the process of making maple syrup, learn how the beer was made, savor syrup from the evaporator, play team maple trivia, and more! 


Attendees will receive 4 tickets for food samples from local restaurants, including Holtman's Donuts, Taste of Belgium, Eckerlin Meats, Pretzel Baron, Elegant Fare, Madisono's Gelato & Sorbetto, and Proud Hound Coffee Roasters. Samples of coffee and hot chocolate will also be available.

The Cheese-n-Chong food truck will be on site for full meal purchases. They serve a variety of grilled cheese sandwiches and soup.


Attendees 21-years-old and older will receive 3 tickets for 6 oz. samples of beer from Highgrain Brewery. Four different beers will be available, including two infused with maple syrup from Cincinnati Nature Center. There will also be beer and wine available for purchase.

Other Event Highlights

  • Join an interactive sugarbush sap collecting hike. Hikes depart from the sugarhouse every half hour between 2:00 – 6:30 pm. Hikes conclude with a warm, fresh sample of maple syrup while you visit the steaming evaporator in the sugarhouse.
  • Watch ancient ingenuity at work as glowing hot rocks are used to cook down maple sap. Hear the sugar tales of early settlers in Abner Hollow Cabin.
  • Discover how everything from hummingbirds to butterflies to squirrels use maple sap.
  • Tap into an interactive challenge. Consider the question “what is maple sugar worth?” as you plan a heist and assemble a dream team of co-conspirators. There are separate but parallel scenarios for adults as well as for families with younger children.
  • Harvest new ideas for cooking with maple syrup during “maple syrup isn’t just for pancakes” talks.
  • Hear how Matthew Utter, head brewer and co-founder of HighGrain Brewing, crafted the bourbon-barrel aged maple brown ale for Maple on Tap.
  • Test your maple knowledge by playing maple trivia with questions flowing from history to botany to maple math to ecology. Suitable for adults and families alike.


Member adult $20 and member child $10; Nonmember adult $27.50 and nonmember child $17.50.


Tickets are nonrefundable after purchase.  Tickets for this event support the mission of Cincinnati Nature Center. This event is rain or shine.

Please print your eTickets, print off a copy of the email acknowledgement as a receipt, or save your tickets on an electronic device to bring to the event.  You will need to provide as proof of purchase in order to gain entry at the gate for this event. ID required for alcohol sales/consumption.