The 16th Microbrew Extravaganza to benefit the Cleveland Free Clinic is scheduled for Friday, November 22. It has a new location this year and a new feature. It will start at 6:30 pm with a happy hour, followed by pub-inspired dishes and live music. Tickets are $60 in advance and $70 at the door. Become a Friends Partner for $250 and you get 2 tickets, 2 commemorative pilsener glasses. The complete list of breweries is not available yet, but Buckeye, Fat Heads, Great Lakes, and Rocky River will be there. The new location is at the Ariel International Center, 1163 East 40th Street in Cleveland. Parking is free. Check the website (www.thefreeclinic.org) for tickets.
It’s that time again… the best week of the year for beer lovers. Hundreds of events all week long featuring beer, of course! And bacon, cheese, and other foods. More info, click here.
Six Ohio breweries brought home 8 medals from the recent Great American Beer Festival. Not since 1999 have we won so many medals… and we tied 1999. Details here. For complete list of winners click here.
You should have, if you’re a craft beer lover! Friday evening (5-9 pm) is Fat Head’s Headstrong Ale Festival, which continues with two more sessions on Saturday (Noon-4 pm and 6-10 pm). Tickets are $30 in advance and $35 at the door, but there’s not much time left for “advance.” There will be live music and 30+ beers on tap from Fat Head’s and other breweries. Since spring hasn’t sprung yet in Northeast Ohio, it’s time for some more winter warmers!
Also on Saturday is the Winking Lizard Cask Ale Fest at their party center in Bedford Heights. They will also have two sessions on Saturday: 1-4 pm and 5-8 pm. Tickets are $40 and can be purchased at www.winkinglizard.com. ($5 off if you’re a World Tourist) The list of beers is impressive, and this isn’t all:
- Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Stout with Nigerian coffee
- Willoughby Gutterpup Porter with Cacao Nibs & orange peels
- Flying Dog Habanero & Mango Raging Bitch
- Stone Coffee IPA
- Bells Hopslam
- Brooklyn Pennant Ale
- Weyerbacher Heresy
- Thirsty Dog Belgian Pale Ale
- Columbus Brewing Co. Dry Hopped IPA
- Brew KettleTunguska Imperial Stout with chocolate and Pablano chipolte pepper
- Hinterland IPA
- Thornbridge Scotch Ale
- Heavy Seas Big DIPA
- Heavy Seas Loose Cannon
I just spent hours and hours updating the brewery list with links to their websites (if I could find them) and updating the Google map so you can locate them all. Check it out here.
The International Beer Fest (at the IX Center) previously has been held in the spring. This year it is moving to November 8-10, 2013, and it being held in combination with the 8th Annual Fabulous Food Show. Billed as the “Perfect Pairing”, it will highlight the best of both worlds, and is designed to provide more content and value to attendees. Director of Events, Jeremy Levine, stated “We are combining best assets of the International Beer Fest with the Fabulous Food Show to continue to build this even as the premier culinary celebration.”
Look for more emphasis on quality over quantity of beers, and more time on the exhibit floor to explore the over 500 fine food, fine beer, and fine art vendors. It will also continue to have programming, entertainment, and demonstrations.
Sounds to me like dates to put on your calendar now! Tickets are anticipated to go on sale in the summer of 2013 for this enhanced exBEERience.
In case you missed it… click here for Ohio winners at the GABF. (hint: Weasel Boy, Fat Heads and Sam Adams – but read the article for details)
Cleveland beer week ends tonight with BREWZILLA… a monster of a beer tasting. Will you be there? Tickets (if still available) are at clevelandbeerweek.org. The list of beers is impressive, the location (the Galleria) is one of the best indoor venues I’ve seen for a beer fest. Meanwhile there are other events going on today…tap takeovers, beer tastings, etc. Get out there and enjoy the final day of Cleveland Beer Week! What else are you going to do on a rainy day?
That’s in Northwood, near Toledo in case you didn’t know…
Saturday Beer Tasting
July 28th, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
THIS WEEK: MICHIGAN’S OWN DARK HORSE BREWING
Crooked Tree IPA, $9.99/6-pack
Sapient Trip Ale, $10.99/6-pack
Raspberry Ale, $9.99/6-pack
Boffo Brown Ale, $9.99/6-pack
Priced to taste individually at $0.50/sample or taste all four for $2.00.
Full story at examiner: Click here. And who’s idea was it to schedule the Cleveland Scene Magazine Alefest (Lincoln Park in Tremont) on the same day? If you can’t go to one, go to the other! Both are outdoors in nice settings, have live music and good beer.