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Ohio Brew Week is almost here…

July 11th to the 19th will be the ninth annual Ohio Brew Week in Athens. It is a week long celebration of Ohio craft beer held at venues all around town including tastings, tap-takeovers, dinners, pairing, speeches, demonstrations and even a homebrew competition. It kicks off at 5 pm this Friday. Bigger than ever this year with over 40 Ohio Breweries participating, some for the first time ever. Check out the entire schedule of events at Ohio Brew Week Schedule.

National IPA and Imperial IPA Championships in full swing.

Sponsored by the Brewing News, the NIPAC and NI-IPAC championships are in full swing, and at the end of the fourth round, three Ohio breweries are still represented.  Here’s how they fared in the fourth round:

BREW Kettle Production Works:

El Lupulo Libr - advancing to fifth round

Fat Heads Brewery

IBUsive - advancing to fifth round

Hop Juju - advancing to fifth round

Great Lakes Brewing

Chillwave Double IPA - advancing to fifth round

Congratulations to Great Lakes, Fat Head’s and BREW Kettle and good luck in the next round, which will be held Sunday, March 16th.  Stay tuned.

Winter Beer Tour – February 22

Angels on the Avenue has announced their 6th annual Winter Beer Tour – Saturday, February 22, 2014. Stops include
Thirsty Dog Brewing Co.Willoughby Brewing CompanyMain Street Grill & Brewing Co.The BottleHouse and Fat Head’s Brewery. Tickets are $60 per person including all taxes, tips, transportation, tastings and be pizza provided on the bus. Email Joe Dailey for more information or to secure your spot jdailey@ppg.com

Only 50 seats are available. Registration deadline is 2/10/14. Tour starts and ends at: Holiday Inn Airport 4181 West 150th Street Cleveland, Ohio 4411

16th Microbrew Extravaganza

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.

Cleveland Beer Week

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.

Ohio wins most medals since 1999 at GABF

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.

No plans for the weekend?

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

Check out the updated brewery map

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 Perfect Pairing

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.

Great American Beer Fest winners

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)