New Belgium’s 25th Birthday

New Belgium is celebrating their 25th Birthday at Platform Brewing in Cleveland on Saturday August 27th from 3-7 pm. Ticket price is $25 and includes entry, specialty beer tasting, light eats, live music, and a good time! They are also celebrating the opening of their new brewery in Ashville, NC. Come and help them celebrate. Try this link for tickets. 

New Cleveland Beerfest–Friday and Saturday!

The inaugural Cleveland Beerfest is almost here. Tomorrow (8/19) and Saturday (8/20) from 7:30 to 11 pm, 6:30 for early admission tickets. It’s a first for Cleveland in that it will be held outdoors downtown on Mall B on St. Clair Avenue. Advance tickets can still be bought if you hurry. Otherwise they are $40 or $50 at the gate. Your ticket gets you 25 sample tickets and a souvenir beer mug.

They promise over 300 beers and over 100 breweries represented, so get your tickets now at

Upcoming Brewfests

Don’t let the summer slip by without attending a few beerfests; especially the local one that focus on Ohio beers. Did you check out my new map that has over 160 breweries in Ohio now? Here’s hoping to try some new brews from some new breweries along with our favorites from the long established brewers at:

August 6 – Blues and Brews at Lock 3 in Akron. Oh (12-5 pm)… and also on August 5.. Friday night (7-930 pm) they are having Barrel Night!  Click the link for advance ticket sales.

August 5-6 – Volksfest at Listermann Brewing Co. in Cincinnati.

August 5-6 – The seventh annual Columbus Summer Beerfest at the LC Pavilion in Columbus.

August 6 – The eighth annual Great American Beer Tasting at Fifth Third Field in Dayton.

August 13 – Chardon Brew Fest - on Chardon Square, noon to 5 pm. Features 30 or so Ohio breweries.

August 13 – Third annual Brewfest Waterfront District in Lorain

And that’s just the next two weeks. Check out calendar of events for more.


Updated Brewery List and map

Check it out! Updated brewery list and map. I count 155 breweries on this list. Should there be more? Am I missing some? Let me know. Update: I missed a few… it’s now 168! 

More medals for Ohio brewers!

Ohio Craft Brewery winners at World Beer Cup 2016

  • Fat Head’s Brewery – GOLD – Hop JuJu – Imperial Pale Ale
  • Fat Head’s Brewery – BRONZE- Midnight Moonlight – American-Style Black Ale
  • Little Fish Brewing – GOLD – Barrel Aged Woodthrush – Belgian and French Style Ale
  • Willoughby Brewing Company – BRONZE – Nut Smasher – Specialty Beer
  • Fifty West Brewing Company – GOLD – 2013 10&2 Barleywine – Barley Wine Style Ale
  • North High Brewing Company – SILVER – Pale Ale – American Style Pale Ale

Click here for more details

Ohio Brewers win 5 medals!

Three Ohio breweries recently brought home a combined five medals from the San Diego International Beer Competition last week. There were 1,347 entries this year, about 400 more than last year’s competition. The three Ohio breweries and winning entries were:
  • Black Cloister Brewing Co. - Toledo, OH – European Lager, Helles Angel - Bronze
  • Seventh Son Brewing Co. - Columbus, OH Barley Wine, The Wild Hunt - Silver
  • Wolf’s Ridge Brewing - Columbus, OH – Smoked Beer, Buchenrauch - Gold
  • Wolf’s Ridge Brewing - Columbus, OH – German -Style Bock, Sustinator - Silver
  • Wolf’s Ridge Brewing - Columbus, OH – Cream Ale, Clear Sky - Silver
This makes eight medals total for Wolf’s Ridge in one year, including bronze at last year’s San Diego Competition for the Buchenrauch. Wolf’s Ridge Head Brewer Chris Davison has been working on the recipe with each new batch, getting it truer to style and more classically brewed with each variation – shown by the beer jumping up to gold this year.

Cedar Point’s 2016 Brew and BBQ

Scheduled for May 27 through June 12. New Coaster, craft beer and BBQ. What else do you need? Click here for details. 

Akron Blues and Brews

Akron Blues and Brew Festival at Lock 3 in Akron has announced the date for their 12th annual festival to be August 6. Just a reminder now to save the date. Details as they become available.

Cleveland Winter Beerfest coming soon!

Get your tickets now for the 3rd Annual CLEVELAND WINTER BEERFEST at the Cleveland Convention center. They bill themselves as the “Biggest Craft Beer Party of Winter!”  This year, they will have over 350 Craft Beers and expect to cross the 10,000 attendee mark.   Make your plans today and get your tickets now. (

More Beers!

They’re projecting 350+, but you know how that works…they’ll probably end up with a lot more.   Including 8-12 Gluten Free selections and 10-14 Hard Ciders. Beers from brand new breweries, your local favorites and some not available in all of Ohio.  And don’t forget that they’ve expanded their popular Connoisseurs Receptions.  These tickets offer appetizer “bites” from local restaurants paired with a brewery’s rare or hard to find beer.  These popular tickets always sell out, so buy yours today.
Early Admission!
Go for the Early Admission tickets to get an extra hour of sampling, and get first dibs on all of the special VIP beers that will be first tapped during that hour.
Supporting Local Breweries & Organizations
The Festival Policy is to purchase every ounce of beer and not ask for donations from breweries.  This lets us pick any great beer available, and it supports these often small businesses.  They are also happy to support the Ohio Craft Brewers Association. Who doesn’t love Ohio Brew!   Proceeds benefit the Music Education Society and other area non-profit organizations that volunteer in return for a donation to their cause. !

Ohio Breweries win 10 medals at the GABF

Okay… so it’s old news… it happened two weeks ago, but I’ve been traveling. Here’s the scoop on the medal winners if you haven’t already seen it. GABF Ohio Winners